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Principal’s Message

Dear Families,


We are excited to kick off our new school year at Prairie Norton Elementary. We can’t wait to see familiar faces and meet new students!  K-3 students have a staggered start based on last names - see below. We are having an Open House on August 21st from 4:30 to 5:30. We encourage parents to visit us at open house and then put your children on the bus for the start of school to improve traffic, safety, and consistency.


Here are some important dates for your calendars.


Open House - August 21st - 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

First Day for All 4th Graders - August 22nd

First Day for K-3 with Last Names A-G - August 22nd

First Day for K-3 with Last Names H-O - August 23rd

First Day for K-3 with Last Names P-Z - August 24th

All students come on August 27th


All PNES cars enter and exit via the Palmetto/Norton light and crosswalk. No PNES cars may enter at Green Street. Staff will be around to help with traffic and navigation.  Car pick up is done at the end of the building near the Kindergarten play area after school. Adults on duty will assist families with safety and procedures.


Once classes begin, students enter through the bus or car drop off areas; all other doors remain locked during the day. Students may go directly to class, but all other visitors must enter through the main office and sign in.


As a general rule, we do not interrupt classes for parent/teacher conferences once classes have started. We can bring your child to you at the office. We are also happy to arrange parent/teacher meetings during planning periods, or when classes are not in session. A student handbook will be given to each child. In the handbook are rules and policies which help keep kids safe and focused on learning. Please read and review the handbook as a family. Also be sure to fill in and return all of the forms your child brings home


We have many learning goals for your child this year. Partner with us in your child’s learning by asking about their day and examining their school work daily. Prairie Norton students are showing great educational gains, and we plan to keep improving so your child gets the very best education.


I am looking forward to meeting you on August 21st at our Open House.


Mike Gosztyla, Principal PNES