Panther Prowl Newsletter

September 2020

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Please be on the lookout for phone calls, emails, or notifications for a virtual parent teacher conference from your child's teacher. It is important that you attend. Teachers will provide information on your child's progress and how you can help. Your attendance is important. We know our parents want to be involved and this is the perfect opportunity to be involved in a way that benefits your child the most.

Kickboard Family Portal

Dear families,

We are excited to announce that we will be using Kickboard in our school this year to help build an environment of positivity, accountability, and responsible decision-making. Kickboard is a digital tool used by teachers and administrators to reinforce positive behavior choices in real time and to promote school-wide consistency in expectations. Students can earn or lose points for their behavior choices throughout the school day. When a student changes classes, the next teacher and administrators can see that student’s behavior history from the day so far.

Some families may have already received codes for the Family Portal. If you have not received a code your child's teacher will be sending home access codes and instructions for how to create your very own Family Portal account, which will provide you with real time updates on your students’ behavior records. You will be able to log on to the Family Portal on your computer or mobile device. Students will also be able to create Family Portal accounts for themselves.

If you have any questions, please let us know. You can also learn more about Kickboard by visiting

Thank you!


The Kickboard Portal is a way for families to keep up to date with a student’s progress. To create your account, follow the instructions above. For security purposes, you will be asked to enter the access code above and the student’s date of birth. You will then be able to verify your email address, set a password, and log in.

If you have already created an account and need to add students to your portal, log out and follow the same steps for each student. If you use the same email address, you will be able to access information for multiple students from a single account login.

Happy Kickboarding!

How to Access the Kickboard Family Portal

  1. Download the Kickboard app or visit
  2. Select your role as Family Member or Student
  4. Enter the student’s birthday and this access code: ABC123-XYZ
  5. Follow the instructions on screen to verify your email and set a password

We at North Elementary and Stepping Stones Preschool want to thank our parents for your continued support in the online learning environment during the pandemic. We are working hard to improve the way we deliver our instruction virtually. Your support and perseverance will keep us from losing ground as we look forward to seeing our students in person.


Personal growth and well-being is important to learning. We care about the emotional and social needs of our students. We have a counselor, Ms. Jana Lawrence, that assists in meeting those needs in each classroom.

We are intentionally focusing on the area of contribution. Every student, family member, and staff member contributes to the overall success of our students. Especially in the on-line virtual world that we are living in it is importance to remember that we are all important and have things to contribute. If we look at on-line learning as a project it may help us to realize that each person involved is a part of the outcome. The desired outcome for a school is student learning. We as the project oriented group formed by our school must work together to ensure we have a positive outcome. That can only happen if our team keeps our eyes on the end goal. Obstacles and hiccups are a reality and we cannot let them get in the way of our goals. Collaboration is key to getting through those unexpected and annoying obstacles. Collaboration requires communication. The key players involved must communicate and be available. Collaboration is problem solving respectfully. Don't be afraid to ask questions. It beats getting frustrated and allowing an obstacle to become a stopping point.

Passion is a trait we would like to develop in every student. A passion can be in an area of interest. For the purpose of school, developing a passion to succeed is very important. It helps us to persevere through things that may not be of interest. To develop a passion to succeed at school even through difficult times is something we as a team need to be focusing on. In the virtual learning environment we can foster that drive or passion by eliminating distractions and knowing that contributing to lessons does make a difference.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein