March 9, 2023
Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!
Connect to Prevent Event
April 4, 2023
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Relay for Life Event
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event dedicated to saving lives from cancer. For over 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised through Relay For Life directly support breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings, and much more.
The Blue Valley Relay for Life will be March 31st from 5 PM - 5 AM. Participants interested can use this link to register - https://secure.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY23NOR?pg=entry&fr_id=104098. To join communications for BVW Relay, join the group chat below - https://groupme.com/join_group/88998237/AjMPZA1R
Anyone willing to donate towards our fundraising towards the American Cancer Society may donate using the link below - https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_donate_now&FR_ID=104098&fr_id=104098.
2nd Semester Course Fees
Course Fees for 2nd Semester
High school course fee payment for second semester is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees.
Course fees are assigned based on the master schedule and your student’s enrollment.
Course fees are assigned for the second semester only.
If your student dropped a course after the course drop deadline, they are responsible for paying any fees associated with that course.
Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to the bookkeeper.
Join us for a good cause!
JOCO Resource Numbers
Numbers you need to know
Last July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK) transitioned to a three-digit dialing code, 988. The three-digit dialing code routes calls to the Lifeline network and provides a connection to local support and services for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Johnson County Mental Health Center began answering Lifeline calls as a part of the national network in August of 2021.
In its first five months, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline received over 1.7 million calls, texts and chats. Federal government data shows a significant increase in calls, texts and chats from December 2021 to December 2022. To learn more about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, check out our Mental Health Moment—a weekly newsletter that opens dialogue, increases understanding, and removes some of the stigmas surrounding mental health issues where we’ve prepared hot, warm and crisis lines for you to add to your contact list. We all need some help sometimes, and it’s okay to reach out.
Sign up for other e-newsletters from Johnson County Mental Health Center!
Activities and Athletics Message
Blue Valley Families,
We are excited to have your families come to support our high school activities and athletics this school year. It is great to see the entire community at these events. It is imperative that our parent community partner with us as we work to encourage a positive atmosphere for our high school games or events.
Sportsmanship/officials: We want to give our student athletes the opportunity to play as many games as possible and we need officials to make those games happen. With a local and national shortage of officials, we want to make sure officials continue to choose to work Blue Valley events. The number one way we can create a welcoming environment is for spectators, coaches and student athletes to be courteous and respect the official’s decisions.
Tailgating: Tailgating before games has become a tradition for many students and families. We love to see our community gathering together to enjoy food and tailgate games in our parking lots. As a reminder, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on district property including parking lots.
Thank you for your help in making our district events a great experience for all who attend. We hope to see your family cheering for our Blue Valley teams this school year.
Fostering a Safe Environment
As we move into a new semester please share the following message in your upcoming family newsletters:
Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies. Please check out available ways to report safety concerns.
ASL Interpreter for Graduation Ceremonies
If you or a guest plan to attend this year’s Class Day or Graduation and need an ASL interpreter, please email Laura Lynn Kono at LKono@bluevalleyk12.org by April 3, 2023. Please note that graduation will be livestreamed with live captioning. Thank you!
Important Deadline! Senior Video Photos
Last day to submit photos: March 24, 2023
Seniors, don’t miss this important submission deadline to turn in photos for the Class of 2023 video. See attached instructions here for guidelines.
Library Announcement for Seniors
Hi Seniors! Graduation is quickly approaching and your library books will be due before you graduate! You will periodically be receiving notices in your Canvas accounts if you have overdue library books with the cost of replacing these materials. Please return these books before May graduation or let us know if you need us to bill you for them in StudentVue! Thank you!
Graduation Gear for Sale!
Seniors, thank you for your cap and gown sizes. Herff Jones has now placed our order! You can make the payment for your items at the following link.
Once your order is complete, please save your receipt to refer to once Graduation season arrives. Cap and gowns will be distributed at Class Day rehearsal on May 18, 2023.
College Fair Coming to KC
Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling is hosting a Spring College Fair at the Blue Valley Hilltop Learning Center (7700 W 143rd Street - Overland Park, KS 66223) on April 6, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
All students and families are invited. Attached is a graphic to share in your newsletters, websites, emails, and social media platforms.
This event is free and open to the public. Student registration using Strive Scan in advance of the fair is encouraged.
More details, a list of participating colleges/universities, registration, and more can be found on our website: https://gpacac.net/college-fairs
Social Media Updates
The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.
Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -
Twitter - @BVWCounseling
Please consider joining our PTO - we have open positions and will be needing to fill many key leadership roles next year. Get involved now so you are poised to help us in future years!
Sunflower Bank ABC Program
BVW PTO is excited to announce our participation in Sunflower Bank's ABC Program!
Our students get a chance to earn $10 for every "A" on their report card, with a matching gift to BVW PTO!
How? Help your student drop a copy of their report card at either or both branches by APRIL 28! Each branch will draw five winners from participating schools' entries.
Local Sunflower Bank Branches:
o Overland Park - 7400 W 135th St. (next to Chick-fil-A)
o Leawood - 15100 Rosewood St. - DRIVE THRU ONLY
No Sunflower Bank account or purchase is required to participate. And students do not have to have “perfect” report cards to participate!
Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student
Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!