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Playoffs Again!

We are excited to celebrate another playoff season in Kansas City. I hope this weekend gives us another proud moment. Time to trade my blue for red.

Enjoy the three day weekend!!

Important Dates

  • January 21st - Human Growth and Development Film Parent Preview - 6:30 LSHS
  • January 22nd - PTA Event - Bingo for Books - 6:30 - 8:00 - HPE Gym
  • January 26th (Make-up Day) - Human Growth and Development Film Parent Preview - 6:30 LSHS
  • February 5th - First Friday Assembly - Spirit Day

Excellence In Teaching - Please consider nominating one of HPE's finest.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Excellence In Teaching/Teacher of the Year awards and are due Thursday, January 28, 2016. I hope you'll consider taking time to nominate a deserving educator!

Each year our school district, in conjunction with the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, recognizes twelve Excellence in Teaching Award recipients and selects a Teacher of the Year.

For more information about Excellence In Teaching, Teacher of the Year, lists of former recipients and information about frequently asked questions, please visit the brand new Excellence In Teaching/Teacher of the Year website:

**Please note, the 12 Excellence In Teaching winners will be recognized and the Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a April 21 Chamber of Commerce/R-7 School District reception/presentation at the Longview Mansion.

You can access the form on the district web site, under the Teacher of the Year link on the front page. Please note the two page limit, as we must enforce that to be fair to all nominees.

Human Growth and Development Film Viewing

To: 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Parents/Guardians

Re: Human Growth and Development Instruction

The following date has been scheduled for the preview of videos used in the Human Growth and Development Units. Childcare will not be provided.

January 21, 2016 (Lee’s Summit North High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Lee’s Summit West High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Lee’s Summit High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All classroom viewings will be held in January, February, and March. More information, including specific classroom viewing dates will be sent home in January.

January 26, 2016 - make-up date if needed due to inclement weather.

Leader in Me Symposium

Each year, there are LIM Symposium events around the country. We have sent staff to attend the one in St. Louis for the past three years. This year, they have moved it to Kansas City!!!! It is two day event full of a variety of activities. INFO One of the things that attendees do is travel to other LIM schools to visit. We applied, and were selected, as one of the host schools. This is a great opportunity for our students to again practice their skills and share with others the GREAT things happening at HPE. Our visit is from 1:00 – 2:30 on Tuesday, 02/16. There will be approx. 80 -100 guests at that time. We are very excited that our students will get another chance to shine as they share all about Leadership at HPE.

Leadership Academy Time - February Date Changed - Need Additional Adults.

For the Symposium, we have decided to showcase our Leadership Academy. In order to do that, our Feb. date and time has been changed to the 16th from 1:15 - 2:00.

I will need plenty of adults to help and can't wait to share with our guests how parent volunteers make this whole time possible. Please consider signing up to help. if you have already signed up for February, please sign up below also. I want to make sure I have an accurate count of who can help. THANKS!

Leadership Academy

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 1:15-2pm

400 Southeast Millstone Avenue

Lee's Summit, MO

Help with the First and Second Grade Students as we discuss Leadership and the 7 habits. You will be in charge of one small group.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Our Community Cares (Brian Galvez) - For area business leaders.


You are receiving this email because your name/business was shared as being someone who might have an interest in helping sponsor the annual Melanie Grace 'Kickin Against Cancer' fundraising event. I've tried to cover pertinent details in the email, but without overwhelming you with too much info. If you have additional questions, any of us on the committee would be glad to answer them (my contact information is below).

I'm involved with this event for several reasons: one, I'm passionate about young people; two, both of my daughters have played LSHS soccer and grown from their experience with this event; and three, the young woman after whom this event is named was a student in my youngest daughter's class.

We are hopeful you may be willing to support the event, and specifically Brian Galvez, this year.

The committee is hard at work planning. We will begin t-shirt sales for the event in the next couple of weeks, and our goal this year is to underwrite the cost of the t-shirts with corporate donations of $250 each. We have secured two sponsors thus far and need 4-5 additional to ensure the t-shirt production costs are covered.

What: Annual Melanie Grace Kickin' Against Cancer soccer match

When: April 26, 2016, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Lee's Summit High School Stadium

Details: Melanie Grace Lindmark was a kindergartner at Woodland Elementary when she was diagnosed with cancer - she would have been a junior at LSHS this year. After her death, the LSHS women's soccer program decided to honor her memory by establishing an annual fundraiser to help support other local young people battling cancer. The past several years, we've raised approximately $7,000. This year's goal is $10,000. The varsity soccer players solicit local businesses for cash and silent auction donations, and the day of the event, the recipient and his/her family are celebrated at halftime of the match.

This Year's Recipient: You may know Brian Galvez is a student at Highland Park Elementary, and that last spring he was diagnosed with leukemia. We are excited to support Brian and his family on their journey to overcome ALL. Brian will be the recipient of this year's event proceeds - we hope to be able to provide his family $10,000.

Benefits of Being Involved: This is an opportunity to expand community awareness of your business. The t-shirt sponsors will have their name/logo printed on the tshirts (our initial order is for 300 t-shirts - we have sold as many as 500 in the past). You will also have the option of having a table the day of the event to promote your organization, and your name/logo will be on the programs and signage, as well as being announced during the halftime program.

We recognize you likely get solicited frequently, and marketing dollars and funds dedicated to local causes get allocated quickly but we are hopeful the value of supporting a local event is attractive! :o)

Please contact me at or 816-365-4791 no later than Monday, January 25 if you are interested in being listed as a sponsor on this year's t-shirts. Thank you!!!


Laura Maxwell

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Winter season is upon us and with it comes all those nasty colds, coughs and fevers. Please remember to call the attendance office (986-2253) by 9am when your child is sick or gone from school for any reason. The attendance number has voicemail so that you can leave your message 24/7!!

We appreciate your help!

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