Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, October 21, 2016

What's Happening at the NEST?

Monday, October 24, 2016: English Landing SPIRIT Day!

Wear English Landing Spirit Wear or School Colors (Red, White, Blue)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016: Parent and Teacher Conferences 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, October 27, 2016: No School!

Parent and Teacher Conferences Noon to 8:00pm

Friday, October 28, 2016: No School!

English Landing Hallway Picture SALE!

2015-2016 Pictures

We will be selling the student pictures that were on display in the hallways at English Landing last year during Parent Teacher Conferences next Wednesday evening and Thursday. PLEASE stop by the office if you are interested in purchasing a student photo. Proceeds from this SALE help us to pay for new pictures each year. Thanks!

SMALL Picture: $5.00

LARGE Picture: $10.00

Career Share for the Guys Guests on Tuesday, November 1, 2017

A SPECIAL thanks to the following guys for signing up to spend time in a classroom on Tuesday, November 1, 2016:

Bob Bennett

Brian Steadman

Bill Keen

Rob Thomas

Paul Snustead

Andrew Dickson

Brian Whitley

Mike Riley

Tom Sherman

Jeff Hilzinger

Darren Davidson

Aaron Ensminger

Andy Beck

Travis Hild

Martin Reinhold

Bill Leatherbury

Wale Akinmoladun

Zach White

Accessing Your Student's Report Card

As the end of the quarter approaches, English Landing teachers are finalizing first quarter grades and preparing to post student report cards. As shared in the weekly Family News from the Nest SMORE, First Quarter Report Cards will not be printed this year. Instead parents will access their child’s First Quarter Report Card via the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus.

If you have not yet set up your Parent Portal account, please follow the directions on this attachment to do this right away. You will need your unique activation key, known as a GUID, to set up your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. Please contact Mrs. Wood at to receive this unique activation key.

First Quarter Report Cards will be available to view on Friday, October 21, 2016 beginning at 4:00pm. You won’t be able to access your child’s first quarter report card unless you have set up your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. PLEASE contact Mrs. Wood, English Landing administrative assistant, right away so you will be ready to access your child’s first quarter report card on Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Terrann Wood


Thank you!

English Landing Staff

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Repeat: Preparing for Thanksgiving Lunch

The annual Thanksgiving Lunch will be held on November 17, 2016 and grade levels will follow the regular lunch time schedule. If you will be joining your child for the Thanksgiving Lunch, please call the English Landing office at 359-4370 before November 10, 2016 to RSVP for this event. Any guests joining us for the Thanksgiving Lunch will pay $3.30. This lunch amount is the same for both adults and children. Only students enrolled at English Landing are able to eat the Thanksgiving Lunch for the regular student rate of $2.35. You may pay in advance, at the door, or have the cost deducted from your child’s lunch account. Please have exact change or a check payable to English Landing. Thank you!

Why Words Their Way?

Providing opportunities for students to read and write is essential for spelling development, but for most students it is not sufficient. While reading and writing serve as the reason why students need to learn about words, word study helps strengthen students’ knowledge of how words work enabling them to write and read more fluently. Through a research based approach, such as word study, teachers are able to guide students to recognize spelling patterns.

During word study, students examine words they already know how to read, and sometimes spell. This allows them to gain insight into how the spelling system works. Children no longer take pretests and then eliminate words they know how to spell, asking them to memorize only those words they are unable to spell. Instead, these known words turn into reference points for students who are using but confusing the spelling pattern being studied. Students participate in various activities such as word hunts and word sorts to learn about their individual spelling strategy. At the end of a five to seven week period, teachers reassess students’ word knowledge using a spelling inventory to determine what new strategies should be taught.

What does this mean to families? Students will bring home activities to help study the spelling strategy on which they are working. A few examples of activities include word sorts, word hunts, and word games. With these activities, students sort word cards based on a common spelling pattern or hunt for words in written text that supports the spelling pattern being studied.

Research supports students using higher level thinking skills to manipulate and explore letters, word parts, words, and word meanings. Through this exploration students are developing a foundation and building their decoding knowledge. This knowledge creates a bridge between decoding words and comprehension. Ultimately, students are then able to focus attention on comprehending, or making meaning of what they read.

Major Saver Cards: PH Education Foundation Fundraiser Begins Soon!

The Park Hill School District Education Foundation is once again offering Major Saver cards for sale through the Park Hill elementary and middle schools. Students will receive the sales packets starting on Wednesday, November 2nd and will be selling the $15 cards featuring 20 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers until Monday, November 14th. Proceeds from the sales of the discount cards directly support the participating schools and the activities of the Park Hill School District Education Foundation.

The 2016 participating restaurants/establishments include: Price Chopper, Power Play, Abuelo’s, SPIN Pizza, Culver’s, Yogurtini, 54th Street, Papa Murphy’s, Planet Sub, I-X-T-A-P-A Mexican Cuisine, Kate’s Kitchen, Luna Azteca, Small Cakes, Pizza Shoppe, Granite City, Dickey’s BBQ, Jiffy Lube, Jaeger’s, Mr. Goodcents and Park Hill’s Community Education.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at from local elementary and middle school students. Major Saver cards purchased online can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver cards can also be purchased, and credited to a student, through the Major Saver App. Once the free app is downloaded to an Android or iOS device, buyers can choose a Major Saver card through the “buy cards” tab on the app. Once the buyer completes the transaction the offers will be stored in the Major Saver App. Patrons can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Major Saver discourages students from going door to door and stresses safe selling techniques during their presentation. The company encourages students to sell to parents, grandparents, church patrons, family friends, and to always make sure their parents are involved. Major Saver is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Distributors & Suppliers (AFRDS).

More information can be found on the Park Hill School District Education Foundation website at

Thank you for your continued support!

Major Saver Sales: PH Education Foundation

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2016-2017 Elementary School Hours

8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates

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Ms. Poarch: Park Hill STAR Award Recipient

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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

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas

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 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)
  • EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)
  • EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)
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