North Glendale Family Update

September 27, 2020

Good morning!

As you can imagine, I have had many families email or call and ask if/when we are returning to school. I know many of are anxious to safely return to school!

As shared in this week's e-Spotlight, As we continue to see decreases in the spread of COVID 19, our primary focus is creating a phased-in approach to return to in-person learning with continued safety measures in place. KSD has been working with K-5 teachers, staff members, and administrators to develop a plan for our elementary schools to bring to the Board of Education for approval during the Board meeting on Monday, September 28.

All Board meetings are conducted virtually via a webinar and can be found at Our webinar license only covers 1,000 viewers, however, we also stream the board meetings live on the Kirkwood School District’s YouTube Channel. Link.

The District will send out information to all families and staff members immediately after the vote by the Board of Education. Again, the Board meeting is TOMORROW, September 28 at 7:00 pm.

I will be in communication with NG families soon after the decision, and will keep in regular communication with you, probably outside of, and including, our Sunday updates. I would rather over communicate than not share the information in a timely manner.

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or if we can provide your family any support.

Please reach out if I can be of service and have a great week!


iPad Insurance

Have you had an iPad mishap yet? Rest will at some point!

Please take an opportunity to purchase insurance for your kids iPads.

If an accident or theft should occur, the Kirkwood School District will waive your responsibility for the financial loss, subject to a deductible for multiple occurrences, as outlined below. In exchange for this damage waiver, Kirkwood requires payment into a self-funded insurance program. The laptop waiver fee for 2020-2021 is $20 ($10 for students receiving free or reduced lunch), with a coverage period of June 1, 2020 - August 23, 2021.

Incident Deductible

  • 1st occurence $0
  • 2nd occurence $200
  • 3rd and subsequent occurrence $300

Payment for iPad insurance is no longer offered through Infinite Campus. However, you can pay for iPad insurance through your account:

  • Log in to or create a free account.
  • Click School Store at the top of the page and select Browse All Items.
  • Choose the Store Item and add it to your cart.
  • Check out!

Parents can also download the "MySchoolBucks" app to set up an account and make payments. Those who prefer to not use our online payment option can pay via cash or check, working directly with North Glendale.

Please call Mrs. Mercer in the front office. 213-6100 ext. 3000.

Parents and guardians can sign up for insurance on the MySchoolBucks application, KSD's online payment system. To set up a MySchoolBucks account, please visit our website. .

Once you are signed in to MySchoolBucks, please follow the steps shown below to sign up for insurance.

K-8 parents and guardians, please review the Parent/Guardian Agreement and sign the google form. The form will need to be completed for each child with an iPad. In order to complete, you will need your child's six-digit student ID.

Please purchase insurance by October 9. After that time, devices will need to be inspected prior to purchasing insurance.

Virtual Donations

Hello NG!

There are three ways to support your school from home just by shopping. Please check out the directions on how to give via:

  • AmazonSmile (5% back on most purchases)
  • Coke Rewards (values listed in instructions)
  • BoxTops ($0.10 per Box Top).

These are small ways you can give back with purchases you are already making. Instructions for AmazonSmile and Coke Rewards are linked below.


Coke Rewards

Raise $ for NG by collecting Box Tops Virtually!

  • Download the Box Tops for Education App.
  • You will need to create an account.
  • Select North Glendale Elementary as your school to donate to.
  • Complete your Profile.
  • Tap the scan button to scan your receipt.
  • Every time you shop, scan your receipt with the app and the $ goes straight to NG PTO.
  • If you have any old paper cut out Box Tops, you can still collect these if they are not expired.
  • Please contact Vanessa Vojtow for questions on Box Tops.


This year spiritwear is available for purchase through the 63122 Spirit Shop. Order online with porch pick up and shipping options.

iPad Need Frequent Charging? Here's Why! Tips from Mrs. McDonald

Yes, your child’s iPad battery is draining faster, and that’s to be expected.

Here’s why.

Video conferencing takes up quite a bit of processing power from the iPad. In years past a student could start the day at 50% and would be able to get through a day or two in a non-remote learning setting. Now, with structured Zoom meetings and heavy use of the iPad, students can start the day at 100% and be down below 50% at 1:00 p.m., or feel they need to charge mid-day. This is normal and to be expected.

Even as students are charging the iPad during use, the charging speed is slow because the student is using the iPad while it’s charging, even while Zooming. So it’s crucial, to start the day at 100%. If something doesn’t seem quite right, I am always happy to help troubleshoot battery and charging issues with the iPad. (Please see the illustration provided below for example).

If you would like to check out your own child’s settings, this report can be found in Settings>Battery.

Other tips that can help battery life are:

-Dim the screen or turn on Auto-Brightness when in use.

-Settings>Display 7 Brightness>Auto-lock to 2 minutes.

Myself or the KSD team of technology specialist are able to help you Monday – Friday from 8;00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through LiveChat
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Upcoming Dates: Please see our website calendar for up to date info

September 28

  • KSD Board of Ed Work Session & Meeting

September 29

  • NG Library Pick Up/Drop off in Pavilion 9:00-4:00

October 1

  • NG Library Pick Up/Drop off in Pavilion 9:00-4:00
  • 4th Grade Pick Up/Drop Off
  • Jersey Thursday!

October 2

October 6

  • NG Library Pick Up/Drop off in Pavilion 9:00-4:00
  • NG PTO Zoom Meeting ~ All are invited!

October 7

  • Kindergarten Pick Up/Drop Off

October 8

  • NG Library Pick Up/Drop off in Pavilion 9:00-4:00
  • Jersey Thursday!