Raymore Update 10/13/2015

Where We Celebrate All Especially the Small!

Quote of the Week

“None of us is as smart as all of us. ” – Ken Blanchard

Comments in Teacher Ease

It is a district expectation that comments should be made each quarter. You can make these comments whenever you are ready to take your "snapshot" on or before Oct. 19. The quarter ends Oct. 15. One strategy some people use is to draft then now in Google docs and just cut/paste during the 4 day time frame.

Parking on Thursday

Reminder to all staff do not park in either the side lot by the cottage or the front lot on Thursday for our transportation station that night. We have vehicles arriving at 4:30 (I'm sure some will be early and we're setting up at 4:15).

Positive Office Referral

We have created a positive office referral ticket that you may give to your students. Here is the plan: Write the students name on the referral, check their positive act, send with them to office, office staff will provide praise, and the student takes that home to show their family or you may post them in your room. Just a quick positive act for those who work so hard and go unrecognized sometimes. I will have the tickets copied and in your boxes.

Reminder from Mrs. Beck

Any referrals you have for students to be placed on the schedule for individual and/or group counseling, social skills groups and/or to receive a Tiger Buddy are due this Friday October 16th.


Upcoming Dates

10/14/15 BLT

10/16/15 1st grade Field Trip

10/16/15 Food Service and Lunch Room Staff Appreciation Day

10/23/15 Fall Parties

10/28/15 Be Proactive Assembly

10/28/15 Early Release Day

10/28-29/15 Parent Teacher Conferences

Check List

To Do List : Recheck your smore often for updates

  • Get ready for Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Turned in your grade level field trip form.
  • Crisis Bags on hooks by your door.
  • Have you signed up for the Restaurant Nights?
  • Enter students into and out of Protabula. We really need this data.
  • Please have class meetings about hallway, bathroom, arrival, and dismissal.

Parent Teacher Conference Information

  • Reminders: SpEd (and many RTI students) require a "double-length conference" co-planned/scheduled.
  • AMP will let you know the kids they plan to confer with and need to schedule theirs back-to-back with your conference time.
  • TLC will let you know who they will confer with and need to schedule back-to-back OR join yours.
  • Goal binders/folders should be used to guide conference discussions about LT progress. ALL comments need to be entered into the report card even for Q1. We will not print hard copies report cards for parents or conferences (Same as last year). Use your devices as possible during the conference.

Seth has created the spread sheet you will schedule your confirmed times on. Jenni, Melissa, and Jennika can attend conferences as well. Please let us know. We also have tabs on the spreadsheet for scheduling.


Apps and Websites

As you are aware, our district is working through a complicated topic regarding the usage of certain student apps and websites. Several of the websites and apps that are out there are quality educational tools but may come with increased privacy concerns for our students. Therefore, we now need to determine how to best navigate through this. Seth has done a great job with communicating to grade level teams about this topic. If you have not already done so, please complete the form Seth sent you asking you to list any apps and/or websites you are currently using with students. The following is more information regarding this topic:

  • Please do not create any new accounts for our students on any site that requires individual student log-in using their Google email or other personally identifiable information.
  • Please review the privacy policies and terms of use of any site that requires individual students log-in to determine if they require students to be over the age of 13 and have parent permission to use.
  • If you find you are using a site that does require a student to be over the age of 13 and have parent permission, determine if the site has general features that would be useful without the log-in needed and without providing the site any personally identifiable information. Many sites have open access uses which can be very beneficial that do not require sharing any information.
    • There is a possibility that we will need to discontinue the use of the log-in sites with the age restriction. Exploring non-log-in options would be beneficial.
  • This does not include district contracted sites such as MobyMax, SRI, Aimsweb, etc.
  • It is imperative that teachers read the privacy policy of a site before requesting its use in their classroom. If students have to log in to a site, teachers should check with the principal and/or the DLT before proceeding with any new resources.

Hats Off Revised

Please turn your "Hats Off" paper to me and I will put them on the board. That way I can showcase them in the smore and you don't have to worry about it.

Remember that if you were awarded a hat you will need to pass it on at the next faculty meeting.

Wishing Well

Well wishes to Sarah Adkins and baby, Gail Schmidt's mother, John Heil's Mother, Tiffany Husk's father, Konnie's daughter, and Sherri Mullen. Wishing everyone wellness. Take your vitamins!

Condolences to Mrs. Sorrick on the loss of her uncle.


* Half way through Let Me Run!

* Boys are meeting their goals.

* 11 boys are participating. Final Run is November 13.

* CAN food drive had 100's of food items donated.

Hallway Expectations and Dismissal Expectations

Please talk about these areas during your morning meetings!

  • Hallways are becoming a tricky spot during arrival and dismissal. Please remind your students that they are to walk on the blue tile, single file, with a smile.
  • Please remind car riders that they are to walk to the library on the blue tile. When entering the library their voices should be off or at a whisper so their names can be heard. They need to sit where the adults can see their eyes, not behind the tables. As the crowd clears they need to move forward toward the carpet area however they may still sit in the chairs.

Just In Case...

  • Remember to make those positive phone calls before conferences.
  • Remember to ask specific triage questions to help your student learn their missing skill(s).
  • Please check equipment(slides, swings, monkey bars) to see if it is wet before letting students play on it. We don't want our students to slip off or get too wet.
  • Please be vigilant while monitoring recess. Be aware of any cars or people outside of our fences.

Panther Cub Academy


Office referral

If you are making an office referral you need to use the google form. At this time, please do not use the office referral on ProTabula.


ProTabula Tutorial

Please log all behavior activity into ProTabula. This data is so important.


Parent View Learning Targets And Power Standards


Go to district web site. Click on "For Parents" and then "Curriculum For Parents"

Family Support Document and Family Celebrations

Conscience Discipline

CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE: THE SKILL OF COMPOSURE Composure is the willingness to change our internal state from upset to calm.

Composure is self-control in action.

It is a prerequisite skill adults need before disciplining children.

It requires us to be the person that we want others to become.

Composure comes from the power of perception which states: “No one can make me angry without my permission.”Whomever or whatever we put in charge of our feelings, we have placed in charge of ourselves. Dr. Becky Bailey


  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray-Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Melissa asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Melissa. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Jennika & Melissa if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 816-550-4434 and 816-868-9856
  • Call or text Jennika or Melissa if you will be in the building on the weekend! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Looking for previous copies of our Weekly Staff Updates? If so, these can be found on our Raymore Tigers Weebly site under "For Staff" & then click on "Raymore Update".


As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement