September Edition

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Principal Message

Dear Parents,

If your children are like mine the typical conversation goes like this:

“What did you do at school today?”

Your child replies, “Nothing.”


“How was school today?”

Your child replies, “Ok.”

Below we have included a list of questions that go beyond "How was your day?" These are questions to ask your child after school to get a conversation started. Once your child gets started discussing their day, wait to ask more questions and just let them open up. As parents, we tend to jump in with more questions, but waiting and listening are important. A child gains confidence as they relate to you. I also think it’s great to have your child ask you questions about your day. This will also teach them to listen.

Have a great September!

Success, nothing less!

Dr. Ryan Andrews


Going Beyond "How was your day?"

Questions to ask your child after school to get a conversation started:

  • What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  • What was the worst thing that happened at school today?
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Tell me something that made you laugh.
  • Tell me about what you read in class today. What did your teacher read to you?
  • If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? Why?
  • What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • Who did you sit by at lunch today? What did you talk about?
  • Can you show me something you learned today?
  • What part of school is your favorite?
  • Tell me the name of 3 kids you sat next to today.
  • What was the most interesting/funny thing your teacher said today?
  • What class expectations does your teacher say are important?
  • Tell me one interesting fact about your teacher.
  • What is your favorite time of day at school?
  • What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
  • Did you get frustrated with anything at school today?
  • Were you able to finish all of your work today?
  • Tell me about a new word you heard today at school.
  • If I called your teacher tonight what would he/she tell me about you?
  • What made you happy today?
  • Did anything make you sad today?
  • How did you help somebody today?
  • How did someone help you today?
  • Were you bored at all today?
  • Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?
  • What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
  • What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
  • How were you a good friend today?
  • Where do you play the most at recess?
  • Did anyone do something nice for you today?
  • Did you do anything nice for someone today?
  • Was it noisy or quiet today during class? Which do you like better?
  • Ask about a specific friend in your child's class.
  • What questions did you ask today?
  • Tell me what your learned today that you did not know before.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your day? How could you make it at 10?
  • If you got one wish about school, what would it be?
  • Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she funny?
  • What was your favorite part of lunch?
  • What challenged you most today?
  • If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
  • If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with? Why?
  • Tell me about three different times you used your pencil at school today.
  • What do you like least about school?
  • What do you like most about school?


We have just a few reminders to share with everyone:

1) Students should not have their cell phones on their person while on campus. All cell phones should be in bookbags. Cell phones and smart watches should not be creating disturbances in our classrooms.

2) Please remember that staff are not on outside duty until 8:05 am. Students should not be dropped off or released from cars without a parent until staff are outside at their stations at 8:05 am.

3) For students who walk or ride bikes/scooters to school, please help them set an appropriate time to leave the house in the morning. Students should not get to the main crosswalk until AFTER 8:05 am. The crosswalks are unsupervised prior to 8:05 am.

Please remember that Dr. Manning and I are always available to support you and your children. Please do not hesitate to stop in, call or email us with any questions or concerns. We are here for your children.

Important Dates:

September 12: Late Start

September 14-15: 5th Grade Camp

September 30: No School- PD Day

October 10: Late Start


Thank you for participating in The Peine Ridge Penny Wars. The school came together and raised $7600.00, that is amazing!


The WSD will once again be providing supervision for K-6 students who need to be dropped off at the regular start time on scheduled Late Start Days in the 2022-2023 school year. This is separate from our Before Care Program through Chautauqua, so if you are registered for Chautauqua, please DO NOT register for Late Start Supervision.

The fee is $10 per child for each late start day you would like to register for. Please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM first prior to paying. If you choose to use PayPal, there is a sliding scale charge assessed to cover processing costs. You also have the option to send a check in to your child's school. In order to arrange for adequate staffing, you must register and pay before the deadline for each late start day (deadline is one week prior to each late start). You may also register for all late start dates one time by choosing the dates you need in the registration form.

Future Late Start Dates:

September 12, 2022

October 10, 2022

November 14, 2022

December 12, 2022

January 2, 2023

February 6, 2023

March 6, 2023

April 10, 2023

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Meet our School Counselors- Ms. Alyssa Carnes and Mrs. Samantha Gorham

Hello Peine Ridge Family,

Hello! My name is Alyssa Carnes and I am the 4th grade through 6th grade School Counselor at Peine Ridge. This is my third year as a school counselor and I am excited to be back working with the Peine Ridge team. My name is Samantha Gorham, I am the counselor for kindergarten through third grade. This is my second year at Peine Ridge Elementary and I am so happy to be here and work with the staff and students!

We work with students, parents, and staff to help guide academic, emotional, behavioral, and social growth. Mrs. Gorham and Ms. Carnes also offer individual and small group counseling, as well as class lessons, to help students resolve personal or interpersonal problems, enhance listening and social skills, learn to empathize with others, and find social support through healthy peer relationships. Our goal is to build strong, trusting relationships to advocate and support all students at Peine Ridge.

Programs available to our Peine Families

We have a variety of programs to support students and their families throughout the school year.

Operation Backpack: A weekend nutrition program sponsored by Peine Ridge Church in Wentzville which provides a bag of food items to support student nutrition on the weekends. Please contact one of the counselors if you are interested in receiving this support for your child.

Operation Warm: Wentzville School District values relationships with our community and we want to support all families that are within our district and find themselves sometimes in need of assistance. Soon we will provide warm winter coats to those students with families that may reach out to us requesting support.

Holiday Assistance: Wentzville School District works with community organizations to help our families who may benefit from gift donations during the holiday season. Please contact a counselor if you feel this program will assist you.

Contact Information:

Alyssa Carnes

Samantha Gorham

Please follow us on Instagram- @wentzvillePRE

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