Northside Notes

January 31, 2018

Important Dates for Thoroughbreds

February 1: School Spelling Bee 8:30 AM

February 6: District Spelling Bee 6 PM at Southside

February 6: 4th Grade takes the National Assessment of Educational Progress

February 7: Blood Drive at Northside 9-11 AM

February 8: American History Wax Museum 9 AM

February 12: My First Book Club 6-7 PM

February 18: President's Day. No School

February 19: 4th Grade Biography Bottles Due

February 25-March 1: I Love to Read Week

February 27: Spring Photos/Class Picture

March 1: Book Character Day!

March 4: Professional Development Day. No School.

March 8: Reading Log #3 Due

March 18-22: Spring Book Fair* (Recently Moved)

March 19: Family Night at the Book Fair 5-8 PM

March 19: My First Book Club 6-7 PM

March 25: 5th Grade Field Trip BizTown - Lexington

March 26: District Technology Showcase 6-7 PM at Northside

April 1-5: Spring Break

April 10: 2nd/5th WEEF Performace UK AcoUstiKats Woodford Theatre 9/10:30 AM

April 18: State STLP Competition at Rupp Arena

May 23: New Last Day of School (As of Jan.31)

School Calendars

New Last Day

Per the 2018-2019 Calendar, with yesterday's closing, the new current last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 23rd with Closing Day now Friday, May 24th. Should we miss any additional days that are not NTI days, the last day for students would be adjusted accordingly. Also, we would have had to miss three days of school that are not NTI days prior to February 1 for President's Day (February 18th) to be a make-up day. Since missing three days that are not NTI days prior to Feb. 1 is now an impossibility, we will not use President's Day as a make-up day so that will remain a day off in the calendar.


Dear Woodford Families,

We are pleased to announce that Woodford County Schools has been granted state permission to offer “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) days during the 2018-2019 school year. This plan will allow meaningful learning to take place, when conditions prevent schools from being in session. An NTI day will count as an instructional day, and if approved by KDE (Kentucky Department of Education) will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

WHAT IS NON-TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION? A non-traditional instructional day is a district declared day when learning and instruction will continue, yet students will not report to school. Learning will take place utilizing technology or conventional paper packets focusing on skills enhancement, remediation and enrichment. All materials will be provided by your child’s teacher(s) and students are expected to return completed assignments to their teacher(s) upon their return to school. Please note, not every school cancellation day will be an NTI Day. The message from Mr. Hawkins will clearly indicate what type of cancellation day it will be.

HOW WILL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BE PROVIDED? Students with internet access will be able to complete work at home or another location, using educational programs that are familiar to your child. If your child does not have internet access, a paper copy of assignments will be provided in advance of an NTI day. Other information regarding assignments can be found on teacher websites, newsletters and e-communications.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON AN NTI DAY? 1. When the decision is made to have an NTI Day, a “One Call Now” message will be sent out by Mr. Hawkins notifying families. 2. Teachers will be available to answer questions and help students between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 3. Teachers will be available via email and will respond to both student and parent questions during the above hours. If email is not a possibility, please contact your child’s school to set up a means of communication. 4. Completed work needs to be returned to school the first day back from NTI day. We are excited about this opportunity to provide learning when conditions in the past would have prevented learning from taking place. Thank you for your continued support.


Scott Hawkins, Superintendent

Blood Drive

When you donate with Kentucky Blood Center, you are a hero to a local patient. Let others know about your heroics with this long-sleeve T-shirt. Get one when you donate at this upcoming KBC blood drive.


Northside Elementary School
Thursday, 02/07/2019 (09:00 am - 11:00 am)
500 Northside Drive
KBC Bus - Bloodmobile
Midway, KY 40347

Thanks for being a lifesaver!


Please do not send an ill child to school. We request you do not administer fever-reducing medication to your student prior to sending them to school if you feel they may be ill (i.e. Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc.). Your child should stay home if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

* Please note some students have serious medical conditions that can become life threatening when exposed to certain conditions. Please alert the school office if your

child has measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox/shingles, whooping cough, or any other condition of concern.

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5th Grade American History Wax Museum

The 5th grade American History Wax Museum is scheduled for Friday, February 8th at 9 AM, immediately after students change and setup. Below is a timeline to guide students through the process of the project. At this time, students are sharing their monologues with Mrs. Caldwell and receiving their blue index card, which may used during the museum. Students are encouraged to memorize monologues, but the cards can be used for support. Students are welcome to bring their tri-fold boards and props to school at any time and store them in the library. Email Mrs. Caldwell if you have any questions concerning the wax museum.

Timeline for completing work:
Week of January 14-18th: Complete research. Begin writing monologue in library class.

Week of January 22-25th: Written monologues shared with Mrs. Caldwell or teacher. Once monologue is revised (if needed), Mrs. Caldwell will give you a 5X8 index card to write your monologue on.

* Monologues should be memorized. Display board/posters completed.

Week of January 28- February 1st: Students will share monologues during library class. Be prepared!

* You may bring your board/poster to the library and Mrs. Caldwell will store it for you.

Friday, February 8th (morning): School performances in the library and the cafeteria.

Annie Jr. Information

You can find information concerning Annie Jr. at the following link.

Pop Tab Collection

Northside collects pop tabs to send to the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital to help fund camps for cancer patients. Please collect tabs and send them in!

From Nurse Ann!

Several families should have received letters home requesting updated Immunization certificates, initial entry into school vision exam reports, and dental reports from your doctor's office. If you did receive a letter, please return these forms to the school as soon as possible as they are due. All student health forms are required by Kentucky state law. Please feel free to call the school nurse with any questions. Thank you!

Birthday Food Items

Birthday Food Items

Northside Parents and Guardians,

With a number of allergies and other health concerns in our school, it is very important that we are aware of food items being brought in for birthday treats. Please follow the guidelines below if you plan to send in a food item for a birthday:

  • Food items must be store bought and labeled to ensure ingredients and nutrition information are listed.

  • Call the front office at least 24 hours in advance so any necessary arrangements can be made. The office staff will log the food item on our calendar.

  • If our office is not notified, the item will be held until the next day to allow arrangements to be made. If the item brought in is not store bought and labeled, the item will be sent back home.

*Teachers will coordinate food items for classroom parties following these guidelines.

Please understand that these procedures are in place to ensure the health and well-being of our students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

Principal Asher

New Parent Background Check Requirement for Field Trips!

Parents, if you or any family members (i.e. grandparents, siblings, etc.) plan to chaperone any field trips this year, it is very important that you visit your school's office or our central office for submission of a Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) background check. This differs from the administrative office of the courts (AOC) criminal background check in that it would show any substantiated child abuse or neglect found by the Department of Community Based Services that wouldn't necessarily show up on a criminal background check. Unlike the AOC check in which results can often be obtained the same day, the CAN checks do take much longer which is why we want to encourage you to get your CAN check as soon as possible if being a field trip chaperone is a possibility for you this year. To complete the CAN check process, please bring one of the following: your driver's license, social security card, birth certificate or ID card. If you have any questions, please contact your school's office or email Garet Wells at Thank you.

Community News

Sewing Class

The Woodford County Cooperative Extension Office will be hosting a sewing class for 4th and 5th graders at Northside. The class will meet each day March 11-14 from 2:45-5:00. Call the Extension Office to sign up at 859 873 4601.

Blessing Box

Midway United Methodist Church on West Bruen Street.

A blessing box is located across from the community garden on W. Bruen Street. Please feel free to take what you need and give what you can. Within the blessing box are non-perishable food items and hygiene items.

Blessing Box

Midway Christian Church on East Bruen Street.

A blessing box is located on the porch at Midway Christian Church. Please feel free to take what you need and give what you can. Within the blessing box are non-perishable food items and hygiene items.

Free Community Dinner

All in the Midway community are invited to a Free Community Dinner at Midway Christian Church. This dinner is held on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.