Pine Ridge Prep Update
October 25, 2021
Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf
Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,
As we end the month of October with our Fall Fling this week, the weather is finally beginning to feel like fall! As the days turn cooler, please be sure students are wearing weather appropriate clothing. Layers are helpful during these fall days with cooler mornings and warmer afternoons! Now is a great time to trade out the warmer weather extra clothes we have in your child's classroom for items appropriate for fall and winter.
Are you looking for a new job that would allow you to match your work schedule with your child's preschool schedule? Pine Ridge Prep is looking to hire a full-time classroom paraprofessional to work in one of our wonderful classrooms. If interested, please apply HERE.
Please take a few moments to complete the district's climate survey regarding our school. We value this feedback and will truly use it to grow our program in a positive way! You can access the short survey in English by clicking HERE or Spanish by clicking HERE. Thank you for your support!
Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment. Additionally, please be sure your children are seated in the proper car seats, per Kansas law. If you need help with this, see the Family Resources section below!
As always, if you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us!
Thank you for the privilege of serving you ~
Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner, Principal
Mrs. Shelley Banzhaf, Building Leader Intern
- October 29: Fall Fling Parade & Pumpkin Patch
Items That Need Your Attention
*As established by SCDC Head Start Policy Council and based upon Topeka Public Schools rules and regulations.
1. The Topeka Board of Education believes that attendance at school is a key factor in student achievement and success. Students are expected to regularly attend school, participate, and learn.
2. If your child is ill, has an appointment, or other reason that will constitute an excused absence, you must call into the office between 8:00-9:00a.m. Advanced notice is appreciated.
3. A phone call attempt will be made on any child that does not arrive at school by 10:00am and 11:00am on late start Friday.
4. Head Start performance standards require children to be in attendance at a minimum of 90% of the time. Students who drop below 90% attendance will be placed on an attendance plan to improve student attendance. Any child who has been absent for 10 consecutive days, or 15 cumulative days, risks being dropped from the program and placed on the waitlist.
5. After 2 days of unexcused absences, staff will conduct a home visit or make other direct contact with the child's family, determining what assistance is needed to remedy the problem.
6. Tardies are cumulative and can affect attendance just like absences do. Students must arrive at school on time each day. Excessive tardies may result in the family being placed on an attendance plan.
7. Although Kansas law does not require students to be in school prior to the age of 7, ANY child enrolled in public school does fall into the state truancy policies. Truancy reports may be made to the district truancy officer for any student with excessive absences and/or tardies.
Fall Fling ~ Parade, Parties & Pumpkin Patch
On Friday, October 29th at 2:30 we will be having our Fall Fling Parade, Parties and Pumpkin Patch! We will once again be bringing the pumpkin patch to Pine Ridge Prep! Students are asked to wear their costumes to school over their full set of clothes. We will not be able to do wardrobe changes at school that day. Keep this in mind as you're planning a costume that is easy to remove for your student to go to the restroom. Please make sure costumes are school appropriate - no blood, fake weapons, scary costumes, etc.
Students will parade around the playground beginning at the gazebo and walking past the new store fronts, sandbox, musical garden and following the fence around to the east side. After they have walked the parade route, students will pick their pumpkins from the pumpkin patch that will be set out on the playground. Family members are welcome to attend the parade! You may view your child's class from OUTSIDE the playground fence as they parade inside the playground. The parade schedule is listed below:
2:30 - PaT
2:45 - Owl
3:00 - Deer
3:15 - Rabbit
After students have picked their pumpkins from the patch, they will return to their classrooms for their Fall Fling classroom party. Due to COVID protocols, families will not be able to enter the building.
Conscious Discipline Parent Information
Time to Eat!
Shawnee County Health Department to Start Flu Shots
Monday October 11
Fall is upon us, which means so is flu season. Flu vaccines have just arrived at the Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD), and SCHD will begin giving flu shots to anyone six
months and older starting today Monday October 11th, 2021 with or without insurance.
Flu vaccines are available at our Clinical Services Division, 2115 SW 10th Ave, by appointment only. Individuals can call 785.251.5700 to schedule an appointment for the following clinic hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday Wednesday
8:00am - 11:00am 10:00am - 1:00pm 8:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm - 4:00pm 3:00pm - 6:00pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This year’s vaccination protects against 4 strains of seasonal flu. The flu shot will cause antibodies to develop in the body after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection from the flu virus. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated against flu. It continues to be extremely important to protect those at higher risk for flu complications. Many of these people are also at high risk for COVID-19 illness or other serious outcomes. It is also important for caregivers and essential workers to protect themselves and those around them from flu by getting a flu vaccine.
In addition to getting vaccinated, SCHD encourages residents to take the following steps to help minimize the spread of germs:
• Wash your hands
• Cover your cough
• Stay home if you are sick
For more information on seasonal flu visit the CDC Seasonal Flu webpage:
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and everyone entering the building over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. If accommodations are needed due to a medical condition please call 785.251.5700.