Briarwood News

January 7, 2019

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Keys of Excellence

COMMITMENT – Make your dreams happen
Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering.

Commitment is the breathtaking moment of making a compelling decision, jumping in, and going forward with gusto. Once a commitment is made, indecision is eliminated—there is no more “Should I or shouldn’t I?” … “Will I or won’t I?” A commitment is not made lightly—it’s about making a decision so strong that there is no going back … like a skydiver who has jumped from the plane!

The decisive act of making a commitment—when we decide to do “whatever it takes” to reach a goal—sets in motion an energy field that propels us forward on our path. At each step along the way, our commitment inspires us to take positive action and overcome obstacles, and pushes us on until we “make it happen.”

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Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who represented their class in the Briarwood Spelling Bee: Molly Pruett, AJ Ramirez, Kylynn Herrman, Joey Barth, Lily Baldwin, Tiffany Mwangi, Zoey Berger, Asher Reck, Prashanti Basnet, Makiah Wilson, Caitlyn Dietz, Tiana Kinsella, Grace Mabie, Jordan Mull, Alaina Gray, Caleb Robles, Sophia Chai, Nathan Branson, Cooper Pruett, Bradley Moore, Dayne Kauffmann, Ryder Burgard, Katherine Fears, and Julian Kinnie. Our winner, Ryder, will represent Briarwood in the District Spelling Bee at Frontier Trail in February! Our runner-up was Katherine Fears. Way to go!

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Library News

Battle of the Books

4th and 5th grade students have been working hard to prepare for the Battle of the Books competition. Teams have been meeting with their leaders, discussing books that have been read, and having a lot of fun. Battles will begin in the spring.

Library Tizmos

Please check out our Library Tizmos site for many fun resources for your child. There are resources such as Tumblebooks and Storyonline that have books that your child can read or have read to them. There are databases such as Worldbook Online and PebbleGo where kids can research safely and coding sites, as well. The link is: . You can also access this site through the Briarwood School website.

Olathe Public Library

Check out the Olathe Public Library website for many fun activities for your child The newest activity is “Read to a Dog” Wednesdays (every other Wednesday) at the Indian Creek library. The attached flyer will give you more information if you are interested.

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Nurse's Notes

Nurses Notes

Spares That We Share- A supply of pants and shirts is kept in the Health Room for students who occasionally need a change of clothing. Donations of used athletic type pants in sizes 4-16 for both boys and girls are appreciated. If our spares are borrowed, please be sure to return them the next day as we will wash them and have them available if needed again.

Influenza-There were a few confirmed cases of Influenza in Johnson County starting in December and it is likely we will see more in January and February. Commonly called the “flu”, symptoms are a sore throat, cough, body aches and a high fever and can last up to 2 weeks. If your student develops these symptoms, they should see a doctor right away.

What's Going Around- We have had several cases of respiratory illness and nausea and vomiting. Please ensure that your students are remaining home until they are free from fever and/or vomiting for 24 hours without the use of medication. Also please be aware that hand sanitizer is not effective against many diarrheal diseases. Please encourage good hand washing habits at home.

Ashly Watts, BSN RN


CSI Club

CSI: Science Fair session begins January 15-March 5. (Tuesdays)

After school, pick up is 4:45 pm.

Important Dates

January 10 Math Wings 3:40-4:30

12 KC Chiefs VS. Indianapolis Colts 3:35

15 STUCO 3:40-4:10

16 5th grade Enrollment Meeting @FT 6:30

18 Olathe School District Major Saver Kickoff

21 No school

22 Regional Math Wings @BW 4:00

28 Chipotle Dining Out

29 Dad's & Daughter's Dance @6:30

District Math Wings @ON 4:15

Spirit Day "Dress Like a Pioneer"

February 1 No school

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