August 10, 2022 www.briarwoodpta.org
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL LASH
The Briarwood staff and I are excited to welcome students back this week as we kick off the 2022-2023 school year! The energy and excitement is off the charts, and we are fired up for an amazing school year ahead in Bulldog Nation! The teachers and staff have been hard at work and are looking forward to the first day of school. Briarwood is a community that fuels a passion for learning while educating all students to achieve their full potential. Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to make this the best school year ever!
TRAFFIC PATTERN UPDATE
The Prairie Village Police Department has requested that we implement the following traffic pattern update to help make dismissal safer and more efficient.
Vehicles waiting to pick up in the big circle drive will use Juniper Lane as the preferred waiting que for vehicles. Vehicles may be stacked only on the west side of Juniper.
If you would like for your child to walk from school to a designated location for pickup do not park or wait for them on Juniper.
The goal with this change is to help the car line move more efficiently without delays caused by vehicles being parked while waiting for students to arrive, and to avoid vehicles going around a parked car which can create unsafe driving conditions for drivers and students/patrons walking.
SAFE WALKING ROUTES /CROSSING GUARDS
Students, parents, and family members should cross at the designated cross walks. We have two designated cross walks and there is a staff member that helps cross walkers at the entrance to the car drop-off and pick up lane.
Crossing Guard on Nall between 85th and Terr & 86th St.
ALL students and patrons who need to cross Nall to get to the West side should use the crosswalk with the crossing guard. This is the safest way for all pedestrians.
Students or patrons should NEVER cross in the middle of Nall unless at a light. As you head southbound on Nall from Briarwood there is an incline and difficult to see oncoming traffic and it is extremely dangerous for students or patrons to cross.
Crossing Guard on 86th
ALL students who need to cross to 86th Street in front of the school to get to the south side must cross at the crossing guard.
Students or patrons should NEVER cross in the middle of the street.
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES @ BRIARWOOD
Thursday, August 11
First Day of School
(grades 1-6) Half day- early dismissal 12:30pm
Friday, August 12
Monday, August 15
First Day of School for Kindergarten
Monday, August 15
BooHoo Coffee (Kindergarten Parents)
8:10 - 9:00am
Join kindergarten parents/guardians on the Briarwood front lawn (adjacent to Kindergarten entry doors) for a cup of coffee and pastries after drop-off
Tuesday, August 16
Dining Partner Event: Chicken N Pickle
Tuesday, August 23
Back to School Night
Wednesday, August 24
Back to School Night
Monday, August 22
General Membership PTA Meeting
7:00 p.m.via Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87552620869?pwd=SzRLY1JxdysrZkhVV1gzQUF6Y2g3Zz09)
Learn about our initiatives, fundraisers, how to help and vote on the 2022-2023 budget
Friday, August 26
Deadline to Order SpiritWear, order here
Tuesday, August 30
Skating Party at Skate City
Friday, September 2
Monday, September 5
JOIN THE BRIARWOOD PTA TODAY!
Briarwood’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) works to support every student and teacher at school. The PTA provides additional extra activities, programs, and financial assistance not covered by the Shawnee Mission School District.
Joining the PTA is easy! Once you have updated/created your profile, purchase your PTA membership in the online Store. Individual memberships are $12 and Joint memberships are $24. Briarwood PTA works to support every student and teacher in our building and our goal is to have 100% participation from our families/caregivers and teachers. PTA memberships are also a fundraiser for Briarwood PTA. PTA members receive exclusive access to the online directory.
To join PTA and pay online now, please visit our PTA website at: briarwoodpta.org/join_pta
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Please join us on Monday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. for our first General PTA Membership Meeting of the school year (via Zoom):
Meeting ID: 875 5262 0869
During this meeting, learn about upcoming PTA events, fundraisers, how to get involved – and vote on the 2022-2023 budget. For your reference, the proposed budget can be accessed here.
CREATE/UPDATE YOUR ONLINE DIRECTORY PROFILE
For the 2022-2023 school year, we have enhanced our Briarwood PTA website and online directory!
Our site is hosted by Membership Toolkit, a secure, user-friendly platform that will allow you to:
● Purchase your PTA Membership and make a donation
● Access the secure online directory for students, families/caregivers, faculty (PTA Membership required)
● View the School Calendar
● Signup up for school events (PTA or BW events? Like a Sign-up genius?
● Learn about PTA-sponsored programs, events and volunteer opportunities!
Get started today by visiting https://www.briarwoodpta.org, select “Directory”
1. Update or create an account through Membership Toolkit. Once you update/create your account, you can decide what information is shared in the online directory, which is ONLY accessible to other BW registrants.
2. Our directory will only be as useful as YOU make it. Please register to help us build a stronger community network for parents/caregivers and students.
3. Download the Membership Toolkit app from the App Store or Google Play for on-the-go access.
Questions? Please contact Karen Moore: firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT(S)
Tuesday, August 23rd
FIRST GRADE - 5:30 PM
SECOND GRADE - 6:15 PM
THIRD GRADE - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24th
FOURTH GRADE - 5:30 PM
FIFTH GRADE - 6:30 PM
SIXTH GRADE - 7:00 PM
At Back to School Night, teachers will introduce themselves, review important class procedures, and hold a question and answer session. Teachers will be sending out additional information in the coming weeks.
GRADE LEVEL PARTIES!
WANTED: ROOM PARENTS
● Share classroom updates, and information about school-wide PTA activities, via email, with the parents/guardians of classroom students.
● Solicit financial contributions from parents/guardians to procure and deliver gift for your teacher throughout the year (birthday, holiday, staff appreciation) on behalf of the class
● Offer general support to your classroom teacher
Contact Valerie Moeder at Valerielmoeder@gmail.com for additional details or to learn more.
VOLUNTEER CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED
Please help us keep our students safe by volunteering to serve as a crossing guard at 86th and Juniper. If each grade level can commit to filling 6 slots per month we will have every shift covered for the entire year (EASY!).
In this role, you will be reminding Children that they must walk themselves and/or their bikes/scooters across the crosswalk. You will also help direct the after-school traffic and remind parents and other vehicles that cars are not permitted to turn left off of 86th Street during the before and after school rush. Crosswalk volunteer shifts are 7:50-8:10am and 3:05-3:20pm (12:25pm-12:40pm on half days).
To sign up or learn more please click the link below.
A SPACE FOR EVERY BULLDOG – DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AT BRIARWOOD
AUGUST CELEBRATIONS & RECOGNITIONS
- National Back to School Month
- Friendship Week (August 15-21)
BACK TO SCHOOL BOOKS, WHY DIVERSITY IN LITERATURE IS IMPORTANT
Books help children understand their homes, communities, and the world around them. With books, children can gain a better understanding of themselves and others — especially if the books reflect the diverse groups of people in the world around them. Children can learn to respect not only their own cultural groups, but also other groups that they may or may not encounter in their own neighborhood.
To read more about why Multicultural Books are important or to read these concepts in entirety from their source follow these links:
DIVERSE BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK LISTS
Briarwood’s social worker, Cassie Horn is available to provide support to all families
- Help students/families with anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, peer relationships and other family/school dynamics
- Help create behavior support plans with students/families/teachers
- Assist teachers with social emotional teaching and trauma informed approaches in their classroom
- Individual and group counseling within school setting
- Provide resources to parents struggling with emotional/behavioral issues at home
- Connect families to resources, such as our community partner Hillcrest Covenant Church. Resources include groceries, housing, clothing etc.
Please contact Mrs. Horn with any questions or concerns:
The Briarwood Foundation provides that little extra for our students. Directed by a board of parent/guardian volunteers, our primary purpose is to fund programs and supplies not provided by federal, state, school district or PTA budgets.
Thanks to your support, our students were able to utilize these enhanced learning tools for 2021-2022:
K-2 Phonics, Reading Curriculum
5 walkie-talkies for additional school safety
Raised Garden beds
Want to donate? Here's how:
SMAC CLOTHING EXCHANGE
Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA (SMAC) Clothing Exchange
The Clothing Exchange offers gently used clothing and shoes to those within the SMSD boundaries. All items are clean. Donations are made possible by SMSD residents. All residents are welcome.
Earn Money for Briarwood while you shop on Amazon!
Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7152153 and designate Briarwood as your charitable organization. Briarwood will earn .5% from most purchases.
Bookmark the website to use each time you shop! https://smile.amazon.com All of your account information will remain the same, but you’ll be raising money for Briarwood
Briarwood Elementary Bulldogs - all school Facebook page
FACEBOOK Groups are a great way to find out what is going on in your grade level community. Join your group to find out details on sports teams, scouts, and play dates happening throughout the year.
Grade-level Facebook groups (private):
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2029 (6th grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2030 (5th grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2031 (4rd grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2032 (3nd grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2033 (2st grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2034 (1st Grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2035 (K)
2022-23 PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Mary Boomer • email@example.com
Deana Curtin • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Hunt • email@example.com
Rachel Wymore • firstname.lastname@example.org
Terra Snyder • email@example.com
VP Community Events:
Kristin McClasky • Kdp1202@gmail.com
VP Student Services:
Susan Jarrold • firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Becker • email@example.com
Denise Wheeler • firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Wiens email@example.com
Diana Beckman • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Hill • Wendyhill329@gmail.com
Diversity & Inclusion Chair:
Jessica Bryon • email@example.com