Nieman News

August 21, 2022

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Important Reminders

The first week with all of our Foxes in the house was simply AMAZING! We loved getting to know our PreK and Kindergarten students and see them fall right into place figuring out how everything works; they are already professionals!


A few important reminders:


Arrival:

  • Now that the first week of school is under our belts, adults will no longer be allowed into the building during arrival to take their student to class. This is to ensure the safety and security of everyone. We have a lot of adults inside to make sure students get where they need to go safely.
  • Please make sure you pull ALL the way forward during arrival. This allows us to unload students at a much faster rate to help keep the drop off line from backing up.
  • Breakfast opens at 7:40am
  • All others can enter at 7:50am (no adult supervision is provided before this time!)
  • The tardy bell is at 8:10am, students will be counted tardy at this time.


Dismissal:

  • Back lot walkers- you must use the cross walk for safety, please do not cut through cars.
  • If your child needs help buckling, please pull to the very front to not hold up the car line. This is a great skill for students to practice on the weekend so that they can buckle independently.
  • Dismissal changes must happen before 2pm to ensure we get the information to your student.
  • Please have one primary dismissal procedure. If it changes everyday this can impact the safety of your child and their comfortability at the end of the day knowing what they should do. We will not accept a dismissal change from a child, we have to hear from the adult. If we are uncertain we will keep them with their primary dismissal routine.
  • Please ensure you pull ALL the way forward during dismissal. This allows us to keep the car line moving and get students into cars safely. The adults will tell your kids to walk all the way to the front and not stop if you do. Thank you for following our procedures for student safety.
  • As always, please ensure you are being respectful and polite during this time. People are learning and no one is intentionally trying to upset anyone. Honking and inappropriate language will never be ok.
  • Vapes, cigarettes, and alcohol are not allowed on school property; this includes the parking lot and car loop line.


Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our students during arrival and dismissal! Please feel free to watch the videos below for any clarification.


Principal Tenbrink

Important Dates for Families

AUGUST

22: Board of Education Meeting 6pm- Center for Academic Achievement


SEPTEMBER

2- NO SCHOOL- Professional Learning for Teachers

5- NO SCHOOL: Labor Day

13- PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 in the Library

19- Board of Education Meeting 6pm- CAA

21- Dine Out- Old Shawnee Pizza

22- Fall Picture Day

BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

Arrival and Dismissal

Please watch the videos below to see how our arrival and dismissal work. Please also ensure you have a sign in your car that has your children's first and last name and grade level printed in large writing and placed in an easy to see area, example below. Thank you!

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY

Get To Know Pack 3050- Cub Scouts Meeting Tuesday 8/23 6:30pm @Hope Lutheran Church!

Explore Pack 3050
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NIEMAN AND DISTRICT INFORMATION

Ask your child about the Zones!

We have been working hard on helping our Nieman Foxes learn how to identify which zone (feeling) they are in every time they walk into a room in the school. Here are some examples of Zones Check-Ins! We are also teaching students that ALL zones are okay and how to be okay in that zone. Ask your student about the Zones and I bet they could tell you an earful!!

Nominate a Nieman Teacher for Teacher of the Year- Due Sept 6th!

Help celebrate all of our amazing Nieman teachers by nominating them for Teacher of the Year! See the flyer below and press the link to nominate a teacher!


bit.ly/SMTOY22

bit.ly/SMTOYESP22 (Spanish)

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Attendance

As a reminder, school begins at 8:10 am. Any student who arrives after this time will be marked tardy. 10 tardies will turn into an unexcused absence. If your child is going to be later or absent please ensure you call the attendance line and let Ms. Travis know. That number is 913-993-4088.

Changes in Dismissal Routine

Student safety is of the upmost importance to us. Please know that frequent changes in dismissal routines causes safety concerns. We ask that you have a regular dismissal routine and communicate this with the classroom teacher at Back-to-School Night.


If a change has to occur the safest way to ensure the change is communicated is to email the classroom teacher BEFORE school starts and then ALSO call the office BEFORE 2pm. Teachers have different plan times and lunches, and they are not regularly able to read email. Any dismissal change received after 2pm is NOT GUARANTEED. We will do our best, but the end of the day is a very hectic time in a school. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring the safety of your child.

Food Service Information

These videos will show students what to expect when they join us for school meals. The How To videos can be found on the Food Service web page.

The school meals menus are on https://www.schoolcafe.com/SHAWNEEMISSION. To log on, select View menus (as a guest). From there, select a date, a school and what meal you would like to see. There are daily, weekly and monthly views and the views can include entrees only or all items. School Café also show allergen and nutritional information.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Our Shawnee Mission Student Handbook provides information on our philosophy of education, code of conduct and a of variety policies and procedures. Students and parents can read this handbook to better understand the behavior expectations of Nieman Elementary and also the Shawnee Mission School District.


Click Link to learn more!

PTA INFORMATION AND UPDATES

CLASSROOM HELPERS NEEDED!

It is that time of year again when the Nieman PTA needs your assistance in gathering a couple volunteers per classroom to help plan and run the three classroom parties and plan for teacher's birthday and teacher appreciation week. If you would be interested in helping this year, please sign up by clicking HERE. The PTA will hold a meeting for classroom helpers in September and that is when you will receive all the details. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email PTA at NiemanPTA@gmail.com


MEMBERSHIP AND YEARBOOKS - JOIN NOW AND SAVE!

Welcome to the 22-23 school year! We are so excited to be back in the building and looking towards all the fun things we are going to be able to bring to families, students and staff this year! Of course, we cannot do any of it without you! Please take a few minutes to read the information below to see how you can help support Nieman Elementary!


OUR PTA PROVIDES FUNDS FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • Coffee & Kleenex (PreK and Kindergarten families)
  • Educational Enrichment (field trips)
  • Family Engagement
  • Field Day
  • Staff Appreciation (meals and treats)
  • School Dance
  • School Gift
  • Spring Event
  • Staff Grants
  • 6th Grade Graduations and Awards


WHAT OUR PTA IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR EACH YEAR:

  • Bonding & Liability Insurance
  • Executive Board Trainings
  • Office Supplies
  • Memberships
  • Shawnee Mission Area Council Dues
  • Shawnee Missions Area Council Clothing Exchange Dues


WITHOUT OUR PTA THERE WOULD BE NO:

  • School Pictures
  • Yearbook
  • Coffee & Kleenex
  • Skating Parties
  • Higher cost for families for Field Trips
  • Staff Appreciation
  • School Dance
  • Spring Event
  • Staff Grants


Joining our PTA helps us more than you know! Whether you pay your dues and volunteer your time and efforts into our organization or you just want to pay your dues to show support and are unable to volunteer, your support either way helps tremendously!


A La Carte Pricing:

  • Individual Membership (One adult) - $10
  • Duo Membership (Two adults) - $16
  • Softcover Yearbook - $15
  • Hardcover Yearbook - $20
  • Yearbook Personalization - $7
  • PTA Shirt (photo in links below) - $12

We have put together some Membership Packages that will help you save money!

Here is a link you can share with your family and friends to help support Nieman Elementary! https://www.canva.com/design/DAFJqskmyMw/RzO5uvVZAceVR3-wXICJAA/view?utm_content=DAFJqskmyMw&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink


Please view our packages here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A6Vmbr1z_gYzr9lgMUotJd6aRWOoyJcYxXx-_GgO_ZU/edit?usp=sharing


If a package is not something you are looking for, you can purchase individually! Please visit our store here: https://niemanpta.memberhub.com/store

If you have any questions, please let us know and we will be happy to help - NiemanPTA@gmail.com


YEARBOOK DESIGNER NEEDED:

Nieman PTA is in search of a Yearbook Chairman. Our current chairman: Sommer Saunders is finishing out her last year as her youngest child is in 6th grade. Sommer would love to find someone to help her this year to take over starting the 23-24 school year. Without a Yearbook Chairman, there will be no yearbook for families and staff, so if you love to design, be creative and want to keep these school memories documented for families and staff this might be the perfect position for you! The Yearbook Chairman must also be a paid Nieman PTA member. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sommer at PTAmom81@gmail.com

Nieman Spirit Wear Sales

Spirit Wear Sales are LIVE!!! Show your support for Nieman Elementary by purchasing NEW Spiritwear!!!

2022-2023 PTA Fundraising Survey

Nieman Families- please take a moment to complete the surveys below to help PTA plan for the 22-23 school year,


English:

https://forms.gle/tsjZMAwBPfaqdRJD8


Spanish:

https://forms.gle/1UXp9WS9vCLXtV4k8

Nieman Dine-Out

Dine-Out Old Shawnee Pizza

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 11am-9pm

6000 Roger Road

Shawnee, KS

Dine-Out Fritz

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 11am-9pm

13803 West 63rd Street

Shawnee, KS

Dine-Out Rudys Tenampa

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 4-9pm

8710 Lackman Road

Lenexa, KS

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Jonelle Carter

Office Secretary

REPEATED IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Nieman Student Expectation Updates

During the 21-22 School Year staff came together to discuss and establish expectations for our school around hoodies, toys, fidgets, and phones. Please see below for Nieman Student Expectations:


Toys- All student toys should be left at home and not brought to school. The only time this would be an exception is if a class earned a reward, then communication would come from the teacher.


Fidgets- Fidgets are great tools used to calm and deescalate students. So long as the fidget is being used in the following ways it will be allowed:

  • As a tool and not a toy- for it's expected purpose of calming
  • Silently (many fidgets can be disruptive to the learning environment so please ensure your child is capable of using their fidget silently before sending it in).
  • It will stay in the classroom and not travel to other locations in the school.
  • Must be smaller than a student's hand.


Phones- Phones may be brought on to school property. Once the student enters their classroom the phone should be turned off and kept in their backpack during school hours.

  • With permission from the teacher a student may get their phone out to call parents. This is only common towards the end of the day if checking on dismissal or an after school activity.
  • Personal phone use may start once students are off school property.
  • If a students phone becomes a concern the first contact will come from the classroom teacher. After that contact, if the phone is still a concern, then administration will contact the family and a guardian will need to come up to the school to get the phone.


Hoods- Students are allowed to wear hoods, so long as they don't disrupt their learning or the learning of others.

STUDENT FEES

Student fees have been assessed in Skyward. New for the 2022-23 school year there is an Instructional Resource fee for K-12 students, which replaces the previous Textbook fee. Elementary students will be charged $60; Secondary students will be charged $100. Fees can be paid online through eFunds (a $3 processing fee will be charged) or in the office by cash/check/optional credit card.


Free/Reduced Waiver

The board revised policy JS: Student Fees, Fines, and Charges on May 23rd. Fee waivers are now based on Free/Reduced meal status and not KanCare. Parents are advised to complete their Free/Reduced application in SchoolCafe and their Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward’s Online Verification. It could take 2 weeks or more to process the application, consent form and reduce fees, so please have them completed as soon as possible.

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