Family News from the Nest

English Landing Elementary School

Friday, April 6, 2018

2017-2018 Class Pictures: $5.00

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2017-18 Class Pictures are now for sale in the English Landing School Office for $5.00. Please provide the exact amount if you are paying with cash. Thank you!

If you would like to write a check, please make checks payable to English Landing Elementary School and in the memo line include your child's name. Thank you!

Please note: Ms. Turnbull's fourth grade class pictures have not yet arrived. We expect to have them by April 20, 2018

What's Happening at English Landing Elementary School?

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Monday, April 9, 2018

  • A Day: Specials' Rotation
  • EL Charity Student Team: Can Food Drive

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  • B Day: Specials' Rotation
  • School Store is OPEN (8:25-8:40am)
  • EL Charity Student Team: Can Food Drive

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • C Day: Specials' Rotation
  • EL Spirit Day (Wear school colors, spirit wear and jeans)
  • EL Charity Student Team: Can Food Drive

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Elementary Early Release Day - English Landing dismisses at 1:30pm!
  • EL Charity Student Team: Can Food Drive

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • No School!

EL Charity Student Team: Can Food Drive

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Looking for Future Kindergarten Students!

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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 2018 may enroll today online! Children who turn five on or before July 31 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Enroll in Park Hill

After you enroll, mark your calendar for the Kindergarten Roundup event at English Landing Elementary School on Monday, April 30th. 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.

Student Learning Pictures

Pictures taken by Karlee Penn

Student SMORE Photographer Leader
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Fourth Grade Field Trip

Fourth Grade Eagles spent the day at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. A few of the activities that fourth grade Eagles experienced include: Royals-ography (Identifying the home states of Royals' players); Diamond Detectives (Conduct an investigation of the most exciting collision in baseball: the bat and ball); and Brains and Brawn (Reviewing the muscles of the human body through light physical activity). Eagles always SOAR!

Photos of third grade Eagles SOARING!

Station Rotations in the gym on Monday!

Congratulations to Ms. East

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Congratulations to Ms. East, English Landing First Grade Teacher, for being selected to be one of the 1:1 iPad Pilot Classrooms in Park Hill for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. East submitted an application to be considered for this experience and yesterday we learned that she was selected. Way to go, Ms. East! Eagles always SOAR!

2018-2019 Leave of Absence Notice - Mrs. Davidson

Last week the Park Hill School Board approved a leave of absence for the 2018-2019 school year for Mrs. Davidson, English Landing Art Teacher. Mrs. Davidson is looking forward to spending time with her daughter, Etta, who was born earlier this school year.

Mrs. Riley - Park Hill Support Staff of the Year Finalist

Mrs. Riley was videotaped as a Park Hill Support Staff of the Year finalist. Watch to see how Mrs. Riley SOARS and why English Landing SHINES!


2018 Park Hill Service Banquet

On Thursday, May 3rd the Park Hill School District will salute their all-stars and support their retirees, Spirit Award Winners, Teacher of the Year, Support Employee of the Year and employees celebrating their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

English Landing has the following Honorees:

  • Mrs. Tara DeMint - Third Grade Teacher - Celebrating 10 years of service

  • Ms. Courtney East - First Grade Teacher - Celebrating 5 years of service

  • Mrs. Siv Lindell - ELL Teacher - Celebrating 20 years of service

  • Mrs. Jana Lindsey - Physical Education Teacher - Celebrating 25 years of service

  • Mr. Matthew McGinley - First Grade Teacher - Celebrating 10 years of service

  • Mrs. Janet Riley - Certified Recess - Support Employee of Year Nominee

  • Dr. Kerry Roe - Principal - Spirit Award

  • Mrs. Kitchell Schneider - Media Specialist - Celebrating 10 years of service

  • Mrs. Jennifer Steele - Special Education Teacher - Celebrating 20 years of service

  • Mrs. Terrann Wood - Administrative Assistant to Principal - Celebrating 10 years of service

Summer School Reading Support Explanation

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English Landing students who need extra reading support and will be entering grades 2-3-4-5 for the 2018-2019 school year and attending SUMMER school at English Landing have the opportunity to participate in a 90 minute reading intervention support during SUMMER School (June 3 to July 4, 2018). Additionally, some small groups of Kindergarten and first grade students who need extra reading support will be seen for 10-20 minutes as the SUMMER school schedule allows.

Our SUMMER School reading interventionist will work with English Landing students who ended the 2017-2018 school year receiving a level of Tier 2 or Tier 3 support during PowerBlocks.

What will my child be doing during the reading intervention program? The reading intervention program follows a structured curriculum including shared reading and writing opportunities, guided reading, word study, and fluency and comprehension practice. Class sizes will be kept small with 12-15 students in each intervention block allowing small group and one-on-one instruction to occur daily.

Will my child miss specials/exploratory classes during the summer school day? No, your child will participate in the reading intervention program during his/her grade level’s English Language Arts block. He/She will spend the remainder of the day with his/her assigned summer school classroom.

Can my child participate in the reading intervention program but not attend full day summer school? Yes, but parent transportation to and from school will need to be provided if this is the case. The 90 minute intervention period for each grade level will be determined after summer school building schedules have been created. For attendance tracking, all students must be enrolled in summer school and assigned to a classroom, even if your child plans to attend the reading intervention program only.

We need your help. PLEASE enroll your child today for SUMMER School!

Summer School Enrollment Link:

Please let Mrs. Walker at or Dr. Todtfeld at or Dr. Roe at know if you have any additional questions. Thanks!

SUMMER SCHOOL: June 4 to July 3, 2018

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Career Share April Classroom Visits

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Dear Families,

Parental involvement in your child’s classroom is one of the leading factors in raising self-esteem and academic achievement. This can go beyond attendance at Parent Teacher Conferences and family nights at English Landing. We want to see you at Career Share!

Each of our English Landing families are unique ---with their own talents. Career Share is an opportunity for every child at English Landing to showcase his/her family to his/her classmates. Career Share is an amazing opportunity for you to visit your student’s classroom. Your involvement will not only make their day, but provide another opportunity for you to partner with English Landing and your child’s education.

So far this school year, 169 families have volunteered for Career Share. Our goal is to have EVERY student have a member(s) of his/her family come share in his/her classroom about their job and careers.

It truly means the world to our Eagles. Please take a moment to sign up for a 20 minute time slot in your student’s classroom to share with their classroom.


Thank you!


The Eagles' Events Team

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English Landing Families,

English Landing’s THIRD Quarter Report Cards became available to view online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:00pm. Your first step is to access Infinite Campus at

In order to access your parent portal you will need your specific GUID #. If you don’t have this information please email Mrs. Wood at to receive this number.

Follow the links below for specific directions regarding:

This is the link for instructions to view your student’s report card.

If you need additional assistance please call the English Landing Elementary School office at 816-359-4370.


The English Landing Staff

REPEAT: 2018 MAP TESTING DATES for Grades 3-4-5

English Landing Elementary School will administer the MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) GLA (Grade Level Assessments) in grades 3-4-5 on April 16, 2018 through April 25, 2018.

The English Landing third and fourth grade students will only need to test during the mornings, however, the fourth grade students will need to test on one day in the afternoon and on all other days test only in the mornings.

  • Third Grade Testing Days: April 17, 18, 24, 25
  • Fourth Grade Testing Days: April 16, 18, 19, 23, 25 (On April 25, Fourth Grade will also test in the afternoon.)
  • Fifth Grade Testing Days: April 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24

A special THANK YOU to the English Landing PTA for providing a small snack to our students during MAP testing.


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Tuesday, May 1st*

First Grade 9:00-11: a.m. and Third Grade 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Rain Out Date is the following Tuesday on May 8th)

Wednesday, May 2nd*

Second Grade 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Fourth Grade 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Rain Out is the following Wednesday on May 9th)

Thursday, May 3rd*

Kindergarten 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Rain Out Date is the following Thursday on May 10th)

Wednesday, May 16th

Fifth Grade District Track Meet 9:30-2:00 at Park Hill High School’s Track and Field (Rain Out Date is Thursday, May 17th)

*All field days will be held next door at Lakeview Middle School’s Track and Field except for Fifth Graders

REPEAT: Take Your Child to Work Day: Student Attendance

Dear English Landing Parent(s),

As families begin to make plans for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 26, 2018), I want to make sure you have accurate information regarding how student attendance will be documented on this day.

Up until two years ago, a letter had been sent home with all Park Hill elementary students stating that they would be counted present at school if a signed form and Take Your Child to Work Day reflection activity was returned. As of two years ago this was no longer the case since following this former practice violated the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines regarding student attendance.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education language regarding daily student attendance states: Students must be in attendance in an instructional capacity under the direct supervision of a certificated employee of the district to be counted for attendance purposes.” Therefore, if students are absent, for part or all of the day, on Take Your Child to Work Day (Thursday, April 26th), they will be counted as absent for the time they are not in school.

In Park Hill at the elementary level, we do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. Therefore, when a student is absent, it is simply counted as an absence. At English Landing Elementary School, we do not recognize perfect (100%) attendance. We strive for student attendance to be at or above 95%.

I encourage you to make the decision that best meets the needs of your child/family when determining if your child will participate in Take Your Child to Work Day (April 26, 2018). Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding attendance procedures for Take Your Child to Work Day (April 26, 2018).


Dr. Kerry Roe


REPEAT: PTA Variety Show: May 4th

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REPEAT: Save the Date: Sophie's Run

Sophie's Run will be on Saturday, May 5th at Lake Waukomis. English Landing Fifth Grade Choir will be teaming up with Line Creek's Fifth Grade Choir to sing the National Anthem schedule for 8:55am.
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School Store Hours (Front Lobby)

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Musical NEWS Found on Music Room Facebook Page!

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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 Office Contact Information

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SAVE THE DATE - Early Release Dates

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Celebrating Student Birthdays: (Park Hill Parent/Student Handbook pages 37-38):

We are happy to celebrate student birthdays and half birthdays (if your child has a summer birthday) at English Landing! To protect the health and safety of our students, families may bring pre-packaged treats to school to share with classmates. In order to address any known allergy concerns, a label listing ingredients should be affixed to the package. Due to allergies and other food intolerances, please consult with your classroom teacher before the pre-packaged treats are brought to school. As a healthier alternative, Park Hill Food Service offers a variety of nutritious treats that may be purchased.

At English Landing we need your HELP! Many birthday treats arrive at the beginning of the school day which provides us time to review the class list regarding food allergies or food intolerances, however, many other birthday treats arrive during lunch and often right at the same time the treat needs to be distributed to students. PLEASE plan on arriving earlier for lunch (at least 15 minutes) to give us time to check the pre-packaged treat ingredients with the students in the classroom who have food allergies or food intolerances. Our school nurse, Mrs. Kimbrel, and office staff, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Wood, or Mrs. Melvin, will help with this process so when the lunchroom staff teachers distribute the treat in the cafeteria, additional steps have been taken to ensure we are protecting the health and safety of our eagles.

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English Landing Eagles S-O-A-R! Each Eagle...Every Day!

District Vision

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





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