RM Newsletter

Aug. 2nd., 2019

Important Dates

Aug. 5: Class Lists go live in Skyward-Find out your teacher

Aug. 6: Teachers report to building

Aug. 8: Meet the Teacher Night (see schedule below)

Aug. 12: 1st-6th grade Early Dismissal day 8:10-12:30p (1st Day of School)

Aug. 12: Kindergarten Parent Information Session: 8:30a, 1:00, or 5:00p

Aug. 13: 1st-6th grade first full day of school 8:10-3:10

Aug. 14: Kindergarten first day of school (full day)

Aug. 24: Bike Rodeo 10a-1p at RM-Specifics TBA soon

PTA Website

Our wonderful PTA has a new webpage design. Please access it by visiting http://raymarshpta.com/

I highly encourage you to sign up and belong to our PTA!

Important reminders for RM

  • Please refrain from bringing any pets when picking up your child. Many kids get excited to see animals on the property, but the unpredictability of animals makes many families and our staff nervous.
  • Breakfast doors open at 7:40 in the cafeteria.
  • Supervision in the car loop/front patio begins at 7:50. We ask that you not drop off students prior to when our staff is available. This will ensure your child's safety prior to the start of the school day.
  • Entry to the front door for students is 8:00a. The tardy bell is 8:10a. Students will be counted tardy if not in the classroom when the bell rings.
  • Early Dismissal for SMSD is 12:30p, students are served lunch at school.
  • Regular dismissal for SMSD is 3:10, kindergarten students are released at 3:05. We ask that all kindergarten students are picked up by a guardian or older sibling. Kindergarten is dismissed at the North exit by the bike rack.

Wellness Policy, Including Birthday Treats

Here are the highlights from the district wellness policy.

  • District will have no carbonated sodas or energy drinks available to students (a la carte, vending, school stores, fundraising).
  • All schools will follow the ‘Smart Snacks in Schools’ guidelines for a la carte, vending and fundraising items.
  • All schools will allow and encourage students to have individual water bottles in the classroom.
  • All food/beverage items provided to students must be labeled by the manufacturer. Fresh fruits/vegetables do not need a label.
  • No foods or beverages will be provided/sold in competition with food service during the meal serving times. In addition, food cannot be ordered for delivery to the school during the school day for student consumption.

  • As of the 2018-19 SY, Ray Marsh DOES NOT allow birthday treats to be passed out in the building. Instead of food, teachers will offer the students other ways to celebrate their awesome day so they can be honored and feel special to their peers. Below are just a few examples of choices students might be given:

    -special privilege (line leader, teacher helper, choose seat)
    -drawing for a coupon to have a special activity
    -five minutes extra class recess (this one has made the birthday kiddo quite popular!)
    -time in class to play a game as a class
    -free homework pass
    -sit in the teacher’s chair all day
    -show and tell coupon
    -choose a brain break for the class
    -wear a birthday hat
    -birthday book-everyone signs a book for the birthday child and that person gets to take it home
    -special letter-everyone writes the birthday child a letter and they get to take them home

    Calendar Revisions

    ​The 2019-2020 school year calendar has been revised.

    At the July 22, 2019 Board of Education meeting, Board of Education members approved the following changes:

    • Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 23 and 24, 2019 (a change from October 16 and 17, 2019)
    • Friday, October 25, 2019 will be a Parent Teacher Conference Day. School will not be held for students in Grades Pre-K-12.
    • A Professional Development day will be held on May 27, 2020. There will be no Professional Development day on January 3, 2020.
    • Students will return from Winter Break on January 6, 2020.
    • The last day of school for grades Pre-K-11 will be May 22, 2020.

    Dr. Darren Dennis, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, presented the recommended changes to the Board of Education. He provided the following explanation for the recommended changes:

    • The previously approved calendar was a few hours short of the state-required classroom contact hours for high school seniors. Moving the Professional Development Day from January 3 to May 27 and making January 6 a regular day of school solved this issue.
    • The original calendar created a conflict at one high school. This was resolved through holding Parent Teacher Conferences during the day on October 25 and moving the conferences from October 16-17 to October 23-24.

    Dr. Dennis consulted with Linda Sieck, NEA-Shawnee Mission president, and representatives from the Shawnee Mission Area Council-PTA to gather input prior to bringing the recommendations to the Board of Education.

    The revised 2019-2020 calendar was approved by the Board of Education and may be viewedhere. The 2020-2021 calendar was also approved by the Board of Education and may be viewedhere.

    The Shawnee Mission Board of Education reserves the right to change the school calendar to respond to emergencies or other unforeseen circumstances that affect the educational program or students’ welfare.

    Meet the Teacher Aug. 8th, 5:00-7:00p

    Kindergarten families are highly encouraged to attend this event! This is a chance to drop supplies, meet the teacher, and explore the school. The parent presentation for K will be held on Aug. 12th at 8:30a, 1:00p, or 5:00p (please chose one to attend).

    Meet the Teacher Night

    Ray Marsh Elementary School

    Thursday, August 8, 2019


    This NEW night is a combination of the previous Sneak a Peek and Back to School Nights.

    Families may drop off their supplies at any time during the evening, but classroom presentations will follow the below schedule. Presentations will be held in the individual classrooms.

    1st grade: 5:00-5:15pm

    2nd grade: 5:20-5:35pm

    3rd grade: 5:40-5:55pm

    4th grade: 6:00-6:15pm

    5th grade: 6:20-6:35pm

    6th grade: 6:40-6:55pm

    Changes to Vaccination Requirements for Kansas Schools

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced two new vaccination requirements for the 2019-20 School Year.

    Students entering Kindergarten and First Grade: Two doses of Hepatitis A are required.

    • Many students have already received two doses of hepatitis A as it has previously been required for daycare and Pre-Kindergarten programs.
    • Students with one dose of hepatitis A, will need to receive and provide documentation from their health care provider of the second dose of hepatitis A by October 18, 2019, or 6 months from the first dose.
    • Students who were previously unvaccinated for hepatitis A will need to provide documentation of receiving the first hepatitis A vaccine from their health care provider by October 18, 2019.

    Students entering Seventh Grade: One dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine is required.

    • Students are required to provide documentation of receiving one meningococcal ACWY vaccine from their health care provider by October 18, 2019.

    Students entering 11th Grade: One dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine is required.

    • Students are required to provide documentation from their health care provider of receiving the 11th grade meningococcal ACWY vaccine after their 16th birthday.

    Vaccine requirements for schools can be found online at:http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm.

    About the Vaccines

    Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

    The meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease has two common outcomes: meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infections. The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease spread through the exchange of nose and throat droplets, such as when coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. With bloodstream infection, symptoms also include a dark purple rash. About one of every 10 people who gets the disease dies from it. Survivors of meningococcal disease may lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become developmentally disabled, or suffer seizures or strokes.

    Hepatitis A Vaccine

    The hepatitis A vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus. The virus is spread primarily person-to-person through fecal-oral route. In other words, the virus is taken in by mouth from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces (stool) of an infected person. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, poor appetite, vomiting, stomach pain, and sometimes jaundice (when skin and eyes turn yellow). An infected person may have no symptoms, may have mild illness for a week or two, may have severe illness for several months, or may rarely develop liver failure and die from the infection. In the U.S., about 100 people a year die from hepatitis A.

    If you have questions about the requirements, please contact your school nurse.

    Important Phone Numbers

    Main Office


    Attendance Line (report an absence)


    Health and Medical

    Cathy Hsieh - 993-3402

    Social Worker/MVP inquiries

    Megan Mahoney - 993-3413