PRAIRIE RIDGE PARENT POST
August 25, 2023
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome Back! As we kick off the new school year, I wanted to take a moment to emphasize our commitment to the safety and security of our students, staff, and school community.
Ensuring a secure learning environment is a top priority, and we have implemented a comprehensive set of safety measures to achieve this goal. One important aspect of our safety strategy is the use of Standard Response Protocols (SRPs). These protocols provide clear and consistent guidelines for various emergency situations, allowing our students and staff to respond effectively should the need arise. To learn more about the protocols, click on the link: SRP Parent Information (English)
Our school staff has undergone thorough training to familiarize themselves with these protocols, ensuring they are well-prepared to handle an emergency situation. We will also conduct drills throughout the year to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the procedures. This proactive approach builds muscle memory which helps maintain a calm and organized response during emergencies.
Remember, your involvement is crucial in maintaining a safe environment. We encourage you to talk to your children about the importance of following safety protocols, both at school and in other settings. Additionally, please keep your contact information up to date so that we can reach you quickly in case of an emergency.
Thank you for your continued support. Please contact me directly if you have questions about our safety protocols. Let's embark on another successful school year with safety as our foundation.
IPAD INSURANCE info
The LTP Student iPad Insurance window for the 2023-2024 school year opens August 1st and closes on September 15th. Parents who wish to purchase iPad insurance for this year will need to make at least a partial payment within this window.
This insurance fee will be added for every eligible student K-12 on August 1st. Please note that any student with an unpaid balance for iPad insurance from the previous year will not be eligible to join the pool this year until they pay off the previous year’s balance.
2023-2024 LTP Student iPad Insurance: $25
The iPad insurance fee will be reduced or waived for students eligible for a free or reduced price lunch under the federal poverty income guidelines and homeless students as defined by McKinney-Vento.
Read more about the LTP Student iPad Insurance Program
We Are Hiring
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We are hiring two crossing guards to assist students and families with safely crossing the street before and after school. For more information or to apply, Click here.
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Vision & hearing screening
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your unwavering support of our students, teachers, and staff.
We are writing to inform you about important changes to the Infinite Campus (IC) platform that will impact student payments. Beginning July 2023, the integration between IC and RevTrak will no longer be supported by IC. As a result, all fees assigned in IC, including course, materials, and iPad fees will no longer show up in Revtrak and will need to be paid directly in IC through Campus Payments. RevTrak may still be used for clubs, field trips, and other payments of fees not assigned in IC.
Families can make payments using Campus Payments. Please visit this link for instructions on how to pay outstanding fees in Infinite Campus.
Again thank you for your continued partnership. We appreciate your understanding as we make this transition. If you have any questions regarding fees or Campus Payments, please contact your school’s front office and they will be able to support you.
Department of Finance and District Technology Services
St. Vrain Valley Schools
SVVSD has opted into Healthy School Meals For All. This means ALL students have access to 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch daily. You can find more information and answers to FAQ on the district website.
Although all students receive free meals, families are still encouraged to complete a Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL) Application. The online application and information about the importance of completing the application can be found here.
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100 mile club
Welcome back to Prairie Ridge Elementary. It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the return of our 100 Mile Club during the 2023-2024 school year. For those of you who are new to Prairie Ridge or are considering joining the program for the first time, I strongly encourage you to give it a chance. It is a great opportunity for your students to improve their health awareness, social well-being, and build self-confidence as they reach goals along the way.
As students reach milestones along the way they will be awarded with incentives. At the completion of the first 25 miles, your student will receive a 100 Mile Club t-shirt. Once your student reaches 50 miles they will receive a pencil. Upon reaching 75 miles, your student earns a wristband. Finally, when your child reaches 100 miles, they will be awarded a medal which will be received at the end of the year ceremony.
The registration cost for 100 Mile Club is $25 per runner this year. Parents are also encouraged to sign up if interested for an additional $25. If your student qualifies for the free ($6.25) or reduced ($12.50) lunch program, they can qualify for the program at a reduced rate which is listed in parentheses above.
We will begin 100 Mile Club this year starting on Monday, August 28th, 2023. It will run until April 25th, 2024. The days and times we will run will be DIFFERENT from previous years and are listed below.
Mondays - 8:15-8:45 AM
Tuesdays - 8:15-8:45 AM
Thursdays - 8:15-8:45 AM
In the event of inclement weather, we will host 100 Mile Club indoors and students will walk laps through the halls. However, we will make every effort possible to be outside as often as we can be. Typically we host outdoors as long as the wind chill is above 20 degrees. In the fall mornings the grass is sometimes wet, so an older, extra pair of socks and tennis shoes is highly encouraged, but not required.
We have switched over to the ONLINE ONLY registrations this year. As part of the online registration you will pay through Revtrak at Prairie Ridge 100 MC registration .
If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Cruise. I am available from 9:05-9:45 Monday-Friday to answer any questions or offer help with registration tasks, or you may contact me via email at any time.
Prairie Ridge Elementary / Physical Education Teacher
Check out this EASY way to help our PTO support the school!
Enroll online through www.kingsoopers.com/communityrewards or scan the code to the right.
If you already have an online King Soopers account just login, if not create one using your SooperCard number located on your physical card. Look for Prairie Ridge PTO, or enter our organization number, IG672. Every time you shop for groceries and swipe your SooperCard (or enter Alt ID), you're helping earn $ for our school just by shopping as you usually do!
Calling all 4th and 5th grade singers!
Soaring Singers Choir is a group of students who LOVE to sing. The Choir rehearses each Tuesday morning before school at 8:15-8:45am from Tuesday, September 5ht to Tuesday, December 5th during the 1st semester, and February 6th to April 30th during the 2nd semester. The choir will perform in TWO concerts on Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, May 1st @ 5pm at PRES in the gymnasium.
To sign up for Soaring Singers, please click on this LINK and submit the form by Monday, September 12th!
COLORADO ELEMENTARY ALL- STATE CHOIR
The Colorado Elementary All-State Choir (CEASC) offers 4th and 5th grade students in Colorado a chance to perform alongside the best upper elementary school singers across the state in one of two elite ensembles: Vivace and Presto. CEASC requires students to audition at their respective schools with a prepared piece ("America") and demonstrate their technical skills through aural recall and harmonic singing.
The one-day festival is held at a local school in Colorado Springs where students rehearse at Cheyenne Mountain High School followed by a performance with 250+ similarly talented, motivated, and dedicated singers under the direction of elite clinicians from around the country. The culminating concert is held at the International Hall of The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
Participation in the event requires a $60 registration fee to be paid upon the posting of the audition results. This fee helps cover the expenses of the choir including the registration as well as the cost of the choral octavos (sheet music), the conductors’ honorarium, travel, rehearsal and performance facilities, performance shirt, etc.
We are thrilled that your child is considering auditioning for the 11th annual CEASC event! Please click on the Google Form LINK to complete the audition sign-up process and select your preferred audition day and window of time.
MILK CAPS FOR MOOOLA
For the 23-24 School Year Prairie Ridge Elementary will be participating with Milk Caps for Mooola. How does the program work?
- Drink Longmont Dairy Milk (All caps from Longmont Dairy products in our glass bottles are eligible)
- Save the bottle caps. Save as many as you can—from your bottles, or collect them from your family and neighbors.
- Bring your milk caps to school and put them into the collection
Gifted and Talented Referrals
Each year, schools in St. Vrain Valley School District complete a process to identify students who demonstrate exceptional ability or performance in one or more academic areas and may, therefore, qualify for Gifted/Talented educational services. These students usually perform at least two years above grade level in their strength area(s), and they require additional academic challenges in order to support their continued educational growth and progress. In addition, they usually demonstrate characteristics of unique creativity and high motivation in their strength areas.
Referrals are open through the month of September and will close on the last day of the month. Referrals after that date will be addressed on a case by case basis. Completing a referral guarantees a review of the student profile to determine if testing is recommended for the student. The process for identification requires a body of evidence and often takes place throughout the school year.
The process takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
Representative name and email
Link to the Referral Form: https://forms.gle/ZMqtoyffM2d7Sxoo8
Referencia para Servicios de Dotados y Talentosos
Cada año, las escuelas del Distrito Escolar de St. Vrain Valley llevan a cabo un proceso para identificar a los estudiantes quienes demuestran capacidad excepcional o desempeño en una o más áreas académicas y que llenen los requisitos para recibir servicios para estudiantes Dotados/Talentosos. Estos estudiantes regularmente demuestran un desempeño de por lo menos dos años sobre su nivel de grado en las áreas de fortaleza y requieren un grado de dificultad académico superior para apoyar su crecimiento y progreso educativo. Además, estos estudiantes demuestran características de creatividad única y alta motivación en sus áreas de fortaleza.
El periodo para recibir referencias estará abierto durante el mes de septiembre. La fecha límite para referir a sus estudiantes es el último día del mes de septiembre. Las referencias recibidas después de la fecha límite serán consideradas conforme sean recibidas. Al remitir una referencia, se le garantiza un repaso del perfil del estudiante para determinar si es recomendable hacer pruebas adicionales. El proceso de identificación exige un conjunto de pruebas y con frecuencia se lleva a cabo a lo largo del año escolar.
El proceso toma aproximadamente 5 a 10 minutos para completar.
Representative name and email
Enlace a la Forma de Referencia: 2023-2024 Forma de Referencia o utilice el código QR