Lion Lowdown

September 16th, 2018

First Quarter Midterm

It is hard to believe, but Friday, September 14th marked the halfway point of first quarter! As we get closer to ending the quarter, it is important you and your child's classroom teacher are communicating about your child's progress. This year, report cards will be available online through the parent portal. First quarter report cards will be available on October 19th at 4pm.

Please work to gain access to the portal now, so you will be able to retrieve report cards when they are available. If you need help, please contact the Line Creek front office by calling (816) 359-4320.

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.

Mid-Continent Pop-Up Library

This year we will partner with Mid-Continent Library of Riverside to bring our students Pop-Up Library! Each month, Stacey Powell, from Mid-Continent Public Library will bring award-nominated books, along with a host of other new and exciting ones for students to check out during the school day at Line Creek. We don’t carry enough copies of Mark Twain Award Nominees for the number of students who want to read them, so Mid-Continent helps supply extra copies.

If 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students have library cards to Mid-Continent, he or she may check out 1 book each month during the Pop-Up Library. To return the book, students may bring it to the Line Creek library or drop it at any Mid-Continent branch.

Students received a form to participate.

Our first Pop-Up Library day was this past Thursday, September 13th from 1-3pm. From now on, we will return books every 2nd Thursday of each month. Only students with Mid-Continent cards may check out from the popup library. Students do not need to have their cards with them, but it is helpful.

PTA Membership Drive

We are eager to include all families in decision-making about our school. One way to support our school, and be involved is by joining the PTA. This year, there will be a membership drive from September 4th - September 28th. The two classes with the most PTA members will receive a pizza party in October!

Our amazing PTA does so much for our school including: sponsoring all classroom field trips, coordinating room parties, facilitating One School One Book, donating a rock wall for our gym, donating money to sponsor live morning broadcasts starting this year, and supporting classrooms and teachers daily! Print this membership form then send the completed form and membership dues to school with your child. Printed membership forms were also sent home with your child or can be picked-up in the office. Join PTA!

Student Identification Badges

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.

2018-2019 Line Creek Staff

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

Redistricting Update

In preparation for the opening of Hopewell Elementary and Walden Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year, and in order to balance our very different high school enrollments, we will be redistricting all of our attendance boundaries, from elementary through high school. Redistricting will help us continue to be one of the best districts around by protecting our low class sizes and making sure we can balance our resources.

The redistricting committee meetings will be open to the public, if you want to observe them. We will also host public input meetings and provide an online feedback tool to get your thoughts on the committee's ideas before the Board sets the new attendance areas. The Board plans to make its decision in December.

September 10th Update
At the redistricting committee's September 10th meeting, Dr. Paul Kelly, assistant superintendent for business and technology, showed the committee the different scenarios they drew up at the last meeting for the boundary between the Park Hill and Park Hill South high school attendance areas.

Dr. Mike Kimbrel, executive director of quality and evaluation, took the committee through a scoring exercise to see how well the different scenarios each met the criteria set by the Board of Education.

Detailed Redistricting Committee Updates

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Mercury Gymnastics Night

This fun, PTA sponsored night, is on September 22nd from 6:30-8pm. It's $7 per child and offered to children ages 14 and under.

No School - September 28th

There is no school for students on September 28th. Teachers will be attending professional development.

Early Release Dates - 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.

October 4

November 8

December 13

January 10

February 7

March 7

April 11

May 9

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