Barry News

Friday, February 19th 2021


Character Strong - Family Dares

I hope you all had a chance to participate in last week's family dare: Family Bucket List Check In.

Please consider joining us in this week's family dare: Their Thing. As a father of four daughters (we had our fourth on Thursday!), I have had LOTS of practice with this family dare! Growing up with a brother and having mainly male cousins, I didn't have many opportunities to engage in activities outside of what boys stereotypical participate in. Now that I am a "girl dad," I have had lots of practice with dress up, princesses and princes, dance parties, painting nails, and the list goes on and on. I am truly grateful for all of these new adventures. Additionally, I know our relationship thrives when my daughters see me genuinely engage in their interests.

For our Barry parents of teenagers, I challenge you to engage in something your child likes. Whether it is video games, You Tube, social media, or something completely different, I challenge you to go all in.

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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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Early Release PLC Day Wednesday, 2/24

Reminder that our students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm for PLC.

Student IDs

All students were issued an ID and a lanyard for school use. These are essential when going through our lunch lines. Without them, the process slows down tremendously. Please check in with your student to ensure they haven't lost theirs and bring it to lunch daily. If they have lost theirs, we can replace it in the office for $5.

PTSA Papa John's Night

On Tuesday, 2/23, please support our Barry PTSA by having dinner from Papa John's between 4-9 pm at the Prairie View and N Oak locations. Please use the code: KSB014.
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Spring Pictures Coming Up - 2/23 and 2/24 (Repeat)

Spring pictures are scheduled for next week, February 23rd and 24th. We will be taking individual pictures that parents can order through Lifetouch. We will also be taking class pictures during the day. To respect social distancing and current mask guidelines, we will have students wearing their face coverings during the class picture. Parents will have the option of selecting the class picture with classmates wearing their masks (this is definitely a year to remember!) and/or order a yearbook which will have individual classmate photos as part of their classroom page. Picture forms will be coming home soon.

PTSA Officers Needed for 21-22 School Year (Repeat)

Have you ever wondered about any available opportunities to become more involved in your child’s experience at Barry?

We have some wonderful options for you! The Barry PTSA will be electing new officers for the 2021-22 school year in the month of March, so we are in need of interested volunteers to serve in those roles.

(President-Vice President-Secretary-Treasurer)

Please send us an email to answer any questions you may have.

April 2021 Ballot Issue Informational Meetings (Repeat)

The District will be holding the following informational meetings for residents to learn more and ask questions about the April 6, 2021 No Tax Levy Increase Bond Issue. Visit our April 2021 Bond Program pages to learn more.


This year's Barry School Yearbook is going to be a huge challenge to create. Because Barry students are divided between a hybrid mode of instruction and a totally virtual setting, we have very few student pictures, and almost no pictures of students from the virtual classrooms.

We need your help, Barry families! If you have pictures of your Barry kids learning, smiling, or just doing their homework, please share! It doesn't matter if the pictures are inside or outside, posed or candid. They can even be school sports/activities pictures (like football, archery, step team, etc.) We will take whatever you have and try to use as many as we can. Please send pictures by February 15th to Michelle Delaney at If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Delaney using the same email.

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.


Suicide Presentation Monday, March 8th

On Monday, March 8th, our district's fifth graders will participate in a lesson with our school counselor outlining student stress, coping strategies, and our district approach to depression awareness and suicide prevention: Acknowledge, Care, Tell. If you would like for your student to opt out of this lesson, please return the opt out form attached below by March 4th. This opt out form will also be sent home with your 5th grade students on Monday, February 22nd.

5th Grade Parent Teacher Conferences 2/24

On Wednesday, February 24th, 5th-grade students will show a google slides presentation to share all of their wonderful accomplishments this year. This can be done anytime on Wednesday that fits your schedule. Chromebooks will be sent home for those that need one in order to present, we just ask that these are returned on Thursday. Teachers have already reached out via email for virtual conferences as these are only on an as-needed basis. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's homeroom teacher.


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Parent Teacher Conferences - 2/24 (Repeat)

Last week, our teachers reached out to families they need to meet with for spring conferences. Due to limited time slots as these conferences take place on one night instead of two as we did in the fall, we prioritized scheduling with any new families to Barry that did not participate in fall conferences and/or students who we may be concerned about for a variety of reasons.

If you were not contacted and have a need to schedule a conference, please contact the teacher directly. They will respond by providing their Calendly link for you to sign up for any remaining slots that are still available. .

Middle School Musical Update (Repeat)

COVID-19 has had a large impact on the educational setting this year in many ways; this includes the performing arts and the safety surrounding such activities. After much thought and consideration, the Platte County Theatre Department has made the decision to reschedule the middle school performance of Into the Woods Jr. until the 2021-2022 school year. We thank all students and parents who have expressed interest in this opportunity.

This decision was not made lightly, but directors of the musical, in partnership with the Platte County Theatre Department and administrators in the Platte County School District, do it knowing that it is in alignment with current theatre best practice recommendations. If you would like additional information, please see the attached letter (PDF below).

In lieu of the middle school musical performance, we are excited to announce a new theatre opportunity in collaboration with the Platte County High School Theatre Department. This opportunity will be free of charge and available to all middle school students interested, grades 6-8. We will be offering a month long theatre workshop in partnership with the high school theatre program and members that will allow middle school students to experience theatrical instruction in a safe and collaborative environment. More information regarding this additional opportunity will be communicated soon.

Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a Google Sign Up Form and a schedule of events for the Musical Workshop that will take place in late March and April.


Clothing Reminder

"Winter Clothes-

Now that winter is upon us it's time to send a change of clothes for your child. From time to time, an accident happens! We want to make sure your child is warm and safe at school

Please send a bag with one outfit that includes a pair of underwear, pants, and a shirt.

Also, make sure your child has a coat for the outside temperature as we like to go outside to the playground from time to time. If it's 40-50 degrees: Your child should wear a jacket. If it's 30-40 degrees: Your child should wear a winter jacket, hat, and mittens.

Thank you for helping us make sure your child is comfortable 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.

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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:

Parent Up

Parent Up is a campaign based in Clay, Platte, and Ray counties in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Parent Up strives to eliminate youth substance use. The website provides tools and resources to equip parents to care, connect, communicate and pay careful attention to their children from the elementary years through their high school years as well as outreach in Kansas City, Missouri’s Northland communities to help empower parents to protect their kids from youth substance use.


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)