Lion Lowdown

September 30th, 2018

REMINDER: Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 4th!

Parent/Guardian Survey

You should have received an invitation to participate in our annual Park Hill Parent/Guardian survey, which will be open until Oct. 26. The email from Panorama will have a unique link to access your survey. Panorama is a third-party administrator that keeps all of the data from our surveys strictly confidential.

If you do not have the email with the survey line, this link will take you to our school's survey. The Line Creek access code is: 7672263090.

We will share the results with the public after the survey window closes. Thank you in advance for completing your parent/guardian survey as we use the results to monitor our strategic measures and continuously improve Park Hill.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Mike Kimbrel.

Redistricting Update

Dr. Paul Kelly, assistant superintendent for business and technology, shared with the committee the results from its scoring of the high-school boundary scenarios. Then the committee worked on drawing ideas for the middle-school boundaries.

Nicole Kirby, director of communication services, shared a new online hub for our district’s public engagement, called Park Hill Listens. Right now, you can find information and ask questions about the redistricting process on Park Hill Listens. In November, after the committee narrows down its scenarios, the public will be able to go there to review all the remaining boundary ideas and provide detailed feedback.

Click here for a detailed redistricting update.

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Park Hill Stars

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

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.

Nominations are not being accepted at this time, but opportunities will re-open at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate a Park Hill Star this year!

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REMINDER: Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 4th!

Papa John's Pizza Fundraiser - All Day October 4th

Order from Papa John's on October 4th and part of the profit will go to Line Creek Students!
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Repeated Important Information

Parent Teacher conferences

Many families signed-up for parent teacher conferences at Back-to-School Night or Parent Orientation. If you have not already signed-up for parent teacher conferences (on Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th) please work with your child(ren)'s classroom teacher(s) to do so.

First Quarter Midterm

It is hard to believe, but Friday, September 14th marked the halfway point of first quarter! As we get closer to ending the quarter, it is important you and your child's classroom teacher are communicating about your child's progress. This year, report cards will be available online through the parent portal. First quarter report cards will be available on October 19th at 4pm.

Please work to gain access to the portal now, so you will be able to retrieve report cards when they are available. If you need help, please contact the Line Creek front office by calling (816) 359-4320.

1-2-3 Magic

This year all staff members at Line Creek have been trained to used a book titled 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom to guide our interactions with students who are not following expectations. The idea behind this book is that adults should do no-talking and show no-emotion when interacting with children in an escalated state.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can use 1-2-3 Magic with your children at home, please consider visiting the 1-2-3 Magic Website.

Recess Attire

As the weather begins to change, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for recess. Please make sure your child has clothes (jackets, coats, gloves, hats, etc.) that will keep them feeling comfortable outside. Also, because the activities at recess are not meant to be competitive, please make sure your child is not wearing cleats to school. Thank you!

PTA Membership Drive

Thank you to everyone who participated in the PTA membership drive! We will be announcing the classroom winners soon! If you haven't joined PTA yet, it is not too late!

Our amazing PTA does so much for our school including: sponsoring all classroom field trips, coordinating room parties, facilitating One School One Book, donating a rock wall for our gym, donating money to sponsor live morning broadcasts starting this year, and supporting classrooms and teachers daily! Print this membership form then send the completed form and membership dues to school with your child. Printed membership forms were also sent home with your child or can be picked-up in the office. Join PTA!

Parenting Webinar

Our next webinar in our Parenting in Challenging Times webinar series is on Oct. 16 from 6-7 p.m. Dr. Jill Rosbrugh, child and adolescent psychiatrist from Parkville, will unpack the different faces of childhood worry, talk about the major causes of stress, and share how to develop healthy and effective skills for handling these normal stressors.

You might have heard your child say, “I am so stressed out." You might have seen them overwhelmed, anxious, moody and exhausted. You are likely experiencing your own stress and anxiety about raising a child.

We frequently use the terms "stress" and "anxiety" interchangeably, but children’s stress and anxiety disorders are not one and the same. It is important to understand the difference and to learn the tools that you and your child can use to decrease stress and to manage anxiety. You will also learn what signs are red flags for an anxiety disorder and what steps you can take with your child to get help.

If you can't watch it live, you can watch it online afterward — just register either way. Register for webinar.

Student Identification Badge

Thank you for helping your child remember to bring his or her badge to school every day. This year, badges are being used for a variety of purposes, including monitoring when students get on/off the bus, lunch count, lunch payment, and checking out/in materials in the library. Each student received an ID, badge holder, and lanyard free of charge. We will identify incentives for keeping track of badges, and there will be a $5 charge after one ID replacement. Click here for more information.

If your child has lost his or her badge, a new badge request must come from a parent. Please call (816) 359-4320 or email Jennifer or Christy to request a new badge for your child.

Dismissal Reminders

Please help us keep Line Creek students, staff, and families safe as they are getting to and from school. You can help us with that by:

  • Driving the speed limit on Waukomis Drive
  • Using caution in the parking lot
  • Reporting bus incidents to First Student or the office
  • Talking with your children about safety during dismissal
  • Making sure your child brings his or her badge to school every day

Library Volunteers

The Line Creek Library is looking for volunteers! We are currently looking volunteers to help in the library each week, as well as volunteers to help with the Scholastic Book Fair in October. Weekly volunteer responsibilities might include organizing supplies, reading with students, helping students choose books, assisting Mrs. Holub with a lesson, or shelving books. You must be a Park Hill Screened volunteer to help in the library. Please email Mrs. Holub at your weekly availability times if you are interested.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Line Creek Scholastic Book Fair, please sign up below.

Click here to volunteer for our book fair in October.

2018-2019 Line Creek Staff

Click here to see a list of the Line Creek Staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

Looking Ahead: October Dates

Oct 4-19 - PTA Fall Fundraiser

Oct 4 - PTA Papa John's Fundraiser (All Day)

Oct 4 - Early Release at 1:30

Oct 8 - PTA Meeting (6:30 - 8pm)

Oct 12 - End of Quarter - No School

Oct 24 & 25 - Fall Family Conferences

Oct 25 & 26 - No School

Oct 31 - Fall Parties (2:30 - 3pm)

Early Release Days - Mark Your Calendar

All elementary schools will have an early release once a month for our teachers to receive professional development focused on increasing student success. On the following days school will be released at 1:30 pm.

October 4

November 8

December 13

January 10

February 7

March 7

April 11

May 9

Line Creek Elementary Communication

You will find several ways to stay up to date on school activities throughout the year on the Line Creek website, Facebook, Twitter and newsletters from your child’s teacher. You will also occasionally get an automated email or voicemail message sent to you by the school with important information and reminders. We know two-way communication is best, so please feel free to call, email, or stop by the school with any questions you may have regarding your child’s education.

Robin Davis, Principal

Sarah Sieminski, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Mikic, (816) 359-6982

Christy Porter, (816) 359-5657

Front Office, (816) 359-4320