Ray Marsh Newsletter

Feb. 26, 2019

Snow Days

There have been several questions recently about whether or not the Shawnee Mission School District will need to adjust the school calendar for students due to the number of snow days the district has had this school year.


SMSD built four snow make-up days into the calendar, and per the audit guide for the Kansas State Department of Education, “The numbers of hours that may be forgiven are equal to the number of hours designated to be snow make-up days.” In other words, for every snow day that the district schedules, the state will forgive an equal number of days. Since the district built in four snow days, up to eight snow days can be used without having to adjust the calendar. Thus far, seven days have been used due to inclement weather; therefore, one additional day is available to use without having to add days of school to the calendar.


As of Feb. 25, there is still potential that a change in the calendar could still be needed, especially if there are any more inclement weather days. If a change is made, the announcement would be shared broadly in our district and with school communities.

PowerPlay Family Day Feb. 27th

Join us for Family Fun Day at PowerPlay Entertainment Center from 5-9pm on Wednesday, February 27th!

Ask for the $20 Ray Marsh Fundraiser Package at the front desk and $5 of each sale will be donated to our kids! Even if you don't have time to stay and play, all of the games and points will stay on the PowerPlay Card to be used later.

The Fundraiser Package is a $34 value and includes 3 Attraction Activities, 32 Gaming Points on the PowerPlay card and a One-Time Entrance to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet.

Attractions Include: Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Bowling, Tilt-A-Whirl, Go-Karts, Ropes Course, Bumper Cars, Roller Coaster,
Kids Zone, And Carnival Rides!

Additional Adult Buffets are $7.99 and kids (4-12) are $4.96 + tax.

Reflections Contest Winners

I would like to recognize some special students who competed in the Reflections contest and were honored with the Shawnee Mission Area Council Award of Excellence!


  • Izzy Herbst was recognized for her Dance Choreography "Magic Heroes".
  • Caitlyn Pflumm was recognized for film production at the middle school level for "Leaves".
  • Former RM student Teal Franklin was recognized for her photography titled "Heroes of America"


Please utilize the following link to access a list of all winners along with a video, as well as more information regarding next years contest.

Girl Scout Donations Being Accepted for Clothing Exchange

A local girl scout troop is collecting clothing donations inside the entry doors at Ray Marsh. These items will be donated directly to the Broadmoor Center. Information can be found here regarding the clothing exchange: https://www.smac-pta.org/clothing-exchange


Please send items if you would like to participate.

Upcoming Events at RM

Feb. 26
  • Chat n' Chew 3rd-5th grades


Feb. 27

  • Mathletics at Ray Marsh 4p
  • PowerPlay Family Day


March 1

  • Spring Pictures
  • 4th Grade Trip to Harvesters
  • Transfer Window Opens


March 2


March 4

  • Chess Club
  • Girls on the Run


March 5

  • Marble Club
  • Choir Concert at Ray Marsh 6p in Gym


March 6

  • International Club
  • American Heroes 5th Grade Program 6p


March 7

  • Girls on the Run


March 8

  • No school for students; Teacher Workday End of 3rd Q


March 11-15

  • Spring Break


March 18

  • Beg. of 4th Quarter
  • Chess Club
  • Girls on the Run


March 19

  • Marble Club
  • PTA Mtg. 6:30p - Trailridge MS administration at mtg to talk and have Q&A session


March 21

  • KC Lyric Opera at RM
  • Girls on the Run


March 22

  • Lego Club