The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
Mar. 2, 2016

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Thank You For Making the Auction a Success!

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."
-Walt Disney 

THANK YOU to everyone who played a part in this journey down the rabbit hole. It is a year of celebration; not only is Prairie 150 years-old but so is Alice in Wonderland!

We're forever thankful for the wonderful families, teachers, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make this school what it is today. This year we raised $65,000 with pre-auction parties, ads for Dads and ticket sales. 

Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who made this event possible. Thank you for your time, talents and dedication to Prairie:

Betsy Ordonez   Kelly Haas           Gayle Boyd           Adriana Moorehead       
Debi Sicoli         Whitney Stadler     Leah Taylor         Angie McDermed
Lainie Reuter     Rachel Condon     Lisa Bowser          Sally Cook
Nicole Clifford     Lindsay Henley    Vanessa Reese    Theresa Thornhill
Betsy Sheets     Kerri Gaillard        Tessie Wissel       Ashley Dean
Sarah Todd         Regan Barrett       Amy Brooks         Meredith Woodring
Lindsay Henley   Heather Minor       Hugh O'Donnell   Michelle Oettmeier 
Lora Garrison      Kelly Seibert         Holly Grummert     Brenda Kotar
Sally Cook           Lindsay Henley     Nick Allegri          Carol Solenberger
Amy Morgan        Ashley Weaver     Jenny Wang         Christopher Smith
Brian Tuttle          Scott Wissel         Meghan Black     Kristen Fine
Allison Hughes     Amy Brooks       Laura Moffett       Meggan Prosser-Gebhardt
Jose OrdoƱez      Adam Reese       Megan Lynch      Jeremiah Woodring
Meghan Black     April Crosser

Also, none of this is possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

  Presenting Level:                                 Signature Level:                          Taylor Made Real Estate Services          Gahagan-Eddy
   Palmer Electric Company                        Cellular Sales, Verizon wireless
                                                                  The Village Dentist
                                                                  Wood Realty Kansas City

Finally, as we wrap up the details, please contact Betsy Ordonez, if you:
  • have issues with your receipt
  • need a copy of your receipt
  • purchased one progressive dinner ticket and intended to purchase two
  • did not sign up for specific parties and want to add them. Note: we cannot guarantee we can accommodate everyone, but will reach out to the hosts and inquire
  • have any additional auction, receipt, party, or donation questions

Join us at Indian Hills next week, 3/10

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.

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

From 1936-1939 a larger brick building was constructed - the building many of us remember, complete with a gymnasium/auditorium, book room, classrooms, offices, and cafeteria.

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

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Events Calendar

3/2 - Chess Club, 3:10-4:00 p.m., library

3/3 - Prairie Fund meeting, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

3/4 - Kindergarten Japanese Tea parties, 11:00 (Frame), 1:45 (Ritzman), 12:15 (McCabe)

3/4 - 6th grade strings rehearsal, 7:00-7:45 a.m., Corinth gym

3/4- 5th grade Starbase, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

3/4 - Mad Science, 3:15-4:00 p.m., library/art room

3/7 - 5th grade Starbase, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

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.

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