Tiger Tales Parent Newsletter Sep13

News For & About Raymore Elementary & Early Childhood

Happy September, Raymore Families!

I love the start of each new school year when I get to join with our students, staff, & families to kick off a great first quarter together! The first three weeks have ushered in new classes and faces, a renewed focus on rigorous and engaging learning, and time connecting as a school community. Please once again welcome Mrs. Miller, our Assistant Principal Intern, to our team as well as several other talented new staff. We look forward to seeing you join us at PTA events, for lunch with your child, or dads...maybe as a WatchDOGS volunteer! I wish you and your family well!


Michelle Hofmann, Principal

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser for our School!

Monday, Sep. 9th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 11th, 4pm

Anywhere, anytime your child is reading (home, car, soccer stands, etc!)

What an exciting opportunity to support your child's reading while raising funds for our school PTA! Did you know that PTA funds $7.50 per child towards each year's field trip, a variety of classroom projects, school family events, and much, much more! We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive PTA and parent group at our school!

This is their ONLY fundraiser they have planned for this school year, so let's make it count! Information came home in your child's backpack Monday, Sept. 9, about how to have your child track the minutes they read and gather pledges from trusted family and friends. We truly appreciate your support of reading and assistance with securing pledges. Ask your child about the exciting prizes they can earn just for reading and others they can earn for raising funds too! Thank you for your support of our school and children!

Building Great Relationships & Establishing Important Routines

Our talented staff has been focused on building a wonderful sense of community and establishing relationships within their class family! They are drawing upon their strong, existing skill sets as well as the new strategies we're learning from "Conscious Discipline" trainings about how to connect with and support success for each child. http://consciousdiscipline.com/about/conscious_discipline_for_parents.asp Also, our vision is turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders, and our school is focusing on teaching students the "7 Habits" by Dr. Stephen Covey, which are life skills key to a successful, happy life. http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids

During this time, we are working hard to establish procedures from arrival to dismissal for a smooth day everyday this year for our students, staff, and families! Some key reminders for parents:

  • Early Childhood sessions M, T, Th, F are 8-11 & 11:45-2:45.
  • Elementary Student Arrival begins at 8:20 AM. Dismissal begins at 3:45.
  • For the safety of all our kids, please be prepared to present your driver's license at the front desk. All visitors are also required to sign in and receive a visitor's sticker to be worn visibly at all times. Please be sure to sign out before leaving. Thank you for supporting safety for all here in our school!
  • All cars join our north car rider line. Please remain in vehicles and ensure your child enters on the curbside of the car.
  • All students who walk/bike to school on their own should wait for Mrs. Wratney our crossing guard for assistance to cross Madison or our parking lot.
  • "Grab & Go" Breakfast is available for purchase by ALL kids & they enjoy in class as they begin their day. Hot breakfast is from 8:20-8:35 in the cafe.
  • Sunday afternoon "SchoolMessenger" voice messages from me should be arriving to update you with highlights for the week. If you are not receiving those, please login to SIS Parent Portal to change your contact settings or simply contact our school office at 892-1925.
  • Sign up to receive text messages about exciting or important school events. Simply text "@raymore" to (636) 692-5588 (standard rates apply.)

Raymore Elementary's "Caring About Nutrition" (C.A.N.) Club Spreads District-Wide!

  • Kudos to our Raymore PTA, families, and staff who last year rallied together to donate food for kids who face food scarcity at home. Once again this year, our school family has pulled together to gather donations of food and money that allow us to feed 15 children each weekend.
  • This year, the program, with the help of parent Allison Bruflat and our Ray-Pec Foundation has expanded and now serves students in several other K-6 schools! Way to go everyone who has helped inspire this expansion!
  • How can you help? Visit http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/6374 and look for the green bin in our front lobby. Thank you for supporting our students!

"Flipped" Curriculum Information For Parents!

Friday, Sep. 20th, 4pm

This is an online event.

As you've heard, this year our teachers will be using a "flipped" approach to sharing curriciulum information with you. Instead of a formal, sit-down parent night, your child's teachers will be "flipping" to an electronic version of this helpful information. Our goal is to communicate all about what & how your child will be learning this year. Another goal is to ensure convenient access to that information. This year we are using a 21st century approach in keeping with this high-tech age we live in!

Combers, KC, a head lice treatment & prevention salon, partners with our school for head checks!

http://comberskc.com/ Our wonderful school nurse, Mrs. Alford, put together a helpful community partnership with Combers KC, a head lice treatment and prevention salon, to assist us in conducting building-wide lice/nit checks on September 10 & 13. Our county, like others, has had quite a few cases this season! No student names or other information will be released, and Mrs. Alford was involved in this process with our Combers KC volunteers. What a wonderful opportunity that will benefit our students, families and school!

Humor & Inspiration

Why was the mathematician late for school?