Week at a Glance

October 17th-October 22nd

What's Happening This Week

Sunday, October 17th

Last Day to Order Books at the Virtual Book Fair abcfairs.com

Monday, October 18th

Sticky Fingers Monday Class 2:35-3:35

Chess Club 2:30-3:30

Board of Education Meeting 7pm

Vision and Hearing Screening

Tuesday, October 19th

5th Grade Outdoor Ed

Student Council Meeting 7:30am in Mrs. Roger's room

Sticky Fingers Tuesday Class 2:35-3:35

Fall Impact Art! Club 2:35-3:35

Prairie Garden Club 2:30 and 3:15 LAST WEEK

Bricks 4 Kidz 2:30-3:30

Spanish Ladder 2:30-3:30

Chinese Mandarin Ladder 2:30-3:30

Wednesday, October 20th

Prairie Unity Day-Wear ORANGE to show unity

4th and 5th Grade Chorus 7:30am

Young Rembrandts Class 2:30-3:30

Thursday, October 21st

Lego League 7am on Stage in Main Gym

Lego League 2:30-3:30 in Main Gym

Fall Running Club 7:30-8am Behind School

Friday, October 22nd

Fall Running Club 7:30-8am Behind School

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 26th, Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest Pictures Due at 6pm

Wednesday, October 27th, World Occupational Therapy Day

Wednesday, October 27th-Friday, October 29th, Voting for Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Friday, October 29th, Fall Parade 1:20-1:40 on South Blacktop Weather Permitting

Friday, October 29, 1:40-2:20 Fall Class Parties

Sunday, October 31st, 3pm, Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners Announced in the WAAG

Monday, November 1st, Re-Screening for Vision and Hearing

Monday, November 1st, Peer Buddies Club for 4th and 5th Graders Beginning

Friday, November 5th, Spirit Day-Wear GREEN to show your Prairie Pride!

Monday, November 8th, Start of School Psychologist Week

Tuesday, November 9th, Virtual Home & School Meeting 8:30am

Thursday, November 11th, Veteran's Day Presentation

Friday, November 12th, End of First Trimester

Monday, November 15th, Start of American Education Week

Wednesday, November 18th, Educational Support Professionals Day

Wednesday, November 24th-Friday, November 26th, NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Holiday

Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Shot and Cat Kid 2 Today!

If you would like to pre-order either of these books through Anderson’s Book Fair Company this week, Prairie’s book fair will get credit. They will be delivered to your child’s classroom when they are released.

*Please order these separately from any other books you may be ordering.

Click the links below to order online at abcfairs.com

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Shot:


Cat Kid 2:


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Did you know that the entire month of October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month? On Wednesday, October 20th, Prairie Elementary will celebrate UNITY DAY. As a building we would like to show unity by wearing Orange to show a unified message. We hope you will join us as we “wear and share orange”!

Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Carving or decorating pumpkins this year? The Prairie Pumpkin Decorating Contest is back, virtually! Submit a photo of your decorated pumpkin to prairiecontests@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 26th at 6pm. Online voting will take place Wednesday-Friday (10/27-10/29) with winners announced Sunday, October 31st in the WAAG. More details to follow in upcoming WAAGs.

Volunteer Sign Up Reminder

If you are interested in assisting with any of the enclosed committees, please complete the volunteer sign up sheet here. We'd love to have you! While the sign-up sheet will remain open, we are planning to compile the initial list of dedicated volunteers for committee chairs by Monday, October 18th so they can move forward with their planning. Additional opportunities will arise throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Kmetz at prairiehs@gmail.com.

Accessing SHIELD Results

Here is the information for accessing results for SHIELD. When initially establishing the parent/guardian account, you will need to provide the district’s Agency Code (Our Agency Code is df5brbrj). For support establishing portal access, please call (217) 265-6059.

Welcome to the Prairie Family Baby Rusenas

Congratulations to Mr. Rusenas who welcomed a baby girl, Lula Grace Rusenas, last week. Mom, Dad and baby girl are all doing well!

Peer Buddies Club for 4th and 5th Graders Beginning Monday, November 1st

The Prairie Peer Buddies Club is a group that meets after school every Monday from 2:30-3:15 to participate in games, crafts, activities and more with peers across the building.

Students in 4th and 5th grade are welcome to join this free club. The club is an opportunity for students to be positive peer role models and foster friendships with our students within the Multi-Needs program. Through fun filled activities, students will work on communication, problem solving, social communication and more. At Peer Buddies Club we promote Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion.

If your child is interested in participating, please have them ask their teacher for an information flyer and permission slip. Students who choose to participate will have an informational meeting the week of October 25th during their recess period.

Students will be supervised by Ms. Kurtides and Mrs. Alberts and other Prairie staff. Please reach out with any questions.



District Reminders


As a reminder, all students and visitors must wear a face mask upon entering the building. Thank you for your adherence to this policy.


Public health guidance no longer allows for a letter of alternative diagnosis (examples: viral illness, strep throat, or gastroenteritis/stomach flu) as COVID-19 can be present with these illnesses. Testing of all symptomatic individuals is recommended.

The Illinois Department of Health requires schools to exclude students exhibiting COVID-like symptoms until one of the following criteria are met:

  • Your student isolates for 10 calendar days from the onset of symptoms. After 10 days, students may return if they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and have no symptoms.


  • Your student receives a negative RT-PCR or NAAT COVID-19 test or a negative Rapid RT-PCR COVID-19 test. Rapid antigen and home tests are notaccepted; contact the health office if you have testing questions.

Students in the same household as symptomatic students will be allowed to remain in school if the symptomatic individual is tested within 24 hours after they began feeling ill. Please provide the health office documentation (receipt, portal picture, discharge paperwork) with documentation that the ill student was tested within 24 hours. Household members can remain in school while the test is pending. If testing documentation is not provided within one full school day of symptoms onset, other non-vaccinated household students must stay home. If the sick student has loss of taste or smell or is a highly probable COVID case, other non-vaccinated household members will need to stay home.

In addition, runny nose/nasal congestion/sneezing by itself is no longer considered to be a symptom for quarantine per the Illinois Department of Public Health. However, if it is present with another symptom, the student should be sent/kept home.

We thank you for your cooperation in keeping Prairie students and staff healthy in these ever-changing times.


District 203 asks that all parents call their school’s attendance line to report absences. While it is okay to also notify your child’s teacher of the absence, we still need you to call the attendance line, as your child’s teacher could have a substitute or there could be a substitute in the health office. The attendance line is available to take messages 24 hours a day / 7 days per week and is the same number as the health office. Please call 630-420-6350 to report absences.

Please contact Megan Pagnucci at prairieschoolvp@gmail.com with any questions about or submissions to the WAAG. Deadline for submissions are Wednesdays by noon, for posting in the following week's WAAG.

Here are some links you may find useful:



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