Prairie Point Panther Press

Newsletter for Prairie Point Elementary School

Friday, May 6, 2016

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Registration 2016-2017

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Good morning Prairie Point Families,

I have received several questions regarding the placement of students for next school year. I will still be a part of that process. Mrs. Kern and I will be working on those prior to my departure. I am attaching a document for you to be able to provide written input into the needs of your child - academically, socially, and physically. Due to the change in administration, please turn your form in by the provided due date of May 19th. If you send the form via email, please send it to myself AND Mrs. Kern. Our emails are provided below.

At Prairie Point, we are committed to the academic and social growth of each student. The creation of class lists is a thoughtful and involved process. With more than 500 students to place, this is a very large task. We spend a lot of time to ensure that every child is placed in a classroom where they can thrive. We consider many factors when placing students into classrooms, including instructional needs and talents, support services, behavioral needs, gender balance, interpersonal relationships, and learning styles. Each list is evaluated and adjusted many times before they are posted prior to the first day of school. Our end goal is to have all students in a classroom where they can grow and thrive both academically and personally.

The following describes the process for parents to have input into their child’s placement. Please note, some things have changed in the process for this school year.

  • If your child has an instructional or social need that you would like to be considered when assigning classroom placements, please fill out a Student Placement Input Form. This form is attached to this letter, as well as is available for download at, and will come home in Thursday folders next week.
  • This form should be returned to the school office by May 19, 2016. Please return them in a sealed envelope addressed to Dr. Podjasek/Mrs. Kern, or you may email it to AND
  • Please, do not request a specific teacher on the form. Forms that do so will be returned for revision.
  • If you would like to discuss your input with me directly, I’d be happy to talk or meet with you. Please contact me to set up an appointment.
  • Any special requests submitted will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed.

I am very proud of the teaching staff here at Prairie Point and I have high confidence in the ability of all of them to provide quality educational experiences for our students. Thank you for your continued support of the staff and students at Prairie Point Elementary School. Please contact me or Mrs. Kern at any time if you have questions or feedback for us. Happy Spring!


Dr. Heidi Podjasek

End of the Year - Dates to Remember

Spring Scholastic BOGO Book Fair

Summer Fun Field Day - May 12

Summer Fun Field Day 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rain Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

Join us for a Summer Fun themed field day as students celebrate the end of another great year. Activities will include some of the summer activities everyone loves, as well as other crazy games that will keep the kids moving and laughing. Plus, we’ll have our special photo booth with summer-themed hats, glasses and other items. Students will play together, enjoy the benefits of exercise and spend quality time outdoors in one of two sessions:

Morning: 9:00-11:00 Grades 4 & 5

Afternoon: 1:15-3:15 Grades 1, 2 & 3

**Kindergarten will have a separate Field Day activity and volunteer coordination**

Prairie Point Field Day would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers!

We have created an online volunteer sign up at:

Please sign up by: April 30, 2016

Bike to School Day

A.C.E.S. Walk

Elementary Summer School Registration Now Open

Upcoming School Events


9-11 - Book Fair

10-12 - Salsa Verde Nights (15% comes back to the school)

11 - Family Walk at 6pm - meet on the playground

12 - Field Day (13 - Field Day rain date)

17 - Panthers on the Run (18- POTR rate date)

20 - Last Day of School - 12:45 dismissal

Home & School is in need of chairpersons for 2016-2017

Prairie Point Elementary Home and School Organization is ready and excited for the 2016-2017 school year. At this time, we need chairpersons for the following committees:

Preview Night

Community Outreach

Family Fun Nights

Fun Fair

Health and Wellness co-chair

Science Committee

5th grade send off

If you are interested in chairing or co-chairing any of these committees, please contact Lisa Eloe,, or Stephanie Hornik,

Thank you,

Prairie Point Home & School

Farewell to Dr. Podjasek

Prairie Point Home & School would like to invite all families past and present to attend a farewell open house to Dr. Podjasek, Wednesday, May 11th, from 4:00-6:00pm in the community room. Come to say good-bye and wish Dr. Podjasek well in her new job. We will provide treats and refreshments. The book fair will also be open at this time. And at 6:00pm, join the family walk around the Prairie Point Path.

Thank you,

Prairie Point Home & School

Home & School Directory Form

** Please turn in a form even if you are in the directory for this school year **

EPI School Supply order form

P-TAG Parent Event May 16

STEAM Summer Camp

Summer Run Club - 5th Grade Boys & Girls

OHS Boy's Basketball Summer Camp

"Pass It On" Donation Challenge

Giordano's - Kids eat FREE on Monday

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.