LS R-7 Before- and After-School Services curriculum and training meets Bi-State Core Competencies

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Before- and After-School Services is one of a select number of programs meeting the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Development Professionals. This framework includes eight content areas which include children with various ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as diverse needs and abilities.

The content areas are child and youth growth and development, learning and environment and curriculum, observation and assessment, families and communities, health and safety, interactions with children and youth, program planning and development, and professional development and leadership.

The mission for BASS “is to provide support to families by caring for their children during out of school time in a safe, nurturing, fun and educational environment.”  The program focuses on safety, interactions, guidance and positive relationships with children, age appropriate engaging activities and curriculum as well as continued professional development and leadership of staff.  

Professional development for the BASS employees  includes Safe Schools; CypherWorx: School-age Certificate Series training modules, endorsed by the National Afterschool Association; and additional training in the basics of behavior support and interventions by R-7 autism and behavior specialists, leadership, CPR and First Aid, Conscious Discipline (pre-kindergarten) and Behavior Intervention Support Team.

Activities and lesson plans in BASS focus on a variety of age-appropriate interest areas, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), health and safety, community service, creative arts and physical activity.  For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact the BASS office at 816-986-3440 or visit the website at bass.lsr7.org.

Meadow Lane Elementary BASS students with their homemade bubble wands.

LSNHS PTSA to host Safe Halloween Oct. 31

Lee’s Summit North High School PTSA will host Safe Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at LSNHS, 901 NE Douglas. The event is free for all children living within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

Children are invited to trick-or-treat in the school’s commons, which will be decorated for Halloween and will include approximately 30 to 40 booths. LSNHS students, dressed in Halloween costumes, will staff the booths, handing out candy to the children.

Safe Halloween is funded by the LSNHS PTSA fireworks stand, held at the school before the Fourth of July each summer. LSNHS students receive community service for their participation and have the opportunity to interact with the younger children and their families.

The popular event is designed to provide R-7 children with a safe, indoor location for trick-or-treating.

 

Hazel Grove Elementary hosts Kindergarten Literacy Night

Around 80 kindergarten students and family members participated in Kindergarten Literacy Night, held Sept. 28 at Hazel Grove Elementary School. The event was hosted by the school’s reading specialists and kindergarten teachers.

With funds awarded through a Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation PEAK Grant, the school purchased books for kindergarteners to take home and read with their parents each night.

During Kindergarten Literacy Night, students visited their classrooms and participated in a reading activity with their teachers. Parents attended a presentation from the school’s reading teachers about selecting books for their children, resources for free books, strategies for reading with their children and learned how to assist children in learning comprehension.

After the sessions, students and their families reunited in the classroom to practice what they learned that evening.  

Author Jackson Pearce visits LS R-7 elementary schools

Author Jackson Pearce recently visited with eight elementary schools in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.  She talked with students about the writing process, her dogs and chickens and living in Atlanta, Ga.  Part of the discussion revolved around encouraging students that there are no “boy” and “girl” things. For example, power tools are thought to be “boy” things, she said. But, Ms. Pearce enjoys power tools and made her own chicken coops. Ms. Pearce holds degrees in both English and philosophy.  Her book “Double Cross” is a 2017-2018 Mark Twain Award nominee.

BCMS football team volunteers at Harvesters

The Bernard Campbell Middle School football team took a day off from practice Oct. 5 to volunteer at Harvesters – The Community Food Network in Kansas City. The BCMS Mustangs, joined by the school’s parent organization — the Mustang Super Fans — participated in loading boxes for Harvesters backpack program. The event provided students and families with a fun and fulfilling way to get involved and help out our community.

23rd Holly Festival to benefit DARE, Lee’s Summit CARES

This year’s 23rd annual Holly Festival will provide several new options for patrons looking to get healthy, get chic and get their Christmas shopping done early.

The Lee’s Summit CARES event – a benefit for the local Drug Abuse Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.) chapter – runs Nov. 11-12 at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colbern Road. More than 100 vendors and booths will be on display bearing holiday-themed gifts, local, handcrafted treasures, food and silent auction items. And, of course, Santa Claus. The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 11-3 Nov. 12.

“The Holly Festival has become a longstanding holiday tradition for many Lee’s Summit families for good reason,” Lee’s Summit CARES Director Rachel Nelson-Segobia said. “This fun event combines holiday shopping, visits with Santa and fundraising for a great cause.”

Lee’s Summit Police Chief Travis Forbes said the D.A.R.E. program is fortunate to be the benefactor of this event.

“The Holly Festival is recognized as an opportunity to not only reinforce the community values inherent to Lee’s Summit, but also serves as a fundraising effort to help facilitate the DARE program,” Chief Forbes said. “We strongly support the continued outreach afforded by DARE that improves the safety of our schools and students, particularly in light of the challenges we face in our modern era.”

In conjunction with the Holly Festival’s traditional locally-made crafts fair, two other events – the Chic Fest and Health Fest – will offer visitors access to trendy merchandisers, independent consultants and health-related vendors and information as well as free screenings. The Health Fest is sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.

Vendor spots are still available for the Holly Festival. For more information, visit http://www.lscares.org/holly-festival.html or call Susan Coffman at 816-347-3248.

ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT CARES: Lee’s Summit Cares is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence by preventing risky behaviors, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting.

Tracy Baker receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for October

Tracy Baker was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for October. She is a librarian at Pleasant Lea Middle School.

The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.

“She sets a great example of showing patience and treating all kids with kindness,” said a colleague. “Tracy’s attitude, initiative, creativity and tireless dedication benefit students and staff and motivate me to be a better educator.”

Sunset Valley Elementary second-graders focus on spreading kindness

Second-graders at Sunset Valley Elementary are focusing on spreading kindness at school and within the community. Over several weeks in late September and early October, students in Krista Hall’s classroom donated items to provide to the residents of Summit Grove Senior Living Apartments in Lee’s Summit.

Students collected candy, nail files, crossword puzzles, lotions, hand sanitizer and other items. On Oct. 6, the students put together gift bags and delivered them to each door in the apartment complex on the next Saturday. Students also visited with the residents as they enjoyed donuts and read them Halloween books following the deliveries on Oct. 7.

LSNHS National Honor Society partners with Paradise Park to raise funds for charity

Lee’s Summit North High School National Honor Society (NHS) is partnering with Paradise Park to raise money for the group’s charitable activities. The NHS members will be working in several special Halloween events at the park during October including Zombie Laser Tag Hayride, an outdoor event, and Infection, an indoor/outdoor laser tag experience.

Over the past 15 to 20 years, the LSN National Honor Society members have served at Worlds of Fun haunts to raise money for the group’s philanthropic efforts. This year, the students made the decision to partner with the local business.

“Our whole focus at Paradise Park is to continue to help create a community culture of caring, helping, working together to create something that is better than what we can do alone,” says Jon Ellis, Paradise Park founder/CEO. “We saw this as another great opportunity for Paradise Park to partner with a local school and help them while they help us, all in an environment of safe, clean fun. And we’re excited to have such great kids working with our team to make these haunted attractions great for our guests.”

LSNHS NHS students will volunteer their time and talents, build community with each other while serving their hometown, and help a local business provide excellent entertainment. In return, Paradise Park will make a donation to LSN National Honor Society that will help meet the organization’s fundraising goals. The money raised will help National Honor Society host parties at Hope House, serve meals at City Union Mission and provide service projects around school. National Honor Society members are also distributing Zombie Attack coupon cards with the organization receiving a portion of the ticket sales when the coupons are redeemed at Paradise Park.

International Baccalaureate history teacher Sarah Courtney has lead the fundraising committee as a LSN NHS sponsor for about 11 years, and coordinated the logistics between Paradise Park and the students.

“We feel so great about Paradise Park being in our neighborhood and enabling our kids to partner with people right here in our community without having to leave Lee’s Summit,” she said. “It’s such a perfect fit in so many ways. We are really excited about supporting a local business, knowing the people in charge, having such a safe environment and easy drive for our kids, and having more evening service options.”

LSNHS “zombies” raising money for good causes are (from left) Alexis Becker, Caitlin Brown and Cameron Riffle, all seniors at Lee’s Summit North High School and members of National Honor Society.

 

Sharing information about suspicious vehicle/person in northern Lee’s Summit

We are sharing the following information from the Lee’s Summit Police Department regarding a suspicious person and vehicle reported in the Lakewood area within northern Lee’s Summit.

Lee’s Summit Police have stated that they received a report on Oct. 5 of a suspicious person and vehicle that approached an elementary-age student at a bus stop in the area of NW Lake Drive and NW Cimarron Street. The vehicle was described as a small, gray four-door car; the driver was described as a white male in his 30s with short brown hair. The Police Department is asking residents to be alert and report any suspicious activity by calling 816-969-7390 or by dialing 911.

This provides us with a reminder about the importance of discussing safety both at school and at home. When walking to school, a friend’s house or other locations, it is best for children to use the “buddy system” and walk with other friends or family members. Students should avoid strangers at all times, whether they are pedestrians or drivers. In addition, children are urged to follow their own instincts. If they ever feel uncomfortable in any situation or with anyone, it is wise to get away from the person or persons and tell an adult.

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority at all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. You are encouraged to contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department if you see any suspicious activity. Please also feel free to contact your school office.

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