HH 4/29/2022

April 29, 2022   *   Edition 18


Important Dates



19 - May 3 ILEARN - 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades



2 - 6    Teacher Apprecation Week
3 CCS Presents: Introduction to Conscious
Discipline for Upcoming Kindergarten Caretakers
3 - 4 Kindergarten Screening
4 Bike to School Day
4 5th Grade Performance, 6:30pm
4 Dine to Donate: Noble Roman's
9                           Fine Arts Night & Grandparents / Grandfriends Event (6:00 - 7:30pm)
9 - 13       Spring Book Fair
11 National School Nurses Day
11 Late Start
13 Hawks Herald
13 All Media Center books due back!
13 Hoosier Hysteria
16 - 20 Game Drive
16 - 20 National Police Week
17 - 19 Field Days
18 Dine to Donate: Tropical Sno
20 Kindy 500
25 Last Day of School!!
25 5th Grade Graduation
25 5th Grade End of Year Party at Northview (5:30 - 7:30pm)

bike to school day - may 4th

Volunteers are needed for Bike to School Day on May 4 from 7:10-7:45 am. Volunteers will assist with crowd control and passing out food/drinks. All volunteers must have a current Criminal History Check on file with CCS. 

Sign up here to volunteer! 

be an exam proctor

This year we have more than 2,000 students taking almost 4,000 exams and we are in need of proctors! Even if you can only help out with 1 or 2 exams, we still need you!

AP Exams take place May 2 - 20. We are looking for proctors for each exam; proctors will be paid an hourly rate of $13-$15. (Proctors can also choose to volunteer instead if they’d prefer.) Shifts are approximately 4-5 hours and there will be morning and afternoon opportunities available. Parents are not able to proctor any exam their own child is taking, but can proctor any other exams.

If you are interested, please contact Tricia McGuire at tmcguire@ccs.k12.in.us with your name, phone number, and email. Additional information, including dates and times, will follow that email.

If you have additional questions, please contact Valerie Piehl, Assistant Principal, at vpiehl@ccs.k12.in.us.

spring book Fair coming soon!

Prairie Trace Elementary PTO is excited to be hosting a Scholastic Spring Book Fair! This is a great way for students to build their summer home libraries while supporting our school.

The Book Fair will take place May 9 - 13 inside the Media Center. Students will shop during their Media Center and STEM classes.

Please note the Book Fair will also be open Monday, May 9 from 6:00 to 7:30pm during the Fine Arts and Grandparents/Grand-friends event!

Students may pay with cash, check, or credit card (no taxes will be added in this fair!). In addition, Scholastic offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family to contribute so your child can shop the fair! Unused funds may be spent at the Scholastic Online Store after the fair ends. Online orders ship directly to your home, with free shipping for orders over $25.

*Students who purchase a book from a teacher’s “Wish List” box will receive a free sucker, while supplies last – a great way to say thank you to your teachers!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet 

volunteer for the
book fair 


notes from the nurse

Please plan to make an appointment for your student's 6th grade immunizations if you have not done so already. They will need both MCV4 (Meningococcal) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) prior to entering 6th grade. Exclusions would begin 20 days after school starts, so get a jump on this now!

dine to donate - noble romans

As the end of the school year nears and schedules keep getting crazier, keep dinner simple and support PTE at the same time! Head to the Fishers Noble Roman's Pizza on Wednesday, May 4th and get dinner to go. 15% of all sales will be donated back to our school!


help stock the clinic!

Our amazing school nurses are in need of new and gently used clothing items and shoes in order to fully stock the clinic. Please take a look at the items listed below and consider donating - every little bit helps! A donation bin will be placed in the front lobby; you may either drop the donation off or send the donation in with your child. Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

sign up here

pto directors still needed!

We still need 5-7 PTO Directors for next year! We cannot do our fun events without volunteers -- please consider taking on a director role for 2022-23. Ways & Means plans the Dine to Donate events & is the point person for fundraising. For additional information about each role listed on the graphic, please email Angie Dodson at dodson61599@gmail.com.

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

First page of the PDF file: CYAPSchoolFlyer

calling all up and coming 3rd graders!

First page of the PDF file: girlscout-StephanieMiskowiec

grandparent's and grand friends event

Join us on May 9th and bring the grandparents and grand friends to celebrate a Fine Arts Night, from 6-7:30pm! There will be an Orff performance at 6:30pm. The rest of the night is open to see the school, look for art work, see what's happening in STEM, do activities, and shop the book fair! Please RSVP by 4/29 to let us know if you can make it! 


please return your library books

All books are due in the Media Center by Friday, May 13. Please return them as soon as possible. Happy reading!

You can always see what your child has checked out from the PTE Media Center by clicking on the directions in the link below: Media Center Information.

Prairie Trace Field Days Are Coming!

learn more and volunteer!

First page of the PDF file: FieldDay

First page of the PDF file: 5thgradeperformance

Dear PTE Families,

What a great week we have had this week! The students came in ready to learn and work hard on their state assessments on Monday. This continued throughout the week. Then we were able to end the week in pink in honor of former teacher, Mrs. Pulley, and all of our heroes of breast cancer on the PTE staff. Our students and staff are really awesome each and every day!  

Not only are they awesome, but our PTO is too!  Last Friday was the Parents’ Night Out event, and it was wonderful. If you were unable to attend, think about it for next year. It was a beautiful night to relax with other families.  The silent auction was a hit as well! Thank you to our PTO presidents, Jill Kuhfus and Angela Dodson, for such a great event. I know many PTE students will love the teacher experiences that will be coming up in the month of May from the auction!  

Thank you for your continued support this year. We are truly partners in education. Now is the time to help our students finish strong. Continue to communicate with your teachers. Make sure your students are submitting their best work. This ensures our teachers acknowledge their progress and guide their teaching this last month. It is most important that our students stick to their routine as this is the time that some of them believe summer starts a little early. Make sure they are consistent with bedtimes and are ready to go each day! 

Your feedback is important to the PTO and me!  We want to hear from you to help make PTE a better place.  Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.  We will use this information as we plan for events and communication next year.  Thank you in advance!  

May is busy!  Here is some information about upcoming events:

  • Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Shower your teachers with love - don’t forget the specials teachers too! 

  • ILEARN will continue through the beginning of next week for 4th and 5th grades. 

  • Second grade will be working on their service project for Paws and Think this week! 

  • Kindergarten screenings for future Hawks will take place on May 3rd and 4th! We can’t wait to meet our new students! 

  • Bike to School Day is May 4th!  Remind your child about all safety precautions on their bikes as it will be more crowded out there.  

  • On May 4th, we will have our 5th grade program. The students will be able to see it during the day, and families are invited to join us in the evening! I can’t wait to see them because they sound awesome in rehearsals! 

  • The Book Fair is back the week of May 9th!  Pick up some books for summer reading!

  • May 9th is also our Fine Arts Night and special Grandpersons’ Event.  Join us from 6-7:30 to see art, listen to music, shop for books, and show your special person around the school! 

  • May 11th is National School Nurse’s Day - shower our nurses with love! 

  • On May 12th, our 4th and 5th graders will have their Human Growth and Development discussions.  Our kindergarten students will also have guest speakers from the fire department focusing on fire safety.  

  • We end the week on May 13th with 4th grade Hoosier Hysteria!  This is also the day that all library books are due to the Media Center, so start looking for those now!  

Lastly, I want to congratulate first grade teacher, Rachel Green, and instructional assistant, Beth Jacoby, on winning our PTE Teacher and Staff of the Year Awards!  They will be honored at a district celebration next month!  

Most sincerely, 

Kim Piper

5th Grade End-of-Year Events

The time has come for our 5th grade students to say farewell to Prairie Trace! In order to make their last few days memorable, they are all invited to celebrate their accomplishments with the exciting events listed on the flyer. Please see the 5th Grade Events email for additional details. Any questions or concerns, please email Julie Trump at julietrump@gmail.com.



First page of the PDF file: SchooltoHearttoHome



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.