Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, February 1, 2019

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Fifth Grade Eagle, Margaux, greeted students a MORNING WELCOME

in Miss Poarch's third grade class. Eagles always SOAR!

What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School?

Monday, February 4, 2019

  • Spanish Club | 3:30-4:30pm in the Flex Classroom
  • Have YOU signed up for Student-Led Conferences next week?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

  • Beyond the Bell in Riverside | 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

  • Young Rembrandts in Staff Dining Room | 3:30-4:30pm

Thursday, February 7, 2019

  • Elementary Early Release Day! School is dismissed at 1:30pm
  • Elementary Early Release Day Staff Training Topic: AVID (Inquiry)

Friday, February 8, 2019

  • Kindergarten Scouts | 3:30-4:30pm in the Staff Dining Room
  • Chess Club | 3:30-4:30pm in the Flex Classroom

Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Third Quarter Progress Reports Go HOME! Families receive a progress report if their child is not making anticipated learning progress.

  • First Grade Girl Scouts | 3:30-4:30pm in the Staff Dining Room
  • Spanish Club | 3:30-4:30pm in the Flex Classroom

This Week's Kindergarten Highlights

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Mrs. Ottis's morning group created on Tuesday a fruit loop necklace with 10 groups of 10 for a total of 100 on this 100th Day of School!

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Mrs. Winkelmann's students sorted fruit loops as well into groups of ten making necklaces of you guessed it...... 100 fruit loops.

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Mrs. Dugan's class modeling their 100th day of school crowns!

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Students in Mrs. Hellbusch's class proudly display their 100th day of school necklaces!

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Studen​ts working in one of Mrs. Seymour's kindergarten groups practiced their sight words fluency using cars to race to the parking spot of the words they hear!

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Kindergartn students in Mrs. Seymour's morning group deconstruct an Article-A-Day piece about sledding. By examining the short piece with a writer's eye, they begin thinking about how to write their own HOW TO book!

Feedback from EL Families WARMS our hearts!

AM Car Rider Lane Feedback:

I would like to pass on a compliment to you and your morning car rider line teachers/helpers!

Every morning with a smile they greet not only my child but myself as well! I admire their enthusiasm ecspecially on cold frigid mornings such as today. Although their face may be cold, they still seem to push a smile through and although their hands would prefer to be tucked away, they still offer a genuine wave Goodmorning!

They wish us both a great day and that leaves a comforting feeling when leaving the school each morning!

Keep up the wonderful work!

Stephanie Brown

Lunch Experience Thank You

Good afternoon Dr. Roe.

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am of your staff at English Landing. I spent an hour inside your building today to have lunch with both of my kids and I cannot count the number of teachers and support staff that went out of their way to say hello to me, but more importantly, to my kids. Your staff goes above and beyond to make sure my children feel welcomed and comfortable while attending school. You can tell the English Landing staff take pride in creating such a positive environment, and I am so very thankful my children get to experience it. Thank you again and I hope you and your staff have a great rest of the school year.


Luke McKenney

Special Education Department

Lee's Summit High School


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Stomp! Chomp! Here comes the Book Fair! February 12-13-14

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates and shopping hours:

  • February 12 – 8am-8:40am, 3:30pm-7:00pm
  • February 13 – 8am – 8:40am
  • February 14 – 8am-8:40am, 3pm-4pm

The students will have time to preview the sale during Library time with their class the week before the sale.

If you are unable to attend the Book Fair in person, we invite you to visit our homepage at There you may access our online Book Fair starting February 5. Our Online Fair is available from February 5 to February 15. Books ordered through our online fair will be delivered to your student for no charge at English Landing.

Student-led Conferences: Reserve your slot!

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Click here to access the sign-up!

Use this link to sign-up for a Student-led conference slot with your child's teacher.

Student-led Conference Informational Letter

Use this link to download a new copy of the letter that was sent home with students outlining the NEW process to sign up for a conference slot at English Landing.

Register for Girls on the Run!

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Girls on the Run is a youth development program that teaches girls about confidence, positive self-image, and physical activity through interactive lessons, games, and running. Girls get to learn about themselves while forming strong friendships and having fun! Participants will celebrate completion of the program with the Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, May 4 at Children’s Mercy Park. Register today at!

Ages: 8-11
Fee: $165, payment plans and financial assistance available
Duration: 10 weeks (February 25- May 10)
Practice times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45 (transportation is not provided)

Contact: Abbie Sanford

Looking for Girls on the RUN Coaches

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Would YOU like to serve as a coach?

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Attention families of third, fourth and fifth grade girls! We are having Girls on the Run this spring and are looking for new coaches to work with our English Landing girls! If interested in serving in this role, you would need to commit to attending practice on a Monday or Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:45pm. We would LOVE to have you!

If you have any questions feel free to email Abbie Sanford

You can apply to serve in this role at

Save the Date: March 14, 2019

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Reminder: Water Bottle TIPS to KEEP Backpacks DRY

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Have you signed up for a Career Share Visit?

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Mr. Wade Thomas visited Mrs. Sanford's fourth grade classroom for a Career Share Visit just before Winter Break. His son, Jack, is a student in this classroom. The fourth grade students assisted Mr. Thomas counting how many alarms were in a building by highlighting blue prints.

Eagles always SOAR!

Career Share: Schedule a Classroom Visit for SECOND Semester!

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Parental involvement in your child’s classroom is one of the leading factors in raising self-esteem and academic achievement. This can go beyond attendance at Parent and Teacher Conferences or attending family nights at English Landing. We want to see you at a Career Share Classroom Visit!

Each of our English Landing families are unique ---with their own talents. Career Share is an opportunity for every child at English Landing to showcase THEIR family to their classmates. Career Share is an amazing opportunity for you to visit our classroom. Your involvement will not only make their day, but provide another opportunity for you to partner with English Landing and your child’s education.

Our goal is to have EVERY student have a member(s) of their family come share in our classroom about their job and careers. It truly means the world to our Eagles.

Please reach out to your child's classroom teacher to set up a time for a Career Share Classroom Visit.

PTA: Shatto Milk Cap Collection

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"Like" English Landing on Facebook!

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Did YOU know that English Landing has a Facebook Page?!? Be sure to click the link below to follow us on Facebook. We frequently share updates and pictures throughout the week!
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Park Hill STAR Awards

The Park Hill School District has a STAR Award for employees. 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 Link below:

Eagles SOAR in Music Programs!

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Remaining 2018-2019 Evening Music Programs at English Landing

Second Grade: February 7, 2019

First Grade: March 5, 2019

Kindergarten: April 11, 2019

Reminder: Exterior Doors are LOCKED During the School Day

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Remaining Elementary Early Release Dates in 2018-2019

Mark your calendars for the Elementary Early Release Days throughout the 2018-2019 school year where elementary schools in Park Hill dismiss at 1:30 pm:

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019

Making a Transportation Change or Attendance Update?

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English Landing is an AVID School!

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Sprigeo was created so that people would feel safer at school. When a person really needs help we hope you will send in a report. You can also download the app from the App Store or Android Marketplace.

People use Sprigeo to report:

  • Safety threats, bullying, harassment or intimidation at school
  • Safety threats, bullying, harassment or intimidation outside of school
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Friends who talk about hurting themselves
  • Fights, weapons at school

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

For more information please go to Sprigeo Site for English Landing Elementary

English Landing Eagles Always SOAR!

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Celebrating Birthdays at English Landing!

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Celebrating Student Birthdays: (Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook pages 37-38):

We are happy to celebrate student birthdays and half birthdays (if your child has a summer birthday) at English Landing! To protect the health and safety of our students, families may bring pre-packaged treats to school to share with classmates. In order to address any known allergy concerns, a label listing ingredients should be affixed to the package. Due to allergies and other food intolerances, please consult with your classroom teacher before the pre-packaged treats are brought to school. As a healthier alternative, Park Hill Food Service offers a variety of nutritious treats that may be purchased.

At English Landing we need your HELP! Many birthday treats arrive at the beginning of the school day which provides us time to review the class list regarding food allergies or food intolerances, however, many other birthday treats arrive during lunch and often right at the same time the treat needs to be distributed to students. PLEASE plan on arriving earlier for lunch (at least 15 minutes) to give us time to check the pre-packaged treat ingredients with the students in the classroom who have food allergies or food intolerances. Our school nurse, Mrs. Kimbrel, and office staff, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Wood, or Mrs. Scott, will help with this process so when the lunchroom staff teachers distribute the treat in the cafeteria, additional steps have been taken to ensure we are protecting the health and safety of our eagles.

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