PSE Weekly Howl

Week of April 12th!

We are READY to meet our new STARS! Kindergarten Round-UP was AWESOME!

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Register for the 2021-22 school year today

Elementary school registration for the 2021-22 school year is open and online now for current students. Registration is required annually and is the time to update your child’s information and pay fees.

Important registration details
Plans for the 2021-22 school year are being designed in anticipation that the majority of our students will return to school for the traditional in-person experience our families know and value. For those interested, the district will continue to offer an all-virtual learning option.

Elementary families will be asked to select their learning preference (full-year virtual or in-person) during the registration process. Families enrolled in in-person learning will have an opportunity in July to make a change to the full-time virtual option if desired.The only move a student will be allowed to make in July is INTO the full-time virtual option, not vice versa. Families who feel unsure about the full-time virtual option are encouraged to enroll in-person. This allows for the flexibility of moving to full-time virtual, as desired, in July. Learn more about the virtual option on the district website.

Completing registration and paying fees now confirms that your child will attend school in August. Thank you for providing important information and parent permissions as part of the registration process. For more information about registration, visit www.bluevalleyk12.org/registration.

Blue Valley High Math Competition

The Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society) organization at Blue Valley High is hosting a virtual math competition on Thursday, April 15th, and Thursday, April 22nd from 5-6 PM. This competition is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from all five of the BVHS feeder elementary schools, and it will be held on Zoom. Also, note that this competition is free of charge.

On the first day, students will group themselves into teams of 3 or 4 people based on their grade and school, and then they will go into breakout rooms to work on practice problems with the help of high schoolers from the honors society.


The second day is the actual competition, and there will be a brief awards ceremony following the test.


If your child is interested and will be available for both days, sign up at the link below. They don't need to have a team in mind when you sign them up because we will help create teams in the first session.


Please sign up by Sunday, April 11th. https://forms.gle/aqJfV7KVvBC8oXsS8

If you have any questions, email us at bvhsmualphatheta@gmail.com

Many thanks to all the PSE families who donated snacks to the Girl Scout Troop 3673 Snack Drive. We collected over 1500 snacks to give to the students at Welborn Elementary School in KCK!

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Seven Days of Kindness

Seven Days of Kindness is coming soon to PSE! Each school day beginning April 14th through the 20th our school family will celebrate kindness by dressing up for each of the seven spirit days. As well each student will receive a button honoring the seven different virtues of kindness! PSE is making a ripple to change the world so we hope you will feel it at home and throughout our community!

LOVE-Love your neighbor

Monday, April 12th, 8:15am

3800 West 143rd Street

Leawood, KS

Wear cardigans like Mr. Rogers

DISCOVER-Ourselves and Others

Tuesday, April 13th, 8:15am

3800 West 143rd Street

Leawood, KS

Wear clothes that show your family's heritage.

OTHERS-We are all the same in the inside

Wednesday, April 14th, 8:15am

3800 West 143rd Street

Leawood, KS

Wear clothes inspired from 1970's that inspire Peace and Love for each other.

CONNECT-with your community

Thursday, April 15th, 8:15am

3800 West 143rd Street

Leawood, KS

Dress like your favorite service person.

YOU-A few minutes to breathe

Friday, April 16th, 8:15am

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Leawood, KS

Wear your favorite workout gear.

PSE Parent Auction

We are so excited to announce our PSE online Auction! In lieu of our Parent Social, this auction will take place online the week of May 10th-14th. We are looking for auction items to be donated by our PSE families. Please reach out to Andrea Musfeldt if you have auction items that you would like to be included at photography@andreanigh.com.

Meet the Kindergarten Teachers, Make New Friends, and Learn "How to do School!"

Meet the Kindergarten Teachers, Make New Friends, and Learn "How to do School!"

We are excited to offer K Camp to your incoming Kindergarten student! During the session your child will have an opportunity to learn and reinforce "whole body listening," taking turns, following the "plan," and other important skills needed for a smooth transition to Kindergarten.


We will follow all CDC recommendations that are in effect during the time of camp.


Check out all the details in the Kindergarten Smore. https://www.smore.com/0prt3

From the library

Wolf Reading

Families, will you please remind your students in 3rd-5th grade who are participating in this year’s Wolf Reading, “20 Books in 20 Weeks” that the deadline to turn in your reading log is April 30. This can be found on the library Canvas page. Thanks!

Next All School Zoom Read Aloud (invitation attached)

In honor of National School Library Month, we will host our 3rd All School Zoom featuring PSE Staff reading aloud. It will be Wednesday, April 14th from 6:30-7:30 PM. Come and go as you please!

Meeting ID: 312 870 3390

Passcode: wolves

Spring Mother's Day Flower Sale

PSE families have the opportunity to pre-order 4 inch flower pots with mixed perennial flowers for mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, teachers/staff or any other special person that will be delivered to the school the week of May 3rd (the week before Mother’s Day). Flower pre-orders are available through the PSE PTO website under "New Forms". Pre-orders placed April 1-11 cost $6; pre-orders placed April 11-19 cost $7. See attached flyer. Any questions can be directed to Liz Kamali (efernand88@gmail.com).

Also, we will need volunteers outside the school to assist with distributing flowers from the sale on the afternoon of May 5th or the morning of May 6th. Below is the link to sign up. Your help is appreciated!

Spring Flower Sale Volunteer Sign Up

CLASS PLACEMENT PARENT INPUT 2021-2022

One of the biggest concerns of most parents is classroom placement each year for their student at school. With that in mind, I wanted to share our current procedure for placing students in classes.



In the spring, current grade classroom teachers, building learning specialists, the counselor, and principal meet to discuss student needs and form initial classes for the upcoming year. There are always changes during the summer due to new students that may enroll.


With 400 students to consider at Prairie Star Elementary, we take this task very seriously to end up with classes where students can thrive. We work hard to develop classes that include:

· A mix of boys and girls

· A range of academic abilities

· Compatible student personalities

· Overall class sizes that are approximately equal across the grade level


Parent input in this process is certainly welcome if parents would like to share information about their child that we might not already know. The parent input form (attached) has been designed for this purpose. Parents who complete the optional input form will need to have the form completed and turned in by April 22nd. Feel free to drop off in the box on the drop off table or your child can bring it to the office.


Although current year teachers are involved in the process, they should not be put in the difficult position of discussing next year’s teachers. Our staff members know each other well on a personal basis, but few have first-hand knowledge of the teaching style of a colleague. Parent and teacher input is extremely important, but final classroom placement decisions are made by the administrator.



Our common goal is to make the school experience the best it can possibly be for every child. Prairie Star Elementary is fortunate to have excellent teachers who put children first. We all pledge to you that we will do all that we can to create a positive learning experience for your child and your entire family.

Important Dates:

April 14th: KAP VirtualED testing (Grades 3-5) @ 9:00

April 14th: PSE Read Aloud @ 6:30

April 21st: KAP VirtualEd testing (Grades 3-5) @ 9:00

April 23rd: No School Professional Learning Day for Staff

April 26th & 27th: KAP Reading testing for in-person learners (Grades 3-5)

April 28th & 29th: KAP Math testing for in-person learners (Grades 3-5)

April 30th: KAP Science 5th grade for in-person learners

May 4th & 5th: KAP Make-Up testing

May 3rd-7th: Staff Appreciation Week

May 12th: MAP Reading (Grades 2-5)

May 13th: MAP Math (Grades 2-5)

May 26th: 5th Grade Ceremony @ PSMS Track

May 28th: Last Day: Dismissal at 11:45-Details coming for 5th grade clap out