New Dismissal Time - 3:55 PM

Kansas Statute, 72-1106 establishes School Year Requirements for all Kansas Schools. Each school within our district is required to be open a minimum of 1,116 hours. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen school closings our elementary schools will be short of the minimum requirement. Extending our school day by 5 minutes for the Elementary Schools for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year will make-up the needed time. All afternoon bus routes and times will be adjusted to accommodate the additional time.


Mark Your Calendars

March 19 - 23: No School - Spring Break

March 30 - April 2: No School - Non-contract Days


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Spring Break

Experience Shapes Our Brains

We can promote healthy brain development and wanted behaviors by following six basic steps. Here is number 3:

3. Positive Strategies for Effective Discipline

Children can’t listen or learn well when they feel scared, hurt or angry. Physical punishment often has the opposite effect of what parents want. Instead of teaching children how to behave responsibly, physical punishment is more likely to increase problem behaviors including resistance, power struggles, anger and rebellion.

Physical punishment can interfere with healthy brain development. Children build and keep brain connections that are reinforced by experience. Physical punishment, pain and fear can wire and shape a child’s brain in unhealthy ways that lead to unwanted behaviors. These problems include aggression, conduct problems, depression, and substance abuse. Children who are hit are more likely to hit their friends and siblings.

Parents often say that they used physical punishment as a last resort when “they lost it” and that they had regrets afterwards. When a parent gets angry, their child can feel or mirror that emotion and get angry too. When children get angry, they cannot use the upper area of the brain that helps them control emotions and impulses. When a child is angry, they also cannot use this part of the brain to learn right from wrong.

Watch for more steps to come or read more in the Monthly Newsletter.

Linda Burgess Chamberlain, PHD, MPH

GraceMed Dental Clinic

GraceMed Dental Clinic will be coming to Prairie on Monday, March 26th to provide free dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish and sealants to students. This was originally scheduled to take place on January 22nd, but GraceMed had to reschedule. The results of your child’s screening/cleaning will be sent home on March 28th in Wednesday folders. If you have any questions, please contact the Pando office at 554-2350.

Pennies for Patients

Through the Pennies for Pasta fund raiser, Prairie students and staff members will be raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Money raised will go towards finding cures for blood cancers. If you have spare change lying around the house, please put it in the collection box that was sent home with your child. Please send the boxes back to school on or before Thursday, March 15th. The classroom that brings in the most money will win a pasta party from the Olive Garden!

The Parent Hotline

Kids don’t come with instructions. That’s why the Kansas Children's Service League has the Parent Helpline. The Parent Helpline is a free, anonymous telephone counseling service. It is a voice on the other end of the line that can empathize with what you’re going through. It’s a trained person who will listen and help you with simple questions or complex situations. There’s no question too small or problem too big. The Helpline counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can refer you to services anywhere in Kansas.

Call the Parent Helpline whenever you have a question or a problem. Don’t wait until “the next time.” When you feel frustrated, upset or confused someone at the Parent Helpline will listen and help.

Kansas Children’s Service League

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

Latchkey before school is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). For information to sign up your child for morning latchkey or for drop in care for your kids on days in which school is out.

Call the school if you are interested in becoming a teacher helper, tutor, field trip monitor, etc. The students need YOU!

Box Tops for Education

Prairie Elementary participates in the Boxtops for Education Program. Bring your boxtops and labels to the school office. PTO earns 10 cents for each boxtop.


Use your Target Visa Credit Card and Target will donate 1% of your total purchase to our school. Make sure to share Prairie's ID number, which is 126593.

Office Depot

Office Depot will donate 5% of qualifying purchases when we give our school id number #70216039.


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

Counselor's Corner

Build Healthy Relationships

Jim Fay and Dr. Charles Fay, authors of Love and Logic, remind us to focus on the following to help build healthy relationships with our children . . .

  • Focus mostly on your child's strengths rather than their weaknesses.
  • Smile at them as often as possible.
  • Write them little notes that tell them how much you adore them.
  • Greet them each day with a hug or high five.
  • Make sure they overhear you talking about how much you love them.
  • Deliver consequences with sincere empathy.
Learn more, go to the Love and Logic website:

About Our School

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 490

Grade Levels: Kindergarten thru 5th

School Colors: Orange and Purple


Principal: Dr. David Engelking

School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:55 PM
Prairie Elementary School


Prairie PTO always accepts new members.

  • $15 Gold Membership: 1 voting right and a t-shirt

To become a member, forms are available in the office or email:

Meeting Dates:

PTO meets on the third Thursday of each month. The meetings are at 6 PM at Prairie Elementary in the PTO/Band Room. Please park in the side parking lot and enter through the PTO/Band door.


News and Events

Prairie Skate Nights
Bring your family and join your friends at Roller City on South Meridian! Prairie PTO has reserved the skating rink from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM for Prairie Skate Nights on the following dates: Jan 30, Feb 20, and April 17.

Box Tops for Education
Box tops coupons can be found on hundreds of products. Our school earns 10 cents for each box top collected. The money is used towards school activities.

PTO Bulletin Board
The PTO Bulletin Board is located inside the main entry doors. A schedule of the events as well as other important information can be found here.

2017-18 Officers  

President: Matt Brown
Vice-President: Beverly Brown
Secretary: Crystal Arrington
Treasurer: Krystal Kenrick


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Dr. David Engelking

Dr. David Engelking



In the Office

Janice Dreher



Jennifer Warrington


Prairie Bulldog

Prairie Elementary School
7101 S. Meridian
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2350
F: (316) 554-2357

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