Dragon News for Families

October 2021

Russell Jones Education Center

School Hours: 7:30 - 2:00

School Phone: 816.359.4510

Principal: Tara Kalis

School Based Therapist: Mickie Heiter

Administrative Assistant: Vicki Thurston

Nurse: Melissa Coleman

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 18th: David Kilpatrick Parent Night 6:00 - 7:30 - Park Hill South
  • Thursday, October 21st: End of First Quarter
  • Friday, October 22nd: Teacher Work Day - No School
  • Tuesday, October 26th: Fall Family Festival, 5:30
  • November 3rd & 4th - Elementary and Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences. Jones Center students attend all day.
  • November 5th - No School for District Elementary and Middle Schools - Jones Center Students are in session.
  • November 10th - Picture Day
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Fall Family Festival

Who: All Jones Center Students and Families

When: Tuesday, October 26th 5:30 - 6:30.

Where: Jones Center back field & trail - please note this is a fully outdoor event.

What: Annual Fall Family Festival. Activities include arts and crafts, photo booth, games and the culminating event is a Trick or Treat Trail.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. No weapons allowed.

Please remember that this is an outdoor event where masks are not required. We will not be able to contact trace at this event. Building access will only be allowed for restroom usage - and masks will be required if you enter the building to use the restroom.

Since it is a fully outdoor event, it will be held weather permitting. If we are unable to hold the even on the 26th, it will NOT be rescheduled.

Picture Day is Coming!

Ordering information: If you wish to prepay prior to picture day the web address below should ONLY be used for pictures taken on the date above. Online ordering is available before and after picture day. Shipping and handling charges may apply to orders placed after picture day.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding picture day or the ordering process please visit our information page https://interstatesupport.zendesk.com/ if you cannot find your answers here please feel free to contact our local office at 816-600-2454.



Pictures packages and second chances will be delivered to the school 4-5 weeks after picture day.

Additional Information:

Retake Picture Day: January 12th, 2022

If an original picture package was ordered and your student needs a retake please have your student bring the original picture package back to the photographer on retake day for a replacement. If your student was enrolled after original picture day or was absent on

Elementary and Middle School Conferences

The district elementary and middle schools will be holding conferences on November 3rd and 4th. They do not have school on November 5th. As this day quickly approaches, please remember that since the Jones Center follows the high school calendar, November 4th and 5th ARE STUDENT CONTACT DAYS FOR JONES CENTER STUDENTS.

Family Support Services

Hello! If you need access to services to support your family, please reach out to our School Based Therapist, Mrs. Mickie at 816.359.6336 to seek more information.
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Sign Up - CHRISTMAS STORE - Metro Lutheran Ministry

The MLM Christmas Store, held December 5-11, 2021 is one of the largest gift-giving programs in the . Greater Kansas City area. The store provides 1500 families with a joyful and dignified Christmas experience.

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News from Nurse Melissa

A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff.

It is strongly suggested that you should NOT send your child to school if he/she has:

  • Common cold – irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose or eyes, sneezing, chills and/or general body aches. Keep your child home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Seek care from the doctor if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever or cough producing phlegm develops, or nasal discharge becomes yellow or green.
  • Cough – Cough that interferes with the child’s ability to fully participate in classroom activities. Seek care from the doctor if the cough lasts beyond 7-10 days, or if coughing phlegm that is yellow or green.
  • Fever – If the child’s temperature is 99.9 degrees or higher, the child should remain at home until they are without a fever for a full 24 hours without use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.. Remember that a fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
  • Flu – symptoms include abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat and cough are common. Your child should remain at home until the symptoms are gone and they are without a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Nurse Melissa

Phone: 359-4514

Jones Center Health and Safety Guidelines

See the information at this link for our updated safety procedures.

Family Learning Night with David Kilpatrick

What: Elementary Family Night

Who: David Kilpatrick

When: October 18, 2021 from 6:00-7:30

Where: Park Hill South Auditorium 4500 River Park Dr. Riverside, MO 64150

Why: This is a Title 1 parent engagement activity to support the parent/school connection in the area of reading research and dyslexia

  • Research and Dyslexia
  • What works and what doesn't
  • Helping your child, nuts and bolts
  • Free resources to support your child's learning at home
  • Q&A with author, researcher, and school psychologist, Dr. David Kilpatrick

Let Dr. Kalis know if you plan to attend, so enough materials are prepared.

*Our goal is to share this important information with parents and guardians and we do not want child care to be a barrier. While children are welcome to attend, this is not an interactive child friendly session. This session is designed to support parents and provide the most current research on reading development.

David A. Kilpatrick, PhD is a professor of psychology for the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a New York State certified school psychologist with 28 years experience in schools. He has been teaching courses in learning disabilities and educational psychology since 1994. David is a reading researcher and the author of two books on reading, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, and Equipped for Reading Success, and is a co-editor of a third, Reading Development and Difficulties: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice. Dave is also an associate editor of The Reading League Journal.

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School attendance is vital for student success and academic growth. Please help your student(s) be successful by arriving to school on time each day. We also ask for your help in this area by attempting to schedule any necessary appointments either after school hours or on non-attendance days. Please remember that the arrival time for the Jones Center is 7:30. Students are tardy if they arrive after 7:45. If your child will be absent, please contact the school office by 8:00am. Also, if you have changes in plans regarding transportation home, please notify your child’s teacher or the school office before 1:00 at 816-359-4510. Thank you for making your child’s education a top priority!

School Information

School Phone: 359-4510

Student Hours: 7:30 - 2:00

Office Hours: 6:45 - 3:15

Principal: Dr. Tara Kalis, 359-4511

Social Worker: Mickie Heiter, 359-6336

Our Mission

Through expertise and commitment, the Russell Jones Education Center provides a therapeutic learning environment to prepare each student with skills to enjoy success in life.