Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, December 16, 2016

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

The knitting club will be mailing SIXTYFIVE hats to the American Heart Association to help with their "Little Hats. Big Hearts" program. Babies born in participating hospitals during the month of February (heart month) will receive a red hat. "Together we are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family's heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Cingenital Heart Defects"

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News from the LRC

New Birthday Book Policy: If you would like to donate a book to the LRC in celebration of your child's birthday, please send a check for $15 payable to Prairie Point as soon as possible. Your child will then be able to select a hardcover book from our cart of new books. A commemorative sticker will be placed in the book, and your child will be the first person to check out the book.

We regret that we will no longer be able to accept softcover books as birthday book donations. Those may be donated to the classroom as an alternative.

Thank you to these students who recently donated books to our LRC in celebration of their birthdays: Breanna Thomas, Sophia Buonincontro, Cheyenne Kerback, and Tanner Stumpenhorst.

On Thursday, Dec. 8th author Betty Kay visited Prairie Point and presented in character to 5th grade students as three women from Illinois history. She portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln's sister, Elizabeth, to 3rd and 4th graders. Our thanks to Home and School for their help in making this visit possible.

A huge thanks to all those who volunteered their time or gave wrapping donations for our Holiday Shop Book Fair. It was a great success, and we hope to repeat it next year. Thank you for your support!

Carol Patterson

Library Media Specialist

Holiday Shop Review & Survey

We would like to thank our Prairie Point families for making our Holiday Shop such a huge success. We almost doubled our inventory from last year to 2000 items and our tables were clearing quickly. We want to thank all of our parent volunteers, the student volunteers from OHS and our custodial staff for their assistance.

Our Home & School committees work very hard to bring events to the school and parents input is important to us. We have put together a quick 5 question survey and would appreciate you taking the time to click on the link below.

Have a wonderful Holiday Break!!

Home and School Calendar

Upcoming Dates


11 Health & Wellness gym night for 2nd & 3rd grades, 6:45-7:45pm

12 Home & School Meeting 7pm in the community room

13 Box Tops due

27 Donuts with Dad, 7:30-8:15am in the gym

Save the Date - 12th Annual Variety Show

Calling all Prairie Point talent – we are looking for you! Do you love to sing or dance? Perhaps you can pull a rabbit out of your magic hat or play an instrument! Whatever your talent is, we want you to show us your stuff! The variety show is Friday March 3rd (Preview day is Thursday, February 9th.) Look for forms in Thursday folders AFTER winter break.

Save the Date

Giordano’s Night, Tuesday, January 10th - 15% of your entire bill comes back to Prairie Point

Girls on the Run

News from the Nurse's Office

Noted on the District 308 website:

When should my student stay home from school?
Your child is too ill to go to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

· Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours

· Shortness of breath or wheezing (not controlled with an inhaler if they have asthma)

· A cough that interrupts his/her normal activity or wakes them, or other family members at night.

· An undiagnosed rash unless cleared by a physician’s note

· Drainage from the eye

· Severe sore throat

· Fever- If your child has a temperature of 100° (or higher) in the past 24 hours they cannot attend school. Children are to be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, before returning to school.

· A contagious illness that is treated with antibiotics, such as strep throat or pink eye, and has not been taking the antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Aramark Positions Available

Want to work close to home? A schedule that works for your kids? With lots of opportunities for advancement? Aramark Food Service is hiring in District 308!

For details visit or call Kate Kloet at 630-636-4611.