MAIZE unified school district 266

Pray-Woodman Elementary
605 W. Academy Ave.
Maize, KS 67101
(316) 721-0902
The Pray-Woodman Way
December 2020
We are looking forward to having everyone back in the building on Monday, Jan. 4!!

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication during this time of full remote learning. We realize this new environment presented many challenges. Thank you also to our staff for all of their hard work and dedication in providing high quality learning opportunities in this setting.

As we return to school, our top priority is to keep everyone safe. The Together 4 Tomorrow guidelines including social distancing and wearing masks that were in place prior to remote will continue.  

Another reminder: parents must remain in their vehicles when at school. If you need to pick up your child during the school day for an appointment, please park in the middle section of the west parking lot and enter through the office area. Parking on the east side is for staff only.

If you will be dropping off your child or picking up your child, please continue to use our newly installed parent connection zone by entering on Academy Street near Complete High School. Please pull forward as much as possible. We can unload and load up to 18 vehicles at a time if everyone pulls up.

Anyone who is picking up their child at PWS needs to have the QR code attached to the inside of the windshield on the passenger side. This will help us quickly locate your student especially in the event of inclement weather when students will be waiting inside the building. QR codes will be sent home with each student on Monday, Jan. 4.

We want to thank the Pray-Woodman PTO for the two large scale replicas of our Pray-Woodman Pride Logo (in the office and foyer area) waiting to welcome our students back to the building. You may view a picture below in the PTO News section of this newsletter.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!!

Nils Gabrielson
Pray-Woodman Elementary School
Counseling Support
Remote learning is a challenge and we are here to support you! 
Phone: 316-721-0902

Let us know how we can help! Ashley and Carrie, PWS Counselors
Looking for a way to keep your kids in books? We have lots of options! 

A wide selection of audiobooks, Tales2go can be found in ClassLink. Almost all students have logged in on their chromebooks. Each student has 2 additional licenses which can be used on tablets or phones. Download the app, sign in once, and enjoy!  
ID: first part of email address Password: Student ID

Students have free access to this wide selection of literature by downloading the app and signing in. To enroll, students will need an individual code. Email Mrs. Rodell for your code (

All 1st-5th grade students know how to access Destiny, our library catalog, from their chromebook. Use this link to visit our Destiny homepage and browse our eBook selection. How to video links are at the top of the page, including how to access the app and read on mobile devices.

Fabulous non-fiction books with many interactive features! These books can be viewed by multiple users at a time, so there’s no need to check them out. Use this link to visit our Destiny homepage and browse our Lightbox book selection. How to video links are at the top of the page.

Kindergarten parents: Your students have not logged into Destiny. If you need any assistance logging on to view our eBooks, please email Mrs. Rodell at

Thank you for supporting our book fair! The following students won our drawing and will be contacted soon about how to spend their Scholastic winnings: Ella VanDerMolen, Chase Ostmeyer, Maddox Miller, Kendall Forrest, Ava Caldwell, and Blake Snyder.
Notes from PTO: Even with the modified and limited amount of fundraisers PWS PTO has been able to do this school year, we feel we have had some great success! Below is a yearend report on PTO funds raised for 2020:

2020 PWS PTO Fundraisers
School Tool Box School Supply Fundraiser: $ 587.06
Carriage Crossing Pie Fundraiser: $3,829.69
Chic-fil-A September: $467.34
Chil-fil-A November: $222.95
Papa Johns: $50.14
Sonic: TBD
PWS Spiritwear: $2,000
Dillons: TBD
Amazon Smile: $76.41

We are so grateful to our PWS families who have participated in these fundraisers and spirit nights. We look forward to the days where we can get back to some fun all-school and in-person fundraising activities! The bright spot in 2020 is that with money raised from our 2019 and 2020 fundraisers, we have been able to award our teachers and staff $10,000 in classroom grants this year! We also were able to help support our PWS library with a check for $4,600! PTO purchased new PRIDE logos for the PWS office and east entry. We are so excited for these to continue to be displayed at PWS for years to come. GO PRIDE! We could not have done this without the awesome support of our PWS families. THANK YOU!!
I think we can all agree that teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to make this year as successful as possible. PWS PTO is planning a special December appreciation treat for them before the holiday break. If you would like to donate to support this fun event please visit our PWS website to contribute:

We are looking forward to 2021 and seeing all the students again soon! Keep watching our PWS PTO facebook page for updates and information.
Save the Date!
PWS Spirit Night Schedule

Chick-fil-A Drive Thru - Jan. 19th 3-10 pm
Carousel Skate Night - Mar. 25th 6-8 pm Canceled
Chick-fil-A Drive Thru - Apr. 2nd 3-10 pm

With covid restrictions, Carousel Skate is cancelling all their area school skate events. However, to
continue to give back to the community they are having open skate nights every Wednesday from 6-9
p.m. A percentage of the proceeds from these nights go back to their partnering schools.
THANK YOU CAROUSEL for supporting our schools! We look forward to booking PWS skate nights
again in the future!
Did you know you can support Pray-Woodman while you shop for groceries at
Dillon's or online at Amazon?
Dillon's Community Awards Programs:
Register your Dillon's plus Card with "Pray-Woodman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization" and it automatically donates a percentage to PWS every-time you shop! Our organization number is TH774.
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Pray-Woodman PTO every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Just choose "Pray-Woodman Elementary Parent Teacher organization" when you sign up.
12/23-1/1 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break
1/1 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break
1/14 - Picture Retakes
1/18 - NO SCHOOL, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/19 - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
ONEMA1ZE  #OneMa1ze
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