North Elementary Newsletter

September 2021

A Message From Our Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are incredibly excited to introduce to you a new staff member that will be joining us this Fall. We will be welcoming Guardian to our North Elementary team as a certified Therapy Dog. Guardian is a Scot Terrier, otherwise known as a “nanny” dog. This breed has such a reputation as a child’s playmate and guardian. The breed is gentle, docile, and always on the lookout for fun. Guardian will be living and working with Mrs. Isaac, our School Counselor.

A huge thank you goes to one of our North parents, Levi Kinder, co-owner of K9 Operational Solutions Service dog training for donating and training Guardian. After training, Guardian will meet the requirements for a Therapy animal but also have more intensive training as a Service Dog. He will receive 150-200 hours of handler training, 80 hours of obedience training, and 40 hours of task training (3 tasks totalling 120 hours).

What are the benefits of having a school dog?

Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of therapy dogs in schools. Therapy dogs have been working in schools across the nation for quite some time now, and have at times been a part of our district staff before. Evidence indicates that benefits include:

● Cognitive- companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game playing.

● Social- a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, and focused interaction with others.

● Emotional- school dogs improve self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.

● Physical- interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.

● Reading- reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dog’s presence has on children as well as the fact that a dog will listen to children read without being judgemental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence to read aloud.

Some challenges to consider:

My child is allergic to dogs. It is understandable that some of you may be concerned about possible allergic reactions to a school dog. However, Guardian has been, and will be, subjected to the most thorough cleanliness and grooming regime. He will also only be allowed in situations with pupils who voluntarily wish to work with him. He will work with students in one on one or small group capacities, and possibly during Counseling Guidance lessons in specified areas. If you would like to request that your student does not work with Guardian, please send back the opt out form attached to the bottom of this sheet to let us know so that we can make the appropriate accommodations.

My child is scared of dogs.

Some children may have had upsetting experiences and thus have a fear of dogs (or other animals). Guardian will only be in contact with children that want to work with him. He will be completing training that helps him to remain calm and be gentle around children. Experience and research has shown that with proper guidance and handling, children can learn to overcome their fear of animals and grow in respect and appreciation for them.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Guardian to the North Elementary School family, and embrace all that he has to offer the school. If you wish for your child NOT to be allowed to work with Guardian, North Elementary's therapy dog. Please sign the form that was sent home and return it to the school.

Thank you for your continued support,

Lance McClard, Ed.D.


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Picture Retakes

Cheekwood Studios took our students pictures on Monday, August 30th. We will be having picture retakes on Tuesday, October 26th.

Full Day Kids Clubs

Hello Parents,

Our Full Day Kids’ Club Program will be offering childcare for ALL preschool-6th grade students on certain days that the district is off of school. This is hosted at South Elementary 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. All students must bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. We provide an afternoon and morning snack. No walk-ins allowed.

You must enroll and pay for your child to attend Full Day Kids’ Club by the deadlines set for each date. The cost is $27 per day, (any additional children are $22 each). ALL enrollment and payments are due before 4:30 p.m on the designated due date.

To enroll, please click on the link below to the Full Day Kids’ Club tab (if link does not work, please type the link in your browser)

The first Full Day Kids’ Club dates of the year are:

September 30 & October 1

DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for BOTH dates is September 20

For any questions, please email the Kids’ Club Assistant, Samantha Cavaness or call 243-9576


October 29: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for this date is October 22

November 24: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for this date is November 17

December 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 & January 3: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PA for ALL of the full days during winter break is December 8

February 18: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for this date is February 11

March 18 & 21: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for BOTH dates is March 8

April 14, 18, & 19: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for ALL of the full days during spring break is April 4

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Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to put behavioral/social skills strategies in place for all students while also building in support for students that may need more guidance. North Elementary will be introducing components of PBIS to teach and encourage the expected behavior. Our expectations are:

  • Be Responsible.
  • Be Respectful.
  • Be Safe.

Students may earn tickets from any staff member at North any time they are caught displaying the expectations. The tickets will be used by students for various prizes.
Please encourage your child to practice these behaviors and social skills at home and in the community.

PTO Officers

President: Jessica Keen

Vice President: Michelle Bell

Treasurer: Lindsey Hecht

Secretary: Alicia Green

Parent Rep: Janna Clifton

Parent Rep: Jessica Kinder


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  • April 12

Counselor's Corner

We are off to another great year. In counseling this month, we will be having lessons on friendship, getting along and learning more about being mindful. A friendly reminder to please remind your students to be the NICE kid.

Mrs. Isaac

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Notice from our Nurse

Thank you for returning your child's health histories along with other forms so promptly. If you have not returned your child's health history, or other important health-related papers, please do so ASAP. Also, kindergarten parents- please send an extra change of clothes with your child in his/her backpack. This will help in case of accidents that occur at school.

Also if you would like to donate clothes, we are in need of kdg/first grade age sizes 6-8 underwear for boys and elastic type shorts for kdg/first grade age boys and girls.

Because of playground injuries, it is best your child does not wear flip-flops to school. Flip flops break easily and are not sturdy enough for school.

Nurse Kimber


I'm so excited to help ignite your child's love for reading this year. New books have been ordered and will continue coming in throughout the school year. If students have requested certain books, they will fill out a form. Students are allowed to check books out every week, unless they have outstanding books.

The Mark Twain Book Club is already underway. We have 12 book nominees. Fourth grade students are encouraged to read a least one book per quarter and take a short quiz. If they make 80% or more, they will be invited in the Mark Twain club and celebration at the end of each quarter.

We will be having a book fair on Sept. 20 - Sept 24.

We are so excited to begin the new school year. We want to make our students lifelong readers.

Thank you so much,

Lisa Hooe

Art Remarks

Welcome back to the art room! I'm very excited to be working with such bright and talented young artists this year. We have already begun creating our artist portfolios and we are starting to dive into projects! This month, we will be focusing on color-mixing, patterns, and more.

Be on the lookout for more information regarding Artsonia. Looking forward to a wonderful year!

Thank you!

Miss Hopson

Music Notes

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer. I am Joseph Moore, the Music teacher at North Elementary. I am very excited about this school year and having your child in class. Just a couple of things to keep in mind……

Students in each grade will be focusing on the following music objectives:

  • Using their singing voice, with accurate pitch, to echo simple patterns
  • Singing a variety of types of songs…patriotic, folk, call/response etc….
  • Playing classroom percussion instruments with correct technique
  • Reading and performing a variety of simple rhythm patterns.

More information about Spring Concerts will be posted on a later date.

Musically Yours,

Joseph L. Moore

No School - Labor Day

Monday, Sep. 6th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Book Fair

Monday, Sep. 20th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 24th, 12pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 4-7pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 4-7pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Professional Development Day - No School

Thursday, Sep. 30th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO