Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

Principal Dr. Groves

Dear Prairie Point Families:


Thank you for such an amazing start to the school year! It was wonderful to welcome back so many returning students at Preview Night, as well as meeting our new families. You may have noticed, when you were walking around our building, that something is a little different. This year we are fortunate to have five early childhood classrooms at Prairie Point. I cannot wait for the energy that our three and four year olds will bring to Prairie Point. It is also exciting to realize that some of our incoming three year olds will be Prairie Point Panthers for the next eight years! I could not be more excited to welcome these little Panthers on Monday for their first day of school!


In addition to Monday being the first day of early childhood classes, there is another really special event taking place across the county. A total solar eclipse will be visible through the United States. We could not be more excited to share in this very special event with all of our students. The excitement will be building in each classroom as our teachers prepare to livestream the eclipse for all students to view! One of the solar eclipses that I remember took place when I was in elementary school. I think that I was a 6th grader. I can remember spending the day learning all about the sun, the moon and space. I walked away from school that day wanting to work for NASA. While that obviously was not the path that I took, I hope we can inspire some future astronauts and scientists on Monday!


In my 2nd year as principal at Prairie Point, I am still getting to know all of our families. I love addressing our students by name and even getting to know all the members of our school families. As I live right here in the Prairie Point community, I hope to see your family out and about. If you see me at the park district, a store, restaurant or walking on the path, do not hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself. While I prefer to talk about school-related issues when I am at school and can give you the appropriate attention, I love to get to know you and your family wherever and whenever I see you! Just yesterday, I bumped into a former student at Target!


I do want to take a minute to formally introduce our administrative team. I could not be luckier to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. DeMont this year. I am thrilled to share that Mrs. Janet DeMont will be serving as our assistant principal for the 2017 - 2018 school year! Many of you may know Mrs. DeMont as principal at East View Kindergarten Center. For those of you who are not familiar with Mrs. DeMont, during her long tenure in District 308, she has served as a teaching assistant, a music teacher, an assistant principal at Fox Chase, principal at The Wheatlands and as principal at East View. I cannot be more excited to welcome Mrs. DeMont to our administrative team as well as to the Prairie Point family!


We will continue to share Mrs. Lenz with Lakewood Creek Elementary School. Mrs. Lenz is at Prairie Point on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as every other Thursday. Should you have a question that is related to special education, I encourage you to reach out to Mrs. Lenz directly. It is wonderful to work on a three-member administrative team and I am excited for all that we will accomplish this year.


Our theme for this year is Better Together. As I have walked around classrooms, I have heard many students sharing things that go better together. Our students shared things such as ice cream and sprinkles, macaroni and cheese and movies and popcorn. I look forward to the partnership that we will grow throughout the year. When parents, teachers and administration are collaborating and supporting students, we are Better Together!


2017-2018 is off to a great start! Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Mrs. DeMont or Mrs. Lenz if you need us for anything throughout this year.



Sincerely,



Dr. Jennifer Groves

Principal

Assistant Principal Mrs. DeMont

Mrs. DeMont spent her first week as Assistant Principal and found out that Prairie Point really is a great place to be! Thank you for the warm welcome!


STAR testing for grades 4 and 5 begins Tuesday Aug 22nd thru Friday Aug 25th.

Panoramic Picture Form Due Aug 25th.

Picture Day!

Individual Student Pictures will be taken on Friday, September 1st

PushCoin - New Lunch & School Fee Payment Procedures

Free and Reduced Lunch Information

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

2017-2018 Curriculum Night

Pantherfest Friday, Aug 18th at OHS

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: http://www.sd308.org/Page/17756


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

http://www.sd308.org/Page/8234 or call Kate Kloet at 630-636-4611.