The Compass Notes for Families

December 2, 2022

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Hello, Pirate family!

Happy Friday!

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


Wednesday 7 : PLC Day- 2 Hour Early Release

Tuesday 20: Winter Parties

Wednesday 21: 3 Hour Early Release for Students


Tuesday 3: Student's first day back

Student's Holiday Calendar

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**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!

New Information

Attendance Data

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.


  • 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.


  • 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%

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.

**on all early-release days, we will not be able to have cafeteria assistance**

Career Fair 2023

The Innovation Team at Compass Elementary is working on a Career Fair for our Compass students sometime following MAP Testing in 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!

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.

Watch D.O.G.S

Compass is starting our Watch D.O.G.S back up! We are starting smaller this year with an hour one Friday a month from 8:15-9:15am at Compass. We are hopeful to increase this going into the next school year (23/24) to what we had been doing in previous years of half-day options for dads.

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!

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Weather Information

When the current weather reports states the feels-like temperature is 20 degrees or below, students will have inside recess that day. When the weather has a feels-like temperature of 95 degrees or higher, students will be inside.

Winter Weather Dress

As the weather is changing, please ensure your student is dressed appropriately for the weather. We cannot share coats from the lost and found. If you have any coats you would like to donate, please send them to the front office.

Winter Parties

Don't forget that our Winter Parties at Compass have changed. It was on the 21st but due to the 3-hour early release the parties are now schedule for the afternoon of December 20th.

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

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.

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
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Selflessness
  • Forgiveness

Previous Information

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.

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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📲 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 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.

Previous Newsletters

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) or (Mrs. Allison Page, Assistant Principal).

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