Pine Ridge Prep Update

September 12, 2022

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,

THANK YOU to all those who joined us for Grandparents Day Tea! We had an excellent turnout and a wonderful time together! We are getting very excited for Pine Ridge Prep's 10th birthday party on Friday! We hope you can join us!

Click the link to access the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.

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

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Upcoming Events

September Events

September 14: United Way Junior Leader Reader Celebration

September 15: Picture Day

September 16: Pine Ridge Prep 10th Birthday Celebration @ 4:30-6:30

September 21: Family Fun Fitness Night @ Hummer Sports Park @ 5:30-7:00

You can find all school events listed on our school calendar which you can access on our webpage.

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United Way Junior Leader Reader 50,000th Book Celebration

We're BEYOND excited to celebrate the distribution of the 50,000th book through our Young Leaders Society's Junior Leader Reader program!

You can be a part of this historic moment by signing-up to be a volunteer reader in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom over the next two weeks as part of JLR! Sign-up to volunteer here:

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Items That Need Your Attention

Picture Day

Picture Day is coming up on Thursday, September 15! Order forms were sent home last week. 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 September 7 and ending on picture day, September 15.

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ASQ Parent Reports

As part of Home Visits, each family completed the ASQ3 and ASQSE2 developmental screeners. As results were received, a parent report was generated which gives more information and some easy-to-use strategies that you can use at home to support your child's development. You will receive your parent report in your child's Friday Folder in the coming weeks. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions after you receive this report.

If you have not yet completed the ASQ screeners, please do so as soon as possible! This is a requirement for our program. You may access the screeners to complete digitally with the links below.



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We Are Learning To...

This Week We Are Learning To...


3 Year Olds: Know number names and count in order - 0-3; Identifies numbers 1 and 2

4 Year Olds: Know number names and count in order - 0-5; Identify numbers 0-5


3 Year Olds: Identify letters in their names so they can recognize their names in print

4 Year Olds: Identify front cover, back cover, spine of a book; Hold the book right side up; Identify the table of contents.


Understands that living things live in different habitats; Identifies what plants and animals need to live

Social Studies:

3 Year Olds: Identify people in our family and understand those relationships; What makes people the same and different

4 Year Olds: Identify leaders at home and at school; Describe characteristics of ourselves and others to see what makes each person unique


Learning skills to be a good learner; Ask for what we want or need in a respectful voice

Does your child have patience?

-Play freeze tag.

-Give a small treat to the child who can sit the longest.

-Teach your child how to walk up to pets.

Time to Eat!

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Informational Items

Activities That Build Brains

Here you’ll find handouts with suggestions for games and activities to do with children of different ages. These activities can promote child-caregiver bonding, executive function skills, and build children’s brains through play.

DCF Kansas Practice Model Overview

At the Kansas Department for Children and Families, we believe working alongside families and communities is the best way to achieve our mission of strengthening families and assuring children are safe. The current practice model began development in 2019 and has since been implemented across our state.

The Kansas Practice Model integrates aspects and tools from multiple practice approaches with evidence-based research and best practices to come alongside families, their natural supports and the community on a journey toward improved safety and family well-being. DCF puts the well-being of family and safety of the children at the forefront of every step in the process.

Our hope with this video is that families and communities will know what to expect when working alongside our agency.

Project ACT

Project ACT provides families with four (4) free OTC COVID-19 test kits per address.
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Conscious Discipline for Parents (FREE)

Here is the link to register for the above free event.

Home Depot Workshops

Each month, Home Depot offers a fun workshop for kids! Show up toward the beginning of the session to ensure there are enough materials for your child. Children must be present to receive a kit. They get to keep their project, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Can't make it to Home Depot for the kids' workshop? Why not bring the party home! Here are just a few of the ready to assemble kits you can buy and build at home. also offers great kids' activities, videos, and how-to's!

Workshops take place the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-12:00.

October 1: Fire Rescue Boat

November 5: Scarecrow Napkin Holder

September Healthy Tip

Click here to access the Healthy Schools Tip for September.

COVID Protocols

Please be sure to review both the COVID Update and the information on the Parent Resources page for the latest information from the CDC. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We will maintain strict sanitation protocols.

Late Start

Late Start is on FRIDAYS for this school year and the arival time will be at 9:30.

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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Food & Clothing Bank

The Pine Ridge Prep Food & Clothing Bank is up and running! If your family has any needs, reach out to Ms. Heather Hayden at 785-329-7876.

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.

If in need of resources, you can also contact the United Way by dialing 211.

Food Pantry Lists

See the following links for Food Pantry resources available to families.

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