Panther Press

March 18


The Iditarod is a very tough and exciting Alaskan sled dog race run each year from Anchorage to Nome. This challenging race of over 1,049 miles can take anywhere from 9 to 14 days to complete and is unlike any other event in the world. Prairie is going to follow the 50th Annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year, and our challenge is all about reading. We call it the Iditaread Challenge. Classes will read their way through all the race checkpoints from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Each student's goal will be to participate in the reading activities to pass through 24 checkpoints. Students will keep track of their checkpoints on special Iditaread bookmarks.

Our reading "race" will begin on Monday, March 7, and will continue until Friday, April 1st. Here are some guidelines:

1. Everyone will be participating

2. Help your student choose reading material that is challenging but enjoyable.

3. All students will keep a record of their reading on their reading log.

4. Find out more about Alaska, the Iditarod, Jan Steves, and other mushers - or

5. All finishers will receive dog tags designed just for this event. Students must turn in their completed Iditaread bookmarks by Thursday, March 21st to qualify for a dog tag.

Good Luck with the Iditaread Challenge!

2022-2023 Student Transfers

For families living outside of their school attendance area, it is time to renew your students' out-of-area requests for the 2022-2023 school year.

Lost and Found

Has your student lost a coat, sweater, or lunch box? Parents are encouraged to stop by after school to look through our lost and found. We will be donated all lost and found items the Monday, after spring break to a local charitable organization.

Student Conferences

Parents will be able to start scheduling conferences with teachers on March 7. Parent-teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is doing this school year and to get to know his or her teachers. To help get the most out of the conference, take a few minutes to ask your child if there is anything that he/she would like to discuss with the teacher. Jot down everything that you want to talk about before the conference, and bring your notes with you. Ask questions if you don't understand something. Sometimes teachers get zipping along and use a lot of educational jargon, so don't be afraid to ask for clarification. Finally, take notes about what has been discussed. Share them with your child. Nothing is more powerful in improving student academics (or behavior) than a united front between school and home. Here are a few questions you may want to consider asking:

  1. Is my child performing at grade level?
  2. Does my child have strengths and/or weaknesses in major subject areas?
  3. How are my child's work habits and attitude?
  4. What kind of information is used to evaluate my child?
  5. How will you keep me informed about my child's progress or problems?
  6. What can I do at home to support what is happening in the classroom?

Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us. All of us at Prairie take the responsibility of teaching our students very seriously. Our staff demonstrates their care and concern for students' academic and emotional growth every day. We love your kids and delight in their success almost as much as you do!


Deb McLaren

Popcorn Thursdays

Students have the opportunity to purchase a popcorn treat for just 50¢. Popcorn punch cards are available for purchase so that you never forget those pesky quarters again! Huge thank you to our PTO for providing this again as our students look forward to it with great anticipation!

Visitor/Volunteer/Adults on Campus

Visitors/Volunteers need to sign in at the office on the kiosk and get a visitor’s badge. Only staff members are allowed on the playground.

When dropping students off in the morning, they should be dropped off at the curb and then they will head to either breakfast or recess. If your students need help getting to class please bring them to the office.

Friday Assemblies

Prairie Assemblies have been a long-standing tradition. In our current environment, we are not able to have parents attend. To stay connected with our families we will be posting the assembly each Friday on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • March 21 - March 31 Spring Book Fair
  • March 25 - 1/2 Day Students Released at 11:35 AM
  • March 30 - April 1 Spring Conferences
  • March 30 - April 1 1/2 Day Students Released at 11:35 AM
  • April 4-8 - Spring Break
  • April 11 - Donate the lost and found to a local charity
  • April 13 - Art Club after school
  • April 15 - PRIDE Store
  • April 18-22 - Volunteer Appreciation Week
  • April 26-27 PTO Tree Sale
  • April 26 RMS Family Night 6 PM

Nondiscrimination Statement

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Julie Mondry, 360-458-1900, ; 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; Address: 107 First St. N., PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597