To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Vol 3, Issue 14: Fri.,May 12, 2017

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Better Together

Thank you for feedback on the 2017 - 2018 theme. There was 1 vote separating the three themes. Our theme for next year is Better Together!

Important Information

Welcome Mr. Hotuyec

As I shared in the To the Point, Jake Winder will be full time at Southbury next year. I am happy to share that Mr. Matt Hotuyec will be joining our staff three mornings a week to teach PE. Mr. Hotuyec teaches PE at Hunt Club this year. I am excited to welcome Mr. Hotuyec to our facutly.

End of the Year

Pinks and Blues

  • Please have Pinks and Blues back by May 19th. If this is a hardship for you, please come and see me.
  • As a reminder, I did not make any changes to the form this year, however, I did want to draw your attention to the last section on the first page that reads: If you feel there is information that next year’s teacher needs to know in order to help this child be successful, please include that below. Please include strengths, concerns, and/or teaching strategies that you’ve found to be effective. Please note that comments included in this section should pertain to support and teaching strategies that you have found effective in supporting the student. Please be sensitive that this is not a place to include negative comments about a student. When I'm filling things out like this, I always think about if it would make me comfortable as a mom if someone wrote that about my child. This usually helps me frame my comments in a more positive way.


  • We have received direction from DAC as to what materials will be leaving our building and are being sent to other D308 schools. It is imperative that unless Kim has already given you direction as to where materials are to go you do not change any inventory as to where it is stored currently. Emails went out to those grade levels effected as to the number of sets that need to be collected and the book numbers themselves. Thank you for your patience, as we have a great deal of curriculum that will be leaving our building and we need to have accurate counts to report to DAC in June.

Prairie Point Recognition Ceremony

  • We will have our end of year recognition assembly from 9:15-10:00 on the last day of school. As usual, we will release younger students first. TA's will be around to dismiss classes to come down. Here is an edited past agenda we have followed. Please let me know if I have omitted anything. We will line the halls right after the final lunch that day to dismiss our 5th grade students at 12:35. 4th grade, as a note, you may want to have students packed up and ready to go before lunch that day.

  1. Perfect and Outstanding attendance of students and staff-Office (Dr. Groves and I will come around to present certificates the day prior)
  2. Character Recognition-Specials teachers
  3. Panthers on the Run - Sue Warren
  4. Spark Award- Dr. Groves
  5. Honor Choir, Black Belt Recorder-Clint Hafenrichter (possible honor choir performance)
  6. Caudill readers, Bluestem readers, Winning team for the Amazing Race - Carol Patterson
  7. Math awards (Noetic), Deb Mogle
  8. Student Leadership-Lisa Paluch & Dotty Mockenhaupt
  9. Battle of the Books - Dotty Mockcenhaupt
  10. Safety Patrol Recognition- Kim Manna
  11. Recycling-5th grade
  12. Clubs and Intramurals - Cindy Niles
  13. Sign language Club Video
  14. 5th Grade End of Year Video

Last Day of School

  • We will run on the Half Day Lunch Schedule
  • We will have specials on the last day
  • Finally, please remember that every day that students are at school is an opportunity for them to grow and develop as learners. We have a commitment to our students to teach up until that last day of school. Please do all that you can to keep students engaged and learning until May 26th!

Board Communication Policy

Please take a look at the Board Communication Policy regarding using personal non-District email or social media to communicate to students. If you have a question, please come and talk with me. You can use this link to access the full policy using the following link:

I have pulled out the paragraph that is most applicable:

In an emergency when a District employee must communicate with a student individually for District purposes using a personal, non-District email account, social media account or personal telephone number, the District employee shall copy parent(s) or a District administrator on the communication for students under the age of 18. District employees shall copy a District administrator on any such personal text or electronic communication for students 18 years and older.

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Wednesday Meetings


Our next Wednesday meeting will be a PLC Meeting on May 17th. If you still need additional support on Pinks and Blues after Wednesday's PLC, please let me know.


At this time we are not bringing any new students up to MTSS. This is one area that Jen and I would like to be reflective on as we move to next year. Jen is working on a survey to solicit feedback and get ideas for how we can improve MTSS and better provides supports for our struggling students.

Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule

The file below contains all of the Building, PLC, and SIP day meetings for the year. It will be updated regularly as the plans or schedule changes.

PLCs and Agenda Options

Please know that any specialist, Jen, or I can join your meetings to discuss important topics or answer questions. If you'd like one of us to come to your meetings, don't hesitate to ask. I love to see all the great work that your teams are doing. Go Prairie Point!!!

  • Please remember to share your agenda and notes with me and others who need the information.
  • Before the meeting ends, decide what you will discuss and address at your next collaborative meeting which will take place next week.
  • Enjoy this time with one another.

The link below contains files for 3 different templates for PLC agendas/notes. Please utilize them for your team meetings and share them with Jennifer/Jen and any specialists that you have working with your team.

The video below shows you how to save the agenda templates to your own Google Drive.

SD 308 PLC Agenda Video

News and Info

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One of the great things about being in a school family like Prairie Point is getting to know each other's families. I loved seeing your families on Holiday cards in the office. It is so fun during Celebrations to hear about your own children's accomplishments, marriages, babies and other big news. It would be even more fun to see it! I'd love to include a picture or two in each newsletter of your loved ones being awesome.

When you or one of your kids does something awesome (gets married, chooses a college, wins a competition, has her first solo in a concert, etc.) snap a picture and send it to me. I'll include it in our newsletter and we can all celebrate a 2nd time :)