Veterans & Grandparents Day

Briarwood Elementary Invites Veterans and Grandparents to celebrate at Briarwood Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9:00 am

Schedule of Events

9:00* Reception for Veterans/ Grandparents in cafeteria

9:30 Veterans and Grandparents invited to an outdoor ceremony (in case of bad weather, ceremony will take place in gymnasium)

10:00-10:30 Grandparents proceed to grandchildren’s classroom(s) for a visit, Veterans invited to cafeteria


  • NO RSVP needed; please share this information with your child’s grandparent.
  • arents will receive information from room parents if there is any need for refreshment donations, etc.
  • If your child’s grandparent is unable to attend, feel free to invite another special friend or family member.
  • Grandparents may split time between classrooms.

Questions? Please Contact Katie Enger ( or Vanessa Watkins (


School Celebration Guidelines

SMSD Classroom Celebration Guidelines for food being brought to the classroom and shared with students

  • SMSD Well-Being Committee highly encourages non-food classroom birthday celebrations for the health and safety of all students.
  • Please remember all foods brought to school for sharing purposes must be in labeled packaging by the manufacturer. (Exception of whole fruits/vegetables).
  • All labeled food items must be checked by the classroom teacher and school nurse.
  • No homemade food items should be provided to/shared in the classroom. Individuals may bring and consume homemade items, however they must not share.
  • Teachers/staff members are responsible to follow all safety measures when providing food in the classroom, fieldtrips, parties, etc.
  • Three elementary parties per year may be celebrated with food, following the above guidelines.
  • No carbonated sodas or energy drinks will be provided to students.
  • All foods/beverages sold to students must meet Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines.
  • Students are allowed and encouraged to have water bottles in the classroom.
  • No food or beverages will be provided/sold in competition with food service during the meal serving times.
  • Food may not ordered for delivery during the school day for student consumption.

Bulldog Jog

Grab your friends, and classmates to join us for the 2018 Bulldog Jog. Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Briarwood Elementary School. The coveted Bulldog Jog classroom spirit award is up for grabs again and will go to the class with the most participants. Sign up page will by up shortly, or you can sign up with the form below.

Printable Entry Form

Online Entry Form — Enter your participants’ information and then go to MySchoolAnywhere to pay the entry fee.

Birthday Books

Sponsor a Briarwood library book in recognition of
your student’s birthday!

A book club donation makes a wonderful gift from parents, grandparents,
or anyone looking for a special gift for their Briarwood Bulldog. Kids love
knowing their birthday is celebrated every time their Birthday Book is
checked out.


  • Birthday books are ordered at the beginning of the school year.
  • Fill out this form and return it with your
    donation of $10/birthday book. Or visit the “our store” tab at and order online.
  • During the month of your student’s birthday, they will be invited to
    select a special book from the library’s current collection. Summer
    birthdays are celebrated during the month of their half birthday.
  • A book plate with your student’s name and birthday is placed inside
    the book. Their “Birthday Book” remains a lasting gift in the library
    and will be enjoyed again and again by Briarwood students.
  • The first deadline to participate in Birthday Book Club for the 2018-19
    school year is August 31, 2018.

Spanish form

Important Information About Volunteering in 2018-2019

If you are planning to be a volunteer this school year at Briarwood, you must complete the MVP training. Briarwood is going to host a training on Wednesday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the training offered at Briarwood, you may attend any training that is offered throughout the district. You may click on the this link,, to see a list of upcoming MVP trainings. For more information about the MVP program please read the information below.

Thank you for your interest in the Shawnee Mission School District’s My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program! Educating and caring for today’s students is a collaborative partnership, and volunteers play a valuable role in making our classrooms, schools and district great!

In as little as thirty minutes per week, you can make a positive difference in the life of a student. The Shawnee Mission School District MVP Program connects adult volunteers with students ages four to 18. MVPs can assist in a wide range of school activities, including mentoring, volunteering in the classroom, joining classes and schools for field trips, tutoring in a variety of subjects, or simply being a positive, adult role model in the life of a student. No special skills are required; only a willingness to commit your time and energy and the ability to develop a good relationship with a young person. Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and most activities take place on school grounds, during school hours.

Examples of opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Chaperones for SMSD-approved Field Trips*
    • Examples: band, orchestra, camps, Wildwood, Cheerleading, Dance Trips, DECA, journalism, thespians, sports, etc.
  • Chat ‘n Chew
  • Chess Club
  • Mad Science**
  • Master Gardeners**
  • Mentors
  • Classroom volunteers.
  • Tutors
  • Watch Dogs

*Refer to SMSD BOE Policy IFCB for a definition of USD 512 Approved Field Trips and Non-Sanctioned Field Trips.

**MVP training is required anytime a student is handed off to another adult before or after school who is not the parent, guardian, parent approved adult, or school employee (i.e. after-school activities).

Steps to Become a MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

  1. Complete an online MVP application. Visit for more information.
    • It is recommended that MVP applicant’s begin the process at least six weeks prior to a scheduled event or activity.
    • Applicants must complete the online application before they can do fingerprinting. Fingerprinting must be repeated every three years.
  2. Attend a MVP training session. District training dates and times are posted on the “Volunteering” page on the district’s website: Check with specific schools for additional training opportunities.
    • Morning MVP sessions, which combine the training and fingerprint screenings, are limited to 12 participants and require a reservation. Please call 913-993-6447 or email to check for availability and make a reservation.
  3. Complete Fingerprinting. Drop-in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. and from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
    • Fingerprint screenings can only be done AFTER attending a training session AND completing the online application.

Thank you again for your interest in the SMSD MVP Program. We are excited to work with you toward helping ALL students succeed! Please e-mail or call (913) 993-6447 for more information.

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