Highlands Elementary

May 2020

Important Dates

April 13-27 Virtual Kindergarten Round Up

May 8 Virtual Field Day

May 22- Last Day of School

Celebrating Our 6th Graders!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

We appreciate all of the hard work and dedication of our Highlands teachers! We celebrated them this week by placing signs in their yards. If students would like to email pictures, letters, or cards the teachers would truly appreciate them.
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Happy Nurses Day

We also appreciate the hard work and dedication of our wonderful Nurse Peggy and celebrate her on this day! If students would like to email pictures, letters, or cards she would also truly appreciate them.

Welcome to our new 1st grade teacher!

We want to welcome Elizabeth Theis to our Highlands family! This is from Elizabeth:

I am so excited to be joining the Highlands Family and the First Grade Team! A little bit about me; my husband, Ryan, and I got married in June 2018 and we have 1 puppy, Millie. We both grew up attending the Shawnee Mission School District and we are now living in Prairie Village about 5 min from both of our families. I taught Kindergarten at Broken Arrow Elementary for the last 3.5 years and my grandma was actually the nurse at Highlands while I was growing up. I am extremely excited for this next adventure and I can’t wait to meet you all!

Harvesters Food Truck

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Virtual Field Day

Friday, May 8th is a district-wide elementary Field Day! Please see the activities below. Take pictures of your child participating and send them to Coach Hair. He will then put together a video of all the fun activities to share with our Highlands families!
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Student Devices

The district will NOT collect iPads in May. Students will keep their iPads throughout the summer, turning them in when we return to school in the fall. At that time, students will receive new iPads. Note that there will not be Help Desk assistance in the summer, therefore if an iPad is inoperable please just hold onto it until fall.

If you are moving over the summer, please contact Mrs. Combs and we will schedule a time for iPad collection.

Student Personal Items

Student personal items will be distributed the week of May 18th. We will send out a schedule and specific procedures for distribution next week, so look for an update through Skylert.

New Office Hours

Beginning next week Highlands will have office hours on Monday and Thursday from 9:00-3:00. The community cannot access the building, however if parents need to drop off enrollment paperwork we will continue to have our "window system" (signs are posted) open and operating.

Food Distribution

The schedule for meal distribution is changing. Beginning Wednesday, April 15 the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) Pickup and Go Meal sites will distribute breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This means families will be picking up:

On Monday- two days of breakfast and lunch meals

On Wednesday- three days of breakfast and lunch meals

This change in service allows families and community members less human interaction, providing an additional measure of support in following current Stay at Home Orders, and limiting travel in the community.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dates: March 24, 2020 - May 22, 2020


  • Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
  • Rosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
  • Shawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th St., Shawnee
  • Hocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Dr., Shawnee

Children must be present to receive meals.

  • No reservations are needed.
  • Meals will be available for pick up outside the school front drive.
  • Meals will be placed on a table for individual pick up.
  • An adult accompanying children may pick up the meals for each child without all children needing to exit a vehicle.
  • Please follow social distancing and avoid crowding when coming to the table.
  • Students are allowed to walk to school to pick up a meal. Parents are not required to bring the students.

If you cannot bring your child with you to pick up, there is great news! The district now has a process in place to address 1) a parent/guardian picking up meals when it is unreasonable or unsafe for a child to be present and 2) a non-family member (volunteer) picking up meals when it is not possible for a parent/guardian to get to a meal distribution site. If this is a necessity for you, please contact Julie Brown at julienelson@smsd.org.

Meals are prepared by District Food Services staff and distributed following food safety and sanitary practices.

These meals are funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Contact the Food Services Department with any questions at 913-993-9710 or foodservice@smsd.org. Visit the foodservice webpage here.

Menus will be rotated and posted. Menus are subject to change due to availability. See menus here.

Each breakfast meal includes these components: fruit, grain, and milk

Each lunch meal includes these components: protein, fruit/vegetable, grain, and milk

Kindergarten Round-Up

We will have a "virtual" Kindergarten Round-Up through May 27th! Below is a letter from Dr. Fulton:

Dear 2020-2021 Shawnee Mission Kindergarten Parents,

Welcome to the Shawnee Mission School District! We are already looking forward to next fall and the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the school closures for the rest of the current school year, Kindergarten Round Up is being handled differently.

Instead of meeting in person, parents of 2020-2021 Kindergarten Eligible Students (Age 5 on or before August 31, 2020) are asked to complete an initial Kindergarten Enrollment Form. This information will help us establish a student count and assist us in preparations for the upcoming school year.

Step 1: If you are unsure of your home area school, please check our district boundary map or the School Finder, both located on our website here.

Please note: you must enroll at the home school of the area in which you reside.

Step 2: Click on the button (located on the Kindergarten Round Up page) for your appropriate area high school feeder pattern. This will take you directly to the form you need to complete.

Step 3: After the form is submitted, the school secretary will contact you with next steps to complete the enrollment process. Further Kindergarten activities will take place prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

This correspondence is being sent to our current Shawnee Mission School District families. If you know of a new family with a future Kindergartner, PLEASE pass this information along to them. Thank you for participating in our virtual district Kindergarten Round Up.


Dr. Michael Fulton

Pre-K Enrollment

We are excited to announce we will have 2 Pre-K classrooms at Highlands next year! Enrollments will be accepted and spaces filled on a first come, first serve basis. Enrollment information is on the SMSD website regarding site locations for 2020. Enrollment forms can be emailed to pattygardner@smsd.org or turned into the Highlands office on Monday and Thursdays until June 1st.

Highlands 20-21 Theme

Below is the Highlands theme for the 2020-21 school year- "Together We Can Move Mountains #WEHAVEGRIT."
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Free internet services are being made available while students are out of school by Comcast (www.xfinity.com/wifi) and Spectrum (1-844-488-8395).

Click here for flyer in English and Spanish.

Year Books

Many families have asked about year books for this school year. Know that we are working with the company on finishing the year book and will let you know about distribution. At this time, we are not charging for year books and will refund anyone that paid the $10 fee.
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