Tiger Tales Parent News Feb. 2016

News For & About Raymore Elementary & Early Childhood!

Friendship Party Fun!

Greetings!

Dear Raymore and Early Childhood families,


We have a lot of exciting learning taking place at Raymore Elementary and Early Childhood! Our students have been engaged in projects, field trips, integration of technology, 7 Habits traits, and many other learning journeys. It is great to see students achieving their goals each day!


We are excited and honored to announce that Raymore Elementary/Early Childhood along with Eagle Glen Intermediate have been recognized as a Missouri Exemplary School! We are among 16 Missouri schools named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for outstanding performance in implementing professional learning. Our schools, which promote cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement, were recognized on Jan. 26 during the Powerful Learning Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. This is testimony to the amazing teachers, parents, and kids we have at Raymore Elementary/Early Childhood. Way to go! Read more, including a list of all schools honored: http://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/schools-be-recognized-professional-learning. For more information, check out the Missouri Professional Learning Communities site: http://www.moplc.org/exemplary-schools.html.


We look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events this spring such as Family Movie Night, McTeacher Night, VIP Breakfast, and EC Messy Night. Check the calendar on our website for additional events and dates. We appreciate all your support with our Friendship Parties! Our students had a great time! As always, please feel free to call us if you ever have a concern or question. We are happy to help.


Sincerely,

Jennika Miller, Principal

Melissa Lucas, Assistant Principal

Dr. Monsees Speaking at PTA Meeting Mar. 8-Please Join Us

March 8 at 6:00pm in the library our PTA Board will be meeting for their monthly meeting. At this time, Dr. Monsees will join us to provide information and answer questions regarding the April Bond Issue. Parents are invited to attend this informational meeting. We hope to see you there!

FREE Vision Screenings: Feb. 26 - Children 6 mos to 6 years

FREE Vision Screening for children 6 months to 6 years - No Appointment Needed - walk-ins from 9 am - 1 pm. on 2/26/16 at the Ray-Pec Early Childhood Cottage located at Raymore Elementary, 500 S Madison, Raymore. The screening detects nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, anisocoria, anisometropia, and allows the screener to observe for strabismus or a possible cataract by a trained technician sponsored by the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. Contact Linda Sharp, EC Coordinator, at 816-892-1933 or linda.sharp@raypec.org for questions.

Voter Registration and Ray Pec Ballot

March 9 is the deadline to register to vote in the April 5 municipal election. Go online to register: http://www.casscounty.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/910

Voters will be asked to approve a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. Elements of the plan include:

  • Addition to Ray-Pec High School south building
  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District
The construction and reconfiguration will provide additional space for grades K-8 and the Early Childhood program. Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=1040

Raymore-Peculiar School District voters will also elect two people to serve three-year terms on the School Board. There are six candidates:

  • Leo Anderson (incumbent)
  • Lane T. Lucas
  • Susan Edmonsond
  • Joe Anthuis (incumbent)
  • Kim Bailey
  • Patrick S. Clark

Preliminary Plans for High School Addition

The School Board recently reviewed plans for additions and renovations to the south high school. The plan, which includes new construction of about 100,000 square feet, would allow the District to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school.


The preliminary building plan includes a two-story addition at the north end of the building. The plan includes a dedicated area for freshman core classes, a new library media center, additional space for fine arts and performing arts classes, and relocation of some classrooms and offices.


The latest plans also include construction of a storm-resistant concrete dome structure on the east side of the building. The dome would include an auxiliary gym, restrooms, and locker rooms and would also serve as a shelter for students and staff in the event of severe weather.


See preliminary floor plans: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=1040


For three months, a team has been meeting to create a building addition and renovation plan for the south high school. The goal is to have a design ready to implement as soon as possible, pending voter approval of the no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 5 ballot.


Kindergarten Round Up Mar. 30 & Early Childhood Round Up Apr. 12

Kindergarten Round-Up is March 30

Parents of children who will be 5 before Aug. 1, 2016, are invited and encouraged to attend Kindergarten Round-up and enrollment on Wednesday, March 30.

Please attend one session (at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.) at the school which your child will attend in the fall. If you are uncertain which school your child will attend, call the Raymore-Peculiar School District office at 816-892-1300. More information: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/5446


Early Childhood PreK application Round-Up is April 12

Ray-Pec residents who are 4 years old by July 31, 2016, are eligible to participate in the Early Childhood Pre-K program. Acceptance is based on class availability, as well as a needs assessment and Pre-K screening. A Pre-K Round-Up Parent Information meeting is scheduled at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the library at Raymore Elementary School, 500 S. Madison. More information: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/9083

Nominations for Teacher/Support Staff Employee of the Year

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 April 6 to honor finalists for both awards. Anyone may nominate a teacher, counselor, librarian, or support staff employee by submitting a letter of nomination by Feb. 29. To learn more about submitting a nomination: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=909. Up to 10 finalists will be selected, and a panel of judges from outside the District will select the winners. The winner in each category will receive a $500 cash award and other prizes. These awards are a program of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=909

2016-2017 Calendar Approved by School Board

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017. Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017. There are two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17. The last day of school is an early release on May 23. Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. View and print the calendar: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/9087

Accessing Teacher Ease Portal

As you know, your child’s teacher communicates your child’s progress regularly through the TeacherEase portal, which is our online program that allows you to check your child's scores anytime.

You can follow these steps to view your child's progress :

  1. Go to the following site: https://teacherease.com/common/login.aspx
  2. Enter your current SIS Parent Portal login and password. If you are unsure of your SIS parent login and password go to this link: https://sdm.sisk12.com/rp/ select the "parents" tab and enter your primary email address.
  3. From there, you will be prompted to enter password. If you are unsure of your password simply click "forgot your password" and your password will be emailed to you.

You can also click HERE for directions on how to login to TeacherEase.

It is helpful to keep in mind that learning targets often reflect end-of-year goals, and that learning is a progression. Anytime you have a question, we encourage you to call or email your child’s teacher.

Can you volunteer?

Thank you to our many moms, dads, and community volunteers already serving at our school! It is a HUGE help! Here are some of the great ways to get involved:
  • PTA event helper
  • WatchD.O.G.S. dads*
  • Tiger Buddies 1:1 student mentor/tutor*
  • Lamination & Cut/Make Project Assistance
  • C.A.N. food pantry donor
  • PTA Board Member or Committee chairperson
(*$12 Background Check required for student safety & peace of mind of all families!)

Calling all other labels & Boxtops for PTA to help our school!

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Upcoming Events:

(Always check our website for the most updated/current events!)

February:

Feb 15: No School, Invitational Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 16: Students in Session- This is a change to the calendar because of the Royals World Series Day off.

Feb. 19: PTA Family Movie Night in the gym. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Movie "Minions" starts at 6 pm.

Feb. 19: Major Saver Kick off Assembly

Feb. 26: FREE Vision Screenings @ Raymore Elem. Early Childhood Cottage 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. Walk ins welcome for children 6 mos - 6 yrs.


March:

Mar. 4: No School -Staff Development

Mar. 8: PTA Board Mtg - 6:00pm Library- Dr. Monsees speaking April Bond Issue- Parents are invited to attend.

Mar. 10: PTA Paradise Park Night

Mar. 14: 4th Quarter Starts

Mar. 15: McTeacher Night 5pm-8pm

Mar. 17: EC/PCA/PreK/PAT "Messy Night" in gym

Mar. 21-28: Spring Break

Mar. 29: School Resumes

Mar. 30: Kindergarten Round Up

Friendly School Reminders & Opportunities

  • If your child is a car rider, we appreciate you making sure you have your car tag displayed in your car for arrival and dismissal. Thank you!
  • For security of all kids and staff, please be prepared to present your State ID/Driver's License at the front desk. Office staff will sign in all visitors and provide a badge to be worn visibly at all times. Please be sure to check out at the office before leaving.
  • I.D.: Please be prepared to show ID anytime you are visiting our school or picking up a child. If we do not recognize you (and we try hard!), this measure ensures your child's safety and that of our school. Thank you for your support.
  • We will continue to practice regular drills/procedures through out the year in classrooms and as a school for a variety of emergencies including fire/evacuation, tornado/shelter, and more. This year our staff was more extensively trained by professionals in what to do in the case of a violent intruder. Thanks to our district's leadership, we are even better equipped with the most effective strategies to protect and prevent our children in the case of a variety of emergencies.
  • All cars join our north car rider line. Please remain in vehicles and ensure your child enters on the curbside of the car.
  • Early Childhood sessions M, T, W, and Th are 8-11 & 11:45-2:45. Students are not in session Friday.
  • Elementary Student arrival & breakfast begins at 8:25 AM. The tardy bell is 8:45 AM. Dismissal begins at 3:45.
  • All students who walk/bike to school on their own should wait for Mrs. Wratney our crossing guard for assistance to cross Madison or our parking lot.
  • "Grab & Go" Breakfast is available for purchase by ALL kids & they enjoy in class as they begin their day. Hot breakfast can be chosen from 8:25-8:35 and then eaten in the cafe as well.