Circle Towanda Elementary

Parent Newsletter ~ October 2021

Mrs. Dawn Dodd, Principal ~ ddodd@usd375.org

Towanda Primary ~ Early Childhood - 2nd grade

316-536-2728

Towanda Intermediate ~ 3rd - 6th grade

316-536-2281

A note from Mrs. Dodd

Happy Fall Everyone!

Our book fair was a huge success and we enjoyed dinner with families! Thank you to all of you who supported this event. As the temperatures start fluctuating, please keep in mind that students still go outside for recess and may need a jacket in the morning. Many students have started coming to school with Smart Watches. These are quickly becoming a problem with students watching videos, chatting with others, and playing games. If this is a problem, we will treat Smart Watches as electronic devices. That means, they will not be allowed at school and in the classrooms. Please talk to your child about proper times to use these devices, if he/she has one. Thank you so much for helping us with your child's success. One other reminder, please consider donating to our school fundraiser! Emails went out for each student with links for donations from you and your family members and friends. We greatly appreciate the help!

UPCOMING DATES

Oct. 1 - CTE Fundraiser Kick Off

Oct. 4 - PTO/Site Council Meeting @5:00pm CTP Library

Oct. 8 - End of the 1st Nine Weeks

Oct. 11 - BOE Meeting @6pm

Oct. 11 - No School ~ Staff Development

Oct. 14 - Grace Med Dental Check @CTP

Oct. 15 - PreK classes to Applejack Pumpkin Patch ~ AM class departs at 8:40am ~ PM class departs at 12:40pm

Oct. 15 - Kindergarten classes to Walter's Pumpkin Patch ~ 9am - 1:30pm

Oct. 18 - Fall Fundraiser Ends

Oct. 20 - Early Childhood classes to Walter's Pumpkin Patch ~ 8:45am - 2:30pm

Oct. 20 - Honor Roll Recognition - CTI at 2:30pm

Oct. 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (as scheduled 4:30pm-8pm) Conferences held @CTP

Oct. 21 - No School Parent/Teacher Conferences (as scheduled 8am- 3:30pm) Conferences held @CTP

Oct. 22 - No School

Oct. 28 - Fall Parties for Early Childhood - AM class @10:30am ~ PM class @2:30pm

Oct. 29 - Fall Parties for both buildings K-6 @2:30pm ~ PreK AM class @10:30am ~ PreK PM class @2:30pm

PTO News

  • PTO Meeting 10/4 @ 4:15 Primary Library

  • Book Fair Family Night was a huge success! Thank you for everyone who came out and for all the volunteers that helped!

  • CTE Apparel Sales: All apparel have been delivered. We hope you are happy with your purchases! If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the office and PTO will be happy to get back with you!

  • Fall Fundraiser Donation Drive started October 1st! An email was sent out to parents and papers were sent home with your student. This is our first year to do a donation drive, so please be patient as we navigate something new! If you have questions or concerns, please call the office and PTO will get back to you!

  • Parent Teacher Conferences are coming right around the corner! Please watch your email for a Sign Up Genius to donate food for our teachers on conference night.

  • Restaurant Fundraiser Nights- We are working on these dates so be watching for more info to come!

  • Amazon Teacher Wish Lists: Want to help provide things for the classrooms but don’t know what teachers need? We have set up a wish list for each of our teachers to fill out as they have needs through Amazon. If you are interested, please see our PTO Facebook page.

  • BOXTOPS!! Since the Boxtop company has switched from clipping BoxTops to scanning your receipt through their app, we have seen a drastic decrease in participation. PLEASE consider downloading the APP and taking the time to scan your receipt when you shop! It’s super simple and helps our schools a lot!

Thank you for all your support! It really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


Counselor's Corner

September Student of the Month - Responsibility

Kyle Belcher, Bradley Burt, Maggie Carroll, Talon Johnson, Penelope Krahn, Abrahm Weaver, Alexis Chavez, Gabriel Lewis, Katerina Alexander, Clay AraSmith, Camryn Swilley, Jake Dodd, Skylar Bennefeld, Matthew Hoag, Brooks Lechien, Lili Lowry, Chas Pinkett, Madison Todd, Taytum Carlson, Duke Jacobson, Colton Weaver, Jamie Grace, Emelia Davis, Jonathan Arden, Dalton Veenstra, David Lewis, Cole Hammer, Audrianna Peterson, Jobe Cole, Elizabeth LaRue, Spencer Simpson

Library News

What an awesome month September was for the library! We were able to have our fall book fair IN PERSON and it was a HUGE success! We made close to $1700, some in cash and some in credits to be spent on the Scholastic website or on books from the book fair. (See the pics below of students enjoying some of the books we purchased from the fair.) We are incredibly grateful to everyone who shopped at the book fair or who volunteered their time to make it a success! We are also tremendously grateful to everyone who donated to our Bucks for Books fundraiser. We collected $480 to be used for purchasing books and other items to promote reading.



And now that the book fair is over, we are back to focusing on library lessons to strengthen reading skills and support classroom curriculum. In the photos below, Early Childhood students play with fall leaves (attached to balloons for added excitement!) and kindergartners enjoy owl snacks they made themselves after learning about nocturnal animals.





Happy Reading!

Lynne Smith

CTE Librarian