Greetings Penguin Families,
With Halloween behind us, we look forward to a season full of gratitude (our veterans) and thankfulness (the holiday season upon us). Here are some upcoming events at Prune Hill. Save the dates!
- Tuesday, November 5th: Voting Day! We are a ballot drop-off site, if that is easier than mailing your ballot.
- Wednesday, November 6th: PH honors our veterans with an assembly put on by our 5th graders. All are welcome! 9:15 PH Gym
- Monday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day NO SCHOOL
- Friday, November 15th: PTA Harvest Dance 6:00-9:00 PH Gym
- Friday, Nov 15th-22nd: Scholastic Book Fair and Grandparent Breakfast (see attached flyer) 8:00-4:00 PH Library
- Tuesday, November 19th: PTA General Membership Meeting 6:00-7:00 PH Library
- Wednesday, Nov 27-Friday, Nov 29 Thanksgiving Holiday NO SCHOOL
November Newsletter, click here: November 2013 Newsletter
Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving! We are truly grateful to work with your children each and every day!
Julie Swan & Prune Hill Staff
Greetings Penguin Families!
As the weather shifts us into Fall, here are some informational and fun upcoming events in our school community. We hope to see you soon!
*Please continue to drop your student off downstairs between 8:45-9:05. This year we are using the lower portables for Rainy Day recess, as well as opening the library up. Students may play outside, undercover as well.
*For safety reasons, please do not enter any hallway or classroom without first signing in at the office and wearing a visitor’s badge. Teachers appreciate a scheduled visit rather than a drop-in, as their focus is on supervising all students from 9:00-3:40.
Friday, October 4th: Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills! Our upper lot will be CLOSED during the 8:45-9:00 period. Please drop your penguin off downstairs to the playground. Thank you!
Saturday, October 5th 3:00-4:30 at Prune Hill lower track: Come join u s on Saturday and collect points for Ocean to Ocean. Fast walk, jog, run or mix it up! Family members will receive a special Ocean to Ocean card for that day. If you are available to help, please follow the link:
Friday, October 11th: NO SCHOOL! This is a state Teacher In-service day.
Friday, October 15th: RUN FOR THE ARTS!! This takes place at school. Send your pledge forms back to school for our all-school run!
Friday, November 15 (NOTE CHANGE IN DATE) 6:00-9:00: Prune Hill Harvest Dance! Come meet new families, grab a bite to eat, win a raffle prize, and kick-up your heels with our kid-friendly DJ!
Saturday, October 19th 5:00 @ Vancouver Hilton: Camas Education Foundation (CEF) dinner and auction
Tuesday, October 29th Picture Retakes
Joining the Prune Hill PTA helps support our school! Attached is a membership form that you may print and send into school with your student. You will receive a school directory for your participation, and the classroom that has the highest percentage will win a pizza party!
Prune Hill Staff and PTA
We are off and running here at Prune Hill Elementary, with 480 students this year! Everyone is getting to know each other and learning new routines. Consider that it may take most of September for your penguin to make the adjustment to school: eating on a schedule, playing on a schedule…following adult directions and attending all day long is tiring and hard work! Encourage your student that they will will indeed get the hang of this if they are feeling worn out, and that we are here to help them make the transition.
Attached is the September Newsletter, which includes a calendar of upcoming dates. A hard copy will be sent home this first month. If you prefer a hard-copy rather than electronic, please fill out and return the half-sheet with your student to school.
Thank you for supporting our work here at our fantastic school!
Drop on in Thursday and see your friends, meet your teacher, purchase your planner, deposit lunch money, and drop off your school supplies! We are excited to see you! You should have received a mailer with classroom assignments. Please note that we have very full classrooms at this time and changes will not be made until after the first two weeks of school. The very best way to support your child is to have a positive, encouraging attitude that communicates your confidence in them to tackle yet another year at Prune Hill with success!
It’s going to be a great year!
On behalf of the staff at Prune Hill, we wish our FABULOUS families a wonderful, fun-and-sun filled summer! We can’t wait to see you again in September to hear you share your favorite summer memories! We encourage you to READ a great book (as we will be doing the same)!
See you all at our Back to School Night August 29th from 4:00-6:00!
Remember, school starts TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd!
That includes 117 miles from the Family Fitness afternoon last weekend.
I adjusted the Penguin on the map to represent this… We arrived in Boston, then turned around and are now headed back home to Camas!
Way to go PRUNE HILL!!!
Matthew Holm, co-author and illustrator of the Babymouse and Squish series of graphic novels will be visiting Prune Hill Elementary on May 22, 2013. He will talk about how where his story ideas come from (he writes them with his sister) and he will demonstrate his drawing and cartooning techniques. This author visit has been well-received by several area schools and we are looking forward to his visit. There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of his book at a discount. The entire Babymouse series will be there along with some of the Squish books. They will sell for $6.25 (this includes tax). Please send cash or a check made out to Barnes & Noble if you are interested!
Happy May! It’s hard to believe that we are THIS FAR into our school year. Please take note of the following dates, as it’s a very busy schedule!
Kindergarten Orientation May 15th 2:00 PH Gym
Family Fun Run: Sunday, May 19th 3:00 PH track
4th Grade Music Performance May 23rd 5:30 PH Gym
Spirit Day: Color War Friday, May 24th
3rd Grade Music Performance: Thursday, May 30th 6:00 PH Gym
Prune Hill Spring Carnival: Friday, May 31st 5:30-8:00 PH Gym/Library
5th Graders tour Skyridge: Friday, May 31st during the school day
5th Grade Patrol Picnic @Oaks Park: Tuesday, June 4th 9:00-1:00
Vancouver Pops Assembly: Tuesday, June 4th 9:15 PH Gym
Open House for Helen Baller transition families: Wednesday, June 5th 5:00-6:00 PH Gym
5th Grade Track Meet: Friday, June 7th 9:00-1:30 Doc Harris
5th Grade Celebration: Monday, June 17th 6:00-7:30 PH Gym
Field Day! Tuesday, June 18th 9:00-3:30 PH fields
Last day of School: Wednesday, June 19th 10:50 AM dismissal
*3rd trimester report cards will be mailed home after school dismisses
Prune Hill Kindergarten Orientation is coming! Please contact Shanna Nielson or Becky Stauffer to register your upcoming Kindergartener for the 2013-14 school year. Phone #833.5410. You and your upcoming kindergartener are invited to visit Prune Hill on May 15th at 2:00 to participate in an activity with our Kindergarten teachers and enjoy a school bus ride (parents will have a presentation in the gym)!
This is the time of year that our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have the opportunity to ‘show what they know’ to the state of Washington’s MSP (Measurement of Student Progress). Click on the link to find the latest Penguin News:
This is a very busy time of year for families and our school! Here are a few events that you may be interested in:
~ Friday, April 26 PTA Movie Night: Ratatouille will be shown! 6:00-8:00 (please no student drop-offs)!
~Tuesday, April 30th: Camas Dairy Queen PH Fundraiser 4:00-9:00
~Ocean to Ocean, our school jogging program, has begun! Our goal as a school is to reach 3,000 miles in honor of those who are unable to run. Save the Date: Sunday, May 19 3:00-4:30 will be a Family Run here at PH to add more miles to your Ocean to Ocean card!