Northside Notes

March 8, 2019

Important Dates for Thoroughbreds

March 11: Reading Log #3 Due

March 15: STLP Practice

March 18-22: Spring Book Fair* (Recently Moved)

March 19: Family Night at the Book Fair 5-8 PM

March 19: My First Book Club 6-7 PM

March 20: Early Release 12:45 PM

March 22: Report Cards fo Home

March 22: Spring Picture Orders Due

March 25: 5th Grade Field Trip BizTown - Lexington

March 26: District Technology Showcase 6-7 PM at Northside

March 26-27: Big Smiles at Northside (Dental Program)

April 1-5: Spring Break

April 10: 2nd/5th WEEF Performace UK AcoUstiKats Woodford Theatre 9/10:30 AM

April 11-12: Kindergarten Registration

April 12: Unbirthday Celebration

April 16: 2nd/3rd grade Spring Music program "The Day the Crayons Quit" 6 PM

April 17: Early Release 12:45 PM

April 18: State STLP Competition at Rupp Arena

April 18-19: 5th Grade Carter Caves Field Trip

April 23: Kindergarten Field Trip. Stockyards, Children's Theatre, Masterson Station Park

April 23: 4th Grade Field Trip Salato

April 24: 5th Tour of WCMS 8:15-10:45

April 26: Midterm Grades Go Home

May 16-17: Annie Jr. 6 PM

May 16: 40 Book Challenge Gattitown Field Trip

May 17: 5th Grade Field Trip to Falling Springs

May 23: New Last Day of School (As of Jan.31)

School Calendars

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school March 18-22 and special Family Night (5-8 PM) and Literacy Events (6-7:30 PM) are scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th.

Our Book Fair theme for spring 2019 is Dino-Mite Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp and Read.
A prehistoric land full of irresistible new books kids can’t wait to track down. We’d like your help to make this Book Fair experience for our students a stomping, chomping, reading good time!

Please email me if you can help during one of the following times. Volunteers receive a free $5 book for helping.

Friday, March 15: Setup for Fair

M-F: Before School Shopping\

M-Th If you can help anytime during 11 AM -3 PM, please let me know!



Tuesday Night: Teacher Help



Friday: Closing the Fair 10 AM


Library Media Specialist

Melinda Caldwell

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Art to Remember

Art to Remember order folders are coming home soon. Please check your child's backpack or Friday folder for them. Orders are due March 15th. Thank you for supporting the Art Room!!

New Last Day

Per the 2018-2019 Calendar, with yesterday's closing, the new current last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 23rd with Closing Day now Friday, May 24th. Should we miss any additional days that are not NTI days, the last day for students would be adjusted accordingly. Also, we would have had to miss three days of school that are not NTI days prior to February 1 for President's Day (February 18th) to be a make-up day. Since missing three days that are not NTI days prior to Feb. 1 is now an impossibility, we will not use President's Day as a make-up day so that will remain a day off in the calendar.
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Kindergarten Registration

The Woodford County Public Schools will be holding kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year on the dates listed below:

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Kindergarten registration will be held at Huntertown, Northside, Simmons and Southside elementary schools. Any parent unable to register their child on the dates above should contact their school for an individual appointment.

Any child who is five (5) years of age on or before August 1, 2019 is eligible to enroll in public school kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Any child who attended a private kindergarten during the 2018-2019 school year is eligible to enroll in the primary program provided he/she is six (6) years of age on or before August 1, 2019.

Please bring the documents listed below to begin the registration process:
-Proof of Residence (gas, water, or electric bill, deed, lease or property tax bill), Documentation should include residence address, no P.O. Box
-Certified Birth Certificate or other valid verification (not the hospital certificate)
-Valid Kentucky Immunization Certificate (by August 8, 2019)
-Guardianship or custody papers (if applicable)
-School Physical Examination form (completed within 30 days of enrollment)
-Vision Screening (by a licensed Optometrist, completed by January 1, 2020)
-Child’s Social Security card (optional)
-Evidence of a dental screening or examination (submitted by January 1, 2020)

Registration for kindergarten will help in planning for your child’s entry into the Woodford County Public Schools. If you have any questions or need information, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

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Dear Woodford Families,

We are pleased to announce that Woodford County Schools has been granted state permission to offer “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) days during the 2018-2019 school year. This plan will allow meaningful learning to take place, when conditions prevent schools from being in session. An NTI day will count as an instructional day, and if approved by KDE (Kentucky Department of Education) will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

WHAT IS NON-TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION? A non-traditional instructional day is a district declared day when learning and instruction will continue, yet students will not report to school. Learning will take place utilizing technology or conventional paper packets focusing on skills enhancement, remediation and enrichment. All materials will be provided by your child’s teacher(s) and students are expected to return completed assignments to their teacher(s) upon their return to school. Please note, not every school cancellation day will be an NTI Day. The message from Mr. Hawkins will clearly indicate what type of cancellation day it will be.

HOW WILL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BE PROVIDED? Students with internet access will be able to complete work at home or another location, using educational programs that are familiar to your child. If your child does not have internet access, a paper copy of assignments will be provided in advance of an NTI day. Other information regarding assignments can be found on teacher websites, newsletters and e-communications.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON AN NTI DAY? 1. When the decision is made to have an NTI Day, a “One Call Now” message will be sent out by Mr. Hawkins notifying families. 2. Teachers will be available to answer questions and help students between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 3. Teachers will be available via email and will respond to both student and parent questions during the above hours. If email is not a possibility, please contact your child’s school to set up a means of communication. 4. Completed work needs to be returned to school the first day back from NTI day. We are excited about this opportunity to provide learning when conditions in the past would have prevented learning from taking place. Thank you for your continued support.


Scott Hawkins, Superintendent

Annie Jr. Information

You can find information concerning Annie Jr. at the following link.

Pop Tab Collection

Northside collects pop tabs to send to the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital to help fund camps for cancer patients. Please collect tabs and send them in!

Birthday Food Items

Birthday Food Items

Northside Parents and Guardians,

With a number of allergies and other health concerns in our school, it is very important that we are aware of food items being brought in for birthday treats. Please follow the guidelines below if you plan to send in a food item for a birthday:

  • Food items must be store bought and labeled to ensure ingredients and nutrition information are listed.

  • Call the front office at least 24 hours in advance so any necessary arrangements can be made. The office staff will log the food item on our calendar.

  • If our office is not notified, the item will be held until the next day to allow arrangements to be made. If the item brought in is not store bought and labeled, the item will be sent back home.

*Teachers will coordinate food items for classroom parties following these guidelines.

Please understand that these procedures are in place to ensure the health and well-being of our students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

Principal Asher

New Parent Background Check Requirement for Field Trips!

Parents, if you or any family members (i.e. grandparents, siblings, etc.) plan to chaperone any field trips this year, it is very important that you visit your school's office or our central office for submission of a Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) background check. This differs from the administrative office of the courts (AOC) criminal background check in that it would show any substantiated child abuse or neglect found by the Department of Community Based Services that wouldn't necessarily show up on a criminal background check. Unlike the AOC check in which results can often be obtained the same day, the CAN checks do take much longer which is why we want to encourage you to get your CAN check as soon as possible if being a field trip chaperone is a possibility for you this year. To complete the CAN check process, please bring one of the following: your driver's license, social security card, birth certificate or ID card. If you have any questions, please contact your school's office or email Garet Wells at Thank you.

Community News

Sewing Class

The Woodford County Cooperative Extension Office will be hosting a sewing class for 4th and 5th graders at Northside. The class will meet each day March 11-14 from 2:45-5:00. Call the Extension Office to sign up at 859 873 4601.

Blessing Box

Midway United Methodist Church on West Bruen Street.

A blessing box is located across from the community garden on W. Bruen Street. Please feel free to take what you need and give what you can. Within the blessing box are non-perishable food items and hygiene items.

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Midway Christian Church on East Bruen Street.

A blessing box is located on the porch at Midway Christian Church. Please feel free to take what you need and give what you can. Within the blessing box are non-perishable food items and hygiene items.

Free Community Dinner

All in the Midway community are invited to a Free Community Dinner at Midway Christian Church. This dinner is held on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.