PRE Newsletter

January 7, 2022

Important Dates

January 10 Community Service @ 4:00 P.M.

January 11 The Other Place Restaurant Event

January 14 Kansas Teacher of the Year Deadline @ Noon

January 17 No School--MLK Jr. Day

January 20 Extreme Science PTO Family Event (see details below)

January 25 Skate Party

Kindergarten Round-up

If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten during the 2022-23 school year, please fill out this link Incoming Kindergarten Contact List. You can call the PRE office at 913-667-1800 with any questions. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 8 @ 6:00 P.M. to attend an informational meeting. Share this information with friends and neighbors who will have kindergartners at PRE next year.

Weather Guidelines

As colder weather is upon us, I thought that it would be helpful to share the district weather guidelines...


· 11 – 20 degrees--Outdoor recess and physical education should be limited (as practical)



· 10 degrees –Recess and physical education to be held indoors


***Please note that these are wind chill/feels like temperatures.


Please make sure your child has all needed items to go out for recess, and kindly label your child's outdoor clothes so that we can return them to the appropriate owner if they are misplaced.

PRE Career Awareness Day

We are excited to have our second annual Career Awareness Day! This will be the morning of February 16, 2022. Last year we made some adjustments in how this day looks with positive feedback, so we are going to follow the same format this year. I am asking any parents or community members to submit a video telling about their career. Please aim for a 5-8 minute video. The easiest way to submit the video is through a YouTube link. Please know that we will appreciate any video footage where the career is highlighted…it does not need to be a professional video!



During your video presentation, there are some points that I hope you can address. They are:

  • Your relationship to PRE—parent, former parent, community member, etc.
  • Training or schooling needed to do your job
  • Subjects that you should have an interest in and are good at in order to do your job
  • Any tools that you use on a daily basis, and please highlight these in your video if you can!
  • What a day on the job might look like
  • Showing the environment in which you work


Teachers will be able to work with their class to decide which videos to watch during the morning of February 16. We would also like to have a Zoom session for students to ask specific questions on this day. If you are interested in participating in this portion, please note it on the form below.


I am asking that all videos submitted by February 7. You can email your video to: kfulcher@usd232.org


Thank you for considering being part of the PRE Career Awareness Day!


2022 PRE Career Awareness Day Form

The Other Place Restaurant Day - January 11th

Help raise funds for Prairie Ridge Elementary at The Other Place Restaurant on January 11th. Dine-In or Carry-Out ALL DAY (11:00am-midnight) and PRE will earn back a percentage of your bill. Find their menu here: https://theotherplace.com/location/ankeny-iowa/ankeny-main-menu

*Please mention Prairie Ridge when you place your order so we get credit for your purchase.

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Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week!


Eli Dobbeleare

Lennox Basom

Audrey Lambert

Margeaux Kusnierkiewicz

Heidi Witherspoon

Audrey Turner

Grady Krase

Anna Fitzgerald

Gavin Ansell

Rory Grant

Beckett Robie

Nicole Wiggins

Roxy Wampler

Sophie Ackerman

Lyla Janak

Hayvyn Lee

Bryson Grey

Jane Faile

Harper Ross

Barrett Strahm

Wyatt Crowe

Jordyn Johnson

Anthony Haffiz

Ziggy Buster

Brynner Dieckhoff

Kansas Teacher of the Year


The De Soto School District has been an important and strong participant in the Kansas Teacher of the Year Program for many years. De Soto has had fifteen state finalists and twelve semi-finalists represented in the program since 2000. Two of our very own teachers were chosen as The Kansas Teacher of the Year; Keil Hileman in 2004 and Jeri Powers in 2008. This is truly unprecedented!


We would like for you to nominate any teacher whom you consider to be an outstanding and effective educator and whom you or your child has had as a teacher. This person must be a tenured employee of USD 232. If there is a De Soto educator whom you believe to be outstanding and deserving of special recognition, please fill out the nomination form at www.usd232.org/ktoy . This form needs to be completed by noon on January 14, 2021.

Watch D.O.G.S.

We are looking for more Watch D.O.G.S. for this semester! Please sign up for a time at the link below.


If you would like to be a Watch DOG but did not attend our orientation meeting in the fall, please email Mrs. Fulcher and she can send you the information that you need to get started.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4dafa828aa8-prewatch5

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Extreme Science Show

Join us on Thursday, January 20th for David Hagerman's EXTREME SCIENCE brought to you by Prairie Ridge PTO. This event will take place at Mill Valley High School Auditorium. There will be 2 show times (5:45pm-6:30pm and 7:00pm-7:45pm). This is a family event - parents or caretakers must attend with their students.


Extreme Science is exactly what the title implies: EXTREME! In this highly acclaimed show, Hagerman leads students on a wild journey through different fields of science. This show will tickle your funny bone and educate at the same time.


Because of limited seating we ask that only IMMEDIATE family members attend the show, and masking is required for all in attendance. Please RSVP for a time for your family and make sure to include the number of family members attending. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4dafa828aa8-extreme

Skate City - January 25th

Join your Prairie Ridge friends at Skate City on Tuesday, January 25th from 6-8. Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $2.00.

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