Quail Call

May 25

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Dear Families-Read on for the News

No school - May 31, Memorial Day

Last Day of School - June 8

Dear PPCS Families and Friends,

You may have recently received a letter from PPCS inviting you to contribute toward summer construction to complete phase 1 of our beautiful playground! We will be adding a basketball court, swings, and a slide, as well as additional landscaping.

We are ready to Spring Into Action!

This outdoor play space has been a dream and priority for our students. It has taken a lot of hard work, planning, and fundraising to get there. Already, it is in active daily use by all our students -- from the smallest kindergartners to the most sophisticated middle schoolers.

Our PPCS Board and leadership has pledged $4000 -- won’t you join us? You can contribute directly via the donate button on the PPCS website or through our GoFundMe campaign.

Do you have extended family and friends who care about your children and would like to learn about and support our playground efforts? If so, send this letter their way - with thanks from our whole community!


PPCS Board of Directors

Saying a short good-bye to Ms. Boysen

Ms. Boysen, a middle school teacher at our school has been working hard as a teacher researcher while pursuing her Ph.D. in education at the University of Idaho. She has requested extended leave from Palouse Prairie next school year to focus on her work at the university as she plans her dissertation research. This pause comes at just the right time for her, allowing her to sink more deeply into teaching critical historical inquiry and understanding rural youth perceptions of race and racism. This was also a hard decision to make because of the strong commitment she has to the students, her colleagues, and the school. She is thankful for the opportunity to keep growing and learning. We are confident that our phenomenal middle school team will have a great year with our students while she is away!

What does this shift mean for our middle school?

The middle school team is delighted to share that we are welcoming former practicum student and student-teacher Ben Doucette back to Palouse Prairie in Rebekka's place next year. Our students have worked with Mr. Doucette before in both Rebekka and Greg's classrooms where he taught ELA, PE, Crew, and Social Studies and proved himself to be an engaging, inspiring teacher. Ben's specialty is teaching secondary social studies and he recently graduated from the University of Idaho this week with his master's degree in curriculum and instruction. Help us in congratulating and welcoming Ben!

5th Grade Families - Middle School Preview Night

Please join us for our Middle School Preview Night, Wednesday, May 26, 5:00 to 5:45 pm. We'll talk about how our middle school program and curriculum highly supports the adolescent brain and engages students to care about their learning. You will also learn more about the curricula, and the interesting expeditions, adventures and fieldwork opportunities that middle school students will get to engage in. This event is for families of PPCS students entering middle school next fall, and all prospective families interested in PPCS middle school. Please help us spread the word!!

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89526771273

Yearbooks for Sale in Office

This year's yearbook is hot off the press and available for purchase in the office. $11 for a copy. Quantity is limited so please don't hesitate to contact the office if you would like to add one to your collection.

Volunteers Needed

Anyone interested in coming by and pulling baby weeds out of the center median of the garden area of the parking lot would be very appreciated. We have had weeders go out and pull weeds almost every day and it has barely made a dent. Many hands make light work and with enough volunteers, we can beautify the front of the school. You can come on your own time.

PPCS Book Fair at Book People

This semester the book fair will be online and in the Book People of Moscow store. Order any item from Book People of Moscow, tell the store that you are supporting the Palouse Prairie Book Fair, and your money will not only support a local business but will also support our school! The book fair will run to the end of school. You can see teachers' wish lists for their classes here: https://www.bookpeopleofmoscow.com/ppcs-book-fair

Spread the Word

Wild at Art Bread and Bowls Project

Beginning in early March, Moscow Wild at Art launched its Bread and Bowls project. 500 ceramic bowls hand-painted by local community members were delivered to families receiving food donated by Bloom Cafe, Oak on Main, the Moscow Food Bank, Pullman Child Welfare, and Family Promise of the Palouse. We are happy to report that we have decided to distribute an additional 500 bowls in our communities. But we need the support of donors to help make this possible. PPCS middle students will be participating in painting some of the bowls that will be given out in our community through area restaurants, food banks, and other community organizations.

If you would like to donate to the Bread and Bowls Project or would like more information, please contact Wild at Art at getwildmoscow@gmail.com or call them at 208.301.2768. Donations are $10 per bowl.

Idaho Strong Events

First - Idaho Strong is hosting a virtual support group series in collaboration with Empower Idaho, dubbed “Stronger Together,” every other Tuesday at 11:30am PT. Please see attached flyer “Stronger Together.pdf.” REGISTER HERE.

Second – Idaho Strong is hosting a meditation/mindfulness series - hosted by me - named “Midweek Meditation.” This series takes place every Wednesday at 12:00pm PT. Please see attached flyer “Midweek Meditation.pdf.” REGISTER HERE.