PSMS Parent Newsletter

Week of May 4th!


• Registration Opened on April 15 and links through the PSMS webpage. This is the fee portion of the process. In Registration, you will:

– Confirm registration and enrollment

– Be aware that staffing numbers/hiring is determined by number of students paid, not enrolled. Currently students have enrolled only.

– If you are a returning student, note that Blue Valley does not include in their student count until at least partial payment of fees

– May 30 - Fees will be due to Confirm Registration and Enrollment

• Back to School information will be out after May 30

7th Grade Zoo Field Trip

7th Grade Zoo Field Trip Volunteers!!! We still need 3 parent volunteers: Our 7th grade class will be taking a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo on Friday May 8, 2015 from 9am-2:30pm. We are in need of about 20 parent volunteers, each supervising a small group of 10 students during our walk through of zoo activities.

Please reply to Mr. Burton at with the subject heading “Zoo Volunteer” before May 7th.

8th Grade Farewell-May 21st

The 8th Grade Farewell activities will be a wonderful way to end their middle school experience. We are looking forward to honoring our 8th grade class at the Farewell ceremony on May 21 at 8:30 a.m. The students will be provided a pancake breakfast before the ceremony and then enjoy the day together at PowerPlay following the ceremony. All 8th grade students are to wear their unaltered class T-shirt on May 21st. Thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this special day.

Thank You PTO Volunteers

We would like to thank all PTO Board and Chairs for a great 2014-2015. We would like to extend a special thank you to the following outgoing PTO members: Treasurer – Amy Green, 2nd Vice President – Cheryl Metz, 3rd Vice President – Jane Borcherding, Directory – Laurie Greenfield, Picture Day Chair – Marcy Heaney, Spirit Wear Chair – Stephanie Stroud, Sign Caretaker – Jeanette Walters.

CAPS Summer Camps

There is still time to sign up for CAPS summer camps by calling PJ Tuma at 239-5917. The following camps have spaces available:

June 1st-4th : 9:00-12:00
Global Explorer

June 8th-11th 8:00-10:00

Aerospace Camp


Discover Sports Medicine ***Limited space

Destination Avatar
Life: An Expedition

Engineering Camp ***Limited space


Aerospace Camp ***Limited space

Life: An Expedition

Engineering Camp ***Limited space

June 15th-18th : 9:00-12:00

Engineering Camp ***Limited space

9:00-1:00 (bring sack lunch)
Close Encounters: Life in the Outdoors Incoming 9th & 10th graders


Engineering Camp ***Limited space

Molecular Munchies: The Science of Food ***Limited space

All camps take place at the CAPS building
7501 W. 149th Terrace
Overland Park, KS

2015-2016 School Supplies—orders due online by May 21st

Order forms for next year’s school supplies are coming home this week! ONLINE ordering will be available today – May 21st. Late orders CANNOT BE ACCEPTED!!

Important details to keep in mind:

· ONLINE ORDERING ONLY (today – May 21st). After this date, supplies will need to be purchased on your own for the 2015-2016 school year.

· You will receive a “CONFIRMATION” e-mail receipt after ordering…KEEP THIS RECEIPT!

· Supply kits will be handed out at Panther Kick Off on August 5th and 11th.

· For 6th Grade besides the basic school supplies kit, there is also an option to order a French/Spanish kit and an Organizational Binder. It is optional to purchase the Organizational Binder through the PSMS’ PTO School Supplies sale, but it is needed. 6th Graders also need a pencil pouch, which is not included with the school supply order.

· For 7th Grade, scissors are needed, but not included with the school supply kit.

· For 8th Grade, Science supplies will be discussed the first day of school.

· For Band, Choir and Orchestra, please refer to the school supply list for the supplies that need to be purchased for these classes as well as the dress attire.

· Goggles and the Planner/Assignment Notebook are ordered from PSMS at Registration. These items will be received in the classroom. These items can also be purchased from the office at the start of the year.

· Purchasing kits is NOT mandatory. Ordering supply kits is meant to be a service to our PSMS families, to simplify the purchasing of school supplies.

If you have any questions, please email Jill Mettemeyer at

Thank you!


Activities for the 2015-2016 School Year

If your current 7th grader is planning to participate next year in cross country, volleyball, football, basketball, track, cheerleading, or drill team or if you current 6th graders is going to participate in cross country or track, they must have a KSHSAA Physical Form on file in the school office before the first practice. In order for your student to be eligible for the 2015-2016 school year, physicals must be taken after May 1st, 2015.

Some important general reminders about eligibility and activities at PSMS:

  • All students interested in participating in athletics (football, volleyball, or cross country) must have a KSHSAA physical form on file in the office (dated AFTER May 1st, 2015) as well as a parent consent form, transportation form, emergency medical form, and concussion form to be able to try out/practice. Students without these forms will NOT be able to practice. Forms can be found on the PSMS website, and then Click on Forms and Documents.
  • A student must pass a minimum of five academic classes the previous semester to be eligible to participate.
  • Students who are participating in extra and co-curricular activities such as any sport, musical/ theatrical performance or club/contest are expected to be at school the day of a performance/game/contest or practice session if the sessions are after school.

All of these guidelines are written in our Blue Valley Middle School Handbook. We follow the guidelines set by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me. We look forward to your student getting involved!


Stacey Sperry

Community Service Program

Please RSVP for the Presidential Community Service Ceremony to Kelsa Savage at The ceremony will be May 14 from 9 am to 10 am. Following the ceremony there will be refreshments provided by our PTO.

Congratulations to the students below that achieved 1-49 hours of community service!

Clark, Ryan

Coffman, Schuyler

Curtright, Lillian

Hernandez, Ava

Hernandez, Max

Hutchison, Jake

Ponnuru, Nathan

Stark, Alex

Stout, Cade

Way, Clayton

Welsh, Matthew

Wood, Colin

Yang, Anna

Yang, Keely

Congratulations to the students below that achieved 50-74 hours of community service.

Qian, Tong

Reddin, Lauren

Reddy, Nikhil

Reeves, Jack

Renkemeyer, Haley

Rimmer, Maddie

Rimmer, Olivia

Schimmel, Evan

Schow, Emmeline

Stroud, Olivia

Truitt, Jackson

Venkat, Akshay

Coffman, Cali

Dobbles, Eleanor

Drakey, Ken

Hayden, Hannah

Hughes, Evelyn

Hughes, Julia

Jones, Ava

Joseph, David

Keith, Jordan

LeValley, Regan

Lim, Ian

Oleen, Ellory

Pillai, Nanma

Arnett, Alyssa

Arnett, Gabby

Campbell, Morgan

Carter, Andrew

Clark, Ashley

Congratulations to the students below that achieved 75-99 hours of community service.

Barash, lexie

Bernard, Emily

Clark, Nicholas

Cline, Cameron

Graves, Alexa

Graves, Rachel

Hardeman, Griffin
Hill, Parker

Hurst, Halle

Hyland, Luke

Manda, Sindhuja

Murphy, Samuel

Tzang, Melody

Congratulations to the students below that achieved 100+ hours of community service.

Brentano, Thomas

Clausen, Mike

Dehais, Kaitlyn

Giovagnoli, Lily

Gurley, Will

Hinmon, Riley

Kelsey, Kinley

Kessler, Jake

McCarty, Jenna

Monson, Lakota

Murphy, Andrew

Patel, Anmol

Patel, Atrik

Patel, Shivali

Pfeffer, Katie

Philgreen, Luke

Rindom, Halley

Ruiz, Cole

Thursby, Harley

Walia, Surina

Important Dates:

May 4th-Track Meet at HMS (3:15 pm)

May 5th-Early Release

May 6th-MAP Reading "B Day" Block Schedule (1,3,5,7)

May 6th-5th Grade Transition Night (5:30 Commons)

May 7th-MAP Reading "B Day" Block Schedule (2,4,6,8)

May 7th-Home Track Meet (3:15 pm)

May 7th-Talent Show Auditions (3:00 Commons)

May 8th-7th Grade Field Trip to the Kansas City Zoo

May 11th- Choir Concert (7:00 pm)

May 12th-Orchestra Concert (7:00 pm)

May 13th-MAP Math "A Day" Math Block Schedule (1,3,5,7)

May 14th-MAP Math "A Day" Block Schedule (2,4,6,8)

May 14th-Community Service Program (9:00 am)

May 14th-Band Concert (7:00 pm)

May 15th –Grade Level Picnic

May 21st-8th Grade Farewell

May 22nd- Talent Show and Yearbook Signing

May 22nd-Last Day of School (dismissal at 10:50)

PE Uniforms

This year we have made exciting changes to both our PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear, which are outlined below. You will find the order forms attached to this e-mail. Please note that to receive your order at Panther Kick Off in August that your order must be received by May 21st. Orders received after that date will be part of the second order placed after school begins.

· Checks should be made out to the PSMS PTO. Please write a separate check for each student order and different checks for PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear. This helps PTO better track your order as these orders are handled by different PTO volunteers.

· There are lots of options for this year’s PE shirt!!!! You may choose any of the three!

· The first option is a brand new PE Shirt that has a new logo and is being offered in either Irish Green or Sapphire.

· The second option is to wear this year’s shirt or previous PE shirt from PSMS.

· The third option is to wear the one you can buy at Price Chopper! J

· The girls PE short has been changed to a Soffe running short that is like the popular brand of running shorts that most girls wear. You still have the option of wearing this year’s short as well.

· The boy PE short is a mesh short that is blue, this hasn’t changed.

· Sample sizes are available in the office.

Thank you so much for your support of our PE uniform policy. Our goal is to keep everyone clean and safe!!!

Spirit Wear

To receive you order at Panther Kick Off in August, your order form must be turned in by May 21st. All orders received after this date will be part of the 2nd order placed in August; the August orders will be delivered to your student at school.

· Checks should be made out to the PSMS PTO. Please write a separate check for each student order and different checks for Spirit Wear and PE Uniforms. This helps PTO better track your order as these orders are handled by different PTO volunteers.

· This year we are offering a girls’ burnout t-shirt. Please note that these shirts tend to run small/snug so please consider ordering a larger size.

· We are offering an Under Armour Tech Tee and a Champion Hoodie again.


Thank you!


A Huge Thank You!!!

To our 2014-2015 Community Partners!!! With your support we have raised over $2400 for Prairie Star Middle School.



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Firehouse Subs

Cosmic Jump

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