The Compass Notes for Families

January 20, 2023

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Hello, Pirate family!

We hope you have a truly wonderful weekend!!!

Dr. Kim Archer, Compass Principal

Mrs. Allison Page, Compass Assistant Principal

Dates to Know


  • 27th: PTA Bingo Night 5:30-8:00


  • 8th: 2 Hour Early out- Spring Showcase/Student Conferences
  • 14th: Spring Parties
  • 17th: No School for Students
  • 24th: Watch D.O.G.S

New Information

2023-24 Academic Calendar Approved

The Board approved the academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year, as suggested by teachers, support staff, parents and board members on the calendar committee, and taking into consideration feedback during public review. The first day of school on August 22, the last day of school on May 22, and potential makeup days are planned for May 23, 24, and 28-31. It is important to note this calendar makes a shift from 2-hour early release days for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to full-day Professional Learning Days. The change in approach will provide teachers with more efficient and focused time for professional development, while reducing the number of days parents have to find day care alternatives for their children.

Cafeteria Assistance

We would love your assistance to support our Pirates during lunch in the cafeteria. Please follow the link below to sign up for a time between 10:30 am - 12:00pm or 11:45 am - 1:30pm. Please bring in your ID when you arrive.

**on all early-release days, we will not be able to have cafeteria assistance**

Character Warms the Heart Week - Feb. 13-17

Each February, PCR-3 warms up our character education program with a week devoted to good character. Join in the warmth by participating in our Spirit Week, donating to the Treasure Chest, and celebrating our character trait and leadership students! See flier for details.

Engineers Club

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Kindergarten Kick Off

Do you have an incoming Kindergartner?

Children who have turned five years of age before August 1, 2023, are eligible for kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year and are invited to our Kindergarten Kickoffs in our elementaries on Thursday, March 30. Families are encouraged to view the attendance area boundary map linked here on the District website, or call the District office at 816-858-5420 for confirmation of attendance area. If you know of a family with a child entering kindergarten, please pass this information along, and if your family has an incoming kindergartner, please complete the following form. We will send you additional information about Kindergarten Kickoff and an enrollment packet.

2023 Kindergarten Information Form

Lunch Changes

Beginning Monday, January 23rd our elementary students will be given two lunch choices to help with our labor and food costs.

The two lunch choices will be based on historically popular items. Students will still have the option of ordering a salad if they prefer this as an option.

Lunch Visit Sign-Ups

We are excited to welcome you to visit your Pirate at lunch! If you are ordering a lunch to eat with your student, please call ahead or confirm your order as you sign up with the link below.

Parent Feedback from Survey Results

In response to Compass' Fall Parent-Survey data, we would love to get your feedback on topics that you would like to hear more about in the Compass-building newsletter(s) and Teacher-class newsletter(s).

If you have any thoughts/suggestions, please list them below.

Thank you for your partnership and feedback!

Student Showcase/Spring Conferences

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences, Early Release - Feb. 8
Spring parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for February 8. Students will be released 2 hours early on this day. This is a very important time for parents to discuss or see their student's progress, as research has shown that parental involvement is one of the most important factors in a student's success in school.
  • Barry School (including Great Beginnings at Barry), Platte City Middle School, and Platte County High School: 2-7 p.m.
  • Northland Career Center: 3:30-7 p.m.
  • Compass Elementary, Great Beginnings at DEC, Pathfinder Elementary, and Siegrist Elementary: 2:30-7:30 p.m

  • When: Your teacher should be sending out a sign-up form for you to select a time that works for you and your student.
  • What should I expect: This is a student-led conference. Your student will be leading you, the parent/guardian, through a Lotus document around the school and their classroom. Your student will show you their reading, math, writing, and leadership notebook. You also will have the opportunity to walk through the school to look at the classroom bulletin boards where goals and student work will be displayed. If you want to paint a "Kindness Rock", which will go in the "Kindness Garden", please stop by the cafeteria before leaving!

Other Important Information

Birthday Treats & Celebrations

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Other Info

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🏴‍☠️ Pirates ROCK Character Trait

Pirates R.O.C.K. (Raising Outstanding Character Kids) is a program designed to surround our families with examples of strong character traits through school experiences, at home, and reinforced in their community. Each month our community focuses on a specific character trait and students are recognized for exhibiting these traits: Self Confidence, Pride, Responsibility, Citizenship, Compassion, Individuality, Self Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation.

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BINGO IS ONLY 1 WEEK AWAY!! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance to save some money and a line at the door!!! raffle baskets•pizza•prizes

Send ticket money to school with your child or

Venmo the PTA (@Compass-PTA) “bingo registration”

$5 per person for prepay

$8 at the door!

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PTA Book Fair

Book Fair is 2 weeks away- February 1-10th. Save the Date - Family Night at the Book Fair is February 8th. Set up your EWallet now, using the link below

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PTA Skate Night

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Treasure Chest

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Watch D.O.G.S Pictures

Previous Important Information from Previous Newsletters

Career Fair May 2023

Our innovation team is working on putting together a Career Fair sometime after MAP testing in 2023.

We would love to get feedback from parents who might be interested in participating. Thank you!!


Father/Daughter Dance

The deadline for payments on this one is February 1st, then the rest are taken at the door of event.

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