Character counts at Heritage Elementary
For 15 minutes each Wednesday morning, children at Heritage Elementary School build positive character traits and practice social interactions during sessions designed to address the emotional growth of children.
Character Work Wednesdays began during the 2016-17 school year after being initially discussed at a leadership summit.
The goal was to help students deal with social situations that occur at school as well as issues that arise throughout the day, according to Heritage Principal Scott McFarland.
“We wanted to give our students a toolbox of skills to utilize when trying to solve problems,” McFarland said.
Kindergartners through second-graders meet one week, followed by third- through fifth-graders the next.
During that time, staff members collaborate with their colleagues on concepts to promote learning and student engagement.
“Our goal was twofold: giving our students specific tools to help with the social/emotional side of learning and providing teachers time to work in their professional learning communities,” McFarland said in a statement. “With the implementation of our Second Step program this year, we have seen an increase in student-friendly language being used to solve problems by our students.”
Mayor’s Tree Fund exceeds $151,000
The Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund for 2017 raised more than $151,000 for local charities.
The top donor was the Olathe School District, which brought in more than $27,000 through its 2017 “Pennies for Shoes” campaign, the city said. That money supports the Children’s Shoe Fund and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.
New CVS in Gardner
Officials in Gardner will cut the ribbon at 8 a.m. on March 2 for the new CVS Pharmacy at 110 W. Main St.
The grand opening event will be hosted by the city and the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce.
‘Boogie for Books’ benefits library system
The children’s summer reading program is the beneficiary of “Boogie for Books,” a March 3 fund-raiser for the Olathe Public Library.
The dance-oriented event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Camelot Ballroom, 6635 W. 151st St. and include appetizers, door prizes, a silent auction, cash bar and music by The Boomerz. Tickets are $25 and available at the door.
Did you graduate from an Olathe high school?
Even if you graduated before color TV was common, the Olathe Public Schools Alumni Association would like to know how to reach you.
Each year more than 2,000 graduates automatically become members of the alumni association and are encouraged to provide their contact information for the group’s database.
Keeping up with graduates from before the digital age is more difficult, so the association is asking them to provide their contact information online. Class representatives are especially encouraged to do so.
To find the link, go to www.Olatheschools.org and click on the alumni association news release.
“We need their current contact information so we can keep our lists updated and relevant for those who are planning reunions,” the association’s treasurer, Lew Lewis, said in a statement.
Gardner State of City talk is March 6
Gardner Mayor Steve Shute will deliver his 2018 State of the City Address on March 6, highlighting recent accomplishments and unveiling several key projects, the city said.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Ball Conference Center, 21350 W. 153rd St. in Olathe. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program at noon.
Those planning to attend should RSVP by March 2 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 913-856-0939.
Kindergarten Round-up in Gardner Edgerton
The Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at each elementary school in the Gardner Edgerton School District.
It’s a chance for families to begin preparing for kindergarten and the district to prepare for the school year that begins next fall.
To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31.
Parents should call their child’s school to make a reservation or visit www.usd231.com, select the appropriate link under the “schools” heading and complete the kindergarten survey.
To learn which school serves their neighborhood, parents can visit www.usd231.com and click on “School Locator.”
Olathe Kindergarten Round-Up postponed
The Kindergarten Round-Up for Olathe Public Schools was scheduled for Feb. 22, but icy weather canceled school and postponed the event to March 1.
The event now, a drop-in enrollment activity for parents and their future kindergartners (children who will turn 5 on or before Aug. 31), is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. at each elementary school in the district. Current kindergarten students do not have class that day.
Parents who are not sure which elementary school their child should attend may use the school locator feature on the district website, www.olatheschools.org.
Please bring a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, or any document that reasonably establishes the child’s age and can be used as temporary proof of identity, along with information about the child’s immunizations history.
The Round-Up also offers a chance to meet with teachers and see the kindergarten classrooms. Some schools will host additional kindergarten later in the spring.
Parents should contact their school with questions about the enrollment process.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to The Olathe News