Shark Bites

Stopher Newsletter, March 1st

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From The Principal

Stopher families:

Last week, students and staff shared reasons to be joyful here at Stopher. As you can see, there are many of them.

I hope to see (virtually) many of you next Thursday, March 10th at 7pm at the Stopher PTA General Body meeting via Zoom. I've enjoyed getting to know members of our PTA in the past weeks and am incredibly thankful for their support of Stopher!

Dates to Note

February 25-March 4 ... Book Fair

February 28-March 4 ... Read Across America

March 1 ... Proceeds Night at Papa Johns

March 4 ... Dr. Seuss Parade

March 7 ... No School

March 10 ... PTA General Meeting

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Car Rider Line and Morning Arrival

The morning drop off line is going great! Once the line begins moving, the line takes no longer than 10 minutes to get through. Two reminders:

  • Do not park in the handicapped parking spots to drop off your student. This is disrupting and slowing down the line.
  • Students must be signed in if they arrive after 9:05 a.m.

Shark Week is Coming!!

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 15th at 5:30 pm.

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.

Spring Book Fair

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Read Across America

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Stopher Basketball Champions

The 3rd Grade Basketball Team won their first Championship in the 2022 MidAmerica Elementary School League. They went undefeated in the regular season (6 - 0) and marched into the Postseason Tournament as the #1 seed. In the Final Four, they defeated North Oldham 26 - 6 and in the Championship Game, they defeated Hite Elementary 42 - 18. The team hopes to repeat that success next year in 4th Grade!

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Click here to view projects throughout the building.

Narrative Writing Stars

Congratulations to the Narrative Writing Stars winners! All students at Stopher participated in an on-demand writing situation, and we are proud of these students for their exemplary writing.
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Matilda Posters

Students are currently reading Matilda, by Roald Dahl. They were asked to submit a poster of their favorite character. Click here to view a gallery of some of their art work.

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

Stopher Cheer and Dance Showcase

March 5th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Stopher Gym

Admission is FREE

If your 6 to 12 year old is interested in participating on a competitive cheer or dance team, this is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about! Come watch as many of our current and former Sharks perform with their school/recreational teams. Not interested in joining but would love to come watch? Absolutely! Come and cheer on your friends and classmates!

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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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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!

Volunteers Needed for Mother/Son Event

The PTA is in need of volunteers to Chair their annual Mother/Son event. Please contact Caitlyn Carter if you can help!

Site Based Decision Making

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

Click Here for SBDM Information

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.

Stopher Soccer Team Tryouts

This is not to be confused with the after school soccer program, Kicks Soccer Academy! This is a competitive team for students in grades 3 thru 5.

Paper forms were sent home last week or you can register on line here:

Online Soccer Tryout Form Link
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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.

Kicks Soccer Academy (After School Program)

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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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