Black Bob Family Newsletter

November 2015

From the Principal...

What a fun month of school it has been! We are now entering one of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving always helps me pause and reflect on joy, kindness, and giving.

In the spirit of joy, I am reminded everyday what a fun job I have as an elementary principal. The joy our students, teachers, staff, and families bring to Black Bob are shared through smiles, successes, high fives, laughter, and hugs each and every day.

In the spirit of caring, our teachers and staff continue to strive to go above and beyond with their commitment to help each child. This group of individuals are selfless, passionate, and love what they do.

In the spirit of giving, our parents and families give of their time to volunteer in many aspects of our school day and beyond. The support and generosity of our families helps pick us up on our challenging days and gives us the energy to keep doing what we do.

May you each enjoy this wonderful Thanksgiving season.

Trisha Putthoff

25 things to ask your kids 'how was school today?' Without asking 'how was school today?'

What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Liz Evans--Huffington Post 08/29/14

Kansas Assessment Student Results

State Assessment Results Coming Home

In spring 2015, students in grades 3rd- 8th and 10th and 11th grades took Kansas State Assessments. This was the first year for this new assessment, and because of that, the scores may look different than the scores from previous assessments. It’s important to note that these scores cannot be compared to previous scores, as these are baseline scores upon which all students will improve moving forward. Students will be coming home at the end of this week with a summary of their scores. Score summaries for our school and for the Olathe School District will be released in December.

Performance data on the back page of the report is relative to specific content area claims as a source of additional information. While it does not directly correlate to the overall student score, it does indicate how a student performed relative to his/her building/district/state peers.

State assessments tests are just one piece of a puzzle that tells us how students are doing. These results combined with other tools- such as evaluating day-to-day class work, grading homework, observing in the classroom and keeping track of how students change and grow throughout the year—are all used to measure a student’s progress and assist teachers in gaining insights into the skills, abilities and knowledge of every child.

Check out our PTA website!

Fee Based Early Childhood Peer Participation


The Early Childhood Disabilities program of the Olathe Public Schools incorporates typically developing children into the program. These students are referred to as “Peers”.

Definition of a “peer” for the ECD program includes children that do not have, or are not suspected of having a disability. Eligibility to be considered, or to maintain status as a peer in this program requires meeting this definition.

The Olathe Public Schools believes it is important to provide preschoolers with special needs, (Speech/Language delays, behavior concerns, fine and gross motor delays, hearing impairments, genetic disorders, etc.) the opportunity to learn with peers who are typically developing.

The application process for the 2016 -2017 school year begins on January 7, 2016. Children must be three or four on or before August 31st in order to participate in the upcoming school year. Children must speak and understand English and also be toilet trained.

Benefits your child can receive by being a peer participant:

  • More positive/accepting attitudes about people with disabilities
  • More social skills
  • Equal, if not greater, developmental progress
  • Access to a highly qualified teacher
  • Good student to teacher ratio

For information about the application process contact Kim Russell at 913-780-7341 or by email: (There are no waiting lists for future years.)

Holiday Luncheon

Black Bob invites you to join your child at our Holiday Luncheon. This special meal will be served on Thursday, December 17, 2015 during our regularly scheduled lunch periods. The cost of the lunch is $3.55 per guest. We are happy to have meals prepared for any parents, grandparents or family friends who would like to join us on this day. Due to the planning that must be done for this meal, the deadline to reserve a spot is Monday, November 23. Anyone who would like to join us for lunch on this day must send in the RSVP form that will be sent home this week. We’re sorry but we will be unable to accommodate those guests who do not reserve a spot. We look forward to having you join us.

Library News

Our book fair was a huge success! We could not do this without our PTA and parent volunteers. Thank you so much!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday Nov. 10

Papa Johns Pizza Night

6:15 Fun Fair Meeting

7:00 PTA Meeting

Wednesday Nov. 11

Veteran's Day Salute Program at 2:45

Friday Nov. 13

Mid Quarter Reports go home

Monday Nov. 16

6:00 Feeder School Site Council Meeting at Frontier Trail

Tuesday Nov. 17

2:30 1st Grade Turkey Lurkey all school Performance

6:30 1st Grade Turkey Lurkey Performance

Tuesday Nov. 24

Grill Day

Wednesday Nov. 25

No School

Thursday Nov. 26

No School/ Happy Thanksgiving

Friday Nov. 27

No School

Tuesday December 1

6:30 Performing Arts Concert

Thursday Dec. 3

7:00 PTA

Saturday Dec. 5

Holiday Mart

Friday December 11

All School Spelling Bee

Have a wonderful November!