Bulldog Nation Announcements

Welcome to William Yates Elementary Home of Bulldog Nation! 

We are so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community.  We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and we look forward to working with you this year!  

Important Dates:

  • Our 3rd-5th grade students received their leadership roles for WYE!  This is an exciting opportunity for kiddos to engage with their learning community and literally help lead the school!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences next week!  If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher.  We look forward to meeting with you soon!
    • No School--Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th
  • Brrr it is cold outside this week!  Coat season is upon us.  If you lost it, we may have found it!  Check out our lost-n-Found for items.  Please remember (First initial and last name) all items sent with your students so we can easily return when things are lost. (water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets/coats) 
  • If your student’s transportation changes, please inform the teacher and the office prior to 3:45 so we can all plan accordingly and ensure getting this information to your student. It is very difficult for us to make any changes beyond 3:45.


  • October 20th- PTA mtg 6pm
  • October 20th- Title 1 mtg 5:45
  • CHECK OUT THE COOL CREATIONS FROM YOUR STUDENTS CLASSROOM!  October 17th-20th Pumpkins on Parade- Teachers and classes decorated a pumpkin from a book/author-check PTA facebook to vote for your favorite.  Stay connected and  up to date with WYE PTA Facebook Page
  • October  27th- Skate night
  • October 31st -Join us on our BOOK CHARACTER Day!  Book Character day

Join in on our REFLECTIONS!   This years Reflections theme is Show your Voice!  The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.  It is an art competition that allows you to express yourself and have some fun. Attached you will find an entry form and paper copies will be available in the office. Pick a category and be creative! Entries are due back at school by November 1st. If you have any questions, email [email protected]      Reflections Entry Form.pdf 

Arrival & Dismissal:

  • WYE will open our doors at 9:05, students will go straight to their classrooms or grab and go breakfast from the cafeteria.
  • WYE Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will enter the building through our main entrance doors  .3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will enter the building through the “old” Prime Time doors on the east side of the building.
  • The Buses will enter and exit through our new driveway to the new gym off of South Crackerneck Road.
  • Students should not arrive prior to 9:05 am as there will be no supervision and cars/buses will not be unloaded prior to 9:05 am. The tardy bell rings at 9:15 daily.
  • Please be patient with our parent drop off and pick up. If you are driving your child to and from school, please use this car sign that you picked up during our meet teacher/curriculum night-This helps us identify the students you are picking up, and creates a smoother process. If you need a car sign- please reach out to your classroom teacher.

We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goal of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful group of caring individuals.   

  • Please consider participating in PTA, they support our amazing teachers with every field trip, recently purchased our sound system in the new gym, and so much more.

School Hours

The 2022-2023 school year hours will be from 9:15 AM to 4:05 PM.  

Please be cognizant of starting times and ending times so that your child does not miss out on educational opportunities. Car riders may enter the building at 9:05 am daily.   

Bus Information

To find out your bus number, please visit www.bssd.net and click on the tab PARENT RESOURCES then PARENT TOOLS-Boundaries and Bus routes.  This link also provides approximate pick up and drop off times.  All Kindergarten students will be given a wrist band during our meet the teacher scheduled times- Please use a sharpie and add your student's name, address and bus number on this yellow wrist band.

Breakfast and Lunch:


The site to apply for Free and Reduced Lunches is SchoolCafe: www.schoolcafe.com 

Our Building

3600 Davidson Road
Independence, MO 64055
(816) 874-3740

Our Staff

Kerri Edwards
[email protected]

Kennedy Merrell
[email protected]
Administrative Intern

Pam Hahn
[email protected]

Kimberly Porterfield
[email protected]


  • October 20th- PTA mtg 6pm
  • October 20th- Title 1 mtg 5:45
  • October  27th- Skate night
  • October 31st -Join us on our BOOK CHARACTER Day!


  • 2nd grade-Nov.17th
  • 4th grade- Dec. 15th
  • 5th grade-Feb. 16th
  • 3rd grade-March 23rd
  • 1st grade-April 20th
  • K- May 18th


Peachjar Flier information



Visit the WYE Peachjar link for District Flier Information.

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