Family News from the Nest
English Landing Elementary School
Friday, March 10, 2017
What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School Next Week?
Monday, March 13, 2017:
- Spirit Day - Pajama Day
Tuesday, March 14, 2017:
- Spirit Day - Mismatch Day
Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
- Spirit Day - Disney Day
Thursday, March 16, 2017:
- End of Third Quarter
- Spirit Day - Team Day (Blue or White)
- Tenth Annual English Landing Student/Staff Basketball Game (6:30-8:00)
Friday, March 17, 2017:
- No School
Spirit Week: Decade Day
February Home Learning
Congratulations to 3rd Grade who reclaimed the award for the Home Learning Challenge! Only two months left to try and win this honor!
Thank you to the following moms who came to English Landing this week for Career Share:
English Landing Spring 2017 Teacher Wish Tree - Sign Up By Wednesday, March 15th
Please see the link below for sign ups for the English Landing Spring 2017 Teacher Wish Tree.
English Landing Science Fair
Digital Signage Around the Nest
Math in Children's Literature
by Katie Betts
Integrating subjects is a great way to engage your child in relevant activities that relate to real life. Often times children have difficulty solving word problems in math. Children’s picture books are a great way to see math problems in situations that are familiar to students. Below is an example of one picture book that you can read with your child and discuss math concepts relevant to your child’s grade level.
Grandfather Tang’s Story: A Tale Told With Tangrams
By Ann Tompert
Video reading of Grandfather Tang’s Story http://viewpure.com/x74l1ZM-zP0?start=0&end=0
Tangram cut outs:
Kindergarten-2nd grade: Have your child use the tangrams and outlines to recreate the animals in the story. Discuss the shapes used in making each animal.
Animal Outlines (under materials and resources): http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3805
Tangram online activities:
3rd-5th grade: Tangram games and activities get your child thinking about how different shapes can be combined to make other shapes. Have your child take the tangram pieces and put them back into the large square. They can also create any of the animals from Grandfather Tangs’s Story without using an outline of each piece.
Tangram Pictures http://nrich.maths.org/6715
Square Tangram http://nrich.maths.org/5528
Tricky Triangles http://nrich.maths.org/5388
SAVE THE DATE! Student and Staff Basketball Game
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The English Landing STAFF is READY to entertain you once again with the Tenth Annual Student and Staff Basketball Game Fundraiser.
The proceeds from this student and staff basketball game will be used to purchase: Red Take Home Folders; Annual Classroom Subscriptions for Brain Pop Software; Tasty Donuts for Career Share Events; STEM Challenge Materials; Flexible Seating Furniture Options for ALL Classrooms.
Basketball Game Theme Basket Ticket Sales !
We are getting ready for our tenth annual English Landing Staff and Student Basketball Game on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Lakeview Middle School gym!
A FAN FAVORITE each year are the WONDERFUL Theme Baskets which will be WON at the conclusion of this basketball game! Every English Landing student will receive one ticket (FREE) for a chance to win one of the theme baskets.
Additional tickets may be purchased by students each day before school in their grade level halls. Each additional ticket costs $1.00.
2017 English Landing Basketball Game Theme Baskets
- Sporting KC and Soccer FUN!
- Star Wars
- Summer Fun!
- Game Night
- Royals/Chiefs Basket
THANK you for your generous donations for the Theme Baskets!
Basketball Game Silent Auction
English Landing Silent AuctionLInk: https://www.32auctions.com/2017elsilentauction
- WOULD you like to sit in the front row at your child's next musical? LOOK Here!
- WOULD you like to park in the RESERVED Parking SPOT for one month? LOOK Here!
MORE options like these found in this Silent Auction Link!
Plastic Bag Mats
Recess Sign Up Genius Link
Feedback Opportunities about Possible Middle School Designs
Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd announced that as part of the design process for building a potential fourth middle school, we will get feedback from staff and community members about several different design options. Hollis + Miller architects will visit staff at each of the middle schools to get their input, and then the community will have the opportunity to weigh in from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February, 23 2017 at the district office.
The construction of the school depends on the results of the April 4 no-tax-increase bond issue. No matter the outcome of the election, growing enrollment means we will need a middle-school design to support the district's long-range facilities plan.
Paid for by the Park Hill School District
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153
Repeat: Plaza Middle School PTA Meeting
Repeat: Park Hill School District News: No Tax Increase Bond Issue (April 4, 2017)
No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue:
Schools in the Park Hill School District are getting crowded.
Many families move to our community just to send their children to our schools, and this means we need to keep up with our growing enrollment. For several years, we have been planning ahead to deal with this growth. We got feedback from the community, including students, staff and parents, to help the Park Hill Board of Education develop an enrollment-based long-range facility plan.
The community told us that it was important to have enough classroom space in our schools, to maintain our existing buildings, to keep class sizes low and to have simple feeder patterns. The long-range facility plan we created with all this feedback has enrollment targets. Since our enrollment continues to grow and hit those targets, we installed mobile classrooms at several schools this year.
However, our community told us they do not want us to use these as long-term solutions to our crowding.
So, in keeping with the next step of our plan, as we hit our enrollment targets, the Board of Education decided to place a no-tax-increase bond issue question on the April 4 ballot. Voters will decide whether to take on an additional $110 million in debt to pay for facilities to accommodate our growth, including
A new elementary school
A new middle school
A district warehouse and support services facility to support our classrooms and maintain our facilities
Improvements to existing facilities
If economic conditions leave enough proceeds from the bond issue, we would also
Build a transportation center, which could save us money on busing
Pay for maintenance projects in our existing facilities
It is possible to pay for these projects with no tax increase because of our Board’s careful money management and good financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Thanks to the Board's conservative budgeting, we have enough room in our debt service levy to issue bonds to cover the cost of these new schools and projects with no tax increase.
Spotlight on Bond Projects: New Elementary and Middle Schools
New Elementary School
As our elementary enrollment continues to grow, we had to add mobile classrooms at Tiffany Ridge and Chinn elementaries. In anticipation of this growth, our enrollment-based long-range planning calls for an eleventh Park Hill elementary school, which would open in 2019 if the no-tax-increase bond issue passes. We are still in the process of buying land for this elementary school, using funds from the 2011 no-tax-increase bond issue, as promised.
New Middle School
Middle-school enrollment continues to grow, with all three current schools above their designed capacity. And next year, we expect our sixth-grade class to be 100 students larger than this year’s. We had to put mobile classrooms at Congress and Plaza to ease the crowding.
Our enrollment-based long-range planning calls for a fourth middle school, to open in 2019, and a change in the grade configurations, so that all four middle schools would have sixth through eighth grades. This limits the number of transitions students have to experience between schools. The plan also calls for the four middle schools to feed cleanly into the two high schools.
These plans were the result of years of studies of best practices and public feedback. Using funds from the 2011 no-tax-increase bond issue as promised, we purchased land for the new middle school around 56th Street and Northwood.
For more information about Park Hill’s no-tax-increase bond issue, please visit the district’s website at http://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/.
Paid for by the Park Hill School District
Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent
7703 NW Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64153
Looking for Future Kindergarten Students!
Save the DATE! Kindergarten Roundup on May 1, 2017
Enroll Your Kindergartner Today, Then Mark Your Calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup Event
Families with children entering kindergarten in the Park Hill School District in August 2017 may enroll now by visiting English Landing Elementary School between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday on days when school is in session. Children who turn five on or before July 31 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.
Parents will need to bring their children’s certified, state-issued birth certificate, immunization records and two proofs of residency to enroll. One proof of residency must be a current paid real estate tax receipt, a lease or mortgage agreement, or a new construction contract. The other should be an original and current gas, electric or water bill on which the name and address are provided.
After you enroll, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup event at English Landing Elementary School on Monday, May 1. Our Kindergarten Roundup is an Open House format (5:30pm-7:00pm). Parents and students will get a sneak peak of our school, tour the building, ask questions and get to know the staff.
Remaining 2016-2017 Evening Grade Level Music Programs
First Grade: Thursday, March 9, 2017: 7pm “Squirm”
Kindergarten: Thursday, April 13, 2017: 7pm “Baby Beluga”
2016-2017 Elementary School Hours
8:20am First Bell Rings and Students Go To Grade Level Classroom
8:40am Tardy Bell Rings and School Officially Begins
3:30pm Evening Dismissal
Save the Dates: 2016-2017 Park Hill Elementary Early Release Dates
Park Hill STAR Awards
Park Hill Star Award
Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.
Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.
Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!
Park Hill Star nomination form
English Landing Elementary School - Building School Improvement Focus Areas
Building Successful Futures - Each Student - Every Day
English Landing Vision
Our vision is that all English Landing students will meet grade level expectations and demonstrate responsible citizenship.
English Landing Values
1. We will embrace a welcoming climate.
2. Safety will be a priority.
3. Students and staff will strive for excellence.
4. We will promote collaboration and community involvement.
5. Our school will model life skills.
6. Diverse cultures will be respected.
7. We will practice positive communication.
8. Our school will encourage leadership.
English Landing Strategic Focus Areas
English Landing 2016-2017 School Improvement Priority Goals
- EL STAR testing results will display reading growth (on track or above) that increases from the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #7)
- EL Students reporting through semester student surveys My Needs Are Being Met will increase fro 90.4% to 100%. (Indicator #17)
- EL Families will report they are Involved in their Child's Education will increase from displaying the current Park Hill MODERATE score (Yellow) to meeting the Park Hill GOAL score (Green) on the 2016-2017 English Landing Balanced Scorecard. (Indicator #20)