The Cougar Connection
Weekly Update for Families - February 23, 2023
Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM
Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)
Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)
***Please call the attendance line direct and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***
From Dr. Gruman
Dear Northwest Families,
This week has been exciting and rather fast paced with activities and learning opportunities. We have two more weeks remaining in our third quarter. This is a great time to check with your students about any missing assignments or make-up work that needs their attention.
Here is a resource guide for parents about Canvas: Canvas Guide. Canvas is our learning management platform where assignments, projects, and assessments are kept in real time. Teachers then sync those grades to Skyward weekly. Skyward serves as our student data portal where final grades, transcripts, and educational records are housed. If you have additional questions about your student's academic progress, they can access their student portals and share information or you are welcome to reach out to their teacher as well.
A reminder - the spring sports season opens on February 27th. Students must have a completed athletic physical on file prior to participating in try-outs or practice. We hope that warm weather returns next week so we may have a strong start to the season!
Have a wonderful week!
All the best,
Dr. Lisa Gruman
STUCO Garage Sale
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I DROP OFF ITEMS?
Anytime from NOW until Fri. April 21 in the main office at SMNW from 7 - 3:30 pm. Or in Sarah Dent’s classroom 230. Large furniture items can go directly into our storage – call the office at (913) 993-7200 and Mrs. Dent can arrange for students to unload after school!
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Maybe. We cannot give you a tax-deductible form, but we can give you a receipt via email for your donated items.
I WANT TO DONATE MY LARGE ITEMS BUT I HAVE NO WAY OF GETTING THEM TO SMNW. WHAT DO I DO?
Please contact StuCo Sponsor Sarah Dent ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a pick-up time before Fri. April 8. We usually do most pick ups the two weeks before the sale as storage is limited. *There might be LARGE items we cannot take due to storage.
I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DONATE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT IN SOME WAY. WHAT CAN I DO?
Feel free to shop the sale on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Help us spread the word to your family and friends!
WHEN AND WHERE IS THIS AWESOME GARAGE SALE?!
SMNW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
WHY ARE YOU HAVING THIS SALE?
SMNW Student Council is trying to fundraise $8,000 to send approximately 20 students to leadership camps across the state and country this summer. Thanks for all of your help!
Order Senior Portraits by March 3
The senior portraits taken in January are available for viewing and, if you would like, for purchase. This option will expire March 3rd. Photographer Sarah Ireland has provided the following link https://www.sarahireland.photography/. (See previous newsletter for attachment) Questions? Email Susan Massy (email@example.com).
Did you forget to purchase a Yearbook?
You can place your student’s name on the wait list. Students on the wait list will be the first called to purchase books on yearbook distribution day for $70 cash.
Questions? Email Susan Massy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From the Nurse
Vaccination Exclusions ARE Occurring:
If you have received any information stating that your student is missing any immunizations, then please bring us proof of vaccination. This is primarily regarding the Meningitis ACWY that all 11th graders should have received at the age of 16 per KS state law. Please email (StacieLaney@smsd.org), Fax (#913-993-7464), or have your student bring in proof that they have received this immunization IMMEDIATELY!
Keeping Our Students & Staff Healthy
In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physicians 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 at home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.
For district COVID-19 guidelines, please visit https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/health-services/coronavirus-or-covid-19-information
Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families:
Northwest student athletes – Spring sports begin on Monday, February 27th.
In order to participate all paperwork / physicals must be turned
in to our athletics secretary - Mrs. Alvey in the main office.
Spring Sports Meeting March 7 @ 6:30 pm
Looking for an event? Sunflower League
- Visit our Athletics Website for schedules of upcoming events: https://smnwcougars.com/