STEAM Newsletter

January 2022

A Note from the Office...

We are off to a great start in 2022! Take a quick look through the January Newsletter for important information and happenings at STEAM!

Wishing you well,

Dr. Roxanne Pearson - Principal

Dr. TJ Winkelmann - Assistant Principal

Mark Your Calendars

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student during the 2022-2023 school year? Do you know someone who is looking to enroll at HSA?

More information will be posted on our Facebook page and website in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

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Cold Weather Reminder

As the weather is changing quickly, please remember to send your child to school in a coat, hat, and gloves. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. The students will not be allowed to stay in during colder temperatures unless there is a note from the doctor specifying that your child cannot go outside for recess due to medical reasons. We want to help every student stay healthy, and wearing a coat is an easy way to accomplish this. We will not take the students outside if there is thunder, lightening, or heavy precipitation.

Please remember that if your child is sick to notify the office. You can email us at or call the school at (816) 348-1130. Our office hours are from 8:40-4:40. You can call outside of those hours and leave a voicemail to notify us of your child’s absence.

Snow Days = AMI Days

Even before the onset of the global pandemic, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) had planned for all school districts to move to Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) on days when inclement weather prevents students from coming to school. School districts had to submit their AMI plans this past summer, and ours was accepted.

DESE will now allow schools to use up to 5 AMI days in a school year. Any additional inclement weather days would have to be added to the calendar at the end of the year.

Click on the homepage and look for the 2021-2022 Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) Days section.

Emphasizing the Importance of Goal Setting

As a new year begins, many of you may have set goals you want to achieve for 2022. Goal setting with your children is also a way you can support their education and boost their confidence. Setting achievable goals with your child is a great motivator, especially when they see success! Teachers here at STEAM have students set learning goals for Math and Communication Arts, so many students are familiar with setting goals. Make sure to ask your child about some of the goals they are working on here at school and discuss what goals they can set at home!

Some Tips for Goal Setting at Home

  • Talk about the goals you have set for yourself and how you achieved them, or how you are working on achieving your goals.

  • Explain to your child what a realistic short or long-term goal is and why it is important. Assist your child with developing a goal. Agree on a reasonable timeframe for achieving the goal.

  • Display the goal in a place where you can refer to it often. If the goal can be measured each day or week, you could even make a chart and award a star for each day/week it is achieved.

Important Dates in January


13 - End of 2nd Quarter

14 - No School - Teacher Work Day

17 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

20 - PTA Meeting at 4:30pm

Our Mission

The mission of Wilckens STEAM Academt @ Hillcrest, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by

  • a culture of independence and collaboration

  • a global outlook based on a foundation of character

  • a focus on problem solving and critical thinking

  • real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.