Northwest Elementary

October 2017

School Day Time Information

Full Day:

8:25 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

Half Day:

8:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Early Release:

8:25 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Kiwanis of Jackson Northwest! They delivered dictionaries to all of our 3rd grade students. The students enjoyed receiving this gift of continued learning.

Making a Difference

Congratulations to the following fifth grade students who are on Student Council this year!

Aiden Baker, Jaedyn Bartell, Lucy Bivens, Kassdy Daniel, Tyler Derby, Madison Dixon, Evan Graham, Josephine Hackborn, Jacob Haddad, Maddy Hilliard, Aniah Hulburt, Katie Marshall, Layla Marshall, Logan Miller, Fayth Savicke, Anna Warner, Brasha White and Zander Wilkinson

Throughout the year these students will be doing morning announcements, collecting recycling twice a month, helping with service projects and interacting with Mrs. Kennedy's class through Peer Connections. We are proud of the work and motivation they all have! You are making a difference!

Lexia Reading Core5

Northwest has begun using Lexia Reading Core5 in order to provide literacy instruction for students reading below, at, and above grade level pre-K-5. Lexia's research-proven program provides explicit, systematic, and adaptive learning in the six areas of reading instruction, targeting skill gaps as they emerge,and providing teachers with the data and student-specific resources they need for individual or small group instruction. NWEL is excited about this new program, the data it provides teachers and staff, and how it will continue to improve reading skills across grade levels.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

We are very excited that our district has received a grant to implement the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) in our schools! This is system that focuses on a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior supports. The great news is that we need YOUR help to implement this program. During conferences you will be asked to visit the "PBIS" booth just outside the offices for information, along with a brief survey, be sure to check it out!

Upcoming Events

October 2 & 3- 4th Grade Mackinac Trip Parent Meeting NWEl Cafeteria @6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Parents only need to attend one of these meetings)

October 4- Early Release @2:35 p.m.

October 5- 5th Grade Greenfield Village Trip

October 9- Board Meeting @5:00 p.m. NEC

October 9- 3rd Grade Hands on Museum Field Trip; Smith, Potter, Giroux

October 10- Picture Day (Picture Day ID: LM457003Y0)

October 11- Early Release @2:35 p.m.

October 16- 3rd Grade Hands on Museum Field Trip; Schroeder, Wanless, Rivera, Kennedy

October 17- Bible Study Release @1:50 p.m.

October 17- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 17- PTO Fundraiser Pick-Up 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. NWEl Cafeteria

October 18- Early Release @2:35 p.m.

October 19- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

October 23- No School

October 24- 4th Grade Capitol & Museum Trip; Bartlett, Kujawa

October 25- Marvelous Mounties @7:45a.m.

October 25- Early Release @2:35 p.m.

October 28- Trunk or Treat @12:30 p.m. NWEEl Parking Lot

October 30- 4th Grade Capital & Museum Trip; Snyder, Garcia, Brown, Wheat

October 30- 3rd Grade Hands on Museum Trip; Burmeister, Tinkle, Grant

October 31- Happy Halloween! Parade: 2:30 p.m. Classroom Parties 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Trunk or Treat

Northwest Community Schools is proud to host another Trunk 'n Treat!

This event is for children up through the 5th grade. Children dress up in their costumes and parade through our line of trunks, gathering candy, and playing games. There will be free hot dogs and hayrides!

You are welcome to host a trunk or donate a bag of candy. Call Sabrena Jenkins for more information at 817-4754.

Halloween Parade

Halloween will be celebrated at Northwest Elementary. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a parade. Classroom parties will start after the parade at 2:45 p.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m.

If you have any questions please contact your students classroom teacher.


Box Tops

We're collecting Box Tops for new playground equipment. Every Box Top counts. Also ask family and friends to start collecting too!

Just a friendly reminder to not drop your student off before 8:15 a.m. There is no supervision outside during that time. Students are let into the building at 8:15 a.m.

Parking Lot

Thank you for your continued patience with the volume of traffic during our drop-off and pick-up times! You are doing a fantastic job of parking in parking spaces, driving slowly in the parking lot and being timely in your efforts. We are, however, looking very closely at how we can improve this process. Our goal is to relieve the amount of traffic by brainstorming possible changes to the entrance and exits of the NWEL campus. Thank you for helping us keep Northwest the best place to be in Jackson County!

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures


When dropping your child off in the morning, please make sure it is not before 8:10 a.m., as we do not have supervision. Doors unlock at 8:15 a.m. If you need to escort your child inside school, please park in a designated parking spot and not along the drop-off curb. This will help traffic to flow so that cars can continue to move in and out as quickly as possible. When exiting the parking lot we ask that you please do not turn around in the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church parking lot.


If you will be picking your child up, please make sure to send a note to the teacher, or call the office. If calling the office, please do so before 3:00 p.m. This will allow us to get lists finalized and given to the teacher. If you call after this time, your request unfortunately will not be honored. We will not pull children off the bus for late calls. You will need to meet them at the bus stop. When picking up your child please park in a designated parking spot and not along the drop-off curb. Make sure to bring a photo ID. Parents are asked to wait in the cafeteria until students are dismissed. Students will be dismissed by grade starting at 3:32 p.m on full days, and 2:27 p.m. on Early Release days. When exiting the parking lot please do not turn around in the Lansing Avenue Baptist Church parking lot.

Medicine Procedures

If your child needs medication to be administered at school, make sure you fill out the medication form, have it signed by the prescribing physician, and bring in the original container with the prescription label attached.

  • Do not send any medication on the school bus. Medication could easily be taken by the wrong child when it is not monitored by an adult. It is the parent's responsibility to bring medication i to the Northwest Elementary office and check it in with a secretary.

  • Cough drops are considered medication. Please do not sent cough drops with your child.

  • No staff member will be permitted to dispense non-prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medication to any student with out a medication form filled out by a prescribing physician.


If your child will be absent form school, please contact the teacher or call Deanna at 817-4777 or email

The Direction of Greatness

To provide a positive culture that inspires students to achieve greatness.