Barry News

Friday, December 11th 2020


Character Strong - Family Dares

I hope you all had a chance as a family to complete the dare from this past week: No More Chores. It was an opportunity for us to help our family with completing another family member's chores for them. This paired nicely with our building-wide focus on the Selflessness trait.

I am excited to challenge you all to participate in next week's dare: Sweet Neighbors. Please see the explanation below. Check out our Instagram page to hear from our Principals Advisory Team describing the dare and its importance. Also, please reach out to share experiences you are having with these family dares via phone call, email, or even video recording. I would love to highlight these things on Instagram and our newsletters.

Family Dare - Sweet Neighbors

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Family Dare - Sweet Neighbors

Character Strong Student Recognition

Each week, our building will focus on a different trait of the Eight Essentials. 10 students will be recognized for modeling this trait throughout the week. This week's focus was Selflessness.

The following students selected were:

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Student Council Spirit Week 12/14-12/18

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Academic Lab (Repeat)

Academic Lab will begin next week. This provides students with additional academic support with a Barry teacher. Academic Lab can either be assigned to a student by a teacher, or it can be requested by a parent.

Academic Lab is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-4:00 p.m. An activity bus is available. If you are interested in learning more you can contact the school administration, counselor or child's classroom/homeroom teacher.

Please book mark this link and/or use the form embedded below.


Second Semester Class Assignment (Repeat)

The following protocol will be used below if we see and influx of remote learners coming back to Barry for 5th grade. At this point, our numbers are manageable, so we will not need to implement what you read below at this point in time.

Recently, all of our families completed their declaration for their student’s learning scenario for second semester (which begins January 11, 2021). More than 140 families district-wide, have chosen for their child to return to in-person learning from remote learning at the elementary level. As you can imagine, those changes have a significant impact on staffing for both the remote and in-person learning scenarios for our learners. We will need to make some alterations to class assignments for our students to create balanced and safe (in-person) learning environments for our learners for second semester. We want to keep families informed about our process. The graphic below shows our timeline for this process.

Process Timeline

  1. November 2020: Families make remote or in-person declarations for second semester

  2. December 2020: District Leadership identifies staffing needs for both remote and in-person learning

  3. December 4, 2020: Buildings communicate class assignment process to parents (WE ARE HERE)

  4. December 2020: Buildings create balanced class lists for second semester

  5. December 2020: Buildings prepare building and classrooms for change in class sizes

  6. December 18, 2020: Buildings communicate to families about student-teacher assignments for second semester (beginning January 11)

  7. January 4, 2021: Students return from winter break to 1st semester teacher/class (to complete assessments and progress monitoring for report cards)

  8. January 11, 2021: Students start with second-semester teacher/class - January 11, 2021

This process may result in your child being assigned to a different teacher for second semester. We will be alerting families on December 18 through email about that classroom assignment.

Important to Know

  • Not all students/grades will require a resort of students (due to varying numbers of staff and students returning from remote).

  • To avoid confusion, all families will receive an email on December 18 confirming each student’s teacher assignment for second semester.

  • We will not be accepting parent requests for change, or stay-in-place for this process.

  • All teachers want to keep all of their students, so they will not be the deciding factor on placements. Rather teachers will be involved in creating a balanced classroom using their current information about students’ academic, social, and emotional information.

  • No administrator wants to move students mid-year. This particular situation this year is certainly an exception to our current practices.

  • Your child will be looking to the adults in the home for guidance on their personal reaction to the assignment. We would ask that you find a positive frame to discuss this change (if there is one) with your child.


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Clothing Reminder

As the seasons change, remember to send in extra clothes that are weather appropriate for your child in the event they have an accident at school.

Stay Connected



Welcome to Mrs. Richison's Virtual Office! Please click around the room to find information regarding district resources, coping skills, ways to contact me, and more.

Family Conversation Starters

Nothing brings people together faster than good old-fashion conversation. But sometimes getting a conversation started with kids can be tricky. “What did you do today?” “Nothing.” To combat one word answers, try these family conversation starters filled with conversation topics that are sure to get kids talking.
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Treasure Chest (Repeat)

The Treasure Chest is our school district resource center. It is a stocked pantry providing food, clothing, toiletries, and other household supplies. All items in the Treasure Chest are free to PCR-3 students and families who participate in the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. The Treasure Chest is open for shopping every week of the calendar year on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-6pm. Families must register at the following link or call 816.858.7001 weekly so we can appropriately plan for resources. Once approved, families can drive through at the original Treasure Chest site (in the north parking lot of PCHS). Identification must be provided in order to receive food.

Register weekly here:

If you need to complete a new lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year, please follow this link:


Please feel free to visit our counselor's virtual office for counseling related materials.

Safe Schools (Repeat)

If you need to submit a tip regarding school safety (bullying/threats/violence/etc.), please click here.

Follow us on Social Media (Repeat)