December 14, 2018
Global Cardboard Challenge Highlights
Tips for Getting Kids Reading Over Winter Break!
Holiday breaks and chilly winter weekends offer the perfect excuse to encourage kids to snuggle under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and their favorite book. And whether your child is an enthusiastic bookworm or a little less excited about the whole idea, these suggestions are designed to help keep them turning the pages (and maybe even enjoying it!) over the break from school.
1. Try a reading challenge. Challenge your student to read 20 minutes a day. Many children respond well to a little competitive challenge, and research has found that reading just 20 minutes a day exposes children to 1.8 million words a year and dramatically improves standardized test scores. If you prefer, ask your child to read a certain number of pages per day.
2. Hook kids with a book set. What better time than the holidays to gift your child with a set of books to keep them reading?
3. Share similar titles. If your child has a book or book series that he already really enjoys, consider a "read-alike" — those are books that explore the same genre, or a similar subject or storyline.
4. Find other books or series by an author your child already enjoys. For example, students who enjoy Rachel Renee Russell’s Dork Diaries series, most likely will enjoy The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero, the first book in the Misadventures of Max Crumbly series, by the same author!
5. Don’t forget non-fiction! If your child is super passionate about science, nature, history or geography, be sure to check out non-fiction titles related to her interest. Or, hook kids with the wild, wacky and wonderful achievements hiding between the pages of the annual Guinness World Records book.
6. Take reading on the road. Traveling during the winter break? Don’t forget to pack a paperback for the journey or try an audiobook. Audiobooks offer a novel way to re-visit a much-loved title or to try something new. Check out the suggestions in this age-by-age guide to the best audiobooks for kids to get you started.
7. Finally, make time to read together as a family. Kids of all ages love it when their parents read aloud to them. Start out by choosing a book the whole family will enjoy, and then commit to making time each day to slow down, snuggle together and enjoy the closeness of reading together.
Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee
We are excited to announce the opportunity for you to attend an Introductory Meeting on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. in room 230 of Park Hill School District Office to learn about how the bee works and what the rules are for going to Nationals! This will be followed by several study sessions with dates to be announced. There is no sign-up necessary, just drop by if you are available.
The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 23rd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 26-May 31. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers.
All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.
Park Hill Star Program
The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy. Amy Hoban, our reading specialist, was recently honored as a Park Hill Star! Click the link below if you would like to nominate a special staff member!
What is the Star program?
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. Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate a Park Hill Star this year!
Helping Children Cope with Tragedy
It is a sad fact that all children need to know how to deal with tragic events—and their parents and caregivers need to know how to help them cope.
This month's Report to Parents, Helping Children Cope With Tragedy, offers families tips for how to help their child cope in the wake of a disaster or tragic event.
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Miles of Smiles Program
The Miles of Smiles Dental program will be coming to Tiffany Ridge on December 17th and will be with us until January 17th. This is a full service, FREE, onsite dental program. Please see the additional information below and the attached registration form. You can also apply online at the link below (Spanish and English offered). I will be sending paper information home as well via the back pack. If you have any questions please contact me at 816.359.6229
Carolyn Child, Tiffany Ridge School Social Worker
Miles of Smiles Dental Program will be at Tiffany Ridge
December 17th - January 17th
Miles of Smiles is a full service dental program that provides FREE dental care to children in the Northland. This free service is made available through private donations and Missouri Mediciad funding. If your child participates in the program, their dental care will be provided on site, in the school, by a Missouri licensed dentist. Whether you have insurance or not, Miles of Smiles provides a full service dental program including cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, pulpotimies and extractions, for free. Follow up appointments are available in our office Monday through Friday, all year long.
You might be surprised at how flexible the income guidelines are. If your annual family income is below $49,200 for a family of four, you will qualify for Miles of Smiles. No co-pays and no deductibles to meet!
Patient registration forms can be completed online from a smart phone, a computer, or you can contact the school and ask to be provided with a paper copy. Please include all of the the necessary information on your child's form, including but not limited to: Health History, Allergies, and any concerns you have. Please remember in order for your child to be seen we will need all three parent signatures signed on the form. Please have the form completed by: December 13th
Please visit our website for more information and to sign your child up online!
Once the dentist has left the school, we are still your dentist. You can call our office and schedule an appointment any time. We hope you will consider us your dental home and visit us on a regular basis. We will return to the school around the same time next year.
Thank you for participating in the Miles of Smiles dental program.
Miles of Smiles
5416 NE Antioch Road
Kansas City, MO 64119
Tiffany Ridge PTA
Have you joined PTA? Sign up online to support your Tiffany Ridge Timberwolves!
2018-19 PTA board
Crystal Hughbanks – President
Meredith Viljoen – Vice President of Membership
TBD – Vice President of Fund Raising
Meagan Imgarten – Secretary
Joe Ciccio – Treasurer
Tiffany Ridge Elementary
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Dr. Desiree Rios-Principal
Megan Pudenz-Assistant Principal