Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, May 19, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

Principal's Letter

Dear Parents:

I cannot believe that the end of the school year is right around the corner. I have really enjoyed becoming part of the Prairie Point community and sharing in the many traditions, activities and events that take place throughout the school year. There have been too many highlights and memories to count! I am truly looking forward to starting my second year in a few short months.

I do want to share a few things that we will look forward to next year. Many of you may already know that we will be welcoming five early childhood classrooms to Prairie Point next year. We were fortunate to have all of our kindergarteners in our building this year. Our kindergarten students were welcomed into our school family and had opportunities to work with and learn from older students. I loved when our 5th grade and kindergarten reading buddies were able to read together and build friendships. We look forward to having more early learners in our building and the opportunity to strengthen the Prairie Point family.

I am also excited to share that we will begin implementing AVID at Prairie Point next year. If you are not familiar with AVID, it stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID’s mission is to prepare students for college readiness and success in a global society. I know that some of you may be familiar with AVID, as it is currently at both Traughber Junior High and Oswego High School. I have also had the opportunity to speak with some parents who have students at the junior high level and who know a little bit about AVID. I would like to share that AVID looks a little different in the elementary schools and is much more than a binder! I am excited to plan for the implementation of AVID along with our AVID team this summer.

Finally, in the nine years that I have served as a principal, I have learned each new year brings about change. Much of the change is exciting, such as welcoming early childhood students and implementing AVID, however, there can also be changes that are bittersweet. I know that Mrs. Kern shared that she has accepted a principal position in Sandwich for the 2017 – 2018 school year. While I am heartbroken to lose such a wonderful assistant principal, I am excited for Mrs. Kern and her new adventure! I would also like to share we have three teachers who will bring their gifts to another school within the district. Mrs. Holman, Mrs. Warner and Mrs. Ziller will be teaching at Hunt Club next year. Again, I am so sad to lose these teachers but know that the students at Hunt Club will benefit from their strengths.

I am looking forward to these final days of the school year and sharing in my last few “firsts” at Prairie Point!


Dr. Jennifer Groves

Registration Reminder

If you have not done so already, please register your student for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Simply login to Home Access Center, select the student you wish to register, select Registration and select the Edit button. Also please complete and return the student Health History form to our office. If you have any questions please call our office at 630-636-3600.

News from the Nurse's office

As a reminder, all medication stored in the health office must be picked up by the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up by a parent or adult will be disposed of on Friday June 9, 2017.

Attached is the Medication Authorization Form for the 2017-2018 school year. We must have this form, signed by the physician and parent or guardian, on file at school in order to begin giving medications at the start of the school year.

If your child is bringing medication for allergies, please also complete and sign the attached allergy emergency plan.

If your child is bringing medication for asthma, please also complete the attached asthma emergency plan.

If your child will be carrying their emergency medications with them, we still need all forms completed and on file in the health office.

Medications and forms can be dropped off at the Nurse’s Office before the first day of school. If you have any questions, please contact the Nurse’s Office at 636-3602.


Dominique Acuff RN, BSN

Prairie Point Building Nurse

Off the shelves - news from the LRC

Our spring book fair was a great success! Thank you to those students who purchased books, as well as the families who stopped by prior to Family Walk Night. Proceeds will help purchase new materials for the LRC.

Today we hosted author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann. Together they talked about the latest book they collaborated on, Bulldozer Helps Out. It was a big day for our kindergarten, first, and second grade students, who attended this presentation, and helped Eric and Candace write a story. I will have signed copies of their books available for purchase through next week. Our thanks to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville for this opportunity.

Thank you to these students who donated books to the library in celebration of their birthdays: Lily Packley and Katelyn Skattum.

This summer, whether you are traveling or taking a ‘staycation’, please take a photo of your child/children reading at a fun place, and email it to me and tell me where it was taken, and I’ll print the photos and put them on the LRC windows in August.

Our school library will be closed for the summer. Encourage your child to sign up for the summer reading program at the Oswego Public Library to maintain those reading skills and avoid the ‘summer slide’. Happy summer and happy reading!

Carol Patterson

Students going into 6th Grade

Please remember that students going into 6th grade need an annual health history form filled out, completed immunization documents and a current physical turned in PRIOR to schedule pick up in the fall. If any of these forms are not turned in, the student will NOT be allowed to pick up their schedule and will not be able to start school until all these forms are turned in.

Please also make sure the parent portion on the top of the physical is completed and signed.

If you already have these things completed for next year, they can be turned in to Prairie Point now.

5th Grade Sweet Send Off Reminder






6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Don’t miss out! Join your fifth grade classmates for a fun-filled, lock-in celebration with activities that include swimming, climbing wall and more. Snacks are included!



Any questions? contact Caroline Griffin at

Summer School 2017, Registration Closes May 30th

Home and School Calendar

Upcoming Dates


23 Culver's night kindergarten night

26 Last day of school

2017-2018 Curriculum Night

Nurse Needs Donations

As you clean closets this summer....

The nurse could use pants and shorts with elastic waist in all sizes.

Also needed are all sizes of new underwear.

Thank you

OHS 2017 Summer Camp Flyer

OHS 2017 Summer Camp Book

Summer Basketball & Football Camps

Summer Volleyball Camps

Summer Baseball Camp for Grades K-8

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.