The Variety Show is coming…
Are you practicing??
For more information review the Variety Show Dates & Details.
Don’t forget to turn in your permission slip!
The theme for this year’s Variety Show has been chosen:
So start planning now!
The Variety Show is Feb. 11, 2012. Rehearsals are Jan. 28th & Feb. 4th.
More details to come – after Winter Break.
This month the focus is on Healthy Holiday Snacks – let’s try adding a few fun and healthy treats to our Prairie Holiday Parties.
Classroom holiday parties are always a big hit, full of festive crafts, fun games and of course sweet treats. With the ample opportunities children get this season to eat sugary things, let’s also remember to include some healthy treats. The classroom parties provide a nice occasion to expose children to good tasting, fun yet healthy treats. Adding nutritious treats to celebrations can help students develop positive attitudes toward healthy food that will carry into adulthood. And better yet, research shows that kids actually choose the colorful fruit when offered the choice.
Let’s aim for a 50/50 ratio of healthy to sweet treats and keep it fun. Some ideas include holiday colored fruit kabobs (green/red apples or grapes), fruit snowmen, use cookie cutters to make seasonal shapes with cheese, popcorn ball snowmen, apples with yogurt dip, granola/yogurt parfaits, pretzels, chips/salsa and trail mix. Be creative, have fun and enjoy a healthy, happy holiday!
Thank you to Heather Rubesch for snapping these great photos at the assembly this morning. All of the kids really enjoyed the show!
On Friday Dec. 9th at 9:00am there will be an all-school assembly featuring Chinese Acrobats. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend. This presentation is brought to Prairie by the Cultural Arts Committee. If you have any questions feel free to contact Heather Rubesch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!)
Here is WHAT WE NEED:
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.)
Thank you for your generous participation! Please contact Jamee Friedmann (432-6636) or Jen Benjamin (816-392-0099) if you have questions.
Receipts and items that were not picked up at the auction will be available in the office starting Thursday morning.
A few items from the auction are still available to purchase, and several parties still have spots open. Don’t miss out! Visit the Prairie Auction Last Chance page to sign up today!
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 email@example.com or 913.485.5835. Thank you in advance for volunteering to help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.