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"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

Year 2 - The week ending February 24, 2023

Congratulations to OUR MR. JIM

Mr. Jim Cate, paraeducator in OUR Structured Learning Classroom at Gray Hawk, received the Basehor-Linwood STAR Award for his dedication to OUR KIDS and COMMUN ITY. Mr. Jim received a cash award and recognition at the Education Foundation breakfast on February 20. We are so proud of you, Mr. Jim!
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Title I Family Engagement Survey

Your voice is very important! Please take a moment to answer two questions regarding the type of programming and activities we can provide in the future at Gray Hawk and what could be limiting access to family engagement activities here.

Please be sure to choose GHE for your school when answering the survey. We will keep the survey open until March 9 and I will send out occassional reminders. We would love 100% participation in order to have your voice heard. Thank you!


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Please check out this email and information that is going out from Coach Eller regarding the American Heart Association Fundraiser.

We are participating in the Kid's Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. During an assembly on Thursday,, the KC representative for the AHA, Melissa Rock, led our students through a lesson about our hearts and taught hands-only CPR. Along with this, she and I let everyone know about a great fundraising opportunity that our school gets to be a part of from Feb. 24th through March 24th. The money raised from this fundraiser as part of the Kid's Heart Challenge goes to helping children and adults who need heart surgeries, need personal AEDs, or other assistance devices.

OUR GRAY HAWKS were sent home with an info letter that explains everything and how to sign up.There is also a QR code that takes you to our school's page and from there you can sign up as well. Donations occur online through the students page after they get signed up.

During this fundraiser there are specific prizes that students can win. There are individual prizes such as key chains, jump ropes, t-shirts, and more. The class that raises the most money will receive a pizza party. Every $1000 raised, one staff member will be slimed, and if we reach OUR GOAL of $6000 Dr. Springer and I will sleep on the roof of Gray Hawk for a night in addition to all of the sliming that will occur! :)

Finally, AHA has partnered with the KC Chiefs and are offering a field trip to tour the stadium and meet some of the staff and players. To win this prize we have to raise $3500 to be entered in a drawing with all the other KC area schools that raise that amount. Two schools will be picked and if Gray Hawk is chosen 25 students, Coach Eller, and a few staff members will be on a field trip to Arrowhead for the day.

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Happy Bottoms

Kindness Week was great! OUR GRAY HAWKS enjoyed dressing up and the challenges of random acts of kindness throughout the entire week. Thank you to OUR STUCO for putting it all together.

On Thursday, Connor Stark (4th grade student in Emma's class) came to me with an idea. He was inspired by Kindness Week and had the opportunity to volunteer at Happy Bottoms. He approached me and asked if we could organize a diaper drive with Happy Bottoms.

Happy Bottoms is an organization that provides diapers to families in need. While they are most in need of sizes 4, 5, and 6 they will collect any size diapers. Diaper packages can be new or they can be partial packages that are open in a bag or box. They will also accept baby wipes but those must be new and unopened.

In sitting down with Connor, I was very proud of him. He had answers to all of my questions and I was able to convince him to lower his lofty goal of 20,000 diapers down to a goal of 2,000 diapers. I told him that we could do this throughout the month of March and see what we could collect. The thing that was most impressive to me is that he said even collecting 20 diapers is better than collecting no diapers. I love the heart that OUR GRAY HAWKS have for giving back! i will put some information together and would ask that you share it with OUR families.

Connor's Family is sponsoring a pizza party for the class that donates the most diapers.

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Gray Hawk Talent Show PLEASE READ

There is a lot of information regarding OUR GHES TALENT SHOW this year in the form below. Please read it carefully and be prepared to meet the deadlines for the show to run smoothly.

Sign Up for the Talent Show is Tuesday, March 7, 2023 between 5 and 6:30 pm.

Dress Rehearsal is Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 6:00 and participants MUST attend

Gray Hawk Talent Show is Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 6:00 pm.

Please read the attached flyer for more details.

If you would like to sign up to be a part of the 2nd Annual GHES Talent Show, please fill out this form.

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GRAY HAWK GROOVE was a huge hit!!!

OUR GRAY HAK GROOVE was Friday night and despite the poor road conditions we had a packed house! HUGE SHOUT OUT to Joni, Tiffany Moyer, Kristin Jordan, and Graciela Holister for their detailed planning. The night was absolutely perfect!

Gracias to DJ Tommy Andrade of 90.1 KKFI's Taste of Tejano radio show for donating his talents to OUR event! He did an amazing job and kept the party going from the opening notes to the final song of the night.

Thank you to Lynnmark Mercantile for donating cookies to OUR event.


HUGE SHOUT OUT to Joni Gay, Tiffany Moyer, Kristin Jordan, and Graciela Holister for planning such an amazing event!

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We are teaming up with Sporting KC again this year to raise money for our school! EVERYONE is invited to sign up for a training date. Training is very easy and the school earns money for each person that is trained! Once training is completed, please feel free to sign up to work a game! If you volunteered last year, we are required to be trained again. Thank you in advance for helping our school raise funds to do some amazing things!

Training Dates are:

Monday, February 27 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 28 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 4 9 - 11:00 am

Parking and meeting details are in the Sign Up Genius.

KINDERGARTEN for 23/24 School YEar

If you have a child that will be attending Kindergarten next year, please fill out the information above so that we can get you registered and information sent out regarding our Kindergarten Round Up events.
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Shout Out a Gray Hawk Staff Member

OUR GRAY HAWK staff strives to be child-focused and doing everything they can to support OUR GRAY HAWK community. If you would like to recognize an adult at Gray Hawk, please fill out this brief form to let us know the "who" and the "why" and we will recognize that person with a certificate and recognition each Friday!
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Gray Hawk Neuro-News

It is always difficult to be away from OUR GRAY HAWKS but when the opportunity comes along to not only present but keynote at the largest trauma conference in the United States you have to take advantage of it. When I was in Houston I was able to share OUR story, discuss the struggles we ALL have, share some highs and lows, and take part in some of the most incredible learning experiences ever. If you are interested in learning more about any of these presentations, please let me know and I am happy to sit down with you and share.

  • Keynote: The Developing Nervous System and How Adversity and Resiliency Impact our Emotional, Cognitive and Physiological Health - Dr. Lori Desautels
  • Deep Dive into How to Tap into the Nervous System of our Most Dysregulated Behaviors - Dr. Lori Desautels
  • Moving Beyond Rewards and Punishments - Connie Persike
  • Sensing Safety: Prevent Crisis with Sensory Supports - Jessica Sinarsky

  • You're Getting on My Nerves: Supporting Adult and Child Dysregulation through a Lens of Applied Educational Neuroscience - Dr. Dustin Springer

  • More Than Tools And Strategies: How A Simple Philosophy And Fundamental Neuroscience Can Reduce The Need For Punitive Discipline Practices - Guy Stephens

  • From Islands to an Ecosystem: Proactive Strategies that will Change Your School - Jessica Harris and Dr. Shannon Gauble

  • Keynote: Leadership Panel - Principals in Action - Dr. Dustin Springer, Dr. Melissa Sadin, James Moffett, and Jodi Place

  • Regulating their Being; Creating a Relational Regulation Space for Students and Staff - Meg Baldwin

  • Now What? Putting Trauma-Informed Practice into Action - 5 Must Do's for Schools - James Moffett

  • It Takes a Village. Building Trauma-Informed Partnerships with Families and Communities - Tracey Leonard

  • I'm a Teacher, Not a Therapist! Decreasing Overwhelm & Empowering Educators in Their Appropriate Role in Healing Trauma in Students - Doris and Rick Bowman Consulting

  • Increasing and Securing Student-Teacher Relationships with CTRT - Dr. Christie Opiola and Dr. Cara Carnes-Holt

  • See, Guide, Trust: How to Guide Children Effectively - Mr. Chazz

  • Student Discipline "Suspended": Supporting Student Success within an Inclusive SEL Framework - Stephen Jez

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress Solutions for Educators and School Personnel - Dr. Tracey Cleamans

  • How to Handle "That Parent" - Kathleen Hilchey

  • Refuel, Reset, and Replenish: Creative Tools for Resiliency - Kay Glidden and Beth Reynolds-Lewis

  • Why Does That Student Get To Me?!: Understanding, Accepting And Empathizing Our Ghosts In The Classroom - Dr. Jane Samuel

Check out some pictures from the event below! I left with a completely full heart and was sad to leave all of my friends but it was great to come back and be with OUR GRAY HAWKS!


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Keynoting the Final Day was an honor!

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My Butler University Neuroscience Cohort lead by Dr. Lori Desautels had five presenters at the conference and representatives doing keynotes on two days.

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Mathew Portell, former Nashville admin and current PACES Director of Community is a dear friend and inspiration!

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James Moffett, Dr. Ricki Gibbs, Mathew Portell, & Jim Sporleder have changed my life for the better!

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If you would like to recognize an adult at Gray Hawk, please fill out this brief form to let us know the "who" and the "why" and we will recognize that person with a certificate and recognition each Friday!

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