As you have all heard (we hope!), PPCS is building a new permanent home for our school. Our new school will support our hands-on learning with an energy efficient building, great gathering spaces, and plenty of outdoor space for exploring and exercising minds and bodies.
The even more exciting news is that with a little extra hustle, we *could* be in our new space as early as 2018.
Many dedicated individuals have been working behind the scenes to move our project along. Our last major obstacle before before we can break ground is to secure the last of the funding that we need.The PPCS Board has an ambitious plan to raise $100,000 between now and the end of the school year. To be successful we need your help! We are recruiting 30 ambassadors who will help to spread the word, build excitement, and gather support for our new facility. We’d like to invite you to be an ambassador.
To prepare ambassadors to talk about our new school, we’ll be holding short workshops on Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 to give you all of the tools that you need to be a confident and enthusiastic ambassador for our school.
We can’t do it without your help! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which workshop best fits your schedule.
Thursday, April 20 - 3:15-4:15 at the School
Thursday, April 20 - 6:30-7:30 at Hunga Dunga
Friday, April 21 - 8:30-9:30 TBA (at a local establishment)
Friday, April 21 - 12:00-1:00 at One World
No Community Circle April 14th
There is no community circle this Friday, the space will be utilized for a special Chinese class.
A message from the Parent CREW about "Run the Palouse!
Hopefully by now your student has started seeking pledges and tracking their miles for the June 2nd "Run the Palouse!" fundraiser. Or perhaps you've just unearthed the manila envelope from your student's backpack and have some questions? The Parent CREW is here to help!
What is "Run the Palouse?"
Run the Palouse is our school's only fundraiser and a community event wrapped into one. Students log 25 miles of running, biking or equivalent exercise (30 min = 1 mile) between now and June 2nd, then run the final 1.2 miles as a group, crossing the finish line and celebrating the completion of a marathon! Unlike other fun runs, “Run the Palouse” encourages the development of regular exercise habits and the continued working towards a challenging goal.
How do the pledges work?
The way we raise money via this fun run is to have students ask friends and extended family to support their efforts with a monetary contribution. We're not looking for a pledge amount per mile or anything complicated, just a one-time donation to the school (which will specifically support the adventure program). This event traditionally raises between $5-7k but we're hopeful that this will be our most successful year yet!
Checks can be made out to PPCS and cash is welcome, too. Far-away family can donate at the bottom of the page HERE, noting "Run the Palouse - name of student" in the memo line. Because the pledge envelope also doubles as the t-shirt order form, we need pledges by April 24th to get shirts ordered. A minimum of $20 in pledges is encouraged to receive a t-shirt.
In the spirit of “Competition and Collaboration,” the class that raises the most money will win an extra Adventure during the last week of school!
What do I do with the mile tracker?
The mile tracker is for your personal use only; we won't be collecting these and hope they don't cause stress! Please use the tracker as much or as little as it is useful in encouraging your student to get active and reach their goal of completing 25 "miles" by June 2nd.
Can my friend/neighbor/niece participate?
In the past we've offered online registration for community members but this year we opted to keep it simple and not advertise the event elsewhere. Your friend/neighbor/niece can certainly come run the final 1.2 miles, and if they want a t-shirt you can sign them up at the bottom section of the pledge form (please include $20 to cover the cost of their shirt).
How else can I help?
- We're seeking business sponsorships in exchange for logo placements on the run t-shirt. If you own a business or work for a business that might be interested in a sponsorship, please email: email@example.com. (Smallest logo placement = $250, Medium = $500, Largest = $750.)
- Since the event is also on the last day of school, we're hoping to end the run with a school-wide BBQ similar to the back-to-school one that everyone enjoyed so much in the fall. In order to pull that off we'll need 2-3 parents to be in charge of the BBQ so that the Run the Palouse task force can focus on making the run portion of the day go off smoothly. Let us know if you're willing to help!
- There are many day-of tasks we'll need help with (decorating the course, matching students with their correct t-shirt size, etc.)), but we'll send out a Sign Up Genius for those smaller asks as the event gets closer.
Thank you for encouraging your student(s) to support their beloved adventure program by seeking pledges and logging those miles!
Palouse Prairie Community Movie Night at the Kenworthy!
What? Moana! "In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right." Rated PG
- When? Monday, April 17th - doors open at 5:30 and movie begins at 6:00 pm.
- Who? All Palouse Prairie students, siblings, parents, guardians, and friends. Come one, come all! Admission is by donation (recommended $3/person).
- Why? Palouse Prairie benefits from our engaged community and we want to create more opportunities to have fun together. Help spread the word (and invite friends) by RSVPing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/995267363908269/
- PCEI will also be there to share information about Earth Day.
- Any questions? Contact Sarah and Jessica, co-chairs of the Parent Crew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Order Your Yearbook!
It’s not too late to order your PPCS 2016-2017 Yearbook. Make checks to PPCS for $10 and turn them into Janis in the front office.
Bus Pass Reminder
Please note that students who will be riding a bus that is not their usual bus, or who don’t normally ride the bus must have a bus pass from the office. Have your child their note from home to the office to pick up their bus pass. The bus driver will not allow a student to ride without a bus pass from Palouse Prairie School.
Enjoy Science at Phillips Farm with your Family
The WSU Biological Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is hosting a Free Outdoor Family Fun Day:
When: Saturday, April 29th, 10 AM to 2 PM
Where: Virgil Phillips Farm Park 4709 US Hwy 95, Viola, ID (5 mi N of Moscow on the left)
Activities include: amphibian catch and release, museums specimen displays, nature walks, bird watching and banding, insect collections, face painting, coloring/crafts, and microscopy. Hope to see you there. See attached flyer.