The Star

October 2020 Edition

Be the Light-Shine Bright

We have had an amazing start to the school year! We appreciate all of the support and flexibility that you have given since the beginning of school! We know that because of COVID-19, some aspects of school have been different. Valuable information continues to come out weekly from our district as Topeka Public Schools wants to ensure that students, parents, and staff are as informed as possible.

TPS has created an updated parent resources page that includes information about our school reopening plan that will be updated daily as more information becomes available. We recommend parents check this webpage frequently. Our TPS app has been updated and can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play. TPS has also developed a new staff site to help educators navigate the upcoming school year. The site will have resources and frequently asked questions based on staff feedback. To view the site, click here.

We were blessed by an anonymous donor and the SW Kiwanis Club who purchased the frames and photos for each family who participated in the Selfie Slideshow!

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Upcoming Events and Information

Virtual PTO Meeting- Tuesday, October 20 @ 5:30pm

We would love to have you participate in our Virtual PTO meeting. For the Zoom links or any questions, please contact Anne Zajic (

Picture Day

Individual student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 27th. Ordering formation will be sent home soon.

Fall Festival and Costume Parade

Details are still being finalized regarding our Fall party and costume parade. We will be communicating details soon!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be the evening (4pm-8pm) of Wednesday, November 11th and from 8am-8pm on Thursday November 12. More details will be coming soon!

No School on Thursday and Friday, November 12th & 13th

Academic Information


We have been learning so many fun things at Shaner! Here are the concepts we have focused on throughout the month of October.

Eureka Math

The students have gotten really good at matching things that are the same, things that are different, and things that are used together. They can even sort things by color, size, and shape!

We have been learning to answer how many questions with 1, 2, and 3 objects. Later in the month, we will work on matching a numeral to a group of objects up to 4 and 5.

Second Step

We have been talking about listening and focusing their attention. Our class puppets help us practice these concepts. We are really working on focusing our attention and listening during lessons.

We will continue working on patience, using their words when they need help and telling us how they feel. Everyday we are working on following directions and using self-talk to help them.

CR Success

We have learned the letters s and a. They know that s says “sss” and a says “a” as in cat. They practiced using their fine motor skills to make the letters with playdough. We also talked about things that started with the letter s and a.

We will continue learning two letters a week. In October, we will focus on the letter s t, r, p, n, and i. We will learn the sounds that go along with each letter and how to form the letters.


We just finished reading A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. We

focused on the characters, the setting, and sequencing.

We compared and contrasted this story with Where is Home Little Pip. We talked about the overall theme of home in both stories and how their homes are different.

This week we will start reading Life in a Pond by Carol K. Lindeen. This is a nonfiction book that has real facts. We will talk about the difference between nonfiction books and storybooks.


Morning Drop Off

Morning drop off is going great! We would like to remind everyone to have their child's folder ready and their masks already on their face so they are ready to exit the vehicle once their temperatures are taken and the vehicle is in the designated drop off area. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, arrival time is from 8:20-8:40 (students should be in the classroom ready for instruction at 8:40 NOT being dropped off at 8:40). Any drop off after 8:40 is a tardy. Late-start Wednesday's drop off time is 9:30-9:50. Any drop off after 9:50 is a tardy.


If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify your child's teacher and Mrs. Parra our Administrative Assistant promptly upon knowing of the absence. Shaner's phone number is (785) 235- 7290. Absences that are not called in or approved by the principal will be considered an unexcused absence.

Updated 2020-2021 Academic Calendar Now Available

The updated 2020-2021 academic calendar was approved by the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education on August 6th. It is available in English and Spanish and can be found by clicking here. The calendar includes dates of parent-teacher conferences, no school days and semester sessions.

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Shaner Early Learning Academy

Shaner Early Learning Academy’s Vision is to provide a stimulating early learning experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development through structured play and researched-based curriculum. Our mission is to foster student growth both social-emotionally and academically and ensure they have a solid foundation for educational success and a love for learning.