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:

  • Brrr it is cold outside!  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.


  December 15th-4th Grade Music Performance 7pm
    • Students need to arrive at 6:45 and go to the music room.  The doors will open around 6:35, so please plan for your Bulldog to remain with you until 6:45.
  • December 8th-Skate Night
  • December 22nd-January 4th -No School/Winter Break
  • January 5th-School Resumes


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
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Administrative Intern

Pam Hahn
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Kimberly Porterfield
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  • 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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