PRE Newsletter

January 28, 2022

Important Dates

February 1 Chick-fil-a Restaurant Fundraiser

February 2 Community Service (details below)

February 7 Career Awareness Day Forms Due!

February 10-17 Book Fair

February 14 Valentine Parties @ 3:00 P.M.

February 16 Half-day with dismissal at 12:10 P.M.

February 16-17 Parent/Teacher Conferences (details coming soon!)

February 17-18 No School

February 18 Kindest Kansas Citian Deadline! (See details below)

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place February 16th-17th, 2022. Currently, we are allowing parent choice of in-person (Wednesday) or virtual/Zoom (Thursday) meetings. District recommendations may change closer to conference dates and will be communicated in advance. Currently our sign-up reflects in-person conferences on Wednesday and Virtual/Zoom conferences on Thursday.

In an effort to keep everyone as healthy as possible, families are encouraged to participate in virtual conferences via Zoom. When applicable, materials will be sent home in advance, which we will review and discuss together during the conference. If you prefer an in-person conference, please select a time on Wednesday, February 16th. In-person conferences require masks and social distancing. Additionally, should you feel ill within the five days immediately prior to the conference, please contact me to schedule a virtual meeting.

The following link is for conference sign-ups: 2022 Spring Conference Signups

If you have questions, please reach out. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you.

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PRE Book Fair

Hello Prairie Ridge readers! OUR ARCTIC ADVENTURE BOOK FAIR IS ALMOST HERE! Student and book fair volunteer shopping times will be scheduled during school hours on February 10, 11, 14 & 15. We will be open for family shopping on February 10 (4-7 pm), February 16 (4-8 pm) and February 17 (10am-7pm). All families who plan to attend the book fair must sign up for a time using the following link:

We need volunteers to make this a success! Please sign up to help here:

A flyer with more details will be sent home soon! Teacher Wish List items will be available for purchase at the Fair. Let’s create a BLIZZARD of books!

COVID Communication Update

As we have been working through the pandemic, I have been informing families of when there is a positive case within each grade level. Since we have returned from winter break, you have likely noticed that you have received a notice email daily or almost daily. With the high positive transmission rates in Johnson County, COVID has greatly impacted our schools. From now on, I am going to cease sending individual grade level letters. COVID is in our community and in our school. As long as the transmission rate is high in our county, it will be high in our school.

Thank you for communicating with Nurse Sarah concerning any health questions or concerns. She wants to help you navigate your situation and will give you information in order to help make a decision that is appropriate for your circumstances. Thank you for partnering with us during this pandemic!

USD 232 Preschool Enrollment for the 2022-2023 School Year!

USD 232 offers high quality preschool programs for children, ages 3 to 5, that are not yet kindergarten eligible. All programs are half-day, hold low student to adult ratios and use research-based curriculums tied to the Kansas Early Learning Standards. Preschool programs are located in the NEW Cedar Trails Exploration Center at the corner of Mize Blvd & 83rd St., next to Mill Creek Middle School. Grant funded (FREE) preschool spots are available for students who qualify. Transportation (busing) will also be available for grant funded spots and special education services.

Preschool Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year begins on February 21, 2022. On that date, an online application will be available via the USD 232 Early Childhood website at Paper applications are also available within Cedar Trails Exploration Center (Lenexa, KS) and Starside Elementary (De Soto, KS) offices. All applications must be submitted to the Cedar Trails Office by March 4, 2022 at 4pm, to be considered in the first round of enrollment.

For more information, please visit

Contact the Cedar Trails Office at 913-667-1820 with questions.

Music Program Dates Set

As communicated earlier, we have been working on revising our spring music program dates. Below are the dates:

March 29--3rd grade

April 7--1st grade

April 21--2nd grade

These music programs will be held outside and start at 6:00 P.M. More details will be sent once we get closer to the dates.

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Community Service

Please join us for our February community service project where we will decorate and make valentines for our nation's heroes! We will also make valentines for our awesome bus drivers as it is bus driver appreciation month!

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Spirit Wear - Order Deadline Monday, January 31st

2022 Prairie Ridge Spirit Wear is on sale now! Our online store makes it convenient to shop:

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Extreme Science Show Rescheduled!

Our Extreme Science Show has been rescheduled to April 28th. We will send out additional details as we get closer to the event.
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Help support Prairie Ridge Elementary on Tuesday, February 1st from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Make sure to tell your server you are with PRE and Chick-Fil-A will donate a portion of each sale back to our school.

Offer is good only at the Chick-Fil-A Lenexa on 15919 W 87th Street Parkway. You may dine-in, carry-out or drive-through.

It’s time for the annual Kindest Kansas Citian Contest

Every January, we encourage our students to nominate a person in Kansas City that has shown kindness to them and deserves to be recognized. Ms. Montgomery will briefly explain the contest during her counseling lessons on 1/13-1/27. Like last year, all entries will be uploaded onto the Synergy Services site, so there will be no paper copies to turn into school. The link is below and the final day that entries can be uploaded is Friday, February 18. (You will need to know your nominee’s name and email address.)


We are excited to see how many wonderful acts of kindness the kids will share about their Kindest Kansas Citian. I have attached the guidelines page from Synergy Services that explains who can and can not be nominated by your child. If you have any questions, please email me at

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.

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:

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

2022 PRE Career Awareness Day Form

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week!

It was brought to my attention that I forgot to add the students of the week to my newsletter two weeks ago. I do apologize! Student names were announced at school, so the students received their certificates the Friday that they were announced. Here are a list of those students that we recognized:

Zander Summerskill

Caroline Jones

Hadley Snell

Miles Collum

Lauren Polich

Jack Stevens

Colton Taylor

Dominick Aligo

Colin Bruggeman

Lena Graff

Anika Kamath

Bryce Dieckhoff

Ellie Demke

Wesley Harbord

Harrison rogers

Emmett Munsey

Harrison McWilliams

Jack Lowe

Logan Cliff

Ainsley Rickett

Myles Crawford

Makenzie Adams

Kayla Muroka

Brody Willoughby

Triston Brunner

Students of the week for this week:

Kellan Murphy

Dexter Smith

Sawyer Childs

Sophia Burdine

Ginger Shea-Cahir

Gabriel Keith

Eesha Saraf

Camille Evans

Arianna Muttai

Chelsie Graver

Harrison Brenner

Layla Svitak

Benny McWilliams

Gracelyn Clyde

Muhammed Jarjou

Declan Elliott

Max Swindle

Brooks Prater

Ryleigh Bonewitz

Ethan Bauer

Caroline Womer

Elijah Hale

Jamari Perry-Rainey

Pyper Pedroza

Stella Rea

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. Mendez's 1st grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

Golden Spoon Winners

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







Watch DOGS

Thank you Watch D.O.G.S.! The kids love seeing you at PRE. We still have open positions for February. 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.

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