Barry News

Friday, January 22nd 2021


Character Strong - Family Dares

I hope you all had a chance to participate in last week's family dare: Future Parent Advice.

Please consider joining us in this week's family dare: The Long Goodbye. Check out a quick video below from Dr. Haniger explaining its importance.

Family Dare - the long goodbye

Family Dare - The Long Goodbye

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Character Strong Student Recognition

Each week, our building will focus on a different trait of the Eight Essentials. 10 students will be recognized for modeling this trait throughout the week. This week's focus was Kindness.

The following students selected were:

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Character Strong Trait of the Week for 1/25 - Honesty

Check out next week's focus on Honesty. Big shout out to the Crowley family for their efforts in making the video below.
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Reusable Water Bottles

As a reminder, water fountains are turned off in response to COVID-19. Please send your students with a refillable water bottle as we have three water bottle refill stations.

Yearbook Flyers

Yearbook flyers were sent home with students this week. Please check in with your student if interested in ordering one.

Step Team Performs for the Board of Education!

It was a great Thursday night at the board meeting for our Barry Step Team. They had the opportunity to perform for the Board of Education, their parents, and district office members. If you haven't seen the video, please check it out here!

Carnation Sales - A Barry Tradition

Carnations will be sold for $1.00 each during all lunch periods Feb 8th-11th. All sales are cash and carry and will be done according to current safety guidelines. Proceeds will benefit the Barry PTSA.

Academic Lab (Repeat)

Academic Lab will begin next week. This provides students with additional academic support with a Barry teacher. Academic Lab can either be assigned to a student by a teacher, or it can be requested by a parent.

Academic Lab is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-4:00 p.m. An activity bus is available. If you are interested in learning more you can contact the school administration, counselor or child's classroom/homeroom teacher.

Please book mark this link and/or use the form embedded below.


Inclement Weather Days

If we experience an inclement weather day and we were able to send technology home with students, 5th graders would follow the bell schedule below.

On Friday, January 22nd, Chromebooks and chargers were sent home with students in preparation for the forecast for Monday, January 25th. Please look for district communication on Monday morning. If nothing is sent out, assume that we are in session. Please ensure the Chromebook and charger returns with your student.

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Parent and Student Access Codes for Live School

Today, fifth graders were sent home with parent and student access codes to be able to monitor how their points are accumulating. They were also sent home with their first "paycheck" from our first week using Live School. Please consider helping your student sign up so they can monitor their progress daily instead of waiting for the weekly paycheck. Although the paper has the instructions needed to set up the account, the information at the link below is another good resource to assist you:

Students will be bringing home the document seen in Step 2.

Step 3 information helps you get started with the process.

Live school pilot

Live School Pilot (Repeat)

Our 5th grade teachers will begin a second semester pilot on using a digital platform called Live School. This dashboard allows our staff to track and distribute points to students for what we would like to focus on. Right now, we are building the system to track behavior and work completion. Additionally, we will recognize students for our Eight Essential Character Strong traits. Eventually, students and parents will have the ability to monitor how students are doing on a daily basis in these two areas.

Students will then have the opportunity to spend their points on both tangible items and experiences. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks with more information about the pilot and how you can help if you would like to!


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Inclement Weather Days

If we experience an inclement weather day on Monday of next week, B day students who are supposed to be in-person that day would participate via their Chromebooks in Google Classroom using their Google Meets link. Middle Schoolers would follow the bell schedule below.

A day students would participate in their typical virtual learning activities.

If you do not hear of a cancellation from the district on Monday morning, please send your B day students to school.

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Into the Woods Jr - Barry & PCMS Musical Audition Information

The information below is from Alexis Duffy, Vocal Music Director for Barry School:

We are getting close to beginning the audition process for our spring musical, Into the Woods Jr! Miss Mahnken (the PCMS director) and I are very excited to be directing this musical. Here is what you need to know about the musical:

  • ANY Barry or PCMS student, grades 6-8 is welcome and encouraged to audition.

  • Auditions will be VIRTUAL this year. Students interested in auditioning need to join the Into the Woods Jr. Google Classroom for all audition information:

    • Classroom Code: kw26vjd

  • Audition instructions will be posted in the Google Classroom. Please refer students to the Google Classroom if they have any questions.

  • Callback auditions will be held IN PERSON on Thursday, February 4th at PCMS. Students will not know if they are being called back until the evening of the 3rd. Callback results will be posted in Google Classroom.

  • Not every student will be invited to callback auditions. If a student is not invited to callbacks, this does not necessarily mean they will not be cast in the musical

  • The final cast list will be posted in Google Classroom on Friday, February 5th.

  • Musical rehearsals will begin on Monday, February 8th. We will have musical rehearsals Monday through Friday 3:00-5:00 PM unless we do not have school or it is a PLC day.

  • A musical rehearsal schedule will be handed out the first day of rehearsal

  • Performance dates are April 16th, 17th, and 18th. If students cannot be at the performances for any reason, they should not audition for the musical. We do not cast understudies.

  • Unfortunately, students in the musical CANNOT participate in track. Students will need to make the choice between the two activities BEFORE auditioning for the musical.

If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact Mrs. Duffy ( We are looking forward to an awesome musical!

Band Academic Lab

Starting next week, students can stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-4pm for Band Lab! I will be here to provide students with any help they need on their instrument or just provide them with a place to practice their instrument. At 4pm, the activity bus will take your student home, or you can come pick them up. Anyone can sign up, and everyone is welcome!

If your student would like to sign up, a parent or guardian MUST fill out this form each time your student plans to stay after school:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Chesney at

Delaying Return to Full In-Person Learning for Grades 6-12

As we continue to collaborate with our local health authorities, the District has decided to again pause our return to full in-person learning at the secondary level. We will delay the February 1, 2021, return to full in-person plans in grades 6-12. In-person learners in these grades will continue with their current alternating schedule learning scenario (see February's Alternating Schedule Calendar linked here). In collaboration with the Platte County Health Department (PCHD), recognizing that community spread is still at a high level, it is not the right time to begin full in-person learning. In addition, workforce availability continues to be a concern. Our goal is to return to full in-person learning, when we have the support of our local health authorities, and we have the available workforce. We will continue to plan for such a return, but will also continue to monitor data and information in collaboration with the PCHD to make difficult decisions.

The Board of Education decided to reconvene on February 4, 2021, to reconsider the possibility of returning to full in-person learning. At that time, District administration will provide an update on their continued collaboration with PCHD. If it is determined that a full in-person return can be implemented with the support of the PCHD, a return date will be identified and final planning will begin to ensure a safe return. Moving forward, the Board of Education plans to meet every two weeks to consider our learning scenarios until the decision is made to return to full in-person learning.


Clothing Reminder

"Winter Clothes-

Now that winter is upon us it's time to send a change of clothes for your child. From time to time, an accident happens! We want to make sure your child is warm and safe at school

Please send a bag with one outfit that includes a pair of underwear, pants, and a shirt.

Also, make sure your child has a coat for the outside temperature as we like to go outside to the playground from time to time. If it's 40-50 degrees: Your child should wear a jacket. If it's 30-40 degrees: Your child should wear a winter jacket, hat, and mittens.

Thank you for helping us make sure your child is comfortable at school!"

Stay Connected


Welcome to Mrs. Richison's Virtual Office! Please click around the room to find information regarding district resources, coping skills, ways to contact me, and more.

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Treasure Chest (Repeat)

The Treasure Chest is our school district resource center. It is a stocked pantry providing food, clothing, toiletries, and other household supplies. All items in the Treasure Chest are free to PCR-3 students and families who participate in the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. The Treasure Chest is open for shopping every week of the calendar year on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-6pm. Families must register at the following link or call 816.858.7001 weekly so we can appropriately plan for resources. Once approved, families can drive through at the original Treasure Chest site (in the north parking lot of PCHS). Identification must be provided in order to receive food.

Register weekly here:

If you need to complete a new lunch application for the 2020/2021 school year, please follow this link:

Harvester's Food Distribution

Park Hill High School is hosting a food distribution from Harvester’s in the eastside parking lot, 7701 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153 on Wednesday, January 27th from 10 am until 12pm. This event is open to the public.


Please feel free to visit our counselor's virtual office for counseling related materials.

Safe Schools (Repeat)

If you need to submit a tip regarding school safety (bullying/threats/violence/etc.), please click here.

Follow us on Social Media (Repeat)