September 15, 2023
Dear Nashua Families,
There have been so many exciting things that have happened at Nashua the past couple weeks!
**The PTA Back to School BINGO was so fun last night!
**There was a great turnout at Parent Orientation, and we loved seeing so many parents at the Love and Logic Parenting sessions!
**Harold Kuntz from FOX4 spoke to Nashua 5th graders about how to effectively ask questions to others. He used his expertise interviewing athletes to share skills and strategies with our scholars.
**We started superSTAR referrals again, which celebrates students who go above and beyond at school. These students get their picture taken, a phone call home from the principal, and a prize!
**Bailey, the therapy dog, started coming to Nashua to interact with students. She is a great listener as students read to her!
**We honored first responders at our Patriot Day event on Monday. We appreciate and honor those who serve and have served in positions to protect us and keep us safe.
**The Staley Orchestra put on a wonderful performance for our 5th graders.
As always, thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to meet the needs of all Nashua students! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
September 18 - 22 - Start with Hello Week (more info below)
Friday, September 22 - No School - Staff Professional Development
September 25 - 29 - Sonic Fundraiser Week
September 25 - 29 - Staley Homecoming Spirit Week
Wednesday, September 27 - Picture Day
October 3, 4, 5 - Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 4 - National Bike/Walk to School Day
Friday, October 6 - No School
Monday, October 9 - No School
Tuesday, October 10 - PTA Meeting 6pm
Tuesday, October 17 - Turn it in Tuesday (Wear Your Sunglasses)
Thursday, October 19 - Second grade music program
Tuesday, October 31 - Holiday Parties and Parade
Thursday, November 9 - Third grade music program
November 13-17 - Book Fair Week
November 14 - PTA Meeting and Turn it in Tuesday (Dress like a Superhero)
November 17 - Turkey Trot
November 20 - 24 - No school - Thanksgiving Break
Here is the District Calendar
Mark down the following days that students DO NOT have school:
October: 6th and 9th
November: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
January:1, 2, 3 and 15th
February: 16th and 19th
March: 22nd, 25-29th
September & October Lunch Menu
Parent Teacher Conferences - October 3-5th
Sonic Fundraiser - Sep 25-30
Start with Hello Week - Sep 18-22
Staley Homecoming Spirit Week - Sep 25-30
Monday - Country Music Day - Wear flannel or green
Tuesday - Rock Day - Wear band tees or black
Wednesday - 70s music - Wear hippie, disco or tie dye
Thursday - Rap/R&B - Wear Nashua spirit wear
Friday - Pop "Party in the USA" - Wear red, white, and blue
Seen around Nashua
Playground - We now officially have a date for the installation of the rest of the playground equipment. The huge playset, P6 Ball, and the final musical instrument will be installed October 23 and the artificial turf for the ground will be installed October 26. We are excited for our playground to finally be complete at this time!
New Nashua - WOW! So much progress has been made on the new school! The walls are going up!
Portrait of a Graduate - September - Learner's Mindset
Nashua will continue to implement our Portrait of a Graduate initiative this year. This program is designed to teach students different life skills that they can use to be successful. We look forward to communicating engaging ways that students will be asked to utilize the competencies in their learning throughout the year.
During the month of September, Nashua Elementary will be focusing on Learner’s Mindset as a part of the district’s Portrait of a Graduate program. Learner’s Mindset is demonstrated by students being able to demonstrate a deep enthusiasm and motivation for learning. Student’s should also be able to add to or adjust their thinking by learning about others’ perspectives. Nashua will encourage learner’s mindset by teaching classroom lessons and recognizing when students have a positive learner’s mindset.
At the end of the month, every teacher will nominate one student in their class for the Learner's Mindset Award. These students will receive an award and have their picture taken. Additionally, I sign will be placed in front of their house saying that they are a Portrait of a Graduate award winner.
More information about Learner's Mindset is below!
NKC Schools are Hiring
Fall Book Fair: Save the dates for the fall book fair Nov. 13 - 17. More details and volunteer sign up coming soon!
Fundraiser: Save the dates for the fall fundraiser! We will be running the fall fundraiser Sept. 25 - 29. We will be selling Sonic Drive-In gift cards for $5 a card. Our goal this year is $8,000. Funds raised during our annual fundraiser have supported teacher supply purchases, big ticket staff requests, field trips and transportation, teacher appreciation gifts, room party fees and more.
23-24 Yearbook Purchases: Nashua yearbooks are being sold online for $15. Click here to purchase. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.
Classroom Sign Ups: Volunteer and get involved with your child's class throughout the year! Click the sign up link for more information! Sign-Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084bafaf2aa6ff2-classroom2#/
Labels: Save the date for the next Turn Them in Tuesday Labels Day Tuesday, Oct. 17! Bring in a zipper bag of labels or empty ink cartridges for Nashua and wear your sunglasses!
*A note about Labels: Coca Cola is no longer offering product code rewards. Please do not submit coke caps or Coke Rewards from the boxes or the plastic Coke labels. Please don't send in any other bottle caps which includes but not limited to: Pepsi, water bottles, Gatorades, Powerade, milk jugs, or any other bottle caps.
When turning in Box Tops, please make sure they are only the pink box tops and are not already expired. Do not send the blue ones, those need to be scanned using the app! For questions, contact Labels Chair Amanda Timmermeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support! You can also support Nashua with these apps:
Volunteer from home:
Projects will include: entering Coca-Cola codes, counting Box Tops or Best Choice UPCs, etc.
As we have tasks, I will:
1. Text/email/call the next volunteer in line.
2. You may accept or decline the task, based on your interest or current schedule.
3. I will send the supplies and instructions home to you.
4. You will have a couple weeks to complete the task and return it.
Sign up online:
Get involved in the PTA!
Have you thought about getting involved in Nashua's PTA? We have several positions open for the 23-24 school year. We would love to help you find the right fit for you! Click here to see what’s available and sign up!
Memberships: You can join the Nashua PTA and order 2023-24 Nashua yearbooks online through our Cheddar Up site. Individual memberships are $10 and yearbooks $15. A PTA membership does not commit you to a chair position or volunteering, but it ensures you have a voice and your vote counts! Memberships support you, your students and our Nashua teachers. They provide school field trips, teacher appreciation gifts, classroom reimbursements and more! If you would like to be a Nashua PTA business member and receive recognition on our emails and social media pages, you can join for $20. CLICK HERE to order an individual or business membership and/or yearbook. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.
⭐We invite you to become a Business Member for the 23-24 school year and be recognized on the PTA website, emails and social media! Click here to purchase 23-24 Business Memberships for $20. We thank those that have purchased memberships: Call It Magic Productions, KC Blooms Plant Boutique and Locs+
Open Positions: We need PTA volunteers for the 23-24 school year! Visit nashuapta.my-pta.org, click on Contact Us, and look for the yellow highlighting (job descriptions are included). If you are interested in any of the positions or have questions, please email Danelle at email@example.com. Thanks!
PTA Meeting: Join us for the next Nashua PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Nashua Elementary School library!
Register with the PTA website to receive emails and view protected tabs! We encourage all new and returning families to visit the Nashua PTA website at http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/. If you are a new family or not signed up to receive emails, please click “Register” on the homepage and submit your email address. The PTA shares emails on upcoming events and important items.
Room Party Fee: Because of the excellent fundraising of the past couple years, we've eliminated room fees again this year!
Staff Favorites: Need teacher or staff gift ideas? The 23-24 Staff Favorites list is posted to the PTA website! Visit the PTA website, http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/, login on the left hand side by clicking “Secure Login.” After you login, click the Staff Survey tab and find a list of teacher and staff favorites! If you don’t have a login for the PTA website, click “Register here.”
President: Danelle Bohan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Rachelle Walker, email@example.com
Secretary: Megan Micek, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Lindsay Bradshaw, email@example.com
NKC Attendance Policy
As we begin a new school year, I wanted to send attendance reminders to ensure your child is at school regularly. It is important that your child attends school on time, every day.
The NKC SCHOOL BOARD POLICY states:
When a child is enrolled in NKC Schools, the North Kansas City Schools Board of Education expects:
1. The student to attend school regularly.
2. Parents/guardians of the student to communicate regularly with the office staff regarding the student’s absences.
3. Every student should strive for 95% or above attendance. This would mean missing no more than 8 days of school in the school year. (State guidelines deem attendance rates of 95% or better as necessary for optimal learning).
OTHER IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION:
1. If your child is not maintaining attendance above 93%, you will be notified immediately. If the attendance keeps dropping, Nashua staff/administration will reach out and ask you to come to the school for a meeting to discuss attendance concerns and complete an attendance contract.
2. If your student’s attendance continues to fall, the school is required by state law to report all instances of educational neglect, including poor school attendance, to Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect hotline.
3. Regular attendance and punctuality help students develop and maintain a good attitude toward school and relate positively toward school achievement. Tardiness and absences can be upsetting for students, disrupting their schedules, requiring readjustment to the class routine, and interfering with learning. Even missing just a couple days here and there can negatively impact a students' learning progression.
4. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the school’s attendance line at 816-321-5162 by 9:30 a.m. on the day of your child’s absence. If no contact is made by 9:30 a.m., every attempt will be made to reach a parent or emergency contact to verify the reason for the absence to ensure the child’s safety and parent awareness of their child’s whereabouts.
Please make your child's attendance a priority this year. We appreciate your help in ensuring your child is at school on time, every day!
Below is additional information about the importance of your child coming to school every day. Click below to download the flyer.