Meadows Family News

October 2023

Dear Families,

Thank you for participating in our district Family Fitness Night and the Meadows Fall Fun Run and Carnival. They were wonderful times of engagement for all!

We are excited to move into fall, cooler weather, and toward the end of our first quarter. Teachers are using data to inform and individualize instruction for the growth and success of all students. The week of October 23rd is our first Parent/Teacher Conferences. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss progress and plan for the coming weeks.

We have a newer drop-off process for PODs 1 and 2 that is quicker and safer for everyone. Please carefully read the information below.

You will continue receiving my monthly newsletter highlighting all upcoming dates and events. It will also include reminders and important information. Please make sure to read each newsletter so you stay informed!

Thank you for your continued support, here's to another month of growth and success!

If you have further questions after reading this, please do not hesitate to reach out!

"We can. We will. Watch Us!"

Kyna Croft, Assistant Principal

(785) 235-7150


⭐ Math and Reading "Luau" Family Engagement Night: Wednesday, October 4, 5-6 pm

⭐ 4th Grade Kanza Trip-Thursday, October 5

⭐ Spirit Day: "Crazy Hair Day"/Smickers & Smencils- Friday, October 6

No School: Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10- Teacher Inservice Days

⭐ Book Fair Open: October 18-November 2

⭐ Poppin Minis: Friday, October 20- 4:15 pm

⭐ 4th Grade Symphony Trip: Tuesday, October 24

⭐Parent Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, October 25- 4-8 pm and Thursday, October 26- 8 am- 4pm

No School: Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27

⭐ PTO Meeting: October 30 at 6:00 pm

⭐ Meadows Fall Festival: October 31, 2-3 pm

School Day Hours

Monday through Thursday- 8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
  • Arrival begins: 8:20 a.m.
  • School starts: 8:40 a.m. (students will be considered tardy after 8:40 a.m.)
  • Dismissal begins: at 3:40 p.m. (all students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. unless enrolled in after-school childcare)

Late Start Fridays (every Friday)- 9:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m.

  • Arrival begins: 9:15 a.m.
  • School starts: 9:30 a.m. (students will be considered tardy after 9:30 a.m.)
  • Dismissal begins: at 3:40 p.m. (all students must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. unless enrolled in after-school childcare)

Drop off for PODs 1 and 2

We are organizing drop-offs for PODs 1 and 2 a little differently this year to streamline the traffic and make it quicker for parents. Please read and follow these guidelines to make morning drop-off safe and successful for everyone.

  • Pull forward as far as you can between both PODs. We will be out directing you forward.
  • Staff will assist in getting your student(s) from the vehicle and to the correct POD.
  • Remain in one line as move as the line moves.
  • Do not cut in or out of the drop-off line. The line will move quickly and this will prevent accidents.

Thank you for your cooperation in this newer process!

Hearing, Vision, and BMI screenings

Dear Parents,

Hearing, Vision, and BMI screenings will occur on 10/11 and 10/12 at Meadows. Please get in touch with the health clinic if you wish to opt your student out of screenings. If your student wears glasses, please make sure they have them at screening. Screening results will be available on the parent portal. Referral letters will be sent via the parent portal and/or mail.

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Book Fair Shopping

This is our book fair link:

Once on the website, click on this image to buy gift cards:

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Spirituality in Nature Event with Bethany House

Our October walk in creation is coming up fast!
Come join us at Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: 16999 Northeast 150th Street, Cassoday, KS, 66842 on Sunday, October 22 at 4 pm.
We'll be practicing concentration!

The Spiritual Walk will begin at 4:00 pm, please don’t be late. We are using the book, Living in an Icon by Robert Gottfried and Frederick W. Krueger. You do not need a copy of the book, but if you feel so called, it is an excellent contemplative resource.

It is a little bit of a trek to this part of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, but I promise it will be worth it! The trails are open for the first time in 50 years. What a great opportunity to see largely undisturbed prairie ground.

Bring bug repellant, water, sturdy shoes, and a hat.
We will also be talking about future locations, bring your ideas!

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iREAD 20

September iREAD 20 calendars are out! Students are encouraged to read- books, magazines, articles, etc... for at least 20 minutes every night and then return the calendar at the end of the month for a free book. Students will need to write the minutes that they read each day on the calendar. Students do not necessarily have to have the entire calendar filled out. There is a place at the top for the student's name, the teacher's name, and a parent's signature. Post it on your fridge as an easy reminder and have fun reading! Miss Hodge
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Family Resources

Campus Care Clinic

My name is Ashley Dinkel and I am the Family Nurse Practitioner at the Campus Care Clinic located at Topeka High School. We are a healthcare clinic open to all USD 501 staff and students. We are able to serve as a patient’s primary care provider or we can see patients for acute visits only if they already have a PCP.

Video about the clinic: Campus Care Clinic movie - YouTube

Clinic website: University of Kansas Health System - Campus Care Clinic at Topeka High School - Topeka Public Schools

Ashley Dinkel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Topeka High School Campus Care

Phone: 785-295-3256

Fax: 785-295-3259

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KEEP Provides $100 Per Eligible Student for Educational Goods & Services: The Kansas Education Enrichment Program (KEEP) provides qualifying parents and guardians with $1,000 per eligible student to spend on approved educational goods and services.

KEEP funds can be used on enrichment and educational activities, including:

  • Musical instruments, supplies, and lessons
  • Curriculum and educational materials, including school supplies and certain allowed technological devices
  • Tutoring
  • Language classes
  • Camps with academic-related curriculum such as music, arts, science, technology, agriculture, mathematics, and engineering

An application and more information can be found at

Baby and Kids' Closets

The Baby Closet is located on the lower level of the Westside Baptist Church, 1008 SW 4th Street. They have clothing sizes newborn-5T. Families in need of clothing or baby items-diapers, wipes, etc.. are encouraged to come. This is a FREE service for families.

Their hours are Mondays 9-11 am, Wednesdays 3:30-6:30 pm, and Thursdays 1:00-3:00 pm.

Westside Christian Church, 432 SW Linwood, houses the Kids' Closet. They have Elementary Age items. Their hours are the first Wednesday of each month 3:30-5:30 or by appointment. (785) 234-0469

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Caroline Harvey is a clinical psychologist who provides individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and parents utilizing evidence-based approaches.

Please read this short article about self-talk written by her.


Why Kindergarten Attendance Matters

Please read this article.

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