Topeka Collegiate families and friends,

I would like to take some time in this Connection to highlight three of the ways we are instilling the core competency of Citizens of the World to our students.  

In our first nine weeks of the school year, all students were able to listen and learn from two guest speakers. In both cases, the speakers customized their presentation to be age-appropriate and we scheduled different timeframes for students to hear their stories. 

In September, Jimmy Beason spoke to all students about his book, Native Americans in History. Mr. Beason is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma from the Eagle Clan. He works as a professor in the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Department at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In his book, Mr. Beason brings Native American history to life for children and young adults through wonderful illustrations and impressive detail. This presentation was intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of Native American traditions and culture. 

Last week, in recognition and celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Luis Estrada spoke to all students about his early childhood in Mexico, moving to California as a young child, and then his move to Topeka. Each time he moved, he grew his world. It was a simple but powerful concept that resonated at every grade level. Among the many organizations he is affiliated with, Mr. Estrada is the CEO and co-founder of the Topeka Latino Professionals Association; founder of Somos KS: Resource platform; a YWCA Advisory Committee member; and Woman and Minority Business Development Council member. Thank you, Luis, for sharing your story with our students and increasing their understanding of Hispanic heritage here in Kansas and beyond!

Finally, we are bringing the world to our young citizens through Collegiate Kitchen powered by Bobby's Food Co. After experiencing multiple dishes in recognition of Hispanic heritage month, students moved on to Greek Week this week! Students feasted on Greek pasta, chicken gyros, and orzo pasta. Next week students will experience a few British-inspired dishes, including Sheperd’s Pie and Bangers and Mash! 

I share these three specific examples (and believe me, there are more I could detail) of our work as a reminder that we, Topeka’s only independent school, believe it is essential that students learn and appreciate diversity in our community, near and far. Becoming a citizen of the world is rooted in an appreciation for our differences, seeing the value in all persons, and raising children that are not afraid to take bold action for the benefit of others. If you know someone who would be a beneficial speaker, please let us know.

It's an honor to bring these conversations into our classrooms and even our lunchroom! It's also an honor to partner with you to inspire engaged citizens of the world. Thank you, as always, for your partnership,

Dr. Lyn D. Rantz

Head of School

Mark Your Calendar!

  • October 17: First Quarter Report Cards
  • October 17: Topeka Collegiate Volleyball vs MPH @ Holy Family, 6:00 PM
  • October 18: 5th Grade Field Trip, 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM
  • October 19: 6th Grade Field Trip, 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM
  • October 20: Hearing and Vision Screenings (begins on 10/20, ends 11/4)
  • October 21: First Grade Fall Festival, 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
  • October 21: TCL Soccer vs Holy Family @ Topeka Collegiate, 5:10 PM
  • October 24: Friends and Family Haunted House Preview Night; 4-5 PM, RM 114
  • October 27: Visitation Day (Please share this flyer with others in your network!)
  • October 28: Halloween Assembly, Gym, 8:30 AM
  • October 28: Halloween Haunted House, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, RM 114
  • October 28: 1/2 Day of School (No Lunch or Aftercare Provided)
  • October 28: TCL Soccer vs Most Pure Heart @ Topeka Collegiate, 5:10 PM
  • October 31: No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences (Sign-up closes Friday 10/21)
  • November 1: No School, Parent-Teacher conferences (Sign-up closes Friday 10/21)
  • November 3: Book Buddies - Collaborators 
  • November 4: 5th Grade Assembly, 8:30 AM
  • November 4: TCL Soccer vs SM @ Topeka Collegiate, 6:00 PM
  • November 11: 3rd Grade Assembly, 8:30 AM
  • November 18: 6th Grade Assembly, 8:30 AM
  • November 19: Future Eagle's Play Date (Register Here) Current families with rising prekindergarten students are invited to join us for this internal event!
  • November 22: Grandparent/VIP Day (details coming soon)
  • November 22: 1/2 Day of School (No Lunch or Aftercare Provided)
  • November 23- 25: No School, Thanksgiving Break 
View the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar here.


Topics that support the Sustain Pillar of the Strategic Plan, ensuring a strong future through strategic investments.

  • We invite our school community to make a meaningful commitment to philanthropy through Annual Fund. Our 2022 campaign is off to a great start, and thanks to your contributions so far, we’re already at 10% of our goal!
  • Yesterday, students participated in the Annual Fund's SOAR theme by creating kites with their book buddies, with the chance to fly them together later this month! 
  • Remember - the first 50 families that support Annual Fund will be entered into a drawing for one month of parking in a reserved parking space!
  • Each year, the President of the Board of Trustees shares their vision for the role of the board in sustaining academic excellence at Topeka Collegiate. Click here to hear from our new Board President, Kent Lammers!


Topics that support the Educate Pillar of the Strategic Plan, ensuring that we provide an unparalleled foundational education.

  • We've completed the first quarter of the school year and that means it's time for parent-teacher conferences! Click here to sign-up by the October 21 deadline.
  • We have extended the deadline to order school photos to October 28. Click here to place your order today!
  • Do you have a future eagle that is nearly ready for prekindergarten? Join us for an informal playdate on campus and feel free to invite a friend! Join us as we explore the Prekindergarten classroom, meet our amazing prekindergarten teacher, Mrs. Rippel, and play on the Big Toy (weather permitting). Click here to register.
  • Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Round Up registration is now open! As we enter the 2022-23 admissions season, we ask that you share this link with family and friends
  • In fact, we have multiple admissions events around the corner! Please share this flyer with your network.


Topics that support the Connect Pillar of the Strategic Plan, fostering an inclusive and supportive community.

  • Thank you all for participating in Spirit Week! Thank you also to the middle school student leadership club for organizing it all! See pictures from throughout the week here!
  • Save the date! Grandparent/VIP Day will take place on November 22, 2022 from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Special guests will be treated to refreshments and coffee before taking an official photo with their special student and enjoying a fabulous assembly of student performances. Registration details coming soon!
  • Our local bookstore partnership is back! Grandparent/VIP guests, along with all Topeka Collegiate families, are invited to browse our onsite Book Fair hosted by local NOTO business, Round Table Bookstore. This is a wonderful time to support our school through your purchases, and just in time for the holidays!   
  • We're thrilled to announce that the Halloween celebration is planned for the morning of Friday, October 28! Click here to review the logistics for this fun tradition.
  • Thank you to all of the families who helped our school grow this year with outstanding new students and families! You are our most valuable champions! The following families received our Student Referral Incentive:
  • Glashausser family
  • Ramirez family
  • Humphrey family
  • Brown family
  • Pittman-Lui family
  • Simms family
  • Thomas family
  • Saunders family
  • Cunningham family
  • Forstein family
  • It’s never too early to send a referral our way. Our Admissions events are great opportunities to invite prospective students and their families. Please share this information as you see fit!
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