Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, December 9, 2016

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

Parents Only Book Fair

Parents, while your kids shop for YOU at the Holiday Shop, you can shop for THEM at our Holiday Shop Book Fair. This book fair will be held in the Community Room from 5-8pm on December 9th. We'll also offer free gift wrapping. And if you can spare an hour and help us out by running the Easy-Scan cash register or wrapping gifts, We'll give you a coupon for $5 off your purchases at the book fair.

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Shop

Socks Needed

Everyone needs socks this time of year. Please bring socks to hang on a tree at Holiday Shop 12/9. Thank you

Greetings from the Art Room

Prairie Point artists are working and experimenting with new techniques all the time.

Kindergarteners listened to the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and created our own mice. The mice had many parts and turned out great! First graders recently used oil pastel in the style of Paul Klee to make imaginary underwater fish. It was a bit messy but fun. Second graders worked with landscapes for weeks and weeks. We looked at he work of Henri Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh. We learned about horizon lines and showing near and far. We used crayon, water colors, tempera and oil pastels. Ask a second grader you know about landscapes. Third graders are working on a HUGE project in the style of Faith Ringgold. She is a living American artist known for story quilts. Each third grader will create a modified quilt using wallpaper, sharpie, paint and water color. I hope to hang them up in the halls in January or February. Fourth graders know all about using clues to get their idea across to the view. Shape clues and color clues helped us to make large and interesting sandwiches. Some items looked like food and other definitely did not! Fifth graders learned all about Pablo Picasso's Three Musicians painting. We used cut paper to create our own three musicians. Each character had an instrument. The challenge was using cut paper in just the right way to help the view believe there were cats or aliens or Star Wars character's playing instruments. Collage can be tricky.

Next time you are at Prairie Point check out the artwork in the main hallway. Our artists have ben hard at work! Mrs. Collins

News from Battle of the Books Club


We read 10 books between the 2 groups and we are ready to battle. J

Who: The Battle of the Books Club

When: December 13 3:35-5:30 (Plan for 2 hours)

Where: Mrs. Ziller’s Classroom

What: Send a special snack for your child to help celebrate our accomplishments! There will be 8 rounds of 14 questions, with one final team as the winner! We will plan a snack break.

How: If you get the chance, please ask your student for a recap of the books they read to refresh their memories. We have included the Titles/Authors for all the books, as these will be tie-breaker questions

We have had a lot of fun and it has been great getting to know your kids!

Which book is Cynthia Lord the author? Rules

Which book is Wilson Rawls the author? Summer of the Monkeys

Which book is Katherine Paterson the author? Bridge to Terabithia

Which book is Jeanne DuPrau the author? City of Ember

Which book is Patricia Wrede the author? Dealing with Dragons

Which book is Ivy Ruckman the author? Night of the Twisters

Which book is K. Kilse K. and Sarah M Kilse the authors? Regarding the Fountain

Which book is Katherine Hannigan the author? Ida B

Which book is A. LaFaye the author? Worth

Which book is Michael Morpurgo the author? War Horse

Home and School Calendar

Upcoming Dates


9 Holiday Shop, 5:00-8:00pm in the gym

13 TND - McDonald's

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.

OHS Father/Son Pitching Camp - 5th Grade

OHS Spring Training Baseball Camp

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.