Barry News

Friday, September 11th 2020

What an awesome week for Barry School! It was so great getting to have kids back in our building. I want to thank all of our staff, district employees, and parents for making the transition back to school so smooth for our staff and students!


Character Strong - Family Dares

I hope you all had a chance as a family to complete the dare from this past week: Home Theater. I know my daughter and I enjoyed it as we watched Mulan and stopped to discuss lessons learned that came up throughout the movie (differing cultures, gender roles, war, family, greed, etc.).

I am excited to challenge you all to participate in next week's dare: No Tech Table Time. Please see my video below explaining the dare and its importance. Also, please reach out to share experiences you are having with these family dares via phone call, email, or even video recording. I would love to highlight these things on Instagram and our newsletters.

Week 3 - No Tech Table Time

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Week 3 Family Dare / No Tech Table Time

Helpful Reminders - In-Person Learners

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Waiver Allows Free Meals for All Students

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced nationwide waivers to allow the continuation of free meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

The nationwide waivers allow school districts to serve meals in a similar manner to how students were served meals beginning in March. Through these programs, meals are served at no charge to students, regardless of their lunch status.

These waivers are currently allowed through December 31, 2020 or until the USDA notifies districts the funding has run out.

Beginning Wednesday, September 9, all students, whether in-person or remote, will be eligible for a free breakfast and a free lunch each school day.

Additional meals and a la carte items (extra milk, extra entrees, chips, etc.) are not included in the waiver. This waiver does not include adult meals.

These free meals are eligible for all children in the community 18 years of age and younger through the end of December or as long as funding is available. If you think you may qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, please fill out the form at this link, so that you are covered when this free program ends.

Remote learners and in-person 6th-12th grade learners on their off-campus days, may order grab and go meals through Nutrislice or on the Nutrislice app. Curbside meals must be ordered no later than 9:30am the day of service by clicking the "SFE to Go" link from your child's school menu. Use your child’s student ID number to create an account on Nutrislice. Curbside meal service will occur for all schools at the following locations and times, please note the change in times at Barry and location at PCMS from previous communication:

  • Barry School (for Pathfinder and Barry Students): Front circle drive, 1 to 1:30pm

Meals FAQ

  • Do we need to complete the F/R application to receive the free meals? No. Not at this time, but we want to encourage those who may qualify for F/R to complete this form now.

  • Do in-person learners need to order their meals through Nutrislice? No. Only remote learners or alternating schedule learners on off-campus days need to place their orders through the app or website.

  • With each curbside pickup lunch, a breakfast will be included for the following morning.

  • Please note, with the anticipated increase in curbside orders, SFE is asking that orders be placed by 8 am each day.

Curbside Library Pick Up

If your virtual student is in need of library books, you may put up to 3 books on hold and pick them up on Fridays between 8:00-10:00 am and 12:00-2:30 pm. Once your student has put the books on hold, email one of us at


and let us know what time you will be coming to Barry to pick up your books. We will have them outside at the curb in front of Barry at the time you designate. We are excited to be able to allow our virtual students to continue using Barry library. To learn how to put books on hold from our library click here How to Put Books on Hold.

To visit Barry’s virtual library click here Barry Middle School Virtual Library

Message from PTSA

Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support of what our organization does by joining the Barry PTSA for the 2020-21 school year. It’s not too late to join to be entered to win a $25 gift card to Rancho Grande! Don’t forget to show your Pirate Spirit by ordering spirit wear by 5 pm on September 14th. Late orders will NOT be accepted, so don’t miss out! Visit our website for all of your Back to School needs:


Grade Level Newsletter

Be on the lookout for communication from your 5th grade teachers!


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Middle School Sports Update

Due to the PCMS parking lot being used for bus riders every day, we ask that you do not bring your virtual football or volleyball players to practice until 2:55 each day. We also ask that you use the following route when dropping off your athletes.

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7th and 8th Grade Girls - Intramural Volleyball

Please fill out the following form if interested and bring it to Mrs. Brandt by next Friday, September 18th! You can participate if you are doing in-person or remote learning.

7th and 8th Grade Band Families (Repeat)

Please see the letter below from our band director, Christine Chesney.


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Stay Connected


Helpful Reminders - Remote Learners

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Remote Learning Questions (Repeat)

If families have additional questions about Remote Learning, we encourage you to contact Shelli Baldwin or Dr. Aaron Duff at the District Education Center, 816-858-5420. As with any other District issue, you can also submit your comments, concerns, compliments or questions via the "How Are We Doing?" link on the homepage of our District website.


Welcome to Mrs. Richison's Virtual Office! Please click around the room to find information regarding district resources, coping skills, ways to contact me, and more.

How Much Sleep Does My Middle Schooler Need?

Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health and behavior problems. Learn how much sleep students need and how many are not getting it.

Parents can support good sleep habits such as:

  • Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule during the school week and weekends. This means going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. Adolescents whose parents set bedtimes are more likely to get enough sleep.6 To help decide on a good bedtime for your child, go to the Bedtime Calculator.external icon

  • Limiting light exposure and technology use in the evenings.
    • Parents can limit when their children may use electronic devices (sometimes referred to as a “media curfew”).
    • Parents can limit where their children may use electronic devices (for example, not in their child’s bedroom).

Treasure Chest (Repeat)

The Treasure Chest is our school district resource center. It is a stocked pantry providing food, clothing, toiletries, and other household supplies. All items in the Treasure Chest are free to PCR-3 students and families who participate in the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. The Treasure Chest is open for shopping every week of the calendar year on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-6pm. Families must register at the following link or call 816.858.7001 weekly so we can appropriately plan for resources. Once approved, families can drive through at the original Treasure Chest site (in the north parking lot of PCHS). Identification must be provided in order to receive food.

Register weekly here:

If you need to complete a new lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year, please follow this link:

Free Online Tutoring Help (Repeat)

Students K-12 can access Live Homework Help from Tutor.Com for free, online, seven days a week in English and Spanish in a variety of subjects. Learn more:


Please feel free to visit our counselor's virtual office for counseling related materials.

Safe Schools

If you need to submit a tip regarding school safety (bullying/threats/violence/etc.), please click here.


Please click on the following dates if you need to refer back to previous newsletters.

September 4th

August 28th

August 21st

August 14th

August 7th

July 29th