Friday News and Events

East Antioch Elementary

March 31 , 2023

Mission: To create a community where all students feel safe, enabling them to be confident in gaining knowledge and skills to navigate the world around them


Vision: To make East Antioch a community where everyone feels welcome and students become responsible and productive citizens

CALENDAR

APRIL


7 No School PK-12

10 No School Prof Lrng K-12

13 Hocker Grove Open House Family Engagement Night 5:30-7:30 pm (see flier below)

13 Pre-School Pals 2:30-3:00

18-20 Book Fair 3:30-6:00

18 Skate Party 6:00 pm

20 Kindergarten Round-Up 6:00-7:30 pm

25 North Area Orchestra 7:00 pm (morning rehearsal)

25 3rd grade Field Trip to SM South 11:40 am-1:55 pm

26 Stone Lion Puppet Show K-3

26 Donuts with Grownups - bringing a grownup is encouraged but NOT required to get a donut!

26 Stuco Meeting 3:15-4:00 pm

28 Bike Rodeo 3rd gr


MAY


3 2nd gr Field Trip to Science City 9:30 am-2:00 pm

4 1st gr Field Trip to KC Zoo 9:00 am-1:30 pm

5 Field Day

10 Choir Musical

10 6th Grade Olympic Festival (note change of date)

FUN TIMES AT THE STUDENT STORE TODAY!

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KANSAS SPRING TESTING DATES

During the spring, our students in grades 3-6 participate in Kansas Assessments and K-6 take the MAP test to measure our students' academic progress. When scheduling appointments please keep this in mind. Schedule below.
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SPIRIT WEEK APRIL 3-6

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MS. GALLOWAY'S NEW OPPORTUNITY

Dear East Antioch Families,

I wanted to take the time to inform you that next school year I will be transferring to Brookridge Elementary and stepping into the new role as the Administrative Intern. These last two years at East Antioch have been such a wonderful experience. I have enjoyed oh so much getting to know as well as building such great relationships with staff, families, and our East Antioch students. East Antioch is a hidden gem filled with such loving and caring people who strive for excellence in everything that they do. Thank you for the opportunity that you have given me as EA鈥檚 instructional coach these last two years and for welcoming me with open arms into our community. I would not be ready for this next step in my educational journey if it weren鈥檛 for each of you. I have learned so much from you all, and I will miss my EA community so much. 馃挌馃惥 - Ms. Galloway P.S. Don鈥檛 worry! I will have some surprise visits 馃槉

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Parents: for the safety of our students, please make sure you are following all signage located on the school property. Please only turn left or right where the signs indicate.

Class placement feedback

At this time, it is important to find out what our enrollment will be next year. Please let the office know if your student in grades K-5 will NOT be attending East Antioch next year. If we do not hear from you be assured your student will be placed in a classroom.


Later this spring and towards the end of the year, our staff will be working together to establish class rosters for the next school year. Our class placement process will be a team effort done with great care. Our intention is to carefully balance classes according to:

路 Boy-girl ratio in all classes at a given grade level

路 Academic ability levels in all classes at a given grade level

路 Social-emotional development in all classes at a given grade level

路 Special learning needs in all classes at a given grade level

路 Near equal class sizes as possible in all classes at a given grade level

Beyond this, we look at students with clearly exceptional learning or behavioral needs. We also look at the social dynamics between certain students, and if our experience tells us that two or more students have a negative influence on each other when they are together in a classroom, then we may need to ensure that they have different classroom placements. As you might be able to tell, if we were to try to place students in classrooms of their (or their parent鈥檚) choosing, it would quickly become impossible to construct classes according to the guidelines noted above. This would not allow for the creation of the best environment in which all children could experience success. As you can see, there are many considerations when making class placements to achieve a balance. We use a team approach to our decision, and as always parents are part of this team. If you have information you wish to share about your child, it will be added as one of the many pieces of information for consideration in placement.

Do not assume because a sibling had a certain teacher that your next child will have the same teacher, that is not a consideration in class placement.

Your letter is one piece of information. It will be considered but will not be a guaranteed placement with a specific teacher.

Please use the attached form to complete information in regard to class placement for the 2023-24 school year. Please read the following guidelines:

1. Please do not request a specific teacher.

2. Please understand that teaching assignments for each grade level may differ from year to year, so requesting a particular teacher may not always be possible.

3. Please do not go to this year鈥檚 teacher to ask for certain placement for next year. This puts teachers in a difficult position because they cannot commit to you one way or the other. Conferences are held to discuss academic progress, not to choose next year鈥檚 teacher.

4. Please understand requests are considered each year. If there is a particular situation that needs to be addressed through class placement, please submit your request each and every year.

Please be assured that with or without a letter from parents, as professionals, the experiences and knowledge we gain from working daily with your children allows us to make well-informed decisions in the best interests of the children. The staff will review each child鈥檚 needs individually and select the classroom in which we believe he/she will learn the best.

If you have input relative to student class placement, please put it in writing addressed to me no later than April. Information given after that time may be too late for consideration. All decisions regarding class placement are final and cannot be changed. You will be able to view next year鈥檚 teacher on Skyward in August of 2023. This is the earliest one will find out who his/her teacher will be.

Please submit this form https://forms.gle/VaxA6yHdFxHA9fqr8 for any class placement input you may have.

This is also a great time for you to check out your personal information on Skyward and make sure the information listed is correct. If phone numbers, emails or addresses have changed please let the office know donitaoehlert@smsd.org or inezmartinez@smsd.org


Thank you for your support with this process.

PTA NEWS

EA PTA still has many open slots available for Committee members for the 23-24 school year. Please consider signing up for an event that you have an interest in; it takes many hands to make a fully functional PTA and we would love to return to our pre-pandemic participation level. You can signup for our committee at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPJzKytuhsL070Czcieorw-TEn-inMLfG9pnolNC8vs-fWcQ/viewform


April 18 - EA Night at Skate City Merriam 6-8

April 18-20 BOGO Book Fair

April 23 - 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

April 26 - Donuts with Grownups - bringing a grownup is encouraged but NOT required to get a donut!


Next PTA Meeting

May 11 - 6:00 in Library

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

We have several field trips coming up that our students are excited about. Just a reminder, if you plan to attend, you must be MVP trained.


Upcoming -MVP Training dates are located at:

https://www.smsd.org/families/volunteer-mvp

2023-24 KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN

We are pleased to welcome kindergarten students and their families to schools across the Shawnee Mission School District.鈥 The Shawnee Mission School District offers full-day kindergarten at each of the district's 34 elementary schools. Recognizing children are eager to discover and explore the world around them, there are many positive learning and social behavioral benefits for children who attend full-day kindergarten programs.

By Kansas statute, children must be age 5 on or before Aug. 31 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment.

Please pass this information along to neighbors or family members who have children entering kindergarten this fall.


Planning ahead - Kindergarten Round-up is April 20 from 6:00-7:30 pm.

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School safety-How Does This Look in SMSD

The Shawnee Mission School District is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around our schools. Our SMSD District Police Department was formed in 1972 as an accredited police agency as authorized by Kansas law. If you would like to learn more check out their website HERE.

Bullying app in SMSD

The Shawnee Mission School District and the Board of Education are committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, free from intimidation or bullying. Check out the SMSD website regarding bullying, including the Board of Education Policy: KGC HERE.


As a building principal, we strongly feel like we can not help your kids if we do not know what is going on. If you need to report an incidence of bullying, school safety or a concern, you always have the option to report through our SPRIGEO app. The app is downloaded on every student iPad or click on this link to access from any other device. All reporting is anonymous so the more information you submit, the easier it is to follow up.

SM NORTH SWIM AND DIVE CLINIC - APRIL 8

6th Annual Makin鈥 Waves 鈥 SMN BISON Swim and Dive Clinic Sponsored by North Boys鈥 Swim Coach Cody Fothergill, Girls鈥 Swim Coach Kailey Morash.


Admission Includes:

鈥 Instruction with Coaches and Athletes of the Boys鈥 and Girls鈥 Swim and Dive Teams

鈥 Instruction on strokes, starts, turns, racing & relays

鈥 Fun Relay races

鈥 Treat bag with SMNorth Swim Clinic T-Shirt


See flyer below and use this link to register. https://forms.gle/WmqaLbZ7uvj1GQ986

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ATTENDANCE REMINDERS

If your child(ren) is going to be absent please remember to call our attendance line 913.993.3288. This helps free up the main line for additional calls. Ms. Inez will retrieve your message and mark attendance appropriately. You may also email; however, be sure to email Inez and Donita in case one of them are out of the office.


inezmartinez@smsd.org

donitaoehlert@ smsd.org


Thank you

COACH D'S CORNER

We want to share our students' successes! Please email me and let me know their accomplishments and we will recognize them in the newsletter.



Thanks,


Coach D

endinneb@smsd.org

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TRANSFER INFORMATION FOR 2023-2024

The first transfer window, for current students in Kindergarten through 11th grade, is set to open on March 1, 2023, for the 2023-2024 school year.

The transfer window is the period of time when a student can apply to transfer from their home school (determined by place of residence) to a different school.

If your student is currently approved for transfer to another school location, you do not need to reapply.

There are two separate transfer request windows in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD). The first is for students currently enrolled in grades K-11. A later window will open for incoming Kindergarten students. Please be aware that due to high enrollment, the following schools WILL NOT be accepting new transfer requests for the 2023-2024 school year:

Briarwood, Brookridge, Corinth, Tomahawk (closed with the exception of transfers from Briarwood)



Transfer Window Dates and Info

For SMSD students currently enrolled in grades K-11:

The transfer window will be from 12:00 a.m. March 1, 2023 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2023.

All In-District transfer requests will be submitted electronically using the Skyward Family Access system.

Please note that any students currently approved for transfer to another school location do not need to reapply.

For SMSD students entering Kindergarten in the 23-24 school year

The transfer window will open at 12:00 a.m. on July 7, 2023. The application must be completed prior to 11:59 p.m. on July 18, 2023 to be considered in an initial approval period. The application can be found in Family Access in the Custom Forms tab.

The form will remain open through August 1, and additional transfers will be granted as classroom space allows. Initial decisions will be communicated by the end of the day on July 26, and any subsequent notifications by the end of the day on August 4.

All In-District transfer requests will be submitted electronically using the Skyward Family Access system. In order to complete the form, you MUST first complete the enrollment process in your home school through the online enrollment portal. Families submitting Kindergarten enrollment applications after school offices close on May 27 will need to email Savanna Hubbard upon the submission of your enrollment application to finalize enrollment.


Find out more about Kindergarten enrollment by clicking here.


Steps for Requesting a Transfer for SY 23-24

** IMPORTANT: The parent/guardian listed as Family 1/Guardian 1 will need to complete the form in Skyward Family Access.

  1. Log in to Skyward Family Access
  2. Complete In-District Transfer Request
  3. Repeat, as needed, for each student
  4. Complete before Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.


Do You Have More Questions?

To learn more about the transfer process, visit our website.

Please contact your child鈥檚 home school with school-specific questions.


Change of Address?

If you have had a change of address and have not yet informed your school office, please let them know as soon as possible so that they may update the information in Skyward.


Did You Forget Your Username/Password?

The Skyward Family Access parent account is based on the parent email address on file with the school. First, try using the 鈥淔orgot your Login/Password鈥 to reset your password. This link is on the login page for Family Access. If that process is not successful, please contact your child鈥檚 school directly to ensure it has your most current email address on file.