BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AND FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL INFORMATION
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Hello Fox Families- updated!
The Nieman Staff is so excited to welcome our 1st-6th grade students to their 1st day of school on Thursday. Please take a minute to look at arrival and dismissal procedures below. Some have changed with the removal of mitigation for this year. A major change is that ALL students will enter the building through the front this year. There will be NO back drop off for PreK or Kindergarten students.
We hope you will join us this Wednesday, August 10th for our Back-to-School Night! See information below, a HUGE thank you to Thermo Fisher and Andy's Frozen Custard for their donations and support of this event!
See you soon!
Important Dates for Families
Monday 8th: View your Teacher in Skyward
Wednesday 10th: Back to School Night 4-6pm
- Classes begin- Early Release Grades 1-6 at 12:30pm
- PreK & Kindergarten Conferences
- Full Day Grades 1-6
- PreK & Kindergarten Conferences
- First Day for PreK & Kindergarten
- MVP Training 4-5:30pm at the CAA Board Room
Tuesday 16th: PTA Meeting 6:30pm Nieman Library
Back to School Info
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!
We are BACK to an in-person Back to School Night (yay!). This will be Wednesday, August 10th from 4-6pm. This is an informal come and go event for families and students to come in, see the school, meet their teacher, drop off school supplies, and have some FUN! We can't wait to see you there! See the flier below for more details!
First Day of School
We are excited to welcome out 1st through 6th grade students back for their first day of school on Thursday, August 11th. This is an early release day, we will begin dismissal at 12:20pm. See information below for how arrival and dismissal work, it has been updated due to the removal of mitigation measures.
PreK and Kindergarten: The first day of school is Monday, August 15th. This is a full day of school. PreK and Kindergarten conferences are on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th. See below for additional information regarding conferences.
PreK and Kindergarten Conferences
PreK and Kindergarten conferences are on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th.
PreK - Miss Amber has sent out important email communication regarding your required conference. Please see that email and ensure you have signed up for a conference time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4AAFA829A6FA7-miss1
Kindergarten- Teachers have already sent out email communication regarding conferences. Please make sure to check your email and sign up for a time to come in!
Arrival and Dismissal
Changes in Dismissal Routine
If a change has to occur the safest way to ensure the change is communicated is to email the classroom teacher BEFORE school starts and then ALSO call the office BEFORE 2pm. Teachers have different plan times and lunches, and they are not regularly able to read email. Any dismissal change received after 2pm is NOT GUARANTEED. We will do our best, but the end of the day is a very hectic time in a school. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring the safety of your child.
Online Verification Forms and Food Service- Action Item
Dear Shawnee Mission School District Families,
We hope you are enjoying a great summer.
It may be hard to believe, but it is time to prepare for the next school year. Back-to-school forms (Online Verification Forms) are now online, and they need to be reviewed and signed with an electronic signature.
Steps to fill out forms:
- Visit smsd.org.
- In the top navigation bar, click on “Skyward” and log in to your account.
If you do not have a Family Access account, you may contact your child’s school office after July 26 to inquire about setting up account access.
- Under “Home” you will see “2022-2023 Student Annual Online Verification.”
There will be directions that walk you through the entire process. They include permission forms, a health history review, and a medication permission form. For middle and high school students, there is also an athletic packet. The process should take only about 5 minutes to complete.
Please try to complete these forms as soon as possible. It is a mandatory step necessary for student materials checkout. Students cannot be assigned a computer/device until the forms are complete.
Updated Information for 2022-23 - Child Nutrition Meal Program Application
Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced priced meals as part of the Online Verification. The link to the Child Nutrition Meal Program Application is available on Skyward or can be found on School Cafe. Families do need to create a School Cafe account if they do not already have one - more information may be located on the SMSD Food Service Free and Reduced web page. Children may receive free or reduced price meals based on certain Medicaid benefits or if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Applying and qualifying for free and reduced meal benefits not only assists families but also our district in the upcoming year.
- Students who qualify by a Meal Program application will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at a free or reduced cost this year. The application also generates additional state funds for our schools. If families do not complete the application, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.
- Additionally, qualifying for child nutrition meal benefits provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced instructional resource fees, transportation fees, and Pre-k enrollment.
- Families are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.
- Do not complete the application if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance and have not received a notification of eligibility, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing a meal program application.
- Families who are directly certified are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.
Student fees have been assessed in Skyward. New for the 2022-23 school year there is an Instructional Resource fee for K-12 students, which replaces the previous Textbook fee. Elementary students will be charged $60; Secondary students will be charged $100. Fees can be paid online through eFunds (a $3 processing fee will be charged) or in the office by cash/check/optional credit card.
The board revised policy JS: Student Fees, Fines, and Charges on May 23rd. Fee waivers are now based on Free/Reduced meal status and not KanCare. Parents are advised to complete their Free/Reduced application in SchoolCafe and their Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward’s Online Verification. It could take 2 weeks or more to process the application, consent form and reduce fees, so please have them completed as soon as possible.
School Supply Lists
If you need assistance with school supplies please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with your children's names and upcoming grade level. We have resources available to help with gathering supplies for students.
SMSD Elementary Program Planning
See the link below for Shawnee Mission's Elementary Program Planning document. This document provides all of the "Welcome To.." information for your child's upcoming grade level. This includes the priority standards as well as the new Cornerstone standards for social emotional learning.
Information for Parents/Guardians:
This school year (2022-2023) the Shawnee Mission School District is once again utilizing the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered once each semester. The first survey window is scheduled for September 19 through October 7, 2022. The Panorama Survey can be completed by students in the remote, hybrid or in-building learning environment. Parents/Guardians would have opted their student(s) in or out of the survey during the 22-23 registration process. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.
We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment. All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential. Please visit this site for more information about the Panorama SEL survey.
1st Semester Survey Dates:
- Panorama Survey Window: 9/19 (am) – 10/7 (pm)
Migrant Family Back to School Event
Nieman Student Expectation Updates
During the 21-22 School Year staff came together to discuss and establish expectations for our school around hoodies, toys, fidgets, and phones. Please see below for Nieman Student Expectations:
Toys- All student toys should be left at home and not brought to school. The only time this would be an exception is if a class earned a reward, then communication would come from the teacher.
Fidgets- Fidgets are great tools used to calm and deescalate students. So long as the fidget is being used in the following ways it will be allowed:
- As a tool and not a toy- for it's expected purpose of calming
- Silently (many fidgets can be disruptive to the learning environment so please ensure your child is capable of using their fidget silently before sending it in).
- It will stay in the classroom and not travel to other locations in the school.
- Must be smaller than a student's hand.
Phones- Phones may be brought on to school property. Once the student enters their classroom the phone should be turned off and kept in their backpack during school hours.
- With permission from the teacher a student may get their phone out to call parents. This is only common towards the end of the day if checking on dismissal or an after school activity.
- Personal phone use may start once students are off school property.
- If a students phone becomes a concern the first contact will come from the classroom teacher. After that contact, if the phone is still a concern, then administration will contact the family and a guardian will need to come up to the school to get the phone.
Hoods- Students are allowed to wear hoods, so long as they don't disrupt their learning or the learning of others.
Our Shawnee Mission Student Handbook provides information on our philosophy of education, code of conduct and a of variety policies and procedures. Students and parents can read this handbook to better understand the behavior expectations of Nieman Elementary and also the Shawnee Mission School District.
PTA Information and Updates
PTA has so many ways for you to get involved, connect with one another, and support Nieman.
Sign up to be a Nieman PTA Member through MemberHub. Being a member gives you access to MemberHub email updates from PTA, keeps Nieman’s PTA in good standing and active, and connects you with other families and community members who support Nieman.
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