Thursday, March 3
*Science Night, 6-7:30

Friday, March 4
*First Friday Coffee 8:15 a.m.
*Dental Clinic screenings

Sunday, March 6
*Stay Home and Read a Book Ball
Upcoming Events
Italics = Added this week

Tuesday, March 8
*Cyber Security Guest Speaker: Jeff Lanza,
2 p.m.: Grades 3-6
7 p.m.: Parents ONLY

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.

Wednesday, March 23
*Restaurant Night at Panera

Friday, March 25
*Early Dismissal, 12:30


Thursday, March 31
*School Photos
The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of February 29 - March 4, 2016
Hello Corinth Families!

Happy Leap Day!

The theme for this week is STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math).

Thursday night is our 5th Annual Science Night. Your Dragons will love exploring the senses!

Our First Friday PTA Coffee will be a special one you won't want to miss. Mr. Lowe will be discussing plans for a PTA-funded Makerspace at Corinth!

Don't forget that next week, Jeff Lanza, former FBI agent, will be speaking about cyber security to our 3rd-6th grade students during the day, and to the parents at night. If you cannot attend the parent-only event, you are welcome to attend the students' presentation at 2 p.m. on March 8. We request, however, that you do not bring students to the presentation at 7 p.m.

Have a great week!

Erin Herbst
PTA President
1. Attend Science Night on Thursday

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

2. Volunteer!

We have so many opportunities - day, night, spring, summer.
We especially need parents this week:

***Science Night needs volunteers on Thursday night! This is a fabulous event for the whole school, and we rely on volunteers to put it on. Please consider volunteering here: Science Night Volunteer Signup

***Nurse Albert needs volunteers on Friday morning! 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.

***Recycling in the Cafeteria - until Spring Break 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.

***Corinth Garden - Summer Watering
The Corinth Garden will need water this summer! SIGN UP HERE to help out.
3. Join us for Coffee on Friday morning, 8:15 a.m. in the Cafeteria.

At this month's First Friday Coffee, Mr. Lowe will present plans for a PTA-funded Makerspace.

To learn more about what our Makerspace will be, see THIS VIDEO about how another local school is implementing a similar idea.
4. 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.

5. Take the Survey about 6th Grade Configuration

To engage the community and gather as much feedback as possible, the Shawnee Mission School District has developed a short survey to inform our future planning for how to best serve sixth-grade students.

Take the Survey HERE.
Corinth PTA NEWS:

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!


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:

  • March 10: Indian Hills Middle School
  • March 21: Indian Woods Middle School
  • March 24: Westridge Middle School

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that March 7-11, 2016 is National School Breakfast Week?

A great breakfast program is offered in the cafeteria every day. Here are five good reasons to send your child:

  • It’s easy: instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children are eating a nutritious meal, why not just leave it to us? They’ll get a great breakfast and have time to hang out with friends before classes begin. Also, no dishes for you to wash.
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • It’s tasty. There are so many choices. Go ahead and see for yourself.
  • It makes them smarter: According to the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy, “Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program had significantly higher standardized achievement scores than eligible non-participants.”
  • It makes them healthier: Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital found that students who ate School Breakfast reduced hyperactivity, decreased absence and tardy rates, and improved behavior.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website.



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