Chapel Hill eLearning Weekly Update

May 25th, 2020 - Parent and Community Newsletter

Thank You!

Chapel Hill Families,


I'd like to extend my sincerest gratitude to each of you for your continued partnership with us and the way you all have supported our efforts this year. I feel this way every year but especially this year. Almost overnight, our school went from brick and mortar to online and the same way our teachers stepped up to the plate, so did our parents. You sat with your students, helped record videos, participated in virtual field day, and continued on strong. As a parent of a kindergartener and a 4th grader, I know this time has affected students differently and navigating this as a parent is not easy. Together, we have proven a school is more than a building and we are more than brick and mortar. Thank you for your continued support and I hope your family enjoys your summer together!


Dr. Avila

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Process for Picking-up Belongings and Returning iPads

On Tuesday, May 26th and Wednesday, May 27th families will come to Chapel Hill to pick-up student belongings and to return iPads, chargers, and library books. We request each Chapel Hill family come on the day assigned to the first initial of the student’s last name (see below).


Last Name A-L: Tues., May 26: 8:30am - 6:00 p.m.

Last Name M-Z: Wed., May 27: 8:30am - 6:00 p.m.


  • If your family has multiple last names, come on the day that aligns with the last name of your oldest Chapel Hill student.
  • We also ask that you have a name card with your students name on it that will be visible to staff to speed up the process of pick up. You may use your car rider name card, print the template attached below, or write the names of your students on a piece of paper using LARGE print (ie: Last Name, First Name - Grade).
  • Please REMAIN in your car the entire time. We will come to your car to distribute and collect items.


Students should return the following items:

  • iPads with apple-certified charger and cord (unless attending summer school)
  • Chapel Hill library books (unless keeping them to read this summer)
  • Any other school-owned items that may have been sent home (see communication from classroom teacher)

Please keep in mind, lines could be very long during make-up times so we ask that you please adhere to your original time slot, if at all possible. If you are unable to come on the specific day assigned, we understand, but it would be much appreciated and helpful for us to spread out the number of families who arrive.


We look forward to seeing you as we wrap up another successful, albeit challenging school year. We are proud of your efforts and accomplishments!

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5th Grade Recognition

While we are very sad that we are not able to send our 5th graders off in our traditional Chapel Hill way, we have a few ways that we would like to celebrate this great group of students.


  • We have a celebration banner that will be placed outside in front of the school from May 28th at 1:00 p.m. through June 2nd. We hope you will get a chance to stop by and get a picture with your 5th grader.


  • We have compiled a 5th Grade Video with photos and a special tribute. These will be posted to individual Seesaw classes later today.


  • Our Chapel Hill PTA also has a special gift for all 5th graders that will be bagged with their belongings which they will retrieve next week during your student's pick up/drop off time.


5th Grade Fun Day plans are still up in the air as we’re waiting to see what restrictions for large group gatherings will look like for July and August. We are hoping to do a Winnwood Skate Party the first week of August. We’ll communicate more on this via email and PTA Facebook.

Meal Distribution Available at Chapel Hill starting Tuesday, May 26th

Meal Distribution will be continuing for the NKC School District through Friday, June 26. Again, free breakfast and lunch is available for all students ages 18 and younger. Pick-up times are Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There will be no meal distribution service on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). Additionally, beginning Tuesday, May 26, the grab and go location at Antioch Middle School will be moved to Chapel Hill Elementary due to planned summer maintenance projects.

Returning Chapel Hill Library Books

As the school year ends, we want to communicate with you concerning library book returns. With eLearning ending, we are offering a couple of different options for managing the items you currently have checked out.


  1. Return library books when you come up to school to pick up your personal classroom items. There will be a book return available for you.
  2. Keep them over the summer to read and return in August when school resumes. If you are a fifth grader and are keeping books through the summer, please return to Gateway in August and they will send the books to Chapel Hill.


We also want to let you know that Mid-Continent Public Libraries are again offering their Summer Learning Program. As an NKC student, you have access to free materials at your local branch and online through Libby with your digital library card. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to keep reading throughout the summer. You will be receiving more information about the summer program very soon.


If you have questions regarding Chapel Hill Library books, please contact our Library Media Specialist, Stephanie Davis, at stephanie.davis@nkcschools.org or call her at (816)321-4448.

Summer School 2020

Registration is now closed for the June session of summer school. Families enrolled in Summer School can expect a letter via School Messenger from our front office today, May 22nd. This letter will share more information regarding the structure of the June Summer School program. All students will also receive a welcome letter from their summer school teacher next week. If you do not receive a letter and want to confirm your child’s enrollment, please contact Terry Ebinger at (816)321-5040 or terry.ebinger@nkcschools.org.


We are planning to offer a face-to-face summer school session in July. Registration for July has not started yet. Look for information in the coming weeks if you are interested in enrolling your child for the July session.

NKC Schools Bond Issue moved to June 2nd

North Kansas City Schools is now home to more than 21,000 students who engage in innovative educational experiences each and every day. To address growth and facility equity issues, NKC Schools is asking voters to consider a $155 Million Zero Tax Increase Bond Issue. This was originally planned for April 7th. Missouri Governor Mike Parsons has delayed municipal elections in response to efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. As such, our bond issue will now appear on the June 2nd, 2020 ballot.


Click the link for more information regarding the NKC bond issue:

https://www.nkcschools.org/cms/lib/MO49000025/Centricity/Domain/6253/District_Bond_2020_Flyer.pdf


If this bond is passed, Chapel Hill will receive multiple upgrades to our building, playground, parking lot, and will get a new gym. Please be sure to vote on June 2nd.

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2019-2020 Yearbook Orders - UPDATE!

We are sorry to inform you that yearbook production has been delayed and therefore yearbooks will not be ready for distribution at pick-up next week as planned. Orders already placed and all future orders will be mailed out mid-June. Orders will still be accepted using the link below as well as at the designated pick-up times next week.


Sincerely,

Chapel Hill PTA

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Buy your 2019-2020 Chapel Hill Yearbook now for only $20! See order form link below. Payments will be accepted via PayPal or check. If paying by check, money is due at the designated pick-up times next week.


Please contact Beth Brough with any questions or concerns at (816)616-5273 or broughe27@gmail.com

Elementary Final Grade Cards for 2019-2020 Viewable Today in PowerSchool!

As an elementary administrative team, along with teacher input, the decision to not provide proficiency marks (M, P, N, *) or letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) for 4th quarter has been made. As we are experiencing e-Learning during a global pandemic, we have determined that grading for mastery/proficiency is not a fair practice when so many inequities exist. Elementary student engagement and participation is often reliant on adult support in an e-Learning environment, and grades may not accurately reflect student performance. A final grade card will be provided which will include 3rd quarter marks/grades reflective of the work completed prior to Spring break. Rather than 4th quarter marks/grades, each teacher will provide narrative comments. These grade cards will be available for viewing in the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Friday, May 22. Questions about the grade card may be directed to your child’s teacher or school administration.