Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

October 2, 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

Wednesday, October 7

  • Fundraiser Ends
  • Bus Evacuation Drills

Thursday, October 29

  • 1st Quarter Grading Period Ends

Friday, October 30

  • Fall Parties (Planned by PTA)

Friday, November 6

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed to Families

Specials Spotlight

Each week we will highlight one of the AMAZING things happening in our specials classes (LMC, Music, Art, PE).
Music Notes with Mrs. Koster

Thank You, PTA!

Thank you to PTA for providing a Prairie Point t-shirt to ALL Pioneers this week. This is one of the many ways PTA supports Prairie Point and helps us fulfill this years theme: We are ONE! For the first time, student and staff shirts have the same design to symbolize that we are one united community.

It's not too late to join PTA. Click here to learn more about PTA or to become a member.

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October Habit Focus: Begin With The End In Mind

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 Begin With the End in Mind. 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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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: Prairie Point Fundraiser

Our annual fall fundraiser kicked off on Wednesday, September 23 and will run until Wednesday, October 7. Packets went home with students this week. Families are encouraged to shop online when possible and to choose the direct ship to home option if you are purchasing dry goods.

Items that need to be picked up from Prairie Point will be available on November 5. More information will come about item pick-up.

Families of online families are welcome to participate as well! The files below have all of the information needed to be able to participate. Of course, online families can also stop by the Prairie Point Office to pick up a fundraiser packet. We simply request that you call ahead so that we can be ready for you.

Thank you for supporting the Prairie Point Fundraiser!

REPEAT: Ian's Rainbow Flu Vaccine Clinic

On Tuesday October 6th from 6-8 pm the Park Hill Clothing Center will be partnering with Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation to provide a flu vaccine clinic. It will be a drive thru clinic that will take place at the south parking lot of Gerner (adjacent to the clothing center). No sign ups are necessary, first come first served.

In addition the clothing center will be opened from 5-8pm that night. Shopping sign-ups are available here.

The clothing center needs volunteers. If you can help, Click here to sign up to volunteer!

REPEAT: Park Hill Education Foundation Community Breakfast

Come Together Towards Tomorrow and join us for the Park Hill Education Foundation Virtual Community Breakfast. This edition will feature several broadcast journalism students in–front and behind the cameras. AND don’t miss . . . an EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent. Click here for more information.

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REPEAT: A Message from Prairie Point PTA

Head out to Line Creek Trail with the family anytime between 8:00 am-noon for a Hiking Meeting Up & Nature Scavenger Hunt on Saturday Oct 17.

Hope to see lots of Prairie Point Families out enjoying the trails!

See the flier linked below for more information.

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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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: 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.