Gladden Family Newsletter

October Edition

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October Pirate Principle




  • Something one must do because of prior agreement

  • Worthiness as the recipient of another's trust or confidence

  • The quality of being dependable

October Dates to Remember

  • 15th - No School - Staff Workday (New)
  • 27th - Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 28th - No School - Daytime Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 29th - No School for Students and Staff

Grade Level News


  • In kindergarten we have been spending a lot of time building our kindergarten communities. Taking turns and showing kindness to others have been areas of focus. Kindergarten students have been learning that all letters have names and that they make sounds. We have also been studying the weather and the four seasons.

1st Grade

  • The first graders are working hard on learning their addition facts to 10.

    We are learning how to blend sounds into words and how to correctly form letters.

    In writing, we are learning how to correctly write a sentence and all the parts that make a great sentence. Every day we continue to practice our rules and procedures for the classroom, building, and playground.

2nd Grade

  • In second grade we are busy growing our brains learning all about measurement in centimeters and U.S. symbols. We practice our math fact fluency, building up our reading stamina and work on our sentence structure frequently. The first quarter we spend a lot of time building our classroom family so that we can help each other learn all year long!

3rd Grade

  • We have Wayside Waifs coming this month for Character Education. In ELA, we are working on building reading stamina, questioning while we read, and writing summaries of what we've read. In Math, we are working on reviewing mult-idigit addition & subtraction along with multiplication/division strategies. In MO History, we are working on Democracy and in Science, we are wrapping up our unit on weather.

4th Grade

  • So far this year in 4th grade, we have focused on building relationships and practicing expectations to be back in the classroom. In math, we have been working on place value. This includes rounding numbers, comparing numbers, writing numbers in different forms, and adding and subtracting large numbers. We have also been working on multiplication fluency and solving multi-step word problems. In reading and writing, our focus has been poetry. We are exploring what characteristics poems have, as well as what inspires writers to write poems. In Social Studies, we are exploring the different regions of the United States, and in Science we have focused on earth processes that shape our planet. We are off to a great start, and are looking forward to continuing to learn and grow!

Mrs. Vaughan's Classroom

  • We are focusing on social skills, taking turns, asking to play and learning about apples and leaves.

Library News

  • Read alouds for kindergarten are focused around the Missouri Building Block award nominees. Students will vote for their favorite after listening to all 10 titles. First through fourth grade read alouds are focused around the Show Me Award nominees. These students will also vote for their favorite title after listening to all 10 stories.

    Here are some tips for you to help your students grow to become lifelong readers:

    • Read Bedtime stories
    • Model reading in the home
    • Ask your students what they are reading
    • Ask them what kinds of books they like
    • Visit your local Cass County Library
    • Encourage them to reduce screen time and pick up a book
    • If reading is important to you then it will be important to them

Parent Teacher Conferences

Gladden will hold Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday, October 27th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and Thursday, October 28th, from 8:00am to 7:00pm. We will be offering families the opportunity to meet with teachers either by ZOOM for a virtual conference, or in-person at the school. Forms will be going home this week for you to indicate your preference of day and time. Conferences will be held for 15 minutes or less to maintain social distancing practices and to ensure the teacher is prepared for their next conference.

Gladden Facebook Page

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Transportation Change Information

  • Anytime that you change your child's transportation, we must receive this documentation in writing. You may send in a handwritten note to your child's teacher, or you may email. If you choose to email, please also include the front office at

  • We will not accept transportation changes by phone.

  • Per the student handbook, transportation changes must be made by 2:00pm for all K-4 schools. Changes made after 2:00pm may not be received and could prolong our after school dismissal processes.

  • We ask that all families make every effort to submit changes prior to 2:00pm to ensure that we have received the information.

Morning Family Time

Every morning from 8:45am-9:15am, students and staff have morning Family Time activities to start their school day. This is time for students and staff to work on building community within their classrooms and provide time for academic enrichment and support. So that students are not late for family time, it is important that all students be in their classrooms by 8:30am which is our school start time. Being in the classroom by 8:30am ensures that breakfast can be eaten prior to Family Time beginning.

School hours: 8:30am-3:31pm

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Pirate Primary Care Clinic

Pirate Families,

Research finds school-based health centers increase student attendance and graduation rates. School-based health centers help students access health care so they are well and can succeed in school. It is far easier for a student to gain access to health care when it is located in a school district and in an environment where teachers and staff encourage students to visit the center. Chronic childhood illnesses can lead a student to struggle in school and eventually drop out, which in turn can lead to other risky health behaviors and poor health outcomes. The Belton School District welcomes Southland Primary Care to help close health-care gaps for the well-being of students and to create equity in quality health care services.

Services available include:

  • Routine physical exams, including sports physicals
  • Diagnosis and treatment of illness and minor injuries
  • Adolescent health
  • Vision, dental, and blood pressure screenings
  • Routine lab tests
  • Immunizations
  • Health and nutrition education, counseling, and wellness promotion
  • Medical and mental health management of chronic conditions such as asthma, etc.
  • Prescription medication when necessary for the treatment of illnesses or conditions

The clinic opens this Monday, August 30, 2021, at 409 Colbern (the former BOSCO building). Appointments can be made by calling 816-489-7600.

A complete FAQ and details about the clinic are available on the district website:

Familias Piratas,

Investigaciones encuentran que los centros de salud en las escuelas aumentan la asistencia de los estudiantes y las tasas de graduación. Los centros de salud en las escuelas ayudan a los estudiantes a acceder a la atención médica para que estén bien y puedan tener éxito en la escuela. Es mucho más fácil para un estudiante obtener acceso a la atención médica cuando está ubicado en un distrito escolar y en un entorno donde los maestros y el personal alientan a los estudiantes a visitar el centro. Las enfermedades crónicas de la niñez pueden llevar a un estudiante a tener dificultades en la escuela y eventualmente a abandonar la escuela, lo que a su vez puede llevar a otros comportamientos de salud de riesgo y malos resultados de salud. El Distrito Escolar de Belton da la bienvenida a Southland Primary Care para ayudar a cerrar las brechas de atención médica para el bienestar de los estudiantes y crear equidad en los servicios de atención médica de calidad.

Los servicios disponibles incluyen:

  • Exámenes físicos de rutina, incluidos exámenes físicos para deportes
  • Diagnóstico y tratamiento de enfermedades y lesiones menores
  • Salud de los adolescentes
  • Exámenes de la vista, dental y de la presión arterial
  • Pruebas rutinarios de laboratorio
  • Inmunizaciones
  • Educación sobre salud y nutrición, asesoramiento y promoción del bienestar
  • Manejo de la salud mental y médica de enfermedades crónicas como asma, etc.
  • Medicamentos recetados cuando sea necesario para el tratamiento de enfermedades o afecciones

La clínica abre este lunes 30 de agosto de 2021 en 409 Colbern (antiguo edificio BOSCO). Las citas se pueden hacer llamando al 816-489-7600.

Las preguntas frecuentes completas y los detalles sobre la clínica están disponibles en el sitio web del distrito:

Important Phone Numbers

Gladden Office: (816) 489-7530

Gladden Fax: (816) 489-7535

  • Secretary - Holly Elliott
  • Office Para - Amber Branson
  • Counselor - Amber Webel
  • Principal - Dr. Deanna Feeback

Gladden Health Room: (816) 489-7531

  • Nurse - Teresa Knoll

Gladden Cafeteria: (816) 489-7532

  • Kitchen Manager - Stacy Willems

Gladden SAC (before and after school care): 816-489-7533

  • Site Director: Lacy Culbertson
  • District Children Services Coordinator: Luke Swartwood - (816) 489-7300
  • Secretary & Billing: Christi Kurtz - (816) 489-7300

DS Bus Lines: 816-331-3200