Pathfinder Press

Summer Edition 2016

Welcome to Smore!

Beginning the 2016-17 school year, we will start using Smore as the platform for our building newsletters from Pathfinder Elementary. Families will also begin receiving a building newsletter twice a month, opposed to the one you have received in the past.
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Pathfinder Construction Update

The construction crew wasted no time renovating our kitchen and connecting the new addition to our existing hallway. All casework, carpet, and wall tile has been completed and floor tile will be installed during the first week of June. Final landscaping will be completed outside of our cafeteria and the rain garden will be completed between our two southern classroom wings.

Additional parking will also begin being installed on the east side of Pathfinder and at the southern end of our new construction. Take note that Y-Club and summer school will all be held at Barry School this summer. Please take some time to view the construction video that was shown all students on the last day of school.

End of the Year Construction Update

Proof of Residency Process and Locations/Dates

As part of a continued focus on maintaining fiscal accountability to our taxpayers and patrons, ensuring our tax dollars are spent on Platte County R-3 students, the District requires proof of residency for all returning students annually. Please see attached instructions and webpage. If you have multiple students in the District, only one proof of residency is required.

Proof of Residency verification can be completed during the following times/locations. After completing the process, a hard copy or emailed receipt will be provided to the parent. Parents can show this confirmation to obtain a student's final schedule or class teacher.

  • June 1 - July 17, 2016 - Proof of Residency accepted electronically via email to (returning students only; please send scanned copies, no photos)

  • June 13 - July 21, 2016 (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday) - Proof of Residency accepted in person at the District Education Center, 998 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, MO 64079

  • June 20 - June 23, 2016 (8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday) - Proof of Residency accepted in person at Barry School, 2001 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154

  • August 1, 2016 until Start of School - Proof of Residency accepted in person at any building or during your student's registration/enrollment.

'Sharpen The Saw' Selfie Summer Project

This coming school year, Pathfinder Elementary will be implementing the Leader In Me and teaching all students the 7 Habits. Habit #7 is “Sharpen the Saw”. We can work toward Habit #7 by finding balance in our lives, exercising our body and mind, and by simply finding time for taking care of ourselves.

Summer break is a GREAT time to Sharpen the Saw and we want to see how our Pathfinder families are Sharpening the Saw over break. Please take a minute to snap a selfie of your child or your family on family vacation, playing some sports, reading outside, or just doing something fun.

Pictures can be sent to Dr. Doll, or Ms. Domeny,, and we will get these posted on our Pathfinder Facebook page to see how we are all finding balance in our lives over the summer!

Pathfinder Mobile Library

We are very excited that Pathfinder’s Mobile Library, brought to you by Lucky the Reading Dog, is getting ready to visit Pathfinder neighborhoods soon! The original plan for little free libraries has changed into a mobile library, as a way to reach as many Pathfinder families as possible. Our first day will be Wednesday, June 15.

The Pathfinder Mobile Library will be out on Wednesdays, going to five Pathfinder neighborhoods. We will be at each stop for about 20 minutes to pass out books and visit with families. We will return each Wednesday through July 27. Please stop by to borrow a book, visit with us, and earn prizes. Prizes will be handed out on the last day.

Pathfinder Mobile Library Stops

Ferrelview City Hall - 1:00

Wau-Lin Cree - 1:30

Crooked Creek - 2:00

Fountain Hills Pool - 2:30

Barry-Platte Park (behind Pathfinder) Shelter - 3:00

Pathfinder Attendance Goal

We met our attendance goal for the school year! We had a 95.38% average attendance percentage for the entire year. Our goal was to be above 95% and we exceeded this mark. Thank you to all of our families who assured that your child was at school on time and did not miss school! We will work to increase this percentage for the upcoming school year.
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Postcards for Class Assignments

Postcards with your child’s teacher assignment will be mailed home during the week of July 31st to all students whose family has provided an updated proof of residency. Please look for a postcard like the one pictured here to arrive in your mailbox. If you feel you have missed the mailing of your child’s postcard, please contact the office after Friday, August 4th.

Back to School Night

Mark your calendar for Pathfinder’s Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.! At Back to School Night your child will be able to visit his/her classroom and meet his/her teacher for the upcoming school year. Families are welcome to come and go anytime between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Back to School Night is a great time for families to drop off your child’s school supplies. If you have ordered your supplies online, they will be in your child’s classroom at Back to School Night.

The goal of Back to School Night is simply for your child to get himself or herself adjusted to Pathfinder, see his/her classroom and meet the teacher. You will also be able to deposit lunch money into your child’s account and get transportation information. PTA will be accepting memberships at Back to School Night, along with providing special incentives to parents who join that night. Our PTA is a vital resource for many of the activities and initiatives we plan throughout the school year. We can’t wait to see your child and families as we get the new school year underway.

School Supplies

Many families will be looking for bargains on school supplies over the summer. You can view our 2016-17 school supply list below. If you want to avoid the stores, you also have the option to purchase your school supplies online by clicking here.

To order supplies online through School Tool Box, click on “Find Boxes Now” and type in "Pathfinder Elementary" and choose the grade that you need. The online school supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom and be ready for him or her at our Back to School night.

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Don’t forget to like us on Facebook (Pathfinder Elementary) or follow us on Twitter (@PathfinderElem) over the summer. We will be frequently updating our Pathfinder Facebook page and Twitter account with construction updates and other summer events that are happening regarding Pathfinder.