Nashua News

February 3, 2023

Nashua's Mission

The Nashua Community fosters inspiring relationships, sets the foundation for life-long learning, and guides independent thinkers to achieve excellence.

Nashua Elementary

Home of the STARS!

9:15-4:10 M, T, W, F

10:00-4:10 Late Start Thursdays

Attendance Line: 321-5162

Upcoming Events

February 6-10 - Non-perishable food collection for Nashua's Souper Bowl (see below)

February 6-13- CHIEFS Spirit Week at Nashua (see below)

Tuesday, February 7- 3rd Grade trip to Gladstone Community Center for swim screen

Friday, February 10- Dental assembly for grades K-3

Tuesday, February 14- PTA Turn Them in Tuesday- Dress Like a Tourist!

Wednesday, February 15- Stone Lion Puppet Assembly for grades K-5

Thursday, February 16 - NO LATE START, start time 9:15

Friday, February 17 - No School

Monday, February 20 - No School

Tuesday, February 21 - PTA Meeting 6pm

Thursday, February 23 - PTA Papa John's Night

Monday, February 27 - March 3 - Book Fair Week

Thursday, March 2- Reading Night- information coming soon!

Tuesday, March 7 - 1st Grade Music Program 6PM

Thursday, March 9- Nashua Floor Hockey Tournament

Friday, March 10 - Shamrock Shuffle (Grades K-2)

Wednesday, March 15 - PTA Jason's Deli Fundraiser 10am to 8 pm

Friday, March 17 - Spring Parties (more info in PTA section below)

Monday, March 20 - 24 - Spring Break, No School

Friday, March 31 - Spring Pictures

Friday, March 31- Grade Cards open for parents to view


February Late Start days: 2nd, 9th and 23rd Doors open at 9:45, and the learning bell rings at 10:00.


No Late Start February16th



Please refer to the school calendar on our website for additional dates.

District Calendar Here

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Future Party Information

On February 14, teachers will be taking time to celebrate kindness and friendship in their classrooms. Last March, a staff committee decided that in order to maintain equity and to avoid candy that may be unsafe for some students being sent to school, this day will not involve passing out Valentines that are sent from home. We ask that families do not send Valentine cards, boxes, or candies to school. We will still have two parties this year; the second will now be in spring (March 17, see PTA notes for sign up!) instead of in February.

Congratulations to Our Recent Superstars!

Meet Nashua Staff!

Nashua has incredible teachers who work tirelessly to help our students get smarter, feel cared for, and grow in so many ways! We also have many staff members who have a variety of roles in our school, all of whom care deeply for our Stars. Enjoy learning about new staff members within each newsletter!

Mrs. Ashley Goodwin

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Mrs. Joy Hoke

Mrs. Hoke is beginning her 16th year in the NKCSD, 7th year in the library and 5th year at Nashua. She loves helping kids find books they love and information they need. She has three kids (Fletch, Molly and Lemon) and 1 husband. Mrs. Hoke loves to travel, watch tv and READ!

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Mrs. Heather Goll

Heather Goll has worked for the NKC school district for 9 years. In her free time, she enjoys concerts, reading and shopping. She has been a Girl Scout leader for 13 years. She also volunteers at KC pet project working with their cats. She has been married for 19 years to her husband Chris and has two children Grace is 18 and Ruby is 14. She has a dog-Dixie and Cat-Frankie.
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Congratulations to Nashua's Culture of Excellence nominees!

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Seen Around Nashua

Students Nominated for Portraying the Competency of Collaboration in January

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Portrait of a Graduate

North Kansas City Schools will continue to implement our Portrait of a Graduate initiative this year. This program is designed to teach students different life skills that they can use to be successful.


Portrait of a Graduate Competencies: February = Communication!


During the month of February, Nashua Elementary will be focusing on Communication as a part of the district’s Portrait of a Graduate program. Communication is demonstrated by expressing thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. Communication also focuses on students being able to share and exchange their ideas in a variety of settings. Nashua will encourage communication by teaching classroom lessons, recognizing appropriate communication, and setting individual goals.

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Microschools Food Drive

Microschools has been busy since the beginning of January studying the 10 World Problems according to the UN. From there students have been digging into learning about poverty, hunger, and homelessness in the Nashua Community and Kansas City. During the week of February 6th we will be having a SOUPER BOWL to collect foods for several pantries in the KC area. We are asking families to donate what they can to Nashua. We have added a most needed items list below. Nashua is competing against an elementary school in Philadelphia for who can bring in the most food! See this link for more information!
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NFL Flag Football

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Yearbooks 2022-23

Students brought home a slip of paper from PTA today. It is either a yearbook receipt for your purchase or serves as an opportunity to scan the QR code on your form and order a yearbook. You may also pay by cash or check, payable to Nashua PTA, in the main office PTA black drop box. If you have any questions we do have the PTA information listed below in the PTA section of our Newsletter.
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Please tell friends and family who have a child who will enter Kindergarten this fall!
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Dental Health Assembly

We are pleased to offer a dental health assembly on February 10th for all Kindergarten through 3rd grade students.


Land of Smiles is an engaging children’s educational program that teaches students in pre-kindergarten through third grade the importance of good oral health habits. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. To help combat the prevalence of tooth decay among students, “Land of Smiles” travels throughout the state, reaching thousands of children each year.

During this interactive show, characters Captain Super Grin, Terri Tooth Fairy and Toothpick along with Caz Cavity explain good oral health care techniques, good and bad foods for the teeth, and why it is important to visit the dentist.

National School Counselor Week

National School Counseling Week 2023 (Feb. 6-10), sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the essential contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank our school counselor, Mrs. Adams. School counselors help students in more ways than you may know. This week we celebrate them as a part of National School Counseling Week 2023. Learn more about the role of this essential profession: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/role

Updated Birthday Treat Form

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PTA Updates

Website: nashuapta.my-pta.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NashuaElementaryPTA
Twitter: twitter.com/nashuapta

President: Danelle Bohan, pta.nashua@gmail.com

Vice President: Rachelle Walker, vp.nashua@gmail.com

Secretary: Megan Micek, fundraiser.nashua@gmail.com

Treasurer: Jen Masoner, treasurer.nashua@gmail.com

Donations Needed: Stars, we need your help! The Nashua teachers’ lounge is in need of disposable plates, spoons, forks, coffee cups and regular drink cups. Let's stock the lounge for our teachers and staff! Donations can be dropped off at the front office. Thank you!

Spring Book Fair: Save the dates for the spring book fair at Nashua Feb. 27-March 3! Times, volunteer sign ups and details coming soon!

Spring Party: We need parent volunteers for spring parties! Each grade will have an hour party time in the gym with 3 different stations. The stations will be a game, a craft, and a snack! We ask that parent helpers just come to the party and help with 1 of the stations. You will NOT need to provide any supplies, make any games or spend any time preparing before the party. PTA will provide the games, crafts, and snacks. Spring parties are Friday, March 17. Below are the party times for each class and sign-up link.

Party Times

9:30-10:30 a.m. - 3rd grade

10:30-11:30 a.m. - 4th grade

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - 5th grade

12:30-1:30 p.m. - 1st grade

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Kindergarten

2:30-3:30 p.m. - 2nd Grade

Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084BAFAF2AA6FF2-classroom1

Family Fun Night Donations Needed: We are seeking gift basket donations for Family Fun Night! Please share this message with businesses you know! Those interested in donating can email us at pta.nashua@gmail.com

Fundraising Chair: We are looking for someone interested in being the fundraising chair for next school year. If you are interested, please email Megan Micek at fundraiser.nashua@gmail.com

The treasurer will be collecting from the Drop Box in the office and dropping off checks on Thursdays this year. Expect a 1 week turn around for requests. If you need to have something expedited, please email her directly.

Nashua Teachers: Teacher reimbursements were increased from $100 to $125 for the 22-23 school year. Click here for guidelines and due date.

22-23 Yearbook Photos: Hello Nashua Families! We want all of your great photos from the 22-23 school year to be used in the yearbook! To upload your photos, see the instructions below. Please submit all photos by the end of the day on Friday, April 14, 2023.

1. Follow this Link: https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/index.asp

2. Search "Nashua" and choose Nashua in Kansas City, MO

3. Click the green "photos" button

4. You will need to register - or if you have uploaded photos in the past, you can login here.

5. From here you can select a category to upload - there is a category for each class as well as certain special events throughout the year. Please check here before adding your own category.

Thank you for taking the time to upload those photos!

Not sure if you have ordered a yearbook? Please email Nashua PTA at pta.nashua@gmail.com so we can check for you.

22-23 Yearbook Purchases: Still need to order a yearbook? Yearbook orders are due by April 28, 2023. Nashua yearbooks are being sold online for $15. Click here to purchase. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.

Classroom Sign Ups: Volunteer and get involved for your class throughout the year! Click the sign up link for more information! Sign Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084bafaf2aa6ff2-classroom1

Labels: Save the date for the next Turn Them in Tuesday Labels Day Tuesday, Feb. 14! Bring in a zipper bag of labels or empty ink cartridges for Nashua and dress like you are on vacation! Please contact Amanda Timmermeyer with questions: phillipamanda2007@yahoo.com

*A note about Labels: When turning in Coke Rewards please only send coke caps and Coke Rewards from the boxes or the plastic Coke labels. Please don't send in any other bottle caps which includes but not limited to: Pepsi, water bottles, Gatorades, Powerade, milk jugs, or any other bottle caps. Also when turning in Box Tops, please make sure they are only the pink box tops and are not already expired. Do not send the blue ones, those need to be scanned using the app!

Thank you for your support! You can also support Nashua with these apps:

Upcoming Label Days:
February 14th- Vacation Day: Dress Like a Tourist
March 14th- Workout Day- wear your favorite workout gear
April 11th- Wild West Day- Wear your western gear- NO WEAPONS!
May 9th- Dress Like a Teacher Day- dress like your favorite teacher

Get involved in the PTA!

Have you thought about getting involved in Nashua's PTA? We have several positions open for the 22-23 school year. We would love to help you find the right fit for you! Click here to see what’s available and sign up!

Memberships: You can join the Nashua PTA and order 2022-23 Nashua yearbooks online through our Cheddar Up site. Individual memberships are $6 and yearbooks $15. A PTA membership does not commit you to a chair position or volunteering, but it ensures you have a voice and your vote counts! If you would like to be a Nashua PTA business member and receive recognition on our emails and social media pages, you can join for $10. CLICK HERE to order. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.

⭐Thank you to those who have purchased 22-23 business memberships: Amanda Verona, Offer Pad, Cake and Champagne Event Planning, Cody Weaver Agency - Farmers Insurance Agent, Gonzalez Painting LLC, InstaLube, KC Blooms Plant Boutique, KCMO Nutrition, Main Street Investments and Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, The Spark Spot Education Center, and Tina’s Tiny Tots Daycare. We invite you to become a Business Member for the 22-23 school year and be recognized on the PTA website, emails and social media! Click here to purchase 22-23 Business Memberships for $10.

Open Positions: We need PTA volunteers for the 22-23 school year! Visit nashuapta.my-pta.org, click on Contact Us, and look for the yellow highlighting (job descriptions are included). If you are interested in any of the positions or have questions, please e-mail Danelle at pta.nashua@gmail.com. Thanks!

PTA Meeting: Join us for the next Nashua PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Nashua library! We will have a booster club member from Gateway 6th Grade Center sharing information about the club and getting involved. All fifth grade parents are welcome to come and ask questions! There will be high school student volunteers at school to watch children during the meeting.

Register with the PTA website to receive emails and view protected tabs! We encourage all new and returning families to visit the Nashua PTA website at http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/. If you are a new family or not signed up to receive emails, please click “Register” on the homepage and submit your email address. The PTA shares emails on upcoming events and important items. The PTA also has the staff favorites list and student directory on protected tabs that are only viewable if you log in to the website.

Restaurant Night: Save the date for Papa John’s Night Feb. 23!

Room Party Fee: Because of the excellent fundraising of the past couple years, we've eliminated room fees again this year!

Staff Favorites: Need teacher or staff gift ideas? The 22-23 Staff Favorites list has been posted to the PTA website! Visit the PTA website, http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/, login on the left hand side by clicking “Secure Login.” After you login, click the Staff Survey tab and find a list of teacher and staff favorites! If you don’t have a login for the PTA website, click “Register here.”

Student Directory: The student directory is now viewable on the PTA website. Visit the PTA website, http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/, login on the left hand side by clicking “Secure Login.” After you login, click the Student Directory tab and then click the “2022-23 Directory” link. If you don’t have a login for the PTA website, click “Register here.”

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Student Arrival- Important!

There is no student supervision before 9am on regular school mornings, and before 9:45am on Late Start Thursday mornings. Please do not drop your child off by car in front of the building. If your child will arrive at school by car, please follow our drop-off procedure for car riders. If your child is a walker, please ensure that the time they leave home does not have them arriving at school before our doors open. This is critical for student safety, to ensure that they are not waiting unsupervised, and is also important when the weather becomes colder so that students aren’t waiting outside for extended periods of time.
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Parent Resource Center

Hello! My name is Meghan Shipley, School Community Resource Specialist. My main role at Nashua is to help families get connected to resources and outside agencies throughout the Kansas City area. If your family is in need of clothing, food, shelter, or other needs, please click on the link. It is a simple way to mark what you need and I will be able to reach out and offer services. This form will be left up all year long. Feel free to utilize this tool anytime you may be in need!


https://forms.office.com/r/jAzgHwQ3g9

REPEATED ITEMS

Café Announcements: Al a Carte (Repeated)

Al a carte (snacks) is now open for all grade levels to purchase at lunch. Some students REALLY enjoy purchasing snacks. If they have money on their lunch account, they are able to purchase snacks without limit (to an extent). That being said, if you would like to limit or block these purchases there are 2 ways to do so. 1) Email Jodi the café manager at Jodi.kane@nkcschools.org or 2) Fill out the form provided and return to Jodi so she may note your students account. For example to limit your students account, have your student pick a day(s) that they are allowed snacks, and/or how many if you like. You can choose to limit it to only a certain amount (1,2,3) per day. Also keep in mind Ms. Jodi will allow students to purchase the day before or after if their day falls on a holiday or snow day unless directed otherwise. If you are sending money to school with your student please make sure they take it to the café before the start of lunch. Any money turned in during lunch will be added to their account for the next day. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jodi at 816-321-5164.


If you would like to restrict your student from purchasing "doubles" (a second meal) please inform Ms. Jodi via phone, email or indicate that on the snack form.

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Perfect Attendance (Repeated)

We are so excited to see our Stars each and every day, which is why we are excited to reward students with perfect attendance! Perfect attendance means being in class every second of every day with no tardy slips issued. Each month, perfect attendance stars will receive some type of small reward, such as a sticker, pencil, extra recess time, or dance party. We understand if there are occasions during which your student will not be able to attend school due to illness. Students will be able to enjoy rewards each month for the remainder of the year, should they maintain perfect attendance for each of the other months. We are beginning this incentive in September, with attendance being tracked for this purpose beginning tomorrow (September 1). Our first reward will be an extra 15 minutes of recess on October 3rd. Medical notes, late arrivals and early sign outs, while sometimes necessary, will disqualify students from perfect attendance.

Reminders about Car Rider Drop-off (Repeated)


  • Please ensure that your students are prepared to get out of the vehicle before you pull up to stop (ready to get out with backpacks, water bottles, etc.)
  • If your child is reluctant to exit the vehicle, or if they are unprepared to exit the vehicle for any reason, please pull forward and to the left side while you resolve the issue, so that the line can continue to progress
  • For safety reasons, students should exit the car on the passenger side.
  • To avoid your child receiving a tardy and impacting their attendance, please attempt to complete drop-off before 9:12

Picking Students Up Late (Repeated)

If your child did not get picked up on time from the car rider line and they are waiting in the office, please pull into the bus loop, park your car, and come inside to sign your child out in the office. Thank you!

Car Rider Line Procedure (Repeated)

To ensure safety and fair, quick car rider procedures during arrival and dismissal, we ask that all families adhere to the car rider procedure on the map below.


Car riders will access their line from the westbound lane of 114th street by way of McGee street. The NKC buses will access the bus loop by driving eastbound on 114th street.


In addition, if you are lining up early for dismissal, we ask that you not block driveways and mailboxes along 114th street or McGee street.


Thank you so much for your cooperation, as this helps for a smoother dismissal for everyone.

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