PRAIRIE ELEMENTARY!!! Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School

Prairie Elementary has received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Flippen Group.

Prairie Elementary has received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Flippen Group.

Through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. The Flippen Group believes unsung heroes who produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow, need and deserve recognition for a job well done.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the fol-lowing criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather additional quantitative and qualitative da-ta, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measure-ments to gather information during the campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following this visit, the selection team reviewed all accumulated data and selected the campuses to receive the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

The Flippen Group is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As we identify these remarkable schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join us in celebrating them as some of the most skilled and effective edu-cators in the country!

USD 261 CALENDAR UPDATE
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April

Looking for next year's Kindergartners!

Do you have a child who will be 5 on or before August 31st?

Prairie Kindergarten Round-up
May 1st at 1:30 PM
Prairie Elementary

At this meeting information will be shared regarding enrollment, kindergarten curriculum, transportation, required immunizations and other pertinent information to help the transition into kindergarten go smoothly. Be sure to bring your child's birth certificate, physicals, shot records and proof of residency.

 

Kindergarten Roundup

Experience Shapes Our Brains

We can promote healthy brain development and wanted behaviors by following six basic steps. Here is number 4 & 5:

4. Be Consistent

Children’s developing brains learn through repetition-by repeating experiences and routines. It is im-portant that you are consistent with discipline so that your child knows what to expect and what you expect from the. Being consistent does not mean being rigid. Adjust your discipline strategies as your child’s brain matures and different situations arise.

Setting up routines for activities that you do with your child such as getting up in the morning, going to the store, and getting ready for bed can help. Follow through with consequences that you have set ahead of time for unwanted behaviors. Remember to praise and reward good behaviors!

5. Talk About It

Talk with your child so next time they get it right! Talking with your child is a brain builder. Use words that you child can understand to teach your child why a behavior was not acceptable. When your child is 3 years or older, you can discuss what went wrong and ask for suggestions about how they could do it differently next time.

Children need practice making choices and experiencing the natural consequences of their choices. Create safe opportunities for your child to practice making choices such as which book he wants to read or is she wants to take her bath before or after reading a story.

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

Linda Burgess Chamberlain, PHD, MPH

You're Invited!

Come join us for the Spring Musical Programs and Concerts. The students have been practicing and are ready to perform. Mark your calendars with these important dates:

Second Grade Music Program

Thursday, April 26 @ 1:30 p.m. at Prairie Elementary

District 5th Grade Orchestra Program

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m. at Campus High School

 

Concerts

Food Drive

Our annual food drive will take place from April 2nd – 13th. The food that is collected will be donated to the food pantry at West Haysville Baptist Church. We cannot give expired food to the food bank so please make sure you check the dates before you send any food to school. The class that brings in the most food will win a special party (expired food will NOT be counted towards classroom totals).

GraceMed Dental Clinic

GraceMed Dental Clinic brought four of their dental hygienists to Prairie on March 26th to conduct dental screenings and cleanings for students. The hygienists screened 371 students and cleaned the teeth and applied fluoride treatments and sealants to 33 students (for free)!

Pennies for Patients

In March, we raised money for the Kansas Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in their Pasta for Pennies fundraiser. Thanks to the generous donations of Prairie families and staff, we raised $1,490.26!! Ms. Whaley’s classroom raised the most money ($286.82) and will receive a pasta party provided by The Olive Garden. Mrs. Russell’s classroom raised $245.90 and Mrs. Sacquitne’s classroom raised $226.55. Thank you for your support and generosity of this wonderful organization!

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 www.KCSL.org

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.

Target

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.

P.R.I.D.E.

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: www.loveandlogic.com

About Our School


School Facts

Student Enrollment: 490

Grade Levels: Kindergarten thru 5th

School Colors: Orange and Purple

Mascot:Bulldogs

Principal: Dr. David Engelking


School Hours

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

Membership

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: prairie.elementary.pto@gmail.com

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

PTO Fun Night

Our next Fun Night will be held on April 14th at Derby Bowl from 4-6 pm for cosmic bowling!! $10 per band/person allows you to bowl for two hours, which includes shoe rental. Bands must be pre-ordered and turned in by April 5th. We are all very excited about this!! Notes were sent home last week. Call the office if you have any questions

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

Principal

email: dengelking@usd261.com

In the Office

Janice Dreher
Secretary

email: jdreher@usd261.com

 

Jennifer Warrington
Secretary

email: jwar@usd261.com

Prairie Bulldog

Prairie Elementary School
7101 S. Meridian
Haysville, KS 67060
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