Raymore Update: 04/08/14

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Inspirational Quote

Almost every student you meet may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. Stop, think, then make your response accordingly. - Robert John Meehan

Wish You Well

Condolences go out to Pam Lorenz (Panther Cub Academy) on the loss of her father in law Melvin Lorenz. The visitation and funeral were last Friday and Saturday in Iowa. Please send thoughts and prayers to Pam and her family.

Continue to keep GG and her family lifted in prayer. Recently Rene has been taken off all supports.

Good News! Both Karen Green and Kristi Patterson's fathers have been released out of CCU.

After much discussion and thought with her family, Ashleigh Thomas has decided to remain at home the rest of the year to help take care of baby Braxton as he continues to make progress. We wish her and Braxton well. We are excited that Kristi Patterson will remain with us for the rest of the year to help support our students.


We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful teaching staff here at Raymore Elementary! It is so exciting to have three Teacher of the Year Finalists (Heather Phillips, Angie Lasala, and Kristin Mason) and one Support Staff Employee of the Year Nominee (Nichole Polley). You are invited to attend the Teacher of the Year dinner to show support for the finalists.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in the south high school patio commons. The cost is $20 per person. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Pam Steele at the Administrative Services Center at 892-1311 or pam.steele@raypec.org.

Grade Level Order Requests

As discussed in collab Tuesday, we are taking a revised approach to grade level order requests this year. We will combine office supply requests (office supplies you would need as a teacher) and curriculum supply requests. Each classroom will have $150 available to spend toward the office and curriculum requests ( example: $150 x 4 classes=$600 for entire grade level). A due date for requests will be issued within the next 2-4 weeks. Renee will also be giving your grade level the information for office supplies and websites we are able to order from. However, it is fine for your grade level to go ahead and start thinking about what you may need.

Mock MAP and MAP Kick Off Rally

Our third and fourth graders started their Mock MAP practice this week. Wednesday will be the first round of lunches with Ms. Hofmann to celebrate Mock MAP goals. Mock MAP gives students practice at test taking procedures that require stamina and confidence. After this week, there are two more weeks of Mock MAP practice. We can't wait to see the progress students make toward their goals!

Stay tuned for our MAP Kick Off Rally Assembly on April 28 at 9:00 a.m. (tentatively scheduled). We want to ensure each day our entire school rallies behind our third and fourth graders and get them "pumped up" for a great day of testing! Thank you for your support during our MAP testing!

2014-15 Class Lists

Wow!! It's already time to start planning for the 2014-15 school year which means it is time to start thinking about creating class lists for next year's grade levels. Some grade levels discussed this process at collab on Tuesday. More information will be coming to help guide you through this process but for right now you may hold on this procedure. A start date and due date will be coming soon.

Reminder: MAP Training Tuesday, April 15

If you are giving the MAP test or proctoring you will need to attend the MAP Training on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the library. Karen Hurst will be here to present MAP testing information. Please bring your examiner's booklet (if you have one), pencil, and highlighter. If you are unsure if you need to attend this meeting, please see Michelle or Jennika.

Second Graders Skype with a Class in Illinois

Ms. Mason's class was able to Skype with another second grade class in Illinois. Both classes had selected numbers within a certain range. The other class had to use number sense skills to try to guess the number. Students in Ms. Mason's class used their goal binders to help them ask questions and eliminate numbers based on information received. Very powerful learning!!

Don't forget to talk to Ms. Mason if you are thinking about applying for BYOD next year! She is a great resource to let you know about the benefits and commitments of the program.

Check out this visual to help students reframe their words! What a great connection to growth mindset !!

You are invited to help support our Girls on the Run!

Our Girls on the Run Practice 5k is Friday, May 2nd at 5:30. It will start on the trail right behind school in Memorial Park. We would love as many people as possible to come cheer the girls on OR you can run with them too.

Also, mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18th. Please try come support OR run in the end of season Girls on the Run 5k at Corporate Woods. All our 3rd and 4th girls participating in our program (30 girls) are already registered to run as part of their program fee :) They have been working hard all season and we know they would love to see you all there supporting them, either by cheering from the sidelines or running right along with them :) It's only $25 until April 14th. The link is below. PS. It's not just for girls ;


Reminders & FYIs-some new!

  • Each grade level's student's school supply list are due to Renee April 9. Remember you are creating a cart via Walmart.com, printing it out, and submitting to Renee. Don't forget to keep the $35 limit.

  • Fourth Grade Field Trip: April 11

  • Early Release Day: Thurs., April 17 & NO School Fri., April 18

  • Kindergarten Celebration : May 22

  • BOGO Book Fair: May 19 & 20

  • Building Wide Writing Festival/4th gr. Famous Missourian/Art Fair: May 20

  • May 30 : Field Day
  • June 2: Fourth Grade Celebration
  • 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! Protection One and Raymore PD contact her directly, so it's important she is aware in case a worry arises. 616-4210.
  • 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".

  • Classroom doors should remain locked and the magnet strip should be used to allow access into classrooms. If you need a new magnet, please notify Jennika.

  • Attendance should be entered in SIS each morning by 9:00 a.m. Thank you for making sure this is done in a timely manner.

  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:20 a.m.

  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Remember to add your current class schedule to the Google RE Shared Folder & before you implement changes; post outside your door too.

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