CHE E-Update

Creating A Great Story For All

September 23, 2019

Greetings CHE Families,
It is exciting to see the first day of fall on the calendar. Now we need the fall-like weather.

There are several fun community activities this week. We are collecting specific food items for a special program to support BV children. See the information below. Another annual highlight is the CHE PTO Sonic Night. When you stop by you'll likely know the carhops as they are PTO board members along with other CHE parents. Be sure to tip them well this Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm.

For the past 14 years, we have never asked families to sell paper goods, candy, candles or the like. This is the means many schools have as fundraisers. At CHE we have a special program, Take Stock in CHE that funds many extra programs for our students. In conjunction with the PTO, this program sponsors after school clubs, cultural arts learning excursions (field trips), visiting authors and more. I ask every family to invest in the very important fundraising event. It is the only fundraiser of this type at Cedar Hills. A special thank you to those families who have already made their generous donation. When 100% of our families participate our students will greatly benefit. Additional information can be found below.

We look forward to having the students back in school on Tuesday.


Quick Takes

*Be sure to check out the CHE web page...
*Visit the PTO web page…
*WatchDOGS sign up…
* Kansas Instructional Standards...

School will not be in session for students on these dates...
-Monday, September 23 (professional learning for all district staff)
-Thursday, October 3 (parent-teacher conferences)
-Friday, October 4 (parent-teacher conferences)
-Friday, October 18 (professional learning, grade preparation)
-Monday, October 21 (professional learning)

News Just For You

CHE Cares Food Drive - This Week!

Community for Kids is helping kids in our own backyard! Each week they provide 260+ weekend food packs to students in 24 schools in the Blue Valley School District.

The CHE PTO is excited to support their efforts by hosting a Food Drive September 24th – 27th. Please consider bringing in one or more of the following items:

  • Canned pasta (ie: Chef Boyardee Ravioli)
  • Canned tuna, 5 oz. in water (not oil)
  • Canned soup, 10 oz. cans (child friendly varieties)
  • Single Serving cereal
  • Boxes of mac & cheese
  • Individual fruit or pudding cups
  • Single serving bags of peanut butter crackers, pretzels, or Goldfish
  • Granola Bars

NO glass containers or expired foods please!

Art Club, Gr. 5

Calling all 5th grade students… let’s make some art! Come join the Take Stock in Cedar Hills sponsored Art Clubs Wednesday, October 9th or 16th where we will be creating tape sculptures using our bodies! Students will have the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in their weekly art class and dig deeper into their creativity to create projects. Students can pick up sign-up sheet attached below. There is a limit of 28 students for each of the days so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. If limit of 28 students per day is reached, then there will be a drawing to select the participants of the club. The forms must be turned in by September 27th to participate in Art Club! If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Saffels. Let’s get creative!

Standard Based Grading

What are grades, curriculum, resources and learning experiences & instruction?

This year’s shift to standards-based grading puts a focus on student learning in relation to a specific standard. The updated elementary report card will show students' performance as it relates to each standard. As we approach the end of the first quarter, it is important that there is clarity around the terms grades, curriculum, resources, and learning experiences & instruction to best understand the information provided in the report card.

GRADES: Grades in Blue Valley are based on state standards and how well each child is performing relative to grade-level expectations. Standards are determined by the Kansas State Board of Education and common to all schools in Kansas. Many standards are aligned or based on national standards, but all have gone through a state-level approval process. State standards for each content area can be viewed on the district website and the Kansas Department of Education's website.

CURRICULUM: Curriculum can be described as "what" students learn. Curriculum is determined by individual school districts. Each school district has a process in which teachers, administrators and other professionals create and approve a district curriculum. In Blue Valley, teams take state standards for class/grade level and determine how to best organize them into units to ensure high levels of learning and to meet the needs of our Blue Valley students. District curriculum is posted on the district website.

RESOURCES: Resources can be described as "with what" students learn. Resources are the tools with which students learn. Instructional materials, textbooks, websites, apps, equipment and much more make up the resources our students and teachers have as they learn the objectives in the district curriculum.

LEARNING EXPERIENCES & INSTRUCTION: Learning experiences and instruction can be described as "how" students learn. Students learn the intended standards through engaging in learning experiences. Teachers use the district curriculum and resources to design instruction that best meets the needs of the students they teach. Instruction is, and should be, different from class-to-class, even student-to-student. Teachers are empowered to use the best research-based strategies and quality resources to personalize these experiences for students.

Visiting Author Sarah Weeks

On Tuesday, October 8th, CHE is excited to be hosting visiting author, Sarah Weeks. The book orders were due last week and have been submitted, but if you would still like your student to have a signed copy of one of her books, you may purchase them on your own at a local book retailer or online. Have your student deliver the book to Mrs. Bettis in the library by the morning of her visit. She will be happy to sign the book and we will deliver it back to your student on Wednesday. The Visiting Author Program is supported by our PTO Take Stock funds.

Something Special...From Senora Davidson

Looking for a way to include some Spanish in your family’s life but struggling to find the time? Start off simple with just replacing some basic commonly used English words. We all say “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” and “excuse me” every day, sometimes multiple times a day. Pick one day where your family instead uses “gracias,” “de nada,” and “perdóname” (respectively) to try to get in the habit of practicing another language. Once you have simple word replacement down you can move to common full phrases like “¿Cómo estás?” (How are you?) or “Me gusta _________” (I like ________). These are phrases that every grade uses in Spanish class at CHE so if you’re struggling, ask your student to help! (Please note however, that Kindergarten has yet to be introduced to “me gusta” – that’s coming soon!) As always, don’t forget to check out the Spanish canvas website for vocabulary, videos, songs, and helpful links to aid in your student’s success in Spanish class.

Healthy Notes from Nurse Meghan

It’s that time of year when fall and the flu are in the air. While we have not had reported cases of flu at Cedar Hills yet, the county has already started having reported cases. Many doctor’s offices have started offering this years vaccine and the CDC is recommending that you not wait and get it sooner rather than later. If your provider does not yet have the vaccine, check with your local pharmacy as many are already offering it to those over the age of 8. Aside from the flu shot, the best thing you can do to prevent the flu at home is good handwashing. Review this frequently with your children and make sure they know when and why we do good handwashing. I will also be reviewing this with them in a few weeks.

If your student is diagnosed with the flu, please contact me at 913-239-3313. We keep track of these cases and take measures to try and prevent further spread. The district policy on flu is for students to remain at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. Even without a fever you can still spread the flu. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Have a healthy week!

Mark Your Calendar

23-No School
24-27 CHE Cares Food Drive

25-Art Club, Gr. 4, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)
26-After School Study Club, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)
-World Series of Wiffleball, Tigers vs. Orioles, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

September 30 – October 3 Parent Teacher Conference Week


3-No School

4-No School

7-After School Study Club, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

8-Visiting Author visits CHE

10-After School Study Club, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)
-World Series of Wiffleball, Rockies vs. Tigers, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

-Band Concert, 7:00pm, PRMS

11-CHE Pride Day - Wear your CHE spirit wear or green and blue!

-Kids 4 Kindness Event

14-After School Study Club, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

17-Gr. 1 Learning Excursion to Kansas City Zoo (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

-Gr. 3 Learning Excursion to Mahaffie Farm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

-After School Study Club, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)
-World Series of Wiffleball, Pirates vs. Orioles, 3:40-4:30pm (Take Stock in CHE Sponsored)

18-No School, End of Quarter 1

From Your PTO Partners

All the information related to the PTO and your place to sign up to volunteer is at . Come check it out today!

Sonic Spirit Night Thursday (9/26)!

Once a year we have a very special Spirit Night! CHE parents volunteer to be car hops. Unlike most spirit days where we get a % of sales, for this one the PTO gets ALL tips while we car hop! It is a fun night where our friends and community come together to support the school, while checking dinner off the to-do list! Please consider signing up at to car hop, it's always a fun time! Car hops are needed from 5:20 - 7:30pm on Thursday, September 26th.

Take Stock in CHE

Please take a minute to see if you have Taken Stock in CHE this year! We are behind on reaching our goal to be sure we can fund all the educational opportunities that our Take Stock program supports. Please go to our website and look under “My Account” and “My Forms/Paperwork.” If you see Take Stock as an option you have not yet contributed and this program benefits EVERY SINGLE CHE STUDENT. If your student is taking field trips, using classroom enhancements, after school clubs, etc., then he/she is benefitting from this program. You can also visit our website to see if your employer will match your contribution for free extra money for the school.

Save the Date –

October 11th – After school Kids for Kindness Event

October 25th – Mother Son Night and Lifetime Fitness! Details to come soon!