Public School Foundation/Alumni
Foundation presents signed copies of books by Cheryl Klein
What a wonderful way to celebrate Ray-Pec graduate and children’s book author Cheryl Klein!
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation purchased and presented two of Cheryl’s picture books for the library at each elementary school and Shull Early Learning Center.
During a visit home, Cheryl participated in an event and book signing at the Cass County Public Library. Cheryl signed copies of "Wings" and "Thunder Trucks" for each school. Cheryl is a 1996 Ray-Pec graduate. She was honored by the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation in 2017 with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
You can read more about Cheryl Klein (and get a sneak peek of her latest book due out later this year) at: http://www.cherylklein.com/
Major Saver card sale
The 2020 Major Saver discount card sale was Feb. 20-March 2. Elementary and middle school students sold selling $15 cards featuring 21 special offers.
Since 2001, more than $525,000 has been raised to benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and the participating schools.
Cards can be purchased via cash, check, or online. The online sale can be credited back to a particular student. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer. Major Saver card sale
2020 participating establishments: Price Chopper, Casey’s General Store, HyVee, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jose Pepper’s, Minsky’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, The Suzy Q Drive In, MOD Pizza, Burger King, Wally’s Grill & Draft House, Papa John’s, El Dorado, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Merle’s American Tavern, Hawaiian Bros., Brewbakers, Sonic, QDoba, and Paradise Park.
Rotary Club donates to Foundation
The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club donated $2,200 to the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Club President Lisa Peek, at left, presented the funds to Foundation Exec. Director Jodie Huston at the Jan. 8, 2020, club meeting.
Joshua Wilson was the Grocery Grab winner!
A group of District retirees on Oct. 23 enjoyed lunch and heard updates about the District, the Foundation, and Ray-Pec CARES. To be notified of future retiree events, send a message to email@example.com.
Boys State and Girls State students
Ray-Pec High School Seniors Braden Zaner and Ella Schnake were special guests at the Sept. 19, 2019, meeting of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board of Directors.
The Foundation sponsored Braden to attend Missouri Boys State and Ella to attend Missouri Girls State. The students told about their experiences at the week-long leadership event last summer.
Foundation awards prizes to employees who give
Thanks to Ray-Pec employees who regularly give to the Foundation! The Foundation Board today awarded some prizes drawn from the names of employees who give to support the Foundation.
Front row, from left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston; Board Member Allison Bruflat; Connie Badgett, Focus Facilitator at Timber Creek Elementary and winner of $100 gift card; Melissa Kelch, Digital Learning Teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary and winner of $100 gift card; Debbie Wescoat, secretary at Peculiar Elementary and winner of 60-minute massage from Bel-Ray Wellness Center; Brittney Coleman, 4th Grade Teacher at Peculiar Elementary and winner of $100 gift card; and Pam Steele, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer.
Back row: Board Member Dana Jermain, Board Member Allison Bruflat, Board Member Andrew Goffinet, Board Member Mike Medsker, Board Member Phil VanDeusen, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, and Board Member Rich Bartow.
The gift cards were donated by Mr. Handyman/John & Allison Bruflat.
Two prize winners who were unavailable for the photo: District Psych Examiner Lisa Whitten, winner of a mini iPad donated by Dr. Kari Monsees, and Ray-Pec High School Principal Steven Miller, winner of a gift basket donated by Platinum Realty.
Foundation Board delivers treats to all staff
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation Board delivered drinks and snacks to all teachers and staff on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, as they were preparing for the new school year.
In the photo above right, Executive Director Jodie Huston and Board Member Mike Medsker deliver treats at Peculiar Elementary School. In the photo above left, Pam Steele and Dr. Kari Monsees deliver treats at Eagle Glen Elementary School.
Country Club Bank supports Foundation
Sherri Parsons, Financial Center Manager at Country Club Bank in Raymore, on Aug. 1, 2019, presented a check for $2,500 to support the Foundation. From left: Foundation Board Member Jamie Bogner, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Parsons, Foundation President Phil Parke, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.
Congrats to 2019 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Vacca and Support Staff Employee of the Year Corrie Posey! The announcement of both awards came during the April 10 dinner to honor the finalists.
Vacca is a special education teacher at Eagle Glen Elementary School. This is her first year in that position, but she has been teaching for 20 years, with 17 years teaching fourth and fifth grades in the Ray-Pec District. Posey is the cafeteria manager at Stonegate Elementary School. This is her seventh year in that position and her eighth year working for the school district.
From left: 2018 Teacher of the Year Brett Beneke, 2017 Teacher of the Year Dan Garrison, Jennifer Vacca, Corrie Posey, 2018 Support Staff Employee of the Year Kelley Weida, and 2014 Support Staff Employee of the Year Scott Dobson.
Front row, from left: Bridle Ridge Principal Missy Mattingly; East Middle School Principal Katie Campbell; Eagle Glen Principal Robin Jones; Dale Krumm with Major Saver; Timber Creek Principal Lovie Driskill; Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston; Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat; Foundation Board Member Jamie Bogner; Foundation Board President Phil Parke; Foundation Board Member Kim York; and Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele. Back row: Shull Early Learning Center Director Mary Shatford; Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees; Raymore Elementary Principal Jennika Miller; Peculiar Elementary Principal Rob Weida; Stonegate Elementary Principal Doug Becker; Creekmoor Principal Melissa Lucas; High School Principal Steven Miller; Academy Principal James Brown; South Middle School Principal Randy Randolph; and Foundation Board Member Greg Teale.
Major Saver campaign raises $34,042
This year marked the second-most successful Major Saver campaign in District history, raising $34,042! Students and schools sold $15 cards offering discounts and buy-one-get-one offers in the community. Half of the proceeds benefit the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, and half benefit the participating schools.
Dale Krumm, Major Saver vice president of sales and development, presented checks on April 9 to the Foundation and to principals of the participating schools. Each school received a check based on the number of cards sold.
The Foundation received $17,073.75. Here is the amount received by each participating school, based on the number of cards sold:
- Bridle Ridge Elementary, $2,400
- Creekmoor Elementary, $1,912.50
- Eagle Glen Elementary, $2,613.75
- Peculiar Elementary, $2,610
- Raymore Elementary, $1,762.50
- Stonegate Elementary, $1,792.50
- Timber Creek Elementary, $2,861.25
- East Middle School, $588.75
- South Middle School, $427.50
Dr. Amanda Kilgore, Digital Learning Teacher at Eagle Glen Elementary School, visits with 2nd graders Braxton Bittnew and Chesnie Moles about their project. The students are using Lego WeDo sets purchased through a grant from the Foundation. At left is Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat. At far right is Foundation Board Member Jason Harper. Second from right is Foundation Board Member Phil VanDeusen.
You Matter Ray-Pec t-shirts
Support the #YouMatterRayPec movement by ordering a t-shirt or hoodie or making a donation! Shirts are $10. (Extra charge for 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL)
The mission of #YouMatterRayPec is rooted in the need to come together as a community to serve our youth and to remind them they are loved, cared for, supported, and heard.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation and Ray-Pec School District are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City! Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports life-changing friendships between children facing adversity in the Kansas City area with caring, adult mentors. Little Brothers and Little Sisters who are matched with a "Big" are proven to receive better grades, have higher self-esteem and be more likely to reach their full potential.
To learn how your student may participate as a Little Brother or Little Sister, visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters website or contact your student's school counselor. If you are interested in participating as a Big Brother. a Big Sister, or a Big Couple, you may visit the website or contact Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.
Show your school spirit by purchasing a yard sign sporting your favorite Ray-Pec activity: football, dance, volleyball, soccer, band ...whatever!
The signs (sign/stake/hardware) are $55 each, and each personalized plaque is $10 (up to 15 characters). Place your order here.
After you complete the purchase, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information you want on the plaques. Orders will be placed on the 15th of each month. Buyers will be notified via email that the sign and/or plaques are ready for pick up with Tracy Caskey at Peculiar Elementary. You may also arrange evening pickup at another Ray-Pec school.
You may also mail your order with all of the details and check made payable to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation to: Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, PO Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078. All proceeds benefit Ray-Pec Cares, a program of the Foundation.