Martin's Memo

North Elementary School- May 5, 2016

Duties for the week of May 9

MORNING DUTY: Brandon, Amy Brewer, Jennifer



YEE HAWS!!!!! = 39

Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 5

  • School Store
  • Staff Conference (1L) at 1:30 pm in the office
  • Staff conference (3S) at 3:15 pm in the office

Friday, May 6

  • IEP (ECSE) at 10:00 am at Southwest (Barb or Jen R)
  • 5th grade service project from 10:15 am- 1:30 pm at Southwest

Sunday, May 8

  • Happy Birthday, Shawn!

Monday, May 9

  • IEP (3Brewer) at 9:45 am in the office
  • Technology Meeting at 11:00 am in the Library (Barb and Julie Stoehr)
  • Board of Education Meeting at 6:00 pm at BOE

Tuesday, May 10

  • Blue Ribbon Writing Party at 9:00 am in room 110
  • Elementary Orchestra Concert at 10:20 am in the gym (Grades 2-5 only)
  • District Behavior Task Force Meeting at 4:00 pm at Dix Road

Wednesday, May 11

  • Happy Birthday, Kim Bruce!
  • Happy School Nurse's Day! (Thank you, Miss Donna!)
  • Sing Off at 8:30 am in the gym (Grades 1-5)
  • Staffing/IEP (ECSE Student) at 12:30 pm in room 110
  • Leadership Team Meeting at 3:15 pm in the library

Thursday, May 12

  • 5th Grade Trip to Ozark Caverns
  • Elementary Principals' Meeting at 8:00 am at BOE

Friday, May 13

  • Happy Birthday, Jennifer!
  • Grading window opens at 7:00 am
  • 2nd grade trip to LU Carver's Farm
  • 5th grade Safety Patrol Picnic
  • IEP (ECSE) at 3:00 pm at Southwest (Barb, Karly, Jen)

Monday, May 16

  • Brag Tag Assembly for grades K-2 at 9:00 am in the gym
  • Brag Tag Assembly for grads 3-5 at 10:00 am in the gym
  • Staffing (4G) at 3:15 pm in the office

Tuesday, May 17 (See alternative schedule for special classes)

  • Grading Window Closes at 7:00 am
  • 5th grade promotion at 8:30 am in the gym

Wednesday, May 18 (See alternative schedule for special classes and lunch)

  • Lunch schedules are changed- Recess is 10 minutes lunch is 20 minutes- see schedule
  • Sports Day from 12:30-2:30 PM
  • End of the Year Social at Canterbury Hills at 3:15 pm
  • Summer School Meeting from 3:30-5:00 pm in the library
  • District Behavioral Task Force Meeting at 4:00 pm at Dix Road

Thursday, May 19 (See alternative schedule for special classes and lunch)

  • Last Day of School
  • Picnic lunches in classrooms
  • Grade Cards sent home
  • Dismissal of students at noon
  • Staff dismissed at 3:30 pm

Happy May Birthdays to:

8- Shawn Reed

11- Kim Bruce

13- Jennifer Roling

29-Nicole Jenkins

Happpy Summer Birthdays to:

June 12- Julie Wood

June 13- Fariba Dooling

July 2- Cathy Carter

July 27- Karri Gourley

July 28- Debbie Lee

August 10- Kourtney Griggs

August 12- Brandon Stephens

August 12- Kim Bowden

August 13- Becky Gosche

August 25- Stephanie Moats

Due Dates

  • SRI Class Growth Report is due to Barb by Tuesday, May 10.
  • Persuasive Essays from students regarding the library and/or YMCA are due by Friday, May 13.
  • Open Enrollment for Insurance for 2016-2017 begins on Friday, May 6 and must be completed by Monday, May 16.
  • Check out form should be submitted by Thursday, May 19.
  • Summer Maintenance request form should be submitted by Thursday, May 19.

Open Enrollment for 2016-2017

Open Enrollment Process
JCPS Open Enrollment period starts Friday, May 6, 2016 through end-of-day Monday, May 16, 2016. Beginning Friday, May 6, 2016, you must enroll online through the Jefferson City Public School District’s benefits system, Bswift, to make your 2016-2017 benefit elections:

  • Bswift site:
  • Username = firstname.lastname
  • Password = {you established a new password last spring during open enrollment} If you've forgotten your password, there is a Forgot-Password link on the page.

Employees may login to the open enrollment website as many times as they wish, and make changes at any time through the May 16 deadline. Instructions on how to enroll can be found on the JCPS Bswift enrollment website ( under Library.

More detailed information regarding this can be found in an email sent to you on April 20 from

For Upcoming Newsletters:

I am starting to include all activity dates for newsletters between now and the end of the year. This doesn't mean you have to include them ALL in newsletters starting immediately. Use your judgement as to what you begin to include and when.

  • School store is Thursday, May 5
  • Yearbook orders will be due on Friday, May 6
  • Last day to charge lunches is Monday, May 9.
  • Library books are due on Tuesday, May 10.
  • Sing off for grades 1-5 is Wednesday, May 11 at 8:30 am
  • Fourth Quarter Brag Tag assemblies are on Monday, May 16: Grades K-2 at 9:00 am and Grades 3-5 at 10:00 am
  • 5th grade promotion is Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30 am
  • Sports Day is Wednesday, May 18 from 12:30-2:30 pm
  • The last day of school is Thursday, May 19. Dismissal is at noon.

For your last newsletter to parents:

Don’t throw away your car rider hangtags! Just a reminder that we will only be providing hangtags to our kindergarteners and new families next year. Replacement hangtags for those lost will be available for $1 each. You can help to be sure they are easily readable in the fall by tracing over your name with a black permanent marker. Please use all capital letters and use the whole space provided so that it will be easily readable. Store your hangtags in your glove compartment so that they are protected from light and kept safe until next school year. Thanks for your help!

Student (and staff) Persuasive Essays

Just a reminder that we have been asked to help show there is public interest in a YMCA and a library in Holts Summit. Please discuss the "what ifs" with your class write to one or both of the following:

Why should Holts Summit have a library? What kind of programs and activities would you want to do there?

Why should Holts Summit have a YMCA? What kind of programs and activities would you want to do there?

Please turn any that your class writes in to me by Friday, May 13.

Character Plus Read Alouds

Our "Forgiving" study ends on Friday, May 13. After you read the character book aloud next Friday, please send it to the office. We'll start up again next year!

End of the Year Awards to Record on Cumulative Files

A good question was asked: What awards should be recorded on the yellow cumulative file? Please be sure to record the following awards at a minimum:

  • Reading Circle
  • Math Hall of Fame
  • SRO Award (all quarters)
  • Central Bank Citizenship Award
  • All 5th grade awards presented at promotion

It's getting to be that time of year.....

It's that time of year when things get crazy busy with activities. Carey takes a lot of calls from parents asking questions about things that are going on: programs, fundraising, field trips, etc. If you are doing something and you send special instructions home with kids (ie permission slips, practice times, due dates), please be sure to give Carey and Lyndsey a copy of that so they can answer questions. Thanks!

Summer School

Students WILL be able to take SRC quizzes over the summer. That is something that could be included on summer school goal sheets, particularly for students who are needing enrichment goals.

Summer Professional Development

Summer Professional Development is open on My Learning Plan. The district always wants to allow JCPS the first opportunity to sign up before opening those opportunities to folks outside of the district. JCPS plans to open the professional development to individuals outside of JCPS on Monday, May 9. If you are interested in any of the professional development, please try to sign up before Monday!

End of the Year Cut-off Dates

  • The last day to take Reading Counts Quizzes is going to be Friday, May 6.
  • The last day to take the SRI/FRA is going to be Friday, May 6.
  • The last day for students to charge meals in the cafeteria is Monday, May 9.
  • All student library books are due Tuesday, May 10.

Important Information for 2016-2017

There have been some changes to our three contracted days prior to school starting for 2016-2017 that I need to put on your radar before you leave for summer break.

  • Teachers who are not under an extended contract because they have been in the district less than three years will return for 3 work days beginning on Monday, August 15.
  • As far as I know, opening session will be on Monday, August 15.
  • ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE IS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 FROM 5:00-7:00 PM THIS YEAR. A lot of discussion has occurred regarding the things that need to be done AFTER the open house in order to be truly ready for the first day of school and so this date has been changed this year.
  • Sometime during those three days, there will be potentially 4-6 hours of PD at each building focused around ICLE and the district behavior supports that will be put in place.

All of you are SO conscientious about having your rooms ready and preparing for our kiddos that I wanted you to know what those three days might hold so you can plan accordingly. Sometimes knowing allows us to plan ahead so it isn't stressful and overwhelming.

Links for end of the year sign out and maintenance request forms

Classroom Teacher Checkout

Use this form if you are a K-5 classroom teacher.

Certified Staff Checkout

Use this form if you are in a certified position, but are not a K-5 classroom teacher.

Staff Checkout

Use this form if you are not in a certified position.

Summer Work Request

Use this for to place a summer work request for your classroom or another area of the building.


  • Weekly entries should be made into Infinite Campus in each subject area.
  • Be sure to keep your websites up-to-date!
  • I would like copies of all classroom newsletters. These can be sent to me electronically or a paper copy in my mailbox.
  • Please continue to use the clip up tickets, Safe, Respectful, and Responsible Compliment cards (or verbal compliments) keeping the 4:1 in mind!

Please clean projector filters on Fridays!

"Get Your Learn On!" ~ Kid President

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Forgiveness means that you accept others even though they have treated you wrongly or made a mistake.

Be Safe~Be Respectful~Be Responsible