The Compass Notes for Families
December 2, 2022
Hello, Pirate family!
We hope you had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving break with your friends and family! Mrs. Page is back from her maternity leave and is so happy to be back with her Compass family!
Please reach out if you have any concerns or questions! We are here to partner with you.
Thank you for your support and partnership in your student(s) education. Have a truly wonderful and relaxing weekend!
Dr. Kim Archer, Compass Principal
Mrs. Allison Page, Compass Assistant Principal
Dates to Know
Student's Holiday Calendar
**this calendar is optional for all students. Dr. Archer and Mrs. Page also are giving students the option to wear their pajamas the first day back from Winter Break on January 3rd**
5th Grade Choir Performance
Thank you to our 5th graders and Mrs. Duncan for an amazing music performance! This was so wonderful and what a fun opportunity to be at the Wilson Center!
Help Your Child Succeed In School
Build The Habit of Good Attendance
Research shows that good attendance helps students achieve in school. In the following months, we will highlight our Compass average student attendance. At this age parents, guardians, grandparents, and others are instrumental in helping to make sure our students are in attendance. The state and district goal for attendance is 90% of the students in attendance 90% of the time, or greater.
DID YOU KNOW?
Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
Students can still fall behind if they miss just 1 or 2 days every few weeks.
Compass has an attendance committee, made up of school administrators, a school counselor, the school social worker and an administrative assistant. We review student attendance data that falls below 90% each month. It is important that parents know if their child(ren)’s attendance falls below 90%. School personnel work with the student and family to help improve school attendance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
Lay out clothes and pack a backpack the night before.
Ask questions about your child’s school day…How was your day? What did you do today? Tell me something you talked about or learned in school today.
Ask to see what students are bringing home in his/her take home folder.
Look forward to reading your teacher’s newsletter, it has critical information about what your child is learning/doing.
As the season is changing and the weather is getting cooler, please review the districts’ snow day policy and check to make sure you are getting the notifications from district via email and text to prepare for the upcoming change in weather.
If you have concerns, or need anything, partner with your child’s teacher, school counselor, school nurse or administrator, we are here to help your child be successful!
Month Average Attendance:
- August 2022: 96.45%
- September 2022: 94.93%
- October 2022: 93.65%
- November 2022: 88.97%
**on all early-release days, we will not be able to have cafeteria assistance**
Career Fair 2023
The team would love and appreciate your feedback for parents who may be interested in participating!
Below is the link, if you are interested in providing feedback to the team on our Career Fair 2023! Thank you for your time and consideration!
Compass will have Watch D.O.G.S sign-up once a month. Below are the dates for the remainder of the 22/23 school year:
- December 16
- January 20
- February 24
- March 17
- April 21
Look for the signup below!
The parties are being organized by our amazing PTA. Only classroom volunteers signed up on PTA's sign up genius are able to join in person. Stay tuned for the PTA sign-up. The PTA is not asking for any donations-PTA will be covering all party supplies and snacks.
Other Important Information
The Treasure Chest is also happy to accept food and monetary donations.
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.
🏴☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait: Compassion (December)
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.
December's#PiratesROCK trait is: Compassion showing concern through words and actions.
Leader in Me connections to :
- Habit 4: Think Win-Win - Find ways where everyone can win.
- Habit 5: Seek First to Understand- Then to be Understood- Listen first, then Talk.
- Habit 6: Synergize- Work together to do better.
Character Strong connections to :
- Relationship Skills
- Social Awareness
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.
📲 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.
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.
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!
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).
❄️ Winter Weather Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Kimberly Archer, Principal) or email@example.com (Mrs. Allison Page, Assistant Principal).