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November 1, 2017
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Important Upcoming Events
Deep Portage Parent Chaperone Meetings
11/1 @ 3:45pm or 6pm

No School - Workshop 

Deep Portage - Adventures
11/6 - 11/8

Deep Portage - Explorers
11/8 - 11/10

High School Parent Preview for 8th Grade Families
11/9 @ 6:30pm
at Both High Schools
11/9 or 11/14
Entrenamiento de Empower Para Padres
11/14 @ 3:00 pm
Aula A205  
No School - Thanksgiving
(Workshop day on Monday) 
11/22 through 11/27
Late Start
Winter Break
12/22 through 1/1 
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

November is a Busy Month at PRMS!
One of the most important things happening this month is Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.  Please join us with your student as they are an integral part of the process.

Thursday, November 9th, 4-8pm
Tuesday, November 14th, 4-8pm

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.

Conferences November 9th and 14th, 4-8pm 
Parent-Student-Teacher conferences will be held Thursday, November 9th, 4-8pm and Tuesday, November 14th, 4-8pm.

In addition, the following Empower session will be held for Spanish-speaking families:
Entrenamiento de Empower Para Padres
Tuesday, November 14th @ 3:00 pm
Aula A205

6th Grade Deep Portage November 6-10th 
There will be a mandatory chaperone meeting, Wednesday November 1st at either 3:45 or 6 pm in B204. All forms and money must be in before we take off next week.  Read more...
7th Grade Courage Retreat November 15th
On Wednesday, November 15th, the 7th grade class at PRMS will be attending the Youth Frontiers COURAGE Retreat.  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... 

Seeking Parent Volunteers to Serve as Advisors/Ambassadors
The Special Education Advisory Council needs parents/guardians to represent the interests of district learners with disabilities and advise the special education department.  Read more...

The Teaching and Learning Department is also looking for a parent/guardian representative for their advisory board.  If you are interested, please contact Dana Miller at

The District is looking for involved parents to join our 2017-18 Ambassador Program. This is a two-way program with involved parents--we share information with them and pay attention to their feedback, and they help us promote a positive image of ECCS to both prospective and current students, families, as well as to the community.  Please contact Dana Miller at if you are interested in becoming an Ambassador for our district. 

PRMS Yearbook Orders due November 22nd   
Please order your yearbook online by Tuesday, November 22, 2017.  Learn more...
PRMS Apparel Available for the Holidays    
We have opened another order window, with a few additional offerings, in time for the holidays!  This order window will run October 23rd through 11:59pm on Monday, November 27th.  Clothing will arrive prior to winter break.  Sample sizes are available in the main office, so you will be able to try on items prior to placing your online order.  Use this online link to place your order. 

Chan HS STLF Backpack Drive
Hello PRMS Parents!
Do you have old backpacks lying around that your student(s) have outgrown?
Over the next few weeks, Pioneer Ridge is hosting a backpack drive to collect backpacks for students in need. The drive will continue from Thursday, October 26th through Thursday, November 9th. Students can bring in backpacks and drop them off in the donation bin located inside the main office. 
Donations of any old, new, or used backpacks are appreciated! 
Thanks for your participation and support of this cause!
Chanhassen High School Students Today Leaders Forever

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

News from the Nurse
We will be conducting 7th grade vision and hearing screenings on Wednesday, November 8.  Please make sure your student brings their glasses or wears their contacts to school on that day if applicable.  If your child fails the screening, we will be sending referral letters home in the mail.  Please let the health office know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

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PRMS Counselors' Corner
As your child's school counselors, we want to make sure we are here to help all students throughout the year! We are here to provide academic, emotional and social support to all students.

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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Can You Help? PRMS PTO Needs You!
Conferences are coming up on November 9th and 14th.  We would like your help in providing our amazing PRMS teachers with dinner both of these days.  It is a long day for them and they really do appreciate it.
This year we are providing Soup and Salad on the 9th and a Taco Bar on the 14th.  Please have your items to the office by noon the day of conferences.
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 are interested in joining PTO, our next meeting is Monday, November 13th at 5:15pm in the Commons.  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

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.

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 November 22-27 for Thanksgiving 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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