PRE Newsletter

January 20, 2023

Important Dates

January 20 PTO Bingo Night (see flyer below)

January 25 Chess Club Session 1 @ 8:00 AM

January 26 Skate Party

January 31 Deadline to Order PRE Spiritwear

February 1 Chess Club Session 2

February 7 Community Service Event (more information coming soon!)

February 8 Chess Club Session 1

February 14 Valentine's Day Parties 3:00-3:40 PM

February 15 Half day with dismissal @ 12:10 PM, NO CHESS CLUB, Career Awareness Day

February 15-16 Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 16-17 No School Due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 17 Kindest Kansas Citian Due! (see below)

February 20 No School Presidents' Day

February 22 Chess Club Session 2

February 23 2nd Grade Music Program @ 6:30 PM

Career Awareness Day

We are excited to have our annual PRE Career Awareness Day! This will be the morning of February 15, 2023. 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 15. 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 are submitted by February 10. You can email your video to: . If you have submitted a video in the past, we have kept those videos to use on this day and will add new videos to this collection.

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

2023 PRE Career Awareness Day Form

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place February 15th-16th, 2023. Conferences are in person. If you are unable to attend your student's conference in person, please contact their classroom teacher via email. Sign ups will close 48 hours before conferences start to minimize last minute changes for the teacher. Contact the school office if you have any questions 913-667-1800.

The following link is for conference sign-ups: Spring Conference Signups

If you have questions, please reach out. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.

Kindergarten Round-up

It is time for us to start preparing for our incoming 2023-24 kindergarten students. Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for March 2 at 6:00 PM. If you will have a child starting kindergarten next year, or if you know of a neighbor or friend who has a child who will be attending, please fill out this form so that we can prepare for round-up.

Kindergarten Roundup Information Sign Up

USD 232 Preschool Enrollment for the 2023-2024 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 (as determined by IEP team).

Preschool Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year begins on February 13, 2023. On that date, an online application will be available on 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 3, 2023 at 4pm, to be considered within the first round of enrollment.

For more information, please visit

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

Kindest Kansas Citian

Every year students have the opportunity to participate in the Kindest Kansas Citian contest. Student participation is optional. It is a one-page drawing with a sentence (K-2) or essay (3-5) demonstrating the positive impact the nominee has made on the student’s life, written by the student. Contest judges are looking to identify kind acts that come from the heart. The contest guidelines are:

  1. The nominee can not be a family member
  2. The nominee must live in the Kansas City area
  3. The nominee must be an adult (18+)
  4. The nominee must have a relationship with the student (no local celebrities, unless they are a family friend)

The entries must be submitted online through the link below, and needs to be done at home due to information needed, such as parent phone number, email address, and nominee’s full name. The submission will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian or the student. The contest’s due date is Friday, February 17th. :

If you have any questions, please let Ms. Montgomery know:

Bingo Night

Bingo Night is back!! Come join us Friday, January 20th from 6-8 PM for a fun night of bingo games, prizes, and pizza! Attendance is FREE. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP for PRE PTO's FREE BINGO NIGHT. By RSVPing you'll help us get a better count for pizza, drinks, and prizes. Thank you!

Pizza will be $1.00 per slice

Pop will be $1.00 per can

Water will be 50¢ per bottle

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PRE Spirit Wear

Show your Prairie Ridge Cougar Pride! Our 2023 Spirit Wear is on sale now. The online store makes it convenient to shop: The deadline to order is January 31st.
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Making a Difference Award

The USD 232 Education Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the Making a Difference Award for the month of January. Submit your nomination of any USD 232 staff member today! >

First Student Is Hiring!

First Student (school bussing) is hiring! Please view this link ( that will take you to the district website with additional information. Pay is $20.50/hr.

Golden Spoon Winners

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


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Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award is 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. Lawyer's 1st grade class and Miss Johnson's 5th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week! Signs will be distributed next week. If you do not have a yard sign by Friday evening, please let us know! Signs will be picked up the following week.

Jett Baker

Parker Forshee

Quinn Coleman

Luke Clyde

Quinn Bond

Harper Turner

Laurelin Straight

Grayson Eggert

Eustace Duncan

Colton Brown

Ellis Weatherman

Ben Kariuki

Deklan Diehl

Edward Liam Urban

Chloe Njenga

Lauren Kirr

Harper Roque

Elizabeth Andrews

Elyse Maniquis

Burke Fincham

John Cooper

Elin Niedzwiecki

Gemma Haffiz

Ellie Woods

Cleanest Classroom Golden Broom Winners

The Lead Custodian and his team observe cleanliness throughout the week in classrooms and adjoining restrooms. There is one winning classroom at each grade level.

K- Peterson

1st- Allison

2nd- Vaughan

3rd- Grayson

4th- Sudac

5th- Vest


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Lunch Bunch Sign-up

Please sign-up if you would like to have lunch with your child.

Electronic Flyers

Interested in clinics/camps/extra-curricular activities? Check out our electronic flyer web page!