PLAZA PRIDE NEWSLETTER

12/6/19

Plaza Middle School

6501 NW 72nd Street

Kansas City, MO 64151

816.359.4210 Main Line

816.359.4211 Attendance Line

Website: plaza.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Twitter: @plaza_tigers

Facebook: Plaza Middle School - Park Hill School District

WEEK AT A GLANCE

-Monday 12/9: Red Day; Girls Basketball Tournament @ Plaza; Plaza Band Concert @ Park Hill High School Auditorium, 7:00 pm

-Tuesday 12/10: White Day; Intramurals; Boys Basketball Tournament @ Plaza

-Wednesday 12/11: Red Day; Girls Basketball Tournament @ Plaza

-Thursday 12/12: White Day; LAST Q2 Intramural; Plaza Choir Concert @ Plaza, 7:00 pm

-Friday 12/13: Red Day; Boys Basketball Tournament @ Plaza


For the complete list of Plaza Sports dates, check out our Plaza webpage and calendar!


SAVE THE DATES:

-December 16 - December 20th: StuCo Spirit Week:

Mon. 12/16: Baby it's cold outside! Curl up by the fire with

your school appropriate pj's!

Tues. 12/17: Winter break will knock your socks off (holiday

or funky socks)

Wed. 12/18: Holiday Color Explosion Day (mismatch, wear

as MANY holiday colors as you can!)

Thurs. 12/19: Happy Holidays from the Family! Wear your

favorite flannel for a fun family photo!

Fri. 12/20: Ugly Holiday-Of-Your-Choice-Sweater Day

-December 20th is an early dismissal at 10:35 to begin Holiday Break

-December 21st-January 5th: No School, Holiday Break


*Plaza Lunch menu

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NWEA

Building-wide testing schedule:

Tuesday, December 10: Growth Math 6+ MO 2016

Wednesday, December 11: Growth Language 2-12 MO 2016

Thursday, December 12: Growth Reading 6+ MO 2016

Friday, December 13: Growth Science 6-8 MO 2016


Next week your student will be taking the NWEA assessments which includes a math assessment. It is important that you know that we use scores from this assessment as criteria for math placement for next school year. Please encourage your student to do their best on this assessment.

PLAZA'S VISION STATEMENT

This year we proudly became a 6-8 middle school. We wanted to ‘live' as a middle school for a while before we developed a VISION STATEMENT for Plaza Middle School. Over the past couple months, teachers provided input into the development of our Plaza VISION statement. We then asked students to provide feedback. Parents, now we would like to hear from you. From your selection, we will narrow down to 2 options. Staff will then vote to select our Plaza vision.

We hope to announce Plaza's Vision before we head to holiday break in December. Stay tuned!


● A vision statement is a collective expression of the school’s aspirations. A vision is concise and easy to recall. Clarifies what is most important and how you want to spend your time. A vision is a reflection of the school's core and fundamental values that guide our school practice.


Deadline to submit your selection is December 8, 2019 at 3pm

https://forms.gle/XE6bCHEJq9yLTPL99

PLAZA ATTENDANCE

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Every minute at school counts! Our goal for all grades is 95%!
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Tigers in Action

PLAZA NJHS CLOTHING DRIVE

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Road Closure Notice

We have been informed that Platte Woods will have some water work being done on NW Roanridge from North of 72nd St. from North of NW Valley Rd to NW Crystal Pool and will be closed from 12/09/19 thru 12/14/19 . The alternate route will be North on NW Woody Creek to left on NW Crystal Pool to right on Lake Rd and left on Tower Dr to NW Roanridge Rd. This will slow our routes down a bit but I think we will still be within our 5 minute window for routes. See the below map for alternate route in green.

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You can still purchase Plaza Spirit wear from the front office for you and your student for the Holidays! Our basic Tiger Nation t-shirts can be bought from the front office, by cash or check. Shirts are one for $7, or black, red, and white bundle 3/$15. Show your Tiger Nation Pride!
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Registration now open for Park Hill Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be held Saturday, February 22nd at PHSHS with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., May 24-May 29. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. Register thru the link below, or by going to the “Parent Resources” section of the district website. You may also contact your school office for assistance.

http://tinyurl.com/PH2020spellingbee

STUDENT SERVICES/COMMUNITY RESOURCE NYE PARTY

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LOST AND FOUND

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Our lost & found is bursting at the seams! We also have 2 large trash bags full of clothes and lunch bags from this semester. If you student is missing any items, please have them check lost and found or come to the office before December 20th. Items leftover after December 20th will be donated to the district's clothing center.

STUDENT LANYARDS AND IDS

As you know for safety purposes-we ask students to wear team specific lanyards and ids around their neck while at school. Being able to able to identify students by name and team is essential. Over the last two week, Dr. Wright has done a lunch spot check to ensure our students are following safety guidelines. The safety rating of the teams ranged from 67- 87%. OUR GOAL IS 100%. We could use your help to ensure your student wears the required lanyard and id-EACH DAY!


Cost of Replacements:

Lanyard: $2.00

Plastic Case: .50 cents

The first ID replacement is free. Any ID replacements beyond the first one will cost $5.00.

ORDER THE 2019-2020 PLAZA YEARBOOK!

Now is your opportunity to purchase a 2019-20 Plaza Yearbook, the cost is $25. This cost will go up $5.00 closer to the end of the school year!

Order at the School: You may order a yearbook through the office. We accept cash or check, please make checks payable to Plaza Middle School.

Order Online at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=42070

CONTACTING TEACHERS

PTA NEWS

There is no December PTA meeting. The next PTA meeting will be on Monday, January 6th, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Library Media Center.

JOIN PLAZA PTA

It's not too late to join the Plaza PTA! Help stay connected with school functions by joining PTA. The PTA supports students and teachers through incentive and education programs, dances, mixers and hospitality events.


Find out how to join here.

Park Hill District PTA Clothing Center

Did you know that Park Hill has a Clothing Center? Did you know all Park Hill families can use it?

If you'd like more information, please see the Park Hill District PTA's Clothing Center website for more details. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clothing Center, please check out the Park Hill District Clothing Center - Volunteer Sign Up for shopping day opportunities throughout the school year.

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com
Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com , and Amy Morgan-Rogers, nealnamy@aol.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Corresponding Secretary: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

STAY CONNECTED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING AT PLAZA

Plaza Pride Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is emailed out every Friday afternoon.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Parent Portal gives parents and guardians immediate access to important student information such as grades, schedules, and attendance. It also allows parents/guardians to view their household contact information and student emergency contacts, and they can request updates to this information directly from the Portal. Click here if you need more information on how to set-up an account.

Infinite Campus App

The free Infinite Campus Portal App connects you with your student's information and enables you to receive notifications on your smartphone or tablet.

1. Download the Campus Portal app from your preferred store.

2. Enter the District Name as Park Hill and select Missouri from the state options, then click search.

3. Select Park Hill, and enter your username and password (the same used to access the online Parent Portal)

4. Be sure to enable push notifications in the settings menu to receive alerts.

Plaza Website (link)

School Messenger

School Messenger is the automated phone and email messaging service we utilize for special announcements.

Social Media

Twitter - @Plaza_Tigers

Facebook - Plaza Middle School

First Hand Email Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what is going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news.

First Hand Mobile:

“First Hand Mobile” sends text message alerts about weather closings, emergency information or important news alerts directly to your text-messaging enabled mobile phone. This service is provided at no cost to the district, thanks to the sponsorship of the Platte Valley Bank. To sign up, go to the district website at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us.

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If you were unable to make it to the Parent SOS night, you can find all the information on our Plaza webpage.

PLAZA NO SHAVE NOVEMBER

The male staff (and a few selected students ) are in the midst of a heated battle to prove who has the best beard. Our annual tradition of a “Plaza No Shave November” fundraiser continues. All students will have the opportunity to donate money as a vote for their favorite beard. The voting will take place before school and during lunch on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday November 26th. All proceeds will go to the Park Hill Clothing Closet.

A BIG THANK YOU!

Thank you to our StuCo leaders and students, as well as our PTA that helped make our first 7th & 8th Grade Dance a success! Everyone had a blast!

SEEING STARS! PARK HILL STAR NOMINEES!

Congrats to Aimee Elam, Maggie Marsh, and Amy Elliott on their Park Hill Star Nomination!
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PARK HILL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP

The Park Hill Education Foundation challenges YOU to join us and honor someone special. It could be your children or a favorite teacher, principal or support staff member.

It only takes a few minutes to show your support, through a family membership of just $30 a year.

Since this is our first year to offer a Foundation membership, we are doing something special. We partnered with the District PTA Clothing Center. When you join the Foundation will give $5 of your membership to the District PTA Clothing Center for socks and underwear for students in need.


Click here to find out more information & join!

POP TAB DONATION FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Did you know Plaza collects pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House? The money raised from pop tab recycling goes towards helping support families with children in the hospital that need a place to stay. You can simply save your pop tabs at home, and send them with your student to add to Plaza's donation bin, located by the front office. For more information, please visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities webpage.

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INFORMED CONSENT FORM

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan emphasizes the importance of academic and life success for every student. During the school year, students have the opportunity to participate in small groups. Small groups are an excellent way for students to learn skills, develop self-awareness and confidence, practice new behaviors, and better understand how to effectively deal with some of the issues/concern’s life presents. We have found that when we work with students in groups, they gain support from others who are experiencing similar situations or who have adjusted well after experiencing a similar situation in the past.

This group will meet 1 time per week for approximately 8 weeks. Each session will be for 30-40 minutes and we will meet during tutorial time to minimize the content missed in other classes. Classroom requirements will take precedence over group participation. The school social worker will facilitate the group.

Please understand that participation in the group is completely voluntary and student confidentiality is addressed and respected. The exception to this is my legal and ethical responsibility to take appropriate action in the case of an individual intending to do harm to self or others; if abuse or neglect is suspected, if illegal activity is reported to me or if I am required to do so by a court of law.

In order for your child to participate in this group, district policy requires your signed consent. Please sign the below attachment, date the form and return it to the Student Services office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank You,


Counseling Department Plaza Middle School

Matt Calvin│calvinm@parkhill.k12.mo.us│(816)359-6068

Mallory Malone│malonem@parkhill.k12.mo.us │(816) 359-6539

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Box Tops for Education


You might have noticed some changes with many Box Tops products you've purchased recently. Box Tops for Education (BTFE) is going digital! If you see the BTFE label on any products, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10 cents for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Just download the app, sign up for free, choose PLAZA MIDDLE SCHOOL, and scan away. Receipts need to be scanned within 2 weeks of purchase. BTFE is phasing out the traditional Box Tops clips, but you can still send them to the school and we can still get 10 cents for every Box Tops clip. Thank you for helping raise money for our students!

ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT LESSONS ARE COMING

As part of the BOE approved Life Education curriculum, 6th grade students take part in Growth & Development lessons. The curriculum includes a video titled, Always Changing and Growing Up. 6th grade students will view this video on November 26, 2019.

Major Saver Cards

Major Saver card sales are due back to Plaza on Monday, November 11th!
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BAKED GOODS COLLECTION FOR UPCOMING DANCE

Student Council is collecting items for a Cake Walk that will take place during the 7th and 8th grade Fall Dance on Friday, November 15. Click the link below to sign up to donate!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D4AAAA62CA13-7thand

7th & 8th Grade Fall Dance

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SPIRIT WEEK IS THIS WEEK!

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MEAL BENEFITS FOR UAW FAMILIES

Some families may be facing hardships due to the United Auto Workers' (UAW) strike against General Motors. If your families' employment is impacted by the strike, your family may be eligible for meal benefits. Please refer to our Parent Resources page here: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/parent_resources/menus_and_nutrition if you would like to apply for free or reduced meals. Once the strike is finalized and employees are back to work, families can then notify food services of this change.

Please fill out the Confidential Resource Checklist for further resources and assistance.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE FEEDBACK

Parents/Guardians,


We would love your feedback on how Parent Teacher conferences went for you and your student. Please fill out this short survey (link) when you get a moment, we value your opinion!


Thank you!

HARVESTER'S FOOD DRIVE 10/31-11/7

Student Council will be hosting a canned food drive for Harvesters this week and next in conjunction with our Student vs Staff games. Each team will have a designated room that will collect the items. Members of student council will stop by each morning to collect and count what has been donated. The following rooms are drop off sites for your team:

HEROES-Elam/Bell

LEGENDS-Elliott

APOLLOS: Stevens

NOVAS: Johnston

CHAMPIONS: Kliewer

WARRIORS: Swanstone

Teams may begin collecting on Thursday, October 31, and can collect through November 7th. The team donating the most items will be awarded the coveted Tiger Trophy. This is the FIRST ever Tiger Trophy, so bring your A game!

STUDENT VS. STAFF BASKETBALL/VOLLEYBALL GAME

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SOS PARENT NIGHT

Suicide Prevention

Park Hill is improving our efforts to serve students' mental health and to prevent suicide. Our team of school mental health professionals and administrators partnered with Tri-County Mental Health Services and national experts to bring the national Signs of Suicide depression screening program to our K-12 schools.

We are hosting a parent night about the program in conjunction with the PTA Meeting on Monday, November 4th at 6pm in the Library. SOS is important for students because it reduces suicide attempts, teaches the signs of depression and suicide, encourages supporting others' well-being and tells students to seek out trusted adults.

More information - https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent

HONORING PLAZA FAMILY VETERANS

Plaza family Veterans, you are invited for brunch and a short Thank You presentation here at Plaza on Veteran's Day morning! Please note that the rsvp slip at the bottom of the above invite, is due back to school by Friday, November 1st!
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VFW PATRIOT'S PEN ESSAY CONTEST

Your student can win up to $5000.00 in the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. Details below. Deadline is October 31st!
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PTA REFLECTIONS 2019-2020

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from Amy Elliott in Room 510 and return by Friday, November 1, 2019. Click HERE for the entry form. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

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BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Basketball tryouts for girls will be held after school on October 28th, 29th, and 30th, until 4:30 pm. Boys tryouts are also October 28th, 29th and 30, but from 6 am - 7:15 am before school. *Any student wishing to try out needs to attend all 3 tryouts* Please note there is no transportation to school for tryouts, and no transportation home. Your student will need a ride for tryouts. Also, if your student has not had their physical they will need to have one completed before the first day of tryouts. Find out more information on our Plaza webpage.

NO COSTUMES ON HALLOWEEN

Students may not wear costumes on Halloween to school. It is a Plaza Spirit Day, "Black Out" where students can wear all black for the assembly.

JOIN US FOR PARENTING IN CHALLENGING TIMES: WHAT IS CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?


Join us for a webinar on Oct 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM CDT.


REGISTER NOW!

Used for classroom management and social-emotional learning, conscious discipline is based on current brain research, child development information and age-appropriate practices. This approach teaches self-regulation skills, focuses on children's voice and empowers them to achieve behavioral goals. Benefits include creating healthy connections, improving impulse control and encouraging cooperation. Conscious discipline is an opportunity for us to better understand and change behavior, allowing us to effectively serve students' needs. Audra Olson will explain conscious discipline, drawing on her 30 years of experience as an educator and counselor in our Park Hill schools. Retired from the classroom, Olson continues to serve our students. She studied with the creator of conscious discipline, and she is working with our staff to bring these skills to Park Hill.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

MEALS FOR STAFF DURING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Our teachers and support staff are putting in long hours to meet and connect with our families during conferences on Wednesday 10/23 and Thursday 10/24. This year the PTA and Plaza parents are providing a meal of sandwiches and sides. We welcome all families to help with this meal. Please find out more info and sign up at this link.

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

Upcoming Book Fair: We will be hosting our second Follett Book Fair October 15-October 24.

Hours: October 15-18, 21-22 = open during regular school hours

Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00pm-8:00pm during parent teacher conferences.

Thursday, October 24 from 12:00pm-8:00pm during parent teacher conferences.

We hope to see you there!

QUARTER 2 INTRAMURALS

Quarter 2 Intramurals are November 5th - December 10th. There are no Intramurals the week of Thanksgiving. Sign ups for Q2 Intramurals begin Monday evening, 10/21 at 6:00 pm, and will close Thursday, 10/24 at noon. You can sign up on the sign up genius link at that time.


Q2 Intramurals will be Coloring and Drawing, Minecraft, Movies, Cupcake Art, Anime, Technique Tuesday, Throwback Craft, Mindful Yoga, Homework Helper and Drama Club.

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PANORAMA SURVEY FOR PARENTS

Parents are invited to fill out a survey about Plaza Middle School and Park Hill School District at this link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/parkhill/login


Please enter access code 4502828465, Plaza School ID 3050.

PTA BUY OUT

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Parents- WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please see info below related to laptops & lanyards.

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PLAZA HOME GAME EXPECTATIONS

Student Expectations at Plaza Home Events:

  • Leave school at the normal time and return for the 4pm game
  • Sit in the student section and cheer on the Plaza Tigers
    • Use appropriate language
    • Only positive remarks and cheers
      • Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in removal from the game/event
    • Remain in the game or event area (gym, track, etc.)
      • Being in other areas of the school will result in removal from the game/event
  • All school expectations apply at Plaza games/events

All Plaza home games have a gate fee of $3 for adults and $1

for students and children over 5


Volleyball Parents:

  • Sit behind the team on the south side of the gym.
    • The first two rows are saved for the team bench
  • Cheer on the team
    • Use appropriate language and positive remarks
  • Let the coaches coach and the refs call the game
  • We are focused on fun and learning the game of volleyball!

All Plaza home games have a gate fee of $3 for adults and $1

for students and children over 5


Cross Country Parents:

  • Cheer on all runners
    • Use appropriate language and positive remarks
  • Let the coaches coach
  • We are focused on fun and finding love for running

Building Resilience Webinar
Register today for our Sept. 26 webinar on building resilience in students! Everyone faces tough moments in life, but experiencing trauma in childhood can lead to a lifetime of consequences. Building resilience in students is an important part of our goal to prepare students for college, career and life. Licensed professional counselor Angie Winkler will help us understand the science of adverse childhood experiences.

Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5119490367579906050

Also, visit the Park Hill District Website; Parent Resources; Mental Health and Healthy Living: to find a variety of Mental Health information and Resource.

PARK HILL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STUDENT ATTENDANCE INFO

1. Middle school students need to have a parent/guardian present with them to enter the game. Our gate workers will be instructed to ask students where their parent is before they enter.

2. During the game, we request that people be in their seats and not wandering behind the stadium.

3. Students should have their ID's with them as well.

2020 PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle level and high school grades who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Young volunteers in grades 5-12 can complete online applications at spirit.prudential.com by Nov. 5th, then submit them to their school principals or to the head of one of the listed local organizations. See info. below.

6TH GRADE MIXER

UPDATED MIXER INFO-

9/20 DUE TO OUR INTRAMURAL #'S- WE WILL NOT HAVE ROOM ON THE INTRAMURAL BUSSES FOR 6TH GRADE MIXER STUDENTS TO RIDE THE BUS HOME. SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. ANY 6TH GRADER STAYING FOR THE MIXER MUST HAVE A RIDE HOME.


Attention 6th Graders! Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 26 for our first Tiger Nation Mixer! Join your friends after school in the large gym & cafeteria for fun and food! We will have an inflatable obstacle course, games, music and snow cones! Tickets will be sold at lunch September 23-26 and are $3 each. Concessions will be sold at the mixer, so bring a few extra dollars as well! Your parents will need to pick you up by 4pm in the car line.


Parents we need your help with donations for the Mixer! Please visit the STUCO's sign up genius if you can help.


We can’t wait to see you at the 6th grade mixer!!!


**6th Grade parents please note that your child must have one of the After School Permission slips signed in order to attend.

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Thursday, September 19th is Suicide Awareness Spirit day at Plaza. Wear Yellow to support suicide awareness and prevention. Counselors will go on morning broadcast on Wed to share a brief message about suicide awareness with students. Please promote this to your student and encourage all to wear Yellow on Thursday.

BASKETBALL MEETING

7th and 8th graders wanting to find out more information about Plaza's boys and girls Basketball season are invited to the Basketball meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 7am. Boys will meet with Coach Jackson in the large gym. Girls will meet with Coach Morrison in room 610.

LOOK WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE UP TO!

https://www.facebook.com/243453962397639/videos/604932653372841/
Watch this short clip of Mr. Hale's Orchestra Class performs "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in celebration of National Arts in Education Week (September 8-14). Great job students!

INTRAMURALS UPDATE

The Intramural signups have now closed. Intramurals begin after school Tuesday, September 17th. They will continue every Tuesday and Thursday through October 10th. Students are released from Intramurals at 4pm. Late bus transportation is provided.

CHINESE CLUB AT PLAZA

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PLAZA TRASH BAG SALE

Dr. Wright wants to show you some good use of our trash bags! Each year the Plaza PTA sells these strong, durable trash bags as a fundraiser for our school. Order forms went home with students last Friday, or you can download the pdf and buy from the front office for one more week!

OLWEUS PRESENTATION

On September 13th Kevin Horner will be here to do a presentation on bully prevention for the 6th graders. Kevin Horner is a local ventriloquist who uses his puppets and personal life stories to create a presentation that is entertaining, inspiring, and promotes bully prevention!

PLAZA UPDATES

Thank you to all parents who came out to our Parent Orientation Night! We were so happy to see you all here. If you were unable to make it, please check out our Orientation Night video!
-If your student is being picked up from anyone other than a legal guardian, the legal guardian must call the school office first for the student to be released with anyone else.


-Based on observations of student drop off this week, car riders can now be dropped off at 7:10 am, and will be escorted to the small gym until 7:20. We will notify you as these times may change as we continue to set the safest and most efficient process.

-For the efficiency of drop off and pick up, as well as the safety of students, we ask that you do not drop off or pick up your child in the lower parking lot, or the KMart parking lot. Please see the traffic flow map below.
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NURSE BERKLEY NEWS

Welcome to Plaza Middle School

My name is Miechele Berkley and I am the School Nurse. It is an honor to care for your student(S) here at Plaza Middle School. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am available Monday through Friday from 7:15 am to 2:45 pm. Please contact me via phone 816-359-4214 or email: berkleym@parkhill.k12.mo.us


Excused Participation from Physical Education Classes

· A written doctor’s note stating physical activity restriction is required in order for your student to be excused from Physical Education.

· Students excused are required to attend Physical Education for the instruction component.

· Student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.


After-School Activities/Clubs

If your student has a medication or health need that will need attention during the activity, please make arrangements with the particular personnel involved. The Health Room is CLOSED after 2:45 p.m.


Illness-Related Absences

If your student has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater and/or vomiting, your student will be sent home. Your child should be free from fever/vomiting for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.

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SPANISH IMMERSION CLUB AT PLAZA

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Congratulations to Heroes Team students Aisling Westenkirchner, Ryan Roberson, and Brodie Fetters for earning the Top 3 spots in a science quiz review game this week!

SPRING MAP SCORES

Please watch for MAP Scores from last school year, they should be coming home with your student today.
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ONLINE PLAZA SPIRIT WEAR STORE


Online Spirit wear items will be delivered to Plaza shortly!

VOLLEYBALL AND CROSS COUNTRY TEAM PARENT MEETINGS

All parents of Volleyball and Cross Country are invited to a team meeting with the Coaches on Monday, August 26th from 6-8 pm. Volleyball will meet in the Small Gym, and Cross Country will meet in the Cafe.

NWEA TESTING AT PLAZA

NWEA Testing will be held each morning Tuesday, August 27th through Friday, August 30th. Please make sure your child is well rested and has a good breakfast each day. For more information on NWEA Testing, please visit the NWEA website.

KIDGUARD INSURANCE

Park Hill offers all families the opportunity to enroll their student(s) (Pre-K through 12th) in a low cost, district approved insurance program.


The application form is attached to this email for your convenience. The application is also available on www.parkhill.k12.mo.us under:


· Parent Resources | Parent Information | Student Health | Insurance | 2019-2020 KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form as well as

· Working in Park Hill | Employee Resources | Student Accident Insurance | 2019-2020 KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form.

KidGuard offers four basic options:


1) 24 Hour Basic Accident Insurance Plan

2) School Time Basic Accident Insurance Plan

3) Increased Dental Accident Coverage

4) In-Hospital Sickness Benefit Option


KidGuard also offers two additional options:


A) In-Hospital Sickness Coverage Benefit Option

B) Increased Dental Accident Coverage Option

The KidGuard Insurance Enrollment Form is to be mailed by families directly to KidGuard in Saint Louis, MO. The school district is not involved in the collection of applications or premium payments.

STUDENT BADGES

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NUTRITION SERVICES NEWS

New Pricing for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Elementary Breakfast - $1.50 (previously $1.25)
Secondary Breakfast - $1.75 (previously $1.50)
Premium Secondary Breakfast - $1.90 (previously $1.65)


Elementary Lunch - $2.40 (no change)
Secondary Lunch - $2.85 (no change)
Premium Secondary Lunch - $3.30 (no change)


Ala Carte Milk - $.60 (previously $.50)

Adult Breakfast - $2.00(no change)

Adult Lunch - $3.50 without milk (no change)


Each school should now have new Free and Reduced Meals Applications for 2019 20. A new application must be completed each year. This year’s applications are blue. If you have any in a different color please discard them as we cannot accept Free and Reduced Meal Applications from a previous school year.


Nutrition Services will continue to use School Café to accept online meal payments, enable parents to view student purchases and set purchase restrictions. Also, online Free and Reduced Meal Applications will be available beginning Thursday, August 1st. Any parent who has a School Café Account may complete their application via this portal.


Parents who would like to set up a School Café Account can go to www.schoolcafe.com. They must have their student’s school, ID number, and birthdate to establish a School Café account.

FALL SPORTS AT PLAZA

Please visit our Plaza webpage and Plaza calendar for up to date info on sports!

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SCHOOL START TIMES

Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we decided not to change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year. However, we still have challenges due to the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, while costs for transportation increased sharply over the last few years, state funding for transportation has not kept up. Because we have some money in our reserves, this gap in funding is not an immediate crisis, but we cannot keep taking money from the reserves indefinitely for this and other costs.


The district has an advisory committee, which will take the findings from our Sleep and Start Times work group and make some recommendations to the district and the Board. We will also ask for more public feedback to inform the Board as it makes its decision. In addition to an in-person public feedback meeting, we will continue to get your feedback using our public engagement web site, Park Hill Listens. To get the latest information and give us your feedback, go to https://www.parkhilllistens.com/school-start-times.

All families enrolled in Park Hill Schools next year are invited to come to the Park Hill PTA Clothing Center on August 6th! Please not that you must bring proof of school enrollment for the 19-20 school year to be able to participate.
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About Us

There are many different ways we stay connected with our Plaza families! Besides our weekly Smore Newsletter with updates, be sure to visit the Park Hill District Website to sign up for all district alerts, First Hand Mobile Alerts, and First Hand Email Alerts.

YES, YOU TOO CAN OWN THIS DESIGNER ATTIRE-SEE MORE INFO IN PTA SECTION.