Ponderosa Elementary


May is always a fun month at Ponderosa Elementary School. It signals the end of the state testing window, along with a winding down of the school year. Also in May we have many fun activities that go on during the month. Things like: Rendezvous, Panther Prowl, Field Day, our family bbq on the last day of school are all things that bring out our families and the smiles on our staff and students' faces.

The Kinders are Coming

Ponderosa Elementary is very excited to announce that this upcoming school year (2019-20) we will have our Kindergartners returning to the home school for the first time in many years. Ponderosa and Seltice elementary are piloting Kindergarten for the upcoming school one year ahead of schedule. We will be accepting registration forms from now through June 21st from 7:30-3:30, and then we will return to school on August 19th for registration again at the same time. If you plan on having your son or daughter attend Ponderosa and were unable to get to the Kindergarten registration at Fredrick Post, please stop by the office at your earliest convenience to register for the upcoming school year! We are very excited to have our Kinders next year!! Have a great summer.

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl is an annual walkathon/fundraiser for Ponderosa elementary that is held in May each year. This year we were very fortunate and had perfect weather as each of our grade levels ran many laps to some loud music. Our class that raised the most money for the Prowl will be receiving a limo ride provided by Cda Taxi which has become a fun tradition over the last few years as well.

Activities this Month:

  • 5/10 - Panther Prowl
  • 5/16 - 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 5/17 - ISATs End
  • 5/27 - No School Memorial Day
  • 5/28 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Kiwanis Park
  • 5/28 - 5th Grade Field Trip to PFMS
  • 5/30 - 4th Grade Rendezvous
  • 6/4 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Kiwanis Park
  • 6/5 - 5th Grade vs. Staff Kickball game
  • 6/6 - End of the Year Assembly
  • 6/6 - Family BBQ
  • 6/6 - Last Day of School

First Grade Butterflies

Our first graders have followed our second grade teachers in the month of May with a life cycle project of their own. Our team has been talking about butterflies with their classes and have raised some from the caterpillar stage to adult butterflies. They released their butterflies yesterday and it was a sight to behold.

Open Enrollment forms for the 2019-20 School year

Also in order to plan for the future we need parents to fill out any open enrollment requests for next year as soon as possible. Reminder, if your student attends Ponderosa as an open enrollment, they need to have a NEW form on file at the District Office each year. So please get those filled out at your earliest convenience.

Counselor's Corner

Ms. Diaz

Stay safe this summer with numbers:

5- Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables every day.

2- Spend less than 2 hours on devices (TV, computer, phone, tablet).

1- Exercise for 1 hour or more every day.

Almost None- Skip the sugary drinks and go for water.

Ponderosa Parent Advisory

This month we will be meeting on the last Monday in all months but December and May in the library at 3:30 pm. If you have any input on how we can get attendance, please email me at scott.ross@sd273.com. I am open to any and all suggestions. With that being said I would like to point you in the direction of our Parent Advisory Facebook Page. The name of the page is: Ponderosa Parent Advisory Committee and the link to the page can be found at: Ponderosa Parent Advisory please give it a look and give it a like to see updates of what is happening at Ponderosa.

For Your Information:


In order to make certain all our students receive appropriate educational supports, Post Falls School District 273 conducts a mid-year residency verification. Residency is defined as where your family sleeps at night. Has your residency changed since September 4, 2018? If yes AND if any of the following statements are true for your family, please contact your school counselor or the Post Falls School District McKinney-Vento Liaison, Dawn Mackesy at 208-773-3541 or dmackesy@sd273.com for more information about educational services that may be available to your student(s) and family.

· We are doubled up with friends, grandparents, or other family due to economic condition.

· We are living at a motel / hotel because other housing is unattainable.

· We are living in a domestic violence shelter.

· We are living in transitional housing.

· We are sleeping in public places or abandoned buildings.

· We are living in a car, trailer or campground.

· We are living in a home for pregnant or unwed mothers without another place in which to live.

· I am a student not in the physical custody of my parents or guardian.