Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

October 30, 2020

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, November 2

  • Anti-Bullying Week Kick-Off
  • SPIRIT DAY: Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday, November 3

  • SPIRIT DAY: Hat Day

Wednesday, November 4

  • Lifetouch Retakes - In the Gym
  • Online Student Photos - In the Gym (enter through bus doors)
  • SPIRIT DAY: Wear Sweats Day

Thursday, November 5

  • Fundraiser Item Pick-up | 3:15-6:30 PM
  • SPIRIT DAY: Favorite Team Day

Friday, November 6

  • SPIRIT DAY: We are ONE shirt
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed to Families

A Letter from Dr. Todtfeld Regarding 2nd Semester Changes

October 29, 2020

Dear Prairie Point Families:

To assure a quality learning environment, the Park Hill Board of Education has adopted class-size guidelines for all grade levels in our elementary schools. We are fortunate that this commitment is honored, even after a school year has started.

As you may be aware, the window has opened for families to choose in-person learning or Park Hill Online for second semester. If you do not want to make a change for your child, there is nothing for you to do; your child will automatically continue with the in-person or PH Online option you have chosen. I know families will be making decisions no later than November 13, and want you to have important information from me as you do so.

If we have a significant number of students change from in-person enrollment to PH Online or from PH Online to in-person enrollment, we will need to look at class assignments again to make sure we have heterogeneous groups of students and balanced student numbers for our classrooms. This could affect both in-person and PH Online students, in terms of their assigned teacher for second semester. Students at middle school and high school are accustomed to changing classes at semester, but this is not something we typically do at the elementary level. Please know this will only occur here at Prairie Point if it is necessary, in order to keep classes balanced.

If you would like to provide input about a possible change in your child’s teacher placement, you can either email me at or contact the Prairie Point office at 359.4380 by Friday, November 13. We will take your input into consideration as we make decisions for second semester, but please note final decisions about class placements are made by a school team. You can be assured we will do all that is possible to provide a smooth transition for all our students as we move into second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

It is wonderful that we are a part of the Park Hill School District that is committed to small class sizes for students who are in their formative years, and we know that this is a priority for you as well.


Dr. Danny Todtfeld

Principal, Prairie Point Elementary

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Important Lost and Found Information

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.

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!

Students with Cold Symptoms

Thank you to all of the families who have partnered with us to help keep the students and staff at Prairie Point Healthy. This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially important that families call school before sending students who have symptoms of illness. We are working hard to handle these situations on a case by case basis so that we can keep illness outside of our school. If your child wakes up not feeling well, please do not send them on the bus or drop them at school until you speak with our school nurse, Terri Fennelly. You can reach the front office by calling 359-4380. Nurse Terri's direct line is 359-4384.

Mark Your Calendars: PTA Meeting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 10 for our next PTA meeting. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom and a link will be shared closer to the event.

Dr. Todtfeld will give an update on Prairie Point's plans for 2nd Semester during his segment, "Update from the Principal." Be sure to tune in for this important information!

What will We Do When It Snows?

AMI Distance Learning Days:
In the past, when the weather made it too dangerous to get to school in the Park Hill School District, we just called a snow day and added the day to the end of the school year. Now that the state of Missouri has said we’re allowed to do distance learning from home, we have another option - an AMI distance learning day.

Visit our website to find out:

  • What is an AMI distance learning day?
  • How many AMI distance learning days can we use in Park Hill?
  • What will we do if we use up all our AMI distance learning days?
  • What will an AMI distance learning day look like for students?
  • What will an AMI distance learning day look like for teachers?
  • What will an AMI distance learning day look like for each employee group?

AMI distance learning day information on the website

Text Alerts:

One of the ways we will alert you to an AMI distance learning day is a text alert. If you have not yet opted in to receive texts from the Park Hill School District, text Y to the shortcode 67587 from the phone number you have already provided to the Park Hill School District.

Specials Spotlight: Music

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Halloween Safety Info from Children's Mercy Hospital

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Anti-Bullying Week

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The week of November 2 - November 6, 2020 will be Prairie Point’s Anti-Bullying Week. We will do an all-school spirit week and have daily lessons in each class. Our goal is to create a safe and caring school environment in which all students and adults can come to school and not need to worry about bullying!

Prairie Points Anti-Bullying School-Wide Rules:

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Reminder: Send students with water bottles

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Picture Retake Day

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You can still order your child's pictures by visiting

Picture Day ID: EVTN6CQHK

Online Student Picture Day

Virtual students are invited to have their picture taken for the yearbook on November 4 by appointment only. Please note, the pictures are used for our school yearbook. Please click here to sign up for a time to have your child's picture taken. Pictures will take place in the gym and students will enter through the side bus doors. Please call the front office or contact your child's virtual teacher with any questions.

November Habit Focus: Put First Things First

Prairie Point has continued teaching the 7 Habits this year. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to have our traditional Habit Lunches where families join us to eat with their students on the stage. Instead, we are finding new ways to recognize students at Prairie Point.

This month, our focus will be Put First Things First. All students will study this habit and learn to make it part of their everyday lives. Consider how you can discuss this habit at home as a family!

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Congratulations, Mrs. Ford!

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Congratulations to Mrs. Ford who was recognized by Park Hill Superintendent, Dr. Cowherd, this week. Mrs. Ford was nominated to be a Park Hill Star by a parent in her class. She is recognized for going above and beyond building relationships with her families and creating a close community in her class.

Way to go, Mrs. Ford!

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: Tri-County's Suicide Prevention & Mental Wellness Support Night

Tri-County’s Suicide Prevention and Mental Wellness Support Night for Park Hill parents is on November 10th from 6:00-7:00pm.

Click Here to signup.

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REPEAT: Community Food Kits for Park Hill Families

Park Hill has once again partnered with Feed Northland Kids for a FREE community food kit. These kits contain things like bread, peanut butter, granola bars, pasta and canned goods. They will be distributed at the same time and location bulk school meals are distributed. For more information regarding school provided meals read here.

If you are interested in a voucher for free food, you must sign up HERE.

If you sign up for the COMMUNITY FOOD KIT, you are agreeing that you will be able to pick it up.

WHERE: Park Hill Support Services Center at 9501 N. Seymore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64153.

TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every week on Wednesdays starting September 30, 2020.

A limited number of families will be selected. It is first come, first serve to those who have filled out the form in its entirety. Slots will go to those who can pick up the food.

  • Once you sign up, I will email out the voucher.
  • Show the paper voucher or a digital copy on your cell phone upon arrival.
  • You will use the same voucher for weekly visits.
  • This voucher is good for 1 Community Food Kit.
  • If you have other students at other schools, only sign up for one voucher per family.

Please contact Marla Anderson, School Social Worker, with any questions. Her phone number is 816-359-6379.

REPEAT: Yearbook Orders

2020-2021 Yearbooks are on sale NOW! You can order a yearbook at a discounted price of $13 through 12/31/2020.

To Order Your Yearbook:

  1. Visit:
  2. Enter Yearbook ID Code: 1724721
  3. School Name: Prairie Point Elem School
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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: Birthday Treats

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 HERE for ordering information.

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.