Pathfinder Press

Information for Pathfinder Families / March 10, 2023

Weekly Update

Hello Families!

This newsletter is full of information for the upcoming weeks including: an updated sign up for lunch, including a few lunch procedures, PLC information and MAP testing information. Please have a fun and safe weekend with those that you love!

-Dr. Bohn & Mrs. Miller


Upcoming Reminders!

  • Friday, March 10: End of 3rd quarter
  • Friday, March 17: Report Cards go home
  • Monday, March 20 -- Friday, March 24: No School - Spring Break



We will be out of school March 20 - March 24 for Spring Break. Classes will resume on March 27. Enjoy the time with your family!


Summer School

Summer School 2023

Platte County School District is excited to announce that Summer School will be held June 1-29, 2023. All Platte County R-3 students are invited to attend and continue to grow as learners throughout the summer! The purpose of PCR-3’s Summer School Program is to provide an experience that is relevant, rigorous, and engaging, based on individual learner needs, in a safe and caring environment.

  • Be looking for communication on K-8th grade summer school registration sometime in March.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students will be able to complete summer school registration forms during Kindergarten Kickoffs on March 30.
  • Information about enrolling in the High School summer school program will be available in April.


Pathfinder Dispatch!

Read All About It!!!!

Click on the button below to read about the favorite things the Pathfinder Dispatch Reporters love about Pathfinder!

Our 3rd edition will be coming out in May!


PLC Day!

We had a very special guest visit us during our PLC day this week! We welcomed a board member Mike Matousek for board appreciation week. He got to experience what it is like to be at Pathfinder during our PLC days. We also made sure he was an active participant! Thanks Mr. Matousek for serving our district!
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Student Reporting Out

Check out what our Student Leadership Teams are working on!


PLC: Teacher Learning

This week during our staff PLC learning time, we worked on several topics relating to the transition into two elementary schools. We are researching and learning best practices to support not only our students but our staff as well as we prepare for next year. There is always a lot of good collaboration that happens during this time on PLC days.


March Wellness Winners

Here are the winners for this month's Wellness Goal Challenge.

kindergarten - Holly G. and Dax P.

1st grade - Aaliyah D.

2nd grade - Kane D.

3rd grade - Zoei O.

4th grade - Avery L.


Report Cards

Teachers are currently wrapping up their last assessments and getting their grades finalized for third quarter. Report cards will be sent home next Friday, March 17. These are sent home via email.


2023 Kindergarten Enrollment

Children who have turned five years of age before August 1, 2023, are eligible for kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year. Families are encouraged to view the 2023-24 attendance area boundary map linked here, or call the District office at 816-858-5420 for confirmation of attendance area.

If your family has an incoming kindergartner, please complete the following form. We will then send you additional information and an enrollment packet. Kindergarten Kickoffs will be hosted in each elementary on Thursday, March 30.

2023 Kindergarten Information Form


Pirate Parents & Volunteers

Pathfinder Elementary is excited to welcome back building-wide volunteers for the Spring 2023 semester! In addition to individual classroom volunteer opportunities that teachers may offer, Pathfinder will be offering half day volunteer opportunities for trusted adults in students’ lives. This might include moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, or aunts. Those that sign up for these building-wide opportunities will provide support in their child’s classroom, other classrooms in that grade level, Specials, Lunch, and Recess between the hours of 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM on the designated day. Please use this link to sign up for a day. Please note that all volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must be verified contacts on a students' SIS portal. We also ask that volunteers select one day this Spring to volunteer, leaving spots for a variety of families to be able to do the same. Communication from the school will come in the week before your volunteer day!



Our next big PTA event is the APEX Fundraiser. PTA helps assist with this fundraiser which allows so many fun opportunities for our students! All funds raised will be split between Pathfinder and Barry's PTAs for the 2023-24 school year based on the number of students enrolled in each building! You can find below in the Apex section of this newsletter.

PTA is also looking for volunteers to help on the Fun Run day! Below is the sign up genius for volunteers for the fun run on Friday March 17th - Thank you in advance! It is a very fun day!

Sign up to help during Fun Run!

This will take place on Friday, March 17.


March 6th-17th: APEX Fundraiser & Fun Run

Be on the lookout for the daily APEX newsletter that includes current standings, totals raised, and lesson recaps.

  • Thursday, March 9th - APEX Lessons Begin! Lesson 1: Fearless
  • Friday, March 10th - APEX Lesson 2: Adapt
  • Monday, March 13th - APEX Lesson 3: Care
  • Tuesday, March 14th - APEX Lesson 4: Talk 'Em Up
  • Wednesday, March 15th - APEX Lesson 5: Original
  • Thursday, March 16th - APEX Lesson 6: Realize
  • Friday, March 17th - Fun Run Event Day!



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2023 MAP Assessment - Coming in May

In a few weeks, students in grade 3rd and 4th grade will be participating in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments. Additional information will be sent home on Friday, April 1st regarding the test, but we wanted to inform you of the district's testing schedule. Please make every attempt to ensure that your child is present during anticipated testing times/dates and that he/she is prepared for testing.
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Now Hiring!

Pathfinder Parents, we have an open Paraprofessional position at our building as of late. We are attaching the job description and are seeking qualified applicants who would be available to start soon!

If you are interested in applying, please use the link below to apply for the "Paraprofessional 1 South Campus" vacancy on our website. Thank you!

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Make Up Day Plans

With our inclement weather days on February 9 and February 16, and no school on February 15 to celebrate the Chiefs Super Bowl parade, our current make up day plans are as follows:

  • February 9 Inclement Weather Day - Will be made up on Friday, April 7
  • February 15 No School Day - Will be made up on Thursday, May 25
  • February 16 Inclement Weather Day - Will be made up on Friday, May 26, a 3-hour early release

PLEASE NOTE: As we have shared that PCR-3 will implement traditional inclement weather days (no school and no virtual learning), until we reach a threshold that would push the school year past Memorial Day, any future inclement weather days will become Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days.


Inclement Weather Information - AMI Learning Days

PCR-3 will implement traditional inclement weather days (no school and no virtual learning), until we reach a threshold that would push the school year past Memorial Day. At this point, we will be using AMI (Alternative Method Instruction) days moving forward if we are to have inclement weather.

Click here for information on school cancellations/modifications due to inclement weather, how the District will notify parents, as well as recess, Y Club information, and information on Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Days.

Below is the district-wide schedule for AMI days. If PCR-3 were to cancel school due to weather, we will notify families when there is any possibility of weather. We may send home Chromebooks as a proactive measure if in the event school is cancelled. At that point, your child's teacher will send an AMI newsletter or before 8:30am. We will continue to be in communication about these days if a potential AMI day arises.

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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.


Winter Recess Policy

An important component of school is recess. Winter sometimes causes modifications in recess play, but we feel it is still important the children go outside when weather permits. There will be no outdoor recess when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or below.

We assure you the teachers who supervise playground activities are aware of the weather conditions and would not deliberately jeopardize any child’s well-being; but, these teachers also know the importance of 15 minutes of healthy play by appropriately dressed children. The outdoor recess will be at the discretion of the staff. We ask for your support in this matter by doing the following:

  • Remind your child to wear their gloves, hat, etc. when going outdoors.
  • Send us a note from your child’s physician if it is necessary, due to medical reasons, for your child to remain indoors longer than 2 days. We realize some conditions are chronic (i.e. bronchitis) and an open-ended, one-time note from your doctor indicating the outdoor temperature conditions to avoid will be sufficient.



Don't forget to check out our Pathfinder Student News (PSN) Channel on You Tube to watch some additions of our morning announcements and special shows!


Visitors at Lunch - *UPDATED POLICY*

The Pathfinder Cafeteria is open for visitors! Please sign up in advance to eat with your child! Below are some guidelines that will help make this experience a success and, for 4th Quarter, there are a few changes to our process to note as well (in bold below):

  • There will be no lunch visitors on Friday, March 17th (APEX Fun Run Day).
  • We will not have lunch visitors for the first two weeks of May due to MAP Testing.
  • We are limiting the number of times people can come visit for lunch throughout the quarter to 5 in order to create more opportunities for a variety of parents to join their student(s) for lunch during those times. Thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility in ensuring that all parents have this opportunity, even given our space limitations!
  • Prior to visiting, please verify your student's lunch time and utilize the sign up to reserve your spot (1 sign up = 1 visitor seat). No more than 2 adults can sign up.
  • Bring a state-issued ID to get signed in. Visitors must be listed on the student’s SISK12 account or parent permission must be received at the office prior to the visit.
  • Please keep in mind that we have limited seating for visitors. Finding other arrangements for younger siblings during the lunch visit would be appreciated. Parents can either bring outside food or a packed lunch for their child and themselves. Parents may also purchase a lunch from school, but need to use this sign up to do that in advance.
  • Parents may not go back to the classroom or recess after lunch.
  • Only the child (no friends) can sit with the parents during lunch.
  • Outside food and drink will only be permitted if you are staying to eat with your student.
  • Parents who show up for lunch without signing up will be added if there is an open spot. If not, the office can help the parent sign up for a future date.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this opportunity a success!

4th Quarter Sign Up Here

There will be limited lunch sign up in 4th quarter due to the information mentioned above.


Pathfinder Breakfast and Lunch Menus


After School Opportunities!

Miles of Smiles

Miles of Smiles is a full-service dental program that provides FREE dental care to children in the Northland for those that qualify based on income guidelines. The program will be in our district from April 26th - May 23rd.

Patient registration forms can be completed online or you can contact the school nurse and ask for a paper copy to be sent home with your student.

The registration forms MUST BE completed by April 25th.

Please visit the dental clinic website at to fill out the online dental clinic forms. This is for the dental clinic only - no vision clinic will be done at this time.


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Pathfinder Parent Calendars

Please see the attached Pathfinder Parent Monthly Calendars, which detail important district, building, and PTA dates that are important for our Pirates to know!


Text Notifications

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations. Newly enrolled families will automatically receive an opt-in message from 67587. If you missed it, simply text “Yes” to 67587 to receive text messages.


Keep in Contact with Us!

We want families to stay connected to all Pathfinder information. In addition, we invite you to visit our social media and platforms below.

You can always pick up the phone and give us a call anytime. The school number is 816.436.6670. If you have a specific question for administration, please email us at (Dr. Anna Bohn, Principal) or (Mrs. Emily Miller, Assistant Principal).


Thank You to our Pirates R.O.C.K. Stars!