RM Newsletter

May 18, 2020

Thank You

I want to thank you for all the work you've put in at home over the past 9 weeks. Our teachers are so thankful that you've continued to communicate with them and work with your students to maintain their learning. We know the sacrifices you are making, and I will communicate with you once we hear what the start of the 2020-21 SY will look like. Please rest assured the administration is working hard to come up with many plans that will keep all staff and students safe. Have a wonderful summer and we will see you soon!

Best of Shawnee-Ray Marsh


Ray Marsh Elementary School Receives 2020 Best of Shawnee Award

Shawnee Award Program Honors the Achievement

SHAWNEE May 7, 2020 -- Ray Marsh Elementary School has been selected for the 2020 Best of Shawnee Award in the Elementary School category by the Shawnee Award Program.

Each year, the Shawnee Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Shawnee area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Shawnee Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Shawnee Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Shawnee Award Program

The Shawnee Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Shawnee area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Shawnee Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Shawnee Award Program

Personal Item Pickup-Library, Textbook, iPad, instrument Drop Off

We are excited that we have the opportunity to provide your child with their personal items left in the classroom. This will be the only opportunity to receive the items this school year, and final opportunity to see this year's teacher, before summer break begins on May 22. If you have a Wonders text book, library book(s), and/or choose to return your iPad for the summer, bins will be provided at the top of the loop to place them inside. Please read below for details:

Date: May 20th

Where: Ray Marsh Car Loop


Each teacher will be located around the loop. Identify your child’s teacher and pull up to their location. We are asking that you roll down your back window, or pop the trunk, so we can place your items inside the car. Please remain in your vehicle and give the teacher a big air hug or wave! Proceed to the exit, stopping to drop off any Wonders book, library books and/or iPad (if you would like to return it for the summer).

**If you would like to pick up a sibling's personal items in one trip, please contact the older sibling's teacher(s) so these arrangements can be made. The older sibling’s items will then be placed with the younger siblings teacher (by request only). For twins, please stop by and see both teachers as you make your way around the loop.

  • Kindergarten & 1st

    • 9:00-9:45

    • Order of teachers from entryway

      • Nilges, Peters, Stagner, Albo, Frick, Hansford, Price

  • 2nd & 3rd

    • 10:00-10:45

    • Order of teachers from entryway

      • Kellerman, Miller, Self, Starr, Hiegert, Hackworth, Wells, Yates

  • 4th & 5th

    • 11:00-11:45

    • Order of teachers from entryway

      • Brillhart, Roberts, Smith, Jahnke, Palermo, Shultz

  • 6th Grade

    • 12:00-12:45

    • Baxter, Mitchell, Wagoner, Zeit

Our teachers are looking forward to seeing you! Please understand they are not available to have a long conversation, high five, or get a hug due to safety precautions. A big smile is all they are asking for!

**5th and 6th Grade families

If your child has an instrument borrowed from the district, please plan to drop it off outside of Door 20, bottom of the stairwell. You can park in the lot and have one person bring the instrument to the door and leave it outside. We will pick it up at the conclusion of the drop off. Thank you!

Yearbook Update

Due to COVID19, our Inter-State Studios has had to reduce the staff at the plant and we have had to decrease our work weeks to 4 day weeks.This has put a delay in production. The typical turnaround time for this order would be 5 weeks, however, at this time, we are running about 3 weeks behind.

If there are any further questions, families can send an email to:raymarshyearbookorder@gmail.com

Staffing Update

Mary Abbott - Kitchen Manager Retiring

I have truly enjoyed my 30 years at Ray Marsh. The staff have been so nice to work with and I would like to thank the PTA for always including us in the kitchen. I have enjoyed interacting with your children during lunch. They are a bright spot in the day . They are so funny, sweet and entertaining. I will always think of Ray Marsh fondly. Thank you all.

Crystal Albo

We are excited for Crystal Albo as she will be moving to Overland Park Elementary as their new instructional coach. Crystal is a tremendous educator who will continue to positively effect students in SMSD. While we will miss her expertise and energy at RM, we are eager to see the great things she will do in her new role.

Ariel Starr

Ariel rejoins our staff for the 2020-21 school year! We are super excited to see her return to our 2nd grade team after thinking we would lose her due to enrollment adjustments to staffing.

PTA Signup

Interested in helping PTA next year? Please use the link to see opportunities available for the fall and throughout the school year.


Summer Meals

The free food service pick up and go meals will continue to be available through July 24, 2020. We will be closed on Monday 5/25/20 for Memorial Day.
Pick up and go meals are available on Monday and Wednesdays from 10:30AM – 11:30AM at
• Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
• Rosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
• Shawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th St., Shawnee
• Hocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Dr., Shawnee
These meals are free for any child ages 1-18 years of age and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Children must be present for pick up. Meals distributed on Mondays will include 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. Meals distributed on Wednesdays will include 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. Menus are posted on the district web page but are subject to change due to product availability. Additional information and menus are available at: https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service/smsd-pickup-and-go-meals.

Student Spotlight-Alicia Grigsby

2020 KCPT PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners


Check out the story written by one of our very own, Alicia Grigsby!

4th Quarter - Character Trait-Hard Working Recognition

0 Peters, Susan -Brake, Kaden

0 Carol Stagner -Sam Alt

0 Nilges, Miranda -Kai McCarter

1 Jennifer Price -Ian Stigge

1 Amy Frick -Mykal Gutierrez

1 Crystal Albo -Lyla Clements

2 Leah Kellerman -Keeley Baxter

2 Ariel Starr -Brycen Deines

2 Andrea Self -Makenzie Goupillaud

2 Jodi Miller -Jack Peppiatt

3 Richard Hiegert -Sienna Leopold

3 Leesa Yates -Rome Commeford

3 Elizabeth, Hackworth -Lainey, Koskela

4 Sheena Brillhart -Alex Broils

4 Blair Smith -Maddy Zimmerman

4 Darren Roberts -Christian Schroeder

5 Palermo, Kathleen -Hannah Phillips

5 Josh, Jahnke -Schaefer, Wright

5 Shultz, Kristyn -Perea, Anabelle

6 Kindel Baxter -Lily Peters

6 Nate Mitchell -Delilah Moles

6 Denise Zeit -Tyler Holman

6 Ryan Wagoner -Alan Guzman