The Bear Necessities

January 13, 2015

Wireless Sound System

Research has shown us that students with ADD/ADHD/LD have trouble knowing where to focus their brain. The sound system we have installed into your classrooms has proven success with student achievement. It is an expectation that this tool be used daily. Help each other out by reminding them to put that on and turn it on.

ESY - Extended School Year

Session One Dates: June 6-June 30

Session Two Dates: July 11-28

Student Attendance Times: 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Staff Attendance Times: 7:45 AM-11:15 AM

Second Session will be for students who show SIGNIFICANT regression during a break or who nature and severity call for a year round program.

PLEASE plan a team meeting to determine who you believe will be a candidate for Session One ESY. If you are considering Session Two, they are probably a student in a Life Skills/Medically Fragile classroom or are full time STARS. Any other considerations, please invite Michelle and I to the mtg.

Taste of Lee's Summit Auction Basket(s)

Our Lee's Summit Educational Foundation's 17th Annual Taste of Lee's Summit is just around the corner! Scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at the Pavilion at John Knox Village, this year's event is going to be amazing! Our theme is: "Celebrating Champions: Our students, Our staff, Our community." Every bit of the money we raise that evening goes right back into our students' classrooms through PEAK Grants which teachers apply for annually and for additional technology like ongoing Chromebook support! Last year, the Foundation provided over $170,000 to teachers and classrooms across the district!

I know you received Taste of Lee's Summit information earlier this school year, but now it's time to get those baskets/auction items rounded up and delivered to the Foundation Office in the Stansberry Leadership Center (first office on the right as you enter the front door). Our deadline is February 8.

Need some ideas to get your creative juices flowing?

  • Coffee Lovers Basket
  • Baby Basket (for new parents or grandparents)
  • Tea Lovers Basket
  • Pet Care Basket (dog and/or cat)
  • Family Entertainment
  • Summer Fun
  • Amusements and Attractions
  • Date Night
  • Health and Beauty
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Get Fit Basket
  • The Outdoor Enthusiast Basket
  • Western
  • Tool Time
  • Teen Girls
  • Teen Guys
  • Book Worms
  • Kids
  • Sports
  • Home Decor (clocks, lamps, art, mirrors, etc.)
  • Cleaning/Homecare
  • Car Care Basket
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • BBQ Basket
  • A Man Movie Basket


ALSO, our theme this year is "CELEBRATING CHAMPIONS -- Our Students, Our Staff, Our Community." We will be utilizing video clips throughout the evening and would love to feature "championship stories" from many of our schools. We need your help to determine those stories. ByMonday, January 25, please email me:

    • 3 top celebrations/championship stories from your school within the last year. Just a paragraph or less on each of the 3 items, please.
    • A brief video clip OR photo for each of those 3 top celebrations/championship stories.

AM is very full at Legacy Location

Please be aware that I have asked transportation to consider anyone close to a border be moved to PM Legacy or TRE if possible. I know the numbers are high, but our control is limited. Thank you for all you do for our little learners!!

Look Carefully, love this representation in playdough of his family. FYI, if its a girl "I'm gonna be mad".

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Lee's Summit Police Dept joins our January 28th lockdown drill

Every January we work with SLC and LSPD to conduct lockdown drills. LSPD provides valuable feedback to assist in continuing to keep our students and staff safe. We will be conducting our drill tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th at 1:15 p.m. The drill should only last 10 minutes at the most. Please wait for the all clear signal.

We will be directing students and giving commands of moving to the safe wall, covering interior door and adjacent windows, and of course making sure your door is locked. Remind students that they will need to follow directions in order to keep them safe.

Additional Lockdown Information

January 28th - Officer observed (LSPD) emergency response drill

March 4th - Active Shooter Response training - all staff must attend

April 28th - Additional emergency response drill

Emergency Operations Team Mtg.


If a parent comes through the lobby doors and into our school during a day we have students, they MUST be VMS'd first. This includes parents who come for MYT, Sped Mtgs, and healthroom visits. The easy way....VMS everyone who passes through that lobby to hallway door.


Our walkies cost $300+ each, we can not purchase additional walkies for staff. Please remember to use the "button" in the classroom that connects you to the front office. You can then instruct the front office as to what you need "call team _____", "send Cristi to ____ room".

Your Approach:

We do amazing work at Great Beginnings. Here is an article that gives you a bit of thought on calendar time, a part of your 3 hours with students. It really begs you to consider how to best use this time together.

Weekly Reminder:

  • Regarding time off requests, classified staff will still need to request the entire time off. If they request 4 hours and they return after 4 hours plus some, they will need to modify this time off request or work the extra time before the end of the week.

  • Mail procedure instructions and mail supplies are in the File Room.

  • Please notify the office if a Title student is now eligible to receive Special Education services. Please place the Title cumulative file in the brown file

Upcoming Events:

1/13 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting (All Staff)

10:00 SBT Meeting

1/14 Dental Screenings

1/18 No School

1/22 8:15 PIE Meeting

1/28 Emergency Response Drill

2/10 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting

10:00 SBT Meeting

2/11 ECC Only Emergency Day

Playdough with Parents Event

2/15 No School

2/17 8:30 Para Staff Meeting

2/19 Fire Drill

2/25 Dental Screenings – Satellite Locations

3/1 Tornado Drill

3/2 8:15 ECC Staff Meeting

10:00 SBT Meeting

3/4 ASIRT Training

3/5 Taste of Lee’s Summit

3/11 Spring Pictures – ECC

3/21-3/25 Spring Break

My Calendar:

Wednesday - ECC/PAT Staff Mtg, Site Based Team Mtg.

Thursday - EC Parnter mtg in Park Hill AM, SLC for Kinder Scrng Mtg PM

Friday - AM here briefly, Jeff City for Missouri Preschool Project Mtg.

Monday - No School

Tuesday - Here all day
Wednesday - Here AM, KCMO for MARC Head Start stakeholders mtg PM