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- Dec. 21, 2022 -

Greetings, CCS Families-
Welcome to the last Wednesday Update of 2022! Please see below for some important updates and reminders.

Don't forget - VIRTUAL DAY tomorrow, Dec. 22nd and NO SCHOOL on Friday, Dec. 23rd!

Have a lovely, safe and restful winter break,

Crossroads Charter Schools

At a Glance

Important Upcoming Dates

Dec. 22: Virtual School 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

Jan. 16: No School - MLK Day


2022-2023 School Calendar

January Lunch Menu

2022 Wednesday Updates Archive


Superintendent's Corner
Happy Holidays
December is a month for remembering loved ones. I hope you can find some time throughout the holiday season to reach out to or rekindle relationships with family and friends. We are all so busy just getting by that we frequently neglect to look about and see how we might be able to enhance our own lives while also improving someone else's. The holidays are a wonderful time to introduce our kids to the joy of charitable giving. A good lifetime results from having a generous spirit. Below are just a few ways to encourage a generous spirit while also practicing academic and social skills:
  • Write holidays cards for those in nursing homes
  • Bake cookies for neighbors
  • Create goodie bags for homeless people with a kind note
  • Interview an elderly person about their favorite holiday memories from childhood
  • Volunteer at a local shelter
  • Create a family memory book as a gift
My warmest wishes for a peaceful and happy holiday break!  May health, joy and prosperity be with your families in 2023.
Spirit Week JOY at Central Street

The CPA and CS RISE classrooms enjoyed holiday cookie decorating this week!
Spirit Week JOY at Quality Hill

Red & Green Day!
Spirit Week JOY at Crossroads Prep

Can you name this mystery staff person posing as the Grinch today?

Virtual Day Q&A: Take a look at this info related to tomorrow, our first virtual day of the school year.

  • Why has my child been sent home with work?  I thought snow days are a day off school.
    DESE is allowing schools to submit a plan where some snow days may be covered with remote learning.  At Crossroads, we have decided that, in order to be equitable, all students will have a paper-based work option. 
  • Does my child have to complete the whole packet in one day?
    No! The work provided is meant to cover multiple snow days. Your student is expected to complete one activity per snow day. For instance, if we have one snow day, your child needs to complete just one activity/lesson from the printed work from the packet. For elementary students, one activity per choice board should be selected.
  • Will attendance be counted since this is a day of school?
    Yes! We will count students who have completed an activity from their snow day packet as "present" for the day. Please make sure your student completes at least one activity per snow day AND brings the work back to show their teacher.

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. 

Winter Break Camps: Check out this great opportunity for winter break camp hosted by KC Parks & Rec. Also, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC is offering a free winter break camp, click here for more info!

Summer Camp Opportunity from Camp Encourage: Camp Encourage provides quality social opportunities and overnight camp experiences for youth on the autism spectrum in the greater KC area. With meticulous planning and an accepting atmosphere, the nonprofit focuses on increasing personal self-esteem, personal self-understanding, skills of independence, social connections, and skills of recreation. Additionally, a small number of peer models are needed each session of camp. Any individual ages 8-18, not on the autism spectrum, may apply. Because Camp Encourage targets social and behavioral deficits often paired with autism spectrum disorder, peers selected need to demonstrate developmentally appropriate social and behavioral skills. Here is a video featuring campers last summer with whom CS Counselor, Tiffany Graham, worked closely. Email for more info.

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-
Central Street scholars brought down the house at the Folly Theater last week!
All smiles at Quality Hill!
CPA carolers spreading cheer!
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