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May 18, 2022

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Dear Families-Read on for the News

Introducing New Support Roles

As we transition to a new era at PPCS, we are grateful for the leadership we have within our ranks to help ensure the continuance of our school's culture, character and quality. Our Teaching and Learning Specialist role is shifting. Renee Hill will be stepping into a new role as the PPCS Instructional Coach. Erin Corwine will continue to serve our school as the Data and Assessment Coordinator. Both roles will be highly supportive for our new executive director. Please see their messages below.

From Renee Hill

Dear PPCS families,

While it is hard for me to leave the fourth-grade classroom, I am very excited to shift into my new role as Instructional Coach next school year. Anyone who knows me knows that I am incredibly dedicated to PPCS and the EL model of education. I have fully enjoyed the last six years of creating a classroom focused on student engagement, academic rigor, joyful interactions, and meaningful life experiences. I will miss this part of my daily life very much. And I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to shift into the next phase of my career in a way that allows me to support our dedicated PPCS staff and our new Executive Director in fostering rich experiences in all of our classrooms. It is a huge honor to help lead our entire PPCS community, particularly as we grow together with our new Executive Director. I am eager to discover how I can support every student, every family and every staff member by uplifting our school’s mission with enthusiasm, intention, and wisdom. I am truly looking forward to working with you in my new role. Meanwhile, I will be savoring every moment with my fourth-grade crew. As always, please reach out if you have questions or ideas to share.



From Erin Corwine

Dear PPCS Community,

In February, my husband Dan, daughter Lj, and I welcomed the newest addition to our family, our son Benjamin Calder Schaaf! I am so thankful that our school values our staff as whole people and that I was able to step away from my roles to be home with Benji in his first few months. This is my 9th year being part of the Palouse Prairie Community and I love being part of this school. I've made the decision to step down from my role as the Teaching and Learning Specialist so that I can be home with my little ones. I'll continue in my role as Data and Assessment Coordinator, working 25% time. My hope is that in this capacity, I can support our new ED, while also continuing to help our school make data informed decisions and be compliant with state assessment requirements.

In Gratitude,


Empowering Parents Grant Program

The Empowering Parents Grant program is aimed at addressing learning loss among Idaho students. Families making less than $60,000 have priority status for receiving funds. Recipients can receive up to $1,000 per student, or $3,000 per household to help families cover the cost of a number of educational needs — such as a laptop, internet access, learning materials, or physical or occupational therapy. The grant program process is still in development, however parents can fill out this form to receive updates on the program. The program will open later this summer.

Middle School Dance

Save the Date:

Middle School Dance

Saturday June 4, 2022

Location PCEI Pavilion

Time ( evening specifics TBD)

Looking for parent chaperones, volunteers, and sound system to borrow.

Please contact Jessie Campbell at lettuceeatwell@gmail.com or

Jenny Campbell Aoki at j.campbell.aoki@gmail.com

PPCS Board Election

School Board Election 2022

The Palouse Prairie Charter School Board of Directors is recruiting candidates to fill 3 open Board seats with terms running July 2022 – June 2025. The PPCS Board of Directors plays a critical leadership role in maintaining the foundation of the EL model through the educational program as well as the long-term sustainability of the school. The board is also responsible for ensuring that the school has strong leadership, sound finances, effective fundraising, and high academic achievement.

Serving on the PPCS Board of Directors is a compelling and rewarding commitment. It might be right for you if:

  • You are able to consider decisions in light of what will best serve the whole school community, including students, teachers, and families.

  • You would like to share your experience in fields like finance, operations, education, law, human resources, marketing, fundraising, construction, landscaping;

  • You have 8 to 10 hours a month, year-round, to devote to board service and commit to attending board meetings (typically once a month);

  • You welcome the opportunity to serve as an active ambassador for the school, telling your friends and colleagues about the school and its mission;

  • You are willing to help PPCS raise money by connecting the school to people in your network, making a personal donation and asking others to donate, and participating in fundraising events;

  • You are able to hold information in confidence and speak with professional discretion in matters concerning our school.

Please consider serving on the Palouse Prairie Charter School Board of Directors.

Interested candidates should submit responses to the following questions to Jeff Lonneker at jlonneker@palouseprairieschool.org by May 25th. These snapshots will be available on the schools website for 1 week prior to the vote. Please keep your total submission to one page.

  1. Provide a short bio (~ one paragraph) that helps us get to know you.

  2. Why do you want to serve as a Palouse Prairie Charter School board member?

  3. What skills, experience, attributes, etc will you bring to the Board?

  4. What is your vision for the school?

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch a Success!

Teacher & Staff Appreciation lunch a success!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who donated to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation lunch last week, organized by Amy Ball and the Parent Crew. Maialina was closed but we were able to get a delicious smorgasbord from Karma, and there is money left over to send our teachers on an adventure later this year! If you didn't get around to donating and would like to contribute to the adventure, you can still drop off a check made out to PPCS, with Teacher Appreciation in the notes. Records of all donations have been given to the PPCS business manager.

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