Jag News

January 27, 2023

Blue Valley Schools

Important Upcoming Events

1/30-2/2: Major Saver Collection

1/30: Strings Practice 8:00am

1/31: Drum Ensemble Practice 7:45am

1/31: IR field trip to Olathe Lanes 8:45am

1/31: PTO Skating Party, 6-8pm @ Skate City

2/1: Strings Practice 8:00am

2/1: Chess Club, 3:50-4:40pm, (grades 3-5) Sign-ups closed

2/3: Stuco Meeting 7:45am

2/3: Roar Store 8:25am

2/3: IR/LIFT field trip to BVRC Swimming 10:20am

2/3: Girl's Choice Dance "Glow Crazy" @ HMS 7:00pm

2/6: Strings Practice 8:00am

2/6-2/10: Chat 'n Chew Grades 2-5

2/7: Drum Ensemble Practice 7:45am

2/7: 5th Grade Parent Night @ HMS 6:30-7:30pm

2/8: Strings Practice 8:00am

2/8: Chess Club, 3:50-4:40pm, (grades K-2) Sign-ups closed

2/9: Drum Ensemble Glow Show 6:30pm

2/10: Spirit Day: Red & Hearts Day! Show your love with anything red & hearts

2/10 Optional Strings Practice 8:00am

2/10: Roar Store 8:25am

2/10: 5th Grade to Main Event 10:30am

2/10: Valentine Parties 2:45pm

2/13-2/16: Conferences

2/13: Strings Practice 8:00am

2/13: HMS Counselors visit 5th Grade 11:15am

2/14: Drum Ensemble Practice 8:00am

2/14: 5th Grade Strings concert @ HMS 7:00pm

2/15: Strings Practice 8:00am

2/15: Chess Club, 3:50-4:40pm (grades 3-5) Sign up info coming soon

2/16: No School

2/17: No School

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A Note from the Nurses...

Please return any clothes your child may have needed from the Health Room.

There have been several items that have been borrowed and not returned.

Please wash before returning.

Thank you so much,

Nurse Jill and Nurse Tracie

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ATTENTION: 5th Grade Parents

5th Grade Parent Night

February 7- 5th Grade Parent Night- We invite all parent/guardians to attend Harmony Middle School from 6:00-7:30 PM. After our welcome and introductions, we will split parents/guardians into three different groups and rotate each group through three rotations. Nate Winslow, HMS Principal, will present on the enrollment process and course selection. Emily Wilson, HMS Assistant Principal, will present on getting students involved in extracurricular activities. HMS Counselors, Lori Cook and Trish Madsen, will present on student life at HMS.

  • 6:00 – 6:05 – Welcome and Introductions
  • 6:10 – 6:30 – Rotation 1
  • 6:35 – 6:55 – Rotation 2
  • 7:00 – 7:20 – Rotation 3
  • 7:20 – 7:30 Elective Video and Individual Questions

*Presentation materials will be shared with all families via email on February 8 for those that are unable to attend.*


Nate Winslow


Harmony Middle School

Yearbook/5th Grade Reminders

The Yearbook committee would like to remind you to please upload winter party pictures. The deadline to upload all yearbook photos is Monday, January 30th. Here is the link to the classroom page to upload photos. https://sites.google.com/view/hrt-yearbook-links/classrooms-links?pli=1

In addition to the above reminder, 5th grade parents, please check your emails about uploading pictures for the memory book. Those picture and the survey are due January 30th as well.

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Incoming Kindergarten Information

We are so excited to start the process to welcome our Kindergarten families for the Fall of 2023. Children who reside in Blue Valley Schools and turn 5 years of age by August 31 are eligible to attend kindergarten that school year. If you live in the Heartland Elementary boundaries and will have an incoming Kindergarten student next fall, please click on this link to pre-register.

More information will be shared with you at the end of February including welcome videos, online registration instructions, and information about Kindergarten Round Up in April.

Please pass this link on to neighbors that might not have a student in our system and might not yet receive our weekly emails!

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Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

  • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

  • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

  • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11. Not a registered voter? Register online.

Fostering A Safe School Environment

Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies. Please check out available ways to report safety concerns.

Save the Date for Trivia Night!

Heartland's biggest (and most fun) fundraiser. This year's event will be on 4.28.23 and Kentucky Derby-themed. It will again be at the Fountainbleu East Clubhouse. If you're interested in helping the committee plan and decorate, please email hrt.pto@gmail.com.
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Heartland Neighborhood Babysitters

Click here for a list of local babysitting options. Click here to add to the list.

Heartland Family Owned Businesses

Click here for a list of Heartland Family Owned Businesses. Click here to add to the list.

Birthday Book Club News

Thank you to all families who donated to Heartland Library’s Birthday Book Club. Your donation helps to library to purchase new library books for all students to read and enjoy. Not familiar with our program? Read below for more information.

Students at Heartland have a wonderful way to have their special day recognized for years to come. Our library’s Birthday Book Club is available to students in all grades. By donating $15 to the Library Media Center, your child will be able to choose a special book to be placed in our library collection and be the first student to read the new book.

Here’s how it works. Prior to your child’s birthday, he/she can come to the library and select a Birthday Book from our cart of brand new books in all different genres. A nameplate will be placed in the front of the book and your child’s picture will be taken and displayed with the book in the library. This program is optional but it does provide our library with exciting new titles throughout the school year. The average cost of a library bound book is $17.30!

You can make your donation anytime during the year by paying through this Heartland link: https://bvpo.bluevalleyk12.org or send in a check made payable to Heartland Elementary to the front office.

Nut-Safer Snacks at Heartland

Daily Snacks: Thank you for your support of our nut-safer snack plan at HRT. As a reminder: we ask that ALL daily snacks (i.e. snack time) for ALL students must come from the nut-safer food list as we have a significant number of students with life-threatening nut allergies. (click below for the link) If a student’s snack is not from this approved list, it will be sent home (and an alternate snack will be provided the first time) so we can help increase the safety for our students as a whole. Our continued focus this year, as an entire school, is to remain consistent on the daily snacks for student snack time in the classrooms—following the nut-safer list.

Please click HERE to access the Nut-Safer food list.

Birthday Treats at Heartland

Heartland Elementary’s policy for birthday treats prohibits students and parents from bringing birthdays treats from home—edible or non-edible. This is due to several factors including health, safety, and the preservation of instructional time. Birthdays are a special time for each child and as such, the school will provide recognition throughout the day and throughout the school through announcements, birthday book club from the library, classroom celebration routines, and more. If birthday treats are sent to school during the 2022-23 school year, they will not be distributed and will be sent home. Also, if you send it invitations to birthday parties, please include all students in the class, or they will not be distributed. Thank you for understanding and complying to this policy.

Volunteer Hours - Keep Track on PTO Website

Thank you for volunteering and taking the time to record your volunteer hours. Please don't enter hours volunteered in WHRT, Safety Patrol, or Heartland Helpers. Those hours will be entered by the school. In addition, though we appreciate all hours parents volunteer, only students are eligible for awards and therefore, their hours are the only ones needed to be entered here.

Once again, thank you. The time that you have given is appreciated. Click here to record student hours. Students will be recognized in May 2023.