State Assessments

State Assessments

April is the month for State Assessments. Please discuss with your child the importance of these tests and help them achieve their best results by having them get plenty of rest and ensure that they are eating a healthy breakfast. We are aware that circumstances occur, but we appreciate your attention to having your child in attendance during these testing times.

Prairie Elementary Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Prairie Elementary School has once again been recognized by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2018-2019 school year.

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. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation by Flippen Group personnel, 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 data, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measurements 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 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.

Literacy First

April Update

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) are high-quality academic expectations that were created by experts and teachers. These research and evidence based standards were developed to en-sure students are prepared to enter a world (after high school) in which colleges and businesses are de-manding more and students can be successful. The CCRS helps develop and build your child’s critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science.

Students in third, fourth and fifth grades have recently started tak-ing the state assessments. The students have to do more than find the answers and complete basic tasks. They will be using reasoning skills and working through more complex problems.

Sample of the old state assessment reading question:
What is this passage mainly about? (gives A,B,C,D choices)
Sample of the new reading question:
The narrator of the story helps the reader understand the grandfather by (gives A,B,C,D choices)

Kindergarten through second grade teachers are hard at work creating rigorous lessons that will help their students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking & listening and math. Students are also applying these skills to other areas such as science and social studies. The earlier the core con-cepts are taught in these grades, the more time it gives teachers to implement them and students to master them.

If you have any questions, please talk to your child’s teacher at conferences. You may also call me at 554-2350, email mtrotter@usd261.com, or check out the official website: www.literacyfirst.com.

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: 455

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.

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.

 

2018-19 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
F: (316) 554-2357

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