Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

November 20, 2020

Prairie Point Elementary School

School Address: 8101 NW Belvidere Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64152

School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm

School Phone: 816-359-4380

Principal: Dr. Danny Todtfeld

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Sarah McQuinn

Counselor: Mrs. Ally Swisher

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 23

  • Spirit Day: Comfortable Clothing Day

  • Mindfulness Practice: Meditation

Tuesday, November 24

  • Spirit Day: We are ONE Spirit Day!

  • Mindfulness Practice: Gratitude

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 28

  • No School - Fall Break

Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 11

  • Distance Learning - No Students Report to Prairie Point

  • School Hours during Distance Learning - 7:30 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Distance Learning Expectations

Dear Prairie Point Families,

You received a message from the district about moving to distance learning after the Thanksgiving holiday, from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 11.

In addition to the information in that message, we wanted you to know that we have a plan at our school for distance learning, so you will know what to expect.

Here’s what you need to know as you prepare for Distance Learning:

  • Your in-person student will be considered a part of distance learning during this time period.
  • All elementary students will continue to learn the same curriculum with the same resources they are used to using in-person.
  • Your child’s teacher will provide a daily schedule to you and your child on Tuesday, November 24. While students may choose to work through assignments at their own pace, attendance during Zoom sessions will be expected.
  • Students are expected to log in to SeeSaw (K-2) or Schoology (3-5) and complete their assignments each day. These assignments will help teachers determine if your child has mastered the skills.
  • Please continue to contact Nurse Terri Fennelly at 816-359-4384 to report any student illness. This allows us to communicate your child’s “absence” to teachers, so they are aware your child would not participate on that particular day(s).

Here’s what you need to know about each day of Distance Learning:

  • Your student’s teacher will email the specific plan for each day by 9:00.
  • Students will participate in learning activities from 9:00-3:40 each day, with a lunch/recess break from 12:00-1:00.
  • Learning activities will include a combination of online lessons and independent learning activities throughout the day.
  • Students who receive special education services will receive communication from their child’s case manager.
  • Your child’s teacher will have an established plan for how you will contact the teacher each day. If you need assistance, you will always be able to call our front office at 816-359-4380.

Thank you for your support of Prairie Point Elementary. Our staff has been preparing for a possible closure all year, and we are ready to go!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Dr. Danny Todtfeld
Principal, Prairie Point Elementary
8101 NW Belvidere Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64152

Parent Panorama Feedback Needed

Park Hill has partnered with Panorama Education to survey you to better understand your experiences with your school. Your responses to the survey are confidential, which means that no one at your school will see your individual responses.

The Park Hill Fall Family Feedback Survey will close on November 24.

To access the survey please go to:

Access code: 9626917573

Thank you for your help.

Specials Spotlight with PE Teacher Mr. Downey

In November, our second graders are working on their Physical Fitness Unit. They are doing an activity called Deal or No Deal as a warm-up. The kids that pick the deal do an exercise the teacher chooses, and they decide if it’s something they can handle. If the students don’t like the deal, they choose no deal and do an alternate exercise.

For their main activity, they are doing something called Rally Coach. Rally Coach is an activity where the students watch each other do an exercise, for example, push-ups, then they critique their partners performance of the activity. They tell each other what they have mastered as well as what their weaknesses are and how they can improve. The students are also learning what muscle groups they are strengthening. Mr. Downey is very impressed with the specific feedback the students are giving to one another, and how they are sensitive and understanding in the manner they are critiquing each other.

For a cool-down activity, the students are working on Yoga for Kids.

The 2nd Grade students are working on the following learning goals:

1. Tell why it is important to be physically active every day.

2. Identify opportunities outside of school to participate regularly in physical activities. (e.g., dance practice, jogging, kick, dribble, throw and catch).

3. Describe the benefits of appropriate warm-up and cool-down activities.

Tutoring Resources for Park Hill Parents

As our students continue to learn online and in distance learning, you may find a need for tutoring resources.

We are happy to announce a partnership between Park Hill School District and the Mid-Continent Public Library. This partnership provides all Park Hill parents and students with live access to online tutoring and homework help through the Mid-Continent Public Library website.

Important Information to Know:

  • Login access to this resource requires the parent/student to enter the student’s Park Hill S number.
  • A video explaining how to navigate the website is located here.
  • This resource is also located at Park Hill’s Parent University website located here.
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Prairie Point Spirit Wear

Prairie Point PTA is so excited to announce Prairie Point Spirit Wear will be on sale through 11/30 - order online at or download the below flyer and return to Prairie Point Elementary

Notes from our PTA

Our PTA subscribes to the Membership Tool Kit service for our family and faculty directories, online store, volunteer signups and email communications. It's secure, easy to use, and free to families.

Please go to the site below, create your account and follow the steps to register your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory - or choose not to appear at all.

Register at

If you would like to donate to our class party fundraiser, please see below on how to donate.

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Repeat: November Habit Focus- Put First Things First

Prairie Point has continued teaching the 7 Habits this year. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to have our traditional Habit Lunches where families join us to eat with their students on the stage. Instead, we are finding new ways to recognize students at Prairie Point.

This month, our focus will be Put First Things First. All students will study this habit and learn to make it part of their everyday lives. Consider how you can discuss this habit at home as a family!

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Repeat: Do You Know A Park Hill Star?

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

REPEAT: Community Food Kits for Park Hill Families

Park Hill has once again partnered with Feed Northland Kids for a FREE community food kit. These kits contain things like bread, peanut butter, granola bars, pasta and canned goods. They will be distributed at the same time and location bulk school meals are distributed. For more information regarding school provided meals read here.

If you are interested in a voucher for free food, you must sign up HERE.

If you sign up for the COMMUNITY FOOD KIT, you are agreeing that you will be able to pick it up.

WHERE: Park Hill Support Services Center at 9501 N. Seymore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153.

TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every week on Wednesdays starting September 30, 2020.

A limited number of families will be selected. It is first come, first serve to those who have filled out the form in its entirety. Slots will go to those who can pick up the food.

  • Once you sign up, I will email out the voucher.
  • Show the paper voucher or a digital copy on your cell phone upon arrival.
  • You will use the same voucher for weekly visits.
  • This voucher is good for 1 Community Food Kit.
  • If you have other students at other schools, only sign up for one voucher per family.

Please contact Marla Anderson, School Social Worker, with any questions. Her phone number is 816-359-6379.

REPEAT: Yearbook Orders

2020-2021 Yearbooks are on sale NOW! You can order a yearbook at a discounted price of $13 through 12/31/2020.

To Order Your Yearbook:

  1. Visit:
  2. Enter Yearbook ID Code: 1724721
  3. School Name: Prairie Point Elem School
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REPEAT: E-Backpack (Electronic Fliers)

As we have done for a number of years, any fliers we receive will be uploaded to Prairie Point's E-Backpack can be found on the Prairie Point Website under the "Parent Resources" tab. Click here for a direct link to the E-Backpack.

Currently in the E-Backpack:

  • Fliers for Online Clubs hosted by Community Education
  • Party Flier (Ordering Birthday Treats through Food Service)
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Directory Invite to Families

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Repeat: Birthday Treats

Due to our safety guidelines, we will not be able to have food or other items brought into the school building for birthdays or other celebrations. If you are still interested in birthday treats for your students, our Food Service has options available for purchase. Click HERE for ordering information.

Repeat: Technology Use at Home

Here are some general guidelines and best practices for laptop use at home.

Thank you for your support. If you have any technology issues or questions, please contact the Help Desk Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 816-359-5000.

Our 5 Pillars of Prevention

Throughout the summer, we have been working hard to modify our building procedures and practices to make Prairie Point as safe as possible. This work has resulted in a 5 Pillars of Prevention Matrix. The 5 Pillars include: Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Cohort Groups and Masks.

Please take some time to learn about Prairie Point's Health and Safety Precautions. Click here to access our matrix and other health information.

Prairie Point Mission

Our Vision

Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.

Our Mission

To create a safe and caring student centered environment, to empower students to be independent learners, problem solver, and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.

At Prairie Point School, we value:

  • Keeping the focus on the student
  • Continuous learning and professional growth
  • Warm, caring, open-minded environment
  • High expectations for all students and adults
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Empathetic approach with our actions.