Buzzin' in the Hive

Graden Parent and Family News/Updates - July 2020


Principal: Vanna Easley


Assistant Principal: Courtney Bishop


Executive Administrative Assistant: Nikki Suchanick


Graden Registrar: Meghan Wheeler


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As we prepare to reopen our doors for fall, we are trying to do the right things to take care of our students, our staff and our community. This is a difficult time for everyone, but it helps to know that this won’t last forever.

Our Reopening Task Force created this plan, using guidance from public health officials and using input from more than 4,000 students, family members and staff members.

This plan is likely to change as more information becomes available and as we continue to follow the latest guidance of public health officials. We will notify you when we update our plans.


When we asked families about their preferences for our reopening this fall, most wanted their children to come back in person, but some preferred an online option because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since our teachers cannot simultaneously teach both in-person and online, most of our teachers will be at school for in-person learning and some will be dedicated entirely to our Park Hill Online.

If you want to choose Park Hill Online for the entire first semester, please fill out the online form in the parent portal on Infinite Campus (look for the survey tab). You will need to fill out this survey for each of your children you are signing up for Park Hill Online.

If you have questions or need help, call the district office at 816-359-4044. You must sign up by Friday, July 24 to allow us time to plan for staffing and class enrollments. If we do not hear from you by July 24, we will plan for your child to attend school in person.

This plan is likely to change as more information becomes available and as we continue to follow the latest guidance of public health officials. We will notify you when we update our plans.


We want to make every effort to give fidelity to Interest Groups this fall while still operating under the safety recommendations given by the Platte County Health Department and the CDC.

Please fill out the 20-21 INTEREST GROUP SURVEY below by asking your child what their top 2 interest groups would be, if we were able to facilitate them in their classroom.

If you have more than one child, please complete a new survey for each child in your household. Thank you for helping us continue to allow students to find their voice.

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

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Online verification and residency for next school year are now open! Complete your online form today. You can submit residency documents electronically in the application with a file upload or picture. We will not accept physical copies of residency documents at our buildings until they reopen.

· If you currently have a student enrolled in the district, you can enroll a new student during the verification process.

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Kindergaten Kick Off: Tuesday, August 4th

If you have a child who will start Kindergarten during the 2020-21 school year, mark your calendar for AUGUST 4th! We plan to host a Kindergarten Kick Off Event to welcome our newest Hornets to Graden. Families will sign up for a time to visit Graden between 12:30 pm- 6:30 pm to tour the building, meet the Graden staff and take the kindergarten readiness assessment. If you have not enrollet or signed up for a time, please contact the Graden office at (816) 359-4340.

Class Placement Information

We are working diligently to update class rosters for the 20-21 school year. Graden families will receive communication via email about class placement on Friday, August 7th. Thank you for allowing us the time to ensure all of our hornets are successfully placed.


July 31 - Last day of Summer School

August 4 - Kindergarten Kick Off 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm

August 17 - Kindergarten Parent Orientation 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 20 - Back to School Night 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

August 24 - First day of school

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