BRIARWOOD ELEMENTARY pta newsletter
December 6, 2022 www.briarwoodpta.org
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL LASH
Briarwood Needs Substitute Teachers
Briarwood is in need of substitute teachers and you can help. Through Kelly Sub services, Briarwood parents, grandparents, and other community members have the opportunity to substitute. You choose the day(s) that work for you. All of the Shawnee Mission School District schools are in need of substitutes. There is an option to be considered for Briarwood only if that is your preference. To learn more, click the link below.
Winter Classroom Parties
I am excited to share that we will have our traditional winter classroom parties on Monday, December 19th at 2:30. Only designated room parents will be allowed to attend so we do not have overcrowding in the classrooms and we can check in all room parents in a timely manner beginning at 2:15.
- We have had an increase of families dropping off students in the small circle drive during morning drop off between 7:50-8:10, which is causing traffic issues and delays. Only families who have a kindergarten student should be dropping off in the small circle drive. It is okay to drop off and pick up using the small circle drive between 8:10-3:00.
A NOTE FROM NURSE BLIZZARD
Keeping our Students Healthy
You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness this fall, as is typical with this time of year. In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness with a few physician-diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.
One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Your child may also be ill but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.
Beth Blizzard, M.S. Ed., BSN, RN
IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES @ BRIARWOOD
Tuesday, December 20
Early Dismissal - 12:30PM
Wednesday, December 21 - Thursday, January 5
Saturday, February 4
Full BW PTA Calendar is available here
Trivia Night is back... and we're going way back to the 90's! Bring your mad skills and fly fashion for a night away from the kids. Join us Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 7-10pm at Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO.
Fifteen teams of ten will compete for dope prizes and bragging rights. Your ticket includes a cheeseburger buffet (the best in KC!) and fixings. Cash bar available. (Don't worry, credit cards are accepted.) Trivia isn't all you can expect. As if! Snag a 90's music bingo card at the door for $5 with more chances to win.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday Dec 12. Hurry, with only 150 spots, tickets won't last long. https://www.briarwoodpta.org/trivia
Free Agent $30 (1 ticket)
Power Couple $60 (2 tickets)
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
CREATE/UPDATE YOUR ONLINE DIRECTORY PROFILE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A SPACE FOR EVERY BULLDOG - DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AT BRIARWOOD
December Celebrations & Recognitions
December 3rd : International Day of Persons with Disabilities
“Neurodiversity” is a popular term that’s used to describe differences in the way people’s
brains work. The idea is that there’s no “correct” way for the brain to work. Instead, there is a
wide range of ways that people perceive and respond to the world, and these differences are to
be embraced and encouraged. Common types of neurodiversity we might see at Briarwood are
ADHD, Dyslexia or Dyscalculia, to name a few. To learn more about Neurodiversity and how as a
parent you can support your neurodivergent child, check out the link below.
LINKS FOR LEARNING
Important Reminder: Supporting Peers of Differing Faiths
As the holiday season approaches, parents are not only presented with the opportunity to talk to their children about the traditions and holidays others celebrate at this time, but also how to be allies to their peers of differing faiths. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Justice Department are reporting rising numbers of anti-Semitic incidents, which consistently make up the majority of religious based hate crimes in the United States. As Jewish children see their friends decorating freely and attending large city-wide events, Jewish families have to evaluate when and where they can safely celebrate while understanding that most public gatherings will include armed security or police presence.
With that understanding, the hope as always is that school can feel like a safe and supportive place for all children. Remember that treats, crafts, and games for the upcoming classroom parties should be “winter” themed instead of highlighting even the secular elements of the Christmas holiday to make them inclusive and fun for all. Remind your children that jokes or put-downs about the Jewish people and holidays won’t be tolerated at home or at school. Most importantly, be thoughtful about the rhetoric and language your child is hearing from trusted adults about people of other faiths.
As Elie Wiesel so wisely stated, “one person of integrity can make a difference.”
Happy Holidays to all!
VOLUNTEER CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED
CROSSING GUARDS STILL NEEDED :) Please help us keep our students safe by volunteering to serve as a crossing guard at 86th and Juniper.
- Remind children to walk themselves and/or their bikes/scooters across the crosswalk.
- Help direct the before/after-school traffic and remind drivers that cars are not permitted to turn left off of 86th Street.
- Crosswalk volunteer shifts are 7:50-8:10am and 3:05-3:20pm (12:25pm-12:40pm on half days).
NOW AVAILABLE: SMORE 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.
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
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.
Please note that there are two separate upcoming volunteer opportunities for the Clothing Exchange, both on October 4.
Additional information is located on the SMAC website:
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)