Monday, March 21
*School Resumes (note calendar change)

*6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Indian Woods MS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23
*Spring Running Club begins
*Restaurant Night at Panera

Thursday, March 24
* 6th Grade Configuration Discussion, Westridge MS, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 25
*Early Dismissal, 12:30
Upcoming Events
Italics = Added this week

Thursday, March 31
*School Photos
* Super Chat with Dr. Hinson , 10 a.m. Indian Hills MS


Wednesday, April 6
*Walking School Bus


Wednesday, April 13
*Walking School Bus


Wednesday, April 20
*Walking School Bus


Wednesday, April 27
*Walking School Bus

The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of March 21-25, 2016
Hello Corinth Families!

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a delightful Spring Break.

If you didn't have a chance to hear Jeff Lanza speak on March 8 about Cyber Security, you can view his handouts on Cyber Safety and Keeping Lines of Communication Open.

Erin Herbst
PTA President
1. Last Chance to Attend the Forums to Discuss Sixth-Grade Configuration: Monday or Thursday

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

Take the Survey HERE.

2. Spring Running Club Begins Wednesday After School

Is your child interested in running? Corinth will be kicking off the Spring Running Club for all grades after Spring Break! Join us each Wednesday from 3:20-4:00. We'll meet in the gym, get a few stretches in, and then head to the track to do some laps. The running club will last for six weeks (March 23 - April 27). Each participating child must have a permission slip, which can be downloaded HERE and must wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle! Please bring the signed permission slip to the first meeting on March 23. We look forward to running with you!

If you are interested in training for the Kids Marathon (you can do this whether or not you join the Running Club), all the information you need is on this FORM.
3. Join us for Restaurant Night on Wednesday at Panera

Panera Bread located at 8300 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66206 will donate a percentage of its sales during the event to Corinth Elementary School PTA when you show this flyer, either printed or on a mobile device.

For Rapid Pick Up orders to be counted in this group’s total, please be sure to use the group's Fundraiser Code when you place your order online or on your app. To use the code, choose CUSTOMIZE under any menu item and
add the words "Fundraiser Code" plus your group's number in the special instructions. Your group's Fundraiser Code is 0320

4. Before Friday: Sign Up For Spring Fling (Father/Daughter Dance)

4th Annual Corinth Spring Fling
A dance for the girls of Corinth and their father, relative or other special adult.
Friday, the 8th of April
Two Thousand and Sixteen
7-9 PM
Corinth Elementary School Cafeteria & Gymnasium
Desserts, Dancing, Photos
Please bring a camera or phone to take a special photo on the Red Carpet!
Plus a special dance tribute for the 6th grade girls!

Forms Due March 25.

5. Vote For Mrs. Bridwell's First Grade Class

I have submitted a proposal to Farmers Insurance to receive a grant for $2500 to purchase a class set of Wobble Chairs. The chairs allow the children to have movement while at their desks. I have three already and am in love with these chairs (as are the kids)! The kids that have the seats are more actively engaged! I see such a positive result with more activity!

The grants are given based on votes. Voters may vote once a day per device throughout March. There are a lot of other teachers that have submitted proposals, as it is nationwide. I could use all the support and votes I can get! Is there any way you can help me promote my proposal to families for votes?

I really appreciate all support on help receiving this grant! I am really excited about this opportunity!!


Corinth PTA NEWS:
Register for Dragon Dash

The 13th Annual Corinth Dragon Dash is Saturday, April 30, 2016
It will soon be time for one of our favorite Corinth events -- Dragon Dash. Everyone can join in the fun, no matter what your fitness level.
  • Saturday, April 30
  • 5K race starts at 7:45 a.m. with the 1 mile walk to follow
  • Race starts and finishes at Corinth
  • USATF certified 5K course with chip timing
The Dragon Dash will be followed by a great breakfast and snacks for all participants as well as water stations along the course. Dragon Dash is a benefit for the Corinth PTA which helps pay for the Math Aid and Spanish Language teacher, with plans to help fund the new Makersapce, as well.

For more information, or if you are interested in being a Dragon Dash sponsor, contact Margaret Chaffee.

Register Online


Yes, Spring is almost here and that means Field Day is quickly approaching! Field Day will be held on Thursday, May 12 (Rainout will be Friday, May 13).

  • 4th and 5th Grades 9:00-11:15
  • Kindergarten – 12:30–2:00
  • 1st – 3rd Grades 12:45-2:45

As with previous years, 6th graders will help coordinate the event. However, we will still need lots of parent volunteers to prep and manage stations at the event. A sign-up sheet will be sent out in the coming weeks, so please conisder if you can volunteer for half or a ful day of Field Day fun!

Any questions, please contact MAUREEN SCHWARTZ

Volunteer Opportunities

***Spring Fling Volunteers Needed!
Please consider donating your time or goods to help make the Spring Fling, A Night in Paris, a success! There are many opportunities on Friday, April 8th to help the day and night of the event. Thank you for helping with this extra special night. SIGN UP HERE

***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.

The Walking and Biking Wednesdays program encourages all students to walk or ride their bike to school at least four times per semester. The program promotes healthy habits, reduces traffic congestion, boosts our sense of community and encourages our cities to provide safe routes to school. Our Spring walking dates are April 6, 13, 20 and 27.

One responsibility of the program is to provide a Walking School Bus for students who may not live within walking distance of the school. Our walking school bus provides two bus stop locations, one at Leawood Presbyterian Church and the other at 3508 West 89th Street. We rely on volunteers to lead the walking school bus and ensure our students have a safe route to school.

Here are the many ways you can help as a volunteer:

1. Walking School Bus Leader-this volunteer ensures students leave the drop-off site on time (bikers first, then walkers), leads the walkers to school and provides safety at the front of the line.

2. Walking School Bus Caboose-this volunteer ensures safety at the end of the line. Many times younger children end up at the back of the walking line and may need extra assistance.

3. Stationary Volunteer-this volunteer will stand in a designated spot along the walking route. Your job is to boost safety along the route, prevent running, remind the students to stay on the sidewalks and to help anyone who may need assistance.

4. Yard Sign Placement-this volunteer will place "walking route" yard signs along our routes. This task must be completed by 7 AM each Walking and Biking Wednesday morning.

5. School Volunteer-this volunteer will assist with walker and bike rider check-in at Corinth Elementary.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing on the way to school!

The Walking School Bus Committee: Kelly Cannova and Katherine Reeves


Makerspace Information

Your Dragons may be talking about a Makerspace because Mr. Lowe has proposed creating a Makerspace at Corinth, and has asked the PTA to fund it.

Over the coming months, he will be creating a team to visit some other Makerspaces around the area. Mr. Lowe has challenged interested Dragons to write an essay if they want to be on the committee. If you are interested in helping, or know a member of the community who might be able to help, please contact Mr. Lowe .

In the mean time, if you are looking for something to do over the break, why not visit a new MakerSpace at the Johnson County Central Resource Library to see what it's all about!

Thank You to our Volunteers!
  • Have you seen the gym lately? Look up and you'll notice that the sound panels have been reupholstered to match the new mats. Thank you to all who helped with this project: Jennifer Dierks, Christie Walton, Brooke Latas, Katie Smith, Sally Hardinger, Radhika Sharma, Julie Baker, Amy Pecaut
Fifth Grade City

The 5th grade will begin a very special economics unit in 4th quarter. We will be a creating our very own city. [Parents of older Dragons, this is in place of the field trip to Exchange City, which is now closed]. One of the businesses in our city is a bank. On behalf of the students and staff, we would like to sincerely thank Country Club Bank for being an amazingly generous sponsor, and for making our learning hands-on and providing this real world experience. They are making this unit possible by donating check books for our banking unit.

In our city we would also like to have:
  • Arts and Craft studio
  • Cafe
  • Engineering Firm
  • Bakery
  • Radio station
  • Health center
  • Spa
  • Sports center
  • Photo-booth
  • Ad- agency
  • Supply center
  • Delivery
  • Utilities
We invite all parents to consider sponsoring one of these businesses.
If your company or business would like to get involved contact Mary Jo Holler.
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