Pine Ridge Prep Update
January 18, 2022
Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf
Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,
We hope you enjoyed a snowy long weekend! Students are doing an excellent job this morning getting back into the swing of things. We have a busy month ahead with fun learning and activities planned, as well as the myIGDI's assessment taking place at the end of the month. We are excited to see all the progress they have made since the fall!
As the weather is getting colder, please ensure you are sending your student to school dressed warm and prepared to go outside for our outside times. Per district policy, we go outside if the windchill is 20 degrees or above, even if only for a few minutes to get some fresh air!
Thank you to all families for continuing to be diligent in monitoring for COVID symptoms in your home and notifying the school for guidance. There have been some updates to the Shawnee County guidelines, effective January 1, so it is important to call the school to see what needs to occur if there has been a positive case or exposure in your home.
We are very quickly running out of extra student masks. We simply can not keep up with the number of students that are coming without them daily. We are at the point of asking those regularly coming without a mask to leave with your student and come back with one. Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment.
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
- January 17 - MLK, Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL!
- January 20 - Conscious Discipline @ 4:15
Items That Need Your Attention
February Parent/Teacher Conferences
Students Leaving Early
*As established by SCDC Head Start Policy Council and based upon Topeka Public Schools rules and regulations.
1. The Topeka Board of Education believes that attendance at school is a key factor in student achievement and success. Students are expected to regularly attend school, participate, and learn.
2. If your child is ill, has an appointment, or other reason that will constitute an excused absence, you must call into the office between 8:00-9:00a.m. Advanced notice is appreciated.
3. A phone call attempt will be made on any child that does not arrive at school by 10:00am and 11:00am on late start Friday.
4. Head Start performance standards require children to be in attendance at a minimum of 90% of the time. Students who drop below 90% attendance will be placed on an attendance plan to improve student attendance. Any child who has been absent for 10 consecutive days, or 15 cumulative days, risks being dropped from the program and placed on the waitlist.
5. After 2 days of unexcused absences, staff will conduct a home visit or make other direct contact with the child's family, determining what assistance is needed to remedy the problem.
6. Tardies are cumulative and can affect attendance just like absences do. Students must arrive at school on time each day. Excessive tardies may result in the family being placed on an attendance plan.
7. Although Kansas law does not require students to be in school prior to the age of 7, ANY child enrolled in public school does fall into the state truancy policies. Truancy reports may be made to the district truancy officer for any student with excessive absences and/or tardies.
Affordable Internet Service
Did you know that free Covid-19 testing is currently available in all school clinic offices and at the Service Center? Asymptomatic students and staff may test at their school clinic. Antigen test results are available in about 15 minutes and PCR test results are available in about 30 minutes. Flu testing availability is also coming soon. For more information, see the brochure in English, the Spanish brochure, or contact your school nurse.
Time to Eat!
Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) Program
- Up to 15 months of current and past due household rent.
- Up to three months of prospective household rent at a time, even if the household does not have rental arrears.
- Past due residential utility or home energy expenses for tenants (electric, as, water, sewer, and trash services), even if the household does not have rental arrears.
- Past due or prospective internet expenses for tenants, paid in one lump sum of $750, provided the tenant household is also eligible to receive assistance for past-due rental or utility bills.
- Additional fees associated with past-due rent or utility bills may be covered, including: reasonable late fees, rental security deposits, application or screening fees, pet fees, utility fees, parking fees, garage fees, and/or legal fees.
This link provides FAQs in English and Spanish, as well as a Tenant Flyer with information about the program, available in both English and Spanish.
1/19/2022 @ 9am to 3pm @ Salvation Army Topeka 1320 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS 66607
1/24/2022 @ 1pm to 4pm @ Catholic Charities Topeka 234 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
2/2/2022 @ 9am to 3pm @ Community Resource Clinic 455 SE Golf Park Blvd, Topeka, KS 66605