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MAIZE unified school district 266

Pray-Woodman Elementary
605 W. Academy Ave.
Maize, KS 67101
(316) 721-0902 
The Pray-Woodman Way
January 2019
A Note From Nils
Happy New Year!

We hope that you can join us for our annual Title I Family Adventure Night on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

We have many exciting activities planned for the whole family including:

  • Making reading and math games to play at home.
  • Reading at our special campsite and earning Reading Counts points.
  • Building with Kiva planks.
  • Lego building and robotics
  • Family photos
  • Inflatables in the gym (see photos)
  • Bike Raffle

Families can also purchase a hot dog meal to enjoy at school before starting the activities.

Watch for more information coming soon!

EXCEL with Pray-Woodman Pride!

Nils Gabrielson
Pray-Woodman Elementary School
Breakfast with Dad
Counselor's Corner
From Pray-Woodman Counselor, Carrie Heide:

During second semester, I will be offering special counseling groups for students at PWS. Parent permission will be required for participation. Groups will take place during recess. Each group will meet at least 4 times. Please find the descriptions of each group below. Groups will be staggered throughout the semester. Groups are designed to support students with emotions and concerns that may be impacting school success. Students are not required to participate in one of these groups. Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions. 

  •  Changing Families - Divorce support topics include communication, schedule changes, conflict resolution and managing big emotions.
  •  Managing Big Emotions - Emotion regulation strategies using the Zones of Regulation curriculum, identifying triggers and building a personal toolkit.
  •  Social Skills - This group will empower students to engage in identified social skills and promote a reduction of problem behaviors.

Carrie Heide, PWS Counselor
721-0902 ext. 2684
3rd - 5th Grade Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is returning to Pray-Woodman for another season this spring! Girls on the Run is a program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grades. The program helps to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k run! Registration will begin January 21st and will close January 27th. More information will be sent home next week. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Baird at abaird@usd266.com  

Parent PIck Up Procedures During Winter Weather
When weather is inclement, we will need to take precautions at the parent pickup area after school. Students will be held in the cafeteria if there is extreme cold, wind, or precipitation. At this time, we will have a staff member walk down the car line and call names by walkie talkie to the waiting area inside for your student to come out. To make this process go efficiently, please have your student's name inside your passenger window so the staff member may read it quickly and call for your student to come out. Parents are free to come into the cafeteria as well to pick up their student.
Inclement Weather, Snow Day Notifications
In the event of school being dismissed or canceled because of inclement weather, the district will send out an e-mail, phone notification, and -- for those who have opted to receive them -- a text message to the primary contact associated with both Family 1 and Family 2, if applicable, for each student. Those phone notifications will go out as early as 5:30 a.m. on the day of the closure. If a decision is made the night before to call off school, calls and texts will go out no later than 10:30 p.m.

It is wise to verify that we have your correct contact information on file. To do so, please log on to Skyward Family Access and click on "Student Info." If you are unsure how to log on to Skyward Family Access, please contact your child's school for assistance.

District officials will update the district's Web site ( www.usd266.com ), official Twitter account (@maize266) , and official Facebook page as soon as the decision is made to call off school. We also will contact local media outlets about any closures. When in doubt, we encourage parents to verify school closings by consulting multiple official sources.

Similarly, in the event of an emergency in your child's school, the district will use the Blackboard Connect parent notification system to notify you of the situation and alert you to steps you need to take in order to reunite with your child. Communications would go to all contacts listed in Skyward Family Access "Family 1" and the main contact in "Family 2."

WIth Valentine's Day approaching we would like to remind everyone that PWS CANNOT accept deliveries of flowers, balloons, candy, cookies, etc., per USD 266 District Policy.

We appreciate your cooperation!

Upcoming PTO events to save the date for . . .

PTO Friends & Family Quarterly Meeting
Thursday January 24th at 6 pm - PWS Band Room
Carousel Skate Night
Thursday January 31st, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday February 21st 5-8 PM

Carriage Crossing Pie Sale Pick Up Dates
February 28th & March 7th

After School Pick Up & Parking
Parking along Academy Street or in the east parking lot is an option for picking up your children after school. If you choose to pick up your students this way, we ask that you walk over and pick your students up from the waiting area. If you are unable to do this, please wait in our parent pick-up car line. Thank you!

After School Transportation Changes:

1. When you leave a message on the after school instruction line, please indicate parent pickup (the car line outside), bus, or office (you will need to come in and get them).  

2. If you have a confirmed response from the teacher (email or text), written in the agenda, or sent a note, you DO NOT need to contact the office.

After school transportation changes need to be made before 3:00 pm on M-T-TH-F, and before 2:00 pm on Wednesdays. Thank you!
2018/2019 Yearbooks
There are two ways to purchase your 2018/2019 Pray-Woodman Yearbook:

  1. To purchase through Lifetouch, please go to https://yearbooks.lifetouch.com/ or click the box to the left and use PWS Yearbook ID: 3075419.
  2. Sending the order form along with $20 to the Office. Additional order forms are available to pick up in the office.

January 17th
Breakfast with Dad
Kdg - 2nd Grade

January 18th
Breakfast with Dad
3rd - 5th Grade

January 21st

January 24th
PTO Meeting

January 31st
PTO Skate Night
February 1st
Lifetouch Casual and Class Pics

February 7th
Family Adventure Night

February 14th
Valentine Parties 2:45 pm

February 15th

February 19th
2nd & 3rd Grade Music Programs

February 21st
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

February 28th
PTO Carriage Crossing Pie Pick Up
A-K (Last Name) & Staff

March 7
PTO Carriage Crossing Pie Pick UP
L-Z (Last Name)

March 11th-15th

ONEMA1ZE  #OneMa1ze