Moran Prairie Messenger

Weekly Moran Prairie Family and Community Newsletter

Friday January 20th

Highlights for the week:

  • Mr. Cromeenes, Mrs. Lorimer, and Ms. Hellenthal were invited to read books about Dr. King in multiple classrooms this week!
  • Students in Ms. Hatch and Ms. Cavanah's classes added to our multiple displays by reading Change Sings by Amanda Gorman and coming up with changes they want to see and be in the world!
  • Mr. Kelly's class welcomed a special guest to teach them about bones!
  • Mrs. Strausbaugh's class, busy testing out a possible new ELA curriculum, tried out their new phonics program on computers for the first time!
  • Mr. Hayes' class got to explore bridges and other science concepts on a trip to Mobius!
  • Our 6th grade classes took a trip to EWU to watch the women's basketball team beat the Northern Colorado Bears!
  • ASB got together with their finished t-shirts!
  • Staff have been adding to their classroom libraries with a variety of books overflowing from our library!
  • Mrs. Reeve's class discussed strategies for using multiplication to help solve division problems!
  • Mrs. Beal's class has an ongoing dance competition between their front and back rows!
  • Ms. Campbell is busy preparing for our annual Art Night with students! (see below for more info)
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Principal Updates

This week we continued with our celebration of Dr. King! We had a school-wide assembly to launch the week as we discussed his life, his legacy, and his lasting impact on the world . Classrooms invited Mr. Cromeenes, Mrs. Lorimer or myself to read from a selection of approved read alouds that help students reflect on Dr. King's message even today. Multiple displays went up around the building celebrating his work, how we can honor his message of love through acts of kindness, celebrating other powerful people of color in various fields, and much more! Students and classrooms added to the displays as the week went on.


We had a couple field trips this week. Mr. Hayes and his class went to Mobius where they got to learn about bridges and get hands on with the other STEM experiences there. Mrs. Dunne, Mrs. Anderson, and Mrs. Antonio took their students out to Eastern yesterday for a basketball game where they had a blast on the dance cams, meeting players, getting autographs, and cheering the Eagles on!


Staff is now preparing for conferences next week. We're looking forward to taking this opportunity to check-in mid year on student progress, continue to build relationships, and make plans for the final semester of this school year. It's going to go faster than you think! If you haven't already, please sign up for a conference here. We do use the conference for attendance purposes for each child!


Due to the snow day on Nov. 30, 2022, the last day of school will now be Tuesday, June 20 and is a half day. Friday, June 16 (the original last day of school) will be a full day, and Monday, June 19, is the Juneteenth holiday.

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Art Night!

Art Night is January 24th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room! Our Superhero theme is bound to BLAST you Up, Up and Away! There will be face painting, comic strip creation, superhero mask craft, popcorn bag art and more!


This is a free event open to our students, families, teachers and staff. We hope you will join us for this popular MP event.

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Conferences and Report Cards

The conference sign-up tool went live last Friday. Schedule a conference here! If you need a virtual option, please reach out to your teacher.


The semester does not officially end until February 2nd. Official report cards will be finalized and sent home with up-to-date attendance February 15th.


On non-student conference days (Jan. 26 and 27), breakfast and lunch meal service will be available to all students. Breakfast will be from 8 -10 a.m., and lunch from 10 a.m. - to 2 p.m. Students must be present to pick up meals.

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After School Club Opportunity, 4th -6th

We will be offering an after-school coding club for students 4th - 6th grades. This club will focus on encouraging girls in the computer science field but is open to all students! Each session will focus on learning a bit about women in engineering then hands-on coding projects.


The six-week club will meet Wednesdays from 3:05 - 4 pm in room 123 and will run February 8th through March 15th.


Class size will be limited to 20 students. If more than 20 students sign up, students will be chosen via a lottery. Registration is due January 25th - forms went home this week.

Counselor Corner

In this round of counseling lessons, students are talking about worries/anxiety. Students have been discussing situations that might make them feel worried, how worry shows up in their bodies, and calming strategies they can use when they feel worried. One technique students have been learning about is grounding. You can practice this at home using the following visual.

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Chase Middle School's CCTV

Watch weekly episodes to see highlights of amazing things happening at our feeder school, Chase Middle School!
Episode 14 CCTV

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday January 23rd: Staff collaboration time, students arrive @ 9:30 am
  • Tuesday January 24th: Japanese club after school, Art Night at 6 pm
  • Wednesday January 25th: Japanese and German clubs after school
  • Thursday January 26th: Elementary Conferences Day 1, 8 - 6:30 pm (no classes, no after school clubs, no Express)
  • Friday January 27th: Elementary Conferences Day 2, 8 - 3 pm (no classes, no after school clubs, no Express)
  • Monday January 30th: Staff collaboration time, students arrive @ 9:30 am
  • Tuesday January 31st: Japanese club after school
  • Wednesday February 1st: Japanese and German clubs after school
  • Thursday February 2nd: Spanish Clubs after school
  • Friday February 3rd: No school for semester break day


You can find the entire calendar for 22-23 school year here for your information and planning purposes

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