Peek at the Week

Week of September 7, 2020

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CALENDAR

Monday, September 7

  • No SCHOOL - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - Staggered Start (only students with last name A-K come to school)

Wednesday, September 9

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - Staggered Start (only students with last name L-Z come to school)

Thursday, September 10

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - School Begins for ALL Students

Friday, September 11

  • 8:45 am - 3:45 pm - School in Session

VISITOR PROCEDURES

Non-essential visitors will be strictly decreased within schools to protect the well-being our our students and staff.


All visitors are required to wear a face covering.


  • Only essential visitors are permitted in the building.
  • No volunteers or lunchtime guests until further notice.
  • Scheduled appointments: Visitors should call the office upon arrival and wait for notification to enter the building. School phone numbers are posted.
  • For social distancing purposes, office staff may request that visitors wait outside of the building or in the foyer.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedures

Checking students out

Office staff will conduct all signing in and out of students. Parents may call to check-out students and then the student is sent out to the parent with visual identification. For in-person checking out, once a student is checked out, the parent will go back to their vehicle and the student will be sent out by the office.


Checking students in

Staff members will check students in to create a touchless system. Students need to have temperature checked before proceeding to class if they are arriving for the first time that day.


School Phone Number: 316-218-4630

MEADOWLARK WELCOMES OUR NEW STAFF!

MRS. HOLCOMB - COUNSELOR

Hello! My name is Brooke Holcomb and I am the new school counselor at Meadowlark Elementary. I attended Wichita State University where I received a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in School Counseling. I have 18 years of educational experience with 11 years as an elementary school teacher and 7 years as an elementary school counselor.


I have an undeniable passion for counseling students and I am so excited to have a career in a field that is so dear to my heart. I have the joy of working with students through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling. I also collaborate with school staff and parents in order to best meet the needs of students.


I am also very lucky to have our goldendoodle, Lola, join me at school everyday. Lola is a licensed therapy dog and loves spending time at school with the students.


I am married to my best friend, Tony. We have 3 wonderful children, Mason, Bella and Corbyn. We love watching our kids play sports, traveling, and spending time at our family lake house!


I am so excited to be an All-Star and I am looking forward to meeting all of you and having a great 2020-21 school year!

Meadowlark Elementary's Counseling Corner

Click on this link for Mrs. Holcomb's website.

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MRS. WEIDE - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

I’m Mrs. Weide. I have been teaching for 11 years and this is my 4th year in the district. I have my bachelors in education from WSU and my masters in ESOL from Emporia State. My husband’s name is Jeff and together we have two little girls, Hayden and Madison. I am so excited for this school year!
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MISS SCHMIDT - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

Hello! My name is Kari Schmidt, and I am a new fourth grade teacher here at Meadowlark. I graduated from Tabor College in 2018 with a degree in elementary education and English for speakers of other languages. Since graduating, I have spent the last two years teaching third grade at a bilingual school located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. This was an amazing experience that I will always cherish, but I am so excited to take what I have learned and join you as a part of the Andover community!
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MISS SCHOONOVER - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

My name is Holly Schoonover (Skoon-over). I am a K-State grad and am currently working on my masters in school leadership through Baker University. For the past three years I’ve taught first grade in the Kansas City area, but Andover has always been where I call home! I grew up here and graduated from Andover Central in 2013. I am a devoted dog mom to my sweet golden retriever named Ruby. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, doing anything outside and reading. I feel so blessed to be joining the Meadowlark family and can’t wait to have little humans in my classroom!
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MRS. CLEVELAND - INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Hello! My name is Jessica and I am one of the new Instructional Aides at MES! I’ve worked with children for many years and have a passion for seeing kids grow happy and healthy. I grew up in Kansas but lived in Oregon for multiple years and fell in love with the Northwest. If anybody knows me they know Alaska is my favorite state! Cool weather and hiking make me happy. Some of my other hobbies are biking, cooking, and learning all about health and herbal medicine! I’m excited to work with the kids this year and especially grateful to be part of the Meadowlark team.
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MISS. SENGVILAY - INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE

Hello, my name is Saylis Sengvilay and I’m excited to be aboard the team here at Meadowlark as an Instructional Aide. I love working with kids on speech & reading, and helping them grow! I’ve lived in Andover almost my whole life and I’m an Andover Central graduate. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, gardening, and cooking. Go Allstars!
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Nurse Information

Many have had many questions about health forms. Our new forms are not yet ready to go out. In the meantime, if your child has a medical condition, an allergy or medication please email me at collinsj@usd385.org.


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Jessica Collins RN

Prairie Creek Elementary School

(316) 218-4830 ext 3

Meadowlark Elementary School

(316) 218-4630 ext 3

Health History Form

Please fill out the Health History Form of each child. Thank you

STAGGERED START FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

The first two days of school, September 8-9, will be a staggered start for students to reconnect, participate in an orientation for new safety procedures, and prepare for the learning model. Students will be divided into two groups, last names A-K and last names L-Z.


Families will be in the same group. For blended families who have children with different last names, if you wish to have your children attend on the same day, we are happy to accommodate that. We will use the last name of the oldest sibling to determine which group your family will be in. Parents will need to communicate whenever possible with non-residential parents so there is clarity on the plan. In addition, the parent with residential guardianship will need to email the principals at each school where children attend to make them aware of the request.


  • Sept. 8: Last names A-K at School
  • Sept. 9: Last names L-Z at School


School begins on September 10 with the learning models recommended.

PTO INFORMATION

SPIRIT WEAR

Spirit Wear is here!!! The PTO is proud to present this year’s spirit wear!! Use the link below and check out all the different ways you and your child can show off your All-Star school spirit!!

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PTO Meetings

Our first PTO Meeting will be Tuesday, September 15th , @1:45PM on Zoom!! Meeting link will be emailed out later to all parents. Cannot wait to see you all there!!

How to Help???

  • Sign up for a committee
  • Like & Follow the PTO Facebook Page
  • Sign up for Amazon Smiles, Dillon’s Rewards, Box Tops

1. Go to smile.amazon.com

2. Log in to your amazon account

3. Select a group to support

4. You must fully type out Meadowlark Parent Teacher Organization for it to pull up our school

5. Make sure it says Andover, KS

6. Start shopping!

1. Create an account at Dillons.com

2. Select the MY ACCOUNT tab

3. Select COMMUNITY REWARDS

4. Choose MEADOWLARK PTO as your supported organization

5. Every time you shop you will earn money for Meadowlark!

1. Download the BOX TOP app

2. Choose MEADOWLARK ELEMENTARY in ANDOVER, KS

3. Shop!

4. Scan your receipts

5. The app detects any items that earn box tops

6. See your earnings and how the school is doing!

How to Contact Us?

Did you know the PTO has an email?? It is new this year and has been wonderful so far with getting great information to both parents and teachers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!!


Meadowlark Elementary PTO

E-MAIL: Meadowlarkallstarspto@gmail.com

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ROADMAP TO REOPENING: Family Playbook 2020-2021

This playbook will continue to evolve as we add resources and as conditions change in our community’s health situation during the year. We want this to be a “living” document and a place that you can go for the latest information about the school year. As we continue to update you during the year, we will let you know of significant changes or additions that are made to this playbook.


As always, we appreciate your partnership and support of your child’s education.

CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE FAMILY PLAYBOOK

Everything you need to know is in the Family Playbook!

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

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CAR RIDING


ARRIVAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars will need to be single file and students need to remain in the car until school personnel signals students to exit the car.



DISMISSAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars need to be in a single file and students will be dismissed to your car. ALL students need to load the car from the passenger side. This is done for the safety of your child. We ask that you have a sign (8 1/2 x 11) visible on your front dash/window so that we can quickly identify which child goes with each vehicle. Please list the names of all the children whom you are picking up (WRITE BIG!). Click on the form below.

BUS RIDING


In the morning, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 8:35 am and will deliver students to the bus oval on the north end of the building.


In the afternoon, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 3:35 pm and will pick up students from the bus oval on the north end of the building. This is NOT to be used by parents for pick up or drop off.

Transportation Update & Deadline for Refunds

Families will have until Friday, September 18, 2020 to exit the transportation program for a full refund if fees were paid. Notice must be given by the end of day on Friday. Any exits past that date will NOT receive a refund. We normally give this grace period through the first full week of school. September 18 gives almost two weeks for families to receive a refund if they change their minds.

Transportation Safety Protocols

Durham School Services will implement health and safety practices including the following:

  • While continuing to offer transportation services per the approved fee schedule to those families who live within 2.5 miles of school, we will encourage parents who live within 2.5 miles to transport their own children or secure transportation outside the district option.
  • Buses will be cleaned and sanitized following each route.
  • Drivers and students will be required to wear masks or face coverings.
  • Students will have assigned seats, with siblings or those living in the same house seated together.
  • Buses will be filled starting with the back of the bus and filling to the front as students load.
  • Students will be spread out as much as possible.
  • Buses will be unloaded from the front to the back.

WALKERS ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students should wear a mask once on school property.
  • Students are welcome to enter the building at 8:25, and should not arrive much earlier than 8:25 to maintain social distancing.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will wait in a designated area until they are dismissed.
  • Students need to social distance and wear their mask.

CAR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students are asked to please stay in the car until school personnel signals to unload.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will be dismissed by grade level from their classrooms.
  • Students will wait in a designated area until they are dismissed.
  • Students need to social distance and wear their mask.

BUS ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

ARRIVAL

  • Students are welcome to unload and enter the building once school personnel has signaled the bus driver.
  • Students will enter the building, have temperatures screened, and will then proceed directly to their classroom or cafeteria for breakfast. If a student has a temperature, he or she will be taken to the health screening area.

DISMISSAL

  • Students will be dismissed from their classroom by bus.
  • Students need to social distance in the hallway and wear their masks.

LATCHKEY

We WILL be offering latchkey at Meadowlark but it can take up to 90 days for the licensing to get done due to the location being in a new building. At this time, the district will plan on busing students to and from Prairie Creek Elementary School.