Pine Ridge Prep Update

September 27, 2021

Welcome from Mrs. Tanner & Mrs. Banzhaf

Dear Pine Ridge Prep Families,

Thank you to those families who attended our Literacy Night last week! We had SO MUCH fun exploring the Three Little Pigs. If you haven't seen the photos on Facebook, check them out!

Are you looking for a new job that would allow you to match your work schedule with your child's preschool schedule? Pine Ridge Prep is looking to hire a full-time classroom paraprofessional to work in one of our wonderful classrooms. If interested, please apply HERE.

Please ensure your children are coming to school with masks each day. It is a good idea to send a spare mask as well. We appreciate your support in ensuring students come to school prepared to learn and masks are essential to a safe learning environment. Additionally, please be sure your children are seated in the proper car seats, per Kansas law. If you need help with this, see the Family Resources section below!

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

Items That Need Your Attention

QT (Quality Time) With Your Cutie

QT With Your Cutie will be held on Monday, October 4th. Weather permitting, we will be in the gazebo on the playground. Hope to see you there!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place at Pine Ridge Prep on Tuesday, October 19th. If your child was absent on picture day and you would like to order pictures on retake day, please email your child's teacher so we can get you a picture order form. If your child was here on picture day but you are not satisfied with your photos, you will return the original photos in order to receive the retake photos. We hope to have your child's portraits here within the next week so we can get those to you!


At home visits you received information from your child's teacher regarding completing the ASQs. This is an important measure that we are required to complete each year. The links were resent to you yesterday. Please be sure you are getting this completed. Let us know if you need the link again or need support completing this screener. These must be comleted by the end of this week.

Student Illnesses

Please be sure you are communicating with the office or your child's teacher when your child is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19. We are following all Shawnee County Health Department guidance when it comes to evaluating students being at school. We are keeping careful track of students who are identified as having COVID, as a close or household contact to ensure quarantine periods are being followed. Your communication is critical in ensuring we have the information we need to keep everyone safe and healthy! This page on the Topeka Public Schools website provides the most up-to-date COVID information for our families.

Medications & Meal Modifications

If your child takes medication at school, you will need to have your child's physician complete and sign a Request to Administer Medication form, which will need to be returned to Mrs. Banzhaf. Medication must be sent in the original packaging with the original label. If your child needs meal modifications due to medical restrictions, please complete and return the attached form.

Extra Clothes

Please be sure you send an extra set of clothes (bottom, top, underwear, socks) with your student on the first day of school, in case of accidents. Make sure they are appropriate for the current weather.
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Informational Items

School and District Communication with Families

Topeka Public School District uses a wide variety of communication tools to engage its families. This document provides an overview of these communication tools.

At Pine Ridge Prep, we utilize SeeSaw, email, Facebook, our website, and SchoolMessenger blasts to email and text. If you have any questions regarding the communication you are receiving, or not receiving, please reach out to your child's teacher.

COVID Protocols

The Topeka Public Schools Board of Education voted on August 5th to follow the CDC Universal masking guidelines to start the school year. This means that masks will be required indoors for all staff, students, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required during outside times. Please be sure you send your student to school with a clean face mask each day. This is part of their required dress code and we appreciate your assistance with ensuring we are providing a safe environment for our students! We will also be continuing with frequent handwashing/sanitation, disinfection protocols, and maintaining a social distance of 3 feet. Follow this link to view the entire "TPS Safe to Return to School Plan".

Late Start

Late Start has moved back to FRIDAYS for this school year and the arival time will be at 10:10. The first late start of the year will be our second day of school, August 20th.

Academic Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar HERE.

Family Resources

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Food Pantries

This updated document provides a list of food pantries and food resources available in English and in Spanish.

Autism Parent Resources

Family Service and Guidance Center is hosting a 12 session series for parents of an autistic child. The flyer is attached here.

The Nest - Food & Clothing Bank

The Nest, Pine Ridge Prep's food and clothing bank, is up and running! Ms. Heather is available to assist families with needs. You can reach her at 785-329-7876.
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Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Are you receiving the amount you should for Child Tax Credit? This tool will help you determine what your payment should be.
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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.