Communication Is The Key To Success!

Parent – Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 6th & 7th. Specials (Music, PE, Library and Tech) and SPED teachers will be scheduling conferences in addition to classroom teachers. Letters with sign up information have been sent home. Please return your choices to teachers as soon as possible. Parents, thank you in advance for making these meetings a priority. Conferences will be held in individual classrooms, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 4:00-8:30 p.m.

School will not be in session on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9.

We believe communication is key to a successful year, so mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Mark Your Calendars

February 8 & 9: No School - Conference Release Days

February 19: No School - Presidents' Day

 

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President's Day

You're Invited

February 6 & 7: During P/T Conferences

February 7: Students shop during Specials

In addition to the book fair shopping times during conferences, the book fair will be open for grade-level shopping during each grade's Specials class on Wednesday, February 7. Students who bring their money to Specials class will be able to visit the fair to shop during the 30 minute block. Parents and guardians are welcome to join their children during that time. Visitors must sign in at the office before coming to the library.

For those who like the cyber-option, the online book fair is availablew January 22-February 11, 2018. Just order and pay online, and your books will be shipped, free of charge, to the school after the online fair ends. The items should arrive at the school within 5-10 business days. All purchases benefit the school in the same way as the fair in the building.

Shop online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool7

Paws for Books

Congratulations

Jesse Foreman, Branch Manager of Credit Union of America, presented Evie Unrein, K-5 Technology teacher at Prairie Elementary, with a $250 grant check that enabled her to buy two Breakout EDU kits for her classroom.

Evie Unrein presented with a $250 check

Positive Parenting Builds Healthy Brains

We can promote healthy brain development and wanted behaviors by following six basic steps. Here is number 1:

2. Matching Discipline To Your Child's Development and Needs

Every child’s brain is unique! There is no “one-size-fits-all” discipline strategy for children. Every parent needs a toolkit of effective discipline strategies that they can choose from based on their child’s needs and the situation.

Your child’s brain is being shaped by experience and environment-it is constantly changing and you will need to adapt your discipline toolkit to meet your child where he or she is in the development. A good example of matching discipline to your child’s development is using time-out. This strategy usually doesn’t work well with children less than 3 years old-this is the age when a child’s brain starts to be able to reason and understand.

You can use time-out as a learning experience to teach your child about self-control. Time-out provides the opportunity for a child to calm down. Then your child can think about what he or she did wrong and how to change their behavior. Children need to be calm to be able to access the part of their brains where they can understand the lesson you are teaching them and problem-solve about their behaviors.

Four Basic Steps For Time Out

  • Set rules for time-out ahead of time (where, how long, when you will use it); the time limit is usually one minute for each year of age.
  • Choose a quiet location for time-out where you can see your child.
  • Ask your child to think about what they did wrong and how they could do better.
  • When the time that you have set for time-out is over, talk with your child about what behaviors would be acceptable.

Watch for more steps to come.

Linda Burgess Chamberlain, PHD, MPH

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 - 3:50 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

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
P: (316) 554-2350
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