The Compass Notes

April 22, 2022

Thanks Compass Families!

Special thanks to all who took part in helping us celebrate Earth Day today with your donations of toilet paper! These donations will be given to our district's Treasure Chest to support families in our community. Additionally, thanks to Mrs. Moses, Mrs. Fraccascia, Ms. Farr, and other staff who supported in organizing this for our staff, students, and families.

Dates to know:

Wednesday, April 27th: PLC Early Dismissal- 1:50 pm

Thursday, April 28th: 2nd Grade Field Trip - Coterie Theater

Friday, April 29th: Pirates R.O.C.K. End of Year Celebration at Barry Park- 5 pm

Tuesday, May 3rd: Treble Treasures Performance

Thursday, May 5th: 4th & 5th Grade Music Performance

Tuesday, May 10th: PTA Meeting at Compass- 6:30 pm (Virtual Link)

Wednesday, May 11th: PLC Early Dismissal - 1:50 pm

The Board approved the academic calendar for the 2022-23 school year, as suggested by teachers, support staff, parents and board members on the calendar committee, and taking into consideration feedback during public review.

A Note From Our PTA:

Staff Appreciation week is quickly approaching! This year it falls on the week of May 2-May 6. We would love for participation from our students and families. See the image below for the week of events and how your child can participate. Also here is a Sign-up Genius link if you are able to donate to our staff gift cards. Thanks for your help in supporting our PTA and Compass Staff!
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Feedback Requested: Proposed Attendance Boundaries starting 2023-24

The Attendance Area Boundary Committee is working to propose a revised attendance boundary area recommendation to the Board of Education in June 2022. This work is to develop attendance areas for our four elementaries (Barry, Compass, Pathfinder, and Siegrist) and two middle schools (Platte City Middle School and Platte Purchase Middle School) for the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Please review the following information and complete the feedback form by May 3, 2022.

Take Your Child To Work Day / April 28th

Take Your Child to Work Day is scheduled for April 28, 2022. If your child will be participating in this opportunity, please sign the permission slip below and return it to the school office no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2022. If this permission slip is on file, this day will be recorded as a verified absence. Please call the office if you have questions.

Students and Families Preparing for 6th Grade!

Students, are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in making a difference at PCMS? Look no further and apply to be a part of a team that needs your leadership skills, talents, and character. Click here for more information!

All applications are due Friday, May 13th.

Lunch Visitors at Compass

The Cafeteria at Compass will be open for visitors beginning on Monday, April 4th, 2022! In preparation for a full opening in the 2022-23 school year, we are trialing some practices related to visitors in the building. To minimize the influx of initial visitors, and to honor our current space limitations, visitors will be required to utilize this sign up (which outlines our available dates and spaces) prior to visiting their student for lunch. Grade levels will have visitor availability every other day during the 4th Quarter. Here are some guidelines that will help make this "soft opening" a success:

  • Prior to visiting, please verify your student's lunch time and utilize the sign up to reserve your spot (1 sign up and please identify how many visitors will attend with you, we are requesting no more than 4 visitors to be in attendance per family). Please be respectful of the fact that many parents will be excited to come visit at lunch time and do not sign up for slots in bulk (ie. every Friday for the rest of the year).
  • 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.
  • To preserve the testing environment, we will not add visitation dates during building-wide MAP testing dates (listed below).
  • Parents can either bring outside food for their child and self, or the student can eat the free lunch service and parents can bring a packed lunch.
  • Parents may not go back to the classroom or recess after lunch.
  • Only the child (no friends) can sit with parents during lunch.
  • Parents who show up for lunch without signing up will be added if there is an open spot, but denied if not. The office can help the parent sign up for a future date.
For our 4th Grade families, please note the image below to see where to access the tab for signing up to eat with our 4th grade time slots. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this opportunity a success during the 4th Quarter! Please contact our office at 816-858-0172 if you have any questions about this process.

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Site Grant Awarded to Mrs. Peek!

We want to congratulate Christina Dudley-Peek for being awarded one of the Platte County Education Foundation Grants for our district. This money will be used to purchase pottery wheels to be utilized with students during Mrs. Peek's art classes. Congratulations Mrs. Peek!

MAP Testing Dates 2022

In a few weeks, students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th 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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Community Feedback Night - May 4, 2022

District parents and community members are invited to join us for an opportunity to share your feedback at our Community Feedback Night on Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30-8pm at Platte City Middle School.

We will provide brief updates on the District's improvement actions as they relate to our Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan, and will also seek additional input from stakeholders on specific opportunities for improvement in each of our school buildings and strategic focus areas.

If you would like to attend, RSVPs must be made by May 1, by
completing the form linked here.

Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration/Sharpen the Saw Challenge - April 29, 2022

This year's Pirates ROCK End-of-Year Celebration will take place at the Sharpen the Saw Challenge Course at Barry-Platte Park on Friday, April 29. Course is open from 5-7pm, with the character recognition ceremony at 6pm. Pre-register here to skip the waiver line and purchase your t-shirt ahead of time. Can't wait to celebrate our great character and sharpen our saws together! #PiratesROCK #LeaderInMe

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End of Year Celebration and 5K Run

We will be having our Compass 5K again this year as a final run for our Compass Running Club. However, this year Coach Smith and Coach Gibson have partnered with our PTA and staff to merge our 5K with a playground ribbon cutting ceremony, and an end of year send off/celebration for students and families. This will be a huge event that will include things like a food truck, ice cream truck, face painting, music and more! The event is Tuesday, May 17th from 4:30-7:00.

More information and communication for our families will be coming out soon!


Thank You to Our Pirates R.O.C.K. Business Partners!

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