Trailblazer Family Newsletter

September 14, 2023

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BA Families,

School attendance is incredibly important to the success of your child's learning experience.

It is important that we have communication from home when a student is absent from school. Absences can be reported 24 hours a day on the attendance line at 913-993-2388.

If there is not communication from home the absence is documented as unexcused which can result in truancy concerns.

Below is our SMSD guidelines for attendance and state law for reporting truancy:

  • Students are tardy if arriving after 8:10 am - 10 tardies = 1 Unexcused Absence
  • Students arriving at school after 8:45 am = ½ Day Absence
  • Students leaving school before 2:15 pm= ½ Day Absence
  • Students who have 10 Excused Absences are required to have a doctor's note after 10

Kansas Truancy Law - All school districts in Kansas must report a student to the county attorney's office as truant if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Any 3 Consecutive Unexcused Absences
  • Any 5 Unexcused Absences in a Semester
  • 7 Unexcused Absences in a School Year

I always want to work together as a team to make sure your child is at school regularly. Please reach out to me if you are facing challenges in getting your child to school every day.

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Horne



15: No School- District Professional Learning

15: 6th Gr Band plays at SMNW Football Game, meet at SMN flagpole at 6:15 pm

18: PTA Meeting, BA Library, 6-7 pm

20: PTA Restaurant Night at Chipotle by Target, 4-8 pm

21: iXL Family Info Night, BA Cafeteria, 6-7 pm

Sign up here to attend!

22: 6th Gr Field Trip to Science City

29: 5th Gr Field Trip to Ernie Miller

29: BAPTA Family Picnic at Swarner Park, 5:30-7:30 pm


4: BA Walk to School Day, 7:30 am

4: 1st & 2nd Grade Mystery Reader during lunch

4: 3-6th Gr Chat & Chew during lunch

5: 2nd Gr Field Trip to Faulkner's Ranch

12: No School- Professional Learning

13: No School- Teacher Workday

19: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-8 pm

20: No School- Parent Teacher Conferences

31: Halloween Parade, 2:30pm


Running Club, M/T/Th/Fr, Grades K-6 in the Gym
  • Mon/Tues- Grades K-3
  • Thurs/Fri- Grades 4-6
  • No Club on Wednesdays

6th Gr ASL Club, some Thursdays from 3:10-4:00 pm in the Library

  • September 21
  • October 5, 26
  • November 9, 30
  • December 14


  • 4th Gr, Mondays, 3:10-4:10 pm
  • 5th & 6th Gr, Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm

4-6th Gr Math Club, some Mondays, 3:10-4:00 pm


Student Council applications are due to Mrs. Peoples by 2:45pm on Wednesday, September 20th!


Online ordering for Spirit Wear is now open! Order now through Sunday, September 24 through the link or QR code below. Items start at $10. All ordering is online this year.

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Please join us as we participate in Walk to School Day! Wednesday, October 4 will be the first of four BA Walk to School Days of the year.

Teacher teams will begin at the intersections noted below and will walk to school along the

routes. Students and family members can join at the starting point or join as the group walks along their route. Teams will walk the highlighted routes ONLY! If you do not live on one of the highlighted routes, please meet us on any of the highlighted streets!

Be at the meeting place or along the route by 7:30 AM to start the walk to school.

The routes will enter the school grounds on Oakview & 60th Terrace, by the playground, meeting on the basketball courts. All routes should arrive at school by 7:50 AM and will have at least 2 teachers walking them.

Online map access

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Parents are welcome to join us for our Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31 at 2:30 pm.

Please note the following:

  • Students will NOT wear their costume to school on October 31

  • Students should bring their costume to school in their backpack on Halloween

  • All student costumes should be able to be easily put on over the top of the clothes that they wear to school.

  • No extreme gore will be permitted. No costumes with extra blood, severed body parts, weapons, etc, should be brought to school. If the costume is not appropriate, parts not meeting the guidelines will be removed and can be picked up by the parent after school in the office.

  • Students should not wear their make-up or dye or spray their hair different colors for this event.

  • Please do not send class treats as a treat will be provided by PTA. We will hold any treats sent to school in the office until November 1.

  • Parents can go to our gym to see their children in the parade.

  • Parking is always a challenge at our school. Please do not park in the circle drive. Parking is available:

    • Along Alden Street

    • Along West 60th Terrace

    • Along Greenwood Street

    • Please be courteous to not block our local neighbors’ driveways

  • If your child would happen to see you and step out of the line with the class please encourage them to rejoin the line.

  • Does your child need to borrow a costume? Please email Ms. Rogers at


Current and former members of the Broken Arrow ASL Club were invited to sign the Pledge of Allegiance at the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Fall Breakfast at the Overland Park Convention Center this week. We are so proud of these Trailblazers!
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EducaTec – Upcoming Spanish Language Parent Technology Workshops

The Shawnee Mission School District is partnering with the LatinX Education Collaborative and Revolución Educativa to host Parent Technology Workshops in Spanish that will be held at the SMSD Center for Academic Achievement. Please review the workshop flyer for registration information.

El Distrito Escolar Shawnee Mission se está asociando con LatinX Education Collaborative y Revolución Educativa para organizar talleres de tecnología para padres que se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Rendimiento Académico de SMSD. Revise el folleto del taller para obtener información sobre la inscripción.

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The school meals menus are on To log on, select View menus (as a guest). School Café also show allergen and nutritional information.


Did you know filling out the Free or Reduced Lunch Application helps with more than meals? Applying and qualifying can benefit families and students with reduced fees, transportation, broadband, and other discounts.

Families are encouraged to complete an application for meal benefits- free or reduced priced meals as part of the Online Verification. The link to the Child Nutrition Program Meal Benefit Application is available on Skyward or the online application is on School Cafe. Contact the Food Service Office by calling 913-993-9710 for questions on the meal benefit application.


Need to add breakfast or lunch money to your student's account? Bring cash or check to the office - be sure to write your students name & class code on the envelope. Payment by card can be made online or by calling the Food Service Office at 913-993-9710.

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The My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. The program connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-Kindergarten to age 18. All activities take place on school grounds during school hours with the exception of field trips.

Volunteer Pals are utilized for a variety of in-school activities including:

  • Classroom or school volunteering
  • Sharing career interests or special talents with students
  • Tutoring
  • Chaperones for Shawnee Mission School District approved field trips

Please visit this link for more info on how to become a MVP.


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Click Here for Healthy Tidbits from Nurse Kay

Check out my Newsletter for changing health information/updates/resources at Broken Arrow. UPDATED last on September 21st, 2023

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