Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, February 17, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

Oswego School District - PRIDE Recognition Program

Oswego School District Pride Recognition Award winner volunteers at Prairie Point!

Congratulations to Richard Stopinski January 2017 volunteer of the month.

With Gratitude...

Dear Prairie Point Families,

As I am sure you have already heard the news, I wanted to share that this will be my last year as the Assistant Principal of Prairie Point. On Tuesday evening, I was board approved as the new Principal of Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich. Woodbury happens to be the school that I attended growing up. My parents still live just down the street and I have incredible memories of my time there. I have been blessed to call Prairie Point my home away from home for so many years and I am beyond grateful for the memories I have with students, staff, and so many of you. As I say goodbye to my former “firsties” as they head off to junior high, I will also be heading off on my own new adventure. I will treasure the time spent with your children and I will definitely return to visit my home away from home.


Mrs. Kern

Student Leadership Basket Raffle Fundraiser at the Fun Fair

Free Cyber-Smart Parent Presentation

Six Flags forms Due Feb. 22nd

Six Flags reading forms should have come home with your student this week. We have attached the forms if you need a copy - click on the 2 links below. The forms will actually be due FEBRUARY 22nd, and you may include your students' reading times from the past few weeks. These forms MUST be turned in on time - Six Flags has a short acceptance window. Also, please write your student's name and teacher name clearly so that the ticket is returned to the correct student. Thank you so much!!!

Fun Fair 2017 February 24th!!

The Fun Fair Committee has been busy planning games, prizes and FUN for the big night, Friday, February 24th. We are seeking a few more volunteers to help with set-up, ticket sales, concessions, and games--especially for the second shift, 7:00-8:30. If you're willing to donate a couple hours of your time, please use the SignUpGenius link below or contact Sarah Caffarello. THANKS!

Also, look for a sign up for desserts for our cake walk coming home soon!

Fun Fair - Pre-order Punch Cards

Home and School Calendar

Upcoming Dates


20 No school

21 TND - Potbelly

22 Six Flags form due

24 Fun Fair, 5:30-8:30


2 Home & School meeting, 7:00pm

3 Variety Show, 6:30pm

14 TND - Portillo's

15 3rd Grade Musical

17 Morning with Mom

27-31 Spring Break


7 Raging Waves forms due

Oswego Community Hero Appreciation Day - Feb 18th

Saturday, February 18th from 1-4pm at Oswego Family YMCA

Come Join us for a FREE event honoring Oswego Police and fire departments!

There will be 30+ vendors, raffles, silent auction, 50/50, free crafts for the kids, Paw Patrol mascots, Cinderella for kids to meet, meet and greet police and fire personnel and much more!

Lego robotics - we need parent volunteers!

We have been so lucky to offer a 4-6 week Lego Robotics after school club to our 5th graders each spring. At this time, we do not have parents signed up to run the program. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Lisa Eloe at Thank you!

Girls on the Run is coming to Prairie Point!

We are excited to announce Prairie Point Elementary School has been approved as a Spring 2017 program site for Girls on the Run (GOTR)! This after school program inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Online Registration will open next week! An email will be sent to 3rd through 5th grade girls with registration information, start and end dates, and your coaches information.

The 8-10 week program is for girls in grades 3rd through 5th. It starts with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them. Then, they look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world. Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of the program the girls participate in the Girls on the Run 5k which serves as the culminating event of the program.

The coaching team is excited to bring this rewarding program to Prairie Point Elementary. Interested in learning more, please contact the GOTR Site Coordinator, Caroline Griffin at

Hands - On Steam night -March 17th

Optimist Club Scholorship Contest

Optimist Oratorical Contest

-10th Annual Oratorical Contest

-Contestants write and deliver a 4-5 minute speech

-Topic: “What the World Gains from Optimism”

-Open to students under the age of 18 as of 10/1/16

-Cash prizes for boys and girls category: 1st place $200 and 2nd place $100

-Winners go on to Regional and then District competitions.

-District winners get a $2,500 scholarship and chance to compete for $20,000 in additional scholarships

-Contest Date: March 4, 2017 at 1pm

-Wheatland Salem Church – 1217 Wolf Road, Oswego

-Mail application to P.O. Box 882, Oswego, IL 60543 by 2/24/17

Save The Date - Sweet Send Off



Join your fifth grade classmates for a fun-filled healthy celebration.

The kids will vote on the night’s activities at the Valentine’s Day class parties.

DATE: Saturday, June 3rd

TIME: 6-11pm Lock-In

LOCATION: Rush Copley Healthplex

COST: tbd

More details coming soon

Know Any 5th Graders? Oswego School District 5th Grade Band Registration Appointments

The Oswego School District Beginning Band Appointments are scheduled during March and April with appointments being taken during January and February. The appointments are intended for any students who will be enrolled in 6th grade next year (2017-18) and would like to participate in band. Sixth grade is the only time that Beginning Band is offered at the junior high level in District #308 so it is important that interested students secure an appointment now.

Appointments are required for 6th Grade Band Registration!

Make an appointment through your junior high school link below.

Students will try all instruments and a final selection will be made with the assistance of an instructor.

Traughber JHS, make an appointment at

For questions, contact: Rachel Maxwell or Jessica Shields, 630-636-2721,

Robotics Extravaganza Feb 18th at Bednarcik

From the Nurse's Office

Cough drops are NOT allowed at school without a doctors note.

Noted on the District 308 website:

When should my student stay home from school?
Your child is too ill to go to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

· Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours

· Shortness of breath or wheezing (not controlled with an inhaler if they have asthma)

· A cough that interrupts his/her normal activity or wakes them, or other family members at night.

· An undiagnosed rash unless cleared by a physician’s note

· Drainage from the eye

· Severe sore throat

· Fever- If your child has a temperature of 100° (or higher) in the past 24 hours they cannot attend school. Children are to be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, before returning to school.

· A contagious illness that is treated with antibiotics, such as strep throat or pink eye, and has not been taking the antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Aramark Positions Available

Want to work close to home? A schedule that works for your kids? With lots of opportunities for advancement? Aramark Food Service is hiring in District 308!

For details visit or call Kate Kloet at 630-636-4611.