PLAZA PRIDE NEWSLETTER

January 17th, 2020

Plaza Middle School

6501 NW 72nd Street

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.359.4210 Main Line

816.359.4211 Attendance Line

Website: plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Twitter: @plaza_tigers

Facebook: Plaza Middle School - Park Hill School District

THIS WEEK AT PLAZA:

-Monday, Jan. 20th: NO SCHOOL, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY

-Tuesday, Jan. 21st: Red Day; Boys Basketball C Team Round Robin Tournament style games at Walden

-Wednesday, Jan. 22nd: White Day; Boys Basketball C Team Round Robin Tournament style games at Walden

-Thursday, Jan. 23rd: Red Day

-Friday, Jan. 24th: White Day


For a full list of dates, please visit our Plaza web page calendar (link).


*Plaza's Lunch menu


SAVE THE DATES:

-Tuesday, Jan. 28th: First Q3 Intramural

-Monday, February 3rd: PTA Meeting, 6:00 pm in the Library, Superintendent Dr. Cowherd will be at this meeting

-Friday, February 7th: Lifetouch photo retake day

-Tuesday, February 11th: Middle School Parent Orientation Night, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, info below

SEE WHAT YOUR TIGERS ARE UP TO

PLAZA CREATED CONNECTIONS!

Plaza students created community connections by creating service projects before and after winter break. Those service projects included making holiday place mats for Retirement Community Wexford Place, cards for hospitalized children, and cards for military members actively deployed. These projects helped students feel connected to others and have a sense of belonging!

CHAT AND CHEW LUNCHES

Plaza is starting “Chat and Chew” lunches! We would like to have someone from the community come in during our lunches and talk to teachers and some students about their careers. Our goal is to connect with even more students here at Plaza while involving the community in our building. We are looking for volunteer speakers and sponsors for the pizza lunch! Interested? Contact: Jamie McSparin mcsparinj@parkhill.k12.mo.us

CURRENT 8TH GRADE PARENTS: ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Hello Plaza Families!

I wanted to make you aware of some important upcoming dates for all current 8th graders, as we are entering enrollment time for high school! Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have, as I want to make sure you feel ready to sign up for the best fit school and courses :).


Students will receive information/presentations about both Park Hill High School and Lead Innovation Studio during the week of January 13th. Students will bring home enrollment forms and course recommendations to be reviewed and turned in to their Life Ed teachers no later than Wednesday, January 29th. All current 8th grade students will turn in only ONE enrollment form (either Park Hill OR LEAD).


PARK HILL HIGH SCHOOL PARENT NIGHT:

- Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00PM @ Park Hill High School (7701 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153)

*Please visit the Smore site (link) for more information on this night at PHHS!


LEAD INNOVATION STUDIO PARENT NIGHTS:

- Tuesday, January 21st, 6:30-8:00 PM @ Park Hill District Office (7703 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153)
- Monday, January 27th, 6:30-8:00 PM @ Park Hill District Office


- These offerings are for parents and students interested in learning about the LEAD Innovation Studio as a high school option. ALL parents of students who are interested should attend ONE of these nights if you were unable to attend the information night in December.


This is such an exciting time for our Plaza Tigers! Be sure to mark your calendars, ask questions, and be on the lookout for enrollment forms coming your way soon!


Thanks so much,

Mallory Malone
Plaza Middle School Counselor
P: 816.359.6539
E: malonem@parkhill.k12.mo.us

PLAZA'S PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT FOR '20-'21 STUDENTS

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YOU NEED A YEARBOOK!

Now is your opportunity to purchase a 2019-20 Plaza Yearbook, the cost is $25. This cost will go up $5.00 closer to the end of the school year!

Order at the School: You may order a yearbook through the office. We accept cash or check, please make checks payable to Plaza Middle School.

Order Online at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=42070

STUDENT LANYARDS AND ID'S

As you know for safety purposes-we ask students to wear team specific lanyards and ids around their neck while at school. Being able to able to identify students by name and team is essential. We could use your help to ensure your student wears the required lanyard and id-EACH DAY!



Cost of Replacements:

Lanyard: $2.00

Plastic Case: .50 cents

The first ID replacement is free. Any ID replacements beyond the first one will cost $5.00.

STUDENT SERVICES

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District Smartphone App

Download our district smartphone app today in Apple's App Store or Google Play! In addition to receiving district text alerts, you can find links to menus, calendars, the Parent Portal and more useful information. Allow push notifications to receive the alerts, and choose your schools for a personalized experience.

SHOW YOUR TIGER NATION PRIDE!



You can still purchase Plaza Spirit wear from the front office for you and your student! Our soft, durable Tiger Nation t-shirts can be bought from the front office, by cash or check. Shirts are one for $7, or black, red, and white bundle 3/$15. Show your Tiger Nation Pride!

PTA NEWS

The next PTA meeting will be held on February 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Plaza Library. Park Hill School District Superintendent Dr. Cowherd will be at this meeting to discuss with Plaza parents.

JOIN PLAZA PTA

It's not too late to join the Plaza PTA! Help stay connected with school functions by joining PTA. The PTA supports students and teachers through incentive and education programs, dances, mixers and hospitality events.


Find out how to join here.

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com
Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com , and Amy Morgan-Rogers, nealnamy@aol.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Corresponding Secretary: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

Park Hill District PTA Clothing Center


Did you know that Park Hill has a Clothing Center? Did you know all Park Hill families can use it?

If you'd like more information, please see the Park Hill District PTA's Clothing Center website for more details. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clothing Center, please check out the Park Hill District Clothing Center - Volunteer Sign Up for shopping day opportunities throughout the school year.

CONTACTING TEACHERS

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Plaza Pride Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is emailed out every Friday afternoon.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians immediate access to important student information such as grades, schedules, and attendance. It also allows parents/guardians to view their household contact information and student emergency contacts, and they can request updates to this information directly from the Portal. Click here if you need more information on how to set-up an account.

Infinite Campus App

The free Infinite Campus Portal App connects you with your student's information and enables you to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet.

1. Download the Campus Portal app from your preferred store.

2. Enter the District Name as Park Hill and select Missouri from the state options, then click search.

3. Select Park Hill, and enter your username and password (the same used to access the online Parent Portal)

4. Be sure to enable push notifications in the settings menu to receive alerts.

Plaza Website (link)

School Messenger

School Messenger is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.

Social Media

Twitter - @Plaza_Tigers

Facebook - Plaza Middle School

First Hand Email Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what is going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news.

First Hand Mobile:

“First Hand Mobile” sends text message alerts about weather closings, emergency information or important news alerts directly to your text-messaging enabled mobile phone. This service is provided at no cost to the district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Platte Valley Bank. To sign up, go to the district website at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us.

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PTA PROVIDED COFFEE AND BREAKFAST FOR PLAZA NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Plaza PTA will be hosting a coffee/tea/hot choclate cart for the teachers and staff on January 17th from 7-10am to show our appreciation. We thought it would be nice to have a few breakfast pastry items for them to munch on with their drinks as well. PTA needs your help with the breakfast items. Please visit their signup genius (link) to sign up. Thank you!

Q3 INTRAMURALS

Sign ups for 3rd quarter intramurals will begin on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm and last through 10:00 pm on Sunday, Jan. 19th. Use the link below to access the sign- up sheet. Intramurals offered this session include Coloring and Drawing, Advanced Cupcake Decorating, Movies, Techniques Tuesday, Dodgeball, Basketball, Drama Club, Homework Helper, Minecraft, and Speed and Agility Training. There are separate Dodgeball sessions for 6th graders and 8th graders this quarter (7th graders may sign up for either session).

Intramurals start on Tuesday, January 28th and run through Thursday, February 27th. Bus transportation will be available for all students.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4AABA72CA02-3rdquarter

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Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 22nd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 24-May 29. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.


http://tinyurl.com/PH2020spellingbee