Family News from the Nest

English Landing

February 19, 2016

Second Grade Music Performance: Thursday Evening

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What's Happening at English Landing? February 22 through Monday, February 29, 2016?

Friday, February 26, 2016: PTA Popcorn Friday! (Popcorn 50 cents)

Friday, February 26, 2016: Staff and Student Basketball Game Theme Basket Sales Kick Off

  • Theme Baskets will be on DISPLAY in the Front Lobby!
  • Each Student Receives 1 FREE Ticket TODAY!
  • Additional Theme Basket Ticket Sales: $1.00

Monday, February 29, 2016: EL Spirit Day (Wear EL Spirit Wear or School Colors: Red, White, Blue)

Monday, February 29, 2016: PTA Meeting 11:45am to 12:45pm in the EL Flex Classroom

Monday, February 29, 2016 through March 17, 2016: Theme Basket Ticket Sales ($1.00) Available before school in grade level classrooms and in EL Office (for families visiting EL) during the school day.

Three Picnic Tables Moved to Playground

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Mrs. Riley, English Landing recess teacher, recently submitted a proposal requesting the movement of three picnic tables to a new concrete area. This new concrete which is located adjacent to the fifth grade level exterior doors was installed due to a reoccurring drainage challenge area created from our two story building. Mrs. Riley submitted this proposal to provide another recess option for students who prefer to read or draw during outside recess time.

Staff and Student Basketball Game: Theme Basket Ticket Sales Begin!

We are preparing for the ninth annual English Landing Student and Staff Basketball Game on March 17, 2016.

Each English Landing student will receive one FREE ticket on February 26, 2016, for a chance to WIN the grade level theme basket of his/her choice. Students will be able to purchase additional basket tickets ($1.00). Basket Ticket Sales will begin on Monday, February 29, 2016.

The Grade Level Theme Baskets will be on display in the English Landing Front Lobby beginning on February 26, 2016 through March 17, 2016.

Kindergarten Theme Basket: Sporting KC and Soccer FUN!
First Grade Theme Basket: Star Wars!
Second Grade Theme Basket: Lego FUN!
Third Grade Theme Basket: Summer Time FUN!
Fourth Grade Theme Baskets: MU Basket and KU Basket
Fifth Grade Theme Basket Combination: Royals and Chiefs

Thanks to our EL Families for donating items to our grade level theme baskets! This year's theme baskets are the BEST ever!

Future Elementary Early Release Dates!

March 10, 2016: Elementary Schools Dismiss at 1:30pm

April 14, 2016: Elementary Schools Dismiss at 1:30pm

May 12, 2016: Elementary Schools Dismiss at 1:30pm

Remaining Grade Level Music Programs {Evening Performance}

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First Grade

March 10, 2016 7:00pm "Kitty Cat Capers"


April 21, 2016 7:00pm "Goldie and the Three Bears"

Remaining English Landing PTA Meetings

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We have just two remaining 2016-2017 PTA Meetings this year!

Monday, February 29, 2016: 11:45am to 12:45pm in the EL Flex Classroom


Monday, May 2, 2016: 11:45am to 12:45pm in the EL Flex Classroom

Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, Park Hill Superintendent, will present information regarding the approved Park Hill School District's future grade span plans for adjusting the current middle school concept to create 4 building sites with a grade 6-7-8 configuration beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

2016-2017 Kindergarten Round UP!

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Looking for 2016-2017 Kindergarten Eagles!

Kindergarten Enrollment and Special Events

Starting elementary school in the fall as a kindergarten student is a very important time and we are excited to offer a few options in May to help incoming students and their families get ready for the first day of school on August 11, 2016!

Option 1: Incoming kindergarten students and a family member, can come to English Landing and visit while school is in session. This visit will give you and your child the opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom, take a guided tour of English Landing, and see other components of a typical school day including recess/playground, specials (art, music, PE, library), cafeteria, health room, counselor’s office, and recovery room. The benefits of this option provides students the experience to visit English Landing when school is in session. Please contact Mrs. Gadd at or by phone at 359-4370 to schedule a time to visit English Landing on one of these following dates/times:

  • Monday, May 2, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 9:00-10:00 AM

Option 2: On May 9, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm the English Landing kindergarten team will host Kindergarten Round Up. This evening provides incoming kindergarten students and their families an opportunity to visit our kindergarten classrooms, meet teachers, and explore English Landing. The benefit of this option is that students and families will be able to explore English Landing during the evening time frame.

Please don't feel as if you and your child need to attend both options. Both options will provide similar levels of support to assist your child in transitioning to kindergarten for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. You know your child best so please select the option that will best meet his or her needs.

We look forward to spending this time with you! If you have any additional questions, please contact the EL school office at 359-4370. Thank you!

Take Your Child to Work Day: Student Attendance CHANGE!

As families begin to make plans for Take Your Child To Work Day (April 28, 2016), I want to make sure you have accurate information regarding a CHANGE in how student attendance will be documented on this day.

In the previous school years, a letter has been sent home with all Park Hill elementary students stating that they would be counted present at school if a signed form and Take Your Child to Work Day reflection activity was returned. This will not be the case beginning this year since following this former practice would violate the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines regarding student attendance.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education language regarding daily student attendance states: Students must be in attendance in an instructional capacity under the direct supervision of a certificated employee of the district to be counted for attendance purposes.Therefore, if students are absent, for part or all of the day, on Take Your Child To Work Day (Thursday, April 28th), they will be counted as absent for the time they are not in school.

In Park Hill at the elementary level, we do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. Therefore, when a student is absent, it is simply counted as an absence. At English Landing Elementary School, we do not recognize perfect (100%) attendance. We strive for student attendance to be at or above 95%.

I encourage you to make the decision that best meets the needs of your child/family when determining if your child will participate in Take Your Child To Work Day (April 28, 2016). Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding attendance procedures for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 28, 2016).


Dr. Kerry Roe

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

Track and Field Day Information!

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Message from Mrs. Lindsey:

Grade Level Field Days:

Kindergarten: May 2, 2016: 9:00-11:00 (AM) with a rainout date of May 9, 2016 (AM)

First Grade: May 3, 2016: 9:00-11:00 (AM) with a rainout date of May 10, 2016 (AM)

Second Grade: May 4, 2016 9:00-11:00 (AM) with a rainout date of May 11, 2016 (AM)

Third Grade: May 3, 2016: 1:00-3:00 (PM) with a rainout date of May 10, 2016 (PM)

Fourth Grade: May 4th 1:00-3:00 (PM) with a rainout date of May 11, 2016 (PM)

ALL Grade Level Field Days are held at Lakeview Middle School Track

(Located at the west side of Lakeview)

Annual Fifth Grade Track Meet on May 19, 2016:

The English Landing fifth grade students will participate in the annual Melody Gabel Track Meet at the Park Hill High School Track Stadium (Barry Road/Congress) Melody Gabel was the former English Landing PE teacher who taught from 1995 to 2007. Ms. Gabel is remembered for starting this annual track meet with fifth grade students in Park Hill before she passed away of cancer in 2007.

Thursday, May 19, 2016: Fifth Grade Melody Gabel Track Meet from 9:30 AM to 1:45 PM

The rainout date for this is May 23, 2016.

2015-2016 Elementary School Hours

8:30am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook Reference:

Students may arrive at school up to 15 minutes (8:25am) before the start of the

school day (8:40am).

Repeat: Process Improvement: Student Evening Dismissal

We need your help! We have new faces on our English Landing team, so please help us by having your blue car rider sign with you when you are picking up your child during evening dismissal. If you do not have a blue car rider sign and would like one, please stop by the school office so we can make one for you.

In following Park Hill safety processes, if our English Landing office staff does not recognize a parent or guardian, a photo identification (example-driver's license) will be reviewed before your child is released to you.

Thank you for helping us provide a safe dismissal process.

Repeat: Reporting Your Child's Absence

We need your help!

Please call the English Landing Office at 359-4370 (Attendance Line-Press 2) or e-mail Mrs. Gadd at when you know your child will not be attending school that day.

At 9:30am we will send parents/families a school messenger voice mail of students who are absent if we haven't received a prior notification from a parent. Thank you for your help!

Reminder: Image & Contact Opt Out Process

We previously shared in the English Landing Back to School Family Newsletter the steps families need to take if you want your child to be included on the Image and Contact Information Opt Out List.

Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook Reference:

Throughout the school year, the Park Hill School District and/or English Landing might take pictures or video and release personal information about students for promotion.

Examples might include but are not limited to:

· A special event or program at a school might be covered by a newspaper or television station, resulting in student interviews and pictures.

· Award-winning students might have their names and photos published in a local newspaper, a school newsletter, the districts “First Hand” e-newsletter, the districts “Park Hill Connection” newsletter or on Park Hill TV-Channel 18.

· The district or school might post pictures of school activities on webpages and social media.

If you do not want your child’s image or information used, please contact the English Landing office at 359-4370 to complete a 2015-2016 Denial to Release Information Form.

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Plan - 2015-2016

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas




English Landing School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL Students will report English Landing is Meeting their Needs increased from 89.5% to 94.7% during the 2014-2015 school year and will increase from 94.7% to 100% during the 2015-2016 school year. (Balanced Scorecard #17)
  • EL Families will report English Landing is Meeting their Child’s Individual Needs increased from 80.9% to 84.9% during the 2014-2015 school year and will increase from 84.9% to 100% during the 2015-2016 school year. (Balanced Scorecard #19)