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December 4, 2017
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Important Upcoming Events
Knowledge Bowl Meet @ PRMS
Middle School Orchestra Concert
12/11, 6:30pm 
CHS Auditorium 
  Late Start
Winter Break
12/22 through 1/1
School resumes 1/2
MAP Testing Window
1/2 - 1/26
No School - MLK 
End of 1st Semester
No School - Workshop Day
If your child is absent, late or needs to be picked up early, please email our Attendance Line at:
Or call: 952-556-7899

See our Attendance Procedures here:
PRMS Attendance Procedures

Donate to Innovate the Ridge to help PRMS reach its $15,000 goal.

Important Phone Numbers


Kris Moe (A-L): 952-556-7833
Ryan Newell (M-Z): 952-556-7832

Terri Tompkins &
Mary Alice Mayerle:


Positive Connections Bus Company: 

Transportation Dept:

Food Service:
Pioneer Ridge MS
1085 Pioneer Trail
Chaska, MN 55318

Main Office: 952-556-7800

Attendance: 952-556-7899

Fax: 952-556-7809

New Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm

New School Hours:
8:40am - 3:30pm

Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season!
Winter break is fast approaching.  There will be no school for students December 22nd through January 1st.  Students will return to school on January 2, 2018.

Please continue to visit our website to keep up with news and events at Pioneer Ridge for the school year.  To get a glimpse into personalized learning at PRMS, see the social media links below.  See our news page for more detailed information.  You can also find our archived newsletters on this page.

Please click the links below to learn more:
December is a Busy Month for PRMS PTO
December is a Busy Month for PRMS PTO
Our next meeting is Monday, December 4th at 4:00pm at Cuzzy's in Chaska.  We will begin planning our Showcase event and would love to have you join us!   
PTO is asking for your help in showing the PRMS Staff how much we appreciate them!  Please sign up for the Holiday Staff Appreciation Event. We are in need of $5 gift cards from a variety of locations.  BE CREATIVE! (suggestions: stores, gas stations, coffee shops, restaurants). Read more... 
Thank you so much to everyone who has given so generously to Hope for Hailey. The family has an immediate need for gas cards.  Driving to 
and from the hospital every day is a huge financial strain.  It is theironly request for help at this time.  If you can help, we ask that you 
please do.  Click here to sign up.  
The Showcase of Excellence program will be held on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. This night is truly a celebration of all of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students where they showcase their successes to you. Click here to donate to the Showcase Silent Auction and Raffle, and to learn more about the event.   
We would love to have you join PRMS PTO!  We assist the school with parent communication, organize a small fundraiser and meet 5 times a year.  Please e-mail us at with any questions you may have!

If you have specific questions, feel free to call or email Ryan Meulemans, Administrative Dean, at 952-556-7812 or
--Tonya Bushey and Michelle Donahue

Student Council Giving Tree Campaign
This holiday season, PRMS student council is sponsoring a "Giving Tree" campaign. We are asking our students and families to please consider giving a gift to our "Giving Tree." All gifts will be donated to families within our school community. Read more... 
Knowledge Bowl Meet December 7th  
The first meet for the PRMS Knowledge Bowl team is on Thursday, December 7th at PRMS! Read more... 
Check Lost & Found Before Winter Break   

Is your child missing jackets, pants, shoes, a water bottle...?

Please encourage your child to look through the items on/under the Lost & Found tables located in the gym hallway before winter break.  A few smaller/expensive items are kept in the office, so please have them check with office staff if they are missing jewelry, headphones, electronic devices, etc.  Unclaimed items will be donated the week after winter break, January 2, 2018. Read more... 
Parent Volunteers Needed for Ellis Island Simulation January 26th  
Please consider volunteering for our annual 6th grade Ellis Island simulation here at Pioneer Ridge Middle School on Friday, January 26, 2018.  Your help would be needed approximately 8am-11am. Read more...
Transit Assistance Program Available 
Metro Transit offers a Transit Assistance Program (TAP) to make public transit more affordable for low-income residents in eastern Carver County.  Read more...

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Specialized Services Parent Education Night  
The Specialized Education Services Team is hosting, Parent Education Night - "United for Independence." Parents/Guardians of learners receiving specialized education services and their families are invited to attend an evening event designed to support collaboration between home and school.  Read more...

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PRIDE is Everywhere at PRMS 
PRIDE is the district-wide middle school acronym for being P repared and R espectful, while demonstrating I ntegrity and D ependability, and striving for E xcellence. This month's PRIDE update discusses the letter P - being Prepared.   Read more... 

PRMS Yearbook Orders due March 22nd   
Please order your yearbook online by Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Learn more...
News from the Nurse
The Chanhassen Rotary has kindly provided us with new hats and mittens, available for free to families in need. Please contact the nurses' office or send your child to choose what they need for themselves, or other members of the family.  
Give Kids A Smile free dental clinic available February 2nd & 3rd.  See the MN Dental Association website for more information. 
This month we are focusing on wellness throughout the holidays. From sticking to a holiday budget, to eating healthy, and taking time to pause and enjoy some technology-free silence.  Another great way to spend this season is by taking time to give back to your community.  Researchers found that if you volunteer to help others rather than yourself, you may reap the rewards of a longer life.  It's a great way to connect in a meaningful and social way. Here's a great article on the benefits of volunteering as a family.

If you have any questions, please contact Terri Tompkins or Mary Alice Mayerle at 952-556-7819. 

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PRMS Counselors' Corner
If you would like to talk to either one of us throughout the year about any concerns you have about your child, please call us or send us an email. We are here to help!

Read more about what is currently happening through the counseling program at Pioneer Ridge.  
Kris Moe (A-L), 952-556-7833, 
Ryan Newell (M-Z), 952-556-7832,

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Set up Your Campus Portal Account Today 
As your child progresses to secondary school, it becomes very important that the district have at least one email address on file per household, as the majority of our teacher, school and district communications are sent using this method.
Families can also change their settings in Infinite Campus to begin receiving text messages.  Click here for instructions.
It is also recommended that each parent/guardian have a Campus Portal account, allowing you access to your child's schedule, other student information and to update your contact information.  To set up an account, please contact the main office at or call 952-556-7800. 

Family Breaks
Family breaks are times when students and families can count on no new assignments being due after a school break.  The next family break will be December 22 - January 1 for winter break.  Our hope is that by clearly setting aside these times, families can make plans accordingly and students can enjoy time away from the stressors of schoolwork.

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