McClure Newsletter

February 4, 2022

McClure Recertified as a State School of Character

Article on TPS Website:

Topeka Public Schools is proud to announce that has recertified McClure Elementary as a Kansas State School of Character! McClure was originally certified under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Gordon, who retired in 2021 and passed the torch to her successor, Principal Chelsea Artzer., a national advocate and leader for character, designated 67 schools and 2 districts as State Schools of Character for 2022. Since its inception,'s Schools of Character program has positively impacted nearly three million students, staff, parents, and other community members.

Each year, certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

Schools and districts announced today will be considered for's highest distinction – National School of Character. McClure is now recertified at the state level for five years, and their application moves on to be reviewed at the national level. There will be a virtual site visit this spring, and McClure will know in May if the school will be officially recertified at the national level for the next five years.

Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, shared, "Under Dr. Gordon's leadership, McClure Elementary earned the distinction of being a school of character at the state and national level. This recertification confirms the continued excellence as a state model of Kansas School of Character as Dr. Gordon and the current principal, Ms. Artzer, continues to focus efforts on the positive character development of every student."

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conference confirmation slips were sent home with students this week outlining your scheduled conference time.

Please fill out the bottom portion of the confirmation form and return to school with your child. If you are unable to attend your scheduled conference, please call our office at 438.4340 by next Wednesday, Feb. 9th, to reschedule your conference time.

Teacher conference Zoom links can be accessed HERE. Directions on how to login to the Zoom links are also listed at the bottom of this linked document. These links will also be sent to you in email closer to conferences.

2nd Quarter Grades

Student report cards have been uploaded to the student and parent portals. All students and guardians can access those items through "documents" on the left side of the student portal view.
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Major Saver

Students were sent home with their Major Saver collection envelope this week. Starting next Monday, Feb. 7th through Tuesday, Feb. 16th, students can return the funds they collect and receive their prizes. Proceeds from this fundraiser go directly back to our school and are used to purchase a variety of items for students. Watch this video for more information regarding this fundraiser-
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Character Counts: Pillar Focus

CARING: Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

During the months of February and March, we will be teaching the pillar of Caring. The Character Counts Coalition uses the color red to symbolize this pillar.

There are two main ideas that pertain to the pillar of Caring. The first is concern for others. This means that a caring person would show compassion and empathy, be kind, loving and considerate in their actions, be grateful for the things that other people do for them, forgive others for their shortcomings and mistakes, be sensitive to the feelings of others, and are not mean or cruel to others. The second idea is that of charity. This means that a caring person is giving to others of their time, money, support and comfort to help make someone else’s life more comfortable or better and that they would do this without thinking of what or how they will be rewarded for their deeds in return.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - AESOP

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Splash of Kindness

In February we will be celebrating Splash’s birthday! We will be doing a special kindness campaign. This goes right along with our Character Counts trait of caring! This will be separate from the awards given out at our monthly assembly. In my lesson’s next week we will be learning about filling each other’s buckets with kind words and deeds. While this book has been around awhile I love how simple and yet so powerful this concept can be.

Each staff person will be given 1-2 stars this Friday Feb 4 to give to students who you see demonstrating acts of kindness. This could be super simple or more significant. The student will then put their name on the star and it will be hung in the cafeteria. Feb 7,8,9 and 10 I will call students to the cafeteria at 3:15 to get their picture with Splash and add their star to the display. On Feb 14 I will draw names from those winners to select students to attend a toy making party. Toys will be donated to the Helping Hands Humane society

HHHS Donations

Mrs. Hight is accepting old jeans and old towel donations. These donated items will be used for a group of students to make toys for the pets at Helping Hands Humane Shelter. Donated items may be dropped off in the front office by Feb. 14th.

Valentine's Day Party

Classrooms will be celebrating Valentine's Day the afternoon of Feb. 14th. All Valentine's treats and snacks for the party must be prepackaged and individually store wrapped. No outside guests will be allowed to attend due to the current community transmission of Covid. Questions regarding the party may be directed to the classroom room parent.

Reading Incentive

In February, we want to CATCH students reading! Each student will have a punch card and every time an adult sees them reading they can earn a punch. The goal is to have the card punched 12 times in the month of February. Then, we will have a drawing for one winner per grade level.

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Tuesday, February 22nd, is the ultimate two, twos, "TWOS" day! Students and staff are invited to celebrate this special date by dressing up in ties and tutus and support a local community foodbank by donating two canned goods.

3rd Quarter Site Council Meeting

Feb. 28th at 5pm

Meeting ID: 873 1287 5421

Passcode: 790104

Feb PTO Meeting

We hope you can join us for the February PTO meeting tonight, Feb. 28th at 6pm. The meeting will be held through this Zoom link. The Zoom link is also posted on our school website.

Zoom Meeting ID: 98594469620

Upcoming PTO Fundraiser

Last week, staff from Paper June led McClure students through painting art projects. Students' individual designs will be uploaded to a website which will allow family members to purchase items w/ their child's artwork on them. Paper June offers a variety art classes for kids. See the flyer below for more information.
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Preschool & 5th Grade Promotion Dates

  • May 18, 2022: PIP Promotion, 2:00

  • May 19, 2022: PIP Promotion Rain Date, 2:00

5th Grade-

  • May 23, 2022: 5th Grade Promotion, 2:00
  • May 24, 2022: 5th Grade Promotion Rain Date, 9:30

Spelling Bee

Congrats to our McClure Spelling Bee winner, Michael, and runner up, Aurora! Michael will represent McClure at the upcoming county competition. We also want to give a shout out to our 4th and 5th grade participants, our judges Mrs. Hight and student Diondra, and to our sponsor Mrs. Schell.
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Available Student Coats

If your student is in need of a winter coat, please take a moment to complete the Student Needs Assessment form. This form helps us to identify the needs our students have as resources become available.

Lost & Found

Students can claim their lost and found items in the Hall of Hero's gym. Items not claimed by 2.11 will be donated to a local organization.

Class Picture Day-Rescheduled

The class picture day, originally scheduled for Feb., has been rescheduled to April 13th.

Music Programs-Revised Dates

Spring music program dates have been revised to allow the programs to be held outside.

Revised Music Program Dates:

K- May 5- 6:00

1- May 12- 6:00

2- April 28- 6:00

3- May 5- 7:00

4- May 12- 7:00

5-April 28- 7:00

Inclement Weather Makeup Date-May 19th

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TPS News

Student Transfers: The window for student transfer requests opened 1/1/22 and will run until 3/31/22. The link can be found here or on our TPS website.

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program: FCC has announced a permanent affordable connectivity program that will provide eligible families, who apply, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Eligible families include those who qualify for free & reduced school lunch, SNAP, WIC, or those with an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for family size. Click here for information from Cox in either English or Spanish.

Mental Health Day: At our school board meeting on February 3, 2022, we expressed appreciation to our counselors for National School Counseling Week and we shared the importance of investing in mental health.

In support of our staff, our school board approved a calendar adjustment to close school on President's Day on February 21, 2022, in support of providing one paid mental health day for all staff.

Partner organizations agencies agreed to support this by providing our staff with low or no-cost self-care services that include physical and mental health resources.

Read the full letter to families in English and Spanish.

Openings at McClure

Love McClure? Want to have the same schedule as your child? Apply for a paraprofessional position at McClure by clicking here. Share this application link with anyone you know who may be interested.

We are also hiring after school tutors to support our program on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. Interested in this position? Click here.

Upcoming Dates

Mon. Feb. 14th

  • Valentine's Party-2:30pm

Wed. Feb. 16th

  • Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences-4-8pm

Thurs. Feb. 17th

  • No School
  • Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences-8am-8pm

Fri. Feb. 18th

  • No School

Mon. Feb. 21st

  • No School

Tues. Feb. 22nd

  • 2-2-22 Celebration Day

Thurs. Feb. 24th

  • 4th Grade Symphony Field Trip

Mon. Feb. 28th

  • Site Council, 5pm
  • PTO, 6pm

Tues. March 1st

  • Statewide Tornado Drill

March 7-11th

  • Respeto Spirit Week

March 14th-18th

  • Spring Break-No School

Mon. March 21st

  • Teacher Planning & Prep Day-No School

Tues. March 22nd

  • 4th Quarter begins

Thurs. March 24th

  • Papa John's Night

Mon. March 28th

  • PTO Meeting, 6pm

Wed. March 30th

  • Geography Bee

Thurs. March 31st

  • Deadline for TPS Transfer Requests