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Febuary 2, 2018
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Important Upcoming Events
5th Grade Parent Night
7th & 8th Grade Field Trips
2-Hour Late Start
Winter Spirit Week
2/12  - 2/16 
Talent Show
Knowledge Bowl @ South St. Paul Secondary
Winter Party
No School - Presidents' Day 

Middle School Musical Performances
2/22 - 2/25
Washington DC Parents Meeting
3/1 @ 5pm 
Showcase of Excellence

No School - Workshop 

3/20 @ 4-8pm

 No School - Spring Break
3/23 - 3/30  
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

Stay Warm!
We hope you're staying warm on these chilly days.  While you're looking forward to warmer temperatures, we are looking forward to and busily planning the 2018-19 school year.  We welcomed our incoming 6th grade parents last night at the Parent Preview and will be working to get all our current students registered for next year early this month.

2-Hour Late Start
Thursday, February 8th

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:
HUB Maker Space in Need of Donations
Stigma180 Speaking Series
Registration for Next Year 
The registration process for students attending Pioneer Ridge next year, and for those 8th grade students moving on to high school next year, will conclude this month.  Read more...
Art Volunteers Needed to Prepare for Showcase  
Showcase night is fast approaching! The Art department is looking for volunteers to hang Art for the Showcase! You can come in any day after February 15 and help hang Art. Anytime during the school day will work. Just come in and sign in at the office and then go to room 106. The Art teacher has everything you need to hang up students art work. Thanks for your consideration!
Winter Spirit Week is February 12-16  
Student Council has some fun and exciting activities planned for the week of February 12th -16th!

First, we will have dress-up days:

Monday - Comfy/Cozy Day
Tuesday - Harry Potter Day
Wednesday - Pink/Red/White Day
Thursday - Flannel Day
Friday - Team Spirit Day

We will also have an all-school party on Friday, February 16th! The party will have many fun activities, including the following: a dodgeball tournament, dancing and music, a quiet games room, a movie room, ring pop toss, coloring contest, raffle drawings, candy guessing contest, and a concession stand. Snacks will be available to purchase (cash only--lunch accounts cannot be used).

The 6th annual talent show will be Thursday, February 15th during advisory and WIN Times. We're looking forward to showcasing the many talents of PRMS! If you're child is participating in the talent show, you are invited to come and watch the show starting at 2:00pm! 
Love Your School Box Tops Drive   
Been collecting Box Tops? Please bring them into the main office during Winter Spirit Week, February 12th - February 16th.

Please be sure to bring the trimmed Box Tops in a baggie labeled with the student's name and the number of Box Tops.


For each 10 Box Tops, a student will earn a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for gift cards!


Young Author's Conference    
All kids are invited to attend this year's Young Authors Conference! Permission slips are handed out in Language Arts class and are due back to your child's Language Arts teacher by February 23, 2018.  Learn more...
Washington DC Meeting March 1st     
Every fall our 8th grade students are offered the chance to travel to Washington DC. Our trip is scheduled for October 18-20, 2018.  This trip is entirely optional for next year's 8th graders (Current 7th graders in the 2017-18 school year).

There will be an optional meeting (but highly recommended) to discuss the trip and answer your questions on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5-5:30pm in our HUB/MEDIA CENTER here at PRMS.  Often students and parent(s) both attend.

Learn more...
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

HUB Maker Space in Need of Donations  
The PRMS HUB is looking for donations. Our Maker Space is a place where learners have the opportunity to get creative and enrich their learning. Have craft supplies you don't use at home anymore? Acrylic paint that a student could use to paint a robot?  Yarn or fabric to spare? Beads or jewelry making supplies? Please send it in, c/o Belle Nelson. We can use it!
We are specifically looking for:
  • Construction paper of all colors
  • Heavier drawing paper
  • Craft glue or glue sticks
  • Stencils
  • Small to-go containers with lids (think ketchup or mustard size) for students to take home their DIY bath creations
  • Markers
  • Heavier wire for sculptures
No glitter please. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you PRMS Community!
Belle Nelson
Information, Innovation & Learning Specialist
PRIDE is Everywhere at PRMS 
Hello Pioneer Ridge Families! The Student PRIDE team is proud to announce a new behavior incentive that we have dubbed the PRIDE Room. This room will be a space where students can hang out and be recognized for consistently exceptional behavior and we need your help to make this a privilege that they are motivated to earn for themselves. We are seeking donations that will make this place great! Here are some suggestions from the students:
  • Games (board games, yard games)
  • Cool lighting
  • Video games/electronics
  • Comfortable furniture
If you would like to donate funds for this room, checks can be made out to "PRMS PRIDE" and brought to the front office. If you have an item that you are thinking about donating, please email Mr. Meulemans at Thank you so much for helping make Pioneer Ridge a great place to learn and grow!

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.   Read more...  

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PRMS Yearbook Orders due March 22nd   
Please order your yearbook online by Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Learn more...
Stigma180 Speaking Series
The Specialized Education Services Team hosts the Stigma180 Speaking Series.  February events include topics on resiliency, managing stress, anxiety & depression, and attention, learning & memory. Read more...

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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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District Newsletter  
To learn about important information from the district, please click here.  Spanish translations are contained at the bottom of the article.

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News from the Nurse
Getting the flue feels miserable, and can sometimes make you dangerously sick. Find out how to protect yourself and those around you, as well as how to identify the flu, and what you should do if you gets sick.  The Influenza Symptom Screening tool for Parents is available in EnglishSomali or Spanish. 
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.  
Click here for health services and free clinics available in the area.  
If you have any questions, please contact Terri Tompkins or Mary Alice Mayerle at 952-556-7819. 
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 February 17-19 for President's Day weekend.  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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