April, 2021

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SAGE Mission

As the heart of the gifted community, the mission of the SAGE Center is to ensure all students, as members of a global society, foster their uniqueness, develop their potential, and embrace their true belonging through learning experiences distinguished by:

  • Courageous exploration and discovery of passions in a flexible and innovative environment
  • Support systems for students, staff, and community
  • Ownership and self-regulation in a student-driven culture

Home of the SAGE Illuminators

Principally Speaking...

It's 4th quarter and things are hopping here at the SAGE Center! We are SO excited to finally be able to welcome all of our middle school students back one day a week! It has been a breath of fresh air to see our Illuminators come together rather than alternating weeks.

Please stay on the look out for emails and flyers that may be coming from your child's SAGE teacher about special dates, events, and due dates for our SAGE students. As always, feel free to contact your child's SAGE teacher with questions or clarifications.

As we'll be quickly wrapping up the SAGE year in just a few short weeks, below are the SAGE last days have now been established. Please mark your calendar for the dates below.

Have a great April! Thank you for all you do for supporting the SAGE Center!

Your Partner in Education,

~Dr. Marsden

Last Days

Last SAGE Days for elementary and middle schools:

  • Mon., May 17th – 3rd, 5th, & 7th /8th grades (NM)
  • Tues., May 18th - 3rd, 5th, & 7th /8th grades (NG, MP)
  • Wed., May 19th - 2nd grade
  • Thurs., May 20th - 2nd, 4th, 7th & 8th grades (AN)
  • Fri., May 21st - K, 1st, 4th, 5th, & 6th grades (GW/EG)


Fri., May 28th

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Office Reminders

COVID Related Issues:

  • If your child is quarantined from the regular school for a COVID related issue, your child will also not be allowed to attend at the SAGE Center until the return to school date has been met.
  • Students who are on quarantine will be able to participate in SAGE on their assigned SAGE day via Canvas.
  • Feel free to reach out to the SAGE Office or your child's SAGE teacher with questions.
  • Antigen tests are available for students who may exhibit symptoms while at school. Parent permission and parent attendance is required for administering a test.


  • If your child becomes ill, he/she will be seen by our SAGE Nurse. The nurse will then contact the parent if the student needs to go home. For the safety of all students and staff, we appreciate parents making arrangements for their child to be picked up as soon as possible.
  • Please remember to conduct a quick well check with your child before sending them to school to ensure that he/she is not exhibiting symptoms of illness.


  • During this time period, our staff is meeting all visitors at the South double doors of the Center.
  • Upon arrival, please contact the SAGE Office at (816) 321-5350 for assistance.
  • In the event that a visitor needs to enter, visitors will not be allowed to remain in the building.
  • Masks are required in all areas of the NIC.

Public Entrance Only:

  • Students should not be dropped off or picked up near the main entrance of the Northland Innovation Center as this is a public entrance for all tenants of the building.

Car Riders:

  • Students who are dropped off or picked up from the SAGE Center should enter and exit from the South double doors of the Center. Please pull all the way forward to the orange cone in order to leave plenty of room for others so that the Eastside public entrance of the NIC is not blocked.

Lunch Visitation:

  • At this time, there are no visitors at lunch on any SAGE day through the remainder of the school year.

News from the Nurse

We're Thinking Spring!

As the weather is slowly beginning to warm up, this will bring students wearing shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Because of health and safety reasons, students are encouraged to wear shoes or sandals with a closed toe and a back strap, especially for recess at the elementary level.

Flip flops are discouraged during the school day. Our students must travel up and down flights of stairs where they can lose their footing, or kick a stair as they ascend the stairs. Please make certain that your child leaves the house with proper shoes on their feet. In the past, the nurses’ office has seen many cuts, scrapes, and injuries related to inappropriate footwear.

If you have any questions, please contact the SAGE Nurse's Office at 816-321-5350 or your child's home school Nurse.


Upcoming Events


5th - PAGS Small Group 7 p.m. via Zoom link *See below

21st- PAGS Speaker Series 6 p.m. Link coming soon

26th - MAP Testing Begins Grades 3 - 6

28th - No School Grades PreK - 12 / SAGE is closed

28th - Primary Grades Parent Night 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.* Sign up link below

Lunch at SAGE

Lunch Menus

Scroll to "Menus" and look for "NIC." It is typically under the Middle School tab, but the menu is for all K - 8 SAGE students.

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SAGE Spirit

Missouri Scholars 100

Congratulations to our eight SAGE Seniors honored as part of this year’s Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that celebrates the top academic students in the graduating class of 2021. Seniors are nominated for on excellence in academics and contributions to their communities.
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Mrs. Koch was Illuminated in a Recent Article

Please check out this beautiful article in the link below about Middle School SAGE Teacher, Mrs. Koch, and her journey with one of her doctors.

We're proud of her!

PAGS Corner

Spirit Week was a Success

Here's a sneak peek...
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Upcoming Learning Opportunity for Parents

Join the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and CTY in a conversation with other parents and CTY experts to share ideas and learn new strategies for supporting your gifted child and yourself.

April 21st at 6 p.m. Use Zoom link below to sign up:

Colin Seale, ThinkLaw

if you missed our amazing speaker Colin Seale from ThinkLaw last week, the recording of his talk can be viewed here:
PAGS Speaker Series Presents: Colin Seale

PAGS April Speaker Series

This month will be a participation series! We'll be making Tiramisu' straight from Napels, Italy!

Check out the information below to be sure to have all of your ingredients ready and your coffee prepared before you begin! See below for ingredients and utensils needed.

Join us Wed., April 21st at 6 p.m. for the family cooking class brought to you by Titti's Way.

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PAGS Small Groups are Continuing!

Small Groups are held the first Monday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. The next one is May 3rd.

Parents may join the Small Group discussions using the Zoom link below.

Parenting Tool Kit Help

Need some ideas on keeping your kid occupied at home? Unsure how to manage the stress and anxiety that comes with working from home and virtual learning?

While we can't solve these problems for you, we have collected some resources that can help! Introducing our very first PAGS Parenting Toolkit.

If you would like to see any additional topics/items or if you have resources that you have found helpful and would like to share, let us know and we will get them added.

PAGS Memberships

As a PAGS Member, you should be receiving occasional updates PAGS events and the monthly newsletter. If you signed up as a member and are not receiving emails, please reach out to to inquire on your membership status.
PAGS Membership Form

PAGS Memberships are still available at $10 per family. Feel free to join and support SAGE Illuminators all year long!

Parent Summer Resources


NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children) and GAM (Gifted Association of Missouri) have a great deal of parent resources. Feel free to click on the links below to access these resources.

Davidson Institute Summer Program

Check out the details of the Davidson Institute for Summer Program

What Time Does SAGE Begin & End?

PEGS - 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

6th, 7th & 8th grades Middle School - 9:30 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

K - 5th Elementary - 9:30 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

SAGE Partners in Education

At the SAGE Center, we are so lucky to have several area businesses as our Partners in Education. We work closely with each partner in a variety of ways: Field trips, expert visits, tours, consultation, brainstorming, career planning and much more.

Feel free to support these businesses in your daily travels through the area:

  • Edward Jones, Ryan Mitchell
  • Eric Craig Real Estate Team
  • Park University
  • Solar Holdings, LLC
  • Stone Canyon Pizza, Gladstone
  • Weber Inc.
  • AY Young Battery Tour & United Nations Young Global Leader

How Can I Stay Current?

The SAGE Center latest news and information can be found throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter, and at - click on SAGE Center (Gifted).

You can "LIKE" NKC SAGE on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NKC_SAGE. Please also watch for periodic emails or phones calls from the Center.

SAGE Center

The SAGE Center is located in the North Kansas City School District. We support Kindergarten through eighth grade students in the SAGE (gifted) program. The SAGE Center is housed at the Northland Innovation Campus which is nestled in the heart of Gladstone, MO.