PRE Newsletter

October 28, 2022

Important Dates

October 28 Grade Cards Posted to Skyward

October 31 Fall Parade @ 2:45 and Parties to Follow

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

Fall Parties

Fall parties are scheduled for Monday, October 31. The parade will begin at 2:45 with the party following. We have an outside parade route so that families can come and watch.

You can help us to keep our fall celebration days safely on track by following these easy guidelines!

First, please remember that although students are invited to wear costumes to the fall parties, those costumes should be designed to be entertaining, not actually scary for our littlest cougars and bigger cougars (and Mrs. Fulcher). No blood, no guts, no gore, no weapons and no violence, please.

All students need to bring costumes to school in their backpacks or bag marked with their name. Time will be given for students to change before the parade.

Please save some excitement for evening trick-or-treating by leaving hair and face paint at home with extra costume parts like swords and daggers. Masks are fine as long as kids can see well enough to walk safely during the parade which will start at 2:45 P.M.

Classroom parties are from 3:00-3:30 in the classrooms. Thank you to our many parent volunteers who help to make this event happen! Volunteers may go to the classrooms beginning at 2:15. We will be maintaining our normal daily schedule until then, so disruptions to the classroom will be kept at a minimum with your help. Thank you!

As safety is always important, please remember that the parties are intended for Prairie Ridge Elementary students of attendance only. We do not have babysitting services during parties, so please make other arrangements for siblings if you intend to attend. All ages would be more than welcome to join us for the parade, but please do not plan to take younger or older (non-PRE students) children down to the classrooms.

All visitors must enter through the front doors and sign-in and out...even on party days! Thank you!


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.


Parents of USD 232 Elementary Students,

We want to make you aware of a change for elementary students in the 2022-2023 school year. Elementary students will not participate in classroom and/or building wide spelling bees.

While participation in oral bees is beneficial to a small group of students, it does not serve as best practice related to word study, and additionally, does not increase spelling skill proficiency. The goal of a spelling bee is to publicly identify one student who is successful; however, all other students must misspell for this to occur.

If an individual student remains interested in participation in the official Scripps spelling bee competition at the county level, the district is committed to making this possible by retaining licensure. If you wish for your student to participate in the Johnson County bee (February 4, 2023), please reach out to your child’s teacher and principal, in writing, no later than November 1, 2022.

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. Allison's 1st grade class and Miss Grayson's 3rd 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. Goodman's class and Mrs. Zymball'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.

Halle Minton

Rosie Romans

Violet Lewis

Ben Parizek

Audrey Lambert

Benton Jobe

Janie Welder

Raegan Zerbe

Olivia Hernandez

Ella Fayard

Reagan Ware

Reese Sullivan

Kate Clement

Quinn Carlson

Logan Blackaby

Amelia Grabbe

Gabby Goodhope

Chase Wendel

Max Swindle

Eli Bryant

Brett Weis

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