Hawkeye View Newsletter

October 1

Greetings Mize Families!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and were able to stay dry with all of the rain! I want to take this opportunity to thank all who attended Parent-Teacher conferences last week. These meetings provide an opportunity to develop partnerships between home and school and build an important foundation in your child’s academic success. It was truly great to see so many of you throughout our halls.

I also want to express our gratitude for all of the amazing food that many of you provided during this time. These days tend to be long and it’s always nice for teachers to be able to get together and enjoy the thoughtful meals from our families. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated!

Finally, our Mize Peace, Love, and Walk-N-Roll-A-Thon Kick-Off assembly was held last Wednesday. Your child should have brought a packet home containing details. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and your support helps provide amazing things for our students, teachers, and classrooms.

Last year, your generous donations and support provided a beautiful, paved trail for all to enjoy. It has been great to see families utilize it during daily, runs and walks. Our students have been able to enjoy fresh air breaks with it, as well. These funds have also allowed our Mize PTO the ability to provide much needed grants for classrooms. With these donations, we have been able to purchase new technology, classroom seating options, and various other classroom items for our students. Please know that your continued support and dedication to our building is greatly appreciated. We hope you will all be able to join us for some Groovy Fun on October 18th, as it always proves to be a great time!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Ms. Balthazor

Picture Day is Wednesday, October 2

Bring your Smile! Mize will be having PICTURE DAY on Thursday, October 2nd.

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The De Soto School District has been an important and strong participant in the Kansas Teacher of the Year Program for many years. De Soto has had fourteen state finalists and twelve semi-finalists represented in the program since 2000. Two of our very own teachers were chosen as The Kansas Teacher of the Year; Keil Hileman in 2004 and Jeri Powers in 2008. This is truly unprecedented! Matt Bradford (DHS) and Emily Valdez (SE) will be representing our district in the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year program. The 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year will be announced in November in Wichita.

We would like for you to nominate any teacher whom you consider to be an outstanding and effective educator and whom you or your child has had as a teacher. This person must be a tenured employee of USD 232. If there is a De Soto educator whom you believe to be outstanding and deserving of special recognition, please fill out the form below. This form needs to be returned to your building principal by noon on October 4, 2019.

National School Lunch Week..10/14-10/18

The week of October 14th – 18th is National School Lunch Week!

To celebrate we will have Eat Your Colors Week.

The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million students every school day across our nation. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. To celebrate, we will have “Eat Your Colors” Week in the lunchroom! Each day has an assigned color that will be featured through various food items. Please have your student(s) help us celebrate by dressing in the color of the day!

Monday, October 14th – No School

Tuesday, October 15th – Red Day

Wednesday, October 16th – Yellow Day

Thursday, October 17th – Orange Day

Friday, October 18th – Rainbow Day

It will be a fun-filled, colorful week!

Nurse Notes

Immunizations, all students must be current on their vaccinations by October 14th, 2019 or they will be excluded from school on that date. Letters were sent home and a second reminder will be mailed stating which vaccination(s) are missing. Please provide proof of vaccination by providing one of the following;

· A statement from your health care provider with the day, month, and year that your child received the vaccination (s),

· A statement signed by your doctor indicating a medical exemption or delayed schedule, or

· A statement of religious exemption signed by a legal guardian.

On August 2nd the state of KS passed a new law requiring all Kindergarten and 1st grade students to have two Hepatitis A Vaccinations. If your child had two Hepatitis A vaccinations and you still received a letter, your child likely received the 2nd vaccine too early for it to be considered valid by the state of Kansas. This will require your child to receive a 3rd dose of the vaccination to be compliant. If you have older children that have not had their 1st or 2nd Hepatitis A vaccination, it’s a good idea to get them caught because the state will be expanding the requirement to older children next year.

If your child suffers seasonal allergies please be sure to medicate them prior to the start of the school day. The health room only stocks allergy medication for use in emergency situations. We are happy to keep over-the-counter medications from home in our office; please include a note from home giving us permission to give the medication, and send the medication in its original packaging with the medication’s dosing instructions.

Looking forward to a great school year!

Nurses Christina & Brandi

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PTO News

Parents, PLEDGE ENVELOPES for the Walk-n-Roll-a-thon came home Wednesday 25th. The kids are super excited to start collecting donations. Don’t forget we can also do ONLINE donations from the Mize PTO website, mizepto.com

Students who return their pledge envelopes or have a donation in their name made online by October 10th earn a blow pop 🍭. Remember this year ALL our donations stay 100% in the school so please help us reach our goal! Walk-n-Roll-a-thon is Friday, October 18th!!!
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Corporate Sponsors

The Mize PTO would like to thank all the families who have already pledged corporate sponsorship for the 2019 MIZE WALK-A-THON fundraiser. We appreciate your generosity and know that the students and teachers of Mize will greatly benefit!

We have extended the corporate sponsor date to October 1, which means you still have time if you or another business owner would like to make a corporate level sponsorship pledge.

Don’t forget your child(ren) will receive credit towards individual pledge donations and classroom rewards, AND business donations are tax deductible!!!

Stay posted, as we will officially kickoff all fundraising efforts on September 25 with our

2nd MIZE WALK-A-THON assembly!

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Thank you!

We want to send out a huge thanks to all families that donated food to help feed our teachers during parent-teacher conferences. It was greatly appreciated and we couldn’t have done it without your help!! We were able to provide a breakfast last week to kick off the Book Fair, as well as, an Italian meal on Wednesday, and a Mexican bar for Thursday’s lunch. So THANK YOU for all of your help!

Box Tops are going digital! Check out how you can clip and scan your way to earning money to support Mize elementary.

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The first collection day for Box Tops will be October 30th. Please make sure each clip has a valid expiration date. There will be one class winner for each grade level. Happy clipping and scanning! Thank you for all you do to support Mize Elementary.

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Parent Teacher Conference Meals

Hello Mize Families! You are invited to help provide meals for our teachers & staff during parent-teacher conferences. Food or paper items not requiring heat can be dropped off anytime that week in the office- just be sure to label them "Conference Meals"- we will store them until needed. Foods requiring heat for the evening conference meal on Wednesday, should be dropped off between 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25th. Foods requiring heat for the afternoon conference meal on Thursday, should be dropped off between 12:30-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26th. If you are sending in a non-disposable dish or crockpot that needs to be returned, please label with your name and you can pick up in the office/teachers lounge later.

Thank you! We appreciate your support!

Mize PTO