The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
March 9, 2016

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Join Us for Garden Work Days Every Tuesday After School

Spring is here, the garden is waking up - and we have a lot of work to do to get it ready for May's 150th Anniversary Open House!
Join us for garden work days, every Tuesday (starting after spring break) from 3:10-4:00 p.m. (weather permitting), and help us get our garden in tip-top shape.
We'll also be working this Friday morning - stop by at 9:30 for 30 minutes or an hour - many hands make light work!

Indian Hills Forum Tomorrow Night to Discuss Moving 6th Grade to Middle School

The district is reaching out to the community to gain feedback on moving sixth grade from elementary to middle school. 
We encourage you to attend one of these events (or all if you like) to stay informed. These meetings are open to the public and will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of each location:
  • March 10: Indian Hills Middle School
  • March 21: Indian Woods Middle School
  • March 24: Westridge Middle School
SMSD has launched a survey to get broader feedback on this potential change from the community - take the survey here.

here to learn more.

Bring Loose Change 3/28-3/31 to Raise Money for the Library

The week of March 28, we are focusing our Panther efforts on raising money to support our library.  Due to budget cuts, these are much needed funds that will allow Mrs. O'Neal to purchase books and materials.  We are asking students to bring in as much loose change as possible to their classrooms.  Loose change will be collected Monday, March 28 through Thursday, March 31, and we'll see which classroom raises the most funds!
Each student in the winning classroom will receive a gift certificate good for one new book at our April Book Fair!

MONDAY 3/28 - bring  $1,  and you get to WEAR A HAT AT SCHOOL!
TUESDAY 3/29 - bring  $1,  and you get to WEAR A FAVORITE TEAM JERSEY!
WEDNESDAY 3/30  bring $1, and you get to BRING A STUFFED ANIMAL!
THURSDAY 3/31 bring $1, and you get to WEAR PAJAMAS!

On Friday, if we've met our fundraising goal, we will celebrate with popcorn in the lunch room during each grade's lunch time!

Calling All Incoming Kindergarteners!

It's nearly here! Kindergarten Round-up is scheduled for  Tuesday, April 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Here's what you"ll need to bring:
  • Completed paperwork (see link below)
  • Certified copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, lease, etc.)
  • Checkbook (school directory, Spirit Wear, Y-Care enrollment, etc.)
This year we're asking that all paperwork be completed before  Round-up. Click  here  for the forms.

We're looking forward to meeting your future Prairie Panthers!
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Fun Fact of the Week

In 1937 Mary Oyster helped open the library at Prairie, making Prairie the first elementary school in Kansas to have an in-house library.
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Events Calendar

3/9 - Kindergarten (Ritzman) SME Lab Field Trip, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

3/10 - PTA EXEC Meeting, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Conference Rm

3/10 - Kindergarten (Frame & MCCabe) SME Lab Field Trip, 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

3/11 - garden work day, 9:30 a.m.

3/11-3/18 - NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

3/22 - Garden work day, 3:10-4:00 p.m.

3/25 - Early dismissal, 12:30 p.m.
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