Category Archives: PTA

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

Click here to join the PTA and purchase your school directory

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Follow us on Twitter: Prairie School 512 @ Prairie Panthers

Save the Date for These Events for Next School Year

Thanks for a GREAT YEAR! We are already looking ahead to next year and wanted to send out some important dates – so mark your calendars. Have a great summer and we’ll see you in August!

Save the Date – stay tuned for details…

10 – Ice Cream Social – 4:00-6:00 pm
14 – Kleenex & Coffee – 8:15-9:30 am (for parents of kindergartners)
26 – Back to School Night – 6:30-8:30 pm

11 – Art in the Garden – 4:00-6:00 pm
19 – Prairie 5K
30 – General PTA Meeting – 7:00 pm

6 – Special Guest Day (Book Fair – 5th & 6th)
24 – Pancake Breakfast – 6:30-8:30 am

6 – Variety Show – 3:00-6:00 pm (Rehearsals 1/22 & 1/29)
27 – Auction

14 – Open House – 5:30-7:00 pm (Book Fair – 14th & 15th)

14 – Prairie’s 150th Celebration & Carnival – 12:00-8:00 pm (Prairie celebrates 150 years – lots of fun planned for next year!)

For the most up-to-date calendar, check out Prairie’s website:

Important Ballot Issue for Shawnee Mission School District – Please Vote!

The kids are heading back to school…and soon residents of the Shawnee Mission School District will have something important in our mailboxes!

Around January 7 all registered voters in the Shawnee Mission School District will receive a ballot in their mailbox. This ballot must be received at the Johnson County Election office (returned in the postage-paid envelope) by noon on January 27, 2015 (so, then, you have to return it before that day). Voters will be deciding two critical questions for the future of our district:

  1. Whether to maintain the current local option budget (LOB) level of 33%.
  2. Whether to support a $223 million bond issue for capital (physical property) improvements to schools in the district.

Significantly, neither of these proposals would trigger a tax increase for district residents. The LOB is locally-raised funding that can be used for operating expenses. In 2014, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill allowing districts to raise the LOB to a maximum of 33%. Districts were allowed to do this by school board vote for the 2014-2015 school year (which SMSD did), but districts are required to hold a mail-in election to gain approval for the increase for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond. The question on the ballot maintains this current level of local funding.

The $223 million bond issue would be allocated among projects at all levels of the school system, including significant improvements related to security, as well as technology and accessibility improvements and maintenance to aging facilities. The district’s breakdown of the allocation of this capital spending is:

These are difficult financial times for all public education institutions in Kansas, with forecasted budget deficits raising the specter of state cuts in 2015 and beyond. To provide high-quality education to all children in the Shawnee Mission School District, we need to ensure adequate operating resources and make smart investments in our infrastructure. This mail-in ballot will succeed if parents and supportive patrons register their priorities for our future. Please watch your mailboxes in January and return your ballots quickly! More information is on the district’s website at

Sign Up for Watch Dog Dads!

Sign-up to spend half day with the kids and keep Dads on the front lines at Prairie Elementary! Just one shift per kid, please. On your day, report to the office at the start of your shift time for instructions.

For the morning shift, you will help with unloading kids and keeping everyone safe in the car drop-off areas. Next, you will participate and help in the classroom. Finally, join your kiddo for lunch and help the little ones with those tough juice box straws.

For the afternoon shift, you will start with lunch. Next, you will help in the classroom. Finally, after school, you will help kids get safely loaded into cars and monitor the parking lot road rage.

Should be a great time! Thanks for participating!

Sign-up Form

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Lind at