"Community Nest"

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

March 21 - March 25, 2022

Our Gray Hawk Mission Statement

OUR GRAY HAWK FAMILY works together to help students feel safe, loved, and inspired so they can be empowered learners and engaged citizens.

Grade Cards were sent home on Friday

Grade cards were set home on Friday with your child. If you have any questions, please reach out to your classroom teacher. We are very proud of OUR GRAY HAWKS for their efforts this past quarter. Now it is time to FINISH STRONG!
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Students in grades 3rd - 5th will take the Panorama Survey this week with Miss Hubbard and Dr. Springer. We are excited to see how OUR students have grown socially and emotionally over the past six months since we took this survey the first time.

These will be administered to our students on the following days between 9-15 - 10:15.

Monday - 3rd grade

Tuesday - 4th grade

Wednesday - 5th grade

Kindergarten Round Up was a Big Success

Thank you to OUR GRAY HAWK Kindergarten team for a wonderful Kindergarten Round Up. It was incredible to see some familiar faces and welcome some new families to OUR GHES community. If you know of others that will have Kindergarten students in the Fall, please encourage them to reach out to the Gray Hawk office at (913) 662-7170.


Huge shout out to to the Basehor Linwood Education Foundation for supporting OUR "Celebrating OUR Differences" grant written by Mrs. Kenton. Check out the amazing additions to OUR GRAY HAWK library. Thank you!!!
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State Assessments Begin the Week of April 4

The state assessments begin in two weeks and I know that we have our amazing K-2 classes partnering to support our 3rd - 5th graders to support them and encourage them to do their absolute best on the test which I think is AMAZING!

I do want to mention some procedures for 3rd through 5th grade teachers that may be different from what you are used to doing at BIS. I have large envelopes made with each of your names on it. Inside the envelope are individual tickets for your students, your teacher scripts, resource sheets that are allowed by the state, and your daily access code. I will place the daily access code in their envelope each day.

On the day that you are testing, you will need to come into my office, find your envelope, and SIGN IT OUT with your name. Please DO NOT pick up anyone else's envelope for them. It is crucial that you are signing it out yourself and taking it. This is a part of Test Security. At the end of the day, you will bring your envelope back with your student tickets back in the envelope. You will also need to include ANY scratch paper that was used so that I may ensure that it is destroyed at the end of each day.

I would like to avoid using classified staff to proctor state assessments if at all possible. However, if we must utilize classified staff, please notify me ahead of time (think days... not moments) so I may meet with them. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Featured Literature

This week we’ll take a look at those female scientists whose impacts are still felt today, as well as new women that continue to break new ground in all areas!

Our featured book this week is Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.

They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.


This past week, OUR GRAY HAWKS celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by honoring OUR friend Stella, a kindergartner at Gray Hawk. We learned all about Stella's likes and dislikes and why she is so special to OUR entire community. Additionally we learned about four other people that have impacted OUR world that also just happen to have Down Syndrome as well. Take a moment to learn more about these amazing people.

OUR Stella -

One phrase the Down Syndrome community uses is “More Alike than different.”

It’s a reminder that we have more things in common than we have differences.

Stella loves: taking pictures with her camera and iPad, helping with chores at home like feeding her dog, and cooking with her mom. Stella loves to sing and be silly. She loves to make people laugh!

Stella is sensitive to people's feelings like when they are sad or are hurt. It makes her sad and she likes to give hugs to help them feel better. Stella does not like carnivals, especially the loud noises that come from the rides and she does not like to ride the ride because she gets motion sickness.

Sometimes people can be unkind and treat her like a baby because she can't say many words. People with Down Syndrome generally have weaker muscles in their bodies. They have to work very hard to make their muscles in their mouth work to make the sounds to talk.

Stella also has a condition called Apraxia of Speech, something even typical kids can have. Stella’s brain understands what people say to her. Stella’s brain has a hard time telling the muscles in her mouth to move the right way to make the right sound.

The best thing you can do to celebrate. World Down Syndrome Day is to go out of your way to be kind to someone. Take a minute to make someone feel included, and make them feel like they matter.

Let's learn some more about others that have Down Syndrome below.

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Stella Meyer, Gray Hawk Extraordinaire

Neuro News

This week I am attaching an article by Dr. Perry about Maltreatment and the Developing Child: How Early Childhood Experience Shapes Children and Culture. I think it is a fantastic article that provides some insight into the developing child and the impact that adversity has on the brain at a very young age. I would also recommend checking out some of his books including his latest that he co-authored with Oprah entitled "What Happened to You?"