The Panther Newsletter
A publication of the Prairie Elementary School PTA
Week of
April 6, 2016

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Help Us Polish Up the Garden

Our 150th Anniversary celebration will be here before we know it and we have lots of work to do to get our garden ready.
Join us for Garden Work Days, every Tuesday after school. Or, if it works better for you to stop in as your schedule allows, click here for a list of tasks that need to be tackled. It's a great way to unwind after school and get the kids some activity with friends.
We've scheduled Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as an official Garden Clean-up Day for some of the larger projects. Join us for an hour or the whole day and help us get the garden in tip top shape.
Prairie's garden is a treasure that many schools don't have - if we all pitch in to help we can preserve this outdoor classroom for our students now and for years to come.  
Help Work The Book Fair

The Spring Book fair is scheduled for 4/13, 7:45-4:00pm and 4/14, 7:45-7:00pm and we need your help to make it a success! Sign up  for one shift or two, any amount of help is greatly appreciated!

Below is the Book Fair class visit schedule:
Wednesday,  April 13
8:30am-9:00am - VanderPas and Coleman
9:00am-9:30am - Madden and Reck
9:30am-10:00am - Giacalone and Frame
10:30am-11:00am - Phares and Schuetz
1:15pm - 1:45pm - Dorau and Ritzman 
1:45pm-2:15pm - Zahner and Lash
2:15pm-2:45pm - McCabe and Giacalone (buddies)
Thursday, April 14
8:30am-9:00am - DeVault
9:30am - 10:00am - Meyer-Brunk and Exline
1:45pm - 2:15pm - Moore
2:15pm - 2:45pm - Campbell

Join Us for P.M. Pancakes
We had such a good time doing this in the fall - we're doing it again! Enjoy pancakes for dinner before Open House! Proceeds go toward 5th grade Fundraising, helping students pay for Wildwood in 6th grade.
Advance tickets will be $7 per person with a MAX of $28  (for a family of 5, you'll only be charged for 4 spots). Purchase tickets here
Purchase online by 4/11 - tickets increase to $8 per person at the door!
Your pre-purchased tickets will be waiting for you at the door.

Contact Megan Lynch with questions.

Round'Em Up!

It's almost here! Bring your incoming kindergartener to Prairie
Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. for Kindergarten Round-up!
This year we're asking parents to complete paperwork BEFORE the event . Bring it with you and you'll turn it in as you check in. Below is a complete list of what you'll need for enrollment:
  • Certified copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of residency (in the form of a utility bill, contract for a home, or a lease)
  • Completed Enrollment Form, Health History Form and Home Language Survey
  • Checkbook (YCare enrollment, Activities Sign-up, School Directory, Spirit Wear, etc.)
Please email us if you have any questions!

Get Your Foursome Registered Now!

It's that time of year again...the weather is getting warmer and the trees are starting to bloom which means its time for the annual  Big 9 Golf Tournament happening on Monday, May 2nd at Oakwood Country Club . Prairie Elementary relies on the golf tournament as a major fundraiser for our school each spring. We have historically been "best in class" with regards to money raised and active participation in the event. We hope that we can make this year even bigger and better. The tournament is just about a month away so you need to register NOW in order to secure your spot in this annual event.
We only have 40 spots available this year and they are filling up fast. Different from years past, there will only be one day of golf as we have eliminated the championship round. Come out and swing at your chance to be crowned champion for Prairie. 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 me 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
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.
Contact Brian Tuttle  to sign up.
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Fun Fact of the Week

In the 1890s, students played basketball, softball and English-style football. "Shinny" was a type of field hockey played with sticks and a can, and "Annie-Over" was a team game in which the ball was thrown over the schoolhouse roof. They also played Fox and Wolf in the snow, Drop the Handkerchief and had jump rope contests.
Prairie Elementary PTA
c/o Prairie Elementary School
6642 Mission Rd
Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
(913) 993-4400

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Events Calendar

4/8- Spirit Wear Day

4/8- 6th grade strings rehearsal, 7:00-7:45 a.m., Corinth gym

4/12- Garden work day, 3:15-4:00 p.m.

4/13- Book Fair, 7:45-4:00, gym

4/13- Chess club, 3:10-4:00 p.m., library

4/14- Book Fair, 7:45-7:00, gym

4/14- PTA meeting, 8:15-9:15 a.m., conference room

4/14- Pancake dinner, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

4/14- Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

4/15- NO SCHOOL, staff development

4/16- Garden clean-up, 9:00-4:00
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