Prairie Trails

March 1, 2023

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Important March Dates:

3/13- School year 23-24 registration opens for grades 1-8.

3/14- PTC Meeting 6:00 pm

3/15-Kindergarten Metropolis Field Trip

3/21- BOE Meeting 7:00

3/21-3/24-PTC Scholastic Book Fair

3/23-Conferences -4:00-8:00

3/24- Conferences 8:00-3:00

3/27-3/31- Spring Break

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Spring Conferences will be held:

  • Thursday, March 23, 4:00-8:00 PM (Normal attendance day for students)
  • Friday, March 24, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM (Non-attendance day for students)

All conferences will be in-person at Prairie Trails School and we will once again use the Meet the Teacher platform to schedule. The sign-up link will be shared with families Thursday, March 2, at noon, and will close Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 PM.

Childcare will be available during your conference time, if needed. The childcare sign-up link will be shared at the same time as the conference sign-up link and will also close on Wednesday, March 15, at 10:00 PM.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration took place on Thursday, February 23 at Prairie Trails School. If you missed your time or need help with registration, please call Mary Cannata at 224-265-9900. Registration for grades 1-8 opens on March 13.

We Need Your Input.... Please Respond!!!!

We need your input! If you have not done so already, please participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent and Guardian Survey. Your responses will remain confidential and will not be connected to the identity of you or your child.

Survey results will help us to better understand the conditions at school and to guide improvement. For the survey to be validated, we need at least 20% of our parents to take the survey.

Visit to participate. Thank you for your support!

PTC Scholastic Book Fair


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Spring Scholastic Book Fair. The Fall Book Fair was a great success. Families helped to raise over $900 to benefit Prairie Trails. Thank you! The Spring Book Fair will be even bigger with more books to choose from.

The Fair will take place from March 21-March 24, 2023. Students will be able to shop the book fair during school on Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd, and families will be able to shop during Parent/Teacher Conferences, the evening of Thursday, March 23rd and all day on Friday, March 24th.

More details will be coming home soon with students. You can also visit our book fair website for more details or to set up an e-wallet.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The PTC is in need of volunteers to help during the upcoming Spring Book Fair! If you are interested in setting up the book fair, helping shoppers at the fair, running the checkout, or packing up the book fair, please sign-up on the Sign-up Genius form.

Volunteers are needed on Thursday, 3/16, and Tuesday thru Friday, 3/21-3/24.

The book fair is a fun opportunity to work with kids and see how excited they are about reading and books! If you have any questions, please contact


We are hiring teaching assistants and lunchroom / playground monitors at Prairie Trails. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please follow the link to apply. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Amy Veytsman


Free Dental Exams

Coming up in April, the Miles of Smiles, Ltd. dental program will be visiting our district. This is a program that offers free dental exams to students of all grades and also fulfills the mandated dental exam for anyone entering kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades.

In order to have your child participate, you will need to fill out a permission form. Once fully completed, the permission form should be returned to your child’s teacher by March 15.

All children who return a completed permission form will receive a dental exam. Following the exam at school, you will be notified if further dental treatment is needed.

*Important Note: Please make sure to fill out the entire permission form.

PT Specials Update


Students will be learning about warm, cool, primary and secondary colors by using different art materials such as tempera paint and oil pastels. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions:

Lauren Pennington


Please continue to keep library books in great shape! Make sure your student returns their book on Wednesdays!


We’re exploring and building melodies using SOL, LA and MI. We’re also playing new instruments, dancing and playing tons of musical games. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions: Meghan Thompson


Staley the Bear came to Prairie Trails on Thursday, 2/23 for Fuel Up to Play 60 assemblies. FUTP60 was launched by the NFL and the National Dairy Council. The purpose of this program is to encourage our students to consume nutrient-rich food and to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Nutritious Foods+Physical Activity=Energetic, Healthy Chipmunks!

Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions. Beth Miller


We continued our coding experiences with Ozobots! Our students were very successful with color coding the paths for Evi, our Ozobots, to read. We then worked to create a MEGA MAP! Each class was challenged to create a map that will connect with another class map. We also turned this into an Arctic Mega Map with arctic landforms and animals!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at

Jeannine Wagner

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District 26 Recipe Contest

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Spring Lunch Menu Update

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Fridays are for Spirit

Show your PT pride, wear your Prairie Trails spirit wear or Prairie Trails colors every Friday!!
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Important Phone Numbers

  • Prairie Trails Main Office/Attendance Line: (224) 265-9900
  • Grand Prairie Transit (Bussing): 847-640-2142