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 February 3, 2017
We are 100 Days Smarter!
Last Friday students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school.  The day was packed with sorting, counting, and creating around the theme of "100".  Many students participated by wearing homemade "100 Day" T-shirts!
  
  
 
It's time to meet the Class of 2030! 
2017-18 Kindergarten screenings will take place 
March 27-March 31! To schedule an appointment, please call Smithville Primary Elementary School at 816-532-0589!
Your child must be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2017.
 
Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. Over the years, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has invested more than 1 billion dollars in research to advance cancer treatment, Kansas and Missouri students have been a big help in making this endeavor possible by raising more than 4 million dollars through their schools. Let's continue this wonderful tradition today and raise more this year than we ever have before.
Students have each given an individual piggy bank to collect change and return to class.  Funds from students' banks help fill the class's collection box.  Students are invited to refill their individual bank and bring it back to school.  The class with the most money raised by the end of the day onFebruary 15th will win a pasta party!  Please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Najjar, Primary Elementary School Counselor, with any questions.
Primary Elementary Movie Night

Thank you for supporting the Primary Movie Night!  Approximately 230 students attended this event in January.  This large number makes for a long dismissal line, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.  Based on feedback from families and staff, planning for the next movie night in March has started.  The movie night will take place over 3 evenings, allowing 1 grade level to attend each evening and fewer numbers in the dismissal line.  The next event is planned for the following evenings:
  • Kindergarten Movie Night:  Wednesday, March 29, 4-5:30 PM
  • 1st Grade Movie Night:  Thursday, March 30, 4-5:30 PM
  • 2nd Grade Movie Night:  Friday, March 31, 4-5:30 PM 
A flyer and permission form for the event will be sent home in March.  Siblings from different grade levels may attend together on one night.
Safety Drill
 
The students and staff are preparing for an intruder drill on February 10th.  Each classroom will revisit lessons in the storybook by Julia Cook to review the acronym ALICE to prepare for the drill.  The goal in preparing for and practicing emergency drills is to ensure students and staff are equipped for any incident that may arise.  If you have any questions about this drill, please feel free to contact Dr. Hawkins at (816)532-0589.
Family Math Night on Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30-7:30 PM
Mark your calendars!  Please visit the Primary Elementary on Tuesday, February 21st, from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Each grade level will showcase a Number Talk and teach math games for families to participate together.  In addition, four STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) challenges will be available for families to practice being "makers" together. 
 
To prepare for our upcoming Family Math Night, we need your help collecting recyclables!  Here's what's needed:
  • Empty and clean juice boxes
  • Solo cups
  • Empty ribbon and thread spools
  • Jar and bottle lids
  • Old CDs
  • Sturdy empty water bottles
  • Wooden BBQ skewers or chopsticks
  • Elmer's school glue
We hope you can join us, and we thank you for your support!
Smithville Primary Fun Run
 
The Primary Elementary is partnering with Boosterthon to host the first ever Primary Fun Run on March 17th during the school day.  All students in grades K-2 will participate in this event.   A kickoff assembly will be held on March 8th to promote the event to students.  Classes will participate in 10-15 minute team huddles from March 9-16 to gear up for the run.  The topic of the huddles will focus on leadership, character, and bully prevention.  The Fun Run will serve as an additional fundraiser to raise money for technology and provide students with an amazing experience to learn about health, good character, and perseverance.  Watch for more information to come home soon!  We will be seeking volunteers to help at this event.  
  
News from the Warriors' Workshop with Mrs. Freeman
 
Hard at Work!
     Kindergarten students have been hard at work on projects with letters, including a building challenge to see how many letters their alphabet tree can hold.  The record is 127!  First graders have been learning about how to use a search engine for research.  Up next we will use that information to build an animal habitat diorama. Thanks to everyone who sent in shoe boxes for this project!! Second grade has been exploring circuits using our snap circuit kits and trying to see if a potato can power a clock!
 
You can follow our journey on twitter:  @sara_freeman, instagram: warriorsworkshop, website: http://freemans19.wixsite.com/warriorsworkshop, or blog: https://spesmakerspace.blogspot.com/
Upcoming Events at Smithville Primary Elementary:
Feb. 8:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Feb. 14:  PTO Sponsored Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb. 15:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Feb. 16:  PTO Label Pick Up
Feb. 17:  Teachers' Meetings, No School
Feb. 20:  Presidents' Day, No School
Feb. 21:  Family Math Night @ PES 5:30-7:30 PM
Feb. 22:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Feb. 22:  Tribe Pride Meeting @4-4:45 PM in the cafeteria (Gaines, Greenfield, Lethcoe, Stewart)
Feb. 24:  PES Assembly 2:25 PM
Mar. 1:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Mar. 1:  Tribe Pride Meeting @4-4:45 PM in the cafeteria (Steffen, Schmidt, Lakatos, Graybill)
Staff Recognition Program
 
Our employees are dedicated, and go above and beyond to ensure we are successful here in the Smithville School District. This school year an employee recognition program was launched to recognize our employees for all that they do for our students, and for one another. Tradition of Excellence awards will be presented to employees each month.
 
Nominate an employee by completing the following nomination form:  Tradition of Excellence Nomination Form



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