Raymore Update: 03/10/15

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

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Don't let someone dim your light simply because it's shining in their eyes.

Wish You Well

Please keep Tiffany Husk in your thoughts and prayers as her grandmother is in hospice care.

We continue to send well wishes to Stacy Carter as she recovers at home from surgery.

Kudos to our entire staff! We have survived Fussy February and Spring Break is near!! Way to go team! Here's wishing you a restful and rejuvenating spring break. Enjoy time with your family!

Spread the news!! Our PCA is making plans for Summer & Fall 2015!

Energy Saver Shutdown for Spring Break

Please make a note, mark your calendar, remind teammates, etc. to unplug electrical appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, electric pencil sharpeners, walkie talkie chargers, coffee makers, etc. before leaving on Spring Break. Computers may remain plugged in but all other appliances should be unplugged in order to save on energy over the break. District will be conducting building audit checks. As a building we didn't do so well on our shut down energy saver over Winter Break. Let's do better this time!! We can do it! Help each other out!
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2015 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year

It's that time of year when the Ray-Pec School District is seeking nominations for the 2015 Teacher of the Year and the 2015 Support Staff Employee of the Year. A banquet is scheduled for May 6 to honor finalists for both awards. Anyone may nominate a teacher or support staff employee by submitting a letter of nomination by March 13. To learn more about submitting a nomination click here: Nomination

Input for Trivia Night Needed

We are looking at dates for our rescheduled Trivia Night and need your input! Please take 22 seconds to take the survey below giving us an idea of when the best date would be. We want as many staff to be able to attend as possible! Please submit your opinion by Wednesday, March 11!


Marking Attendance in SIS

Please be sure when you mark a student absent that you mark "A" and then click "Mark all day". This will mark them absent all day. If you have any questions about this, let Karla know. Thank you!

Missouri Read In Day - March 13

Missouri Read in Day will be celebrated Friday, March 13. Our third grade team has decided to participate in this reading event. Other grade levels are welcome to join in!! Ideas can include: something simple like "Drop Everything And Read" for 15 minutes (or a determined amount of time), read with a stuffed animal, share your favorite book with someone, etc. Sherri has book marks... if you would like any please let her know. If you would like a guest reader Michelle or I would love to come to your class and read. One or both of us are available 9:30-12 and after 2:30. Let us know if so and when.

Here is the flyer:


Celebrate Digital Learning Day - March 13

Celebrate Digital Learning Day this Friday, March 13. Plan an activity with your class and share with the world! http://www.digitallearningday.org/Page/66

Why celebrate Digital Learning Day?

With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology. Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

- See more at: http://www.digitallearningday.org/domain/54#sthash.iLlyuHRE.dpuf

Time to Brag on Yourself!

Don't forget to take a minute and brag on yourself! There are so many amazing things going on in our classrooms that involve technology each day. Click on the link below and share your great ideas, as well as, get ideas from other teammates. Thank you Seth for creating this brag board! Kudos to Angie, Denise, and Kristin Mason for already sharing some awesome activities.
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Security Reminder...Doors Locked

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 Jennika asap and we will problem solve.
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Reminders & FYIs

  • SAT Meeting: Mar. 12

  • Third Quarter Ends: Mar. 13

  • 5th Grade Moving Up Talk (only 4th gr): Mar. 13

  • Digital Learning Day: Mar. 13

  • Missouri Read In Day: Mar. 13

  • Spring Break: Mar. 16-20

  • Spring Pictures (K-4,ECSE/PCA/EC Blended & Tu/Th classes): Mar. 24

  • Spring Pictures (EC Mon/Wed Classes): Mar. 25

  • Kindergarten Round Up: Mar. 25 @ 2-3:30 pm & 7-8 pm

  • Sonic Night: Mar. 26

  • Please make sure you enter data into Protabula as students visit buddy rooms.

  • Include dates on target sheets. This helps Mrs. Warren enter data efficiently.

  • 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.
  • Continue checking off students at dismissal.
  • 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 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