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Conn-West Elementary Newsletter - September 30th

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Conn-West PTA

Whether this year is your first at Conn West or you are returning to the halls a seasoned pro, we are happy you and your students are here, and we want to make sure that you know how much we adore each of your children. The beginning of a new year is always full of excitement for new teachers, new friends, and seeing old friends again. The PTA has a full calendar planned for this year and we hope that you are as excited as we are to get started.


What does membership do?

You must be a member to vote or be a PTA Officer. Being a member also helps the state and national PTA show power of numbers when they advocate for our schools and students.


Why PTA?

  • Improve student achievement

  • Improve communication with families

  • Increase family engagement

  • Engage families in student success or school improvements

  • Qualify for grants and awards to support your school

  • Partner with other community organizations

  • Enhance fundraising efforts

  • Funding for items outside the normal school budget:

    • Movie nights

    • Breakfast with Buddies

    • Sweetheart dance

    • Teacher Appreciation

    • GLO Run/Block Party

    • Activities and prized for field day


How Do People Know About Events?

  • Flyers: Most Events will have at least one (1) flier sent home with every student.

  • Phone and Email Blasts: Some events will have a phone blast or an email blast from the school, which are typically reminders.

  • Facebook: The PTA has a Facebook page where we post events and other PTA information. Please, follow Conn West PTA on Facebook!


How We Pay for Everything? Fundraising!

Membership dues are not part of the operating budget, so we must fundraise for our budget each year. We will be doing a trash bag fundraiser in October with delivery during Parent/ Teacher conferences.

The PTA also partners with various restaurants to host fundraiser nights. During those events, we earn a portion of the profits. These events are great because you get an excuse to not cook dinner. These events are typically open, meaning that friends, family, neighbors, and the rest of the community can also participate.


How We Make Everything Happen? Volunteers!

It takes time and energy to make everything happen for our kids. Our volunteers get paid in thank yous, tiny smiles, and the occasional hug. Without volunteer support, the PTA cannot provide the extras that help make school special for our kids. There is a Facebook post with Volunteer job descriptions, so please look for that and sign up to help! Parent involvement at school is directly tied to increased academic achievement for your students.


How Do I Join PTA ?

PTA dues are $10 each school year and can be purchased at events and meetings. You may join by scanning the QR code to sign up. You may pay the $10 membership fee via CashApp $CWGVPTA , Venmo @connwestpta, check (make checks payable to Conn West PTA) or cash.

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School Day Hours

The school day begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:55 pm. Students

may enter the building at 8:40 am. Please do not drop your child off

before 8:40 am unless they are enrolled in LINC. Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 8:40 am until 9:00 am.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click here to view the daily breakfast and lunch choices.

Student Cell Phones

Although we prefer students to keep their cell phones at home, we understand that a student may need to carry a phone for safety reasons, etc. Due to the fact that we do not want disruptions within the learning environment, cell phones should not be seen or heard at school. If this policy is broken, students will be given one verbal warning. If this occurs a second time, the phone will be collected and turned into the office. Students can retrieve their phone at the end of the day. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Transportation and After School Changes

If your child’s mode of transportation or after school routine is going

to change for the day, please notify the main office

@ (816) 316- 5225 prior to 3:00 pm to ensure that your child arrives

at the appropriate destination.

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Follow our Facebook Page

Please follow our Facebook page @ facebook.com/ConnWestElementary

Meal Account Payments

The Grandview C-4 School District will accept meal account payments via cash or check (made payable to Grandview School District) directly at the school cafeteria OR online via PARENT PORTAL.

ONLINE MEAL ACCOUNT PAYMENTS via PARENT PORTAL

The Grandview C-4 School District is pleased to continue accepting online meal payment processing for your child’s cafeteria meal account. Families can make SECURE online payments for school meals through PARENT PORTAL.

Click here for a link to Parent Portal.

By accessing PARENT PORTAL, you can easily and securely make payments to your student’s meal account. Payments are processed immediately and appear on your student’s meal account within minutes. While logged into PARENT PORTAL, families can also monitor meal account balances, student’s spending, daily meal purchases, etc.

Giving the Basics

Grandview C-4 partners with the non-profit organization Giving the Basics, to provide several types of personal hygiene items to students and families who cannot otherwise afford

them. Items are free and include, but are not limited to, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, ethnic hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, and laundry soap. Sometimes, items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, combs and brushes are also available. Personal dignity is an important component of school attendance and academic achievement. If you know of a student or family in need, please contact a school counselor, nurse, health para or building administrator. With your help, we can get these important items into the hands of the students who need them. Remember, the items are free and available to anyone in need.

Here Comes the Bus App

The Here Comes the Bus App will allow you to track your child’s bus in real-time and receive push notifications, set up alerts to notify you when your child scans on and off the bus. You can use the app on your smartphone device or on your computer by visiting herecomesthebus.com. You and your student will need to sign up by following the instructions below.


How to Sign up:

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.


How Students Sign up

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter student’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.


For more information or for FAQ’s you can visit herecomesthebus.com. You can also email hctb@grandviewc4.net with any questions.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Thursday, October 6th: Mad Hatter Day

Monday, October 10th: PTA Trash Bag Sale Begins

Tuesday, October 11th: Think First Assembly for 3rd - 5th Grade Students

Tuesday, October 11th: 5th Grade to GHS

Friday, October 21st: End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 28th: Free Dress Down Day

Friday, October 28th: Picture Retakes

Monday, October 31st: Fall Parties

Tuesday, November 1st: Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 2nd: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 3rd: Early Release @ 1:10 pm

Thursday, November 3rd: Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 4th: No School

Monday, November 7th: No School

Tuesday, November 8th: No School - PD Day for Staff