Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, April 7, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

News from the LRC

Off the Shelves: News from the LRC.

Last week local author Jeffrey Brown gave a presentation to our fourth and fifth graders. He talked about his writing and drawing processes. We will have copies of his books (unsigned) available for purchase through the first week of May. Order forms are in the LRC. Our thanks to Scholastic Books for this opportunity.

Thank you to those who donated books to our Used Book Sale. Half of the funds received were donated to the "Celebrate Differences" organization, and the remainder will be used to purchase more materials for the LRC.

Thank you to Lindy Donavon and Lily Hattrem who each donated a book to our LRC in celebration of their birthdays.

Our Spring Book Fair will be held the first week of May. We need volunteers to help with this, so if you can give us a couple hours of your time, please sign up at the Sign-Up Genius website using this link:

Carol Patterson

Library Media Specialist

Community Outreach

Community Outreach is having our last M.C.C. contest for the year!

Please look in your Thursday folder for all of the details. We have partnered with C.A.S.A. of Kendall County to provide "Bags of Hugs" for foster children. Cash donations will also be accepted, checks must be payable to Prairie Point Home & School.

Goodwill-Pass It On Challenge

Summer School 2017 Course Catalog

Future Traughber Families

Future Traughber Families:

It’s hard to believe that it is time to start preparing our fifth grade students for their transition to sixth grade! All fifth grade students who will be going to Traughber next year will be attending our annual Step-Up Day on Wednesday, April 19 during the school day. They will learn more about what Traughber has to offer and how to prepare for a successful transition. They will also be given guided tours of the building.

We would like to invite all of our future Traughber families to attend our Step-Up evening on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30-8:00 PM. We will start off with a brief welcome in the gym and then families will attend brief informational sessions on a variety of topics aimed at helping prepare our students for transition to junior high.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new sixth grade class and working in partnership with our families to ensure a successful transition. If you have any questions, please contact Traughber at 630-636-2700.


Tarah Fowler


PTAG - Expert Speaker Event

Chick-fil-A Teacher Tuesday in April

Home & School President's Letter

April showers bring May flowers . . . Well the way this month has begun, we should have amazing yards in a few weeks! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing spring break. It’s hard to believe we are in the final stretches of the school year.

During the month of March, we held our annual Variety Show. It’s so wonderful watching our students perform for family and friends. Thank you to the committee for planning a fun evening. Father’s Forum held Mornings with Mom and it was a huge turnout and a nice way to start a Friday morning.

You may have seen a yellow flyer come home before spring break regarding our next MCC (Most Caring Classroom) project. Our Community Outreach committee, along with the Student Leadership Team and Brownie Troop #1500, are assembling backpacks filled with donated items for children entering foster care. This is such an important cause and we hope you are able to help. The flyer listing needed items is in the Panther Press.

In a few weeks, we will host one of the most beloved events, the Daddy/Daughter Dance. The flyer came home in Thursday folders. And soon we will begin asking for volunteers for Field Day, May 18th. Please be on the look out for more information.

We are in need of chairpersons for Beautification, the Marquee, PAWWS and Rewards. We also need someone to take over the role of Penny the Panther at a few events throughout the year. We are looking for co-chairpersons to help with Appreciation, Health and Wellness and the Panther Fitness Challenge. All committee descriptions can be found at the beginning of the school directory. Please reach out to any of us on the board, or email us at if you have any questions and/or want more information.

Lastly, I would like to announce our Home & School board for the 2017-18 school year:

Vice President - Kim Tully

Correspondence Secretary – Beth Kremer

Recording Secretary – Katie Brom

Treasurer – Katie Lund

And I will be staying on one final year as president. We look forward to planning for next year and are open to any suggestions and new ideas.

Happy April!

Lisa Eloe

Home & School President

Home and School Calendar

Upcoming Dates


11 TND - Panera

13 No School - Institute

14 No School - District Closed

17 No School

21 Most Caring Classroom (MCC) items due

21 Daddy/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30

25 Culver's Night

28 Box Tops Due


4 Home & School meeting, 7:00pm

10 TND (on a Wednesday!) - Salsa Verde night

18 Field Day (Rain out date 5/19)

23 Culver's night

26 Last day of school

Daddy Daughter Dance

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,

Health Requirements Kindergarten, 2nd & 5th

Kindergarten :

Completed physical exam/immunizations

Eye exam

Dental Exam

2nd Grade:

Dental exam

6th Grade:

Completed physical exam

Proof of one dose of Tdap

Completed 3 shot series of Hepatitis B

One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine given on or after 11th birthday

Dental exam

News from the Nurse's Office

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.