Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

December 4, 2020

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

Distance Learning Feedback

Prairie Point Families,

Thank you for your continued support for your students through distance learning and managing all that the pandemic has brought to your families. We know and understand how hard this is for you to balance helping your children with learning tasks, while also maintaining your jobs and households. We appreciate you very much.

Now that we are one week into Distance Learning, we are hoping to gather feedback that we can share with the staff. We would love to hear what is going great, where you've had challenges, and if you have suggestions moving forward. Please click here to take the survey.

Our office will remain open during Distance Learning, so please reach out to us at 816-359-4380 with any questions or concerns.

Take care,

Dr. Todtfeld and Mrs. McQuinn

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 11

  • Distance Learning - No Students Report to Prairie Point

Tuesday, December 8

  • PTA Fundraiser at Culver's

Monday, December 14

  • Return to "In-person" learning at school

Friday, December 22

  • Winter Classroom Parties

Wednesday, December 23 - Sunday, January 3

  • NO SCHOOL, Winter Vacation

Thursday, December 31

  • Deadline to Order Yearbooks (information below)

Monday, January 4

  • Back to School!

What to Do if You Get COVID-19 While We're Away

Families: During this time, please continue to contact Prairie Point Nurse Fennelly by Email or at 816-359-4380 if anyone becomes sick or exposed to COVID-19.

This also allows us to prepare for a safe return to Prairie Point, while also keeping you informed of any positive COVID cases within our school. We will always notify parents if children were in direct contact at school with someone who tested positive or if there is a positive case at Prairie Point.

As a district, please remember that Park Hill sends weekly communication about COVID-19 cases. This information can also be found here on the new, upgraded COVID-19 data dashboard

Distance Learning Expectations

  • Your student’s teacher will have a plan ready each day by 9:00. Schedules and learning activities will also be located in SeeSaw (K-2) or Schoology (3-5).

  • All students will participate in learning activities from 9:00-3:40 each day, with a lunch/recess break from 12:00-1:00.

  • Learning activities will include a combination of online lessons and independent learning activities throughout the day.

  • Students are expected to log in to SeeSaw (K-2) or Schoology (3-5) and complete their assignments each day. These assignments will help teachers determine if your child has learned the content each day.

Free Meals during Distance Learning

Free Meals
As we transition to distance learning for two weeks from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, our nutrition services team is working to make meals more available to all children, ages 18 and under. Families can choose between two options each week.

Bulk Frozen Meals
In addition to the normal Wednesday pickups, families are able to pick up bulk frozen meals on Mondays during this distance learning period, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Families that choose the bulk frozen meal option may only pick up once per week. Preorder your bulk frozen meals here.

Daily Hot Meals
Families can pick up daily hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School. During distance learning, we will also have a hot meal pickup location at Graden Elementary. Find more information about daily hot meals here.

In addition- Feed Northland Kids are giving away a food kit every week. A voucher is needed for that- if you are interested, fill out this form. If you are interested in frozen meals but do not have adequate transportation- please let school social worker Ms. Anderson and/or school counselor Mrs. Swisher know.

Tutoring Resources for Park Hill Parents

As our students continue to work online and in distance learning, families are looking for as much support as they can get. We have created a partnership between our district and the Mid-Continent Public Library, which provides all Park Hill families live access to online homework help through the Mid-Continent Public Library website.

Watch this video to see how to access this resource. You can also find more information at our Park Hill Parent University.

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Specials Spotlight with Art Teacher Ms. Pierick

Fourth and fifth graders are creating Wormy Illusions this week and next week. Students learned how optical illusions are created. Optical illusions trick our eyes to see something that isn't there.

Curbside Book Checkout

During distance learning, Prairie Point Library is offering curbside book checkout. Students can place holds on two books through Destiny*, our library catalog. Place holds by Tuesday afternoon, then pick up books on Thursday (Dec. 10) between 10 am and 2 pm. Books will be in a labeled paper bag outside the front entrance. You can also return your old books and place them in the monster book return tub. Ask Ms. Easley or Mrs. Proctor if you have any questions.

*How to place holds in Destiny: Video Tutorial 1. Log in to Park Hill Portal 2. Click Destiny Library, then Prairie Point Elementary 3. Search/browse for 2 books that are “in.” 4. Log in to Destiny with Park Hill SSO 5. Click “Hold” on the books you want.

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.

December Habit of the Month

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December Curriculum Connections

Notes from our PTA

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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: Yearbook Orders

2020-2021 Yearbooks are on sale NOW! You can order a yearbook at a discounted price of $13 through 12/31/2020.

To Order Your Yearbook:

  1. Visit:
  2. Enter Yearbook ID Code: 1724721
  3. School Name: Prairie Point Elem School
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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.