Lion Lowdown

October 7th, 2018

Lion Leader Press - Student Newspaper

Click here to see the October edition of the Lion Leader Press Student Newspaper!

Fall Fundraiser Has Begun!

We kicked off our Fall Fundraiser on Friday, October 5th! Students watched a video and talked with their teachers about selling. This year, we will sell:

  • Items from the Great American Catalog (including customized tumblers) Items ordered from this catalog can be ordered online and shipped straight home.
  • Eileen's Cookie Dough

All orders should be submitted by October 19th. Items sent to the school will be picked up on November 15th (Literacy Night).

Thank you for working with your child to support our school!

Line Creek has SPIRIT!

We will celebrate our school each early release day for the remainder of the year! Wear Line Creek Spirit Wear on:

November 8

December 13

January 10

February 7

March 7

April 11

May 9

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Habit of the Month - Be Proactive

This month your child(ren) will be learning about Habit 1: Be Proactive.

Please read about this habit and share this habit at home.

Here is a video about the habit at home: Habit 1 @ Home Video

Be Proactive at Home: I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Activity Ideas

1) If you have a child that is constantly complaining of being bored, have them brainstorm ways that they could do something nice for someone else, either a neighbor, friend, or family member.

2) Circle of Control: Take some sidewalk chalk and go outside and draw two circles within each other big enough to stand in. The middle one is the circle of control. Give your kids examples of different things they can control (homework) and other things they can’t (weather). Have them move in and out of the circle depending on the scenario.

3) Role-play: Proactive vs. Reactive. Demonstrate for your kids how to deal with a situation proactively vs. reactively.

Parent/Guardian Survey - 8 responses so far!

So far, 8 people have taken the Parent/Guardian Survey! Thank you for your participation! If you haven't taken the survey yet, please do so prior to October 26th.

You should have received an invitation to participate in our annual Park Hill Parent/Guardian survey, which will be open until Oct. 26. The email from Panorama will have a unique link to access your survey. Panorama is a third-party administrator that keeps all of the data from our surveys strictly confidential.

If you do not have the email with the survey line, this link will take you to our school's survey. The Line Creek access code is: 7672263090.

We will share the results with the public after the survey window closes. Thank you in advance for completing your parent/guardian survey as we use the results to monitor our strategic measures and continuously improve Park Hill.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Mike Kimbrel.

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Park Hill Stars

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

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.

Nominations are not being accepted at this time, but opportunities will re-open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate a Park Hill Star this year!

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PTA Meeting with Dr. Cowherd

On Monday, October 8th from 6:30 - 8:30pm, parents are invited to join our PTA for a presentation from Dr. Cowherd.

No School on Friday, October 12th

Repeated Important Information

Parent Teacher conferences

Many families signed-up for parent teacher conferences at Back-to-School Night or Parent Orientation. If you have not already signed-up for parent teacher conferences (on Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th) please work with your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s) to do so.

1-2-3 Magic

This year all staff members at Line Creek have been trained to used a book titled 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom to guide our interactions with students who are not following expectations. The idea behind this book is that adults should do no-talking and show no-emotion when interacting with children in an escalated state.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can use 1-2-3 Magic with your children at home, please consider visiting the 1-2-3 Magic Website.

Recess Attire

As the weather begins to change, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for recess. Please make sure your child has clothes (jackets, coats, gloves, hats, etc.) that will keep them feeling comfortable outside. Also, because the activities at recess are not meant to be competitive, please make sure your child is not wearing cleats to school. Thank you!

Parenting Webinar

Our next webinar in our Parenting in Challenging Times webinar series is on Oct. 16 from 6-7 p.m. Dr. Jill Rosbrugh, child and adolescent psychiatrist from Parkville, will unpack the different faces of childhood worry, talk about the major causes of stress, and share how to develop healthy and effective skills for handling these normal stressors.

You might have heard your child say, “I am so stressed out." You might have seen them overwhelmed, anxious, moody and exhausted. You are likely experiencing your own stress and anxiety about raising a child.

We frequently use the terms "stress" and "anxiety" interchangeably, but children’s stress and anxiety disorders are not one and the same. It is important to understand the difference and to learn the tools that you and your child can use to decrease stress and to manage anxiety. You will also learn what signs are red flags for an anxiety disorder and what steps you can take with your child to get help.

If you can't watch it live, you can watch it online afterward — just register either way. Register for webinar.

Student Identification Badge

Thank you for helping your child remember to bring his or her badge to school every day. This year, badges are being used for a variety of purposes, including monitoring when students get on/off the bus, lunch count, lunch payment, and checking out/in materials in the library. Each student received an ID, badge holder, and lanyard free of charge. We will identify incentives for keeping track of badges, and there will be a $5 charge after one ID replacement. Click here for more information.

If your child has lost his or her badge, a new badge request must come from a parent. Please call (816) 359-4320 or email Jennifer or Christy to request a new badge for your child.

Dismissal Reminders

Please help us keep Line Creek students, staff, and families safe as they are getting to and from school. You can help us with that by:

  • Driving the speed limit on Waukomis Drive
  • Using caution in the parking lot (remember the parts of the parking lots that are one way)
  • Reporting bus incidents to First Student or the office
  • Talking with your children about safety during dismissal
  • Making sure your child brings his or her badge to school every day

Library Volunteers

The Line Creek Library is looking for volunteers! We are currently looking volunteers to help in the library each week, as well as volunteers to help with the Scholastic Book Fair in October. Weekly volunteer responsibilities might include organizing supplies, reading with students, helping students choose books, assisting Mrs. Holub with a lesson, or shelving books. You must be a Park Hill Screened volunteer to help in the library. Please email Mrs. Holub at your weekly availability times if you are interested.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Line Creek Scholastic Book Fair, please sign up below.

Click here to volunteer for our book fair in October.

2018-2019 Line Creek Staff

Click here to see a list of the Line Creek Staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

Looking Ahead: October Dates

Oct 4-19 - PTA Fall Fundraiser

Oct 8 - PTA Meeting with Dr. Cowherd (6:30 - 8pm)

Oct 12 - End of Quarter - No School

Oct 24 & 25 - Fall Family Conferences

Oct 25 & 26 - No School

Oct 31 - Fall Parties (2:30 - 3:15pm)

Early Release Days - Mark Your Calendar

All elementary schools will have an early release once a month for our teachers to receive professional development focused on increasing student success. On the following days school will be released at 1:30 pm.

November 8

December 13

January 10

February 7

March 7

April 11

May 9

Each early release day, we will celebrate our school by wearing our Line Creek SPIRIT WEAR!

Line Creek Elementary Communication

You will find several ways to stay up to date on school activities throughout the year on the Line Creek website, Facebook, Twitter and newsletters from your child’s teacher. You will also occasionally get an automated email or voicemail message sent to you by the school with important information and reminders. We know two-way communication is best, so please feel free to call, email, or stop by the school with any questions you may have regarding your child’s education.

Robin Davis, Principal

Sarah Sieminski, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Mikic, (816) 359-6982

Christy Porter, (816) 359-5657

Front Office, (816) 359-4320