Weekly Wildcat

September 17, 2021

Paw Winners

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Kindergarten - Sawyer Kaman

1st Grade - Palmer Fitzpatrick

2nd Grade - Bradley Barnes

3rd Grade - Kyle Schutzler

4th Grade - Natalie Brune (Not pictured above. Check her out below! She was a Paw and Ninja Winner)

5th Grade - Nahlia Taylor

Ninja Winners

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Kindergartens - Destiny C and Beckett W

1st Graders - Connor H, Marcus F and Colten P

2nd Graders - Evelyn T and Liam V

3rd Graders - Edward J, Izzy I and Cate N

4th Graders - Vai W, Yash V and Natalie B

5th Graders - Vida W, Nicholas M and Reya R

School Meals

All students enrolled in Blue Valley will be able to eat A free breakfast and lunch meal, regardless of eligibility status, until further notice as a result of extended funding opportunities through the USDA.

*Students participating in the school meal program must order a “student meal” (1/2 c. fruit or vegetable serving with two other food groups (protein, grain, dairy, vegetable) to qualify for free pricing. Anything outside of what is considered a student meal (a la carte, second entrees, extra items, etc.) will be charged to a student’s account. To add funding to your child’s account, visit the TITAN School Systems payment website.

Specials Conferences

Our Specials Team is available during Fall Conferences to meet with families via Zoom. If you would like to sign up with a time to meet with one or all of the specialists, please use the links on the PDF to access the sign-up genius for each teacher.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at the following times:

September 29th 4:00 - 8:00 pm

September 30th 8:15-8:00 pm

We are so excited to schedule time with each of our families to talk about their students and their learning. We will be scheduling all conferences as Zoom conferences this fall, unless a family specifically requests an in-person option. Teachers will be in touch to help you get signed up for a time that works best for your family.

Overwhelming feedback from last year informed us that utilizing Zoom for conferences was an effective and efficient way for teachers and parents to connect. As a parent, you didn’t have to leave work, didn’t have travel time, and especially with elementary students, didn’t have to worry about child care needs.

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Welcome back to school!! We at Hawaiian Bros hope your summer was restful!

Hawaiian Bros would love to partner with our schools in any way we can. We know that the beginning of the school year can be stressful and crazy busy, so one way we thought of to help lower your stress is to offer a way for students, teachers, and staff to win a $50 gift card to Hawaiian Bros.

Attached is a BTS giveaway that Hawaiian Bros is pushing out Starting Aug. 15th running though Sept. 30th. A winner will be chosen each week!! If this is something you would want your schools/district to participate in, please feel free to post the attached graphic on your websites, daily announcements, and/or weekly bulletins.

Let Hawaiian Bros know how we can partner and support you throughout the school year!!

Good Luck and have a great year!!


Tonya Truster

BV Substitutes

“How can I help?” It’s one of the most common questions we hear from our Blue Valley community these days and it is what makes our community so special: your willingness to lend a helping hand and provide support during difficult times. Our students need us now more than ever, and in order to support them in the best way possible, we need our community. We are currently looking for substitutes. If you have completed 60 college credits, you are eligible to apply for an emergency substitute license. If you are available one day a week, or even a couple days a month, consider applying to become a substitute. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Drew at KMDrew@bluevalleyk12.org.

Canvas Learning Management System

Attn BV families! Need a refresher on @CanvasLMS, our learning management system for grades K-12, or looking to set up a new account? We’ve got you covered! Check out how to access or set up your Canvas Observer account as a parent or review this Canvas Parent/Guardian Orientation. Remember, Canvas courses won’t appear until teachers publish them after the school year has started.

Reach out with any questions,

Shannon Adams

Picking Up During the School Day

Just a friendly reminder when picking up your child(ren) for an appointment or any other reason please remember to bring your photo ID with you. This is for your child(ren)'s safety and security.

Additionally, parents are not able to enter the building during school hours except for special appointments. Thanks for helping to keep our students healthy and safe!

Bus Tracker & Textcaster Information for Families

Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

  1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.

  2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit www.bluevalleydurham.com.

  3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to www.bluevalleydurham.com.

Nut Safer Information

Blue Valley School’s Nut Safer Guidelines will be implemented throughout the school year for daily snacks.

· Classroom snacks must be from the Nut Safer list.

· Nut Safer seating is available in the café during lunch

The complete list of Nut Safer foods and BV Guidelines can be found here: Nut Safer Guidelines

Early Childhood Toy Drive

Have Paw Patrol, Frozen, and Toy Story run their course in your house? We are collecting gently used toys and other items featuring any favorite characters from movies or TV shows. These can still be highly motivating for some of our youngest learners. Items can be brought to school in a box or bag marked “EC Toy Drive.” Much Thanks! -- Kendall Burr, Principal of Early Childhood Programs

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Back Snack Program

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Notes from the Nurse:

Health Files:

Immunizations, Physical Assessments, and Birth Certificates are past due. These forms are needed to attend school and can be emailed, faxed, or brought into the office.

Water bottles:

Please remind your student to bring a water bottle to school each day. Our water fountains are closed at this time.


Please send your student each day with a mask and remind them to be wearing their masks properly. The mask should cover from nose to chin and gaiters should be snug enough not to need constant adjustment throughout the day. Having a backup mask in their backpack so if it becomes wet or soiled would also be very helpful.

Change of clothes:

Please have your child keep weather appropriate change of clothes in their backpack. If a spill, mess, or bathroom accident occurs during the school day your child can then quickly change into their own clothes and return to class.

When to stay home:

Blue Valley utilizes the Johnson County Health Department exclusion criteria regarding COVID symptoms. If your child has one primary symptom or two secondary symtpoms they will need a PCR test, a doctor’s note, or to stay home for 10 days.

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Counselor Corner

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week up here at school. I spent time in third grade this week doing one of my favorite lessons with them. We talked about our similarities and differences and how those things that make us unique are what make this world more enjoyable and fun. Students created their own recipe cards...adding their own ingredients to describe themselves! Fourth grade heard from Kid President about how our choices and consequences impact our lives. Students did puzzles in class linking choices and consequences together. They did great! Fifth grade learned about conflict resolution and how they can implement an easy process when they experience conflict here at school or elsewhere. They should have a handy dandy guide to show you. I’m thankful for you all and thankful for another week here at school with your students. They are the best! Have a wonderful weekend!


Rachel Nab

Stanley Elementary School Counselor

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Stanley PTO

Back to School Breakfast/Stock the Lounge

Help PTO spoil our amazing teachers with some snacks and drinks to stock their lounge and get them through these first couple of weeks BACK TO SCHOOL! Click the link for details and to sign up.


Picture Day

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Shade Area

We are so excited to show you the new playground shade! Thanks to your support during last year's Fun Run, we are 75% of the way to our goal.

This time next year, Stanley students and staff will have some relief on these hot, hot days!

Please become a PTO member to help us get to 100% of our goal before Spring Break. Memberships are only $25 per household/$10 for staff and can be purchased at www.StanleyPTO.org.

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Save the Date!

Please note these dates are tentative and subject to change. Please revisit the calendar each week.

9/27-9/30 - Conference Week

4:00-8:00 on Wednesday, 9/29

8:00-8:00 on Thursday, 9/30

9/28 - Pizzeria Pizza will sub with stuffed crust

9/30 - No School

10/11-10/14 - Peace Week

10/27- Retake Picture Day

10/29 - Halloween Party

10/29- Fun Run 5pm-8pm

12/20 - Winter Party @ 3:00

2/7-2/11 - One Love. One Heart. Celebration Week

2/14 - One Love. One Heart. Valentine's Day Party @ 3:00

2/28-3/4 - Read Across America Week