Shark Bites

Stopher Newsletter, February 22nd

From The Principal

I hope our students enjoyed their extended weekend. Our staff has been spending the past two days meeting with families for conferences and connecting with colleagues for professional learning. While we enjoy these times, our building feels empty without our Sharks, and we are excited to welcome them back tomorrow!

Today, I shared with staff some of my first impressions of Stopher. I have loved watching the excitement and smiles of students when they walk in our building and the encouragement they offer one another. Our teachers find ways to engage with students from the moment they walk in until the moment they leave. Even when we have to be patient for our busses, you will see dedicated teachers out in the hallways with students playing games and making them smile. This is truly a joyful community. When our students return to school tomorrow, they will be greeted with a bulletin board with examples that bring our staff members joy here at Stopher. We will invite students to share their joy as well.

Thank you for your continued support and warm welcome to our school community.

Ms. Shearon

Dates to Note

February 28 ... Skating Party

February 25-March 4 ... Book Fair

February 28-March 4 ... Read Across America

March 4 ... Dr. Seuss Parade

March 7 ... No School

March 10 ... PTA General Meeting

Stopher CEP Drop Off Lane


The safety of our students is a high priority at Stopher. Please use the following guidelines when using the bus drive in the mornings.

  • CEP students are the only students to use the bus drive for drop off.
  • CEP students must arrive prior to 8:30 a.m.
  • Vehicles are not to drive among or around buses.
  • Buses ALWAYS have right of way.

Advanced Program Appeals Deadline

The deadline for AP appeals is February 25. Please complete the required Appeals Form by that date.

Stopher Book Study

We are entering our third week of reading Matilda, by Roald Dahl, schoolwide! Students are enjoying special read-alouds, activities, and a poster contest! Ask your student about their favorite character: is it the intelligent Matilda, or the intimidating Miss Trunchbull?

Stage Crew Applications

Stage Crew forms are out and are due back to Mrs. Williams by this Friday! Don't miss your chance to be part of the crew for our Spring Musical, Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, Jr. Interested 4th and 5th graders are encouraged to apply.

Spring Book Fair

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Read Across America

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Stopher Soccer Team Tryouts

This is not to be confused with the after school soccer program, Kicks Soccer Academy! This is a competitive team for students in grades 3 thru 5.
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Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Before School Program)

Stopher Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Friday morning in library. All 3rd - 5th graders are welcome. Drop off starts at 8:35 and the huddle is from 8:40 - 9:00. See the attached permission slip for more details or e-mail Mrs. Owen with questions at with questions.

Kicks Soccer Academy (After School Program)

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Bricks 4 Kidz (After School Program)

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Stopher Skating Party

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Share Your Pictures With Us!

Have you taken any pictures of your child's class or team this year? At a Class Party? On a Field Trip? Be sure to e-mail in your picture(s) to Deadline to submit is March 1st!

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Don't miss your chance to get your 2021-22 Stopher Elementary Yearbook! Cost: $25.

Deadline to order is March 20th! Believe me, your kids will want this book full of memories from another awesome year as a Stopher Shark!

PLUS, everyone gets two free customizable pages! Deadline to get in your customizable pages is also March 20th. So if you've already ordered, don't forget to log back in and make your shark the star of their yearbook!!

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Stopher School Meal Menu

Last minute menus changes are occurring frequently and are out of our control due to the nationwide food shortage. Menus on Nutrislice may not reflect these changes.

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COVID Testing

REMINDER: If you have signed your student up for weekly testing and no longer want it done, you must go back to the permission form you signed and remove the permission. Our office staff can not access these forms to make the change.

Covid-19 Testing

Routine COVID-19 testing for those who are not symptomatic is available to students during school. This voluntary screening will be done weekly and can quickly identify individuals who may be COVID-19 positive. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

*Testing is done at Stopher on Wednesdays. Registration for the test must be completed prior to 2:00 the day before.

*You do not need to register every week. Once your student is on the list, he/she stays on the list until you remove him/her.

Test to Stay

If a JCPS student or employee has been in close contact of someone with COVID-19, they now have an option not to quarantine. To qualify, they have to take a COVID-19 test every night for seven days. If they have a negative result, they can come back to school or work the next day.

Free testing is offered at middle and high schools and other select locations in the afternoons/evenings every Sunday-Thursday. There are now more than 50 locations available across the district. Click here for a list of sites and hours.

Individuals living in the same household as the positive case do NOT qualify for Test to Stay.

IMPORTANT!!!! .................... Test to Play

If a JCPS student (elementary, middle, and high school) is doing any extracurricular activities or sports, they are now required to take a weekly COVID-19 test. Stopher students can take a test during the school day on Wednesdays. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

Students not tested will NOT be permitted to participate.

PTA General Body Meeting

The Stopher Executive Board would like to invite you to attend the next General Body Meeting of the PTA. It was tentatively set but has been rescheduled for the evening of Thursday, 3/10 at 7:00 pm with guest speaker, Principal Shearon. The meeting will be virtual. Link to join via Zoom will be sent closer to meeting date. Please mark your calendars for this exciting night that includes time with our new principal. Your Stopher PTA appreciates all your support!

In School Field Trip

The 2nd graders enjoyed a fun and hands on in-school field trip with the Louisville Water Company. Students explored properties of water and participated in an experiment with surface tension. Be sure and ask your student how many drops of water they were able to place on their penny!

Site Based Decision Making

Next SBDM meeting: 4:00pm, March 18th

Click Here for SBDM Information

Fastest Kid in the "Ville"

February 25th the Louisville Urban League and Kentucky State University are putting on a "Fastest Kid in the 'Ville" race at the new Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center indoor track.

It is a state of the art facility with a banked track. It is worth the trip, just to see!

This race will be run by grade (1st-8th). It is free to run. Admission for adults is $10. Use this link or go to, click on the calendar and look for the meet on Feb 25th.

Coach Krohn cannot be there as Stopher has a hockey game. But you can register unattached and go race!

Community Summer Camp Information

Community youth activity opportunities can be posted here. If you would like to share any information regarding community extra-curricular activities or events, please send it to
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