PRE Newsletter

April 15, 2022

Important Dates

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 26 Goodcents Night (see below)

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

May 3 Retirement Reception for Mrs. Reinoehl @ 4:00-6:00 P.M., Choir Concert @ 6:30 P.M.

May 6 Carnival! (see details below!)

May 9 5th Grade Band Concert

May 10 Rex Moore's Retirement Reception @ 4:00-6:00 P.M.

May 18 Field Day (more information coming soon!), Sack lunch from home or school

May 19 5th Grade Farewell

May 20 Make-up Day for Field Day if Needed

May 23 Sack lunch (from home or school) with buddies, Talent Show @ 1:00 P.M. (more information coming soon!)

May 24 Last Day of School with Dismissal @ 12:10 P.M.


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.

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

Wristbands are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Each wristband purchase includes: Inflatable Playhouses, Midway Games, 1 Large Prize, and 1 Raffle ticket. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket. All proceeds go directly back to the PTO so we can continue to support our teachers and students. Buy your wristbands at:

We Can't Have Carnival Without You!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

Book Fair

Hello Prairie Ridge readers! OUR BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE BOOK FAIR OPENS ON TUESDAY! The Fair will run 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 granted a Hall Pass from their teacher. (They must have money or an eWallet set up to be given a pass.) Family members are welcome to come to the school during Fair hours to shop. We hope this offers your family some flexibility! Kindergartners will be allowed to shop, but are encouraged to do so with adult supervision. Need more information? Please visit our webpage here:
We need your help! Please sign up to volunteer here:

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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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

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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. Allison's 1st grade class and Mrs. Bockhoff and Mrs. Harrison's 4th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Golden Spoon Winners

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







Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week! Signs will be distributed next week.

William Sollars

Hudson Sears

Maren Gower

Adam Ferry

Amelia Easter

Christopher Andres

Rylan Custer

Payton Riedel

McKinley McCreary

Kalli Tarantino

Vincent Cervantes

Maizi Pfingsten

Piper Snapp

Gavin Sudac

Ethan Ruel

Elliot Kusnierkiewicz

Hadley Keeler

Goodcents Night - April 26th

Help support Prairie Ridge Elementary PTO on April 26th from 4:00-8:00pm at Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. Goodcents will donate 20% of your order back to PRE PTO! Order online, in-person or at the drive through. No code necessary.

Goodcents Bonner Springs, 630 S 130th St., Bonner Springs, KS.

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