Raymore Update: 05/05/15

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Our Kindergarten students did a beautful job singing and dancing Tuesday evening! Thank you Mrs. Bradley and our Kindergarten teachers for a wonderful program!

Inspirational Quote

To the world you may be just a teacher but to your students you are a HERO!

Wish You Well

Congratulations to David Moots (Laura's oldest son and Landan's brother)!! David is graduating from high school in a couple of weeks. We wish him the best as he begins a new journey! Make sure you check out his graduation announcement and pictures in the lounge.


Are You Ready For Some Faculty Fun?

Tomorrow morning at our Faculty PD we are celebrating YOU!! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We will begin with breakfast provided to us from our fabulous PTA! We are then going to have some fun! Be ready for some friendly competition...get your B.K.B.C.K.S.Y.Y team ready!! And don't forget...the winning team will receive a prize! See you Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.!

Summative Evaluations

Michelle and Jennika will begin meeting with staff this Wednesday - Friday to go over summative evaluations. Karla should have contacted you to schedule an appointment. We will be meeting with some people next week as well. Please make sure you have completed your end of the year PGP and saved progress. Do not submit. Also, make sure you go to your signature folder in Talent Ed and electronically sign any observations that are not currently signed. We are looking forward to meeting with you and celebrating your success!

Classroom Structures and Mindset

As we all are aware, it's that time of the year when students have trouble staying focused and on task because of the excitement of school ending and summer beginning! As educators, we know students respond best to consistency with our classroom and school routines/structures even in May. Students still have targets to master and we have powerful ways to teach those targets that will keep students engaged in learning until the last day of school. Remember, our mindset as a staff will guide our students' mindset during these last few weeks of school.

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!

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!

MAP Support--Thank You!

We are in our second week of MAP testing. This week our third and fourth graders are taking the math portion of the assessment. Students have been putting forth their best effort and keeping a growth mindset during testing. Thank you to everyone in our school family who has been very flexible and supportive the past two weeks! The third and fourth grade students have enjoyed the treats, cards, kind words, etc. that classes have shared with them. It does mean a lot!

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!
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Reminders & FYIs

  • Teacher of the Year Banquet: May 6 6pm

  • Last Day Library Check out: May 8

  • Spreading Kindness Week: May 11-15

  • Kindergarten Tour: May 11

  • RTI/BSAT: May 12

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

  • Gr. 2 Field Trip to Coeterie: May 15 9:00-12:00

  • Gr. 3 Field Triip to Powell Gardens: May 15 9:00-2:00

  • 4th Grade Celebration: May 15 12:00-3:45

  • 15-16 Class Lists Due: May 15

  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Powell Gardens: May 18 9:00-2:00

  • Field Day: May 20

  • ECSE Last Full Day of School: May 20

  • Last Day of School-Early Release: May 21

  • 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