McClure Newsletter

Dec. 7, 2022

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop

Dear Families,

Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is coming to our school! Students will be able to shop during this week on December 8th and 9th. Students will get the chance to preview the store the afternoon of Dec. 7th. We are excited for your child to participate in an educational, fun and exciting experience.

Community volunteers and staff will assist children while shopping to allow them to purchase surprise gifts for loved ones. The shop will offer over 100 different gifts that can be purchased for as little as $.25 and up to $12.00 each. The Holiday Shop is a fun, unique way to empower your children with generosity!

Your child will be coming home with a Gift List Budget Envelope. If you choose, please complete and return (with cash or check) to school on Dec. 8th and/or Dec. 9th. Each classroom has a scheduled time on Thurs. and Fri. to shop in the store. All checks should be payable to McClure Elementary PTO.

PTO Fundraiser: Papa John's Night this Thurs.

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2nd Quarter Spirit Week: Dec. 12-Dec. 16

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PTO Spirit Wear Store-Due Dec. 13th

The PTO spirit wear store is now open. Click this link to view available items for purchase-

Click on each item to see the available colors for purchase.

The online store will be open until Dec. 13th.

Winter Parties

Winter parties will be Fri. Dec. 16th at 2:30pm. Room parents who organized the Halloween parties will be organizing the winter party as well. If you have any questions regarding your child's winter party, please reach out to the assigned room parent for your child's class.

Cold Weather Season

The weather is getting colder so we wanted to take a moment to give a few reminders!

  • Please be sure to send your student with a coat each day & dressed for the weather
  • It is recommended that you write your child's name in their coats/sweatshirt/jackets so they can be easily returned if lost
  • Encourage your student to look at the lost and found if they are missing items
  • We will go outside for recess if the temperature and wind chill is 20 degrees and higher
  • If your student is in need of a coat, please complete the Student Needs form below

Dismissal Reminders

If you need to pick up your child early you need to do so PRIOR to 3:30. After 3:30pm, we will NOT call your students up to dismiss from the office, you will need to join the car line and pick up from there. Students move to their dismissal locations beginning at 3:30, so it is sometimes difficult to quickly locate and retrieve a student during this time.

If you need to change your child's dismissal routine for the day, please notify the office by 3:00pm so we have time to communicate that with the classroom teacher.

We appreciate your help with our dismissal procedures!

PTO Meeting: Jan.

Our next PTO meeting will be Tues. Jan. 31st at 6pm in our library

2022-2023 Calendars

The district's academic calendar provides a quick-glance overview of important dates for parents to be aware of. This calendar includes days school is not in session, parent-teacher conferences, and start and end dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

The McClure school calendar is posted on our school website. Click here to view.

Upcoming Dates

  • Dec. 6: 2nd grade music concert, 6pm
  • Dec. 6: 5th grade music concert, 7pm
  • Dec. 7: Penguin Patch store preview
  • Dec. 8 & 9: Penguin Patch PTO Fundraiser
  • Dec. 8: Papa John's Night
  • Dec. 12-16: Kujali Spirit Week
  • Dec. 16: Winter parties, 2:30pm
  • Dec. 19- Jan. 4: Winter Break
  • Jan. 5: School Resumes

Great Schools Review

McClure Families- we would love for you to leave a positive review of McClure Elementary on the the website !

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Click on the review icon.

Dec. Breakfast & Lunch Menu

School menus can be viewed below or by clicking HERE.
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Lunch Payment Options

1. You can send a check or cash with your student to school to deliver to the office. If you write a check, write 'lunch' in the memo. Make checks payable to McClure Elementary.

2. At no cost, MypaymentsPlus allows your family to:

  • Create a free, secured account to manage all of your student's accounts.
  • Check your student's current account balance.
  • Monitor the items your student has been purchasing in the cafeteria.
  • Create settings to receive email notifications when the account reaches a low balance.
  • Online Lunch Payment Website-

3. For a small fee, MypaymentsPlus allows your family to:
  • Make a prepayment into your student's meal account using a check, credit card, or debit card at, or by calling 877-713-5442 (toll-free)! Funds deposited through MypaymentsPlus are usually available for student use within a matter of minutes. This feature eliminates the need to send a check to school or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money.
  • Create settings to automatically replenish your student's account when it reaches a low balance.
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Campus Care Clinic

Topeka High School has a care clinic in partnership with the University of Kansas Health System that is open to all students and staff.

See the flier below or view this video for more information.

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TPS News

FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program: FCC has announced its affordable connectivity program to provide eligible families, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Eligible families include those who qualify for free & reduced school lunch, SNAP, WIC, or those with an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for family size. Click here for either English or Spanish.

2023-2024 Student Transfers: The transfer form opens on Jan. 1st.

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The Eagles Nest: Before & After Childcare Program

McClure has started our own before and after school childcare program this year which has officially been named The Eagle's Nest! If you are interested, please complete the registration form linked below. The form also outlines the monthly fees, times, etc. Once you submit the form, you will be contacted within 48 hours to notify you if there is enough room in the program for your child to attend.

McClure 22-23 Childcare Registration Form