Nashua News

September 9, 2022

Nashua's Mission

The Nashua Community fosters inspiring relationships, sets the foundation for life-long learning, and guides independent thinkers to achieve excellence.

Nashua Elementary

Home of the STARS!

9:15-4:10 M, T, W, F

10:00-4:10 Late Start Thursdays

Attendance Line: 321-5162

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 13th- PTA Turn Them in Tuesday- Dress Like a Pirate Day! (No weapons, please)

Thursday, September 15- First Late Start Thursday

Monday, September 19-Friday, September 23 - Start with Hello week (see below)

Tuesday, September 20th- PTA fall fundraiser ends

Tuesday, September 20- PTA meeting, 6pm in the library

Wednesday, September 28th- School Picture Day

Tuesday, October 4 through Thursday, October 6- Parent Teacher Conferences (reach out to your child's teacher if you have not already scheduled your conference)

Wednesday, October 5- Back to the Future Day (wear your Staley gear)


This month's Late Start Thursdays are on September 15, 22, and 29.


Please refer to the school calendar on our website for additional dates.

District Calendar Here

Start With Hello Week

Nashua will be participating in Start with Hello week during the week of September 19-23, during which we focus on making meaningful connections with others. See below for the spirit days that we will have this week.
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Congratulations to Our Recent Superstars!

SEEN AROUND NASHUA

Meet Nashua Staff!

Nashua has incredible teachers who work tirelessly to help our students get smarter, feel cared for, and grow in so many ways! We also have many staff members who have a variety of roles in our school, all of whom care deeply for our Stars. Enjoy learning about new staff members within each newsletter!

Mrs. Lynda Sprague

Mrs. Sprague is beginning her 29th year of teaching. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University and her Master’s Degree from Northwest Missouri State University. She has taught preschool for 4 years and Kindergarten for 25 years. She is married to her husband Todd. They have two boys: Fletcher (18) and Sawyer (16). They love to spend time outdoors together. They have a dog they adore named Chewy!

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Mrs. Leah Williams

Coach Williams is starting her 18th year of teaching Physical and Health Education. She spent 11 years teaching at a middle school in Saint Joseph, MO, and moved to Kansas City 6 years ago. For the last six years, Coach Williams has taught Elementary PE and Health for the North Kansas City School District. This is her first year at Nashua teaching Health/PE to 5th, 1st, and K; on Tuesday, she is also teaching at Fox Hill. She is excited to promote mental and physical health to her students at Nashua. She has a son (Myles, 10) and a daughter (Jaelyn, 13), and her husband is a Physical Education teacher at Staley High School.

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Parent Resource Center

Hello! My name is Meghan Shipley, School Community Resource Specialist. My main role at Nashua is to help families get connected to resources and outside agencies throughout the Kansas City area. If your family is in need of clothing, food, shelter, or other needs, please click on the link. It is a simple way to mark what you need and I will be able to reach out and offer services. This form will be left up all year long. Feel free to utilize this tool anytime you may be in need!


https://forms.office.com/r/jAzgHwQ3g9

Chess Club Now At Nashua!

Today is the last day to sign up, as Chess Club starts this Monday! Right now they need 3 more students to sign up by tomorrow morning or Chess Club will not be offered this semester.
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Picture Day Wednesday, September 28th

Picture day will be Wednesday, September 28th! If your child is absent, picture re-takes will be Monday, November 21st.

Community Donation

An organization called the Community Services League (https://www.cslcares.org/), in partnership with Bombas, is giving away a free pair of socks to each of our 21,000 students! The socks will be distributed next week. Every student will receive one pair. All the socks are Medium or Large (that is all they had). We are hopeful that even if our littlest learners cannot use them, they can give them to a family member who can.
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Join Future Falcons!

See the flyer below with information about becoming a Future Falcon Club Member! There will be a table set up at tonight's Staley football game, or you can reach out via the information on the flyer.
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Falcon Spirit Wear

The link below is to the online Staley HS spirit wear store. They also sell spirit wear at all home football games and at athletic events in the Fieldhouse.


Staley High School spirit store


Go Falcons!

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Perfect Attendance

We are so excited to see our Stars each and every day, which is why we are excited to reward students with perfect attendance! Perfect attendance means being in class every second of every day with no tardy slips issued. Each month, perfect attendance stars will receive some type of small reward, such as a sticker, pencil, extra recess time, or dance party. We understand if there are occasions during which your student will not be able to attend school due to illness. Students will be able to enjoy rewards each month for the remainder of the year, should they maintain perfect attendance for each of the other months. We are beginning this incentive in September, with attendance being tracked for this purpose beginning tomorrow (September 1). Our first reward will be an extra 15 minutes of recess on October 3rd. Medical notes, late arrivals and early sign outs, while sometimes necessary, will disqualify students from perfect attendance.

Portrait of a Graduate

North Kansas City Schools will continue to implement our Portrait of a Graduate initiative this year. This program is designed to teach students different life skills that they can use to be successful.


Our September competency is Learner's Mindset. See below for more information on how we will focus on this competency.

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Hope Fest 2022

The school with the highest number of attendees will win their choice of a pizza, donut or ice cream party. So come on out Nashua Stars for a day of fun and show everyone how we shine!
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PTA Updates

Website: nashuapta.my-pta.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NashuaElementaryPTA
Twitter: twitter.com/nashuapta

Acting President: Danelle Bohan, pta.nashua@gmail.com

Vice President: We are looking for our next Vice President! If you think you would be interested, email pta.nashua@gmail.com for more information!

Secretary: Megan Micek, fundraiser.nashua@gmail.com

Treasurer: Jen Masoner, treasurer.nashua@gmail.com


The treasurer will be collecting from the Drop Box in the office and dropping off checks on Thursdays this year. Expect a 1 week turn around for requests. If you need to have something expedited, please email her directly.


22-23 Spirit Wear: Thank you for your spirit wear orders! The shop is now closed.


22-23 Yearbook Purchases: Nashua yearbooks are being sold online for $15. Click here to purchase. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.


Classroom Sign Ups: Volunteer and get involved for your class throughout the year! Click the sign up link for more information! Sign Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084bafaf2aa6ff2-classroom1


Fundraiser: The PTA is excited to bring back our catalog fundraiser for Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and River City Gifts! Your student should have received a packet at school with instructions and brochures. Packets are due back at school Sept. 20. Please share the fundraiser with friends, family and coworkers. Money should be collected with your orders and turned in with your packet at the end of the fundraiser! Cash & personal checks accepted. We also have an option for taking payment via card! Simply scan the QR code and use code NASH28. Funds raised during our annual fundraiser have supported teacher supply purchases, big ticket staff requests, field trips and transportation, teacher appreciation gifts, room party fees and more. Email Megan Micek, Fundraising Chair, at fundraiser.nashua@gmail.com with questions. Click here to view the Parent Letter!


Labels: Save the date for the first Turn Them in Tuesday Labels Day Tuesday, September 13! Bring in a zipper bag of labels or empty ink cartridges for Nashua and dress like a pirate (no weapons)! Please contact Amanda Timmermeyer with questions: phillipamanda2007@yahoo.com

*A note about Labels: When turning in Coke Rewards please only send coke caps and Coke Rewards from the boxes or the plastic Coke labels. Please don't send in any other bottle caps which includes but not limited to: Pepsi, water bottles, Gatorades, Powerade, milk jugs, or any other bottle caps. Also when turning in Box Tops, please make sure they are only the pink box tops and are not already expired. Do not send the blue ones, those need to be scanned using the app!

Thank you for your support! You can also support Nashua with these apps:

Upcoming Label Days:

September 13th -Pirate Day- dress like a pirate (no weapons allowed)
October 18th - Ocean Day- Dress Like a Mermaid, Sailor, Scuba
November 8th- Stuffed Animal Day (must fit in backpack)
December 13th Wear Your Clothes Inside Out
January 10th- Wear Your Pajamas
February 14th- Vacation Day: Dress Like a Tourist
March 14th- Workout Day- wear your favorite workout gear
April 11th- Wild West Day- Wear your western gear- NO WEAPONS!
May 9th- Dress Like a Teacher Day- dress like your favorite teacher


Get involved in the PTA!

Have you thought about getting involved in Nashua's PTA? We have several positions open for the 22-23 school year. We would love to help you find the right fit for you! Click here to see what’s available and sign up!

Memberships: You can join the Nashua PTA and order 2022-23 Nashua yearbooks online through our Cheddar Up site. Individual memberships are $6 and yearbooks $15. A PTA membership does not commit you to a chair position or volunteering, but it ensures you have a voice and your vote counts! If you would like to be a Nashua PTA business member and receive recognition on our emails and social media pages, you can join for $10. CLICK HERE to order. If paying by cash or check, please print, fill out and send this order form with payment to school with your student. Make checks payable to Nashua PTA.


⭐Thank you to those who have purchased 22-23 business memberships: Amanda Verona, Offer Pad, Cody Weaver Agency - Farmers Insurance Agent, Gonzalez Painting LLC, InstaLube, Main Street Investments and Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance. We invite you to become a Business Member for the 22-23 school year and be recognized on the PTA website, emails and social media! Click here to purchase 22-23 Business Memberships for $10.

Open Positions: We need PTA volunteers for the 22-23 school year! Visit nashuapta.my-pta.org, click on Contact Us, and look for the yellow highlighting (job descriptions are included). If you are interested in any of the positions or have questions, please e-mail Danelle at pta.nashua@gmail.com. Thanks!


PTA Meeting: Join us for the first Nashua PTA meeting of the school year at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Nashua Elementary School library!


Restaurant Night: Thanks for your participation in another successful Papa John's Restaurant Night! We were able to collect $125 to donate directly back to the Nashua school community.


Register with the PTA website to receive emails and view protected tabs! We encourage all new and returning families to visit the Nashua PTA website at http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/. If you are a new family or not signed up to receive emails, please click “Register” on the homepage and submit your email address. The PTA shares emails on upcoming events and important items. The PTA also has the staff favorites list and student directory on protected tabs that are only viewable if you log in to the website.


Room Party Fee: Because of the excellent fundraising of the past couple years, we've eliminated room fees again this year!


Staff Favorites: Need teacher or staff gift ideas? The 22-23 Staff Favorites list has been posted to the PTA website! Visit the PTA website, http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/, login on the left hand side by clicking “Secure Login.” After you login, click the Staff Survey tab and find a list of teacher and staff favorites! If you don’t have a login for the PTA website, click “Register here.”


Student Directory: The student directory is now viewable on the PTA website. Visit the PTA website, http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/, login on the left hand side by clicking “Secure Login.” After you login, click the Student Directory tab and then click the “2022-23 Directory” link. If you don’t have a login for the PTA website, click “Register here.”

Jennifer Walleman

Nashua PTA Website Chair

website.nashua@gmail.com


Connect with Nashua PTA!

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Student Arrival- Important!

There is no student supervision before 9am on regular school mornings, and before 9:45am on Late Start Thursday mornings. Please do not drop your child off by car in front of the building. If your child will arrive at school by car, please follow our drop-off procedure for car riders. If your child is a walker, please ensure that the time they leave home does not have them arriving at school before our doors open. This is critical for student safety, to ensure that they are not waiting unsupervised, and is also important when the weather becomes colder so that students aren’t waiting outside for extended periods of time.

REPEATED ITEMS

School Breakfast & Lunch Updates

How can I pay my student's lunch account?

Use the My Payments Plus website to make your payments online. If you would prefer sending a check, please send it with your student in a sealed envelope with your students name, teacher name and student ID number to the café or you can drop off your payment at our front office with the requested information listed above.


New Cafe Pricing Starting in August 2022

Breakfast

Elementary student: $1.65

Secondary student: $1.70

Employee/Visitor: $2.40


Lunch

Elementary student: $2.90

Secondary student: $3.15

Employee/Visitor: $4.05


Milk: .60 cents


Free & Reduced Applications

U.S. Congress chose not to extend the waivers that allowed all students to eat free. Therefore, students who do not qualify, or have not applied for free or reduced meals, must pay full price for breakfast and lunch in the 2022-23 school year. Students may still qualify for Free/Reduced lunch but must apply online. You’ll notice a question in your enrollment process about FRL, but this is NOT an application and you’ll need to complete this process online. We encourage every family to complete the FRL application process as quickly as possible.


Click here for the complete flyer: Free & Reduced or go directly to the online application. You can also go to the District web site at www.nkcschools.org , click on Families, Family Resources, scroll down to Food & Nutrition services, and click apply here.

Reminders about Car Rider Dropoff


  • Please ensure that your students are prepared to get out of the vehicle before you pull up to stop (ready to get out with backpacks, water bottles, etc.)
  • If your child is reluctant to exit the vehicle, or if they are unprepared to exit the vehicle for any reason, please pull forward and to the left side while you resolve the issue, so that the line can continue to progress
  • For safety reasons, students should exit the car on the passenger side.
  • To avoid your child receiving a tardy and impacting their attendance, please attempt to complete drop-off before 9:12

Picking Students Up Late

If your child did not get picked up on time from the car rider line and they are waiting in the office, please pull into the bus loop, park your car, and come inside to sign your child out in the office. Thank you!

Car Rider Line Procedure

To ensure safety and fair, quick car rider procedures during arrival and dismissal, we ask that all families adhere to the car rider procedure on the map below.


Car riders will access their line from the westbound lane of 114th street by way of McGee street. The NKC buses will access the bus loop by driving eastbound on 114th street.


In addition, if you are lining up early for dismissal, we ask that you not block driveways and mailboxes along 114th street or McGee street.


Thank you so much for your cooperation, as this helps for a smoother dismissal for everyone.

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