PRE Newsletter

December 16, 2022

Important Dates

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

December 21-January 4 No School--Winter Break

January 5 School Resumes

January 6 Chess Club Form Due

Winter Parties on Tuesday

We will have our winter parties at 11:15 AM on Tuesday. Parents who are setting up for the parties can sign in and head down to classrooms at 11:00. Any other parent who would like to attend can sign in and then will go down just before 11:15. We will have sign-out sheets available in classrooms if you would like to sign your child out at the end of the party.

Drop off Reminders

Safety is our top priority. Please make sure you are fully focused on driving, especially at drop-off and pick-up time. As a reminder, please do not use your cell phone during this time. There is a sign posted to remind everyone that there is no left turn into the main entrance between the hours of 8:25-9:05 AM. This has become a big safety issue. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe!
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Lunchroom Accounts

Please make sure all negative balances are paid in full by Winter Break.



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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Clay is one of the most therapeutic and exciting mediums we use in the art room! If your child loves art and clay, this winter clay workshop is a great opportunity for students to learn some advanced clay skills in an extended time frame. More info and enrollment at

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is very full. We are planning to donate whatever we have on 1/5/2023. Take a minute to remind your student to look in their locker or lost and found for any missing items. If you plan on coming on Tuesday for the winter parties, please take a few moments to check while you are here.

PRE Chess Club Is Coming Back!

After taking a couple of years off, we are bringing back the PRE Chess Club.

Who? Anyone interested in learning how to play chess as well as those who would like to practice playing

What? Chess Club

When? Wednesdays from 8:00-8:30 AM

Where? PRE Room 108

Two different sessions will be offered.

Session one will be for those who have limited knowledge of the game of chess with little to no experience playing. Part of the time will be instructional while the other part will be playing and practicing the game.

Session two will be for those who have knowledge of the game of chess and some experience playing. During chess club time for session two players, a majority of the time will be spent playing chess with each other in a friendly environment with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Strategies and tips will be shared, and we encourage students to assist in sharing this information.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested. Chess Club will start in January. Form deadline is January 6, 2023.

Chess Club Form 2022-23

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. Vaughan's 2nd grade class and Mrs. Sudac's 4th 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. Vaughan's class and Miss Proehl's class. Congratulations!

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Electronic Flyers

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