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 March 3, 2017
Smithville Primary Fun Run

     The Primary Elementary is partnering with Boosterthon to host the first ever Smithville Primary Fun Run on March 17th during the school day.  All students in grades K-2 will participate in this event.   A kickoff assembly will be held on March 8th at 2:25 PM to promote the event to students.  From March 9-16th classes will participate in 10-15 minute "team huddles" to gear up for the run.  The topic of the huddles will focus on leadership, character, and bully prevention by highlighting kids who have made a difference in the world.  

The Fun Run will take place on the North Playground on March 17th at the following times:
  • 2nd grade: 9:15-10:15 AM
  • Kindergarten: 10:15-11:15 AM
  • 1st Grade: 1:15-2:15 PM
Parents are invited to attend and cheer on their runners, and we will be seeking volunteers to help at this event.
The Fun Run will serve as an additional fundraiser to raise money for technology and provide students with an amazing experience to learn about health, good character, and perseverance.  Watch for more information to come home soon!

Attendance Goal
     At our assembly last Friday, it was revealed that the PES was again just a few points short of meeting the monthly attendance goal.  A challenge has been issued to students.  Mr. Espey will perform a ROCK CONCERT for students and staff in May if the current attendance goal of 94.6% is beat in March and April.  Every student is challenged to be at school on time everyday.  
March Picture Book Madness
     Many classes are participating in the March Picture Book Madness.  Similar to basketball brackets, brackets have been created for picture books to battle for the top spot.  We invite you to check out these popular books with your students.  You can find more information at this link:
 and choose the Picture Book Titles button.
It's time to meet the Class of 2030! 
2017-18 Kindergartenscreenings will take place 
March 27-March 31! To schedule an appointment, please call Smithville Primary Elementary School at 816-532-0589!
Your child must be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2017.
Primary Elementary Movie Night
  • Kindergarten Movie Night:  Wednesday, March 29, 4-5:30 PM
  • 1st Grade Movie Night:  Thursday, March 30, 4-5:30 PM
  • 2nd Grade Movie Night:  Friday, March 31, 4-5:30 PM 
A flyer and permission form for the event will be sent home at least 2 weeks prior to the event.  Siblings from different grade levels may attend together on one night.
Music Notes
     Kindergarten is gearing up for their concert in April, "Pajama Party!" This adorable musical covers the different fun aspects of getting ready for bed, while also teaching new musical concepts such as performing ostinatos, choppy vs. smooth sounds, etc.  All your child will need bring to the concert is a small stuffed animal (no larger than a beanie baby) and be dressed in pajamas.  
The concert is split up into two shows on the evening of Tuesday, April 18th.  The shows will be held at the Performing Arts Center at Smithville High School.
  • Show 1 will run from 6:00-6:30 PM, and will include the following classes:  Mrs. Steffen, Mrs. Heisey, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Mac, Mrs. Parks.
  • Show 2 will run from 7:15-7:45 PM and will include the following classes:  Ms. King, Mrs. Mattke/Ms. Renz, Mrs. Bennaka, and Mrs. Hough.
     First grade had a blast at the Kaufman Center for Performing Arts!  This was a great enrichment opportunity after discussing the four families of instruments in music class.  First graders have been composing simple melodies on a staff using the Chrome Music Lab.  Coming up, they'll be discussing solfeggio syllables.
Second grade just finished their drum unit, and is now covering ostinatos and improvising their own body percussion patterns for a rondo we're working on in class!  I'm also excited to see Velveteen Rabbit with the second graders at Union Station on April 28th.  Parents, please make sure you've sent in $7.00 to your child's classroom teacher, no later than March 6th.  Thank you!
New from Nurse Cassie
     Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is a weekend camp that helps children age 7-13, learn about their asthma and how to control it.  Respiratory therapist, physicians and nurses teach children about asthma, avoiding triggers, how to take medications properly and how to follow an asthma action plan.  This fun-filled weekend is packed with activities such as swimming, nature hikes, and crafts... all under the guidance of qualified personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment.   
     The objective of Camp Catch-Ya-Breath is to help children with asthma take control and live life to its fullest.  Through education and mentoring, camp staff provides children with the tools necessary to manage asthma symptoms.  Specially trained respiratory therapist physicians, and nurses provide medical supervision while also providing a fun environment for learning about asthma. 
2017 Camp Catch-Ya-Breath dates:  June 16-June 18, 2017
Find more information at this link:
Library News from Mrs. Davis
     Thanks to all of you who so generously donated to our second annual Hooked On Books book drive.  We collected over 650 books for Reach Out & Read KC.  These books will be sorted and redistributed to organizations and schools who need them.
     The second Friday in March has been designated as "Missouri School Read-In Day". It was established to "bring about an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading and encourage greater emphasis on reading, both in the school and in the home".  Our school will be participating on Friday, March 10.  Children and staff are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character.  The Mid-Continent Public Library staff will be our guest readers.
     This month in the library:  Kindergarten and First grade are enjoying reading and doing activities with Caldecott winners. Second grade is polishing their dictionary skills.
News from the Warriors' Workshop with Mrs. Freeman
Tinker Boxes
     Looking for something to entertain your kids over spring break? Create a tinker box!  They are a great way to bring out the creative inventor in your child and best of all they don't have to cost you a thing!  Tinker boxes are a great way to reuse items and odds and ends that you probably already have.  As long as they have treasure to invent with, they will keep your child engaged in critical thinking for hours!
Items to include in a tinker box:
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Paperclips
  • Binder Clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Wires
  • Nuts and Bolts and any stray hardware
  • Tongue depressors and popsicle sticks
  • Egg crates and small cardboard boxes from food items
  • Leftover party streamers
  • Old CDs
  • Aluminum foil
  • ANYTHING that's safe for your kid to play with!
          In the workshop, Kindergarten students have been continuing letter projects, including letter placement on the keyboard.  First graders have completed our animal habitat dioramas.  Thanks to everyone who sent in shoe boxes and supplies  for this project!! Second grade has continued our work on circuits by creating playdough bongos, veggie pianos, and pencil drawing video game controllers with Makey Makey boards!
You can follow our journey on twitter:  @sara_freeman, instagram: warriorsworkshop, website:, or blog:
Upcoming Events at Smithville Primary Elementary:
Mar. 1:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Mar. 1:  Tribe Pride Meeting @4-4:45 PM in the cafeteria (Steffen, Schmidt, Lakatos, Graybill)
Mar. 8:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Mar. 8:  PES Kickoff Assembly for upcoming Boosterthon Fun Run
Mar. 10:  3rd Quarter Ends, Early Dismissal at 1:05 PM
Mar. 10:  Missouri Read In Day: Dress as your favorite storybook character.
Mar. 15:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Mar. 15:  Tribe Pride Meeting @4-4:45 PM in the cafeteria (Gaines, Greenfield, Lethcoe, Stewart)
Mar. 16:  PTO Label Pick Up
Mar. 17:  Boosterthon Smithville Primary Fun Run
  • 2nd grade: 9:15-10:15 AM
  • Kindergarten: 10:15-11:15 AM
  • 1st Grade: 1:15-2:15 PM
Mar. 20-24:  Spring Break, No School
Mar. 27-31:  Kindergarten Screening at Grace Community Church
Mar. 29:  Late Start Wednesday; School begins at 9:15 AM
Mar. 29:  Kindergarten Movie Night @ 4-5:30 PM
Mar 30:  1st Grade Movie Night @ 4-5:30 PM
Mar. 31:  PES Assembly 2:25 PM
Mar. 31:  2nd Grade Movie Night @ 4-5:30 PM
Staff Recognition Program
Our employees are dedicated, and go above and beyond to ensure we are successful here in the Smithville School District. This school year an employee recognition program was launched to recognize our employees for all that they do for our students, and for one another. Tradition of Excellence awards will be presented to employees each month.
Nominate an employee by completing the following nomination form:  Tradition of Excellence Nomination Form