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"Relationships are the agents of change." Dr. Bruce Perry

Year 2 - The week ending February 10, 2023

Parent Teacher Conferences This Week

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday 2/15 and Thursday 2/16. If you have not already done so, please sign up to discuss your child's progress with their classroom teacher.

There is no school on Thursday, February 16, Friday, February 17, and Monday, February 20, 2023.

Enjoy the extended weekend!

Pre-Registration will help with the process

The Valentine's Day party is on Tuesday at 3:05. Room parents will be able to access classrooms 15 minutes prior at 250. It helps tremendously if you are pre-registered so we can have your ID printed off (assuming you have already been scanned in prior to Tuesday).

If you have not had your ID scanned prior to Tuesday afternoon there could be a wait to get back to classrooms. We will open the doors at 2:45 but will ask parents to remain in the lobby until 3:05. You may stop by the front office any time on Monday or Tuesday prior to have your ID scanned and make the check in process smoother and more efficient.

Please sign up to pre-register and let us know that you plan on attending the Valentine's Day below:

Valentine's Day Party Pre-Registration

Shout Out a Gray Hawk Staff Member

OUR GRAY HAWK staff strives to be child-focused and doing everything they can to support OUR GRAY HAWK community. If you would like to recognize an adult at Gray Hawk, please fill out this brief form to let us know the "who" and the "why" and we will recognize that person with a certificate and recognition each Friday!
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If the Chiefs win the Super Bowl on Sunday, USD 458 would plan to cancel classes the day of the parade, which is currently scheduled as a full day for students in grades PreK-12 on Wednesday, February 15th. February 15th is also our currently scheduled date for evening Parent/Teacher Conferences. It is our plan that teachers would be in touch with any parents scheduled for Wednesday evening conferences to reschedule to an alternate date.

Official notice of any school cancellation will be sent on Monday, February 13th (for Wednesday, February 15th), along with any changes in our schedule for Parent/Teacher Conferences.


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Information about Raptor Guest Management

We are pleased to announce that Gray Hawk is now using the Raptor Visitor Management System to strengthen safety efforts of protecting our students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.

Since January 26, 2023, Gray Hawk Elementary will begin requiring a Driver’s License, passport or state-issued ID in the office before entry to the school. The ID will then be scanned into the Raptor system. The system will check to ensure registered sex offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders and custom databases, and will immediately alert administrative and security personnel if a visitor is identified as a risk. No other data is collected from the ID, and a photocopy of the ID is not retained. No other data from the ID is gathered and the information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once cleared, you will receive a printed visitor’s badge with your photo on it and then be directed to the appropriate classroom or other location you are visiting. Please wear this badge at all times while in our building and return it to the main office upon checkout.

What to know:

  • A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item or pick up paperwork in the office.

  • If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US Government-issued ID, the school staff member can use an alternate photo ID as well as a second ID with their name on it, such as a bank card or credit card. As long as we have two forms of identification, one with a photo, we will be able to manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system.

  • If/when you are picking up your student early, upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present a photo ID such as a Driver’s License or passport. Your ID will either be scanned or manually entered into the system, and once cleared, your child will be called down to the main office from their current location.

  • We will not be scanning IDs for events held at the buildings after school hours, parent/teacher conferences or for athletic events.

Thank you for donating to support BLAS

The Kansas City Chiefs were the clear vote getters when students voted for their favorite team to win the Super Bowl. We brought in over 100 non-perishable items to donate to the Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services. Thank you for supporting our Basehor-Linwood community!
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KINDERGARTEN for 23/24 School YEar

If you have a child that will be attending Kindergarten next year, please fill out the information above so that we can get you registered and information sent out regarding our Kindergarten Round Up events.
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Gray Hawk Neuro-News

Below is a panel discussion about the Applied Educational Neuroscience framework that focuses on Co-regulation, Touchpoints, Teaching neuroanatomy, and Understanding our Nervous Systems as educators. This video featured on the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint's YouTube channel features Dr. Lori Desautels from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) and students at Harrison Hill Elementary. This is well worth the lesson as we seek ways to address dysregulation in schools nationwide.
Applied Educational Neuroscience in the classroom: A panel discussion
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If you would like to recognize an adult at Gray Hawk, please fill out this brief form to let us know the "who" and the "why" and we will recognize that person with a certificate and recognition each Friday!

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