From the Principal’s Desk On the Inside
Fine Arts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Jami Craig, Principal
District Funding Cuts . . . . . . . . .2
Class Placement for 2009-2010 Library Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
It’s hard to believe we are already in the fouth quarter of the school year! Just around Summer School . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
the corner will be the time to begin planning for next year and we will soon be work-
Counselor’s Corner . . . . . . . . . .4
ing on class placements. The same process/procedure that has been used in previous
years will be followed and is noted below. Final class placements will not be made Health News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
until approximately the second week in August. This is necessary because changes Free Fundraisers . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
occur over the summer and in enrollments the first few weeks before school starts.
Home & School Connection . . .6
First, I ask that everyone keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to ensure the best pos-
Home & School Connection . . .7
sible placement for everyone each year. This is not as simple as it sounds because often
the best placement is greatly affected by the overall classroom makeup. Classes are April Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
constructed with the following criteria:
Even mix of boys/girls in all classes at a given grade level
Even mix of academic ability levels in all classes at a given grade level
Even mix of social/behavioral levels in all classes at a given grade level Culver's Night – Monday,
As near equal class size as possible in all classes at a given grade level April 20, 4-8 p.m.
Beyond that, we look at students with clearly exceptional learning/behavioral needs to
see if there is one particular teacher's style or strength that would most benefit that stu- Chick-Fil-A Scarborough
dent. We also look at the social dynamics between certain students and if experience Spirit Night – Monday,
indicates that two or more students have a negative influence on one another, we may May 11, 5-8 p.m.
select separate classroom placement for them. If we were to try to place students in
classrooms of their (or their parents) choosing, it would be impossible to construct
classes according to the guidelines noted above. This would not allow for the creation
of the best environment in which all children would experience success.
However, I always want to listen and do value parental concerns about class placement.
I would ask that you follow two guidelines if you wish to provide input. First, rather April 2009
than ask for a specific teacher, tell me what it is about your child that may warrant a
specific placement. For example, saying that your child needs to be separated from Scarborough Elementary School
another youngster or has a specific need is helpful information. We can consider that, 2000 Lindenwood, Olathe, KS 66062
along with all other needs, as we place your child and create classrooms. Second, please Phone: 913-780-7670
put such requests in writing to me, even if you also choose to talk with me personally. Jami Craig, Principal
If you have input relative to student class placement, please share it in writing to me by PTO Officers (2008-2009)
Friday, May 1. Information given after that time may be too late for consideration.
Stephanie Baughman, President
Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter!
Deann Shinkle, Vice President
Madeleine Theis, Vice President
Paula Hutton, Secretary
Elisa Foster, Treasurer
From the Principal’s Desk (continued from page 1)
Coming Soon… Fine Arts Festival
Be on the lookout for a Scarborough Family Survey coming Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 16 for the
to you via email soon. Your input will help our staff celebrate Scarborough Fine Arts Festival! You won’t want to miss the
our strengths and focus on areas for improvement. We appre- special performances of our talented Scarborough Orchestra
ciate you taking time to complete the survey and look for- and Band (6:30 p.m.) and Scarborough Singers (7 p.m.). You
ward to hearing your feedback. can also enjoy a pleasant walk through the building admiring
student artwork and writing on display.
Little Lancer Club
It’s been so fun getting to know our future kindergartners and Up-to-Date Information
parents! We hope to see you at our last Little Lancer Club on The school office needs to be kept current of any changes in
Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This will be a fun night phone numbers, either home or work, or addresses. If you
complete with pizza and special activities for parents and chil- know that you will be moving and/or if your child will not be
dren to do together! Please call the school office to reserve returning to Scarborough for the 2009-2010 school year,
your spot. Childcare for younger children will be provided. please make sure that you have notified the office. This helps
us in making class placements and transferring school records.
The Scarborough Site Council is looking for parents interest- Spring Plants
ed in getting involved in our school. Meetings are generally Please try to stay off of the mulch and garden areas around
held once a month. This is a great way to learn more about school. There are many spring plants trying to blossom and
district and school goals, initiatives and progress. Please join they struggle when people step on them. Thanks!
us for our final meeting for the year on Monday, April 27 at
6:30 p.m. in the library.
District Faces Historic Funding Cuts
The Olathe School District recently learned that state funding would be cut for this school year by $33 per student, plus money being
reduced from special education funding. This amounts to a loss of $1.3 to $1.7 million dollars to our district, with about three
months remaining in the school year.
Next year, the state funding reductions are expected to be much larger-as much as $500 to $900 per student. This is because the state
is facing a deficit of close to $1 billion in tax revenue.
To reduce spending, the district has enacted a hiring freeze, and is reducing administrative and support staff at the district level. The
Board of Education has approved an early retirement incentive plan, hoping to reduce staff in significant numbers through voluntary
The district’s goal is to minimize the impact on the classroom. With funding reductions of this magnitude, that will be difficult and
You can help by being aware of the school funding situation. We are posting information about the budget, along with frequently
asked questions about school funding, on the district web site (www.olatheschools.com). One of the frequently asked questions is
How can the district have money to build schools?
Many people are confused by the difference between operating funds and bond and interest funds. They don’t understand how the
district can build new schools if we are concerned about reduced funding.
This is because new schools (and remodeling of existing schools) are paid for with bond funds that are approved locally. However,
districts are prohibited from using bond funds for operating expenses, such as teachers' salaries, supplies, and utility bills. We are
able to build new schools to keep up with growth because our community has overwhelmingly supported the bond elections.
Lisa Fiedler, Library Media Specialist
On April 16 we will have John Hall, a guest author, come to Scarborough to share his love of reading and writing with all of the stu-
dents. His book, How to Get A Gorilla out the Bathtub, is nominated for the Bill Martin, Jr. Book Award this year. This book is all
about the power of the word “Please”. He will also be sharing his book Mickey McGuffin’s Ear, which teaches the importance of
learning to be a listener. Students of all ages have enjoyed both of his books. You may order autographed copies of his books for just
$10 a book. An order form is provided in this newsletter. Check the library webpage for more information and additional order
After totaling up our February Reading logs as a school we have already met our original 1,500,000 minute goal. We have had a re-
challenge and our new goal is 2 million minutes. If the students can meet this goal Ms. Craig will have to help our Reading
Celebration Day guest author David Nieves with his reptiles including the very large snake.
The top three classes for the month of February were Mrs. Ross’ class in third place with 11,850 minutes, Ms. Albee’s class in sec-
ond place with 14,221 minutes, and in first place is Ms. Reed’s Class with 17,729 minutes.
Reading Celebration Day
Reading Celebration Day is quickly approaching. On the day, we will recognize students for all of their hard work reading outside of
the school day. Medals will be presented to any student who has read, recorded, and turned in reading logs showing that they have
read at least 4,000 minutes outside of the school day. We will also recognize all of the students who have achieved Queen Craig
Court status by reading over 6,000 minutes outside of school this year. David Nieves, a visiting author, will come in the afternoon.
Mr. Nieves is an author, photographer, and herpetologist. He will bring five reptiles from around the world with him. One of these is
a large snake weighing at least 75 pounds. The audience will learn how we are different from reptiles, what we share with them, and
why we need them around. David will also discusses his work, his travels, the creation of his books, his reasons for writing them,
and how books and reading have influenced his life in a positive way.
Battle of the Books
The Dewey Duelers (Hayden Foster, Jared Hutton, Hank Lobaugh and Michael Paulson) will compete against the Smarticles (Emily
Brown, Kayln Denton, Mackenzie Patrick, Mikayla Smith and Matthew White) in the final Battle of the Books round, which will be
held on April 14 at 3 p.m. All teams have done an amazing job! The final four teams this season were the Smarticles, Race to the
Chase Readers, Full House, and The Dewey Duelers.
Ready to SAIL?
On Friday, March 27, registration brochures for the elementary summer school program (SAIL) were given to each student. Inside
the brochure is information about SAIL locations, classes, cost and times. A registration form is located in the center of the brochure.
Registrations are by mail only and will be accepted March 30 through May 15. The first day of class is Monday, June 1.
Scholarship applications will also be available from the principal’s office on Monday, March 30. There are a limited number of
scholarships available. Scholarship applications are available for academic classes.
An information flyer was distributed at parent/teacher conferences giving parent general information. If you would like another copy
to help you being to plan for SAILing this summer, you may contact the office.
The SAIL information phone line is 780-SAIL(7245). This phone will be available for questions after April 1.
Phyllis Jensen, School Counselor
Courage and Perseverance are Lifeskills we will emphasize in guidance classes during the month of April. It takes courage to:
Try new things
Face your mistakes and learn from them
Do the right thing even when it's scary or difficult
Ask for help
Act brave even when you don’t feel brave
Perseverance is the difference between those who try and those who succeed. Discuss with your child a time when perseverance,
patience, and courage helped in your life. Giving children opportunities to work on perseverance prepares them for long-range goals.
Encourage your child to accomplish realistic goals through small steps when doing homework and chores.
In April I will be doing a personal safety lesson in each class, as required by the district. As the weather gets nicer children spend
more time outside and we need to remind them of their responsibility to keep themselves safe. This takes courage. April is also Child
Abuse Prevention month. In classes kindergarten through third, we will talk about strangers and what we need to do to keep our-
selves safe. In classes fourth through sixth, we add a discussion about child abuse. The following videos and/or books, which I will
use, are available at the Instructional Resource Center. Some books may be found at the public library also.
Kgn. Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers (book)
DUSO stories about Safety (book)
Happy Bear (Sunflower House)
1st Too Smart for Strangers (video)
Happy Bear ( Sunflower House)
2nd Staying Safe: Strangers, Cyberspace & More (video)
3rd Staying Safe: Strangers, Cyberspace & More (video)
4th Staying Safe: Strangers, Cyberspace & More (video)
5th Break the Silence (first half of video)
6th Break the Silence (video)
I will review with the students the following rules of personal safety when dealing with frightening situations. The media, especially
on TV, emphasizes these rules at various times during the year. Please talk about your rules for personal safety with your child.
1. Say NO!
2. Get away.
3. Tell someone you trust.
When we work together we can encourage our children to have the courage to keep themselves safe.
Happy Bear – On April 14 a personal safety program will be presented to the kindergarten and first grade students by Sunflower
House, a child abuse prevention center. The Happy Bear program is endorsed by the Olathe School District. An information letter
will be sent home. If you have questions please call me.
Presidential Volunteer Service Hours are due March 31 for fourth through sixth graders. Any hours accumulated from April 1 on
may be saved for next year.
Tons of Tabs – Leadership Academy is again collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Participating schools collected nearly 13 tons generating more than $32,000 last year benefiting the children and fami-
lies of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Leadership students are sponsoring a tab contest during the
month of April. The classroom donating the most tabs in kindergarten/first grade, second/third grades, fourth/fifth
grades will receive a free recess in May. There will be a special challenge in the sixth grade. All tabs must be in to
the classroom by April 30. A volunteer caravan will pick up our pop tabs the first week of May. On May 8, our
Leadership Academy members will have a work session at two of the Ronald McDonald houses.
Kelli Innis, School Nurse
Something in the Air
Spring is allergy season. About 30 percent of the United States population is affected by allergies each year. Seasonal allergies are
rare in children under the age of five, but can develop at any time. As a parent, how are you to know if your child is experiencing
According to the Asthma, Allergy and Immunology doctors at Children’s Mercy, the main symptoms of allergies are sneezing, runny
nose with clear drainage, and itchy, watery eyes. Allergy symptoms are often difficult to discern from the early part of a cold, but a
cold will typically progress to discolored nasal drainage, productive cough, and may have a fever. If your child seems to get a “cold”
at the same time each year, it may be allergies.
There are three main seasons for allergies: Spring (March and April) is tree pollen season; early summer (May and June) is grass
pollen season; and fall (August and September) is weed season, mainly ragweed. Molds tend to be present from April through
October. The only way to know for sure what your child is allergic to is to have them tested.
So what can you do to help your child, if they are experiencing seasonal allergies?
According to Dr. Portnoy at Children’s Mercy, the best treatment is avoidance. “If you know what you’re allergic to...then avoid
going outside when that count is high,” Portnoy says, referring to the mold and pollen counts taken each day at Children’s Mercy.
The daily count is published in the Kansas City Star, is available at other media outlets and can be accessed by calling the hospital's
allergy hotline at 346-1331 Monday through Friday. Although you may want to open the house to let in the fresh Spring air, this may
aggravate allergy symptoms. Running the air conditioner will help filter out pollen from your household air. Frequent vacuuming
with a HEPA filter may also help reduce allergens inside.
Over-the-counter antihistamines can also be helpful in controlling your child’s symptoms. Several non-sedating, 24-hour options are
now available without a prescription. Consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have questions about over-the-counter antihist-
amines for your child. If your child does not respond to antihistamine treatment, your doctor may be able to add another medication
or nasal spray.
If your child’s symptoms are severe, do not respond to treatment, or last more than a couple of months out of the year, your doctor
may recommend you see an allergist. An allergist can conduct testing to determine the exact substances your child is allergic to, and
can use other treatments, such as allergy shots.
Box Tops for Education – So far, our school has earned over $1,900 in cash from Box Tops this year...way to go Scarborough! Our
final contest for the year is underway and will end Friday, May 8...so keep clipping and saving!
Support Scarborough at www.boxtops4education.com and you can:
1. See complete earnings details for your school.
2. Earn cash for your school when you shop online.
3. Print valuable coupons for Box Tops products.
4. Get exclusive chances to win free Bonus Box Tops for your school just by registering.
UPS Store – The UPS Store at 159th and Mur-Len (Price Chopper Center) will give 5% back to our school for any
services/purchases. Just place your receipts in the box in the school foyer.
Tyson Project A+ – Tyson accepts the PROJECT A+ 1 2 3 LABELS ONLY. UPCs and logos are not accepted by Tyson. These
labels are either the thing you tear off on a bagged item at the top to open the product OR on the side of a frozen boxed item.
HyVee Dollar$ for $cholar$ – Keep turning in your HyVee receipts. We receive cash back from HyVee. It’s just that easy!
Magfundraising.com – You can renew your favorite magazine, subscribe to new magazines, or give one as a gift! (www.mag-
fundraising.com/ScarboroughElementary) Invite at least 12 friends and family to help and generate one magazine sale online to
receive one FREE MOVIE TICKET. Scarborough receives 40% profit and our website will remain active all year.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Family Fun Day
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Easter Fine Arts Fair No School
6:30 pm Professional Day
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Culver’s Night Mid Quarter Reports Gr. 3 Musical Assembly Spirit Day: Sports
4-8 pm 2:30 pm Spirit Store Open
Gr. 3 Musical 7 pm
Gr. 6 CST Area Band
Rehearsal 4:30 - 6 pm
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Site Council Mtg. Gr. 6 to CST for Lunch PTO Meeting
6:30 pm Little Lancer Club 6:30 pm
CST Area Band Concert 6-7:30 pm
Interpreters will be provided for special events if
sufficient notice is given. Please let the building Visit Scarborough on the Web
principal know of your needs at least five days http://schools.olatheschools.com/scarborough/
prior to the scheduled event.
Notification Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Olathe District Schools prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admissions, access, treatment or employment,
in its programs and activities as required by: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age
Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Inquiries regarding compliance with applicable civil rights statutes related to ethnicity, gender, or age discrimination may be directed to Staff Counsel, 14160 Black
Bob Road, Olathe, Kansas 66063-2000, phone 913-780-7000. All inquires regarding compliance with applicable statutes regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to the Executive Director of Special Services, 1005
South Pitt Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061, phone 913-780-7024. Interested persons including those with impaired vision or hearing, can also obtain information as to
the existence and location of services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by disabled persons by calling the Executive Director of Special
Services. (revised 6/06)