Benninghoven Family Newsletter

Week of May 16th

Mission: A place where everyone pursues their greatness.

Vision: A community coming together for our kids.

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Knight Families,

Well, the sun is shining now - but it definitely didn't look BRIGHT this morning! Thanks for understanding and supporting the Field Day shift to Monday, May 16th. This allows our students and community to get the full day experience after a long and challenging year.

This week we had our STAR AND DILLY BAR celebration. Students were able to celebrate the growth they have made on assessments and for giving their best effort. It was so amazing to see smiles and cheers as students were excited for their accomplishments.

Next week, we close out our school year. Through the challenges, we have still MOVED MOUNTAINS and I am so grateful for the success of each child, teacher, and our community this year.

A reminder that the Talent Show is Wednesday and the last day for K-6 is Thursday with dismissal at 12:30. We look forward to end of the year celebrations and finishing strong!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Anna Jensen


Dates to Remember


16: FIELD DAY - rescheduled from May 13th

18: Last Day of Pre-K

18: Talent Show, 1:45 pm

19: SMNW Graduation, 7 pm

19: Last Day 1-6; Half Day, dismissal at 12:30

Specials Rotation

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Just a reminder: There is nothing you need to do if your student plans on returning next year! However, if you are NOT planning on returning to Benninghoven for the 22-23 school year and are in grades K-5, please notify the school office at 913-993-1900. Thank you!

2022 SMNW Summer Volleyball Camps

Registration Form Below

Future Trailridge Wildcats....

Future Wildcats: be ready for the fall and order your Trailridge spiritwear now! Our online spiritwear store lets you select your apparel and design to create your own unique piece! As a special offer to incoming 7th graders, orders placed between May 6 - 23 will receive FREE SHIPPING straight to your house! Order now and be ready to sport your school gear this fall!
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News from your PTA

OPEN 2022-2023 PTA Board and Committee positions

We look forward to providing many of Benninghoven's annual events, programs, and activities for the 2022-2023 school year! To do that we need MANY hands. The open PTA Board positions include:

  • VP, Student Programs: This person gets to work on all programs relating directly to the wonderful Benninghoven students. This person oversees the following programs that all have committee leads. Science enrichment, Citizenship and Reflections programs, assemblies, head room parents, picture days, Kansas Day, etc.
  • Secretary: This person is responsible for taking minutes at all PTA meetings, coordinating childcare for the meetings and helping with correspondence. It's great for someone who enjoys administrative tasks.

Current open committee positions:

Thank you to so many of you for signing up. There are only a couple spots left. Please sign up here if you want to help out and support our students, teachers and school next year.

Summer Learning Program

As in years past, Benninghoven is again providing a summer learning program to help keep our kid’s skills sharp and avoid the “summer slide.” Keep track of your students' math and reading over the summer on the Summer Learning Tracker. At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, we will host a Summer Learning Celebration. This will be for students who complete ALL 40 circles representing work in math and/or reading.


A free lunch will be offered onsite from 11:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. The sites and dates Summer Lunch Bunch will be offered are:

Dates: June 6- July 22, 2022. (Closed June 20 &July 4) Locations: Comanche, Crestview, Nieman and Rosehill

Dates: June 13-July 1, 2022 and July 11-22, 2022 (Closed June 20 &July 4) Locations: Trailridge

Dates: June 13-July 1, 2022 and July 11-29, 2022 (Closed June 20 &July 4) Locations: Shawnee Mission West

Additional food service information is available on the district’s website at

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In the 2022-23 school year qualifying to receive free busing will no longer be determined by the House Economic Survey. We will be following the process we had pre-pandemic. Students who qualify for the Federal Meal Program are able to enroll to ride an existing route at no cost.

Anyone, other than those that qualify to receive Special Education Transportation, must enroll for busing through DS Bus Lines. A Spanish version has been added to the bus enrollment website. DS Bus Lines website.


The Shawnee Mission School District is proud to provide livestreams of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies.

The events will be presented live on YouTube and will be available for viewing after the ceremony.

The livestreams can be viewed by clicking the following links:

May 17th

SM East:

SM South:

May 18th

SM North:

SM West:

May 19th

SM Northwest:


SMSD 2022 Graduation Playlist

Links will also be posted to prior to each graduation ceremony.

Edited versions of the ceremonies will be rebroadcast on Spectrum Cable channel 2, Spectrum Cable Channel 18, and Consolidated Communications channel 18 in the summer.

In the weeks following the event, the ceremonies will be available here for download later in the summer:

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!



Food Service will continue to offer healthy and appealing breakfast and lunch options for all students next school year. Unfortunately, the USDA nationwide waivers allowing for free school meals for all students will conclude with the end of the 2021-22 school year.

The meal prices for 2022-23 are BELOW:

Families will be able to complete a child nutrition meal benefit application to see if they qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Per USDA regulations, the meal benefit application cannot be completed prior to July 1. The information and link regarding the meal benefit application will be a part of the parent online verification process as well as be available on the Food Service web page after July 1, 2022. Food Service encourages families to apply as soon as the application is available in July so any meal benefits families qualify for will be processed by the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Families are encouraged to check their student’s current food service account balance on School Café - Payments to a student’s food service account can be done by check or cash at the school, credit card online through eFunds ($3 fee) or by calling the Food Service office (no fee). Student account balances (positive or negative) do roll over to the next year – even if the student switches schools within the district.

Food Service will continue to follow the procedure of serving students a full breakfast or a full lunch regardless of the money they have in their account. During the 2022-23 school year, when a student’s account is low or in the negative, notifications will be made to parents. When an account is -$75.00, the parent/guardian will receive a notification that if the account is not paid it will be turned over to the collection agency. Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative.

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