Cougar Connection

Conn-West Elementary Newsletter - January 13th

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Complimentary Classes for Parents and Guardians

The Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) is offering a series of three complimentary classes for parents and guardians. Classes will be presented virtually and facilitated by Marty Huitt and the BIST Team.

These classes are designed to:

  • Create consistency between school and home
  • Provide language for adults to use when redirecting children
  • Share ways to problem solve to increase your child’s success
  • Increase generosity and kindness in your children
  • Bring a sense of calmness to your home

Please join us for any or all three sessions!

BIST Parenting Series Topics:

  • Tuesday, February 8: Setting Boundaries and Increasing Partnership
  • Tuesday, February 15: Proactive Problem Solving
  • Tuesday, February 22: Instilling Generosity and Kindness in Children


5:45 PM - 6:00 PM Enter Zoom Room

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Informational Session

6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Questions and Answers

Cost: These virtual classes are provided free of charge.


Please register on or before Friday, February 4, 2022.

To register for this class:

  1. Go to
  2. Use the dropdown menu My Account. Click Log In/Log Out.
  3. Create a Username by clicking Click Here under the large LOG IN heading. If you already created a Username by previously enrolling in a BIST class, just log in.
  4. Enter your information (Name, Email, and a Password). This will register you on the website, but not for the class.
  5. Select the class you wish to attend.
  6. Click Register to the right of the class name

Follow the instructions.
  • Be sure to select Pay Later via PO under the Payment Method. This Parent Class is free, but you must select the
  • Pay Later via PO option in order to register.
  • Select your child’s District and School from the dropdown menus.
  • Select your position as a Parent unless you are a school staff member. If you are both a parent and a school staff member you may select either.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing

the zoom link for the training sessions. If you do not receive a confirmation email by noon on Monday, February 7, please contact the BIST office at for assistance.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Thursday, January 13th - $ Dress Down Day Day

Thursday, January 13th - End of 2nd Quarter/First Semester

Friday, January 14th - No School

Monday, January 17th - No School

Issues with Student Issued Device?

If you are experiencing issues with student issued device, call the "Student" Helpdesk number of 816-316-4650 or email us at

Student Symptom Screening

Parents please screen your children for symptoms at home prior to sending them to school. Use the below checklist for home screening. Students with symptoms or known exposure to positive case should stay home and parents/guardians please notify the school and request guidance. Students not feeling well during the school day will notify their child's teacher for guidance. The checklist includes:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • new runny nose or congestion
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • sore throat
  • close contact with a person with COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, students with COVID-19 symptoms but no test for COVID will remain at home for 10 days after symptom onset, AND free of fever for at least 24 hours, AND other symptoms have improved.

Students who are fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case can refrain from quarantine if they are not showing any symptoms. Please email Ms. Quinn, health room para @, with a copy of your child's vaccination card.

A fully vaccinated individual is defined as:

Someone who received their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series more than two weeks ago.

Someone who received their first dose in a single-dose vaccine more than two weeks ago.

If students arrive at school not feeling well or start feeling ill during the school day, they will report to the health para’s office. Students with COVID symptoms will need to be picked up immediately and will not be allowed to ride home on the bus.

Parents will notify the health para if their student is exposed to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case. If the student is not fully vaccinated they will need to stay home for 14 days from their last contact with the positive person. They may return after 14 days if no symptoms develop in that time.

All students testing positive for COVID-19 who have symptoms but were not hospitalized may return to school 10 days after symptom onset, AND at least 24 hours with no fever, AND other symptoms have improved

All students testing positive for COVID-19 who never develop symptoms may return to school 10 days after the first positive test.

Papa John's Night Scheduled for Thursday, February 3rd

Support Conn-West by ordering from the Papa John's (12008 Blue Ridge Blvd. 816-763-7272) Thursday, February 3rd. Up to 25% of your order will be donated back to our school. Please use the code KSCO15 when ordering. See the flyer for more details.
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School Wide ESSA Plans

School Wide ESSA Consolidated Plans as well as School Parent and Family Engagement Policies can be found on the district website. Federal Programs and Title I Website

Please Join Our School Facebook group

Click on the link below to request access. Please make sure to answer the questions when asking to join the groups.

Conn-West Parent Group

ELL Distance Learning Parent Group

Mask Reminder

Mask are required in school. Please remember to send your child with a mask.

Outdoor Weather Guidelines

The following guidelines have been established for healthy outdoor play:

(based on recommendations from MO Dept of Health, National Weather Service, & US Dept of Health & Human Services)

Staff will be using the National Weather Service to determine temperature, heat index and wind chill. Your child’s safety is our number one concern.

Recommendations for COLD Temperature/Wind Chills

Outdoor Policy

Between 50-30 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Regularly scheduled outdoor play times

Between 29-20 degrees Fahrenheit

  • 15-20 minutes maximum

Between 19 degrees Fahrenheit and below

  • No outdoor play time

We ask children to have winter outerwear such as a winter coat, hat, and gloves each day during the winter season.

Giving the Basics

Grandview C-4 partners with the non-profit organization Giving the Basics, to provide several types of personal hygiene items to students and families who cannot otherwise afford

them. Items are free and include, but are not limited to, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, ethnic hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, and laundry soap. Sometimes, items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, combs and brushes are also available. Personal dignity is an important component of school attendance and academic achievement. If you know of a student or family in need, please contact a school counselor, nurse, health para or building administrator. With your help, we can get these important items into the hands of the students who need them. Remember, the items are free and available to anyone in need.

Breathing Strategies

Managing emotions can be incredibly difficult for students, and really, for all people. Here are a few strategies we use at Conn-West. Feel free to try them out with your student(s)...they work great at home, as well!

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Cold Weather is Here

Students will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature or wind-chill is at or above 32 degrees. If the temperature or wind-chill fall below 32 degrees, students may have a shortened outdoor recess. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate outerwear for going outside on cold days.

Please Label Your Child’s Outerwear

Please put a name somewhere on your child’s coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. We donate hundreds of items of clothing and accessories at the end of every year because we cannot identify their owners and they aren’t claimed. Thank you for your help! With a name inside, your child’s clothing is never really lost.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is currently available for students through New Directions Behavioral Health. The program can provide free services to students and families including up to three face-to-face short term counseling sessions, on-site crisis management, 24-hour toll-free phone assistance, and a health resource library.

This is available to our families via referral by school counselors or by you calling the New Directions Help Line at 1-855-340-6487. All students and/or guardians can access the Help Line at any time, as it is open 24 hours each day, every day of the year. Students 18 and older can schedule counseling appointments on their own.

For more information, you may visit Select ‘For Individual Families.’ Then select ‘Student Assistance Program.’ The school code for our district is: GrandviewSAP.

Additional information on New Directions’ Student Assistance Program is attached. If you have any further questions we encourage you to reach out to your school's counseling office.

We are truly excited to offer this resource to our families.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click here to view the daily breakfast and lunch choices.

Here Comes the Bus App

The Here Comes the Bus App will allow you to track your child’s bus in real-time and receive push notifications, set up alerts to notify you when your child scans on and off the bus. You can use the app on your smartphone device or on your computer by visiting You and your student will need to sign up by following the instructions below.

How to Sign up:

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.

How Students Sign up

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter student’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.

For more information or for FAQ’s you can visit You can also email with any questions.

Afternoon Dismissal

We need your help with afternoon dismissal. We are causing a backup on Main Street in the afternoon at dismissal time. We want to keep everyone safe and ask that you please not stop your vehicle on Main Street while waiting to get into the back parking lot. Please come a little bit later for dismissal or if you see that you cannot get into the back lot, please pull around the corner and wait on a side street until you can into the lot. We really need your help with dismissal in order to keep you and other community members safe.

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School Information Packet

A shared folder of parent information has been created with all of the school information for back to school. Please view the documents by clicking here.

You Can Find Bus Information By Clicking on the Following Link

Click here for bus information. Enter your address to find your school of attendance & the bus route.

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Joke of the Day

Click here to submit a Joke of the Day to be read on our daily announcements.

School Day Hours

The school day begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:55 pm. Students

may enter the building at 8:40 am. Please do not drop your child off

before 8:40 am unless they are enrolled in LINC. Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 8:40 am until 9:00 am.

Transportation and After School Changes

If your child’s mode of transportation or after school routine is going

to change for the day, please notify the main office

@ (816) 316- 5225 prior to 3:00 pm to ensure that your child arrives

at the appropriate destination.