The Nashua News
Home of the Stars!
8:45 a.m.-3:05 p.m. Thursday
As you may have heard this past month, the North Kansas City School District Annual Performance Report increased from 78.9% in 2013 to 92.1% in 2014, that's a 13% increase! Nashua played a role in the increase of that score as well. Our building APR score was 95.7%, ranking us as the 5th highest performing school in the North Kansas City School District. In addition to our overall score, our performance in Math and Science both increased from last year. Nashua has also been recognized as having the highest attendance rate in all the schools in the North Kansas City School District.
This is such a great celebration and speaks to the quality of education we are providing here at Nashua, as well as the continued partnership we have with all of the Nashua families.
On another note, we have been receiving regular updates from the state of Missouri regarding the new MAP assessment that all 3-5 grade students will take. This year, the assessment will be completed online and can be completed in only 1-2 days! While this will present some challenges as we shift our thinking around this new format, I am confident that our Star Learners will shine as they have done in years past on this important state test.
Thank you for sending your Star Learner to school every day well rested and prepared for the day! Here at Nashua, we believe every day is a great day to be a STAR!
National Walk and Bike to School Day
3:45 p. m. Bricks 4 KidzOct. 3
NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day
Unity Day-Wear Orange
3:45 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz
6:00-8:00 p.m. River Roll Skating
End of 1st quarter
6:30-8:00 p.m. Mercury Gym Night
5th Grade Field Trip to Steamboat Arabia
8:00 a.m. Kindness Leadership Committee
6:00 p.m. PTA meeting
Last Bricks 4 Kidz
4th Grade Symphony Trip
National School Bus Safety Week
4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conferences
Bus Driver Appreciation Day
National Lights on After School Day
4:00-7:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conferences
5:00-8:00 p.m. Wendy's Night
7:00 p.m. Staley Future Falcons Concert
1:30 p.m. Fall Parade
2:00-2:45 p.m. Fall Room Parties
Homework solutions that work
When you child gets home from school, he or she might want to relax for a little while, or just jump right in and work. Have him or her try every method for one week and keep track of how it goes. He or she can write notes in each day's calendar square (Went great! or Hard time getting started). After two weeks, review the notes to see which routine works best.
Does your child ever feel restless when he or she is doing homework? Suggest a new spot! For example, he or she might finish his vocabulary assignment at the kitchen table and then read science on the porch. A planned break can also generate a second wind.
Help your child make a list of strategies he or she can use when stuck. For a math assignment, maybe use a tool such as a number line, counting up, or estimation. During reading if he or she comes to an unknown word, encourage the use of context clues, or chunking the word into smaller parts.
Please visit the Nashua PTA website to find out about upcoming events, ways to support our school, and membership information
Mrs. Cobb's Corner
The primary role of the School Counselor is to be a support for the students’ academic, personal, and/or social needs. School Counselors also collaborate and consult with staff and parents regarding how best to meet the needs of students. Group counseling services are available to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Groups typically run for 6-8 weeks. I am available to assist individuals through check-ins and short counseling sessions. The Elementary School Counselor does not provide therapy in the school setting. If a parent is interested in seeking outside therapy for his/her child, the counselor and/or School Community Resource Specialist (SCRS-Jesse Tyler) are available to help parents locate area resources. The counselor also provides classroom guidance lessons to all students on a bi-weekly basis. These classroom lessons encourage and teach children the many skills needed for personal development, career exploration and educational development.
Nurse Bentley's File
Below are a few reminders of the North Kansas City School District’s guidelines:
Children with a temperature of 100 degrees or above, vomiting, severe coughing, or who have diarrhea during the evening or night, should stay home from school the following day.
Students should be kept home for a full 24 hours after symptoms of illness have subsided. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
Students will be sent home from school if a temperature is 100 degrees or above, vomiting, severe coughing, diarrhea, or there is a suspicion of a communicable disease or the inability to participate in normal classroom activity.
Students who are prescribed an antibiotic (for strep, pink eye, etc.), must take it for 24 hours before returning to school. All medications must be accompanied by a Medication Authorization Form and given to the Nurse.
Students should also try to stay hydrated on excessive heat days.
I will show Respect.
I will be Trustworthy.
I will be an Active Learner.
I will be Responsible.
I will have a STAR day of learning!
Be a STAR wherever you are!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent to Parent
After a few days, they were surprised by how many things we needed money for. Our kids had no idea, for example, that we paid for taxes on our income, several types of insurance, and membership in our homeowner's association. Sometimes they still ask to buy too many things at the store, but when I say no, at least they understand why.
Breakfast drop off
We are making some adjustments to our arrival procedures for those students who eat breakfast from 8:15 -8:30 a.m.
· If you are dropping off your child for breakfast between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. please pull into the parking spaces along the south side of 114th street. Have your child exit your vehicle at the sidewalk so they can enter the front of the building for breakfast.
· If you choose to park along the north side of 114th, please stop at the crosswalk and walk your child across the street and onto school property.
· If you arrive after 8:30, please proceed through the car line along the back of the building. The area on 114th street will be coned off starting at 8:30.
· If you must enter the building to visit with your child’s teacher, please do not park along 114th street. We ask you to pull into the parking lot and check in at the office.Thank you for making these small adjustments to our arrival procedures. We are hoping this will help our students get safely to the property and have ample time to eat breakfast before they start their day of learning!
Scholastic Book Fair October 20-24
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits.
It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:
· Set the example. Let children see you read.
· Have a collection of books in the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair dates: October 20-24, 2014
Shopping hours: Monday, October 20th 8-8:45am & 3:30-5:30pm, Tuesday, October 21st 8-8:45am & 3:30-8pm, Wednesday, October 22nd 8-8:45am & 3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, October 223rd 8-8:45am & 3-8pm, and Friday, October 24th 8-8:45am & 3:30-5:30pm
Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs. And if you are
unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from October 12- November 1, 2014.
Visit our Scholastic website: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/nashuaelementary
If you are willing to help volunteer please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044eabae2ca31-fall1
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school.