PTO Elections

Hello Prussing community,

Our annual PTO board elections will take place at our December meeting – all positions are up for election. If you are interested, please get in touch before then. Below are descriptions of the duties of each officer. Please let us know if you have any questions.

President. The president presides over meetings of the organization and the executive board, creates the agenda for meetings, serves as primary contact for the principal, represents the organization at meetings outside the organization, and coordinates the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served. The president will be the liaison to the LSC and makes a report at all LSC meetings.

Vice President. The VP assists the President and carries out the president’s duties in his/her absence or inability to serve.

Secretary. The secretary keeps all records of the organization, takes and records minutes, prepares the agenda, and sends notices to the members about meetings. The secretary keeps a copy of the minutes book, by-laws and any other necessary supplies and brings them to the meetings.

Treasurer. The Treasurer receives all funds of the organization, keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures and pays out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board. They present a financial statement at each meeting and at other times of the year as requested. The treasurer makes a full report at the end of the year.

Mindfulness / Stress Management Workshop?

The Prussing PTO would like to provide a free mindfulness workshop to parents and guardians in the Prussing community. It is a curriculum that has been developed over 10+ years out of Duke University to help individuals with stress, anxiety, sleep, and focus. The workshop consists of four one hour sessions over four weeks. We can offer it in November on weeknights after 5pm or on Sundays. Please fill out this survey so that we can determine what the best time will be.

This is not an official registration for the workshop, we just want to get an idea of when would be best to offer it.

Thank you!

Yard Signs!

Hello Prussing community: The PTO is offering Prussing Yard Signs – consider buying one today!

For $10, you can show your Panther Pride with a Prussing yard sign. Simply fill out this form ( and the PTO will have a yard sign ready for you in 2 – 3 weeks.

You have until Monday, October 26th to order. And, if you can afford it, consider donating beyond the $10 sign cost to help support the work the PTO does for our school community!

Welcome Back!

Hello Prussing community, we hope you are all doing as well as can be right now!

2020 continues to present new challenges, exacerbate and expose long-standing inequities, and we are all in a constant state of adaptation, change, and uncertainty. We recognize that this school year will be different, even from the challenges of last year, and the goals of the PTO are a little different as well.

This year the Prussing PTO will focus on supporting the teachers and staff with their efforts to engage and nurture students virtually. We will also be focusing more on maintaining and building our sense of community. While we will do some fundraising to help support the needs of the teachers and staff, it will not be as much as in years past.

As a reminder, if you are a caregiver, guardian, or parent of a child at Prussing, you are already a member of the PTO. This year will require lots of creative thinking and we will rely on your input and participation! What can we do to support our children, our teachers, and our community? Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas. You can always reach us at

We look forward to hearing from you all!

Prussing Elementary PTO Board 2020-2021
Keith Helt – president
Katie Bogacki – vice-president
Gabe Popovich – treasurer
Kate Ward – secretary

remote learning survey

Hello Prussing community,

Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education is conducting a survey to learn how parents and guardians feel CPS is handling remote learning. The survey is quick and available in multiple languages. They will share the results later this month and they hope to use the results to support our students going into the summer and next school year.

The survey is here.

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Take care of each other!


Hello Prussing community!

We hope you are all surviving and coping right now. We have compiled some community resources and information to share with you. If there are any resources you’d like to share, just let us know!

Jefferson Park Mutual Aid:

Food pantry locator:

Information for caregivers at home:

CPS information:

City Wide Resource Finder

Chicago Mutual Financial Aid:

Corona Virus resources in many languages:

Corona Virus Chicago Resources:

Tenant Organizing Toolkit:

National Alliance on Mental Illness
They are helping people navigate through multiple layers of resources – not exclusive to mental health support.

Open House!


On Thursday, March 26th there will be an open house for anyone who is potentially interested in enrolling their children at Prussing Elementary. 

You will hear from our teachers and principals and take a tour of the school. This is a great opportunity to get the answers to all of your Prussing-related questions.

The open house will be on March 26 from 6-7pm.

Prussing Elementary is located at 4650 N. Menard

We hope to see you there!