Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

Friday, August 16th

What's Happening at Prairie Point Elementary School?

Monday, September 2, 2019
  • No School

Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • Parent Orientation | 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Watch DOG Kickoff | 5:45-6:30 PM
  • PTA Meeting | 6:30-7:00 PM
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Mark Your Calendar for Parent Orientation on September 5th

Prairie Point will have Parent Orientation for parents/guardians of students in grades 1-5 on Thursday, September 5th. We will have two sessions, session I will go from 6:00-6:30 PM and session II will run from 6:35-7:05 PM. These sessions will occur in your child's classroom with their classroom teacher. This is an important evening for parents/guardians to attend to learn about their child's grade level curriculum and instruction, classroom and building procedures. We thank you in advance for partnering with the school to help your child meet success by attending Parent Orientation.

Students Practice Emergency Drills

Your child's safety is our top priority at Prairie Point. This week your child particiapted in a fire drill on Thursday and a tornado/severe weather drill on Friday. Next week your child will practice an earthquake drill and an intruder drill. Please take the time to talk to your child about these drills and the importance of staying quiet during these drills and listening to staff directions.

Welcome Back, Pioneers!

We have had a great three days of the 2019-2020 school year! Students and staff have been working on team building activities, developing classroom rules and expectations and mission statements, getting to know their fellow classmates and building school and classroom communities. Please take the time to ask your child what they learned or did in school on a regular basis and become an active participant in your child's education. The staff is so excited to be working with your child this school year! Please do not hesitate to contact any Prairie Point staff member with any questions you may have...we are here to help!

Prairie Point Chain of Command for Communication

The staff at Prairie Point wants to assist you in any way this school year. We ask that you please contact the most immediate person that works with your child when you have a question, concern or praise. Here is the chain of command that we ask all parents/guardians to follow so that your questions or concerns can be addressed in the most immediate fashion:

1. Classroom teacher

2. Building administrator

3. Director at the District Office level

4. Assistant Superintendent

5. Superintendent

6. Board of Education

Car Rider Dismissal

If your child is a car rider at the end of the day, we ask all parents/guardians to stay in their car and use the car rider pick up lane at the front of the school to pick up your child. For the safety of your child and others, please DO NOT park your car in the parking lot or street and walk to the front doors to pickup your child. Also, please have your car rider placard that indicates your child's name in the right hand corner of your front windshield. If you do not have your school issued car rider placard with you, staff will ask you to park and sign your child out in the office to verify your identity.

WATCH D.O.G.S. Kickoff September 10th

Prairie Point will once again have the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program at our school this year. This program is for dads, grandfathers, or other male role models and is intended to provide a positive male role model for the students at school by demonstrating by their presence that education is important. In addition, WATCH D.O.G.S. provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school safety and security. On the day of the WATCH D.O.G.S. participation, you will receive a schedule from Dr. Todtfeld to perform such duties as reading with students, playing learning games with students, recess supervision and play, lunchroom supervision, patrol the school halls, etc. you may volunteer at our school a full day or a half day.

Our annual WATCH D.O.G.S Kick-off event will be held this Thursday, September 10th from 5:45-6:30 PM in the school cafeteria. At this event you will learn more about the program and how to sign up to volunteer. A light pizza dinner (2 slices per person) will be provided for you and your child. A flier will go home during the week of August 23 which will include a RSVP for the event.

PTA Meeting September 10th

Our first PTA Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will occur on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the school library. PTA is a great way for parents/guardians to get involved in our school and help in many ways! There definately is a role for everybody to get involved! Please plan to attend to learn ways that you can be involved in the Prairie Point PTA and get to know other parents and guardians in the Prairie Point community.

2019-2020 Early Release Days

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Save the Date...PTA Fall Fest September 27th

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual PTA Fall Fest on Friday, September 27th from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM. This is a fun filled evening for all families to enjoy together! Don't miss it. More details and information on this evening will come home soon from PTA.

School Start Times

Based on overwhelming feedback from our Park Hill parents, staff members, students and community members, we decided not to change our start times for the 2019-2020 school year. However, we still have challenges due to the nationwide shortage of bus drivers. In addition, while costs for transportation increased sharply over the last few years, state funding for transportation has not kept up. Because we have some money in our reserves, this gap in funding is not an immediate crisis, but we cannot keep taking money from the reserves indefinitely for this and other costs.

The district has an advisory committee, which will take the findings from our Sleep and Start Times work group and make some recommendations to the district and the Board. We will also ask for more public feedback to inform the Board as it makes its decision. In addition to an in-person public feedback meeting, we will continue to get your feedback using our public engagement web site, Park Hill Listens. To get the latest information and give us your feedback, go to

Attendance Matters

School attendance is vital for student success and academic growth. Please help your student(s) be successful by arriving to school on time each day. We also ask for your help in this area by attempting to schedule any necessary appointments either after school hours or on non-attendance days. Please remember that the arrival time for Park Hill Elementary schools is 8:20. Prior to that time, there is no adult supervision for students. Students are tardy if they arrive after 8:40. If your child will be absent, please contact the school office by 9:00 am. Also, if you have changes in plans regarding transportation home, please notify your child’s teacher or the

school office before noon at 816-359-4380. Thank you for making your child’s education a top priority!

Student ID Badges

ID badges and a school-issued lanyard will be REQUIRED to be worn every day. The ID supports our safe and caring environment by providing proper identification and improved processes for transportation, lunch, and more.

Used for

  • Proper identification: Students, teachers and visitors to the building will all be properly identified with badges. For our students, this helps insure safety and inclusion.
  • Efficient lunch purchasing: Students will use their ID badges to purchase lunch each day. This dramatically cuts down on the time a student spends in the lunch line and allows more time for eating.

  • Transportation safety: Each student’s badge will register each time he/she gets on or off the bus. This allows school administrators and necessary personnel to keep track of students and ensure they are arriving to school and home safely.

  • Library-media checkout: Students can use their ID badges to check out books and other materials from the library. This improves checkout efficiency and allows resources to properly be tracked.

What does this mean for my student?

Your student will wear his/her ID badge to and from school each day on a school provided lanyard. No other lanyards may be used and no alterations may be made to the provided lanyard. Your student will use the ID badge daily to access his/her lunch account, check out library materials, and monitor bus transportation. Please ensure your student wears his/her badge every day.

What if my student loses his/her badge?

Students will be provided one replacement badge, if needed, free of charge. After the first free replacement badge, there will be a $5.00 fee for each additional badge issued.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Park Hill School District uses Infinite Campus as our student information system. You can

access your child’s essential school information and district information quickly!

This includes Attendance, Grades, Schedule, Bus Information, Technology Fees and School Communications.

To be able to access your child’s information, you must set up an account. You will need to log-in and enter the GUID code, followed by setting up your own username and password.

Infinite Campus organizes students by household, so you can access your family in just one account. If you have questions, need technical support, or have misplace your unique access key code, feel free to call us at 816-359-4380.

Suicide Prevention Information

Please find information provided by our District on Suicide Prevention in the PDF linked below.