PRE Newsletter

January 21, 2022

Important Dates

January 25 Skate Party (details below)

February 1 Chick-fil-a Restaurant Fundraiser

February 2 Community Service (details below)

February 7 Career Awareness Day Forms Due!

February 10-17 Book Fair

February 14 Valentine Parties @ 3:00 P.M.

February 16 Half-day with dismissal at 12:10 P.M.

February 16-17 Parent/Teacher Conferences (details coming soon!)

February 17-18 No School

February 18 Kindest Kansas Citian Deadline! (See details below)

COVID Communication Update

As we have been working through the pandemic, I have been informing families of when there is a positive case within each grade level. Since we have returned from winter break, you have likely noticed that you have received a notice email daily or almost daily. With the high positive transmission rates in Johnson County, COVID has greatly impacted our schools. From now on, I am going to cease sending individual grade level letters. COVID is in our community and in our school. As long as the transmission rate is high in our county, it will be high in our school.

Thank you for communicating with Nurse Sarah concerning any health questions or concerns. She wants to help you navigate your situation and will give you information in order to help make a decision that is appropriate for your circumstances. Thank you for partnering with us during this pandemic!

USD 232 Preschool Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year!

USD 232 offers high quality preschool programs for children, ages 3 to 5, that are not yet kindergarten eligible. All programs are half-day, hold low student to adult ratios and use research-based curriculums tied to the Kansas Early Learning Standards. Preschool programs are located in the NEW Cedar Trails Exploration Center at the corner of Mize Blvd & 83rd St., next to Mill Creek Middle School. Grant funded (FREE) preschool spots are available for students who qualify. Transportation (busing) will also be available for grant funded spots and special education services.

Preschool Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year begins on February 21, 2022. On that date, an online application will be available via the USD 232 Early Childhood website at Paper applications are also available within Cedar Trails Exploration Center (Lenexa, KS) and Starside Elementary (De Soto, KS) offices. All applications must be submitted to the Cedar Trails Office by March 4, 2022 at 4pm, to be considered in the first round of enrollment.

For more information, please visit

Contact the Cedar Trails Office at 913-667-1820 with questions.

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Community Service

Please join us for our February community service project where we will decorate and make valentines for our nation's heroes! We will also make valentines for our awesome bus drivers as it is bus driver appreciation month!

Spirit Wear - Order Deadline Monday, January 31st

2022 Prairie Ridge Spirit Wear is on sale now! Our online store makes it convenient to shop:

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Extreme Science Show Rescheduled!

Our Extreme Science Show has been rescheduled to April 28th. We will send out additional details as we get closer to the event.

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Help support Prairie Ridge Elementary on Tuesday, February 1st from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Make sure to tell your server you are with PRE and Chick-Fil-A will donate a portion of each sale back to our school.

Offer is good only at the Chick-Fil-A Lenexa on 15919 W 87th Street Parkway. You may dine-in, carry-out and drive-through.

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Watch D.O.G.S.

We are looking for more Watch D.O.G.S. for this semester! Please sign up for a time at the link below.

If you would like to be a Watch DOG but did not attend our orientation meeting in the fall please email Mrs. Fulcher and she can send you the information that you need to get started.

It’s time for the annual Kindest Kansas Citian Contest

Every January, we encourage our students to nominate a person in Kansas City that has shown kindness to them and deserves to be recognized. Ms. Montgomery will briefly explain the contest during her counseling lessons on 1/13-1/27. Like last year, all entries will be uploaded onto the Synergy Services site, so there will be no paper copies to turn into school. The link is below and the final day that entries can be uploaded is Friday, February 18. (You will need to know your nominee’s name and email address.)


We are excited to see how many wonderful acts of kindness the kids will share about their Kindest Kansas Citian. I have attached the guidelines page from Synergy Services that explains who can and can not be nominated by your child. If you have any questions, please email me at

Kindergarten Round-up

If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten during the 2022-23 school year, please fill out this link Incoming Kindergarten Contact List. You can call the PRE office at 913-667-1800 with any questions. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 8 @ 6:00 P.M. to attend an informational meeting. Share this information with friends and neighbors who will have kindergartners at PRE next year.

Making a Difference Award

The USD 232 “Making a Difference” Award celebrates exceptional teachers and staff in our district. The USD 232 Education Foundation, in partnership with Great American Bank, wants to honor and recognize those who are truly “making a difference in the lives of young people” and continually exceed job expectations for the students, families, and other employees in our district. Nominations are due by the last day of each month with the recipient to be recognized the following month.

Making a Difference Nomination Link

PRE Career Awareness Day

We are excited to have our second annual Career Awareness Day! This will be the morning of February 16, 2022. Last year we made some adjustments in how this day looks with positive feedback, so we are going to follow the same format this year. I am asking any parents or community members to submit a video telling about their career. Please aim for a 5-8 minute video. The easiest way to submit the video is through a YouTube link. Please know that we will appreciate any video footage where the career is highlighted…it does not need to be a professional video!

During your video presentation, there are some points that I hope you can address. They are:

  • Your relationship to PRE—parent, former parent, community member, etc.
  • Training or schooling needed to do your job
  • Subjects that you should have an interest in and are good at in order to do your job
  • Any tools that you use on a daily basis, and please highlight these in your video if you can!
  • What a day on the job might look like
  • Showing the environment in which you work

Teachers will be able to work with their class to decide which videos to watch during the morning of February 16. We would also like to have a Zoom session for students to ask specific questions on this day. If you are interested in participating in this portion, please note it on the form below.

I am asking that all videos submitted by February 7. You can email your video to:

Thank you for considering being part of the PRE Career Awareness Day!

2022 PRE Career Awareness Day Form

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week!

Aiden Hibler

Declan Montgomery

Duke Willis

Adler Niedzwiecki

Sawyer Gorup

Kinsley Konen

Iris Straight

Maren Gower

Jensen Ventrone

George Griffith

Jaycee Buster

Hudson Keeler

Parker Clement

Crew Long

Caden Bennett

Nico Rivas

Josie Reed

Kenlsey Pingel

Savanna Howard

Abby Dodge

Bennett Gower

Trysten Bell

Christopher Ferry

Stella Wichmann

Kayleb Byerley

Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award will be given out every Friday to a class that has 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. Morrison's 3rd grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Golden Spoon Winners

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







Skate City - January 25th

Join your Prairie Ridge friends at Skate City on Tuesday, January 25th from 6-8. Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $2.00.
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