PSE Weekly Howl

The Week of September 18th!

PSE Parent Volunteers Needed for Hearing and Vision Screening

It's our annual Hearing and Vision screening on September 21. Screening will run from 9:30-1:15pm. A 30-minute lunch break will be included for the staff doing the screening. If you have any further questions speak with Nurse Karen.
Thank you for your help!

Wolf Wellness Week-Thank YOU!

Thanks to Stephanie Hetherington, the Wolf Walk Committee, and our entire PSE PTO for working endless hours to create a successful Wolf Walk. We appreciate all your work to help PSE Shine. All the PSE students and families will benefit from the outdoor learning space. Thank you so very much for being the best community ever.
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Congratulations to Liz Phillips!

Liz Phillips is one of our resource teachers and the PSE nominee for Blue Valley Teacher of the Year. Her peers nominated Liz as an outstanding asset to our school. The BV Teacher of the Year candidate will be selected from all building-level nominees – and that candidate will then be considered for Kansas Teacher of the Year. Thank you to Liz for all her hard work and dedication to PSE!

Donuts with DUDES and the BOOK FAIR-October 4th and 5th!!!

Calling all Dads or other amazing adult: Join us for Donuts with Dudes in the cafeteria on October 4 and 5 anytime from 7:30-8:30 am. You and your student can enjoy a free breakfast, which includes donuts, fruit, milk, juice, and coffee. Last names A-M should come on Oct 4 and N-Z on Oct 5. If you need to switch days, that is fine. We are hoping to have about half the families each day to spread out the crowd and help with parking. After or before breakfast, don't forget to stop and shop at the book fair in the library.

*Important- You must stay with your student until 8:22. Classrooms are not open.

PSE PTO Chiptole Night!!!





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Late Night at the STAR-September 22nd!

Prairie Star staff is excited to continue Late Night at the Star! Late Night at the Star classes are after-school enrichment programs offered to the students here at Prairie Star.

These sessions, taught by the staff, offer various experiences to the Prairie Star students. With new and exciting classes, you won’t want to miss out!!!! We will present Friday night sessions in the fall and spring semesters.

Each Friday night class costs $50 and will run from after school until 6:30. If you enroll in Late Night, you will not need to pick up your child until 6:30.

Please assume that your child is enrolled in each class that they have requested unless you hear from the office.

Thank you for your support of Late Night at the Star. We look forward to this exciting session and many more to come.

Camp scholarships are now available. Please contact Mrs. Sperry for more information.

To enroll in camps, please see the website link: Registration closes the day before at 6:00 p.m.

All Late Night at the STAR questions go to Melissa Bonner. Her email is

Sports NIGHT-Wayland, Purcell, Phillips -All grades able to enroll

Are you ready for some fun? Join us for an evening full of great outdoor activities, gym games, fantastic friends, creative competitions, and superfoods. Activities and competitions for all ages and ability levels.

Backpack Bling & Back to School Bash-Arquieta -Grades able to enroll 1st-5th

Be creative and have a blast with us as we create "backpack bling." A variety of materials (beads and charms) will be provided to make personalized keychains to hang on your backpack - you'll be walking in style! Games, prizes, yummy snacks, and a dance party will also be part of our evening!

Decorating with Frosting -Fun and Yum-Hess- Grades able to enroll 3rd-5th

Let's decorate! We will make fall-themed decorated cupcakes and cookies. Join in the fun- and yum! You will take home a few of your masterpieces and sample your work. We will use basic decorating frosting tips to perfect our cakes and cookies. Pizza is on the supper menu. This class will only be for the first 15 decorators to sign up.

Custom Art Journals-Wilson-All grades able to enroll

Create a custom art journal using special fancy papers and a load of other cool materials. We'll cut, stamp, scrap, paint, glue, tear, bind, and cover journals that can be used for journalling, sketching, or writing your first masterpiece. We'll share supplies, listen to tunes, and eat yummy pizza (and candy) while creating together.

Yearbook Candid Photo Uploads

It's that time of year again! It's time to start sending in your yearbook candids that you have been collecting. This year, we have a direct link to upload to: ReplayIt Private Photo Submission Site

ReplayIt Private Photo Submission Site

Jostens, Inc.

When you get to the site, you will type in a child's name in the photo, description, and your name and then upload. This will help us catalog candids by event. The events we are currently collecting for are Movie Night, Sneak-a-peek, First Day of School, and Wolf Walk/Spirit Week.

Throughout the year, if you have pictures of extracurriculars like sports/recitals/competitions/community service/scouts, we would love to include those as well. No playdates or parties though, please! Thanks in advance for helping to make our yearbook!

Questions? Email us at

Sally Groesbeck, Abbie Moles & Amy Warren

Yearbook Co-Chairs

Powering Families Webinars

Children's Mercy Kansas City - Powering Families Webinars

Each month, Children's Mercy will offer a free online educational event to provide parents and caregivers a chance to connect with Children's Mercy Kansas City experts on a variety of topics. Each event will include information about a specific topic followed by questions from attendees submitted via chat. Each event will be presented monthly at 12:00 noon. Webinar topics will include: healthy eating, financial resources, anxiety and depression, kids’ safety and more! In order to participate, participants will need access to the internet and a phone/tablet/computer. These webinars are free, but registration is required. If families cannot attend virtually at noon, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the Powering Families homepage for later access.

These webinars are free, but registration is requried. Once you have submitted your registration, you will be emailed the link to join the event.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Healthy Eating & Lifestyles - Recording Available!
  • Kids and Internet/Social Media - Wednesday September 20, 2023 12-1pm
  • Preventing Unintentional Childhood Injuries – Tuesday October 24, 2023 12-1pm

To access the full list of recordings, view all upcoming webinar topics, or register for a session, visit the Powering Families webpage.

Time, Talent, Treasure for Class Parties

We would love for you to help the students on party days. However, if you aren't giving us your time, talent, or treasure, feel free to stay home/work and pick up as usual. If you want a free pass to stay away, here it is!! Party days are really about the students and their activities. If you are volunteering, thank you, and we can't wait to see you!!!!!

ALL visitors, even on class party days, must enter school property using our secure entry by showing his/her government-issued photo ID. Only guests who are listed in ParentVue as parents, guardians, or emergency contacts will gain access to the event.

WARNING: Due to the number of visitors, there will be a wait when checking in and gaining access to the school building/property. Please be patient and plan accordingly.

Every Child Can Read Act

On July 1, 2023, the Every Child Can Read Act went into effect in Kansas. The intent of this legislation was to address literacy initiatives with a target of ensuring students reach grade-level benchmarks by third grade. In Blue Valley, we prioritize partnership with families in conjunction with high-quality, evidence-based instruction rooted in the science of reading. This has been and remains a large area of focus for professional learning. Rather than limit conversations about reading progress to 3rd grade, it is our practice to do so at each grade level. KSDE has provided a summary of this Act, which can be found here. Our teachers look forward to talking with you about your child during Parent-Teacher conferences.