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- Jan. 18, 2023 -

Greetings, CCS Families-
It's hard to believe we're already half way through January, time flies! Please see below for some important info and updates.

Thank you,

Crossroads Charter Schools

At a Glance

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 20: Red Friday at CCS

Jan. 23: CCS Board Meeting

Jan. 25: Count Day

Feb. 10: No school (PD Day)

Feb. 20: No school/Presidents Day


2022-2023 School Calendar

January Lunch Menu

2022 Wednesday Updates Archive


Superintendent's Corner

AVID Program at CPA
Crossroads Prep launched the AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, program for the 2022-2023 school year.   AVID is a study skills and college and career readiness program that has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students and closing the achievement gap.   AVID is an elective class that was available to 9th and 10th grade students this year and will grow to serve 9th-12th grade students in future years.  CPA is also including the AVID strategy of focused note taking building wide in all courses and content!  Focused Note Taking is a 5 step process of taking notes, digesting notes, utilizing peers to improve notes and utilizing notes throughout the course.

Coursework includes the tutorial method which reinforces learning, enabling students to gain a deeper understanding of a specific topic within an academic area. Students prepare and present questions and peers provide feedback in a supportive educational environment. Students learn to use organizational methods including Cornell Notes, a tool used in law schools, and apply new strategies to excel in the classroom.

AVID supports students by:
  • Teaching skills and behaviors for academic success;
  • Giving students access to college tours and speakers as well as authentic career opportunities to prepare students regardless of their path after high school.
  • Providing intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships;
  • Creating a positive peer group for students; and
  • Developing a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.
For more information about the AVID program, visit the AVID website.
Spring Soccer Registration: Registration is open for our spring 2023 recreational league season! Click here for the flyer and see below for more info.
  • Registration will run thru March 17 at 11:59pm at regular pricing
  • March 18 – April 1, a $20 late fee will be added to all registrations
  • NO registrations will be accepted once the platform closes April 1
  • Please visit for league details and to register
  • Play begins the weekend of April 14-16 for all divisions as we will have 6 weeks to get in all our games for spring.
  • 1st grade - High School divisions will play 2 additional games within the 6 weeks to get 8 games in.
  • We will hold our referee and coaches meetings mid-late March and will communicate those details.
Pantry Update from CS Counselor: In our shipment last week we received some new items including, bacon (frozen), chicken (frozen), muffins (frozen), medicine and medical supplies, and cleaning supplies such as fabric sanitizer, disinfecting sprays, wipes, and cleaners. This is in addition to all of the items we already have, which is quite a lot! Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to come shop the pantry! Everything is free and it is all first come first serve. 
Spring Soccer Registration: Registration is open for our spring 2023 recreational league season! Click here for the flyer and see below for more info.
  • Registration will run thru March 17 at 11:59pm at regular pricing
  • March 18 – April 1, a $20 late fee will be added to all registrations
  • NO registrations will be accepted once the platform closes April 1
  • Please visit for league details and to register
  • Play begins the weekend of April 14-16 for all divisions as we will have 6 weeks to get in all our games for spring.
  • 1st grade - High School divisions will play 2 additional games within the 6 weeks to get 8 games in.
  • We will hold our referee and coaches meetings mid-late March and will communicate those details.
Black History Month Event: Save the date for Feb. 23. Click here for more info!
PAC Updates:
"It's Been a Year Exhibit": Take a look at this exhibit that focuses on creating a contemporary diary from local student artists, showing individual experiences and perspectives on all topics 2022. Produced by CPA.
Attention Senior Families - Yearbook Ads: Are you a proud senior parent? Do you want to encourage or recognize your child for all their accomplishments? This is your chance to submit a couple of your favorite photos and print a special message for them that will be kept forever in the pages of their senior yearbook! Deadline is Feb. 2nd to purchase an ad for your Senior. 

Prices have been reduced to the following:
  • 2 photos: $15
  • 3 photos: $35
  • Half a page-5 photos: $50
  • Full page-6 photos: $75
Here's how to do it:
  1. Go to
  2. Search for Crossroads Prep Academy
  3. Select Create a Senior Ad
  4. Enter student's information and your email address
  5. Select design option and follow the steps to create and pay

Red Friday - Jan. 20: Let's cheer on our hometown team this Friday in advance of the big playoff game this weekend. It's Red Friday at Crossroads this Fri., Jan. 20th!

CCS Board Meetings: CCS Board Meetings are online only, until further notice. This is the "location" listed on the board agenda. 

"Count Day" on Wed., Jan. 25th: Please note that Wed., Jan. 25 is extra important for our district! Known as "Count Day", student attendance rates and lunch application status on this date will be used by the State to determine the funding formula for our district and schools. Please note your calendars and (unless your child is ill) make sure they attend school that day. Thank you!

Spring Baseball & Softball: Baseball and softball season is coming up soon! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC will be holding two Royals RBI Information Sessions for parents and for anyone interested in coaching as a head coach/assistant coach to learn more about the 2023 Royals RBI baseball/softball season:

  • SESSION 1 – Combined Parent and Coaches Meeting
  • SESSION 2 – Separate Parent and Coaches Meeting
  • All volunteer coaches must complete an approval process which includes a background check. For anyone interested in volunteer coaching, complete the RBI Volunteer Application to begin the volunteer approval process.

Michael's Mission - Hygiene Drive: We will begin collecting personal hygiene products and monetary donations from all 3 campuses Dec. 19th through Jan. 27th. Collection bins will be placed at each school by Mon., Dec. 19th and Cash App donations can be sent to $KristinPfeiffer or Venmo to @Kristin-Pfeiffer with the note "Michael's Mission". Please click here for the list of items needed and here for more information on Michael's Mission.

Drills: We want to make sure our families are aware that we regularly schedule the following drills at all buildings in order to practice and be prepared. These drills take place throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding any of the drills, please contact your principal.

  • Fire, tornado, intruder, earthquake

Inclement Weather Planning: Please take a look at the Inclement Weather Notice linked here so you can be aware of the steps taken by the district to make decisions and communicate with families and staff. 

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 network!

Reminder - Spirit Days/Dress Down Days: Questions about spirit days and dress down days? See below for a refresher and note that if any changes are made, you'll hear directly from your school.

  • To promote school spirit, we have reserved Fridays as School Spirit Days. Individual schools will be reaching out with fun spirit activities for Fridays.
  • For CS and QH, the 1st Friday will be Dress Down Day (school appropriate dress), and 3rd Friday will be Spirit Day for scholars to wear school spirit shirts and uniform bottoms.
  • At CPA, every Friday is a dress down day.

Enrollment for the '22-'23 School Year - NOW OPEN: Help us spread the word to potential new families.....Enrollment is open! 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
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 or call (816) 221-3191 ext. 331.

Federal Programs & Reports: The following can be found on our website as well.
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 & Flu Vaccines for Children: Children's Mercy Kansas City recommends every child who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine (first dose or booster) and flu shot, receive them as soon as possible. The vaccines are 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.

-What's Happening at CCS-
Coach Tipton showing off the new archery equipment!
QH had a belated holiday celebration last week!
HS boys' basketball beat Cristo Rey last Thursday!
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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