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January 31, 2020  *  Edition 8

Welcome Back, Mrs. Schipp!

 (photo credit PTE Media Lab)


Winter Event Volunteers!


Thanks to Stephanie Wofford for organizing and creating the event. Thank you to the parent and young adult volunteers who helped with set-up, supervising games, & cleaning up.

Thank you also to the parents who donated treats for the Cake Walk!

Important Dates







  • 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

Donate to the SOUPer Bowl Drive by Mon, Feb. 3

All donations benefit Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank


Spotlight on: Silent Auction and Parents' Night Out

Night Out and Auction Feb 21 from 7 to 10 pm

Did you know the Silent Auction is one of PTE’s BIGGEST fundraisers?  The Money WE RAISE helps provide amazing opportunities for our children:

  • Classroom materials
  • Alternative seating

  • Field trips

  • Schoolwide programs and assemblies

  • Teacher support

  • Technology...and MORE!

Our best silent auction donations come from people we know in the community! That includes you as parents, business owners and service providers. There are several ways you can support the Silent Auction. Read on to find out more.

Silent Auction donations are due Friday, February 7. 

We welcome all types of donations!

Here are a few ideas :

  • Gift cards
  • Favorite things baskets
  • New products
  • Tickets / credit card points
  • Lessons or parties
  • Memorabilia

Be creative! Get your neighbors/book club/euchre group together and create a basket or donate a gift card! 

Please click here to email Jill Kuhfus with any questions and to donate/arrange pick-up.

Grade-Level Basket Donations due TODAY (Fri, Jan 31)!

See below for each grade's category:


Please click here to email Jill Kuhfus with any questions and to donate/arrange pick-up.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Parents' Night Out

PTE Needs Your Support!

Whether you’re a business owner, would like to donate on behalf of your family or work for a company that likes to support local fundraisers (or match your donation!), we would love to hear from you! You can sponsor student activities at Prairie Trace while promoting your products and services during Prairie Trace’s Parent's Night Out (PNO) taking place on Friday, February 21, 2020!

Sponsorship packages range from $100 to $500. Some include free tickets to PNO! All sponsorships are tax deductible and include advertisements on our Silent Auction website and at our PNO event.  Please consider supporting PTE through a sponsorship! Click the link below for more information, or click here to email Robin Trzesniewski of our sponsorship team.

Click here for details on our Corporate/Family Sponsorship Packages

Parents' Night Out is Friday, Feb. 21!

Book your favorite babysitter and get ready for a night out celebrating PTE!

@ Matt the Miller’s (7-10 pm)


Enjoy a casual evening of light snacks, libations, camaraderie & a photographer to document the night. This is a great time to meet new friends, catch up with old ones and peruse Silent Auction items all while supporting and celebrating PTE!

Discounted tickets are on sale now through Friday, February 14:

  • $20.50/single, $41/couple
  • (Teachers/Staff discounted tickets are $10.25/single, $20.50/couple).
  • Full-price tickets can be purchased at the PNO event via cash or check ONLY: $25/single, $50/couple (Teachers/Staff full-price tickets are $15/single, $30/couple).

purchase tickets and register for Auction here!

Bidding is available on your smartphone, tablet or computer. To bid, you MUST register. If you purchase PNO tickets online, you will automatically be registered in the Silent Auction.  Once registered, you will receive a text message with a link. When the auction is live you will be able to bid, see photos, read descriptions, and set up automated bidding.  For any questions on PNO or Silent Auction, please click here to contact Jill Kuhfus.

Girls on the Run: Starting at End of February!

Now Registering 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls 

Girls on the Run is an after-school program that meets twice per week for 10 weeks. Girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills.  The season ends with a noncompetitive 5k event.  

Register Today for GIRLS ON THE RUN!


Sensory-Friendly Skate Day


PTE Spirit Day: Brunch Buffet on Feb. 9!


math school supplies

2020 M.A.T.H. Bowl Team Tryouts on Feb. 25

Calling all 4th and 5th graders who like math.  It’s time to try out for the 2020 M.A.T.H. Bowl Team.  Tryouts will be Tuesday, February 25  after school until 3:30 pm in Mrs. Awe’s room.  There is no preparation for trying out, but you must sign up; you will be given a short test.  The Top 20 scores will make the team. 

Team practices will be after school 1-2 times per week with the final competition taking place Tuesday, April 14 at 5 pm.  To sign up for try outs, please use the following link:

Sign up for M.A.T.H. Bowl Team Tryouts

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

Box Tops App Contest February 3 - 10


Box Tops for Education

The winter Box Tops contest will run February 3-10. The class that collects the most will earn a popcorn party! Please submit non-expired traditional Box Tops using the form that will be provided. Electronic Box Tops may be earned for Prairie Trace using the free Box Tops for Education app. Instructions on how to download can be accessed by clicking the link below.


Box Tops App Instructions



Save the Date for Class Valentine's Day Parties!

Friday, February 14 from 1:30 to 2:30

5th Grade Event at Urban Air on February 4

Don't forget--the next 5th Grade Event is at Urban Air on Tuesday, Feb 4 from 4 - 6pm.  

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. We will be working on the show Thursday afternoons after school.

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 in helping or could lend us a blacklight, please sign up using the link below or please click here to email Mrs. Carnahan.

Yes, I'd like to help with the Art Show!

Tips for Fighting Germs at School


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


Now Hiring Food Service Staff for Carmel Schools

Carmel Clay Food & Nutritional Services is hiring Food Service staff to work in our school cafeterias.  Currently, we have several 4-6 hour positions and substitute positions available.  This position pays $13.29/hour.

  • If interested, please click here to submit your application.  
  • Click here to review the job description.

Thank you for your interest in employment with Carmel Clay Schools!

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