Welcome to 2023!
We hope you had a wonderful winter break with your families. Students and staff were excited to return and see each other on January 5th.
December was cut a little short with the possibility of crazy weather on the 22nd, and plans had to shift rather quickly to the last day being December 21st. I want to send a HUGE thank you and shout out to our PTA and family members for adjusting the planning, preparation, and party festivities so that students could celebrate before going home for break. This was no easy feat, and we know people had to change plans around to make it happen. We appreciate you, and thank you for making this an awesome day for kids!
December also took our 5th and 4th grade on field trips (virtual and in person)! They had a great time and appreciate our parent volunteers for helping out. Students were able to make some connections between what they had been learning about in class and what is out there in the "real world" and have fun doing it! We are so glad to be able to do field trips again!
Our fifth graders are preparing to host a Science fair this month as well. Information has been shared by their teachers to let families know when this will take place and all of the details. They are working hard on their presentations and can't wait to present them to you!
It's going to be a great month!
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to give me a call.
LEAP NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW
LEAP is an intervention program for gifted students in grades 2-12 who have been identified as gifted learners. Students must meet qualifying levels on identified assessments in order to participate in LEAP. The levels are prescribed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and have been adapted to the Ray-Pec LEAP program.
Nomination Period Now Open
Each year, parents or teachers may nominate students in grades 1-7 for candidacy to be evaluated for LEAP. The nomination period is from January 4-27, 2023. The nomination form link will be available on January 4, 2023, on the district webpage:
Our school counselor Latasha Robinson serves as our building LEAP coordinator. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email her or call her at 892-1667.
Important Dates to Remember:
January 13: School Spirit Day: Mismatch day
January 13: 5th Grade Science Museum
January 16: No School - Martin Luther King holiday
January 20: School Spirit Day: Peculiar colors/t-shirts
January 27: School Spirit Day: Career Day
January 30: No School- Staff Collaboration day
RP Volunteer Application process
If you need any assistance, please call or email the secretaries in the office and they would be happy to help.
WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) is a family and community engagement educational initiative.
There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program:
1. To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
2. To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
Who are WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students)?
WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S.® school. During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on ﬂash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traﬃc ﬂow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.
If you are interested, or had inquired about this, please click on this link:
School Snack Guidelines
Absence Definitions Explained
VERIFIED ABSENCES: An absence from school resulting from illness or unforeseen circumstances which is verified by a parent/guardian. A VERIFIED absence is NOT an EXCUSED absence. (Verified absences count against student's attendance)
EXCUSED ABSENCES: An absence is categorized as excused when a note is received by the school excusing the absence. EXAMPLE: official doctor’s note, court document, etc. (Excused absences do not count against a student’s attendance)
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: An absence from school without verification within 48 hours of the absence. (Unexcused absences count against a student’s attendance.)
After ten verified/unexcused absences or tardies/early outs, the office will contact the parents to schedule a conference regarding the issue. In accordance with Missouri’s Compulsory School Attendance Law (RSMO 167.031), regular school attendance is required. This law states, “Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having care, control or custody of a child between the ages of five and seventeen years shall cause the child to attend regularly.” Should the pattern of excessive absences continue, Raymore-Peculiar School District reserves the right to refer the matter to the Juvenile Officer of Cass County for further investigation.
Free and Reduced Meal Application
CASHLESS SYSTEM - You will no longer be able to send CASH to fund your child's lunch account. Nutrition services can only accept payment by check or online at MySchoolBucks.com .
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete our ONLINE "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form."
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.
Check out our PTA website: you can view the PTA calendar, sign up for volunteer spots, shop, pay dues, connect with other parents in your child’s class, & view the student directory. Our website is: peculiar.ptboard.com
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First Student Bus Info
The Ray-Pec School District contracts with First Student Bus Company to provide student transportation. To inquire about transportation or to speak with a First Student employee about your child's bus experience, call First Student directly at 816-318-1900, or you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, name of student(s), attending school, home address and any additional information that may be helpful. This may include bus number, bus stop location or time of bus pickup if you know those details and they are pertinent to your question.
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.
Peculiar Elementary Mission & Vision
Preparing each student for a successful and meaningful life.
A future-focused community with a commitment to lifelong learning.