Hawkeye View Newsletter

September 9

Greetings Mize Families!


The month of September is off to a GROOVY start! We have been busy and routines and schedules are well underway. Conferences are right around the corner, which is a great time to collaborate and build relationships with your child’s teacher.


On Friday, you should have received a Parent Teacher Conference preference sheet. This sheet will allow you to make choices for dates that work best for you. Please return them with your child by Thursday, September 12th. Conference times with be sent home with your child on Friday. The time set aside will provide an opportunity to share current progress on your child and collaborate on how to best support your child’s academic success. If you are unable to attend during your scheduled day, please know that it can be difficult to reschedule. Thanks for making every effort possible to attend conferences during your scheduled time. As a reminder, conferences will be held on September 25th and 26th.


Finally, next Wednesday, September 18th, will be our first late start day! The intent behind this approach was to allow parents, as well as the district, an opportunity to be adequately prepared should we have late start days during the winter months. A controlled delayed start, prior to having to utilize it during inclement weather, allows us to successfully move through the logistics such as transportation, schedules, etc., district-wide, prior to an actual event. Thank you for your support with this new process.


Have a fabulous week, Mize families!

Ms. Balthazor

International Dot Day is Coming to Mize!

What is International Dot Day? Inspired from Peter Reynolds’ book “The Dot”, this is a day that celebrates creativity, collaboration and courage. Starting in 2009, a group of educators began celebrating this date as International Dot Day — a day for classes to explore the story’s powerful themes: bravery, creativity, and self-expression. Mize Elementary will be observing International Dot Day on Monday, September 16, with a polka dot spirit day. Students are encouraged to wear something with polka dots on it. Students will be discussing International Dot Day in art class September 6-19.

COME KICK OFF THE ARCTIC ADVENTURE BOOK FAIR!



Join us for a FUN morning of BOOK shopping and BREAKFAST treats!

Grades K-2: Friday, September 20th

Grades 3-5: Monday, September 23rd


Bring someone special with you. Grandparent. Friend. Aunt. Uncle.

Receive a raffle ticket for EACH BOOK purchase.

There will be 4 prizes to choose from. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 25th!


NOT A MORNING PERSON? Stop by after school on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 24th from 3:50-4:30pm!

WE ARE ALSO OPEN DURING "Parent Teacher Conferences”

Wednesday, September 25th 4:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, September 26th 10:00am-8:00pm


No cash on hand the day of the Book Fair? No worries – Sign up for eWallet! Simply set up an account and the funds will be immediately available for your child. Safe and secure! No cash, no checks, no hassle!! This will come in extremely handy if your child will be shopping without you during school hours.


Check out our Mize Elementary Book Fair homepage TODAY and scroll to eWallet: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/mizeelementary



If you’re “booked” up during Book Fair week, online shopping is also available on the homepage from 9/12/2019 to 9/25/2019.


Books are shipped directly to Mize with your name. There are no shipping charges!

We love volunteers!!! If you would like to help set-up, work the book fair please click on the link below!

NEW-->Delayed Start on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 6

The district is conducting a delayed start to help prepare our schools should a delayed start be necessary due to inclement weather. This will allow the district to consider the logistics involved in postponing the start of the school day and help prepare families should this action occur.


The district is testing this plan based on the number of school closures caused by inclement weather during the last school year. The school day will end at its regular time on September 18 and November 6. Families are encouraged to make plans now to accommodate these scheduled delayed starts.


**For more information about the delayed start and calendar information visit: http://bit.ly/2M9zCnV


**Students will still have Specials on late start days**

Art Room Reminder

There are days that we do get messy in the art room. It is strongly suggested to wear play clothes on days that your child has art. We don’t supply paint shirts. If you would like to have your child wear a paint shirt, please supply them with a shirt and they can keep it in their locker until art day. If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs. Souders at ssouders@usd232.org.

Nurse Notes

Immunizations, all students must be current on their vaccinations by October 14th, 2019 or they will be excluded from school on that date. Letters were sent home and a second reminder will be mailed stating which vaccination(s) are missing. Please provide proof of vaccination by providing one of the following;


· A statement from your health care provider with the day, month, and year that your child received the vaccination (s),

· A statement signed by your doctor indicating a medical exemption or delayed schedule, or

· A statement of religious exemption signed by a legal guardian.


On August 2nd the state of KS passed a new law requiring all Kindergarten and 1st grade students to have two Hepatitis A Vaccinations. If your child had two Hepatitis A vaccinations and you still received a letter, your child likely received the 2nd vaccine too early for it to be considered valid by the state of Kansas. This will require your child to receive a 3rd dose of the vaccination to be compliant. If you have older children that have not had their 1st or 2nd Hepatitis A vaccination, it’s a good idea to get them caught because the state will be expanding the requirement to older children next year.


If your child suffers seasonal allergies please be sure to medicate them prior to the start of the school day. The health room only stocks allergy medication for use in emergency situations. We are happy to keep over-the-counter medications from home in our office; please include a note from home giving us permission to give the medication, and send the medication in its original packaging with the medication’s dosing instructions.


Looking forward to a great school year!

Nurses Christina & Brandi

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Save the Date!

9/18: Late Start at 10:45 am

9/25 : 12:10 Early Dismissal


Parent Teacher Conferences:

9/25- 4:45-8:15

9/26- 9-8:00; No School

9/27: No school, Offices Closed


Picture Day: Oct. 2

Parents we need YOU!

Are you a parent who is looking to be involved but cannot volunteer during the daytime? We may have found a solution for you! We are in need of parents to be apart of our Mize Site Council that meets once a quarter. What is Site Council? A School Site Council is group of teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members who work together to develop and monitor a school's improvement plan. Site Council is a great way to be in the know with what is going on with your home school and within the school district. If this is something you are interested in participating in we would love to have you apart of the council! Please contact the Mize office -913-441-0880 for further details.

PTO News

Box Tops are going digital! Check out how you can clip and scan your way to earning money to support Mize elementary.

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The first collection day for Box Tops will be October 30th. Please make sure each clip has a valid expiration date. There will be one class winner for each grade level. Happy clipping and scanning! Thank you for all you do to support Mize Elementary.

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Calling all MIZE families!

If you are a business owner or know a local business owner who would like to support the teachers and students of MIZE, we would LOVE to have you as one of our local corporate sponsors for the 2019 MIZE Walk-N-Roll Athon. The Corporate Sponsorship letter went home with students last week, but should you need more information please contact the MIZE PTO.

Mize Student Directory

We are currently collecting information for our Mize Student Directory. If you’d like your child’s information included in the 2019-20 Directory, click on the link below. Information will ONLY be available to other Mize families. The directory is a great way to connect with other Mize Families! Please submit your information by Friday, September 6th.

This year’s WALK-n-ROLL-athon is right around the corner! Mark your calendars – our largest fundraising event of the year will take place Friday, October 18th. Details coming soon!

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