Peculiar Patriot Newsletter

2-21-2022

Hello Peculiar Families!

Wow! So...much...snow.... this month! We have had several virtual days now over the past couple of weeks. Thank you again for helping your students get on meets and keep up with learning.


A huge shout out to all of our families and our PTA for gathering supplies for our friendship parties on February 14! The students had so much fun with their activities and decorating cookies. We appreciate your support in helping make these celebrations a success! We couldn't do it without you!


The spring book fair is coming in March, along with an Art gallery walk! Mrs. Bullock is working on gathering some of your students' beautiful creations to display for you! Stay tuned for more information on that. We are also looking for some "guest readers" for our Read Across America week in March. If you would like to record yourself reading a favorite book, please see the information below.


Our third, fourth, and fifth graders are also working on songs for a spring music performance with Ms. Stella. At this point, they will be performing this virtually for you, and we will be sending more information out with details about that. They are so excited to get to do this!


In PE class, students are busy learning to roller skate with Mr. Roller. We are one week into it, and the kids are getting better at learning to fall safely, skate on the mats, on the gym floor, and some are even skating backwards already!


Spring conferences are tomorrow (Tuesday the 22nd), and you should have received information from your child's teacher about this. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, and wish to do so, please reach out to your child's teacher. There are still slots available.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out through email, or give us a call at 816-892-1650.


-Keri Collison

Principal

Important Dates to Remember:


  • February 18/21: No School
  • February 22: No School/Parent Teacher Conferences
  • February 23: 2-22-22 Duo-ver day! (see flyer below)
  • February 25: Spirit Day: Wear your favorite sports team
  • February 28: PTA meeting (6:30 p.m.)
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Do you have a child who will start Kindergarten in August 2022?

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Would you like to be a guest reader?

We are looking for parents, family members, and community members to read to our students. If you would like to participate, please watch this short video. Ms. Comeau, our library media assistant, will be collecting the videos and uploading them to a virtual library for our students to view.

You can email the video or contact her for questions at:

jordan.comeau@raypec.org

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Car Rider Line Reminders:

Please do not let your child out of the car in the morning until 8:20 a.m. when you see staff arrive in the lot. Staff is there to help keep kids safe with moving cars, so please be patient.


Reminder: as you are waiting in line to pick up your student at the end of the day-please do not block driveways. We appreciate you being mindful of this so that our community can enter and exit their houses/driveways safely.


Also- cars should be lined up from the pick up lot, onto 3rd street, then onto South Street. They then turn to continue the line onto 1st street (Do not continue down south street and over C-Hwy).


Please be courteous and allow people to enter the line when following this process.

Raymore-Peculiar Child Nutrition Department

  • We have migrated our online payment system to www.myschoolbucks.com

    • Feel free to send any parent questions our way: 816-892-1370 or rpchildnutrition@raypec.org

    • There is no “PIN” required to find your student’s account, all that is needed is their building, name and DOB. STUDENT Id is optional.

Want to send in birthday treats for your student?

You are welcome to do that this year!


Please contact your child's teacher to let her know when and find out how many.


Then, please check our approved snack list and choose something from the list to send in.

Snack Guidelines Document

Teacher Favorites

We have had many requests for a list of "favorite things" for our teachers.


Here is the most current list:

Staff Favorite List

Want to be a substitute teacher?

Are you interested in serving as a substitute teacher in the Ray-Pec School District? It's a great way to earn extra income, while maintaining flexibility in your schedule, and helping the school district.


You can now become certified as a substitute by completing a 20-hour online course at a cost of $180. Previously, individuals had to have 60 hours of college credit to begin the process.


Here are the steps:

  1. To become a sub for Ray-Pec, you must obtain certification from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Complete an online substitute certificate application. For assistance, follow instructions in the Educator Certification System Help Guide. You will create a profile and complete an application. A $50 fee is required.

  2. Submit required supporting documentation to DESE. This includes transcripts showing college credit or certificate of completion from approved substitute training and diploma (or equivalent).

  3. Fingerprint/background check.


The 20-hour online substitute teacher training course includes professionalism, honoring diversity, engaging students, classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students with special needs, and working with at-risk youth. Take the online training here: Frontline Education


The cost of the application, online training, and background check will require a total investment of about $275. Substitute teachers are paid $14 per hour. Long-term substitutes are paid at a higher rate. Subs have flexibility in accepting assignments at particular schools or on particular days.


For more information: https://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/133/Substitute-Teachers

Raymore-Peculiar Child Nutrition Department

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH! Free breakfast and lunch will once again be provided to all students during the 2021-2022. For more information about RayPec's Child Nutrition Department, click this button

PTA INFORMATION

We invite all families to join the Peculiar PTA as members of our school community. Joining the PTA does not obligate you any job, but gives you the opportunity to contribute and vote on decisions for our school family. PTA membership is $10 per family.


Please click the link below to complete the membership form: PTA Membership Form


Our PTA also compiles a school directory to be distributed to only families in our building. Peculiar Elementary can not distribute personal communication between families, so the PTA provides contact information for the families. Each family may provide as much or little contact information as they choose.

PTA School Directory

Our PTA is hoping to add more families to our school directory! This is a great way to connect with one another outside of school, or to get your child together with his/her school friends! Please click here to join our directory! 2021-2022 PTA Directory Information


Here is the link to our current directory. 2021-2022 Peculiar Elementary Directory

Apple Bus Info


The Ray-Pec School District contracts with Apple Bus Company to provide student transportation. To inquire about transportation or to speak with an Apple Bus employee about your child's bus experience, call Apple Bus directly at 816-318-1900, or you may send an email to Apple Bus at rp@applebuscompany.com.

Quick Tip Reporting:

Report school safety and bullying concerns through Quick Tip.


Quick Tip is an online method of reporting a school safety or bullying issue, or concern about a student. Users may click on the link and complete the information requested. Tip reporters may enter personal contact information or remain anonymous. It is accessible through the link below or on the district website.


https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/raypec/quicktip

Peculiar Elementary Mission & Vision

Mission:

Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life.


Vision:

A future-focused community with a commitment to lifelong learning.

Mrs. Keri Collison, Principal

Peculiar Elementary is an amazing community of staff, students, and families! Please call with any questions you may have.