Prairie Winds PRIDE Update


Prairie Winds PRIDE Update #2 - October 19, 2016

October PRIDE Update

October is a busy month. The weather gets cooler, the leaves are falling, fall sports are winding down, and Minnesota public school systems all take a few days off. This week is MEA break so students will be home on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the extended weekend and beautiful fall weather!


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Prairie Winds Students Participate in PRIDE Assemblies!

On Friday, October 14, all three grade levels participated in their first PRIDE Assemblies of the year. Each grade level celebrated during their advisory time. PRIDE Assemblies are a grade level pepfest where students participate in fun games, win prizes, and are recognized by their teachers for showing their PRIDE. All students had a blast and the teachers had fun too!

Click here to check out the video of the Huskies teachers competing against the Bulldogs teachers at the 7th grade PRIDE Assembly.

Support PWMS - Purchase an Extreme Saver Coupon Book!

On Monday, October 17, all PWMS students attended a kick-off for PTO Fundraiser. We are partnering with Integrity Fundraisers to sell Extreme Saver coupon books for the greater Mankato area. The coupon books sell for $20 and have up to $2,000 in savings, including over $200 in totally free, no purchase necessary coupons to local businesses. This is our one and only major PTO fundraiser and we have a goal of raising $15,000 dollars to support PWMS. The money goes to support school programs, student needs, classroom needs, and school celebrations such as the Honors Breakfasts. The PTO also helped fund the new student t-shirts to kick off the school year. Students were each given 5 books to sell and can earn cash and other prizes for their selling. The fundraiser started Monday, October 17th and will run through November 2nd.

Check out the website to learn more about the fundraiser!

Have out of town friends and family who want to support PWMS or do you want to buy a book for an out town family member? Coupon books can be ordered online for many different communities and will SHIP FOR FREE WITHIN 48 HOURS! Communities include the cities of Bemidji, Bismarck (ND), Duluth/Superior, Chippawa Valley (Eau Claire, Menomonie, Chippawa Falls WI), Fargo/Moorhead, Grand Forks (ND), Minot (ND), North Twin Cities (Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley), NE Twin Cities (Oakdale, Stillwater, Maplewood, Woodbury, North St. Paul, Vadnais Heights), NW Twin Cities (Brooklyn Park, Crystal, New Hope, Maple Grove, Plymouth), South River Metro (Burnsville, Chaska, Savage, Shakopee) and Rochester.

Parents: Stay Up-to-Date on Student Assignments and Assessments!

Grade level teams (Gophers, Badgers, Bulldogs, Huskies, Mustangs, and Mavericks) each have a homework/assignment/assessment Google calendar available. All parents and guardians are invited to check out the calendar for their student's team. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE CALENDARS. The links can also be found on the PWMS website under "Quick Links" and under the "Academics" tab. Teachers update the calendars regularly making them very useful for staying connected with your student's assignments. Parents are encouraged to subscribe to the calendar so that it will sync with your personal Google calendar. You can subscribe by clicking on the + sign in the bottom right corner next to "GoogleCalendar".


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  • No Halloween Costumes or Candy on 10/31: Prairie Winds does not endorse or promote Halloween at school. Monday, October 31 will be a regular day of learning. Students are not allowed to dress up or bring in candy to distribute. If a student shows up in costume, they will be required to change.
  • Charge the Chromebooks: Parents and guardians, please remind your student to plug in their Chromebook every night so that it is fully charged for school. Students are using the Chromebooks throughout the day and it is important that they are charged and ready to go.
  • Warm Clothing: As the weather gets colder, please make sure that your student is wearing clothing that can keep them warm if they choose to go outside during lunch.
  • Lost and Found: If your student has lost or misplaced an item, please encourage them to check out the lost and found table in the commons. There are many items including sweatshirts, water bottles, t-shirts, and jackets. Items that are not picked up are periodically donated to a local charity. The first donation will take place on 10/28.
  • Building Hours - As the weather gets cooler, please remember that the building is not open for students until 7:30 am. If a student is dropped off earlier than 7:30 am, they will be expected to wait outside. All students should be picked up by 3:25 pm. If your student needs to be at school later than this, please sign them up for the after school program Connections. Click here for more information about Connections.
  • "Like" Us on Facebook! - Click here to visit the Prairie Winds Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

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Furniture for Flood Families Initiative

October 22 & 29 from 8 am - 2 pm

Madison East Center parking lot on the north side of the lot at the intersection of Adams Street and Victory Drive.

Recent flooding in Southern Minnesota has had a major impact on communities and families. In an effort to step in and lend a hand, Mankato Area Public Schools is supporting a “Furniture for Families” initiative alongside several other community organizations. Families and community members are encouraged to please donate your well cared for furniture for those recovering from recent flood losses.

For more information contact Scott Kelly -

Please no mattresses, bedding, appliances or electronics.

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Speaker Coming to Mankato

Monday, October 24

6 p.m. to 8 p.m

Verizon Wireless Center

Mankato area residents are invited to attend a public presentation where Jacob Wetterling Resource Center speaker Alison Feigh will talk about keeping kids safe from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,Monday, October 24, at the Verizon Wireless Center, One Civic Center Plaza. Feigh has been working in the sexual abuse prevention field for more than 15 years. A subject matter expert about child and teen safety, her focus is on prevention. Topics include teaching safety models to avoid victimization and child internet exploitation.

There is no cost to attend and it's recommended attendees be age 18 or older. This speaker is being sponsored by Mankato Department of Public Safety to empower individuals and be proactive in providing information about best practice for safety. For questions or more information, contact public safety staff at 507-387-8780.

Prairie Winds PTO Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2016

Prairie Winds Middle School Commons


*PTO meetings are on the first Monday of the month. There will be no PTO meeting in January.

End of Quarter #1

November 10 - Last day of the quarter

November 11 - No school

Fall Conferences

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and Thursday, November 17, 2016

3:30 PM -7:30 PM

Prairie Winds Middle School

Quarter 1 Report Cards will be available at conferences

Prairie Winds Middle School

Assuring Learning Excellence and Readiness for a Changing World

Steve Rustad - Principal

Monde Schwartz - Assistant Principal