Prairie Point Panther Press
Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School
Friday, February 10, 2017
Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!
Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week
Challenge Spirit Week
February 13-17, 2017
Monday: It’s Cool to be Kind
Tuesday: Crazy for Kindness
Wear mismatched clothes
Wednesday: Tip your hat to Kindness
Wear a Hat
Thursday: Wake up to Kindness
Wear PJ’s and Bathrobes
Friday: Kindness is Colorful
Wear Grade Level Shirts
Student Leadership Basket Raffle Fundraiser at the Fun Fair
Dear Prairie Point Families,
As I am sure you have already heard the news, I wanted to share that this will be my last year as the Assistant Principal of Prairie Point. On Tuesday evening, I was board approved as the new Principal of Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich. Woodbury happens to be the school that I attended growing up. My parents still live just down the street and I have incredible memories of my time there. I have been blessed to call Prairie Point my home away from home for so many years and I am beyond grateful for the memories I have with students, staff, and so many of you. As I say goodbye to my former “firsties” as they head off to junior high, I will also be heading off on my own new adventure. I will treasure the time spent with your children and I will definitely return to visit my home away from home.
News from PE
The end of January we had a very successful gymnastics unit. We did
stunts, the balance beam and as seen in the picture the Parallel bars.
We talked about gymnasts having strength, flexibility and balance. We
just finished our basketball unit and had a lot of fun. We played
around the world, super shot and worked on dribbling and shooting
skills. The picture shows fourth graders playing a two minute one on
We are looking forward to next week and celebrating heart month. The
third, fourth and fifth graders are participating in jump rope for
heart and all students will be going through the heart obstacle
Kindergarten Registration Information
Prairie Point Alumni
Six Flags forms coming home! Due Feb. 22nd
Six Flags reading forms should have come home with your student this week. We have attached the forms if you need a copy - click on the 2 links below. The forms will actually be due FEBRUARY 22nd, and you may include your students' reading times from the past few weeks. These forms MUST be turned in on time - Six Flags has a short acceptance window. Also, please write your student's name and teacher name clearly so that the ticket is returned to the correct student. Thank you so much!!!
Fun Fair 2017 February 24th!!
The Fun Fair Committee has been busy planning games, prizes and FUN for the big night, Friday, February 24th. We are seeking a few more volunteers to help with set-up, ticket sales, concessions, and games--especially for the second shift, 7:00-8:30. If you're willing to donate a couple hours of your time, please use the SignUpGenius link below or contact Sarah Caffarello. SCaffarello@sbcglobal.net. THANKS!
Also, look for a sign up for desserts for our cake walk coming home soon!
Fun Fair - Pre-order Punch Cards
Home and School Calendar
14 Valentine's Day parties
20 No school
21 TND - Potbelly
22 Six Flags form due
24 Fun Fair, 5:30-8:30
2 Home & School meeting, 7:00pm
3 Variety Show, 6:30pm
14 TND - Portillo's
15 3rd Grade Musical
17 Morning with Mom
27-31 Spring Break
7 Raging Waves forms due
Lego robotics - we need parent volunteers!
Girls on the Run is coming to Prairie Point!
We are excited to announce Prairie Point Elementary School has been approved as a Spring 2017 program site for Girls on the Run (GOTR)! This after school program inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Online Registration will open next week! An email will be sent to 3rd through 5th grade girls with registration information, start and end dates, and your coaches information.
The 8-10 week program is for girls in grades 3rd through 5th. It starts with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them. Then, they look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world. Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of the program the girls participate in the Girls on the Run 5k which serves as the culminating event of the program.
The coaching team is excited to bring this rewarding program to Prairie Point Elementary. Interested in learning more, please contact the GOTR Site Coordinator, Caroline Griffin at email@example.com.
Optimist Club Scholorship Contest
Optimist Oratorical Contest
-10th Annual Oratorical Contest
-Contestants write and deliver a 4-5 minute speech
-Topic: “What the World Gains from Optimism”
-Open to students under the age of 18 as of 10/1/16
-Cash prizes for boys and girls category: 1st place $200 and 2nd place $100
-Winners go on to Regional and then District competitions.
-District winners get a $2,500 scholarship and chance to compete for $20,000 in additional scholarships
-Contest Date: March 4, 2017 at 1pm
-Wheatland Salem Church – 1217 Wolf Road, Oswego
-Mail application to P.O. Box 882, Oswego, IL 60543 by 2/24/17
Thompson Literacy Night
Hands - On Steam night -March 17th
Save The Date - Sweet Send Off
PRAIRIE POINT ELEMENTARY
SWEET SEND OFF
Join your fifth grade classmates for a fun-filled healthy celebration.
The kids will vote on the night’s activities at the Valentine’s Day class parties.
DATE: Saturday, June 3rd
TIME: 6-11pm Lock-In
LOCATION: Rush Copley Healthplex
More details coming soon
Know Any 5th Graders? Oswego School District 5th Grade Band Registration Appointments
The Oswego School District Beginning Band Appointments are scheduled during March and April with appointments being taken during January and February. The appointments are intended for any students who will be enrolled in 6th grade next year (2017-18) and would like to participate in band. Sixth grade is the only time that Beginning Band is offered at the junior high level in District #308 so it is important that interested students secure an appointment now.
Appointments are required for 6th Grade Band Registration!
Make an appointment through your junior high school link below.
Students will try all instruments and a final selection will be made with the assistance of an instructor.
Traughber JHS, make an appointment at
For questions, contact: Rachel Maxwell or Jessica Shields, 630-636-2721, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robotics Extravaganza Feb 18th at Bednarcik
Oswego Community Hero Appreciation Day - Feb 18th
Saturday, February 18th from 1-4pm at Oswego Family YMCA
Come Join us for a FREE event honoring Oswego Police and fire departments!
There will be 30+ vendors, raffles, silent auction, 50/50, free crafts for the kids, Paw Patrol mascots, Cinderella for kids to meet, meet and greet police and fire personnel and much more!
From the Nurse's Office
Cough drops are NOT allowed at school without a doctors note.
Noted on the District 308 website: http://www.sd308.org/Page/17756
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
For details visithttp://www.sd308.org/Page/8234 or call Kate Kloet at 630-636-4611.