Annual Prairie Events

Join us throughout the year as a guest or volunteer for these treasured events and programs

IMPORTANT! Due to COVID-19 modifications, these guidelines are subject to change for the 2020-2021 school year. Please stay tuned for correspondence from Principal Jones.

Art in the Garden​

Art in the Garden is a long-standing Prairie tradition where adult volunteers coordinate interactive art stations for all students.

This event is held after school and families are encouraged to attend and experience creating installation art together.

Prairie 5K and fun run

The Prairie 5K and Fun Run is one of the largest fundraisers held annually.

It's a large, community-centered event where Prairie families and individuals from outside of Prairie can come together to participate, sponsor and enjoy being active together.

Special guest day

For Special Guest Day, students get to invite a guest along for a portion of the day to experience their daily life at Prairie.

Special Guest Day typically happens in the fall and overlaps the Book Fair.

Book Fair

Prairie hosts two Scholastic Book Fairs: Spring and Fall. Both are held in the Gym.

Students get to attend the book fair with their class but may also attend the fair before and after school with parent permission.

pancake breakfast

Usually held once per semester, the Pancake Breakfast is a fun and quick way for Prairie families to drop by for breakfast before school begins.

All proceeds raised from the Pancake Breakfast go straight to the PTA's general fund.

variety show

The Variety Show is a school-wide event where groups and individuals can show their variety act on stage.

The Variety Show happens shortly after Winter Break and is fun for all ages.

annual auction

Planned and coordinated by the Prairie Fund, the annual Auction is by far Prairie's largest fundraiser of the year.

It's an adults only night that includes a live auction, silent auction items, and the ever-popular "Fund a Need."

kindergarten Round-up

Held in the spring, Kindergarten Round-Up provides a chance for incoming Kindergarten families to meet our Principal, Kindergarten Teachers and other incoming families.

This event is hosted by the PTA in conjunction with Prairie Staff.

Poinsettia Sales

Between Thanksgiving and Winter Break, the Prairie PTA offers beautiful holiday poinsettia's from a local nursery.

Poinsettias are available for order the first week of November until Thanksgiving break. Orders are collected online and on paper forms sent home via students. Plants are available for pick-up following Thanksgiving break.

carnival

One of the most fun nights of the year, and one that every student looks forward to!

The Prairie Carnival is an all-school celebration that is hosted on school grounds and features a ton of games and activities for students to enjoy.

field day

Lace up your favorite tennis shoes for another student-favorite! Field day is an outdoor, all-day event where each grade has a chance to participate in many games and activities.

Field Day is hosted by the school in conjunction with PTA support and volunteers.

preschool events

Preschool Events are typically held 2-4 times per year and are designed to provide young children with fun activities that help familiarize them with a structured school environment.

These events are free and open to students who live in the community surrounding Prairie.

Holiday Movie Night

Need a kid-free night for holiday shopping? The Holiday Movie Night is your chance for your kids to have a supervised and snack-filled holiday movie with their friends, and you get to cross some things off of your “to do” list.

Ties and Tiaras

Lace up your dancing shoes! This annual event is for the ladies at Prairie and their fathers, or another special man in their life. Good music, good times and good snacks are guaranteed.

S.T.E.A.M. Night

A night of science, tech, engineering, art and math that cannot be missed! Join us for demonstrations by Prairie parents in the S.T.E.A.M. industries and exciting hands-on experiments.

Reflections Art Contest

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclimaed program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home with a new theme each year.

Sock and Underwear Drive

An annual school-wide Sock and Underwear drive that benefits the SMAC Clothing Exchange.

Prairie Programs

Room Parent

Room Parents support classroom teacher's by managing party sign-ups, scheduling classroom volunteers, etc.

Library Volunteer

The highly popular library volunteer is usually a monthly commitment where you help the librarian restock shelves and check out books during your child's library time.

Lunch Helper

A call to the bravest parents out there to help school staff monitor lunch time and provide help as needed. Juice box experience helpful, but not required.

Art Committee

Art committee volunteers assist the art teacher in displaying student artwork from all grade levels throughout the school.

Health and Wellness/
Red Ribbon Week

Typically held in the fall, volunteers work alongside the PE teacher to promote health and wellness, planned fitness programs, nutrition, etc.

Bakers/Hospitality

Talk about a sweet job! The bakers and hospitality volunteers provide food and treats for various needs such as teacher appreciation days and additional school needs throughout the year.

Buddy Program

Right before school begins, Prairie pairs existing families with new families to become a "buddy family.” Buddy families answer questions about Prairie and help them feel right at home in their new school community.

Box Tops

Want to raise money for Prairie by shopping? Collect and submit box tops from participating products as instructed by the national box tops program.

Spirit Wear

The Spirit Wear Chair creates a line-up of Prairie gear, bearing our Prairie name and mascot. Spirit Wear is available at at events throughout the year and through our online Spirit Wear shop.

Trash Bag Sales

Each year, Prairie students sell trash bags to raise funds for the General PTA fund, which financially backs various PTA grants for teachers and student activities.

SCRIP Program

The SCRIP Program provides the Prairie community an opportunity to buy gift cards to various retailers and restaurants, with a portion of sales benefiting the PTA and annual PTA programming.

Snowball Project

The Snowball Project, a.k.a Operation Snowball, allows Prairie students to adopt families through a local organization to provide gifts and meals at the holidays. The chair of the Snowball Project coordinates between the students and school for the collection and distributions of donations.

Book Week

In an effort to promote a love of reading, Prairie PTA offers Chat n' Chew and “One Book, One School” initiatives as part of "Book Week."

School Supply Kit Sales

Want to make back to school shopping easier? Order your school supplies through the PTA. Orders are collected at the end of the school year before, and school supply kits will be waiting for your student at their desks.

Watch D.O.G.S

Watch D.O.G.S. is offered for a half or full-day volunteer opportunity for fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father figures.. Participate in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

Spirit Dining Nights

Let us make your weeknight shuffle a bit easier. Several nights over the school year, local restaurants host a Prairie Night where a portion of proceeds from their sales are donated to the PTA to support Prairie programming.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Coordinated by our fearless room parents, this week offers our families the opportunity to show our appreciation for our amazing Prairie teachers. Look for details from your room parent.

Village People

Watch D.O.G.S. is offered for a half or full-day volunteer opportunity for fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles and other father figures.. Participate in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.

it takes a village

join the fun

The truth is, hosting many events such as these takes a significant amount of support from Prairie families and the community. We couldn’t do it without our “village”!

varied commitment levels

all are welcome

Whether you commit for an hour per year, or an hour per week, we have a volunteer role that is perfect for you!

make a difference

enhance education

Volunteering at Prairie, and through the PTA, is one of the most impactful ways to enhance the education of your child and other children at Prairie.

FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions

Volunteering is easy! Watch our weekly PTA Newsletter for opportunities, or send us an email and we can help you find a role that works for you: prairieelementary@gmail.com

No problem. We have various events during the school year that are on the weekends, or are during the evening. We also have several behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities. Email us at prairieelementary@gmail.com to inquire.

Absolutely! We have so many opportunities that vary greatly, we would be happy to chat and help find a role that is perfect for you and your schedule. Email us! prairieelementary@gmail.com

Yes. We understand that not everyone is able to volunteer. We also understand that many parents still want to contribute. We’ve created a way for you to donate towards the PTA, which directly goes towards annual programming at Prairie. 

No. It takes every volunteer available throughout the year to host as many events and activities as we do. All parents/guardians are welcome to sign up!

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