PRE Newsletter

April 8, 2022

Important Dates

April 8 Community Service Log Sheets Due! (see below), Last Day to Participate in the Parent Survey!

April 12 Community Service Event @ 4:00 P.M. (see below)

April 15 No School--Building Closed

April 18 No School--District Professional Development Day

April 19-22 BOGO Book Fair (see details below)

April 21 2nd grade Music Program @ 6:00 P.M.

April 28 PTO Sponsored Science Wizard @ MVHS (see details below!)

Community Service Hours

I just wanted to send out a reminder that the last day to record community service hours for this year was Thursday, March 31. Log sheets are due to me by Friday, April 8. I will be placing the orders for Presidential Service Award winners on that Friday afternoon – so any hours turned in after that will not receive the certificate and pin – though they will still be recognized at our end of the year assembly! All students that volunteered at least 1 hour will be given an award from me for their service. Feel free to email me the log sheets if that’s easier for you. I have attached a copy of the log sheets for those of you that need a new one. Thanks for providing volunteer opportunities for your children!!!

Reminder of Presidential Service Award Winners:

Bronze Award = 26-49 hours

Silver Award = 50-74 hours

Gold Award = 75+ hours


Mandy Montgomery

PRE School Counselor

Last Day for Parent Survey

We strive to make PRE a safe place for students to learn, and we appreciate the partnership with parents. In order to provide excellence and improve upon our practice, we rely on parent feedback. Therefore, below is a link to a short PRE Parent Survey. It is grade specific, so please select the survey for the appropriate grade level(s). The survey will close on April 8. We appreciate your feedback.

KDG Survey

1st Grade Survey

2nd Grade Survey

3rd Grade Survey

4th Grade Survey

5th Grade Survey

Calling all Watch D.O.G.S!

We are looking for help with the 50/50 raffle at the PRE Carnival. Please consider signing up for a slot to sell raffle tickets!

50/50 tickets will be sold for $5 a piece and the drawing will be done at the end of the Carnival. Must be present to win!


Hello Prairie Ridge readers! OUR BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE BOOK FAIR IS ALMOST HERE! The Fair will run from April 19-22 from 9am-2pm daily, and we will be open for family shopping on April 20 from 4-8pm. We are running things a bit differently this fair – students will be able to shop on the day of their choosing and will be offered a Hall Pass from their teacher. (They must have money or an eWallet set up to be granted a pass.) Family members are welcome to come to the school during Fair hours to shop. We hope this offers your family some flexibility! Please let us know if you have any questions! ( A flyer with more details will be sent home soon!

We need your help! Please sign up to volunteer here:

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There are times when parents have information that is pertinent to share regarding class placement. In my experience, only about 5% of parents share information as parents feel that the classroom teachers know their child well and make decisions that best suit their child. You are your child(ren)’s first teacher, their strongest advocate, and know them the best!

In this feedback, you may wish to share information on your child’s learning style, academic strengths, or social needs. Or you might know information about a situation outside of school which might impact your child’s learning or social-emotional well-being. This information assists us in placing each child in the classroom that suits him/her best.

If you are providing input about teacher-student fit, I would ask that you please refrain from requesting any specific teacher by name. There are several reasons for this:

  • Grade levels spend a great deal of time reviewing student needs both academically and socially as we determine class placement.
  • Accepting requests for specific teachers from the bulk of our parents would make assigning students to classes very difficult, if not impossible.
  • Further, there may be multiple requests from families for children to be in the same classroom, yet this could create a situation that is not conducive to learning for all students in the classroom.

If you are providing input on multiple children from the same family, please complete one survey PER child.

Parent input will remain confidential. If you choose to provide input, please do so before APRIL 27. Thank you!

Class Placement Parent Feedback 2022-23

Extreme Science Show

Join us on Thursday, April 28th for David Hagerman's EXTREME SCIENCE brought to you by Prairie Ridge PTO. This event will take place at Mill Valley High School Auditorium. There will be 2 show times (5:45pm-6:30pm and 7:00pm-7:45pm). This is a family event - parents or caretakers must attend with their students.

Extreme Science is exactly what the title implies: EXTREME! In this highly acclaimed show, Hagerman leads students on a wild journey through different fields of science. This show will tickle your funny bone and educate at the same time.

Please RSVP for a time for your family and make sure to include the number of family members attending.

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Come One Come All to the Prairie Ridge CARNIVAL on Friday, May 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm.

We are so excited to bring CARNIVAL back this year. We will have 10 NEW Midway Games, Game Prizes, 6 Inflatable Playhouses, Raffle Baskets, finale of the Silent Auction, Carnival Photo Booth, Temporary Tattoos, Hair Decorations, and a special guest - KC WOLF.

NEW this year will be our Food Truck Festival and as always we are welcoming back Jarvy's Shave Ice.

All proceeds go directly back to the PTO so we can continue to support our teachers and students.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets will include: Inflatable Playhouses, Midway Games, 1 Large Prize, and 1 Raffle ticket. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket. Buy your tickets at:

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Help us create fun raffle baskets for our students! Baskets will be displayed in the school office starting on April 27th. Winners will be drawn during Carnival on May 6th. You do not have to be present to win.

We need your donations to make this happen. We have created Amazon wishlists for each grade level. Basket themes and links to grade specific baskets are below (students can enter to win all baskets). Please send items directly to the school office or send them into the school by April 20th.

All the proceeds from the Raffle go to the school for field trips, classroom supplies and teacher grants!


Matchbox/Hot Wheels, Nature Play, Disney

1st Grade

Family Fun Games, STEM Builder Basket

2nd Grade

Arts & Crafts, Nerf Gun

3rd Grade

Fun in the Sun, Camping/BBQs/Games

4th Grade

Squishmallow, DOTS Legos, Harry Potter

5th Grade

Gift Card Baskets - A variety of gift cards for activities, restaurants, and shopping that kids will love.

We have created a list of gift cards that we think kids will enjoy. Please feel free to select one of those giftcards or you can select your own.

Would you like us to do the shopping for you?

No time to shop? We gladly take monetary donations. Please donate via PayPal to or send checks payable to Prairie Ridge PTO to school in an envelope marked PTO Carnival Raffle.


Help us make the PRE Carnival a success! We need volunteers to help with inflatable playhouses, games, prize tables and more.

We also need help selling 50/50 tickets.


Do you own a business? Want to get your name out? Please consider donating to the Prairie Ridge Silent Auction. This year's auction will be at the end of April. We welcome gift cards, free services, gift baskets, monetary donations, vacation rental properties, etc. All of our proceeds go directly back to our students and teachers.

We also have sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us at if you can help.

Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award will now be given out every Friday to two classes (one K-2 and one 3-5) that have exemplified specific expectations during their specials classes. Specials teachers have explained what students need to do in order to earn this award.

•Listen AND follow teacher directions

•Only talking during appropriate times

•Use an inside voice when working

•Show RESPECT to everyone and to property

•Enter and Exit the classroom appropriately

•Give YOUR personal best effort during class

Mrs. Robertson's kindergarten class and Ms. Maybell's 5th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Golden Spoon Winners

Congratulations to our award winning classes for showing great lunchroom behavior!







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