Sheldon Update

February 20, 2023

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner

Dear Sheldon Families,

Have a wonderful week!

Families of OT students, the car line is a RIGHT TURN ONLY out of our parking lot. DO NOT BLOCK intersections or driveways!

Click the link to access the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Thank you for the privilege of serving you ~

Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner, Principal

Upcoming Events

February Events

All events can be located on our calendar on our school website.
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Items That Need Your Attention

Kindergarten Enrollment for 23-24 School Year

If your child is turning 5 on or before August 31st, he or she will begin Kindergarten next year.

At Parent-Teacher Conferences, you should have received information regarding your child's home elementary school.

If you would like to request a transfer to a different home school than the one that was identified at conferences, please fill out this transfer request form by March 31st: Topeka Public Schools Transfer Application

If you are interested in applying to have your child attend Scott Dual Language, please fill out this form by March 10th: Scott Dual Language Application

If you are interested in applying to have your child attend Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School, please fill out this form by March 10th: Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School Application

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Synergy Student Information System

Attention Parents! Beginning later this year, Topeka Public Schools is moving to a new, fully integrated Student Information System, Synergy by Edupoint.

This one system will replace the district's current student information system into one platform that will host and manage student data in an efficient and user-friendly manner.

Synergy will provide access to both parents and students, just like our current system. However, with Synergy, Parents/Guardians will use a single sign-on to access all of their children’s information regardless of school.

As part of the seamless Synergy Education Platform, Synergy SIS enables schools and districts to easily extend functionality to include online registration, CI3T, assessment, analytics, and special education management in a single platform. For more information, visit: Synergy Student Information System Communications Plan

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TED Talk: How Every Child Can Thrive by Five

This is a wonderful Ted Talk about child development! It is about 7 minutes long and is a very powerful message. Enjoy!

Molly Wright: How every child can thrive by five | TED is a website that provides families with information about the schools in their area. Many families use this site when buying a new home or researching their options to help them determine the best placement for their child.

Have you had a positive experience at Sheldon? We would love for that to be highlighted on the website! Please take 1 minute to visit, search for Sheldon Child Development, click on the Review icon, and share what you love about our program!

Time to Eat!

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Policy & Procedure Review

Parent Participation

Each week the Sheldon staff reviews one of our Head Start Policies & Procedures and felt it was important that families stay up to date on these as well. This quarter our focus is on Family Service & Parent Involvement. If you ever have any questions regarding our policies and procedures, please reach out!

Parent Participation


All staff encourage and help parents participate in Head Start program activities. This policy relates to Head Start Performance Standards 45 CFR Part 1302.34, 1302.50


1. Staff will instruct parents in regards to Head Start components and opportunities for parent involvement at the beginning of the program year and during any parent meeting. Staff will encourage male involvement.

2. Head Start classrooms are open to parents during all program hours. Parents are welcomed as visitors and encouraged to observe children as often as possible and to participate with children in group activities.

3. The program provides parents with opportunities to participate in the program as paid employees or volunteers. When qualifications are equal, parents receive preference for employment vacancies.

4. The participation of parents in the program is voluntary and is not required as a condition of the child’s enrollment.

5. During the Covid-19 Pandemic these have been modified for the safety and well-being of families and staff when needed.

Informational Items

Home Depot Workshops

Each month, Home Depot offers a fun workshop for kids! Show up toward the beginning of the session to ensure there are enough materials for your child. Children must be present to receive a kit. They get to keep their project, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Can't make it to Home Depot for the kids' workshop? Why not bring the party home! Here are just a few of the ready to assemble kits you can buy and build at home. also offers great kids' activities, videos, and how-to's!

Workshops take place the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-12:00.

March 5: Airship

April 2: Bird Feeder

COVID Protocols

Please be sure to review both the COVID Update and the information on the Parent Resources page for the latest information from the CDC. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We will maintain strict sanitation protocols.

Late Start

Late Start is on FRIDAYS for this school year and the arival time will be at 10:15.

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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Sheldon Food & Clothing Bank

The Sheldon Food & Clothing Bank is up and running! If your family has any needs, reach out to your Family Advocate or call 785-438-4530.

Community Resources Council Directory

You can find the link to the 2021 Community Resources Council Resource Directory here. This directory provides contact information for a variety of community resources.

If in need of resources, you can also contact the United Way by dialing 211.

Food Pantry Lists

See the following links for Food Pantry resources available to families.

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