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January 17, 2020  *  Edition 7

Special Announcement from Mrs. Kim Brown, Interim Principal

Great News PTE families! Your beloved, courageous and fun-loving principal, Mrs. Schipp, will be returning Monday, January 27.  I’m not sure who will be more excited that day, Mrs. Schipp or the children.


Prairie Trace is such a happy and healthy school and I’m grateful for the time I’ve been able to serve PTE.  Amazing Staff, you all have been welcoming, patient and kind. Families, your gratefulness and encouraging words have been heartwarming. Students, your high fives, hugs and hellos always made my day. I wish nothing but the BEST for all of you in the days ahead.


Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Kim Brown

BIG THANKS to our 2019 PTE Volunteers!

Book Fair Volunteers! 

thank you book fair volunteers

Winter Fun Event is Friday, January 24!


Parent Volunteers Needed for Winter Event


We are looking for parent volunteers to oversee the student volunteers at the Winter Event.

Volunteer for the Winter Event


Sign up to Donate Store-Bought Cake or Candy for the Cake Walk



New Families Gathering on January 23

Is your family new to Prairie Trace this year or are you a Prairie Trace “veteran” who can come alongside new families for support?  The PTO New Families committee is hosting a morning gathering for ALL new families at our local Starbucks (131st and Hazel Dell) on Thursday, January 23 from 9:30-11 a.m. Stop in any time to meet and mingle with other Prairie Trace parents. Refreshments and snacks are included courtesy of the PTO.  If you are interested in attending or would like more details, please click here to email Belvia Gray and Julie Trump.

Order Yearbooks Today!

Yearbooks order online order now

It's time to order your Prairie Trace Yearbooks! We are now accepting orders for the 2019-2020 PTE Yearbook, designed and created by our own PTE Yearbook Club. The deadline to order is Friday, March 6. Yearbooks are $18 each and will be delivered in May.

Be sure to order yours today! Questions? Email Karen Wolf.

Orders can be placed online ONLY via the link below. Enter the code 43118Z

Yearbook Order Form

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Open!

kindergarten enrollment picture with children

Parents/guardians are encouraged to have students enrolled by Friday, March 6, 2020. Students must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2020 to start kindergarten in August 2020. 

Instructions on how to register can be found by clicking on our enrollment page.

The online registration form can be accessed here:

Kindergarten Registration Form


Important Dates



  • thurs, jan 23: new families gathering @ starbucks

  • fri, jan 24: winter fun event @ pte, 6-8pm







  • TUES, FEB 4: 5th Grade Event @ Urban Air

  • FRI, feb 21: parents night out / silent auction


  • fri, MARCH 6: yearbooks order deadline

  • fri, MARCH 6: Kindergarten registration deadline

Save the Date: Feb. 21 is the PTO Parents Night Out / Silent Auction!

Mark your calendars and plan for childcare now in advance of our annual parents-only fundraiser! Ticket purchase will be available soon; be sure to stay tuned for updates.

Donation Requests for Silent Auction: Many Ways to Help!


Event Support: Our event volunteers are hard at work behind the scenes preparing for the Parent's Night Out and Silent Auction on February 21 Interested in helping out before the event or on the day of? Jill Kuhfus would love to hear from you! Email her at jill.kuhfus@gmail.com.

Donate Items for Themed Baskets: Each grade level will be doing a themed basket for the silent auction this year. Be on the lookout for grade-level-themed basket donation requests from your class room parents.

Volunteer Your Business: Perhaps you're a professional photographer or collector of beautiful artwork. If you have professional services or unique items that you'd be interested in potentially donating to the silent auction, Jill would love to hear from you, too!

Box Tops App Contest February 3 - 7

Box Tops for Education
We will be having a contest to get our PTE families using the Box Tops App. One lucky student whose parents download the app and take a screen shot of their scanned receipt with earnings and email it to ptoprairietrace@gmail.com will be entered into a drawing to have lunch with Principal Schipp and Asst. Principal Mr. Reid.
Instructions on how to download can be accessed by clicking the link below. Students can still bring in clipped box tops and turn in at school!

Join 5th Grade Art Club

Art Club is for students who would like to create extra art. In Art Club, we try to use a few materials that we can't normally get to during the school year. I like to do at least one collaborative project or commissioned project. I also like to introduce some unconventional artists that help us think "outside the box" when it comes to art.

The Art Club for Spring Semester will start on Wednesday, January 29. The signup form is now available on Canvas and through the link below.


  • 12 meetings beginning Jan. 29
  • Meets after school on Wednesdays 2:30pm to 3:55pm
  • $25 to participate (for supplies)
  • Due to limited space, enrollment is limited to the first 25 students to sign up. The link will not work if it is full. Parents will be notified once it is full.
  • Note: Please do not sign up if you have more than 2 scheduling conflicts during these meeting times.

If you have questions, please email Catherine Carnahan

Register for Art Club

5th Grade Event at Urban Air on February 4

Save the date for the next 5th Grade Event at Urban Air, Tuesday, Feb 4 from 4 - 6pm.  Look for an email soon with registration details.  

Tickets $30 purchase by Jan 26th Includes pizza, drinks, and socks

Parent Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Art Show

Mrs. Carnahan is requesting help from parents to organize and set up the schoolwide Art Show on March 11.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Label and mat student artwork
  • Set up on day of Art Show 
  • Lead organization and advertising
  • Lend blacklights to be used the night of the show

If you are interested or could lend us a blacklight, please click here to email Mrs. Carnahan.

Sign up now to volunteer in January! Click the tabs below to learn how you can volunteer--and how to help raise money for PTE.