Moran Prairie Messenger

Weekly Moran Prairie Family and Community Newsletter

Friday December 2nd

December is off to a great start!

  • Mrs. Campbell has students making clay ornaments in art class this week!
  • Mrs. Day's students read about jellyfish and used what they learned to write nonfiction pieces including the main idea and supporting details!
  • Kindergarten lost their gingerbread people... he escaped the kitchen, ran the school, and was only found yesterday!
  • Mrs. Huschke's class has started using a little MineCraft Education to support student learning!
  • Mrs. Shaw's classes are practicing their winter songs and following the tune!
  • Students silly stringed Mr. Cromeenes and I after raising over $4,000 in the Joya Penny Drive!

Principal Updates

I hope everyone came back from the long weekend full and rested. We've got two more weeks until our next break and many of us are planning fun activities, projects, and other events with students during this time. Leaning into the joy helps us get through these long, dark, and cold weeks so let's do that together!

To bring the joy for our staff, the admin team started our first staff December to Remember yesterday with donuts. Each day until break, we have a planned a simple yet fun activity or treat for our staff. We celebrate the work they do and all they give to us!

First grade completed their Thanksgiving donations to the Ronald McDonald House last week. Students collected over 90 items including 3 turkeys and 1 ham. They were so proud of their work and it is much appreciated! And thank you to the families who donated and helped us get the items delivered!

ASB is also planning a Toys for Tots drive to support our community this holiday season. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose families may struggle during this time of year. Boxes will be at school for any donations you may have. This will start Monday December 5th and run through the 16th before we go on break!

Seeking feedback from families, caregivers, and our general community!

PTG and I are asking for some family/community input on possible long-term goals that PTG could support funding with. We have a survey we would love for anyone to take around this long-term planning. Survey can be found here.

We also plan to send the same survey to staff and even get some student input!

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World Languages Clubs

PTG is starting up their annual world languages after-school clubs. Three languages will be offered this year: Spanish, Japanese, and German. These clubs are open for all grades K-6, will run for 8 weeks beginning the week of January 10th and ending March 14th. These clubs are run entirely by our Parent Teacher Group!

You can sign up using this link or the QR form on the letter going home with students today.

More information around logistics for signing up can be found on the letter going home today, so please check your child's backpack! If you did not receive it, let your teacher or someone in the office know.

SPS Heart Program

The SPS Heart Program serves over 700 students in temporary, transitional, or homeless living situations. The program strives to get students all that they need to fully participate in school successfully.

The HEART Trust account helps pay for things above and beyond a student's basic educational needs – like tickets to dances, yearbooks and clothing. While anyone can donate at any point in the year (Make a donation here by selecting “HEART Program Donations” from the dropdown menu), each winter HEART holds a special seasonal gift card donation drive. Gift cards are needed in any amount, to any store or restaurant. Donations are prioritized for high school students living without a parent or guardian. The drive ends Dec. 7, 2022, but donations are appreciated at any time of the year.


  • Mail cards to SPS, c/o Communications Dept. at 200 North Bernard St., Spokane, WA 99201
  • Drop off cards at the front desk of the Admin Building or in the drop box outside the Admin Building
  • Staff can send cards via inter-building mail to the Admin Building, c/o Communications Dept.

QUESTIONS: Call HEART at 509.354.7305.

Counselor Corner

In this round of counseling lessons, students are learning about kindness and empathy. With 4-6 grades, we have been talking about what empathy, looks like, sounds like and feels like. Students have discussed how they can better show empathy to each other. In grades K-3, students will be hearing stories about kindness and will discuss how they can be kind to others at school and at home.

Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy

Spokane Public Schools Paraeducator Hiring Fair

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 4-7pm

4141 North Regal Street

Spokane, WA

Anyone you know interested in being a paraeducator with the district? SPS has paraeducator positions that....

Come to our hiring fair next week if interested! Full-time jobs will be offered on the spot. Visit to learn more.

Chase Middle School's CCTV

CCTV Episode 9

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday December 5th: Students arrive at 9:30 am so staff can collaborate, ASB meeting after school
  • Tuesday December 6th: 2nd grade lego robotics after school, last day for art club after school
  • Thursday December 8th: 2nd and 4th grade lego robotics after school
  • Monday December 12th: Students arrive at 9:30 am so staff can collaborate
  • Tuesday December 13th: Modified Lockdown Drill (the outside doors lock, learning and classes continue as usual throughout the building including going to specials classes)
  • Friday December 16th: ASB-sponsored spirit day - wear your favorite pajamas!
  • Monday December 19th - Monday January 2nd: Winter Break, no school for staff or students

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