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Welcome to a new school year at Mission Trail Elementary.

We are honored to be named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School recognized for exemplary high-performance.

Our theme for the 2014-2015 school year is Log in to Learning! MTE is located in Leawood, KS.  It is part of the award winning Blue Valley School District.  Our school colors are blue and yellow, and "Max" the bulldog is our school mascot. 

 


School Hours:8:35-3:40
Office Hours: 8:00-4:00

AM Kindergarten

8:35-11:45

Early Childhood

8:40-11:25 AM 12:35-3:20 PM

Office:(913) 239-6700  
Fax:(913) 239-6748
Attendance Line:(913) 239-6701
Principal:Debbie Bond
Administrative Assistant:Linda Turner
Office Secretary:Laura Durham-AM/Mary Dilworth-PM
Counselor:Sara Erickson
Nurse:Donna Anderson
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Weekly email update for October 27-31 
Good evening MTE families,
It was wonderful to have such great participation in parent/teacher conferences last week!  Thank you for being a part of MTE!  
As I write this, the Royals are playing in game 5 of the World Series.  Go Royals!
This week kicks off our participation in the Blue Valley School District United Way campaign.  We will be accepting donations in the front hall each morning. 
We look forward to the Fall Harvest Parade and parties this week.  The children love dressing up and walking the halls!  
If you are new to the community, you will see in the update that Blue Valley North has their bonfire and the MTE community is welcome. 
As always, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments.
I hope you have a great week.  
“It is a great day to be bulldog!”
Debbie Bond
MAX MOMENT WINNERS
Max Moment winners the past week are Mrs. Kenney, Avani D. and Addy D.
SCIENCE ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers for the next session of Science on Wheels, which is scheduled for Nov. 12, 13 and 14.  The topic this time is 'the brain and nervous system.'  We would love 10 volunteers for each grade, as this helps the session run much smoother.  No science background required!  

Please click on the following link or type it into your browser.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Nikki McCartan       nicolemccartan@gmail.com
Michele Benjamin   thebenjamins@kc.rr.com 
UNITED WAY
Mission Trail, along with the Blue Valley School District, supports the United Way Campaign.  United Way is working to create opportunities for every person to reach their full potential. In Greater Kansas City, they are focusing on the building blocks for a good life:  education, income and health.  Some of the wonderful organizations supported by the United Way are American Cancer Society, American Heart Association of KC, American Red Cross of KC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater KC, Boy scouts of America – Heart of America Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC and Camp Fire USA 
Our United Way Campaign will run Oct. 27-30, 2014.  The children at MTE are asked to donate money to help others in need, perhaps by earning money for jobs done at home.  Daily prizes will be awarded to the classroom with the largest daily contribution, and the class with the total largest donation will be awarded a grand prize.  It would be MAXNIFICENT if you can help us in our mission to provide opportunities to those in need.  
Daily Prize:  15 minute classroom designed activity
Grand Prize:   Pajama day
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Log your hours online!
Click the link below or copy it into your browser or go to the Community Service page on the MTE Web site
If your student has participated in community service, please go online now to log their minutes.  We’ll place a leaf with your students’ name on the Community Service Tree in the main hallway to track their commitment to giving back.  
When visiting your children during the fall parties and parade, please grab a few bills and consider donating to the Lisa Barth Interfaith Chapel and garden at Children's Mercy Hospital's downtown campus.  Lisa and Kevin Barth's children are alumni of Mission Trail Elementary.  There will be a donation jar in the front hallway at the Spirit Wear table.  Please see Laurel Thorpe for any questions.  
MTE MONARCH BUTTERLY PROJECT – GARDEN PREP ACTIVITY
On Oct. 29, join us for an after school activity in the MTE Garden from 3:45-5:15 p.m.
We will be adding new flowers and plants next spring to the MTE garden along with the vegetables in hopes of attracting monarch butterflies.  This addition to the garden will follow the University of Kansas' guidelines for creating a monarch garden through their program Monarch Watch.  Please view KU's Web site at http://www.monarchwatch.org to learn more about how they are trying to increase the monarch population.  
Our activity will be digging up some of the maiden grasses currently in the MTE garden in order to make room for the monarch host plants in the spring.  You will need to bring garden gloves.  We need some parent volunteers to bring big shovels to dig up the grasses.  Contact Heather Lancaster for more information at hsedonia@gmail.com. 
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VETERAN’S DAY POD ACTIVITY – LETTER WRITING
On Nov. 6, join us for an after school activity in Pod B from 3:45-4:30 p.m.  Our focus will be Veterans Day.  We will read a short book about the history and importance of this holiday and then we will write to veterans.  All ages are invited, as younger children may draw pictures for the veterans while older children write letters.  We encourage parents bringing small groups of children to ensure that there is one adult for every four children participating.
Sign up now!
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SALVATION ARMY – BELL RINGING
On Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Mission Trail Elementary will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army at the Macy’s entrance (Town Center).  Remember, bell ringing will most likely be outside, so be sure to have your student(s) dress warmly. 
Sign up now!
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Thank you for making a difference in our community, Bulldogs! 
Natalie Brown – tallybennett@yahoo.com
Erica Massman – ericamassman@sbcglobal.net
Laurel Thorpe - fthorpejr@gmail.com
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 DAY 3 PALs WEEK 4
United Way Campaign collection
5th Band class-flutes & clarinets, 11-11:25 a.m.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28   DAY 4
United Way Campaign collection
4th & 5th Strings classes
5th Choir-part I, 7:50-8:25 a.m.
5th Band class-brass, 11-11:25 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 DAY 5
United Way Campaign collection
MTE Checkmates Chess Club, grades 4-5, 7:35-8:15 a.m.
Walk/Bike Wednesday
School Picture retakes/makeups
5thBand class-flutes, 11-11:25 a.m. 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 DAY 1
United Way Campaign collection
Lost & Found displayed
4th & 5th Strings classes
5th Choir-part 2, 7:50-8:25 a.m.
5th Band class-clarinets, 11-11:25 a.m.
PTO spirit wear sales during party times
Early Childhood Fall Harvest parties
  A.M.:  10:45-11:15 a.m.
  P.M.:  2:45-3:15 p.m.
Blue Valley North bonfire, 4:30-7 p.m., BVN parking lot 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 DAY 2
United Way Campaign collection
Lost & Found displayed (donated at end of day)
MTE spirit day
5th Band class-brass, 11-11:25 a.m.
PTO spirit wear sales during party times
K-5 Fall Harvest parade, 2:15-2:45 p.m.
K-5 Fall harvest parties, 2:45-3:30 p.m. 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Daylight Saving Time—“Fall Back”—set clocks back one hour! 
Looking forward . . .
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 DAY 3 PALs WEEK 1
PTO meeting, 9 a.m.
1st Tepee presentations, 9-11 and 12:45-2:45
5thBand class-flutes& clarinets, 11-11:25 a.m. 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 DAY 4
EARLY DISMISSAL DAY
Election Day
5th Choir-part I, 7:50-8:25 a.m.
No strings classes
5thBand class-extra help day, 11-11:25 a.m. 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 DAY 5
MTE Checkmates Chess Club, grades 2-3, 7:35-8:15 a.m.
Walk/Bike Wednesday
5thBand class-brass, 11-11:25 a.m. 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 DAY 1
5th Choir-part 2, 7:50-8:25 a.m.
4th & 5th Strings classes
5th Band class-full band, 11-11:25 a.m.
STUCO meeting, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Community Service-letters to veterans, Pod B., 3:45-4:30 p.m.
5th/6thBand Concert at Leawood Middle School 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 DAY 2
MTE spirit day
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th & 5th Strings classes (makeup from Tuesday)
5thBand class-full band, 11-11:25 a.m.
It’s a great day to be a bulldog!
Remember  to check the Blue Valley School District community bulletin board for frequent activities for your children and family. 


Mission Trail School Pledge . . .   As an ideal Mission Trail student, I feel good about myself, care about others and respect the rights and property of everyone.  I know I am responsible for my actions and show this through my school work and relationships with those around me.

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Mission Trail Elementary, a professional learning community, is committed to academic excellence, fostering creativity and the success of each student.