Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, October 14, 2016

First Quarter CELEBRATION Assembly

Our Eagle Mascot (Mrs. Silver), Mr. McGinley and the Student Assembly Leaders: James, DaLiyah, Tyler, Janely, Audrey, Charlotte, and Sarah.

Photo taken by Candace Spraggs, SMORE Student Leader

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What's Happening at the NEST?

Monday, October 17, 2016: Career Share for the Guys Classroom Visit Day!

Thursday, October 20, 2016: International Shake Out Day: Earthquake Drill at 10:20am

Thursday, October 20, 2016: Fifth Grade Music Program 7:00pm

**Fifth grade students should arrive between 6:45pm and 7:00pm. Thank you!

Friday, October 21, 2016: PTA Fall Festival Parties 2:00pm to 3:00pm

2016 Park Hill Parent Survey


We recently contacted you with an invitation to complete our 2016 Park Hill Parent Survey. If you have already completed this survey, thank you for your time and please disregard this message.

Your individual feedback is very important to us and we have made several changes in the past several years related to the data and comments provided through this survey. You and your student are the key customers of the services that Park Hill School District provides and we want to know how we are doing!

Here is a link to the survey:

Please complete a survey for each grade that you may have a child. The window to take this survey is open until OCTOBER 21, 2016.

Thank you in advance for your participation. Please contact me at if you have any questions.


Mike Kimbrel, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Quality and Evaluation

Park Hill School District

Kansas City, MO


Eagles Practice Secondary Route Drill: Lakeview Middle School

Photo Taken by Student SMORE Leader, Sophia Doane.
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PTA Fall Festival Parties

We are getting READY for the PTA Fall Festival Parties!

Friday, October 21, 2016


We will have the lower level door (by the bus loop) available for entrance from

1:45pm to 2:45pm.

At English Landing, we have adopted a Fall Festival Party concept and incorporate these easy themes as an opportunity for students to dress in their grade level theme as a special component.

We do not want students to feel they must dress in their grade level theme wear or need to purchase anything special to wear on this day. Wearing everyday school clothing is fine too.

We feel homemade, easy accessories are the BEST!

Halloween costumes are not worn or brought to school.

Grade Specific Themes:

Kindergarten: Pajama Party

Wear your warm pajamas with tennis shoes, no slippers please.

First Grade: Hawaiian Luau Party

Put a flower in your hair, wear sunglasses, or wear a “beach” wear shirt.

Second Grade: Western Party

Wear a bandanna or make one out of extra material, wear a cowboy hat, boots or a vest. (No play guns permitted)

Third Grade: Sports Party

Wear any old jersey, old uniform, sports hat, or sports related clothing.

Fourth Grade:70’s Retro Party

Raid your parent’s or grandparent’s closet for this costume! Wear a wig, make a necklace with a peace sign, wear a headband, or wear flare legged jeans.

Fifth Grade:50’s Party

Roll up jeans with white sneakers and tube socks, wear a white t-shirt or put your hair in a ponytail with a fabric tie.

Career Share for the Guys Guests on October 17, 2016

A SPECIAL thanks to the following guys for signing up to spend time in a classroom on Monday, October 17, 2016:

Ryan McQueen

Doug Parsley

Kevin Humisham

Daniel Crosby

Nathan Bay

Matt Threadgill

Clif McDonald

Breck Zeyer

Todd Taylor

Darin Batchelor

Uche Ikeme

Drew Mazeitis

Travis Hild

REPEAT: Park Hill Elementary Progress Report and Report Card Change of Practice

During the 2016-2017 school year Elementary Progress Reports and Elementary Quarterly Report Cards will be sent home (electronically through an e-mail address) to families. If a family does not have an e-mail then a paper copy of this information will be sent home in back pack mail.

In the past school years, ALL English Landing students received a Progress Report or Midterm Report each quarter. During the 2016-2017 school year Elementary Progress Reports or Midterm Reports will only be sent to families with students who are not making expected progress.

First Quarter Progress Report Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

First Quarter Report Card Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

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Preparing for Thanksgiving Lunch

The annual Thanksgiving Lunch will be held on November 17, 2016 and grade levels will follow the regular lunch time schedule. If you will be joining your child for the Thanksgiving Lunch, please call the English Landing office at 359-4370 before November 10, 2016 to RSVP for this event. Any guests joining us for the Thanksgiving Lunch will pay $3.30. This lunch amount is the same for both adults and children. Only students enrolled at English Landing are able to eat the Thanksgiving Lunch for the regular student rate of $2.35. You may pay in advance, at the door, or have the cost deducted from your child’s lunch account. Please have exact change or a check payable to English Landing. Thank you!

2016-2017 Elementary School Hours

8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas





English Landing 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)
  • EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)
  • EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)
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