December 15, 2023

Important Dates


18 - 22 Jingle Jog
22 Winter Break Begins - No School


9 School Resumes - First day back
10 Late Start
11 Head Room Parent Meeting - 6pm
12 Hawks Herald
15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
17 PTE 5th Grade Night at Clay Middle School
24 Late Start
24 Noble Roman's - Dine to Donate
26 Hawks Herald

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

pte calendar

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 for more information.  


'Tis the season! Students will be participatng in a short run or walk around the track with jingles on their feet to honor those in need this holiday season. A $1 - $5 donation to Riley Children's Hospital is encouraged. 


help us stock the clinic!

The nurses are asking for help to stock the clinic with extra clothes for times when kids need a change during the school day. Check the wish list below and please donate as you can.

check out the clinic wish list 

are you missing anything? 

Make sure to check the lost and found the next time you are at PTE. Non-claimed lost and found items will be donated during Winter Break.

Fifth Grade Families - Save the Date

Wednesday, January 17th is PTE Night at Clay Middle School. Student drop off is a 4:45pm for pizza, a building tour, and Q&A. Then students will attend the 8th grade basketball game with pick up at 6:30pm. Mark your calendars! 

Holiday Lights Recycling

If you have old holiday lights that need to be thrown out, why not recycle them? Each strand is almost 100% recyclable. Drop off your old lights at White's Ace Hardware at 731 South Rangeline Road through January 11th! 

vaccination reminder!

5th Grade Parents!! I know it's hard to believe, but we need to started thinking about getting ready for middle school. Here is a friendly reminder to please schedule your student's appointment for their required vaccinations before entering into middle school. All students entering into the 6th grade will need one MCV4 (meningococcal) and one Tdap vaccination. If your student has already received these, please provide a copy of their records or email us so that we can look them up in CHIRP and document them in Power School. Please call us in the clinic if you have any questions. thank you! -- Michelle Soucie and Kathy Guevara  

join us for PTE's 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. 

sign up here to participate!






Dear Prairie Trace Parents and Guardians,

As we approach the much-anticipated winter break, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible achievements and moments of growth we've experienced together during the first semester. It has been a joy to witness the enthusiasm and dedication of our students, teachers, and staff members in creating a positive learning environment at Prairie Trace.

Our students have excelled in various academic and extracurricular activities, and their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Whether it's in the classroom, on the stage, or in after school clubs, our students continue to demonstrate excellence, creativity, and resilience. Mrs. Browne and I have been meeting with every teacher to discuss NWEA scores, and we have seen some great growth for our students. Continue to read at home each night with your child and work on their math facts each night. As our students become more fluent, they also become more confident with the new skills. 

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our amazing teachers and staff for their unwavering commitment to providing quality education and support to our students. Your dedication does not go unnoticed, and it is truly the cornerstone of our school's success. Please take some time over break to have your child write a letter or card of appreciation to the staff member that they can rely on throughout their days. This will make their days when they return from winter break! 

As we prepare to enter the winter break, I encourage all families to take this time to relax, recharge, and enjoy quality time together. Winter break is an opportunity for our students to rest and rejuvenate, setting the stage for a successful second semester. Read some good books, watch some fun movies, and simply be present with your child. I just heard a podcast yesterday that was a good reminder for me - every time your child sees you with a phone in your hand, they are reminded that they are not the most important thing to you. Take that time to cherish the small moments (without technology) with your child over break. 

Please be reminded of the following important dates:

  • Last Day of School Before Winter Break: December 22 

  • First Day Back to School: January 9 

Please review the carpool expectations, especially as the weather gets cooler and more students are in the morning line.  

  • Carpool (AM) Reminder- Please take advantage of our early drop off hours on regular school days starting at 7:15am and on late starts at 7:55am. This is extremely helpful to our carpool line, as we typically have an increase of carpool riders when the weather is cold. It allows for our line to continuously flow instead of backing up. In addition to that, we close our carpool line at 7:40am. If you pull into our lot at or after 7:40am, you are expected to park and walk your student in to allow them to get to class in a timely manner - do not drop your student off if an adult is not at the front door. 

Mark your calendars for the fun events we have planned for the second semester!  We are looking forward to continuing our journey of learning and growth together.

On behalf of the entire Prairie Trace family, I wish you all a joyful holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and memorable moments. Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for an amazing second semester.

Warm regards,

Kim Piper 

Support our fundraiser!

Mabel’s Labels Holiday Collection has launched! Everything from ornaments to gift tags and holiday labels! It’s an excellent time to support our holiday shop, and grow funds for Prairie Trace! Shop here! 

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