September Newsletter

Whiteman Elementary

Upcoming Events

September 18th- Homecoming Early Out at 1:00

September 17-25th- Virtual Book Fair for Whiteman Elementary

September 16th-Major Saver Fundraiser Begins

September 24-Box Top Collection

September 25 Cooperation Celebration

September 28-eS2S Luncheon

September 29-Fall Pictures Retake Day is November 12th

Reading Forces

The past 2 years a reading program called the Reading Forces has been run through the library to promote reading from home. It is meant to encourage 20 minutes of reading a night, and students earn a "rank" much like the Air Force, for each reading log they turn in. Many teachers have made this part of their homework, and then in May we will have a pinning ceremony to celebrate all the students that reach the final ranking.

Students can fill out the Reading Forces Google Slide through their Google Classroom and turn it in virtually once it is completed or students can turn the attached copy into their teacher.

Mrs. Kent will remind teachers at the end of each month to update any classroom reading logs that have been turned in so she can update the display in the library. She plans to have special "treats" to pass out to students that participate at the end of each month to help encourage them to read from home.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we learn to navigate this new world in education and thank you for continuing to foster a love of reading in your students! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me!

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September 14-18

Next week is Spirit Week! Each building is a little different, so this will be Whiteman Elementary Spirit Days.


Tuesday- Superhero

Wednesday- Wear your favorite color from head to toe

Thursday-Favorite sports team

Friday-Panther Gear

*Early dismissal at 1:00 on Friday

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Picture Day

Whiteman Elementary Picture Day is September 29, 2020. Mark your calendars! Photographers will follow specific guidelines and keep 6 feet apart from students and staff. Due to the circumstances, all ordering of pictures will be online. We're excited to see all those great smiles!

Click on the link below to order.

**Picture Day for Virtual Students will be Tuesday, September 29 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the High School gymnasium. Virtual students can pick up their district t-shirt and mask during this time too.

If you do not want your child to remove their mask, please email or call and let us know. (660) 563-3028 or

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Whiteman Virtual Fall Book Fair

Whiteman Elementary Fall Book Fair is going online! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, value packs, and more! Orders are delivered right to your home and you can take advantage of FREE shipping on book-only purchases over $25. The link will open September 17-28th. More information will be sent out next week

It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading!

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Whiteman Youth Center Sports

Leader In Me

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USDA Extension of Free School Meals

Dear Parents:

Last week the USDA announced several summer meal waivers are extended through December 31, 2020, or until the funding is used. For Knob Noster students, this means that the District can continue the summer food service program that has been offered during the COVID-19 closure.

We will be able to utilize this program during regular school hours and feed breakfast and lunch to ALL children, ages 1-18, and all students (virtual & in-person) for FREE. If the funding becomes unavailable prior to the anticipated December 31 deadline, we will communicate with families in as timely a manner as possible.

The free meals began on Tuesday, September 8. Currently, breakfast and lunch will be FREE through December 18 when we release for Christmas Break. Please note the program does not extend to purchasing a milk to accompany a sack lunch from home. Milk is 45 cents and will need to be paid out of your student’s meal account. This is for the purchase of an “extra” milk. It does not apply to milk that comes with a school meal – that is free with the meal.

If your student is an in-person learner, there is nothing further you need to do. Virtual learners and families of all children, ages 1-18, in our community who want to take advantage of school breakfast/lunch should complete this form daily (by 9 a.m. the day you want lunch) -

Pick up will be at your child’s school cafeteria during lunch serving times and will include lunch, plus breakfast for the next day. Three lunch choices will be available each day. Hot lunch, cold sandwich, or salad. The lunch choices are based on the school menus available here - Parents who pick up meals should bring a form of ID (school ID or car rider pick-up decal) for their child as proof of residence in our district (per DESE guidelines).

We are excited to be able to provide FREE meals to ALL our Panthers!

Very respectfully,

Jerrod Wheeler, Ed.D.

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