Meadows Family Newsletter

August 1, 2023

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I am so excited to welcome all of our new and returning Meadows scholars!

I am excited to start my first year as assistant principal at Meadows Elementary. It is a wonderful school with incredible staff who are passionate about education. Together, home and school are creating the educational foundation that will set the precedent for many academic years to come!

Once school starts, you will receive a monthly newsletter from me highlighting all upcoming dates and events. The monthly newsletter will also include reminders and important information. Please make sure to read each newsletter so you stay informed!

This edition of the newsletter contains important information you need to know leading up to the first day of school. I hope this newsletter helps answer many of your questions.

If you have further questions after reading this, please do not hesitate to reach out!

"We can. We will. Watch Us!"

Kyna Croft, Assistant Principal

(785) 235-7150


⭐ FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL The first day of school, August 8, will be for students in grades Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades only. All students will come on August 9, 2023.

⭐ PRE-K FIRST DAY Thursday, August 17, 2023

⭐ LATE START FRIDAY, August 18, 2023, 9:30 AM

⭐ PTO Meeting: August 28 at 6:00 pm, Meadows Multipurpose Room

School Day Hours

Monday through Thursday- 8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
  • Arrival begins: 8:20 a.m.
  • School starts: 8:40 a.m. (students will be considered tardy after 8:40 a.m.)
  • Dismissal begins: at 3:40 p.m. (all students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. unless enrolled in after-school childcare)

Late Start Fridays (every Friday)- 9:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

  • Arrival begins: 9:15 a.m.
  • School starts: 9:30 a.m. (students will be considered tardy after 9:30 a.m.)
  • Dismissal begins: at 3:40 p.m. (all students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. unless enrolled in after-school childcare)


Dear TPS Staff & Families:

Thank you for helping us kick off another great school year! TPS Transportation and Kansas Central have collaborated this week to ensure all routes have been completed and bus routes are now available to families in your Synergy ParentVue account.

Below are detailed instructions to view the route in ParentVue.

  1. Please login at our district's new SynergyParentVue portal from an internet browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.) on your computer or mobile device. THIS INFORMATION CAN NOT BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE PARENTVUE APP AT THIS TIME. If you are in need of assistance logging in to your ParentVue account, please contact Information Technology at 785-438-4750 or

  2. Once you have logged in, if you are on a computer, click on the ParentVue tab at the top of your screen. If you are on a mobile device, click on the Home tab at the top of your screen.

  3. Click on the Student Info button from your computer or mobile device.

  4. If bussing information is available for your student, it will be listed under the Bus Information heading at the bottom of the Student Information page.

  5. Routes are currently posted for many families, and additional routes will be posted to Synergy over the weekend for families who have new routing information or signed up after the first day of school. Please note that students must be at least 1.75 miles from their home school address to receive free transportation. The eligibility for bus services is determined by the student's home address, not a relative or a daycare provider.

  6. If you have any additional questions on transportation and bus routes, please contact our Transportation Call Center at 785-295-3928, 785-295-3979, or 785-295-3904.

  7. If your student receives transportation through the district and not Kansas Central, you will receive a separate email from TPS Transportation if and when changes occur.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to ensure a smoother experience for all families for the first full week of school.


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!

*Available at the App Store and Google Play

Here Comes the Bus® is a registered trademark of Synovia Solutions™ LLC

For more information please visit:

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Needing your student's ID #?

If do not know your student's ID number, have them go to your Parent Vue account (where you registered) and go to student information. You will be able to find it. Here is what you will see.
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School Supply Lists

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Family Resources

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Why Kindergarten Attendance Matters

Please read this article.

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Teaching Children Gratitude

A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5. This means that teaching gratitude to your children at a young age could make them happier throughout their lives.

Please watch the following video about how to talk with your kids about gratitude.

How to Talk with Kids about Gratitude
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