Pine Ridge Prep Update

October 3, 2022

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,

As hard as it is to believe, this Friday marks the end of the first quarter of school! Our students have learned and grown so much already. We are excited to see the progress made in the second quarter! Please note, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 11th. We will welcome back our students on Wednesday, October 12th.

Click the link to access the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.

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

Upcoming Events

October Events

October 4 - PTO Meeting @ 4:00

October 7 - Field Trip to Little Munckins Pumpkin Patch

October 10 - NO SCHOOL!

October 11 - NO SCHOOL

October 16 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration

October 19 - Picture Retakes

October 20 - GraceMed Dental Clinic

October 25 - Fire Safety with Topeka Fire Department

October 26 - Trick or Treat on the Trail

October 26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 4:00-8:00

October 27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 8:00-8:00 - NO SCHOOL!

October 28 - NO SCHOOL!

October 31 - Halloween Party & Parade (more info coming soon!)

We will practice a Fire Drill during the month of October.

You can find all school events listed on our school calendar which you can access on our webpage.

Items That Need Your Attention

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

We are excited to be heading to the Pumpkin Patch for our first field trip of the school year! We will be visiting Little Munchkins Pumpkin Patch on October 7th. Permission slips for this trip have been sent home. These must be returned by the day before your child is scheduled to go. Those students without signed forms the day of the trip will not be allowed to attend.

Picture Retakes

Pine Ridge Prep's Picture RETAKE Day is coming up on October 19! If your child was absent on picture day OR you are dissatisfied with your child's portraits, you are welcome to have them retake their picture. If your child did have their picture taken in September and you are wanting retakes, you must return the original pictures you received.

The flyer below provides details on the different packages that are available for order. You may order online, or pay by cash or check. If paying by cash, you must provide the EXACT amount. We will not be able to make change. If paying by check, please make the check out to Strawbridge Studios. Paying online is the easiest! We will collect orders and payments at the school beginning October 10 and ending on picture day, October 19.

Big picture

We Are Learning To...

This Week We Are Learning To...


3 Year Olds: Sort objects; Name 4 shapes - circle, triangle, rectangle, square

4 Year Olds: Show and solve real-world problems - collect and sort objects, clean up, put laundry/dishes away


3 Year Olds: Speak clearly so others can understand our ideas, feelings and needs; Draw pictures to share information

4 Year Olds: Show thoughts with words and pictures; Use words to express our thoughts so we can tell what we know.


Understand that living things live in different habitats

Identify what plants and animals need to live

Social Studies:

3 Year Olds: Identify people in our family and understand those relationships; What makes people the same and different

4 Year Olds: Identify leaders at home and at school; Describe characteristics of ourselves and others to see what makes each person unique


Skills to be a good learner

Ask for what we want or need in a respectful voice

Ci3T Weekly Parent Newsletter

Building Goals

The goals of Pine Ridge Prep:

  • By May of 2023 85% of four-year-old preschoolers will score in the developing and benchmark categories in letter sounds as evidenced by myIGDIs.
  • By May of 2023, 90% of four-year-old preschoolers will score in the developing and benchmark categories in Quantity Comparison as evidenced by myIGDIs.
  • By May of 2023, 80% of students will score in Tier 1 for externalizing behaviors as evidenced by the SRSS-EC.
  • By May of 2023, 100% of students will have 90% attendance as evidenced by the Chronic Absentee List in TylerPulse.

Time to Eat!

Big picture
Big picture

Informational Items

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Home Depot Workshops

Each month, Home Depot offers a fun workshop for kids! Show up toward the beginning of the session to ensure there are enough materials for your child. Children must be present to receive a kit. They get to keep their project, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Can't make it to Home Depot for the kids' workshop? Why not bring the party home! Here are just a few of the ready to assemble kits you can buy and build at home. also offers great kids' activities, videos, and how-to's!

Workshops take place the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-12:00.

November 5: Scarecrow Napkin Holder

November 26: Train Ornament

December 3: Santa Letters Mailbox

COVID Protocols

Please be sure to review both the COVID Update and the information on the Parent Resources page for the latest information from the CDC. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We will maintain strict sanitation protocols.

Late Start

Late Start is on FRIDAYS for this school year and the arival time will be at 9:30.

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

Big picture
Big picture

Food & Clothing Bank

The Pine Ridge Prep Food & Clothing Bank is up and running! If your family has any needs, reach out to Ms. Heather Hayden 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.

If in need of resources, you can also contact the United Way by dialing 211.

Food Pantry Lists

See the following links for Food Pantry resources available to families.

English and Spanish