Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, February 17, 2017

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What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School Next Week?

Monday, February 20, 2017: No School! Presidents' Day

Friday, February 24, 2017: T-Shirt Money for 10th Annual EL Basketball Game is due by Noon

Second Grade Music Program: HATS!

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Photo Taken by Student Leader SMORE Photographer: Isaac Kirby
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Picture Day is Coming Soon

Mark your calendars! Picture Day is coming Thursday, March 2nd. Look for more information on your child's Picture Day Flyer which will be coming home on Wednesday, February 22nd. Orders will be ON-LINE ONLY. Visit for clothing suggestions, online payment details and more. Our school’s Picture Day ID is KM486004Q0.

Visit from First Student Safety Dog

On Wednesday, February 15th, the First Student Safety Dog visited English Landing. The Safety Dog stopped by each classroom for a few minutes and distributed coloring pages highlighting the importance of being safe while riding a school bus.

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SAVE THE DATE! Student and Staff Basketball Game

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The English Landing STAFF is READY to entertain you once again with the Tenth Annual Student and Staff Basketball Game Fundraiser.

The proceeds from this student and staff basketball game will be used to purchase: Red Take Home Folders; Annual Classroom Subscriptions for Brain Pop Software; Tasty Donuts for Career Share Events; STEM Challenge Materials; Flexible Seating Furniture Options for ALL Classrooms.

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Basketball Game Theme Basket Ticket Sales !

We are getting ready for our tenth annual English Landing Staff and Student Basketball Game on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Lakeview Middle School gym!

A FAN FAVORITE each year are the WONDERFUL Theme Baskets which will be WON at the conclusion of this basketball game! Every English Landing student will receive one ticket (FREE) for a chance to win one of the theme baskets.

Additional tickets may be purchased by students each day before school in their grade level halls. Each additional ticket costs $1.00.

2017 English Landing Basketball Game Theme Baskets

  • Sporting KC and Soccer FUN!
  • Star Wars
  • Lego
  • Summer Fun!
  • Game Night
  • Royals/Chiefs Basket

THANK you for your generous donations for the Theme Baskets!

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Basketball Game T-Shirt Sales Are Here!

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Basketball Game Silent Auction

English Landing Silent Auction


  • WOULD you like to sit in the front row at your child's next musical? LOOK Here!
  • WOULD you like to park in the RESERVED Parking SPOT for one month? LOOK Here!

MORE options like these found in this Silent Auction Link!

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Recess Sign Up Genius Link

Feedback Opportunities about Possible Middle School Designs

Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd announced that as part of the design process for building a potential fourth middle school, we will get feedback from staff and community members about several different design options. Hollis + Miller architects will visit staff at each of the middle schools to get their input, and then the community will have the opportunity to weigh in from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February, 23 2017 at the district office.

The construction of the school depends on the results of the April 4 no-tax-increase bond issue. No matter the outcome of the election, growing enrollment means we will need a middle-school design to support the district's long-range facilities plan.

Paid for by the Park Hill School District
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153

Repeat: Plaza Middle School PTA Meeting

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Repeat: Park Hill School District News: No Tax Increase Bond Issue (April 4, 2017)

No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue:

Schools in the Park Hill School District are getting crowded.

Many families move to our community just to send their children to our schools, and this means we need to keep up with our growing enrollment.

For several years, we have been planning ahead to deal with this growth. We got feedback from the community, including students, staff and parents, to help the Park Hill Board of Education develop an enrollment-based long-range facility plan. The community told us that it was important to have enough classroom space in our schools, to maintain our existing buildings, to keep class sizes low and to have simple feeder patterns.

The long-range facility plan we created with all this feedback has enrollment targets. Since our enrollment continues to grow and hit those targets, we installed mobile classrooms at several schools this year. However, our community told us they do not want us to use these as long-term solutions to our crowding.

So, in keeping with the next step of our plan, as we hit our enrollment targets, the Board of Education decided to place a no-tax-increase bond issue question on the April 4, 2017 ballot. Voters will decide whether to take on an additional $110 million in debt to pay for facilities to accommodate our growth, including

  • A new elementary school
  • A new middle school
  • A high school innovation studio
  • A district warehouse and support services facility to support our classrooms and maintain our facilities
  • Improvements to existing facilities

If economic conditions leave enough proceeds from the bond issue, we would also

  • Build a transportation center, which could save us money on busing
  • Pay for maintenance projects in our existing facilities

It is possible to pay for these projects with no tax increase because of our Board’s careful money management and good financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to good financial management by the district, Park Hill is in a position to ask for a bond without raising taxes. This is a result of aggressively paying off existing debts and refinancing for better rates. Local commercial and residential growth has also helped by expanding the local tax base. Because of these factors, we have room in our state-set debt limit to take on additional debt with no tax increase. We will continue to carefully monitor our debt and interest rates in order to save taxpayer dollars.

Thanks to their conservative budgeting, we have enough room in our debt service levy to issue bonds to cover the cost of these new schools and projects with no tax increase.

For more information about Park Hill’s no-tax-increase bond issue, please visit the district’s website at

Paid for by the Park Hill School District – Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd

Looking for Future Kindergarten Students!

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Save the DATE! Kindergarten Roundup on May 1, 2017

Enroll Your Kindergartner Today, Then Mark Your Calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup Event

Families with children entering kindergarten in the Park Hill School District in August 2017 may enroll now by visiting English Landing Elementary School between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday on days when school is in session. Children who turn five on or before July 31 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents will need to bring their children’s certified, state-issued birth certificate, immunization records and two proofs of residency to enroll. One proof of residency must be a current paid real estate tax receipt, a lease or mortgage agreement, or a new construction contract. The other should be an original and current gas, electric or water bill on which the name and address are provided.

After you enroll, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup event at English Landing Elementary School on Monday, May 1. Our Kindergarten Roundup is an Open House format (5:30pm-7:00pm). Parents and students will get a sneak peak of our school, tour the building, ask questions and get to know the staff.

Remaining 2016-2017 Evening Grade Level Music Programs

First Grade: Thursday, March 9, 2017: 7pm “Squirm”

Kindergarten: Thursday, April 13, 2017: 7pm “Baby Beluga”

2016-2017 Elementary School Hours

8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas





English Landing 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)
  • EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)
  • EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)
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