Ravenwood's Center Based Resource (CBR) teacher will be Mrs. Becky Baker. She has been a CBR teacher for over years.
From Mrs. Jarratt: In addition to the regular challenges of caring for a newborn, my husband and I have been dealing with the recent news that our precious baby boy, Canaan, is hard of hearing. At 10 weeks, he was diagnosed with "severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss;" he is almost completely deaf. Although we spent a good week depressed and grieving, we are now focusing on giving Canaan the best care, therapy, and opportunities to thrive. We have spent countless hours learning about hearing loss, sign language, and Deaf culture; and we are beginning to see this as a blessing. There are many uniquely wonderful things we will get to experience with Canaan on this journey.
Due to his need for weekly in-home speech/language therapy, 10 hours a day of face time, frequent trips to the audiologist and other specialists, etc...I have decided to take a one year Leave of Absence from teaching full time. Research shows that with intense therapy and family support, he will be able to be on par with his hearing peers by kindergarten! This is our goal! I will be staying home with Canaan next year, but will be substitute teaching on days when I'm available. Therefore, this is not really a goodbye - more of a "see you around!"
Ravenwood will miss Mrs. Jarratt but I'm sure we will see as a guest teacher at Ravenwood next year!
As many of you may know Mrs. O’Connor has an event planning business that is taking off, and although she loves teaching, event planning is a passion. Mrs. O’Connor plans on subbing at Ravenwood as much as she can!
Miss Cheatham is moving from 3rd grade to 4th grade.
Mrs. Blanc is moving from 2nd grade to 3rd grade.
Ravenwood Elementary Honored with State Honors
“At Ravenwood, we are working diligently on teaching social and emotional life skills through the implementation of intentional social skills lessons and sharing and modeling kindness around the school and community,” Principal Christi Gottschalk said. “Ravenwood students learn these skills not only in their own classrooms but throughout the school in all specials and support classes.”
The school was recognized for efforts during the month of December 2016, when it completed “Operation Kindness Tiger” to share “Tiger Love” at Ravenwood and in our school community.
The school was also recognized for its Tiger Service Club. Tiger Service Club is a club open to all fifth graders as a leadership group that completes philanthropy projects. The club’s mission is to do kind things for the school, Olathe, and Johnson County community. Tiger Service Club students pledge to be role-models around school and help to promote kindness around Ravenwood.
“Tiger Service Club students are looked up to as role models in our school by students, staff, and parents,” Gottschalk said. “These students are volunteering their time to promote activities in our school that will build positive character traits within themselves, other students, and in school community.”
Hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people are recognized
May 17, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Character.org has awarded 300 Promising Practices to schools, districts and youth-serving organizations from across the United States – as well as from China and Mexico.
"At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s Promising Practices recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond," said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President & CEO. He continued, "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because it creates fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth where students and those in their lives thrive as ethical members of our society. The educators who have developed these Promising Practices are helping their students develop lifelong skillsets that they will leverage well into their adult lives.”
This year’s winning practices include unique peer mediation programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership and service learning activities that build community within the school and beyond. See the list of winning Practices.
Character.org’s 2017 Promising Practices in Character Education represent:
- 2 nations outside the U.S.
- 22 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. – with the largest numbers from New Jersey, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma.
- 284 public, charter and private schools as well as 7 youth-serving organizations and 8 school districts.
Character.org sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. Character.org encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Character.org will honor the 2017 recipients at the National Forum on Character Education in Arlington, VA October 20-21, 2017.
About Character.org: Founded in 1993, Character.org is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The mission of the organization is to provide leadership and advocacy for character worldwide. It is dedicated to help people everywhere become educated, inspired and empowered to be ethical and compassionate citizens. Character.org validates character initiatives in schools, sports, families and the workplace through certifications and sharing of best practices. Results of effective character initiatives in schools typically include improved academic achievement, a decline in behavioral problems and an increase in an overall positive school climate.
About Promising Practices: The Promising Practices program highlights what’s going well in classrooms across America and the world. The program is simple in scope and recognizes many wonderful ideas from passionate teachers who are making a real difference in the lives of their students. Each Practice must be tied to one or more of Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
The Lost and Found is overflowing! On Monday we will be placing all of the lost and found items on tables in the front vestibule. All remaining items will be donated on Friday morning.
Tiger STUCO 2017-18 Officers have been ELECTED!
Madilyn- Vice President
Bailey's Summer Book Club is back this summer! Any student who reads 100 books or 100 chapters will earn a t-shirt and sweet treat from Bailey! Watch for the reading packet to come home with report cards.
Reading to Bailey Bulldog for PAWS
PAWS Redemption Time
Reading to Mrs. Gottschalk
Popsicle with the Principal for PAWS
Tiger Trot Silent Auction
Ravenwood Staff have been redeeming their Tiger Trot Silent Auction activities with the winners!
Here are a few pictures...
The Olathe Public Schools registration process has gotten easier for parents. Beginning in July, parents will be able to complete all registration for their children for the 2017-18 school year entirely ONLINE. That means no more waiting in long lines on registration day. Demographic information can be updated, notifications can be approved, fees can be paid online through the district’s online registration process beginning in July. It's important to note that families new to the district will need to visit their child's school to register. More information about online registration and available assistance from your school will be coming soon.