Quail Call

October 28

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Dear PPCS Families,

I’m writing to share highlights from Monday night’s Board meeting. We were lucky to be joined by Carol Moehrle, RN, BSN, District Director, North Central District Health Department to support our conversation about responding to Covid-19 exposures and positive cases within our school community.

Ms. Moehrle commended Palouse Prairie for our safety protocols and careful decision-making. She noted that schools with enforced mask and social-distancing protocols in place have not experienced in-school spread of Covid-19 even when they have had positive cases. She encouraged us to continue to maintain our current levels of diligence around social distancing, mask-wearing, hand-washing, and monitoring. She noted that our school administration is absolutely top-notch in care and communication.

She also applauded our families’ quick reporting of exposures and positive Covid-19 test results to the school. Your rapid communication allows us to make timely decisions to protect the safety of our whole community. As flu season begins, we are grateful for your continued care and vigilance. Learn more about Covid symptoms at Covid Explained, a helpful website developed by a team of researchers and students at Brown, MIT, Harvard, Mass General.

The Board provided the following guidance to Ms. Branen:

  • We will maintain a policy of transparent communication when a case has been identified in the school. This means that we will notify all families, staff, and Board members (while respecting privacy) and will communicate next steps or actions.

  • We will continue to make conservative safety decisions when it comes to pausing in-person learning/care at the pod, classroom, or whole school building level. These decisions may vary depending on: when the infected individual was last in the school, how many people were in contact with the infected individual, staffing capacity, and date of most recent deep-cleaning. We will consult with the Public Health department in every instance to determine the best course of action.

We also made some decisions related to the coming cold and wintery weather.

  • We will follow the Moscow School District’s decisions as to weather-related school building closure. However, since we are now set up for remote learning, we will continue to teach and learn remotely on days when school buildings are closed due to weather.

  • Wednesday meet-ups are very important for engaging and supporting students! As we head into cold weather, we will continue offering meet-ups as long as they support students’ social and emotional health. To do this, the school will reserve covered spaces at parks, ensure all students have warm clothing, and monitor the weather to make decisions in advance.

All in all, it was a good -- if long -- meeting. As she was leaving, Carol Moehrle said something that has stayed with me. She told us that it was a pleasure to spend time with such a thoughtful Board, dedicated to doing the right thing. I believe that this description fits our whole Palouse Prairie CREW, and I am grateful to be getting through these hard times in partnership with our school community.



Jessica Bearman

PPCS Board Chair

PS. Find information about Board meetings here. https://palouseprairieschool.org/school-board/

Free Lunch Program Extended

Moscow's School District free lunch grant has been extended until June or earlier if funds run out. If your child is on-site they will continue to receive a free hot lunch if they choose. If you are remote there are lunch pick-up locations.

Meal packages consisting of lunch and breakfast will be provided for children between the ages of 1-18 at the following bus stop locations Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, September 14. In addition, meals can be picked up outside at Lena Whitmore Elementary School, 110 S. Blaine at the curbside from 11 a.m. – noon.

Indian Hills Route:

10:55 White Avenue & Bristol
11:18 505 Indian Hills
11:48 Indian Hills and Atsirk Street
12:05 Travois way and Pinecone Road

Polk Extension/Campus Route:

11:05 Polk & Rodeo
11:28 421 West Sweet Ave
11:48 Taylor and Blake

Mall Route:
11:00 Eastside Marketplace
11:35 Rosauers

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

PPCS students are invited to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest. Carve, paint, or otherwise decorate a pumpkin between now and Oct. 31st and submit a photo to ppcsparentcrew@gmail.com along with your students name. Prizes will be awarded for the spookiest pumpkin, the prettiest pumpkin, and the most creative pumpkin in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. All entries will be displayed on the Parent Crew web page and social media. Winners will be announced on Nov 3.

Spread the Word...

Strong Families, Strong Students (please read and take advantage)

Schools and families have been hit hard by COVID-19. The website for the new, $50 million Strong Families, Strong Students initiative goes live TODAY. At StongFamilies.Idaho.Gov, eligible parents can apply for $1,500 per eligible student with a maximum award of $3,500 per family. Families can use the funds to purchase or receive reimbursement for eligible educational material, devices, and services, including: computers and technology, internet access fees, instructional materials and services. Part of the application requires a letter verifying proof of enrollment. Please email the office if you need proof of enrollment for the application.

The direct link to the site is: https://www.strongfamilies.idaho.gov/

Families can apply between Oct. 21 and Dec. 8, 2020, so please don't hesitate!

Here are some additional resources:

Strong Families, Strong Students Informational Letter - Strong Families Strong Students Information.pdf

Strong Families, Strong Students Frequently Asked Questions - Strong Families Strong Students FAQs English.pdf

Some Information on the McKinney-Vento Act...

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Fish and Wildlife Virtual Film Fest – Nov 6 and Nov 13

The Fish & Wildlife Film Festival at the University of Idaho is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and stewardship of wild nature, including fish and wildlife, the wild landscapes they depend on, and the communities that they sustain. Both nights of the festival (Nov 6 and Nov 13) feature a different set of short wildlife films, selected through a competitive process, and each night’s program runs for approximately 2 hours total (6-8pm Pacific). The festival is free for all students (k-12, college) and the recommended donation for adults is $7. Learn more about the festival and see the full program at www.uidaho.edu/fwff

Nov 6 Registration Link


Nov 13 Registration Link


We hope you can attend!

Christmas For Kids Application

Application for this year's Christmas for Kids is now available. It is posted on the Moscow School District website at https://www.msd281.org/community_interest/community_event_flyers. Please note our priority deadline is Nov. 9, but as always we will accept late ones as long as we have the resources. We encourage families to apply early. We also have hard copies in the office if you are interested.

Moscow Co-op Dime in Time

The Co-op has selected PPCS as one of their recipients to receive donations for our playground! Now through the end of November, for each reusable bag shoppers bring in, they will be able to donate their dime to Palouse Prairie Charter School, so spread the word to your friends and family. (Please note, cashiers have a lot to remember and sometimes forget to ask, so customers should feel free to remind them where to donate their dime!).

Box Tops

Box Tops for Education is now digital! Instead of clipping the coupons, you simply download the Box Tops app and scan your grocery store receipt. All eligible products will be identified and automatically updated online. Our school will be sent a check for the earnings.