Prairie Point Express

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Friday, August 23rd

What's Happening at Prairie Point Elementary School?

Monday, September 2, 2019
  • No School

Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • Parent Orientation for Grades 1-5 | Session I: 6:00-6:30 PM, Session II: 6:35-7:05 PM

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Watch DOG Kickoff | 5:45-6:30 PM
  • PTA Meeting | 6:30-7:00 PM
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Mark Your Calendar for Parent Orientation on September 5th

Prairie Point will have Parent Orientation for parents/guardians of students in grades 1-5 on Thursday, September 5th. We will have two sessions, session I will go from 6:00-6:30 PM and session II will run from 6:35-7:05 PM. These sessions will occur in your child's classroom with their classroom teacher. This is an important evening for parents/guardians to attend to learn about their child's grade level curriculum and instruction, classroom and building procedures. We thank you in advance for partnering with the school to help your child meet success by attending Parent Orientation.

Students Practice Emergency Drills

Your child's safety is our top priority at Prairie Point. This week your child particiapted in a fire drill on Thursday and a tornado/severe weather drill on Friday. Next week your child will practice an earthquake drill and an intruder drill. Please take the time to talk to your child about these drills and the importance of staying quiet during these drills and listening to staff directions.

Car Rider Dismissal

If your child is a car rider at the end of the day, we ask all parents/guardians to stay in their car and use the car rider pick up lane at the front of the school to pick up your child. For the safety of your child and others, please DO NOT park your car in the parking lot or street and walk to the front doors to pickup your child. Also, please have your car rider placard that indicates your child's name in the right hand corner of your front windshield. If you do not have your school issued car rider placard with you, staff will ask you to park and sign your child out in the office to verify your identity.

WATCH D.O.G.S. Kickoff September 10th

Prairie Point will once again have the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program at our school this year. This program is for dads, grandfathers, or other male role models and is intended to provide a positive male role model for the students at school by demonstrating by their presence that education is important. In addition, WATCH D.O.G.S. provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school safety and security. On the day of the WATCH D.O.G.S. participation, you will receive a schedule from Dr. Todtfeld to perform such duties as reading with students, playing learning games with students, recess supervision and play, lunchroom supervision, patrol the school halls, etc. you may volunteer at our school a full day or a half day.

Our annual WATCH D.O.G.S Kick-off event will be held this Thursday, September 10th from 5:45-6:30 PM in the school cafeteria. At this event you will learn more about the program and how to sign up to volunteer. A light pizza dinner (2 slices per person) will be provided for you and your child. A flier will go home during the week of August 23 which will include a RSVP for the event.

PTA Meeting September 10th

Our first PTA Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will occur on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the school library. PTA is a great way for parents/guardians to get involved in our school and help in many ways! There definately is a role for everybody to get involved! Please plan to attend to learn ways that you can be involved in the Prairie Point PTA and get to know other parents and guardians in the Prairie Point community.
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2019-2020 Early Release Days

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Clubs and After School Activities

Prairie Point is proud to provide many before and after school clubs for our students. Some clubs are sponsored by Prairie Point Teachers and some are sponsored through Park Hill Community Education. Prairie Point Teachers will begin advertising their clubs at school with the grade levels that are invited.

Please take a look at the fliers linked below for clubs that are sponsored through Park Hill Community Education. Students can be enrolled online. Prairie Point does NOT handle registration or enrollment for activities provided by Park Hill Community Education.

Save the Date...PTA Fall Fest September 27th

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual PTA Fall Fest on Friday, September 27th from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM. This is a fun filled evening for all families to enjoy together! Don't miss it. More details and information on this evening will come home soon from PTA.

Student ID Badges

ID badges and a school-issued lanyard will be REQUIRED to be worn every day. The ID supports our safe and caring environment by providing proper identification and improved processes for transportation, lunch, and more.

Used for

  • Proper identification: Students, teachers and visitors to the building will all be properly identified with badges. For our students, this helps insure safety and inclusion.
  • Efficient lunch purchasing: Students will use their ID badges to purchase lunch each day. This dramatically cuts down on the time a student spends in the lunch line and allows more time for eating.

  • Transportation safety: Each student’s badge will register each time he/she gets on or off the bus. This allows school administrators and necessary personnel to keep track of students and ensure they are arriving to school and home safely.

  • Library-media checkout: Students can use their ID badges to check out books and other materials from the library. This improves checkout efficiency and allows resources to properly be tracked.

What does this mean for my student?

Your student will wear his/her ID badge to and from school each day on a school provided lanyard. No other lanyards may be used and no alterations may be made to the provided lanyard. Your student will use the ID badge daily to access his/her lunch account, check out library materials, and monitor bus transportation. Please ensure your student wears his/her badge every day.

What if my student loses his/her badge?

Students will be provided one replacement badge, if needed, free of charge. After the first free replacement badge, there will be a $5.00 fee for each additional badge issued.

Staff Participates in School Safety Training on August 29th

After school on August 29th, you may notice many law enforcement vehicles at our school. No need to worry, this is just part of our staff professional development in which all Prairie Point staff members participate in to keep our school community safe. This safe school professional development training will occur with staff from 3:45-6:00 PM at Prairie Point. We ask all patrons to stay off school grounds during this time. If your child is in Adventure Club after school, these students will be bused to Graden after school on August 29th and you will pick up your child from Adventure Club at Graden Elementary. This training is just one of the many things that we do to keep our schools safe for your child.

Bus Safety Assemblies

All Prairie Point students will particiapte in Bus Safety Assemblies next week. The school administration will meet with students in small groups according to the bus they ride to explain to students the expectations of riding the bus and how to be safe on the bus and at the bus stop. Please take the time to talk to your child about how to be safe on the bus by staying seated, talking quietly on the bus and always following the drivers directions. First Student will be at Prairie Point to again talk about bus safety with students and conduct bus evacuation drills. Safety is our top prioity at school and on the school bus.

No School September 2nd

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, there will be no school for staff or students on Monday, September 2nd. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Park Hill Civility Policy

The Park Hill Board of Education has adopted a civility policy (Board Policy KFA). The policy relates to the use of civility in relationships and communication among school officials, students, parents and members of the public. A copy of Board Policy KFA is available for review on the district's website. The purpose of the policy is to maintain, to the extent possible and reasonable, a safe, harassment-free workplace for students and staff.

Uncivil behavior is defined as any behavior that is 1. physically or verbally threatening, either overtly or implicitly, as well as behavior that is coercive, intimidating, violent or harassing, and 2. directed toward employees, students, parents, patrons, visitors or anyone having business with the district. Examples of of uncivil behavior include, but are not limited to: 1. use of profanity; 2. personally insulting remarks; 3. attacks regarding a person's race, gender, nationality, disabling condition or any other personal characteristic, or 4. behavior that is out of control.

Students that violate the civility policy may be disciplines. Parents who violate the civility policy may be restricted from being present on school district property or have restrictions placed on their communication with district personnel.

Conversations About School

When you think of parent involvement, do you picture moms and dads or other guardians volunteering in classrooms? That's one way to help-but research shows that supporting your child's education at home is even more important. Here are conversation starters that will help you stay involved.

"Let's see what you brought home."

Look at completed work to find out what your youngster is learning and how well she's doing. You could comment on her math work or social studies project, for instance ("You know a lot about our state's history!") Also, respond to notes from her teacher, and sign her AVID planner.

"Show me what you have for homework"

It's your child's job to do homework, but you play a role too. Make sure she knows what she's supposed to do by having her explain the assignments to you. After she finishes her homework, glance over the work to see that it's complete.

"Describe a book you enjoyed today."

This gives you an idea of what your youngster prefers to read. Then build a daily reading habit by asking what she'd like to read tonight. Encouraging her reading and listening skills by reading aloud to her and letting her read to you.

"Tell me what you learned that you'd like to know more about."

Use her interests as jumping-off points for activities to share. If she likes geometry, you might hunt for shapes together. If she's fascinated by how animals adapt to winter, take her to the library to research the subject or to the zoo to see live animals.