Pine Ridge Prep Update

March 20, 2023

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Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,


Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Spring break and enjoyed the time home with your families! We are in the final semester of the school year and are so excited to see how much student's grow! Don't forget - our Social-Emotional Family Engagement event is tomorrow morning at 7:45am. Wear your favorite active wear or something you are ready to move in! Healthy snacks will be provided.



Click the link to access the 2022-2023 Family Handbook.


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

Upcoming Events

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March Events

  • March 21: Social-Emotional Family Engagement Breakfast @ 7:45AM in the Conference Room

You can find all school events listed on our school calendar which you can access on our webpage.

Items That Need Your Attention

Kindergarten Enrollment for 23-24 School Year

If your child is turning 5 on or before August 31st, he or she will begin Kindergarten next year.


At Parent-Teacher Conferences, you should have received information regarding your child's home elementary school.


If you would like to request a transfer to a different home school than the one that was identified at conferences, please fill out this transfer request form by March 31st: Topeka Public Schools Transfer Application

Synergy Student Information System

Attention Parents! Beginning later this year, Topeka Public Schools is moving to a new, fully integrated Student Information System, Synergy by Edupoint.


This one system will replace the district's current student information system into one platform that will host and manage student data in an efficient and user-friendly manner.


Synergy will provide access to both parents and students, just like our current system. However, with Synergy, Parents/Guardians will use a single sign-on to access all of their children’s information regardless of school.


As part of the seamless Synergy Education Platform, Synergy SIS enables schools and districts to easily extend functionality to include online registration, CI3T, assessment, analytics, and special education management in a single platform. For more information, visit: Synergy Student Information System Communications Plan

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We Are Learning To...

This Week We Are Learning To...

Math - 3 Year Olds

  • We are learning to know number names and count in order, so we can use numbers to get what we want or need (Ex: buy things at a store, count out toys/treats to share, set the table, etc.).
  • We are learning to use patterns so we can find the answer to a number problem.
  • We are learning to understand addition using the +1 pattern in everyday activities.

Math - 4 Year Olds

  • We are learning to know number names, count in order, and write numbers so we can use numbers to get what we want and need. (Ex: buy things at a store, count out toys/treats to share, set the table, etc.)
  • We are learning to use patterns so we can find the answer to a number problem.
  • We are learning to understand addition as putting together and adding to so we can find out how many there are of things. (Ex. how many reward tickets we have altogether to spend at the school store, how much money we have to spend at the store,
  • We are learning to understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from so we can find out how many things are left. (Ex. know how many reward tickets I have left after spending them at the school store, know how many snacks are left after eating some, know how many toys are left after some kids have taken them, etc.)
  • We are learning to use appropriate tools to model situations and solve problems with addition and subtraction.

Reading - 3 Year Olds

  • We are learning to ask and answer questions about a text so we can understand a text.
  • We are learning to identify similarities between texts so we can understand the information presented.
  • We are learning to use new words so we can build our vocabulary.
  • We are learning to identify parts of a book so we can understand the importance of books.
  • We are learning to speak clearly so others can understand our ideas, feelings, and needs. (CL.SL.p3.5)
  • We are learning to draw pictures so we can share information with others.

Reading - 4 Year Olds

  • We are learning to ask and answer questions about a text so we can analyze details from the story.
  • We are learning to identify the connection between two individuals, events or ideas so we can understand information in a text.
  • We are learning to ask and answer questions about words we don’t know so we can understand a text.
  • We are learning to identify physical parts of a book so we can use a book correctly.
  • We are learning about the author and illustrator of a text so we can explain how information in our book is presented.
  • We are learning to use words to express our thoughts so we can verbally express what we know.
  • We are learning to show our thoughts with words and pictures so that we can share what we know.

Social Studies - 3 Year Olds

  • We are learning to name places in our home and classroom so we can recognize our location in the world.
  • We are learning to recognize how we impact our home and school environment so we can have a positive impact on your community.


Social Studies - 4 Year Olds

  • We are learning to name our city and state so we can recognize our location in the world.
  • We are learning to recognize a community as a place where people live, work, and play so that we can understand our role in the community.


Science

  • We are learning about different forces, push and pull so we can demonstrate the force on different objects.


Social/Emotional Learning

  • We are learning to recognize a community as a place where people live, work, and play so that we can understand our role in the community.
  • We are learning to say the problem so that we can think of solutions.
  • We are learning to speak up assertively so that we can use our words when someone treats us in a mean or unsafe way.

Ci3T Weekly Parent Newsletter

Precorrection & Behavior Specific Praise

Precorrection is a strategy to make sure your child knows what is expected before beginning the activity. For example, “Please remember to be responsible at lunch by washing your hands, staying in one place until you are finished eating, and wiping down the area when you are finished.” Using precorrection reminds your child of what is expected so they can successfully meet your expectations.


Behavior specific praise is used after your child meets the expectation. For example, “I noticed you washed your hands for 20 seconds before lunch. That will help keep you healthy.” “Thank you for staying at the table to eat your lunch. That was helpful for me while I was on a work call.” or “I appreciate the way you wiped the table off after lunch.”

Time to Eat!

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Informational Items

Medicaid Renewals

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (also called KDHE) has created a new virtual agent to assist Medicaid consumers in Kansas with updating their required information, such as their household address for all individuals, home phone number for the primary applicant, and mobile phone number for the primary applicant


It is extremely important that consumers update or verify this information so they can be reached by KanCare about renewing Medicaid coverage in 2023 and receive coverage options from KanCare once the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ends.


The KDHE virtual assistant is called KIERA, which stands for “Kansas Integrated Eligibility Reporting Assistant.”


KIERA is available in English or Spanish languages and currently available on the KanCare website and KDHE website.


This video will cover how to use the KIERA virtual assistant to update your information online.

Developmental Health & Screenings Family Engagement Session

Are you a parent of a child age birth to 5 (Pre-K) in Kansas? We need your help to improve early childhood developmental health experiences! If you are interested in participating, please click here for more information and to register. Participants who attend the full session will receive a $100 stipend for their time, commitment, and input.

Late Start

Late Start is on FRIDAYS for this school year and the arival time will be at 9:30.

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar HERE.

FutureNow: Finance!

Communities In Schools of Mid-America is hosting two FutureNow: Finance events this spring. The first event is at Topeka High School on April 26th and 27th, followed by Topeka West High School's rescheduled event on May 4th.


Sign up for the event at Topeka High on April 26th and 27th here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094DA5A92CABFA7-futurenow7


Sign up for the event at Topeka West event on May 4th here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094da5a92cabfa7-spring#/


FutureNow: Finance is an interactive financial literacy simulation. Students receive a profile detailing their life at age 26, including their profession, salary, family status, and more. They use this information to navigate through stations representing all the expenses they must account for in a month, such as housing, transportation, child care, groceries, etc. Volunteers are positioned at each station to help students determine what they owe and help them with their budget. Students leave the event with a better understanding of creating and balancing a budget.


The success and lasting impact of these events depend on volunteers like you. We hope you will join us for this incredible volunteer experience. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Miranda Carpenter at Miranda.Carpenter@cismidamerica.org.

Family Resources

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Food & Clothing Bank

The Pine Ridge Prep Food & Clothing Bank is up and running! If your family has any needs, reach out to Ms. Heather Hayden 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.


If in need of resources, you can also contact the United Way by dialing 211.

Food Pantry Lists

See the following links for Food Pantry resources available to families.

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