Parent Message from Dr. K 1.15.21

Hello Morse Families!

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


Mental Fitness:  Practical Applications of Distress Management

Blue Valley Southwest Feeder Schools K-12: 1/22/21 @ 10:30AM

Blue Valley Educational Foundation is partnering with Julia Harkleroad, licensed therapist, to help give families information and tools when it comes to distress management and mental fitness.

This program is offered to all parents in Blue Valley.  Parents and teens should attend this event if they would like more information about panic, depression and/or suicidality.  Julia Harkleroad will be discussing the basic protocols in case of suicidal ideation and planning as well as managing impulsive emotions, intrusive thoughts and high stress environments She will introduce the biomechanics of stress and the differences between suicidal ideation and suicidal planning.  Julia will share insight into breathing, heart-rate variability, pain management, relationships, drugs and alcohol, sleep, social media and mindfulness.  

Registration is now open, click here to get started.  

Registration Landing Page:



Mr. Vandemarks Birthday

Mr Vandemarks birthday is Wednesday, January 20th.  To honor him, we are asking staff and students to wear either something purple, Chiefs or their Marksmen spirit wear on that day to say “Happy Birthday Mr. V!”


Picture Retakes Information

Picture retake day is Wednesday, January 27, 2021. 

Parents can order by using the code on attached flyer.  If you would like your student to have their picture retaken please send their original picture packet to turn in to the photographer on retake day. If your student is new or hasn’t had their picture taken, you can prepay or wait to purchase once the picture proofs come back to the school.


Calling all  Kindergarteners for the 2021-22 School Year

If you have a child that will be attending Morse this coming fall for the 2021-22 school year, please go to the Morse website, click on Families/Registration and on the right hand of the page click on “Kindergarten Pre-Registration Form” and fill out the questionnaire!  We need this information to begin the process of identifying our incoming kindergarten students.  If you know of someone who has a student who is planning on attending Morse for kindergarten this fall, please direct them to this information!  Thank you!!!


Viewing Canvas Courses and Second Quarter Grades
At the end of each quarter, courses in Canvas will conclude and will no longer be visible on the Canvas app and website. Courses for this year’s second quarter will conclude on January 14th. Report cards will be generated and families will be able to view second quarter grades on ParentVUE at the end of the day on January 25, 2021. 

How do I view my child’s report card?

  • Log in on ParentVue
  • Select your elementary student’s name
  • In the left navigation bar, choose REPORT CARD

If you have questions about Standards Based Grading as you view your child’s report card, please review the information found on the Elementary Report Card resource page.

Each new quarter, classroom teachers will publish their next quarter Canvas course. As courses are published, students and families will again be able to see current courses on the Canvas app and Canvas website. For Canvas parent resources, visit


Notes From the Nurse:

Please make sure your student has a clean reusable water bottle with them each day.  I have a limited supply of water here in the nurses office and am running out.  If you would like to donate a case of water that would be awesome!

Thank you for all you are doing to keep students safe in school!


A Request from the Office:

Please make sure to let the office know if your child will be absent or will be coming in late.  We have to account for every student every day so it is helpful if we know in advance that your student will be late or absent!

You can call the absence line at 913-239-6805 or enter it through your Parent Vue access.


Attention Families of Virtual Students

The next supply pickup for your student is next Wednesday, February 3th.  Pick up time is 2:00-2:45 pm.


Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Jan 15 No School-Professional Development/Grade Prep
  • Jan 18 No School-MLK Holiday
  • Jan 19 Beginning of 2nd Semester
  • Jan 20 V Birthday (wear purple, Chiefs or Marksmen spirit wear)
  • Jan 27 Picture Retake Day
  • Feb 15 No School-Presidents Day
  • Feb 25 No School-conferences
  • Feb 26 No School


Have a great weekend!!

Dr. K