PRAIRIE POST

March 5, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends & Families,


We have had so much fun celebrating Read Across America this week! We watched videos of different staff members reading books, participated in activities based on the books, and welcomed virtual guest readers to our Prairie Community. We had a nurse and firefighters read to us this week! Next week we will read with an engineer, our Director of Educator Development, and our Superintendent! We have also done daily book raffles! All families are welcome to take a family selfie with your favorite books on your learner's iPad. We will print these selfies and add them to our bulletin board. Take a look at some of the pictures from Read Across America below!


Last week Thursday the Speak Up, Speak Out letter was shared with K-5 families across our school district. All students viewed a video from our school counselor, Mrs. Edwards, to review the importance of reporting things that are unsafe to a trusted adult and to learn about the SUSO app. Here are some additional talking points if you are interested in discussing the purpose of the app further and emphasizing the importance of telling a trusted adult to report something that is unsafe.


We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Upcoming Dates


3/7: Scholastic Online Book Fair Ends

3/8: End of Trimester 2

3/9: Wear something you have to read!

PTA Meeting

3/10: Spring Conferences

3/11: Snuggle up with a good book . . . and wear your pajamas!

3/15: PTA Panera Night

3/24: Spring Conferences

Spring Conferences

We will host our Spring Conferences on Wednesday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 24th, from 4:15-7:15 p.m. via WebEx. Instructions for sign-up are on the link below:


Spring Conference Sign Up for Families - Prairie 20-21


Please sign up by Wednesday, March 3rd.

PTA News

Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest that is happening with the PTA. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas-257860434257555


SCHOLASTIC ONLINE BOOK FAIR: February 22-March 7th. Our online Scholastic Book Fair is still open! It’s not too late to discover new books, find favorite characters, and complete series. Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. All orders ship direct to home. Last chance to buy books is Sunday, March 7. Visit our homepage now to start the fun: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool4



GOT SNEAKERS FUNDRAISER: Thank you to all of those who have already donated shoes to our fundraiser. As spring cleaning is starting up remember this is an ongoing fundraiser so keep searching for shoes! Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Prairie PTA? Prairie PTA is participating in a fundraiser where you donate your shoes. All we need is your support and your gently worn, used ,or new sneakers! Here’s how you can help. Start in your and your family’s closets and gather as many pairs of sneakers that you no longer want; maybe you’ve out-grown them, they’re out of style, or out of season. If you and your household have 20 pairs, great! If not, don’t worry. You can ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and anyone in your social networks to help out. Every pair counts! The sneakers that we all collect will help raise money to support Prairie PTA AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.


All you have to do is send your children to school with your sneakers or drop them off at school. Please no boots or dress shoes or sandals. Every pair that is donated earns up to $7 per pair.


PANERA NIGHT UPCOMING: Monday, March 15th from 4-8 p.m. Flyer in Friday folders today.


SCRIP: Did you know e-gift cards can be purchased at anytime to benefit our school? From the convenience of your phone using the RaiseRight app, cards can be purchased and are available for use within your "wallet" within minutes of purchase. With the Panera night approaching in March, please consider signing up for the RaiseRight app to purchase e-cards and start earning today. Panera cards offer an 8% rebate! Please use enrollment code: B9E5138425513

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Paczesny at sarahpaczesny@gmail.com.


OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR: We have openings for a President, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for next year. Please consider serving in this capacity for your child's school. If interested, please contact ptaprairie@gmail.com


AMAZON SMILE: Our PTA also participates in the Amazon Smile program. Connect your Amazon purchases to automatically donate a percentage of your purchase back to Prairie Elementary. Sign up at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1461747


SCRIP GIFT CARDS: While e-gift cards in your wallet are convenient, you now have the option to order physical gift cards delivered directly to your home for all your gifting needs through the Raise Right/Shop with Scrip fundraising program. Select from 250+ brands, including top sellers like Amazon.com, The Home Depot®, and Walmart. Contact Sarah Paczesny at sarahpaczesny@gmail.com to sign up for the program today!


https://youtu.be/S1bvp5H82DY

School Messenger - Opt in for Text Messages

The School Messenger system we use to communicate messages to you has an option for text messages. In order to receive these messages, please text to 67587. You will receive a message back asking you to opt in to receive these.


This is helpful for us in the event of notifying parents of a classroom quarantine or school emergency.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Waukesha County Covid Testing

Waukesha County has notified our district of several new COVID testing opportunities where children and their families can receive testing. More information about hours, and the registration process to sign up for a testing time, can be found at:


https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/HealthAndHumanServices/PublicHealth/public-health-preparedness/COVID19/public-testing-sites/

School Lunches Free until 6/9/2021

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School Counseling Newsletter

Click below for the monthly newsletter from our School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Edwards.


March Newsletter - Mindfulness for the Family

Student Services Update

Please click here for an update from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist, and Mrs. Ebbinger-Bentley, our School Social Worker.

Weekly Science Newsletter

Our Environmental Education Department is publishing a weekly newsletter entitled "Learning Outdoors". Please take a look every week for some facts, information and events.

Early Pick Up for Students

If you need to pick up your student early for any reason or for appointments during the day, please come in to the lobby and buzz the office. We will call your child down at that point and sign them out from the office. It is helpful to email the teacher and Mrs. Anderson of expected times so we can try to have them ready to leave.

Dropping off Supplies

We have a new procedure in place if you need to drop off student materials during the day (lunch, homework, jackets, iPads, etc). The outside door to the lobby of the school is open. There are "drop off tickets" on the table inside the door. Please complete your child's name, grade/teacher, and the item being delivered with any special instructions. We will deliver it to the classroom just as soon as we can. Thank you for your support.

School Fees

All school fees have been assigned in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Fees can be paid by credit card through this portal or by cash/check in the Prairie office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

School/Community Activities


All school and community activities are now being posted on the Waukesha School District and Prairie Elementary School home page via the "Peachtree/flyer" link on the left side.