PRE Newsletter

February 25, 2022

Important Dates

February 28-March 4 Read Across America Week and Book Drive

March 3 Papa John's Fundraiser

March 4 Deadline for ordering Author Books (see info below!)

March 8 Kindergarten Round-up @ 6:00 P.M.

March 9 Community Service Event @ 4:00 P.M. (see below)

March 10 Skate Night

March 11 End of 3rd Quarter, Day of Community Service

March 14-21 Spring Break

March 22 Students Return

A note from the PRE Library:

Read Across America week is next week! February 28th through March 4th, we are looking forward to celebrating reading in many different ways right here at PRE! Below are a few of the activities...

Mystery Readers: We would like to have a mystery reader in every classroom, each day that week. You can use this link to sign up:

Author Visit: We are so excited to announce our amazing and generous PTO is hosting a Virtual Author Visit! Kari Lavalle, author of We Move the World, will be zooming in with ALL grade levels on Thursday, March 3rd. If you would like to order a signed copy of her book, you can order from Kari's local bookstore in Austin, Texas. The deadline is March 4. Here is the link:

We will also have spirit days, trivia on announcements, reading with buddy classes and more! I am confident this will be a fun and memorable week for our students! Thank you for your support!

~Mrs. Ptacek

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Book Drive February 28th – March 4th

Donate gently used books for grades K-6. There will be donation boxes outside of the office during Read Across America Week. The books will be sorted at the March 9th community service event. Your donations will support a local Bookmobile in the KC area. Please consider sharing your love of reading with others by making books more accessible to all kids.

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Community Service

Please join us for our March community service project where we will be sorting and boxing up the books collected from the book drive. We will also be making bookmarks. These donations will support a local Partner School Program that provides new and used books on a monthly basis to approximately 3,000 students within the KC area. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you! Our next event will be Wednesday, March 9th from 3:45-4:45pm. Students can sign up to participate after school from 3:45-4:45pm. Please note our younger students (K and 1st) will need to be accompanied by an adult in order to participate. All students will need to be signed out by an adult at the end of the activity at 4:45pm. Each event will start with a brief introduction to the organization we are serving and a little bit about how our work will make an impact. We hope students are able to draw the connection to the "why" we serve while we participate in the hands on activity.

March Community Service Event

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.

Papa John's Fundraiser--March 3

Support Prairie Ridge Elementary School by ordering from Papa John’s ANYTIME on Thursday, March 3rd. Use code KSP017 and the school will earn up to 25% of your order. Offer is good only at the 22358 W 66th Street location. You can order on the app, by phone or online to receive school credit. 913-441-9333

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Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award will be given out every Friday to a class that has 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. Vaughan's 2nd grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Golden Spoon Winners

Congratulations to our award winning classes for showing great lunchroom behavior!







Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week! Signs will be distributed next week.

Harper Turner

Raegan Zerbe

Walter Hochard

Regan Nguyen

Samuel Houdek

Jackson Grabbe

Kanon Hays

Jett Garcia

Annie Nowak

Calvin Onkoba

Oliver Gerstenkorn

Carver Atkins

Jaylynn Hulse

Max Jeffers

Zavier Toliver

Sophia Nunez

John Cooper

Zoe Bond

Kendall Newton

Taylor Curboy

Mason Trilck

Journeigh Dorch

Addie Hopkins

Garrett Judd

Skate City Night - March 10th

Save the date for our next Skate City Night! Thursday, March 10th from 6:00-8:00 pm! Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $2.00. No admission fees for non skaters.

Girls on the Run at PRE!

Girls on the Run is coming to Prairie Ridge! Beginning March 28, girls will meet twice per week for 8 weeks, having fun, making friends, increasing their physical activity levels and learning important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 3rd - 5th-grade girls through interactive lessons and movement activities. The season concludes on May 21 with a celebratory 5K event at Swope Park. Registration is open at

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