Raymore Update: 04/28/15

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Dr. Hofmann gets slushed by our top readers in the Read A Thon!!

Inspirational Quote

Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us.

Wish You Well

Welcome back Lindsay Meyer! Lindsay has returned from her maternity leave and we are excited to have her back. Keep Laurie Asher in mind because she is willing to substitute on Mondays & Fridays.

We wish Libby Lyle's grandmother well while she is in the hospital. Thoughts and prayers go out to Libby and her family.

Congratulations to Sharon Reque (grandparent of Jonathan Reque in Mrs. Doerhoff's room & Zeke Croucher in Miss Spencer's room)!! She is a finalist for the PTA Volunteer of the Year. Thank you to Sharon for all she does to volunteer to support our students! The PTA Volunteer Reception will be held Thursday, April 30 from 6-7 pm at ASC.


No Faculty PD This Wed.

This is the fifth Wednesday of the month. Therefore, we will not have Faculty PD.

Just a Reminder... No Visit from Cheris on Wed.

Cheris had a minor procedure last week and is still recovering. She is doing well, but she will not be visiting us this week. She says to carry on the great work you've been doing...especially during this last home stretch when our kiddos need that structure and proactive triage the most. We wish her well and look forward to her visits next year!

Greeting Students at 8:25 a.m.

In the mornings please make sure you are making copies, running errands, etc. prior to 8:25 a.m. It is the expectation you meet and greet your students at your classroom door promptly at 8:25 a.m. Thank you!

Staff Game Night - May 1

Looking for some fun and hungry for Mexican food?! Join our school family for our Staff Game Night this Friday, May 1 from 7-9pm at El Dorado (back room) in Raymore. Appetizers will be available. You can purchase food and drink on your own if you like. We hope you are able to join in on the festivities with us. Thank you to our second grade team for planning this fun event!

MAP Assessment Schedule Adjustments

Thank you to everyone in our school family who has been very flexible this week with our MAP testing! We have had to make several adjustments and each of you have been very supportive! We continue to learn a lot and adjust our schedules as needed. A new adjusted MAP schedule was shared with third, fourth, & sped teachers this evening. We will continue to use the library as a second testing location from 10:30-12:30 & 1:30-3:30. Therefore, please refrain from sending to the library after 10:00 am.

Protabula & Target Sheet Reminders

Thank you for continuing to always check out/in students in Protabula when they are in a buddy room, etc. This allows our BSAT team to track important data which helps us plan supports for students. We also ask that you make sure dates are on target sheets before turning them into Mrs. Warren. Having dates on sheets helps Mrs. Warren enter data efficiently. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please see any BSAT member.

We Appreciate You!!

We are excited to kick off our Teacher Appreciation Week next week May 4-8! There are many special treats and activities we have planned to let you know how much you are appreciated! Please see the schedule of events listed below:

Monday, May 4: Staff Jeans with Street Clothes . BOE Breakfast at 7:30am SHARP in cafeteria. [7:30am-8:15am]. And, stop by the lounge anytime during the day and help yourself to an Ice Cream Treat.

Stay tuned for something ‘new’ and ‘fun’ to start off the week. Be on the look-out for an email about this. If you don’t see anything from either one of us in the office or possibly one of these three email addresses below, please check your spam: headquarters@thurmbakertaskforce.com hq@thurmbakertaskforce.com thurmbakertaskforce@gmail.com

Tues., May 5: Staff Jeans with Street Clothes . Sonic Drinks will be delivered to your classroom in the morning. Sign up sheet will be shared with you via Google Docs. Please have your drink order placed in the office by Friday, May 1!

Wed., May 6: Staff Jeans with Street Clothes. Come and go Continental Breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 8:30 am in the library. Ten minute Chair Massages provide by Julie Griffis between 10am-12:30pm via sign-up sheet which you’ll find in the lounge. Location YTD. We will have a kick off to our fun event at our Faculty PD on this morning!

Thurs., May 7: Staff Jeans with Street Clothes . Hold the packed lunch! A taco bar will be on the lunch menu hosted by our fabulous PTA.

Fri., May 8: Staff Jeans w/”Staff” Tiger Tshirts representing our unity as a school family.

GIFT CARD GIVEAWAYS! Check your mailboxes to see if you win! Be sure to stop by the teacher’s lounge for snacks anytime during the day!

Thank you to our PTA for providing breakfast, lunch, and treats!! Another thank you to our BOE for providing breakfast as well! Thank you to Renee for organizing our events for the week!

Stay Tuned for Staff Fun Next Week---Keep a Close Eye on Your Email

Along with breakfast, treats, lunch, etc. next week to celebrate YOU and all you do, we are going to have a little mystery fun!! Please be on the look out for emails you will receive to let you in on the fun. The emails may come from the following addresses so you will also need to check your Spam in case they would accidentally end up there.

If you don’t see anything from either one of us in the office or possibly one of these three email addresses below, please check your spam: headquarters@thurmbakertaskforce.com hq@thurmbakertaskforce.com thurmbakertaskforce@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 6 at our Faculty PD we will kick off this fun mysterious team event. There will be a prize for the winning team! Stay tuned for more!

Bulletin Boards for Art Fair

Please have bulletin board items taken down by no later than Friday, May 8. Any background paper or border may remain. Library, Early Childhood, Counselor, etc can leave their boards as is. Miss Clark will let you know if she needs your boards. Thank you all for your support of the art department!

Summative Evaluations

Michelle and Jennika will begin meeting with staff next week to go over summative evaluations. Karla will be contacting you soon to confirm your scheduled appointment. Please make sure you have completed your end of the year PGP and saved progress. Do not submit. We will discuss the end of the year PGP with you and then submit during your summative meeting.

Class Lists -- May 15th

It's time to start working on developing the class lists for next school year. Here is the tutorial, please read through it before starting. Let Jenni, Michelle or Jennika know if you have any questions.

Class Lists Tutorial

Due: Friday, May 15th (end of day)

  • Go to your Grade Level Benchmark Grid 14-15

  • You will see I added a “Students to Separate From” column and additional sheets on this grid: Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class D

    • You will use these tabs to form your class lists

  • Before you start - be sure all information is filled out on Grade Level Benchmark Data Grid, including all data & the “Students to Separate From” column. (You will be copying data from this spreadsheet, so you will want to be sure all info copies over).

  • You will select a student and all of his/her information from the Grade Level Data Sheet. You can do this by clicking on the row number.

    • Right click within the row and COPY (be sure you don’t cut the student and his/her data out from the original grade level sheet)

  • Click the tab of the Class you would like to place the student

    • Click in Column A, click Paste Special, click Paste All Except Borders (this keeps all the color coding formatting)

  • Some students may have already been or will be placed in a class, be sure to check the class lists to view names before starting process to see which students need to be where. (you will still need to the copy the student’s data over)

  • Be sure classes are weighted evenly regarding: gender, ethnicity, academic needs, and behavior support

  • Some grade levels have asked Specials teachers to review or help make the class lists. They see all the students in all the classes day to day and from year to year. They can be a big help in this process.

This document has been shared with you, but here is the link too:


Dismissal Reminders

We appreciate you continuing to have your dismissal check off sheets with you during dismissal time and actively checking off students as they board the bus, go to car rider, etc. It is an expectation this procedure continues through the entire year. It allows us a necessary tracking system if there are ever any questions or situations regarding dismissal. Also, please continue to email Karla and Renee with dismissal changes. Both secretaries need to know in the event one would be gone or unavailable. Thank you for your continued help with this!

Summer School Info.

The following is general information regarding this year's summer school program:

The The District’s 2015 summer school program is titled "Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!" Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math topics will be integrated into summer school courses in a project-based format.
Summer School will begin June 1 and continue until June 25 (pending no weather-related school cancellations), and is open to all incoming kindergarten through 12th grade students.

  • Kindergarten-8th grade summer school will be four days a week (Monday-Thursday)
  • Kindergarten-8th grade students may choose to attend one session of two weeks, or two sessions to total four weeks.
  • The majority of high school courses for credit will be five days a week (Monday-Friday).
  • Some enrichment courses will follow a four-day per week schedule.
  • Transportation will be available to students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Additional information and enrollment paperwork will be sent home April 2.
  • Specific summer school sites will be determined based on enrollment.
  • For students in kindergarten through sixth grade, fee-based Panther Pride child care will be offered (before and after school care and/or Friday, as needed)
  • District Summer School Commercial Link: http://viewpure.com/RQXoTonPZPY

Classroom teachers please note:

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Reminders & FYIs

  • MAP Assessment: Apr. 27-May 1 & May 4-7

  • PTA Volunteer Reception -ASC: April 30 6-7 pm

  • Staff Game Night-El Dorado: May 1 7-9 pm

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8

  • Kindergarten Celebration & Musical: May 5 6:30 pm

  • Faculty PD: May 6

  • Teacher of the Year Banquet: May 6 6pm

  • Last Day Library Check out: May 8

  • School Wide Art & Writing Festival/Fourth Grade Performance: May 12 5-7pm

  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Jennika asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Jennika. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Michelle & Jennika if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 616-4210 and 550-4434
  • Call or text Michelle if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".

PLC: Our Mission, Vision, Values

As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement