The office staff and I have noticed an increase in student tardies since the weather has become colder.
We want children to acquire life skills that help them to be successful in life. Consistently ”being on time” is one of those important skills. Students, who arrive after instruction begins, may create a learning distraction for the entire class. Tardiness can bedetrimental to academic progress for an entire class … not just for the student who arrives late!
Do a few minutes REALLY Matter?
ABSOLUTELY! Every grade level has important tasks to accomplish each day. At the end of the day, teachers are getting students organized and ready for the next school day...so it is equally important that kids are not leaving early. Students who leave before the end of the day may also be counted partial day absent.
The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m. which is the signal that students may go to their rooms. The 8:20 bell is the tardy bell.
The tardy bell rings at 8:20 a.m. Four tardies will be converted to 1 day unexcused absence.
Outdoor recess guidelines are below. Students may only stay during recess with a doctor's note.
Reading to Bailey Bulldog
Every Wednesday the Word Wall Wizards in each room are reminded to add their new words to their class word wall. I challenged each class to send me a picture of the students adding words and I would enter their class in a contest Sonic Slushies for their entire class. Mrs. Kitchen's 2nd grade class won the drawing they have voted on blue raspberry slushies to have this week.
The winter weather season is here, so parents are encouraged to stay connected with the district in several ways to learn of school cancellations.
When the chance for severe or inclement weather looms, we will only post the cancellation of school, athletic events and other activities. We will not post when school, athletic events and activities are proceeding as scheduled.
If school is canceled due to snow or bad weather, the information will be available in these ways:
- Blackboard notification to parents and staff via text and email information on file
- Local television and radio stations
- District website — http://www.olatheschools.com
- Facebook — go to "Olathe Public Schools"
- Twitter — look for "Olathe Schools"
- Channel 18 (Comcast and Time Warner)
- By calling the district information line, 913-780-8000
The new Blackboard notification system replaces the previous Olathe Alert and City Watch systems because of streamlined capabilities to send messages within minutes versus hours. Any parent who is in the district’s system, and who has included a cell phone number, will receive a text message in case of the cancellation of school. If there has been a change in a parent’s phone number or email address since enrollment, please notify the child’s school.
No Early Dismissal
If school is in session when deteriorating weather conditions are present, regular dismissal time will be observed rather than dismissing students early from school. District administrators are mindful of safety issues such as transportation, particularly for those students who normally ride the bus or are driven to and from school; lack of supervision at home because of an unscheduled dismissal; and the uncertainty of sending children away from a protected school environment and out into hazardous weather conditions.
Facility Usage/Building Rental
If school is canceled for the entire day, all facility usage/building rentals will also be canceled.
If school has been in session all day but evening district activities are canceled, facility usage/building rentals will also be canceled.
Athletics and Activities
The final decision about whether to cancel school activities will be made at the district level. Administrators understand the importance of these activities, but the safety of students is always of greater importance.
If school has been canceled for the entire day:
- All middle school and elementary school activities (practices, games, and other activities) will be canceled.
- With district-level approval, high school activities may be allowed to take place. This includes practices, contests and travel to events outside the city.
- Updates on the status of scheduled events will be communicated by building administrators, coaches/sponsors when final decisions have been made.
All Olathe Elementary schools will have kindergarten roundup on the same date and during the same time for the 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten roundup will be on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm at each school.
Each year, the Ravenwood PTO puts on a holiday luncheon for our amazing staff. This year, we will serve the lunch on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15. We will take care of the main meal, but we are asking that Ravenwood families provide desserts and drinks for the luncheon. Any help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated by all. Your kids will feel so proud to donate to a great cause-spoiling our teachers and staff! Cash donations would be appreciated by Tuesday, December 13. Desserts and drinks need to be delivered to Ravenwood no later than Thursday, December 15 at 10 AM. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Remember EVERY NIGHT is a RESTAURANT NIGHT at Buffalo Wild Wings in Olathe - just tell them you're on the Ravenwood A-Team!
And mark your calendars for our upcoming Restaurant nights:
1/11 - Papa Johns (101 S Parker St)
1/24 - Old Shawnee Pizza