Briarwood Newsletter

January 25, 2022

Message from Mr. Lash

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening of Thursday, February 3 from 4:30-

7:30 and Friday, February 4 from 8:00-3:30. Teachers are in the process of reaching out to

families to schedule a conference. Parents can request an in-person conference or Webex

conference. All parents/guardians entering the building must wear a mask.

PTA Citizenship Contest

Congratulations to Joelle Bouillette who will represent Briarwood in the PTA Citizenship

Contest! Way to go, Joelle!

COVID Management

In order to keep all students and staff safe at school, please help us with the following:

  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get them tested. If your child has one or

more of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste/smell) or

two or more of the following symptoms (sore throat, fatigue, runny nose, congestion,

headache, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, chills) you should provide a negative

PCR test or lab confirmed rapid antigen (no home tests accepted) before they return to


  • Free testing is available at community locations, find sites at

  • If you need COVID guidance for your child who has symptoms, has tested positive or

has had an exposure, that guidance can be found here:


  • If after reading through that document, you did not find the guidance you need to

determine when your child can return to school, please keep your child home and

contact Nurse Blizzard via email at

Conferencias de padres y profesores

Las conferencias de padres y maestros están programadas para la noche del jueves 3 de

febrero de 4:30 a 7:30 y el dia viernes 4 de febrero de 8:00 am a 3:30 pm. Los maestros están

en proceso de comunicarse con las familias para programar una conferencia. Los padres

pueden solicitar una conferencia en persona o una conferencia Webex. Todos los

padres/tutores que ingresen al edificio deben usar una máscara.

Concurso de ciudadanía del PTA

¡Felicitaciones a Joelle Bouillette quien representará a Briarwood en el Concurso de

Ciudadanía del PTA! ¡Bien hecho, Joelle!

Situación de COVID

Para mantener seguros a todos los estudiantes y al personal en la escuela, ayúdenos con lo


  • Informe todos los casos positivos de COVID-19 a la enfermera de la escuela enviando un correo electrónico a
  • Mantenga a su estudiante en casa cuando esté enfermo y hágale la prueba. Si su hijo tiene uno o más de los siguientes síntomas (tos, dificultad para respirar, nueva pérdida del gusto/olfato) o dos o más de los siguientes síntomas (dolor de garganta, fatiga, secreción nasal, congestión, dolor de cabeza, fiebre, vómitos, diarrea, dolores corporales, escalofríos) debe proporcionar una prueba de PCR negativa o antígeno rápido confirmado por laboratorio (no se aceptan pruebas caseras) antes de que regresen a la escuela.

estuvo expuesto, puede encontrar esa orientación



  • Si después de leer ese documento, no encontró la orientación que necesita para

determinar cuándo su hijo puede regresar a la escuela, mantenga a su hijo en casa y

comuníquese con la enfermera Blizzard por correo electrónico a


Important Dates & Deadlines at Briarwood

No School-

Friday, February 4

Monday, February 21

Tuesday, February 22


Briarwood Night @ Dewey's Pizza

Tuesday, February 8- all day!

Mention Briarwood or show attached flyer


General PTA Meeting

Wednesday, February 16 @ 7:00pm


Meeting ID: 448 476 3270


Briarwood Skate Party

Friday, February 25


Class and Briarwood Club picture day!

Monday, February 28


Order your 2021-2022 Yearbook now!

Deadline to order is March 25

see more details below


Briarwood Auction

Don’t miss the fun! Stay tuned for information on how to buy your tickets in early February!

We’re so grateful to our High Roller Auction sponsors! These four companies have stepped up as the lead sponsors for the upcoming Briarwood Auction.

Beckman Dentistry

Dr. Jason Beckman and his staff strive to offer a stress-free dental experience for the whole family. The Prairie Village based practice offers general dentistry to more advanced dental treatments in a friendly, welcoming environment. Learn more at

McCarthy Auto Group

We’re thrilled to have McCarthy Auto Group as a returning sponsor for the 2022 auction. They have 8 locations in the metro to shop new and used cars, plus collision centers that offer free auto body repair estimates. Their dealerships across the metro offer models from Buick, Honda, Nissan, Chevy, Toyota and more. Next time you are in the market for a new or used automobile, make sure to visit!

Monarch Montessori School

We’re proud to welcome Monarch Montessori School as a new auction sponsor. Monarch Montessori School is a preschool in Overland Park that provides a whole and authentic Montessori experience for every child. It is a Green School with beautiful classrooms and a highly-trained staff. To learn more, visit

Schulze Real Estate

Schulze Real Estate is another returning sponsor for our 2022 auction! Lindsay Schulze is recognized as one of the top real estate agents in Kansas City, ranking perennially in the top 1% city wide. Lindsay is a Senior Sales Associate for the #1 Koehler Bortnick Team and is annually recognized as the team’s top producing agent. The next time you’re in the market to buy or sell, get started with Lindsay at

For more information on auction sponsorships visit

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Eat pizza & give back to Briarwood- Tuesday, Feb 8

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General PTA Meeting- All Things Briarwood - Wednesday, February 16 at 7:00pm

Please join us for our second semester (virtual) General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, February 16th from 7-8:30pm.

There will be an update from Mr. Lash and other key staff members about All Things Briarwood - academic achievements, resources and more! Bring your questions and feel free to submit any questions in advance to Molly Lund, PTA Co-President (

Topic: General PTA Meeting
Time: Feb 16, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 448 476 3270


Science Night- Presenters needed on Wednesday, March 30

Hello Bulldog parents!

Science Night is a fun, long-standing tradition at Briarwood. It takes place every other year (minus a skipped year due to COVID) and Wednesday, March 30, 2022 is this year’s event – mark your calendars now!

There will be more information to come about this family-friendly evening event, but in the meantime, we are reaching out to Briarwood parents who have a science-related career or hobby who might like to share their talents with our students and families!

The format for Science Night is meet, greet and inform. It is a busy evening, so individual contact is short – a quick hands-on activity or demonstration works very well.

Please reach out to Melissa Clark with questions.

**Note, we will be following all SMSD COVID protocol for an indoor event, so masks will be required, and we will likely have 2 one-hour time slots for everyone to attend.

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Briarwood Skate Party- Friday, February 25

Briarwood families, let's roll at Skate City on Friday, February 25th from 4-6pm.

Look for a flyer soon with more details!


A space for EVERY Bulldog- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Briarwood

This space is where we will identify opportunities that allow Briarwood families to engage with the broader community to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

If you are interested in taking an active role in diversity, equity and inclusion at Briarwood, please contact PTA Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Jessica Brooks-Bryon @

Celebrations and Recognitions

February 1st – Lunar (Chinese) New Year

February 4th – Winter Olympics Begin

Celebrating other traditions:

Cultural celebrations foster respect and open-mindedness for other cultures. Celebrating our differences, as well as our common interests, helps unite and educate us. In honor of the Chinese or Lunar New Year, we have included a link with some historical context and activities and a local FREE activity for all ages.

Chinese New Year Activity Ideas | Scholastic

Lunar New Year Celebration | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Olympic Fun:

The Olympics usually occur once every two years, but due to the postponing of the 2020 Olympics we will experience the summer and winter Olympics in back-to-back! The Olympics are a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate other cultures as a family. Beginning with the opening ceremonies on the evening of February 4th you can watch athletes from different countries compete in a variety of winter events for two weeks. Below is a link with some ideas for family fun from a past winter Olympics.

25 Winter Olympics Games, Crafts, and Treats for Kids - Fun Loving Families

Este espacio es donde identificaremos oportunidades que permitan a las familias de Briarwood interactuar con la comunidad en general para promover la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión.

Si está interesado en asumir un papel activo en la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión en Briarwood, comuníquese con Presidente de la PTA de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión

Jessica Brooks-Bryon @

Celebraciones y Reconocimientos:

1 de febrero – Año Nuevo Lunar (chino)

4 de febrero - comienzan los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno

Celebrando otras tradiciones:

Las celebraciones culturales fomentan el respeto y la mentalidad abierta hacia otras culturas. Celebrar nuestras diferencias, así como nuestros intereses comunes, nos ayuda a unirnos y educarnos. En honor al Año Nuevo Chino o Lunar, hemos incluido un enlace con un poco de contexto histórico y actividades y una actividad local GRATUITA para todas las edades.

Chinese New Year Activity Ideas | Scholastic

Lunar New Year Celebration | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Diversión olímpica:

Los Juegos Olímpicos generalmente ocurren una vez cada dos años, pero debido al aplazamiento de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2020, ¡experimentaremos los Juegos Olímpicos de verano e invierno en forma consecutiva! Los Juegos Olímpicos son una gran oportunidad para aprender y celebrar otras culturas en familia. Comenzando con las ceremonias de apertura en la noche del 4 de febrero, puede ver a los atletas de diferentes países competir en una variedad de eventos de invierno durante dos semanas. A continuación hay un enlace con algunas ideas para la diversión familiar de los pasados ​​Juegos Olímpicos de invierno.

25 Winter Olympics Games, Crafts, and Treats for Kids - Fun Loving Families


Crossing Guards needed - sign up today!

We need volunteers for crosswalk duty at 86th and Juniper.

  • Children must walk themselves and/or their bikes/scooter across the crosswalk
  • Cars are not permitted to turn left off of 86th Street before and after school times
  • Crosswalk times are 7:50-8:10am and 3:05-3:20pm (12:25pm-12:40pm on half days)
  • If you are unable to make your assigned time, please find a sub or trade with someone
  • Please try and sign up at least once a month and wear a mask!

Thank you very much for your willingness to help!


Earn Money for Briarwood while you shop on Amazon!

Go to and designate Briarwood as your charitable organization. Briarwood will earn .5% from most purchases.

Bookmark the website to use each time you shop! All of your account information will remain the same, but you’ll be raising money for Briarwood
Click below to learn more about the SMAC Clothing Exchange
Click below for information about COVID-19

Briarwood’s social worker, Cassie Horn is available to provide support to all families

Mrs. Horn can:
  • Help students/families with anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, peer relationships and other family/school dynamics
  • Help create behavior support plans with students/families/teachers
  • Assist teachers with social emotional teaching and trauma informed approaches in their classroom
  • Individual and group counseling within school setting
  • Provide resources to parents struggling with emotional/behavioral issues at home
  • Connect families to resources, such as our community partner Hillcrest Covenant Church. Resources include groceries, housing, clothing etc.

Please contact Mrs. Horn with any questions or concerns: 913-993-2262

La trabajadora social de Briarwood, Cassie Horn está aquí para brindar apoyo a todas nuestras familias de Bulldog

La Sra. Horn Puede:

  • Ayudar a los estudiantes / familias con ansiedad, depresión, prevención del suicidio, relaciones con los compañeros y otras dinámicas familiares / escolares.
  • Ayudar a crear planes de apoyo al comportamiento con estudiantes / familias / maestros.
  • Ayudar a los maestros con la enseñanza socioemocional y enfoques informados sobre el trauma en los salones.
  • Asesoramiento individual y grupal dentro del entorno escolar.
  • Proporcionar recursos a los padres que luchan con problemas emocionales o de comportamiento en el hogar.
  • Conectarlo con recursos junto con nuestro socio comunitario Hillcrest Covenant Church para nuestras familias. Los recursos incluyen comestibles, vivienda, ropa, etc

Comuniquese con ella con cualquier pregunta o inquietud 913-9932262


Social Media Info

Briarwood Elementary Bulldogs on Facebook- Grade-level private Facebook groups, search:

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2028 (6th grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2029 (5th grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2030 (4th grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2031 (3rd grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2032 (2nd grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2033 (1st grade)

Briarwood Elementary Class of 2034 (K)

Instagram @briarwoodbulldogs

Twitter @BriarwoodElem


2021-2022 PTA Executive Committee


Molly Lund •

Mary Boomer •


Deana Curtin•

VP Administration:

Kim Shelton •

VP Communications:

Jennifer Freund •

VP Community Events:

Krissie Kiehne •

VP Student Services:

Kristin McClasky •

VP Funding:

Sadie Durbin •

VP Finance:

Laura Strongman


Michelle Wiens


Ashley Hunt •

Briarwood Foundation:

Wendy Hill •

Diversity & Inclusion Chair:

Jessica Bryon •