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October 14

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National School Lunch Week..10/14-10/18

The week of October 14th – 18th is National School Lunch Week!

To celebrate we will have Eat Your Colors Week.

The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million students every school day across our nation. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. To celebrate, we will have “Eat Your Colors” Week in the lunchroom! Each day has an assigned color that will be featured through various food items. Please have your student(s) help us celebrate by dressing in the color of the day!

Monday, October 14th – No School

Tuesday, October 15th – Red Day

Wednesday, October 16th – Yellow Day

Thursday, October 17th – Orange Day

Friday, October 18th – Rainbow Day

It will be a fun-filled, colorful week!

First Student Busing

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Mize Student Artwork on Permanent Display in Administration Office

On Monday, September 30, 2019, during the USD 232 Board of Education meeting, third grade student Ava Toepfer was recognized for her artistic skills. District art teachers are given the opportunity to select one piece of artwork from the school year to hang in the Administration Office on permanent display. Ava, daughter of Matt and Monica Toepfer, was recognized for her Van Gogh’s Cat painting that she created during her second grade year. Artwork is selected in the spring and students are recognized the following fall school year.

Photos included:

Ava and Dr. Harwood; Ava with the other recognized student artists at the Administration Office.

Bully Free Spirit Week is next week! October 21-25

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Fall Party--> Oct. 31

The Fall Parade and Classroom Parties are scheduled for Thursday, October 31st. The parade begins at 2:45 pm with parties starting at the conclusion of the parade (around 3:00).

This year, we will be parading outside in the bus loop, weather permitting. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will use the gym for our annual parade. Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to bring their costumes to school and change right before the parade. As a courtesy to others, please follow the guidelines listed below.

1. Students may not wear their costumes to school, but they may bring them and change before the parade. Students should be able to change with little or no assistance.

2. Costumes should not contain blood or violent depictions of any kind.

3. Costume weapons (swords, knives, lasers, etc.) are not permitted at school.

4. Spray hair color and hair spray may not be used at school due to student allergies and


5. Due to district guidelines, younger siblings are not allowed at school parties. Please arrange for childcare for younger children.

6. Please consult the district’s Fun Fit Food Guidelines and your

child’s classroom teacher when sending in food for the party.

7. HAVE FUN!!!

KidDo Fair

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WHERE: Mill Creek Middle School - 8001 Mize Road, Lenexa, Kansas

USD 232 Parents as Teachers is hosting a KidDo Fair full of early childhood & preschool resources. This event is for ALL families with children birth to age 5 with close to 40 vendors. These vendors include health care, mental health, child care licensing, daycares, preschools, activities for children, safety and car seat safety, dance classes, libraries and more!

Children are encouraged to attend, as there will be door prizes, face painting and other fun activities. Free vision and hearing screenings will also be available.

Nurse Notes

The DeSoto District approved the addition of a second full-time nurse at Mize Elementary in late August 2019 to meet the growing medical needs of our student population. On September 9th, 2019 Erica Keesling BSN, RN, joined the nursing staff at Mize. Nurse Erica has a background in intensive care nursing and lots of parenting skills. She is the mama of two of our Mize students and a familiar face to many. Nurse Brandi Heitmann and Nurse Erica will be splitting the second full-time position and Nurse Christina Brandenburg will continue to work full-time. We are so excited to have her on our team!

Seasonal Illness & Flu Season:

Did you know that influenza is a respiratory infection and not the stomach bug that makes you vomit? We get the influenza vaccination to protect ourselves and those with compromised immune systems from the life threating respiratory illness influenza causes. With that, the CDC is predicting another brutal and unpredictable flu season, and is recommending early vaccination for the 2019-2020 flu season.

The DeSoto District follows the Johnson County Health Departments recommendations when sending students home from school or excluding them from class due to illness.


To prevent the spread of illness we recommend the fallowing;

· Frequent handwashing

· Sneezing & Coughing into tissue or your sleeve

· Staying home for 24-hours, symptom free, without the use of medications for;

o Fevers

o Vomiting

o Diarrhea

· Influenza, students & Staff formally diagnosed with influenza, by a doctor, will be exclude from school for 7-days following the onset of symptoms or duration of illness for those with compromised immune systems.

Kind Regards,

Christina Brandenburg MBA, BSN, RN

Mize Elementary- Nurse


913-441-0800 (Phone) 913-441-9452 (fax)

Walk-n-Roll athon News

Mize Families-

PTO is super excited to report that as of today, we have received $16,536 in family donations. This is almost halfway to the goal we set at $36,500 this year. Thank you so much for your generous donations so far! Just a REMINDER…our final cut-off is October 16th – you still have time! We will celebrate our efforts at our ROCK-n-ROLL-athon on Friday, October 18th. ALL are welcome! Please check the schedule below to see when your child/children will be participting:

1st grade 9:10 - 9:50

4th grade 9:45 - 10:25

3rd grade 10:20 - 11:00

5th grade 10:55 - 11:35

K grade 12:15 - 12:55

2nd grade 1:00 - 1:40

Prizes for individual and family pledge donations can be found below. Remember, each prize includes all the prize values before. For example if your child earned $75 in donations, they earned the Peace Out Pizza Party, the Super Scoops Shindig, and the Groovy Glow Dance Party. The party rewards per student/family pledge will begin celebration the week of October 21st. We will need a few volunteers to help, so if your available please sign up on the sign up genius and help us celebrate.

  • $25 pledge-Groovy Glow Dance Party October 22nd grades 4/5 (9:00-9:20) grades K/1 (9:20-9:40) grades 3/4 (9:40-10:00)
  • $50 pledge-SUPER SCOOPS SHINDIG October 21st, celebration beginning right after the regular lunch schedule, in a special location
  • $75 pledge-PEACE OUT PIZZA PARTY October 23rd, to take place during the regular lunch schedule, in a special location
  • $125 pledge-FAR OUT FUN with MAGIC SCOTT October 29th, 9:00 am - 9:45am

What are the classroom prizes that can be earned by having the highest $$$ amount in pledges?

  • Top Overall Classroom (K-5) will receive a Sweet Reward Party, which includes Cupcakes and Juice!
  • Top Grade Level Classroom will receive a Popcorn Party!

So how are things shaping up? As of Thursday night:

****Classroom Leader Board****

1st Place: 4th Grade – Albert

2nd Place: 3rd Grade – Rielly

3rd Place: 3rd Grade – Bunch

Mother Son Game Night

Mark your calendars!! One of our most looked forward family event is around the corner! Mother Son Game Night will be Friday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00pm. You won't want to miss it! Details coming soon..

The first collection day for Box Tops will be October 30th. Please make sure each clip has a valid expiration date. There will be one class winner for each grade level. Happy clipping and scanning! Thank you for all you do to support Mize Elementary.

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