Barry News

Back To School Edition


Welcome Back Pirates!

We would like to welcome all of our new and returning families to another start of the school year! The Barry News will be emailed to all families twice per month and will contain important information. Each newsletter will be uploaded to our school website so that it is easily accessible for families.

We believe in creating an open avenue for communication between school and home. The Barry News is only one of these avenues. We also have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and school website that will be frequently updated throughout the school year. Please access these sites to keep in touch with all of the news and events taking place at Barry.

We have so much to look forward to this year! We will use this newsletter to share our building focus areas, goals, and progress throughout the year.

Barry School Hours: 7:40-2:50 Breakfast Begins at 7:25! Students may enter the building at 7:25.

Welcome Aboard!

We are excited to introduce our new Barry staff!

Troy Elliott-Art

Christine Chesney-Band

Mindy Wheeler-Instructional Coach

Hall Pass

We will continue to use the Hall Pass Visitor Management System to improve overall building safety/security. The system will:

  • Conduct a screening on each visitor using the sex offender registry

  • Log in volunteers to track their hours

  • Be used to document late arriving students.

Whenever any non-student or non-district employee requests to enter any area of the building where children are accessible (essentially anywhere beyond the front office) or requests to check-out a student, they will be asked to produce a government issued ID:

  • State driver’s license

  • State issued ID

  • Passport

  • US Military ID

  • Permanent resident card

The ID will be scanned and a badge will be given to visitors or the student check-out will be processed. This new process is a key to maintain and improve the safe and caring environment we have established for our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 816.436.9623.

Chromebooks (Grades 6-8)

Important Information About Student Chromebook Devices

We are continuing our One-to-One Learning Initiative, with each 6-12th grader in the Platte County School District being issued a Chromebook laptop computer to expand their learning beyond the four walls of our schools. For more information about the District’s One-to-One Learning Initiative, click here.

When Will Students Receive Their Devices/Should Bring Their Devices

Returning students (grades 7-8) who took their Chromebooks home over the summer, should bring their charged devices to school on the second day of school (August 16). 6th grade students, students new to the district, and returning students who did not take their devices home over the summer, will receive their Chromebooks during the first few days of school.

Enrolling for Insurance: Complete at Registration Day

The enrollment fee for insurance is $30, which can be paid at your student’s registration day. If families enroll in insurance and complete the necessary forms, students will be allowed to take the Chromebook home, and will have protection for accidental damage. For information on the insurance program, click here. For a guide on enrolling for insurance, click here. If any repair/replacement charges are outstanding, families will also be asked to resolve these at registration day.

Registration Days:

August 6 (2 p.m.-6 p.m.): 6th Grade Registration and Photos

August 7 (2 p.m.-6 p.m.): 7th Grade Registration and Photos

August 8 (2 p.m.-6 p.m.): 8th Grade Registration and Photos


All returning families must provide proof of residency again this year. Details regarding proof of residency can be found on the Platte County School District website. Students will not receive a schedule if proof of residency has not been complete. For those 5th grade families who have provided proof of residency, a post card will be mailed home August 6th providing you with your child's home room teacher's name.

Car Rider/Bus Rider Procedures

Car Riders

Please enter the parking lot using the west entrance at the front of the building. Make your way around the flag pole and drop students off along the side walk. Teachers will be on duty to help guide cars and students. A bike and walking lane have been added to the car rider lane. Please stay clear of the 7 foot area marked by a yellow line during arrival and dismissal. Do not drop students off at the front doors. Students will enter the school through the doors directly west of the main entry.

Bus Riders

Buses will drop students off at the doors on the east side of the building. Buses will use the east parking lot entrance at the front of the building. Please stay clear of the bus rider area during arrival and dismissal.

School Messenger

The District, as well as Barry School, uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and emergency situations.

Newly enrolled families will automatically receive an opt-in message from 68453. If you missed it, simply text "Yes" to 67587 to receive these text messages.

Student Handbook/Planner/ID

Your child will be receiving a student handbook at the beginning of the school year. Please review the student handbook and planner with your student as soon as possible.

Please check your child's planner on a regular basis. Student progress regarding Pirate Privileges is recorded every week in the student planner. Students are required to have their planner with them every day for every class. If a student loses their planner, the replacement cost is $5.

Students are required to have their student ID with them at all times. If a student loses their ID, the replacement cost is $5.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Southwest Food Excellence provides the food service program for Platte County R-3 School District. Both Southwest Food Excellence and the District are committed to providing a healthy, nutritional food program for our staff and students.

Our food service provider can be reached at 816.858.2036 x. 2619.

Breakfast/Lunch Prices

Item and Price

Breakfast $1.70

Elementary Lunch (K-5) $2.50

Middle/High Lunch (6-12) $2.60

Reduced Breakfast $0.30

Reduced Lunch $0.40

Adult Breakfast $2.30

Adult Lunch $3.25

Extra Milk $0.45

8th Grade Immunizations

All incoming 8th grade students must have a Tdap booster and the Meningococcal vaccine before they can attend 8th grade. It is a State Requirement. Schedules will not be give out at back to school night until these are turned in to our school nurse. If you have questions, please contact Nurse Kelly Thomas.

Kelly Thomas, RN, BSN

Barry School Nurse

816-436-9623 ext. 3106

Middle School Sports

The first official day of practice for Middle School Fall Sports - Football, Volleyball, Cross Country - will be August 19 after school


8th Grade Football - Tyler Crawford

  • Football practices will be at the practice field behind PCMS

8th Grade Volleyball - Kristen McDowell

  • Volleyball will practice at PCMS

7th and 8th Grade Cross Country-Angela Straubel

MSHSAA physical requirements

*Transportation will be provided to PCMS from Barry.


Our wonderful PTSA is preparing for another great year. Be on the look out for their back to school newsletter which will be sent this week. Don't forget to join PTSA at one of our back to school events.

Important Dates To Remember

August 6-6th Grade Back To School and Pictures 2:00-6:00

August 7-7th Grade Back To School and Pictures 2:00-6:00

August 8-8th Grade Back To School and Pictures 2:00-6:00

August 13-5th Grade Back To School Night 5:00-6:00


August 15-5th Grade "Ask the Principal" Night 6:00-7:00

August 20-6th Grade Band Rental Night 6:00-8:00 @ Barry School

August 22-6th Grade Parent Transition Night 6:00-7:30

August 29-5th Grade and Early Childhood Picture Day

September 2-No School Labor Day

Thank you to our Rock Stars For Their Continued Support!

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