Kindergarten Roubnd-Up

2017-18 Kindergarten Round-up

USD 261 is calling all students who will be five years of age on or before August 31. Make plans now to attend Kindergarten Round-Up at your area elementary school to pre-register for next school year. Please bring the following items to this event: state certified birth certificate, current immunization records, and a proof of residency (current utility bill, lease/purchase agreement with parent's name and current date). The following is the Kindergarten Round-Up schedule, please call USD 261 Administration Building at 554-2200 if you are not certain which school your child will attend.

School Address Date Time
Ruth Clark Elementary 1900 W. 55th St. So. May 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Nelson Elementary 245 N. Delos May 2, 2017 1:30 PM
Freeman Elementary 7301 S. Meridian May 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Rex Elementary 1100 W. Grand May 3, 2017 1:30 PM
Oatville Elementary 4335 S. Hoover May 4, 2017 9:30 AM
Prairie Elementary 7101 S. Meridian May 4, 2017 1:30 PM

Make Plans to Attend Prairie Fun Night

Prairie’s Fun Night will be held at All Star Adventures in May. Pre-order prices will be $15 and $20 at the door. All students that pre-order, will be entered into a drawing for 100 tokens. The class with the most students attending will earn a class party.

More information to follow

Thank you Josh Galloway

Prairie would like to extend a special thank you to Campus High student, Josh Galloway. Josh organized a restoration of the Prairie Patch for his Eagle Scout Project. He, his troop and several adults removed debris, restored the pathways and seating area, and added some additional landscaping. “Patches” the bulldog couldn’t be happier with his remodeled digs!

Prairie Patch
Prairie Patch

It's a Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive

Parents as Teachers is opening a Community Diaper Pantry and we need your help. PAT is hoping to collect A DUMP TRUCK FULL of diapers so that all babies start life healthy and ready to learn!

How Can You Help?

Donate new disposable diapers by bringing them to Prairie between now and April 20th. PAT will collect the diapers from each building and add them to the dump truck at BIG TRUCK NIGHT. Cash donations also accepted and appreciated.

Why Diapers?

  • A baby needs 10-12 diapers a day, costing 100-$120 per month.
  • 1 in 20 moms who has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers has reused a disposable diaper.
  • 36% of parents living in poverty routinely run out of diapers for their infants and toddlers.
  • Babies who remain in dirty diapers for prolonged periods experience diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
  • Excessive crying, often the result of diaper rash or discomfort, is the number one cause of child abuse.
  • Safety net programs, such as WIC and food stamps, do NOT cover the cost of diapers.

For more information, please contact Parents As Teachers at 554-2303.

Contest Winner Gaige Pfrenger

Contest Winner Gaige Pfrenger

Principal Dr. Engelking posed with fifth grader Gaige Pfrenger. Gaige's design was selected from 85 entries from fourth and fifth graders to be on a T-shirt to celebrate Prairie's 10th anniversary.

Mark your Calendars

April 14 and 20: No School - Non-contract day

Calendar Change: Last Day of School has been changed to May 18. Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:40 AM. Lunches will not be served.

2016-2017 District Calendar

Skate Party

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: January 30, February 20, and April 17..

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: 473

Grade Levels: Kindergarten thru 5th

School Colors: Orange and Purple


Principal: Dr. David Engelking

School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM
Prairie Elementary School


Prairie PTO always accepts new members.

Membership Options:

  • $10 Silver Membership: 1 voting right.
  • $15 Gold Membership: 1 voting right and a t-shirt
To become a member, forms are available in the office or email:

Meeting Dates:

Next PTO meeting is April 28

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

Wear Your Prairie Shirt on Tuesdays
PTO provided a Prairie 10 year celebration shirt to all students and staff. Please wear your Prairie shirts on Tuesdays to help promote Prairie PRIDE!

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.

2016-17 Officers  

President: Matt Brown
Secretary: Krystal Kenrick
Treasurer: Diania Pile

Nominations for next year's PTO board will be taken at our next PTO meeting on Thursday, March 16. Voting will take place in April.


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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
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