Pine Ridge Prep Update

March 28, 2022

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Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,


Pine Ridge Prep was proud to host the United Way Bus Tour this past Friday, March 25. We were able to share with a leadership group within Topeka about our program and our passion for educating preschool students! #PineRidgePrepProud!


As a reminder, per the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education decision on March 3, 2022, masks are no longer required and are now optional. If you send your child in a face mask, we will have them keep it on for the remainder of the school day.


As always, if you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us!


Thank you for the privilege of serving you ~

Mrs. Gabrielle Tanner, Principal

Mrs. Shelley Banzhaf, Building Leader Intern

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Kindergarten Orientation

Families who have a preschool ready to begin Kindergarten this fall (must be 5 years old by August 31, 2022) are encouraged to attend the 2022-2023 Kindergarten Orientation at 5:30PM on Tuesday, April 5! This is an IN-PERSON event.


This event is an opportunity for parents to learn more about Topeka Public Schools, meet teachers and staff, and tour their child's school.


Kindergarten Orientation will take place at each elementary school in the district, so please attend the event hosted at your child's school.

Upcoming Events

March Events

  • March 31: National Crayon Day!


Upcoming April Events:



  • QT With Your Cutie information will be sent home on Monday, April 4. Please call the school (785-329-7870) if you would like to have an activity sent home with your child.
  • April 4 - 8 we will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child. More information will be coming soon!

Class Picture Day

Pine Ridge Prep students will take classroom group photos on Thursday, April 7. These photos are FREE OF CHARGE but must be ordered through the Strawbridge website (see the picture below for details and the order code) or by returning the order form that will come home with your student next week.
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Items That Need Your Attention

TPS Summer Enrichment Program

Topeka Public Schools is accepting registration for the 2022 Summer Enrichment Program. This program is FREE, runs for a half-day, and provides breakfast and lunch. Transportation is not provided. There are several sessions available for preschool aged students. If you are interested, you can view the session information and registration here.

Pine Ridge Prep Cookbook

Reminder: If you haven't yet, please send your recipe to school!

Topeka Public Schools Communication Tools

Topeka Public School District uses a wide variety of communication tools to engage its families. You can get more information here.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting

As we continue to respond to the community spread, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 or had a COVID exposure, please complete the TPS COVID-19 Self Reporting form located on our website, and a district health official will contact you within 24 hours. Your child should not return to school until given guidance from school health officials.


Families are asked to complete the self-reporting form for any COVID exposure. If a parent does not have internet access, they can call the COVID-19 reporting line at 785-438-HELP (785-438-4357) to report a COVID exposure. Schools will redirect families to the form on our web page or to the number to call.

Student Dismissal

Student dismissal is from 4:00-4:15 each day. Students must be picked up by this time. Continued patterns of late pick-up will be addressed by school administration.

Time to Eat!

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Informational Items

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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WiFi Hotspots

Did you know that you can check out a WiFi Hotspot from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for FREE? Get more information here.

Food Pantries

This updated document provides a list of food pantries and food resources available in English and in Spanish.

The Nest - Food & Clothing Bank

The Nest, Pine Ridge Prep's food and clothing bank, is up and running! Ms. Heather is available to assist families with needs. You can reach her at 785-329-7876.

Community Resources Council Directory

You can find the link to the 2021 Community Resources Council Resource Directory here. This directory provides contact information for a variety of community resources.