May 2018

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    North Fairview Elementary Newsletter - May 2018


    Kelli Finnegan, Principal,
    Tera Giffin, Secretary,


    8:30 - students may enter the building

    8:45 a.m. First bell - morning assembly

    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 . . .


    As we finish up our last few weeks of school, I want to thank you for all the support you have provided your child, the NF staff, and our school this year. The Seaman community is what makes our school so special!


    Check out what we have accomplished this year!


    • Donated items to North Topeka Outreach and The Topeka Rescue Mission
    • Raised money to provide desk for under privileged students in Nairobi, Kenya
    • Raised money to support a SMS student with Leukemia
    • Provided every student with a NF t-shirt through our Walkathon
    • Recognized teachers for classroom grants
    • Celebrated our Spelling Bee and Geography Bee contestants
    • Participated in BIONIC Club and Falcon Flyers
    • Supported students with our Food Backpack Program
    • Supported our Watch DOGS program
    • Attended field trips such as A Day at the Farm, SCNCC, Camp Bowser, 5th/6th grade Track Meet, Kansas History Museum, Capital Building, The Pad, The Nutcracker, Topeka Zoo, Pumpkin Patch, and Fire Station
    • Provided assemblies such as Windy City Players, Todd Oliver, and SHS Mighty Players
    • Encouraged student talent through Musical Mondays
    • Participated in the DARE program and STARBASE
    • Supported Book Fairs and PTO events
    • Enjoyed an All School Read, Author visits, and Battle of the Books competition
    • Provided community outreach with our Senior Holiday Tea and Veteran’s Day Assembly, and Read with the RoadRunners
    • Supported our School Store and Positive Behavior celebrations
    • PTO supported curriculum, technology, fundraisers, teacher grants, spirit wear, and MORE!
    • Provided academic leveled support through our Multi-Tiered System of Support for reading and math


    This list could go on and on! These are just a few reasons why NF is so awesome!


    As we wrap up the last few weeks of school, please continue to encourage your child to put forth their best behavior and effort every day.


    Lastly, I would like to wish our sixth graders the best of luck as they transition to middle school. I know they will represent North Fairview well! We will miss their energy, spirit, and leadership.


    I wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing, and safe summer!


    Mrs. Finnegan   Kelli Finnegan, Principal


    Important Dates 


    May 2018:

    1st: Adventuremobile

    1st: 6th Grade Track Meet 9:30-11:30am

    1st: PTO Mtg @ 5:30pm, Site Council Mtg @ 6:15pm

    1st: BIONIC Club

    2nd: 5th Grade Track Meet 9:30-11:30am

    3rd: Spring Band/Strings Concert @ SMS 7pm

    4th: Activity Day!  K-3 to SNCC and 4-6 to Camp Bowser *SEE BELOW for more info*

    4th: 6th Grade Volleyball vs Staff

    14th: Battle of the Books Competition @ 2pm

    18th: Spirit Day!  Disney vs Marvel

    18th: School Store

    22nd: Awards Assembly @ 9:45, Hot Dog Cookout, Talent Show @ 1:30pm

    23rd: 6th Grade Promotion @ 9:30am & Kindergarten Promotion @ 2pm

    24th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL  **Early Release @ 12:15pm** Lunch IS served



    Students will participate in the NF Activity Day on Friday, May 4. They will leave North Fairview at 9:10 a.m. Grade K-3 Students will participate in various outdoor activities and games at Shawnee County North Community Center. Students in Grades 4-6 will head to Camp Bowser located near Lake Perry to participate in canoeing, archery, hiking, and other outdoor sporting activities. All students will arrive back to school by 2:00 p.m.

    Once all students have arrived back to NF, we will enjoy sodas outside on the playground and watch the 6th Grade Students take on the teachers in their annual volleyball game.



    Parents are invited to come to Camp Bowser or SCNCC and help with activities. Please contact the school at 286-8500 if you are planning to join in the fun at either Camp Bowser or SCNCC. Those who will be helping are welcome to ride the bus with the students that day on a space-available basis. Vehicles may also follow the busses to either location. If you need directions to Camp Bowser, feel free to call the school.



    Students and parents will need a sack lunch. A water bottle will be provided to each student.


    Dress Appropriately:         Gr. K-3 = tennis shoes (no flip flops/sandals)

                                              Gr. 4-6 = old clothes that can get dirty/wet


    Be sure to have a jacket/sweatshirt if it is cooler in the morning. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust as the temperature warms up throughout the day.


    Please apply sunscreen to students before coming to school. Hats and sunglasses are allowed, but students are responsible for these items.


    Finally, Grade 4-6 Students going to Camp Bowser need to be sprayed with a repellant that includes DEET. This must be done at home as students are not allowed to carry spray cans and other chemicals with them. There are ticks and other crawly things . . . students will need to be protected. Thank you!



    Congratulations Yingling's Contest Winners...


    From Left to Right: 2nd Grader Nora Gorman, 1st Grader Leah Little, and 6th Grader Grayson DiLeonardo





    We Want Your Old Instruments!

    Do you have old band or orchestra instruments collecting dust in the closet? Don’t know what to do with Grandpa’s old banjo? Why not donate your musical item to North Fairview! We would love to have your old instruments, and more. Have an item that you’re not sure would qualify? Contact our music teacher, Mrs. Vincent to see if your item could be put to good use!  Email

    Students of the Month

     Student of the Month


         Kindergarten:  Norah Budge & Jordy Meyers ◊ 1st Grade: Wesley Wall & Jamirah Esquibel

    2nd Grade: Tyson Scott & Avery Busey ◊  3rd Grade: Cadence Speer & Ezra Stoll

    4th Grade: Wesley Budge & Sam Lampe ◊  5th Grade: AJ Olinde & Audrey Manley

    6th Grade: Cayson Worcester & Paige Glasgow

    WAY TO GO FALCONS!  North Fairview Elementary is so proud of you!  Keep up the great effort and continue to lead showing respect and responsibility!


    This month the students pictured above were chosen by their classroom teacher as "Student of the Month."  They are recognized in assembly and presented with gift certifcates.  Students are chosen based on North Fairview's 4 Guidelines for Success: Be Responsible!  Be Respectful!  Be Safe!  and Do Your Best!


    This month is sponsored by:

    Spangles, Taco Bell, Skateaway, & Papa Murphy's


    Falcon Store

    We celebrate your child's positive behavior each month by opening up the Falcon Store.  Each student has the opportunity to earn "Falcon Bucks" for positive behavior every day.  After they save up, once a month, the Falcon Store opens up for students to shop in.  Consider donating your gently used toys, games, posters, balls, etcetera.  Students also love soda, snacks, and candy. 

     Staying Connected

    We are excited to offer two new ways to stay connected with the school throughout the year. We rececntly rolled out new Facebook and Twitter accounts which will be be updated frequently to highlight all of the important things we are doing at North Fairview. Give us a like and follow!

    Facebook: NorthFairviewUSD345


    Guitar Month

    May is Guitar Month at North Fairview!  Students K-6 will be given an opportunity to play and learn the guitar during these last few weeks of school.


    Things to remember . . .

    • If you have any phone number changes (home, cell, work) or an address change, it is imperative that you notify the office. We may need to reach you due to illness or inclement weather. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    • An adult must sign in students not arriving to school by 8:50 at the office.
    • If an adult plans to eat a school lunch, please notify the office by 9:15.
    • The school day is from 8:50am-4:00pm.
    • Mrs. Giffin keeps track of attendance, not teachers. If your child will be tardy (arriving after 8:50) or absent for the day, please call the office at 286-8500. If the office doesn’t know the reason for an absence, School Messenger will call parents notifying them their child is listed as an unexcused absence until a parent calls the school. This also assures the school and parents that all students are safely accounted for.
    • When your child will be absent or tardy, a reason must be given. There are different codes used in Power School that are used for health reporting/monitoring.
      • If your child arrives between 8:50 and 10:30, they will be marked tardy
      • If your child arrives after 10:30, they will be marked as 1⁄2 day absent in Power School
      • If your child leaves for the day, before 2:30, they will be marked as 1⁄2 day absent in Power School
      • If your child leaves for the day, between 2:30 and 4:00, they will be marked as Left Early in Power School (which shows up as “tardy”)
    • SecurityCall Phil McKay at 785-286-8516.


    Parents must notify the school of ANY transportation change (from bus to car, or car to bus) by sending a note with the child OR calling the school by 3:15 on that day. Students without parent to school notification will be sent on their regular bus.  If your child is riding home with another student (car rider or bus rider) permission must be given from both students' parents.  If your child will be picked up everyday and not ride the bus, please communicate that to Mrs. Giffin. The buses will be released as soon as they are loaded.


    Thanks for helping keep our students safe!


    Pop Tab and Box Top Class Room Winners


    Great job Falcons!  We raised $57.77 for the Ronald McDonald House just for bringing in our pop tabs. 

    Here are our winners...

    Pop tab winners: 1st Brunetti (26.6 lbs), 2nd Bartley (20.8 lbs), 3rd Anderson (8.2lbs)

    prize: $50.00 for Mrs. Brunetti's classroom


    Box Tops winner: 1st Bartley (1071), 2nd Tucker (1052), 3rd (tied) Brunetti and Hards (759)

    prize: Mrs. Bartley's class earned an extra recess

    SHS Art Squad visits 6th grade

    art         art

    May Health News

    From Nurse Brooke




    The end of the school year is approaching quickly and with this time of year comes preparation for the closing of the school health room. Throughout the year many parents have sent in over the counter and prescription medications for their children to take while in school. We would like to begin sending these medications home and will proceed in the following order.

    *Cold and flu medications

    *Medications that have been available for use, but have not been used

                *Pain medications

                *Daily/Emergency medications

    Beginning the week of May 14th, medications will be sent home in the order noted above. Daily and emergency medications will be sent home on the last day of school If you DO NOT want your child’s medication sent home in their book-bag or if you have other questions or concerns, contact Brooke Prokop, school nurse, at 286-8500 or


    Seaman Parents as Teachers

    Do you have a child under the age of three? Or are you expecting a baby? Parents as Teachers is a FREE early learning program for families in Seaman. You are your child's first and most important teacher, let us support you in that role through: free home visits, developmental screenings and playgroups.  Call Jen for more information: 785-221-6416 or email


    Become a Substitute Teacher or Para Educator

    Are you interested in a job where you can choose the days and places you work during the hours your child is in school? Then being a teacher substitute is the job for YOU! If you have a minimum of 60 college credit hours, then you can apply for an emergency substitute license and fill in for a teacher who is absent. You can choose the days you work and even the school and grade levels in which you would like to sub. Please call Kathy Johnson (785-575-8600) at the Seaman Education Center for more information on how to apply for the emergency substitute license and for district substitute training sessions. If you do not want to be a teacher substitute, then being a substitute paraeducator is an option for you. Email Kathy Johnson for these job possibilities, as well.

    Useful Links

    Lunch Menus

     Bus Drivers Needed

    Become a bus driver for Seaman Schools. We offer competitive pay and no experience required. Part-time, competitive pay and training provided. Call the Seaman Transportation Department at 785-286-8440 to join a staff of outstanding and award winning drivers and make a difference in the lives of Shawnee County Children.

    Food Service Substitutes Needed

    Looking for an opportunity to get out and make some extra money? General hours are between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, depending on the school. Call the Seaman Food Service Department at 785-575-8650.

    Harp Player visits North Fairview!
    Ms. Jaxy Perry spent an afternoon playing for students K-6.
    Students got to listen to some beautiful harp music, ask questions, and even get to try out the harp themselves!


    WATCH D.O.G.S. logo


    North Fairview is continuing the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dad’s Of Great Students) Program. It has been very successful. There were only a handful of days when we did not have a Watch D.O.G. We hope to have just as many dads and grandfathers this year. We welcome Watch D.O.G. veterans and newbies! It’s fun and easy! This year, only one Watch D.O.G. per day will be scheduled. Follow this link to sign up! 


    How Can You Help Raise Money for NF?

    *  Send in Box Tops for Education

    *  Send in Best Choice Labels

    *  Send in Tyson Labels

    *  Designate North Fairview to receive 1% of your purchases when you use your Target Red Card. www/

    *  Purchase Coca-Cola products. Enter product codes at the above web address. Designate North Fairview to receive your donated points. 



    If you would ever like to come eat lunch with your child, here are our lunch times: 

       3rd: 11:30-11:55

       4th: 11:35-12:00

       2nd: 11:40-12:05

       5th: 11:45-12:10

       6th: 11:55-12:20

       1st: 12:00-12:25

       K:   12:05-12:30

    Please remember if you want to eat a school lunch, you must notify the office by 9:15, before our lunch count is called in. 

    You also need to have exact change (guest cost is $3.75) or pay with a check. 

    Elementary Meal Prices

    Do you know your student’s meal account balance? Have you signed up for the free email low balance notification? Meal accounts are debit accounts. Positive meal balances are required. Automatic recurring deposits are accepted online anytime.

    Sign up for low balance email notifications and make online payments (you will need your student ID number)

    Thank you for supporting healthy school meals!

    Elementary Lunch: $2.60
    Secondary Lunch: $2.85
    Adult Lunch: $3.85
    Student Breakfast: $1.80
    Adult Breakfast: $2.30
    Reduced Lunch: $0.40
    Reduced Breakfast: $0.30
    Extra Milk: $0.50

    All meal related questions may be handled via Kaye Kabus, Director of Food Services at 575-8650.




    Mr. Todd Manning and Mr Jerry Reiman, from Manning Music, stopped by to let the 5th graders try out band instruments for next year.

    Preschool Screenings

    Do you have a preschool aged child in your care? Have you ever had questions about how they talk, walk, learn, or play?

    Early identification of children with developmental delays is important to support children and their families. Seaman Public Schools provides free screenings for children age 3 to 5 to identify children with developmental delays. The areas screened include speech and language, motor skills, cognition, vision, hearing, and social and behavioral development.

    The screenings are available throughout the school year. If you are interested in scheduling a free screening for your child, please call 785-575-8670.

     Important Information Regarding Volunteers:

    In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, the District will run a back-ground check on all school volunteers. Please complete the form on the next page, if you plan on volunteering or going on any field trips this year. It is a simple form and a simple process. The form will be kept confidential and on file, so you will only need to complete it once this year. 

    While everyone’s safety is number one, we also do not want to discourage our number of volunteers.  We greatly value our Watch D.O.G.S, our Room Parents, and classroom volunteers.

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