Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, August 25, 2017

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What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School?

Monday, August 28, 2017

  • PTA Meeting - Media Center (6:30-7:30pm)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  • EL Spirit Day (Wear Jeans and a EL Spirit Top or School Colors (Red, White & Blue))

Friday, September 1, 2017

  • First Grade Daisy Meeting - Staff Dining Room (3:30-4:30pm)
  • First Semester Student Leadership Applications Go Home!

Mrs. Pudenz Presents at School Board Meeting

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Mrs. Megan Pudenz, second grade teacher, presented at Thursday's Park Hill School Board meeting. She shared her experience piloting STEMscopes last year. This year ALL elementary students have the opportunity to study science through the STEMscopes resources. Way to go Mrs. Pudenz! Eagles always SOAR!

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PTA Meeting.... MONDAY Night!

The next English Landing PTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 28th at 6:30pm in the English Landing Media Center. We hope to see you there!

The English Landing PTA helps make English Landing SHINE each day. Did you know our PTA provided lanyards for each student's badge? Are you aware our PTA gives each student a Birthday Book on his/her birthday or half birthday (summer birthdays)? For many school years, our PTA has made it a financial commitment that no EL families would need to pay any additional $ for their child to attend field trips. There is so much our English Landing PTA does for us! Please join if you haven't already. Membership is $8.00. Thank you!

English Landing's New Office Team Member

Mrs. Renee Stevens

Mrs. Renee Stevens will be joining our office team as our new Administrative Assistant: Attendance/Registrar on Tuesday, September 6, 2017. Mrs. Stevens has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies. Earlier in her career she taught first grade at Smithville Primary School and then moved with her family to Colorado where she taught fifth and sixth grades. When her family moved back to the KC area, she became a church secretary for two parishes most recently at St. Elizabeth’s Parrish.

Mrs. Stevens and her family live in Park Hill and she has a son who attends Plaza Middle School and a daughter who attends Congress Middle School.

Eagles are LEADERS!

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Student Applications Go Home Next Friday!

2017-2018 Student Leadership Job Process


September 1, 2017: Student Leadership Applications go home with every Eagle!

September 8, 2017: Student Leadership Applications are DUE back to the classroom teachers.

September 15, 2017: Students will be notified by their Staff Leader of Student Leadership Job Assignment for First Semester

Week of September 18-22, 2017: Orientation for Student Leaders.

September 25, 2017: Student Leaders Begin!

COMING SOON! Car Rider Lane Signage

In the upcoming week, you will see this Car Rider Lane signage in front of English Landing. We hope this sign helps in better communicating our morning and evening Car Rider procedures.

We looked at similar Car Rider Lane Signs at other Park Hill elementary schools including: Chinn Elementary School, Hawthorn Elementary School, Prairie Point Elementary School, Renner Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School, and Union Chapel Elementary School when creating our NEW English Landing sign.

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Girls on the RUN! (Grades 3-4-5)

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Girls on the Run is coming to English Landing this fall!

Grab your running shoes and water bottles and join the Girls on the Run fun! This 10 week program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grades educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Using a well-researched curriculum, life lessons are taught through the use of fun interactive games combined with training for a non-competitive 5K event. Topics include: getting rid of negative self-talk, how to deal with bullying, gossip and peer pressure, nutrition, making healthy choices and much more. Practices meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 at English Landing beginning the week of September 11 and concludes on November 17. All girls will run or walk in the celebratory, non-competitive 5K event on Saturday, November 4 at Children’s Mercy Park (home of Sporting KC).

Registration opens online on August 12 at 8 AM. Spots are limited!

Visit or ask Abbie Davies to learn more.

Save the Date! English Landing Bike Night

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LOOKING for Cardboard Donations in the Media Center!

The English Landing media center is in need of LOTS of paperboard/cardboard. We need only cardboard that is easy to cut and manipulate, so no packaging boxes or shipping boxes are needed. Cereal boxes, snack boxes, and paperboard products are best! We are looking for roughly 200 boxes, so the more donations the better!

Please send these recycled items in with your student to the media center. Thank you so much for your help in this research unit! Keep eating lots of cereal!

Miles of Smiles: Free Dental Clinic Visits English Landing in September

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Miles of Smiles, Inc. provides free dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to oral health services. The dental care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants at English Landing from September 11th through October 25th. Miles of Smiles treats children from the ages of 3 to 18, and 75% of the treatment provided is fillings and extractions. All of their patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays.

If you are interested in participating in the program contact Debbie Landis at 816-359-6784 or as soon as possible so I can either send a registration form home with your child or you can sign up online since September is fast approaching. The online application: .

English Landing would like to help all students see a dentist!

Just ONE PTA Committee Chair Left to Fill for the 2017-2018 School Year

We are looking for just ONE more volunteer to fill the following Committee Chair Position for the 2017-2018 School Year. Please contact our PTA President, Chris Albani, if you are interested in a position or have questions.

2017-2018 Eagle Directory Committee Chair...a PTA Tradition

Please contact our PTA President, Chris Albani, if you are interested in this position or have questions.

THANK YOU! Our School Supply SHOP has been Restocked. Thank you for your generosity!

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Park Hill Handbook Highlight: Volunteers

Volunteers are important to the success of the Park Hill School District, and we appreciate their service to our schools. In order to keep our children safe, all volunteers who might ever be around students without an employee present must be screened, starting in August 2014. Volunteers who have passed the screening process will be re-screened three years from their screening date.

If you have questions about the volunteer screenings, contact Cindy Small, (816) 359-6817.

Screened Volunteers

  • If a volunteer will be alone with students in order to facilitate smaller groups on a field trip or in the school, that volunteer must be screened.
  • If an unscreened volunteer will be on a field trip, that volunteer must stay with a district employee.
  • Sitting with a student outside the classroom is unsupervised volunteering, even though staff members might walk through regularly. These volunteers must be screened.
  • Unless the volunteer who works with students will stay with an employee at all times, the volunteer must be screened.
  • Screened volunteers may not supervise unscreened volunteers. Unscreened volunteers must stay with a district employee.
  • District employees have the right to refuse the services from any volunteer.

Screening Process

  1. The screening forms are available on this page, under the volunteer forms section.
  2. The volunteer will fill out a screening form for us to submit for a request for child abuse or criminal neglect records from the Missouri Department of Social Services.
  3. The volunteer will sign a form indicating that he or she agrees to all our volunteer rules and agrees to be rescreened every three years.
  4. The school will send the forms to the Communication Services department at the district office.
  5. The Communication Services department will submit the request for child abuse or criminal neglect records to the Missouri Department of Social Services and check to make sure the volunteer is not on the sex offender registry.
  6. The Communication Services department will notify the building of the results when the screening is complete. It can take up to two weeks for the screening to go through.

*If the volunteer or a building staff member is uncomfortable submitting the screening form, which includes the volunteer’s social security number, through the district inner office mail, the volunteer may bring the form to the district office and turn it in directly to the Communication Services staff. We will keep all forms in a secure location.

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Screening Packet
Volunteer Rules

Park Hill Handbook Highlight: Civility Policy

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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 2017-2018 School Improvement Priority Goals

3.3.1 Kristine Douglas (Facilitator)

Every student will be recognized quarterly for demonstrating their ability to SOAR (Safety First, Owning Actions, Attitude Matters, and Respect Everyone) to build intrinsic motivation in an area of improvement. Quarter 1 - SOARing Eagle on classroom door, Quarter 2 - Eagle SOAR dog tag, Quarter 3 - SOAR with student pictures, and Quarter 4 - $1 SOAR Buck to the school store.

3.3.2 Kristine Douglas (Facilitator)

A yearly publication will be updated which outlines ways students are recognized at English Landing (Academic, Classroom, Behavior, Birthday, and Annual Recognitions) throughout the school year.

2.3.2 Katie Betts (Facilitator)

100% of monthly STEM challenges will provide a “5 E’s Flowchart” to guide student learning through the engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate steps to promote problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration.

3.3.4 Kitchell Schneider (Facilitator)

The Eagles Events Team will coordinate school-wide events involving students, families, and staff to enhance climate by increasing family involvement. Career share promotes families joining English Landing classrooms during the school year to share how adults apply academic learning into daily work. Students will feel special during the day of the visit by wearing an “Ask me about my career share guest today?” sticker. In addition, a culminating celebration will occur at the end of the school year to thank our guests for sharing about their careers with a morning donut celebration in the classroom.

4.3.1 Hannah Ryan (Facilitator)

Provide quarterly professional development at grade level meetings sharing classroom examples on the outcomes on each Continuous Improvement Classroom Level on the Adult Learning Framework: Pre-Kindergarten & Elementary to assist teachers in meeting their individual goal of increasing to the next CI Classroom Level.

4.3.2 Hannah Ryan (Facilitator)

Each teacher will create a PDP that will focus on the components of the Continuous Improvement Classroom Level on the Adult Learning Framework: Pre-Kindergarten & Elementary to assist teachers to meet their individual goal of increasing to the next CI Classroom Level.

2.1.1 Kelly Seymour (Facilitator)

Through the coordination of curricula between Reading Specialists, ELL, Special Education, and classroom teachers, Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will receive support in the regular classroom setting as Response to Intervention. Students will receive Guided Reading instruction for Response to Intervention using a common curriculum and academic vocabulary. In this setting, each “on watch”, Tier 2, and Tier 3 student move from one level to the next by achieving a SMART goal based on the pre-determined skills from the skill bank associated with individual reading levels.

2.2.1 Amy Peeler (Facilitator)

Every English Landing classroom will develop a quarterly academic SMART Goal for tier 1 students that aligns with a Math or Communication Arts learning topic deficit. Monthly home learning will provide support toward the academic SMART goal. Teachers will be able to answer the questions: How do I know this SMART Goal is needed? How do I know having this SMART Goal made a positive learning impact with my students?

2.3.1 Courtney Willis (Facilitator)

Students will write an “I can” statement describing one way they can be a “Digital Age Learner” based on the new ISTE Student Grade Level Standards (Digital Citizen - K-5th; Technology Operations - K-2nd; Creative Communicator - 3rd; Knowledge Constructor - 4th; Empowered Learner & Global Collaborator - 5th grade.

3.1.1 Liz Seely (Facilitator)

Based on the 2016-17 English Landing Olweus Survey Exclusion Results (baseline results showed that boys and girls both had a survey result of exclusion of 9%), classroom teachers will conduct monthly class meetings focusing on the purpose of the buddy bench as a means to include students at recess. Liz Seely (Facilitator)

Based on the 2016-17 English Landing Olweus Survey Exclusion Results (baseline results showed that boys and girls both had a survey result of exclusion of 9%), the English Landing Safety Team will monitor the results of the 2017-18 Olweus Survey to determine the impact of the “Buddy Bench” as an inclusionary means at recess.

3.3.3 Leah Peters(Facilitator)

During the 2017-2018 school year, all English Landing teachers, as a result of the quarterly classroom climate survey, will have a Classroom Storyboard on display outside the classroom to communicate the classroom’s focus on enhancing classroom climate.

4.2.2. Matthew McGinley (Facilitator)

Monthly meetings with support staff to review building and district initiatives and goals.

4.2.3 Matthew McGinley (Facilitator)

Each classified staff member will create an individual goal aligned with the BSIP or BSC Indicators (safe, welcoming, and caring environment or student centered learning) to create an innovative idea or improvement to their specific role.

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