Parent Message from Dr. K 11.20.20

Hello Morse Families!

Here are a few reminders about what is coming up at Morse!

Thanksgiving break is next week!  Students report Monday and Tuesday only!

Thank you to the PTO!!!

A huge thank you to the Morse PTO (and all the families that support them) for their recent grants of over $3300.00 to our staff and students!  This helps so much with much needed extras to help your students learn and succeed! If you haven't already, please make sure to join PTO and help support them in supporting your students!  Visit their website at www.morsepto.com !

Notes From the Nurse:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far. I love tradition!  I love turkey, stuffing, Jello (that some people call salad), and pie of course.  No doubt about it, 2020 Thanksgiving will be anything but traditional.  As I am planning what is best for my family, I grieve what will be different, who will not be with us, etc.  But I also have so much to be thankful for: faith, family, friends and this great community.  I am thankful to be your nurse!  While a small part of the nurse in me wants to be on the front lines taking care of the sickest of sick patients, I am grateful that I get to come to work and take care of these amazing, resilient students who are such a joy to be around.  I am also so thankful for the wonderful staff at Morse. What an amazing team that does so much good every single day!  So, as we are all looking forward to a few days off to celebrate Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays, I encourage you to allow yourself and children time to mourn the changes that 2020 has brought but also celebrate the good that surrounds us every day. 

I have attached a link below that is a quick and easy read about helping kids cope with holiday disappointment and changes this year.  Also, an update from the school nurse wouldn’t be complete without Covid safety including guidance from the CDC for celebrating Thanksgiving and Kansas travel restrictions.  The Johnson County Health Department has stated that the effectiveness of neck gators is unknown, but likely less effective than other masks.  I would encourage neck gators to be doubled up while in school. 

Zoom has also lifted time limits on Thanksgiving Day so you can spend more time with friends and family.  I foresee a lot of cousin zooms taking place in my house!

I wish you all health and happiness as we enter the Thanksgiving season!

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html

https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran

https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/coronavirus/how-to-help-kids-handle-holiday-disappointment-during-covid-19/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/returning-to-community-activities/celebrating-the-holidays/ 

School Picture Day Information

  • In Person picture day will be Tuesday, DECEMBER 1ST at Morse.
  • Virtual picture day is Monday, NOVEMBER  23rdat Hilltop Conference Center

               Morse students time is 5pm-8pm

               (Notes: The entrance is near the rear at the door labeled 7710.)         

The online ordering information for Morse Elementary Virtual Students only for 11/23:

 https://inter-state.com/flyerentry/55050H 

Counselors Corner:

Just a reminder, we Marksmen have an opportunity make the season brighter for several Morse families in need this holiday season. As usual we will be placing bulletin boards which will have a gingerbread houses and gingerbread children on them around the school again this year. The gingerbread children will have one item written on them of a need or want the families have suggested. Some of the items will be clothing, coats, personal care items, as well as games, toys, books and even gift cards for gas and groceries. Gift cards may seem less personal to donate; however, it provides the gift of dignity for someone to be able to shop for their own gifts to give. There will be more information coming home on this soon!  Please contact Mrs. Mulholland, jmulholland@bluevalleyk12.org, 913-239-6817 if your family needs support. All requests and communications are confidential.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Nov 23 Virtual Student Pictures- see info above
  • Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 1 In Person School Pictures
  • Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break
  • Jan 4 Students/Staff return
  • Jan 18 No School-MLK Holiday
  • Jan 27 Picture Retake Day

Have a great weekend!!

Dr. K