Mark Your Calendars

October 13: No School - End of Nine Weeks

October 19 & 20: No School - Conference Release Days

Communication is your key to success!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
When: Monday, October 16, Tuesday, October 17, and Wednesday, October 18
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Parents, thank you in advance for making these meetings a priority.

Please note: There will be no school on Thursday, October 19, or Friday, October 20. School will resume on Monday, October 23 at 8:25am.

Shop The Book Fair!

As a reminder, the Scholastic Book Fair will be up on the Stage during this week of Conferences Oct. 16-18, 2017. It will be open Mon.-Wed. from from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Come on out and support the school while having a blast reading!

Shop The Book Fair!

We want to invite everyone out to “Dads ‘N Donuts” on Tuesday, October 11, 2017. This will be out in the main hall from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.. Don’t be bashful, come on out and enjoy this special time.

Red Ribbon Week - October 16-18

Monday, October 16th: “I have the power to put a cap on drugs!” (Wear a hat and wear red)

Tuesday, October 17th: “The past was a blast. Dress as your favorite decade!” (Wear Clothes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s etc.)

Wednesday, October 25th: “Peace out to drugs!” (Wear tie dye and peace signs.)

Fall Parties!

Fall parties will be held on Fri., Oct. 27, at 3:00 p.m.
We will be allowing students to dress up as their favorite Storybook Character for the School inside Parade & Parties to start right at 3:00 p.m.. You may want to be creative and create your own costume! No need to purchase one if you would rather make it! If for any reason there are special times for your class parties, the teachers will so notify you.

We need musical instruments!

We have a great number of fifth graders who are desiring to take Band or Orchestra this year which is a wonderful opportunity. However, some students are in need of instruments. If anyone has an instrument at home that is not being used, it would make a big difference in the life of a student to donate or loan an instrument. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please contact the school 554-2273.

Proud to be an American!

Please encourage your child to wear red, white and blue on this day as we show our PRIDE in being an American. There are many great sites with great ideas commemorating this day and paying tribute to our heroes. Addressing the subject of the Constitution is required by national law. There will be various activities throughout the day in this regard, starting with the morning announcements.

Please Notify the Office ...

If you do not want Haysville USD 261 to disclose directory information from your child’s education records, you must notify the District in writing by September 13, 2017 or within two weeks of enrolling your child. If at any point in the school year, you change your mind about disclosure of information, you must follow the notification procedures listed here.

Please send such notification to: Liz Hames, Communications Director, 1745 W. Grand, Haysville, KS 67060 AND to the principal of your child’s school. If a written notification of refusal to release directory information is not received by the District, USD 261 assumes there is no objection to the release of the directory information as designated.

Please Notify the Office ...

Please remember to call the office when your student will not be in school because of illness or appointments by 8:50 a.m.. Our phone number is 554-2273. Also, please have your child sign in the office if they arrive after 8:25 a.m. In the afternoon, if you have a special message for your child, please notify the office by 3:15 p.m. to assure all messages get delivered before school is let out. We will again be utilizing an attendance recognition program to help keep our attendance up. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly needed and appreciated.

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

Nelson Elementary School has been recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award Winner.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Nelson Elementary School has been recognized by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2016-2017 school year.

Three years ago, Nelson Elementary School began an initiative to transform its campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with a love for learning.

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Nelson Elementary School leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its campus. Teachers and staff have learned processes to connect students with their peers and adults on campus, and to create classrooms where students are excited to enter and learn every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Nelson Elementary School has enjoyed creating a positive and productive learning environment and nearly an 83% reduction in office referrals.

Nelson Capturing Kids' Hearts
Showcasing just a bit of what NELSON has to offer! Welcome...and ENJOY!


Latchkey before school is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). For information to sign up your child for morning latchkey or for drop in care for your kids on days in which school is out.

Call the school if you are interested in becoming a teacher helper, tutor, field trip monitor, etc. The students need YOU!

Literacy First

October Update!

This month, your child’s teacher has finished up testing and diagnosing what skills your child needs to help him/her become fluent in reading. If your child is in grades PreK-1st grade, they have been given the Phonological Awareness Skills Test and the Phonics assessment. Second and third graders have taken the previous assessments plus the Primary/Elementary Spelling Inventory and the fluency assessment from our AimsWeb+ program. Fourth and fifth graders have taken the Elementary Spelling Inventory and the fluency assessment from our AimsWeb+ program. So needless to say, your child has been thoroughly assessed in their reading skills!

Your child’s teacher has settled into a routine with the Literacy centers rotations, whole group components and MIRP (Monitored Independent Reading Practice). They have started teaching small groups during centers at their teacher table. There is a lot going on during reading!

Each month I will post information regarding literacy strategies or skills that might be helpful for you and your child at home. If you have any questions about Literacy First, please call me at 554-2273 or email

On the Calendar


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 488 students

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Blue and White

Mascot: Sharks

Principal: Mike Mitchener


School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM
AM Pre-K
8:25 AM - 11:25 PM
PM Pre-K
12:50 PM - 3:50 PM
Nelson Elementary School

The Mission of the Nelson School Community is to challenge all students with learning opportunities through quality instruction in order to prepare them to be life-long learners and responsible citizens.


Nelson PTA always accepts new members.

Meeting Dates:

PTA meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Volunteer Forms

If you haven't filled out a volunteer form and would like to go on field trips with students, please pick up a volunteer form and fill it out.

Upcoming Events

General PTA Meeting
November 2nd at 6:30 PM
Nelson Media Center



2017-18 Officers

President: Kim Thompson
1st Vice Pres: Kim Mills
2nd Vice Pres: Christine Gutierrez
Secretary: Nadine Smith
Treasurer: Jackie Waters
Mike Mitchener, Principal

Mike Mitchener



In the Office

Jackie Waters


Kim Thompson
Attendance Secretary



Nelson Elementary School
245 N. Delos
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2273
F: (316) 554-2275

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