Prairie Point Express
December 4, 2020
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.
Dr. Todtfeld and Mrs. McQuinn
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
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.
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
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
December Curriculum Connections
Here are your Curriculum Connections for December.
Notes from our PTA
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
To Order Your Yearbook:
- Visit: ybpay.lifetouch.com
- Enter Yearbook ID Code: 1724721
- School Name: Prairie Point Elem School
REPEAT: E-Backpack (Electronic Fliers)
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
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
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
Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.
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.