Tiger Tales Parent News Oct 2013

News For & About Raymore Elementary & Early Childhood

Happy October, Raymore Families!

Dear Raymore and Early Childhood families,

It's hard to believe our first quarter is drawing to a close. What a wonderful gift it has been to work with your children these past weeks as they've built positive relationships within their class and begun celebrating learning goals that our teachers are so excited to support them in reaching. The staff and I look forward to the opportunity to see you all at your Parent-Teacher Conference appointments in the coming weeks (Oct. 23-24 for elementary; also Oct. 9 & 16 for EC.) As of October 10, you should have received either an email or a hard copy confirming your specific parent conference time. The teachers are excited to discuss with you your child's progress and the plan to help them reach further success in 2nd quarter. Thank you for your partnership and support in helping your child develop a love of learning. As always, please feel free to call me if you ever have a concern or question. I am happy to help.

I wish each of you in our school community a wonderful October!


Michelle Hofmann, Principal

Thank You for Your Participation in Our Read-A-Thon Fundraiser!

Monday, Sep. 9th, 8am to Thursday, Oct. 10th, 4pm

Anywhere, anytime your child is reading (home, car, soccer stands, etc!)

Thank you for your support of your child's reading while at the same time raising funds for our school PTA. Did you know that PTA funds $7.50 per child towards each year's field trip, a variety of classroom projects, school family events, and much, much more! We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive PTA & parent group at our school!

This was PTA's ONLY fundraiser planned for this school year, and we will celebrate on Friday, October 18, with a school assembly honoring top readers, fundraisers...and one staff member will be SLUSHED! Who will it be?! We truly appreciate your support of reading and assistance with securing pledges. Thank you for your support of our school and children! This fundraiser may be over, but we hope the good reading habits and love of stories established during this time will continue!

Would You Like to View Your Child's 2013-2014 Progress?

Our teachers regularly gather information about what your child knows and is able to do so they can identify gaps in learning progress and provide engaging opportunities to challenge them. On October 18th, all parents in Ray-Pec will be receiving a letter indicating various assessments that are used throughout our district. The great news is that at anytime you have access to many of those scores yourself through our School Information System (SIS). For assessment information, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Raymore-Peculiar School District website at the following web address: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/
  2. Look on the left side of the page and find "Quick Links".
  3. Click on "Parent Portal (SIS)"
  4. Click on the "Parents" tab and type in your user name and password.
  5. If you do not have a user name and password, contact the school secretary for assistance.
  6. Log in to SIS.
  7. Once you have entered your user name and password, look to the left hand side of the screen and click on "Assessments".
  8. Depending on the grade level, there are different assessments available.
  9. Contact your child's classroom teacher if you have questions.

Friendly School Reminders & Opportunities

  • As a safety precaution, we continue to practice regular drills/procedures through out each year in classrooms and as a school for a variety of emergencies including fire/evacuation, tornado/shelter, shelter in place, and lock down.
  • I.D.: Please be prepared to show ID anytime you are visiting our school or picking up a child. If we do not recognize you (and we try hard!), this measure ensures your child's safety and that of our school. Thank you for your support.
  • Early Childhood sessions M, T, Th, F are 8-11 & 11:45-2:45.
  • Elementary Student Arrival begins at 8:20 AM. Tardy bell is 8:45 AM. Dismissal begins at 3:45.
  • For security of all kids, please be prepared to present your driver's license at the front desk. All visitors are also required to sign in and receive a visitor's sticker to be worn visibly at all times. Please be sure to sign out before leaving.
  • All cars join our north car rider line. Please remain in vehicles and ensure your child enters on the curbside of the car.
  • All students who walk/bike to school on their own should wait for Mrs. Wratney our crossing guard for assistance to cross Madison or our parking lot.
  • "Grab & Go" Breakfast is available for purchase by ALL kids & they enjoy in class as they begin their day. Hot breakfast is from 8:20-8:35 in the cafe.
  • Sunday afternoon "SchoolMessenger" voice messages from me should be arriving to update you with highlights for the week. If you are not receiving those, please login to SIS Parent Portal to change your contact settings or simply contact our school office at 892-1925.
  • Sign up to receive text messages about exciting or important school events. Simply text "@raymore" to (636) 692-5588 (standard rates apply.)

A Few Reminders from Our Wonderful PTA

Our PTA Website is http:/raymoreelementarypta.weebly.com

This is just one more way for you to stay informed!

Coming soon…

• PTA Board Meeting - Oct 8th

• Bingo for Books - Oct 18th

• Fall Classroom Parties - Nov 1st

• Tiger Trail 5k - Nov 9th

3rd & 4th Grade Raymore Runners Club

We are very excited to announce the Raymore Runners Club! We would like to thank Allison Bruflat and Sonja Abdelgawad for designing the curriculum and Raymore PTA for supporting us in a variety of ways, including planning our end of running club 5k event!
Raymore staff who will be facilitating the club include:
Mrs. Beck, Ms. Willis, Mrs. Morris, Mr. Heil, Mr. Hunziker, and Mr. Kietzman


All students, boys and girls, in third and fourth grades are invited to participate.


We will meet for 7 weeks every Tuesday and Wednesday right after school from 4:00 – 5:15.

Dates: September 24th – November 9th

We will celebrate our running success with a 5K on Saturday, November 9th. (Stay tuned for more details)


Students will stay after school and go to Ms. Willis’ room when buses are dismissed.

We will do our running at Memorial Park right behind our school. Sometimes it will be on the trails, sometimes it will be on the fields. If there is inclement weather, we will go to the gym.


Appropriate attire is t-shirt and shorts that provide sufficient length and coverage and gym shoes.

Raymore Runners will....learn about and practice good running form, participate in discussions about healthy lifestyle topics such as healthy eating, exercise, positive attitude, and goal setting, get 30 minutes of physical activity at each meeting, and encourage families to apply weekly topics and practice in their daily lives.

Weekly Plan

Week 1 – Getting to know each other

Week 2 – Self Strengths

Week 3 – Attitudes and Values

Week 4 – Healthy Diet

Week 5 – Exercise/Active Lifestyle

Week 6 – Kindness/Friendship

Week 7 – Goal setting

Important Information:

The students will have an opportunity to change clothes, if needed.

Students should bring a water bottle.

Students may bring a healthy snack to eat right after school.

Please pick up your child in the car rider line at 5:15.

If your child will not be attending running club that day, please send a note with your classroom teacher indicating how he/she will be getting home.

If someone else other than you the person you notated is picking up your child from Running Club, you must send a note to your classroom teacher.

There is no cost to join Raymore Runners!

Regular attendance is encouraged and preferred.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Beck or Ms. Willis.

Mrs. Beck: jenni.beck@raypec.org

Ms. Willis: marriah.willis@raypec.org

Raymore Elementary's "Caring About Nutrition" (C.A.N.) Club Spreads District-Wide!

  • Kudos to our Raymore PTA, families, and staff who last year rallied together to donate food for kids who face food scarcity at home. Once again this year, our school family has pulled together to gather donations of food and money that allow us to feed 15 children each weekend.
  • This year, the program, with the help of parent Allison Bruflat and our Ray-Pec Foundation has expanded and now serves students in several other K-6 schools! Way to go everyone who has helped inspire this expansion!
  • How can you help? Visit http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/6374 and look for the green bin in our front lobby. Thank you for supporting our students!

Oct. & Nov. Calendar of Events


Sep9-Oct11 Read-A-Thon!

2- Papa John’s Day-Mention Raymore!

9- Culver’s Night 5-9 pm

11- No School; Staff Dev

15- Quarter 1 ends (Progress shared at conferences)

18- Family Bingo Night & PTA Unit Mtg 6:30 pm; Read-A-Thon Kindle winner drawing!

23- Early Release 1:15 pm; Parent-Teacher conferences (by appt 2-8 pm)

23-24 Parent-Teacher Conferences (by appt 12-8 pm)

24-25- No School; Non-attendance day

31- Fall Picture Retake Day


1- Fall Classroom Parties 2:55pm (EC M/Th classes 10/31)

5- McTeacher Night 4-8 pm

11- Gr3 Veteran’s Day Musical Tribute! 6:30 pm

15- No School; Staff Dev

18-22 Scholastic Book Fair

22- Thanksgiving Luncheon

20- Early Release 1:15 pm; Staff Dev

21- Skating Party @ Landmark Skate Lee’s Summit 6-8 pm

27-29 No School; Fall Break

Fall Humor & Inspiration

"The one red leaf, the last of its clan,

That dances as often as dance it can,

Hanging so light, and hanging so high,

On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky."

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How do you mend a broken pumpkin?

Give it a pumpkin PATCH!

We look forward to meeting with you during your scheduled fall parent teacher conference time at the end of this month! Confirmation of your scheduled date/time will be sent home by your child's teacher on or before Oct. 10.