Prairie Point Express

Family Newsletter

May 21, 2021

Prairie Point Elementary School

School Address: 8101 NW Belvidere Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64152

School Hours: 8:15 am - 3:05 pm

School Phone: 816-359-4380

Principal: Dr. Danny Todtfeld

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Sarah McQuinn

Counselor: Mrs. Ally Swisher

School Social Worker: Miss Marla Anderson

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 26

  • MAP Testing at Prairie Point - Grades 3-5 Only

Wednesday, May 26

  • Field Day

Thursday, May 27

  • Fifth Grade Recognition Parade - 5:00 - 5:45 pm - Prairie Point Elementary

Friday, May 28

  • Last day of school - 1/2 day for students - Students dismissed at 11:28 am
  • Virtual Students drop off devices and materials between 12:30-3:00.
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Prairie Point's Virtual Musical!

Mrs. Ashley Koster, Prairie Point Music Teacher, has created a virtual musical highlighting each class at Prairie Point. Click the link below and check it out!
Prairie Point Musical 20-21

Virtual Student - Item Drop-off

Online students will drop off items such as devices, manipulatives, library books, book club books and any other school items on Friday, May 28th at their HOME School.

If you are an online student and Prairie Point is not your home school, you will return your device to your home school. You may have items that need to be returned to Prairie Point and your home school.

Prairie Point students should visit Prairie Point between 12:30-3:00 on May 28 to drop off their devices and other items. More information will be coming from your virtual teacher and Prairie Point at the beginning of next week.

Thank you for being flexible, as some of you will have to visit two schools.

Field Day Postponed!

Due to the crazy weather this week, we are sad we had to postpone our Field Day to Wednesday, May 26. We will have field day next week and are also working on an indoor option if inclement weather is an issue.

Wednesday menu: Sack Lunch

Choice 1: Hot Dog with Chips

Choice 2: Yogurt

Sides: Applesauce cup


Specials Spotlight with Mrs. Easley

Reading over the summer will help your student maintain all the progress they’ve made this year at school. Keep your kids reading daily, whether it’s a bedtime story, independent reading time, or an audiobook in the car. To make summer reading even more fun, check out the Show Me program at Mid-Continent Public Library. Kids who read 20 minutes a day will win free books and enter drawings to win bigger prizes. Barnes and Noble, Scholastic, and Chuck E. Cheese have great programs as well. All Park Hill students have access to free ebooks and audiobooks through Sora (available as a website and an app); they just need to log in with their s-number and password. Contact Ms. Easley for any more information about summer reading resources!

2021 Summer Library Program

A Note from Nurse Fennelly

As the end of the year is approaching, if your student has medications or inhalers here at school, please schedule a time to pick up your child's items on Thursday, May 27th.

If your child is attending summer school here at Prairie Point Elementary and needs medication or an inhaler, you may leave it here at school and pick it up on Friday, July 2nd.

Fifth Grade Recognition Parade

All 5th grade students (virtual and in-person) will be invited to attend our 5th-grade Recognition Parade. This will take place on Thursday, May 27 from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. During this parade, students will stay in their cars and will move through the car rider line. As students arrive at school, they will be announced over the intercom, and their teacher will provide them with a 5th grade Recognition Certificate.

Free Breakfast and Lunch Next Year!

It’s official – the program that allows us to provide free meals to our students and to children throughout our community is going to continue through the summer and the 2021-2022 school year. This is not just for families who are in need – everyone may feel welcome to access this resource for their children.

Free Meals During the Summer:

  • For summer school students:
    We will serve free breakfast and lunch to summer school students each day. They will not be eligible for the frozen pick-up meal kits during the summer school session (on the June 9, June 16 and June 23 pick-up dates), but they may order them for the May 26 and June 2 pick-up dates, before summer school begins.
  • For students not in summer school:
    Families may order five-day frozen bulk meal kits for all children in the Park Hill area who are not in our summer school, beginning with the Wednesday, May 26 pick-up date. Our order form, with pick-up instructions, is on our website. Please order a week in advance and no later than the Tuesday before your pick-up date.

Free Meals During the 2021-2022 School Year:

  • For in-person students:
    Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, we will provide free breakfast and lunch to our in-person students each day.

For Park Hill Online Academy students and area children:
Students in our area who do not attend our schools in person will be able to order our five-day frozen bulk meal kits.

MAP Testing at PPE

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Map Test Time (Prairie Point MAP Assembly 2021)

Enroll in Summer School Today!

From June 7 through July 2, your children can participate in Prairie Point's summer school program, which is a free, fun, caring place for your children to continue learning during the summer.

Enroll in summer school by clicking here!

Prairie Point Elementary - Enroll in 2021 Summer School Today!
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PTA Newsletter

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Please view our newsletter in the PDF below!

Also, we would like to hear from our families about their preferred fundraising activities for next year. Please click the link below to complete a brief (3 questions) survey.

Click here to complete the survey

A Note from our PTA- Teacher Tailored Kit

Great News! This year we will be offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packaged, school supply kits filled with the exact supplies requested by your child’s teacher. Why fight the hassle of retail when our kits are a cost-effective and convenient way of purchasing your back-to-school supplies. Skip the lines this summer. Order your supplies with Teacher Tailored!

Paper order forms have been sent home with students this week. Please return to school by Monday, May 24th along with your payment. Or order online by Thursday, June 3rd.

Supply kits will be delivered to Prairie Point and will be placed on your student’s desks at back-to-school night in August.

Online ordering: Account #13067

Immunizations for Grades 8-12

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Lakeview/Walden Volleyball Camp

The Volleyball coaching staffs of Lakeview and Walden would like to invite your incoming 5th-grade girls interested in volleyball to come to our camp, August 2 – 5. Please see the information and sign up below.

Camp Link:

Park Hill Kids Soccer Camp

The Park Hill Soccer Program will be hosting our annual kids camp on July 19-21.

  • PH Kids Soccer Camp
  • July 19th-21st from 7:15-8:15 AM
  • Located at the new Park Hill Soccer Field on the Park Hill High School Campus
  • Open to K-5 boys and girls
  • The cost is $30 and includes a t-shirt
  • Register at
  • Contact Josh Marchbank at for more information!
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If you did not order a yearbook for your student earlier this year, we do have a few extras that can be purchased for $15.

Please fill out the form below and return it along with a CHECK or CORRECT CASH to Mrs. Carver – Second Grade Room 203.

Checks should be made out to Prairie Point Elementary.

Horizons/Bright Futures Opportunity at Gerner

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Free Eye Exams

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Reminders from Nurse Fennelly

Thank you to all of the families who have partnered with us to help keep the students and staff at Prairie Point healthy. This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is especially important that families call the school before sending students who have symptoms of illness. We are working hard to handle these situations on a case by case basis so that we can keep illness outside of our school.

If your child wakes up not feeling well, please do not send them on the bus or drop them at school until you speak with our school nurse, Terri Fennelly. You can reach the front office by calling 359-4380. Nurse Terri's direct line is 359-4384.

Remember, all members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill. A list of symptoms to screen for can be found below.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell

May Curriculum Connections

Check out the linked Curriculum Connections below to see what our Pioneers will be working on in each subject area during the month of May! We want to share the learning topics at all of the grade levels so that you are familiar with what topics and content are taught this month! Your child's teacher is always happy to provide more details should you have questions!

May ELA Curriculum Connection

May Math Curriculum Connection

May Social Studies/ Science Curriculum Connection

Birthday Treat Reminders

Due to our safety guidelines, we will not be able to have food or other items brought into the school building for birthdays or other celebrations. If you are still interested in birthday treats for your students, our Food Service has options available for purchase. Click the file below for ordering information.

Repeat: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

If your family might qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please complete the 2020-2021 meal benefit application in your SchoolCafe account, if you have not already done so.

Even though meals are free this year, this form also helps us get needed funding for district services for students. And if you are signed up this year, you won't have a gap in services at the beginning of the next school year.

If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you are eligible for additional discounts on things like health care, college application fees, athletics, AP class fees, and fees for the SAT and ACT tests. For more information, click here.

Repeat: Do You Know A Park Hill Star?

The Park Hill Star recognition program was started in 2015 to celebrate support staff and teachers whose work is especially noteworthy.

The following is an overview of the Park Hill Star Program:

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee.

REPEAT: E-Backpack (Electronic Fliers)

As we have done for a number of years, any fliers we receive will be uploaded to Prairie Point's E-Backpack can be found on the Prairie Point Website under the "Parent Resources" tab. Click here for a direct link to the E-Backpack.

Currently in the E-Backpack:

  • Fliers for Online Clubs hosted by Community Education
  • Party Flier (Ordering Birthday Treats through Food Service)
  • Yearbook Order Form
  • Directory Invite to Families

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Repeat: Technology Use at Home

Here are some general guidelines and best practices for laptop use at home.

Thank you for your support. If you have any technology issues or questions, please contact the Help Desk Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 816-359-5000.

Our 5 Pillars of Prevention

Throughout the summer, we have been working hard to modify our building procedures and practices to make Prairie Point as safe as possible. This work has resulted in a 5 Pillars of Prevention Matrix. The 5 Pillars include: Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfecting, Cohort Groups and Masks.

Please take some time to learn about Prairie Point's Health and Safety Precautions. Click here to access our matrix and other health information.

Prairie Point Mission

Our Vision

Prairie Point Elementary School provides all children with a safe, caring educational environment that focuses on high expectations and promotes lifelong learning.

Our Mission

To create a safe and caring student centered environment, to empower students to be independent learners, problem solver, and responsible citizens in the 21st Century.

At Prairie Point School, we value:

  • Keeping the focus on the student
  • Continuous learning and professional growth
  • Warm, caring, open-minded environment
  • High expectations for all students and adults
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Empathetic approach with our actions.