Family Briar "Cliff" Notes

October 2020

Briarcliff is a community that nurtures strong relationships, which inspire confident, responsible, life-long learners.

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Teachers, administrators, students, and community members gathered monthly last year to create our NKC Portrait of a Graduate. These are the competencies that we want ALL students to gain proficiency in through their educational experiences in NKC Schools.

As a district we will begin by studying our Portrait of a Graduate competencies and unwrapping each of those. Next, we will learn deeply about competency-based education and how schools around the nation have tackled this transformative educational reform. We will begin to think about how this transforms instruction, specifically focusing on design thinking experiences for students. This focus and work will help define learning experiences and measurement tools for each of these competencies.

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Fall Parties - October 30th

Unfortunately, our Covid19 restrictions prevent us from allowing parents to participate in the parties, however, PTO is still planning some great activities so that our students don't miss out on the fun. Another change this year, No costumes or parade for the party BUT we will have a fabulous spirit week that week.

Briarcliff PTO Info

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Picture Day - October 14th

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October 20th and 21st - Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held the week of October 19th. Please look for information to come from your classroom teacher on days and times to sign up. Conferences this year will be virtual with the use of Microsoft Teams.

November 24th - Virtual Student Pictures/Picture Retakes

November 24th will be Briarcliff's PICTURE RETAKE day along with "Virtual Student Pictures". More information on how to sign your student up for virtual pictures will be coming soon!

Parent Tech Support from NKCSD

We know that as students learn from home, whether through Canvas or SchoolsPLP, additional assistance may be needed. NKC Schools is committed to supporting families as we all take on a shared responsibility for our students’ learning this year.

For support or questions on Canvas, email Include your student’s ID number, your phone number, and a brief description of your issue.

For support or questions on SchoolsPLP, email Include your student’s ID number, your phone number, and a brief description of your issue.

The NKC Schools Help Desk will continue to be available throughout the school year. Email will be the preferred method of communication for all questions on virtual learning. More information and resources, including answers to common questions, are available at Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email with questions as they arise at NKC Schools is ready to ensure all families are supported as we begin another school year.

Playground - Soccer Fields - REPEAT

Briarcliff students are blessed to be learning in a community of giving! Soccer nets were purchased and assembled with leftover funds from the new concrete perimeter trail around the school. These funds were secured from the City of Kansas City by Tim Johnston and Jenny Johnston.

Last fall, the two of them had approx. 25 truckloads of dirt brought in to level off the grass area SE of the school building. The field was then reseeded. Throughout this past spring the field was mowed, lined and goals set up. One field is 60' x 90' and the other soccer field is 80' x 120'

This community work is associated with the non for profit organization, Briarcliff Trails of Our Community, which Tim Johnston and his daughter Jenny Johnston founded in 2009. This has all been done in an effort to contribute to our community and to Briarcliff school.

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Briarcliff Information

School Hours

9:15 – 4:10

(front doors open at 9:00AM)

Office Hours

8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Early Release Thursday

No Early Release for the 2020/2021 school year.

School Address

4100 NW Briarcliff Road Kansas City, MO 64116



Important Numbers

Main Line: (816) 321-5030

Fax: (816) 321-5031

Nurse: (816) 321-5033

Cafeteria Information

Free through the end of 2020

Briarcliff Online:

Facebook: Briarcliff Elementary-North Kansas City Schools

Twitter: @BRES_Bears