PRE Newsletter

September 9, 2022

Important Dates

September 13 Goodcents Fundraiser

September 15 Community Service Event 4:00-5:00 PM (more information coming soon!)

September 18 Directory Information Due!

September 21 Two Hour Delayed Start, students report between 10:30-10:45 AM

September 22-23, 26-28 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

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on September 28 in the late afternoon and evening as well as all day and evening on September 29. Please use the link below to sign-up. Scroll across the tabs at the top to find your child's teacher's sign-up page.

Fall 2022 Parent/Teacher Sign Ups

PRE Directory

Prairie Ridge PTO will be compiling a parent/guardian email and phone directory that is accessible through Skyward. If your family would like to be listed in the PRE Directory please submit your information at the following link: 2022-2023 PRE family email and phone directory. Deadline for submission is Sunday, September 18th. No late submissions will be accepted. The directory will be available in late September.

Bookmark Winners!

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PRE Lap-a-thon

It’s time for LAP-A-THON our most important fundraiser of the year!

We are using Pledge Star online fundraising to make online payments easier and to allow you the option to request pledges from family and friends. It’s easy and schools who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don’t!

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000 by creating your family page and requesting donations at:

What is Lap-A-Thon?

Lap-A-Thon is our fall fundraiser for Prairie Ridge PTO. On September 23rd each class will get a chance to have a fun run outside of the school. For each lap run the student will get a bracelet. They can run as many or as few laps as they like during their selected time period. At the end they are treated to a popsicle. As part of Lap-A-Thon each student will receive a free school t-shirt from the PTO that they can wear on school spirit days and on school field trips.

Lap-A-Thon Donations

In lieu of having school sales drives to raise money we ask that families (and friends) donate what they can to make the PTO school programming possible. On average the PTO spends $80 per year per student. Asking for donations is how we make that spending possible.

Who benefits from your donation?

100% of our proceeds go to support the efforts of the Prairie Ridge Elementary PTO. Each year the PTO provides a FREE school shirt for every student, 6+ teacher meals for conferences and holidays, classroom supplies, Enhanced Teacher Curriculum (ETC), Makerspace supplies, student school events, $10,000 in teacher grants for classroom improvements, FREE school field trips, community service opportunities and more.

Donate Today:

Community Service September 15

Prairie Ridge PTO will be helping our Community Service Leadership Team (A group of dedicated PRE KIDDOS) coordinate monthly Service Events this year! Students can sign up to participate after school from 3:45-4:45pm. Please note our younger students (K and 1st) will need to be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. All students will need to be signed out by an adult at the end of the activity. Each event will start with a brief introduction to the organization we are serving and a little bit about how our work will make an impact. We hope students are able to draw the connection to the "why" we serve while we participate in the hands on activity.

Our First event this year will be Sept 15th from 3:45-4:45p supporting KC Pet Project!

SIGN UP BELOW and Indicate: Child’s Name – grade & teacher

Students will be making dog and cat toys and treats. This will be a fun active event led by Ella Repp and Ella Schwarz - two 5th grade students!! For more information about this organization we will be serving visit

Another opportunity for community service hours at home would be to make more pet toys to take to other local shelters of your choice.

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PRE Family Hoedown


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

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Support PRE PTO by dining in or carrying out at Goodcents all day on September 13th! We are excited to bring the Goodcents Fundraiser back to our local Shawnee Goodcents! 20% of all dine in, carry out and online orders will be donated to PRE PTO!
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We are excited to begin our Watch DOGS program on September 12. Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • If you HAVE NOT Watchdog'd at PRE in the past, and did not attend one of the orientations at Back to School Night, please contact to view the training and complete paperwork BEFORE you can sign up for time slots.


  • Contact Josh Bond with questions:

To sign-up and read other helpful reminders, please click on PRE Watch DOGS Sign-up.



Community Service

Dear Prairie Ridge Parents,

Prairie Ridge would like to continue the tradition of recognizing students for their community service. We are excited about continuing this program once again for the 2022-23 school year! Community service hours should be tallied from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. Attached you will find a form for tracking these service hours. Students and parents may also track service hours on-line through the following website: (Track Your Volunteer Hours). If you choose to track hours online, simply print out the time sheet to turn in. I will save all sheets turned in and keep a running total of hours.

Those students who reach the goal of 26 hours will be honored at an assembly in May 2023. Students who fulfill this goal of 26-49 hours will also receive a bronze pin and certificate from the President of the United States. Students who achieve 50-74 hours will receive a silver pin, and the gold pin is awarded for 75+ hours. All students that turn in community service hours will be recognized and given a small PRE award for volunteering!

The definition of service under the President’s program is quite broad and basically includes any activity that has a significant impact on meeting the needs of the community. Services that are paid for or carried out for a family member do not count towards service hours. Some examples of services that would count include helping with community organizations, school-based programs, scouting service, or any effort to help others.

Look for an email from me in March 2023 giving the exact due date for community service hours! Feel free to email me with any questions –


Mandy Montgomery

Prairie Ridge Counselor


The Board of Education approved three (3) delayed start days for the 2022-23 school year. The first delayed start date is Wednesday, September 21. Students will begin school two (2) hours later than normal. Students will need arrive at school between 10:30-10:40 AM for the 10:45 a.m. start time.

Students who ride the bus will simply add two hours to their normal pick up time. For example, if the normal pick-up time is 8:05 a.m., the pick-up time on September 21 would be 10:05 a.m.

Teachers and support staff will report for duty at their normal time on September 21. Schools will utilize time with staff for needed training and professional development. The other two dates for delayed starts will be November 9 and April 12.

Upcoming Dates to Mark on Your Calendar

Many important dates have been finalized for the 2022-23 school year. I have those listed below so that you can plan ahead and mark them on your calendar.


September 23--Lap-a-Thon Day

October 5--Walk to School Day

October 1--Family Hoedown

October 19--Skate Party

January 20--Bingo Night

January 26--Skate Party

March 8--Skate Party

May 5--Carnival and Basket Raffle-6:00-9:00 (Rain or Shine)

May 1-5--Staff Appreciation Week


November 10--4th Grade Performance @ 9:10 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.

December 8--5th Grade Performance @ 10:10 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.

December 15--Choir and Band Concert @ 3:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

February 23--2nd Grade Performance @ 2:45 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

March 9--3rd Grade Performance @ 9:10 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.

March 30--1st Grade Performance @ 1:50 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

April 13--District Choir Festival

May 2--Choir and Band daytime concert @ 2:40 PM, Band Concert @ MVHS with MTMS evening performance

May 4--Choir evening concert @ 6:30 PM


October 31--Fall Parties 2:45 parade with parties to follow @ 3:00 p.m.

December 20--Winter Parties 11:15 a.m. (This is a half-day for Students.)

February 14--Valentine Parties 3:00 p.m.

***More information about parties coming soon!


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!


Thinking about getting a job while your kids are at school? Or just thinking about a career change? We’re looking for YOU! The Student Nutrition Department is currently looking for a cashier at Prairie Ridge. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. No nights, no weekends, same schedule as your students, and eat for free on the job.

PRE is also looking for a paraeducator and an evening custodian. Please apply if you are interested or pass the information on to a great candidate!

Click here to apply:

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. Allison's 1st class and Ms. Johnson's 5th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. 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.

Henry Wichmann

Emma Young

Oakley Wampler

Faith White

Duke Willis

MaKenzi Atwell

Greyson Riedel

Brayden Hackathorn

Kinsley Konen

Anna Fitzgerald

Sawyer Gorup

Mia Devine

Lexi Leglieter

Emma Houghton

Ariya Reyes

Weston Ackerman

Declan Elliot

Rowan Walker

Evelyn Autrey

Dexter Dibble

Ethan Bauer

Bennett Gower

Ella Wade

Levi Hayes

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Electronic Flyers

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