Raymore Update: 11/18/14

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Inspirational Quote

In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing,
they should also know why and how. -Harry Wong

Wish You Well

Ashleigh Goddard's last day as EC para was last Thursday. We wish her well with her new job and look forward to her visiting since her daughter Chloe will remain part of our school family!

We welcome Kevin Vaughn to our RE family as our new night lead custodian! Currently, he is training and may start with us Friday. We are glad to have him join us!

Please keep Mattie Doerhoff's grandmother and family in your thoughts and prayers. Her grandmother is doing well with recovering from heart surgery.

PD Faculty Meeting - Tomorrow November 19

Tomorrow is our PD Faculty meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the Art Room. We will use our tech integration rubric to determine a strand/focus for our grade level teams. Thank you to Seth for helping facilitate! See you in the morning!

Here is our agenda:


Thanksgiving Lunch- Thursday, November 20

Our annual Thanksgiving Lunch is this Thursday! Many of our families look forward to this annual event. We will have approximately 1,000 people onsite this day. Our focus for will be an enjoyable and thankful fellowship, positive PR, and security. Please carefully read the following Thanksgiving Lunch Procedures listed on this shared document:


Below is the lunch schedule for this day. Please share with parents in your weekly newsletters. :


Updating Benchmark Grids Quarterly

Just a reminder... benchmark grids should be updated quarterly....one week after the quarter ends. Please make sure you have updated your grid (including PTR & Moby Max) by Friday, Nov. 21.

Bus Driver Celebration - Friday, Nov. 21

We are excited to celebrate our bus drivers THIS FRIDAY, November 21. A couple notes:
1) check where to hang your banner/posters
2) when you sign up, consider easy grab and go snacks for the drivers since they are on the go
3) please have your students make cards for their drivers and take to them on Friday
4) EC... Karen will be working with Linda to make sure we celebrate your bus drivers on Thursday! You can take cards on Thursday for them!

Please sign up to bring a treat:



Protabula Reminder

Just a reminder... anytime a student leaves your classroom to go to the buddy room (incident occurs where students are hurtful or disruptive) please make sure you enter this information in Protabula (even if Mrs. Warren, etc. help with the student). As you are aware, we use our data in Protabula to help plan for success of students. Therefore, it is very necessary we enter information. If you have questions regarding Protabula, please see Mrs. Miller or Mrs. Warren. Thank you!

Last Call for Proposals-"Whatever It Takes Conference"

Your Professional Development Committee is still in need of your help! They are looking for presenters for the "Whatever It Takes Conference". This will be a morning of PD delivered by your peers in RAYPEC. We will be having this event January 20, 2015, but our PDC needs your help! Please review the link below for information, and where you can find the form to make your proposal.


Contact Karmin Ricker if you have any questions. The final deadline to sign up is this Friday, Nov. 21.

Morning Announcements

We appreciate your help in making sure you play the morning announcements before Tiger Time each day. Be on the look out from time to time for special 7 Habits activities. Our fourth grade leaders are working hard to be leaders and creating announcements for our school family and we want to make sure all classes are getting the announcements. Thank you for your continued help!

Tiger Time Reminder

We always want to make sure we are providing the intervention students need through out the day including during our Tiger Time block. In order to maximize students' learning during our Tiger Time intervention block, it is always data driven and targeted in order to help students focus on areas of growth. The Tiger Time music begins at 8:58 a.m. and stops at 9:00 a.m. to signify time for instruction to begin. When Tiger Time is over the music begins at 9:30 a.m. to allow two minutes travel time for fourth graders to make it to specials by 9:35 a.m. The Tiger Time goal is to always have 30 minutes of uninterrupted instruction data driven.

Just For Fun!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass" Parody "All About That Baste" (Thanksgiving Song)

Reminders & FYIs

  • Wayside Waifs -4th gr: Nov. 17-21
  • Book Fair: Nov. 17-21
  • SAT Meeting: Nov. 19
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Nov. 20
  • Bus Driver Celebration: Nov. 21
  • Cheris Visit: Nov. 24
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 26-28
  • Update conference tab as you have rescheduled Parent Teacher conferences.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up. Thank you!
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray Pec spirit wear.
  • Continue checking off students at dismissal.
  • It is our district and building expectation that all staff reply to communication (email and phone calls) with within a 24 hour time frame.
  • 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! The lounge/workroom will be open for access to copiers.
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • 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".

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