Nieman News

September 5, 2022


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Hello September!

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day and long weekend! I hope everyone was able to have some fun and get some rest and relaxation! My family and I went camping and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather, go to the beach, have an epic water balloon fight, and spend time with family!

I am hopeful that we will be able to start welcoming some cooler weather this month. As a reminder, make sure you send a jacket with your kiddos as our morning recess can be kind of cool, while our afternoon ones can still be hot.

Looking forward to an amazing September together!

Principal Tenbrink

Important Dates for Families


9- RED FRIDAY! Wear your red to cheer on the Chiefs for the 1st Red Friday of the year!

19- Board of Education Meeting 6pm- CAA

20- PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 in the Library

21- Dine Out- Old Shawnee Pizza

22- Fall Picture Day

Fun Activities for Families

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MVP Training Make-up Dates

We are so excited to have parents/guardians be able to come INSIDE the building and help volunteer. If you are already MVP trained and need to know if you need to renew or not, please contact Anne Kwon at You must attend a training to be able to attend any class field trips and/or volunteer inside the building. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Kwon.

If you missed the first MVP Training at Nieman Elementary. You can attend any of the attached locations.

The Knight School

The Knight School is returning this fall to Nieman Elementary School! The Knight School Chess Team will be your school's official chess team and chess party.

This revolutionary, party-based approach to chess has had amazing success—winning multiple state championships—because our unique and unprecedented educational philosophy, “the chess party,” is the perfect way to transform a complete beginner into a devastating chess machine.

Our unique model has swept America because it has never been seen before: we simply invite every beginner in your school to join our school chess team and we use only super-fun teaching methods such as super-fast chess clock-slapping chess games, zany chess videos, a strict bully-free environment, silicone wristbands for tactics mastery, chess puzzlers for candy, driving music, hilarious tactics-lesson videos, and Mardi-Gras bead chess tournaments each day we practice.

In this kid-centered classroom environment, we teach our kids every cool trick, strategy, opening, and tactic in chessdom and our kids soon learn to love and master chess and to masterfully control their classrooms, sports fields, and home lives as well! Laughter, fast clocks, and compelling teaching approaches make this class the week's highlight for the current 3600 Chess Party members who make up the awesome network of The Knight School's 200+ school chess teams.

Join The Knight School chess party and give your child the gift of amazing chess friends, undeniable academic confidence, a self-identity as a smart kid, and a weekly dose of childhood joy that is the highlight of their week! Sign up today! Learn more and sign up for our school chess team at or email Coach Brian Harris: (785) 341-6590. See attached flyer for additional information!Nieman Elementary School - TKS 2022.pdf


Social Emotional Learning Video

This week our Social Worker, Ms. Kwon, started going into classrooms to co-teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons with the classroom teacher. In some of these rooms, we have worked on Conflict Resolution Time Machine through Conscious Discipline. This has been helpful for both staff and children on learning another way to assertively handle conflicts with each other through effective communication.

Here is a link for you to watch a video of the Founder of Conscious Discipline, Dr. Becky Bailey, modeling this:

Trauma Smart Information:

The Nieman Staff has been learning about the prevalence of trauma, definition of trauma, and the physical and emotional impact trauma has on students. See the attached information to learn more about the agency's partnership with caregivers to build resiliency in our community as well as some of the information that we have been learning. You may start to hear some of this from your child!
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Nominate a Nieman Teacher for Teacher of the Year- Due Sept 6th!

You have more more day to nominate one of our amazing Nieman teachers for Teacher of the Year! See the flyer below and press the link to nominate a teacher! (Spanish)

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As a reminder, school begins at 8:10 am. Any student who arrives after this time will be marked tardy. 10 tardies will turn into an unexcused absence. If your child is going to be later or absent please ensure you call the attendance line and let Ms. Travis know. That number is 913-993-4088.

Food Service Information

These videos will show students what to expect when they join us for school meals. The How To videos can be found on the Food Service web page.

The school meals menus are on To log on, select View menus (as a guest). From there, select a date, a school and what meal you would like to see. There are daily, weekly and monthly views and the views can include entrees only or all items. School Café also show allergen and nutritional information.



Welcome to the 22-23 school year! We are so excited to be back in the building and looking towards all the fun things we are going to be able to bring to families, students and staff this year! Of course, we cannot do any of it without you! Please take a few minutes to read the information below to see how you can help support Nieman Elementary!

Joining our PTA helps us more than you know! Whether you pay your dues and volunteer your time and efforts into our organization or you just want to pay your dues to show support and are unable to volunteer, your support either way helps tremendously!

Please view our packages here:

If a package is not something you are looking for, you can purchase individually! Please visit our store here:

If you have any questions, please let us know and we will be happy to help -


Nieman PTA is in search of a Yearbook Chairman. Our current chairman: Sommer Saunders is finishing out her last year as her youngest child is in 6th grade. Sommer would love to find someone to help her this year to take over starting the 23-24 school year. Without a Yearbook Chairman, there will be no yearbook for families and staff, so if you love to design, be creative and want to keep these school memories documented for families and staff this might be the perfect position for you! The Yearbook Chairman must also be a paid Nieman PTA member. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sommer at


Please mark your calendar for September 22!

Please be sure your student arrives to school on time, dressed in their best and ready to smile.


Nieman PTA is in search of a Picture Day Chairman. Our current chairman: Sommer Saunders is finishing out her last year as her youngest child is in 6th grade. Sommer would love to find someone to help her this year to take over starting the 23-24 school year. Without a Picture Day Chairman, there will be no one to facilitate picture day, so if you are organized, are able to be at the school 3 times a year to run the Fall, Group and Spring Picture Days so families will be able to have these photo memories this might be the perfect position for you! This position is one of Sommer's FAVORITE volunteer positions and it could be yours too! The Picture Day Chairman must also be a paid Nieman PTA member and MVP trained. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sommer at


Our Picture Day Chair is looking for 3 volunteers to help on Thursday September 22. Volunteers will need to be MVP Trained. Volunteer hours will be 8am to noon. Please contact Sommer Saunders if you would like to volunteer:

Nieman Spirit Wear Sales

Spirit Wear Sales are LIVE!!! Show your support for Nieman Elementary by purchasing NEW Spiritwear!!!

Nieman Dine-Out

Dine-Out Old Shawnee Pizza

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 11am-9pm

6000 Roger Road

Shawnee, KS

Dine-Out Fritz

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 11am-9pm

13803 West 63rd Street

Shawnee, KS

Dine-Out Rudys Tenampa

Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 4-9pm

8710 Lackman Road

Lenexa, KS

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Jonelle Carter

Office Secretary



Our Shawnee Mission Student Handbook provides information on our philosophy of education, code of conduct and a of variety policies and procedures. Students and parents can read this handbook to better understand the behavior expectations of Nieman Elementary and also the Shawnee Mission School District.

Click Link to learn more!

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