Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, March 17, 2017

THANK YOU! We appreciate your support at last night's Basketball Game!

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Tenth Annual Student and Staff Basketball Game!

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

Monday, March 20, 2017 - Friday, March 24, 2017:

  • Spring Break - No School

Park Hill STAR AWARD: Mrs. Chase

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Congratulations to Mrs. Chase for receiving a STAR Award from Dr. Cowherd on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Mrs. Chase was nominated for this recognition by a student's parent in her classroom.

Second Grade Eagles: Stemscopes Engineering Activity

Second grade students worked in collaborative groups to design and build a system to direct freshwater from a river into a city and beyond.

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English Landing Bike Night - April 3, 2017

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English Landing Science Fair

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English Landing PTA Variety Show

The PTA invites you to participate on

Friday, April 21st

Park Hill South High School Auditorium


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Take Your Child to Work Day: Student Attendance

As families begin to make plans for Take Your Child To Work Day (April 27, 2017), I want to make sure you have accurate information regarding how student attendance will be documented on this day.

Up until last school year, a letter had been sent home with all Park Hill elementary students stating that they would be counted present at school if a signed form and Take Your Child to Work Day reflection activity was returned. As of last school year this was no longer the case since following this former practice violated the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines regarding student attendance.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education language regarding daily student attendance states: Students must be in attendance in an instructional capacity under the direct supervision of a certificated employee of the district to be counted for attendance purposes.Therefore, if students are absent, for part or all of the day, on Take Your Child To Work Day (Thursday, April 27th), they will be counted as absent for the time they are not in school.

In Park Hill at the elementary level, we do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. Therefore, when a student is absent, it is simply counted as an absence. At English Landing Elementary School, we do not recognize perfect (100%) attendance. We strive for student attendance to be at or above 95%.

I encourage you to make the decision that best meets the needs of your child/family when determining if your child will participate in Take Your Child To Work Day (April 27, 2017). Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding attendance procedures for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 27, 2017).


Dr. Kerry Roe

Spirit Week: Disney Character Dress Up Day!

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Basketball Game Assembly Photos

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Math in Children's Literature

by Katie Betts

Integrating subjects is a great way to engage your child in relevant activities that relate to real life. Often times children have difficulty solving word problems in math. Children’s picture books are a great way to see math problems in situations that are familiar to students. Below is an example of two picture books that you can read with your child and discuss math concepts relevant to your child’s grade level.

Kindergarten-2nd grade:

Circus Shapes

By Stuart J. Murphy

Video reading of Circus Shapes


As you read through the story have students discuss the shapes found throughout the story and talk about what characteristics they each have. Use the website below to construct pictures made with different shapes. Have your child tell you the name of each shape they use as they build the pictures.

3rd-5th grade-Area and Perimeter

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!

By Marilyn Burns

Video reading of Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!


Review what area and perimeter are before starting this book. As you read through the book, have your child point out examples of area and perimeter. After reading the book return to the pages where the tables and chairs are being rearranged. Use colored tiles or cut out 1 inch squares and have your child make the different table arrangements. Calculate what the perimeter and area will be for each table arrangement. Students should start to see that the area of the tables (amount of space for food) is the same but the perimeter (number of people that can fit around the table) can change.

Plastic Bag Mats

Please send in your grocery store plastic bags so they can be used to create mats for the homeless as part of a service project led by our fifth-grade student, Audrey Hudson. The plastic bags can be deposited in a box by the lost and found near the cafeteria.
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Recess Sign Up Genius Link

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
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153

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

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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