Raymore Update: 11/5/13

News For & About our Staff Family & PLC

Inspirational Quote

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick, Educator

Reminder from HR about Facebook

Do not "friend" students or former students on Facebook (reviewed again in August in the training.) That opens you/others up for great risk. Thank you for exercising this to ensure great professionalism with our interactions. If you have questions, don't hesitate to talk with me.

I know you each make a special impact on your students (current or former). They simply may not always understand appropriate ways to reach out to you. Thank you for being the special educators you are!

Celebrate United Way!

So far we have collected $614.73 for United Way from our Hat and Gum Day! Kudos to our students for donating! Don't forget as a staff member you can purchase tickets for a $1.00. For every ticket you purchase, you may bid on a variety of wonderful items donated in the lounge. Jeans passes have been extended through Friday, Nov. 8. For $20, you will get 5 jeans passes to use during that time period. You may also purchase jeans passes during that time period for $5 each. Bidding for items will close at 4 pm on Friday, Nov. 8. Thank you to everyone who kindly donates to United Way!

Coming Soon.... Tiger Trail 5K - Saturday, Nov. 9

Tiger Trail 5k Run Information
When: Saturday, November 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Memorial Park Lion Shelter

We are excited to announce our Tiger Trail 5k at Raymore Elementary brought to you by our Raymore Elementary PTA. Our focus for this 5kis in connection with our Unity Day we held recently at school. Unity Day was a day our entire school came together to unite against bullying. Our 4th graders put on an assembly and our students and staff were encouraged to wear orange. The Tiger Trail 5k is another way we can show our support to run, walk, or cheer united to take a stand against bullying. We can help put an end to bullying the more our school family can come together to support and remind one another that no one is alone and we will all take a stand if we see bullying happen. Please take time to visit pacer.org for additional resources for parents and kids to learn how to help end bullying. We hope to see everyone at our Tiger Trail 5k. The end of bullying begins with you!

Click here to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AeFyFko0H7z-wE7eJVA93qv4EKRKzDiP9NO6MQNrrcE/viewform

How can you help with event? Link to volunteer or donate items www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E48ABAC2FAA8-tiger/4358736

-Registration and payment are due to PTA by 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 4th, to ensure participation T-shirt.
-Event will be held rain or shine.
-Begins from the Memorial Park near Lion’s Shelter at 8:30 a.m. and returns to the same location.
-Refreshments will be available at the finish line for participants. Refreshments will end at 10:30 a.m.
-Adult 18 years or older must accompany your student on route.
-NO pets or bikes
-Participants may walk or run.
-Strollers and wagons welcome
-Bins for CAN collections and Project Warmth items will be available onsite.
-Not a timed event.

Please come join us! We would love your help and support!

Adopt-A-Family Here at Raymore for Christmas!

The holiday season can be a difficult time for some families who are facing tough financial situations. This email will provide information for those families who would like to be adopted and for those families who would like to adopt a family.

Families Requesting Assistance Information

As the 2013 holidays near, our school receives requests from our school families, churches and civic organizations for families that could benefit from help. If you wish your family to be included in this community outreach, please go to the following link and complete the form no later thanThursday, November 14th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jiTLe1wIsZ13KlVEa0U1k0AdCGR7b3oUi82_uHZY0Z8/viewform.Please remember that this is a request for help; there is no guarantee your family will be adopted, however we will do the very best we can to help fill your need.

Families Interested in Adopting a Family Information

If you are planning on adopting a family during this holiday, please consider adopting a family at Raymore Elementary, knowing you are helping a family right here in our school. All families will remain completely anonymous and confidential. Neither the family nor children’s names will be given; this includes both the family “being adopted” and the family “doing the adopting.” We feel this is important for a variety of reasons. All presents will be delivered to the school and I will be sure they get to the family. Please see below for more details. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a family, please go to the following link and fill out the form no later than Thursday, November 14th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1seOVzWuh2hIOfGrKk6jLzN-nGo8oA95cD_W83huI2mk/viewform I will then email you with the information of your family, including the age, gender, clothing, and toy requests. Often people ask me what they can do for the parents. If you are wanting to get a gift for the parents, gift cards to clothing or grocery stores are always great. We thank you, in advance, for your help with this wonderful program. Please be sure to follow the steps below to ensure the most efficient and effective way, while maintaining confidentiality to deliver all presents in time for the holidays. The information you receive regarding your “adopted family,” will include a number assigned to each family and letters assigned to each child (no names will be given).Please include wrapping paper, tape and gift tags we can give to the parents. This way the parents are able to see what the presents are, wrap the presents themselves and write the child’s name on the outside of the present to make it more personal. Please put all presents in a big bag(s) and be sure to indicate the family number and child letters on the outside. **All presents must be bought and dropped off at Raymore Elementary by Monday, December 9th. You may drop off the presents anytime prior to the 9th. Please drop off at the Raymore Elementary office.

All of us here at Raymore Elementary wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

New Classroom Carpets!

Thank you to our fabulous PTA for providing monies to purchase new carpets for classrooms!! ALL K-4 classrooms now have a district purchased carpet. We were able to provide carpets to classrooms that did not have any, as well as, replace old worn carpets. I know teachers and students are excited to have this added to their classroom environment.

Wish You Well

GG will be traveling each Friday with her husband Rene for more chemo treatments in Tulsa. He recently went back for comprehensive tests following the past months of radiation and chemo. The results were the tumor obstructing his pancreas had receded quite a bit and encouraging news~the pancreas looks clear! He has also gained 11 pounds, which is helping greatly. What they're up against is there are two new spots on his liver, and the original tumor in his stomach from a year ago has grown again to about the size of an apple. His doctors say this particular type of cancer is aggressive, and they're continue fighting it with chemo while celebrating that the pancreas appears unaffected. Let's continue to keep GG and Rene in our thoughts and prayers on their journey.
Steve Pearce's mom Helen passed away on Halloween. You all know Steve as our wonderful, long-time photographer, badge creator, and yearbook publisher. He does a lot for our school and community. At this time there are no public services planned, and the family will hold a private ceremony in the near future. Let's all keep Steve and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Adreanna our part-time night custodian moved to Georgia this weekend to help care-give for her grandmother. Let's wish her well as she supports her family. We do not yet know who her replacement will be; Rex and I will keep you posted.
Valerie R~Again, please welcome Valerie Rapp to our school family. Valerie joins us from Timber Creek Elementary. She will be working with our special services team. We are very fortunate to have her join us in order to best support our students' needs. Welcome Valerie and we look forward to working with you!

REPEAT! MVP (Most Valuable Piece of information) from my reading

Cultures Built to Last: Systematic PLCs at Work (DuFour, Fullan, 2013) (Current book study by PDC, Leadership Academy, & Dst Administrators)

Chapter 3: The Loose -Tight Dilemma:

The overriding question when school districts begin to look at systemic change is: Should systemic change be initiated from the top of the organizational chart and driven down throughout the organization, or should it percolate from the bottom upward? This top-down versus bottom- up dilemma presents a constant challenge to education reformers. This chapter discusses the rationale for both approaches, offers examples, and offers solutions to the dilemma.

My Takeaways:

We know that when we are trying to implement change in a culture that we must be careful not to order the change because that will not work. We also know that leaving people alone and not asking them to begin to change will not work either. I begin to make connections to the all the new changes we have begun to embrace in our school culture (SRR, technology integration, curriculum changes, etc.). I know it has been important to make sure we have the right balance to initiate a systemic change. This chapter discusses interdependence is the key to this right balance. It is important leaders foster degrees of autonomy but not isolate anyone along with continuing to support everyone in making a clear direction to the change needed (right balance). As leaders, we must be attentive to ongoing two-way communication through out the change process.

Why Are Common Standards Needed Across the State?

Missouri Learning Standards are part of the state's work in ensuring Missouri students are college and career ready once they graduate from high school. In the following video, Dr. Barbara Reys from the University of Missouri-Columbia provides answers to the question "why are common standards needed".
Dr. Barbara Reys - Common Core State Standards

Reminders & FYIs

  • Bus Driver Celebration Day - Fri., Nov. 8 - Thank you to Special Services for organizing this day to recognize our great bus drivers.
  • Please see Seth if you would like to check out a Chromebook to use over the weekend.
  • Fall Leader In Me Final Book Study will be November 14 at 4:30. Location TBA.
  • Annual Thanksgiving Dinner --Nov. 22. A schedule and more information coming soon.
  • Don't forget Seth will be offering "Pop In" PD in the mornings to help with technology questions you may have. Look for scheduled dates.
  • Call or text Michelle & Jennika if you're going to be unexpectedly absent (after 4 pm day before). 616-4210 and 550-4434
  • Call or text Michelle if you will be in the building on the weekend! Protection One and Raymore PD contact her directly, so it's important she is aware in case a worry arises. 616-4210
  • Remember to check the RE Shared Calendar for events! We are still adding, and things change.
  • Remember to add your lesson plans to the Google RE Shared Folder each week.
  • Remember to add your current class schedule to the Google RE Shared Folder & before you implement changes; post outside your door too.

PLC: Our Mission, Vision, Values

As a professional learning community, we commit to three big ideas:

  1. Focus on Learning
  2. Build a Collaborative Culture
  3. Focus on Results

We answer four questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn? (Goals/Expectations)
  2. How will we know they are learning? (Assessment)
  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn? (DI Intervention)
  4. How will we respond if they already know it? (DI Extension)

To fulfill our mission & vision:

  • M: Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life
  • V: Turning today's learners into tomorrow's leaders

With these commitments:

  • We are committed to consistency & accountability for each student's success.
  • We are committed to a system of support for students and adults.
  • We are committed to a safe, trusting and collaborative environment.
  • We are committed to best practices.
  • We are committed to high expectations for learning, behavior and citizenship.
  • We are committed to quality communication & positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • We are committed to effective communication regarding student progress.
  • We are committed to data-driven decision making.
  • We are committed to use of appropriate channels for communication.
  • We are committed to a guaranteed (consistent) and viable (doable) curriculum.
  • We are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility while improving student achievement