Ray Marsh Newsletter

August 29, 2019

Upcoming Events at RM

Sept. 2nd
  • Labor Day No School (offices closed)


Sept. 13th

  • Early Dismissal Day 12:30p


Sept. 17th

  • PTA Mtg. 6:30p


Sept. 19th

  • 5th grade band and strings concert/info. night 5:30p


Sept. 20th

  • PTA Carnival 5:30-8:00p


Sept. 21st

  • Fall Clean Up Day 9:00a


Sept. 24th

  • Skate Party 6p


Sept. 26th

  • Fall Picture Day

Club Opportunities

Chess Club K-6

This year, the K-6 Chess Team will be coached by a RM parent, Johann Ohly. Midwest Chess Academy no longer has a coach that can serve our building, but Johann is a wonderful MVP certified replacement with lots of experience learning and coaching this fascinating game. The club will be offered on Wednesday mornings at 7:10a, from Sept. 11-Dec. 18th.


There is not a fee to join the club. The kids will be working toward competing as a team in three or four competitions during the winter which have a small entry fee. The final competition is the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association State Championships which brings several hundred chess-loving kids from across the state together in March. More details will come from Mr. Ohly regarding registration and fees as these approach. Please utilize the following link https://forms.gle/LEYPCXAp8XGkCxGJ9 to sign up for this opportunity.

Skyward Reminder

Please update your email address, phone number, and emergency contacts in Skyward.


You cannot change your address in the system without it being denied. If you have a change of address during the summer or school year, please contact our office directly to make this change.

PTA Reflections Contest!

Do your students enjoy art, music, dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? They can explore their inner artist with the PTA Reflections Contest! This year’s theme, “LOOK WITHIN”, calls for their own unique interpretation thru the arts.

The entry deadline is Monday, October 21st.

Entry forms are available outside the Art Room or via the link below.

Please turn entries into the art teacher, Mrs. Mandl.

For more information go to: http://raymarshpta.com/reflections/

Contact Jo at joannaherbst1@gmail.com with any additional questions.

Panorama - 3rd-6th grade families see consent form attached!

This school year (2019-2020) the Shawnee Mission School District will utilize the Panorama Social-Emotional survey to assess student’s in areas pertaining to perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will be administered once each semester, starting September 30, 2019.


Parents must opt their student(s) in by signing and returning the attached consent form. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction is needed. We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment:https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/Social-Emotional-Character-Development-Standards-Assessment-and-Instruction. And, for more information about the Panorama SEL survey, please visit https://www.panoramaed.com/social-emotional-learning


Please sign and return the attached consent form to your student’s school by or before September 16. Thank you.

MVP Training Opportunities

Megan Mahoney will offer MVP training at RM on Tuesday, September 24 at 2:15p in the library.



Here are some other options for attending trainings in the district.

9/5/19--6 p.m. Brookridge Elementary School - 9920 Lowell Ave, OP, KS 66212


9/5/19--7 p.m. Briarwood Elementary School - 5300 W. 86th St, SM, KS 66207


9/12/1--5:30 p.m. Rushton Elementary School - Library 6001 W. 52nd Street, O.P, KS 66212

9/18/1--6 p.m. Belinder Elementary School - Library, 7230 Belinder Rd, SM, KS 66208

Navigating Your Child's Mental Wellness

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 6pm

8301 Mission Road

Leawood, KS

It is our hope that SPEAK UP will provide education and awareness, bridging gaps between our community, schools and parents. We wish to encourage conversations with your children, provide adults with a navigation system regarding their child's mental wellness, information on how to identify warning signs, and offer resources if you think your child is at risk. Most importantly, teach kids that it is okay to ask for help!