Monday, February 24, 2020

Coming Together @ East Prairie


East Prairie had the privilege of hosting the Bulgarian Dance Ensemble Horo and Romanian folkloric activities as part of the Niles Township Coming Together program this past weekend.
The horo is a traditional Bulgarian folk dance in which everyone in a community can take part. Its main form, a circle, symbolizes the unity of humankind. The steps in a horo dance are very diverse; there are over one hundred types of horo dances in Bulgarian folklore. Dance Ensemble HORO was created 17 years ago here in Chicago to preserve and present the beauty and richness of Bulgarian folk dance culture. Join us for a dance tour around beautiful Bulgaria.
 The Romanian event included a history of Romania and presentation of film, as well as, combination of folkloric activities.
It is wonderful for us to showcase our facilities while hosting this type of impacting community and cultural programming!

Friday, February 21, 2020

What a night!

Good food brings good folks together!
 
This sentiment was beautifully fulfilled at last night's return of Cooking With Cultures.
Thank you for the incredible spread of delectable international cuisine and for your tremendous show of support!
Events like this demonstrate the shared values and beliefs that we hold as a community, as well as, the importance placed on coming together, connecting, and learning more about one another. 
Last night highlighted just how special, unique, and closely knit our East Prairie community is!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Remarkable Robotics!

Congratulations to the East Prairie Robotics team - Ryan, Meera, Aiden, Jenna, Bryan, Claire, Fiona, and Mrs. Shields - on another outstanding performance at last night's Little 9 Robotics Competition.
The critical thinking, teamwork, engineering and mechanical know-how, and creativity involved in this work is incredible.  The in the moment problem-solving and tinkering extraordinary. 
It is a most impressive mindset and set of skills these students have worked hard (and together) to develop!  Way to go Panthers!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Countdown to cooking!

Gather your ingredients and kitchen gear,
For it is time to “cook up” some tasty cheer!
Get ready to grill, bake, roast, simmer, and amaze,  
Because Cooking With Cultures is in only two days!
The table is set, the venue crafted with care,
The only thing missing is to see you there.

Cooking With Cultures is an opportunity to break down the four walls of your kitchen and spend an evening with friends, neighbors, and fellow Panthers.  It is an occasion for our entire school community to connect, share a meal, and celebrate one another!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

PreK Open House

Thank you to Ms. LaPata and Ms. Hernandez for putting together a sensational PreK Open House.  Thank you to the many families who came out to learn more about our excellent early childhood programming.  

This weekend program was an outstanding opportunity for us to share with families the incredible experiences that await their children at our school.  Our aim is to connect with and serve every family within our community as early as possible. Extra efforts like this go a long way in making that vision a reality.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

4th & 5th Grade Honor Roll Night!

Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade honor roll scholars!  These young men and women have distinguished themselves in important and meaningful ways.  They have devoted themselves to not only their studies, but to the belief that knowledge empowers individuals, communities, and societies.  They know that deep understanding is built one idea at a time and requires constant care and attention, as well as, the strength to take a risk, push yourself, and try something new in hopes of reaching the highest heights of one’s fullest potential.  
This ceremony is just as much an acknowledgement of the families, teachers, and communities that shape a child’s learning and help to inspire their future.  It is the best version of this partnership that opens doors and creates opportunities for children to shape, create, and impact their own destiny.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Family Art Night (part one)

Thank you to Ms. Wade-Kuzwayo for putting together an incredibly creative and fun artistic experience for the entire family!
Thank you to our many families for coming out to spend an enjoyable evening drawing, designing, painting, and of course connecting!
We will be finishing these Rangolis art masterpieces at our March 5th follow-up event.
And will then feature them throughout the Atrium!