Winter Break

DEC 20 - JAN 3

Come shopping at the Nelson Holiday Shop!

When: November 29 - December 1 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM

Come on out and support the school and the many student activities here at Nelson while taking care of some of your shopping needs at the same time.

Food Drive!

Parents, please encourage your child to participate in the annual food drive to help fill the food cupboards in Haysville. The Holiday food drive will run from now through Friday, December 15. Our goal is 1,200 food items. If our goal is met, Mr. Mitchener will appear as one of Santa’s helpers. So send in food items (non-perishable-cans and boxes) and these will be kept in the classroom until it is announced over the intercom to have them tabulated for the week. There will be a special pizza party away from school for the class that brings the most items in. However, to qualify for the top class a minimum of over 100 items must be met. Let’s make our goal and know that we are helping others in our community.

Bring Your Family to Movie Night at Nelson Elementary!

Movie: "TBA"
When: Friday, December 15
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM, Movie starts at 6:30 PM
Where: Nelson Elementary Gym

Do you need a buddy?

New Buddy Benches At Nelson

Jake Edwardson, 5th grader, is showing off one of the new Buddy Benches that CHS students designed and built for our school last spring. Jake initiated the idea that having buddy benches on our school playground would be great for kids to use when they were in need of someone to play with at recess. Nelson staff and students held a spirit week & photo booth fundraiser last spring to raise the money for the benches. Awesome job Jake!

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.

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

December Update!

Did you know that student’s must learn approx. 3,000 new words per year in order to acquire the vocabulary knowledge needed in high school?

  • Three hundred to five hundred of those must be taught explicitly.
  • Some of the best ways to ensure your child is learning new words is to have conversations with them every chance you get. Talk to them while you are making dinner, driving them to swimming lessons, waiting for the dentist or doctor to come in. Make every opportunity count–they are only young once!
  • Sometimes it is difficult for children to learn new words. To help make cognitive connections, try having your child illustrate the word they are learning or create a game out of it.

Showing in interest and engaging in your child’s reading will help cement those comprehension skills and instill a love for reading.

If you have any questions about Literacy First please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, myself or check out the official website: www.literacyfirst.com.


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

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Friday, December 15 from 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Nelson Main Hall

Nelson PTA is offering a very special opportunity for your child to have a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The cost is only $1 and anyone is invited to take advantage of this.

Family Movie Night - Friday, December 15 @ 6:30 PM



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


email: mmitch@usd261.com

In the Office

Jackie Waters

email: jwaters@usd261.com

Kim Thompson
Attendance Secretary

email: kthompso@usd261.com


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

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