North Elementary Newsletter

November 2020

Spotlight On First Grade

At North Elementary, reading is a priority in every grade level. Throughout each day, students have the opportunity to engage in reading. In grades K-2, students are learning to read by listening to read-alouds during Models. Modules is a block of time centered around a topic such as weather (K), space (1st), or fossils (2nd). Students are engrossed in read-alouds on the topic and are working on comprehension skills.

During Skills Block, students are working on their phonics skills to ensure they have a strong foundation in decoding, blending words, spelling, and writing words. In grades 3-4, students are reading to learn through Modules and developing their grammar skills through All Block.

At North, we want to support this development of building a strong reader at home because we have seen first hand how this helps students perform stronger in the classroom. Many teachers are offering the Book-It Pizza Hut reading incentive as one way to motivate reading at home. This incentive allows reading homework to count towards students’ logged minutes. Another incentive North Elementary offers is The Read to Succeed program, which will begin 3rd quarter and students have the opportunity to earn a Six Flags ticket after logging 360 hours of reading.

Thank you for supporting your child in their reading development and helping to foster a lifelong love of reading

Seesaw for Parents

Attached you will find a video of how you might be able to track your student's learning progress via the Seesaw FAMILY app.

Cookie Dough Delivery

Our cookie dough that was ordered will be delivered and ready for pick up on Thursday, November 12th from 3:10pm - 5pm.

Lunch Account Transfers/Refunds

We have some exciting news regarding lunch refunds and transfers. We have created two Google forms and they are already on our website. You can find the forms by going to the district website then go to Parents and you will see two new forms there. One is called Account Refund Application and the other is called Account Transfer Application. You can also find the links below.

Effective immediately, when you need a refund or transferring money within your student(s) lunch and/or fines & fees accounts you can go to the website and you will need to complete the appropriate form and submit it. Please do not call the board office. You must fill out the form.

Once submitted, refunds are reviewed by the Finance Department and processed. Refund checks will only be issued once a month and must go before the Board for approval. Therefore, they will be released a day or two after each Board Meeting (normally the 2nd Tuesday of every month so the release of checks will usually be the 2nd Thursday or Friday of the month).

Transfers will be processed as soon as possible, it will all depend on the Finance Department's workload each day. She will process them within 72 business hours from the time of receiving the forms. When you submit the forms, they will be sent to the Finance team immediately.

Account Refund Application

Account Transfer Application

Your Donations Are Needed!

If you're looking for a way to give back to our school, please consider donating clothing. If you are looking to get rid of any clothing, we are looking for gently used clean shirts (both short and long sleeve), shorts, pants, and new (unused) underclothes for boys and girls from Kindergarten through 4th grade.

We never know when students may need a change of clothing due to an accident or unforeseeable events. Thank you for your consideration of our students' ever-changing needs!

Full Day Kids Club

We will be offering Full Day Kids' Club at SOUTH Elementary, 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m., when school is not in session on Monday, November 2, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

The last day to register and pay for November 2 & 3, Full Day Kids' Club, will be Friday, October 23 by 5:45 p.m. No walk-ins allowed.

The last day to register and pay for November 25, Full Day Kids' Club, will be Tuesday, November 17 by 5:45 p.m. No walk-ins allowed.

Cost: $27 Sibling Discount if BOTH children are in attendance $22 per student. Each child must have a drink and sack lunch. We provide a morning and an afternoon snack.


If you are needing to make a Full Day payment in the form of a check this must be done when you pick up your child at your Kids’ Club site.

If you are needing to make a Full Day cash payment, this must be done at the Jackson R-2 Administration office.

If you would like to pay for Full Day online on your parent portal account, you must call or email Samantha Cavaness, 573-382-7930, BEFORE making an online payment. She will assess that Full Day Kids' Club fee and enroll your child for that full day. At that time, you may get back on your parent portal account and make that payment.

Please include the following information when you email Samantha:

-School building your child attends



Thank you for trusting us with your children! Have a great day!

Counselor's Corner

Counseling lessons this month will revolve around service and being grateful for what we have. We will also discuss charity and how it helps people, especially during the Holidays.

Many thanks go to our Specials teachers for helping with Disability Awareness and showing our students that everyone counts, no matter what!!

Mrs. Isaac


Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Please help keep sickness to a minimum by reminding your child to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing as well as practice good hand-washing skills.

All children must be fever free for 48 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school.

Nurse Kimber

Art Remarks

Hello North Families! First quarter went by very quickly, it's hard to believe we are nearing the holidays! We have discussed several topics such as texture, color mixing, pointillism, tinting/shading and more! This quarter, we will be covering a lot of artists including Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso and Monet. As December nears, I am hopeful that we will be able to design ornaments and holiday mementos using clay, watercolor paint, and more! I am enjoying each and every one of your young artists!

Artfully yours,

Miss Hopson

Music Notes

Happy November! We are already into the 2nd quarter of school!! Wild and crazy, right? Couple of announcements I would like to share with you all. First, I know some of you have questions on concerts for the 2020-2021 season. While we are singing and playing instruments in preparation for our performance, all concerts will be held during the spring semester. This allows us time to plan accordingly on how to conduct concerts safely while giving us that full experience. Secondly, North Select Singers is still on hold for the year. We are hoping to start towards the spring also, but again we have to think of safety first.

Hopefully, this helps with any questions parents and guardians may have. Please email me if you have any follow-ups or just to say hi!!!!

Musically Yours,

Joseph Moore

Music Teacher at North, Millersville and Gordonville Elementary

"Check Out" What's Going On In The Library

The Library celebrated our 1st quarter Mark Twain party on Oct. 23. We had 10 4th grade students participate in the Mark Twain Club. It's not too late to join. Just read two Mark Twain books and pass the test by the 2nd quarter party scheduled for Dec. 18 and you're in! We would like to thank the North PTO for providing pizza and soda for our students.

We would like to remind parents to please help their students keep up with the Library books. We have a lot of books turned in late or lost. Students have Library once a week. They must return their books in order to check out a new one.



Monday, Nov. 2nd, 8am-3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO


Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 8am-3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO


Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 8am-3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Cookie Dough Pick Up

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 3:15-5pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

American Education Week

Monday, Nov. 16th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 20th, 3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Second Quarter Mid-Quarter

Friday, Nov. 13th, 8am

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

Progress Reports will be emailed to addresses on file on November 20th. Please check with your child's teacher if you would like a hard copy sent home.

Thanksgiving Break - No School

Wednesday, Nov. 25th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 27th, 3pm

10730 State Highway W

Jackson, MO

There will be no school during Thanksgiving break, from November 25th to 27th.
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