PRE Newsletter

November 4, 2022

Important Dates

November 9 Two Hour Delayed Start

November 10 PTO Restaurant Fundraiser, 4th Grade Music Program @ 6:30 PM

November 16 Community Service Event

November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break

Spelling Bee

Dear Elementary Parents:

As previously communicated with parents, we are changing the way elementary Spelling Bees take place for USD 232. Because each elementary school can only have one representative move forward to the Johnson County Bee, each elementary school will now conduct a school-wide spelling bee as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. The Spelling Bee helps inspire the exploration of words and celebrates academic achievement.

Student participation is completely voluntary and open to children in grades 3 through 5. Note, our middle schools conduct their own spelling bees.

All elementary spelling bees should be completed by December 9, 2022. Each school champion will then move on to compete in the Johnson County Spelling Bee.

Important Information
At Prairie Ridge, we plan to host our spelling bee on December 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM. Parents are invited. If you would like your child to participate in the school spelling bee, please fill out this Spelling Bee Google Form no later than November 11, 2022.


The National Spelling Bee began in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. The National Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company from its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Papa John's Fundraiser

It's time for pizza! Join us all day on November 10th at our local Papa John's! Up to 25% of your purchase will be donated to PRE PTO. Make sure to use order code KSPO17.
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November Community Service Event

Prairie Ridge PTO will be organizing a food drive! Student Leaders for this event are Izzy Carrol and Bryn Bruggeman. 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 THURSDAY November 17th from 3:45-4:45 PM supporting Shawnee Community Service Food Pantry!

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

Students will be Sorting, Counting, Boxing and Packing donated food items. This will be a fun active event! For more information about this organization visit

We also need adults with large vehicles to help us transport items to the community center.

Another opportunity for community service hours would be to collect non-perishable food items from neighbors, friends and family and your own pantry to donate during our food drive (Nov 14th -17th).

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Plan Ahead for Late Start Days

The Board of Education approved three (3) delayed start days for the 2022-23 school year. The second delayed start date is Wednesday, November 9. Students will begin school two (2) hours later than normal. Students will need to arrive at school between 10:30-10:40 AM for the 10:45 AM start time.

Students who ride the bus will simply add two hours to their normal pick up time. For example, if the normal pick-up time is 8:05 AM, the pick-up time on November 9 would be 10:05 AM. Teachers and support staff will report for duty at their normal time on November 9. Schools will utilize time with staff for needed training and professional development.

Golden Spoon Winners

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





4-Trying for next week!


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. Lawyer's 1st grade class and Mrs. Bockhoff/Harrison'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. Allison's class and Mrs.Kremer'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.

Brighton Pingel

Savannah Roberts

Camden Kelley

Adler Niedzweicki

Caroline Jones

Roman Kloster

Drew Everhart

Lennox Basom

Zoey Bonewitz

Samuel Houdek

Lucy Brueggemann

Bonnie Segal

Palmer Bohnsack

Rory Grant

Luke Dobbeleare

Elin Scherer

Nora Miller

Caleb Haffiz

Kendal Newton

Kensley Pingel

Ry Handy

Austin Walsh

Eva Bruggeman

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Electronic Flyers

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