Hawkeye View Newsletter

February 18

Greetings Mize Families!

With the current winter weather, we tend to see a rise in student illness. If your child is ill or running a fever, please help keep others healthy and refrain from sending your child to school.

As a reminder, students should be fever free for 24 hours without having any fever reducing medication. If you have any question as to whether it is too early to send your child back to school, please err on the side of caution or contact our nursing staff. We are seeing a lot of rebounding illness due to students returning too early, as their immune systems tend to be weaker, making them more susceptible to additional illness. We are also sending students home with their water bottles today. Please sanitize and return to school at your convenience.

We are doing our best to sanitize our classrooms each night, but need your help in keeping our students healthy and illness free. For additional information please see nurses notes below and thank you for your assistance with this. Have a great week, everyone, and stay healthy!


Ms. Balthazor

Kindergarten Round Up is March 24 at 5:30 pm

We are thrilled to have your child join us for Kindergarten in USD 232! Going to Kindergarten is an exciting time for not only the child, but the parents as well.

Your first step is Kindergarten Roundup
Make plans to attend Kindergarten Roundup and Parent Information Night in March 2020. Parents will have the opportunity to begin the enrollment process, ask questions, and meet the principal. Parents will also learn about Before/After School Care and Extended Care offered through a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department. By Kansas statute, children must be the age of five (5) on or before August 31 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment.

What will you need?
Parents are encouraged to bring the following information to Kindergarten Round-Up:

  • Certified copy of child's birth certificate (required by Kansas statute)
  • Copy of immunization records (from pediatrician)
  • Proof of residency (copy of current utility bill, contract, etc.)

Parents and Guardians,


If you are a parent of a child with special needs and are preparing to transition your student to a new school setting within our school district for the 2020-21 school year, the USD 232 Special Services Advisory Committee (SSAC) would like to invite you to attend our Parent Forum on Transition on Tues., 2/25/2020 at 6:30 pm at Mill Creek Middle School.

Our families play an important role in supporting their child with special needs as they navigate different transitions throughout their school careers. At this forum, we will have staff available to share information and answer questions parents may have pertaining to transitions. If you are interested in attending on forum on Feb. 25, please register HERE.

SPRING PICTURE DAY -->Tuesday, March 3


Everyone's photograph will be taken. A proof will be sent home with an order form, so you can PREVIEW the pose(s) BEFORE you purchase.

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New Fundraiser for the Art Room!

For the past four years, we’ve teamed up with Artome during Fine Arts Night to present student artwork matted and framed. Our families have had the opportunity to purchase the framed artwork and the money made was used to supplement the art program. This year, however, we’re trying something new. There will be no artwork for sale during Fine Arts Night. Instead, students are creating artwork that can be printed onto greeting cards through My Cards. Your student will be coming home the first week of March with an envelope that holds the student’s design. Simply follow the four easy instructions on the envelope. There is no obligation to purchase the cards. Simply either mark the YES or NO box. If you decide to purchase, please enclose the payment when sending the envelope back to school. ALL ENVELOPES MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL REGARDLESS IF YOU PURCHASE CARDS OR NOT. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Souders, art educator, at ssouders@usd232.org. Thanks in advance for your support.

Save the Date! Fine Arts Night Thursday, April 23, 5:00–7:00 pm

Mize’s 5th annual Fine Arts Night will be here before we know it! Students are already starting to prepare artwork and work on music. More information about the evening will be announced as we get closer to the date. One change for this year: there will be no framed artwork for sale this year. Information to come soon about a new art department fundraiser. Stay tuned! If you should have any questions about Fine Arts Night, please contact Mrs. Souders (ssouders@usd232.org) or Mrs. Taber (ktaber@usd232.org) .

Upcoming Events

February 27 5th Grade Music Program

February 28 5th Grade Course Selection Due for Middle School

March 3 Spring Pictures

March 6 Father Daughter Dance

March 24 Kindergarten Round Up

March 26 MCMS Parent Info Night at 6:00pm

March 31 LTMS Parent Info Night at 6:30pm

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Staff felt the love.. thank you!

No one went hungry during conferences! All teachers were well fed thanks to the generous donations from Mize parents. The Mize PTO organized food for snacks on Wednesday and an afternoon meal on Thursday. It was truly fabulous and we thank you from the bottom of our stomachs.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Mark your calendars for the Daddy Daughter Dance is Friday, March 6 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Look for more details from PTO coming soon.

Box Tops

The next Box Top submission date is Friday, February 28th. Please send in all traditional Box Tops. There will be a class celebration for the most clips earned in each grade level as well as an overall building winner. Thank you for all your scanning and clipping!

Nurse Notes

I have lots of parents ask, “Why the five-day exclusion policy, our doctor just says, 24-hours fever free?” The Answer, viral shedding! Viral shedding is the period of time when you are contagious and able to infect others. Peak viral shedding occurs during the fever stage of an illness, but you can still be contagious after the fever has subsided. The CDC recommends the period of exclusion for influenza be 5-7 days. The Kansas Health Department has taken that recommendation and mandated a five-day exclusion policy starting from the first day of symptoms. Students and staff must also be fever free for a minimum of 24-hours without the use of fever reducing medications like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

  • Viral shedding in influenza A virus infections peaked on the first 1 to 2 days of symptomatic illness. By day 6 or 7, viral shedding had gradually decreased to undetectable levels.
  • Patients who contracted influenza B exhibited peak viral shedding up to 2 days before symptom onset. Shedding then declined and peaked again at day 3 to 5, and then persisted over 6 to 7 days.

For More Information click on the blow links.




Kind Regards,

Christina Brandenburg MBA, BSN, RN

Mize Elementary- Nurse


913-441-0800 (Phone) 913-441-9452 (fax)