Notes from PTA General Membership Meeting – April 16, 2018

Thanks to all who attended the PTA General Membership Meeting on April 16. We encourage you to take a look at the information presented during the meeting. The presentation covers, at a high level, the areas currently funded by PTA, as well as the survey and evaluation process used with our staff and teachers to determine future funding needs. In addition, we were joined at the meeting by our wonderful social worker, Caren Howes, who talked about her role at Briarwood and how our school would benefit from a full-time social worker.

View the minutes from the meeting.

General Membership Meeting

You’re invited to attend the next PTA General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 16 at 7pm. This informative meeting will cover the following topics. It will be interactive and a time for you to ask questions.

  • See the Maker Space – come view demonstrations from several students, plus get a chance to explore this new interactive classroom
  • Review the Budget and Teacher Survey
  • Vote on Standing Rules – there are several proposed revisions to the Briarwood PTA Standing Rules
  • Vote on PTA Slate – the Nominating Committee has completed the placement of PTA Executive Board and Chairs for 2018-2019

The Standing Rules (with proposed revisions marked in red) and the 2018-2019 Slate are available at the links above for your review prior to the meeting.

In addition, the PTA is seeking input from parents prior to the meeting. Please complete this short survey. We’d love your thoughts on how the PTA can best serve the Briarwood community, which events you like, and more.

We hope to see you on Monday, April 16 at 7pm.

Thank you,
Chris Lash, Nancy Batdorf, Erika Saleski and Allison Taylor

Read-a-Thon 2018

The Briarwood Read-A-Thon is a new PTA fundraiser that will take place Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd, the same time as Read Across America week! Our Briarwood Bulldogs will work on their reading skills all week and celebrate on Friday with an All-School Read-In and Pajama Day!

We are asking for donations from friends and family to support this All-School Read-In. Our goal is $10 per student, but the sky is the limit! Every little bit counts and it all stays at Briarwood to support our staff and students.

Cash and check donations (payable to Briarwood PTA) can be sent to school with your student in the provided donation envelope.

If you would like to donate online using PayPal or a credit card, please follow these instructions through MySchoolAnywhere:

Parents registered with MySchoolAnywhere:
Log-in to MySchoolAnywhere, visit “Our Store” and choose the BLUE “Read-a-Thon donation – Parent” item. Enter a donation amount and choose a parent name from the drop-down list. Please list all student names/grades that you are donating for in the memo field and add to your Cart. Proceed to Checkout, using either your PayPal account or a credit card.

Click here to donate online as a guest through MySchoolAnywhere. You do not need to register. Enter the following generic email to access the store: Choose the ORANGE “Read-a-Thon donation – Guest” item and enter a donation amount. Please list all student names/grades that you are donating for in the memo field and add to your Cart. Follow Your Cart and proceed to Checkout, using either your PayPal account or a credit card.

Thank you for supporting our students and the Briarwood PTA!

Sign up for Trivia Night

The 2nd annual Briarwood Trivia Night will be Saturday, February 24 from 630-930pm at Indian Hills Country Club. The fun continues after Trivia Night at Tavern in the Village, across the road in the Prairie Village Shops. Join us there!

Your ticket price includes appetizers and trivia. Bring cash/credit for drinks, fun games and a few surprise opportunities. Tables will be randomly assigned and couples will be seated together.

Sign up today! Deadline for ticket purchase is Saturday, Feb 17th. Please use the drop down menu and select how many tickets you are purchasing. Then, list the names (including yourself) of the people you are purchasing tickets for. These people will be seated together. So if you are bringing a friend as a +1, please purchase a ticket for them. We can’t wait to see you there and thank you for supporting Briarwood!

It’s time to order yearbooks!

It is time to place your yearbook order for the 2017-2018 Briarwood Elementary school year.

There are two ways to place your order.

You may order online at:

You can also submit your yearbook order directly to Briarwood using the form sent home with your child. If the form has been misplaced, you can find it here:

Yearbook Order Form

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The cost per yearbook is $20.00.

Purchases using the order form are cash or check. Checks should be made out to: Briarwood PTA

There is a spot on the order form to pay for an extra yearbook for students who request a scholarship copy. This option is not available online.

You may purchase a yearbook using a credit card using the online option: Please note that your school option will be Briarwood Elementary School in Overland Park as this was set up when Briarwood was temporarily located at Broadmoor in Overland Park.

Order deadline is February 9th.

Yearbook Photos

Parents! Students! Teachers! You take great pictures, right? And you love seeing them in the yearbook, right? This year we have a new, improved, super-easy way for you to send those sweet shots straight to us.

Download the Replay It app on your phone or tablet. Connect your account to the Briarwood yearbook – it’s easy to find. Our password is bulldogs14. Once the app is connected you can easily send any picture or set of pictures to the yearbook.

The best pictures for the yearbook are the one of students and teachers at school or at school events – let’s celebrate our Bulldog pride!

And, of course, you can also still email pictures to if that works better for you. Thanks for helping us make a great yearbook! Questions? Call or text Liz at 913-235-2578.

Bulldog Jog

bdg_jog_dogCalling all Students, Families, Teachers, and Neighbors…MARK the Date – OCTOBER 7th, 2017 and join us for the Bulldog Jog 5K run and 1 mile family fun run.  Starting and Ending at Briarwood Elementary this year, we will follow the same route through the Briarwood neighborhoods and around Franklin Park.  Food and beverages will be provided at the start/finish line.  All proceeds go to supporting your Briarwood PTA.  We look forward to having you be a part of this wonderful event.

View details about the Bulldog Jog.

Download printable entry form.

Pay entry fee online.

Briarwood spirit wear

Excited about the new Briarwood spirit wear? We are too!

The great news is that you can easily shop the large variety of choices in both youth and adult sizes online. There is even a choice between two different logos on most options.

Visit to select your items.

Purchase by Sat. August 26 and your items will be delivered to you at school by early September.

Thanks for supporting Briarwood PTA with your spirit wear purchase. We can’t wait to see you in your Bulldogs gear!


Earlier this year the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that our public schools are being underfunded by as much as a half billion dollars per year. The Kansas Legislature has until June 30th to put a new plan in place.

Call on the Kansas Speaker of the House and the Chair of the Education committee to pass tax reform that ensures money is available for school funding and pass legislation that fully funds public education.

Speaker of the House, Ron Ryckman – or 785-296-2302

Chair, Rep Larry Campbell – or 785-296-7654

Let them know why you believe investing in public education is a sound investment for the State.