Ray Marsh Newsletter

July 23, 2018

Student Online Verification

District enrollment for returning students may be completed online by visiting Skyward and completing the Online Verification of information. The online verification process opened in July.


Please note, you must complete and submit all information in order for it to be saved.


For students that are new to the district, please access the district Enrollment page found at: https://www.smsd.org/families/enrollment

Important Dates

Offices Open

  • July 25 8:00a-3:45p


School Tours for new families

  • July 31st. 10:00a or 3:00p. No need to sign up


Teachers report back to work

  • August 6th


Sneak a Peek

  • August 8th 4:30-5:45p
  • Meet your teacher, drop supplies, explore the building, come and go as you can


First Day of School for 1st-6th - Half Day-Dismissal 12:30p

  • August 10th; dismissal 12:30p


Kindergarten conferences and Ages and Stages Questionnaire

  • August 10 & 13
  • Orientation to kindergarten and parents will fill out online survey required by state. More info will be sent to kindergarten parents


First Day for kindergarten students

  • August 14
  • Parents invited to stay for coffee and donuts on the patio provided by PTA 8:15a

Birthday Treats

Many parents have raised a concern about the excess sugar their kiddos are getting in the form of birthday treats throughout the year. This, coupled with the increase in food allergies that has sometimes made it difficult for parents to know what to bring, has caused us to reexamine how we address honoring and celebrating birthdays. We would like to avoid food related birthday treats for the coming school year. Several teachers tried this last year with success.


Instead of food, teachers will offer the students other ways to celebrate their awesome day so they can be honored and feel special to their peers. Below are just a few examples of choices students might be given:

-special privilege (line leader, teacher helper, choose seat)
-drawing for a coupon to have a special activity
-five minutes extra class recess (this one has made the birthday kiddo quite popular!)
-time in class to play a game as a class
-free homework pass
-sit in the teacher’s chair all day
-show and tell coupon
-choose a brain break for the class
-wear a birthday hat
-birthday book-everyone signs a book for the birthday child and that person gets to take it home
-special letter-everyone writes the birthday child a letter and they get to take them home


These are a few examples to show that we really want to honor each child’s birthday but that maybe doing it without a treat will reduce some parent stress and give students a choice on how they would like to celebrate.

Volunteers (MVP)

We are very fortunate at Ray Marsh to have the support of families for many different activities. This year, the district will be updating the MVP process to make it more universal and consistent in all buildings. More information will be coming regarding future training dates, but please be aware that any adult wanting to chaperone for field trips, chat n chew or in a classroom will need to have completed the entire MVP process. We are working to get a date scheduled to complete all the paperwork at Ray Marsh, however the fingerprinting will still need to be done at the CAA.


To access the district MVP page, please visit: https://www.smsd.org/families/volunteer-mvp

School Supplies

Please find the school supply lists for the 2018-19 SY on the new Ray Marsh website. It can be accessed by going to marsh.smsd.org and hovering over the word Families. From there you can click on school supplies.

Bussing Reminders

We hope you are enjoying summer! DS Bus Lines is hard at work over the summer establishing bus routes. It is helpful to know our bus riders for next year.

Now is the time to secure bus service for your K-12 students by paying fees.

Families who pay fees by July 9, 2018, will receive a discount:

· $155.00 per student per semester ($310.00 per year)

· Payment for first semester, or the entire year must be received or postmarked by July 9.

Families who pay fees after July 9 use the following information:

· $180.00 per student per semester ($360.00 per year)

· Payment for first semester or entire year is due (or postmarked) by July 15, 2018.

· Payment for second semester is due (or postmarked) by December 30, 2018.

Payment options:

· Credit card payments can be made here: DS Bus Lines Shawnee Mission Parent Pay. Please see a big yellow button at the top of that website page.

· Checks or money orders can be mailed or delivered in person to:

DS Busing

5519 Merriam Drive

Meriam, KS 66203

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages when a bus is delayed more than 10 minutes. This is very convenient during times of bad weather.

Questions? Please call DS Bus at 913-384-1190.

Behavioral Health at Merriam Park

In February 2018, the American Public Health Association reported that nearly 45% of children and adolescents in the United States meet the criteria for at least one mental health disorder. However, 75-80% of youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.

Our Merriam Park clinic is committed to address these needs by providing behavioral assessments and working with our Shawnee Mission School District families to gain access to valuable community resources.

Our behavioral health clinic is open all summer and accepting appointments. If you have a child in the Shawnee Mission School District and need an appointment, please call us anytime day or night at 913-993-3638. Dr. Maria Padin, Director of Behavioral Healthcare, is accepting appointments on Wednesdays between 8:30 and 11:30 am. at Merriam Park.
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En febrero de 2018, la Asociación Estadounidense de Salud Pública informó que casi el 45% de los niños y adolescentes en los Estados Unidos cumplen con los criterios para al menos un trastorno de salud mental. Sin embargo, el 75-80% de los jóvenes que necesitan servicios de salud mental no los reciben.

Nuestra clínica de Merriam Park se compromete a atender estas necesidades proporcionando evaluaciones de comportamiento y trabajando con nuestras familias del Shawnee Mission School District para obtener acceso a valiosos recursos de la comunidad.

Nuestra clínica de salud conductual está abierta todo el verano y acepta citas. Si tiene un niño en Shawnee Mission School District y necesita una cita, llámenos a cualquier hora del día o de la noche al 913-993-3638. La Dra. Maria Padin acepta citas los miércoles entre las 8:30 y las 11:30 a.m. en Merriam Park.