Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

February 12, 2021

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

Monday, February 15

  • No School - Enjoy your day off
  • Book Fair Begins

Tuesday, February 16

  • 6th Grade Congress/Lakeview Parent Orientation Night

Thursday, February 18

  • Spring Picture Day - Information Below

Sunday, February 28

  • Book Fair Ends

Tuesday, March 9

  • PTA Meeting Via Zoom

Monday, March 15

  • Read A Thon Begins

Thursday, March 25

  • Read A Thon Ends
  • End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 26

  • No School for Students - Teacher Work Day

Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2

  • No School - Spring Break

This Week Ms. Pierick Celebrates Black Icons in the Arts

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Thank you PTA for our Friendship Parties

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing such fun activities for our Friendship Parties. We also would like to send a special shout out to Sarah Porter, Denna Nachlinger, and Elsa from 4-H MU Extension for all your hard work!
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Specials Spotlight

Kindergartners created Jeff Koon’s inspired balloon dog. Students learned about form and 3 dimensional objects. We discussed highlights and shadows on objects. Students learned when an object is facing the sun a highlight will appear. Objects facing away from the sun will create a shadow.

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Reminders from Nurse Fennelly

Thank you to all of the families who have partnered with us to help keep the students and staff at Prairie Point healthy. This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially important that families call the school before sending students who have symptoms of illness. We are working hard to handle these situations on a case by case basis so that we can keep illness outside of our school.

If your child wakes up not feeling well, please do not send them on the bus or drop them at school until you speak with our school nurse, Terri Fennelly. You can reach the front office by calling 359-4380. Nurse Terri's direct line is 359-4384.

Remember, all members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill. A list of symptoms to screen for can be found below.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell

Spring Picture Day - Thursday, February 18

Our Spring Picture Day will be held on Thursday, February 18th. This year, ALL students will be having individual pictures taken. Students may choose to order their individual pictures, as usual. Instead of class group pictures, Lifetouch will create a composite of the individual pictures.

Online Learners Only - Please sign up for your appointment time here.

Summer School Is Coming!

With subzero temperatures, there's no time like the present to start thinking about summer plans! We are excited to announce that Prairie Point will be hosting summer school! We look forward to spending a month together this summer. At this time, Summer School will be completely in-person.

Pending Board Approval, the following are plans for Summer School:

  • Dates: June 7 - July 2, 2021 (Monday-Friday)
  • Location: Prairie Point Elementary (includes Hawthorn Elementary)
  • Times: 8:40am-3:40pm
  • Enrollment: Enroll via Infinite Campus, April 5-May 7

A Correction in our AVID Binders

It has been brought to our attention that the 3rd Quarter AVID Binders have the early release days listed on them in green. These are misprints. There are no early release dates this year. We have let District Office know, please disregard these. Sorry for the confusion and thank you!

Changes to our Spring Semester Calendar

The Board approved changes to our current academic calendar. These changes include . . .

· No school for students or teachers on President's Day, February 15.

· No school for students on Friday, March 26. This will be a workday for teachers.

· Depending on inclement weather days, the last day of school will be Friday, May 28. It will be a half-day for students and a full day for teachers.

Reading, Reading, Reading EXTRAVAGANZA

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PTA Mystery Reader


You have the opportunity to be a Mystery Reader for your child's classroom! Please use this Sign Up Genius to choose a date in February or March to be a Mystery Reader via Zoom.

Once you sign up, each teacher will reach out to you directly for 5 clues about yourself as well as what book you'd like to read. The kids will love guessing all week long who they think the Mystery Reader will be!

Thanks in advance for your time and for promoting our home-school connection.

-Prairie Point PTA

Attention Parents of Incoming 6th Grade Congress Cougars

Congress Middle School will release a virtual 6th grade orientation presentation on Tuesday, February 16th. The presentation will contain information about our 6th-grade teachers and teams, a look at the classes 6th graders will be taking, and other important information about the great things going on at Congress. The following week, on the 23rd, we will host an optional Q&A session via Zoom so parents and students can ask administrators, counselors, and teachers any questions they might have about next year.

Parents should receive an email from Congress sent via School Messenger by February 12th that will contain a link to the presentation and a Zoom link for the Q&A session on the 23rd. If you don’t receive the email by the 12th, please reach out to our principal, Dr. Early, at He will make sure you receive the links.

We hope you are as excited about next year as we are! We can’t wait to work with our future Cougars!

Attention Parents of Incoming 6th Grade Lakeview Lynx

Lakeview will release a virtual 6th grade orientation presentation on Tuesday, February 16th. The presentation will contain information about our 6th-grade teachers, teams, classes, and other information about Lakeview The following week, we will host optional open Zoom sessions so parents can ask administrators and counselors any questions they might have about the next year. Parents will receive an email from Lakeview sent via School Messenger that will contain the link to the Zoom sessions for each session so parents can connect to the session they want to connect to directly.

Order Your Yearbook

To order your Prairie Point Yearbook, please fill out the below order form and return it to your child's teacher. Order forms are due March 1, 2021.

If your child is new to Prairie Point, spring photos will be on February 18, 2021.

February Curriculum Connections

Here are your Curriculum Connections for February!

ELA- February


Social Studies/Science

Recess Reminders

The cold weather is upon us! Just a friendly reminder that students are expected to go out for recess each day. Appropriate clothing and shoes should be worn for outside activities. On days when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the playground is cleared of snow and ice, there will be outdoor recess.

Please put your child's name on their winter clothing (coats, gloves, hats, etc..). This will help us return your child's lost clothing to them quickly! Due to COVID-19, we will not let our Lost and Found closet fill up as much as we have in the past which means we will make more frequent donations to the Park Hill Clothing Center.

Birthday Treat Reminders

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 the file below for ordering information.

February Habit

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Repeat: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

If your family might qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the 2020-2021 meal benefit application in your SchoolCafe account, if you have not already done so.

Even though meals are free this year, this form also helps us get needed funding for district services for students. And if you are signed up this year, you won't have a gap in services at the beginning of the next school year.

If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you are eligible for additional discounts on things like health care, college application fees, athletics, AP class fees, and fees for the SAT and ACT tests. For more information, click here.

Repeat: 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: 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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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.