North Elementary Newsletter

December 2020

Inclement Weather Plans

In the event that school is dismissed early due to inclement weather, please have a plan in place for your child(ren). The school phone will be needed to stay in touch with emergency personnel. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to contact parents for instructions.

Spotlight on 2nd Grade

Content Learning

In English Language Arts, second graders are learning about fossils and paleontologists. They have been reading many informational texts about this topic and are applying their knowledge in hands-on activities. In math, students are learning how to do two-digit addition and subtraction. They are using manipulatives, such as place value disks, as a resource. In science, we are learning about plants and what they need to survive. Second graders also learned about wants, needs, goods, and services in social studies. Learning is fun in 2nd Grade!

Service Learning Project

For North Elementary 2nd Grade’s service learning project, students made cards, crafts, and “survival kit” goody bags for our local Fruitland firefighters. We enjoyed showing our appreciation for them. Thank you to all who sent in donations for this project! You can see photos of the project in action here.


Each second grade student has a Chromebook to use throughout the learning process. We have been utilizing Seesaw to post our work in a digital journal. Zearn is a great website that helps us practice our math skills. Students are also learning basic Chromebook skills, such as keyboard shortcuts and typing.

Your Donations Are Needed!

If you're looking for a way to give back to our school, please consider donating clothing. If you are looking to get rid of any clothing, we are looking for gently used clean shirts (both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and new (unused) underclothes for boys and girls from Kindergarten through 4th.

We never know when students may need a change of clothing due to an accident or unforeseeable events. Thank you for your consideration of our students' ever-changing needs!

We are also accepting donations of disposable kid sized face masks.

Snack Rules for School

There are strict rules in regards to what foods can be brought into the classrooms from parents for birthdays and/or school parties. We can only serve foods that are purchased at a store or prepared at an establishment with health standards certification. The food must be in the original, sealed packaging with the nutrition/ingredients label visible. No homemade items can be served to students. We thank you for helping us to provide safe, healthy foods for our students.

Counselor's Corner

In December, we will continue to learn about some character education words. Charity is defined as generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. Please reinforce and demonstrate the importance of these good qualities to your children at home.

Leanne Isaac

School Counselor

Notice from our Nurse

It is DECEMBER!!!!!! Wow!!

A BIG thank you to all of the parents for keeping your sick child/children home so we can keep school going!!

Let’s keep up the good work!

  • Keep your child/children home with any symptoms or exposure to Covid. Here are some of the symptoms: cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, fever (> 100.0), congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle aches/pains. The symptoms in bold are high risk symptoms of Covid. You may want to call your healthcare provider for further instructions!

  • Please send a mask daily (with your child's name on it) to help us reduce the number of close contacts required to quarantine. Also, please if you don’t mind, we have a donation request for kid masks, in case your child(ren) doesn't remember or lose their mask.

  • Jackson R2 follows a 48 hour symptoms improving/resolution plan. If your child vomits, has diarrhea, or a fever= they need to have no vomiting/diarrhea/fever for 48 hours before returning to school. With a fever that means fever free for 48 hours with NO ibuprofen (ie Motrin) or acetaminophen (ie Tylenol) given during that time.

  • With seasonal allergies/flu/and cold season amongst us it is harder to figure out what needs to be done. We feel you!! Let’s continue to do our best! If you are keeping your child home, for example, for a new onset runny nose please keep the school nurse informed if symptoms are improving or worsening (or if more symptoms appear). Your child may not have to stay home for 48 hours if this is their typical “allergy” response. The nurse can help you figure out what day your child can return to school. When in doubt- keep your child home until you know the symptoms are resolved for 48 hours (OR at least improving with symptoms like runny nose/sore throat). *Please note: If your child would be tested for Covid (for example, they had runny nose/sore throat and the hotline approved it) and they are negative they can return to school even if they are still displaying those symptoms. =If new symptoms appear or their symptoms worsen and do not improve with allergy medication then you may want to contact your healthcare provider for further instruction. Again, if vomiting/diarrhea/fever you MUST be 48 hours free regardless of a negative result.

  • Please let us know if there has been an exposure to Covid (positive result) in your household. Please keep all members at home until further instruction. When you call the school office we will give your name to our covid coordinator, Dr.Beth Emmendorfer, and she will be in touch with you (she will normally email you). You can also email her directly at Also, if your child IS considered a close contact to a positive and you get your child tested, a negative result does NOT get them out of quarantine!

  • Please let us know if you have a family member or a close contact of the family being tested for Covid. All members (close contacts) should stay home until results are known. Remember- if a family member gets tested and ends up positive the quarantine date for close contacts STARTS the day from their last exposure to the positive family member. Separate the member getting tested as soon as you can (if you are able!). If they can’t separate, the quarantine timeline can be up to 24 days. 14 days would be better!

  • If questioning whether or not your child needs a covid test you can call your healthcare provider and/or call the hotline numbers= SFMC (573)331-4200 or Southeast (573)519-4983. You can call DHSS hotline for general questions (877)435-8411. Please note: Sometimes, one hotline number will tell you they don’t qualify (yet) and another will say they qualify. So, if you get a “not yet” at one number you may want to see what the other hotline number tells you.

Nurse Kimber

Art Remarks

Hello North Families! December is upon us and we are excited to be starting our holiday projects! We will be creating many seasonal mementos such as ornaments and more. Throughout each grade, we will also be creating winter landscapes, as well as three-dimensional snowflakes. These last couple of weeks are flying by, and I am very pleased to see how each of these young artists are hard at work! Happy Holidays!

Artfully yours,

Sarah Hopson

Music Notes

WOW!! Can you believe that the Christmas Season is here!!?!? Look out for a letter about a big surprise on the evening of December 10th. We can't wait to share with you what it is.

Musically Yours,

Joseph Moore

"Check Out" What's Going on in the Library

It's the time of year when we are getting ready for holiday breaks so we will be collecting our library books soon. The last week to check out will be Dec. 7-11. We are asking for students to bring their books back on Dec. 11. The second quarter Mark Twain Party will be Dec 18. The last day for fourth graders to take a test will be Dec 17.

Lisa Hooe


Stay on "Track" with Physical Education

Right now the students are working on their fitness and learning different things to help them be physically fit and healthy children. We are also in the middle of our indoor soccer unit where the students are learning great team building skills and different manipulative skills in soccer to develop their motor learning skills. We finish up the semester with some Holiday games to get excited about the holidays and get fit at the same time. Thank you and I hope you and your family have a happy Holiday season!

Coach Bard

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Monday, Dec. 7th, 12am

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Flags to be flown at half-staff all day.

Winter Party

Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 2:15-3pm

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Due to the pandemic, the party is for students only.

End of 2nd Quarter

Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 3pm

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Report cards will be emailed to addresses on file on January 8th. Please see your child's teacher if you would like a hard copy sent home.

Winter Break

Wednesday, Dec. 23rd, 12am to Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2021 at 2am

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Jackson, MO

School will not be in session from December 23, 2020 through January 5, 2021. Students return at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, January 6th.
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