To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Issue #3: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Goodbye's and Hello's

We are sad to say goodbye to Brian Wiesbrook. Brian has accepted a position teaching 4th grade at Welch Elementary in District 204. We wish him all the best as he pursues this new adventure!

We are excited, though, to welcome back Lisa Brougham. Lisa taught 1st grade here during the 2008-2009 school year, and is BACK! Woo hoo!

Thursday & Friday Institute Days Information

Thursday, August 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mastery Connect Training @ Traughber - BRING YOUR IPAD

*Classroom Teachers/AT/ELL/Resource/DHH

Technology: Collaborative Spaces @ Bednarcik

*Art, Music, PE, LMS, Speech Path, Reading, & Social Workers

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch – will be provided for you at Prairie Point or may have lunch on your own.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Building Meeting

  • Welcome Back and Introduction of Staff
  • Nuts and Bolts Information to Start the Year
  • Mission Possible!

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Teacher Time

3:30 p.m.

Dinner in Lounge provided by Home and School

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Preview Night – “Back to School Luau”

Wear your staff t-shirt; Prairie Point wear; or professional dress

• K-1 teachers will be in Community Room

• 3-5 teachers will be in the Gym

• Specials – choose either location

Friday, August 15, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

Gather in Building - Transportation to OEHS will beprovided – bus leaves at 8:20, but will be here by 8:05

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Convocation @ OEHS

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Teacher Work Time – today is a great day to:

• Complete your GCN trainings

• Get room ready & prepare for Day 1 w/ students

• Discuss pink/blue information with colleagues

• Articulate with Resource/DHH teachers

• Meet as a grade level team

News & Info

IMPORTANT - E-School Attendance Changes

There are some changes to how eschool attendance will be taken, as the district has upgraded to eSchool 3.0. Please review the video below for information on how to complete attendance.

Also, the district PD Website has several short training videos and documentation on the use of eschool. The link below the video will take you where you need to go.

eSchool 3.0 - Taking Attendance

Tech Talk


If you're interested in an account to for the 2014-2015 school year, it's still not too late. I have the following names:

Kerra McCosky

Andrea Praught

Craig Hotchkiss

Sherri Dhuse

Deb Mogle

Heather Warner

Carol Patterson

Kathy Ziller

Kerry Rothman

If you are interested, or if I'm missing your name, please email me by the end of the day tomorrow.

A Message to All at Prairie Point

For the Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President
If you look at nothing else in this newsletter, please watch the video above from Kid President. I believe this video is an illustration of our mission & vision at Prairie Point. I am asking that all teachers show this video to their classes at some point on the first day of school. Our message to all of our students, staff, and community is that all of us can, and will, do extraordinary things.

On August 28th, the message will continue in our first all-school assembly of the year. Our guest will be Amy Logan, the author of A Girl with a Cape: The true story about the superhero in all of us. Her story begins:

Can someone so small make a difference at all?

Can someone like you make the world seem brand new?

I'm not sure you know this, but I tell you it's true.

It's a story of a superhero...of a kid just like you.

So sit back, bundle up...take a breath...let it out...

A Girl With a Cape is what this is about.

Save the Date: Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 11th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Class Lists

Class lists will be in your mailbox TODAY and will be available to the parents online at 4:00 p.m. Thank you to everyone who has come in to check groupings one more time. Several changes have been made based on feedback. Please note: Many changes are still being made every day. Please do not plan on anything being finalized until students arrive.

Fancy Copier Training

Keep an eye on your email for information about copier training. Jen also recorded the training and is working on editing a video for us to review.