October Newsletter

Whiteman Elementary

Upcoming Events

10/2 PTO Meeting @ 5:30

10/2 Custodial Appreciation Day

10/2 Character Night @ 5:30 Football Game

10/6 Bus Safety Drill

10/6 Early Dismissal @ 1:00 End of 1st Quarter

10/9 No School

10/12 Youth Center Fire Prevention Day 9:00-12:00

10/13 Major Savor Campaign Kickoff Assembly @ 2:30

10/20 No School

10/23 College Career Night at High School

10/23-10/27 Red Ribbon Week

10/27 Harvest Day

September PTO Information

Box Top Winners- September

Prek -Weber



2nd-Luehrs ( Top Overall Winner-Monthly Champion with 216 box tops)



PTO Scholastic Bookfair & Bingo for Books

Our Book Fair was a huge success once again due to the work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the vast selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic. The children enjoyed their time at the Scholastic Book Fair and we appreciate all of the volunteers who helped to make it happen. It’s a week long, labor intensive project but well worth the efforts as the proceeds are put back into our school wide benefits. Whiteman PTO sold $5,499. PTO gave away to students and teachers $701.15 in scholastic dollars. Whiteman PTO earned $1,200 in cash and $353.24 in scholastic dollars.

To all the families who attended, thank you for coming and participating in the event, we hope you enjoyed yourselves. Looking forward to seeing you at Movie Night in February!

Great Questions -Scholastic

The following is from Scholastic's website and are some great questions to ask to get information from your child. It is important that questions are specific and not just "How was school? or How was your day?"

The trick is to ask about things that are specific, but still open-ended. Move beyond "fine" and "nothing" by asking your child to describe his world. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation-starters:

  1. Tell me about the best part of your day.
  2. What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  3. Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  4. Tell me about what you read in class.
  5. Who did you play with today? What did you play?
  6. Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
  7. What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  8. What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?
  9. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  10. Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

Counselor Corner

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as the Character Kids of the Month for Responsibility. These students will be publicly recognized at halftime of the Knob Noster Junior Varsity Football game at 5:30 on October 2. Hope to see all the Character Kids there!

Sara Middleton

Xavier Richmond

Kensleigh Chappell

Lillian Alviar

Parker Breed

Zoey Dunn

Tylin Criddell

Carver Conner

Aaron Meherg

Amelia Risseli

Malia Zapata

Remington Borzsei

Makenzie Whitt

Delaney Palmer

Aamira Sherrill

Shayla Warner

Christopher Lim

Faithy Davy

Tyler Brandenburg

October’s Word of the Month: Respect

Red Ribbon/Career Week:

The Knob Noster School District will be celebrating Red Ribbon/Career Week the week of October 23 by having daily dress up days and activities. Red Ribbon Week started in 1988 by the National Family Partnership to raise awareness about drugs. At Whiteman Elementary the focus will be on making good choices (being respectful, keeping our bodies healthy, safe/unsafe situations, strangers, etc) and being a good leader in future careers. More information about the dress up days and activities will be provided at a later date.


The MFLC counselor and myself offer weekly deployment groups. The purpose of the group is to increase student knowledge about deployment, build student competencies and provide a safe environment to express feelings within a supportive peer network.

Please notify me by email, jhennrich@knobnoster.k12.mo.us or phone, 660-563-3028 ext. 4503 if you will be or are deployed and would like for your child to participate in the group.

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Monthly Coffee with Principal


WHEN: Tuesday, October 13 7:30-8:15

WHERE: Whiteman Elementary Library

WHY: Open Discussion and Upcoming Events


October-Open Discussion/Panther Time

November-Stress Management Class

December-3 Cs of Communication

January- Supporting Your Child During Deployment

Join us!

Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendar for October 17th Parent Conferences. We will have Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:30. More information will follow this upcoming week.
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Harvest Day

We will have Harvest Day on October 27th, 2017. We will send information out by next week if you would like to volunteer during this event. We will have this event in lieu of Halloween Parties on October 31st. Please do not send your child/children to school wearing costumes on October 31st.

Bus Safety & Parent Pickup/Drop Off

Please help our schools keep safety a top priority as you drive near school buses. Keep in mind:
1. When you see a school bus, assume children will be around and take extra care - leave plenty of space around the bus.
2. When the bus turns on the flashing yellow lights - this means to stop either at a railroad crossing or to pick up kids. Slow down and prepare to stop.
3. When the bus turns on the flashing red lights - this means ...STOP in BOTH directions. Never pass a school bus with flashing red lights in either direction. Stop well back from the bus. If you have any doubt what to do - STOP.

I want to ensure our students' safety. Please as well go over bus safety rules with your child at home. I have personally rode the buses and had to go over safety procedures with them.

-Stay Seated

-Stay out of the aisle when the bus is in movement

-Keep hands and other objects inside the bus

-Know when your stop is coming up

Also for parent drop off and pick up. If you are walking across the parking lot, please have your child/children holding your hand or walk beside you. We have parents that are driving in the parent drop off lanes that may not see your child and could result in an accident occurring. Thank you in advance for doing this.

2017 Major Savor Campaign Kickoff

The 2017 Major Saver Discount Card campaign launches in Knob Noster on Friday, October 13th.

Students will be selling $15 cards with 20 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers starting Friday, October 13th thru Monday, October 23rd.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at www.majorsaver.com. The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver is excited to roll out a new feature this year making online sales easier for friends and family! On our homepage you are able to enter your student’s information to create a CUSTOM LINK for your child that can be shared via social media or email. This link will automatically credit the online sale to your student when friends and family use the link to make their purchase!

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. Buyers can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Please consider purchasing a Major Saver card from a Knob Noster student. The proceeds from these sales will benefit the participating schools and the Knob Noster Educational Security Trust.

October 6 Early Dismissal

Friday, October 6, 2017, is an early out for the end of the quarter and the Knob Noster School District is dismissing students at 1:00 p.m. Due to the early out we will not hold our p.m. sessions for Title I Preschool or for the Early Childhood Special Education program. Our a.m. session for these programs will be held and run on the usual schedule. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Whiteman Elementary Office, talk to your child’s teacher or contact me at 660-563-5597