Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday January 15, 2016

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Prairie Point Parent-Staff Book Club

Prairie Point would like to start a parent-staff book club during 2nd semester this school year!

The goal of this book club will be for parents and school staff to come together and discuss books related to child development, education, and parenting.

The first book chosen for this year is How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. Those who join the book club will be provided a copy of the book to read. A 1 hour discussion group meeting will take place related to key topics in the book.

If you are interested in participating, please email Dr. Heidi Podjasek at by Friday, January 22nd. Please include in your message your preferred day(s) of week and time(s) (morning, afternoon, or evening) for the meeting. This will help determine a meeting time that works best for the majority of those interested.

Specific details will follow in a couple of weeks.

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Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

“Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it’s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall.”—New York Times

“I learned so much reading this book and I came away full of hope about how we can make life better for all kinds of kids.”—Slate


We came back to 2016 to fitness week in Warren's Workout World. The saying for the month is Get Fit, Get strong, Get Moving! We did different fitness stations using just our body as a fitness machine. We finished fitness week with the snowflake shuffle.

P.E. Reminder

Dear Parents,

The P.E. Department would like to remind you to provide your child with a pair of gym shoes to be left at school. Now that winter is upon us, many students have missed P.E. due to having boots. It's also helpful if all students are able to tie their shoes. THANK YOU!

Upcoming Home & School Events


11/12 TND – Papa John’s

15 - Lunch Ticket

21 - Bouncetown 4-8pm

22 - Donuts with Dad

26 - TND – Culver’s – 1st& K

28 - Variety Show Preview Appointments


3 - Health& Wellness Gym Night – 4th& 5th

4 - Home& School Meeting 7pm

9 - TND – Chili’s

12 - Valentine’s Parties

19 - Fun Fair

23 - TND – Culver’s

26 - Lunch Ticket

Donuts with Dad!

Bouncetown Night

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 from 4pm - 8pm

$3.00 per wristband purchased comes back to Prairie Point

Health and Wellness 4th & 5th grades - Save The Date

Winter Baseball Camp - ages 5-14 at OHS

Fun Fair!!

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.