Spreading TIGER LOVE!
In May, the present grade level teams work to divide students into classes for the next school year. They consider every aspect of each child’s development to ensure academic and personal/social success for the coming year. Our philosophy is that each child is a unique individual with special needs, and we strive to be sensitive to those needs when we make class placement decisions.
Teachers know what students should be separated from each other and will use professional judgment to do so. However, Parent requests such as, “put my child with these children and separate my child from these children,” will not be honored because such requests control the placement of several children in addition to one’s own child, and are simply not possible. A specific request for a certain teacher cannot be granted. When class lists are developed, the present teachers are dividing the students into class lists. When the lists are completed and turned into me I assign the specific teachers.
Classes are constructed to be as heterogeneous as possible. Children of varying abilities, personalities, and needs are placed in each classroom. Every classroom needs students who are academically strong and students who can provide positive leadership. Students who have behavior and academic concerns are divided so that they will have equal opportunity for teacher support and appropriate peer role models. To the best extent possible without unbalancing classes, students with special needs are matched with teachers whose skills and temperament provide the best learning opportunity. We’re fortunate that we have so many wonderful teachers at Ravenwood!
As you can see a large number of variables are taken into consideration. It is an important task, and one we take seriously. We want you to know that we will do our very best to provide the environment that will help your child have a successful school year.
If you would like to give input on the teaching style of your child please call or email Kathy Reese in the RW office. You may complete an input form but you may not request a specific teacher. Specific teacher requests will not be honored.
Kathy Reese- 780-7640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All input sheets are due to Kathy by Tuesday, May 9th.
Please help celebrate our staff members who have embraced change and are changing schools and/or grade levels.
Mrs. Matthew is presently a 3rd grade teacher and is moving to Millbrooke to be a 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Matthew has been a 3rd grade teacher at Ravenwood for 5 years. She student taught in 1st grade and is excited to make the change from 3rd grade back to a primary grade.
Mrs. Brownrigg is presently a 3rd grade teacher and is going to become a 2nd grade teacher at Millbrooke. She began her teaching career as a 2nd grade teacher. Mrs. Brownrigg has been at Ravenwood for 9 years. She is also embracing her desire for a change of grade level to a primary grade.
Miss Cheatham is moving from 3rd grade to 4th grade at Ravenwood.
Mrs. Blanc is moving from 2nd grade to 3rd grade at Ravenwood.
(Mrs. Blanc and Miss Cheatham are not looping with their present classes. Looping is when a teacher keeps his/her students for a second year in the next grade.)
Flower Planting Day with Mrs. Gottschalk is moving to Monday, May 15th. It will not be this Friday, May 5th due to a conflict. Thank you for your flexibility!
5/2 TUESDAY: Give your teacher an office supply
5/3 WEDNESDAY: Write your teacher a note
5/4 THURSDAY: Give your teacher a sweet treat
5/5 FRIDAY: Give your teacher a gift card
Staff Favorites are on the PTO Website:
Thank you Ravenwood PTO for the beautifully decorated classroom doors!
We have one month of school left and there is a lot more learning that needs to take place.
Last week I challenged the teachers and students to talk about how they will finish the school year STRONG!
Tiger Trot was a HUGE SUCCESS!
I can't wait to hear the final amount raised!
Shout out to the Tiger Trot PTO committee- Jessica Edwards, Kristina Moyer, Sarah Holmes, Kara Weigand, Meredith Ney, Kathy Reese, and Natalie Cronkhite.
The BOGO Book Fair is this week in the library!
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, and 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.
The Olathe school district sets their annual calendar in advance and builds in up to four days to accommodate for inclement weather or emergencies.
To aid with summer planning, here is each age group’s last day of school for the 2016-17 school year:
- May 18 is the last day of school for high school seniors
- May 24 is the last day of school for early childhood and PM kindergarten
- May 25 is the last day of school for all grade levels and is also a half-day of school. Hours for May 25:
- Kindergarten (all-day and AM)- Grade 5: 8:20-11:40 a.m.
- Grades 6-8: 7:50 -11:15 a.m.
- Grades 9-11: 8-11:15 a.m.