The Trailblazer

Tomahawk Elementary - March 2016

Principal Message

Greetings, Tomahawk Families!

Wow! What an Awesome turn out we had for the Tomahawk Fun Fair! Thank you to everyone for spending your Friday night at Tomahawk. Your involvement and support is truly amazing. I want to send a special thank you to the PTO for all their hard work in putting together this Fantastic event for our students.

As we move into Spring it is hard to believe we have a little less than 3 months left of school. I am looking forward to the upcoming Spring activities here at Tomahawk and to finishing the year strong.

Enjoy the Sunshine!


~Christy James, Principal

Office 411

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thanks to all Tomahawk parents who attended Parent/Teacher conferences! Students in grades K-5 were able to share in the conference experience. Thanks also to all the parents, especially, Marcia Baron, Adrienne Morgan, Sabrina Lewis, Stacie Brees, Kelci Ebrecht, Kaycee Walden, Kim Casey, Katie Evans, Sarah Graybeal, Melanie Morgan, Jen Noland, Tammy Morgan and Cheri Thomas-Lightner who donated food for the staff conference meal on Thursday. Everything was delicious! Special thanks goes to Marcia Baron for organizing the meal.

School Attendance Is Important

School attendance has always been important at Tomahawk Elementary. Arriving on time reinforces important life lessons about punctuality and responsibility. If your child needs to eat breakfast at school, please have them arrive by 8:10. We will communicate with you often if your child is tardy or absent. Please be sure to call (913) 780-7690 and leave a message to report student absences. Student absences will be counted as unexcused if the office is unable to make parent contact. Regular attendance helps children succeed at school. Let's work together to reduce tardiness and absences.

Third Quarter Ends March 11th

Third quarter ends March 11th. Grade cards will be sent home on March 25th.

Mark Your Calendar! Important Dates when School is NOT in Session:

March 14-18 Spring Break

March 21 Professional Day

Prepare for Unpredictable Weather

Spring weather can be unpredictable. Help your children prepare by reminding them to dress in layers and bring a jacket for morning recess. If the weather turns rainy during the day and you need to make other arrangements for your child’s dismissal instructions, please call the office by 3pm so we have ample time to get the information to your child.

The City of Olathe provides information about severe weather awareness including thunderstorms, lightning and tornadoes. Check out the website for facts on the outdoor warning system, watches, warnings, and disaster supplies kits at

In Case of Bad Weather: Snow Line: 780-8000

Bike Safety

Warmer weather signifies an increase in students riding their bikes to school. Here are a few reminders to keep everyone safe:

  • Students may ride their bikes to school beginning in the 3rd grade.
  • Bike riders should wear a helmet and are encouraged to bring a lock for their bike.
  • Parents should talk with their children in advance about traffic safety.
  • Drivers should take extra care to watch for children on bikes in school areas.

Let It Glow Fun Fair 2016

THANK YOU for coming out to the Tomahawk Fun Fair! We had a GREAT turn out and such a FUN time! Thank you to all of those that sent in pop and baked goods. Thank you to each of you that volunteered your time to work. A HUGE thank you to all the teachers that donated to the teacher raffle and all the local businesses that donated to the silent auction. We could not have hosted a Fun Fair without each and every one of you!! We look forward to seeing you all back for Fun Fair 2017!

Tomahawk Student Competes in Bee

Tomahawk 4th grader Anna Casey competed in the Olathe District Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 11 at Frontier Trail Middle School alongside 43 other students. We are so proud of Anna for her efforts representing Tomahawk in the Bee!


Kansas Assessments
Parents, you can help your student’s efforts during the testing periods by making sure that your child eats healthy meals and snacks, gets plenty of sleep and participates in some sort of exercise every day. In addition, by seeing that your child attends school regularly and by talking with your child about what he or she is learning in class each day, you can show your support for your child’s learning and affirm the importance of a

good education.

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A record $187,500 was raised for Olathe students across the district through the sale of the Major Saver cards in 2016. Tomahawk will receive $2,636.25, which is $700 more than last year. Thank you to all the Trailblazers who participated in this important fundraiser!

Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the activities of the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. Such activities include Fund-A-Need, classroom grants, district-level innovation grants, and Rachel's Challenge.

If you missed your chance to buy from a student, Major Saver cards can be purchased online at for $15. The sale can be credited back to a particular school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

33 Students Earn Limo Ride/Pizza Party

Congratulations to the following students who sold 10 or more Major Saver cards and will be awarded a Limo Ride & Pizza Party on March 11: Madisen Traub (KH), Noah Chapman (KL), Addelyn Spalding (KL),Quinton Hardy (1BL), Aaron Jong (1BL), Aiden Kunz (1BL), Jacob Van Lehn (1BR), Billie Knoll (2B), Kimberly Lagunes (2B), Jose Escamilla (2S), Michael Munden (2S), Rylee Platter (2S), Ian Buehler (3H), Stevie Klotter (3H), Caleb Menssen (3H), Esabel Blackman (3M), Tyler Leslie (3M), Maddison Cooley (3S), Dafne Navarro Lemus (3S), Arianna Miller (4M), Norian Terrill (4M), Jade Woolery (4M), Brooke Hill (4S), Adaline Kessler (4S), Jacob Miller (4S), Brandon Hahn (5T), Riley Stephenson (5T), Hannah Simmons (5T), Katie Sirridge (5TR), Sloane Bradford (5W), Nick Dioszeghy (5W), Alex Rosamond (5W), and Tirzah Scholten (5W). If your child sold 10 or more Major Saver cards and his/her name is not included on the list, please contact the office ASAP.

FLIP Reading Night for K-3 Students

Families Learning in Partnership is returning to Tomahawk for another year of family workshops! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 29 and make plans to join us for an evening of family fun and learning. Pizza is served at 6:15pm followed by the workshop from 6:30-7:30pm. This is a FREE event but you must RSVP using the form that was sent home (or available here and on the Tomahawk website) by Monday, March 28. Every Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade student attending the workshop will receive a free book!

Calling All Watch D.O.G.S.

Watch D.O.G.S. remember to sign up for your volunteer date ONLINE!

Here’s how:

  • Go to the Tomahawk Elementary school website
  • Click on the Parent Info link to the left of the screen
  • Follow the Watch D.O.G.S. Calendar link from the slide out menu
  • Click the Sign Up button that is next to the day you wish to volunteer for
  • Click Submit and Sign Up at the bottom of the page
  • Fill in your First Name, Last Name, E-Mail, and Re-Enter Your E-Mail
  • If you choose to do so, you may create an account which will allow you to edit your selection or cancel if needed and send yourself a confirmation e-mail
  • Click SIGN UP NOW and you’re finished!

Thanks to all the fathers and father-figures who have been Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at Tomahawk. It means so much to have you here. We’re looking forward to filling our calendar with more Watch D.O.G.S. visitors through April 29th!

Lunchroom Cupboard

National School Breakfast Week

Save time on busy weekday mornings. Choose school breakfast! Students wanting to eat breakfast at Tomahawk should arrive by 8:10am. March 7-11, 2016 is National School Breakfast Week. Our district is celebrating the school breakfast program with the “Make the Grade” campaign. Check the Tomahawk website (or click here) for more facts and information on School Breakfast week. Daily breakfast options are listed on the monthly menus.

Nurse's Cabinet

Medication Policy for Elementary Students

All student medications, including over-the-counter, must be administered through the health room under the supervision of the school nurse and are to be sent to school in the original container labeled with the student’s name.

All medications require a doctor’s note and parent’s authorization (download Medication Authorization Form in PDF format — English or Spanish).The physician/dentist signature may be on this form or be received by the school on another form including a fax from the physician/dentist office. Tomahawk’s fax number is 913-780-7699.

An exception to the above policy (see school nurse for applicable forms): Health room stock of acetaminophen, ibuprofen and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may be sparingly administered by the school nurse upon annual parent written authorization. This does not include cough and cold medications, as that requires a written doctor’s note (download the Authorization for Over the Counter Medication Form in PDF format — English or Spanish).

Month At A Glance

(click here to be directed to website for Tomahawk March Calendar of Events)

Tuesday, March 1 -Gr 4 MDPT Test

Wednesday, March 2 -Gr 3 MDPT Test

Thursday, March 3 - 2:30pm & 6:00pm Gr 1 Music Program

Monday, March 7 - Chick-fil-A Night (take flyer available here, on the Tomahawk website or that will be sent home closer to the event date)

Thursday, March 10- Seuss Cafe; Last Day to order and pay for 2015-2016 Yearbook!
Friday, March 11 - End of the 3rd Quarter

Monday, March 14-18 -
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, March 21 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 22 - 4th Quarter Begins; Gr 5 Science Assessment; 6:00pm Color Walk Planning Meeting; 7:00pm PTO Meeting
Wednesday, March 23 - Gr 5 Science Assessment
Friday, March 25
- Report cards will be sent home in backpacks (please review grades, sign and return empty envelope to school on Monday)

Monday, March 28 - Gr 3 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts
Tuesday, March 29 - Gr 3 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts; Gr 4 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts; 6:15pm FLIP Night for grades K-3 (click here for flyer/reservation form or check the Tomahawk website)
Wednesday, March 30 -
Gr 4 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts
Thursday, March 31
- Gr 3 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts; Gr 4 Kansas Assessment in Language Arts
(CSI is after school on Mondays; Math Wings is after school on Tuesdays; The Student Store is open on Fridays before school from 8:00-8:15am)

Dates subject to change. Check the Tomahawk website at for an updated list. Contact the office at 780-7690 with questions about activities.


Information from Art, Computer, Counselor, Library, Music, and PE


During the months of March and April, I will be talking with students during guidance class about personal safety both on-line and off. Each lesson will use age appropriate resources to help your children understand the importance of keeping personal information on the computer private and understanding the difference between a trusted adult and a stranger. As our children’s world view expands, it is ever more difficult for them and parents to identify potential dangers in our world. All grade levels will discuss the differences in a welcome and unwelcome touch. Fourth and Fifth Grades will also discuss the subject of child abuse. If you would like more information on these topics please do not hesitate to call me at 780-7690. All subjects presented are in accordance with the Olathe School District guidelines.


Oh, the Places You'll Go! Our library will be transformed into a special "Seuss Cafe" on Thursday, March 10 in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Students in grades K-3 will be served treats and enjoy a story read by our 5th grade "Seuss waiters".


1st Grader Music Program

Excitement is in the air for the 1st graders who are working away on their program “Arf”. The program is Thursday, March 3rd at 2:30 and 6:00 PM. Loaded with singing, dancing and plenty of pet jokes, the 1st graders will certainly entertain and SHINE! Come see how this group of feisty dogs teach the audience that everyone has a special talent, even if we need help finding it.

Spring Choir Concert Cancelled

Due to an abbreviated practice schedule and Mrs. Gesling's approaching delivery date, the difficult decision was made to cancel choir for the remainder of the year, including the Spring Choir Concert. A letter was sent home to choir parents (click here for a copy available on the Tomahawk website).


Tomahawk Running Club

The Tomahawk Trailblazin’ Runners will be running every Thursday after school beginning Thursday March 24, 2016 in preparation for the 35th Annual Kansas Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk. Running Club is open to any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader. The Trailblazin’ Runners will be representing Tomahawk Elementary on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Kansas Heart and Sole 5K Run/Walk in downtown Olathe. Practice begins Thursday, March 24. The running club will be running increasing distances each week with the goal of being prepared to run a 5K race at the Kansas Heart and Sole Run/Walk on May 7th. Please encourage your child to be physically fit and exercise daily! Any parent who would like to volunteer to run/walk with your child Thursdays after school can contact Courtney Evans ( for more information. For those students who are participating in running club, please remember to bring your permission slip (that will be sent home soon and is available here and on the Tomahawk website) and also your race registration/fee to school by the first day of practice on Thursday, March 24! For any Family who would like to run/walk in the 35th Annual Kansas Heart and Sole 5K, please complete the registration form (that will be sent home and will be available on the Tomahawk website) and return to Courtney Evans by April 1, 2016.

2,4,6,8 Who Do We Appreciate?

Thank you to all of our Tomahawk families who have helped throughout the month of February. We would specifically like to thank Sarah Graybeal and the Fun Fair Planning Committee for all their efforts to make a wonderful evening; Holly Palacio and all of the parent volunteers who organized the Valentine's Day classroom parties; Kelci Ebrecht for planning the Wendy's Night; Marcia Baron for putting together a tasty conference meal for the staff; and Heather Silva and all her helpers who braved the cold to change the sign each week.

PTO Points

Meet the PTO BOARD

Below is a list of the 2015-2016 PTO Board Members. If you have questions about an activity or would like to volunteer, please contact a board member.

President: Wayne Janner / 768-6084/

Vice President: Kelci Ebrecht / 609-7596 /

Treasurer: Josh Muder / 609-3867 /

Secretary: Adrienne Morgan / 780-0706 /

Parent Volunteers: Heather Silva (Sign Duty) / 219-3969 /

Parent Volunteers: Holly Palacio (Room Parents) / 338-2585 /

Ways and Means (Fundraising): Sarah Graybeal (Primary) / 353-1965 /

Ways and Means: Marie Henkel (Box Tops) / 782-4142 /

Ways and Means: Julie Barncord (spirit wear)/ 839-3166 /

Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation: Marcia Baron /815-685-5065 /

Playground/Safety: Bob Winebrenner / 485-0676 /

Directory: Melissa Winebrenner / 284-6114 /

5th Grade Legacy: Jeanne Bradford / 568-6811/

Special Activities: Michele Dioszeghy / 230-3601 /

PTO Meetings are open to all Tomahawk parents/ guardians. Click here for a copy of the February PTO Meeting Minutes. If you are interested in becoming active in the PTO, come to the next meeting and get more info: Tuesday, March 22 at 7pm in the Tomahawk Library.

Eat Out and Raise Money for Tomahawk!

Join your Tomahawk friends at Chick-fil-A on Monday, March 7! Be sure to take the flyer attached here, available on the Tomahawk website, or that will be sent home closer to the event date.

Yearbooks Sales Extended until March 10

Tomahawk yearbooks are on sale for $15 each or $20 personalized (with name/picture on cover). Order forms have been sent home and are available here and on the Tomahawk website. Please make checks payable to Tomahawk PTO. Students will receive yearbooks at the end of the school year.

BoxTops/Receipts/Labels Due March 11

Remember to turn in your HyVee receipts, Box Tops for Education, & Campbell’s Labels for Education. Classroom collections will be picked up on March 11.

Mark Your Calendars for the Tomahawk Color Walk

The Color Walk will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 during the school day so EVERY student can participate. Our goal is to have EVERY Tomahawk student collect pledges to walk and raise money for Tomahawk activities! Parents are welcome to come and help. Check out the PTO Volunteer Corner below to learn about how you can help make this a successful event.

Student Store Open Fridays

The student store is open Fridays from 8am-8:15am. There are lots of fun school supplies to choose from.

PTO Volunteer Corner - Here's How YOU Can Help!

We Need You! Get Involved! Whether you have several hours a week or one hour once in a while, there are so many ways to get involved at Tomahawk. Contact any of the PTO members listed in this newsletter or come to one of the meetings listed below. Parent support is what makes our programs successful!

Color Walk Planning Meeting

Have you got some ideas for our annual Color Walk? Come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00pm in the Tomahawk Library to share your ideas and learn more about this fun event.

Help Needed to Change the Tomahawk Sign

We need parent volunteers to change the big sign in front of Tomahawk. To volunteer, contact Heather Silva at (913) 219-3969 or

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming in May. We need your help! We would like to provide goodies for the teachers each day of the week during Teacher Appreciation Week. If you could bring in a bag of candy, bake some goodies or buy some healthy snacks, please contact Marcia Baron at .We will put together a plan and contact you closer to the time. Thank you.


The YClub hosted by the YMCA at your school has exciting news! We have scholarships available for families who qualify to help make before and after school childcare more affordable for your family! We are a licensed program that believes in building strong kids for a strong community. We follow lesson plans, that include team building, science and art, and healthy living. Kid's have a chance to choose their own clubs two times a week, and we offer daily homework time as well as physical fitness. We offer care from 7 am to 8 am and from 3:40 pm to 6 Pm. We have no school day care available from 7 am to 6 pm. We offer spring break camp during that week at the following Olathe sites: Ceder Creek, Central, Havencroft, and Heatherstone.

Summer is just around the corner. At Y Day Camp, the possibilities are endless. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, its fun too. Information for 2016 summer camp will be available in early February. Any questions regarding the YMCA program at Tomahawk Please contact Angel Story at

Around the District/Community

More Community and District Opportunities Available on ePOST
Check out ePOST on the District website for information about other opportunities in the district and the community.

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