Raymore Update: 04/15/14

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Inspirational Quote

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

Wish You Well

Please wish Holden Batchelder in A. Lasala's class well. He has been in the hospital since last week. The family is meeting with physicians on Wednesday to determine further details of his illness. Mrs. A. Lasala and Ms. Hofmann had great conversations with him today on the phone. Since Holden was unable to attend the fourth grade field trip last week, his class family created "Flat Holden". "Flat Holden" participated in all the adventures of the field trip. Pictures were then shared with Holden so he could enjoy! (See picture below)

After a trip to Children's Mercy emergency room, Noah Lasala is at home recovering from a double ear infection and the beginning stages of pneumonia. Thankfully, he was able to receive antibiotics in the middle of the night. Please keep Noah, Angie, and Eric in your prayers as Noah begins to feel better.

Continue to keep GG and her family lifted in prayer. Recently Rene has been taken off all supports.

Kristi Patterson's dad continues to recover from a kidney transplant and heart surgery. Karen Green's dad is in the hospital in Appleton City. Continued prayers go out to both of these families.

Please continue to lift Sherri up in prayer as she begins her chemo treatments.


Two of our very own special volunteers have been nominated for the RP Volunteer of the Year award: Mrs. Joanna Clark, parent of Nolan in 4th grade, and Mrs. Allison Bruflat, parent of Paige in 3rd grade! Please help spread this exciting news by putting this in your newsletter so parents know as well.

Faculty Meeting - Wednesday, April 16

Allison Scott will be here to present information regarding thinking functionally about behavior. Stephanie and Jennika will continue with Seven Strategies discussion of effective feedback. We will focus on the CUPS strategy used for student editing.

Early Release PD Thursday, April 17

Dustin Odom from Leader in Me will be here Thursday, April 17 to give us information regarding the LIM program. Due to scheduling, we will begin our PD at 1:30 p.m. Pizza will be served for lunch. Those that need to attend district curriculum team will need to leave at 2:30 pm. Everyone should be ready to begin at 1:30 p.m. promptly in the library. We ask that you be prepared to ask questions about LIM. Dustin is excited to be with us and happy to answer any questions! Now is our opportunity to gather as much information as we can!

Grade Level Supply/Curriculum Requests

As we have discussed, we are taking a revised approach to grade level order requests this year. We will combine office supply requests (office supplies you would need as a teacher) and curriculum supply requests. Each classroom will have $150 available to spend toward the office and curriculum requests ( example: $150 x 4 classes=$600 for entire grade level). Grade level requests are due to Renee on May 1.

Please remember the following when creating your grade level request:

  • Log in to the website using MY username and password BEFORE you begin shopping. If you don't, the cart will not show up for me when I go in and checkout your orders. Also, discounted prices may not be allocated when not saved under my name. (Vendor lists are attached to the document in your mailbox.)
  • Build your shopping cart.
  • SAVE the carts by grade level (Gr 4, for example). Double check carts to ensure correct quantities and product(s).
  • Print your shopping cart after you save it when turning them in to me.

Additional Info:

  • You are responsible for totaling your completed carts/orders up before handing them in
  • Figure into your final cost 20% for S&H charges
  • Handwritten requests will not be accepted. Teachers are not in school when I will be placing orders in June, therefore, won't be available for questions I may have when deciphering handwriting.

Please let Renee, Michelle, or Jennika know if you have any questions.

Summer School Student Enrollment Forms - We Need Your Help

Summer School Session 1 invitations were sent to parents at the end of last week. Parents will complete the enrollment forms and return them to our school. As you receive them, please turn them into the office. We need your help in getting these forms back. It will be helpful to include reminders in your weekly newsletters. If you know of some students that may be "slower" to return forms, please encourage parents to return as soon as possible. We appreciate you writing reminders, notes, making calls, etc. to help ensure all forms are returned. Enrollment forms are due April 28. Thank you for your help!

FYI... Summer Ignite forms will go home with ALL second graders this week. Second grade students that were invited to Session 1 already received Summer Ignite invitations along with the Session 1 invitation. These students will just receive a second one this week as well.

2014-15 Class Lists

Wow!! It's already time to start planning for the 2014-15 school year which means it is time to start thinking about creating class lists for next year's grade level. More information will be coming to help guide you through this process. However, once you have your Grade Level Benchmark Data Sheet up to date, you will make a copy of it and then start to create class lists for next year. Class lists are due by May 16.

Major Saver and Papa John Fundraiser Totals

Our school received a check for $3206.25 from the Ray Pec Foundation from our Major Saver sales! This is very exciting news! We also received $160.93 from our last Papa John's Night which will also go to our school. The Papa John's class winner was Miss Kershner's class!! Thank you to everyone who helps support our fundraisers! We know how important these can be to help our students.

Check out this video that connects Conscious Discipline and Testing

Below is a great short video of a middle school teacher who uses Conscious Discipline in her classroom, but the video specifically shows her doing a little uniting and calming ritual with her class before they take a big test. This would be great for all students before taking an assessment but I thought it might be particularly helpful to our third and fourth grade classrooms since MAP testing is coming soon! Enjoy and I hope you find it helpful!

Middle School Teacher Increases Test Scores and Teaching Time with Conscious Discipline

Reminders & FYIs-some new!

  • MAP Training on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the library. Karen Hurst will be here to present MAP testing information. Please bring your examiner's booklet (if you have one), pencil, and highlighter. If you are unsure if you need to attend this meeting, please see Michelle or Jennika.

  • Early Release Day: Thurs., April 17 & NO School Fri., April 18

  • First Grade Field Trip: April 22

  • Stay tuned for our MAP Kick Off Rally Assembly on April 28 at 9:00 a.m. (tentatively scheduled). We want to ensure each day our entire school rallies behind our third and fourth graders and get them "pumped up" for a great day of testing! Thank you for your support during our MAP testing!

  • Kindergarten Celebration : May 22

  • BOGO Book Fair: May 19 & 20

  • Building Wide Writing Festival/4th gr. Famous Missourian/Art Fair: May 20

  • May 30 : Field Day
  • June 2: Fourth Grade Celebration
  • If you have any pictures of great things going on in your classroom or family, please send them to Jennika. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Michelle & Jennika if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 616-4210 and 550-4434
  • Call or text Michelle if you will be in the building on the weekend! Protection One and Raymore PD contact her directly, so it's important she is aware in case a worry arises. 616-4210.
  • 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".

  • Classroom doors should remain locked and the magnet strip should be used to allow access into classrooms. If you need a new magnet, please notify Jennika.

  • Attendance should be entered in SIS each morning by 9:00 a.m. Thank you for making sure this is done in a timely manner.

  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:20 a.m.

  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Remember to add your current class schedule to the Google RE Shared Folder & before you implement changes; post outside your door too.

PLC: Our Mission, Vision, Values

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