Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, May 6, 2022

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

Principal's Letter

Dear Prairie Point Families:

We have spent this week celebrating and honoring our AMAZING Prairie Point teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. I have been very impressed with the number of students and parents who have taken time to recongnize and thank our teachers and staff members. Thank you for making our teachers feel special. I would also like to recongnize our Home and School Association and parent volunteers who went above and beyond to make this week special for the Prairie Point staff. Thank you!

It is hard to believe that we are counting down to the end of the school year. There are a few special events that I would like to make you aware of as we look toward the end of the year.

May 10 - Home and School Tuesday Night Dinner @ Panda Express

May 12 - 5th Grade Musical @ 7pm in the Prairie Point gym

May 18 - Prairie Point Alumni Walk @ 3pm (Celebrating former Prairie Point students who are graduation high school)

May 19 - Bike to School Day

May 20 - Field Day

May 24 - Home and School Tuesday Night Dinner @ Culver’s

May 26 - Last Day of Early Childhood

May 27 - Last Day of School K - 5th Grade

It looks like spring will finally arrive this weekend. I hope that all of our mothers have a wonderful Mother’s Day.


Dr. Jennifer Groves


Parent Pick up Reminders

As the weather is getting warmer, our pickup and drop off lines are getting quicker!

Thank you for getting your child picked up on time (by 4:00pm) at the end of each day and pulling all the way up so that we can load more students in and get families home in a timely fashion.

We know many families utilize this line and it can be a long wait, but we appreciate your patience and partnership to keep this process running smooth and allowing for our helpers to keep their main focus on children.

Thank You

Thank you for recognizing and supporting all of our hard working staff through Teacher Appreciation Week. Our Home + School Association made each day of the week very special and we are felt so lucky!

Variety Show

Congratulations to all students who participated and showcased their amazing talents in the Variety Show!

What a fun night, everyone did an awesome Job!!

Hello Future 6th Grade Traughber Panthers and Families!

Hello Future 6th Grade Traughber Panthers and Families!

Would it help your student to get a sneak peek at Traughber Junior High before the end of 5th grade? Would it help you? If so, fantastic! Traughber is hosting an Open House event for any incoming 5th grader and parents/guardians. Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Various time slots available

Where: Traughber Junior High School, 570 Colchester Drive, Oswego. Enter Door 4

What: Students will come with a parent/guardian and meet first in our cafeteria for a 15 minute welcome and presentation about our school. After that is done, students/adults will be organized into smaller groups and paired with an 8th grade National Junior Honor Society student to go on a casual tour of our school, hitting the highlights and getting a general orientation of our school. This event is intended to give an overview of our school and generate excitement for next year! In August, there will be ample opportunities for a more detailed orientation and time to walk schedules and orient to our building.

How to sign up: Parents or Guardians can CLICK HERE to sign up. We will run sessions for up to 50 students at a time every 25 minutes from 6:00pm through 7:40pm. The presentation and tour will last about 45 minutes.

Extra Details: If a parent or guardian is not able to come on May 11, but another family or friend is able to bring your student, that is fine. Students shouldn’t come alone, but can group up with another adult if needed. Remember, there will be many options for students to get oriented to Traughber in August.

Finally, if you don’t already have a student at Traughber, please know that you are welcome to join our parent organization, Traughber Connects, for our next meeting as we host informative guest speakers. Please come and help us welcome Courtney DeCarlo & Kristen Rexha from Oswego & Plainfield Wellness as they discuss Anxiety & Depression, Understanding and Managing It on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Traughber Junior High's Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Check out our Traughber Webpage for additional information on this event.

JDRF Fundraiser

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Kindergarten Screening

2022-2023 Kindergartners and Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Please click link below for details regarding Kindergarten Screening.

Registration 22-23 School Year

Online Returning Student Registration Reminder

Online Returning Student Registration opened in the Tyler Parent Portal on Wednesday 4/13. Online Returning Student Registration is available in the portal through the website or the app. The Online Returning Student Registration is due by May 1st.

Panther Paw Recipients

Summer Learning Program

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Prairie Point is now on Instagram! Follow us at 308prairiepoint

Home & School - Konstella

Join us on Konstella!

For all communication and news from Prairie Point Elementary's Home and School Board, please follow the link below to begin the new sign in:


Your 2021-2022 Home and School Board

Katie Lund & Beth Kremer, Co-Presidents

Erin Szostak, Vice President

Heather Gorny, Treasurer

Rachel Murray, Corresponding Secretary

Kelly Hoke, Recording Secretary

Other Ways to Earn for Prairie Point Home & School Organization

Young Rembrandts


Register for VIRTUAL live-streaming classes


Visit my website

Goodbye February. Hello March!

Registration for our SPRING SESSION is now open!


(Old Post just invited us back!)

Click on SPRING to register for the spring session.

Click on the school name and you will be redirected to our current session taking place. We added a few more seats at a pro-rated tuition so it might not be too late to start drawing as early as this week!

Can't join us afterschool AT school OR want to give your child their double-dose of weekly drawing? Join me for live-streaming virtual classes Tuesdays at 6:45pm! Pick-and-choose your drawing dates. Only $8 per class. Siblings living in the same household draw for free!


REGISTER FOR live-streaming VIRTUAL Drawing Classes


Young Rembrandts Summer Workshops


Let me help you keep the kids drawing. Check out my Summer Drawing Days taking place in New Lenox the week of June 20. I just posted a few of the pictures we will be drawing on my website. Ages 7 - 14 welcome. NON RESIDENTS, too.

During my 3 hour summer workshops, I will introduce your young artist on how to draw/color with watercolor pencils AND oil-based chalk pastels ... techniques that we cannot teach afterschool at school.

The cost is $50 per workshop.

ALL SUPPLIES provided.

Questions? Contact me!

Text (815) 242-2259 or email me at

On behalf of Young Rembrandts, THANK YOU for your continued support of our parent-funded art enrichment program and giving us the gift to draw with your student.

Artfully yours ... Tess Gutkowski, Youth Drawing Director


Voluntary 24 hr Student Accident coverage plan for the 20/21 school year

"Peachjar" Communication

Oswego CUSD 308 has launched a new communication tool called "Peachjar." School-approved flyers will now be sent to you electronically and posted on the school website. Simply click flyers you receive via email or on the Prairie Point homepage click Digital flyers then Peachjar flyers.

PushCoin - School Fee & Lunch Payment Procedures

New from the Nurse's Office

If your child has received both Covid vaccine doses, please submit in a copy of their card.

It can be sent in with your student or emailed to the nurse at