Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

January 29, 2021

Prairie Point Elementary School

School Address: 8101 NW Belvidere Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64152

School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm

School Phone: 816-359-4380

Principal: Dr. Danny Todtfeld

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Sarah McQuinn

Counselor: Mrs. Ally Swisher

Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 1

  • #RunItBack Spirit Week - Mahomes Monday

Tuesday, February 2

  • #RunItBack Spirit Week - Travis Tuesday

Wednesday, February 3

  • #RunItBack Spirit Week - Andy Reid WinsDay
  • K-2 Families - Greg Tang Family Night - 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 4

  • #RunItBack Spirit Week - Tailgate Thursday
  • 3-5 Families - Greg Tang Family Night - 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Friday, February 5

  • #RunItBack Spirit Week - Championship Friday

Monday, February 8

  • Show your love spirit week - favorite sports team day

Tuesday, February 9

  • Show your love spirit week - comfy clothing
  • PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm via Zoom

Wednesday, February 10

  • Show your love spirit week - hat day

Thursday, February 11

  • Show your love spirit week - PJ day

Friday, February 12

  • Show your love spirit week - wear red, white, or pink
  • Friendship Class Parties - 1:30 -3:00 pm
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Did you know your teachers are artists?

This week, Mrs. Beaver and Mrs. Davis led our staff in a socially distanced KC Chiefs themed painting activity. Take a look at these paintings! They will be on display all of next week.
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Virtual Family Math Night with Greg Tang

Join other Pioneer family members to learn how we are making students more effective learners! We are hosting a family math night with Greg Tang.

Kindergarten through second-grade families can attend the math night at 6 p.m. on February 3. Third, through fifth-grade families can attend the math night at 6 p.m. on February 4.

Greg Tang, New York Times best-selling author of eight math picture books, leader of thousands of teacher workshops, and Harvard University scholar, will help us understand how our classrooms are teaching math strategies to students. Learning this way can add flexibility for those who struggle with math and make all students more fluent in math concepts.

If you've ever wondered about how your child is learning math, this is your opportunity to understand why these teaching strategies work so well.

Sign up below and a Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the event.

Families who have students in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, or 2nd Grade - Click here to sign up

Families who have students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade - Click here to sign up

Specials Spotlight with Mr. Downey, PE Teacher

Fourth graders in P.E. are working on the sports skills and strategies unit of floor hockey. One of the learning goals during this unit is to demonstrate the ability to follow rules, cooperate with teammates and apply a simple strategy in a variety of sport-specific lead-up games. They have focused on the correct way to hold the floor hockey stick, puck handling, passing, shooting, and teamwork. Mr. Downey has been very impressed with their ability to get everyone involved in the games and to be great team players. The students have also done an exceptional job of spacing on the floor and playing great man-to-man defense, which has created a great flow to the games and made the competition fun and exciting.

Congratulations to our Park Hill Star Nominees! Ms. Pierick and Mrs. Catlett

Congratulations to Mrs. Catlett and Ms. Pierick who were nominated for a district STAR award! Mrs. Catlett was recognized for always going above and beyond for her students. She always works hard to find new ways to help her students learn and grow. Ms. Pierick was nominated for a Park Hill STAR award for going the extra mile this year with online learners. She has worked hard to Zoom with her students and meet all of her students' needs whether they're in person or on a Zoom call.

Would you like to nominate a Prairie Point Staff Member for the Park Hill Star Award? If so, click here!

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Changes to our Spring Semester Calendar

The Board approved changes to our current academic calendar. These changes include . . .

· No school for students or teachers on President's Day, February 15.

· No school for students on Friday, March 26. This will be a workday for teachers.

· Depending on inclement weather days, the last day of school will be Friday, May 28. It will be a half-day for students and a full day for teachers.

Order Your Yearbook

To order your Prairie Point Yearbook, please fill out the below order form and return it to your child's teacher. Order forms are due March 1, 2021.

If your child is new to Prairie Point, spring photos will be on February 18, 2021.

Show Your Love Spirit Week

Hey Pioneers! Let’s partner with the Prairie Point PTA to Show Our Love for Prairie Point and Mimi’s Pantry with a combined Spirit Week/Book Drive! From February 8-12th, we will be Showing Our Love of Prairie Point with Spirit Days! Please participate in as many of the Spirit Day themes as you feel comfortable with (jeans are more than acceptable!) We will also be collecting ANY books, children’s through adult, to be donated to Mimi’s Pantry! Mimi’s Pantry is located in Riverside and provides food assistance and other goods and resources to families in need. There will be a space out front of the library for donated books to be dropped off each day. Please encourage your students to bring books to be donated (Mrs. McQuinn may even streak her hair pink on February 12th to celebrate!). Clean out those bookshelves!

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Friendship Party Information

The Prairie Point PTA is working to plan another awesome party for February 12!

  • Students do NOT need to bring Valentine's or Valentine's boxes. PTA will provide both!

  • Students will decorate bags, eat a snack, participate in some exercises, and do a craft.

  • Online students will be able to pick up their party treat, craft, and bags to decorate on February 12. Please see your email communication from your teacher for more information!
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Reading, Reading, Reading EXTRAVAGANZA

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Recess Reminders

The cold weather is upon us! Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to go out for recess each day. Appropriate clothing and shoes should be worn for outside activities. On days when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the playground is cleared of snow and ice, there will be outdoor recess.

Please put your child's name on their winter clothing (coats, gloves, hats, etc..). This will help us return your child's lost clothing to them quickly! Due to COVID-19, we will not let our Lost and Found closet fill up as much as we have in the past which means we will make more frequent donations to the Park Hill Clothing Center.

Birthday Treat Reminders

Due to our safety guidelines, we will not be able to have food or other items brought into the school building for birthdays or other celebrations. If you are still interested in birthday treats for your students, our Food Service has options available for purchase. Click the file below for ordering information.

Attention Bus Riders - Accessing Your Parent Portal

Does your student ride the bus to and/or from school? FirstView is a parent application to check the status of your student's bus. Please see the below documents to download the app.

Need Help Explaining COVID to Your Child?

Marla Anderson, Prairie Point Social Worker, found a great resource for teaching students about coping with COVID. It includes a video and tips on talking with students (see below document).

February Habit

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Register for the Spelling Bee

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be a two-part online assessment this year with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., June 1 - 3. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers.

All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. For more information, and to register, please use the link below or visit the Park Hill website under “Family Resources”, “Spelling Bee”.

Repeat: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

If your family might qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the 2020-2021 meal benefit application in your SchoolCafe account, if you have not already done so.

Even though meals are free this year, this form also helps us get needed funding for district services for students. And if you are signed up this year, you won't have a gap in services at the beginning of the next school year.

If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you are eligible for additional discounts on things like health care, college application fees, athletics, AP class fees, and fees for the SAT and ACT tests. For more information, click here.

Repeat: Do You Know A Park Hill Star?

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

REPEAT: E-Backpack (Electronic Fliers)

As we have done for a number of years, any fliers we receive will be uploaded to Prairie Point's E-Backpack can be found on the Prairie Point Website under the "Parent Resources" tab. Click here for a direct link to the E-Backpack.

Currently in the E-Backpack:

  • Fliers for Online Clubs hosted by Community Education
  • Party Flier (Ordering Birthday Treats through Food Service)
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Directory Invite to Families

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Repeat: Technology Use at Home

Here are some general guidelines and best practices for laptop use at home.

Thank you for your support. If you have any technology issues or questions, please contact the Help Desk Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 816-359-5000.

Our 5 Pillars of Prevention

Throughout the summer, we have been working hard to modify our building procedures and practices to make Prairie Point as safe as possible. This work has resulted in a 5 Pillars of Prevention Matrix. The 5 Pillars include: Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Cohort Groups and Masks.

Please take some time to learn about Prairie Point's Health and Safety Precautions. Click here to access our matrix and other health information.

Prairie Point Mission

Our Vision

Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.

Our Mission

To create a safe and caring student centered environment, to empower students to be independent learners, problem solver, and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.

At Prairie Point School, we value:

  • Keeping the focus on the student
  • Continuous learning and professional growth
  • Warm, caring, open-minded environment
  • High expectations for all students and adults
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Empathetic approach with our actions.