PRE Newsletter

December 2, 2022

Important Dates

December 6 PTO Restaurant Fundraiser (see below)

December 7 PTO Meeting

December 8 5th Grade Music Program @ 6:30 PM

December 13-19 Spirit Week (see below)

December 16 Community Service Event @ 3:50 PM

December 20 Winter Parties @ 11:15 AM, Dismissal @ 12:10 PM

December 21-January 4 No School--Winter Break

Safety & Security Update

Schools now have two points of controlled visitor access at main entrances.

USD 232 is pleased to share that all schools now have two points of controlled visitor access at main entrances. The update to our physical security is part of our continuous improvement process to help keep students safe when school is in session.

What can I expect when visiting the school?

We will always strive to make our schools warm and welcoming environments for students and families, balanced with the need to implement simple security measures.

Families are already familiar with the video/intercom door access system at each main entrance, which has been in place since October 2018.

New! Once a visitor is granted access through the main door, the interior vestibule doors will now remain locked. This creates an additional safety barrier for our school. If visitors have a need to enter the office area, then office staff can electronically grant access through the interior vestibule door.

We believe this simple addition to our safe schools protocol will help enhance our overall safety commitment to our students. And, as a reminder when thinking about school safety, if you see or hear something that concerns you, please say something so that we can investigate and involve law enforcement, if necessary.

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Community Service Event--Toy Drive

Students can sign up to participate after school from 3:45-4:45pm. Please note our younger students (K and 1st) will need to be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. All students will need to be signed out by an adult at the end of the activity. Each event will start with a brief introduction to the organization we are serving and a little bit about how our work will make an impact. We hope students are able to draw the connection to the "why" we serve while we participate in the hands on activity.

Our next event will be FRIDAY December 16th from 3:45-4:45 PM supporting Shawnee Community Services!

SIGN UP BELOW and Indicate: Student’s Name – grade & teacher

Students will wrap donated gifts to be distributed to the families that utilize Shawnee Community Services for support. This is there annual holiday party and families line up for blocks to see Santa and get a toy. For more information about this organization visit



USD 232 has been an important and strong participant in the Kansas Teacher of the Year Program for many years. De Soto has had fifteen state finalists and twelve semi-finalists represented in the program since 2000.

We would like for you to nominate any teacher whom you consider to be an outstanding and effective educator and whom you or your child has had as a teacher. This person must have completed 5 years of teaching with at least 2 of them having been in USD 232. If there is a USD 232 educator whom you believe to be outstanding and deserving of special recognition, please fill out the nomination form at . This form needs to be completed by 4:00 PM on January 13, 2023.

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Golden Spoon Winners

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







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. Smith's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Mantel's 5th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Cleanest Classroom

The Lead Custodian and his team observe cleanliness throughout the week in classrooms and adjoining restrooms. One classroom from the K-2 side and one classroom from the 3-5 side will be chosen each week and will be announced Friday.

The cleanest classroom award goes to Mrs. Goodman's class and Mrs. Mulder's class. 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.

Nelson Kariuki

Vivian McWilliams

Jason Herbers

Josie Fitzgerald

Carson Hammond

Cecilia Pedroza

Regan Nguyen

Myles Burks

Tristen Dupriest

Jack Stevens

Ginger Shea-Cahir

Colby Streeter

Bonnie Segal

Thomas Mast

Liam Harrelson

Eleanor Welder

Abby Dodge

Kate Krase

Quinn Garnand

Ellie Krumsick

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Electronic Flyers

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