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Kindergarten Round Up Information to Share with Parents

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Enroll Your Park Hill Kindergartner and Mark Your Calendar for Kindergarten Roundup

Families with children entering Park Hill School District kindergarten in August 2015 may enroll now by visiting their local elementary schools between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Children who turn five on or before July 31 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents will need to bring their children’s certified, state-issued birth certificate, immunization records and two proofs of residency to enroll. One proof of residency must be a lease or mortgage agreement. The other should be an original and current gas, electric or water bill that shows the name and address.

If you do not know which school your child will attend, please check the district website at or go to the Park Hill district office, 7703 NW Barry Road, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to get the enrollment packet and locate your school. Feel free to call us at (816) 359-4000.

After you enroll, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup event at your elementary school on Monday, May 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Parents and students will get a sneak peak of the school, tour the building, ask questions and get to know the staff.

Health Screenings

Schedule Screenings ASAP

This is a reminder that if you participate in one of the Park Hill School District health plans, you need to schedule your health screening as soon as possible at If you participate in the district insurance plan you must complete the Health Screening, Health Risk Assessment, and the Health Advising Call in order to receive the full benefit contribution towards the cost of your selected plan. More detailed information can be found in the yellow booklet sent out to you just before the holiday break. If you are having trouble logging in or scheduling, please call Blue Cross Blue Shield at 816-395-2121.

  • There will be a check in, height/weight, finger stick, blood pressure, HRA and results review station. click here to see a short 2 minute video on how the screening is set up.

The appointment registration link stays open until midnight the final business day prior to each event or until that event is full. The screening staff will take walk-ins if necessary. However, they can only work them in as they are able to without causing back-ups at the stations. If they are unable to work them in at the time they stop by, they will be asked to put their name down on an appointment time and come back. The earlier in the event they come by to do this, the better. The more walk-ins, the more stress for everyone. This can cause wait times for your staff. The more participants who make an appointment ahead of time and stick to it, the more smoothly things will run.

If you have any questions, please contact myself, Megan Thilges, at 359-6487 or JoAnn Blakely at 359-4021.

Employee Recognition

Northland Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Service and Excellence in Education Forms are due to Dr. Currey by Tuesday, January 17th.

Teacher and Support Employee of the Year nomination forms are due in by February 9th to Human Resources. Questions? Ask Dr. Currey.

Innovative Ideas & Suggestion Box

Have ideas you want to share with the Employee Cadre? Fill out a quick form regarding your idea or suggestion to the Idea Box in the workroom. The Employee Cadre revamped the old suggestion box form to focus on continuous improvement and innovation! The cadre will review suggestions/ideas each month during their cadre meeting. Look for your bright ideas to be shared in the Cub News or at staff meetings! This is a great way to share YOUR ideas and influence CHANGE at Gerner!

New Online Enrollment to Begin January 26th!

Current Families

Current families will start enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year on Monday, January 26th online through the EZ Track system. Enrollment will be first come, first serve and will not require any paper documentation (other than a copy of the physical form and immunizations). All other documentation will be included in the online registration form. ALL FAMILIES MUST ENROLL FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2015 TO GUARANTEE A RESERVED PRESCHOOL SPOT FOR THEIR CHILD.

The link will be sent to you next week to include on your website and in newsletters. Please add the enrollment date on your website calendars for parents.

New Families

Open enrollment for new families will begin in March. We will have an open house for parents to have access to computers, take a building tour and ask questions. More info coming soon!
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Cub Kudos

Kudos to all our staff who are implementing AAC in their classrooms for the first time! Erin Keller, Krista Bracken, Amanda Ready, & Diana Hart. I appreciate your willingness to learn & implement a brand new system. You are doing great! Thank you Angela & Barbara for your leadership, programming, & implementation. ~ Elisa

Kudos to Erin Keller and Krista Bracken for their problem solving and accommodating to meet the needs of their students! ~Angie C

Cub Kudos to Kristy Unruh, Lisa Firsick, & Mary Jo! The students are doing great, the implementation strategies are effective, & the classroom structure is looking awesome! ~ Elisa

Bridget Gadd ~ Kudos for your calm, positive way of working with students needing those extra supports! ~Angie C

Cub Kudos to Janet Culver's class, Erika Mueller's class, & Mary Dagley's class, Vikki Hascall's class, Barbara, Kristen, & Angela. Because of your hard work & dedication, 4 Gerner Center students are receiving AAC devices through Sophie's Run!


Cyndi McWilliams ~ You are a rock star knowing every parent and child in the entire tuition preschool program by name (and which child belongs to which parent/grandparent/babysitter/etc!). Every student HAS to say goodbye to you as they leave each day. ~Angie C

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