Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, September 16, 2016

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

3rd Annual District-Wide Food Drive

Panther Fitness Olympic Challenge


September 30th, 2016

(held during school hours)

Challenging yourself through fitness & fun

to always do your best!

Amazing prizes:







Packets will be coming home in Thursday Folders on 9/8

Good Luck to everyone!


News From the Music Room

Hello parents! I'd like to welcome your kids back to music class at Prairie Point. Here is what your child may be talking about this month:

Kindergarten - Fun singing games and poems that focus on steady beat and movement!

Grades 1-4 - We will be diving into the rhythmical component of music - the part of music that we can clap. Each grade level will be introduced to a specific repertoire of music rhythms. Students will take part in fun activities that include performing rhythms on instruments, creating their own mini music compositions, understand how rhythm is connected to existing songs/poems, and much much more.

Grade 5 - A reminder that the 5th grade musical performance will be Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00pm. This year's show is called "A Kid's Life". All 5th grade students are required to attend the performance. The show is FREE to all who attend. If he/she cannot attend the performance, please let Mr. Hafenrichter know as soon as possible. Rehearsals will be held during your child's music class time. Specifics regarding acting part rehearsals & costume ideas will be sent home shortly...stay tuned!

If you have any questions about the music program at Prairie Point, please don't hesitate to reach out or stop by during Parent/Teacher conferences.

Musically Yours,

Clint Hafenrichter

Music Teacher, Prairie Point Elementary

Home and School Calendar


19 Food Drive Kick-off

22 Panther Fitness Olympic Challenge packets due

23 No School – Teacher Institute Day

27 Food Drive final collection day

27 TND – Culver’s Night

30 Panther Fitness Olympic Challenge


5 WOW (Walk on Wednesdays) begins (12, 19 & 26)

6 H&S (Home and School) Meeting 7:00pm

10 No School – Columbus Day

11 TND – Lou Malnati's

19 Fifth Grade Musical

21 4-hour school day

25 TND – Culver’s

26 Family Fun Night Bingo/Book Fair

31 Halloween Parties

Students& Parents-join us in the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade!

TerraCycle upcycles and recycles traditional waste including drink pouches (such as Capri Sun, Kool Aid, Honest Kids, etc.) into a variety of consumer products. These products keep waste out of our landfills and contribute to a cleaner world. Here at Prairie Point, there are two easy ways to collect juice pouches at school and at home.

Students: After your lunch, simply place your empty pouches in the collection bin in the school cafeteria. No need to remove the straws!

Parents: Save your pouches at home and stop into the school foyer and deposit them into the Capri Sun collection box. Also-remind your child to place them in the collection bin during their lunch period.

Together we can help save the planet and earn money for our school.

Small efforts can make a difference!

News from the Nurse


An important message from your building nurse

September 9, 2016

Dear Parents,

We have many students in our school with allergies to Peanuts/TreeNuts. An accidental contact with a nut of any kind, even tiny amounts, can cause a severe allergic reaction and death. A nut allergy for children is a very serious issue. If there is a child in your child’s classroom with a nut allergy, an informational letter went home last week.

Although most children “outgrow” some of their allergies, allergies to nuts may be life-long. They can cause reactions ranging from itching or swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth, to life-threatening shortness of breath and a drop in blood pressure.

Avoidance, education, awareness and preparedness are the four keys to management of a nut allergy. This means not coming into contact with anything that has even minute traces of nuts or nut butter. Nuts may be concealed in processed and baked foods. Examples include baked goods, candy, cereals, chili, cookies, dips, egg rolls, ice cream and spaghetti sauces.

How can a parent help keep all students in our school safe? While a suggested list of safe snacks was sent home to many students at the start of the year, you are not limited to those items. However, we ask that a concerted effort be made to send snacks to school that do not contain nuts. Please check the ingredients on any snack before sending it to school with your child.

Students are encouraged to wash their hands after eating lunch, and particularly after they have eaten any peanut product. Contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Dominique Acuff RN, BSN

Prairie Point Building Nurse


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