PRE Newsletter

September 23, 2022

Important Dates

September 22-23, 26-29 Book Fair

September 23 Lap-a-thon

September 28 Half-day with dismissal @ 12:10 PM, Parent/Teacher Conferences Late Afternoon and Evening

September 29 No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 30 No School

October 1 Chipotle Fundraiser, Family Hoedown

October 10 Picture Re-takes

October 18 Community Service Event @ 4:00 PM

October 19 Skate Party @ 6:00 PM

October 20 End of 1st Quarter

October 21 No School

October 24 No School

October 31 Fall parade @ 2:45 and Parties to Follow

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PRE Lap-a-thon--Postponed Until Monday, September 26

Unfortunately due to the forecasted rain for today we decided to move Lap-A-Thon to Monday, September 26th. Running times will remain the same:

Bus Loop

Hoover/ Goetsch Bus Loop (9:00 am - 9:30 am)

Peterson(Willis)/ Robertson Bus Loop (10:00 am - 10:30 am)

1st Grade Bus Loop (10:40 am – 11:10 am)

Car Loop

2nd Grade Car Loop (9:10 am - 9:40 am)

3rd Grade Car Loop (10:00 am - 10:30 am)

4th Grade Car Loop (11:00 am - 11:30 am)

5th Grade Car Loop (11:35 am - 12:05 pm)

WE ARE STILL TAKING DONATIONS. If you haven't had the opportunity to make a donation it's not too late:

All donations received by Monday, September 26th at midnight will count towards student prizes. Keep sending out your pledge requests!

We also accept PayPal ( and checks made payable to PRE PTO (please send checks to school in an envelope marked PRE LAP-A-THON). Please do not send cash.

All donations are tax deductible.

Lap-A-Thon VOLUNTEER UPDATE... Please note the date for Lap-A-Thon has moved to Monday, September 26th!

If you volunteered to work on FRIDAY and cannot volunteer on MONDAY please delete your sign up. That way a new volunteer can take your place.

If MONDAY now fits your schedule please check out our signup and see if you can fill a spot.

Help support our students as they run by handing out wristbands for each lap or popsicles after they finish their laps. It only takes a few minutes and the kids love seeing you there!

PRE Fall Book Fair

Books are tickets to NEW WORLDS! Mark your calendars for our Fall Book Fair! Student and book fair volunteer shopping times will be scheduled during school hours on September 22, 23, 26 & 27, and we will be open for family shopping on September 28 and 29. New this year: sales tax will be charged on each purchase. “For every dollar, bring a dime, you’ll have enough every time!” Visit for more information!

Do you love the Book Fair? Please sign up to volunteer here:

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PRE Family Hoedown


Please scan the QR code on the flyer or click the link to register by September 24th!

If you have already bought Hoedown tickets, please look for an admission ticket coming home next week. If you have not bought tickets yet, but still plan to, please look for an admission ticket sent home a couple days after purchase.

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Fall Parties

Fall parties are scheduled for Monday, October 31. The parade will begin at 2:45 with the party following. We have an outside parade route so that families can come and watch.

You can help us to keep our fall celebration days safely on track by following these easy guidelines!

First, please remember that although students are invited to wear costumes to the fall parties, those costumes should be designed to be entertaining, not actually scary for our littlest cougars and bigger cougars (and Mrs. Fulcher). No blood, no guts, no gore, no weapons and no violence, please.

All students need to bring costumes to school in their backpacks or bag marked with their name. Time will be given for students to change before the parade.

Please save some excitement for evening trick-or-treating by leaving hair and face paint at home with extra costume parts like swords and daggers. Masks are fine as long as kids can see well enough to walk safely during the parade which will start at 2:45 P.M.

Classroom parties are from 3:00-3:30 in the classrooms. Thank you to our many parent volunteers who help to make this event happen! Volunteers may go to the classrooms beginning at 2:15. We will be maintaining our normal daily schedule until then, so disruptions to the classroom will be kept at a minimum with your help. Thank you!

As safety is always important, please remember that the parties are intended for Prairie Ridge Elementary students of attendance only. We do not have babysitting services during parties, so please make other arrangements for siblings if you intend to attend. All ages would be more than welcome to join us for the parade, but please do not plan to take younger or older (non-PRE students) children down to the classrooms.

All visitors must enter through the front doors and sign-in and out...even on party days! Thank you!

Golden Spoon Winners

Congratulations to our award winning classes for showing great lunchroom behavior!







Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award is given out every Friday to two classes (one K-2 and one 3-5) that have exemplified specific expectations during their specials classes. Specials teachers have explained what students need to do in order to earn this award.

•Listen AND follow teacher directions

•Only talking during appropriate times

•Use an inside voice when working

•Show RESPECT to everyone and to property

•Enter and Exit the classroom appropriately

•Give YOUR personal best effort during class

Mrs. Peterson's kindergarten class and Mrs. Kremer's 4th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

The Cleanest Classroom Award

The Lead Custodian and his team observe cleanliness throughout the week in classrooms and adjoining restrooms. One classroom from the K-2 side and one classroom from the 3-5 side will be chosen each week and will be announced Friday.

The cleanest classroom award goes to Mrs. Robertson's class and Ms. Maybell's class. Congratulations!

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week! Signs will be distributed next week. If you do not have a yard sign by Friday evening, please let us know! Signs will be picked up the following week.

Madison Waltsak

Ashton Sevedge

Emersyn Schwank

Hadley Snell

Kade Biggs

Grayson Heater

Reyna Morrison

William Young

Wesley Harbord

Myles Crawford

Trey Devine

Jace Depperschmidt


As you know from previous communication, we will invite visitors into our lunchroom after Labor Day weekend. We will continue with signing up for lunch to ensure that we know who will be entering the building as a safety measure. We are happy to share that we will be opening THREE families per grade level. For those who are new to Prairie Ridge, visitors for lunch are often a parent, a relative, or a family friend, usually someone who is visiting from out of town.

Please, keep in mind the following important points:

  • Lunch periods are 27 minutes long and we have to stay on schedule to fit everyone in close to a normal "lunch time."
  • Parents may be joined at their reserved table by their child only. It can create negative competition with hurt feelings when we allow for others to join.
  • Parents may bring in outside food for their dining party only. Food and/or drink must be consumed during the lunch period and not sent back to class with the student.
  • Confidentiality is important to us, so kindly refrain from sharing stories later if you happen to notice that another child is having behavioral or learning challenges. We've got people for that! Feel absolutely free to seek assistance from our on-duty staff if you notice that someone else needs help!

How do I sign up? Click this link to let us know when you are coming! Closer to your date, please call the office to reserve a school lunch if you're not bringing your own. The cost of an adult lunch is $4.35, which needs to be paid (with exact change, please) on the date you will eat with us.

2022-23 Lunch Times







If you like LOTS of happy noise all at once and don't mind the possibility of wearing syrup and ketchup on your body when you leave...feel free to join us!

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Electronic Flyers

Interested in clinics/camps/extra-curricular activities? Check out our electronic flyer web page!