Shark Bites

Stopher Newsletter, March 9th

From The Principal

Stopher families:

It's another great week here at Stopher! I hope to see many of you at our virtual PTA meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 10th at 7pm. Family support is a huge asset of any school community, and I am blown away by our families' commitment to Stopher!

Mask Update

Last night (Tuesday, March 8th), at the JCPS Board Meeting, the Board voted to give Dr. Pollio authority to determine the district's mask policy based on COVID-19 community levels in Jefferson County. Pollio said he will follow the new guidance from Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "very soon" and make masks optional in all JCPS schools, buildings and on school buses. The district has said they will send more detailed information to families today, Wednesday, Marth 9th. As of today, Wednesday, March 9th, masks are still required in our school. We will be sure to keep our families up to date with any incoming information.

Dates to Note

March 10 ... PTA General Meeting

March 12 ... Mayor's Cup

March 28-31 ... Staff Appreciation Week

April 1 ... No School

April 4-8 ... No School (Spring Break)

April 16 ... Matilda Character Tea party

April 21 & 22 ... Matilda School Musical

PTA General Body Meeting

The Stopher Executive Board would like to invite you to attend the next General Body Meeting of the PTA. It was tentatively set but has been rescheduled for the evening of Thursday, 3/10 at 7:00 pm with guest speaker, Principal Shearon. The meeting will be virtual. Link to join via Zoom will be sent closer to meeting date. Please mark your calendars for this exciting night that includes time with our new principal. Your Stopher PTA appreciates all your support!

Stopher PTA Board Elections

There is a lot of excitement as the end of the school year is fast approaching. Still so many events to take place and we hope you see all the fun and engagement the PTA is able to provide because of the support from our Shark families. We always value your involvement and if you would like to do more to serve at Stopher, we invite you to review the board responsibilities to see if you would be interested in joining our executive team for the 2022-2023 school year. Meetings are held monthly and responsibilities span throughout the year. Please send letters of intent to Letters must be received prior to March 21st.

Shark Week is Coming!!

May 16 - May 20

Shark Week is fast approaching and it's time to begin planning. We need the following:

  • Volunteers to organize and work a Color Run for one day of that week.
  • Volunteers to help decorate the building and turn it into a shark infested water world! This is a great opportunity for dads with wood working skills to volunteer!
  • Volunteers to create shark themed treats and crafts for their individual student's classroom.
  • Volunteers to help for about one hour each morning of that week.

If you can volunteer, Click Here and Sign Up to give us an idea of what you would be interested in helping with ... then attend the meeting.

Shark Week Volunteer Meeting

(Please consider attending and volunteering to help!)

Tuesday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm. (THIS IS A RESCHEDULED DATE!!!)

Stopher Library

Shark Week Shirts

We are looking for a company to sponsor Shark Week Shirts for all of our students. Total cost will be around $4,000. The shirts will be white with one color print and the sponsor logo will be on the back. Please contact if your company is interested.

Matilda Program Ad

Be a part of something big! This year’s Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical Jr. playbill , a conveniently-sized keepsake, has a full color cover featuring student artwork. Savvy businesses can advertise to the many families and friends in our audience, while proud families can create a fun, personal ad for their own little actors! Either way, buying an ad is a wonderful way to support the Arts at Stopher: all proceeds go to fund the production of our musicals and Arts Program. Ad Details


Order Your Yearbook Now!

Don't miss your chance to get your 2021-22 Stopher Elementary Yearbook! Cost: $25.

Deadline to order is March 20th! Believe me, your kids will want this book full of memories from another awesome year as a Stopher Shark!

PLUS, everyone gets two free customizable pages! Deadline to get in your customizable pages is also March 20th. So if you've already ordered, don't forget to log back in and make your shark the star of their yearbook!!

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Site Based Decision Making

Next SBDM meeting: 4:00pm, March 11th

Click Here for SBDM Information

Is your incoming Kindergarten Student Ready?

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Early Childhood Applications

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Stopher School Meal Menu

Last minute menus changes are occurring frequently and are out of our control due to the nationwide food shortage. Menus on Nutrislice may not reflect these changes.

Stopher Meal Menu

COVID Testing

REMINDER: If you have signed your student up for weekly testing and no longer want it done, you must go back to the permission form you signed and remove the permission. Our office staff can not access these forms to make the change.

Covid-19 Testing

Routine COVID-19 testing for those who are not symptomatic is available to students during school. This voluntary screening will be done weekly and can quickly identify individuals who may be COVID-19 positive. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

*Testing is done at Stopher on Wednesdays. Registration for the test must be completed prior to 2:00 the day before.

*You do not need to register every week. Once your student is on the list, he/she stays on the list until you remove him/her.

Test to Stay

If a JCPS student or employee has been in close contact of someone with COVID-19, they now have an option not to quarantine. To qualify, they have to take a COVID-19 test every night for seven days. If they have a negative result, they can come back to school or work the next day.

Free testing is offered at middle and high schools and other select locations in the afternoons/evenings every Sunday-Thursday. There are now more than 50 locations available across the district. Click here for a list of sites and hours.

Individuals living in the same household as the positive case do NOT qualify for Test to Stay.

IMPORTANT!!!! .................... Test to Play

If a JCPS student (elementary, middle, and high school) is doing any extracurricular activities or sports, they are now required to take a weekly COVID-19 test. Stopher students can take a test during the school day on Wednesdays. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

Students not tested will NOT be permitted to participate.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Before School Program)

Stopher Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Friday morning in library. All 3rd - 5th graders are welcome. Drop off starts at 8:35 and the huddle is from 8:40 - 9:00. See the attached permission slip for more details or e-mail Mrs. Owen with questions at with questions.

Bricks 4 Kidz (After School Program)

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Community Information

Community youth activity opportunities can be posted here. If you would like to share any information regarding community extra-curricular activities or events, please send it to
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Summer Camps in the Louisville Area

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