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Electronic e-News
Electronic e-News
USD 490 eNews

August 28, 2019


USD 490 selects 2020 Kansas Horizon Award nominees

     USD 490 selected Special Education sixth grade Interrelated Teacher Kacie Johnson and Blackmore Elementary Music Teacher Chy Billings as the district's 2020 Kansas Horizon Award nominees.
     Click here to read the full article.

Kacie Johnson Horizon nomineeChy Billings Horizon Nominee
Kacie Johnson- SPED Interrelated Teacher at EMS and Chy Billings- Music Teacher at Blackmore Elementary

Therapy dog joins Blackmore staff

     Blackmore is adding a four-legged friend to their staff for the 2019-2020 school year. Sam is a four-year-old Burnese Mountain Dog, who will visit the school three days each week with Counselor Christie Henderson to serve as a therapy dog.
     Click here to read the full article.

Sam the Therapy Dog

USD 490 bus driver places sixth in international competition

     USD 490 bus driver Miranda Cecchini-Roosevelt placed sixth in the Mini Bus Competition during the International School Bus Competition on July 20 and 21.
     Click here to read the full article.

national bus competition
Miranda Cecchini-Roosevelt was one of only six competitors representing Kansas.

Reporting Attendance through Safe Arrival

     After spring break last year, USD 490 added an absence-reporting tool for parents to easily report an upcoming absence, doctor's appointment, etc. for their children. There are three easy ways to report an absence:

  1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com). The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  2. Use the SafeArrival website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
  3. Call the toll-free number 1-866-620-2531 to report an absence using the automated phone system.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.  Future absences can be reported at any time.

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 The Connection Section will feature a different opportunity each month for parents
and/or community members to connect with our schools.

Class Dojo and PowerSchool

 Class DoJo is an app used by the elementary schools that provides real-time information about school events and student behavior. Staff members can quickly share photos and information on the Class Story to keep parents informed. The discipline piece allows parents to monitor student behavior throughout the day.

Class Dojo is set up by classroom. Contact your child’s teacher for the class access code and instructions for setting up your Class Dojo account.

PowerSchool is the district’s student information system. It houses schedules, grades, and attendance information. It is also what parents use to enroll returning students for the new school year. Parents can manage system email preferences, check fee or lunch balances, and monitor student grades and attendance through the Parent Portal.

There is a link to PowerSchool on the district homepage www.eldoradoschools.org. To create an account, you must first obtain an Access ID and Access Password from your child’s school. Then click Create Account and set up your user profile, attaching all of your students to your account.

There is also a PowerSchool mobile app. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. The district code is ZWFD.


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District Highlights

Immunizations requirements for the start of school

    The Butler County Health Department ran out of the Meningitis vaccine during their Walk-In Immunization Clinic on August 9. They have ordered more for their next clinic on September 14
(9 a.m. - 1 p.m.). Students will need to have their immunizations up-to-date by September 24.
     Click here to read the full article.

EHS STUCO donates equivalent of over 2,500 meals

     everal EHS STUCO members collected over $300 plus canned and dry food during the Back to School Kickoff on August 23.
     Click here to read the full article.

STUCO donates to United Way
(L-R) Teagan Jellison, Brooklyn Motter, Emma King, David Staats, and United Way of El Dorado
Executive Director Andrea Van Auken

EHS football team helps improve Skelly playground

     The El Dorado High School football team volunteered time after practice to help redistribute rubber mulch on Skelly Elementary's playground on July 16.
     Click here to read the full article.

EHS football team volunteers to improve elementary playground

EHS staff and students participate in leadership retreat

     El Dorado High School staff members planned and hosted a summer leadership retreat for EHS students on July 11.
     Click here to read the full article.

EHS leadership retreat

EHS kitchen receives new style and selections

     The El Dorado High School kitchen was restyled over the summer to accommodate new food selections.
     The new "hot a la carte" section features hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches, beef and chicken tornados, Bosco Sticks, Potato Wedges, and french fries.
     There will also be specialty salads in lieu of a salad bar and OPAA! To Go offerings for students who want a quick, delicious cold meal.
     Be sure to check out all of OPAA!'s nutritious and tasty options in all of our schools! Menus are available online.

OPAA to go offers cold meal choices
OPAA! To Go offers quick options for cold meals.

Meal price increase coming January 2020

     The USD 490 Board of Education approved a five cent increase to meal prices beginning January 1, 2020. This will affect breakfast and lunch prices for students and adults. Reduced meal prices will remain unchanged.
     Click here to see what the new prices will be.

PreK spaces available

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PeachJar flyers