I Believe in Nashville Reading Challenge

Our latest independent reading challenge has launched!

I Believe in Nashville is available to students through the Beanstack app in the Clever Portal or at http://mnpssylvanparkes.beanstack.org/. Students are challenged to read for 20 minutes a day and log that reading in the Beanstack app or at As they increase their reading minutes, they will unlock iconic Nashville-themed virtual badgesFor more details on how to log in and log minutes, see this video. Use your 190# and PIN (MMDD of birthday) to log in!

3 More Home Room Parents Needed

We need three more volunteers to sign on as Home Room Parents! If you have a child in Ms. Banik, Ms. Eubanks, or Ms. Hester’s class, consider signing up for this volunteer opportunity by emailing Natalie Goldsby.

About Home Room Parents: A parent(s) serves as a liaison between teachers, parents, and the PTO board. This role typically involves organizing classroom parties (around 3-4 per year,) as well as creating an email group for your classroom parents in order to forward important information that needs distribution.

This year, our HRPs’ responsibilities might look a little different. HRPs will serve to create a much needed sense of community between classroom families during this time when we all need it. As specific parent or teacher needs arise, the HRP will be able to facilitate communication so we may all find the answers and help we need.

Please email Natalie Goldsby, Head Home Room Parent, at ntgoldsby@gmail.com if interested.

Habitat Yoga Classes

At-Home Yoga & Craft Kits – Since students will be at home and parents might need extended working hours, Habitat Yoga created 2 different series to keep kids occupied, having fun, and learning — 1) Yoga + My 5 Senses for PreK-3rd Grade and 2) Yoga + the Galaxy for Kind-4th Grade.

Each series comes with 5 recorded yoga classes that each student can do at home (via Youtube) and 5 craft projects with a video of a teacher leading them through the instructions. The craft kit includes everything the student will need for all of these activities (except for a few basics, like scissors and coloring utensils). All of these yoga + craft classes can be done on their own time and at their own pace, whenever families need a more structured entertaining activity!
These kits are priced at $150 per student, which includes all supplies and 10 activities (45 mins each)
http://www.habitatyoga.com/athome-yoga-craft-kits

Food Options for Families

Option #1 – Meals 

Currently Nutrition Services is serving breakfast and lunch at ALL schools and at bus stops. For information on CEP and non-CEP schools go here. Additional information including bus route information can be found here

Option #2 – Food boxes 

Families can pick-up food boxes from sites found in the Meals tab at this link.  (middle of the page)

Option #3 – Text Feeds to 797979 for other food distribution sites in Nashville

Sign Vandalism–PTO Needs Your Help!

Our school sign has been vandalized multiple times over the past few months. Ms. Goetz has asked for our help so that she can continue to put messages to our community on the sign. PTO received several quotes for locking Vandal Covers but they are cost-prohibitive at this time. If anyone in our community has connections to a commercial sign company or experience with security camera options and installation, please contact the PTO at PTO.spark@gmail.com

Instructional Materials Pick-up

Curbside pick-up of instructional materials is today, Tuesday (8/18). These resources are critical to your child’s curriculum. K-4 will be receiving workbooks that go along with the virtual curriculum, a stack of paper math manipulatives, AND the first weeks of school forms to be completed. K-2 will also receive books that supplement their learning sessions. Please be sure to come by Sylvan Park Tuesday to get your materials. 

To help control the flow, K-2 will pick up in the back parking lot and 3rd-4th grades will pick up at the front of the school. Last names A-M will come from 3-4pm. Last names N-Z will come between 4-5pm. We look forward to seeing you!

TennCare Kids Encourages Students to Get Their Physical Checkups!

Did you know that TennCare Kids and CoverKids physical checkups are FREE? These checkups keep children healthy and can prevent illness or disability.  For these reasons, they are very important!

Children should visit their dentist every 6 months. If your child is enrolled in TennCare Kids or CoverKids, dental checkups are also free.

Visit tenncareconnect.tn.gov to apply online or call 1-855-259-0701 to apply by phone.

MNPS Student-Parent Online 2020-2021 Handbook–Forms Due Sept. 4th

IMPORTANT: The permissions from parents/guardians that are included with the handbook will now be collected online, making it easier for families and schools to indicate and track. The due date is September 4, 2020. With school starting virtually and devices and hotspots provided by the district, all families should have the resources to submit their permissions online.

Access the MNPS Student-Parent Online 2020-2021 Handbook here: https://www.mnps.org/handbook

Telehealth Visits are Available for Students

Telehealth is available for our students!  Well Child is the district-approved vendor who normally offers well exams every year in schools.  Due to COVID-19, they have recently expanded their services to include in-home virtual visits.  Additionally, Well Child is now able to send electronic prescriptions when needed for treatment of minor and acute illnesses.  Well Child Telehealth may be used for:

  • Annual well exams
  • Minor/acute illness or medical care.

See the flyers below for more information.

Download the Well Child Telehealth Flyer.

Download the Well Child Telehealth Fact Sheet.