Monday, February 22
*Strings Concert @ Prairie, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23
*Band Concert @ SME, 7 p.m.
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Hocker Grove MS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24
*Chick-fil-A Night 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, February 25
*1st Grade Musical, 6 p.m.
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Trailridge MS, 6 p.m.
*Free Screening of Most Likely to Succeed at SME, 7 p.m.
Upcoming Events
Italics = Added this week
Thursday, March 3
*Science Night, 6-7:30

Friday, March 4
*Dental Clinic screenings

Sunday, March 6
*Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Tuesday, March 8
*Cyber Security Guest Speaker: Jeff Lanza, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Indian Hills MS, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 11

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18


Monday, March 21
*School Resumes (note calendar change)
*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Indian Woods MS, 6 p.m.

The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of February 22-26, 2016
Hello Corinth Families!

This week our Dragons will be providing a lot of entertainment. Strings and Band each have a concert, and the 1st graders will be performing their musical Goal.

There have been lots of news reports about legislation initiatives in Topeaka. Please read our Legislative Update for ways to stay informed and involved.

Also, this Tuesday and Thursday will be the first of five discussions about the potential relocation of 6th grade to middle school in Shawnee Mission.

And Wednesday is Restaurant Night at Chick-Fil-A.

Finally, as you know, our school is so successful because of our parents. See below for a few volunteer opportunities that will help our staff tremendously!

Have a great week!

Erin Herbst
PTA President
1. Wednesday: Don't cook dinner! It's CHICK-FIL-A NIGHT 4-8 p.m.

Join the Corinth community at Chick-Fil-A (Ward Parkway) for dinner. Chick-Fil-A will give 20% of net sales back to Corinth! Make sure you show the FLYER!
Corinth PTA NEWS:
2016 KS Legislative Update

Hi everyone! There is lots of action happening in Topeka around education during the current session. For more information about specific bills being introduced and voted upon, as well as the Gannon v. Kansas case, please check out the following websites:
As Rep. Clayton told us at our Legislative Affairs Forum in November, she really does read her email from constituents! To contact our local legislators:
One of the best ways to make a difference is to vote. CLICK HERE for voter registration information.

In addition, the Kansas PTA will be going to Topeka on March 2, for Advocacy Day. CLICK HERE for more information.

If you have any legislative questions or concerns you'd like to pass on to our Corinth PTA, please contact Jessica Marien.

Girls on the Run Corinth – Spring Session 2016!

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 6th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. Please find additional information about the program below:

  • Girls will meet twice a week for an hour and a half.
  • The program will take place on Mondays and Thursdays right after school.
  • The program will last 10 weeks in the Spring.
  • We will begin Monday, March 7th and will end on May 16th.
  • Girls may participate in a 5K race on May 21st at Arrowhead at the end!
  • 2 parent coaches and 2 school administrators will be a part of the program.
  • The cost to participate is $145 per child and is for the Spring session only. Scholarships are available if needed.
  •  If you are planning on helping, every parent will need to apply as a coach and pass a background check. Please complete the application here Click here to register as a coach. All new coaches and parents involved will need to attend a coach meeting.

To register your daughter for the Corinth team, CLICK HERE. Please register as soon as you can, the session will begin Monday, March 7th!

For additional information about the program, please email or call Jenn Miller.

We look forward to working with your girls!

Corinth’s 5th Annual Sense-ational Science Night

Thursday, March 3rd 6:00-7:30 PM

What can you expect to see and do at Science Night??

  • Make a Kaleidoscope
  • See and touch the SME Environmental Science Animals
  • Visit the Brain Lab
  • Check out Robotics!
  • Star Wars SOUNDBOARD
  • What is an Owl Pellet?
  • Test your Taste
  • Do some Stargazing… and MUCH MORE!!!!

One family has a chance to win 4 All Access Passes to The Museum at Prairiefire! BRAIN: The Inside Story exhibition begins March 5th!

Parents! We need the following items donated for Science Night!:

Pringles cans with the lid ON, and see-through beads in various sizes. If you have any of these items around your house, please drop them off at the school office. Thanks!

Contact: Kelly Cannova

Save the Date: For a Date with your Dragon

Fathers and Daughters are invited to the annual Spring Fling on Friday, April 8.

Mothers and Sons are invited to the first Mother/Son Dance on Friday, May 13.

Watch for more details coming soon!

1. Recycling in the Cafeteria

Corinth is excited to be bringing back our Recycling and Composting program. Mrs. Molteni's 4th grade class has been covering the lunchroom dismissal/ tray clearing/ sorting task this week. And now we need parents to take over. Don’t worry! It really is not difficult, and mostly involves pointing/ directing more than touching any food or getting dirty.

If you are coming to Corinth to have lunch with your Dragon, we would love a little extra help, to help our Dragons help the Earth! SIGN UP HERE.

2. Dental Clinic Helpers, March 4.
Nurse Albert needs 4 parent volunteers for the dental clinic on Friday, March 4, 8:00-11. 2 are helping as runners and keeping classes in order, and 2 are helping to record results. It goes really fast and lots of FUN! She will even bring coffee! Contact Nurse Albert.

3. Corinth Garden - Summer Watering

The Corinth Garden will need water this summer!
SIGN UP HERE to hep out.

Community Invited to Forums to Discuss Sixth-Grade Configuration

A task force is reviewing grade configuration, specifically related to sixth-grade students in the Shawnee Mission School District. Superintendent Jim Hinson has engaged the task force to discuss this topic as a result of feedback and questions he received from stakeholders. To inform the review process, the task force will hold community forums in each of the five geographic high school feeder areas. Task force members are charged with researching the issue, gathering input from the community, and sharing resulting recommendations with the superintendent. No decisions or recommendations for change have been made at this time. All discussion would center on potential implementation during the 2018-2019 school year at the earliest. Task force members will research and share information at community forums regarding the many aspects to be considered. Each forum is open to all community members. The schedule of meetings, all of which are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at each location, is as follows:

  • February 23: Hocker Grove Middle School
  • February 25: Trailridge Middle School
  • March 10: Indian Hills Middle School
  • March 21: Indian Woods Middle School
  • March 24: Westridge Middle School

In order to gain broad feedback from staff and community, an online survey will be available starting February 23 and closing March 31. A link to the survey will be shared with parents via SMSD Alert, as well as posted on the district’s web site and through social media.


Most Likely to Succeed

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today’s innovative world.

This film points to the critical issues affecting education today and conveys the urgency for moving our schools into the 21st century …in an inspiring way. Also, the film poses questions about the future and engages and inspires parents and educators, with lots of energy and commitment to a future of possibility.


“The 21st century is going to be all about building, creating, and innovating. This remarkable film shows a path of how we can empower all of our children to do that.” – Sal Khan, Khan Academy

“A smart and engaging look at education in 21st century America.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“among the best edu-documentaries ever produced.” –Education Week

View Movie Trailer

Who: The SME Community. The target audience of this movie is parents and educators, however children are welcome to attend.

Where: The Shawnee Mission East Auditorium

When: Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm

Cost: FREE viewing brought to you by the Briarwood Foundation and the McKee Family. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Run Time: 89 minutes

Here is an additional article that you may want to read.

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball on Sunday, March 6th.

The Johnson County Library Foundation is excited to have a “Ball” with you!

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, the Johnson County Library is hoping for pictures of you and your favorite book, the whole family reading together, your fanciest Ball-worthy reading garb, your coziest footie PJs, or purrrrhaps your favorite furry reading buddy! Post using the hashtag #jocobookball and share your love of reading and the Library! You can also tag us on Facebook or Twitter.

Our honorary host is New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn: read her letter of support.

Thank you for helping us spread the love of reading and our Library! We are very excited to see your fun pictures on social media!

CLICK HERE for more information.

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