Public School Foundation/Alumni
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.
Community Bank of Raymore donates to Foundation
The Board of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation received a donation of $750 on Jan. 17 from the Community Bank of Raymore.
From left: Andrew Goffinet, Mike Medsker, Allison Bruflat, Shauna Stephenson (Foundation Board Member and representing CBR), Jamie Bogner, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Phil Parke, Allison Scott, Pam Steele, Kim York, Jason Harper, and Dana Jermain.
Congratulations to Maria and Robbie Davies, winner of the Grocery Grab this morning at Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Raymore! During a 5-minute shopping spree, Robbie gathered more than $2,275 in groceries!
The Foundation is again partnering with Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Raymore to raise funds, and sold tickets for $5.
Finalists, clockwise from top left, Tania Allen, Karen Goodwin, Andrew Goffinet, and Tyler Renshaw each received a $100 Price Chopper gift card.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Grocery Grab fundraiser for the Foundation!
Penny wins an iPad Mini!
On Oct. 22, the Foundation Board presented an iPad Mini to Penny Spencer, Special Education Teacher at East Middle School. Penny was the winner in a drawing from names of District employees who support the Foundation through payroll deduction. The iPad Mini prizes were donated by Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees and Foundation Board Member Mike Medsker.
Casey wins an iPad Mini!
On Oct. 18, the Foundation Board presented an iPad Mini to Casey Thompson, administrative assistant for Administrative Services. Casey was the winner in a drawing from names of District employees who support the Foundation through payroll deduction. The iPad Mini prizes were donated by Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees and Foundation Board Member Mike Medsker.
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.
Foundation awards $21,000 to schools to support STEAM
Ray-Pec school principals today received extra funding to support STEAM programs. Phil Parke, president of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, announced the award of $21,000, to be spread among the schools to support initiatives in the district’s Strategic Plan or science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities. Parke said that the grant award was made possible as a result of an increase in giving from staff, families, and the community.
Ray-Pec High School receives a grant of $3,000; each middle school receives $2,250; and each elementary schools, Shull Early Learning Center, and Ray-Pec Academy each receive $1,500. Each school may decide how to use the funds.
Pictured in the front row, from left: Katie Campbell, principal of Ray-Pec East Middle School; Dr. Missy Mattingly, principal of Bridle Ridge Elementary; Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member; Phil Parke, Foundation President; Pam Steele, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer; and Mary Shatford, director of Shull Early Learning Center. In the second row: Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees; Robin Jones, principal of Eagle Glen Elemetnary; Dr. Lovie Driskill, principal of Timber Creek Elementary; Melissa Lucas, principal of Creekmoor Elementary; Mike Medsker, Foundation Board Member; Dr. Randy Randolph, principal of Ray-Pec South Middle School; Steven Miller, principal of Ray-Pec High School; and Rob Weida, principal of Peculiar Elementary. In the back row: Jennika Miller, principal of Raymore Elementary; Doug Becker, principal of Stonegate Elementary; and James Brown, principal of Ray-Pec Academy.
Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club donates to CAN
Thanks to the Bel-Ray Sunrise Lions Club for donating $701 to support the Caring About Nutrition Program. The money was raised during the club's Chili Cook-off in February. Lions Ron Brennan, at left, and Angie Fyffe, at right, presented the donation to CAN Volunteer Jackie Boursheski and Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.
Raymore Lions donate to Foundation
Thanks to the Raymore Lions Club for donating $600 and a $100 Price Chopper gift card to support the Caring About Nutrition program! Club President Russ Scott presented the donations on May 10, 2018, to Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director.
Country Club Bank donates $2,500 to Foundation
Thanks to Country Club Bank for donating $2,500 to the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation! Pictured from left: Foundation Board Member Mike Medsker, Foundation Board Member and Ray-Pec Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Heather Austin with Country Club Bank, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat.
Donation from Belton-Raymore Rotary Club
The Belton-Raymore Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. At its May 9, 2018, lunch meeting, President Cami Marcom, at right, presented the donation to Dana Jermain, Foundation Board Member, Phil Parke, Foundation President, and Jodie Huston, Foundation Executive Director. Half of the proceeds are designated for the Caring About Nutrition program. The other half was to support the Good Neighbors Strong Community event earlier this year.
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.