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Conn-West Elementary Newsletter - November 19th

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No School November 24th - 28th

School will not be in session next Wednesday, November 24th, Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th. Students return to school on Monday, November 29th.

Book Fair Open on Monday

If you missed the Book Fair this week, don't worry! Your child will have one more opportunity to shop at the Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open on Monday, November 22nd from 9:00 am - 11:00 am on Monday, November 22nd.

Dress Down Day for a Canned Good Item

Tuesday, November 23rd is a Dress Down Day. Instead of a dollar, we will be collecting

canned goods to donate to the Grandview Assistance Program. Please help by bringing in a canned good to donate to GAP. Students that choose to dress down for a canned good item must adhere to the dress code guidelines (please see below). Students who do not follow the dress code guidelines will have their parents contacted to bring appropriate attire and may lose the privilege to participate in future dress down days. The dress down day is optional. Students who are not participating should come to school dressed in their school uniform.


Elementary Clothing Guidelines


The following clothing is inappropriate for school and will not be

allowed:

1. Headwear including but not limited to hats, bandannas, scarves, hair picks, combs, curlers, shower caps, stocking caps, do-rags, hair nets, berets and hoods (Headwear for religious reasons is permitted.)

2. Tank tops, halter tops, cut-off tops, and tops with spaghetti straps

3. Clothing exposing navels, cleavage, backs and midriffs

4. ‘‘Sagging’’ pants (All pants/shorts must be worn at waist level.)

5. Any clothing with tears or holes

6. Tights/leotards worn as pants

7. Skirts/dresses/shorts which are more than two (2) inches above the knee

8. House shoes and pajamas

9. Items making reference to profanity, sex, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, racism, obscene gestures or pictures, weapons, gangs, and violence

10. Chains, as well as jewelry and/or accessories with spikes, points, or sharp edges

11. Sunglasses

12. Coats, heavy jackets, windbreakers and backpacks worn during the school day

*In addition to the guidelines, CW does not allow flip-flops or

shoes without straps or backings.

Please Join Our School Facebook group


Click on the link below to request access. Please make sure to answer the questions when asking to join the groups.


Conn-West Parent Group

ELL Distance Learning Parent Group

Help for the Holidays

We know that sometimes the Holiday Season can be a difficult time for families. If your family is struggling, please reach out to us. We often have opportunities to provide assistance. While we cannot guarantee this assistance, we will always do our best to provide resources to benefit you and our students.

Giving the Basics

Grandview C-4 partners with the non-profit organization Giving the Basics, to provide several types of personal hygiene items to students and families who cannot otherwise afford

them. Items are free and include, but are not limited to, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, ethnic hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, and laundry soap. Sometimes, items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, combs and brushes are also available. Personal dignity is an important component of school attendance and academic achievement. If you know of a student or family in need, please contact a school counselor, nurse, health para or building administrator. With your help, we can get these important items into the hands of the students who need them. Remember, the items are free and available to anyone in need.

Breathing Strategies

Managing emotions can be incredibly difficult for students, and really, for all people. Here are a few strategies we use at Conn-West. Feel free to try them out with your student(s)...they work great at home, as well!

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Cold Weather is Here

Students will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature or wind-chill is at or above 32 degrees. If the temperature or wind-chill fall below 32 degrees, students may have a shortened outdoor recess. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate outerwear for going outside on cold days.

Please Label Your Child’s Outerwear

Please put a name somewhere on your child’s coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts. We donate hundreds of items of clothing and accessories at the end of every year because we cannot identify their owners and they aren’t claimed. Thank you for your help! With a name inside, your child’s clothing is never really lost.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Friday, November 12th - Breakfast with Buddies 8:00 am - 8:40 am in the Conn-West Cafeteria

Monday, November 15th - Book Fair Begins

Tuesday, November 16th - Family Literacy Night 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday, November 23rd - Dress Down Day w/ Canned Good Item

Wednesday, November 24th - No School

Thursday, November 24th - No School

Friday, November 25th - No School

Monday, November 29th - Students Return to School

Thursday, December 9th - Winter Celebration 3rd Grade Concert @ 6:00 pm

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is currently available for students through New Directions Behavioral Health. The program can provide free services to students and families including up to three face-to-face short term counseling sessions, on-site crisis management, 24-hour toll-free phone assistance, and a health resource library.


This is available to our families via referral by school counselors or by you calling the New Directions Help Line at 1-855-340-6487. All students and/or guardians can access the Help Line at any time, as it is open 24 hours each day, every day of the year. Students 18 and older can schedule counseling appointments on their own.

For more information, you may visit ndbh.com. Select ‘For Individual Families.’ Then select ‘Student Assistance Program.’ The school code for our district is: GrandviewSAP.

Additional information on New Directions’ Student Assistance Program is attached. If you have any further questions we encourage you to reach out to your school's counseling office.

We are truly excited to offer this resource to our families.

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Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click here to view the daily breakfast and lunch choices.

Here Comes the Bus App

The Here Comes the Bus App will allow you to track your child’s bus in real-time and receive push notifications, set up alerts to notify you when your child scans on and off the bus. You can use the app on your smartphone device or on your computer by visiting herecomesthebus.com. You and your student will need to sign up by following the instructions below.


How to Sign up:

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.


How Students Sign up

  • Download Here Comes Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com

  • Click the “Sign Up” button

  • Enter school code 29438 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

  • Complete the “User Profile” box

  • Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter student’s last name and student ID number (located in Parent Portal)

  • Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin.


For more information or for FAQ’s you can visit herecomesthebus.com. You can also email hctb@grandviewc4.net with any questions.

Afternoon Dismissal

We need your help with afternoon dismissal. We are causing a backup on Main Street in the afternoon at dismissal time. We want to keep everyone safe and ask that you please not stop your vehicle on Main Street while waiting to get into the back parking lot. Please come a little bit later for dismissal or if you see that you cannot get into the back lot, please pull around the corner and wait on a side street until you can into the lot. We really need your help with dismissal in order to keep you and other community members safe.

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Please Send Extra Mask to School With Your Child

Please send students to school with an extra mask in their backpacks in case it tears, gets wet, dirty, or lost.

School Information Packet

A shared folder of parent information has been created with all of the school information for back to school. Please view the documents by clicking here.

Conn-West Spirit Wear Store

Order your spirit wear now! Conn-West students may wear a Conn-West spirit shirt on Fridays with uniform bottoms. Click here to visit the Conn-West Online Spirit Wear Store.
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You Can Find Bus Information By Clicking on the Following Link

Click here for bus information. Enter your address to find your school of attendance & the bus route.

Student Symptom Screening


Parents please screen your children for symptoms at home prior to sending them to school. Use the below checklist for home screening. Students with symptoms or known exposure to positive case should stay home and parents/guardians please notify the school and request guidance. Students not feeling well during the school day will notify their child's teacher for guidance. The checklist includes:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • new runny nose or congestion
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • sore throat
  • close contact with a person with COVID-19


Regardless of vaccination status, students with COVID-19 symptoms but no test for COVID will remain at home for 10 days after symptom onset, AND free of fever for at least 24 hours, AND other symptoms have improved.


Students who are fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case can refrain from quarantine if they are not showing any symptoms. A fully vaccinated individual is defined as:


Someone who received their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series more than two weeks ago.


Someone who received their first dose in a single-dose vaccine more than two weeks ago.


If students arrive at school not feeling well or start feeling ill during the school day, they will report to the health para’s office. Students with COVID symptoms will need to be picked up immediately and will not be allowed to ride home on the bus.


Parents will notify the health para if their student is exposed to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case. If the student is not fully vaccinated they will need to stay home for 14 days from their last contact with the positive person. They may return after 14 days if no symptoms develop in that time.


All students testing positive for COVID-19 who have symptoms but were not hospitalized may return to school 10 days after symptom onset, AND at least 24 hours with no fever, AND other symptoms have improved


All students testing positive for COVID-19 who never develop symptoms may return to school 10 days after the first positive test.

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Joke of the Day

Click here to submit a Joke of the Day to be read on our daily announcements.

School Day Hours

The school day begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:55 pm. Students

may enter the building at 8:40 am. Please do not drop your child off

before 8:40 am unless they are enrolled in LINC. Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 8:40 am until 9:00 am.

Transportation and After School Changes

If your child’s mode of transportation or after school routine is going

to change for the day, please notify the main office

@ (816) 316- 5225 prior to 3:00 pm to ensure that your child arrives

at the appropriate destination.