Chapel Hill News

Chapel Hill Monthly Family Newsletter - January 2019

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Our 4th and 5th grade choir did a great job at their Winter Choir Performance. Thank you to everyone that was able to come and support them!

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Reminder: 2nd Quarter Electronic Report Cards are viewable beginning January 15th!

Your child's 2nd quarter report card will be viewable online via Power School starting January 15th. Viewing your child's electronic report card in the online system is very easy. Below is the link to access your child's report card.

Once you click on the link, follow these instructions:

  1. Login using your username and password. This will be the same username and password you used when completing online enrollment this year.
  2. If you don't remember your username or password, click "Forgot Username and Password".
  3. Once logged in, the "Grade Cards" tab is located on the left-hand navigation bar.
  4. Then, click "2019-Q2" to view a PDF copy of your child's report card.

18-19 Grade Card Parent Portal Sign In

Free Tutoring!

Did you know that you could access free tutoring for your child?

Mid-Continent Public Library offers this service to all patrons with a library card. If this could help your family or you have any questions, please call the Mid-Continent Public Library at 816-454-1306.

Student Clubs will take group photos for the yearbook on January 22nd

Students who participated in the following clubs will take a yearbook group photo on January 22nd. *Please have your student(s) wear their student club/group attire/shirts.
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5th Grade DARE Graduation coming up January 25th

Please join us January 25th at 3:00 as we celebrate with our 5th graders who are completing the DARE program. DARE is a substance abuse and violence resistance program that teaches students the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. This is taught by Officer Smith and the students have been working hard since the fall. If you are able, we would love for you to come out and support them!

Our annual food drive is coming up January 28th - February 8th

Once again we will be having our annual food drive coming up January 28th - February 8th. The donations will go toward the Northland Food Pantry. We will be sending out more information soon on what food items to bring.

Let's finish strong on our Attendance Challenge!

Just a reminder, we are continuing with our hero-themed attendance challenge this month. The first classes (K-2 and 3-5) to make it to the super hero zone will have a super hero party to celebrate. Help your child's class earn a super hero party by ensuring your student is present at school, on time, everyday, for the full-day!

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Don't Forget to Bundle Up! With colder weather upon us, please make sure your student is dressed for the weather.

Stay Connected with Us!

Follow us on Twitter at @chesnkcsd and check out our hashtag #ChapelHillChamps to see the great learning that happens in our school every day. You can also always visit the Chapel Hill School Website at for additional information about our school.
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Upcoming Important Dates

January 7th - 1st day back from Winter Break (2nd semester begins)

January 8th - Future Oakie Night, 6:00 p.m.

OP Wrestling vs. William Chrisman & Ruskin @ Oak Park High School

January 8th - PTA Planning Meeting, Library, 6:30 p.m.

January 15th - Progress Report Distribution, Second Quarter

January 16th - PTA Papa John's Night

January 21st - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)

January 22nd - Student Clubs and Groups Photos, 11:00 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

January 25th - 5th Grade DARE Graduation, Gym, 3:00 p.m.

January 28th - Chess Club, Library, 8:15 a.m.

January 28th - Future Oakie Night, 7:00 p.m.

OP Girls Basketball vs. Fort Osage @ Oak Park High School

January 29th - PTA Panera Night, Liberty Location

January 31st - Big Event, 2:30 p.m.

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Kindergarten News!

We hope you all had a fun and relaxing Winter Break! Thank you to everyone who was able to help out with our Winter Parties! It is exciting to be back as we start on third quarter skills. Kindergartners will finish their “How-to” books. During Readers Workshop we will begin learning how to identify the main topic and practice retelling stories when we read. In math, our focus will be on composing and decomposing numbers along with 3-D shapes. Kindergarteners will get excited for Science as we learn about living things and what they need to survive. Keep practicing sight words, reading books sent home in reading pouches each night, and recording library books on the “Read-to-Me” forms. Thanks for all your support at home and at school to help your child learn and grow.

Happy January Birthdays to: Jaxon Banks, Owen Berges, Hannah Dorsey, Rylee Durham, Fatima Garcia-Aquino, Trenton Palmer, and Michael Tufuga

Mrs. Andersen, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Tjelle, Mrs. Watt

First Grade News!

First graders have been working very hard throughout December and are ready to learn even more during the month of January. We can’t believe we are halfway through the school year! We’d like to thank all the parents who helped make our winter parties so much fun for our kiddos! We’d also like to give a huge thanks to all the parents who came to watch our winter music program! The students had so much fun singing and performing for their parents! They were so very proud of their performance, as they should be!! First graders will be learning a lot in January!

In Reading, we will be working on sensory words and how this helps us in understanding our stories. We’ll be focusing on words verses pictures in fiction books. In nonfiction books, we’ll be learning more about all the text features and how this helps us understand what we are learning in this genre.

In Writing, students will be writing fictional narrative stories. We’ll focus on characters, setting, problem, and solutions. We also include lots of details in our words and pictures, along with writer’s craft to make our writing more interesting for our readers.

In Math, we will be working with 2-digit numbers as they are composed into tens and ones, comparing greater than, less then, and equal to, and use addition and subtraction to solve problems within 20.

Please continue to look at and sign your child’s take-home folder every day, along with filling out their bobcat book club reading minutes.

With these cold winter days in January, please be sure your child is prepared for recess. They need warm coats, gloves and hats everyday!

Happy birthday to these January birthdays!

David Lopez-Kopriva, Kaydon Stubbs, Jordyn Howerton, Aiden Roberts, Connor Owens

Mrs. Dennis, Mrs. Drambour, Mrs. Parra, Ms. Whiting

Second Grade News!

A huge shout out to all of the parents that donated items or volunteered for the winter party!

In Reading, we will be learning about author’s and reader’s purpose. Also, we will be looking carefully at using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words. When readers come to a tricky word, one strategy that they can use is to skip it and come back. Readers use their background knowledge, nonfiction text features, and the words around the word to figure out the meaning.

In Math, the big focus will be solving story problems. Mathematicians can use several different strategies to solve them. We will be learning how to use an open number line to solve word problems as well as change to more and part to whole models. Your child will feel much more successful at solving these types of problems if they already know their math facts. Please study these facts for a few minutes each night

In Writing, we are continuing to work on their informational all about books. Students are adding a catchy introduction and conclusion. We are also learning how to add important facts that make the piece interesting to read.

We would like to wish a Happy Birthday in January to the following 2nd graders: Karishma Shairzad, Hunter Mitchell, Charlee Moretina, Sophia Gatlin, Jackson Roberts, Xavier Vasquez, Kingston McClease, Adinath Sudheer, and Victoria Valenti.

Welcome to Chapel Hill to Makale Armstrong and Derek Mackey.

Mrs. Hatcher, Mrs. Thomson, Mrs. Vieth, Mrs. Weatherman

Third Grade News!

Greetings Third Grade Families,

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we are already starting second semester. We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter Break! The third-grade teachers want to say a big thank you to all the families who donated items for our second quarter auction. The students had a blast earning such fun prizes with their points. Also, thank you to all those who donated items and helped out at our Winter Party. It was a really special day!


* Students have to read 300 minutes each month outside of school. As the year goes on, encourage your child to set higher personal goals for their reading log. Please keep track of the minutes they read on their reading log.

* All multiplication and division facts should be memorized as soon as possible. Please help your child master their math facts.

* Spelling test are given every Friday. Please make sure your child reviews their words at least 10 minutes a night.

What will your child be learning this month?


During reading your child will be doing an in-depth character analysis. They will learn how to use text details to infer character traits, and they will learn new vocabulary words to help them describe the characters in their books. They will also learn how the actions and motivations of the characters effect the storyline. Finally, the students will learn about identifying the point of view of characters in a book, and how to distinguish their point of view from that of the character’s.


During writing your child will be writing a persuasive article. They will pick a topic about which they are highly passionate. They will work to formulate their opinion on the topic. Then, the students will plan and draft an argument that supports their opinion based on facts and experiences. The students always have such a fun time expressing their opinion!


The students will begin learning all about fractions. This is an important unit since there are a great deal of fraction standards. The students will learn how to identify and model fractions. They will also learn how to identify equivalent fractions and compare fractions. In addition, they will learn how to plot fractions on a number line.


During second semester the students will continue to learn about Missouri. We will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will also begin our science unit on matter.

Thank you for all the support you give your child at home. It is greatly appreciated!

Happy birthday this month to the following students:

Stephanie Brehm, Kennedi Patterson, Jaiden Patterson, Jude Clark, Julien Wilson, Vinny Nash, and Scott Hankins!

Thank you,

Mrs. Crane, Mrs. Hogue, and Ms. Palma

Fourth Grade

Welcome back to school and to 2019! We hope everyone had a fantastic break and are ready to start a new year. Did you realize that the school year is half-way over? We would like to thank all of our parents who helped with the Winter Party. Its success depends on great helpers. Students had a wonderful time as they ended 2018 and prepared to begin their Winter Break. We would also like to thank all of you for being involved in children’s education and supporting them.

As we start getting back into the swing of things, we will quickly review the content we’ve learned as well as introduce many new things. Here’s some basic information regarding content for January: Math – multiplication, division, and associated concepts; Reading – deeper reading in comprehension for both fiction and nonfiction reading; Writing – continued work on feature articles; Science – force and motion; and Social Studies – geography and Westward Expansion. One of the most important things that we want to continue to remind you is that students should read every single night for at least 20 minutes. They should also practice their math facts – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Becoming more fluent readers and more fluent with their math facts will benefit students not only in both math and reading, but in science, social studies, and writing as well.

Recess Reminder – please send proper outerwear with students for recess. We follow district policy regarding outdoor vs indoor recess and want to make sure they are properly dressed when they go outside.

Have a great rest of the month and stay warm and healthy.

Ms. Barrios, Mrs. Behrendt, Mr. Spencer, Mrs. Surgeon

Fifth Grade

Welcome back after the winter break. Our fifth-grade students sang at William Jewell College at Gano Hall on Friday, December 7th. Thank you to the families that came to watch our classes perform. It is always great to see you.

All classes worked on determining theme of different types of text and also learning to compare, contrast, and analyze text to find relevant connections (text-to-text and text-to-world). We also have begun writing for our Feature Articles. Students are excited to write and share what they know about one of their favorite topics. You will get the chance to see this at our 5th grade writer’s celebration.

In Science we are studying ecosystems and how they work. Students are able to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and Earth.]

In Math we are working on Unit 4. We are exploring reading, writing, rounding, and comparing decimals as well as adding and subtracting them. Students are also writing ordered pairs for coordinates and placing coordinates by ordered pairs on a plane or grid.

Thank you to the parents that support our school by donating items for the fifth grade parties. Another big thank you goes to all of the parents that volunteer your time in the classroom and to make our parties successful. We could not do it without you.

Fifth Grade Teachers,

Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Peine, Mrs. B. Taylor, Mrs. D. Taylor

Updates from the ELL Department

Chapel Hill’s current focus culture is Alaska and the natives of the land, drying fish is a common way of preserving it in Alaska. Please enjoy the salmon jerky recipe (prepared with a food dehydrator) below from

Spicy Salmon Jerky


* 3 pounds salmon fillet, skin removed

* 1 cup soy sauce

* 2 tablespoons molasses

* 2 tablespoons white sugar

* 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

* 2 tablespoons lemon juice

* 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper

* 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

* 12 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco(R)), or more to taste


1. Slice salmon fillets into 4 equal sections, width-wise. Rotate each section 90 degrees and slice lengthwise, about 1/4-inch thick. Remove pin bones with needle-nose pliers. Don't slice bony sections near the center of the fillet.

2. Stir soy sauce, molasses, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, black pepper, liquid smoke, and hot sauce together in a glass or plastic bowl until marinade is well-mixed. Place salmon in the marinade, ensuring every strip is covered. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours.

3. Remove salmon from bowl and drain liquid using a colander. Pat the salmon dry using paper towels.

4. Place each salmon strip in a dehydrator and run the dehydrator according to manufacturer's instructions until desired doneness is reached, about 6 hours. Check every few hours for doneness.

Mrs. Lopez and Mrs. Carpenter

Updates from Reading Support

Reading Hints for Practicing Sight Vocabulary

One part of learning to read is learning to recognize words instantly without having to “sound them out”. Here are a few ideas to help you practice vocabulary words with your child whether they are “sight words” (words most frequently encountered in print) or the vocabulary words that accompany the stories.

* Store the word cards your child needs to learn in resealable bags. Take them with you wherever you and your child go. Practice them in line at the grocery store, sitting at stoplights, on trips, or any place you have to wait.

* Play Hide-and-Seek. Hide ten words cards. Let your child find them and read or spell them to you.

* Sit with your child and look at a newspaper to see just how often sight words show up in print. Ask your child to choose a word from the list and article from the paper. Look for the word together. Highlight and count the word each time it appears. Try the same thing with a second word. Which word appears more often? Make a game of it for points.

* Write words on small cards and place them in an empty container. Shake the container, spill out the words, and the read the ones that fall faceup. Give each word your child reads a score that is equal to the number of letters in the word. Record the total, put the words back in, and play again. Make it a competition or go for a personal highest score within five rolls.

* Play a game of “I’m thinking of…” One player starts by giving a clue about one of the sight words – for example, “I’m thinking of a word that starts like horse and has three letters.” The other player looks at the list and tries to identify the word. (his)


Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Tolander

Notes from the Library Media Center

Day With the Author

This event is for qualifying fourth and fifth graders. The deadline is February 14, 2019 for all book reviews. Keep reading those great books and working on your reviews!

What’s Happening in the Library

Kindergartners have read the Building Block nominees and voted for their favorite. The winner of the Building Block award will be announced later this spring. They are also learning where fiction and nonfiction books are located in the library.

First graders have been learning how to find images, cite their sources, and use Book Creator.

Second graders have been learning how to research, take notes, find images, and cite their sources.

Third graders are learning how to use different resources to find the information they are researching.

Fourth graders have been researching and learning how to cite their sources.

Fifth graders have been learning how to research and cite their sources. They are also learning how to find safe, legal images.

Thank You!

Thank you to our wonderful library team of volunteers who help us shelve all of those books! Thank you so much!

Free Tutoring

Did you know that you could access free tutoring for your child?

Mid-Continent Public Library offers this service to all patrons with a library card. If this could help your family or you have any questions, please call the Mid-Continent Public Library at 816-454-1306.

Keep reading and learning!

Miss Davis

Updates from PE/Health

Welcome back Chapel Hill Families! In P.E this month we will be doing Cooperative Learning with the emphasis in team style games and activities. We will be going over basketball fundamentals, hockey, and ultimate sports. In Health we will be continuing our Disease and Hygiene Unit covering how germs spread, proper handwashing, and teeth brushing. Go Bobcats!

Mr. Rhoades and Ms. Lindhorst

News from the School Counselor

Giving Tree Project and Huge Thanks-

Thanks to everyone that helped to donate to our “Giving Tree Project”. This year, we were able to help provide gifts for over five of our families. We truly appreciate your generosity and everything you did to help make this project a huge success!

3rd Grade Pizza Ranch –

Congrats to the following 3rd Grade Students:

Ian McDonald, Audrey Mills, Abbey McIntyre, Gabby Blanks, Eli Schumann, Eloise Camarda, Alex Bledshoe, Lillian Budd and Adriana Avila

These students were selected to attend the upcoming Pizza Ranch Incentive Lunch. Great job displaying positive behavior in and outside the classroom.

Mrs. Newman

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Visual Art News

In art class Kindergarten students painted winter landscapes and added neighborhoods and snowmen. First graders did fall still life drawings in oil pastel and watercolor. Second graders drew self-portraits. Third grade students designed abstract pumpkins and did self-portraits. Fourth grade students examined the work of Wassily Kandinsky and did non-objective abstract compositions. Fifth graders did oil pastel abstract flowers inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Miss Glock and Ms. Peacher

Vocal Music Updates

Kindergarten students are working on identifying loud and soft in music. Also, practicing our rhythms with one and two sounds on the beat.

First grade will be introduced to the string family. We will look, listen, and learn about the string instruments. Students will see some of these instruments in class and get the chance to play some as well.

Second grade will be working with melodic pitches this month. We are reviewing our already learned Do, Mi and So and will be adding La. We will sing and identify these pitches in songs and will get the chance to play and also write them in their own songs.

Third grade will be preparing for our recorder unit to begin!

Fourth grade will hit the ground running with our program songs. Our program will be on February 21st in the Chapel Hill gym. Hope to see you there!

Fifth grade students will be reviewing the letters of the staff and move right in to our Recorder Karate by the end of the month. We will also be preparing a song for their DARE graduation on

January 25th.

Chapel Hill’s 4th and 5th grade choir will begin rehearsals this month. Please check the information sheet sent home and look for an email for all rehearsal and performance dates and times.

Mrs. Sansom and Ms. Kobialka

Notes from the School Nurse

I see children in the health room often due to being in a hurry and missing their morning meal. A healthy breakfast can prevent discomfort from an empty stomach and help improve focus, coordination, and brain function altogether. Try and include a balanced blend of proteins, fruits, grains and dairy as these are essential to helping the brain function to its fullest potential. For those of you who are having trouble squeezing breakfast into an already hectic morning routine, you might consider having your student eat breakfast at school. Food Services offers an excellent selection and breakfast is served daily at Chapel Hill.

Also, as a reminder, we are in need of pants and underwear for children to use in case of accidents at school. This helps prevent students from waiting in uncomfortable clothes in the health room. It also increases minutes in the classroom if clothes are available for them here. Thank you in advance for your help!

Nurse Heidi