The Nashua News

March 2019

Nashua Mission

The Nashua Community fosters inspiring relationships, sets the foundation for life-long learning, and guides independent thinkers to achieve excellence.

Nashua Elementary

School Hours:

9:00 am-4:10 pm M,T,W,F

9:00 am-3:35 pm Th

Attendance Line: (816) 321-5162

Nurse: (816) 321- 5163

Upcoming Events

March

1

Summer School enrollment forms go home

4

STEM Club

5th Strings Festival at Staley HS 7:00 pm

5

Honor Choir

K Field Trip to Kaleidoscope

6

Major Saver Kick-Off

7

Class Pictures

First Lady Parson visits Nashua (students are asked to wear their Blue Ribbon shirt or wear blue)

1st grade music program at New Mark 6:30 pm

11

STEM Club

12

Honor Choir

Turn In Tuesday-Crazy Hair Day

PTA meeting 6:00 pm

15

3rd Quarter Ends

16

Mercury Gym Night

18-22

NO SCHOOL-Spring Break

25

STEM Club

26

Kindness Committee

Honor Choir

28

Spring Pictures

Kindergarten Round-Up 6-7:30 pm

Principally Speaking

March is upon us and so is Spring! I know everyone is looking forward to some warmer weather and an end to this snowy weather. We are in full swing preparing for the upcoming MAP testing. The window for testing this year will be from April 8-April 26th. All the assessments will be completed online. Along with preparing for the MAP testing, our students continue to engage in authentic learning activities at all grade levels. They are also working hard developing key social skills that will make them successful inside and outside the classroom. As we begin looking forward to the next school year, you will find some updates and information in this newsletter. If you or someone you know has a future STAR at home who will be ready for kindergarten next year, our Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for March 28th. It’s always a busy time here at Nashua, our staff and students work hard every single day to make sure learning is happening at high levels. As I say every month in these newsletters, it is an honor to serve as the principal of Nashua Elementary!

Calling Future STARS!

  1. We are currently enrolling new kindergartners! If you have a future Nashua Star at home who will turn five before August 1st, please call the office at 321-5160. Mark your calendars for Mach 28th from 6:00-7:30 pm! We will be having our annual Kindergarten Round-Up! Meet our Kindergarten team, some of our Encore Staff, tour the building, and take a bus ride around the neighborhood! It’s planning to be a boot scootin’ good time!

2019-20 Class Placement

  1. Class placement is a team decision here at Nashua with many factors taken into consideration. If you feel your child has specific needs to be considered, please fill out the Parent Input Form for Student Placement and return it to the office by Tuesday, April 9th. WE DO NOT HONOR SPECFIC TEACHER REQUESTS! The forms are available in the office or electronically for easy access. Please email Mrs. Stukey at heather.stukey@nkcschools.org

5th grade parents!

A message from the Gateway Booster Club:

Gateway’s Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club is looking for family members of current fifth graders that might like to be a part of the booster club executive board for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great opportunity to make an impact at Gateway. Being a part of the board gives you the opportunity to plan fun activities for the students, support the staff and raise funds for the school. Board members serve a term of one year. The board positions are as follows: President, Vice President of Fundraising, Vice President of Committees, Treasurer, and Secretary. If this is something you would be interested in or have more questions please feel free to reach out to Erin Tolin at erin.tolin@gmail.com. We would like to have all nominations by March 15th. Our current board will vote on April 1st.

Letter from the Principal

Parents of North Kansas City Schools Students:

In the past month, you may have become aware of a current trend on social media referred to as the “Momo Challenge”. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of this challenge, provide you with information about it, and encourage you to monitor your children’s use of social media and the internet. The “Momo Challenge,” a game found on Facebook and the app, WhatsApp, features a frightening avatar/image who asks its viewers to perform various tasks and provide photos as proof. The "Momo" threatens those who do not perform the tasks.

There are conflicting reports and some sources are indicating this is a hoax. However, the situation could still cause students to talk about the topic of self-harm and possibly fear that people are in danger, which is why we are giving you information and resources. We also have had children who searched for the image and were very scared by the image alone.

Please know that you can always reach out to your child’s school counselor or school community resource specialist if you have questions or need to discuss concerns about your child.

Sincerely,

Heather Stukey

Prinicpal

RESOURCES:

13 Tips for Monitoring Kids' Social Media

Media Guidelines for Kids of All Ages

What is the Momo Challenge?