HH 3/18/2022

March 18, 2022   *   Edition 15


Important Dates



18 Support Staff of the Year nominations due
21-24 Crafters Pizza - Dine to Donate
22 CFD Visit for Kindergarten
23 Late Start
23 4th Grade Author Visit - Tom Watson
23 5th Grade Event - Urban Air, 4-6 pm
28-April 1 Kindness Week
29 General PTO Meeting
29 Pups Running Registration deadline
30 4th Grade Field Trip - Planetarium
31 2nd Grade Mini Mart
31 4th Grade Wax Museum



1 Corporate Partners Contest entries due


No School - Spring Break!
11-15 National Library Week
12 Math Bowl
13 Late Start
15 Hawks Herald
15 4th Grade Field Trip - Indiana State Museum
19 - May 3 ILEARN - 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades
19 CCS Presents: Social & Emotional
Growth in Middle School
22 Parent's Night Out & Silent Auction
at Prairie View Golf Club
27 Late Start
27 Administrative Professionals Day
29 Hawks Herald
29 Pink for Pulley Celebration

5th grade event at urban air

We need chaperones for the 5th grade event at Urban Air on March 23 from 3:45-6:15 pm. Please sign up if you can help check-in/check-out students and supervise. You must have a current criminal history check on file with CCS. Thank you for helping us make this a great event!

i want to be a chaperone

And don't forget to register for this fun event!! Cost is $23 (includes admission, socks, food/drink). Please submit your registration via the Google form. Make sure you follow the link in part 2 of the form to submit your Urban Air waiver & then come back to the original form and submit! Payment can be made online: https://one.bidpal.net/urbanair/welcome

register for urban air event

Questions? Email: julietrump@gmail.com

pups running!

Attention all 4th and 5th graders! Pup Running Spring Track season is now open for registration! Visit www.puprunning.org to sign up! PTE practices will be held after school on Mondays and Thursday, starting after Spring break. Deadline to register is March 29th.

First page of the PDF file: PupRunningXC2022Flyer-JulieTrump

5th grade author visits - buy the book!

All the 5th graders met via Zoom with author Rob Harrell this week. PTE has collaborated with local bookstore Kid’s Ink and are offering students an opportunity to purchase books written by Rob Harrell. Each book that is purchased will be autographed after our school author visit. To order a book, fill out the order form and return to PTE by Monday, March 21, 2022.

You can learn more about Rob and his books at https://robharrell.com

order books from
rob harrell

kindergarten author visits - buy the book!

All the Kindergarten classes met Rob Wiggz is the author of, Good Veggie, Bad Veggie, I Hate All Veggies, a children’s picture book promoting and encouraging reading, nutrition, and vegetable intake for children. If you would like to order a book, please fill out form and return it with payment to your child’s teacher no later than Tuesday, March 22, 2022. You may also make an electronic payment via Zelle, PayPal, CashApp.

Learn more about Rob Wiggz at www.wiggzworks.com.

order books from
rob wiggz

Join us on May 9th and bring the grandparents and grand friends to celebrate a Fine Arts Night, from 6-7:30pm! You will also get to see what the kids are Learning in STEM!

summer meals program donations needed

Summer break can be a difficult time for students and families who receive free/reduced lunch; In Hamilton county alone, 1 in 7 kids are food insecure.  To assure that these families are receiving adequate food resources during this time, Carmel Youth Assistance started the summer lunch program in 2017.  The program is grass roots funded, meaning that they rely entirely upon donations from the community to cover the $20,000 + dollars needed to sustain the program each year. The summer lunch program serves CCS students and families, and we want to do what we can as a school and CCS family to sustain such an integral program within our community.

make a donation

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PTO meeting - MARCH 29 AT 6PM

Did you know that if your child attends PTE that you are automatically a member of the PTO?! We'd like to invite all PTE parents/caregivers to the spring PTO meeting on March 29 at 6:00 pm in the gym. Officer Harris will discuss digital/internet safety for elementary students. The PTO executive board will discuss upcoming events, open PTO positions for next year, and our new fundraiser for the fall -- Boosterthon. The CCS Food Service team has a brief presentation to share as well. Questions/concerns - email Angie Dodson.

Mark your calendars!

Now that you have the date, help us make the event a success!
Are you able to donate something (gift card, gift basket, etc) to the silent auction? The auction is a huge fundraiser for Prairie Trace, and we rely on donations to make it possible. Please complete this form and email it to Jill Kuhfus or Angie Dodson. We appreciate your support!

Interested in more than donating a good or service? Want additional marketing, advertising and recognition for your business throughout the Prairie Trace Elementary community? Consider SPONSORING our event!  To learn more about sponsorships, click here. Ready to sponsor or have questions - please contact Lindsay Ohmer or Katie Folkers

Silent Auction Tips | The Ultimate Fundraiser Blog

For Parents' Night Out, each grade puts together a basket for the silent auction. Below are the links to each grade's sign up genius for their Silent Auction Baskets. Each link has more information about what is included in the basket. Check our your grade below!

First Grade 

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade 

join the pto for the 2022-2023 school year!

It’s hard to believe we are beginning to look ahead and plan for the 2022-2023 school year! Throughout the year, the PTE PTO utilizes over 50 parents/guardians to fill its Executive Board & General Board Director positions. Without volunteers, the amazing offerings at PTE are just not possible. Please consider taking on a leadership role in the PTO by signing up to learn more about the positions summarized in the link below. We are beyond grateful for the support shown this year, and we want to thank you for investing in our school and its students. Of note - submitting this form does NOT commit you to a Director's position for next year. It just means that you are interested in learning more. (Call out for general volunteers will be in the Fall of 2022). Please let us know you are interested by Monday, April 11, 2022.

i want to help out the pto

support staff of the year awards

Each year we recognize members of our Classified Staff who go beyond the normal expectations of their job description, resulting in outstanding support for our students and school community. We are now seeking nominations for our Support Staff of the Year Awards.

We will select a Support Staff Member for each of our school buildings, plus Transportation, Educare, Food Service and ESC. Then from these nominations we will select one overall winner.

Please take time to nominate anyone from our support staff categories, including: custodial services, transportation, food service, technology, maintenance, administrative assistants, finance, instructional assistants, nurses, etc.

Anyone from the CCS Community can submit a  nomination through Friday, March 18.

submit your nomination

Apricot Sun Dine to donate

Support a local PTE family's business and get your hands on some healthy treats for your family...win-win!

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crafter's pizza dine to donate

Join us at Crafter's Pizza and Drafthouse between Monday, March 21 and Thursday, March 24 for dinner and to cheer on your favorite basketball teams and 15% of your purchase will be donated back to PTE!

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Dear PTE Families,


I can’t believe we are in the fourth grading period. March Madness is here! We are finally experiencing rising spring temperatures outside and we are entering our last lap of the year. Help us finish strongly this year by encouraging your child to read at home each night and really focus until the end. We want all of our students to be engaged in their lessons each day and have fun with their teachers and classmates!  

Our students and staff had a fun spirit week with the culminating activity being our own version of Dance Marathon for Riley Children’s Hospital!  Thank you for all of your support and financial donations. Our students were very proud of our accomplishments and donations today - and their dance moves looked great too! 

Our third graders did a wonderful job last week on their IREAD assessments. Following Spring Break, our students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be taking ILEARN.  This will be taking place from April 19th through May 3rd in the mornings.  Please plan all appointments accordingly, so your students do not miss their sessions with their teachers.  

If you have a future Kindergarten student or neighbors with children who will be in kindergarten next year, please encourage them to enroll as soon as possible. We like to have students enrolled in the spring, so we can determine staffing for the following year. We will also be holding kindergarten screeners on May 3rd and 4th, and we like to have all of our future students participate. Please help us spread the word around your neighborhoods! 

Just a final reminder for our families who have walkers or carpool - please do not pull into the bus parking lot in the afternoon until the buses and walkers have exited the parking lot. Safety is our top priority, and we want to make sure that all students can safely exit without worrying about cars pulling in. Thanks for helping us with this! 

Take a look at some of the wonderful activities planned for the next few weeks:

  • Report cards go out next week.  Review and call/email your teachers if you have any questions. 

  • Dine to Donate is at Crafters from March 21-24th.  Take a night off from cooking and support PTE! 

  • Our Kindergarten students will have Carmel firefighters present to them on Tuesday, March 22nd. The focus of the presentation will be to teach students about fire safety and to learn what to do in the event of a fire.  

  • Our students in first through fourth grade will have a visiting author on March 23rd.  Tom Watson will be here to speak to the students about his book series and work with the students on the creation of both text and illustrations.  Thank you to our PTO to help fund our visiting authors.  

  • Fifth Grade will have another fun experience at Urban Air on March 23rd from 4-6pm!  

  • Kindness Week will be March 28th through March 31st.  Our students will be encouraged to complete different acts of kindness throughout the week.  This is great to carry into your homes too! 

  • Some of our 4th grade students will visit the Planetarium on March 30th.  I know they will enjoy viewing and learning about the constellations.  

  • We already saw the first round of our Famous Hoosiers in a Wax Museum last week as some of the 4th graders presented for classmates and parents.  The rest of the 4th grade crew will present their Famous Hoosiers on March 31st!  .

  • Second graders will hold their Mini Mart on March 31st as well.  We can’t wait to see the awesome products they create and sell. 

  • Spring Break is from April 1st through April 8th.  Our first day back together will be April 11th, and we start ILEARN this week!  

  • Good luck to our Math Bowl team who will compete on April 12th!  

  • We have a late start on April 13th! 

  • Fourth graders will be taking a field trip to the State Museum on April 15th as a learning experience to enhance their Indiana History studies this year! 

Wow - what amazing opportunities our students get to experience!  I’m so proud to be a part of the Prairie Trace community! 

PTE Proud, 

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.