Jag News

April 14, 2023

Blue Valley Schools

Important Upcoming Events

4/16: PTO Dine-out @ Yogurtini

4/17: 3rd grade KAP testing

4/18: 3rd grade KAP testing

4/19: 4th grade KAP testing

4/19: Chess Club (grades 3-5) sign-up here, only 24 spots available

4/20: 4th grade KAP testing

4/21: Spirit Day! Wear Green for Earth Day

4/24: No School for Students, Professional Learning for Teachers

4/25: 4th grade KAP testing

4/26: Chess Club (grades K-2) sign-up here, only 24 spots available

4/26: PTO Skate Party @ Skate City, 6-8pm

4/27: 4th grade KAP testing

4/27: 2nd grade Pen Pal Field Trip

4/27: 5th Grade Musical @ 6:30pm

5/11: PTO Mother/Son event, more details will come

5th Grade Service Project: Donations Needed Please

Every weekend, Metro Lutheran Ministry gives away sack lunches to people who drop in needing food to get them through the day. On average, they distribute over 750 lunches each month in Kansas City!

For their community service project on Friday, April 28, the Heartland 5th graders will be packing sack lunches for this program. We would appreciate the Heartland community's help in collecting the food items needed for these lunches. Our goal is 200 lunches. Any additional items will be donated directly to MLM. Click here to sign up.

On the sign up, please indicate the number of individual items you are donating so we have an accurate count for complete lunch sacks.

Donations can be placed in the designated bin in the front hallway at Heartland through Wednesday, April 26.

Thanks in advance for supporting this program and helping the 5th grade class give back!

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Blue Valley Summer Programs.

Is your child enrolled in one of Blue Valley's Summer Programs courses? Fees will be posted in ParentVUE for all Summer Programs and available for payment starting April 10. All Summer Programs fees are due by May 1. Visit bluevalleyk12.org/summerprograms for more information.
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Don’t Miss Night of Lights Family-Friendly Festival

BVEF is looking forward to another annual signature event to raise money for our schools AND celebrate all the wonderful things about the Blue Valley district!

Night of Lights 2023 will feature food trucks, robotics, musical performances, cheer demonstrations, yard games, face painters, caricature artists, a fire truck, inflatables, a juried art show, a balloon artist, a raffle for a Weber grill package, glow items to purchase and fireworks for a great evening of fun on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 6-9 p.m. on the District Office Campus at 15020 Metcalf.

Get your glow wristband fidget spinners and raffle tickets for a Weber Smoker package with accessories TODAY!


Blue Valley Food Pantry

On April 10, the district held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Blue Valley Food Pantry!

This new resource, which will help district families and staff in need, was made possible with generous donations from our community. The pantry will receive regular food donations from local organizations like Harvesters - The Community Food Network and Cosentino's Markets, with the Blue Valley Educational Foundation providing critical fundraising support.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly was in attendance, along with district board members, staff, students and other local elected officials to celebrate the special day.

Blue Valley opens food pantry to support staff, families

Screenagers: 4/27/2023

The Blue Valley Educational Foundation generously funded a grant for the Elementary School Counselors in the Blue Valley School District to host a FREE screening of the movie Screenagers with a discussion to follow. Our goal is for parents to feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time after this event.

Screenagers is a documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. This includes a roadmap for introducing your kids to smartphones and social media, and time for parents to interact about challenges they are facing — no matter what age or stage your kid is at in the process. The content is designed for adults only, but will give you practical ways you can talk to your kids about this topic.

Click here for the MOVIE TRAILER!

Stay tuned for registration information.

Chess Club Information

Sign ups for Chess Club is in the "Important Upcoming Events" section of the Jag News. You must sign up your child for each session they want to attend. There is a limit to 24 participants for each class. You will receive a confirmation email from "Sign up Genius" as well as a confirmation email from Dr. Sauceda the day before the session. If your child is not signed up for the session by noon the day prior to the session, he/she can not stay for Chess Club. Thank you!

Heartland Neighborhood Babysitters

Click here for a list of local babysitting options. Click here to add to the list.

Heartland Family Owned Businesses

Click here for a list of Heartland Family Owned Businesses. Click here to add to the list.

Birthday Book Club News

Thank you to all families who donated to Heartland Library’s Birthday Book Club. Your donation helps to library to purchase new library books for all students to read and enjoy. Not familiar with our program? Read below for more information.

Students at Heartland have a wonderful way to have their special day recognized for years to come. Our library’s Birthday Book Club is available to students in all grades. By donating $15 to the Library Media Center, your child will be able to choose a special book to be placed in our library collection and be the first student to read the new book.

Here’s how it works. Prior to your child’s birthday, he/she can come to the library and select a Birthday Book from our cart of brand new books in all different genres. A nameplate will be placed in the front of the book and your child’s picture will be taken and displayed with the book in the library. This program is optional but it does provide our library with exciting new titles throughout the school year. The average cost of a library bound book is $17.30!

You can make your donation anytime during the year by paying through this Heartland link: https://bvpo.bluevalleyk12.org or send in a check made payable to Heartland Elementary to the front office.

Nut-Safer Snacks at Heartland

Daily Snacks: Thank you for your support of our nut-safer snack plan at HRT. As a reminder: we ask that ALL daily snacks (i.e. snack time) for ALL students must come from the nut-safer food list as we have a significant number of students with life-threatening nut allergies. (click below for the link) If a student’s snack is not from this approved list, it will be sent home (and an alternate snack will be provided the first time) so we can help increase the safety for our students as a whole. Our continued focus this year, as an entire school, is to remain consistent on the daily snacks for student snack time in the classrooms—following the nut-safer list.

Please click HERE to access the Nut-Safer food list.

Birthday Treats at Heartland

Heartland Elementary’s policy for birthday treats prohibits students and parents from bringing birthdays treats from home—edible or non-edible. This is due to several factors including health, safety, and the preservation of instructional time. Birthdays are a special time for each child and as such, the school will provide recognition throughout the day and throughout the school through announcements, birthday book club from the library, classroom celebration routines, and more. If birthday treats are sent to school during the 2022-23 school year, they will not be distributed and will be sent home. Also, if you send it invitations to birthday parties, please include all students in the class, or they will not be distributed. Thank you for understanding and complying to this policy.

Volunteer Hours - Keep Track on PTO Website

Thank you for volunteering and taking the time to record your volunteer hours. Please don't enter hours volunteered in WHRT, Safety Patrol, or Heartland Helpers. Those hours will be entered by the school. In addition, though we appreciate all hours parents volunteer, only students are eligible for awards and therefore, their hours are the only ones needed to be entered here.

Once again, thank you. The time that you have given is appreciated. Click here to record student hours. Students will be recognized in May 2023.