The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
August 7, 2016

Ice Cream Social Wednesday 

The ice cream social kicks off the school year!

4:00-5:00 - Meet your child's teacher and drop off supplies 
4:00-6:00 - PTA opportunities in the gym

Visit the gym to:
  • Sign up for student activities/parent volunteer spots
    • You may also sign up online here.
    • Note: Room Parent and Library spots can only be signed up for at the ice cream social
  • Pay for PTA membership/directory, Friends of the Library and Prairie 5K. Or pay in advance online:
Seretha and Ellen will be accepting lunch money for your student's account in the office.


Get Ready, Get Set - Go! 

The first day of school is Friday and we want to make sure you have what you need to ease the transition! 

Kindergarten parents, you can find answers to your questions here Sending your child off to Kindergarten can be emotional - be sure to stop in the MPR after drop-off to enjoy coffee and visit with other Kindergarten parents - there will be plenty of tissues!

Click through the links below to help make the first day back nice and smooth.

New SMSD Attendance Policy

Student attendance is essential to a positive educational experience.  Students who attend regularly and arrive on time are well prepared for their school experience.
Please bring students to school on time if you choose to drive.  The car line can be a long one, so plan accordingly.  Students must be in the classroom and ready to learn at 8:10 a.m.
If a student is ill, please call the attendance line (993-4488) before 9:00 a.m. to report the absence.  We check on every absent student each day.
New District Attendance Policy, beginning 2016-2017: 
  • Students will be counted tardy AM if they arrive between 8:10-8:45.
  • Students will be counted tardy PM if they leave between 2:15-3:10.
  • 10 tardies will be counted as 1 unexcused absence.  Excessive tardies will be combined with other unexcused absences for truancy purposes.
  • If a student arrives late or leaves early for up to 3 hours, or is gone for 3 hours during the day for an appointment described below it will be counted as a half-day absence.  We encourage students to return to school as soon as possible from appointments during the school day.
The SMSD Board has approved these six (6) reasons for students to be excused from school:
  1. Personal illness. (Doctor/Dental/Medical appointments) The school may, with notice to the parent, require verification from a physician of absences due to reasons of health. 
  2. Serious illness or death of a member of the family.
  3. Obligatory religious observances of the student's own faith.
  4. Emergency situation requiring immediate action.
  5. Participation in a Kansas State High School Activities Association activity, a district-approved function, or a school-sponsored activity.
  6. An absence that has been requested in writing and approved in advance by the building administrator.

Sign up for Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an after-school program for 3rd-5th grade girls that creatively incorporates running with lessons focused on developing essential life skills like teamwork, healthy habits and more.
  • 10-week season begins 9/14
  • Meets at Prairie after school Wednesdays and Fridays for 60-75 minutes
  • Participate in 5k at Arrowhead Stadium 11/19
  • $165 registration fee
  • Register here
Volunteer coaches are needed (no running experience required) - applications found here.

Find more detail on the program  here. Contact  Nicole Clifford with questions.

Welcome, New Prairie Parents!

With each new class of students comes a new class of parents. Welcome to the Prairie community! We look forward to growing with you and your child. 

Please join us at the Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, August 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. You and your student can tour the school, visit their classroom and meet other classmates and parents over ice cream. Be sure to stop into the gym to learn about the student activities Prairie offers, join the PTA and donate to Friends of the Library.

Here are some quick links to help you prepare for August:

Feel free to email  us with any questions!

*Newsletter produced by Amy Morgan

Prairie Elementary PTA
c/o Prairie Elementary School
6642 Mission Rd
Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
(913) 993-4400

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Events Calendar

8/10 - Ice Cream Social, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

8/12 - Kindergarten Conferences

8/12 - First Day of School (gr. 1-6), early dismissal 12:30 p.m.

8/15 - Kindergarten Conferences

8/16 - Kindergarten Begins

8/16 - Kleenex & Coffee in MPR, 8:15 a.m.

8/19 - Skating Party, Skate City, 5 - 7 p.m.

8/23 - Spirit Dining Night, Chipotle in Village, 5 - 9 p.m.

8/24 - Back to School Night, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

9/2 - Prairie Fund Mtg, Conference Rm, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

9/8 - PTA EXEC Board Mtg, Conference Rm, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.


9/13 - Chess Club, Library 3:15 - 4 p.m.

9/14 - Girls on the Run, 3:15 - 5 p.m.

9/16 - Girls on the Run, Right after school (will be shortened for Art in the Garden)

9/16 - Art in the Garden, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
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