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Snowball Project 2011

Ten+ years ago, Prairie Elementary students and parents launched the Snowball Project.  The objective of this project is to provide our students with an opportunity to share their blessings during the holiday season with families in need.  Every year moms-in-need fill out a gift request for each of their children under 16 years old.  (Over 3100 children received gifts through this program last year.)  The mom lists seven gifts (a combination of toys and clothing) that her child either needs or would enjoy.   We also want to recognize these moms during the holidays with a gift card to Target.  The amount suggested for the gift cards is $30 – although any amount will be accepted. 

This year Prairie is adopting 7 families.  (ONE FOR EACH GRADE LEVEL!)


  • 7 Moms = 7 $30.00 Target Gift Cards for the Moms
  • 21 children x 7  NEW gifts per child = 147 gifts in total
  • 7 family meal contributions of $30 per meal

Please discuss this project with your family and decide if you would like to participate.  Kindergarten or First grade students MUST have their permission form returned by Wednesday, Nov. 16 to participate.  (Form is NOT required for 2nd-6th grade students.)

  1. Discuss a price range with your child.  Let them know their spending limits.  Please be specific.
  2. During lunch on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18, students – with their parent’s permission – will be able to choose an ornament with a child’s name and a gift.  Volunteers will guide children to their price range.
  3. Deliver your new, UNWRAPPED gift to your classroom on Mon., Nov. 28 or Tues., Nov. 29, with the ornament securely fastened to the gift.  (Operation Breakthrough encourages the mothers to wrap the gifts, in order to feel more a part of the holiday experience.)
  4. Please visit:  for more information.

Thank you for your generous participation!  Please contact Jamee Friedmann (432-6636) or Jen Benjamin (816-392-0099) if you have questions.

Snowball Project Information/Permission Form



Grandparents Day Help Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help with Grandparents/Special Adults Day at Prairie on Nov. 7th.  Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, table decorations, check-in, and showing special adults to rooms.  The event will begin at 10:00am and end by 1:00pm, set-up will be at 9:30am.  If you are available to help for the whole event, or even a one-hour shift, please contact Jerri Dawn Pulido at or 913.485.5835.  Thank you in advance for volunteering to help.



Cultural Arts Update

The Cultural Arts committee of the Prairie PTA is pleased to announce Bobbi Sharbutt will be joining Mrs Sloan next week to continue the popular “Artist In Residence” program for this year.  Ms. Sharbutt is a retired SMSD art teacher and will be working with students in 1st-6th grade on clay projects all next week during their normal art classes.  The theme for this year’s Artist in Residence is Monet in Clay.

Programs like the Artist in Residence are funded by PTA through the Cultural Arts committee to bring hands on experiences and enrichment learning to our children.  The 1st grade recently had a program on Tepees from Ernie Miller and the 2nd graders had Owls visit their classroom.  Other upcoming Cultural Arts grants include:

November 15th – The Recycling Show (in coordination with HIP Club) – grades 2-6

December 9th – Chinese Acrobats – all grades

April 23rd – The Magic of Science – all grades

If you would like to know more information about the Cultural Arts committee or to inquire on serving for the 2012-2013 school year please contact Heather Rubesch at  As always your generous donations through support of our Prairie Pride 5K, Prairie Auction Night, etc. fund these unique opportunities for enrichment at our school.



Special Guests and Grandparents Day


The links below will take you to the personal invitation as well as the lunch order form.  Please assist your child in delivering this information to their special adult(s) or grandparent(s).  Please fill out the lunch order form and return with payment by Wed., Nov. 2nd.  Remind guests to bring their invitation with them and we can help them locate their student as quickly as possible! 

If you would like to help with our guests that day from 10:30-1:00 please call Jerri Dawn Pulido at 913.485.5835 or email her at


grandparents day invitation

grandparents day order form



Treats Needed!

Dear Bakers and Prairie Families,

The Fall Book Fair is scheduled for Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8.  We are in need of individually wrapped baked items to sell at the Book Fair.  Some ideas are gummy bears (big seller – can get at Costco), gummy worms, puppy chow (big seller), brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or any cookies, etc.  No nuts, peanuts or peanut butter please.  If at all possible, it is a huge help to have each item in a separate bag and priced accordingly.  Pricing should be as follows: 50 cents for a small portion, 75 cents for a good size portion, $1.00 for a specialty item or large portion, etc.  Between .50 and 1.00 is usually what we offer.  This is a 100% profit.  The more the better – we always run out! A lot of kids come through and want treats throughout the day.  Please bring your goodies to the gym either on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 12PM to 2 PM or before school on Monday, Nov. 7.  Thank you so much for whatever you can contribute!!  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Krohn at or 677-7066.




Get Your Raffle Tickets!

Imagine winning an iPad, skiing for 4 at Snow Creek, a two night stay for your family at Great Wolf Lodge, or a Weber Smoker! How you ask?  Buy raffle tickets for one, two or all five of the amazing Prairie Elementary Raffle Baskets. They are all valued at over $500!  You don’t need to be present to win and tickets can be purchased by anyone. You don’t have to attend Prairie to participate in this wonderful event that helps raise money for our school.  The baskets and their contents are listed below.  Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $25 and 15 for $100.  Thanks for your support of Prairie Elementary and your participation in the raffle!

An Apple a Day
Apple iPad 2 and iPad case

Mom’s Holiday
Coach wristlet purse, 1 year People magazine subscription, $75 Bijiin gift certificate, Pinkies Salon haircut and highlight, The Help, Rose Nails pedicure gift card, bottle of Skinny Girl margarita, margarita glasses, and $100 gift card to Nordstroms.

Ultimate Winter Break
Two night stay at Great Wolf Lodge for six, ski passes for four to Snow Creek, four Wonderscope passes, four movie passes, sled, $10 gift card and t-shirt to Foo’s Frozen Custard, and $25 gift card to Blanc Burger

KC BBQ Grill Master
Weber Smokey Mountain Grill/Smoker, 7 piece set of FineLife grill tools, kebob basket, beer can chicken roaster, tongs, sausage tongs, sauce mop, specialty sauces, BBQ rub, branding iron, and $100 gift card to McGonigles meat market, 25 grill themed notecards and recipe cards from the Plaid Pen, Meet Mitch BBQ items.

Culinary Dream
Johnny Cook knife and fork, bamboo cutting board, Julia Child French Cooking cookbook, Berndes fry pan, Berndes sauce pan, spatulas, white porcelain pie dish, $25.00 gift card for gourmet pie from Upper Crust, soup serving bowl and two soup bowls, two harvest kitchen towels, Belgium waffle maker, Lydia’s regional wines of Italy cookbook, 1 year subscription to Taste Bud magazine, and Jennifer Joyce cookbook.


Printable Raffle Ticket Order Form



Trunk or Treat Needs Your Help!

Trunk or Treat is next Wed, 10/26, from 6:30-7:30pm at Prairie.


Trunk or Treat is one of Prairie’s favorite nights of the year.  Costumes and candy…always a great combination!

We need your help to make this event a success. Please bring in bags of candy to help fill the trunks for our kids.  The candy can be sent with the kids in their backpacks or the candy can be dropped in the collection bin in the lobby of Prairie.

We also need trunks…sign up below to decorate your car trunk and pass out candy or trinkets.  We will have a contest for the best decorated car as judged by the 6th Grade Prairie Pride committee. The more cars, the more fun! 

Trunk or Treat Sign Up Form

Thank you for helping make this event a success!

For questions, please contact Laura Perin:

Check Your Inbox




…for your invitation to Prairie’s Auction, Breakin’ Out in the Crossroads, to be held on Friday, Nov. 4th.  The email will provide a link to online ticket purchase.  But if you have any trouble you can visit our Auction News page for more information.

We hope to see you there!