Timberwolf Times

September 24, 2021

Tiffany Ridge Elementary School

School Hours: 9:10-4:00

School Phone: 816-359-4400


Principal: Desiree Rios Assistant Principal: Megan Pudenz

Counselor: Leslie Andes Social Worker: Gayle Laney

Office Staff: Robin Meyers and Andrea Berka

Nurse: Nicole Snodgrass

Important Dates!

September 24th: Chiefs' Red Friday!

September 24th: Progress Reports to Families

October 1st: Timberwolf Spiritwear Day!

October 5th: Raising Cane's Fundraiser Day

October 6th: Early Release, Dismissal at 2pm

October 8th: Chiefs' Red Friday!

October 12th: PTA Meeting @ 6:30, Library OR Zoom

October 14th: College Spirit Day

October 15th: Timberwolf Spiritwear Day

October 16th: PTA Pancake Breakfast, 9-11am, TR Cafe

September Curriculum Connections

Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Timberwolves will be working on in each subject area during the month of September! We want to share the learning topics at all of the grade levels so that you are familiar with what topics and content are taught this month! Your child's teacher is always happy to provide more details should you have questions!


ELA Curriculum Connection- September 2021

Math Curriculum Connection- September 2021

Social Studies/Science Curriculum Connection- September 2021

Thank you PTA for our Birthday Books!

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Special Family Request

As we continue our AVID journey, we would like for our families to be represented in our college and career displays. If your family would like to participate, please send in a pennant or poster from your college alma mater, technical school, business, local union, etc. We appreciate your participation!

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Because of food and labor shortages, our Nutrition Services department can no longer provide birthday treats after Friday, Sept. 17. If you already ordered treats, we will be able to fill orders that were scheduled to go out this week. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must cancel any birthday treat orders that were scheduled to go out on Monday, Sept. 20 or later. If you need a refund, please let us know.


Approved Birthday Treats:
We will start allowing families to send birthday treats if they want to do so, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the major allergens.

Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list, because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.

Please bring birthday treats ahead of time (two hours after the start of school, at the latest).

  • Stickers
  • Erasers
  • Pencils
  • Crazy straws
  • Blow Pops
  • Juice boxes
  • Popcorn
  • Smarties
  • Dum Dum lollipops
  • Jelly Belly
  • Nerds
  • Ring Pops
  • Skittles
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Starburst
  • Swedish Fish
  • Life Saver Gummies

Weekly PACK Point Winners

At Tiffany Ridge, we utilize Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). We recognize students who are actively meeting our four core expectations of being a Problem Solver, Acting Responsibly, Caring for Everyone, and Keeping Safe. We will highlight students in various ways over the course of the year. Here are last week's winners!
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PACK Focus: Playground Expectations

Curious about what our expectations look like in the hallway? Check out this video highlighting how our Timberwolves are Problem Solvers, Act Responsibly, Care for Everyone, and Keep Safe in the hallway!
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PTA Reflections Contest

We want to encourage your Timberwolf to unleash his or her inner artist through PTA’s Reflections Arts Program! This year’s theme is “I will change the world by…” This is your child’s chance to express him or herself through one of these categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, or Special Artist. Click here to watch the promotional video. Entries are due to your child’s classroom teacher or the front office by Wednesday, November 3rd.

The flyer and Reflections packet are attached. Should you choose to fill it out online, save it and send it to: hobana@parkhill.k12.mo.us.

  • Any student (Kindergarten-5th grade) is eligible to participate.
  • Participants in this year’s program will receive a treat, courtesy of our PTA, following the submission deadline.
  • In addition, winners will receive awards and recognition. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will advance to the Missouri State PTA Reflections Program. If chosen for 1st place in the Missouri State PTA then those winners will move on to the National PTA Reflections Program where additional prizes and awards are given.

Guidelines for Each Category:


Click HERE to access the Reflections Entry Form. Please submit this along with your project!

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Tiffany Ridge Health & Safety Guidelines

See the information at this link for our procedures to keep our students safe at school!

Join PTA! Help our Timberwolves Reach for the Stars!

Our goal is for ALL parents and staff to join our PTA to support the many activities at Tiffany Ridge! Joining PTA does not commit you to help with anything specifically, but it helps give back to the school in many ways. The money goes towards funding a birthday book for every student, the Reflections Program, classroom grants, and much more! You can sign up by filling out this form and sending payment to school (cash or check made out to “Tiffany Ridge PTA”) with your child OR you can join online by going to https://tiffany-ridge-elementary-pta.square.site/ or this QR Code.

Order Your Tiffany Ridge Spiritwear for the 21-22 School year!

Do you need some new Timberwolf gear? Visit our online store to place your order now at https://www.tiffanyridgespiritwear.com/

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Counselor News from Ms. Andes!

Getting Kids to Talk About Their Day

Many of our kids come home and get asked the age-old question, “How was school today?”. Our parent ears are so disappointed when we hear the reply, “It was fine”. Changing the question can make a difference in the answer we get, but also the thinking and perspective taking of our children. Start by asking questions that require more than a simple answer. What was something new you learned or hear about today? If your student struggles at school or does not like going to school, ask questions that challenge them to see the positive aspects of school. What was the coolest thing that happened at school? What did you do that was helpful to someone today? What was your favorite thing you did at school? You can also start their morning off by giving them a challenge and then ask them about it in the evening. For example, what can you do to be kind to at least 3 people today? Ask them about it when they get home. Not only do your after-school discussions actually become discussions, but your children are also thinking differently about school based on the questions they are asked. Check out the list for more open-ended questions.

  • What made you smile today?

  • Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?

  • Does everyone have a friend at recess?

  • Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?

  • What did you do that was creative?

  • What is the most popular game at recess?

  • What was the best thing that happened today?

  • Did you help anyone today?

  • Did you tell anyone “thank you?”

  • Who did you sit with at lunch?

  • What made you laugh?

  • Did you learn something you didn’t understand?

  • Who inspired you today?

  • What was the peak and the pit?

  • Was anyone in your class gone today?

  • What is something you heard that surprised you?

  • What is something you saw that made you think?

  • Who did you play with today?

  • Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.

  • What is something that challenged you?

  • How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?

  • How were you brave today?

  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

  • What made you feel proud today?

  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?

  • What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?

  • What kind of person were you today?

Family Support Service Options:

Please go to the "Heart to Home" newsletter below to access services to support your family. Please reach out to our Counselor, Leslie Andes, at 816-359-5719 or our Social Worker, Gayle Laney, at 816-359-5747 to seek more information.
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Confidential Resource Checklist

Please fill out this form and drop off at the office for any resources or information you need.

Confidential Resource Checklist

Heart to Home Newsletter

Click here for Social Emotional Resources to support our Tiffany Ridge families!

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Nominate a Staff Member for the Park Hill STAR Award

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. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.
Nominate a Park Hill Star!

Use this link to nominate an awesome Tiffany Ridge staff member as a Park Hill Star!

Box Tops Link

Collecting Box Tops is a great way to "fundraise" for Tiffany Ridge! Use the link here to scan box tops. Each box top gives money back to our school!

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2021-2022 Park Hill School District Calendar

Click on the link above to view the Park Hill School District Calendar.

2021-2022 Parent-Student Handbook

Click on the link above to view the Parent-Student Handbook.

Tiffany Ridge PTA

2021-2022 PTA Board

President: Krista Heaivilin
Vice President of Fund Raising: Christine Carlson

Vice President of Membership: Amy Hoban
Secretary: Michelle Anderson
Treasurer: Courtney Pratten