Pine Ridge Prep Update

October 18, 2021

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,


We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks! See below for details. We are excited to see our families at Parent/Teacher Conferences this week! REMINDER: There is no school Thursday & Friday, October 20 and 21 due to these conferences.


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 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

Upcoming Events

October Events

  • October 19: Picture Retakes
  • October 19: PTO/Parent Committee Meeting @ 4:30 (Gazebo)
  • October 21: Conscious Discipline @ 4:30 (Gazebo)
  • October 29: Fall Fling Parade & Pumpkin Patch

Items That Need Your Attention

Picture Retakes

Pine Ridge Prep's Picture RETAKE Day is coming up on October 19! If your child was absent on picture day OR you are dissatisfied with your child's portraits, you are welcome to have them retake their picture. If your child did have their picture taken in September and you are wanting retakes, you must return the original pictures you received.


The flyer below provides details on the different packages that are available for order. You may order online, or pay by cash or check. If paying by cash, you must provide the EXACT amount. We will not be able to make change. If paying by check, please make the check out to Strawbridge Studios. Paying online is the easiest! We will collect orders and payments at the school beginning October 13 and ending on picture day, October 19.


This link will allow you to sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.


Let us know if you have any questions!

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Attendance Reminder

Attendance Policy

*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.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 20 from 4:00-8:00 and October 21 from 8:00-8:00. There will be NO SCHOOL for students on October 21 & 22. If you have not yet scheduled your conference with your child's teacher, please reach out to them directly. We look forward to meeting with you and sharing your child's progress!

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.

School Information

Conscious Discipline Parent Information

Each week we will be sharing a piece of our Conscious Discipline curriculum with families. Please reach out if you have any questions!
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Extra Clothes

Please be sure you send an extra set of clothes (bottom, top, underwear, socks) with your student on the first day of school, in case of accidents. Make sure they are appropriate for the current weather.

Student Illnesses

Please be sure you are communicating with the office or your child's teacher when your child is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19. We are following all Shawnee County Health Department guidance when it comes to evaluating students being at school. We are keeping careful track of students who are identified as having COVID, as a close or household contact to ensure quarantine periods are being followed. Your communication is critical in ensuring we have the information we need to keep everyone safe and healthy! This page on the Topeka Public Schools website provides the most up-to-date COVID information for our families.

Time to Eat!

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Informational Items

Flu Vaccinations

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm.


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.

Christmas Bureau

Christmas Bureau applications have opened up for this year! Click here for the forms.
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COVID Protocols

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education voted on August 5th to follow the CDC Universal masking guidelines to start the school year. This means that masks will be required indoors for all staff, students, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required during outside times. Please be sure you send your student to school with a clean face mask each day. This is part of their required dress code and we appreciate your assistance with ensuring we are providing a safe environment for our students! We will also be continuing with frequent handwashing/sanitation, disinfection protocols, and maintaining a social distance of 3 feet. Follow this link to view the entire "TPS Safe to Return to School Plan".

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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Food Pantries

This updated document provides a list of food pantries and food resources available in English and in Spanish.

Autism Parent Resources

Family Service and Guidance Center is hosting a 12 session series for parents of an autistic child. The flyer is attached here.

The Nest - Food & Clothing Bank

The Nest, Pine Ridge Prep's food and clothing bank, is up and running! Ms. Heather is available to assist families with needs. You can reach her at 785-329-7876.
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Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Are you receiving the amount you should for Child Tax Credit? This tool will help you determine what your payment should be.
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Community Resources Council Directory

You can find the link to the 2021 Community Resources Council Resource Directory here. This directory provides contact information for a variety of community resources.