Ray Marsh Newsletter

Feb. 4th, 2019

Thank You, Kindness Week!

I want to thank everyone that was involved in making our kindness week such a success! We surpassed our bucket goal with over 250+ buckets donated just from our school. I have included some pictures of the event below, and I am so proud of everyone's efforts as we came together to create much needed kits for Uplift KC. Again, thank you to your family for participating and making this a wonderful event for all.

Kindergarten Roundup!

Please help us get the word out that we are ready for incoming kindergarten families to contact us to begin the enrollment process. Families can drop by to pick up an enrollment packet beginning this Wed. It would also be helpful to bring a birth certificate, mortgage statement/lease agreement, and a gas and electric bill.

The official date for our roundup night will be April 18th from 6-7:30p. Mr. Weishaar will begin presenting at 6:10p. This event will be for parents only. Dates will be advertised to bring students to Ray Marsh to experience special activities. These dates will be published on the Ray Marsh website, as well as local child care facilities.

Reminder-Deliveries for students

As a reminder, we discourage deliveries for students to come to the school. While it is fun for kids to receive special deliveries, we ask that you please reserve that for your home. There are many types of allergies that our students have including latex, flowers, peanuts, and more. We have to keep anything that is delivered in the office due to these dangers, so we ask that you please refrain from having things delivered to our building on special occasions. Thank you

4th - 6th grade families

Dear Parents and Guardians of 4-6th graders,

On Thursday, February 21st the Kansas City Lyric Opera will be visiting Ray Marsh Elementary School to perform an opera called “She Never Lost a Passenger.” It is a wonderful story following Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Fortunately, 28 of our students will be able to participate and sing in the opera! Students who are chosen to be involved will do a little bit of background acting, help with props and set changes, and of course sing!

How does my student sign up? If your student is interested in being a part of the opera, please have them come to a quick after school meeting/rehearsal this upcoming Monday, February 4th from 3:15-4:00. During the rehearsal, they will list their name on a sign-up sheet and begin learning some of the songs for the opera. If your student wants to participate, but is unable to make the initial rehearsal, please email me their first and last name as well as grade level. Since we have so many talented and capable students at Ray Marsh who would be a perfect choice for the opera, I have decided to enter all students who are interested in participating into a drawing.

How does the drawing work? In order to fairly represent each grade level, I will draw about 9 names for 4th, 5th and 6th grade at the end of the day on Thursday. Students who are chosen will be notified by their classroom teacher on Friday morning.

Rehearsals: I will be holding four after school rehearsals for students who are chosen to participate. There will also be a rehearsal during the school day on March 18th for the students to work alongside the opera singers. I am asking that the students come to at least THREE


  • Rehearsal one: Monday, February 11th from 3:15-3:45
  • Rehearsal two: Monday, February 25th from 3:15-3:45
  • Rehearsal three: Monday, March 4th from 3:15-3:45
  • Rehearsal four: Monday, March 18th from 3:15-3:45

Does it cost money for my student to participate? No! Signing up for and participating in the opera is completely free. I will provide the music scores and the opera will provide the costumes/ other things that are needed. All your student needs to do is show up and sing :)

What if my child is not chosen? Though I wish every student could be chosen, I am only allowed to choose 28. However, ALL students will learn some of the songs during class and learn about the opera. ALL students will also get to attend the opera since the performance will be at Ray Marsh Elementary during the school day on the 21st.

Can parents watch? Of course! Parents are welcome and encouraged to come see the opera with us on the 21st. The opera will start at 9:45 am in the Ray Marsh Elementary Gym and last approximately one hour. There will also be an opera talk-back session following the performance that could last anywhere from 30-40 minutes.

I am really looking forward to this performance! The students are going to have such a great time working alongside and/or watching these talented professionals! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask me.

Thank you,

Niccole Winney

Music Teacher, Ray Marsh Elementary


Box Tops Contest Feb

FEBRUARY CONTEST! We need box tops! To help in our collection efforts we are offering, with the help of Mr. Weishaar, an EXTRA 15 MINUTES OF RECESS to the class bringing in the most Box Tops during the month of FEBRUARY! So check all your products, clip those box tops, and bring them in! Box Tops brought in starting February 1st through February 28th count. Thank you for all your efforts and may the best class win!

Upcoming Events in Feb. at RM

Feb. 4
  • Chess Club

Feb. 5

  • Join us for Family Day at Oishi Japanese Cuisine & Bar on Tuesday, February 5th and 15% will be donated from the dinner menu (beginning at 4:30) to help support our kids!

  • Strategic Awareness Campaign Kickoff at SMW

Feb. 6

  • International Club 3:10-4p

Feb. 7

  • Conferences 5-8p - Contact teacher to request conference

Feb. 8

  • Lego Club

Feb. 11

  • Chess Club

Feb. 12

  • NAEP Testing 4th grade
  • Site Council Mtg. 4:30
  • PTA Mtg. 6:30

Feb. 13

  • History of KC 3rd grade at RM
  • USA from Coast to Coast 4th grade at RM

Feb. 14

  • Valentine's Day Parties 2p unless otherwise noted by teacher

Feb. 15

  • 1st Grade Science Enrichment
  • Lego Club

Feb. 18

  • No School - President's Day

Feb. 19

  • No School - Teacher professional devp day

Feb. 20

  • KC Ballet performance at RM K-6 grade 10a
  • International Club
  • Mathletics at RM 4p

Feb. 21

  • KC Lyric Opera 9:45 for 4th-6th at RM Gym (see note from Ms. Winney)

Feb. 22

  • Lego Club
  • School Dance 7-9p - See flyer for details

Feb. 25

  • Sunflower House Presentations
  • Chess Club

Feb. 26

  • Sunflower House Presentations
  • Chat n' Chew

Feb. 27

  • Power Play Family Day for Ray Marsh 5-9p

Mar. 1

  • Spring Pictures
  • Transfer Window Opens
  • 4th grade field trip to Harvesters
  • Lego Club

Mar. 2

  • Auction! 6-10p
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