Prairie Trails

DECEMBER 1, 2022

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Important December Dates:

What's Happening at Prairie Trails? :

December

  • 12/6- PTC Meeting 6:00 Prairie Trails
  • 12/13 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm
  • 12/ 23 - Last day of school before winter break!
  • 12/23 - No School: Winter Break begins on Friday!


January 2023 Happy New Year!

  • 1/10 - School Resumes (Tuesday)

DECEMBER SPIRIT WEEK

  • Monday, December 19- Hat Day
  • Tuesday, December 20- Silly Sock Day
  • Wednesday, December 21- Pajama Day
  • Thursday, December 22- Holiday Wear Day

Pick Up & Drop Off Reminders

  • If you are picking up you child by car, you MUST remain in your vehicle and our supervisors will bring your child to you. It becomes an extreme safety hazard when parents get out of their cars and walk through the parking lot to get their child. If you wish to physically get your child, have them meet you at the walker door for pickup instead of the car line.


  • Please do not park in the fire lane on Burning Bush just north of Kensington. At arrival and dismissal when there are cars in the fire lanes, it is difficult for the busses to get through and creates a safety hazard as I have seen children run into the street to get into their cars. Please park after the fire lane or on a side street instead. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


  • Morning supervision ends at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, and at 9:50 on Thursdays. If you come after 9:00 or 9:50, you will need to park and walk your child into the main office to sign them in. They will be marked tardy.

Snow at Recess

Here are some things to please keep in mind:


  • Gear: Please make sure that you send your student with hats, gloves, boots, snow pants and winter coat that they can get on and off by themselves.
  • Label: Please label all clothing with your child's first and last name.
  • Independence: Please help your student practice getting their gear on at home. Talk through with him/her the order to put things on (ex: gloves go on last).
  • Regular Shoes: Students need to have a pair of shoes to change into to wear at school for the day if they wear boots to school. They will need gym shoes for P.E.
  • Recess: Students need to have proper attire (snow pants, boots, hat, gloves) in order to play in the snow during recess times.

LOST & FOUND

We have begun to accumulate a pretty sizeable lost and found. If you notice your child is missing anything, please encourage them to visit the lost and found. Don't forget to label all clothing, water bottles & lunch boxes.

Metra Contest


Metra is conducting a safety poster and essay contest. It is open to all students (K-12) and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be selected from each grade. Prizes are $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd.


This year’s theme is “Stay Safe, Stay Off Train Tracks.” Entries are due by Friday, January 20, 2023. For more info, visit metracontest.com or check out the attached flyer.

PT Specials Update

ART

In November, students will experiment with different materials and tools to create organic and geometric shapes. In every class, students will learn vocabulary words to describe art such as texture, portrait, movement, outline, pattern, background, and space. If you have any questions, email me at: lpennington@rtsd26.org. - Lauren Pennington

LIBRARY

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

MUSIC

This month students will begin to read and play rhythm on instruments. We’ll also be exploring how our bodies can move to reflect the tempo & melodic movement of the music we’re listening to.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions: mthompson@rtsd26.org Meghan Thompson

PE

Now that snow boot season is here, please make sure to send GYM SHOES with your child every day. We have had so much fun in PE this month. We have been practicing underhand and overhand throwing-the hardest part is remembering to step with our opposite foot. We have played some great games to practice our throwing and sportsmanship skills-ask your child about the Oscar’s Trashcan and Monster Ball games!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at evossmiller@rtsd26.org Beth Miller

STEM

Students are learning the design process when building with new materials. Many students are creating weather instruments with Rig-a-ma-jigs, Make-do’s and other supplies. Ask your students about all of the building we have been doing and what they have created.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at jwagner@rtsd26.org.

Jeannine Wagner

Meet the Teacher Feedback Wanted!

For Fall 2022 Parent Teacher Conferences, we used a new appointment scheduling system called Meet the Teacher. Please take a moment to provide your feedback on Meet the Teacher.

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Important Phone Numbers

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