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

November 1 - November 5

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.

PTO Meeting this Tuesday at 6:00 pm


Our Fall Festival was a HUGE success! OUR PTO totally rocked it and we could not be thankful enough for seeing so many of OUR GRAY HAWKS out together for OUR first all school event of the year.

The classroom pumpkin auction was amazing! Michelle Kelly was a great auctioneer and even triggered some bidding wars. Every classroom created such amazing pumpkins together! Thank you to our local fire department and highway patrol for coming out and showing their support as well. Raffle tickets sold like hot cakes. We had some folks that were not present for the basket drawings but have no fear, we will be calling you on Monday morning if you won to have you come pick up your basket.

Shout out to local DJ legend, DJ Fast Eddy for emceeing and keeping the event going! Check out some of the pictures and video below.

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Fall Festival 2021

Gray Hawk Gives Back to OUR Community

Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services (BLAS) has organized a giving opportunity for us to give back to families in need in our community. BLAS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of emergency services for residents of the Basehor-Linwood school district. These services may include utility payments, food, school supplies, and holiday assistance.

Gray Hawk is collecting items for BLAS from now until Friday, November 19. We will display all of the items that we receive in the hallway to show OUR kids how their generous giving will truly impact our community as a whole. BLAS has sent out a list of items that they are in need of and a suggestion was made to break up donations by grade levels with our littles collecting lighter items. This was only a suggestion. Please give what you can and remember that all donations go to help support our Basehor-Linwood community. Thank you for your consideration.

Kindergarten - disinfecting wipes, deodorant, cake mix, pancake mix and syrup, instant oatmeal packets, paper towels/toilet paper, toothpaste

1st - 3rd graders - kid snacks, boxed meals, mac & cheese, cereal (for adults and kids), sugar, flour, canned refried beans, toothbrushes, razors

4th - 5th graders - peanut butter, jelly (prefer plastic jars), mayonnaise, beef stew, canned pasta, canned chili, canned fruits, canned chicken, cream soups, vegetable oil, canned pasta sauce, laundry soap

Additionally, Avery Craig, a Junior at BLHS approached us about a passion project that she has created called Share the Warmth. Share the Warmth collects new and gently used coats, new hats, gloves, and scarves to be donated to Newhouse KC, a domestic violence shelter. Many victims in the shelter have children and it can be difficult to get warm coats and outer wear in their present situations. We can help. Please check your closets and talk to family and friends and consider donating any items to help support this amazing organization. Collection will officially begin on November 13 and extend throughTuesday, November 23. It is awesome to see OUR Basehor-Linwood students taking on these passion projects to give back. Thank you so much for your consideration!

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Veteran's Day Program November 11 at 2:45 pm

Please join us as we honor our veterans! We will have a program on Veterans Day (November 11) at 2:45 pm. Each grade level has prepared a song to honor the Veterans in our community. Any family/friend/veteran is welcome to attend.

The program will take place just outside the East wing of the school. Students will be singing from the grassy hill and face the front parking lot. Please come to the far East end of the front lot and bring a chair, blanket, or just sit on your tailgate to enjoy the performance.

We hope to see you then!

Gray Hawk Receives Funds from BLEF

Gray Hawk received a check for $2,437.87 on Thursday from the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation. These funds were raised last year from the sales of Major Savers Coupon books. Since our students came from BES and BIS, funds were split three ways between the communities. Big shout out to Cyvannah and Kallum for accepting the check from the foundation!
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Extra masks if possible

Thank you so much for sending your child to school with a mask. We appreciate all of the effort of OUR students and community in dealing with this situation. We have gone through an inordinate amount of masks. If your child brings their own cloth mask from home, please have them tuck another one in their backpack in case they need to switch them out during the day. Thank you for your consideration.
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Featured Literature

Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea. She started drawing at age 4 and loved telling her grandma scary stories. After moving to New York to pursue her art, she has written and illustrated many books for young readers. Her books have been acclaimed as "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library, included on the American Library Association Notable Books List, and have received the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award.

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As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our students are exposed to the contributions of people of color and from different backgrounds, we kicked off this past week by giving daily clues to a famous person from history that has made our world a better place. This past week, the students heard the following clues:

  • I was born in 1820 in Dorcester, Maryland. I was a slave.
  • My whole family lived in a one room house. There were 13 of us all together.
  • My real name was Araminta Ross but people never called me by my real name.
  • When I was 13 years old I got a horrible head injury. A man through a heavy piece of metal at someone and it hit me. I almost died. From that day forward, I was always getting dizzy and have black outs.
  • I was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. I helped over 300 slaves escape to freedom and even worked with the army to free over 750 more.
  • I died March 10, 1913

The answer this week was Harriett Tubman

Celebrating Harriet Tubman

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Bite-Size Brain PD

The video this week is Flipping Your Lid - A Scientific Explanation about Dysregulation with Dr. Dan Siegel. I love Dr. Siegel's work and had the opportunity to meet him in San Francisco when I was at a conference. His research about the brain and helping people understand what is going on in their brains when we get dysregulated is really good.

Dan Siegel - "Flipping Your Lid:" A Scientific Explanation


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