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    West Indianola Elementary - May 2018


    Tami Wade, Principal, twade@usd345.com
    Shande Chapman, Secretary, schapman@usd345.com


    8:40 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

    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 Cardinal Staff, our school, and myself.  It has been a fabulous and fun first year at West.  I appreciate our families, students, staff, and the Seaman community for helping to make us the best at West Indianola. As the students chanted at the track meet this week, "West is the Best! West is the Best!"  This spirit, energy, and leadership shown by our students is a testament to the culture we are contining to build upon for students and staff. 

    As we wrap up the last few weeks of school and participate in various fun events, please continue to encourage your child to put forth his/her best behavior and effort every day.  We encourage everyone to "finish strong."  

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

     Tami Wade

    Tami Wade, Principal

    Important Dates

    May 1 - 6th Grade Track Meet at SHS 9:30 AM; PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

    May 2 - 5th Grade Track Meet at SHS 9:30 AM

    May 3 - Spring Band/Strings Concert at SMS 7:00 PM

    May 4 - 6th Grade visit to SMS; Popcorn Friday (25 cents per bag; 2 bag limit); Kindergarten to the Mulvane Art Lab; Star Wars spirit day (wear Star Wars shirts or Green, Blue, Black, White)

    May 7-11 - Staff Appreciation Week

    May 8 - DIBELS Testing

    May 9 - Camp Bowser for 3rd-6th grades

    May 10 - Activity Day for K-2nd at West Indianola

    May 11 - 6th Grade to Jazz Museum

    May 14 - 5th Grade to Kansas State Capitol

    May 15 - 2nd Grade to Gambino's

    May 16 - Last Cardinal Canteen

    May 17 - 6th Grade Wax Museum

    May 18 - 1st Grade to Topeka Zoo

    May 23 - 6th Grade Promotion at 10:00 AM; 6th Grade Promotion Party 5:30-7:30 PM at WI;  Kindergarten Celebration at 2:00 PM

    May 24 - Last Day of School - Early Release at 12:15 PM - Lunch is served and report cards are sent home

    Important Summer Dates

    • The West Indianola office will close for the summer on June 7.
    • On-line enrollment begins on July 16.
    • All-district enrollment day is on July 30 (11:00-7:00) at Seaman High School.
    • The West Indianola office reopens on July 31.
    • Sneak Peek is on August 15 from 5:30 to 6:30.
    • The first day of school for students is August 16.

    Cardinal Character Word of the Month


    I will do what is expected of me without being reminded. 


    Thank you to our amazing 2017-18 PTO board.  We appreciate the hours they devote to our school, students, and staff.  They have worked tirelessly to promote learning and provide fun events for our Cardinal families.  

    New board members for the 2018-19 school year:

    • President:  Melissa Ranson
    • Vice President: Mellanie Barnes
    • Secretary: Kendra Slater
    • Treasure: Emily Hidy
    • Volunteer Coordinator: Laine Hash

    Cardinal Canteen 

    We celebrate your child's positive behavior each month by opening up the Cardinal Canteen.  Each student has the opportunity to earn "Cardinal Cash" for positive behavior every day.  The last day for students to shop at the Canteen is May 16th.  We are excited to have our 2nd Annual Auction for our 3rd-6th graders and are still accepting larger items to prepare for this exciting event.  K-2 students will be able to purchase Slushies and Recess as their end of the year big event.  Thank you for your continued donations and support as we celebrate positive behavior.  If you have any questions or have items to donate, please contact Mrs. Michael. jmichael@usd345.com 

    BIONIC Update

    BIONIC Club will meet Thursday, May 3rd from 4-5:15 for their end of year party.  Students need to bring $5 if they would like pizza.  Also, please bring a side item or case of pop to share.  Thanks for all of your hard work this year!!
    Our "Take Your CAN to School" drive was once again a huge success.  As a school, we raised 1,637 pounds of non-perishable food items, which provides 1,364 meals for our Topeka Community!  Way to go, Cardinals.  Thanks for your continued support for our service projects. 
    Top Classes:
    3rd Place:  Lunch Outside TIE 2nd Grade & Kindergarten
    2nd Place:  Extra Recess and Popsicles 3rd Grade
    1st Place:  Ice Cream Sundae Party & Free Time 6th Grade

    Last Day of School

    We are so close to the final day of the 2017-18 school year! Here are some details about that day:

    • May 24th is an early release day for students. We dismiss car riders beginning at 12:10, and bus riders at 12:15.
    • Please let us know by May 23rd of any transportation changes for the last day of school. This will help ensure we get all students home safely on this busy day.  
    • There is no afternoon Boys and Girls Club on May 24th. You will need to make other arrangements for this afternoon. 
    • Students will eat lunch before dismissing. Due to our condensed lunch schedule on early release days, we request that parents and guests do not make plans to eat in the cafeteria with students on those days.
    • Grade cards will be sent home with K-5 students. If your child cannot make it to school that day, please make arrangements to pick up their grade card on the following days.
    • The West Indianola Office will be open through June 7th, with Mrs. Wade and Mrs. Chapman on duty. 

    School Supplies for 2018-19

    With the help of our amazing PTO, we are offering parents the option of purchasing school supplies online through EduKit.  This online option allows parents to purchase school supplies and have them delivered to the school by back to school night.  Student kits will come prepackaged with student names on the box and be delivered to your child's classroom.  We are in the final stages of getting everything ready to share with parents.  All purchases must be paid in advance through EduKit.  As always, you still have the option of purchasing supplies on your own for those who enjoy searching for back to school deals.  
    PTO has helped us reduce the cost of school supplies by purchasing supplies for all students.  Your support for our fundraisers is being put to use to help purchase common supplies for the 2018-19 school year.  Thanks to PTO, you will not see a few items on the supply list as they have already been purchased for next year.
    Items purchased:
    • Pencils
    • Dry Erase Markers
    • Glue Sticks
    • Purell Wipes
    • Hand Sanitizer

    Music Notes

    • The students at West Indianola ROCKED the Statewide Music Memory Competition!  Both teams took home the gold with 1st place wins!  There were 17 schools and 34 teams that they competed against this year. 

    5th and 6th grade Team

    *Donovan Schneider - Team Captain

    *Lucas Varner

    *Jack Bloom

    *Allie Jones

    *Mylee Pigg 


    *Jax Schmidtlein – Alternate

    Jeremiah Moylan - Alternate

    Issac Hochard - Alternate


    3rd and 4th grade Team

    *Owen Stewart - Team Captain

    *Orrie Yarnell

    Andrew Cho

    *Dalton Parsons

    *Brayden Gower


    Cayden Parre - Alternate

    *Dayton Schneider – Alternate

    *Nathan Peterson - Alternate

    Izzy Leon – Alternate


    * Students who earned a Perfect Paper at the competition!

    • Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades are learning Recorder.  Additional music and information can be found in Schoology on the WIMusic page!  :-)  Students will present a small concert during the school day near the end of May showcasing all that they’ve learned.  Dates are TBA.


    • The 6th graders will be presenting a Living Wax Museum on May 17th from 9am – 10am in the school gymnasium.  This will be the culmination of a 5 week study of Jazz Music, Jazz Musicians, and the Jazz Era.  Each student will be portraying a Jazz musician that they have studied. 

    Boys and Girls Club

    We just wanted to give you an update about the end of the school year. WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD WILL BE OUR LAST DAY OF EVENING PROGRAMMING. There is still a half day of school the following day, Thursday, May 24, but we will NOT be accepting members that AFTERNOON, we will take members in the morning and get them off to their last day of school. We hope this three week notice will help you make alternative arrangements.  ALL BGC TOPEKA LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 5/25/18 THROUGH 6/1/18.  Staff will be in training that next week preparing for Summer Camp which starts on June 4th.  If you haven’t enrolled your child for summer, please do so as soon as possible because we only have a few spots left. 


    2018 Staff Appreciation Week

    Staff Appreciation Week is May 7-11. Thank you to all of our families for making this a special week for our Cardinal Staff.  We appreciate the treats and events that have been scheduled for our amazing educators.  

    New West Indianola Staff Members

    We are excited to announce the following additions to the West staff for the 2018-19 school year:

    • Haley Slusser will be joining the Kindergarten team.
    • Kristi Satter will be joining the 3rd grade team.
    • Shelbie Lutz will be joining the 4th grade team.
    • Kelly Wayner will be our traveling PE teacher.  

    Changing Schools?

    If you are planning on your child attending a different school or district this fall, please contact the West Indianola office. This will greatly assist us in making classroom and staffing decisions for the 2018-19 school year.  

    Address Changes

    Please make sure you are updating us of new addresses when moves occur. Students that are not residing within the West Indianola boundaries MUST complete an in-district transfer request through the superintendent's office. Students that are not residing within the Seaman district MUST complete an out-of-district transfer request through the superintendent's office. Know that these requests must be made annually, beginning in April. The address you provide as your "home" address must be the address where your child permanently resides.

    2018-19 Transfer Requests

    If you reside outside the West Indianola attendance area, you are required to submit an in-district or out-of-district transfer request to attend our school. This is required EVERY year, even if your child is a current West Indianola student. These requests may be completed beginning in April, so now is the perfect time to submit yours to our central office. (Click HERE to download a form) Please keep in mind that the following factors are weighed when approving and denying requests:

    • Class Size
    • Student Behavior
    • Fees Owed

    Summer Gymnasium Reservations

    Needing practice time for your youth basketball or volleyball team this summer? Contact the West Indianola office or Josh Gomez jgomez@usd345.com for information on reserving gym space at West.  There will be limited days of the week the gym may be booked -- all day Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday mornings. The gym is not available all day Monday, Tuesday or Friday afternoons.  Please note that building maintenance work may cause some interruptions with this access.

    SummerCamps https://www.seamanschools.org/summercamps 


    Things to Remember

    West Indianola's start/dismissal times are 8:50 am and 4:00 pm.

    Reporting an Absence or Tardy 
    Mrs. Chapman 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 will be 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 or sent home with a sibling.   

    Transportation Changes
    If you have a change of transportation for your child (will be a car rider instead of riding the bus, etc.), please notify the office BEFORE 3:30 PM. We are unable to grant change requests after this time.  Thank you for understanding.

    Lunch Guests
    If you or other family members are planning on eating a school lunch with your child, you must contact the office by 9:15.  We cannot guarantee last minute requests will be filled.

    Call Phil McKay at 785-286-8516 with concerns regarding security at West Indianola Elementary.

    Operation Backpack

    The Topeka North Outreach Operation Backpack program is a weekend feeding program working to alleviate childhood hunger in Topeka and to encourage children in need. 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 for the weekend. 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.

    Sign Up Online: http://www.topekanorthoutreach.org/summer-backpack-signup


    Important Information Regarding Volunteers

    In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, the District will run a background check on all school volunteers. You can access the form via the link below or by stopping by the office.  Please complete the form 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.

    Click here

    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 babyvikes@gmail.com

    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.

    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. 


    Free Preschool Screenings

    Have you ever had a concern about the way your child is walking, talking, or playing?  Maybe you have wondered about your child’s development. If so, please be informed that the Seaman School District Special Services Department offers free monthly screenings for children ages 3-5.  Areas to be screened are speech/language, motor, cognition, vision, hearing, and social/behavioral skills.  If you would like to have your child screened please call 575-8670.