Shull Shark News Bites

Preparing Each Student for a Successful & Meaningful Life

September 24, 2016

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Congratulations Royce

Shull second grader Royce Gatz was selected to compete in the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo this weekend at the Youth Hale Center. Gatz participated against top student athletes in the mutton busting competition. Since 2007, the American Royal has awarded $73,000 in scholarships at the Invitational Youth Rodeo, along with additional prize money and awards. Way to go Royce!

Changes for Shull on the Horizon

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The Reboundary Process Has Begun

The Attendance Boundary Committee has begun its work to help the District plan for 2017-2018.

Shull Elementary will become the District's Early Childhood center. Shull families are scheduled to receive new school assignments for their children at the first of the calendar year after boundary recommendations have been made to the Board of Education.

Shull staff began planning long ago how to help everyone celebrate our last year as a Shull school family together. We have added Donuts with Dads and Muffins with Moms events, planned several legacy projects for students to create, added additional seasonal parties and will have our biggest and best end of year barbecue ever!

Additionally, students and teachers have been learning about using positive intent, having a growth mindset and how we can choose our brain state to cope better with changes.

Other district changes:

Expansion of the high school to serve all students in grades 9-12 sets in motion a series of changes that will impact each school in the District.

The north high school building will become a second middle school, and both middle schools will have students in grades 6-8.

Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen Intermediate schools, now serving grades 5-6, will become elementary schools and all elementary schools will serve grades K-5.

As a result of this new grade configuration, new attendance boundaries are needed for the elementary and middle schools. The committee plans to make revised boundary recommendations to the School Board by December.

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Photos are Needed for Veterans Day

Our Veterans Day Celebration is scheduled for November 11, at 9:30 a.m. Veterans and active military members are invited to join us as we honor their service to our country.

To prepare for the event, I am asking that you email me a digital photo of the veteran or current service member whom you know will be attending our Veterans Day Ceremony from your family.

Please email the photo to me and include:

  • "Veterans Day Photo" in the subject line
  • the Shull student's name in the email
  • the military member's first and last name in the email
  • the military member's ranking in the email
  • a contact number for you in case we have questions

The RP Freshman Student Leadership Team Teaches Students About Integrity

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Parent iPad Tip

Did you know you can program your iPad apps to stop playing when the timer on the iPad stops?

Follows these instructions:

Before opening an app, touch the CLOCK and go to TIMER. Underneath the hours/minutes there is a note that indicates your sound choice that will play when the time is finished. Touching that will bring up a menu. Choose STOP PLAYING at the bottom of this list. Then choose the length of time that you'd like the app to be used and press START. When the timer goes off, the screen will return back to the locked screen.

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Acts of Kindness

Pizza Night for Dads & Kids!

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 6:30-7:15pm

11706 East 211th Street

Peculiar, MO

Dads, Grandpas, Uncles and positive male role models--YOU ARE INVITED!!

Join us on Thursday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Shull library for free pizza and refreshments. You'll also learn how you can become a member of our Watch D.O.G.S. program, "Dads of Great Students".

Paper RSVP forms went home last week. Please RSVP here or call school (816)892-1600 to let us know you're coming so we have enough pizza for everyone.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Important Calendar Events

Sept 27 - Shull Culver's Night @ the Raymore Culvers 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Sept 29 - Dad's Pizza Night @ 6:30 p.m.

Oct 3 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick Off

Oct 3 - National Custodian Appreciation Day

Oct 4 - PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center

Oct 7 - 8:00-8:30 a.m. Muffins with Mom in the Shull Cafeteria - RSVP forms will be sent home in September

Oct 13 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends

Oct 14 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

Oct 20 - Great Shake Out

  • The 2016 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake drill is happening in the central United States on October 20th, at 10:20 a.m. Your child's teacher will address how to be Earthquake prepared and Earthquake aware.
  • Want to learn more? Visit the Great ShakeOut website:

Oct 26 - EARLY RELEASE at 1:15 p.m., Fall Parties and Costume Parade

  • Students are dismissed at 1:15-please let us know if your child's dismissal procedure will change on this day be sending a note, email or calling the office (816)892-1600
  • We will celebrate and enjoy fall festivities and treats - more information will come soon
  • Students MAY wear their costumes to school but should bring clothes to change into after parade!! Be sure costumes are school appropriate and that your child remembers to bring tennis shoes and outerwear to match the weather for recess

Oct 26 & 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Your child's teacher will be scheduling Parent Teacher Conferences soon
  • Watch for electronic communication coming home soon

Oct 31-Nov 4 - Shull's Red Ribbon Week Celebration

  • Shull's 2016's theme is, "I Elect To Be Drug Free!"
  • Watch for info about our celebrations during the week

Nov 3 - Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

  • Shull family members are invited to come to school to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving lunch with their child on November 3
  • Guests will eat lunch with their child during their child's regularly scheduled lunch time
  • As usual, there is a fee for adult lunches this day. RSVP forms will be sent home soon.

Optimist Members Make Their Annual Delivery of Dictionaries to 3rd Graders

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Field Trips

Field trip season is upon us and a few classrooms have made their preliminary field trip decisions:

Kindergarten: Wonderscope - October

2nd Grade: Paradise Park: Matter Matters - December

4th Grade: Kauffman Stadium - March

Want to Serve as a Field Trip Chaperone?

Field trip chaperones are required to pay for and pass a background check. They are also expected to ride the bus and supervise a small group of students at the venue. Talk to your child's teacher if you are interested in serving as a chaperone on a field trip this year.

Meal Account Menus & Payments


School meal menus are available on the Child Nutrition website at as well as the “Web Menus” app by School Nutrition and Fitness available through itunes for Apple or Playstore for Android.

New Online Payment Processing

The Child Nutrition Department now uses the Ray-Pec Web Store to process meal account payments. Go to and select “Online Bill Pay” at the top of the page to replenish funds in your student’s meal account.

Donations Will be Helpful

We are still in need of several items to complete our indoor recess carts:

  • foam balls
  • gently used puzzles
  • empty 2-Liter bottles
  • bean bags (homemade is fine)
  • gently used socks (washed please)
  • skeins of yarn (any color)
  • deflated balloons
  • cotton balls
  • Twister games
  • tennis balls
  • women's panty hose
  • laundry baskets

We appreciate your donations!

Shull Family Members Celebrate the Kick Off of Football Season

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C.A.N. Program Sends Food Home on Weekends

Our Caring About Nutrition, "C.A.N. Program," allows us to send home healthy bags of food with students on the weekend. To apply to receive food bags or to volunteer your time or donate items for bags, please click this link:

Panther Pride Before and After School Care

The District's Panther Pride program provides before-school and after-school care for school age children in grades K-6. Click on the link below for enrollment details.

Click here to be directed to the Panther Pride page on the district website

Apple Bus Company and Bus Routes

The Ray-Pec School District contracts with Apple Bus Company to provide student transportation. To inquire about transportation or to speak with an Apple Bus employee about your child's bus experience, call Apple Bus directly at 816-318-1900, or you may send an email to Apple Bus at

2016-2017 School Calendar

Join My Text Message Remind Group!

Keeping your family connected is easy! I regularly send text messages to remind you of important events, cancellations, or school changes. Signing up is a breeze.

To sign up to receive important school text reminders:

  1. open text messaging on your phone
  2. enter the phone number 81010
  3. type this in the body of the text: @sharksrock
  4. send the text!