Northside Elementary Newsletter


A Message From Mr. Mowen


The next three weeks are such a fun, festive, and busy time of year! They will be filled with concerts, class parties, and still lots of learning. The students and music department began preparing long ago for the upcoming program and are excited for you to come and watch.. After a school year where extra events were few and far between, we are so excited to watch our students in action at their upcoming concert.

We will be excited to see you there.

Mr. Joe Mowen

Northside Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 7th - PTA Meeting @ 6:30 in Co-Lab or via Zoom

Monday, December 13th - Christmas Concert at the High School

Thursday, December 16th - 1 hour early dismissal

Friday, December 17th - 1 hour early dismissal

December 20-Jan2 - No School Christmas Break

Monday, January 3rd: School Resumes

Friday, January 14th: 1 Hour Early Dismissal

Monday, January 17th: No Student Attendance (Teacher Institute Day)

Fannie Mae Fundraiser/PTA Update

Thank you again for all the fundraising support!! We were able to surpass our earnings from last year by $613.
This year we were able to sell 1,382 boxes of candy and earn $8,326. Some have asked for insight in how these funds are applied. Our first couple of years with this fundraiser we applied it towards the purchase of the new playground equipment. The last couple of years and this year we are applying it to the general budget. This will cover things like dues, teacher accounts, birthday books, student t-shirts, special events at school, Fine Arts day, etc. If you would like further information feel free to attend the next PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 7th @ 6:30.

This years stats:
Total Boxes Sold: 1,382
Total $ Earned: $8,326
Total Students Participated: 134
PK-2 Winner: Mrs. Pearson 139 boxes
3-5 Winner: Miss. Livesay 165 boxes
3rd Place: Hannah Billingsly 47 boxes
2nd Place: Olivia Ruby 65 boxes
1st Place: Kayden Burkhead 66 boxes
Prizes will be distributed in the next few weeks.

Delivery Update:
Unfortunately the owner of the fundraising company passed away on November 29th. His wife is doing her best to get orders packed and ready for delivery, but has come into some delays with the Fannie Mae company. At this time we do not expect delivery until after Dec 10th. Our hope is to still have candy before the holiday break, but I cannot guarantee at this time. I will keep you posted as I receive more information.

Any questions please reach out to myself.
Amy Swan
309-737-6385 (text is fine)

PTA Corner

Join us for our next meeting, Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm in the Collaboration Lab. Childcare will be provided. There is also a remote option:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 826 2654 4781

Passcode: 648719

Penny Wars

Purpose – to raise money for additional playground equipment

Procedure – Bring change (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) to school. Put the change in one of the containers in the cafeteria. Pennies add points to your class total, silver coins take points away from your class total.

Prize – The class with the most points at the end of the week gets an extra recess!

When – November 29 through December 3

Place – Containers are in the cafeteria. (Preschool students will have containers in their classrooms.)

Christmas Walk Information

Attention 4th and 5th grade students! You are all invited and encouraged to participate in the Geneseo Christmas Walk. Please find the information regarding the Christmas Walk below:

What: Geneseo Christmas Walk

Who: 4th and 5th grade students

Date: Saturday, December 11th

Time: Caroling starts at 3:30 pm (3:20 pm arrival time for students)

Where: Meet by the traffic light on State St. (in front of Central Bank building)

Attire: Dress warm and festive!

Mental Health Spotlight

The Gift of “Presence”

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has somewhat returned to our lives. From excitement to stress, so many emotions are stirred up during this time of year.

As social workers, our visits from students of all ages often increases during this time, and one thing that stands the test of time is sitting down face-to-face, with no distraction of technology, and allowing children the opportunity to be heard. You can see it in their body language and feel it in their voice, the absolute comfort and peace of adult attention without the meaningless distraction of television in the background or a phone pinging with the next social media or text message to view.

We are all guilty of the busyness and distractions our lives lend us, however, children now more than ever need the human connection of being listened to, acknowledged, and understood.

During our holiday break, we present a gift and challenge to each family. Schedule a time to enjoy your family members in the moment. It is the best gift of all. Here are a few ideas:

  • Find a time out place for all devices (maybe in a kitchen cupboard).

  • Make a meal together or sit down for a meal together.

  • Make conversation questions you can ask each other.

  • Play a game as a family.

  • Make a fort together.

  • Make a list of favorite toys and spend time playing together.

  • Get outdoors (take a walk, go sledding, make a scavenger hunt).

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Seuss

Reading Fluency from Choppy to Smooth- Helping your child with Reading Fluency at home

Reading sounds slow and uneven when a child focuses on one word at a time rather than stringing words together fluently. This can happen if a book is too hard or if your child doesn’t have a lot of experience reading out loud. If your child is stumbling over a lot of words (say, 1 out of every 10 or so), offer him/her an easier book. But if your child knows most all of the words and still isn’t reading smoothly, he/she just might need more read-aloud practice.

Encourage your child to read the way he/she talks. Try reading a passage aloud together so your child can match your pace. He/She might also like to record themself by using the video feature on a cell phone or another recording option. When he/she plays it back, your child will hear how it sounds. Then, he/she can practice a few times, make another recording, and compare the two to see how much it has improved.

Encourage your child to read aloud to you on a daily basis!

Mrs. Amy Medley

Reading Specialist