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I am so excited about the amazing turnout for our I Have a Dream Parade. It is a beautiful thing to see families celebrating all of the dreams and aspirations each of our Sparks have for their futures. Thank you for allowing us to support you and your child in achieving their dreams. With the message Dr. King gave as our inspiration for this event, I wanted to provide you with some ways you can teach your children Dr. King’s dream and about the meaning of MLK Jr. Day and why it is such an important day to celebrate and recognize- not just a day off from school.

For Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade- Focus on Fairness

Little kids may not be ready for all the details of civil rights, but they can understand the core message: Every person should be treated the same and with kindness.

Here are some of my favorite books that share Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream:

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

For 2-4th Grade- Read All About It

Books of every reading level are excellent ways for kids to learn about King’s life and his dream of equality. Find books at the local library or books read aloud on Youtube to watch with your children and discuss.

Some recommendations are:

My Little Golden Book About Martin Luther King Jr. by Bonnie Bader, illustrated by Sue Cornelison

My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold

I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

Most importantly, be there to answer any questions your child may have about Dr. King and ways that they can be kind to others and to treat them, as Dr. King dreamed, based on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

Wishing you all love and kindness,

Mrs. Ybarra

  • If you need to pick up your student early, 2:15 pm is the cut-out time NO EXCEPTIONS- Please plan accordingly.
  • The front office CLOSES EVERY DAY from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm in order to prepare for dismissal.
  • Birthdays are celebrated on Fridays ONLY, make sure you drop off the treats BEFORE 9:30 am (store-bought cupcakes, chips, juices, and goodie bags are accepted)
  • Fridays are special meal delivery days, please make sure you deliver your student's meals 30min BEFORE their scheduled lunch times.
  • We DO NOT accept deliveries after 9:30 am, this includes, snacks for the class, lunch bags...
  • Physical IDs are REQUIRED to pick up students from the front office before dismissal time.
  • If you need to add an emergency contact for your student, please come to the front office to fill out the form.
  • ClassDojo is our main communication channel, if you are still not connected to ClassDojo, come by the office so we can help you.
  • Make sure you download the skyward account to keep track of your student's absences, request an absence, and check progress reports and report cards. If you need help setting up your skyward account, please come by the office.

Dear Sparks Families,

Friendly Reminders

  • Please submit any updated immunization records or health care plans.
  • Please ensure your child brings a water bottle to school every day to stay hydrated.
  • Please send a spare change of clothes with your child to use in case there is an accident/spill.
  • If your child needs any medication during school hours, please reach out to the school nurse for further information.
  • Please ensure your child does not have a fever 24 hours prior to coming to school. The student should be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at the number listed below. Thank you!


Nida Ahmad, RN

School Nurse

(713) 924-5513



NCE’s February Frenzy ADA Challenge

We are excited to announce a friendly attendance competition for the month of February! Homeroom classes will be competing against each other to see who has the best attendance at North Central Elementary!

The February 2023 Edition will occur over the following dates:

  • First Round: February 1st – 7th
  • Sweet Sixteen (second round): February 8th – 14th
  • Semifinals: February 15th – 21st
  • Finals: February 22nd – 28th

How does this work?

  • The chart below shows the name of the homeroom classes that will be competing against each other during the first round.
  • On February 7th, we will announce which of the homeroom classes going against each other had the best attendance and who will be moving on to the next round.
  • We will continue this process during the month until we reach a runner-up and winner!
  • We will announce who moves to the next round every Tuesday during the month of February.


  • Jan 23: Wear red as we celebrate the lunar new year.
  • Jan 26: On this day wear your favorite Buc-ee's shirt, bow, or sweater...
  • Feb 01: Wear yellow, green, red, and/or black to celebrate the beginning of Black History Month
  • Feb 03: This is an early dismissal day. Dismissal will start right at 12:00 pm. ASPIRE will be working as usual.
  • Feb 03: On this day we will host our second Staff Vs. Staff from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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