February 23, 2024

Important Dates



26 - March 1 CCS Culture of Care Week
27 Spring Picture Day  


6 Late Start
8 Hawks Herald
15 Kids Invite Someone Special -
Last Name A - L, 7am PTE cafeteria
15 PTE Dance Marathon
20 Late Start
22 Kids Invite Someone Special -
Last Name M - Z, 7am PTE cafeteria

Hawks Herald

24 Indy Fuel PTE Spirit Night
26 PTE Parent Information Meeting, 6:30pm

Make sure to bookmark this site so you always have the latest dates of things happening around Prairie Trace!

pte calendar

kids invite someone special!

Prairie Trace will be hosting a morning event named Kids Invite Someone Special (KISS). Students can invite one person to join them for pastries in the morning before school starts. 

Students with last names A-L will attend the 3/15 event, and last names M-Z will attend the 3/22 event. This event will take place before school (7am-7:30am) in our cafeteria. 

Due to space constraints, we will be capping the event at 200 students on each date, and students are permitted to bring ONE ADULT ONLY. This event is for PTE students only, siblings will not be permitted. Once we have reached capacity, we will close the Google form. The deadline to RSVP is March 1st. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to the deadline, and you will not be admitted if you do not RSVP. We strongly encourage walking/biking to the event, as parking will be limited. We ask that you park in our back parking lot and enter through Door 4 for this event.

Please be patient and use caution when arriving/leaving for the event, as it will coincide with the arrival of buses, carpool and walkers.

Please complete one of the forms below to RSVP to the KISS event. If you have multiple students, please fill out one form per student.

RSVP to March 15 - Last Name A - L
RSVP to March 22 - Last Name M - Z

Reminders from the nurses office

all Parents:

Just a reminder that if you child has a fever of 100.4 or greater, they need to stay home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If their temperature is below that threshold for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving they should return to school. Please call the nurses office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's illness.

Parents of current 5th Grade Students:

A reminder regarding incoming 6th grade immunizations...Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician to have their 6th grade immunizations. Please email or drop off a copy of your child's updated vaccination record after their appointment. We can then update their record in PowerSchool so that they will be up to date for 6th grade.

Thank you!

Save the date!

Make sure to join us for PTE Night at the Indy Fuel game on Sunday, March 24th. Every ticket purchased will give $5 back to PTE and all kids eat free! Kids 12 and under will receive a meal voucher. Get your tickets now! All PTE families will be sat together in the Center Terrace Level.

get your tickets here

Are you listed in the PTE directory?

This year, PTE is using DirectorySpot to power our school directory. You need to complete a form if you want your family's information in the directory. Check your email or contact ptoprairietrace@gmail.com for more information.  

Culture of Care Week

Take a look at the COOL spirit days next week! 

volunteers needed!

Volunteers are needed to help the PTE front office with spring picture day on Tuesday, February 27.  If you can help, please sign up here: 

sign up here to volunteer

save the date for pte pto parents night out! 

More information coming soon! 

join us for the international festival! 

Please plan to join us on April 19, 2024 and share your family's culture and traditions with all of PTE. Please visit the link below to see all about the event and sign up to participate and have a table or booth. You don't need to sign up to attend. 

sign up here to have a booth or table!

Don't miss the Carmel Education Foundation fundraiser, Taste of Carmel! Get your tickets at TASTEOFCARMELINDIANA.COM.






Dear Wonderful PTE Families,

As we embrace the month of February, I am excited to connect with you all and share some important insights and strategies that will contribute to the success and well-being of our students. At our school, we are committed to fostering a culture of care, where every child feels valued, supported, and empowered to thrive. Next week, Carmel Clay Schools will take part in Culture of Care week. Each day, we will celebrate our talents and unique attributes we bring to our school. We will celebrate each day with a special spirit day:

  • Monday:  It’s COOL to be Me!  Wear something to express your unique self.

  • Tuesday:  Yeti or Not, Here I come!  Wear bright colors to represent your bright future or dress as your future career. Mayor Finkam is even coming to PTE to help us celebrate our bright futures!  

  • Wednesday: Snow time for negativity! Wear white to white out negative thoughts. 

  • Thursday:  It’s ICE to be a Prairie Trace Hawk! Wear school spirit wear/grade level shirts! We will also have a leadership convocation!

  • Friday: Carmel Culture of Care: The Best is Yeti to Come! Wear blue and gold to support the community of Carmel!  

At the heart of our school community is a deep commitment to creating a nurturing and inclusive environment where every student feels safe, respected, and supported. We believe that when students feel a sense of belonging and connection, they are better able to engage in learning and reach their full potential. As partners in this journey, your ongoing support and involvement play a crucial role in nurturing this culture of care.  As we celebrate the culture of care at school, we will be focusing on having a growth mindset. Think about ways you can work on this at home with your child too. They may not be able to do it yet, but they will at some point with practice and patience!  

IREAD 3 is coming up for our third grade students! I was honored to go to the State House last week to accept an award for our IREAD 3 achievements last year as over 95% of our current 4th graders passed the assessment last year. The state’s goal is to have over 95% passing.   Effective test-taking skills are essential for academic success, and we want to empower our students with the tools and strategies they need to excel. Our students have been working hard on the essential standards here at school.  Here are some simple, yet effective test-taking strategies that you can reinforce at home:

  • Encourage Preparation: Help your child establish a consistent homework routine and create a designated study space free from distractions. Read to them or have them read to you. Practice their math facts with them.  

  • Teach Time Management: Encourage your child to pace themselves during tests and allocate time wisely to ensure they have ample opportunity to answer all questions.

  • Promote Positive Self-Talk: Encourage your child to adopt a positive mindset and remind them that their worth is not defined by their test scores. Encourage them to focus on their efforts and progress.

  • Model Stress Management: Model healthy coping mechanisms for managing stress and anxiety, such as deep breathing exercises or taking short breaks during study sessions.

  • Celebrate Effort: Celebrate your child's hard work and effort, regardless of the outcome. Emphasize the importance of learning and growth over perfection.

As we approach the end of the grading period, our teachers are diligently preparing report cards to provide you with valuable insights into your child's progress and achievements. This is also a time for reflection and goal-setting as we work together to support your child's continued growth and development. I encourage you to review your child's report card together, celebrate their accomplishments, and identify areas where they may need additional support.

As your principal, I am committed to fostering a school culture where every student feels empowered to reach their full potential. I am here to support you and your child every step of the way, and I welcome your feedback and insights as we work together to create a positive and enriching learning environment for all. Insight is our skill for success we are celebrating this month, and I value your insight as well. Reach out if you need anything or ever want to share new ideas!  

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in your child's education. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our students.

Warm Regards,

Kim Piper 
Prairie Trace Elementary School Principal

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