August 19th-August 26th, 2019

Welcome to the weekly parent newsletter!

Each Friday during the school year, you will receive updates, information, and highlights from the family at Chinn Elementary! This newsletter will be sent out to all parent email addresses as well as the Chinn Facebook page...make sure you go and like the page for all the pictures and updates!

Chinn Elementary Parent Orientation

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School of Excellence

Please congratulate our PTA for our destination as a 2019-2021 National PTA Schol of Excellence! Thank you for supporting our PTA!

Upcoming Events for the next two weeks:

Parent Orientation: August 22nd 5:30-7:00pm

NWEA Testing window opens: August 23rd

PTA School of Excellence Celebration: August 25th

Watch DOGS kickoff: August 29th 6:00 pm

Message from our new PE teacher- Mr. Richard

Please click this link for access to the first PE newsletter of the year!

Medication Guidelines and Authorization Form

From Mrs. Smith, our wonderful Panther nurse, please go to the Park Hill website and find the release that needs to accompany medication as you drop it off for your student. Extras forms are also in the office. Thank you!

Medication guidelines and authorization form

2019-2020 Special Event Flyer

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Miles of Smiles dental program will be at Chinn September 12th – October 3rd

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 Medicaid 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 $51,500 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 smartphone or 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 and returned by: August 30th

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.

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact:

Amy Powell


Confidential Resource Checklist

Student’s Name__________________________________ Grade: _____________________

Parent Name: __________________________________ Contact Number: ____________

Please check all that apply to your child/ren that are enrolled at Chinn Elementary.


___ Clothing (PTA Clothing Closet and Operation School Bell)

___ Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast Program

___ Dental Services (Miles of Smiles Dental program)

___ Information on applying for Missouri Medicaid

___ School Supplies

___ Back Snack Program (Supplemental week-end food provided through Harvesters)

___ Giving the Basics (Hygiene products)

___ General Community Resources (utilities, food, housing, etc.)

___ Platte County Health Department information

My child-

___ has difficulty with social skills.

___ struggles with returning /completing homework.

___ struggles with being late/attendance.

___ is struggling with a specific situation (divorce, loss, anger).

Other/Information: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

We will send you the forms for the support resources you have checked. The forms must be completed and returned before you can be enrolled in the programs. By signing this form, you give the School Social Worker permission to provide referrals to community resources.

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Signature Date

If you need further information please contact Carolyn Child, Chinn School Social Worker, at 359-6229.

2019-2020 KidGuard Insurance Enrollment

Park Hill continues to offer all families the opportunity to enrol their student(s) (PreK-12th) in a low cost, district approved insurance program. The application is available on the Park Hill website or in the office.

Kid Guard offers four basic options:

  1. 24 Hour Basic Accident Insurance Plan
  2. School Time Basic Accident Insurance Plan
  3. Increased Dental Accident Coverage
  4. In-Hospital Sickness Benefit Option

Kidguard also offers two additional options:

  1. In-Hospital Sickness Coverage Benefit Option
  2. Increased Dental Accident Coverage Option

Badging Information

Please note that all students will be required to wear their student given badges each day during the school year. For more information, please use this link to the communication that all parents will receive at the beginning of the year. Student Badging Information

2019-2020 Arrival and Dismissal Plan

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Nutrition Services Information and Meal Prices for the 2019 20 School Year

As we get ready for the new school year, we wanted to share some information as well as updated meal pricing.

Elementary Breakfast - $1.50 (previously $1.25)

Elementary Lunch - $2.40 (no change)

Ala Carte Milk - $.60 (previously $.50)

Adult Breakfast - $2.00(no change)

Adult Lunch - $3.50 without milk (no change)

Each school should now have new Free and Reduced Meals Applications for 2019-2020. A new application must be completed each year. This year’s applications are blue. If you have any in a different color please discard them as we cannot accept Free and Reduced Meal Applications from a previous school year.

Nutrition Services will continue to use School Café to accept online meal payments, enable parents to view student purchases and set purchase restrictions. Also, online Free and Reduced Meal Applications will be available beginning Thursday, August 1st. Any parent who has a School Café Account may complete their application via this portal.

Parents who would like to set up a School Café Account can go to They must have their student’s school, ID number, and birthdate to establish a School Café account.

School Start Times

Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we decided not to change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year. However, we still have challenges due to the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, while costs for transportation increased sharply over the last few years, state funding for transportation has not kept up. Because we have some money in our reserves, this gap in funding is not an immediate crisis, but we cannot keep taking money from the reserves indefinitely for this and other costs.

The district has an advisory committee, which will take the findings from our Sleep and Start Times work group and make some recommendations to the district and the Board. We will also ask for more public feedback to inform the Board as it makes its decision. In addition to an in-person public feedback meeting, we will continue to get your feedback using our public engagement web site, Park Hill Listens. To get the latest information and give us your feedback, go to

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

This year, Chinn will be using a collection of resources that assist with students' writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. We are adopting AVID to continue to build what we call "High trust, low stress" environments, which research shows improves not only mental and behavioral health but also increases student academic learning. You will receive updates from the parent P.R.I.D.E newsletter, individual teachers, at parent orientation, and throughout the year through your students.

Please reach out if you have any questions about this program and its benefits!

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Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Looking forward to having Father-figures in the building. Visit our website to sign-up now!

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

WATCH a father involvement initiative to provide positive male role models for students and to enhance school security. Chinn Watch D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities, as assigned by the school principal or other administrators.


The office would like a 48 hour notice prior to your visit so that an individualized schedule can be created for you. Make sure to put your child's first name only on the comment line so that we can have you visit your child's classroom. Thank you for your understanding and for taking time out of your day to spend with our Panthers.

To sign up for WATCH D.O.G.S., watch out for a sign-up coming soon!

Please be sure to complete the volunteer screening form at least two weeks prior to your scheduled date. More information on the volunteer screening process.

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