The Nashua News

April 2016

Nashua Elementary

Home of the STARS!

School Hours:

8:30 am-3:40 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

8:30 am-3:05 pm Thursday

Attendance Line: (816) 413-5162

Principally Speaking

It seems cliche to say that this school year has absolutely flown by. However, it is now April and we only have 2 months left of the 2015/2016 school year. Even though only a short time is left, we have multiple opportunities for involvement and participation coming up in April and May.

Beginning Monday, April 11, all students in grades 3-5 will begin taking the MAP assessment. Testing and make-up days run from April 11th-May 6th. Please make sure your child is on time to school those days, has plenty of rest at night, and eats a healthy breakfast. All of our students and teachers have worked diligently this year to prepare for this test. We want our students to "show what they know" on those days. Please encourage you child to do their very best.

Our 1st graders and Kindergartners will be having their annual music programs in April as well. The 1st grade performance will be on April 14th at 6:30 pm at New Mark Middle School. The Kindergarten performance will be on April 21st at 6:30 pm at New Mark Middle School. We ask all guests to wait in the New Mark Lobby until 6:25 pm so students can finalize their performance with minimal distractions.

Learning does not end just because we finish our state tests. We will continue to involve your child in deep, rich learning experiences that will set the foundation for success.. I hope to see you at some of our activities. As always, it is a privilege to serve as the principal at Nashua Elementary!

Upcoming Events


April 1

7:45 am 4th/5th Choir performance in gym

Spirit Day

April 5

Author Lynne Jonnell visits Nashua

Blue Day! Wear your Royals gearApril 8

MAP Kick off Assembly

April 11

MAP Testing begins

April 13

5th grade to Nelson Atkins Museum

April 14

6:30 pm 1st grade Music program at New Mark

April 15

2nd grade to KU Natural History Museum

April 19

6:00 pm PTA meeting in Library

April 21


6:30 pm Kindergarten Music program at New Mark

April 28

NO SCHOOL-Take Your Child to Work Day

April 29

2nd grade to Sea Life Aquarium

April 21 is the last Early Release Day for the 2015-16 School Year

2016-17 Grade Levels

Here are the number of classrooms we will have in each grade level for the 2016-17 school year. Teacher placements have not been finalized at this time.

Kindergarten-3 classrooms

1st grade-3 classrooms

2nd grade-3 classrooms

3rd grade-3 classrooms

4th grade-3 classrooms

5th grade-3 classrooms

2016-17 Class placement

Class placement is a team decision here at Nashua with many factors taken into consideration. If you feel your child has specific needs to be considered, please contact the office for a form. All forms must be returned to the office by Tuesday, April 19th. We will not honor specific teacher requests.

XLT Enrollment

All summer school enrollment forms must be turned into the office by April 15th. We will not be taking enrollment forms after this date. As in years past, we do have a large enrollment for XLT. To ensure your spot this summer, please turn your forms in early as classes are formed on a first come first serve basis.

News for PTA

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped out at the Spring Book Fair. Your time was greatly appreciated. Also, thank you to Casey's for donating 4 dozen donuts and Gladstone Starbucks for donating coffee for our GRAND Event. Through the All for Books collection we were able to give each teacher 2 new books for their classrooms, and the book fair sales are allowing our school library to grow. Thank you!

Melissa Dieker, Book Fair Chair

Upcoming Staff Appreciation Dates
4/6 = Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
4/12 = National Library Workers Day
4/27 = Administrative Professionals Day
5/2 - 5/6 = Staff Appreciation Week
5/4 = Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
5/6 = National School Nurse Day

With the upcoming staff appreciation dates, please email if you would like a completed survey of staff favorites (i.e., color, snack, restaurant, etc.). Please list the staff members that you’re requesting, your student’s name and their teacher’s name (which is how info will be sent home).

Heidi Hiebert, Staff Appreciation

Friday, May 6th, is Nashua's annual Family Fun Night. Each classroom will host an activity and compete for the FFN Kids' Favorite Trophy! This makes the activities free for the students - play all you want, no tickets!

We have Room Reps identified for 15 of our 16 classrooms! Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered. We still need a Room Rep for Ms. Douglas' class.

We are also looking for middle and high school students to run the activities that night. We "pay" in service hours!

Visit and click on Family Fun Night to see everything we have planned so far. You can also sign up to be a room rep or student volunteer by selecting a signup from the class activities list on the page.

Stacey Croley, Family Fun Night