The Cougar Connection
Weekly Update for Families - March 2, 2023
Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM
Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)
Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)
***Please call the attendance line direct and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***
From Dr. Gruman
Dear Northwest Families,
We hope you all have enjoyed a wonderful week!
We are excited to Congratulate our Boys' and Girls' Basketball teams as they advanced to the next round of sub-state competition. The boys' team will play on Friday night and girls' will play on Saturday evening. If they win those games, they will advance to compete at the state tournament in Wichita. We are so proud of the hard work of our coaches, student athletes, and everyone that supports these programs!
We also want to highlight our Competitive Speech and Drama squad and sponsor for hosting the SMNW tournament last weekend! They ran an excellent tournament and provided great opportunities for the student participants.
Next week we celebrate National School Social Workers! We are very grateful to have two excellent social workers providing supports and services for the social-emotional needs of our students! They lead our student group Sources of Strength that focuses on positive supports in our life that help us maintain balance and mental wellness. Sources of Strength have some fun activities planned for our students throughout next week, prior to Spring Break!
Have a wonderful week!
All the best,
Dr. Lisa Gruman
Bold Parenting Program
Jason Bohn from Renew, will be offering a parent program the evening of March 29th at Indian Hills Middle School at 7:00PM.
BOLD Parenting Adolescent ADHD, Anxiety & Depression
Details and registration below:
STUCO Garage Sale
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I DROP OFF ITEMS?
Anytime from NOW until Fri. April 21 in the main office at SMNW from 7 - 3:30 pm or in classroom 230. Large furniture items can go directly into our storage – call the office at (913) 993-7200 and Mrs. Dent can arrange for students to unload after school!
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Maybe. We cannot give you a tax-deductible form, but we can give you a receipt via email for your donated items.
I WANT TO DONATE MY LARGE ITEMS BUT I HAVE NO WAY OF GETTING THEM TO SMNW. WHAT DO I DO?
Please contact StuCo Sponsor Sarah Dent ASAP at email@example.com to coordinate a pick-up time before Fri. April 8. *There might be LARGE items we cannot take due to storage.
I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DONATE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT IN SOME WAY. WHAT CAN I DO?
Feel free to shop the sale on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Help us spread the word to your family and friends!
WHEN AND WHERE IS THIS AWESOME GARAGE SALE?!
SMNW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
WHY ARE YOU HAVING THIS SALE?
SMNW Student Council is trying to fundraise $8,000 to send approximately 20 students to leadership camps across the state and country this summer. Thanks for all of your help!
FYI: Our HUGE lost and found collection will be donated to the Garage Sale after spring break!
Remind your student to check for missing items - we have MANY jackets, water bottles, lunch bags, book bags, etc.!
Order Senior Portraits
The senior portraits taken in January are available for viewing and, if you would like, for purchase. The purchase date deadline has been extended. Photographer Sarah Ireland has provided the following access.
To view the photos, sarahireland.photography/and then student id number.
Questions? Email Susan Massy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From the Nurse
Keeping Our Students & Staff Healthy
In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physicians diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.
One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Your child may also be ill, but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child at home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.
For district COVID-19 guidelines, please visit https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/health-services/coronavirus-or-covid-19-information
Follow this link to view the March newsletter, purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member!
SOPHOMORE FAMILIES: You're up for March Staff Appreciation! PTSA is organizing an Ice Cream Sundae bar for staff. Please click the link here to donate supplies OR chip in for the purchase of the ice cream. THANK YOU for helping provide a sweet treat to our staff!
Spring Sports Meeting Tuesday, March 7 @ 6:30 pm / SMNW Auditorium
Boys Sub-state Championship Basketball Friday night @ OW 7:05
Girls Sub-state Championship Basketball Saturday night @ BVN 6pm
The transfer window is the period of time when a student can apply to transfer from their home school (determined by place of residence) to a different school.
All In-District transfer requests will be submitted electronically using the Skyward Family Access system.
The Shawnee Mission School District is accepting out-of-district transfers. Click here for more information.
Please note that any students currently approved for transfer to another school location do not need to reapply.
To learn more about the transfer process, visit our website