Plaza Pride Newsletter

November 16, 2018

Plaza Middle School

6501 NW 72nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.359.4210 Main Line
816.359.4211 Attendance Line

Website: plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Be you-because you are AWESOME!

Week at a Glance

Week of November 19th


November 19th - Purple Day

Please call the attendance line if your student will be absent this week, 816-359-4219

November 20th - Red Day

Growth and Development Lesson (more information below)

No After School Activities

November 21st - November 23rd

No School, Thanksgiving Break



**We have team t-shirts (sizes vary) on hand if you didn't have a chance to purchase one. Just bring $10 to the office to get yours today!


Lunch Menu

Thanksgiving Break

November 21st - 23rd


Monday, December 3rd

Cancelled - PTA Meeting


Monday, December 10th

Choir Concert, 7:00PM Plaza's Large Gym


Winter Break

December 21st, 10:45 Dismissal

December 24th - January 2nd


Park Hill's District Calendar has all the information you will need for when school is in/out of session.

Staff vs. Student Basketball Game - Teachers Win!

The Student vs Staff basketball game was a HUGE success! We would like to thank all of the staff who worked so hard to make this a fun evening. Also, thank you to all the parents and students who attended - it was the largest crowd we have ever had for this event! During the assembly at school today, we presented Feed Northland Kids with a $1500 check. Thank you again for your support!
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Growth and Development Lesson - November 20th

The lesson for Tuesday will be specific to the following standard: Growth & Development Video about Puberty for both Males and Females. Students will watch board-approved videos detailing physical changes occurring during puberty for both boys and girls. There are 2 videos: 1 about changes in males during puberty and 1 about changes in females during puberty.


At the team level, students will watch the BOE approved videos. For the lesson, students will be separated by gender on the team. Each of the groups will watch both videos. The girls will watch the girl puberty video and then will watch the boy puberty video. The boys will watch the boy puberty video and then will watch the girl puberty video.


You can access the videos from the following links.


Boy Puberty Education Video


Girl Puberty Education Video


Below are PDFs that provide detailed information on the 6th Grade Health and Life Ed Curriculum. Should you have questions, please contact your child’s home base teacher.

End of Day Transportation Changes

Please call the office by 2:00PM for any end of day transportation changes. This will allow us enough time to notify the students. Last minute phone calls can cause confusion for the students and can delay buses as we are trying to locate the students to direct them to the car line. Thank you for helping us facilitate a smooth dismissal each and every day!

Student Leaders of the Month - October

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Plaza recognizes a student male and female student each month that demonstrates one of the 7 habits:


Be Proactive

Begin with the End of Mind

Put First Things First

Think Win-Win

Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

Synergize

Sharpen the Saw


Congratulations to the October Student of the Month Recipients!


Heroes: Antionette L. and Brian L.

Incredibles: Shelby N. and Chris H.

Knights: Hannah S. and Nathan C.

Legends: Emma D. and Caidyn S.

Olympians: Kennedy N. and Himanshu S.

Phoenix: Aspen V. and Owen R.

Thunderbirds: Audrey S. and Caleb R.

The deadline to order online and to personalize is January 17th!

Yearbooks are now on sale for 6th grade students at Plaza Middle School. You can order online at www.balfour.com where you will be allowed to personalize if you wish. The deadline to order online and to personalize is January 17th! You can also order for $15 through the office with cash or check made payable to Plaza Middle School.

Q2 Intramurals

Tuesday

Basketball

Ceramics

Clash of Clans

Coloring & Drawing

Dodgeball

Intro to Film Making

Geek Out

Origami

Plaza Book Club

Study/Math Lab


Thursday

Basketball

Coloring and Drawing

Computer Games

Kickball

Legos

Mindful Movement

Plaza Book Club

Rainbow Loom

Soccer

Volleyball

Study Lab


Pick-Up Information:

· Car riders: your child must be picked up no later than 4:10 pm.

· Intramural buses: We do have late bus transportation for intramurals. The intramural bus leaves Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:20 pm. Intramural buses are shared with Lakeview and Congress so there will be 7th and 8th graders riding the late buses. Late buses run express neighborhood stops-ONLY, which are not always the same stops as the regular bus routes.


You can anticipate your child arriving home as late as 5:30 pm due to the neighborhood stops and shared bus format. Receiving a bus conduct on the intramural bus will result in suspension from late bus transportation for the remainder of the year.

PTA Clothing Center Info & Dates

The PTA of the Park Hill School District runs a clothing center that provides free, gently used clothing and new socks and underwear to district students. The PTA Clothing Center serves all Park Hill School District students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and the PTA asks you to bring some proof that you are enrolled in a Park Hill school. This could be a student ID, bus pass, dated letter from a principal or social worker, class schedule or enrollment form.

Donations are welcomed at the Clothing Center, which is at 8009 N Atkins, just south of the Gerner Family Early Education Center. Please make sure your donations are clean, in good condition and bagged in kitchen-sized bags that the volunteers can lift. The PTA needs student and adult volunteers for sorting donations and adult volunteers to staff the center on shopping days. Contact Sara Monsees at sara@monseestechnologies.com to sign up for notifications about when we need volunteers .For additional information, please contact one of the PTA Clothing Center team members:


Jada Rawlings
jada8125@gmail.com
(816) 876-6534

Maria Acosta

mcacosta71@gmail.com
(816-591-1803

2018-2019 SHOPPING DATES

Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dec. 4: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Jan. 8: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
March 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
March 26: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
April 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
April 16: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
May 7: 4-7 p.m. End of School Event

PARK HILL STAR AWARD NOMINATION INFORMATION

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!


Park Hill Star nomination form
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Plaza Middle School PTA

If you haven't had a chance to join PTA, it's not too late! Please find more information by going to Plaza Middle School PTA (link) or you can use the Online Membership & Payment option.

Honored to celebrate our Plaza veterans

Plaza staff and students had the privilege of hosting many veterans this morning. We are so appreciative of their service. Thanks to those who joined us!

New Infinite Campus Apps

We are excited to let you know that Infinite Campus has released two brand new apps to connect Park Hill families with what’s going on in the classroom. These free apps are called Campus Parent and Campus Student, and they are designed to give parents and students real-time access to grades, attendance information, assignments, and more. The easy-to-use design displays what is happening in the classroom so you can understand, monitor, and participate in the educational process.


They are available for download from both Google Play and the Apple Store. If you already have the current Campus Portal app for parents, it will no longer be supported; make sure to download the new Campus Parent so you don’t miss anything.


Don’t forget to enable push notifications for instant updates! Just download the app, tap the user icon in the top right, and select Settings > Notification Settings.

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Stay Connected to What’s Happening at Plaza

Plaza Pride Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is emailed out every Friday afternoon.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians immediate access to important student information such as grades, schedules, and attendance. It also allows parents/guardians to view their household contact information and student emergency contacts, and they can request updates to this information directly from the Portal. Click here if you need more information on how to set-up an account.

Infinite Campus App

The free Infinite Campus Portal App connects you with your student's information and enables you to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet.

1. Download the Campus Portal app from your preferred store.

2. Enter the District Name as Park Hill and select Missouri from the state options, then click search.

3. Select Park Hill, and enter your username and password (the same used to access the online Parent Portal)

4. Be sure to enable push notifications in the settings menu to receive alerts.

Plaza Website (link)

School Messenger

School Messenger is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.

Social Media

Twitter - @PlazaTigers

Instagram - OfficialPlazaTigers

Facebook - Plaza Middle School

First Hand Email Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what is going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news.

First Hand Mobile:

“First Hand Mobile” sends text message alerts about weather closings, emergency information or important news alerts directly to your text-messaging enabled mobile phone. This service is provided at no cost to the district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Platte Valley Bank. To sign up, go to the district website at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us.

Parent-Student Handbook

The parent-student handbook has been written to provide important information concerning specific rules, policies, and procedures related to the safety and operation of our schools. In order for schools to operate safely and efficiently, you and your student(s) must be familiar with and abide by the expectations, procedures and rules outlined in this handbook.

The student handbook summarizes district policy and contains general guidelines and information.


Parent-Student Handbook


Replacement Fees

At the beginning of the school year, Plaza provides every student with the following supplies; lanyard, case holder, ZPass (student ID card), binder, planner and page protectors. If your student needs to replace any of these items due to them being lost or damaged, they can do so in the office.


Lanyards - $2

Binders - $1

Planners - $1

Case Holders - $.50

Page Protectors - $.25


ID (ZPass) - The district will provide the first and second ZPass free of charge. Any additional requests for a lost ZPass will cost $5 each time. We ask that you give it at least 48 hours after the ID cannot be found before requesting a new one. Many times they are found and a new ID is not needed.

Deliveries made to Plaza Students

Please read the following from the Park Hill School District Parent/Student Handbook regarding deliveries made to students:


Delivery of flowers, balloons or other gift items to school is discouraged due to student
allergies, limited storage and disruption to the education environment. All items will be held in the office until the end of the day, or parents/guardians may be contacted to pick them up if deemed appropriate. Personal items needed during the school day must be dropped off by a parent/guardian, adult household member or person authorized by the parent/guardian. Deliveries of commercially prepared food by individuals other than a parent/guardian or person authorized by the parent/guardian are not permitted. If commercially prepared food is delivered to a student by the parent/guardian or person authorized by the parent/guardian, the student will consume the food in an area designated by a building administrator or designee.

STAY CONNECTED TO PLAZA

There are many different ways we stay connected with our Plaza families! We have an online newsletter that is updated weekly and you can view at anytime. Also, be sure to visit the Park Hill District Website to sign up for all district alerts, First Hand Mobile Alerts and First Hand Email Alerts.