September 8, 2023

Important Dates


11 Race to Prairie Trace Kick Off!
12 General PTO Meeting, 6:00pm
Head Room Parent Meeting, 6:45pm 
12 Crafters - Dine to Donate
13 Lou Malnati's - Dine to Donate
18 - 22 CCS Spirit Week!
19 Crafters - Dine to Donate
20 Late Start
20 Race to Prairie Trace Event Day!!
22 Hawks Herald
26 Crafters - Dine to Donate
29 PTE Fall Tailgate, 5:30pm

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

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All PTE parents are invited to the
General PTO Meeting

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: PTE Cafeteria
Topics: The PTO will give an overview of their organization and discuss upcoming events. 
Mrs. Piper and Officer Harris will be speaking about safety measures in place at PTE as well as Carmel Clay Schools. 


the race to prairie trace is on!

In just a few days until we kick off our Race to Prairie Trace Fundraising Campaign! You can get a head start by registering your student and donating TODAY to help our school. If we can reach 75% registration by September 13, EVERY student gets a Dude Perfect Mystery Collectible Keychain! At 96% registration, the whole school earns a pajama day! Registering is FREE & EASY!

Once on, you’ll be able to use cool features like the Student Star Video featuring Dude Perfect and share your donation page to earn entries into the Disney Family Trip Giveaway.

Head to MYBOOSTER.COM now to register, share, and give. Thank you for your support!

register for the race to prairie trace today!

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Dear Prairie Trace Families, 

We hope this newsletter finds you well and that your child is settling into the new year!  As we embrace the fall season, we want to share some important updates and insights with you. 

Fundraiser Update:  Race to Prairie Tracer - We are Change Makers! 

Our annual fundraiser is kicking off on Monday, and we are thrilled by the support and enthusiasm we have already received from our school community.  The funds raised through this initiative play a crucial role in enhancing the educational experience for our students.  With your contributions, we can provide resources, programs, and opportunities that enrich their learning journey.  

The importance of this fundraiser cannot be overstated, as it directly impacts our ability to:

  • Enhance Classroom Resources:  Your contributions allow us to invest in the latest educational materials, technology, and resources that empower our teachers to create engaging and dynamic lessons. 

  • Expand Extracurricular Activities:  We can offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, from Chat N Chews to Chess Club, to Fall Tailgate, to different evening events that provide students with opportunities to explore interests and talents.  

  • Support Professional Development:  Our dedicated educators benefit from ongoing training and development, ensuring that they stay at the forefront of best practices in education. 

Every donation, big or small, brings us closer to achieving these goals.  We encourage you to participate in our fundraiser and spread the word among family and friends.  We want to see if we can get all 50 states represented (we have 21!) and even more countries (we have 3!)!  Together, we can make a significant impact on the quality of education we provide our students.  

Importance of Reading at Home

One of the most impactful ways to support your child’s academic growth is by fostering a love of reading.  Reading at home not only strengthens literacy skills but also nurtures a lifelong love of learning.  Here are some tips on how to encourage reading at home: 

  • Set a Reading Routine:  Designate a specific time each day for reading, whether it’s before bedtime, after school, or during weekends.  Consistency is key.  

  • Create a Reading Nook:  Design a cozy reading corner in your home with comfortable seating, good lighting, and a variety of books. 

  • Lead by Example:  Let your children see you reading for pleasure.  Be a reading role model to inspire them.  

  • Visit the Library:  Make regular trips to the local library to discover new books and participate in reading programs.  

  • Discuss Books:  Engage in conversations about the books your child is reading.  Ask about their favorite characters, plot twists, and what they’ve learned from the story.  

  • Celebrate Achievements:  Set reading goals and celebrate your child’s accomplishments, whether it’s finishing a challenging book or reading for a certain amount of time.  

Remember that reading is not just about academics; it’s about opening doors to new worlds, sparking imagination, and fostering a lifelong love of learning.  

Thank you for your continued support, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Together, we can make this school year a remarkable journey of growth and learning for our children.  


Kim Piper 

It’s never too late to be a Girl Scout!

If you are in grade K-12, kickstart your Girl Scout journey and explore the exciting possibilities ahead on September 11 at 6:00 pm in Lawrence W. Inlow Park, or on September 14 at 6:00 pm in West Park for our 'Explore the Outdoors' Sign up Event. We’ll see you there! If you can’t make it or have any questions, contact Whitney at

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