Sheldon Update

January 10, 2022

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner

Dear Sheldon Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break! It has been a great few days with students back in the building. We are jumping back into routines and procedures and getting settled back into school life. I don't know what you were feeding them over the break, but they all came back taller! We are excited for all of the fun activities and learning that will take place over this second semester.

As a reminder, we do not have school Monday, January 17 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Students will return on Tuesday, January 18. Enjoy the long weekend!

As the weather is getting colder, please ensure you are sending your student to school dressed warm and prepared to go outside for our outside times. Per district policy, we go outside if the windchill is 20 degrees or above, even if only for a few minutes to get some fresh air!

Thank you to all families for continuing to be diligent in monitoring for COVID symptoms in your home and notifying the school for guidance. There have been some updates to the Shawnee County guidelines, effective January 1, so it is important to call the school to see what needs to occur if there has been a positive case or exposure in your home.

We are very quickly running out of extra student masks. We simply can not keep up with the number of students that are coming without them daily. We are at the point of asking those regularly coming without a mask to leave with your student and come back with one. Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Thank you for the privilege of serving you ~

Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner, Principal

Upcoming Events

January Events

  • Social-Emotional Family Engagement Event - VIRTUAL
  • January 17 - MLK, Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL!
  • January 20 - Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00

Social-Emotional Family Engagement Event

More details will be coming soon about our January Family Engagement Night which will be focused on Social-Emotional development! This event will be VIRTUAL. We hope to "see" you there!

Items That Need Your Attention

Students Leaving Early

The school day at Sheldon runs until 4:00 with students being dismissed from 3:40-4:00. As you know as caretakers of toddlers, the transition to go home is a process! Classrooms are finishing their day, cleaning up activities, eating snacks, and packing to go home. It is very disruptive and difficult for us to dismiss children from school early, starting at 3:10. If you have to pick your child up for an appointment, please be sure it is communicated in advance and they are picked up before 3:10. We will be unable to release students after 3:10 until our bus and car line process begins at 3:40. If a child has an appointment between 1:00 and 2:00, they need to be picked up prior to 12:45 or after 2:00. Children are transitioning into rest time and napping from about 12:30-2:00 each day. It is disruptive to that valuable rest time when we have to wake sleeping children to leave for an appointment. Patterns of leaving early are tracked just as tardies are and will have an impact on student attendance. Thank you for your attention to this!

Attendance Reminder

Attendance Policy

*As established by SCDC Head Start Policy Council and based upon Topeka Public Schools rules and regulations.

1. The Topeka Board of Education believes that attendance at school is a key factor in student achievement and success. Students are expected to regularly attend school, participate, and learn.

2. If your child is ill, has an appointment, or other reason that will constitute an excused absence, you must call into the office between 8:00-9:00a.m. Advanced notice is appreciated.

3. A phone call attempt will be made on any child that does not arrive at school by 10:00am and 11:00am on late start Friday.

4. Head Start performance standards require children to be in attendance at a minimum of 90% of the time. Students who drop below 90% attendance will be placed on an attendance plan to improve student attendance. Any child who has been absent for 10 consecutive days, or 15 cumulative days, risks being dropped from the program and placed on the waitlist.

5. After 2 days of unexcused absences, staff will conduct a home visit or make other direct contact with the child's family, determining what assistance is needed to remedy the problem.

6. Tardies are cumulative and can affect attendance just like absences do. Students must arrive at school on time each day. Excessive tardies may result in the family being placed on an attendance plan.

7. Although Kansas law does not require students to be in school prior to the age of 7, ANY child enrolled in public school does fall into the state truancy policies. Truancy reports may be made to the district truancy officer for any student with excessive absences and/or tardies.

School Information

Conscious Discipline Parent Information

Each week we will be sharing a piece of our Conscious Discipline curriculum with families. Please reach out if you have any questions!
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COVID Testing

Did you know that free Covid-19 testing is currently available in all school clinic offices and at the Service Center? Asymptomatic students and staff may test at their school clinic. Antigen test results are available in about 15 minutes and PCR test results are available in about 30 minutes. Flu testing availability is also coming soon. For more information, see the brochure in English, the Spanish brochure, or contact your school nurse.

Student Illnesses

Please be sure you are communicating with the office or your child's teacher when your child is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19. We are following all Shawnee County Health Department guidance when it comes to evaluating students being at school. We are keeping careful track of students who are identified as having COVID, as a close or household contact to ensure quarantine periods are being followed. Your communication is critical in ensuring we have the information we need to keep everyone safe and healthy! This page on the Topeka Public Schools website provides the most up-to-date COVID information for our families.

Transportation Information

Student Behavior on the School Bus

Dear Parents and Guardians of Bus Riders,

The purpose of this letter is to outline the procedures after a driver or bus para issues a notice or expresses a behavior/safety concern. Misbehaviors on the bus may result in an immediate loss of bus riding privileges.

  • First Notice: Student will receive a verbal warning and a re-teaching of expectations. A copy of the notice will be sent home. Please discuss proper bus behavior with your child, sign the slip and return it to school.

  • Second Notice: Student will lose bus riding privileges for 5 days. Parents will be notified by phone. A designee at the school will work with the student on a plan for improved bus behavior. The notice will be sent home. Please sign the slip and return it to school.

  • Third Notice: Will result in a bus suspension for the remainder of the school year, at the discretion of administration. The notice will be sent home. Parents will be notified by phone.

  • Physical Aggression: Physical aggression on the school bus will not be tolerated. The first offense of physical aggression on the bus will result in a 5 day bus suspension. A second offense will result in a bus suspension for the remainder of the school year, at the discretion of administration.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our children safe on the bus. You will find a complete list of the SHARKS bus expectations below.

Able: Listen and follow bus driver’s rules

Responsible: Remain buckled in seat

Kind: Keep hands and feet to self

Safe: Stay calm and controlled with peers and adults

For busing questions or concerns, please contact:

Sheldon Head Start, Kassi Neufeld, Compliance Coordinator: 785-438-4530

Topeka Public Schools Transportation: 785-295-3910

Kansas Central School Bus: 785-233-2009

Estimados padres de los estudiantes que viajan en el autobús,

El propósito de esta carta es describir los procedimientos después de que un conductor emite un aviso o una reseña. Los malos comportamientos en el autobús resultaron será la pérdida inmediata del privilegio de viajar en el autobús.

  • Primer notificación: el estudiante recibirá una advertencia verbal y una nueva enseñanza de las expectativas aquí en la escuela. Una copia de la notificación será enviada a casa. Discuta el comportamiento apropiado del autobús con su hijo, firme el recibo y devuélvelo a la escuela.

  • Segunda notificación: el estudiante perderá los privilegios de viajar en autobús por 5 ías. Los padres serán notificados por teléfono. Una persona designada en la escuela trabajará con el estudiante en un plan para mejorar el comportamiento en el autobús. El aviso será enviado a casa.Discuta el comportamiento apropiado del autobús con su hijo, firme el recibo y devuélvelo a la escuela.

  • Tercera notificación: el estudiante perderá los privilegios de viajar en autobús durante el año escolar, a discreción de la administración. Los padres serán notificados por teléfono. El aviso se enviará por correo a casa.

  • Agresión física: no se tolerará la agresión física en el autobús escolar. La primera ofensa de agresión física en el autobús resultará en una suspensión del autobús de 5 días. Una segunda ofensa resultará en una suspensión del autobús por el resto del año escolar.

Able: Escuche y siga las reglas del conductor de autobus

Responsible: Permanecer abrochado en el asiento

Kind: Mantén las manos y los pies quietos

Safe: Mantén la calma y el control con tus compañeros y adultos

Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre el transporte comuníquese con:

Sheldon Head Start, Kassi Neufeld, Compliance Coordinator: 785-438-4530

Topeka Public Schools Transportation: 785-295-3910

Kansas Central School Bus: 785-233-2009

Bus Riders

It is expected that bus riders are fully dressed, mask ready, and harness ON when the bus pulls up to the stop. If there was a one minute delay at each stop, that would put the bus at least 20 minutes behind. Please ensure your student is ready to load the bus as soon as it arrives.

Phones, tablets, and toys are NOT ALLOWED on the school bus. These are causing a disruption. If a child does bring one of these items on the bus, it will be removed by the bus para and held until exiting the school bus at the end of the day.

Here Comes the Bus App

Here Comes the Bus is an app that will allow you to track your student's bus in real time. It is free on both the Android and Apple app stores. You will need your child's student ID number, which you can find in your account in TylerSIS. If you have trouble locating this, please give us a call and we will provide it. Directions for downloading and setting up the app are below:

Here Comes the Bus®

Now available to parents of (Topeka Public Schools) students

• View the real-time location of your child’s bus.

• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

• Receive push notifications or email alerts.

• Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, every time.

How to get started:

1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app* or visit

2. Sign Up by going to the Here Comes the Bus website

3. Enter school code 29036 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

4. Complete the “User Profile” box

5. Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number

6. Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

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Informational Items

COVID Protocols

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education voted on August 5th to follow the CDC Universal masking guidelines to start the school year. This means that masks will be required indoors for all staff, students, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required during outside times. Please be sure you send your student to school with a clean face mask each day. This is part of their required dress code and we appreciate your assistance with ensuring we are providing a safe environment for our students! We will also be continuing with frequent handwashing/sanitation, disinfection protocols, and maintaining a social distance of 3 feet. Follow this link to view the entire "TPS Safe to Return to School Plan".

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

WiFi Hotspots

Did you know that you can check out a WiFi Hotspot from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for FREE? Get more information here.
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Applications in both English and Spanish are available for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).
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Food Pantries

This updated document provides a list of food pantries and food resources available in English and in Spanish.

Sheldon Food & Clothing Bank

The Sheldon Food & Clothing Bank is still up and running! If your family has any needs, reach out to your Family Advocate or call 438-4538.

Community Resources Council Directory

You can find the link to the 2021 Community Resources Council Resource Directory here. This directory provides contact information for a variety of community resources.