Cougar Connection

Conn-West Elementary Newsletter - September 10th

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Thank you to everyone that attended Curriculum Night last night.

It was wonderful to see so many of our families last night. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child's teacher for the information.

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.

Picture Day is Next Wednesday

Picture day is Wednesday, September 15th. Students do not have to dress in their uniform for picture day. Please watch for brochures to come home on Monday.
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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.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Tuesday, September 14th: McTeachers’ Night

Wednesday, September 15th: Free Dress Down Day

Wednesday, September 15th: Picture Day

Friday, September 17th: PTA Glow Run from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, September 24th: $ Dress Down Day

Saturday, September 25th: Heroes for Education 5K

Friday, October 1st: No School - Professional Day

New Dismissal Application With Parent App Feature

In our ongoing efforts to enhance your children’s safety, we have decided to begin using the PikMyKid Dismissal Application. The unique features of PikMyKid allow you, as parents, to easily change pick up modes, quickly delegate to an alternate individual for pickup, change to an ‘After School’ program, and even schedule for future pickup mode, pickup individual, and after school programs. This app allows you to be in full control of your child’s dismissal and it gives us, the school, complete information regarding dismissal and the ability to acknowledge every change and to instantly check your child’s dismissal status should you have a question.

Whether you have an Android phone or an iPhone, at your convenience, visit the appropriate app store and download the PikMyKid app. Once downloaded, the registration process is very simple.

You will receive a PikMyKid Car Tag at Meet the Teacher night or on the first day of school. As you register in the App, use this number on the car tag. You will be the Primary Parent for your child and in control of their dismissal. You can delegate alternate individuals, but they should have the App also as it will send a matching number to the phone for us to validate the correct person is picking up the proper child. If you are part of a car pool, each child’s number will be sent to the phone for validation. You will be asked for the necessary information (Child Name, Grade, Teacher, Dismissal Mode, & Car Tag Number) upon registration.

When you come to pick up your child for dismissal, place the PikMyKid Car Tag in your front window.

The PikMyKid Support Team is always available to help you when you have a question. You can contact them at support@pikmykid.com.

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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Morning Arrival Information

Morning Arrival will take place in the front of the school from 8:40 am until 9:00 am. Please pull into the front drive area off of High Grove Road, the left lane is for cars and the right lane is for buses only. Drivers may drop-off students along the entire length of the car lane. Form a single lane on the right side of the car lane. Students are to unload from PASSENGER SIDE of vehicle only. The driver should remain in the vehicle at all times and all driver side doors are to remain closed. In order to be able to get the busses in, please do not block the entrance into the bus and car lane. Once your student has exited your vehicle you may exit the parking lot via the bypass lane to the driver’s left. This lane is for driving only — no loading, unloading, or stopping at any time. Please do not block the entrance to the bus lane.
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Afternoon Dismissal Information

For our students that are picked up by parents at the end of the school day, car rider students will be picked up in the back of the school. Parents will need to enter the back parking lot off of Main Street. In order to keep traffic moving, please travel east on Main Street to make a right turn into the back parking lot. Please form a single file line. A staff member will direct you to the pick up area. Please stay in your car in order to keep the line moving. Your child will exit the building and will be assisted into your vehicle by a staff member. Once your child is safely in the vehicle, you may proceed back towards Main Street to exit the parking lot. In order to keep traffic moving, please turn right onto Main Street when exiting the back parking lot. Afternoon dismissal will begin at 4:00 pm.


Complimentary Classes for Parents and Guardians

As part of its mission to support children and families, the Behavior Intervention Support Team

(BIST) is offering a series of three complimentary classes for parents and guardians. Classes

will be presented virtually and facilitated by Marty Huitt and the BIST Team.


These classes are designed to:

● Create consistency between school and home

● Provide language for adults to use when redirecting children

● Share ways to problem solve to increase your child’s success

● Incorporate family meetings into your routine

● Bring a sense of calmness to your home


Please join us for any or all three sessions!

● BIST Parenting Series Topics:

● Tuesday, September 21: Setting Boundaries and Increasing Partnership

● Tuesday, September 28: Proactive Problem Solving

● Tuesday, October 5: Family Meetings and Planning


Time:

● 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM Enter Zoom Room

● 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Informational Session

● 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Questions and Answers


Cost:

These virtual classes are provided free of charge.


Registration:

Please register on or before Friday, September 17, 2021.


To register for this class:

1. Go to https://BIST.org

2. Use the dropdown menu My Account. Click Log In/Log Out.

3. Create a Username by clicking Click Here under the large LOG IN heading. If you already created a Username by previously enrolling in a BIST class, just log in.

4. Enter your information (Name, Email, and a Password). This will register you on the website, but not for the class.

5. Select the class you wish to attend. Click Register to the right of the class name.

6. Follow the instructions.

a. Be sure to select Pay Later via PO under the Payment

Method. This Parent Class is free, but you must select the

Pay Later via PO option in order to register.

b. Select your child’s District and School from the dropdown

menus.

c. Select your position as a Parent unless you are a school staff

member. If you are both a parent and a school staff member,

you may select either.


Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing

the zoom link for the training sessions.


If you do not receive a confirmation email by Monday, September 20, please

contact our office at bist@cornerstonesofcare.org for assistance.

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Joke of the Day

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

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.


CW Distance Learning Grade Level Groups


Conn-West Parent Group

ELL Distance Learning Parent Group

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.

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.