Quail Call

January 20

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Dear Families-Read on for the News

Dear Palouse Prairie Families,

A new year always brings new hopes, dreams and plans. I have started 2021 with a very hopeful feeling. On Monday night I received the incredible news that all our teachers and school staff have the opportunity to receive their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this Thursday and Friday(January 21 and 22)! Staff were highly encouraged to participate in this crucial opportunity to increase the safety of our own teachers and community. As you can imagine,our staff almost jumped out of their seats (or screens as it may be) with pure joy and excitement when they heard this news.

Since the beginning of the school year, we have thought deeply about how to stay true to our mission, uphold our strong commitment to our students, and honor the feedback from all of our stakeholders. As a result, we have asked for a lot of feedback and have regularly adjusted our teaching and learning to better meet the needs we identify.

Over the last month, teachers have been adjusting and planning to provide students with more safe in-person time to learn with their peers. As vaccines become available to our teachers, emergency health workers, and those over the age of 65 across our community, we have another opportunity to reconsider how we can best educate and support our students safely. Staff are carefully evaluating how students are performing and feeling academically, socially, and emotionally. This information is guiding how we think about overall teaching and learning approaches.

Most of you have probably heard the news that the Moscow School District is in the planning process for a potential return to in-person learning four days per week after spring break based on clearing certain benchmarks. I want to assure you that the potential for more in-person learning is on our radar too. We are currently in the process of surveying our teaching staff, and will be seeking your feedback early next week to learn more about families’ desires and concerns.

It is an honor to serve and lead a school community that cares so deeply about the needs of students, families, and our staff. I am grateful to have families that are so supportive in our endeavours as we navigate unchartered territories.

In much appreciation,


New Pick-up your Packet Kiosk!

Starting next week all of your student’s supplies and weekly packets will be available for pick up in our new walk in kiosk. Located on the right side of the school (next to the metal container), you will be able to drive right up to the entrance. Each grade will have a labeled bin on a shelf in the shed for quick and clear access. Please use hand sanitizer before entering the shed and only one family inside at a time. We are so excited, no more soggy or blown away packets!

No School - January 29

Lottery Application for 2021-2022

The enrollment lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on our website. Families of returning students will be sent an Intent to Return Google Form link in February to confirm their enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

The most effective way of raising funds for our school is to help us increase our enrollment. So please share your enthusiasm for our school with your friends and neighbors! Small group tours will be held on 2/10, 2/24, 3/3 and 3/24 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interested families must RSVP to office@palouseprairieschool.org to attend. COVID safety protocols will be followed.

Lottery applications will be accepted until March 25 at 10:00 a.m. The enrollment lottery will take place Friday, March 26 at 10:00 a.m. Kindergarten enrollees must be 5 years old by September 1st. We will notify families of enrollment status by email. To request a paper application or for any questions, please email office@palouseprairieschool.org or call 208-882-3684.

Parent Meet Up - Zoom

Are you interested in joining the Peaceful Parenting Group? We will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm. Email catherine.hogue@gmai.com and/or erinemiko@gmail.com to be added to the group and receive meeting/Zoom information.

Links and Resources

Click on the button below to join our K-5 Community Circle every Friday, 8:30-9 a.m.

You can add photos from your phone

Covid-19 resources below

A game to help your student navigate the online world

Spread the Word

Festival Dance Academy Lessons

Come and dance! Festival Dance Academy offers a variety of dance styles for all levels at their UI location. Check out their website www.festivaldance.org for the schedule and to register. Try out a dance class this week at Festival Dance Academy. Bring-a-friend-week is the perfect opportunity to experience a dance class with friends!
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Road Closure

Orchard Street will be closed on Wednesday 01/13/2021 between F Street and Public Avenue from 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for water main work.