Category Archives: PTA

That’s a wrap


Thank you to everyone who came out to support Art in the Garden! The weather was perfect, the art supplies were plentiful and the finished products were inspiring.

A heartfelt thank you to Vanessa Reese and Erin Arnold, the ladies who made it all possible. And thank you to every parent who ran the art stations and helped little hands create big masterpieces.


Join us right after school for Art in the Garden!


Volunteers have been working hard to set the stage for our garden’s event of the year!

Join us right after school with your student to help create beautiful artwork, participate in fun activities, enjoy live music and enjoy the gorgeous day.

Food will be available for purchase as well as shaved ice treats – so you can scratch dinner off the list.

Bring your checkbook! We will have 150th Spirit Wear available for purchase and a PTA sign-up booth where you can sign up for the PTA, purchase 5K tickets, etc.

See you this afternoon!

Best Picklers in the Village

We kicked off our 150th anniversary celebration this past Friday – pickling in Mrs. Exline’s class.

The students were naturals, and received the best instruction from Tony Sheets and Adam Reese. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the afternoon turned out, and are deeply grateful to all the parents who volunteered their time and resources.

Expert Picklers!
Photography by Christopher Smith


Join us for Garden Work Days

The Prairie Garden is maintained by Prairie Families who volunteer their time and talents to keep our outdoor learning gardens in top shape.

Please join us with your students on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-4:00 as we work to prepare the garden for Prairie’s annual Art in the Garden Event.

Contact Dav Bettenhausen with questions.

We need Room Parents and Lunch Helpers

These are two roles that really help you get to know the students, and their teachers! Room Parents are responsible for getting volunteers for class parties, scheduling mystery readers and serve as the liaison between the teacher and the parents. Even if you’re a working parent we encourage you to try this role if you’ve never done it.

Lunch Helpers monitor the students during lunch time to ensure no food fights ensue! You’ll help kids open their lunch packaging, direct them to the trash and help the next group of classes find their seats. An hour here or there, every week or every other week. Any time you could give would be appreciated!

Please click on the attached link(s) to volunteer.

Room Parents: (Click here)

Lunch helpers: (Click here)


Tip of the Week

Did you know the SMSD has an app? Download the app today and have one touch access to Prairie’s school calendar and other helpful features.

Download the app here.

Calling all Junior Master Gardeners

Art in the Garden is just around the corner and we need as many hands as possible to get the garden looking its best!

The Junior Master Gardener program engages 4th-6th graders in “hands-on” learning experiences that provide a love of gardening. We have lots of activities planned for the year!    Click here to sign up

This year we’ll also have Garden Work Days – every Tuesday afternoon from 3:15-4:00pm.    Click here to sign up

We need your help to keep our garden a valuable learning asset for our students!

Contact Dav Bettenhausen with questions.



Welcome to the 150th year of Prairie!

We hope you’re planning to join us at the ice cream social, Monday, August 10th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Reconnect with friends, drop off your school supplies and enjoy a cool treat on us!

Kindergarten parents, we know what a huge milestone it is to send your little one out into the world. Plan to join us in the cafeteria for support at Coffee and Kleenex after school drop-off on Friday, August 14th.

Registration for the Prairie 5K and Fun Run is OPEN!

Saturday, September 19th at 8:00am

The 5K is a certified race-course complete with timing chips. OR, sign up for the Fun Run, a one-mile run for everyone! All proceeds go to the Prairie Fund to help us fund special programs.

Support Prairie and be sure to register your family today before the price goes up!

Click here to register

Calling all Volunteers

Getting involved is the best way to meet other parents and help you make the most of your child’s experience at Prairie. There are many ways to give your time and every little bit makes a big impact for our students and faculty.

Click here to see all available opportunities

Stay Connected all year

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