HH 1/21/2022

January 21, 2022   *   Edition 11


Important Dates



24-28 CCS Culture of Care Week
25 Fork + Ale - Dine to Donate
26 Late Start
26 5th Grade Activity Night at Clay


3 Rose & Lois - Dine to Donate
4 Hawks Herald
7-11 National School Counseling Week
9 Late Start
11 Valentine's Day Class Parties
18 Hawks Herald
21 President's Day - No School
21 Hot Box Carmel - Dine to Donate
23 Late Start
23 CCS Presents: Must-Have Social-Emotional
Skills for College and Career Readiness


PTE Winter program!!

Make sure to watch the inaugural version of the Prairie Trace Winter book program, based on the picture book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, with music from the Orff Volumes 1-5, and original compositions/arrangements by Andrew Poticha and the Prairie Trace students. This program includes performances from all 30 classes across the 6 grade levels represented at Prairie Trace. We hope you enjoy the show!


Mark your calendars!

Now that you have the date, help us make the event a success!
Are you able to donate something to the silent auction? The auction is a huge fundraiser at the event and we rely on donations to make it possible. Please contact Jill Kuhfus if you have something to donate.
Do you own a business and are interestsed in a sponsorship?  Sponsors receive the following benefits: 
  • Recognition in the silent auction online catalog starting one week prior to the event
  • Recognition in our social media platforms & newsletters right away
  • Advertisement in PTE's Teacher's Lounge and Lobby
  • Exposure to over 500 families

If you would like to discuss a sponsorship, please contact Lindsay Ohmer or Katie Folkers


Dear PTE Families,

We have had a great start to 2022!  Your children come to school every day ready to learn and engage in their daily activities.  Thank you so much for ensuring that they are getting a great night’s sleep, and they are arriving on time and ready to go each morning.  As parents, you are a critical link to our student success.  Please make sure your child is completing their math home links and reading each night.  If your child does not have a math home link, he or she can always practice math facts for 10 minutes each night.  The more fluent they become with their facts, the better they will be with all future operations.  

As we progress through the winter season, our Lost and Found continues to grow.  If you are missing items, please feel free to come and look for them.  We have winter coats, sweatshirts, plenty of hats, gloves, and mittens.  Let’s get these items back to their owners!  

Each week, I encourage you to check your schedules and update the School Dismissal Manager.  We are unable to process changes after 1:15pm each day, so we need you to put any changes into the system before that time.  In the interest of student safety and security, it is essential that student dismissal instructions are correct by 1:15pm, so dismissal runs smoothly. Thanks for helping us out by making these changes in a timely manner.  

Carmel Clay Schools and Prairie Trace PTO have some fun events coming up in the Spring.  Mark your calendars for Taste of Carmel on March 3rd.  Tickets are already available on the Carmel Education Foundation website.  This is one of our favorite events to attend each year.  The Prairie Trace Parents’ Night Out is scheduled for April 22nd.  I can’t wait to see all of our parents mingling and having a great time together.  Hope you can join us for one or both of these great events that earn money for our awesome students!  

Thanks for all of your support this year!  Our students are wrapping up their NWEA assessments this week, and we can’t wait to see the growth from the year and where we need to continue to grow during this last semester.  

We are better together, 

Mrs. Piper


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help our PTE students dine safely

and comfortably!



We need parents just like you to help us in the cafeteria during lunch time.  As a cafeteria helper, you will help the children find a seat, open their lunch items, get all the extras (think parmesan cheese, ketchup, napkins, and utensils!), and maintain PTE lunch room standards!  ...all while getting to socialize with your kiddos and their friends. (We all love seeing your FB and Instagram selfies!)
This is a way to help out in the school, get to know all of your child's classmates, and interact with the staff at PTE.