PSMS Parent Newsletter

Week of April 27th!

Presidential Community Service

Please RSVP for the Presidential Community Service Ceremony to Kelsa Savage at The ceremony will be May 14 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Following the award ceremony there will be refreshments provided by our PTO.

The new community service year runs March 14, 2015 through March 13, 2016. Tracking forms can be found in the office, on the PSMS website under "Forms and Documents" or on the community service bulletin board in the hall by the library. Don't forget to volunteer this summer and track those hours.

Congratulations to the students below that completed 100+ Hours of Community Service

Brentano, Thomas

Clausen, Mike

Dehais, Kaitlyn

Giovagnoli, Lily

Gurley, Will

Hinmon, Riley

Kelsey, Kinley

Kessler, Jake

McCarty, Jenna

Monson, Lakota

Murphy, Andrew

Patel, Anmol

Patel, Atrik

Patel, Shivali

Pfeffer, Katie

Philgreen, Luke

Rindom, Halley

Ruiz, Cole

Thursby, Harley

Walia, Surina

Congratulations to the students below that completed 75-99 hours of Community Service

Barash, Lexie

Bernard, Emily

Clark, Nicholas

Cline, Cameron

Graves, Alexa

Graves, Rachel

Hardeman, Griffin

Hurst, Halle

Hyland, Luke

Manda, Sindhuja

Murphy, Samuel

Tzang, Melody

Congratulations to the students below that completed 50-74 hours of Community Service

Qian, Tong

Reddin, Lauren

Reddy, Nikhil

Reeves, Jack

Renkemeyer, Haley

Rimmer, Maddie

Rimmer, Olivia

Schimmel, Evan

Schow, Emmeline

Stroud, Olivia

Truitt, Jackson

Venkat, Akshay

Coffman, Cali

Dobbles, Eleanor

Drakey, Ken

Hayden, Hannah

Hughes, Evelyn

Hughes, Julia

Jones, Ava

Joseph, David

Keith, Jordan

LeValley, Regan

Lim, Ian

Oleen, Ellory

Pillai, Nanma

Arnett, Alyssa

Arnett, Gabby

Campbell, Morgan

Carter, Andrew

Clark, Ashley

Congratulations to the students below that completed 1-49 Hours of Community Service

Clark, Ryan

Coffman, Schuyler

Curtright, Lillian

Hernandez, Ava

Hernandez, Max

Hutchison, Jake

Ponnuru, Nathan

Stark, Alex

Stout, Cade

Way, Clayton

Welsh, Matthew

Wood, Colin

Yang, Anna

Yang, Keely

2015-2016 School Supplies—orders due online by May 21st

Order forms for next year’s school supplies are coming home this week! ONLINE ordering will be available today – May 21st. Late orders CANNOT BE ACCEPTED!!

Important details to keep in mind:

· ONLINE ORDERING ONLY (today – May 21st). After this date, supplies will need to be purchased on your own for the 2015-2016 school year.

· You will receive a “CONFIRMATION” e-mail receipt after ordering…KEEP THIS RECEIPT!

· Supply kits will be handed out at Panther Kick Off on August 5th and 11th.

· For 6th Grade besides the basic school supplies kit, there is also an option to order a French/Spanish kit and an Organizational Binder. It is optional to purchase the Organizational Binder through the PSMS’ PTO School Supplies sale, but it is needed. 6th Graders also need a pencil pouch, which is not included with the school supply order.

· For 7th Grade, scissors are needed, but not included with the school supply kit.

· For 8th Grade, Science supplies will be discussed the first day of school.

· For Band, Choir and Orchestra, please refer to the school supply list for the supplies that need to be purchased for these classes as well as the dress attire.

· Goggles and the Planner/Assignment Notebook are ordered from PSMS at Registration. These items will be received in the classroom. These items can also be purchased from the office at the start of the year.

· Purchasing kits is NOT mandatory. Ordering supply kits is meant to be a service to our PSMS families, to simplify the purchasing of school supplies.

If you have any questions, please email Jill Mettemeyer at

Thank you!


BVPAGE Summer Robotics Camps still have a few openings for students currently in grades 2-7

BVPAGE (Blue Valley Parents Advocates for Gifted Education) is partnering with the district to offer Robotics Camps again this summer. We have four weeks of camps from June 8 – July 2. Our location this year is Lakewood Middle School. Camps are not limited to students with IEPs for gifted education; however, the material and pacing of the camps is geared toward students who are high ability and gifted learners. For information on the camps and to register, visit our website: and follow the link on the home page.

BVHS Spiritwear End of Year Sale!!

BVHS Spiritwear End of Year Sale!! Calling all Future Tigers!! BVHS is having their End of Year Sale on Spiritwear Thursday, May 14th from 4pm to 7pm in the Commons at BVHS. All apparel items are 50% off regular price. Come early for the best selection. This is a great time for incoming Freshmen to stock up on some great items at a great price so you’re ready to show your Tiger spirit! Please email with any questions. We hope to see you there!

We would love your participation in the 5th Annual Walk to REbeL on May 9th!

We would love your participation in the 5th Annual Walk to REbeL on May 9th! REbeL is an organization found at the middle and high schools. Join us for a fun-filled morning where you can:

§ Get some exercise

§ Feed your body

§ Tell us what you LOVE about yourself in the photo booth

§ Make something cool in the Lil’ Rebels Kid Zone

§ Bring your well-behaved, calm, and on-a-leash dogs to strut their stuff with you

§ Win a prize, and . . .

§ Become empowered to stage your own RebeLution!

The walk is their largest annual fundraiser and provides critical monetary support for our mission. Whether you participate in the walk, join a team, support an individual or a team with a donation, sponsor the event, or share our event on social media, you will have an impact on our success!

Walk with us to REbeL against…

§ Society’s unrealistic standards of beauty.

§ Advertisements that lower your self-esteem and make you feel “not good enough.”

§ The photo-shopped and digitally-enhanced pictures you see in the media that make you feel “less than.”

§ Any form of bullying.

§ The diet mentality and the practice of making your appearance more important than your health.

§ Negative body image and body discrimination.

§ Being anyone but your beauty-full self.

Please refer to the link below to register for this event and/or receive any information about this program at our school. When you register and pay, the promotional code STUDENT can be used to knock off $10 from registration.

If you have any questions, please email Kathryn Wagoner ( or Amy Young (

PE Uniforms/Spirit Wear

This year we have made exciting changes to both our PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear, which are outlined below. You will find the order forms attached to this e-mail. Please note that to receive your order at Panther Kick Off in August that your order must be received by May 21st. Orders received after that date will be part of the second order placed after school begins.

PE Uniforms

· Checks should be made out to the PSMS PTO. Please write a separate check for each student order and different checks for PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear. This helps PTO better track your order as these orders are handled by different PTO volunteers.

· The PE Shirt has new logo and is being offered in either Irish Green or Sapphire.

· The girls PE short has been changed to a Soffe running short that is like the popular brand of running shorts that most girls wear.

· Girls’ yoga pants are also being sold. To wear yoga pants in PE for 2015-2016, yoga pants need to have the Prairie Star Middle logo.

· Sample sizes should be available in the office later this week.

· To receive you order at Panther Kick Off in August, your order form must be turned in by May 21st. All orders received after this date will be part of the 2nd order placed in August; the August orders will be delivered to your student at school.

Spirit Wear

Checks should be made out to the PSMS PTO. Please write a separate check for each student order and different checks for Spirit Wear and PE Uniforms. This helps PTO better track your order as these orders are handled by different PTO volunteers.

· This year we are offering a girls’ burnout t-shirt. Please note that these shirts tend to run small/snug so please consider ordering a larger size.

· We are offering an Under Armour Tech Tee and a Champion Hoodie again.

· To receive you order at Panther Kick Off in August, your order form must be turned in by May 21st. All orders received after this date will be part of the 2nd order placed in August; the August orders will be delivered to your student at school.

Thank you!


Family Spirit Night this Thursday, April 30th!

Reading Takes the Cake,” a PSMS tradition, is a cake decorating contest held in conjunction with our Scholastic Book fair and National School Library Week celebrated this year on April 30th. It is a one day event with a silent auction in the evening. All Prairie Star families are invited to bake and decorate a cake to celebrate the importance of reading and school libraries. Students may enter individually or as teams of 3 or less and may have outside help! Cakes will be awarded prizes in four different categories: GRAND PRIZE, CAKE DECORATED AS A SPECIFIC middle school BOOK, CAKE DECORATED with A READING THEME, and BEST IN SHOW CUPCAKES.

Contest Guidelines:

Cakes should be delivered to the school during the morning of Thursday, April 30th.

Cakes may be any shape, size, or flavor but should not be store decorated.

Cakes should be displayed on a disposable tray.

We invite you to be as creative as possible, though cakes MUST have something to do with books or reading. You may select one specific book for your cake; highlight an author; or promote books/reading in general; you may add 3-dimensional objects; you may use pre-formed cake pans; and you may add words or slogans on your cake. Bottom line—your confection must demonstrably have SOMETHING TO DO WITH BOOKS OR READING.

All cakes entered will be considered donated and will be available for sale. Please send your creation on a disposable platter as we will not be able to return cake plates. Michael’s & Hobby Lobby sell cardboard cake forms and cake boxes.

Cakes will be sold in a "silent auction" format on Thursday evening from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Bidding will close at 5:00 p.m. Cash or Checks will be accepted.

Proceeds will go towards the purchase of books.

Cakes will be on display in the library during the day on Thursday –

You are welcome to come by to view and let your mouth water!

Cakes & Reading! Two of my very favorite things! We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

In reading, as in eating, an appetite is half the feast.
- Anonymous


We need 3 more parent volunteers!!!

7th Grade Zoo Field Trip Volunteers!!! We still need 3 parent volunteers: Our 7th grade class will be taking a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo on Friday May 8, 2015 from 9am-2:30pm. We are in need of about 20 parent volunteers, each supervising a small group of 10 students during our walk through of zoo activities.

Please reply to Mr. Burton at with the subject heading “Zoo Volunteer” before April 30th.

Grade-Level Cookout Volunteers:

On Friday May 15, 2015 we will have a school cookout and are in need of 10 parent volunteers per grade level. “2 Guys and a Grill” will cook and provide all food and drink for $6/person if we have enough parent volunteers assisting with setup, serving, and cleanup for each lunch group.

Please reply to the following teachers with “Cookout Volunteer” in the subject heading by March 31 if you can help us make the cookout a success!

8th grade (10:45am-12:15pm)- reply to Mr. Stoltenberg at

7th grade (11:45am-1:15pm)- reply to Mrs. Pirkle at

6th grade (12:45-2:15pm)- reply to Mrs. Young at

Important Dates:

April 27th- Track Meet at PRMS (3:15 pm)

April 30th- Home Track Meet (3:15 pm)

April 30th- Reading Takes the Cake (3:00-5:00)

May 4th-Track Meet at HMS (3:15 pm)

May 5th-Early Release

May 6th-5th Grade Transition Night (5:30 Commons)

May 7th-Home Track Meet (3:15 pm)

May 7th-Talent Show Auditions (3:00 Commons)

May 8th-7th Grade Field Trip to the Kansas City Zoo

May 11th- Choir Concert (7:00 pm)

May 12th-Orchestra Concert (7:00 pm)

May 14th-Community Service Program (9:00 am)

May 14th-Band Concert (7:00 pm)

May 15th –Grade Level Picnic

May 21st-8th Grade Farewell

May 22nd- Talent Show and Yearbook Signing

May 22nd-Last Day of School (dismissal at 10:50)

Online Registration

• Registration Opened on April 15 and links through the PSMS webpage. This is the fee portion of the process. In Registration, you will:

– Confirm registration and enrollment

– Be aware that staffing numbers/hiring is determined by number of students paid, not enrolled. Currently students have enrolled only.

– If you are a returning student, note that Blue Valley does not include in their student count until at least partial payment of fees

– May 30 - Fees will be due to Confirm Registration and Enrollment

• Back to School information will be out after May 30

Friday, May 15th

7th grade students need prizes like candy, soda, gift cards, or anything a 13 year old would like for PAVE Drawings. Thank you!

Sunflower Award Winners

Attached is a picture of the Sunflower Award Winners for the Blue Valley Education Foundation. Thank you to all students who wrote kindness essays and for taking the time to celebrate kindness in our community.
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PSMS PTO 2015-2016 Volunteers

The PSMS PTO is looking for volunteers for the 2015-2016 school year. The PTO Board generally meets the first Friday of the month when school is in session at 9 a.m. in the Library Media Center. If you are interested in any of these positions or have questions about any of these positions, please contact Shawna Stout at or at 913-685-4425.

Treasurer: Receives all monies earned. Keeps accurate records of receipt and expenditures and pays out of funds as approved by President and/or Vice Presidents. Presents a financial report at each monthly PTO meetings. Files federal and state reports. Submits information to the Accountant for taxes before June 1st.

3rd Vice President: Serves as a liaison between the PSMS PTO Board and the Chairs that fall under the 3rd Vice President (Community Partners, Health Screenings, Sign Caretaker and Staff Appreciation). Attends monthly PSMS PTO Meetings. Works with the Chairs to address any issues that arise.

Spirit Wear: Prepares request of bids from several vendors and shares this information with the PSMS PTO Board. Works with vendor to develop a recommendation to the PSMS PTO Board with spirit wear designs and coordinates the order form development. Helps prepare an order form with vendor and works with them to collect the order forms and develops a spreadsheet of the orders. Submits the orders to the vendor and prepares the checks for the PTO Treasurer. Assists with coordinating the distribution of Spirit Wear including at Panther Kick Off in August.

Panther Night Co-Chair: Organizes 4 Panther Night events each year including securing vendors and supplies. Oversees each Panther Night including obtaining and coordinating volunteers. This position will work with an existing Co-Chair and is a two year commitment.

Sign Caretaker: Checks with office once a week or every other week to update sign in front of the school.