November 20, 2018

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State Report Card

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Dear Families,

Thank you for your interest and engagement in your child’s progress this year.

As you may be aware, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released the 2017-18 state School Report Cards for all public schools in Wisconsin. I’m writing you today to share our scores and our vision moving forward.

The Report Cards are intended to help all schools and districts utilize data on specific measures to target improvement efforts to ensure students are ready for the next educational step – including the next grade level, graduation, college, and careers. According to the data, we met expectations for the 2017-18 school year with a score of 68.8. We are proud of our accomplishments; however, this data actually is a compilation of the past three years of tests that included the Forward Exam scores from 2016-2018.

It is important to remember that one test score taken on one day does not reflect your child’s overall progress. In fact, we are quite excited to report that we are continuing to grow in our team teaching model here at Prairie. We are continuing our work on making thinking visible by using thoughtful logs, and enhancing the discourse and intentional skill development in our small group instruction to meet the needs of our scholars on a daily basis.

Parents and families are an important part of the educational process. We encourage you to continue to support your child by communicating with educators, talking to your scholar about school, and continuing to infuse a love of reading into their nightly activities.

Lastly, we are committed to providing an engaging, student-centered environment that fosters the high academic, emotional, and social growth as stated in the Eye Of The Puma. We thank you for your continued support!

You can access Prairie’s School Report Card here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.


Dennis Griffin Jr.


Message from the Principal

Happy Thanksgiving, Parents and Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,

On behalf of the entire Prairie Staff, I would like to say that we are thankful for every scholar and parent that walks into the doors of Prairie every day. Looking back, I am in awe of the fact that we are at the Thanksgiving Break. Where has the time gone? We are approximately three months into our team teaching model of instruction, and we are continuing to grow every day. We are spending time working on our small group instruction and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of our scholars. Here are a few additional examples of how we are better together.

Thank you to all of the families that came out to celebrate Imagination Night on Tuesday, November 13th. This year we have decided to combine our Literacy and Math Nights to give the scholars a learning experience that aligns with our message of Better Together.

The Student Council did an amazing job sharing the message that we can help keep our custodians safe, especially during the winter months, by refraining from kicking and throwing balls on top of the school roof.

This month our character trait is Respect. This character trait is significant to us as it is one of the pillars that we say every day during our morning announcements. The third grade did a marvelous rendition of R-E-S-P-E-C-T in kicking off the character trait for the month.

We want to thank Mr. Leon Martin, a former Prairie Parent and Current Store Manager for Office Depot, for embracing our Once A Puma, Always A Puma Mantra, by choosing Prairie to be the recipient of additional school supplies.

Imagination Night

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Upcoming Dates

11/21-23: NO SCHOOL

11/27: Hoop Shoot

11/27, 29 & 30: 4K Conferences

11/30: End of 1st Trimester

12/3: Culver's Night

12/7: 4K Conferences

Scrip order deadline

Student Council Meeting

PTA Movie Night

12/11: PTA Meeting

12/18: K-5 Music Concert

12/20: K-5 Music Concert

12/21: Student Council Meeting

12/24-28: Holiday Break

1/2: Classes Resume

PTA News

We are currently in the early stages of planning for Puma Palooza. If anyone is interested in helping lead a committee or just lend a hand, please email This year it is going to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Movie Night is Friday, December 7th. Keep an eye on your scholars folders for more details including start time and the movie that will be shown.

Culver's night is Monday, December 3rd from 5-8 pm. Please stop by and Culver's will donate a portion of all sales to Prairie PTA.

Scrip orders are due Friday, December 7th. Please contact Lisa Franz at for further information or questions. Click here for the order form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

1st Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester of the year will end on November 30, 2018. Report cards will be available for viewing in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal on December 12, 2018. Please read the documents below for more information:

Elementary Report Card Parent Letter

Infinite Campus Instructions

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to our first two Artists of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year!

Remember that being selected as Artist of the Month is not just about the craftsmanship and creativity you put into your art work, but also the leadership and good behavior you show in Art class. This month's Artists of the Month are Calla Zazzi, from 1st grade and Avery Roe, from 3rd grade. Congratulations Ladies!

Health Room News

It's that time of year! The coughs, sniffles, sore throats, etc are starting to hit. Please read the Too Sick for School document to review guidelines for illness and return to school.

As a reminder, ANY medication (including cough drops) must have paperwork on file in the Health Room. All medications must be dropped off and picked up by parents.

School Psychologist Updates

Please click here for regular updates from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist.

Physical Education Newsletter

Click here for Mr. Booth's November Physical Education Newsletter.

School Counseling Newsletter

See below for monthly newsletter from our District School Counselor, Heidi Edwards:

November Social and Emotional Learning

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Prairie has implemented the District's new Safe Arrival attendance protocol. Please read the information on the link below:

Elementary 2018 School Messenger Safe Arrival Program

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Click here for our daily lunch and recess schedule. Hot lunch prices this year are $2.20, .40 for reduced and .40 for milk. Adult prices for lunch are $3.50; you are welcome to come join them for lunch. Please stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor pass.

Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are available on the district website at:

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Paper copies are also available in our office. Please direct any questions you may have to Jessica Huinker at 262-970-1048.

Background checks

Anyone volunteering in a classroom or the school or attending a field trip must have a current background check on file with our District Office. Click here for the link to complete this information. Once approved, there are good for three years. Our office can easily check if your background check is current. Please connect with Mrs. Anderson in the office if you have any questions.

School/Community Activities

All school and community activities are now being posted on the Waukesha School District website under the Community tab and then "Community Connections". Here is the link for easy reference. We also have the same information posted on the Prairie Elementary Website under the "For Families" tab and "Community Connections". Here is the link for your convenience. In addition, these flyers are also available through a quick link called "Peachjar" on the home page of both the school and the district websites.