Shull Shark News Bites

February 17, 2016

Thank You Mr. Mott, Our 1st Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer!

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Major Saver Kick Off Thursday, Feb. 18

The 2016 Major Saver Discount Card campaign launches Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Ray-Pec School District. Last year, students in the District helped the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation raise more than $29,000. The $15 discount card offers 19 local buy-one-get-one-free offers. Proceeds from the card campaign benefit the participating schools and the Foundation. Card sales will occur in the elementary and intermediate schools starting Feb. 18 and continuing through March 3. More information:

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check, online at, or NEW FEATURE ……GO MOBILE with the Major Saver App. (Digital Card). Same great savings now on your mobile device.

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Mario, Madly, Kerrigan & Ali Share Their Valentine Boxes

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Kindergarten Round Up, Screening & Tour

All Parents of Kindergarten eligible children who will be age 5 by July 31, 2016, are invited to attend Kindergarten Round Up, Kindergarten Screening and our annual Kindergarten Tour. All three events are district-wide and taking place at all elementary schools.

Shull Kindergarten Round Up:

  • March 30, 2:00 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m. (only attend one session) in the Shull Library
  • Kindergarten Round Up is catered to the parent; childcare is not provided
  • must bring proof of residency (a utility bill that includes the "for service at" address), birth certificate, current immunizations **please note that cable bills, medical bills, insurance cards, etc., are not approved proof of residency documents**
  • Kindergarten Screening appointments will be made at Kindergarten Round Up if all required documentation is provided

Shull Kindergarten Screening:

  • Kindergarten eligible children will be given a Kindergarten preparedness screening
  • April 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (scheduled in 30 minute increments)
  • April 13, 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (scheduled in 30 minute increments)

Shull Kindergarten Tour:

  • Parents and their kindergarten eligible child will tour Shull and visit a Kindergarten classroom
  • April 22 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Call the Shull front office at (816)892-1600

Please help spread the word about these important events!

Coaching Kids Through Anger

Dr. Becky Bailey - Anger - Coach kids through it!

Visitor, Check Out & Transportation Change Procedures

Visitor Procedure

We appreciate and love hosting lunch time visitors at Shull! Visitors are always welcome to have lunch with their special Shull Shark during the child's scheduled lunch time. Please remember to call the office before 9:00 a.m. to order YOUR lunch (or family member's lunch) so the kitchen prepares an adequate amount of food.

Visitors will be asked to provide photo ID when checking in for lunch. The photo ID will be kept in the office as record that the visitor is in the building. The visitor will be provided a visitor's lanyard to wear while enjoying lunch.

Per the Parent/Student Handbook, visits outside of the cafeteria must be pre-approved and pre-arranged with the classroom teacher and principal.

Student Check Out Procedure

Only "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" and authorized pick-up contacts listed in our Student Information System (SIS) are permitted to pick students up from school. Persons listed as "Emergency Contacts" are not permitted to pick students up from school unless the office has received approval from the child's parent.

Transportation Changes

Changes in a child's transportation must be made in writing or via phone call and received by front office staff as early in the day as possible. Transportation changes may only be made by the person listed as "Parent 1" or "Parent 2" in SIS.

Google Apps & MidWest Education Technology Community

Mrs. Kelch, our Digital Learning Teacher, spent two days at the GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Summit last weekend in Kansas City focusing on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning.

What are Google Apps for Education? Learn more here:

Mrs. Kelch also traveled to St. Louis last week with other district leaders to attend the MidWest Education Technology Community (METC) Summit. The summit provides a platform to collaborate and reflect about innovative student learning and engagement strategies to optimize digital learning environments. To view a summary of the virtual experiences that were offered click here:

Check out Mrs. Kelch's Twitter Feed @mrskelch3

2nd Grade Students Build Their Own Google Sites

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Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Silent Auction

Online auction items are open for bidding now to benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Click here to view items or to place a bid: Online Auciton

The online auction is an extension of the Foundation's annual fundraising Gala, scheduled for Feb. 20. It includes a dinner, along with a silent and liveauction. For information about the Gala:

Greg Tang Math Strategy Training

Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Barbarick, Mrs. King and Mrs. Wooley attended a full day Greg Tang math strategies conference last week. They learned about, "The True Value of Place Value," and how to, "Turn Fact Fluency Into Child's Play." Mrs. Van Sickle, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Garrison also attended earlier this school year. Mrs. Welch, Mrs. Kiger, Mrs. Morrison & Mrs. Brown have all attended training in the past and implement Greg Tang strategies in their classrooms as well. To learn more, visit: and watch the video below!
Greg Tang Introduces

Important Calendar Events

February 18 - Major Saver Kick Off Assembly (Major Saver ends March 3)

February 19 - Yearbook Orders Due

February 25 - 3rd Grade Dental Screenings

February 26 - 2nd Grade Field Trip

March 1 - Cookie Dough Delivery - pick up after school (students get prizes at delivery)

*3:00 p.m candy bar for cash for all students who sold 12 or more items

March 4 - No School

March 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library

March 9 - Spring Picture Day

March 13 - Daylight Savings 2:00 a.m.

March 15 - 4th Grade to Jefferson City, MO

March 21-28 - NO SCHOOL

March 29 - School Resumes

Ava, Talan, Pierce & Eyan Share Their Valentine Boxes

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Teacher & Support Staff Employees of the Year Nominations

The Ray-Pec School District is seeking nominations for the 2016 Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Support Staff Employee of the Year. Anyone may nominate a teacher by submitting a letter of nomination by Feb. 29. A candidate must:

  • Be a full-time teacher
  • Librarians and counselors are eligible for the award
  • Be returning to teach in 2016-2017 in the District
  • Have completed three or more years teaching at Ray-Pec
  • Be effective and innovative in the classroom

Send letters of nomination for teachers or support staff employees to:

Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year/Support Staff Employee of the Year program, Administrative Services Center, P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078 or to Michele Stidham, Communication Director, at or

School Board Approves the 2016-2017 School Calendar

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15. To view and print the calendar, click on the link below:

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Bond Issue on April 5 Ballot

Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy.

In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District

The Long Range Facility Plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board on Sept. 24 after a yearlong development process, addresses the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next 8 to 10 years.

The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation, addresses the near-capacity enrollment challenge at the middle school, creates less transitions overall for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and will finally allow our district to offer a variety of early learning choices for families with pre-schooled aged children.

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  1. open text messaging on your phone
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