THIS WEEK


Thursday, December 10
*Choir Concert 6 p.m.

Friday, December 11
*Reflections Contest entries due
*Preschool Fun Day


Upcoming Events
Italics = Added this week

Tuesday, December 15
*Holiday Funds due
Thursday, December 17
*Grandparents Lunch: 2, 4, 5

Friday, December 18
*Sing-a-long 9:45
*Holiday Parties 10:00
*Early Dismissal @ 12:30

Monday, December 21 -
Monday January 4

*Winter Break

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Tuesday, January 5
*School Resumes



The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of December 7 - 11, 2015
Hello Corinth Families!

What is the number one question people ask me? "How do I get the Corinth Directory on my phone?" It's really easy to do, and you will be glad you did! Read below for instructions.

Have a great week! And to all who are celebrating, Happy Hanukkah!

Erin Herbst
PTA President

TO DO THIS WEEK:
1. 5th and 6th Graders: Choir Concert on Thursday at 6 p.m.


Come hear their sweet voices ring in the holidays!
2. By Friday: Submit your child's entry for the PTA Reflections Contest

The deadline to submit entries for this year’s PTA Reflection Contest is this Friday, December 11. Please bring all projects and a completed entry form to the office by the end of school on the 11th. All students, Kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible to entry original works of art in one or more of the following categories:

• Dance Choreography • Film Production• Literature
•Musical Composition • Photography • Visual Arts

This year’s theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

All Rules and fillable student entry form can be found HERE.

Any other questions, please contact: Betsy Ballard

3. Friday: Preschool Fun Day

If you have a rising kindergartner, don't miss out on a fun way to get acquainted with the school! Click here for more information.

Friday, 12/11 from 8:20-9:00am
Friday, 2/12 from 8:20-9:00am

Do you know someone coming to Corinth next year? Please forward this information to them!

**Kindergarten Round up will be on Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

4. Contribute to the Holiday Fund for Corinth Staff by 12/15

Each Room Parent will take care of the teacher gifts. This fund is for the rest of the staff. Every amount is appreciated! Make check payable to Corinth PTA and send to the office in an envelope marked: Bridget Hoffman - Holiday Fund.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Contact Bridget Hoffman.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE:
Become a Member of the Corinth PTA

Help us reach our goal of 100% Parent Participation!

To pay for your PTA Dues online, simply choose which option you would like and click the appropriate button just below.

If you prefer to pay by check, CLICK HERE. For questions about Membership, contact: Mandi Hunter.

DONATE TO THE PTA

Even if you didn't attend a Parent Party. Even if you enjoyed the Parent Party, but didn't make your donation yet.

The suggested donation is $125/child. Of course, donations of all sizes are sincerely appreciated and anonymous. We are grateful for what ever amount your budget allows. Don't forget that this is a tax-deductible donation, and to find out if your employer will match your donation.

If you prefer to pay by check, please place your check in the envelope included with your Parent Party invitation, and deliver it to the school office.

*Please consider adding 3% to your donation to help us cover the costs associated with accepting credit card payments. Suggested donation would be $128.75/child.

PTA NEWS:
START GATHERING OLD BOOKS

It is that time again. Time to clean out your bookshelves. Corinth Used Book Sale needs your used books. You can drop off your books at the school office or you can leave them on the porch at Julie Crabb's house 2512 W 84th St, 66206. Thank you for your help.
The Used Book Sale will be in February.
CONTACT: Julie Crabb or Stephanie Cherra
Online Directory - Do you have it on your phone?

Loading the app to your home screen is so easy! Click here for directions (click on the Apple or Android logo). And check out all the great features in our online directory. Click on the map icon to get directions to your friend's house, click to email or call the parent, search by parent name, and more!

For more information, contact: Scott William.
Book Fair News!

Thank you to all who shopped at our Scholastic Book Fair last month! The school earned $8198 to spend on Scholastic books for the library!
THANK YOU to our Volunteers!
  • PTA Coffee: Margaret Chaffee, Valerie Coffland, Kimberly Levitan, and Mandy Starr
CORINTH NEWS:
CAN DRIVE = A SUCCESS!

Thank you so much for your donations for the “We Care, I Can” food drive last month. With support from Girls on the Run, we collected 1,440 items for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. Fourth grade collected the most items and earned an extra recess yesterday. Mr. Lowe enjoyed a game of kickball and even a pull-up contest!
NOTES FROM THE NURSE:

If you are wondering why the school does not send out notices when students have lice, strep throat, stomach virus, etc., it's SMSD policy.

As a reminder, here is what you should know about lice.
SMSD NEWS:

LEGISLATIVE NEWS

November 2015 has been busy for K-12 public education.

The 2016 legislative session is approaching. Kansas PTA and SMAC PTA will be following along and working to keep you informed about policies being considered in Topeka and how those bills impact SMSD public schools. PTA is a non-partisan organization that advocates for all Kansas children, in alignment with the national legislative platform and state legislative priorities. We advocate for pro-public education policies. We share voting records of elected officials.

  • Nov 6. The Kansas Supreme Court held a hearing on the equity portion of the Gannon school funding case. SMSD was not able to intervene in the case, but did submit a friend-of-the-court brief in which it stated, “The funding crisis has led to a crippling loss of teachers, loss of foreign language programs, larger class sizes, closure of neighborhood schools, and loss of property values.” Experts think a decision will come sometime before the session starts in January. The equity part of the case does not impact SMSD as directly. The adequacy portion of the case will be heard this spring.
  • Nov 10. The K-12 Student Success Committee convened. The commission is a partisan-selected group of legislators tasked with, among other things, getting the conversation started on a new school finance formula. The discussion included information on current expenditures and recent NAEP scores. Kansas PTA has submitted testimony for the December 9 meeting, which was opened up to the general public for input.
  • Nov 11. Two more legislators with pro-public education voting records were pulled off the House Education Committee – Representatives Ewy and Dierks. Representative Rooker was pulled off the committee last year.

If you have any questions or would like to help with efforts to keep the SMSD community informed and engaged on legislative matters, contact Devin Wilson or Mary Sinclair.

Pizza Anyone?

From now until December 11, Papa John's will give 20% back to Corinth when you order pizza and designate Corinth as the associated school. And if our school hits $350 in sales for the entire fundraiser, we will receive 8 FREE pizza coupons.

Click Here for ordering information.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:
Get a discount on your Christmas Tree, and support Boy Scout Troop 282. Sale starts 11/27 at Leawood United Methodist Church (2915 West 95th St).

CLICK HERE for details and a 10% off coupon.
Stay Connected to Corinth:
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