The Bear Necessities

February 4, 2016

February 12th PD Plan

Good Morning,

We will have breakfast together from 8:15-8:40. We will then break into two groups. Classroom teachers will stay with Merrell for the planned days PD. STARS and Life Skills teams will join me to make decisions and have discussion. Remaining SLP/OT/PT can use this time to complete their hours of PD needed.


Teachers - Please make sure you have thoroughly read through the DRDP Mtg notes shared by Kristen last week (Jan 28). Due dates were included, so you will want to make sure those are on your calendar

For your next newsletter

LS R-7 parents, community invited to attend Feb. 16 informational session focusing on school district’s Active Shooter / Intruder Response Training

Training for all staff designed to enhance school safety while meeting and exceeding Missouri law

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District parents and community members are invited to an informational session focusing on district-wide emergency-response training being offered to all staff members this year. “School Safety Seminar: Preventing and Responding to Possible Active School Shooters in LSR-7” will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lee’s Summit North High School, 901 NE Douglas Street.

During the session, Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members and local law enforcement officials will share information about the training, a half-day program offered for each district staff member for the first time this school year. In addition, those attending will hear about programs and strategies used by school staff members to prevent school violence. Parents will also learn more about their role in helping spot potentially dangerous situations and how they would be asked to respond in case of a school lockdown or school emergency.

A similar parent and community session was held Oct. 20 at Lee’s Summit High School.

During the 2015-16 school year, all Lee’s Summit R-7 School District staff members are participating in the Active Shooter / Intruder Response Training (ASIRT) hands-on training. The program, created by Strategos International, has been used successfully by many school districts and other organizations across the nation and within the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to providing R-7 staff members with skills and hands-on training, ASIRT meets and exceeds new requirements in Missouri law for this type of training.

The R-7 School District is using a train-the-trainers approach, and staff members are participate in training sessions conducted by R-7 employees, school resource officers and DARE officers who have completed a 40-hour program providing them with the materials and skills to conduct training at schools. Each staff member is completing a four-hour training this school year with a shorter refresher course planned in future years for returning employees.

The ASIRT training sessions for staff members include a presentation as well as practical hands-on training. The sessions are designed to bridge the gap between responding law-enforcement officers and school employees in an active shooter situation. Staff learn principles that can be applied in any scenario, including at a school or a community setting. In addition, the course will provide employees with additional skills related to prevention, reporting and protection of students and staff during the critical moments before law enforcement arrives at a crime scene. Also included is what to expect from officers once they arrive.

The ASIRT training is part of a comprehensive focus on school safety within the R-7 School District that includes emergency response training and drills, school resource and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers, a thorough Emergency Operations Plan, positive working relationships with area law-enforcement and fire departments and a Campus Crime Stoppers Tips Line (816-986-1450).

Calendar Glitch:

We have double booked you for Wednesday the 10th. We have Collaboration and Staff Mtg. at the same time. Please move Collaboration if you can, if not, we understand that connecting schedules can be difficult. So sorry for this mistake. See you at Staff Mtg.


  • Regarding time off requests, classified staff will still need to request the entire time off. If they request 4 hours and they return after 4 hours plus some, they will need to modify this time off request or work the extra time before the end of the week.

  • Mail procedure instructions and mail supplies are in the File Room.

  • Please notify the office if a Title student is now eligible to receive Special Education services. Please place the Title cumulative file in the brown file

Upcoming Events:

2/1-2/5 Major Saver Fundraiser

2/10 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting

10:00 SBT Meeting

2/11 ECC Only Emergency Day

Playdough with Parents Event

2/15 No School

2/17 8:30 Para Staff Meeting

2/19 Fire Drill

2/22-2/26 St. Teresa’s Student Volunteers in ECC Classrooms

2/25 Dental Screenings – Satellite Locations

3/1 Tornado Drill

3/2 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting

10:00 SBT Meeting

3/4 ASIRT Training

3/5 Taste of Lee’s Summit

3/11 Spring Pictures – ECC

3/21-3/25 Spring Break

4/18 DRDP Tech Info Entered – Due Date

My Week:

Thursday - Principal Mtg. AM, Here PM, Mtg with PIE member

Friday - Here, mtg with Holy Spirit

Monday - Playdough w/ Parents at satelite

Tuesday - Playdough w/ Parents at satelite

Wednesday - EC/PAT Staff Mtgs, SBT Mtg. Here all day