STEAM Academy Newsletter

November 2021

From the Office...

Hello STEAM Families,

Happy November! We hope this newsletter finds you doing well.

We wanted to extend a huge thank you for participation during Parent/Teacher conferences! The vast majority of our families participated in conferences, and we cannot thank you enough for the relentless support.

We are diving right into second quarter, and many fun learning activities are planned ahead.

We truly believe STEAM is a special place, and great things happen each day. Do you have an idea to make it even better? Feel free to reach out to Dr. Pearson or Dr. Winkelmann.

Wishing you well,

-Dr. Pearson and Dr. Winkelmann

Digital Citizenship and Devices

The Internet can be overwhelming, especially for our students. At STEAM, we teach Digital Citizenship in a variety of ways. We use Common Sense Media in all grade levels to teach students how to be safe online. This website is filled with important information and is frequently updated.

Do you have digital concerns about your child on the Internet at home? Check out this website that is filled with information on highly relevant topics on parent concerns.

Water Bottle Reminder

Please help to make sure your child brings a refillable water bottle each day. Our water fountains are still closed but refilling stations are open.

Birthday Treat Reminder

Please note the following change being implemented during the 2021-2022 school year:

The Belton School District prohibits treats being sent in for birthdays and other celebrations in your child’s classroom to maintain safe environments for students and staff with specific allergies.

Please also refrain from sending in trinkets, toys, etc. on birthdays.

Changing Seasons

As the weather is changing quickly, please remember to send your child to school in a coat, hat, and gloves. Students will have outdoor recess as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. The students will not be allowed to stay in during colder temperatures unless there is a note from the doctor specifying that your child cannot go outside for recess due to medical reasons. We want to help every student stay healthy, and wearing a coat is an easy way to accomplish this. We will not take the students outside if there is thunder, lightening, or heavy precipitation.

Please remember that if your child is sick to notify the office. You can email us at or call the school at (816) 348-1130. Our office hours are from 8:40-4:40. You can call outside of those hours and leave a voicemail to notify us of your child’s absence.

BSD Cell Phone and Smartwatch Reminders

REMINDER: Transfer Request Deadline

We have had an amazing first quarter and are already in the second quarter. Our students have shown great creativity and innovation; we can’t wait to see what they will create in the future! Though we hope to keep all of our incredible students, we understand that some families may want to transfer their child in district. If you wish to transfer your child to their home school in the Belton School District, this request must be completed by Wednesday, December 15, 2021. To place a request, you will need to contact the STEAM Academy office at (816) 348-1130. All students transferring will be transitioned at the start of 3rd quarter on January 18. Thank you all for your unbelievable support you have given us with your student’s education! We truly value the partnerships with our families!

Did you know?

Each day, we have video announcements at WSAH! These are hosted by students of all ages. They are posted each morning on the STEAM Academy webpage.


1 - No School - Staff PD Day

9 - Picture Retakes

12 - No School - Staff Work Day

15 - 5th Grade Field Trip

18 - PTA Meeting @ 4:30

24-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

29 - No School - Staff PD Day

Our Mission

The mission of Wilckens STEAM Academy at Hillcrest, a leader of STEAM innovation, is to ensure that all students flourish as individuals of character and advocates of their for own learning through the school community distinguished by

  • a culture of independence and collaboration

  • a global outlook based on a foundation of character

  • a focus on problem solving and critical thinking

  • real world experiences with integration throughout all subjects.

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