BRIARWOOD ELEMENTARY pta newsletter
August 23, 2022 www.briarwoodpta.org
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL LASH
The Shawnee Mission School District has started the process of nominating an elementary and secondary teacher for the Kansas Teacher of the Year. At Briarwood, we are fortunate to have an amazing staff and I encourage you to nominate a Briarwood teacher. To nominate a teacher, click the link below.
NOW AVAILABLE: S'MORE TRANSLATION
- On the right side of the newsletter, a bar will appear with the Translation feature.
- Click on the Translation bar then click on the Select Language button.
- Choose your language of choice from the drop-down menu of languages and click close. The newsletter will now be translated.
En el lado derecho de la pagina, aparecerá una barra con la función de traducción. Haga clic en la barra de traducción y luego haga clic en el botón Seleccionar idioma. Elija español en el menú desplegable de idiomas y haga clic en cerrar. El boletín ahora se traducirá.
JOIN THE BRIARWOOD PTA TODAY!
Briarwood’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) works to support every student and teacher at school. The PTA provides additional extra activities, programs, and financial assistance not covered by the Shawnee Mission School District.
Joining the PTA is easy! Once you have updated/created your profile, purchase your PTA membership in the online Store. Individual memberships are $12 and Joint memberships are $24. Briarwood PTA works to support every student and teacher in our building and our goal is to have 100% participation from our families/caregivers and teachers. PTA memberships are also a fundraiser for Briarwood PTA. PTA members receive exclusive access to the online directory.
To join PTA and pay online now, please visit our PTA website at: briarwoodpta.org/join_pta
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATE/UPDATE YOUR ONLINE DIRECTORY PROFILE
For the 2022-2023 school year, we have enhanced our Briarwood PTA website and online directory!
Our site is hosted by Membership Toolkit, a secure, user-friendly platform that will allow you to:
- Purchase your PTA Membership and make a donation
- Access the secure online directory for students, families/caregivers, faculty (PTA Membership required)
- View the School Calendar
- Signup up for school events (PTA or BW events? Like a Sign-up genius?
- Learn about PTA-sponsored programs, events and volunteer opportunities!
Get started today by visiting https://www.briarwoodpta.org, select “Directory”
- Update or create an account through Membership Toolkit. Once you update/create your account, you can decide what information is shared in the online directory, which is ONLY accessible to other BW registrants.
- Our directory will only be as useful as YOU make it. Please register to help us build a stronger community network for parents/caregivers and students.
- Download the Membership Toolkit app from the App Store or Google Play for on-the-go access.
Questions? Contact Karen Moore: email@example.com
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES @ BRIARWOOD
Tuesday, August 23
Back to School Night, Grades 1-3
5:30 - 1st Grade
6:15 - 2nd Grade
7:00 - 3rd Grade
Wednesday, August 24
Back to School Night, Grades 4-6
5:30 - 4th Grade
6:15 - 5th Grade
7:00 - 6th Grade
Friday, August 26
Deadline to Order SpiritWear, order here
Tuesday, August 30
Skating Party at Skate City
Wednesday, August 31
Room Parent Meeting (Briarwood Cafeteria) - 6:00-6:30 PM
PTA Chair Meeting (Briarwood Cafeteria) - 6:30-7:30 PM
Friday, September 2
Monday, September 5
Thursday, September 15
Dining Partner: Culver's
Friday, September 16
Deadline to donate to the Briarwood Foundation Friends & Family Campaign
(see flyer below)
Thursday, September 29
Picture Day - More details soon!
Full BW PTA Calendar is available here
THANK YOU PTA ROCKSTARS!
Thank you to our fabulous PTA Chairs and Volunteers who made the Popsicle Pop-In and Boo Hoo Coffee such hits these first couple of weeks of school.
Popsicle Pop-In was flawlessly executed by event chairs, Kara Griswold and Jodie Hayes, and volunteers, Kristin McClasky and Karen Moore. It was fantastic to be back in school, meeting teachers, and spending time with friends after the summer break.
Chairs Emily & Zach Luea and Jess Becker brought the BooHoo Coffee to the front lawn for our Kindergarten parents/guardians. Special thanks to our chairs, and Rachel Wymore, for a fantastic event!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT(S)
Tuesday, August 23
FIRST GRADE - 5:30 PM
SECOND GRADE - 6:15 PM
THIRD GRADE - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24
FOURTH GRADE - 5:30 PM
FIFTH GRADE - 6:30 PM
SIXTH GRADE - 7:00 PM
At Back to School Night, teachers will introduce themselves, review important class procedures, and hold a question and answer session. Teachers will be sending out additional information in the coming weeks.
*** This is a parent event, but if you are unable to find childcare please bring them with you so you can attend.
GRADE LEVEL PARTIES!
VOLUNTEER CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED
Please help us keep our students safe by volunteering to serve as a crossing guard at 86th and Juniper. If each grade level can commit to filling 6 slots per month we will have every shift covered for the entire year (EASY!).
In this role, you will be reminding children that they must walk themselves and/or their bikes/scooters across the crosswalk. You will also help direct the after-school traffic and remind drivers that cars are not permitted to turn left off of 86th Street during the before and after school rush. Crosswalk volunteer shifts are 7:50-8:10am and 3:05-3:20pm (12:25pm-12:40pm on half days).
ROOM PARENTS STILL NEEDED FOR 4th-6th GRADES
Room parents are still needed for classes in the 4-6 grade classrooms. Please take a few minutes to see if your student's classroom is in need and sign up if you can.
Please reach out to Room Parent Chair, Valerie Moeder, with questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
A SPACE FOR EVERY BULLDOG - DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AT BRIARWOOD
AUGUST CELEBRATIONS & RECOGNITIONS
- National Back to School Month
Many kids may feel anxious about going back to school after a long summer break. Others may feel nervous about starting school for the first time. Parents/guardians can help ease the transition back to school by being able to recognize the symptoms of stress and anxiety and implementing some creative strategies.
The Briarwood Foundation provides that little extra for our students. Directed by a board of parent/guardian volunteers, our primary purpose is to fund programs and supplies not provided by federal, state, school district or PTA budgets.
Thanks to your support, our students were able to utilize these enhanced learning tools for 2021-2022:
K-2 Phonics, Reading Curriculum
5 walkie-talkies for additional school safety
Raised Garden beds
Want to donate? Here's how:
Briarwood’s social worker, Cassie Horn is available to provide support to all families
- Help students/families with anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, peer relationships and other family/school dynamics
- Help create behavior support plans with students/families/teachers
- Assist teachers with social emotional teaching and trauma informed approaches in their classroom
- Individual and group counseling within school setting
- Provide resources to parents struggling with emotional/behavioral issues at home
- Connect families to resources, such as our community partner Hillcrest Covenant Church. Resources include groceries, housing, clothing etc.
Please contact Mrs. Horn with any questions or concerns:
SMAC CLOTHING EXCHANGE
Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA (SMAC) Clothing Exchange
The Clothing Exchange offers gently used clothing and shoes to those within the SMSD boundaries. All items are clean. Donations are made possible by SMSD residents. All residents are welcome.
Earn Money for Briarwood while you shop on Amazon!
Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7152153 and designate Briarwood as your charitable organization. Briarwood will earn .5% from most purchases.
Bookmark the website to use each time you shop! https://smile.amazon.com All of your account information will remain the same, but you’ll be raising money for Briarwood
2022-23 PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Mary Boomer • email@example.com
Deana Curtin • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Hunt • email@example.com
Rachel Wymore • firstname.lastname@example.org
Terra Snyder • email@example.com
VP Community Events:
Kristin McClasky • Kdp1202@gmail.com
VP Student Services:
Susan Jarrold • firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Becker • email@example.com
Denise Wheeler • firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Wiens email@example.com
Diana Beckman • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Hill • Wendyhill329@gmail.com
Diversity & Inclusion Chair:
Jessica Bryon • email@example.com
Briarwood Elementary Bulldogs - all school Facebook page
FACEBOOK Groups are a great way to find out what is going on in your grade level community. Join your group to find out details on sports teams, scouts, and play dates happening throughout the year.
Grade-level Facebook groups (private):
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2029 (6th grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2030 (5th grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2031 (4rd grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2032 (3nd grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2033 (2st grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2034 (1st Grade)
Briarwood Elementary Class of 2035 (K)