Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

February 26, 2021

Prairie Point Elementary School

School Address: 8101 NW Belvidere Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64152

School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm

School Phone: 816-359-4380

Principal: Dr. Danny Todtfeld

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Sarah McQuinn

Counselor: Mrs. Ally Swisher

Upcoming Dates

Friday, February 26

  • 3rd Quarter Progress Reports Available to Families

Sunday, February 28

Monday, March 15

  • Read A Thon Begins

Thursday, March 25

  • Read A Thon Ends
  • End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 26

  • No School for Students - Teacher Work Day

Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2

  • No School - Spring Break

Specials Spotlight with Mr. Downey

In Physical Education class, our 3rd through 5th grade students are playing a game called Cross the River. In this game, the students are given poly-spots (rocks), a roller racer (jet ski), a jump rope, scooter, and a hockey stick. The objective of the game is for the team to figure out the best and quickest way to cross the river. There are two islands along the path that the kids can use as checkpoints. The only rule is that the students cannot touch the river with their hands, feet, or bodies. If anyone does touch the river, the entire team must start over. Before the game starts, the kids get one minute to discuss ideas and strategies for the best way to cross the river. They are reminded that there is no one perfect strategy and that everyone will have diverse ideas about how and what will be the best strategy for crossing the river. Mr. Downey has been pleasantly surprised at the amount of creativity, teamwork, cooperation, objectivity, and effort the kids have put into this activity and the fact that he has not heard one disagreement amongst the teams the entire time. The students have been working hard on the following learning goals:

1. Apply self-control in physical activity settings and differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.

2. Demonstrate the ability to follow rules and cooperate with teammates.

3. Critique techniques and provide feedback to partners.

Read Across America Week

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Reminders from Nurse Fennelly

Thank you to all of the families who have partnered with us to help keep the students and staff at Prairie Point healthy. This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially important that families call the school before sending students who have symptoms of illness. We are working hard to handle these situations on a case by case basis so that we can keep illness outside of our school.

If your child wakes up not feeling well, please do not send them on the bus or drop them at school until you speak with our school nurse, Terri Fennelly. You can reach the front office by calling 359-4380. Nurse Terri's direct line is 359-4384.

Remember, all members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill. A list of symptoms to screen for can be found below.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell

Sophie's Run

Sophie’s Run will happen this year! This will be our 11th year!

We hope you will consider joining us.

The race will be on May 8th at Lake Waukomis or you may choose to participate virtually!

Here is the link to Register for the race. This year’s shirt is a beautiful purple, register to get one!

Here’s a little background information on Sophie’s Run.

The Edwards family and the board of directors put on this run each year in memory of their daughter, Sophie Edwards. Sophie needed a communication device because she could only communicate through her eyes. The family finally found an eye-gaze computer that Sophie could operate, but it took months to locate the sources to fund the $17,000 device. The device arrived in the mail just after Sophie's funeral.

The goal of Sophie’s Run is to never see a child wait to communicate. The event funds devices for our assistive technology library and individual students. Since communication doesn't stop when children leave school, the Edwards family hopes to assist families who want a device to create seamless communication from home to school and back again.

The Park Hill community is lucky to have such an organization willing to contribute to changing lives in the district. The support for this run and what it provides is crucial to giving every student a voice. Over the last 10 years, the need for assistive technology among our student population has skyrocketed. With your ongoing support, hundreds of devices have been made available to students who otherwise would not have been able to afford them. Please consider joining us for a day of fun and putting together a team.

Over 100 students have benefited from Sophie’s Run and this isn’t possible with your generous participation and donations, we do thank you!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; Sophie’s Run at Lake Waukomis

Thank you from the Sophie’s Run Board

Rebecca Hart

Tara Wineinger

Elisa Parker

Kristen Ponce

Janet Culver

Colleen Manly

Jessica Rueda

Alyssa Edward

Jim and Theresa Edwards

Summer School Is Coming!

With subzero temperatures, there's no time like the present to start thinking about summer plans! We are excited to announce that Prairie Point will be hosting summer school! We look forward to spending a month together this summer. At this time, Summer School will be completely in-person.

Pending Board Approval, the following are plans for Summer School:

  • Dates: June 7 - July 2, 2021 (Monday-Friday)
  • Location: Prairie Point Elementary (includes Hawthorn Elementary)
  • Times: 8:40am-3:40pm
  • Enrollment: Enroll via Infinite Campus, April 5-May 7

Park Hill's SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program Virtual Information Night

This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.

Register now!

During this challenging year, we have been teaching students about mental wellness and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. To help us do this, we are using a program called Signs of Suicide, or SOS.

Thousands of schools have used SOS, and studies show that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts. Through the program, students learn about the signs of depression and suicide, that it is treatable, and how to ACT if they are concerned: Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult. We also help students identify whom they can turn to at school for help.

Please join us as we share with families how we are using SOS in our schools. We are offering four separate sessions for parents and guardians: 6 to 7 p.m. on February 23, 25 and March 4. Pick a session from the drop-down box. After you register, we will send you a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Reading, Reading, Reading EXTRAVAGANZA

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PTA Read A Thon

PTA's main Fundraiser this year is a Read A Thon beginning March 15! On Monday, 3/1, pledge sheets will be sent home with your students. Please fill out the form with pledges from family and friends over the next 2 weeks and then send it back to school by March 12. We appreciate your help and look forward to a fun couple of weeks of reading, games and prizes!

PTA Mystery Reader


You have the opportunity to be a Mystery Reader for your child's classroom! Please use this Sign Up Genius to choose a date in February or March to be a Mystery Reader via Zoom.

Once you sign up, each teacher will reach out to you directly for 5 clues about yourself as well as what book you'd like to read. The kids will love guessing all week long who they think the Mystery Reader will be!

Thanks in advance for your time and for promoting our home-school connection.

-Prairie Point PTA

Order Your Yearbook

To order your Prairie Point Yearbook, please fill out the below order form and return it to your child's teacher. Order forms are due March 1, 2021.

If your child is new to Prairie Point, spring photos will be on February 18, 2021.

March Curriculum Connections

Here are your Curriculum Connections for March!



Social Studies/Science- March

Birthday Treat Reminders

Due to our safety guidelines, we will not be able to have food or other items brought into the school building for birthdays or other celebrations. If you are still interested in birthday treats for your students, our Food Service has options available for purchase. Click the file below for ordering information.

March Habit

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Repeat: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

If your family might qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the 2020-2021 meal benefit application in your SchoolCafe account, if you have not already done so.

Even though meals are free this year, this form also helps us get needed funding for district services for students. And if you are signed up this year, you won't have a gap in services at the beginning of the next school year.

If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you are eligible for additional discounts on things like health care, college application fees, athletics, AP class fees, and fees for the SAT and ACT tests. For more information, click here.

Repeat: Do You Know A Park Hill Star?

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

REPEAT: E-Backpack (Electronic Fliers)

As we have done for a number of years, any fliers we receive will be uploaded to Prairie Point's E-Backpack can be found on the Prairie Point Website under the "Parent Resources" tab. Click here for a direct link to the E-Backpack.

Currently in the E-Backpack:

  • Fliers for Online Clubs hosted by Community Education
  • Party Flier (Ordering Birthday Treats through Food Service)
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Directory Invite to Families

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Repeat: Technology Use at Home

Here are some general guidelines and best practices for laptop use at home.

Thank you for your support. If you have any technology issues or questions, please contact the Help Desk Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 816-359-5000.

Our 5 Pillars of Prevention

Throughout the summer, we have been working hard to modify our building procedures and practices to make Prairie Point as safe as possible. This work has resulted in a 5 Pillars of Prevention Matrix. The 5 Pillars include: Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Cohort Groups and Masks.

Please take some time to learn about Prairie Point's Health and Safety Precautions. Click here to access our matrix and other health information.

Prairie Point Mission

Our Vision

Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.

Our Mission

To create a safe and caring student centered environment, to empower students to be independent learners, problem solver, and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.

At Prairie Point School, we value:

  • Keeping the focus on the student
  • Continuous learning and professional growth
  • Warm, caring, open-minded environment
  • High expectations for all students and adults
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Empathetic approach with our actions.
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