The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
September 4, 2016

Help us gather supplies! 

Our lovely annual garden event,  Art in the Garden, is September 16th from 3:30-6:00 p.m . We need your help gathering supplies so our students can create their masterpieces!

You may drop these items off in the buckets located in the school lobby:
  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper, gift wrap or paper towel rolls
  • beads
  • bells
  • google eyes
  • old silverware or trinkets that could hang as a chime
  • smaller pieces of scrap wood
Click here to learn more about Art in the Garden. Please email Vanessa Reese with any questions.

Register for the 5K and join Running Club

Get your student ready to tackle the Prairie 5K or 1 mile Fun Run by participating in Running Club. Participants must be registered for the 5K or Fun Run - you can register online here.

Running Club meets after school from 3:15-4:00 p.m.:
  • Tuesday, 9/13
  • Thursday, 9/15
  • Tuesday, 9/20
  • Thursday, 9/22

Make sure your student has running shoes and a water if he/she is participating.

Running Club or not, please consider registering today - every dollar earned supports Prairie!

Please contact
Liz Beedle  with questions.

Auction class parties scheduled

The Auction is Prairie's largest fundraiser of the year, and it kicks off with individual class parties. These parties are a great way to meet other parents in your student's grade, and helps jump start the fundraising process.

Be watching your email for an evite with specific details for your party (be sure to check your SPAM folder just in case the email isn't delivered).
  • Kindergarten -  9/30,  Sara & Jason Dippel
  • 1st Grade -  10/22, Christy & Charles Sanders
  • 2nd Grade -  10/8, Gabrielle & Joe Beam
  • 3rd Grade -  9/16, David Zugelder & Jennifer Cuscino
  • 4th Grade -  10/1, Rachel & Colby LaHue
  • 5th Grade -   9/24, Lindsey & Scott Rosemann
  • 6th Grade -   9/17, Susan & Chris Giffin
Click here to learn more about the auction and grade level parties.

Understanding block scheduling

SMSD has moved to a block scheduling format for class specials (art, library, PE, music), meaning these electives no longer happen on a specific day of the week.

Here's how to unravel the mystery:
  • Every special is assigned letters A, B, C or D. This letter corresponds to one of the specials, and will be different for each class and grade.
  • Example: In Mrs. Frame's class, A=PE/Music, B=Art, C=Music/PE and D=Library. You would refer to the chart linked below to figure out which days those students have these specials.
Click here to find your student's schedule


*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

9/5 (Monday)

9/6 (Tuesday)
* Lego League, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

9/7 (Wednesday)
* Garden work day, 3:10-4:00 p.m.

9/8 (Thursday)
* PTA EXEC Board Meeting, Conference Room, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
* Lego League, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
* Junior Master Gardeners, 3:10-4:30 p.m.

9/9 (Friday)

9/13 (Tuesday)
* Chess Club, Library 3:15-4:00 p.m.
* Running Club, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
* Lego League, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

9/14 (Wednesday)
Garden work day, 3:10-4:00 p.m.
* Girls on the Run, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

9/15 (Thursday)
* Running Club, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
* Lego League, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

9/16 (Friday)
* Girls on the Run,
Right after school (will be shortened for Art in the Garden)
* Art in the Garden, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
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