The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
Jan. 22, 2017

Purchase Auction Tickets Today!

Purchase your tickets and join us for a night of fun Saturday, February 25th at the Vox Theater . It's quick and easy - just click here .

The auction is Prairie's biggest fundraiser of the year. By purchasing your ticket, you help fund the School Counselor, Reading Specialist and Spanish Program. Click here to learn more.

"Best of the Live Auction" Raffle Tickets

This year's live auction includes a raffle drawing where one lucky winner will get to choose the "Best of the Live Auction." The winner will receive one of our fantastic Live Auction items.* 

Act fast! Only 100 tickets have been made available prior to auction night for this wonderful prize. Tickets are $75 each. Tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. 

*NOTE: You must be present at the auction to win the "Best of Live" raffle.

Grade Baskets for the Prairie Auction

Please donate to your child's grade basket. If you prefer not to shop, a monetary donation is welcome! Each basket will be auctioned off at the Prairie Auction.  Last year every basket sold for between $300-600. No amount is too small or too big!

Each grade has it's own theme for the basket. See below for the themes and contacts for each class:

K- Little Tot basket  - Libby Pfeiffer
1st- Star Wars - Jessica Perbeck
2nd- Super Heroes - Kristen Anderson
3rd- Legos Basket - Nicole Clifford
4th-Tailgate Basket - Rachel LaHue
5th- Family Game Night - Sarah McKee and Jill Sides
6th- Adventure Basket - Merrit McShane

If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Bacon  or Betsy Ordonez .

Volunteer at SMAC's Clothing Exchange Center

Did you know Prairie (and all Shawnee Mission Schools) support the Shawnee Mission Area Council Clothing Exchange Center

This includes financial support to purchase items, and also providing volunteers to work at the Center.  We're looking for five volunteers to help at the Clothing Exchange Center on Monday, February 6 from 8:30-11:00 am. 

Every school in the Shawnee Mission School District gets an opportunity to volunteer at the center - it's a great way to help others in our community. Volunteers help sort and hang donations and assist customers. Please contact   Carol Solenberger to volunteer.

The Clothing Exchange Center is located at Indian Creek Technology Center (4401 W. 103rd Street).
A new session in Topeka

The Kansas Legislature and Congress are back in session, and there are new faces and issues to consider . Our children's educational opportunities and futures depend on our investments today!

Key items on the agenda include:
  • New School Finance formula
  • State Tax Policy
The nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education is another topic to pay close attention to over the next few weeks.

Mark your calendar for  Kansas PTA Advocacy Day, Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9:00 - 4:00 . Parents joining the PTA can meet in the NW Quadrant, First Floor Rotunda at the Capitol in Topeka. Information on Kansas PTA policies and issues will be distributed and meetings with legislators will be scheduled to discuss Kansas PTA policies and concerns.

Click here to learn more. 

You can follow the Kansas PTA on Twitter  @KsPTALeg

Contact  Melinda Lewis   with any questions.

Time to get your act together!

The Variety Show is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6:30  p.m. with an "Around The World in 80 Days" theme!

All students are welcome to participate! Singing, dancing, instrument-playing, hula-hooping - anything goes!
  • Each act must be under three minutes.
  • Please email Meghan Black with:
    • The name of your act
    • Type of act
    • List of students participating
    • Any music that needs to accompany your act
Mark this key date on your calendar:
  • Friday, 1/27 - dress rehearsal

Please email Meghan Black if you'd like to volunteer to help with the show!

Make sure to order your yearbook!

Our yearbook team has begun working on the layout and all orders must be in by 3/1. Make sure your student has a yearbook for end of the year signing! 

Order yours here today.

Not sure if you pre-ordered one at the Ice Cream Social or not? Email us 
to find out

Dewey's Pizza Spirit Night 1/30

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Events Calendar

One Book One School activities

Tuesday, 1/24
*Chess club, 3:15-4:00 p.m., library

Wednesday, 1/25
*Regional mathletics test, 4-6th grade, 3:15-4:00 p.m., library

Thursday, 1/26
*6th grade meeting with Indian Hills, 8:15-9:15 a.m., library
*Auction party: trivia night

Friday 1/27
*NO SCHOOL (professional development)
*Variety Show rehearsal, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
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