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February 8, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week 2018
DESE is excited to support Teacher Appreciation Week as a way to celebrate educators throughout the state of Missouri. This year, from May 7-11, we invite school administrators and local parent organizations to partner in an effort to thank your district’s teachers for their hard work. We encourage you to incorporate #ThankaMOTeacher to show appreciation towards all of Missouri’s nearly 70,000 teachers during the weeklong festivities!

Black History Month
February is observed as Black History Month in America. Visit our website to learn more about the opportunities to talk and teach about black history in your school.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is happening across the state. State law requires that your child be five years old before the first day of August of this year for your child to be eligible to start school in the fall. Read more about the law by checking out our website or by contacting your local school district.  

Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill
The National Weather Service has announced that Missouri’s statewide tornado drill will be Tuesday, March 6th at 10 a.m. The backup date (in case of real severe weather on the 6th) will be Thursday, March 8th at 10 a.m.  This is part of the annual Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 4 - 10, 2018.

The Missouri StormAware website has videos that demonstrate where to shelter in specific types of structures, including an example of a tornado drill being conducted in a school.

10th Annual Language and Literacy Conference 
The 10th Annual Language and Literary Conference, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Truman University in Kirksville, Mo.  This conference will help general and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, reading specialists, and all other professionals interested in improving children’s reading and writing achievement create literacy rich environments that address the unique needs of learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Conference registration deadline is April 13.

National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
Attention 5th graders!  Consider participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest by creating a poster that demonstrates the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home.” You, your parents/guardians, and teacher could win a trip to Washington, D.C.  Posters must be submitted to Connie Berhorst, Juvenile Justice Program Manager MO-DPS, 1101 North Riverside Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101, by Feb. 15, 2018.


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