McClure Newsletter

Jan. 20, 2023

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are right around the corner. They will be held Wed. Feb. 8th from 4pm-8pm and Thurs. Feb. 9th from 8am-8pm.

Students will be coming home on Monday with your scheduled conference slip. All conferences are 20 minutes in length and will be held in person in your student’s classroom. Your assigned conference slot is based on the day and time your conference was scheduled in the fall.

Once you receive the confirmation slip next week, please cut and return the bottom portion of the form by 1/27/23 with your student to confirm your conference day and time. Please call Stephanie Ford, administrative assistant, if you have any questions at 785.438.4343.

Dillon's Community Rewards

Do you have a Dillon's Shopper Card? Help our school as you shop for groceries. When using your Dillons card, designate McClure Elementary as your community rewards benefactor and your donations will go to directly support our school. Sign in or create an account to enroll. Once signed in, you can enroll or update your Community Rewards under your account settings.

Planet Aid Clothing Bin

If you've been to the this week, you may have noticed a yellow bin at the south end of the parking lot. This bin is placed in partnership with Planet Aid and their school donation program. Any community member is welcome to place donated clothes in this bin at any time.

Each week, the organization will empty the bin and record the weight of its contents. For every pound of clothing placed in the bin, our school will receive 5 cents. Participating schools typically earn several hundreds dollars a year by simply having this bin accessible to the public. The donated clothes will be recycled or used to support sustainable projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Attendance Info

Attending school regularly is essential for student success. It is important to start building the habit of going to school on time, every day (when not sick) as good attendance is a skill that will help students succeed in high school and in college or their career.

Attendance Works outlines additional information about the importance of regular attendance in the infographic below.

Important McClure Attendance Definitions:

  • Tardy - arriving after 8:40 am Mon-Thurs/9:40am Fri.

  • Early pick up - leaving before 3:40 pm

According to Kansas law (K.S.A. 72-1113) a student is truant if they have the following unexcused absences:

  • Three (3) consecutive unexcused absences

  • Five (5) unexcused absences in a semester

  • Seven (7) unexcused absences in a school year

If a student has accrued 10 or more excused absences, a doctor’s note will be required for any future absences to be excused. More information about attendance policies may be found in the parent/student handbook.

Attendance Works Infographic

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Cold Weather Season

The weather is getting colder so we wanted to take a moment to give a few reminders!

  • Please be sure to send your student with a coat each day & dressed for the weather
  • It is recommended that you write your child's name in their coats/sweatshirt/jackets so they can be easily returned if lost
  • Encourage your student to look at the lost and found if they are missing items
  • We will go outside for recess if the temperature and wind chill is 20 degrees and higher
  • If your student is in need of a coat, please complete the Student Needs form below

Dismissal Reminders

If you need to pick up your child early you need to do so PRIOR to 3:30. After 3:30pm, we will NOT call your students up to dismiss from the office, you will need to join the car line and pick up from there. Students move to their dismissal locations beginning at 3:30, so it is sometimes difficult to quickly locate and retrieve a student during this time.

If you need to change your child's dismissal routine for the day, please notify the office by 3:00pm so we have time to communicate that with the classroom teacher.

We appreciate your help with our dismissal procedures!

PTO Meeting: Jan. 31st

Our next PTO meeting will be Tues. Jan. 31st at 6pm in our library.

Following the January meeting, there are only two remaining PTO meetings this year. These meetings will occur on March 7th and April 25th and will also start at 6pm in our library.

Jan. Breakfast & Lunch Menu

School menus can be viewed below or by clicking HERE.
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Great Schools Review

McClure Families- we would love for you to leave a positive review of McClure Elementary on the the website !

To complete the review:

Go to

Locate the school and

Click on the review icon.

2022-2023 Calendars

The district's academic calendar provides a quick-glance overview of important dates for parents to be aware of. This calendar includes days school is not in session, parent-teacher conferences, and start and end dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

The McClure school calendar is posted on our school website. Click here to view.

3rd Quarter Upcoming Dates:


26-Adventuremobile (Grades 1 & 2)

31-Major Saver Kick-Off

31-PTO meeting in the library, 6:00pm


6-Major Saver collection begins

8-Happy Bear Kindergarten & 1st Grade

8-Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm

9-Parent/Teacher Conferences 8am-8pm, No School

10-No School

13-Major Saver collection ends

14-Valentine's Parties 2:30pm

22-Family STEM Night, 6pm

23-Adventuremobile (Grades 1 & 2)

23-Class Photos

28-Kindergarten Music Concert, 6pm

28-3rd grade Music Concert, 7pm


6-10 Respeto Spirit Week

7-PTO meeting in the library, 6pm

9-Adventuremobile (Grades 1 & 2)

9-End of 3rd Quarter

10-No School, Teacher Plan & Prep Day

13-17 Spring Break

Want all of these dates easily accessible and to be able to check if anything changes? Access our school calendar on the McClure website There, you can add the calendar to your own or even sign up for email alerts if something changes using the menu with the < sign above Saturday!

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The Eagles Nest: Before & After Childcare Program

McClure has started our own before and after school childcare program this year which has officially been named The Eagle's Nest! If you are interested, please complete the registration form linked below. The form also outlines the monthly fees, times, etc. Once you submit the form, you will be contacted within 48 hours to notify you if there is enough room in the program for your child to attend.

McClure 22-23 Childcare Registration Form

Childcare & ESSR Calendars

TPS Student Transfers

The TPS transfer form for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. If you have moved this school year and no longer live in the McClure attendance area, be sure to complete this transfer request form as soon as possible.

More information for district transfer requests can be found by clicking HERE.

TPS 2023-2024 Transform Form Link

TPS Weather Notifications

As the weather begins to cool, we want to remind families of school closing notification procedures. When making decisions about closing school, a number of factors come into play, including the safety of travel but also the safety of students who will be home during the day.

Should school be canceled, we will:

  • Send a text, email, and/or phone call via School Messenger
  • Update the district social media pages
  • Update the district website
  • Contact our local media partners

To sign up for text message updates, text Y to 67587. To learn more about school delays and closures, please review our How We Communicate With Families document.

TPS News

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program: FCC has announced its affordable connectivity program to provide eligible families, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Eligible families include those who qualify for free & reduced school lunch, SNAP, WIC, or those with an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for family size. Click here for either English or Spanish.

The 2023 TPSF Major Saver Campaign dates are:

Campaign Kickoff: January 30th

Campaign Collections: February 6th – 13th

Campaign Follow Up date: February 14th

Campus Care Clinic

Topeka High School has a care clinic in partnership with the University of Kansas Health System that is open to all students and staff.

Click here to view a flyer or watch this video for more information.

Lunch Payment Options

1. You can send a check or cash with your student to school to deliver to the office. If you write a check, write 'lunch' in the memo. Make checks payable to McClure Elementary.

2. At no cost, MypaymentsPlus allows your family to:

  • Create a free, secured account to manage all of your student's accounts.
  • Check your student's current account balance.
  • Monitor the items your student has been purchasing in the cafeteria.
  • Create settings to receive email notifications when the account reaches a low balance.
  • Online Lunch Payment Website-

3. For a small fee, MypaymentsPlus allows your family to:
  • Make a prepayment into your student's meal account using a check, credit card, or debit card at, or by calling 877-713-5442 (toll-free)! Funds deposited through MypaymentsPlus are usually available for student use within a matter of minutes. This feature eliminates the need to send a check to school or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money.
  • Create settings to automatically replenish your student's account when it reaches a low balance.