Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, April 21, 2017

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What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School Next Week?

Monday, April 24, 2017:

  • 5th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 1) - 10:00-10:50
  • 4th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 1) - 10:50-11:40

Tuesday, April 25, 2017:

  • 3rd Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 1) - 12:45-1:35

Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

  • Kindergarten Field Trip
  • 5th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 2) - 10:00-10:50
  • 4th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 2) - 10:50-11:40
  • 5th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 3) - 11:00-11:30
  • 3rd Grade Math MAP Testing (Sessions 2 & 3) - 12:45-2:15
  • 4th Grade Math MAP Testing (Session 3) - 1:00-1:30

Thursday, April 27, 2017:

  • 1st Grade Field Trip

PTA Meeting - May 1, 2017 (NEW TIME)

The final PTA meeting of the 2016-2017 school year is scheduled for May 1, 2017 in the Flex Classroom. This meeting will now begin at 11:30am and NOT 11:00am to accommodate families who attend the second grade field day.

First Annual Maker Night FUN!

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Thank you to all of our families who attended the Maker Night at English Landing Thursday evening. We had 187 students attend! WOW! We hope all of our families enjoyed seeing the various student showcases they have learned about in our own Maker Space. It was fun seeing the families working together to create, design, build, and learn together! A big thank you to our English Landing PTA, especially Mrs. Jeppson and Mrs. Durant for planning such a fun-filled, family-led STEM event!

Mr. Wachel is Now Dr. Wachel

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Welcome to English Landing, Mrs. Hillix

PLEASE help us in welcoming Mrs. Susie Hillix to English Landing! She will join our third grade team as a grade level aide beginning on Friday, April 21, 2017. Mrs. Hillix is a retired elementary teacher and elementary principal. A FUN Fact is that she was one of Mrs. Wood’s teachers in elementary school.

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Standardized Testing Dates and Times (Eagles SOAR!)

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CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Beck and Ms. Poarch for being recognized this week with STAR Awards! It is always FANTASTIC to see Dr. Cowherd recognize our eagles.

Ms. Poarch was nominated by a parent in her classroom who expressed gratitude for her hard work meeting her child’s 504 Plan accomodations. Mrs. Beck was nominated by a student in her classroom who joined English Landing after the school year started and expressed how much Mrs. Beck helped this child feel comfortable in this new setting.

Way to go Eagles!

NEW Scout Parent Orientation

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Looking for NEW Cub Scouts!

Parkville's Cub Scout Pack 4333 is holding a parent orientation night at the Platte County South YMCA this Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6:00pm. The goal is to help parents to understand what cub scouts is, what commitment is involved, and how to join. Any 1st through 5th grade boy can join. No experience necessary. This meeting is open to parents, potential scouts, and their siblings. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Jeppson at

Annual Park Hill Employee Service Awards Banquet on May 4, 2017

The Park Hill Service Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

This year we will be recognizing the following Eagles from English Landing:

Mrs. Kitchell Schneider: 2016-2017 SPIRIT Award Winner!

Years of Service Awards:

25 Years of Service: Mrs. Beth Jensen

10 Years of Service: Kristin Davidson and Rachel Fullerton

5 Years of Service: Marrissa Mehwald, Amy Peeler, Leah Peters, Raelynne Winkelmann, and Rachel Tharp

Planning for English Landing Field Days in May

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Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade

Field Days are just around the corner for Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. Hopefully the kids will have a great time participating in games and activities that demonstrate some of our key skills we have focused on in PE classes all year long! This day will not be possible without the much needed help from visiting adults. So mark the following dates on your calendars. All a.m. times are from 9:00-11:00 and p.m. times are from 1:00- 3:00.

PLEASE make sure your child is wearing sunscreen, has a water bottle with his/her name on it, and is wearing tennis shoes! Thanks!

May 1st – Second Grade a.m./Fourth Grade p.m. (Rainout date is May 8th)

May 2nd – Kindergarten (Rainout date is May 9th)

May 3rd – First Grade a.m./Third Grade p.m. (Rainout date is May 10th)

A few parents have already signed up to help out. If you have not signed up to shadow the kids yet, I need you! Please drop an email letting me know you can volunteer to help out on your child’s field day. You will be able to rotate right along with your child during the day as you help out. Remember to tell me your name, your child’s name, and the grade level they are in this year. I hope to complete my volunteer list in the next weeks by April 18th. My email is the following or my phone number is 359-5771. Thank you for your help.

Mrs. Lindsey

The Melody Gabel Track and Field Day: Fifth Grade Annual Event

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

All fifth grade students will travel to Park Hill School District Stadium Complex located at Park Hill High School for the Thirteenth Annual District-Wide Melody Gabel Track and Field Day. The meet will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 with a rain make-up date of May 22nd.

I would like for students to wear their blue English Landing t-shirt on the day of the track meet. Students will need to bring a sack lunch from home along with a water bottle. Please let me know by April 19th if you will need a sack lunch from the cafeteria. Students will not be permitted to leave the premises for lunch.

The buses will depart from English Landing at 9:00a.m. and return by 2:00p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email at or by phone at 359-5771.

Thank you,

Mrs. Lindsey

MU Senior Year On-Site Program Begins at English Landing in 2017-2018

For the 2017-18 school year, English Landing and Line Creek Elementary will be collaborating with the University of Missouri as a Senior Year On-Site Program (SYOSP). The Senior Year On-Site Program is part of the University of Missouri’s Educator Preparation Program. All MU elementary education majors participate in a full year on-site experience during their senior year in a partner school, such as English Landing. The first semester of the SYOSP is designed to immerse these elementary education majors into the life and culture of our English Landing school community. Their work begins with back-to-school meetings with teachers and assisting with classroom setup. SYOSP interns are regarded as full-time faculty members and participate in all school events such as teacher workdays, professional learning communities and data team meetings. The SYOSP interns will spend a minimum of three days per week at English Landing during the first semester and complete course work that complements the internship. During the second semester, the internship extends to five days a week in a single classroom where the SYOSP intern completes the student-teaching experience. We are excited for English Landing to partner with the University of Missouri and provide rich experiences for our Eagles and the SYOSP interns.

Repeat: Take Your Child to Work Day: Student Attendance

As families begin to make plans for Take Your Child To Work Day (April 27, 2017), I want to make sure you have accurate information regarding how student attendance will be documented on this day.

Up until last school year, a letter had been sent home with all Park Hill elementary students stating that they would be counted present at school if a signed form and Take Your Child to Work Day reflection activity was returned. As of last school year this was no longer the case since following this former practice violated the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines regarding student attendance.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education language regarding daily student attendance states: Students must be in attendance in an instructional capacity under the direct supervision of a certificated employee of the district to be counted for attendance purposes.Therefore, if students are absent, for part or all of the day, on Take Your Child To Work Day (Thursday, April 27th), they will be counted as absent for the time they are not in school.

In Park Hill at the elementary level, we do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. Therefore, when a student is absent, it is simply counted as an absence. At English Landing Elementary School, we do not recognize perfect (100%) attendance. We strive for student attendance to be at or above 95%.

I encourage you to make the decision that best meets the needs of your child/family when determining if your child will participate in Take Your Child To Work Day (April 27, 2017). Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding attendance procedures for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 27, 2017).


Dr. Kerry Roe

Looking for Future Kindergarten Students!

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Save the DATE! Kindergarten Roundup on May 1, 2017

Enroll Your Kindergartner Today, Then Mark Your Calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup Event

Families with children entering kindergarten in the Park Hill School District in August 2017 may enroll now by visiting English Landing Elementary School between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday on days when school is in session. Children who turn five on or before July 31 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 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 current paid real estate tax receipt, a lease or mortgage agreement, or a new construction contract. The other should be an original and current gas, electric or water bill on which the name and address are provided.

After you enroll, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup event at English Landing Elementary School on Monday, May 1. Our Kindergarten Roundup is an Open House format (5:30pm-7:00pm). Parents and students will get a sneak peak of our school, tour the building, ask questions and get to know the staff.

2016-2017 Elementary School Hours

8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom

8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins

3:30pm Evening Dismissal

Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates

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Park Hill STAR Awards

Park Hill Star Award

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.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!

Park Hill Star nomination form

English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas

District Vision

Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day

English Landing Vision

Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.

English Landing Values

1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.

2. Safety will be a priority.

3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.

4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.

5. Our school will model life skills.

6. Diverse cultures will be respected.

7. We will practice positive communication.

8. Our school will encourage leadership.

English Landing Strategic Focus Areas





English Landing 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals

  • EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)

  • EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)

  • EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)

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