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-Nov. 16, 2022 -

Greetings, CCS Families-
Please see below for lots of new info and updates. Note there will be no Wednesday Update next week due to the break. We wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!

Thank you,


Crossroads Charter Schools

At a Glance

Important Upcoming Dates

Nov. 17-18: Picture Day at CPA

Nov. 18: Picture Day at CS & QH

Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 9: No School - Staff PD Day

Dec. 23: No School - Staff PD Day

Dec. 26 - Jan. 6: Winter Break

Jan. 9: No School - Staff Work Day

Jan. 10: First Day Back from Winter Break


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2022-2023 School Calendar

November Lunch Menu

2022 Wednesday Updates Archive

  

Superintendent's Corner

Threat Assessment Process
Student safety is our District’s top priority. To maximize safety, the District uses a threat assessment process to identify threats and prevent school violence.  The District wishes to create a climate that encourages sharing any information about a safety concern with a trusted adult who can help. Sharing information about threats and safety concerns is everyone’s responsibility: students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members. The question-and-answer section below is designed to help students, parents/guardians, and staff understand when school officials want individuals to share information about a safety concern.

What Is a Threat?
A threat is a concerning communication or behavior that indicates that an individual poses a danger to the safety of school staff or students through acts of violence or other behavior that could cause harm to self or others. It may be expressed/communicated orally, visually, in writing, electronically, or in another way. Threats may be direct (“I’m going to beat you up” or “I’m going to blow this place up!”) or indirect (“Come and watch what I am going to do to her.”). A threat can be vague (“I’m going to hurt him.”) or implied (“You better watch out.”). Any possession of a weapon or mention of one is a possible threat. A threat is a threat regardless of whether it is observed by or communicated directly to the target of the threat or is observed by or communicated to a third party; and regardless of whether the target of the threat is aware of the threat. Sometimes students make threats that may seem funny or “just kidding,” but sometimes a threat is very serious and/or criminal. When you are in doubt as to whether the statement is kidding or serious, the responsible thing to do is to tell the school administration or other responsible staff member.

Who Is Required to Report Threats?
All District staff, students, parents, volunteers, contractors and community members should report any expressed threats or behaviors that may represent a threat to the community, school, or self to the school administration. Reported threats are assessed by the District’s Threat Assessment Team which includes building and district leaders in consultation with counselors and law enforcement when necessary.

The goal of the Threat Assessment Team is to take appropriate preventive or corrective measures to maintain a safe and secure school environment, to protect and support potential victims, and to provide assistance, as needed, to the individual being assessed.  The team will categorize a threat as low, moderate, high, or imminent.  Moving forward, we will send communication to families for threats deemed to be moderate, high or imminent.  Please understand that due to student confidentiality, we cannot send detailed information about the situation and ask parents to refrain from speculation and sharing misinformation which can cause unnecessary panic and worry.

What Can Parents/Guardians Do?
Parents/guardians can discuss with students what a threat is, encouraging students not to make
threats or “just kidding” statements in the first place, and reiterating that seeking help to prevent
someone from getting hurt or hurting another by reporting threats is appropriate.  We ask parents to monitor their student’s online activity as many disagreements begin between students via Snapchat and other online platforms.  
 

Again, we thank you for your trust and patience as we navigate our way through these challenges. We are tapping into as many resources as we can and doing our best to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment. We can't do this without the support of our families and are grateful for your partnership.

Central Street Care Closet & Pantry is OPEN: The Care Closet and Pantry is officially open to all Central Street scholars, family and staff! Click here for hours and info. Also, holiday food boxes will be available starting on Nov. 14, reservations are required. Click here for more info.
 
Quality Hill Clubs: Interested in learning how YOU can help share your talents and passions with our QH scholars? Click here for more info!

Women's History & STEM Night: We look forward to having families join us as we celebrate Women's History & STEM Night on Dec. 8th from 5:00-6:30pm. Click here for the flyer!

QH PAC Updates: Here's the latest from the QH Parent Action Committee
  • Volunteer Opportunities on Membership Toolkit
  • Other donation items for teachers & classrooms:
    • Purchase indoor and outdoor recess items
    • Gently used board games can also be donated for classrooms
    • Donations of gift cards for teachers are always welcome. Drop them off at the front desk and they are raffled off as small gifts of appreciation.
  • Uniform Swap: Our Uniform Swap is always available and we are stocking up coats, hats and gloves. All are welcome to give and take - don’t let perfectly good uniforms go to waste! We would love some extra donations of medium/large uniform shirts, we are well stocked with smalls. Drop off at the front desk.  Request uniforms here. 
  • Parent Liaison - October Questions: PAC meets with Principal Lewis monthly to share parent comments, concerns, and praise. Notes from their October meeting are here. If you have questions, concerns, comments, or praise that you would like us to share in these meetings, please email qhpac@crossroadsschoolskc.org.

Picture Day Reminder from Mr. Washington: On November 17th and 18th, we will be hosting our school picture day. The pictures that are taken during this time will be available for purchase through our picture vendor. Additionally, these photos will be going into our school's yearbook. Once the pictures are taken, you should receive information about how to process your purchase orders. I have listed some important reminders about picture day dress code, etc. below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the CPA Administration Team!

  • All students 7th grade - 11th grade should be in uniform. If the students are not in uniform, they will not be allowed to take their photo.  

  • SENIORS are allowed to dress down.

  • Friday, November 18, 2022 will not be a dress down day. All students will have to be in uniform, with the exception of the SENIORS.

CONNECT KC Nat'l Science Foundation Youth Transportation Research Project: CPA is partnering with The Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Digital Drive, and the University of Kansas, with funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to see if we can create meaningful change in the students’ awareness of and access to out-of-school activities/opportunities. This is a money making opportunity for students that will also help these organizations understand how, when and if young adults use public transportation. Their goal is to improve access to transportation for all young people in KC and CPA scholars' input will be a big help. Your voices and your experiences will enable them to build solutions that better support young people in KC. Please review this information to learn more about how you and your scholar can participate.

FAFSA Fill Out Events at KCUYA: Calling ALL College and University hopefuls! Have you been looking for scholarship opportunities? Have you filled out your FAFSA form? Do you need some help or would you like more info? Click here to learn more or register for this free event on Dec. 10 at KC Urban Youth Academy! 

CPA High School Girls Basketball: There's still time to join the high school girls' basketball team! Click here for more info!

CPA Boys Basketball & Soccer: Click here for the game schedules.

Substitutes Needed at Crossroads: Want to know the "recipe" for becoming a certified, substitute teacher at Crossroads? Click here for the simple steps and please share with your networks!

Annual Toy Drive: We will be collecting toys from November 1-December 5. This is a district-wide effort that is spearheaded by Ms. CJ at Central Street. Please click here for more info including the wish list! 

Michael's Mondays: During the month of November, Epilepsy Awareness Month, Crossroads honors the memory of beloved CPA student, Michael Jones, Jr. Sadly, Michael passed in 2020 at the age of 16, but his legacy lives on! All Crossroads students are encouraged to wear purple shirts/uniform bottoms every Monday during the month of Nov. to raise awareness.


Enrollment for the '22-'23 School Year - NOW OPEN: Help us spread the word to potential new families.....Enrollment opens this Sat., Nov. 12th! Here are some important dates and links.

  • Applications for NEW STUDENTS open November 12th, 2022 via SchoolAppKC
  • Submit new student applications by March 1st, 2023
  • Receive an offer on March 6th, 2023
  • Deadline to commit is March 13th, 2023
Picture Day is THIS WEEK!: Nov. 17-18 at CPA, Nov. 18 at CS and QH. As a reminder, uniforms are required for all schools on picture day

School Tours are Back at CCS: Please tell your friends and family to consider touring Crossroads for their prospective students! Tours are offered every Thursday from October through March at all 3 buildings. Click here for more info or contact Morgan Butler with questions.

Bus Group Chats for CCS Families: If you have any trouble joining a group, please SMS Jacob Schwartz (913.620.0613) with your name, and the name of the group that you are trying to join.Please click here for the Groupme info.  Families who use buses can join a group chat to coordinate around their route. This is a parent-run group chat. 

Bus Reminders: Please double check your Infinite Campus Parent Portal for your transportation information. All students should be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to the provided bus stop time. If you have any issues please call First Student Dispatch at 816-254-5262. If you do not have any specific information about bussing for your student in your Parent Portal, then your student is NOT on the bus list currently.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application: Just a reminder to complete your lunch application in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. We began charging $3.60 for lunch on Sept. 7th. Please look for an email sent on Sept. 6th regarding lunch payments via Infinite Campus.

Before and Aftercare Options: Please click here for more info.

Quick How-To Reference Guides & Staff Directories: Please see below for each school.  Crossroads Charter Schools Family Handbook: Please click here for the 2022-23 Family Handbook.

NEW Membership Toolkit - Family Directory & Volunteer Portal: Click here to learn more and to register. Questions? Please contact the Community Engagement Manager, Morgan Butler at mbutler@crossroadsschoolskc.org or call (816) 221-3191 ext. 331.

School Hours & Quarters
  • CS Hours: 8:30-4:00
  • QH Hours: 8:30-4:00
  • CPA Hours: 7:30-2:45
     
  • Q1 ends 10/27
  • Q2 ends 1/19
  • Q3 ends 3/16
  • Q4 ends 5/26 (or last day)
-Note from the Nurses-

General Illness Guidelines

Parents/guardians should keep students home from school if they have a temperature or other symptoms of illness. An ill student will be sent home, and may not return to school, until the student:

  • Has been fever-free for 24 hours without needing to use fever-reducing medications, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. A fever is defined as an oral temperature above 100.3 degrees.

  • Has been free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for a full 24 hours, or has a doctor’s note indicating the student may return to school prior to the 24 hour time period.

  • Is free of frequent coughing without requiring the use of cough-suppressing medications, such as cough syrup.

  • Is free of lice (live bugs.)

  • Is free of other symptoms of illness that require exclusion from school as directed by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.

Students who are present at school with one or more of the above symptoms will be required to be picked up from school by a parent or guardian. Students should be picked up as soon as possible, and no more than 90 minutes after the school contacts the parent/guardian/emergency contact. This helps prevent the spread of any infectious diseases to other students and staff. If the school finds that a student is repeatedly not being picked up within 90 minutes, a meeting will be scheduled between the guardians, School Nurse, and administration.

COVID-19 and Other Specific Diseases
Please note that the above requirements are our guidelines for illnesses in general. It may be that if your child receives a specific diagnosis, such as Strep, COVID-19, Flu, etc., they will have to remain out of school for a longer period of time. If your child is diagnosed with a specific contagious illness, please alert your school nurse so they can provide guidance on when your child may be able to return to school. 
-Community Resources-
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Children's Mercy Kansas City recommends every child who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, receive their vaccine as soon as possible. The vaccine is available for those 6 months of age and older. Click here for more info or to schedule your child's appointment.

School Immunizations & Sports Physicals: It's time to make sure your student's immunizations are up to date!
  • Children's Mercy: Click here for info on how to request medical records, make appointments for sports physicals and more.
  • KCMO Health Department: Click here for info from the Health Department where they accept appointments and walk-ins for all your immunization needs including required and recommended vaccines for students, no cost options for families that qualify and more.
  • CDC - Well Visits & Vaccinations: Click here for info on getting caught up on well-child visits and recommended vaccinations.

Mental Health Hotline: The national three-digit phone number for all mental health, 988, is opening the door to a robust crisis system that can de-escalate mental health crises and connect individuals to the most appropriate care. Click here to learn more.

University Health Behavioral Health Futures Community Program: This grant-funded program provides outpatient behavioral health services to youth and young adults up to age 25 and their families in a caring and trauma-informed manner. University Health (formerly Truman) will work in tandem with the Crossroads staff to provide additional wrap-around services for families at all Crossroads campuses. Services are offered year 'round. Click here to learn more.

-What's Happening at CCS-
6th Graders studied ratios while investigating and planning for their favorite recipe!
QH 5th Graders are hard at work in math class!
 
CPA students had a great, collaborative day of Real World Learning with Smithville School District!
Crossroads Charter Schools' Equity Statement
Diversity and access have been integral to the mission and vision of the
Crossroads Charter Schools since opening 10 years ago. 
Click here to read our entire statement.

Crossroads Charter Schools' Core Values

Equity; High Expectations; Real World Learning; Creative Culture
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