The Nashua News

Home of the Stars!

Nashua Elementary

School hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

8:45 a.m.-3:05 p.m. Thursday

Principally Speaking

It is officially October already and fall is in full swing! It is during this time of year that we begin to see our Star Learners making growth in their learning. Routines and procedures have been practiced and mastered and the real fun of learning is well underway. The staff at Nashua continue to focus their attention on providing the very best educational opportunities they can to each and every student they see on a daily basis.

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!

Upcoming Events

October

Oct. 1

National Walk and Bike to School Day

3:45 p. m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Oct. 3

Spirit Day

Oct. 6

NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day

Oct. 8

Unity Day-Wear Orange

3:45 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Oct. 9

6:00-8:00 p.m. River Roll Skating

Oct. 10

End of 1st quarter

6:30-8:00 p.m. Mercury Gym Night

Oct. 13

5th Grade Field Trip to Steamboat Arabia

Oct. 14

8:00 a.m. Kindness Leadership Committee

6:00 p.m. PTA meeting

Oct. 15

Last Bricks 4 Kidz

Oct. 17

4th Grade Symphony Trip

Oct. 20-24

National School Bus Safety Week

Book Fair

Oct. 21

4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct. 22

Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Fall Pictures

Oct. 23

National Lights on After School Day

4:00-7:30 p.m. Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct. 28

5:00-8:00 p.m. Wendy's Night

Oct. 29

7:00 p.m. Staley Future Falcons Concert

Oct. 30

1:30 p.m. Fall Parade

2:00-2:45 p.m. Fall Room Parties

Oct. 31

NO SCHOOL

Homework solutions that work

Like an actor rehearsing his lines or a batter working on his swing, your child does homework to practice what he learns in school. Here are some ideas to the common problems homework presents.

Getting Started

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.

Staying Motivated

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.

Solving Problems

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.

Nashua PTA

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.

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Nashua Pledge

I will be a STAR!

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

In the upcoming weeks, your should receive some information about scheduling a time with your child's teacher for our yearly parent teacher conference. We have set aside Oct. 21st and Oct. 23rd from 4:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Our goal is to have 100% attendance during our fall conference. If you know already these days and times will not work. Please contact the teacher to schedule another time for this important meeting!

Parent to Parent

My children were always asking to buy things such as new video games or toys. They didn't seem to understand that these items weren't in the budget. I wanted them to learn about how we spend our money--and that it is limited. So I got a spiral notebook and labeled it "Family Spending Journal." I explained that for 2 weeks, everyone would keep a record of what they spent money on. I listed items like gas for the car, and the taxes taken out of my paycheck. The kids wrote down expenses such as school lunch, soccer cleats, and field trip fees.

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.

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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.

Reading For Education

Nashua Elementary School is participating in a Reading for Education postcard program next week, 10/7-10/10. Your child will be bringing home a booklet of postcards in a white envelope on Tuesday. Instructions for filling out the booklet and information about prizes and drawings are included in the envelope. Reading for Education will mail completed postcards in window envelopes along with promotional fliers for magazines. The amount Nashua will receive for this program is based on participation rather than sales; Reading for Education will send $0.50 to Nashua for each mailable postcard. Thank you for participating!