Panther Pride

March Newsletter

Message from the Principal

This is the time of year we begin the important task of completing student assignments for the next grade level. We would like to allow parents the opportunity to provide specific information which will impact their child's achievement in terms of placement by writing a letter. The letter should include information about how your child learns best and teacher attributes that you feel would best suit the needs of your child. Please allow us to make decisions in the best interest of your child. It is our goal to develop well-balanced classrooms where all children are successful. If you choose to write a letter, we ask that it be sent to the office by March 31, 2016. Class lists will be finalized in early May.

Deanna Kitson



We have great news to share with all of you. Melissa "Missy" Hiatte is Peine Ridge's own published author! Peine Ridge is very proud of the hard work she has put into this book for the last six months. Her book is now published on two different sites. She is donating 75% of the proceeds to Sharks4Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach, and adventure. Feel free to share the link with anyone you would like.

Library News

Kevin Janison, the author of Deputy Dorkface, will be visiting Peine Ridge on April 1st! During the assembly, students will experience an interactive journey through the publishing process! In addition, Kevin will offer signed copies of his books for $10! We are so lucky to have the opportunity for an author visit at our school!

St. Charles County Library District Events:

Join the Library Foundation for some green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Week! Texas Roadhouse restaurant in St. Charles will host the 4th Annual Green Eggs & Ham breakfast complete with Seuss-themed activities on Saturday, March 5. Breakfast includes Green Eggs and Ham, Texas Roadhouse's famous rolls and honey cinnamon butter, and a drink. Choose from two seating times: 9:00am and 9:45am. Tickets are just $6 per person. Advance purchase is required.

Purchase tickets online at

Lego Robotics: Mindstorms

Event Type: Science / Math
Age Group(s): School Age
Date: 3/3/2016
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM


Learn programming by solving challenges with a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot utilizing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts! For grades 3-5. Registration Required.

Library: Corporate Parkway Branch Map
Location: CP Meeting Room A & B
Status: Openings (3)

Tale Waggers-Read to a Dog!

Event Type: Reading Programs
Age Group(s): School Age
Date: 3/17/2016
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM


Read to the dogs in this special program offered by members of Love on a Leash. Bring your own book or choose one of ours & read for ten minutes to an adorable, attentive dog who loves you and your reading! Reading to dogs is a very positive and non-threatening way to build reading skills and confidence in reading. Registration required. Ages 5-12.

Library: Corporate Parkway Branch Map
Location: CP Meeting Room A & B
Status: Openings (30)

***More events can be found at

Peine Ridge rocked the Science Fair this year!! We had 94 participants. This included 59 projects and 35 displays!

The Tri-Country Regional Science Fair qualifiers are the following:

K-Oliver Peters

1st-Mackenzie Swanson

2nd-Jeffrey Peters

3rd-Melissa Hiatte

3rd-Ian Malinofsky

3rd-Sofia Jasper

3rd-Ashlyn Mahoney

4th-Samyuktha Brown

4th-Maddie Heuser

5th-Tessa Gilliland

Class project: Mrs. Polman- 3rd grade

Class project: Mrs. Molitor- Kindergarten

Class project: Mrs. Leonard- 3rd grade

The Regional Fair will be held on April 23

Pennies For Patients

Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than ten million elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner!

Help Peine Ridge reach our goal of raising $2500. The class that brings in the most change/online donations will get a pasta party from Olive Garden.

Noon Duty Help

We are looking for noon duty help. Our noon duty team is responsible for monitoring recess and lunch. The hours are from 10:30-1:15, Monday-Friday. Please send Mr. Andrews an email if you are interested.

News From PE

In PE, students have learned that cardio respiratory exercise strengthens the heart muscle. With the virtual heart ipad app, they could see how the heart beats faster with increased intensity of an exercise. Students learn to check their heart rate for safety and training aspects. In March, first grade will complete their student growth assessments on all loco-motor skills. Fourth grade will complete their student growth assessments on throwing a ball to a target, catching a ball, dribbling a basketball and juggling scarfs. Fifth grade will start Fitness Gram Tests which includes the mile run, flexed arm hang, cadence sit ups/push ups, and a flexibility test. All other grade levels are not required to complete state/district- wide tests this year, but will take part in the half mile to mile run and begin a unit on speed stacking upon our completion of a jump rope unit.


We had the opportunity to celebrate students who have shown the BIG 3 since the beginning of the school year. We celebrated the students in our third quarter PBIS assembly.


It's a brand new month and we are looking to increase our attendance. We have a goal of having 95% of our students here at least 95% of the time during the month of March. If your child misses no more than two days unexcused, they will be able to participate in a celebration. We look forward to a great month and seeing your student here everyday.

Excused Absences

  • Illness of the student (Dr.’s statement may be required to support such absences)
  • Days of religious observance
  • Death in the Family
  • Professional appointment (such as lawyer, doctor, or counselor appointment).
  • Birth of a sibling
  • Military deployment of parent, grandparent, or sibling


Family Vacation

Family Celebration

Sports Competition

Visiting Relatives

Inclement weather

Exceptions will be made by building administrator and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

How will I know what my Tier my child is at?

The school will send home a letter at least three times a year to inform you of your child's attendance percentage. You may also call the office at any time to request your attendance percentage. Open lines of communication between home and school are important. Also on Parent Portal, you can view your child's attendance to see the number of days missed.


Talent Show Tryouts will be held in April...Permission forms with dates, times, and expectations will be sent out before spring break

Upcoming Events

March 3:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Registration 9a.m.-6p.m.

March 4:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.

March 7:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.

March 8:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Spring Pictures
  • PTO Dairy Queen Night 5p.m.-9p.m.

March 9:

  • Art Club 7:15 am
  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Book Warriors 3:30 p.m.

March 10:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m

March 11:

  • Yearbook Orders Due
  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Early Release Day 1:15 p.m.
  • PTO Fundraiser Kick-off

March 14:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.

March 15:

  • Choir Concert 6:30 p.m.

March 16:

  • Art Club 7:15 am
  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Book Warriors 3:30 p.m.

March 17:

  • Technology Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Papa Johns Night

March 18:

  • No School (Professional Development Day)

March 21 - March 25

  • Spring Break

March 30:

  • Art Club 7:15 a.m.
  • Book Warriors 3:30 p.m.

Peine Ridge Elementary

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.