Pine Ridge Prep Update
December 2, 2021
Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf
Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,
Happy December! It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2021. What a year it has been! We are looking forward to an excellent end to the first semester and a positive start to the second!
As a reminder, we do not have school December 20-January 4 for Winter Break. Students will return on January 5. Enjoy the time with your loved ones!
Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment. Additionally, please be sure your children are seated in the proper car seats, per Kansas law. If you need help with this, see the Family Resources section below!
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
- December 2: Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00
- December 6: QT with Your Cutie @ 8:30
- December 14: Parent Circle of Friends @ 9:15; Parent Committee @ 4:30
- December 15: Holiday Celebration @ 5:30-7:00
- December 16: Conscious Discipline @ 9:15; Board of Education Meeting @ 6:00
- December 17: End of 2nd Quarter
- December 20-January 4: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
- January 5: Students Return; 3rd Quarter Begins
Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 5:30-7pm
1110 Southeast Highland Avenue
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Items That Need Your Attention
Students Leaving Early
*As established by SCDC Head Start Policy Council and based upon Topeka Public Schools rules and regulations.
1. The Topeka Board of Education believes that attendance at school is a key factor in student achievement and success. Students are expected to regularly attend school, participate, and learn.
2. If your child is ill, has an appointment, or other reason that will constitute an excused absence, you must call into the office between 8:00-9:00a.m. Advanced notice is appreciated.
3. A phone call attempt will be made on any child that does not arrive at school by 10:00am and 11:00am on late start Friday.
4. Head Start performance standards require children to be in attendance at a minimum of 90% of the time. Students who drop below 90% attendance will be placed on an attendance plan to improve student attendance. Any child who has been absent for 10 consecutive days, or 15 cumulative days, risks being dropped from the program and placed on the waitlist.
5. After 2 days of unexcused absences, staff will conduct a home visit or make other direct contact with the child's family, determining what assistance is needed to remedy the problem.
6. Tardies are cumulative and can affect attendance just like absences do. Students must arrive at school on time each day. Excessive tardies may result in the family being placed on an attendance plan.
7. Although Kansas law does not require students to be in school prior to the age of 7, ANY child enrolled in public school does fall into the state truancy policies. Truancy reports may be made to the district truancy officer for any student with excessive absences and/or tardies.
Conscious Discipline Parent Information
Time to Eat!
COVID Vaccinations for Children
We are excited to announce that Topeka Public Schools, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, and Shawnee County Health Department are partnering to provide optional Elementary Vaccination Clinics at Jardine and Meadows Elementary from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. for children ages 5 to 11.
Saturday clinics will be held on November 13th and December 11th at Jardine Elementary, located at 2600 SW 33rd Street.
Friday clinics will be held on November 19th and December 10th at Meadows Elementary, located at 201 SW Clay Street.
We are asking those who will be receiving the vaccination to wear clothing (short sleeves) that will allow for the vaccination to occur with ease.
The Pfizer vaccine will be distributed after the consent form is signed. Consent forms will be distributed to those who register. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and have a signed consent form to receive the vaccination (a new consent form must be signed for each vaccination the individual receives). This free service is offered in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and Shawnee County Health Department.
In addition, during the Saturday clinic, TPS in partnership with Harvesters will be providing food pantry items for those who have a need as we prepare for the winter holiday.
You can sign up for the vaccination at the following link. To learn more about the Pfizer vaccine, you can access the fact sheet here.
Thank you for taking steps for a safer community.
Shawnee County Health Department to Start Flu Shots
Monday October 11
Fall is upon us, which means so is flu season. Flu vaccines have just arrived at the Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD), and SCHD will begin giving flu shots to anyone six
months and older starting today Monday October 11th, 2021 with or without insurance.
Flu vaccines are available at our Clinical Services Division, 2115 SW 10th Ave, by appointment only. Individuals can call 785.251.5700 to schedule an appointment for the following clinic hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday Wednesday
8:00am - 11:00am 10:00am - 1:00pm 8:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm - 4:00pm 3:00pm - 6:00pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This year’s vaccination protects against 4 strains of seasonal flu. The flu shot will cause antibodies to develop in the body after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection from the flu virus. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated against flu. It continues to be extremely important to protect those at higher risk for flu complications. Many of these people are also at high risk for COVID-19 illness or other serious outcomes. It is also important for caregivers and essential workers to protect themselves and those around them from flu by getting a flu vaccine.
In addition to getting vaccinated, SCHD encourages residents to take the following steps to help minimize the spread of germs:
• Wash your hands
• Cover your cough
• Stay home if you are sick
For more information on seasonal flu visit the CDC Seasonal Flu webpage:
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and everyone entering the building over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. If accommodations are needed due to a medical condition please call 785.251.5700.