Tiffany Ridge Heart to Home

Social-Emotional Resources to support your family.

Hello Tiffany Ridge Families!

This Heart to Home Newsletter is put together by your Tiffany Ridge Counselor, Leslie Andes, and your Tiffany Ridge Social Worker, Gayle Laney. We want you to have information about what we do in our building, how we support your student(s) and how we can support YOU. We also want to connect you to outside community resources that are available to assist with your family needs. We both love being at Tiffany Ridge and it makes our hearts happy to know we are helping your students and families each day. If you ever need more information about any of the topics in the newsletter or have questions about how we can support you or your student(s) please reach out to one of us by phone or email.

From our hearts to your home, we wish you well!

Leslie Andes

School Counselor


Gayle Laney

Social Worker


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COVID-19 Vaccines for Students

Officials from the FDA and the CDC approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between five and 11 years old, so we will partner with the Platte County Health Department to provide a vaccination clinic for those families who want the vaccine for their children.

Now that it's possible to get our younger students vaccinated, we can start looking at potential updates to our health and safety precautions, depending on the level of cases in our area.

For families who choose to participate, the clinic for the first dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Congress Middle School. The clinic for the second dose would be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Congress. The students would be considered fully vaccinated on Dec. 25.

To get a vaccine at this clinic, the child must be a Park Hill School District or St. Therese School student and must be between five and 11 years old. The health department will not have any of the doses for older children or adults at this clinic.

The Platte County Health Department has an online sign-up form. Families who want to participate should sign their children up ahead of time. During the final hour of the clinic, if there are any doses left, they might be able to help walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you need help filling out the sign-up form or need any other assistance to be able to participate, contact social worker Gayle Laney.

Several local pediatricians will attend the clinics to be on hand if families have any questions.

Entertainment and Support:
High-school student volunteers from the A+ program will be available to help entertain and support the younger children while they wait for 15 minutes after the vaccination.

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Live Homework Help connects students with expert tutors for live, one-on-one help with homework assignments. Use Live Homework Help from your home computer or inside the Library to complete your homework assignments and improve your grades. Available seven days a week for English and Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 from noon to midnight. In addition, the Skills Center is open 24/7 and offers thousands of worksheets, tutorials, study guides, practice tests, and more.'s live tutoring services are available on all but four days a year: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Live Homework Help is available on iOS and Android.


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Free And Reduced Meals


The Park Hill School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program, which is a UDSA (United States Department of Agriculture) program. Currently, the USDA has approved a 2021-22 waiver which allows all children 0-18 in the Park Hill district boundaries to receive free breakfast and lunch daily while school is in session. We have more details here.


Nutrition Services Department Contact Information:
Phone - 816-359-4090
Fax - 816-359-4099
Park Hill Support Services Center
9501 N Seymour Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64153


If you think your family may be eligible and can benefit from the Free & Reduced Meals once the free program expires, please proactively apply now by using the online website below.

You can apply by visiting:

The information provided on the application is confidential. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call Gayle Laney!


Park Hill School District seeks to partner with parents/guardians to support your student’s well-being both within school, as well as in the home and community. If you need any of the resources below, please fill out this form and return to your child’s teacher or the TR front office.

This checklist will also be sent home Back to School night on August 19, 2021. Gayle Laney, TR Social Worker will contact parents with resources and/or information requested.

This form may be submitted online at:


Please see the information below for families who have been impacted by COVID-19 and need assistance with rent and/or utilities. This may not impact you, but you may have friends or family members who may be in need, so please feel free to pass this information.

US Treasury Department Emergency Rent Assistance Program

The ERAP program is designed for RENTERS only. If you have a mortgage on your home or own the home outright, you are not eligible for assistance through this program for either rental or utilities assistance.

Missouri State Assistance For Housing Relief (SAFHR)

may be able to help – learn more and find out how to apply!

Apply online at

SAFHR for Renters is an assistance program administered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC), funded by the federal government COVID stimulus package. Applications are open now!* If you can not apply online or need help with your application, please call 833-541-1599 or email:

Distance Learning Help

How can caregivers keep kids parents and focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home?

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Are You Unemployed Due to COVID-19?

You can visit this website for updated information and instructions on how to file for unemployment in Missouri:

For updated and local health information on COVID-19 you can visit the Platte County Health Department’s website.

Park Hill Online Resources

1. Parent University and the Online Learning Support Line

2. A new addition to Parent University is the Virtual Relaxation Room. This is a space created for all staff, parents, students and community members. Many of the tools included in this website are designed to calm, comfort and create a space for relaxation. This is a great spot to practice self-care.

Have You Lost Your Job And Are Now In Need Of Food And Financial Assistance?

Any low-income individual or family who are in need of Food Stamp or other benefits should reach out to the Family Support Division for help. Missourians can apply for services 24/7 online by visiting, or by sending completed applications and verification documents by email to, or by fax to 573-526-9400. Missourians can also apply for Family Medicaid over the phone by calling 1-855-373-9994 during business hours Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Also, please see the Community Resource List below as there are several food pantries around our community. If you have any questions about how to access food pantries, or are concerned about meeting you family's food needs, please contact me for support!

PHSD Internet Assistance

As part of our commitment to ensuring success for all students, Park Hill School District is offering free wireless hotspots to families without reliable internet access at home. High-speed internet access is essential to one-to-one learning, as it allows students to have continuous access to school resources and to make full use of their district-issued laptop or iPad for learning.

Families who do not have high-speed or reliable internet access at home are encouraged to apply by contacting their student's teacher, school counselor or filling out the Pdf form below and emailing it to

The form may be found at:

  • Hotspot service is provided for the 2020-2021 school year by T-Mobile's Project 10Million.
  • Students will be issued hotspots as they become available. Early signup up is ideal for getting a hotspot sooner.
  • Hotspots have 10GB of data per month, which is about 500 hours of internet browsing. Please note that streaming and downloads use up more data than basic browsing.
  • Students who are returning to school the following year may keep their hotspot through the summer. If a student leaves the district, they must return their hotspot along with their school-issued device.
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PHSD Clothing Center IS OPEN!


The PTA of the Park Hill School District runs a clothing center that provides free, gently used clothing and new socks and underwear to district students.

The PTA Clothing Center serves all Park Hill School District students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and the PTA asks you to bring some proof that you are enrolled in a Park Hill school. This could be a student ID, bus pass, dated letter from a principal or social worker, class schedule or enrollment form.

Donations are welcomed at the Clothing Center, which is at 8009 N Atkins, just south of the Gerner Family Early Education Center. Please make sure your donations are clean, in good condition and bagged in kitchen-sized bags that the volunteers can lift.

If you are a Park Hill family member whose children need clothes, you can sign up here to shop at the clothing center. All shoppers need to sign up prior to the shopping dates.

Mental Health Wellness

Tri-County Services message during COVID-19:

Tri-County is still receiving new clients. To begin services at Tri-County, all you have to do is call to request and intake appointment. Services will most likely be provided via telehealth until pandemic restrictions have been cleared.

As a reminder, Tri-County services clients with Medicaid and Medicare insurance, as well as, clients who are uninsured.

To schedule an intake appointment please call: 816.468.0400

Tri-County's Crisis Line can be reached 24/7 at: 1.888.279.8188

Mental Health Services for Non-Medicaid/Medicare clients:

A great way to find community mental health providers is by calling the number on your insurance card. The number is likely labeled as Behavioral Health Services. When calling your insurance provider, you can ask for a list of local in-network therapists. You can also look on, as this is a great website to find local providers. ...and as always, please email Mrs. Laney or Ms. Andes if you need or want any help finding a mental health provider.

Please look at the Community Resource List below for a few other community mental health providers in our area.