PRE Newsletter

May 6, 2022

Important Dates

May 6 Carnival! and Due Date for Talent Show Sign-up!

May 9 5th Grade Band Concert @ MVHS

May 10 Rex Moore's Retirement Reception @ 4:00-6:00 P.M., PTO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M., Chipotle Restaurant Night (see below)

May 18 Field Day (see below), Sack lunch from home or school, Due Date for Student Leadership Form!

May 19 5th Grade Farewell

May 20 Make-up Day for Field Day if Needed

May 23 Sack lunch (from home or school) with buddies, Talent Show @ 1:00 P.M. (see information below!)

May 24 Last Day of School with Dismissal @ 12:10 P.M.

Online Auction

The Spring PTO Online auction is now live and will be accessible until Friday, May 6th at 8:30 pm. Many great items are available to bid on including teacher experiences and items donated by local businesses and PRE families. We are excited that SUR TEC, Inc. is sponsoring the online site so that 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to support Prairie Ridge Elementary. Items can be picked up after 8:30pm at the Carnival or the following week at the Prairie Ridge Office. You do not need to be present at the Carnival to participate in the online auction. Click on Bidding Owl to launch the auction site.
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Thank you to our Spring Carnival Sponsors

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PRE believes that student leadership and involvement is important. Students in grades K-2 engage in leadership opportunities within their classrooms where 3-5 students move to school-wide leadership opportunities. Below you will find the opportunities for 3-5 students.

Safety Patrol:

Safety Patrol (4th-5th graders) will be responsible for helping students arrive to school and leave school safely. Training will be required, and students will be assigned times to carry out their responsibilities.

Student Council Assembly Planning and Presenting:

Student reps (3rd-5th graders) will plan and present assemblies. There will be one assembly/quarter, and there will be a required meeting each quarter to do this work. This would be a great opportunity for students who enjoy speaking and presenting in front of others.

Student Council Spirit Day Coordination:

Student reps (3rd-5th graders) will plan spirit days. There will be one spirit week/quarter, and there will be a required meeting each quarter to plan these days. Students will also make posters to promote the spirit days.

Student Council Ambassadors:

Student reps (3rd-5th graders) will act as greeters at specific events, such as Back to School Night. The ambassadors will also assist kindergartners, especially at the beginning of the year. This is a great opportunity for students who feel comfortable greeting others.

Technology Team:

The technology team (4th graders) will assist with technology needs.

Librarian Assistants:

Librarian Assistants (4th and 5th graders) will work with Mrs. Ptacek to perform library tasks.

Recycling Team:

Third graders will have the opportunity to serve on the recycling team. Team members will work with Mrs. Porras and assist with recycling on a regular basis.


Fifth graders will carry out daily announcements.

***NEW-Community Service Team:

This is a new team for 4th & 5th graders. Do you like to participate in community service events? Would you like to lead a community service event? This team will work with the PRE PTO to plan and execute the monthly community service events that are held after school.

Every student who wishes to participate and fills out an application will be on at least one team.

Applications are due on May 18, 2022. Please use the link below to apply.

PRE Leadership and Participation Form 2022-23


PRE Families,

I am very excited to be putting together my 4th Field Day here at PRE. It will be a lot of fun getting back outside after having a rainy indoor field day last year. My main goal is always to make field day a fun and exciting experience for all students to be a part of! The plan is to have 13 stations for students to rotate to in a morning rotation/afternoon rotation format with K, 1st, and 2nd rotating through stations in the morning and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade rotating through in the afternoon.

Here is an outline of the current schedule, without any weather issues:

● K-2 Field Day Kickoff: 9:05-9:15

● AM Stations: 9:15-12:15 (If you volunteer for a station, please arrive at 9:00)

● K-2 Break/Lunch: 12:25-1:10

● 3-5 Break/Lunch: 11:30-12:10

● 3-5 Field Day Kickoff: 12:10-12:20

● PM Stations: 12:20-3:35 (If you volunteer for a station, please arrive at 12:00)

I have a sign-up genius set up for field day volunteers. I am in need of quite a few volunteers to help this day run as smoothly as possible. There will be two slots for each station for signing up and it is broken up into a K-2 sign up and a 3-5 sign up. If you don’t mind giving your time to help, I would love to see you on the 18th of May for PRE Field Day!

K-2 Station Sign Up Link:

3-5 Station Sign Up Link:

Field Day will be a sack lunch day. You can send a sack lunch from home or your child can get a sack lunch from our cafeteria. Please fill out the Field Day Lunch Choice form if you want your child to get a sack lunch from school. This will help our cafeteria staff plan accurately.

Coach Barnes

Chipotle Restaurant Night - May 10th

Support Prairie Ridge Elementary by ordering Chipotle for dinner on Tuesday, April 10th from 3:00pm - 9:00pm! Tell the cashier you are with Prairie Ridge or use our code when ordering online and PRE will receive 33% of your order.

You can purchase from any one of these 4 locations:

Chipotle | 22410 W 66th St. | Shawnee, KS 66226 use code: PMLND2Q

Chipotle | 15830 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, | Shawnee, KS 66217-9326 use code: 6ZDEVJA

Chipotle | 11805 Shawnee Mission Parkway, | Shawnee, KS 66203-3337 use code: MENHLWY

Chipotle | 16101 W 87th St Pkwy, | Lenexa, KS 66219 use code: BTJPEVK

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Click here to order a school sack lunch for May 23

Students will have a picnic lunch with their buddy classes on Monday, May 23. You can sign-up to get a school sack lunch.

Golden Spoon Winners

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







Double Diamond

The Double Diamond Award will now be given out every Friday to two classes (one K-2 and one 3-5) that have 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 and Mrs. Sudac's 4th grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

PTO Meeting

Please join us for our next PTO Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30pm at Prairie Ridge! We will be discussing our plans for the 2022-2023 school year. We would love to hear your ideas and hope you can volunteer to help.
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