Northwest Elementary

November 2017

School Day Time Information

Full Day:

8:25 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

Half Day:

8:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Early Release:

8:25 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

What is P.B.I.S?

Northwest Elementary is excited to bring P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Improvement System) in early 2018. This program is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors by meeting the needs of all students. This district-wide program is an approach to discipline that focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. The four building-wide expectations at NWEL are:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe/Self-Control

  • Give Your Best Effort

We have outstanding boys and girls in our building and look forward to them continuing to flourish with P.B.I.S. Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months!

Service Day

Our students enjoyed teaming up with Northwest Early Elementary students in this years Service Day! Classes either decorated Christmas bags for the local food bank or Christmas placemats to be distributed to local nursing homes.

Fall Harvest

Are you ready to have a blast? On Friday, November 10th from 3:45-5:30 , there will be a Fall Harvest at Northwest Elementary! Flyers for this event went home in the 10/27 Friday folders. The cost for this event is $5.00. Money and permission slip MUST be turned in by the end of the day on Friday, November 3rd.

DJs will be on hand to play fun dance music in the the cafeteria, the gym will be open for basketball, and movie/coloring stations will be set up in nearby classrooms. Concessions (hot dogs, juice, water, and candy will be available for $1.00 each. All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Northwest Elementary students are invited to attend. This event is being sponsored by the 4th Grade Mackinac Trip.

Contact your students teacher if you have any questions.

Daddy Daughter Dance

You're invited to Northwest Community Schools' 17th annual Daddy Daughter Dance. This event will be on Saturday, December 2 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Northwest High School Competition Gym. Contact the Northwest Daddy Daughter Dance Hotline at (517) 817-4833 to reserve your ticket today. Leave a message on the hotline with your name, contact number, and number of daughters attending. Tickets reserved by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29 are $10.00 per Father/Father Figure. Tickets at the door and/or non-reserved tickets are $20.00 per Father/Father Figure.

Annual Adopt a Family

Each holiday season the Northwest Community adopts several families within our school district and helps to make their holiday special. There are many ways that you can help. Giving Trees will be going up at several locations during the weekend of November 10 in the Northwest District; including all five Northwest Community Schools' buildings and several area businesses and churches. Ornaments representing the needs of dozens of Northwest families will be on the trees. If you would like to help, please consider removing ornaments from the trees, purchasing the items requested, and returning your unwrapped donation to any NW Giving Tree location by Wednesday, December 13. We hope that you can help.

Upcoming Events

November 1- Early Release

November 2- Capital/Museum Field trip; Kinney, Murray, True, Kennedy,

November 5- Daylight Savings Time-Fall Back

November 8- 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Coffee at Biggby with Mr. Bontrager, Early Release

November 10- Fall Harvest 3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

November 13- Assembly @2:00 p.m., Board Meeting @5:00

November 14- Bible Study Release 1:50 p.m.

November 15- Early Release

November 16- Picture Retake

November 17- Half Day Students; Full Day Staff

November 21- Lock Down Drill

November 22- No School

November 23- No School

November 24- No School

November 27- Mobile Dental Program, PTO Meeting NWEE @6:00 p.m.

November 28- Mobile Dental Program

November 29- Mobile Dental Program, Early Release


Box Tops

We're collecting Box Tops for new playground equipment. Every Box Top counts. Also ask family and friends to start collecting too!

Just a friendly reminder to not drop your student off before 8:15 a.m. There is no supervision outside during that time. Students are let into the building at 8:15 a.m.

Parking Lot

Thank you for your continued patience with the volume of traffic during our drop-off and pick-up times! You are doing a fantastic job of parking in parking spaces, driving slowly in the parking lot and being timely in your efforts. We are, however, looking very closely at how we can improve this process. Our goal is to relieve the amount of traffic by brainstorming possible changes to the entrance and exits of the NWEL campus. Thank you for helping us keep Northwest the best place to be in Jackson County!

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures


When dropping your child off in the morning, please make sure it is not before 8:10 a.m., as we do not have supervision. Doors unlock at 8:15 a.m. If you need to escort your child inside the school, please park in a designated parking spot and not along the drop-off curb. This will help traffic to flow, so cars can continue to move in and out as quickly as possible. When exiting the parking lot we ask that you please do not turn around in the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church parking lot.


If you will be picking your child up, please make sure to send a note to the teacher, or call the office. If calling the office, please do so before 3:00 p.m. This will allow us to get lists finalized and given to the teacher. If you call after this time, your request unfortunately will not be honored. We will not pull children off the bus for late calls. You will need to meet them at the bus stop. When picking up your child please park in a designated parking spot and not along the drop-off curb. Make sure to bring a photo ID. Parents are asked to wait in the cafeteria until students are dismissed. Students will be dismissed by grade starting at 3:32 p.m on full days, and 2:27 p.m. on Early Release days. When exiting the parking lot please do not turn around in the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church parking lot.

Medicine Procedures

If your child needs medication to be administered at school, make sure you fill out the medication form, have it signed by the prescribing physician, and bring in the original container with the prescription label attached.

  • Do not send any medication on the school bus. Medication could easily be taken by the wrong child when it is not monitored by an adult. It is the parent's responsibility to bring medication into the Northwest Elementary office and check it in with a secretary.

  • Cough drops are considered medication. Please do not sent cough drops with your child.

  • No staff member will be permitted to dispense non-prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medication to any student with out a medication form filled out by a prescribing physician.


If your child will be absent form school, please contact the teacher or call Deanna at 817-4777 or email

The Direction of Greatness

To provide a positive culture that inspires students to achieve greatness.