Prairie Trails

August 24, 2022

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Safety Drills


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.


Important Dates:

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


Please join us for the first Prairie Trails WELCOME BASH this Friday. Come purchase a Kona Ice , play on our playground and tour a fire truck. Your entire family is welcome. Please note this event begins at 4:30 pm.
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Open House

Please join us for our first in person Open House planned for Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The schedule is as follows:

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)

Spirit Wear

Looking for Prairie Trails Gear? Please check out the spirit wear store. There are many different items, styles and sizes to choose from. Sale ends 9/21, and Items will be shipped to you directly.

Click the link below to get to the online store.

Questions can be directed to:

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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

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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: 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: 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

Beth Miller


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

Jeannine Wagner

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.

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2022-2023 Lunch & Breakfast Information

Lunch 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.

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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.
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