Piper Prairie Parent Blast

November 12, 2021

Important Dates in November!

  • Monday, November 15: Fall Picture RETAKES!


  • November 24 - 26: NO SCHOOL / Thanksgiving Break!

News from the Principal...SITE Council Members NEEDED!

Get Involved!


Next month we will have our first SITE Council meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 5-6 pm, PPE Library.


Why do we have a SITE Council?

Since 1992, Kansas statute has required every school seeking accreditation have a building site council (BSC). KESA regulations will require the participation of the building site council in the district's accreditation process.


What is a SITE Council?

The school SITE Council is a group of parents, teachers, and staff, that work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and get involved in ways to partner the home, school, and community relationships. The council meets once each quarter. Future dates will be shared at the meeting. The time and location will remain the same.


What is the purpose of a SITE Council?

The purpose of the School Site Council is to advise the school on such matters as student learning, education programs, school improvement planning, and accreditation issues. The site council also plays an advocacy role for the school regarding the same issues.


How do I get involved?

Please email me, Mrs. Grable, at bgrable@piperschools.us to have a folder with information ready for you. Anyone is invited to attend!


Here are the topics for next week's meeting:


  • Welcome
  • Portrait of a Graduate
  • Building Goals
  • Upcoming Bond presented by Dr. Dain


Sincerely,

Mrs. Grable

Veterans Day Pics!

World Kindness Day is Saturday!

Students and staff wore shirts with a positive message on Friday

National Native American Heritage Month

The proclamation recognized Native Americans as the first inhabitants of the lands and their contribution to American society. In 1990, Congress requested that the president issue a proclamation designating the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month.

Mrs. Diehl's Defined Learning Group!

Students in Mrs. Diehl's Defined Learning group designed their own Disney character by creating a survey that was completed by their class and tallying data in various graphs. Each student then analyzed their data and created their own Disney character and justified her decision to their class.


Defined Learning is project-based learning that builds future-ready skills. Way to go kids! Your future is looking bright!

Piper High School Musical

Hello Piper Theatre Fans!


The Piper High School Theatre Department is proud to produce The Wizard of Oz on November 18-20th at 7:00 pm each night.


Please note that all audience members will be asked to wear a mask as of the writing of this email. The audience will not use social distancing measures for logistical purposes.


To allow audience members to select their seats and to allow for seats to be reserved in advance, we utilize an online ticketing program. We anticipate the crowds being relatively large each evening, so you may want to consider ordering your tickets early. To reserve your tickets early:

1. Go to https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/58318

2. Select the evening and seats you'd like

3. At checkout, use coupon code C-PiperStaff to get 100% off of your order

4. In order to use the online system, you will still be charged the online service fee


Thank you so much for supporting our students! We look forward to seeing you Over the Rainbow!


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News From Nurse Chelsea - Clothing Donations Needed!

Clothing Donations Needed: The nurse's office could use pants, shirts, and underwear donations for students who need a change of clothes while at school.


Thank you for your continued partnership and support this school year. I appreciate your communication when your child is ill and helping us keep kids healthy and in school!


The following link will give information about frequently asked questions involving COVID-19 and returning to school. COVID-19 Info


If someone in the household is positive for COVID-19, please keep your student home and contact me.


Chelsea Fletchall, RN, BSN

Piper Prairie School Nurse

cfletchall@piperschools.us

(913) 721-1243

Piper Press Magazine

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Counselor's Corner Bullying Prevention Month!

Daneen Kelsey and Morgan Crusoe are your two school counselors here at Piper Prairie Elementary School!


We go into classrooms to teach lessons about feelings, friends, problem-solving, character traits, and more. Please visit our Piper Prairie Elementary Counseling Page for additional information and support!


In our lessons for Bully Prevention Month, we talked about what bully behavior IS and what it

ISN’T (see below). It is important that we recognize and address bully behavior – or any mean

behavior – but that we are also cautious not to label everything mean as bullying. We want kids to learn how to be problem-solvers in most situations and know when to get help from a trusted adult. If we label all mean situations or conflicts as “bullying,” the word indeed loses its meaning.


In Kindergarten, we read the book Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney to help

the kids identify what bully behavior looks like. We did some role play for the first and second graders to differentiate between mean moments, conflicts, and bully behavior. All of our

classes learned about being an Upstander when they see a student targeting another student

with mean or rude behavior, including bullying. Bystanders see mean things

happening but aren’t sure what to do. Upstanders choose to do one of these things: invite the

targeted friend to play something else, speak directly to the offender (“this is not okay”), or get help from a trusted adult. We all watched this video about being an Upstander: Bully Prevention: Be an Upstander!


Finally, I want to invite any fathers or father figures to join our Watch DOG program, returning after a year off for Covid. This is a national program that encourages dads,

grandpas, uncles, brothers, friends, or any other male role model to come volunteer in our

school for a few hours or a full day!


Here is more information about the program: About: Dads Of Great Students

Here is where you can request more information: Prairie Watch DOG interest sign-up


If you send your contact information, it does not require you to sign up! It simply means we will send you a detailed description of how it will work in our building and, if you are interested, help you schedule a day that works for you.


If you need to reach us, here are our email addresses:

Daneen Kelsey, dkelsey@piperschools.us

Morgan Crusoe, mcrusoe@piperschools.us

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Piper PTA

Click to read the PTA Newsletter! A wonderful organization that supports our Piper Schools!


Any questions can be directed to the PTA members. Please reach out to: piperpta203@gmail.com

OPAA Birthday Treats - NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME DUE TO SUPPLY

If you have already submitted an order prior to today, that order will be filled. We will notify you when things change. Sorry for the inconvenience.


For now, you may bring store-bought treats to school. Please make sure to reach out to your child's teacher to set up a time.

How will the district's new mask mandate affect adult visitors to our building?

How will the district's new mask mandate affect adult visitors to the building?


* All visitors to the building must wear a mask at all times while inside the building or outside if around our students.


* Parents and visitors will still be allowed in the building for volunteer work or class parties. Only parents/guardians who have signed up to work parties with their child's teacher will be permitted into the building on party days. (This is not due to the mask policy but a reminder of our schools' party policy.)


* Since lunch time is a "no mask" time due to eating and drinking, there will be no visitors allowed during lunch.


* If the district policy changes as variants change in our community, we will alter visitation policies as necessary. We will always keep you informed if things change.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we do everything we can to keep our kids and community safe.

Piper Prairie Communication Matrix!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE!

Important Information From the Office...


  • Official School Hours are 8:35 am - 3:40 pm


  • Students may enter the building @ 8:20 am


  • Students need to be in their classrooms by 8:35 am to avoid a tardy slip. We will start dismissal at 3:40 pm.


  • Students arriving after 9:15 am will be counted as 1/2 day absent.


  • Students leaving before 3:35 pm will be counted as 1/2 day absent.


  • Tardy Policy: 5 Tardies = 1 unexcused absence


  • All transportation changes MUST be made by 2:30 pm on the day the change is requested to ensure that the teacher is notified in time and your child arrives home safely.


  • Student Early Dismissal Day transportation changes MUST be made by 10:30 am on the day the change is requested to ensure that the teacher is notified in time and your child arrives home safely.


  • Students Arriving Late: If your child has an appointment of any kind that causes them to arrive late to school, please call the office. Please have a doctor's note for the absence to be excused.


  • Students Leaving Early: If your child has an appointment of any kind that causes them to leave early from school, please call the office when you arrive. After you arrive, we will call your child to the office.


  • Child Absence: Please call and let the office know if your child is absent or late coming to school. Our office will call and verify that your child is safely at home if you have not received notification. The office number is: 913-721-1243

Piper Prairie Arrival Procedure

Click HERE to read and review our Arrival Procedure.

Piper Prairie Dismissal Procedure

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