Circle Towanda Elementary

Parent Newsletter ~ April 2021

Mrs. Terri Turner, Principal ~

Towanda Primary ~ Early Childhood - 2nd grade


Towanda Intermediate ~ 3rd - 6th grade


Mrs. Turner's Tidbits

Circle Towanda Elementary Schools are just bursting with activity! The students returned from Spring Break ready to learn! We heard lots of stories of adventures that they had while gone for the break. Too bad the weather didn’t want to cooperate! What a wild week it was, weather wise! We were just THRILLED to be back in school and in our classrooms! Yay!!! We will never take that for granted again!

We have our annual Spring Music Program coming up soon! We will hold an outdoor concert by grade level. Please be watching for more information from Mrs. Goldsmith on that. I believe we will have one week with our intermediate students and the following week with our primary students. You will need to bring your own lawn chair to use as we enjoy the children singing.

We had a great turnout for our Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences too. It is always a great opportunity to ask questions about how your child is doing at school and to share any information that is helpful for the teacher to know. I appreciate all those who were able to attend this year’s conferences. The following shows the spring conference attendance:

EC – 100% of their parents attended, Pre-K had 96%. Mrs. Baumgartel had 80%, Mrs. Cerney met with 94% of her parents, Mrs. Massey had a 90% turnout, and Mrs. Swilley met with 100% of her first grade parents. In second grade Mrs. Jacobson had 100%, and Mrs. Bair rounded out with 95%. Students from the Intermediate School had the following attendance: from third grade Mr. Taylor saw 100% of his parents and Ms. McClelland had 86%. Mrs. Anderson visited with 80% of her parents and Mrs. Cooley ended up meeting with 93% of her parents. Ms. Stearns met with 100%, Mrs. Turner had 100%, Mrs. Seivley with 84% and Mr. Krahn finished it up with 95% of his classroom parents attending. If you were unable to attend your child’s conference, please call your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions about the information sent home.

The students have managed the spring forward time change. It is so wonderful to see the sun is still out after 7:30 at night. I am sure it does make it harder for you to get some of the younger students to bed when it is still light, but it does help us in the classroom if they are well rested each day. We appreciate the help in that department!

Let’s pray the nice temps hold. It has been wonderful getting outside. Have a great month and Happy Easter a bit early!!!


3/26-4/8 ~ Online Book Fair for CTE -

4/4 ~ Easter

4/5 ~ PTO/Site Council Mtg. 4:15pm via Zoom

4/12 ~ Individual & Class Picture Day at both buildings

4/23 ~ NO SCHOOL—Staff Development

4/24 ~ MOM's Pantry at CTP 8:30-9:30am

4/29 ~ Spring Music Program for CTP students only ~ CHS Outdoor Amphitheater ~time-TBA

Music Note

Spring Music/Band Concerts will take place in person at the high school outdoor amphitheater. CTP students will perform on Thursday, April 29th and CTI students will perform on Tuesday, May 4th. Be watching for more information and times in the next week via Facebook or notes sent home with students.

Introduction of Mrs. Goldsmith's student teacher:

Hello friends! My name is Ms. Davidson and I am going to be a student teacher in your classroom until the end of the year! I am so excited to meet and make music with all of you. I grew up in El Dorado, KS and I am in my last semester as a student at K-State! (Go Cats!) Next school year, I am moving to Winfield to be their music teacher. Just like Mrs. Goldsmith is for you! My family and I live in El Dorado. When I was in school, I loved being in the band and choir! Music is awesome because it helps all of us bond with each other. I am very much looking forward to having fun with all of you in music class! Let me know if you have any questions, and I am so excited to be here!

Counselor's Corner from Mr. LaMunyon

March Students of the Month - Compassion/Kindness

Rowan Henke, Emma Cunningham, Nate Sage, Alexis Chavez, Leighton Smith, Remington Smith, Jesalyn Johnston, Niko Moreno, Madison Ludlow, Jaxson McPherson, Brody McQueen, Bentley Burt, Koda Marez, Titus Henke, Benji Krahn, Bubba Vazquez, Huxley Flitz, Trinidee Ruttenberg, Dani Aitchison, RJ Inman, Bentleigh Coiner, Emelia Davis, Jocelyn Karst, Emmy Schmitz, Ashlyne Holden, Cole Hammer, Chloe Wolf, Jobe Cole, Phoenix Riggle, Hayden Oliver, Gavin Ruttenberg

Character Trait for April ~ HOPE

State Assessments are beginning next week, please help in providing your student with the best preparation possible before testing. A good breakfast and an adequate night of sleep before a test has proven to substantially increase scores. Also having your child present when tests are being administered is very beneficial rather than having to take the make-up tests. Listed below is the schedule:

ELA - April 13th, 14th & 15th

3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grades

Science - April 7th & 8th

5th grade only

Math - April 20th, 21st & 22nd

3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grades

Testing Times

3rd grade: 8:30am - 10:00am

4th grade: 9:00am - 10:30am

5th grade: 10:00am - 11:30am

6th grade: 9:45am - 11:15am


April PTO Meeting ~ Monday, April 12 @ 4:15pm via Zoom (link will be emailed that day)

  • THANK YOU to those that participated in our first ever WILLIE’S Fundraiser Night! We were able to earn $269! Yay!

  • Spangles Fundraiser Night will be Tuesday, April 13th from 5-8pm. Watch for a flyer to come home with more details.

  • Thank you for all your hard work with our first ever Trash Bag Fundraiser! We raised about $1700 for our school, and had around 100 students participate!

  • Thank you for all those that signed up to send things to feed our teachers for our Parent/Teacher Conferences! The teachers really enjoyed all the yummy food!

  • April 26-May 30 we will be selling Smencils and Yummy Licks lollipops before and after school for $1 each

  • Teachers (& Staff) Appreciation Week is coming up May 3-7. More details closer to time.

  • Don't forget to keep scanning those receipts for BOXTOPS. Every little bit helps!

Thank you for your support! You MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Friendly Reminder

Don't forget, school now starts at 8am for both buildings. We have had several students that have been tardy everyday. If you child is eating breakfast at school, they need to come by 7:40am so they don't miss any instruction time in class. It is imperative that students are in class at the beginning of the day, it sets the tone for the rest of their day!