The Cardinal Connection

R.L. Wright Family Newsletter

September 2, 2022

From the Principal

Hello Cardinals! We are now well underway into what is going to be an epic year of change and growth! Today, I want to focus on early and ongoing literacy with our kids. Here at R.L. Wright we know that early learning is critical to a successful education. There is an incredible amount of research that shows the first 5 years incredibly significant in a child's development.


Did you know?

Early exposure to language is the greatest factor in language development and learning to read. By reading together every day, you stimulate and strengthen your child's language and literacy skills. It is that simple. By reading and talking with your child each day, you bond with them and model the love of reading, which will benefit them in school and throughout life.

Neuroscience provides compelling evidence that 85 - 90 percent of brain growth occurs in the first five years of life. This affects not only cognitive skills but also emotional development.

Fostering your child’s cognitive development is just as important as nurturing his or her emotional and physical development. Cognitive development includes language skills, information processing, reasoning, intelligence, and memory.

The best way an adult can help a child’s cognitive development is to read with them every day, beginning at birth. When children are young, they learn language from the speech they hear. By reading with a child, you introduce many more words than those used in day-to-day communication. The Children's Reading Foundation https://www.southsoundreading.org/resources/reading-research/#:~:text=By%20reading%20together%20every%20day,in%20school%20and%20throughout%20life.

We offer several early learning opportunities for children under five, contact the office for more information!


It is not too late! If daily reading time with you child has not been the practice at your house, simply start today! Starting today will offer your child a chance to build vocabulary and improve language development no matter their age.


It is a great time to be a Cardinal!

Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Scott

Morning Drop-off Line

As shown in the picture below, all students who are not walking in with an adult MUST be dropped off in the drop-off lane. This is to ensure everyone's safety. We realize you might have to wait a minute or two to get through the line, but it is very important for the safety of all students and staff. With that in mind, please remember drop-off lane should be a quick drop-off. This is not a time for a conversation with staff, or to get out of your car because a child is not wanting to get out. If those things are necessary, please park along 4th street and walk your child up across the sidewalks. It is critical for the flow of traffic that this lane moves fairly quickly. In addition, your child may get out of the car anytime the line is stopped and walk down the sidewalk. They do not have to wait until your car gets to the front of the line. This will help keep the line moving as well! Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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School Calendar

Printed calendars are available in the office!

Reminders from the Nurse's Office

-Illness throughout the school year is inevitable... Please continue to keep your child home if they have signs/symptoms of illness. They can return back to school when feeling back to themselves AND have been diarrhea, vomiting, AND fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.


-Required vision and hearing screenings are conducted throughout the school year. If you would like your child to opt out of screenings, state statute requires an examination within the last 6 months to be provided to the school nurse.



* If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! KMosiman@usd439.com

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RLW SITE Council

RLW Site Council is an important team that acts as a guide to the principal regarding many school functions. This team meets only four times a year usually at 7:15 am. We are looking for new team members to provide feedback on their experiences here at RLW. Our first meeting is Thursday, September 15th @ 7:15 am. Please contact Mrs. Scott if interested in joining. jscott@usd439.com

Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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Lunch Accounts

Please keep a positive balance in your child's food account. Emails of low balances are sent out twice a week. Check or cash can be paid in the office or payment online through My School Bucks.

It is Not too Late!


Did you know that you can now apply for free/reduced lunches online?



Paper applications are still available from the District Office. Please call us at 316-772-5604 with any questions.



Use the link below to apply: https://schoolmealsapp.ksde.org/Home/welcome/D0439

PTO Wants You!

Please consider joining our PTO. All are welcome! The next meeting will be September 7th at 6:30.

PTO News

New to our school? Wanting to get involved? Want to support your school? We have just the group for you! Sedgwick Elementary PTO would love to welcome you to our team. We work hard to support students and staff. From giving each student and staff member a free t-shirt, to our school carnival, daddy daughter dance, grandparents day, and more, we want to continue giving back to our school. Check out our website and look for ways you can join! https://sites.google.com/view/sedgwickelementarypto/home

PTO Presents the Return of Grandparents Day

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Looking Ahead

September 5: No School - Labor Day

September 7: PTO Meeting

September 9: Grandparent's Day & Book Fair

September 15: Elementary Site Council

October 8th: Daddy/Daughter Dance

October 20: Picture Retakes

RLW Elementary Facebook

If you have Facebook, please follow our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/gsusd439

Shop Amazon? Support our school!

By setting up Amazon Smile through your Amazon account you can earn our school money every time you shop.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-1681092

Freshman Fundraiser

Will you consider supporting our freshman class fundraiser? They are selling trash bags. See flier below for more information!
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RL Wright Elementary

Julie Scott, Principal

Kellsie Vernia, Secretary

Taylor Peak, Counselor

Kathryn Mosiman, School Nurse