Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcome to the Prairie Point Panther Press!

4th Annual District Food Drive - Sept 18-26

Monday the 18th

What could be “Better Together” than….


Let’s “Relish” wearing your PJs to school!

Wear your pajamas and bring in pickles and relish!

Tuesday the 19th

What could be “Better Together” than….


You “Must” remember your school spirit!

Wear red or yellow and bring in ketchup and mustard!

Wednesday the 20th

What could be “Better Together” than….


You’ve “Bean” crazy!

Wear crazy socks and bring in dry black beans and salsa!

Thursday the 21st

What could be “Better Together” than….


Smile and say “Cheese”

Wear your “Cheesiest “ outfit and bring in multipacks of mac and cheese!

Monday the 25th

What could be “Better Together” than….


“Sauce” up your do and wear crazy hair!

Wear crazy hair and bring in pasta and sauce!

Tuesday the 26th

What could be “Better Together” than….


Let’s “WIPE” away hunger!

Wear orange and blue to support OHS and bring in diapers and wipes!

***Believe it or not but these items can be picked up at Aldi, The Dollar Tree, multipacks at Sams and Costco. No time to shop? Go online and use Amazon Prime!!***

News from the LRC

Off the Shelves: News from the LRC

We're excited to introduce our new Celebration Book Club! I've partnered with a book company, Bound To Stay Bound, to create a way for you to donate a book in your child's name to the LRC. This can be in celebration of birthdays and other events in your children's lives. To view the list and/or make a donation, please check out the website:

Contact me if you have questions.

Once again we will have a pumpkin gallery in the LRC during the month of October. Students are invited to decorate an artificial pumpkin to represent one of their favorite books. Pumpkins may be brought to the LRC from the 1st of October through the 27th. Keep in mind that we cannot accept real pumpkins (they rot - not a pretty sight).

Mark your calendars:

Fall Book Fair (Anderson's): Oct. 13-19

Carol Patterson, Library Media Specialist

Great Art Volunteers Needed

Great Art is in need of volunteers in many classrooms. If you are unfamiliar with Great Art, it is a wonderful program, presented to your children each month. A volunteer (usually a parent) comes into the classroom to discuss a piece of art and do a small project. The art that is discussed is provided to you along with materials to do the small project (materials are located in a cabinet at the school). When it is your month to present, you will receive an email asking you to contact your child’s teacher to request the Great Art binder to be sent home with your child and to arrange a time to present the art to the class. The binder is filled with ideas to present the art. (No prior art knowledge is required!) You may use the ideas that are in the binder or you may use your own ideas. The presentation and project should only take about 30 min.

If you are interested in presenting, or have questions, please contact Candace Kelty at

2017 Panther Fitness Challenge

Everyone Moving Together

Put on your new grade level shirt! On September 29th, Prairie Point panthers will be moving and working together at the Panther Fitness Challenge. This event will take place outside at Prairie Point Elementary during the school day. The students will participate by grade level in the beginning of the day followed with an all school assembly in the gym. Everything is better together! Your child will be requesting family and friends (no door to door solicitation) to sponsor them for their physical efforts and to help keep Prairie Point great! Our goal is to raise an average of $50/student. This is the only fundraiser benefitting our school.

100% of the proceeds go back to Prairie Point!

September 7th Start collecting donations and shout outs

September 8th-21st Continue to collect, turn in packet anytime

September 21st Final day to turn in packet

September 29th Panther Fitness Challenge and Assembly

Prizes for Everyone!!

· Turn in your packet and receive a token and your name entered in the raffle!! Your name will be entered in the raffle an additional time for every $50 raised.

· Everyone receives a prize the day of the event for participating!

· Multiple raffle drawings! Many great prizes! (1/student)

Top fundraiser - Chromebook

2nd highest fundraiser - Beats Headphones

3rd highest fundraiser - Fitbit

4th highest fundraiser - Tiny Projector

5th highest fundraiser - Amazon gift card

6th highest fundraiser - Amazon gift card

Any questions, please contact Sarah Eggers at

Classroom Party Information

Party dates are as follows:

Halloween 10/31: Check in 1:50 PM - Parade 2:05PM - Party 2:25-3:25 PM

Holiday 12/21: Check in 9:15 AM - Party 9:25-10:25 AM

Valentines 2/14: Check in 2:15 PM - Party 2:25-3:25PM

Please Note: Prairie Point follows District policy which does not allow food of any sort (to be eaten, used or placed in goodie bags) in the class. No siblings or other children are allowed and you MUST provide ID before you are allowed access to the classroom. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

· Sign up for classroom parties will be open SEPTEMBER 19th at 8 P.M. CST.

· Simply log onto the Home and School website and click on room parties. You will see a link to signup genius for each teacher. Find your student’s teacher, select the parties you want to volunteer for and sign up.

· Once you have selected and signed up for your preferred room parties, you will be contacted by the Room Coordinator for more information on the parties you have requested. **Remember: You must have a free signup genius account to sign up. (


PLEASE NOTE: In some classrooms there may be more parents/guardians that want to volunteer than needed. Those classrooms will have backup lists for these parties. K-1 classes will have a cap of 4 volunteers per class room and Grades 2-5 have a cap of 5 volunteers per classroom.

Father-Son Game Night

Please Join us for a fun-filled night of games and food as we enjoy some sports games, Wii Mario Kart and other activities. Boys may bring any “father Figure” who they want to share this special night with.

When: Friday, October 6, from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Prairie Point Gym

Cost: $ 10 per family (includes hot dog, chips, drink)

Reserve your spot as soon as possible. Click on the following link for access to the form for the event,

Home & School Calendar


21-Panther Fitness Challenge packets due

26-Culver's Night - 5th grade teachers serve

29-Panther Fitness Challenge


5-Home and School meeting 7pm

6-Father and Son Game Night, 6:30-8:30

10 & 11-Tuesday Night Dinner - Rosati's

11-Health and Wellness (K & 1st 6:45-7:45)

17-Family Fun Night (Bingo/Book fair/Costume contest)

24-Culver’s night

31-Halloween Room Parties

Information for ESL Parents

Fall Cheer Youth Camp

PushCoin - New Lunch & School Fee Payment Procedures

Free and Reduced Lunch Information

Health Requirements Kindergarten, 2nd & 5th

Kindergarten :

Completed physical exam/immunizations

Eye exam

Dental Exam

2nd Grade:

Dental exam

6th Grade:

Completed physical exam

Proof of one dose of Tdap

Completed 3 shot series of Hepatitis B

One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine given on or after 11th birthday

Dental exam

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.

Home & School Organization Upcoming Events