Raymore Update 12/21/2015

Where We Celebrate All Especially the Small!

Quote of the Week

  • Every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence. Tim Elmore

Assembly Expectations

Student Expectations:

1. Students sit on floor "criss cross applesauce spoons in the bowl"

2. Voices off

3. Respectful responses (no shouting out, yelling, stomping feet, etc)

4. When an adult's hand is raised in the air this is the signal for voice to go off & students raise their hand

It will be important for you to sit certain students you know who may need extra support strategically or sit with them.

Upcoming Dates

12/22/15 Winter Parties, 2nd quarter ends, work day, and Lunch from First Baptist Church

12/21/15 Slippers and Stuffed Animal Day

12/21/15 7 Habits Assembly

12/22/15 Early Release and Chipotle Lunch from First Baptist Church

01/04/15 Work Day- Welcome Back

TeacherEase Expectations

End of Quarter & TE:

TeacherEase will open Dec. 22 for entering scores. It will close at 3:30 pm on Jan. 5. This time is a firm close date in order to allow report cards to be reviewed and Karla time to close it out on Jan. 6. It is best to ensure you have everything completed by the end of the day on Jan. 4. Jan. 8 Term 2 "snapshot" will be available for parents to view.

The following are TeacherEase comment expectations (including Specials) for progress reports:

    1. Making comments on the report card is an expectation for 1s and 2s. These need to be entered onto the progress report itself when the window opens. The comments for individual data points do not transfer to the report card (out of context of the assignment, they wouldn’t make sense.)

    2. Hopefully, you used the strategy we talked about in October that was to keep an ongoing Google document listing student comments so you could just copy and paste when the window opened to put in TeacherEase. This should save you some time.

    3. If a child is behind, it is critical you have been in contact with the parent recently/prior to report cards.

    4. Remember when communicating (in comments or otherwise) with parents that all students who have mastered at a Level 3 are provided by the teacher with opportunities for Level 4 learning in the classroom. Proficiency scales should provide clarity for 4s, and it is an expectation of all to provide instruction and activities at Level 4 when/if students reach that level.

Restricted Movement

  • Practice with your students what the expectations are for restricted movement. Students must go into the closest room when they hear the announcement. Students are still walking in the halls, leaving classrooms, hiding in the restrooms, etc. The restriction will be lifted as soon as possible. Please remember restrictive movement can be used for various reasons not just behavior. We may need to use it for illness, emergencies, etc. Therefore, it is mandatory that you teach students the importance of going to the nearest classroom and clearing the hallways. As a teacher you should open your door and check the hallway for any students. The door should then be closed and students remain in class until further notice. We really appreciate your help with ensuring we follow through with this expectation and take it seriously.

Early Release Party Schedule

Please put in your newsletters that there are to be no siblings attending parties. Also, the adults need to present ID upon entry to the school.



  • Monitoring recess is crucial to the safety of our students. Please choose a section for each of you on duty to monitor.
  • If there is a sub please have them go out with whoever is on duty. There should never be a sub and a teacher. If you are going to be absent and you have recess duty, ask a colleague to fill in for you. The sub is an extra set of eyes but doesn't know students plan.

Getting Ready for Break

  • Please have class meetings to ease anxiety and fears that your students may be having about the upcoming break from school. We always think they are excited but sometimes that is masking the anxiety of lack of structure.
  • Please solidify your classroom routines and expectations. Tightening them up now will help with the structure going into break.
  • Winter Break Shut Down: Please unplug everything except for computers. We passed out Thanksgiving Break Shut Down so keep up the good work.

Some New Reminders and Old

  • Have class meetings to help maintain good classroom management and ease anxieties.
  • January Lesson Plans: Please include how you are practicing routines and procedures.
  • Update Sub Plans by January 15 including: Updated Class List, Plans, Seating Charts, Restrictions, 504's etc.
  • Report Card Window opens on December 22nd and closes at the end of the day on January 5, 2016.
  • Please make positive phone calls and log them in SIS.
  • Please remember to call or text Jennika and Melissa if you are going to be absent. Per Board of Education policy personal days are to be arranged prior to the absence. Thank you!
  • We appreciate you meeting students at your door promptly at 8:25 am to greet them each morning. We know things can happen but please make sure copies are made, errands run, etc. prior to 8:25 am. We know how important it is to greet our students and make those connections. It is also helpful to have your eyes on the hallway as well.
  • It is an expectation that you are logging all contacts with parents in SIS. Please make sure you are doing this.
  • It is also an expectation that targets are posted in kid friendly terms in your classroom where they can easily be accessed. Targets should also be revisited through out a lesson to ensure students understand their learning goal.
  • Remember to make a positive phone call to all students' parents for second semester by winter conferences in February.

Calendar Changes

A revised calendar for the 2015-2016 school year is posted on the District web site: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/8179

The updated calendar shows school in session on Tuesday, Feb. 16, which had been earlier designated as the first make-up day for the 2015-2016 school year. Feb. 16 is the make-up day for Tuesday, Nov. 3, when school was canceled as a result of the city-wide celebration for the Kansas City Royals.

The calendar includes two other make-up days - March 4 and 28. Any additional days would occur at the end of the school year.

Schools will dismiss early on Tuesday, Dec. 22, for Winter Break. Schools are not in session Dec. 23 through Jan. 4. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Changes for Next Year

Please wish Marilyn Smith and Carla Woodward well as they begin a new journey in their careers after the holidays. Marilyn has accepted a position at ASC as the receptionist. She will continue to be with us through Jan. 8 while she also starts her new position. Carla has accepted a position as a para at Heartland Christian School. Her last day with us will be Monday, Dec. 21. Suzanne Wratney will help out in the cafe as lunchroom monitor while we look to fill both positions. Our school family will miss Marilyn and Carla but know they will do great in their new positions! If you know of anyone who would be interested in a lunchroom monitor position, please let us know.

The Return of Uncrustables

Starting Jan. 5 Uncrustables served in our cafeteria: The Child Nutrition Department has been serving an Uncrustable sandwich since the beginning of the school year at the majority of the schools in the district. Our cafeteria at Raymore Elementary will begin serving Uncrustables on Jan. 5. These are pre-made and individually wrapped peanut butter sandwiches. Our cafeteria staff will continue to communicate closely with our school nurse to ensure we are aware of students with allergies. Allergic students have account notifications as they come through the lunch line to alert staff to the allergies. This is just one safeguard in keeping students safe. We will also place signs identifying Uncrustables as a peanut-containing product for student awareness and continue to have a “nut free” table available. Our nurse has been in contact with parents of students who have allergy concerns regarding this additional lunch option.
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Helping hands

Karla and Renee's sons Reed & Rance and Mason helped this past weekend box up the holiday meals for the Feed-the-Family program. Mason is in the blue holding the canned goods and Reed is in the back in the red and Rance is in front of him int he white tshirt/plaid shirt.

April Bond Issue

Bond Issue on April Ballot: Ray-Pec voters on April 5 will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. The Board on Dec. 17 unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District's Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy. In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:
North high school building becomes second middle school
Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
Maintenance projects throughout the District
The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation.
Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=1035

Just In Case...

  • Going forward, proficiency scales can be shared as relevant, one at a time with parents via newsletters/Weebly.
  • We do want kids and parents to understand what mastery looks like.Mid and post assessments can go home for parent feedback. Pre-assessment is formative for teacher planning so they don’t go home. Data cycle pre/mid/post should NOT go home at this time.
  • Remember to ask specific triage questions to help your student learn their missing skill(s).
  • Doors locked at all times. If you need a rubber band or a magnet please see Melissa.
  • Please be vigilant while monitoring recess. Be aware of any cars or people outside of our fences.

Wishing Well

Our hearts are with John after loss of his grandfather, Melinda after the loss of her uncle, and Valerie R. after her loss of her cousin. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during their time need. Well wishes go out to the LaSala family for quick healing. Wishing everyone wellness and a Merry Christmas!

Conferences in February

Conferences will NOT be called at-risk conferences.

Positive Office Referral

We have created a positive office referral ticket that you may give to your students. Here is the plan: Write the students name on the referral, check their positive act, send with them to office, office staff will provide praise, and the student takes that home to show their family or you may post them in your room. Just a quick positive act for those who work so hard and go unrecognized sometimes. I will have the tickets copied and in your boxes.

Polar Plunge Support

As Jeff Moore made reference to in his latest email regarding the Polar Plunge event for Special Olympics, for those not plunging but would love to contribute to Special Olympics and for those that love to wear jeans to work, Dr. Monsees has approved a jean's week Jan 25-29 . You can wear jeans everyday of the week for $20 or $5 a day if you choose.

If you want to participate in the jean weeks, Renee will be collecting and will turn it in to Mr. Moore. Checks make payable to Special Olympics. Money will be picked up that week.

Hallway Expectations and Dismissal Expectations

Please talk about these areas during your morning meetings!

  • Hallways are becoming a tricky spot during arrival and dismissal. Please remind your students that they are to walk on the blue tile, single file, with a smile.
  • Please remind car riders that they are to walk to the library on the blue tile. When entering the library their voices should be off or at a whisper so their names can be heard. They need to sit where the adults can see their eyes, not behind the tables. As the crowd clears they need to move forward toward the carpet area however they may still sit in the chairs.

Panther Cub Academy


Office referral

If you are making an office referral you need to use the google form. At this time, please do not use the office referral on ProTabula.

Use this office referral form



  • Forward emails regarding dismissal changes to both Karla and Renee.

  • Please remember to be at specials door :35 after to deliver & :30 to pick up.
  • Fridays --jeans with Ray-Pec spirit wear.
  • Classroom doors should be locked at all times and the magnet should be used to allow flow in and out of classrooms. However, we are aware there are some doors that are tricky to get to stay shut when using magnets. We do have a couple of other options we can try to help solve this problem. If you need help with this situation, please see Melissa asap and we will problem solve.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:25 a.m.

  • 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 Melissa. I would love to share with others in our Weekly Staff Update.
  • Call or text Jennika & Melissa if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 816-550-4434 and 816-868-9856
  • Call or text Jennika or Melissa 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".


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