Plaza Pride Newsletter

January 18, 2019

Plaza Middle School

6501 NW 72nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
816.359.4210 Main Line
816.359.4211 Attendance Line



Word of the Week - Stamina

January 21st - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School

January 22nd - Purple Day

Last day to order a yearbook online

January 23rd - Red Day

January 24th - Purple Day

January 25th - Red Day

**Team T-Shirts are now on $5! We have team t-shirts (sizes vary) on hand if you didn't have a chance to purchase one. Just bring $5 to the office to get yours today!

Lunch Menu

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Only 1/3 of Plaza students have purchased a yearbook!

Yearbooks are now on sale for 6th grade students at Plaza Middle School. You can order online at where you will be allowed to personalize if you wish. The deadline to order online and to personalize and/or pay by credit card has been extended until January 22nd! You can also order for $15 through the office with cash or check made payable to Plaza Middle School. Check the list below if you are not sure if you've already ordered.

Yearbook Orders as of 1/10/2019

Fee Reminder

If your child needs a new team lanyard or plastic ID case, they can be purchased in the office. Lanyards cost $2.00 and the plastic case is .50 cents.

Parent Portal

Parents, please log into your child's online portal to update any information regarding your child. Please make sure to update any information regarding your child if any thing has changed (i.e. guardian information, phone number corrections, etc.)

Q3 Intramurals Sign Ups

How to Sign Up for Plaza Middle School Intramurals

​The sign-up opened January 17!

Click this link 1/17/19 to access the Q3 Intramural Signup:

Keep in mind:

You may only select one.

Make sure you pay attention to whether you select a Tuesday session or Thursday session (some are offered on either day)

If you cannot select your first choice—it is already full. If you have questions, email Mr. Early from your home/school email at

Please make sure to fill in Student First and Last Name, and the Student ID when asked.

You will receive a confirmation from Mr. Early in Home Base of your enrollment before intramurals begin.

**If you do not have internet access, please have your child see Mr. Early


Plaza Middle School Buzz Book

The PTA is proud to offer you a Plaza Middle School Buzz Book. The book will list the students' names with their team, home base teacher, parent's name(s) and email address(es), and the middle school he/she will be attending next year. Parent's phone number(s) and/or address can be included, but not required. The PTA will include only the information you provide in this form. Participation is optional, but all Plaza families are encouraged to participate.

Clothing Center

If you haven't had a chance to join PTA, it's not too late! Please find more information by going to Plaza Middle School PTA (link) or you can use the Online Membership & Payment option.

PTA Clothing Center Dates

Jan. 22: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
March 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
March 26: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
April 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
April 16: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
May 7: 4-7 p.m. End of School Event

Contact Sara Monsees at to sign up for notifications about when we need volunteers .For additional information, please contact one of the PTA Clothing Center team members:

Jada Rawlings
(816) 876-6534

Maria Acosta

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Annie Jones of the Incredibles was the winner in both the Visual Arts and Photography categories of the 2018 PTA Reflections Contest, Heroes Around Me. Her entries have been submitted for further consideration at the Missouri State PTA Reflections contest.

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Important information concerning library fines for overdue, lost, and damaged books in Infinite Campus:

With the start of 3rd quarter the library media center will post fines in Infinite Campus for overdue, lost, and damaged library books or textbooks.

Fines assessed in Infinite Campus can be paid online by clicking on the Fees tab or your student may continue to pay with cash or check remitted to Plaza library.

Your student will receive a weekly automated reminder notice to return or renew overdue books.

Students can access their library account by logging into Destiny from the Park Hill Portal or Plaza home page.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your help.

Sharon Rigos

Plaza Media Specialist

Christine Strube

Plaza Media Assistant


No one is alone, and we encourage honest and direct conversations about students’ personal struggles. Talking honestly and directly about suicide helps students feel less stressed. Along with Tri-County Mental Health Services, we're hosting a parent night at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 in district office's room 230 to help families feel more comfortable talking about mental health.

Encourage Hope and Help website

Signs of Suicide (SOS) UPDATE-ONLY for students who were absent for the November lesson

Students who were absent the day of our initial lesson will have an opportunity to participate in the SOS lesson during the month of February.

In February, student services and Plaza Admin will lead the SOS lesson with students. The lesson involves showing students video clips about how to talk with their peers and adults about their feelings. The counselor or social worker will contact a parent or guardian if they talk to a child. If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the SOS prevention program, please print and complete the linked form. Return completed form to the front office by Friday, January 25, 2019. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in the lesson.

Students who previously opted out of the SOS lesson remain on the opt out list.


We are excited to announce the opportunity for you to attend spelling bee study sessions at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at Park Hill School District Office. The study sessions will be Wednesdays January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 13th and 20th and Thursday February 7th. There is no sign-up necessary, just drop by if you are available. You can stay for five minutes or the whole time, whatever fits into your schedule and you can come to one or all sessions. If you’re not already signed up for the district spelling bee, you have until February 1st to sign up on the district website.

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 23rd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 26-May 31. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.

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Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

Please nominate a Park Hill Star today!
Park Hill Star nomination form


There are many different ways we stay connected with our Plaza families! We have an online newsletter that is updated weekly and you can view at anytime. Also, be sure to visit the Park Hill District Website to sign up for all district alerts, First Hand Mobile Alerts and First Hand Email Alerts.