Pine Ridge Prep Update

February 22, 2022

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Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,


Happy TWOS-DAY! We hope you enjoyed your long weekend and had some fun outside in the beautiful weather! Thank you to all the families who met with their child's classroom team for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Teachers are working today to contact families they were not able to connect with. Please schedule a time when you hear from them as we expect 100% engagement with families over conferences and are excited to share your child's progress with you!


Please ensure you are sending your student to school dressed warm and prepared to go outside for our outside times. Per district policy, we go outside if the windchill is 20 degrees or above, even if only for a few minutes to get some fresh air!


We are very quickly running out of extra student masks. We simply can not keep up with the number of students that are coming without them daily. We are at the point of asking those regularly coming without a mask to leave with your student and come back with one. 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.


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

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Upcoming Events

February Events

  • February 21-25 - National Public Schools Week
  • February 24 - Conscious Discipline @ 4:15-5:15 (Zoom)
  • February 26 - National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Items That Need Your Attention

Topeka Public Schools Communication Tools

Topeka Public School District uses a wide variety of communication tools to engage its families. You can get more information here.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting

As we continue to respond to the community spread, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19 or had a COVID exposure, please complete the TPS COVID-19 Self Reporting form located on our website, and a district health official will contact you within 24 hours. Your child should not return to school until given guidance from school health officials.


Due to the volume of exposure in our county, all COVID student exposures being reported to Topeka Public Schools are to be reported online by going to TopekaPublicSchools.net. This process will allow us to address the current parent COVID needs and allow nurses to carry out their regular school duties and meet daily student needs. Please click on the link labeled Reporting a COVID-19 Exposure, which is on our main web page. Based on the information parents provide, an emailed response will be given informing you of the date your child can return to school and your child's school principal and nurse will be notified.


If you do not have the internet and need to report your exposure through this call, please provide your name, phone number, email address (if you have one), your child's name, birthdate and the date of the COVID-19 positive exposure. If you have school-related questions regarding a COVID-19 exposure, please leave a message and a health professional will return your call within 2 business days. Messages are only checked once every afternoon as our nurses are focused on patients for the majority of the day.


Families are asked to complete the self-reporting form for any COVID exposure. If a parent does not have internet access, they can call the COVID-19 reporting line at 785-438-HELP (785-438-4357) to report a COVID exposure. Schools will redirect families to the form on our web page or to the number to call.

Student Dismissal

Student dismissal is from 4:00-4:15 each day. Students must be picked up by this time. Continued patterns of late pick-up will be addressed by school administration.

Importance of Attendance

Attendance: We ended January with a 94% attendance rate. Head Start Performance Standards expect each child's attendance to be above 85% with the overall program attendance rate above 90%.


Importance of Attendance: As of today, February 22, we have had 109 school days. The information belows highlights what a child's attendance rate would be if they have missed a certain number of school days thus far, as well as the number of hours of instruction they will have missed. As you can see, the hours of missed instruction add up very quickly!

  • 5 days = 95% attendance rate and 33.75 hours of missed instruction
  • 10 days = 91% attendance rate and 67.5 hours of missed instruction
  • 12 days = 89% attendance rate and 81 hours of missed instruction
  • 15 days = 86% attendance rate and 101.25 hours of missed instruction
  • 20 days = 82% attendance rate and 135 hours of missed instruction

School Information

February Health & Fitness Tip

Check out the February Health and Fitness Tip here!

Affordable Internet Service

FCC has announced a permanent AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM that will provide eligible families, who apply, a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of Broadband services with various providers, including Cox. Eligible families include those who qualify for free and reduced lunch, SNAP, WIC or those with an income level at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline for family size. Click one of the next links for information from Cox in either ENGLISH or SPANISH.
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Time to Eat!

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Informational Items

COVID Protocols

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education voted on August 5th to follow the CDC Universal masking guidelines to start the school year. This means that masks will be required indoors for all staff, students, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required during outside times. Please be sure you send your student to school with a clean face mask each day. This is part of their required dress code and we appreciate your assistance with ensuring we are providing a safe environment for our students! We will also be continuing with frequent handwashing/sanitation, disinfection protocols, and maintaining a social distance of 3 feet. Follow this link to view the entire "TPS Safe to Return to School Plan".

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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WiFi Hotspots

Did you know that you can check out a WiFi Hotspot from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for FREE? Get more information here.

Food Pantries

This updated document provides a list of food pantries and food resources available in English and in Spanish.

The Nest - Food & Clothing Bank

The Nest, Pine Ridge Prep's food and clothing bank, is up and running! Ms. Heather is available to assist families with needs. You can reach her at 785-329-7876.

Community Resources Council Directory

You can find the link to the 2021 Community Resources Council Resource Directory here. This directory provides contact information for a variety of community resources.