Barry News

Friday, November 20th 2020


Character Strong - Family Dares

I hope you all had a chance as a family to complete the dare from this past week: Collaborative Cook. It was an opportunity for us to make a meal together as a family.

I am excited to challenge you all to participate in next week's dare: Kind Conference Call . Please see the explanation below. Check out our Instagram page to hear from our Principals Advisory Team describing 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 13 Family Dare - Kind Conference Call

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Character Strong Student Recognition

Each week, our building will focus on a different trait of the Eight Essentials. 10 students will be recognized for modeling this trait throughout the week. This week's focus was Commitment.

The following students selected were:

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Virtual Learning for In-Person Learners on Nov. 23-24; Pausing Return to Full In-Person Plans for Middle Schoolers

Because of current staffing challenges related to COVID-19 and the likelihood of additional challenges securing substitutes before the Thanksgiving holiday, all Platte County School District in-person learners will attend classes virtually on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24.

    • Y Club services will be consolidated to Pathfinder Elementary and will be available from 6:30 am to 6 pm on these days for families already signed up.
    • Curbside meal pickup (including 5 days of meals) is available on Monday, November 23, at PCMS and Barry locations from 11 am-12:30 pm.
    • Activities and practices will proceed as planned on these days. Please refer to information provided by coaches/sponsors.

Additionally, in collaboration with our local health authorities, the District has decided to pause our phased return to full in-person learning at the secondary level. We will not proceed with the November 30 return to full in-person plans in grades 6-8. In-person learners in these grades will continue with their current alternating schedule learning scenario. We will continue to monitor our situation and collaborate with our local health authorities on our plans to return to full in-person (with a remote option) starting with second semester for all secondary learners.

Student Guidance for Monday and Tuesday of Next Week

The following video was reviewed with students on Thursday and Friday to prepare them for what to expect on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Student Council Announcement

Way to go Barry students, families and staff! You are all AWESOME! Look at the total number of items collected for Harvester's last week.
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Student Council - Teachers of the Month for October

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Upcoming Dates for the Week After Thanksgiving

Tuesday, December 1

3-4 PM Robotics

3-4 PM Academic Lab

3-4 PM Principals Advisory B Day

Thursday, December

3-4 PM Robotics

3-4 PM Academic Lab

3-4 PM Principals Advisory B Day

Please Complete the PCR-3 Parent Survey by December 4 (Repeat)

The Platte County School District is conducting its annual parent survey to gather feedback on strengths of the district, as well as areas to consider for growth. We want to make sure every parent is heard so we can make meaningful improvements in our District and schools.

If you have not already, we ask that you complete the survey by clicking on the link below. If you have more than one student, please be sure to answer those questions for each building. The survey should take approximately fifteen minutes or less to complete. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Parent Survey Link

Academic Lab (Repeat)

Academic Lab will begin next week. This provides students with additional academic support with a Barry teacher. Academic Lab can either be assigned to a student by a teacher, or it can be requested by a parent.

Academic Lab is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-4:00 p.m. An activity bus is available. If you are interested in learning more you can contact the school administration, counselor or child's classroom/homeroom teacher.

Please book mark this link and/or use the form embedded below.

FERPA Virtual Learning Notice (Reminder)

As part of the 2020-2021 school year, your student will participate in virtual or distance learning. This virtual learning may occur via a digital platform like Canvas, Google Classroom, or Google Meets that will require participation by your student in a virtual setting with other students receiving the same services.

Due to the nature of virtual learning, it is possible the parent/guardian, sibling, or other related person of another student in your student’s class may hear or see your student as they are engaged in learning.

The Department of Education’s Student Privacy Policy Office (“SPPO”) stated in its March 30, 2020 virtual learning guidance “a person merely seeing or hearing your student does not violate their or your rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Another person sitting in the same room as your student is treated no differently than a visitor would be during an in-person class.” It is not possible or feasible for the District to dictate the location of other individuals present during virtual sessions within a student’s home.

Our staff members will take precautions to comply with District Policy and FERPA to prohibit and limit the disclosure of personally identifiable information. Additionally, please note District Policy KKB expressly prohibits recording any virtual classroom session. This long-standing policy exists to protect the rights of all students under FERPA.

I have been advised that my student may be seen or heard by other individuals present during virtual learning sessions. I have also been advised of the District’s prohibition on the recording of the virtual sessions and agree to comply with Policy KKB.

If you desire that your child not receive virtual education services, please contact your student’s building principal:


Technology for Next Week

If you filled out a request for a Chromebook for next week, your student was sent home with a Chromebook and charger in their backpack prior to dismissal today. Please return these to school on Monday, November 30th.

5th Grade Schedules for Monday and Tuesday

Students were also sent home with a schedule specific to your student's day. It should look something similar to the example below. Please reach out to your homeroom teacher with any questions.
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Middle School Schedules for Monday and Tuesday

The following bell schedules were sent home with students during 7th hour on Thursday and Friday.

On Monday

A day students will participate in "live" instruction through Google Meet links in their Google Classroom. B day students will participate in their typical, virtual learning activities.

On Tuesday

B day students will participate in "live" instruction through Google Meet links in their Google Classroom. A day students will participate in their typical, virtual learning activities.

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Updates on Sports Transportation

Monday 11/23:

  • Normal activity bus from Barry bringing wrestlers and boys basketball to PCMS for wrestling practice and boys basketball games (All basketball games will be held at PCMS moving forward for this year. Be on the lookout for an explanation from coaches).
  • Normal activity bus back to Barry after wrestling practice.

  • Normal activity bus from PCMS bringing girls basketball to Barry.
  • Normal activity bus back to PCMS after girls basketball practice.

Tuesday 11/24:

  • Normal activity buses
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Next Week

As you already know, next week (November 23-24) will look a little different than expected. I will upload a circle time video each day (Monday and Tuesday) via Google Classroom and email (by 10am). It will be no longer than 30 min each time. This video will allow families to view the activity at any time versus having to attend at a specific time. A packet of number practice pages and letter pages was sent home today in a plastic sleeve. These are for review and practice. A turkey craft ("how-to" video on Google Classroom) will be uploaded on Google Classroom for fine motor. Your child will be able to practice letters, numbers, and language skills through Google Classroom with some online games. You will also find songs and recorded activities to reinforce skills on our YouTube page. Your child's school box is in their backpack to use to complete the turkey craft and any other activity that they choose to do. Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy Turkey Day! –Ms. Kristy and Ms. Rebecca

Note from Ms. Amanda: If your child is working on speech and language goals, be looking for paper materials sent home in their backpack; directions should be posted on the materials. A short (10 minute) speech & language activity (specific to your child's speech & language goals) will also be posted to Google Classroom on Monday and Tuesday. The activities will be ones that we have done together as a class, so your child should be familiar with them and know what to expect. They will need your help in completing the activities. Feel free to comment (in Google Classroom) on how the activity went! Happy Thanksgiving!

Clothing Reminder

As the seasons change, remember to send in extra clothes that are weather appropriate for your child in the event they have an accident at school.

Stay Connected


Remote Learners Picture Make-up Day

On Nov. 30, 2020 pictures retakes will happen at the

DEC building, 998 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, MO 64079.

Picture times are based on your students attendance area.

Platte City Middle School area times are: 11:00-11:45am

Barry School area times are: 12:00-12:45pm

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Being in Remote Learning doesn't mean you are not a part of Barry School. Take pictures during your remote learning life and submit them to Mrs. Delaney at or click on the link below.


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.

Thanksgiving in the Midst of a Pandemic

In light of the CDC's most recent recommendations regarding Thanksgiving and the pandemic, click on the list to find a list of eight virtual Thanksgiving activities to try this year. Pick and choose the ones that sound fun to you and your family!

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:


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

Safe Schools (Repeat)

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

Follow us on Social Media (Repeat)