The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
April 20, 2016

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Two Events in One Week! 

Another successful Book Fair and Pancake Event. These fundraisers cannot be pulled off without the effort of parent volunteers. Planning and carrying through events like the Book fair and Pancake Dinner are a huge undertaking, and we are grateful to Jessica Brown and Megan Lynch for all their hard work. And a special thank you to all the parents who helped set up, cashiered, helped break down and worked the Pancake check-in table:
Sara Dippel                 Kelly Seibert               Nancy Weeks     
Tricia Stephens            Amy Moore                 Meredith Woodring      Sarah McKee              Rachel LaHue             Gayle Boyd               
Julie Meyer                 Jill Holzbeierlein         Julie Chapman
Lora Garrison              Corby Suptic              Kelly Hendersen         Carol Solenberger       Angie McDermed       Emily Cowden           Carol O'Keefe             April Crosser               Holly Grummert            Stephanie Ptacek        Barbara Pahund          Kristin Searle                Gabrielle Beam            Ali Tuttle                     Maura Coleman       Libby Pfeiffer               Flynn Family              Jill Fudge            
Kristin Anderson           Megan Prosser-Gebhardt                       Jennifer Ecklund-Johnson
One book is still on sale! Order your copy of our 150th Anniversary book here

"Trash Trek" to Celebrate Earth Day

Prairie's new Earth Day tradition! Grab a plastic or Ziploc bag and collect trash as you walk to school!
Later in the day we'll have an assembly featuring John Speckman of Speckman Honey. He and his wife are local bee keepers who will talk to the students about the important role bees play in our environment. Click here to learn more.

Field Day - the Old-Fashioned Way

Prairie Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 28th - and Kim Bosch and her planning team have fun activities that pay homage to our 150-year history!
Stick horse racing, milk bottle toss, sack races - it's the perfect line-up to get these kids in the spirit for our 150th Anniversary week.
Help us create a memorable Field Day experience for our students by volunteering to work a time slot. Click here
to find the sign-up for your grade-level. We need one parent at each station to help us keep things moving.
This is one event you won't want to miss!

Sign Up For Big 9 Golf Tournament

We are less than two weeks away from teeing off in the Annual Big 9 Golf Tournament. There are only 4 team spots left to fill. Let make this happen! Come out and swing at your chance to be crowned champion for Prairie. All proceeds raised will be given directly back to the school. Get your foursome together and REGISTER now. Don't have a foursome? No problem! We'll put together groups of people that want to play.
If you have questions or need further details please do not hesitate to contact Brian Tuttle at 913-375-8466. There are also sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available. Don't wait until its to late! SIGN UP NOW! We look forward to seeing you on the course.
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Time: 8:00am Shotgun Start
Location: Oakwood Country Club
Cost: $140 per player (payable to "Prairie Fund")
There will be plenty of on-course games to increase the fun and mulligans will be available the day of the event. Lunch will also be provided.
Teacher Appreciation Week 5/2-5/5

Help us show our teachers how much they mean to us! Sign up here to help.

If You Enjoy Baking - We Need You!

Our 150th Anniversary events are coming up quickly, and we need bakers! Cookies, brownies - whatever your specialty, we'll take it!
Contact Amy Meirowsky if you can help!

Scrips Gift Card Orders Due 5/3

The school year is coming to a close and it's time to thank our teachers for a great year. Order forms were sent home with students Monday. You may fill out the form and return to the office with payment or click  here to order online.

All orders due by Tuesday, 5/3. Please contact  Shelby Austin with any questions.
PTA Quick Links
150th Anniversary Fact of the Week

Prairie was in part responsible for two District Encyclopedia Britannica Awards: one for 3rd Place in 1964 and the other a Special Commendation Award in 1966. The Prairie School District was the first district in the United States to receive top recognition twice by the Encyclopedia Britannica and the American Association of School Librarians, co-sponsors of the awards.
*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

4/20- Village People Merchant Panel, 8:30-9:30 a.m., library

4/20- 2nd grade hat parade for school, 2:00 p.m., MPR

4/21- 6th grade Village People, 9:30-2:00 p.m.

4/22- Spirit Wear day

4/22- 6th grade strings rehearsal, 7:00-7:45 am, Corinth gym

4/22- Earth Day assembly, K-2nd grade 9:00 a.m., 3rd-6th grade 10:00 a.m.

4/22- 2nd grade hat parade for parents, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

4/22- Plant Sale pickup, 2:30-6:00 p.m.

4/23- Plant Sale pickup, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

4/25- 4th grade to Topeka, 8:30-2:30

4/25- 1M & 1E to SM South environmental lab, 12:00-1:40 p.m.

4/26- 5th & 6th grade strings rehearsal, 9:00 a.m.

4/26- 1P to SM South Environmental Lab, 12:00-1:40 p.m.

4/26- Garden work day, 3:15-4:00 p.m.

4/26- East area spring string festival, 7:00, SM East

4/27- 6th grade to "Anything Goes", 8:45-11:30 Indian Hills

4/28- Prairie Fund meeting, 8:15-9:30 a.m.

4/28- Field Day, 8:30 -3:00

4/29- Spirit Wear Day

4/29- 3rd grade to Ernie Miller, 8:30-2:30
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