Pathfinder Press

Information for Pathfinder Families /September 16th, 2022

Weekly Update

This was the week of drills! We had our fire drill and severe weather drill. Student's did a nice job following their teachers' directions and going where they needed to go when practicing for an emergency. These drills can be scary for students, which is a valid feeling. It is our intent to practice for these in a non-emergency way, so students can feel prepared if an actual emergency procedure occurs. Ask your student what they did in their classroom drills this week!

Our Major Saver fundraiser is still going, if you want to sell cards to family members or friends, there is still time! See the information below to check dates. Thank you for your support in this area!

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you back on Monday!

-Dr. Bohn & Mrs. Miller


Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Jay Harris, Superintendent

It was great to have Dr. Harris at Pathfinder today to discuss some topics. Here is a bulleted list of some of the discussions that were had:

  • Transitioning to Barry Elementary and Pathfinder Elementary schools
  • What playground will be utilized between the two elementary buildings
  • Boundary lines between Barry Elementary and Pathfinder Elementary
  • What does intervention look like at Pathfinder, how are the needs of all students met


Student Leadership Teams

On our first PLC day, students in grades 1-4 chose their preferences for Student Leadership Teams. Teams will be determined before the next PLC day, as this will be the first opportunity for students to join their new team! Feel free to view the slideshow below and talk to your student about what teams they are interested in joining.


Arrival after 8:50 AM

If you drop off your child after the 8:50 AM school start time, you are asked to park in one of our visitor spots and escort the child in. This process ensures that the child enters the building safely and we know they are coming in late. We will have school breakfast available for purchase in the office if needed.


Major Saver Fundraiser

Platte County Education Foundation Fundraiser - September 7-19

Next week, we will kick off our Platte County Education Foundation discount card sales program. (Pathfinder's other fundraiser, APEX Fun Run takes place in the spring.) Our schools, in conjunction with Major Saver, work with businesses throughout our District to offer a $15 discount card providing customers with 21 local buy-one-get-one-free or discount offers. In most cases, redeeming only two offers offsets the cost of the card. Proceeds from the card campaign directly benefit your student's school and the Platte County Education Foundation. The Foundation gives back to the Platte County R-3 community by awarding annual pre-K through 12th grade classroom and building site grants, as well as senior scholarships. Your student will be bringing home an envelope with information and instructions on Wednesday, September 7, and will be instructed to not go "door-to-door," but to offer to relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. Collection dates start on Monday, September 12, and the program wraps up on Monday, September 19. Please consider purchasing a card and supporting our schools! You can also purchase cards online here.

  • Monday, September 12th – Monday, September 19th / Daily Collections & Card/Prize Distribution
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Visitors at Lunch

The Pathfinder Cafeteria is now accepting visitors at lunch! In order to honor our current space limitations, visitors will be required to utilize this sign up (which outlines our available dates and spaces) prior to visiting their student for lunch. Grade levels will have visitor availability every other day during the 1st Quarter. Here are some guidelines that will help make this experience a success:

  • Prior to visiting, please verify your student's lunch time and utilize the sign up to reserve your spot (1 sign up = 1 visitor seat). No more than 2 adults can sign up.
  • Bring a state-issued ID to get signed in. Visitors must be listed on the student’s SISK12 account or parent permission must be received at the office prior to the visit.
  • Please keep in mind that we have limited seating for visitors. Finding other arrangements for younger siblings during the lunch visit would be appreciated.
  • Parents can either bring outside food or a packed lunch for their child and themselves. Parents may also purchase a lunch from school, but need to use this sign up to do that in advance.
  • Parents may not go back to the classroom or recess after lunch.
  • Only the child (no friends) can sit with parent during lunch.
  • Outside food and drink will only be permitted if you are staying to eat with your student.
  • Parents who show up for lunch without signing up will be added if there is an open spot. If not, the office can help the parent sign up for a future date.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this opportunity a success!

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Hall Pass

When visitors are able to sign up to have lunch with their student, we have a specific process that will be followed. At this time, all visitors will be asked to check in with the office upon arrival at school prior to entering the school. Hall Pass Visitor Management system has been installed in all of our schools to improve overall building safety/security and visitor management. The Hall Pass Visitor Management system will:

  • Conduct a screening on each visitor using the sex offender registry

  • Will log in volunteers to track their hours

  • Will be used to document late arriving students.

Whenever any non-student or non-district employee requests to enter any area of the building where children are accessible, essentially beyond the front office, they will be asked to produce a government issued ID:

  • State driver’s license

  • State issued ID

  • Passport

  • US Military ID

  • Permanent resident card

The ID will be scanned and a badge will be given to visitors. This process is key to continuing to maintain and improve a safe and caring environment for our students and staff. A visitor’s badge needs to be worn at all times while visiting the school.


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Club Opportunities!

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Pathfinder Lost and Found

We have a new location for our lost and found items, the racks are located in the main foyer. If your student has a lost item, please ask them to check this area. Thank you!


Football Game Reminders

As we gear up for our first home football game at Platte County High School, we want to remind all middle school and elementary parents that their students need to be accompanied by an adult to enter Pirate Stadium. There will be a section where middle school students can sit with their friends at the south end of the stadium and we ask that all elementary students be supervised by an adult at all times. We want our students to be there, be loud, be proud and cheer on their Pirates, but in a way that respects all in attendance. Thank you and GO PIRATES!


Pirates ROCK Character Trait: PRIDE (September)

Pirates R.O.C.K. (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.

September's #PiratesROCK trait is PRIDE: a feeling of self respect & worth.

Leader in Me connections to PRIDE:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive - You are in charge of you.
  • Habit 6: Synergize - Work together to do better.
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw - Take care of yourself.

Character Strong connections to PRIDE:

  • Self-awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Commitment
  • Humility


Join PTA

Don't forget to join our Pathfinder PTA! The link below will take you to the PTA website where you can learn about all of the great things PTA does for our school!


Upcoming English Language Arts and Math Screener (Fastbridge) to Guide Personalized Instruction

Students in PCR-3 participate in screening in English Language Arts and Mathematics as a way to provide information related to skill acquisition in those areas. This assessment, known as FastBridge, replaces STAR, which was used in the District for quite some time. Fastbridge is a nationally normed screener and is a skills-aligned assessment that will inform instruction to best meet student learning needs. This assessment will be administered three times this school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Our Fall window runs September 1 - September 30. Students do not need to prepare for this assessment and the results are used for informational purposes only.


Behavior Expectations

We have spent a lot of time this week teaching students our Behavior Expectations (pictured below). Please take a few minutes to review the expectations for each area of our building with your student this weekend!


Pathfinder Resource Checklist

Hello Pirate Families! At the beginning and middle of each school year, we ask parents and guardians to fill out our Resource Checklist on paper. This year we are asking you to complete the Resource Checklist electronically using this form. This brief questionnaire is your School Social Worker's first and primary way to help you access support services. It also lets us know if you are interested in giving back to your school community. Please do not hesitate to contact your School Social Worker (Heather Schuller; if you have any questions.


Pathfinder Parent Calendars

Please see the attached Pathfinder Parent Monthly Calendars, which detail important district, building, and PTA dates that are important for our Pirates to know!


Text Notifications

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations. Newly enrolled families will automatically receive an opt-in message from 67587. If you missed it, simply text “Yes” to 67587 to receive text messages.


Keep in Contact with Us!

We want families to stay connected to all Pathfinder information. In addition, we invite you to visit our social media and platforms below.

You can always pick up the phone and give us a call anytime. The school number is 816.436.6670. If you have a specific question for administration, please email us at (Dr. Anna Bohn, Principal) or (Mrs. Emily Miller, Assistant Principal).


Thank You to our Pirates R.O.C.K. Stars!