The Compass Notes for Families

November 18, 2022

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Hello, Pirate family!

Happy Friday!

We had a wonderful week celebrating Veterans Day, as well as celebrating meeting our 1st quarter W.I.G.! Thank you to all of the Veterans who came to read in classrooms and attend the flag raising ceremony. Scroll down to see some of our fun photos from the week. Be safe, and have a great weekend. Go Pirates!

Dr. Kim Archer, Compass Principal

Mrs. Allison Page, Compass Assistant Principal

Ms. Kaitlyn Friesner, Interim Assistant Principal

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Compass Wildly Important Goals

Our Compass family reached our building wide reading goal in first quarter! Our reading goal as a building is that 80% of students will meet their individual reading goals each quarter, and 82% of our students accomplished their goal! We are so excited and proud of our Pirates! This week we celebrated with "Fort Night" reading enjoying snacks, flashlight reading and forts. Thank you for your continued support of our growing readers and leaders at home. Go Pirates!

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Character Warms the Heart- American Enterprise Edition

Platte County FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is partnering with Pirates R.O.C.K., PCHS Athletics & Activities, and the Treasure Chest to host the “Character Warms the Heart - American Enterprise Edition” community event at the Basketball Game on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

The purpose is to teach young students (Grades 3rd - 5th) the importance of the American Enterprise system with a focus on "entrepreneurship" while providing financial support for the Treasure Chest.

Student sign up will begin Monday, November 28 and sign-ups will end on Friday, December 9. Students will be partnered with a high school mentor to assist them as they create a product and sell it at the Basketball game. Financial contributions from product sales, monetary donations, and other donated items (toiletries, etc.) will all go to support the Treasure Chest.

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Compass Book Fair Thank You!

Compass Family,

We'd like to extend our most sincere gratitude and thanks for making our Book Fair an outstanding and record breaking success!

With your support we sold over $13,200.00 at our Book Fair. Compass Elementary will have over $6,500 to spend in Scholastic Dollars at our school. The Library has already purchased over $2,200 in new books from the fair. With the money raised from All for Books, Compass PTA used funds to buy every teacher and counselor a book off their wish list. This fair would not have been possible without our incredible volunteers, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We hope to see you at our Spring Book Fair!

Happy Reading,

Compass PTA

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Treasure Chest

The PCR-3 Treasure Chest is also providing groceries to assist families who qualify for Free or Reduced Meal Plans. Qualifying families will receive a weekly form via email to fill out or call 816-858-7001 weekly, so we can appropriately plan for resources. Once approved, families can receive additional food on Wednesdays from 4-6pm at the Treasure Chest site (in the north parking lot of PCHS).

The Treasure Chest is also happy to accept food and monetary donations.

PCHS Phase 1 Rebuild Grand Opening - December 8, 2022

Along with Newkirk Novak Construction Partners and Incite Design Studio, the District will be hosting a ribbon cutting and open house of the Platte County High School Phase I Rebuild project on Thursday, December 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm. This event is open to the community and tours and refreshments will be provided following the ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm. Come tour our new space which will be open for second semester! See flier for details.

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Pictures from the Week

We Want Your Feedback! Please Complete the Parent Survey by Dec. 4

Platte County School District is conducting its annual parent survey to gather feedback on strengths of the district, as well as areas to consider for growth. Your input is important and will be considered when making future decisions.

If you have not already completed the survey during Parent/Teacher conferences, we ask that you complete the survey by clicking on the link below. If you have more than one student, please be sure to answer those questions for each building. The survey should take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Fall 2022 Parent Survey

The Platte County School District thanks you for participating in the following survey. Your feedback is very valuable to us and will be used to improve our programs. Please respond to the following questions below. Please answer only for the school(s) in which your child(ren) attend(s).

📲 Have You Opted In to Receive Text Notifications from PCR-3?

School Messenger is our automated phone calling and text notification system. We use this system to notify parents quickly for sudden changes in schedules due to emergencies, school cancellations, or just important school announcements.

If you aren't receiving the District's text reminders and notifications and would like to opt in to receive these, simply text "YES" to 67587. Standard text messaging rates apply.

❄️ Winter Weather Information

Click here for information on school cancellations/modifications due to inclement weather, how the District will notify parents, as well as information on recess, Y Club, and Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days. As a reminder, PCR-3 will implement traditional inclement weather days (no school and no virtual learning), until we reach a threshold that would push the school year past Memorial Day. We will make those days up per our academic calendar, and if we go past our planned make up days for inclement weather, we will implement our Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days.

🏴‍☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait: CITIZENSHIP (November)

Pirates R.O.C.K. (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.

November's #PiratesROCK trait is CITIZENSHIP: providing service and duty to your community.

Leader in Me connections to CITIZENSHIP:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive - You are in charge of you.
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win - Find ways where everyone can win.
  • Habit 6: Synergize - Work together to do better.

Character Strong connections to CITIZENSHIP:

  • Social Awareness
  • Commitment
  • Selflessness

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There is a Leader in Me!

Compass Elementary utilizes the Leader in Me framework as our school’s leadership initiative. A goal of the Family and Community Action team here at Compass is to provide additional education to families about the 8 different habits that your student(s) are taught to empower them to lead their own learning. Each month, your child’s teacher will provide education in their weekly newsletter about a habit for the month. Along with the habit for the month, there will be a family worksheet for each student to complete with their family. If a student brings that worksheet back to school, your child will earn a prize donated by Nodaway Bank to our very own Compass PTA!

Leader in Me founder, Steven Covey, once said, “Family is the most important organization in the world.” We appreciate your partnership is building healthy, happy kids at school, at home, and in the community!

Cafeteria Assistance

We would love your assistance to support our Pirates during lunch in the cafeteria. Please follow the link below to sign up for a time between 10:30 am - 12:00pm or 11:45 am - 1:30pm. Please bring in your ID when you arrive.

Lunch Visit Sign-Ups

We are excited to welcome you to visit your Pirate at lunch! If you are ordering a lunch to eat with your student, please call ahead or confirm your order as you sign up with the link below.

Dates to Know


Wednesday 23-Friday 25: No School, Thanksgiving Break


Thursday 1: 5th Grade/Choir Music Performance at Wilson Auditorium

Wednesday 7 : PLC Day

Tuesday 20: Winter Parties

Wednesday 21: 3 Hour Early Release for Students

Previous Information

Open Positions at PCR-3

The school year has started, but we still have some openings across our District, including bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and lunch monitors. If interested in joining our team, click here to apply! Specifically at Compass Elementary, we have openings for a Lunch Monitor and Custodian.

Birthday Treats/Celebrations

We believe that birthdays are an important time in a child’s life. However, for several reasons including increased food allergies, preservation of the instructional day, and student equality, students are not allowed to bring treats from home or a store or have flowers/balloons or other items delivered to the classroom for birthdays, going-away parties, or other personal events. If a student receives a delivery at school, the student will be notified to come to the office to view the item. Parents will be responsible for transporting the item home. Birthday party invitations may only be distributed if invitations are given to every student in the class.
Previous Family Newsletters

Click here to reference previous newsletters sent to our Compass families.

Keep in contact with us!

We want families to stay connected to all Compass information. We invite you to use the buttons below to visit our social media and platforms.

You can always pick up the phone and give us a call anytime. The school number is 816.858.0172. If you have a specific question for administration, please email us at (Dr. Kimberly Archer, Principal) (Ms. Kaitlyn Friesner, Interim Assistant Principal) or (Mrs. Allison Page, Assistant Principal - maternity leave).

Thank You to Our Compass Elementary Pirates R.O.C.K. Business Partners!