Logan Elementary

Making Every Child a Success Story

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Lion's Tale - February 2017


Aarion Gray, Principal, agray@usd345.com
Tami Wade, Assistant Principal, twade@usd345.com
Ginger Shelley
, Secretary, gshelley@usd345.com
Lisa Simmons, Secretary, lsimmons@usd345.com


8:30 a.m. First bell - students may enter the building

8:50 a.m. Class starts

4:00 p.m. School dismissed

Students achieve best when they attend school on a regular basis and are at school on time daily.

Message from the Principal . . .

Dear Parents & Community Partners,


Logan Elementary will host our annual Title I Math Night on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 5:30 –7:00 p.m.   Our theme is Happy Camper - S’More Fun With Books.  There will be hands-on activities and interactive math games to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Please come out and join in the fun!   


Dr. Gray

Aarion L. Gray, Principal 

Character Word of the Month


I will be honest and keep my promises to others.


February 2nd - NAEP Testing (4th Grade) - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

February 3rd - Popcorn Friday - 1:00 p.m. 
February 9th - 4th Grade Concert - 7:00 p.m. (SHS) 
February 9th - 4th Grade Field Trip - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
February 9th - 5th Grade Field Trip - 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
February 10th - 5th Grade Field Trip - 8:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
February 13th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - 9:00 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
February 13th - Carlson/Kleiner Field Trip - 9:00 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
February 13th - Parent Conferences - 4:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
February 14th - Parent Conferences - 4:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 
February 17th - No School
February 20th - No School (Professional Learning Day)
February 21st - PTO /Site Council Meeting - 5:30 p.m./6:30 p.m.
February 22nd - SEAF Banquet - 6:30 p.m. (SMS)
February 23rd - District Wellness Night @ Logan - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
February 24th - 5th Grade Field Trip - 8:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
February 27th - Book Fair Week
February 28th - Spring Pictures - 9:00 a.m. 
February 28th - Title I Math Night - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

 In/Out of District Transfer Request


Parents wanting to transfer their students into a Seaman school must fill out a form which can be found on the Seaman website (www.seamanschools.org).  When you go to the website, click on parents, useful forms and click on the “Request for Student Transfer Form” on the right side of the page. This is the form that must be filled out and returned to the Superintendent’s Office by June 1. Whether you are a new or returning transfer student, you have to fill out this form EVERY year. This same process also applies to parents who are transferring within district attendance areas. If you have any questions about student transfers, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 575-8600. Don’t wait until June 1, make your transfer requests TODAY by using the simple form on the district website. 


From Boy to Man/Girl to Woman Classes
From Stormont-Vail Hospital


"From Boy to Man" and "Girl to Woman" are classes that focus on the physiological changes of puberty, the development tasks of early adolescence and ways to improve communication between the child and their parents. To register call 785-354-5225 or click the link below to register online.  

 Communication is Key! 
 Visit our Facebook page to view some of the latest activities going on at Logan Elementary! 


 Please support Pennies for Patients


Logan Elementary students will be taking part in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program from February 6th to February 24th.  During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’s mission which is to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  Students will be able to learn how to to help make a difference in patient’s lives. Thank you in advance for helping LLs to eat a world without blood cancers!

 SEAF Banquet

Make plans now to attend the 11th Annual Seaman Education Advantage Foundation Banquet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Seaman Middle School Commons. Dr. Noble will give the State of the District address, and we’ll be recognizing scholarship and grant winners as well! Individual tickets are available for $20 ($160 for eight people). These tickets may be purchased from Joy Adams-Eriks at the Seaman Education Center.

Singing Valentines


Students in grades 3rd – 6th will be taking the Kansas State Assessments beginning March 14th – April 28th Please make sure that your child gets a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast and comes prepared to do their best. 



Things to remember . . .

Reporting an absence or tardy 

Mrs. Simmons keeps track of attendance, not teachers. Please remember to call the office if your child will not be at school by 8:50 (either due to being tardy or absent). When your child is absent or tardy, a reason must be given.

There are different codes used in PowerSchool that are used for health reporting/monitoring.

Requesting Homework

When reporting a student as absent, the office can also take requests for missing work. Work can be held in the office for pick-up, sent with a sibling, friend, or neighbor, or held in the classroom for the absent student's return.

Changes in Transportation

Please make sure you contact the school office before 3:15 pm if plans have changed on how your child is to leave school. Likewise, please be advised that we do not allow students to call home to make different arrangements for going home with friends or staying for after school activities including Boys and Girls Club. Plans must be made before they come to school. If your child will be doing something different than their normal routine at the end of the day, please be sure the teacher has a note, or an email with the change has been sent, and the office staff has also been made aware of the change. Again, thanks for helping us keep your child safe.

Call Phil McKay at 785-286-8516.



Maturity Film



The 4th- 6th grade boys and girls will view maturity DVD’s during the month of February. If you would like to preview the videos, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Amy Vancoevern.  If you prefer that your child not be allowed to view the material, you can contact the office at 575-8700 for an opt-out form.

 Happy New Year from the Logan Elementary P.E. Department!


The students at Logan Elementary are gearing up for a busy February! Coming up first are Parent Teacher Conferences Monday, February 13th 4:15 pm - 8:00 pm and Tuesday, February 14th 4:15 pm - 7:45 pm. Please feel free to schedule a meeting with us; we’d love to meet with you! Logan will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart starting on February 21st. This year's goal is to raise $ 2,000.00 as a school.  If we meet our goal the students will get to duct tape Mr. Ramirez to the wall! Also, please join us Thursday, February 23rd 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm here at Logan for our annual District Wellness Night.

There will be games and prizes! Recently in class, students have been practicing volleyball along with a variety of racket sports such as badminton and pickleball. These activities are great because they are considered lifetime activities and are offered in the community in a variety of capacities such as YMCAs and recreation centers. 

Jason Ramirez
Nicholas Burgoon
Logan Physical Education Department 


April 21, 2017

If you have a child that will be five years old on or before August 31, please contact the Logan Office, at 575-8700, to register for Kindergarten Round-Up. You will need to bring your child’s immunization record and birth certificate.



La Clase de español con Sra. Ramsey


The word of the month for diciembre was regalo (gift). The students learned and sang several Spanish language Christmas carols and viewed Christmas stories – all in Spanish. We revisited the Mexican tradition of posadas – a nine day celebration that ends in a fiesta with special food and a piñata.


In January (enero) they learned about El día de los tres reyes (Three Kings’ Day), enjoying a bilingual story that explained its background and practices in Mexico and other countries.


They continue to master numbers, colors, calendar information, and greetings.

Most importantly they understand the simple stories shared in class. ¡Su progreso es impresionante!


¡Vamos adelante, estudiantes!   


 Seaman Elementary
District Track Meet


Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6th Grade
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 5th Grade
Thursday, May 4, 2017  – Rain Date 

Daily Schedule

 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      Boys’ Running Events

                                  Girls’ Field Events

 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.    Girls’ Running Events

                                  Boys’ Field Events

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.     Relays (Girls & Boys) 

 Bus Drivers Needed



Part-time Bus Drivers Needed

Training Provided, Competitive Pay

Transportation Department @ 286-8440


 Consider Joining Site Council

Logan Elementary Site Council will meet five times throughout the school year. Our first two meetings were September 13th and October 11th. The remaining dates are January 10th, February 21st, and April 11th. Meetings are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Site Council members assist in evaluating school goals and objectives and advise on methods to meet those goals. Site Council members are also kept informed of school programs and procedures.

September - Site Council members learned about what Logan Elementary is doing to address bullying and how we are preparing students to be upstanders.  
October -  Site Council members reviewed DIBELS Reading data and what supports have been put in place to assist students who are struggling and those who are achieving at high levels. 
January - Site Council members learned about Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and what the school is doing to reinforce positive behaviors.    
February - Mrs. Barbo and the student technology team will share how students are using technology to enhance learning and improve communication throughout the school.  
We look forward to working with you to achieve student success!  


Sunrise Optimist - Seaman Jr. Viking **Register NOW!!!

4th & 5th Grade Boy's Basketball Division  
6th & 7th Grade Girls' Basketball League
 Please register by Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Thank you for allowing the Sunrise Optimist Club of North Topeka the opportunity to serve the youth of our community.

 Box Tops

Box Tops

Please continue to send in your Box Tops for Education. We will submit Box Top labels to earn money for our school. Please trim your box tops before sending them to school. 

This is such an easy way to raise money for your school. Just clip, put in a Ziploc bag, and send to school with your student.


Parent–Teacher Conferences: A Tip Sheet for Parents 


As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You and your child’s school have something in common: You both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each person can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers. This tip sheet suggests ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child. 

What should you expect?

A two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher conferences are best when both people talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school: Ask to see data about your child’s attendance, grades, and test scores. Find out whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.

Emphasis on learning. Good parent–teacher conferences focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the conference. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.

Opportunities and challenges
. Just like you, teachers 
want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges. 
What should you talk to the teacher about?
Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve? 
Assignments and assessments. Ask to see examples of your child’s work. Ask how the teacher gives grades.
Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.
Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn. Ask if the teacher knows of other programs or services in the community that could also help your child.
Support learning at school. Find out what services are available at the school to help your child. Ask how the teacher will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it. 
How should you follow up?
Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child. You can do this during the conference or after. Write down what you will do, when, and how often. Make plans to check in with the teacher in the coming months.
Schedule another time to talk. Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. There are many ways to communicate—in person, by phone, notes, email. Make a plan that works for both of you. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months.
Talk to your child. The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions. 

Harvard Family Project