Wildcat Whispers

Linn Elementary School 12/2/15

So Much to be Thankful for....

This time of year causes us all to stop and reflect our blessings. We have so much to be thankful for at Linn Elementary---

  • Our wonderful students, who are learning more and more each day.
  • Our outstanding staff, who are working to engage our students each day in fun and stimulating activities.
  • Our supportive Linn Elementary families, who send us their best children each day and work with us to make a positive learning environment.
  • Our caring Linn community, who have helped pass our bond issue which is going to enable us to have a new elementary school very soon!

December Wildcat Character Trait

Each month we will have a Wildcat Character Trait. Our trait for December is kindness. We have been talking about "random acts of kindness" this fall during our morning assemblies. Our students are learning the benefits of performing random acts and the satisfaction one receives from being anonymous at times! Please talk about kindness at home and find ways that you can celebrate random acts of kindness, too!

Teacher Spotlight - Ms. Beth Parrish

Tell me about your family-

I have been from one end of the state to another and landed right in the middle for now. I was born in St. Louis and then moved to the Kansas City area when I was four. When my parents retired in the Jefferson City area, I decided it would be a great place to live too.

I am one of six kids and my parents loved the letter B (I guess) as our names are: Bruce, Brenda, Brian, Beth, Brad, and Beverly.

I have one daughter Jill, who is married to Tyler Rikard. They have one daughter, Chloe, and another child on the way.

Tell me about your education and experience?

I graduated from Blue Springs High School. I received my elementary degree from Central Missouri State University (as it was called when I graduated) and received my master’s in education from William Woods University. I taught at Pleasant Hill for 9 years. Mary’s Home for 1 year and this is my 20th year at Linn Elementary.

What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was little, I always wanted to be a teacher. I played school and would ‘teach’ my siblings, friends, and even stuffed animals. I volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, babysat neighborhood children, and helped many of my teachers organize and prepare their classrooms. All of these turned out to be steps to my future.

What are you good at doing?

I am good at being a good friend. I like to listen and talk with my friends, and I especially love to laugh and have fun with them. I have friends from the different places that I have lived and worked, and I love keeping in touch with them.

What makes you happy?

Christmas music make me happy. I love listening to it while I decorate or bake cookies.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love spending time with my family and especially my granddaughter, Chloe. I love playing with her and watching her learn.

What is a favorite Linn Elementary memory?

I have really enjoyed watching the students grow as readers and learners throughout the years. I have enjoyed the first days of school, Christmas concerts, assemblies, and many other fun times. However, none of them compare to the 6th grade field trip where we got lost in Forest Park. What a fun day that was! We rode the Amtrak train to St. Louis, then we boarded the Metro Link to head toward the Science Museum. We got off at the wrong stop and headed off on our own adventure through mud and road construction. I still laugh a little about that day.

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Teacher Spotlight - Mr. Greg Stephens

Tell me about your family-

I have been married 21 years to wife Melissa. We have an 18 year old daughter, Liz, in college, 16 year old son, Will, in high school at Fatima, a nine year old son, Christian, and six year old twins, Ben and John, who go to Sacred Heart in Rich Fountain.

Tell me about your education and experience?

I attended elementary schools all over Missouri and a little in Arizona. I went to high school in Pleasant Hill, MO, and college in the United States Air Force and Lincoln University.

What did you want to be when you were little?

A veterinarian

What are you good at doing?

Being wrong! Just ask my wife. LOL

What makes you happy?

My kids…most of the time.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Camping and fishing

What is a favorite Linn Elementary memory?

The day I received the call back for a job.

Upcoming Events:

December 10-11

  • PTO Holiday Craft Market - craft items $3

December 12

  • Breakfast with Santa at High School 7:30am-10:30am
  • Linn Christmas Parade 2pm

December 14

  • School Board Meeting - high school library 6:30pm
  • Parents As Teachers - Craft Night 6:30pm

December 16

  • Elementary Christmas Concert - fieldhouse 6:30pm

December 18

  • Classroom Christmas Parties
  • Dismiss at 12:30pm - Holiday break

December 28

  • University Extension Holiday Fun Fest-Community Center 8am-4pm

January 4

  • Classes resume


  • Cold weather has arrived. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves each day for recess! We will be going outside if possible. Make sure names are written in coats. Our lost and found is growing each day!
  • Thank you for utilizing our car pick up line each day after school and not getting out of cars. We will get your child safely in the car and our car line is moving very quickly. We appreciate everyone's help with this!
  • Our goal is to have 90% of our students at school 90% of the time. We are very pleased with our student attendance. Thank you for making school a priority for your child!