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    Northern Hills Elementary - May 2018


    Courtney Hickman, Principal, chickman@usd345.com


    8:30 a.m. - Breakfast starts and students may enter building 

    8:50 a.m. Class starts

    4:00 p.m. School dismissed

    Students achieve best when they attend school on a regular basis and are at school on time daily.

    Message from the Principal . . .


    It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to all the parents and families of students at Northern Hills Elementary. I wanted to let you know personally about my decision to leave NH at the end of this school year to work with the Olathe School District. This decision is bittersweet, I am sad to be leaving and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

    I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support, and for entrusting me with your children for the past five years. I am honored and feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Seaman Community. I have so many wonderful memories of my time at Rochester and Northern Hills and I am sad to say goodbye. Although it’s hard to say goodbye to the parents and adults, the hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to the children. I have grown so attached to them over the years. I have loved watching them grow up into amazing young people.


    Courtney Hickman, Principal 

    Important Dates



    May Dates:

    Tuesday, May 1st - 6th Grade Track Meet at SHS 

    Wednesday, May 2nd - 5th Grade Track Meet at SHS 

    Thursday, May 3rd - Rain Date for Track Meets

    Friday, May 4th - 6th grade visit to SMS (during school hours) 

    Monday, May 7th - May 11th - Staff Appreciation Week 

    Tuesday, May 8th - 5th & 6th Graders to Camp Bowser 

    Thursday, May 10th - DIBELS Benchmarking 

    Friday, May 11th - DIBELS Benchmarking 

    Monday, May 14th - Board Meeting 6:00 pm 

    Thursday, May 17th - Field Day for Grades Kindergarten - Fourth Grade at 1:00 at SMS track 

    Wednesday, May 23rd - 6th grade promotion at 10:00 am 

    Thursday, May 24th - Early Release Day - Dismissal at 12:15 


     Are you moving over the summer? 


    If you are moving over the summer please contact the Jessica Nixon, Northern Hills secretary. (jnixon@usd345.com) This will help us create balanced class lists for next year. We also want your child to have a great start to their new building and will send their records over the summer. If you are moving but staying in the Northern Hills boundaries you will still need to supply proof of residency. 


    SummerCamps https://www.seamanschools.org/summercamps


    2018-19 Transfer Requests

    If you reside outside the Northern Hills attendance area, you are required to submit an in-district or out-of-district transfer request to attend our school. This is required EVERY year, even if your child is a current Northern Hills student. These requests may be completed beginning in April, so now is the perfect time to submit your to our central office. (Click HERE to download a form) Please keep in mind that the following factors are weighed when approving and denying requests:

    • Class Size
    • Student Behavior
    • Fees Owed


    Boys and Girls Club End of Year Information


    We just wanted to give you an update about the end of the school year. WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD WILL BE OUR LAST DAY OF EVENING PROGRAMMING. There is still a half day of school the following day, Thursday, May 24, but we will NOT be accepting members that AFTERNOON, we will take members in the morning and get them off to their last day of school. We hope this three week notice will help you make alternative arrangements.  ALL BGC TOPEKA LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 5/25/18 THROUGH 6/1/18.  Staff will be in training that next week preparing for Summer Camp which starts on June 4th.  If you haven’t enrolled your child for summer, please do so as soon as possible because we only have a few spots left.


    Update Contact Info

    The beginning of the year is a great time to update your contact info! If you have moved or changed phone numbers, please call the school office with your new contact information. It's very important for us to be able to reach you. Thanks for your help! 

     Staying Connected

    We are excited to offer two new ways to stay connected with the school throughout the year. We recently rolled out new Facebook and Twitter accounts which will be be updated frequently to highlight all of the important things we are doing at Northern Hills. Give us a like!

    Facebook: NorthernHillsUSD345 

     Things to remember . . .

    • If your child is going to be absent or tardy please contact the school office at 785-286-2992. 
    • Our building opens at 8:30. Please do not drop students off prior to 8:30. 
    • The Tardy bell is at 8:50. If your child arrives after 8:50 you need to sign them in at the office. 
    • Call or email the office if you change your address, email, or phone number. 
    • During dismissal we ask that parents follow our car rider procedures. Please do not get out of your car or park and walk up to the building. We will call all car riders before we call for parents that are walking up to our front doors. This is for the safety of students and parents. We ask that all parents pull up to the front of the building and load in the front. Please pull forward and help us load mutliple cars at one time. We will move as quickly as possible to get cars off Topeka Blvd. 
    • Boys and Girls Club is at our school before and after school this year. We ask that parents wait until after 4:20 to pick up students from Boys and Girls Club. This gives us the chance to finish our car rider line and Boys and Girls Club the chance to check-in all students. Parents picking up students from Boys and Girls Club need to park and walk up to the Boys and Girls Club entrance. 


    Important Information Regarding Volunteers

    In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, the District will run a back-ground check on all school volunteers. Please click on the link below if you plan on volunteering at Northern Hills or going on any field trips this year. It is a simple form and a simple process. The form will be kept confidential and on file, so you will only need to complete it once this year.

    While everyone’s safety is number one, we also do not want to discourage the number of volunteers that Northern Hills normally has. We greatly value our Room Parents and classroom volunteers.

    Click here

    Lunch Times

    Kindergarten – 11:40

    First Grade – 12:00 

    Second Grade – 11:50

    Third Grade – 11:55 

    Fourth Grade – 12:20

    Fifth Grade – 12:10

    Sixth Grade – 12:30

     Please remember if you want to eat a school lunch, you must notify the office by 9:15, before our lunch count is called in.  You also need to have exact change (guest cost is $3.85) or pay with a check.

    Do you know your student’s meal account balance? Have you signed up for the free email low balance notification? Meal accounts are debit accounts. Positive meal balances are required. Automatic recurring deposits are accepted online anytime.

    Sign up for low balance email notifications and make online payments www.myschoolbucks.com (you will need your student ID number) Thank you for supporting healthy school meals!

    Elementary Lunch: $2.60
    Secondary Lunch: $2.85
    Adult Lunch: $3.85
    Student Breakfast: $1.80
    Adult Breakfast: $2.30
    Reduced Lunch: $0.40
    Reduced Breakfast: $0.30
    Extra Milk: $0.50

    All meal related questions may be handled via Kaye Kabus, Director of Food Services at 575-8650. 

     Box Tops

    Box Tops

    Please continue to send in your Box Tops for Education. We will submit Box Top labels to earn money for our school. Please trim your box tops before sending them to school. 

    This is such an easy way to raise money for your school. Just clip, put in a ziploc bag, and send to school with your kiddo.


    Pull Tabs

    pop tabs

    Save your pull tabs throughout the school year. We will be donating these to the Ronald McDonald House. You can donate pop tabs and tabs on soup cans. Please save these throughout the year and send to school with your child. We will be having a contest by classroom. 







    Consider Getting Involved in PTO this year. 

    2017-2018 PTO Meetings

     May 8th - This will be our last meeting this year. Please come learn more about PTO, how you can get invovled in the school, and share new ideas for next year. 

    PTO Board Members

    President: Amber Monhollon

    Vice-President: Lindsey Webb

    Treasurer: Katy Price

    Secretary: Caitie Rucker

    Volunteer Coordinator: Julia Burghart

    Asst Volunteer Coordinator: Shelly Pittman

    Ways & Means: Cynthia Darting, Kim Hafenstine, Erin Jackson, and Candi Haeffner

    Teacher Rep: Nicole Gilkison

    Seaman Parents as Teachers

    Do you have a child under the age of three? Or are you expecting a baby? Parents as Teachers is a FREE early learning program for families in Seaman. You are your child's first and most important teacher, let us support you in that role through: free home visits, developmental screenings and playgroups.  Call Jen for more information: 785-221-6416 or email babyvikes@gmail.com

     Useful Links

    Lunch Menus

    Become a Substitute Teacher or Para Educator

    Are you interested in a job where you can choose the days and places you work during the hours your child is in school? Then being a teacher substitute is the job for YOU! If you have a minimum of 60 college credit hours, then you can apply for an emergency substitute license and fill in for a teacher who is absent. You can choose the days you work and even the school and grade levels in which you would like to sub. Please call Kathy Johnson (785-575-8600) at the Seaman Education Center for more information on how to apply for the emergency substitute license and for district substitute training sessions. If you do not want to be a teacher substitute, then being a substitute paraeducator is an option for you. Email Kathy Johnson for these job possibilities, as well.

    Bus Drivers Needed

    Become a bus driver for Seaman Schools. We offer competitive pay and no experience required. Part-time, competitive pay and training provided. Call the Seaman Transportation Department at 785-286-8440 to join a staff of outstanding and award winning drivers and make a difference in the lives of Shawnee County Children.

    Food Service Substitutes Needed

    Looking for an opportunity to get out and make some extra money? General hours are between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, depending on the school. Call the Seaman Food Service Department at 785-575-8650.

    Students with Special Dietary Needs

    Students may have special dietary needs due to a medical disability, food allergy or intolerance to food. If the student is participating in the Federal Child Nutrition Program by eating school meals, there are regulations

    The Federal Child Nutrition Program regulations:

    • Require substitutions to the standard meal requirements for participants who are considered disabled and whose disability restricts their diets and:
    • Permit substitutions for other participants who are not disabled but who are unable to consume regular program meals because of medical or other dietary needs.
    • Notify the school of students with special dietary needs due to disabilities.
    • Notify food service staff or school nurse of student disability requiring special dietary considerations.
    • Provide written medical documentation, and instructions from health care provider on the required forms
    • (www.usd345.com, Food Service Department, Forms).
    • Collaborate with Director of Food Service and school nurse to develop a plan that accommodates the student’s needs throughout the school including classroom, in the lunchroom, in after-school programs, during school sponsored activities, and on the school bus.
    • Provide emergency contact information.

    Free Preschool Screenings

    Have you ever had a concern about the way your child is walking, talking, or playing?  Maybe you have wondered about your child’s development. If so, please be informed that the Seaman School District Special Services Department offers free monthly screenings for children ages 3-5.  Areas to be screened are speech/language, motor, cognition, vision, hearing, and social/behavioral skills.  If you would like to have your child screened please call 575-8670.