Prairie Point Express
February 5, 2021
Monday, February 8
- Show your love spirit week - favorite sports team day
Tuesday, February 9
- Show your love spirit week - comfy clothing
- PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, February 10
- Show your love spirit week - hat day
Thursday, February 11
- Show your love spirit week - PJ day
Friday, February 12
- Show your love spirit week - wear red, white, or pink
- Friendship Class Parties - 1:30 -3:00 pm
Monday, February 15
- No School
Celebrating Black History Month!
Dear Prairie Point Families,
We will be celebrating Black History Month at Prairie Point. This is an important topic for us to cover during the month of February and the rest of the year. At Prairie Point, we value diversity and encourage all students and staff to feel comfortable while in our community.
I hope that students will come home throughout the month sharing some of the lessons they participate in with you. This year we are focusing on local Black History by exploring some of Kansas City's history as well as other contributions of Black Americans through our nation's history.
Thank you for your support as we work to make the world a better place where everyone feels safe and accepted.
Principal, Prairie Point Elementary
Show Your Love Spirit Week
Hey Pioneers! Let’s partner with the Prairie Point PTA to Show Our Love for Prairie Point and Mimi’s Pantry with a combined Spirit Week/Book Drive! From February 8-12th, we will be Showing Our Love of Prairie Point with Spirit Days! Please participate in as many of the Spirit Day themes as you feel comfortable with (jeans are more than acceptable!) We will also be collecting ANY books, children’s through adult, to be donated to Mimi’s Pantry! Mimi’s Pantry is located in Riverside and provides food assistance and other goods and resources to families in need. There will be a space out front of the library for donated books to be dropped off each day. Please encourage your students to bring books to be donated (Mrs. McQuinn may even streak her hair pink on February 12th to celebrate!). Clean out those bookshelves!
Friendship Party Information
- Students do NOT need to bring Valentine's or Valentine's boxes. PTA will provide both!
- Students will decorate bags, eat a snack, participate in some exercises, and do a craft.
- Online students will be able to pick up their party treat, craft, and bags to decorate on February 12. Please see your email communication from your teacher for more information!
Reminders from Nurse Fennelly
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.
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle pain
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of taste or smell
PTA Meeting on Tuesday, February 9
Meeting ID: 998 9304 2852
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 Pioneers, more information will be emailed to you in the following week about when you can come up to PPE for your photos! Stay tuned.
A Correction in our AVID Binders
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
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 email@example.com. 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!
Order Your Yearbook
February Curriculum Connections
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
Repeat: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits
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)
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
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
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
Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.
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.