August 24, 2022
I'm sending out my monthly communication a few days early as there is a lot happening at Prairie Trails the next few weeks.
We will be starting our safety drills next week, and they will be spread out over the rest of the month. As a reminder, the drills that we practice in school are evacuation (i.e. fire drill), hard lock down, bus evacuation, and shelter-in-place (i.e. tornado drill). A new state law requires schools to give parents an opportunity to opt out of the hard lock down drill. If you prefer that your child does not participate, please email me.
Teachers will go over the expectations for each type of drill, and drills are always announced so students know what to expect. We will remind students that it is essential to listen and to follow their teacher directions at all times. Our number one priority is the safety of your children; practicing these drills is imperative.
What's Happening at Prairie Trails:
- Friday, August 26- PTC Welcome Bash 4:30 (NEW TIME)
- Monday, August 29-Hard Lock Down Drill
- Tuesday, August 30 - Picture Day
- Wednesday, August 31- Open House 6:00 pm
- Friday, September 2-Evacuation Drill
- Monday, September 5th- No School- Labor Day (Please note we are in school Sept 6)
- Friday, September 30- PTC Family Music Event 6:00pm
6:00-6:25 pm - Pre-K & Kindergarten Parents in the Gym
6:30-6:55 pm- Kindergarten & Pre-K parents meet with homeroom teachers (If you have both a kindergarten student and a preschooler, go to kindergarten session first, and then pre-k at 7:00)
7:00-7:25 pm- Pre-K parents meet with homeroom teachers (repeated session)
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PICTURE DAY - TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
A picture package order form was sent home at our parent meet and greet! Send that to school with your child and cash/check for your purchase. You can also order online ahead of time.
Online Prepay ordering information:
Online Order Code: 69713B
Prairie Trails Specials Newsletter
Kindergarteners will express themselves through art-making activities that relate to a range of colors, shapes, lines and textures. Our young artists will learn about how fun the creative process can be as they look at different artists and experiment with various art materials. If you have any questions, please email me at: email@example.com. Lauren Pennington
We are very excited to encourage the love of reading by offering your kindergarten student an opportunity to check out one book per week each Thursday. We ask families to keep an eye on books that come home so they are well taken care of (away from food/drink and pets). Please make sure that your student returns their book every Wednesday in order to check out a new one on Thursday.
Music is a wonderful way for students to improve language & gross motor skills while having fun and expressing themselves. We’ll start the year by exploring steady beat, movement & the beautiful high/low sounds our voices can make. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Meghan Thompson
Kindergarten Chipmunks have PE 5 days per week! Please make sure your child has a pair of gym shoes because he/she will be actively moving and playing in the gym every day. In kindergarten PE we focus on developing the following: fundamental motor skills (locomotor & non locomotor/stability movements), object manipulation skills, sportsmanship skills, working cooperatively on a team, showing respect (for one’s self, others, & equipment), and developing a lifelong love of physical activity. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Kindergarten students will have STEM classes every Monday and Friday. During STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class we will be investigating units within the areas of plants, weather, animals, force and motion. Students love to investigate the world around them, and I look forward to working with them all. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: September 30, 2022 @ 6:00pm
Join the PTC for a family music event:
Mr. Nick Davio is a critically acclaimed songwriter and musician based in Chicago, IL. You can see him performing all year long at events/venues ranging from birthday parties to botanic gardens. He is also a staff member of the Old Town School of Folk Music and is an ambassador of their award winning Wiggleworms program. You can also regularly find him at his other artistic home, The Chicago Children’s Theatre, where he writes and performs as a teaching artist for their Red Kite Project. Nick is a 2003 graduate of Millikin University and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance.
More information will be shared shortly.
2022-2023 Lunch & Breakfast Information
This year, the lunch program will return to the pre-pandemic process. Families who meet certain income eligibility guidelines can apply for free or reduced-price meals.
- Learn how to create a MyMealTime account or to add funds
- Breakfast and lunch menus
- Have questions or need help? Contact Kelly Diaz, director of food services, at 224-612-7675 or email@example.com.
LOOKING FOR PART TIME WORK?
WE ARE HIRING
Prairie Trails is looking for lunchroom / playground supervisors for the 22-23 school year.
- 5 days per week
- 2 hours / day
- $15 per hour
- Start asap
- Reach out to Mrs. Veytsman if you have any interest. firstname.lastname@example.org