PRE Newsletter

September 17, 2021

Important Dates

September 21 Community Service Opportunity (see details below)

September 22 Two hour late start--students report between 10:30-10:40 A.M. with tardy bell at 10:45 A.M.

September 23-30 Book Fair

September 29 Half-day with Dismissal at 12:10 P.M.

September 29-30 Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 30-October 1 No School


Make Plans Now

The Board of Education approved three (3) delayed start days for the 2021-22 school year. The first delayed start date is Wednesday, September 22. Students will begin school two (2) hours later than normal. Students will need to be at school for their first class at 10:45 a.m.

Students who ride the bus will simply add two hours to their normal pick up time. For example, if the normal pick-up time is 8:05 a.m., the pick-up time on September 22 would be 10:05 a.m.

Teachers and support staff will report for duty at their normal time on September 22. Schools will utilize time with staff for needed training and professional development. The other two dates for delayed starts will be November 10 and April 6.

Watch D.O.G.S.

It was great to welcome back the Watch D.O.G.S. at orientation on Thursday Night! Thank you to Ryan Summerskill for leading the program this year. If you would like to sign up to be a Watch DOG please register for a date and time here:

Please see our website for additional information:

2021-22 Music Programs

Dear PRE Families,

The school district’s elementary music team would like to share information about this year's music performances to help with planning. In an effort to return to as much normalcy as possible, while prioritizing student and staff safety, we will use the following guidelines:

  • We will prepare grade level programs in music class and combine those classes in the gym for their scheduled performances.
  • In lieu of evening performances, a school-day performance will be live-streamed as well as recorded and shared with families.
  • In-person audiences will be limited to staff and students.
  • Procedures for choir performances will be the same as grade level programs.

Thank you so much for your support of your child's music education in USD 232.


USD 232 Elementary Music Staff

PRE Music Program Dates:

November 11

4th Grade Performance @ 9:00 A.M.

December 9

5th Grade Performance @ 10:00 A.M.

February 10

2nd Grade Performance @ 2:45 P.M.

March 10

3rd Grade Performance @ 9:00 A.M.

April 7

1st Grade Performance @ 1:50 P.M.

Take a Look at All of the Wonderful Items Purchased for Makerspace from PRE PTO!

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The Prairie Ridge PTO would like to thank all of our families for their donations this year. Your contributions make it possible to provide a free school shirt to every student, teacher meals for conferences and holidays, classroom supplies, Enhanced Teacher Curriculum (ETC), Makerspace, school events, teacher grants, field trips and more.

Thank you... we are so proud to be part of the Prairie Ridge Community!

Book Fair

Our IN PERSON Fall 2021 Book Fair is coming up soon! Student and book fair volunteer shopping times will be scheduled during school hours on September 23, 24, 27 & 28. Want to shop too? We will be open on September 29 from 4-7:30pm and September 30 from 10am-7pm for family shopping. A flyer with more information will be sent home soon!

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

Build a Mascot Night

Deadline to order is Monday, September 20th - we will not have cougars available to purchase at the event!

Join us at Prairie Ridge Elementary on October 14th as we take a virtual trip to the Topeka Zoo. We will get to go behind the scenes of the cougar exhibit with the help of the cougar caretakers.

After the virtual trip you will get a chance to build your very own mascot! Purchase an unstuffed 16” cougar kit at the link below. Students will also make a craft and get their photo taken with their cougar. If you are unable to join us on October 14th, you can still purchase a kit and stuff your cougar at home.

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Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on September 29 in the late afternoon and evening as well as all day and evening on September 20. Families have the option of meeting in person or virtually. If you choose to meet in person, masks are required. Please use the link below to sign-up. Scroll across the tabs at the top to find your child's teacher's sign-up page.

2021 PRE Fall Conference Sign Ups

Double Diamond

We are happy to bring back the Double Diamond Award. This 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. Goodman's 1st grade class won the Double Diamond Award this week. Congratulations!!!

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Community Service Opportunity

Our first service event will be held after school on Sept 21st – Please use the Sign up Genius to participate!

We will be supporting SOLES4SOULS, an organization that turns unwanted shoes into opportunity.

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