Broken Arrow News

October 9, 2020

Hybrid Learning Begins on Monday for Grades 3rd-6th (Continues for PreK-2)

Broken Arrow Families,

It was amazing to have our K-2nd Graders back in the building this past week as we launched Hybrid Learning.

It is now time to also welcome our 3rd-6th Graders back beginning Monday, October 12.

It is so important that you know which two days your child attends during their two weeks of Hybrid Learning.

Below you will find a reference, but if you still aren't sure please reach out to your child's teacher or our office so your child attends on their appropriate days of the week.

Last Name A-Lamb Monday/Tuesday attendance

Last Name Lamc - Z Wednesday Thursday attendance

In some situations, you may have been asked to attend certain dates to balance class size.

Please reach out to your child's current teacher if you are uncertain which days they will be attending school during Hybrid Learning.

Our Remote Learners continue to shine as I have had many success stories shared by our Remote Learning Teachers.

You have many sources for help in answering your questions.
Don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, our office, or myself directly as questions arise. We will continue to support each other through the ever-changing world we now live in.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Horne

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Very Important! - Your Action is Needed

It is extremely important that you log in to Skyward and complete the Parent Assurances Form, if you haven't already done so.

If you are choosing to not complete this very brief form (see below), I will be reaching out to you and providing you with a learning log for you to track your child's learning minutes, as required by the state of Kansas.


If you completed the form (as shown below) then you are good to go!

Please click here to log in and complete the Parent Assurances Form now.

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Important Busing Information

Student Bus Information

For those students enrolled for the bus via DS Bus Lines, student bus numbers and pick up/drop off information are available to families in Skyward Family Access. Please login to your Family Access account and select the Busing tab for information. If you do not have bus information for your child in Skyward, you may not have completed enrollment for transportation and should contact DS Bus Lines (913.384.1190).

Bus Enrollment

New this year, ALL families who want their children to receive bus service must enroll via DS Bus Lines. This includes those that qualify for free busing by residing over the state designated 2.5 miles from school.

Families who qualify for free/reduced lunches may contact DS Bus Lines to arrange enrollment. Bus fees will be prorated for the days that district is in remote attendance per JCDHE gating criteria.

Additional information may be found on the SMSD transportation webpage or by contacting DS Bus Lines (913.384.1190).

Información del Autobús para Estudiantes

Para aquellos estudiantes inscritos en el autobús a través de DS Bus Lines, los números de autobús de los estudiantes, las direcciones para recoger / dejar y los horarios programados están disponibles para las familias en Skyward Family Access. Inicie sesión en su cuenta Family Access y seleccione la flecha /pestaña que dice Busing para obtener información. Si no tiene información sobre el autobús, es posible que no haya completado la inscripción para el transporte y debe comunicarse con DS Bus Lines llamando al (913.384.1190).

Autobús Inscripción

Algo nuevo este año, requerimos que TODOS los que quieran recibir el servicio de autobús se inscriban en línea. Esto incluye aquellos que califican para transporte gratis (que viven a más de 2.5 millas de la escuela).

Las familias que califican para almuerzos gratis / reducidos pueden comunicarse con DS Bus Lines para coordinar la inscripción.

Las tarifas del autobús se prorratearán por los días en que el distrito esté en asistencia remota según los criterios de activación de JCDHE.

Puede encontrar información adicional en la página web de transporte de SMSD haga clic aquí:

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Masks WILL Be Worn During Recess

Change in Original Safety Procedures:

Students will be wearing masks at all times other than when eating (will always be six feet apart when eating) to minimize the number of students needed to quarantine when exposed to a confirmed case.

Teachers will have a designated social distanced area on the playground for any child that would like to remove their mask.

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New Broken Arrow Safety Procedures

As we continue bringing in-person students back in the building next week (3rd-6th graders in addition to the younger grades who returned this week), please be sure you have familiarized yourself - and your kids - with the following practices for safety:

  • Don't forget if you are picking up your child during dismissal that it is extremely important to have your Family Number displayed and that you pick up on the correct side of the building that you have been assigned (as that is where your child will be sent from the classroom)
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Halloween Festivities

Broken Arrow will forgo classroom parties, treats, etc. in order to maintain student and staff safety.

We look forward to the time when we are able to resume many of our festive traditions.

We will still make the day a fun for our students!

Broken Arrow PTA Information

Our Parent Teacher Association has been able to continue to support a variety of important resources for Broken Arrow this year! We’ll be sharing with you a variety of ways you can support the funds we raise to partner with the school in this way.

Save the date for dinner at Chipotle on Monday, October 26th! When you visit the location on Shawnee Mission Parkway between the hours of 4-8pm, and tell them you’re with Broken Arrow (or use the online order code CVLFMB2), Chipotle will funnel 33% of your order back to our school! A huge thank you to Chipotle! We will have a handful of restaurant nights throughout the year, but Chipotle is by far the most generous! Save the date and invite your friends and neighbors!
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Support Broken Arrow - Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smile

These are two ongoing ways you can support our school!

Box Tops for Education- scan your receipt into the app every time you shop, and any eligible purchased items will donate 10¢ to Broken Arrow!

A few details:

  • Participating partners no longer print box tops for clipping, but if you happen to have a collection of old clipped box tops, you can still turn those in to the school office.

  • If you’re shopping online for groceries or get digital receipts, you can still earn Box Tops for our school. Make sure you have created an account, then email your receipts to, using the same email that’s associated with your Box Tops account.

Amazon Smile- If you have an Amazon Prime account, when you make a simple change to that account, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to our school! Here’s how:


  1. Instead of shopping at, use the url

  2. Sign in with your normal Amazon credentials

  3. Under “Account & Lists” click on “Your AmazonSmile”

  4. Select Broken Arrow Elementary PTA as your charity

  5. Begin shopping- every time you’ll need to visit as opposed to Keep in mind, not all products are eligible for an AmazonSmile donation. You will see an icon designating eligible products.

On the app:

  1. Open the app and find “Settings” in the main menu

  2. Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

  3. Once this is turned on you don’t need to do anything else. All shopping from the app will go towards our charity when eligible.

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Upcoming Events

October 5-16 Hybrid Learning for In-Person Learners in Grades PreK-2

October 12-23 Hybrid Learning for In-Person Learners in Grades 3-6

October 15 BA Caring For Kids / Site Council Meeting via Zoom

Oct 19 Students in PreK - 2nd Begin Attending School Five Days a Week

Oct. 26 Students in 3rd-6th Begin Attending School Five Days a Week

October 26 BA PTA Chipotle Night 4:00-8:00 pm (SMPW Location)

November 6 No School - Teacher Work Time - End of the 1st Quarter

November 12 Parent-Teacher Conferences 4 pm

November 13 No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00 am

November 17 BA PTA Meeting 6:30pm via Zoom: 924 4949 4780

See the SMSD District 2020-2021 Calendar Here

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Please note that all home schools will be communicating about library check out and specific local procedures.

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