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Raymore Update: 12/10/13

Inspirational Quote

"It always seems impossible until its done." Nelson Mandela

Wish You Well and Welcome

We welcome back Marlena Doering, who has worked here at our site before, and director Kelsi Smart to our Panther Pride Before/After School Program. Please stop by and greet Marlena and Kelsi. We know you will help them feel welcome and support them and our students in making a successful change.

Please wish well Alyssa, Danielle, and Tabitha. We will miss them but know Creekmoor and Stonegate will see great things. We appreciate all the wonderful support they provided for our students.

Please wish well GG and her husband Rene. He has been traveling to Tulsa on weekends for chemo, and this Friday he goes down for 12 days during which the doctors will administer 5 days worth of laser therapy to shrink the three tumors in his liver. GG will continue traveling on the weekends to see him, and they continue to focus on his positive spirits and keeping his weight up. They are hopeful he will remain home for the holidays to spend time with their family. Let's continue to keep GG and Rene in our warm thoughts and prayers.

5 Days of Christmas Coming Soon!!

Twas the Time Before Christmas,

and all through Raymore,

Teachers were teaching

And learning did soar!

But what to our wondering eyes did appear,

5 days to wear jeans and loads of good cheer!

Get excited.... The "5 Days of Christmas" are coming to our school starting Monday, December 16 - Friday, December 20.

Monday, Dec. 16- Dress like an Elf- red, green, white

Tuesday, Dec. 17- Denim on Denim is back! with holiday spirit

Wednesday, Dec. 18- Neckties tied- ties with holiday accessories

Thursday, Dec. 19- All Bundled Up!- hat, mittens, scarf, socks

Friday, Dec. 20- and a Tacky Christmas Sweater! We will have judges and a prize for the Tackiest sweater.

There will be special visitors coming from the North Pole to "sweeten" our Friday. Please come to the library after the kids leave on Friday, Dec. 20.

Can't wait to spread holiday cheer with you all!

Hope you are enjoying some of our Holiday Fun videos!

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Be Proactive - Are you going to be the soda pop or water bottle?

Last week Jenni, Stephanie & LeeAnn did a great job presenting to us very relevant information regarding Habit 1: Be Proactive. Hopefully, this week you have had time to reflect on what you learned from last week's presentation and have also been able to respond to a situation proactively.

Here are four follow up questions Jenni provided to help guide you in becoming more proactive :

1. For a full day, listen to your language and to the language of the people around you. How often do you use and hear reactive phrases such as "If only," "I can't," or "I have to"?

2. Identify an experience you might encounter in the near future where, based on past experience, you would probably behave reactively. Review the situation in the context of your Circle of Influence. How could you respond proactively? Take several moments and create the experience vividly in your mind, picturing yourself responding in a proactive manner. Make a commitment to yourself to exercise your freedom to choose.

3. Select a problem from your work or personal life that is frustrating to you. Identify the first step you can take in your Circle of Influence to solve it and then take that step.

4. Try the thirty-day test of proactivity. Be aware of the change in your Circle of Influence.

Additional thoughts to consider:

Reactive language

  • There’s nothing I can do
  • He makes me so mad
  • That’s just the way I am
  • I have to do that
  • There's no time
  • The kids are just tough

Proactive language

  • Let’s look at the alternatives
  • I control my own feelings
  • I can choose a different approach
  • I will choose an appropriate approach
  • I will prioritize and plan ahead
  • This season is tough; I will practice and tighten structures

Being versus having:

The verbs we use to describe a situation can help guide how proactive we are.

Look at the difference between the following sentences:

  • If only I had more obedient kids


  • I can be more patient towards my kids

When we are proactive we can influence our environment and make a change.

John Kuglin returns for 21st century Tech PD on Fri, Jan. 3, at 7:30 AM

Kuglin kicked off our journey of transforming our teaching and learning approaches for kids of the 21st century last February 28, 2013. He returns Friday, January 3, at 7:30 AM, with every RP staff member!

To allow for this, he will video stream "live" to several schools. We are still determining the location, but will likely host colleagues from TC in our library.

A draft agenda will be shared next week with the specifics. Stay tuned

Need help with your projects like cutting, stapling, etc?

There's a new tab on the PTA page (you get to it from : VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Any sign-up genius or a need for help can be posted here. Ally, our parent web master volunteer, asks you give her at least 1 day notice of when their item/petition for help needs to be "live" on the site (so planning in advance will help get the volunteers in time to get any project done!) Let Karla know if you have a need and she'll forward it on to Ally for posting!

Some fun Christmas riddles!

What's at the end of Christmas?

The letter S.

Why did Santa name his new, rude reindeer Olive?

Because Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names.

What did Adam say the day before Christmas?

“Its Christmas, Eve!"

What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas?

Thanks, I'll never part with this!

What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker

Who delivers Christmas presents to dogs?

Santa Paws

What kind of people are afraid of Santa Claus?


To what did Santa change his name after he slid down a chimney where the fire was still burning?

Crisp Kringle.

What do you call Santa when he has no money?

Saint Nickel-less.

What do you have in December that you don't have in any other month?

The letter "D".

Why did the Christmas cookie go to the doctor?

It was feeling crummy!

What goes OH, OH, OH?
Santa walking backwards!

What did the buck say to the doe on Christmas Day?
Merry Christmas, Dear!

Check out the fantastic focus on writing shared on our school bulletin boards!

Office Referral-Short Cut to Referral Form on iPad

Thank you for completing the office referral form when an incident warrants an office referral (threats, physical aggression, fighting, harassment, obscene language, etc.) . Once the referral is complete the student(s) should be sent to the office. Michelle or Jennika will then follow through with further investigation and procedures.

We know completing the office referral form does take a few minutes out of your busy schedule. Therefore, accessing it quickly can be helpful. Follow these directions in order to put the form on your iPad home screen for a short cut. (This is the same way we made a short cut for the Protabula website)

1. Copy and paste the link below into the Safari web browser

2. Once Safari brings up the Google form, look for the icon that is a square with an arrow pointing upward. This icon is in the upper left hand corner of Safari.

3. Click on the icon. Next click on the icon "add to home screen"

4.Click "add"

5. You will the see the office referral form on your iPad home screen.

Here is the link to the office referral form:

If you need help, please see Jennika, Michelle, Seth or LeeAnn. Hopefully, this saves you time when looking for the office referral form.

**You can make a short cut to your iPad home screen for any form or web page needed quickly (ABCDF chart, SIS, Protabula, etc).

Feeding our Community - Thank You Price Chopper!

Cosentino's Price Chopper in Raymore and the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation are teaming up to help feed families in our community a Christmas Meal. Anyone in the community may purchase a voucher for $25 to support a family. The Foundation, with the help of school counselors, will distribute the vouchers to families in need. The families can redeem their vouchers at the Raymore Price Chopper. The box includes: 11 lb turkey; stuffing mix, instant potatoes, gravy packet, 2 cans of vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, jell-o, and a cheesecake mix.
In addition, for every wreath or Christmas tree purchased at Price Chopper customer service, Price Chopper will donate $5 for every wreath and $10 for every tree sold towards the purchase of additional vouchers.
If you would like to purchase one of these vouchers, please stop by the Raymore Price Chopper or contact the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation at 816-892-1368 or

Scoring Criteria --Marzano's Proficiency Scales

Looking at our scoring criteria prior to lesson planning is essential in making sure we have a solid understanding and guidance for what targets our students need to master. As we are planning our lessons around our targets, the criteria needs to be present so we are able to determine how our students will meet the criteria. The criteria (proficiency scales) not only guides the teacher in planning meaningful and targeted lessons, but also allows students to understand directly where they are on a target and what they need to do to move to the next level. Scoring scales are available for district targets in BYOC.

Last year in our training with Tammy Heflebower from Marzano's Reasearch Laboratory (MRL) we were given an online resource to help create proficiency scales. The Proficiency Scale Bank provides access to sample standards scales, scales based on common core standards, and assessment items designed to assess each level of the scale. The scales in this database were developed by teachers, schools, and districts, as well as MRL. It is a GREAT resource and makes creating proficiency scales much easier. Once you have accessed the website online go to "free resources" and then "proficiency scale bank". I encourage you to check it out!

Reminders & FYIs-some new!

  • Winter break and parties are near and students are becoming very excited. Please continue to review classroom structures and procedures in class meetings and reinforce practicing routines.
  • Attendance should be entered in SIS each morning by 9:00 a.m. Thank you for making sure this is done in a timely manner.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each Monday by 8:20 a.m.
  • Keep encouraging attendance at Cherry Berry Night - Dec. 17 4-8 p.m.
  • PTA Family Dance Friday, Dec. 13 6:00-8:30.
  • Students should have a hall pass with them when leaving class.
  • Thank you for scheduling class restroom breaks. If there are emergency situations, it will be important to send a student with a hall pass and a buddy to the restroom. Hopefully with these structures in place it will help reduce the amount of vandalism that is occurring in our restrooms.
  • 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! Protection One and Raymore PD contact her directly, so it's important she is aware in case a worry arises. 616-4210
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Remember to add your current class schedule to the Google RE Shared Folder & before you implement changes; post outside your door too.

7 Keys to Effective Feedback from Grant Wiggins

Powerful article about what makes effective feedback...and why it is absolutely essential every day for every child.

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