North Plains Hawks

Sept. 17, 2016

Principal's message - week 3

Greetings from North Plains Elementary School! It was great to meet so many of you on Thursday night at our Back to School Event. Thank you all for being so understanding with the changes that are happening, I know many of you are anxious regarding your child's teacher.


After much discussion, we have finally decided on the following class configurations and teacher assignments. Please know that this was not an easy decision. No teacher wanted to give up students in their room, but we needed to do what was best for the teaching and learning environment as a whole.


K - Ms. Monahan (no change)

K/1 - Ms. Debolt (no change)

1 - Ms. Gale (no change)

2 - Ms. Underhill (some students moving)

2 - Ms. Job (some students moving, some coming from Ms. Underhill)

3 -Ms. Schneider (some students moving)

3 - Ms. Phipps (a change from 4th grade to 3rd, a new group of students)

4 - Ms. Ravins (this is mostly Ms. Phipps previous class with a few changes)

4/5 - Ms. Lee (a new teacher and a new group)

5 - Ms. Richter - (no changes)

6 - Mr. McDowall (some students moving)

6 - Ms. Chronister (some new students)


It is difficult to predict where the new students will come in, but we already have notice of a few in grades 3 and 6 where we now have room to grow. Kinder and 1st are still fairly large, but would have been too small if we split them right now. These classes will be supported with assistants. 4th and 5th are still fairly large as well and will receive additional assistant support. Letters will be sent to all families to make sure you know if your child has changed teachers. These will go home Monday afternoon.


Our new teacher is Ms. Lee who comes to us from Minter Bridge Elementary. Although she is sad to leave her current students, she is very excited to join our North Plains staff and meet her new group of 4/5 this week. Ms. Lee will be in the building Monday and Tuesday to get her room ready and prepare for students, so all new classes will begin on Wednesday. This will give us time to notify both students and parents of the changes. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Lee to our community!


This week we had our first fire drill and the students did an excellent job! I tried to pick the class that was the most responsible during the drill and couldn't choose from all of the outstanding classes! Yesterday students were rewarded with an Otter Pop for their responsible behavior. (Grades K and 1 still need their prize and will receive it on Monday)


Many of you have talked with me regarding attendance as you know it is an important topic and one we take very seriously. I've decided to add an attendance piece to this newsletter each week which you will see below. All of the information will be coming from the website, http://www.attendanceworks.org/ I encourage you to go to the site yourself to see more information on the importance of attendance, plus tips for you if you are struggling to get your child to school. Please do reach out to me with questions and concerns.


This will be a challenging week with the classroom changes happening. Please talk with your child, whether changing classes or not, to help them understand and deal with their feelings around this. There may be a few bumpy days, but we'll get through it and be better for it. Thank you for your help.


Have a great week!


Ms. Smith

Upcoming Events

This Week

Wed. - students attend new classrooms (if applicable)

Wed. - academic seminar, early release

Upcoming Events


Sept. 20 -Evergreen Back to School Night grade 7, 7-8PM

Sept. 22 - Evergreen Back to School Night grade 8, 7-8PM

Sept. 26 - Picture day

Sept. 26 - Glencoe Back To School Night, 6:30 - 8 PM

Sept. 30 - Fund Run through PE classes

Oct. 4 - PTO meeting, 5:30 PM all are welcome!

Volunteers needed!

If you are interested in volunteering this year, or just want to see what opportunities there are, please use the following link to go to our volunteer sign up page on sign up genius! Emily West is our volunteer coordinator if you have questions!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4caca92aa64-back

Attendance: 9 or less is best!

Kids that miss too much school in Pre-K and kindergarten are less likely to be reading in the third grade, making it much harder to learn in the years that follow. Studies show that 75% of students who are chronically absent in 6th grade (we had 5 students in this catagory last year) will drop out of high school and students who are chronically absent in high school are 7.5% more likely to drop out. (Attendanceworks.org)


Last year we had 27 students, grades k-5, who had less than 90% attendance which is considered chronically absent. Our goal is to reduce this number by at least half, if not more. Remember, 9 or less is best!! (average 1 per month or less)

Remind alerts

Many of you have already signed up for "Remind" to get alerts and reminders of events. Click the link below if you haven't yet signed up! http://schools.hsd.k12.or.us/LinkClick.aspx?link=https%3a%2f%2fwww.remind.com%2fjoin%2fnppa&tabid=364&portalid=13&mid=15744