The ninth month of 2019 was here and gone in the blink of an eye! The highlight of September was most definitely the Sandwich Fair. Kids of all ages look forward to this fun-filled week. Once the last corn dogs and funnel cakes were eaten and the displays, vendors, and carnival packed up for another season, our students and teachers started settling in to their daily routines. Fall pictures and Hearing and Vision Screening, two annual events, took place this month. Picture rescreen will take place on November 5th. Benchmarking started in September, but will carry over into October. For those new to the school experience, benchmarking is a quick assessment of students’ literacy and math skills. This information helps us not only identify our struggling students, but also provides data on those students who would benefit from enrichment activities. Students are benchmarked three times per year (fall, winter, and spring). Two assessments are used to collect data; Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and FastBridge. Beginning with this school year, we replaced AimsWeb with FastBridge. Additional information on FastBridge was sent to all families in an emailed attachment on September 27th. Teachers have completed hours of training in order to use this instrument consistently and uniformly. As with any new application, there is a learning curve, so please be patient as we work out the kinks. Using data to guide instructional decision-making and then choosing strategies specific to student needs is a process called “RtI” or Response to Intervention. A more in-depth letter outlining RtI will be coming home once fall benchmarking is completed. Please contact the school (815-786-8811) with any questions. Bring Your Parent to PE was well attended on September 26th. What a great way for moms and dads to experience elementary physical education. Thank you, Mrs. M. Martin, for introducing this event to Prairie View! Three after- school activities are currently offered at PV; Walking Club, DoJo, and Art. Finally, the parent group, PPA, kicked off the fall fundraiser. With our families support, this group has been able to offset the cost of field trips and provide other additional activities for our students’ enjoyment.
Besides falling leaves, hayrack rides, and pumpkin spice, what does October have in store for us? We are starting out by showing our Sandwich pride during Homecoming Week. Wearing class colors, being cozy in our pajamas, getting a little silly for a “wacky” middle of the weekday, sporting our sports apparel or favorite hat, and celebrating our Indians with an Orange and Black Day are some of the ways we will show our spirit. Many students will also be participating in the Homecoming Parade on October 4th. If you are looking for a little football….the Homecoming Game is Friday, October 4th when Sandwich takes on Rochelle. GO Indians! Firefighters from the Sandwich Community Fire Department will be teaching us about fire safety as we recognize Fire Prevention Week in October. Third grade students submit art projects to the Fire Department and one student is chosen to receive a firetruck ride to school one morning. Our first grade students will participate in a bike safety assembly, compliments of Think First, a National Injury Prevention Foundation. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge and awareness of the causes and risk factors of brain and spinal cord injury, injury prevention measures, and the use of safety habits at an early age. To ensure bicycle safety, each student will be fitted and receive a bike helmet. This gift could save a life and/or prevent a catastrophic outcome in the event of an accident. Throw in a four-day weekend (Oct.11-14) and Halloween and October is a wrap! Please refer to the section in this newsletter on school-appropriate costumes when determining what to send in with your child. We are going to hope for a sunny, cool day for our Costume Parade on October 31st. You are cordially invited to the parade which will begin around 1:00 (or as soon as we don our costumes) and held on the blacktop behind the school. May all of your corn by “candy” and all the mischief take place in a different neighborhood! Happy Halloween!
"Believe in the Magic of Learning"
Substitute Bus Driver Positions Open
- Flexible Hours - as a sub you only accept times you want
- Most Substitute driving in afternoon
- Schedule corresponds to Sandwich Schools
- In House / Paid Training to obtain School Bus Drivers License
- Pay $17.80 / hr
- Opportunity to move to Regular Route with higher pay and hours
Substitute Bus Aid Positions Open
- Same flexibility and schedule
- No certification required
- Pay $11.59 / hr
Contact Dale Hamilton Transportation Director 815-786-4739
Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start!
Picture Day was a huge success! Thank you to our parent volunteers that helped out!
Spirit week will be from September 30 thru October 5th. Please help show your support by dressing up! All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Flyers have been sent home.
Our fall fundraiser will be Sept. 27th thru October 9th. Packets were sent home! Fundraiser items will be available for pick up on November 6th from 3-4:30. More information will be sent home about picking up items. We will also need volunteers for helping with pick up. If interested please email us. Thank you for all your support
Box tops for Education will be starting back up for October. We will be trying something new this year, information was sent home regarding this. If you have any questions feel free to email us. Don’t forget to keep clipping or scanning and sending them in! Thanks for helping our school get what it needs.
Our 1st PPA meeting date is Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30. Children are welcome to attend.
We need your input and help, to help us achieve all of our goals for our children this year. Even if you are unable to attend the meetings during the day, we would appreciate any of your help planning and volunteering for many upcoming events. Please watch for future information, as we sill send home when we need volunteers. We greatly appreciate your help.
PPA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PPA Facebook: www.facebook.com/PVPPA
Prairie View PPA
· All medications, including cough drops and over-the-counter products, require a Medication Authorization Form to be completed and signed by a student’s healthcare provider and their parent/guardian.
· Flu season is around the corner! Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit www.flu.gov for more information.
· A Halloween Safety article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Second Grade Students have dove right into the district’s new myView curriculum. The stories in their workbooks have been engaging for us all. We highlight to find text evidence and underline to help us understand different things in the text. We have also started something called Writer’s Club. We practice being a writer and share ideas with each other.
Third graders have been investigating a variety of strategies for memorizing their multiplication math facts, including multiplication races, timed fact sheets, and singing songs from the SchoolHouse Rock arsenal. Students have also been playing math games with dice, like "Knock It Off" and "Multiplication Squares", as well as visiting online resources. Mrs. Baker's students have been practicing with their own custom-made flashcards.
Our third graders have been writing personal narratives in class. Mr. Steimel's class wrote rough drafts about their favorite amusement park rides. Mrs. Stahl's class will be editing their rough drafts with their writing partners, and publishing them as a final draft, as well.
There is a fun addition to the reading/special education room at Prairie View, a reading nook. Mrs. Kurtz and her husband designed and built it and the students who have used it have thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a cozy place to read and listen to a good book, while holding a stuffed animal. Book cases are part of the nook and hold books that are leveled, so students can choose a book that is a good fit. Our theme at Prairie View this year is Believe in the Magic of Learning, so the theme of our nook is Believe in the Magic of Reading! If you are at the school some time, stop by and check it out, like Brianna and Paisley.
This is a day that each child can dress up as their favorite cartoon character or spooky character. Please use good judgment on your costume choice. Elementary school is not the place for costumes with simulated weapons or those that are particularly gruesome (bloody, gory or scary). Children who are inappropriately dressed will not be allowed to participate in the festivities. As is tradition, on October 31st, we will begin our Costume Parade around 1:00 on the blacktop behind the school. If we have inclement weather, we will parade around in the gym. Young children are welcome to attend the parade with a parent/guardian. Halloween parties will be coordinated by the classroom teachers. Due to limited space, only designated adult helpers will be able to accompany the students back to the classrooms for the parties.
Visitor parking is in the parking lot or Milestone Park, only visitors displaying a handicapped sign will be able to park in the turn around.
A Fire Prevention Assembly has been planned with the Sandwich Fire Department which will take place the following week.
Thank you very much for the time you invest as a volunteer and/or chaperone at Prairie View. We value your contribution to ours school as our partnership strengthens our community and enhances our students' educational experiences.
Please keep in mind that volunteers and/or chaperones must protect the teachers' and students' right to privacy. You may not disclose school information or personal matters which you may have overheard. Discuss student problems or concerns only with the teacher or principal. Do not contact other parents on issues with specific students and learning that you may have observed while volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning a field trip.
For more information, please refer to the Volunteer Information Packet.
1. What are you looking forward to the most teaching this grade level?
Learning something new everyday.
2. Name a children's book that you would recommend that every child read.
Green eggs and ham.
3. What's the most important thing that every teacher should know?
4. Why did you choose the teaching profession?
To make a difference.
5. If you hadn't gone into education, what other career would you have considered?
I would have had my own fishing show.
6. What are your hobbies?
Fishing and golf.
7. What is your favorite snack?
8. If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be?
For the Packers and Cubs to win championships in the same year.
Welcome Mr. VanPelt! We are all looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year!