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A Message from Dr. McGraw: September

THANK YOU PTA!

A special THANK YOU to PTA for hosting our Back to School barbecue during Meet Your Teacher Night. This was a fun way to meet new people and visit with friends. Our staff and families loved it and know it takes work to make great things happen!! If you haven't already joined PTA, please consider doing so!

Lee's Summit R-7 recycling bins no longer able to accept community recycling

Due to a change from the district's solid-waste vendor, Deffenbaugh Industries, recycling bins located at Lee’s Summit R-7 schools and facilities are no longer able to accept materials from community members. Schools and district facilities will continue to participate in recycling at each building through the district-wide program.

During the summer, Lee's Summit R-7 officials were notified by Deffenbaugh that they could no longer offer free pick-ups for community recycling items. Based on this notice of fee increase, the district issued a bid and received two bids from solid waste companies (Republic and Town & Country). Both proposed a significant fee to pick up the community recyclables at district facilities. Deffenbaugh also proposed adding more containers and charging a significant monthly fee to pick up both district and community recycling. Their offer was declined by the school district based on the its cost and impact on the R-7 budget. Lee's Summit R-7 continues to be a strong supporter of recycling and green initiatives throughout the district.

Revised Grading Process and Progress Reports

Attached to the email you received, you will find an important letter from Dr. Collier.

Would you like to be an Underwood VOLUNTEER??

The Process:

1. Go to your http://uwe.lsr7.org/ and click on the "Parents" ribbon across the top.

2. Scroll down to where it says "volunteers" and click.

3. A 5-minute video will play. Then volunteers should press the "continue" button at the bottom of the video.

4. A short questionnaire will pull up to be filled out by each volunteer.

5. Once submitted, there is an option for printing the background check if you are needing to be screened. You can then fill this out and present it to Underwood's office with an ID.

Will you tell us your story about student success through R-7 Story Project?

Do you have a story about your child that you'd like to share focusing on his or her success in school? As part of "The Story Project," Lee's Summit R-7 is featuring personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. We are looking for stories about a specific incident or an individual school staff member making a positive difference for your child.

The stories may be about children from birth through high school and may be submitted by parents and guardians of both past and present students. Stories should be 200 words or less and should go to janice.phelan@lsr7.net. You may also contact Janice Phelan to provide general information, and she will draft your story for your review.

Beginning of the Year Reminders:

  • Attendance is extremely important to your child's academic success. Although absences happen, please contact the office when your child will not be in attendance. 816.986.3280
  • If your child will be late to school, please come in to the office and sign in your child for the day
  • Guests can only take photos of their personal child and no other students can be included on photos
  • Cell phones need to be turned off when in the building. We want to model that the kids are the most important thing to us and give them our full attention
  • Our car lane and bus lane are tight quarters! Please be patient when entering and exiting UWE.
  • Please label all coats and lunch boxes clearly with your child's name

Life Changer Honor

Did you know that Mrs. Erica VanNess, school counselor, was nominated for the 16-17 Life Changer of the year award? You can read all about it here: https://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/erica-vanness/ Also, please consider leaving a comment at the bottom of her nomination page. She can earn a special spirit award if she has lots of comments supporting her! Let's all help Mrs. VanNess as she represents Underwood in a BIG way!

Save the Date

As we prepare for the 16-17 school year, here are some important dates. Dates/times could change slightly if there are scheduling conflicts. We will notify you of those changes if they occur.


- September 19-30, 2016: Fun Run Fundraiser

- October 13th, 2016: Spirit Assembly, 9:30am

- October 28th, 2016: Fall Parties

- November 10th, 2016: Goodies with Grandparents, 5:00-7:00pm

- December 8th, 2016: Donuts with Dads, 7:45am

- December 21st, 2016: Spirit Assembly, 9:30am

- February 14th, 2017: Valentine's Parties

- February 24th, 2017: Sock Hop, 6:00-7:30pm

- March 17, 2017: Spirit Assembly, 9:30am

- March 30th, 2017: Muffins with Moms, 7:45am

- May 5th, 2017: Spirit Assembly, 9:30am

- May 12th, 2017: Field Day

My New Addition...

I have to brag a little and introduce the McGraw family's new bundle of joy, Kellen. We are so in love, and Kamden is an INCREDIBLE big brother.