North Elementary Newsletter

March 2022

Inclement Weather Plans

In the event that school is dismissed early due to inclement weather, please have a plan in place for your child(ren). The school phone will be needed to stay in touch with emergency personnel. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to contact parents for instructions.

A message from Dr. McClard

Hello from Dr. McClard,

Spring is almost here! Activities outside of school will start to increase and in a blink of an eye, summer will arrive. We have several items to think about as we head into the final three months of school. Our annual BINGO FUNdraiser is April 2nd at 4PM (doors open at 3). This is an event that is fun for all. Bring the whole family for BINGO, auctions, and cakewalks! Proceeds go to the PTO to help pay for May 20th Play Day games, shirts, and lunch for students.

Parent/Teacher conferences should be scheduled for March 10th and March 15th, along with 5th grade transition night March 23rd (see below event).

As we are beginning to look forward, it is important to note that summer school enrollment should be coming out soon. Make sure to sign up! Students entering kindergarten-4th grade will have an opportunity to learn and play with friends during the month of June at North Elementary…and it is FREE! Speaking of incoming students, if you or someone you know has a student entering kindergarten next year, please make sure to enroll him/her. Simply call the office for your next steps to enroll (243-9590). Having the most accurate count for kindergarten helps us properly staff for next year.

We also have several other fun activities coming up such as field trips, talent show, and awards ceremonies. However, our primary goal is to ensure that your child has the foundations to be successful at the next level. Please make sure that students get a good night’s rest and are at school by 7:50AM. Typically, teachers have their reading slotted for the first subject taught, so we don’t want our students to miss it. Towards the end of the year, our third and fourth graders will participate in the annual state test to demonstrate their mastery of Missouri state standards. More information on this will be coming soon.

We are looking forward to making the most of March through May. Our school wants every day to be a success for our students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or myself if you have any concerns or questions. We are looking forward to seeing all of you for a fun night of BINGO on April 2nd!


The Read-A-Thon has officially begun and runs through March 11th. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage our students to read more as well as earn some money for our school and fun rewards for your student. The best part about it is, it’s easy. If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late!

We encourage you to activate your reader’s account today by clicking on and following the simple instructions. Friends and family from all over can make donations to your child online. You can also share your Read-A-Thon page on social media! We will have reading sessions here at school, but you can encourage your child to read more at home during this time as well. The more students raise, the more options and prizes they will receive through Read-A-Thon.

The money earned from the Read-A-Thon will be used to provide books for the summer reading program and help purchase reading materials for our school!

Read-a-Thon Kickoff!

What? - Barnes and Noble Read-a-Thon Kickoff Event

Where? - Barnes and Noble in Cape Girardeau

Who? - North families - Some North teachers will be there for story time!

When? - Tuesday, March 1st. Storytime is from 5:30pm-6:30pm

How? - A portion of the proceeds will go to North and counts all day. You must say you are from North! There will also be vouchers sent home to bring with you!

*There will be a special themed drink to purchase through their Cafe!

*The class with the most participation between 5:30pm-6:30pm will earn a party!

Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit: to support us online from 3/1/22 to 3/6/22 by entering Bookfair ID 12624706 at checkout.

Dress Up Days:

FEBRUARY, 28th: Tournament of books - wear athletic clothes

MARCH, 1st: Get in the game...Read! - dress as yourfavorite sport or team

MARCH, 2nd: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss - dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

MARCH, 3rd: Cozy up to a good book - wear your pajamas

MARCH, 4th: Book Character - dress as your favorite book character

Brittany Limbaugh


If your child turns 5 by August 1, 2022 and lives in the North Elementary School area you can enroll him/her March 7 through March 11, 2022. If your child is enrolled at the Early Childhood Center they are automatically enrolled for next year. Call the school if these dates do not work for you. Click on this picture for additional information and instructions.


Please attend and help the Family FUNdraiser-Bingo Night. One of the key components to the FUNdraiser success is the silent and live auction…and the PTO needs donated items. Do you own or work for a business that might be willing to donate? Do you frequent a business you think might donate? If so, PTO would love you to ask them for a donation. The PTO also needs volunteers for this fun family event. It takes both donated items and volunteers to make this event successful. If you have a donation and/or can volunteer, please contact our President of PTO, Jessica Keen via email at

We appreciate all your help!

Summer School

We are happy to be thinking about SUMMER and WARM days! Below you will find information regarding our Elementary Summer School Program at Jackson R-2.

Jackson R-2 Elementary FREE Summer School Program for INCOMING kindergarten through 4th-grade students, will be hosted June 1-June 23, 2022. This applies only to our PK students entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

It is our goal to open the following buildings for summer school:

  • East Elementary: Any students that attend East Elementary will attend East Elementary Summer School.
  • West Lane Elementary: Any students West Lane and Millersville Elementary will attend West Lane Summer School.
  • South Elementary: Any students that attend South and Gordonville Elementary will attend South Elementary Summer School.
  • North Elementary: Any students that attend North Elementary will attend North Elementary Summer School.
  • Orchard Elementary: Orchard will not host Summer School in 2022. Orchard students will attend West Lane Summer School.

*Please note: Incoming fifth-grade students (2022-23 school year) will attend summer school at Jackson Middle School. JMS will be sending out information regarding summer school in the next few weeks! If you have any questions, please call 573-243-9543.

If you are interested in additional childcare opportunities following summer school, we will be sending out a separate email with information about our Camp Kids Club which will run June 27 -August 12, 7:30 am-5:45 pm, hosted at South Elementary. CKC tuition is $27 for the first child and any siblings after $22 per child. More information will be emailed in the following days.

Thank you for trusting us with your children! We look forward to a fun filled safe summer with our students!
Mandee Hite, Kids' Club Director and K-4 Summer School Director

Full Day Kids Club

Our Kids’ Club program will be offering childcare preschool - 6th grade on certain days that the district is off of school. You must enroll and pay for your child to attend Full Day Kids’ Club by the deadlines set for each date. The cost is $27 per day, (any additional children are $22). ALL enrollment and payment is due before 4:30 PM on the designated due date. All students must bring a sack lunch, water bottle and a mask. We provide an afternoon and morning snack. No walk-ins allowed. To enroll, please click here.

Full Day Kids’ Club is hosted at South Elementary 7:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. on the following days that the district is off school:

  • March 18 & 21: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for BOTH dates is March 8
  • April 14, 18 & 19: DEADLINE TO ENROLL AND PAY for all full days during spring break is April 4.

*Please Note Full Day Kids' Club is not offered on April 15th (Good Friday).

For more information, please email the Kids’ Club Assistant, Samantha Cavaness

Thank you,

Mandee Stricker, Kids Club Director

Counselor's Corner

This month we will be talking about test taking skills, study skills, and preparing for our standardized testing that is coming up. Our MAP dates are:

Monday, May 9 4th grade ELA Session 1

3rd grade ELA Session 1

Tuesday, May 10 4th grade ELA Session 2

3rd grade ELA Session 2-3

Wednesday, May 11 4th grade ELA Session 3-4

3rd grade Math Session 1

Thursday, May 12 4th grade Math Sessions 1-3

3rd grade Math Sessions 2-3

Please try to schedule upcoming appointments around these dates. Thank you.

Mrs. Isaac

Notice from our Nurse

As a reminder, according to the District’s guidelines regarding flu and other illnesses, students exhibiting influenza symptoms should stay home from school and should not return until they are generally feeling well and are fever-free for 24 hours. The health and well being of our students and staff are priorities in the Jackson R-2 School District. We appreciate your support and help as we work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

To decrease the spread of potential communicable diseases, students exhibiting symptoms of impending illness may be sent home at the discretion of the school nurse. Factors considered before sending students home include a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, or other symptoms that affect their ability to be productive at school. Students should not return to school until they are symptom-free (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual or unexplained rash) for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin medication.

Another reminder, the mobile dental clinic will be at North on March 25, 2022. You can sign up online at or request a paper copy from your school nurse. A licensed dentist and staff will provide screenings, xrays as necessdary, cleanings, and possible other care such as fillings. Permission includes initial dental care & follow-up visits.

Art Remarks

Hi North Families! Third quarter is flying by, and your young artists have been hard at work! We have been diving into self-portraiture and different drawing techniques. We will be tackling printmaking in March, and learning about different artists that have used printmaking and stamping as their primary choice of an artistic medium. We are slowly creeping upon the spring season, so we are hopeful in getting to be able to venture outside to work on our masterpieces! Be on the lookout for more information regarding NIGHT OF THE ARTS, which will be April 6th!

Artfully yours,

Miss Hopson

Music Notes

Happy Music in Our Schools Month,

It's so good to write to you today. North Select Singers and our 4th-grade students are working hard in preparation for our First Annual Night of the Arts, April 6th. All are welcome to come out and experience a night of food, fun, arts, and music. We Run is also starting up for girls and boys, every Monday after school beginning on March 7th. This is open to all 3rd and 4th-grade students. Permission slips and notes have went home so please make sure you return them before our first practice session.

Musically yours,

Joseph Moore

Music Teacher at North, Millersville and Gordonville Elementary

Stay "On Track" with Physical Education

Hello North Family! We are having a lot of fun in PE right now as we are finishing up our basketball unit. Heading into March we will be learning some fitness concepts and finishing up the month with our dance unit. I am excited to see what kind of moves the students show off as we learn some popular folk and line dances that the students will be able to enjoy for years to come. It has been a great semester so far and I am looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring!


Coach Bard

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Night

Tuesday, March 1st, 5:30-6:30pm

North Mall Entrance

Cape Girardeau, MO

North Elementary Teachers Story Time!


Monday, Feb. 28th, 8am to Friday, March 11th, 10am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Kindergarten Online Enrollment Week

Monday, March 7th, 4pm to Friday, March 11th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Parent/Teacher Conference Evening

Thursday, March 10th, 4-7pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Coordinate with your child's teacher for a time to meet.

Parent/Teacher Conference Evening

Tuesday, March 15th, 4-7pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Coordinate with your child's teacher for a time to meet.

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 11th, 3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 18th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

No School - Professional Development

Monday, March 21st, 8pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Report Cards Emailed Home

Tuesday, March 22nd, 9am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

If you would rather have a paper copy, please let your student(s)' teacher know.

4th Grade to 5th Grade JSM Transition Night

Wednesday, March 23rd, 6pm

1651 West Independence Street

Jackson, MO

Big Smiles Dental Clinic

Friday, March 25th, 11am-1pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

PTO Bingo Night

Saturday, April 2nd, 4pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Doors open at 3:00 pm.


Wednesday, April 6th, 5:30-7pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

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