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SEPTEMBER 2019

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Important Dates

September 6
No Preschool at MELC

September 9
Board Meeting - 6pm @ SEC

September 11
District Wellness Night - 6:30 pm @ SHS

September 12
Elmont Picture Day

September 16
SHS Picture Day

September 17
MELC Family Night - 5:30 pm
WI STEAM Night - 5:30 pm

September 19
NF Picture Day

September 20
First Day of Elementary Band & Orchestra (6th Graders)

September 24
WI Picture Day

September 26
NH Picture Day
LO Picture Day

September 27
Early Release
Homecoming Parade 2:00 pm 


September Appreciation/Awareness Days

Follow us on social media as we show our appreciation for the following. 

National Payroll Week: 2-6
National Arts in Education: 8-14
Emergency Services Day: 11


Early Release Schedule - Sept. 27

SMS 7:50 am - 11:00 am
SHS 7:55 am - 11:05 am
Elementary 8:50 am - 12:15 pm (lunch served @ Elementary)
MELC Preschool - No School

Community Life Drawing Nights

Life DrawingDo you like to draw? Please plan to join like-minded artists once a month for the Seaman Art Club's monthly Life Drawing Nights. We will gather in room 901 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Seaman High School the first Tuesday of each month to practice drawing the clothed figure. This is a great opportunity to grow skill sets, build your portfolio and connect with other artists. We will begin this year's drawing sessions on Tuesday, September 3. The drawing sessions are free and open to anyone in our community regardless of age or ability. Basic drawing materials will be provided.

September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5


Vaping Prevention Committee

USD 345 leaders are working to form a new committee around the growing epidemic of teenage vaping. The work of this committee will not only benefit the school district, but also help the community learn more about the growing health risks of vaping. The first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 5 in the SHS library at 4:15 pm. If you're interested in joining please email dfernandezflores@usd345.com

Logan Community Resource Room

If your family could benefit from the Logan Community Resource Room, or if you would like to donate, please email khegarty@usd345.com. We have school supplies, hygiene items, food, clothing, etc for families in our community. 

Open the Following Dates (or email for appointment)
September 12: 4-6:30 pm
September 26: 4-6:30 pm
October 10: 4-6:30 pm
October 21, 22, 23, 24 (in conjunction with Parent-Teacher Conferences)
November 5: 4-6:30 pm
November 18: 4-6:30 pm
December 12: 4-6:30 pm
December 19: 4-6:30 pm

Days and times are subject to change. Follow the Logan Facebook page for more information.

Fall Into Fitness 5K - Nov. 9

Fall Into Fitness
Join our Seaman family at the annual Fall into Fitness 5K! Proceeds benefit the Dr. Carolyn Orozco Fitness Trail and community wellness events. Register by October 18 to receive a shirt!
www.seamanschools.org/fallintofitness

Elementary Volleyball Night - Sept. 5

Seaman High School Volleyball is hosting an elementary night on September 5. Elementary students get in free when they wear their camp shirt and get to participate in pregame festivities. Contact ehardy@usd345.com if interested!


District Wellness Night - Sept. 11

Wellness Night
Join us for an evening of activity and fun at the Seaman High School track for our first wellness night of the year from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. District wellness nights are free events and open to the public. All ages welcome!

Elementary Soccer Night - Sept. 24

All elementary students get in free to the Seaman High School soccer game on September 24! Don’t miss $1 hot dogs, drawings for prizes and activities.

Homecoming Parade - Sept. 27

Homecoming
Homecoming 2019 will be Friday, September 27 against Emporia. The theme this year is “Celebrating 100 Years of Seaman High School” with floats celebrating each of the last 10 decades. The parade begins at 2:00 pm. 


Click here to view the parade route map


Jr. Viking Cheer Clinic

Clinic: September 28 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at SHS Gym
Performance: October 4 at home SMS Football Game
Register online by September 20
Registration Link: https://usd345.revtrak.net/
Registration includes: shirt, ribbon bow, and snack 

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

The PAT room at Mathes Early Learning Center will be open from 9-11 am every Tuesday (when school is in session) for parents and children to enjoy, play and meet other families with children birth to five.

Click here to learn more about Parents as Teachers

Parent Classes

Conscious discipline classes will be held at Mathes Early Learning Center on Wednesday mornings at 9:00am. Classes are free to any Seaman School District family but, will be limited to 12 participants per class. 

Sept 4: Introduction
Sept 11: Brain Development
Sept 18: School Family
Sept 25: Composure
Oct 2: Assertiveness
Oct 9 Encouragement
Oct 16: Choices
Oct 23: Empathy
Oct 30: Positive Intent
Nov 6: Consequences 

Click here to register.

Suicide Prevention

The best way to prevent a child or teen from dying by suicide is to talk about it. That’s why Family Service & Guidance Center’s “Real-World Parenting Series” will present “Talking to Your Child About Suicide” on Thursday, September 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. at our 327 S.W. Frazier Ave. building. This FREE presentation will give parents the strategies, language and confidence they need to start this crucial conversation.


Board Digest

Board Digest
Following each board of education meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. Click here to review the latest board meeting. 

Safety Drills

Every school in Kansas must conduct emergency preparedness drills. In addition to school-wide drills, individual classrooms discuss and practice routines many more times throughout the year.

The safety of Seaman USD 345 students, staff, and guests is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment, it is necessary that we practice our Emergency Operation Plan by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. Emergency drills are practiced to ensure that our schools are a safe place to learn, work, and visit. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Click here to learn more about safety drills in USD 345

Topeka North Outreach

To apply for your children to receive weekend food sacks, through Operation Backpack, for the current school year, click here. To ensure the nutritional needs of children are met when school is not in session, the program provides a small sack of food for youth to take home from school on Friday. The food sack contains a two day supply of nutritional, kid-friendly snacks and single serving size food items that are easy for youth to prepare.

If you’re interested in volunteering with this program, TNO meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. (Indian Creek, 4303 NE Indian Creek Rd.

Boys & Girls Club of Topeka

Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka offers before- and after-school care is in each of USD 345’s elementary schools. This program allows kids to easily transition to an after-school program with supportive, caring staff offering homework help, tutoring support, fitness and lots of fun in the comfort of their own school.

Parents can visit their website at: https://www.bgctopeka.org/school-year-enrollment for information about our school year program and to access the link to enroll.


Breakfast Now Served at ALL School Buildings

Breakfast
Seaman Nutrition Services is excited to now offer breakfast to ALL STUDENTS by adding breakfast service to Elmont, North Fairview, and West Indianola from 8:30 to 8:50 am. The breakfast offered at these new locations is planned be quick service with milk, fruits, and grain bread items (cereal bars, wrapped whole grain items for example) to make a reimbursable meal as per USDA/KSDE, Child Nutrition & Wellness requirements. All other breakfasts will continue as normal. Click here to view breakfast menus.

Breakfast Times
Elementary Schools: 8:30-8:50 am
SMS: 7:30-7:50 am, Second Chance: 9:26-9:31 am
SHS: 7:30-7:50 am, Second Chance: Between the 1st and 2nd period

Seaman Elementary Band and Orchestra (SEBO)

www.seamanschools.org/SEBO

6th Grade band and orchestra begins September 20. Detailed information can be found on the enrollment page but here are the highlights:

• 6th grade band & orchestra meet for class every day. The band practices at SMS and the orchestra practices at NH elementary. Class time is 7:45-8:20am.

• Students who ride the bus to school may get a bus ride to band/orchestra via the secondary buses. Car riders may be dropped off at SMS/NH. All students will receive a bus ride to their home school when rehearsals are finished each morning at approx. 8:30am.

• Band & orchestra classes begin on Sept. 20 with a dry-run (no instruments). Rehearsals with instruments begin on Sept. 23.

If you would like information about renting an instrument from the school district or if you have other questions please email:

Mr. Simpson (BAND) - rsimpson@usd345.com
Ms. Sterbenz (STRINGS) – ksterbenz@usd345.com

NOTE: Information for current 5th graders about starting band and strings next year will be made available in the spring!

September Lunch Menu

Click here to view a PDF of this month's lunch menu.

Elementary Lunch: $2.65
Secondary Lunch: $2.90
Adult Lunch: $3.90
Breakfast K-12: $1.85
Adult Breakfast: $2.35
Extra Milk: $0.55

School lunch calendars can be added to your calendar feed using this URL: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/usd345.com_bu02c6o8qdtcfqsoqo9p8q9lks%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

The 2019-20 Free & Reduced Price Meal Application is available. A new application and Consent for Disclosure must be filled out each year. To qualify for free or reduced school fees, a Consent for Disclosure MUST be included with the completed application. If a household is qualified for free meals with Direct Certification from the State of Kansas (household receives food stamps), a Consent for Disclosure must be completed and returned to the Food Service Office at 901 NW Lyman Rd. Topeka, KS 66608 to reduce school fees.

Fundraisers

Seaman High School's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Car Wash and Bake Sale at Petro Deli | Saturday September 21st 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Get your car washed and support us!

Seaman High School's FCCLA, will be selling cinnamon rolls (homemade frozen dough, ready to thaw and bake) from September through November. One dozen for $18. We will also take half dozen orders. Please contact any FCCLA member or Stacey Jones at sjones@usd345.com.

Sleep in a Box

The Seaman High School Interact Club is gearing up for their annual homelessness awareness event and food drive, Sleep in a Box, on Oct 5. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Seaman High School Football Field at 6:00 pm on Oct. 5. You can also contact tcollins@usd345.com if donation arrangements need to be made. 

Greater Topeka Partnership Event

You are invited to attend and participate in this exciting Community Experience that focuses on uplifting the “I am Topeka - Community Pride” voices on September 5 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.. The event is free of charge, and will also feature table discussions designed for the attendees to share their own approaches to improving the community and elevating the good news in the Capital City. Click here to register.

We’re hiring!

We are always looking for qualified substitutes, bus drivers and various support positions. Take a look at our current job openings, and help spread the word!