Women’s Giving Circle funds Ridgeview leadership program
Ridgeview Elementary School will begin a new leadership program with a $10,000 grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle.
At a recent meeting, more than 150 women heard presentations on three proposals and selected the Leader in Me initiative at Ridgeview, a school with a high number of English language learners and a poverty rate of 80 percent, according to the Olathe district.
The four-year Leader in Me program is based on the premise that all children have strengths and abilities that enable them to become leaders. The program teaches students the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and embeds those habits into the school culture.
“We believe that this program will help us reach our students in so many ways — from social, emotional and character development to personal management and relationship skills,” Ridgeview Principal Kim Thorup said in a news release.
Giving Circle members were impressed enough by the other proposals that a committee decided to provide $5,000 in seed money for each:
▪ Westview Elementary School teacher John McCormick’s program to expose students to computer science early and to encourage interest in the field.
▪ Oregon Trail Middle School teacher Jessica Sadler’s initiative to enhance classroom learning by adding hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) manipulatives and tools.
Olathe libraries closed Oct. 8
Both Olathe libraries will be closed for staff training on Monday, Oct. 8. The libraries will reopen Oct. 9 for the regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The downtown library is at 201 E. Park St. The Indian Creek Library is operating from a temporary location at 13511 S. Mur-Len Road.
Medical examiner facility on planning docket
On Oct. 8, the Olathe Planning Commission will consider the preliminary site development plan for Johnson County’s $19 million medical examiner facility proposed for the southwest corner of 118th Street and Sunset Drive.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe St.
Gardner sets hearing on TIF proposal
The city of Gardner has scheduled a public hearing Oct. 15 on a proposed Tax Increment Financing district to support the relocation and expansion of the Price Chopper grocery store now at 830 E. Main St., along with other redevelopment.
The hearing will take place during the 7 p.m. City Council meeting at City Hall, 120 E. Main St.
Super Market Developers Inc. applied for a TIF district covering about 19 acres and hired the Development Initiatives firm to prepare a study on the condition of the property. The study found that the proposed redevelopment district “meets or exceeds the statutory definition of a ‘blighted area’ which is defined according to TIF Statute.”
The boundaries of the redevelopment district are north of East Main Street, east of North Cedar Street, west of North Moonlight Road and to the south of Lincoln Lane.
Development Initiatives will present its findings at the Oct. 15 hearing. The study, posted at www.gardnerkansas.gov/marketplacestudy, provides more details about the proposal.
Lonely at the top? Not in middle school math
The 2018-19 Olathe Middle School Math Wings competition took place in September, producing five winners in three divisions.
The sixth-grade division was a tie between the California Trail and Frontier Trail teams. California Trail team members Yashwin Garlapati, James Farnham, Carrie Wong and Alexander Pannier were coached by Mary Roswurm. Coached by Julie Miller, the Frontier Trail team comprised Brayden Kunstam, Alexandra Macoubrie, Ju-a Kim and Calum Lynn.
Chisholm Trail Middle School won first place in the seventh-grade division. Team members were Andrew Hartnell, Cal Koser, Joshua Lin and David Lye. Their coach is Alissa Ruffin.
In the eighth-grade division, the California Trail and Prairie Trail teams tied for first place. This California Trail team, also coached by Mary Roswurm, consisted of Meirah Paul, Isobel Li, Minh Nguyen and Nathan Zhang. Prairie Trail team members were William Bergman, Grant Shanklin, Alexa Salmen and Josiah Assefa. They were coached by David Shoemaker and Nathan Harkins.
Library book sale concludes Oct. 7
A book sale organized by the Friends of the Olathe Public Library continues through Oct. 7 at the library’s Teen Commons, 16160 W. 135th St.
Sale hours were scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6. Customers can stop by from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 for a “Sack Sale,” where they can fill a sack for $6. If they buy two sacks, they get four more for free.
Cemetery tours Oct. 11-13
Cemetery headstones offer a peek into local history, and the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm has scheduled hour-long tours Oct. 11-13 led by people dressed in period clothing. The activity is recommended for ages 5 and up.
This year’s theme is Ladies of Olathe.
Participants will meet on the Woodland Street side of Northview Elementary School, 905 N. Walker Lane. Tours begin at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12. The following night, tour times are 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 11 is Scout Night, where Scouts will earn a cemetery tour patch.
Each tour costs $6, which includes cookies and cider. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Mahaffie, 1200 E Kansas City Road, or by calling 913-971-5111.
Old-time food preservation sign-up
On Oct. 16, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm will offer a primer on the 1860s-style food preservation techniques of drying, pickling and jellying, but you must sign up by Oct. 9.