April 26, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Hello, Parents and Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,

The Prairie PTA Puma Palooza is right around the corner. This week we have used riddles to provide hints to a special event that will take place at the Puma Palooza. We will unveil what the special event will be this Monday. Stay tuned and we can not wait to see you at the Puma Palooza next week.

Mother Nature is enjoying the opportunity to play guess what the weather will be today. I heard a rumor that it might actually snow this weekend. With that being said, please make sure that our scholars are dressing for the weather as we want to do everything possible to avoid anyone from becoming ill.

I want to encourage all parents to continue to help us by adhering to our pick-up/drop-off procedures. We have these procedures in place to ensure the safety of every member of our school community.

Have a PAWSOME weekend!

Principal Search

We are pleased to tell you that Mrs. Carly Solberg has been announced as the new Principal of Prairie, pending School Board approval on Wednesday, May 8th.

The letter sent to parents yesterday is below.

Prairie Principal Announcement

Upcoming Dates

4/29: Grade 5 Band Fittings for Middle School

4/30: Grade 5 Brewers Game

5/1: Coding Classes

5/3: Student Council Meeting

5/4: Puma Palooza

5/6: PTA Culver's Night

5/11: WEF Run/Walk

5/14: PTA Meeting

5/17: Student Council Meeting

Scrip order deadline

PTA News

Puma Palooza

Puma Palooza is on May 4th from 11-5pm. Come join us for activities and entertainment throughout the day. A $10 wristband gets you access to lots of great activities throughout the day. We will have Papa Murphy's pizza and hot dogs for an additional charge at our concession stand. There is also a surprise event that is taking place with Mr. Griffin that you do not want to miss.

We are still in need of volunteers to help for this event. This event can only take place with lots of help from our community. Please consider signing up for a time slot at

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during the Puma Palooza as well as designated afternoons the following week. Please click on the link for more information as well as the schedule for when your child's class is signed up to attend during the school day. This is a Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair and a great opportunity to get some summer reading books!

Culver's Night

Culvers night is May 6th from 5-8pm. Stop by and Culvers will donate 10% of sales to Prairie PTA.

Box Tops

The final Box Tops deadline for this year is Friday, May 10th. Box Tops is changing their program next year and will be doing everything electronically. So, search your cupboards high and low and turn in all the Box Tops you can find! The classroom competition is a tight race. Third grade is currently in first place but they are only leading 4K/5K by twelve! Which class will get to have a party with Mr. Griffin?!

Make up Days for Inclement Weather

School will be extended one day at the end of this year to Monday, June 10, 2019, due to our multiple snow days this year. Click below for the district's message.

Snow Make Up Days

Health Room News

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears."

CDC Measles - Top Things Parents Need to Know About Measles

As always, please review 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.

Waukesha Education Foundation News

Please read the Waukesha Education Foundations's newsletter below. Thank you to this wonderful organization for all they do to support our schools, staff and families.

WEF Community News

Family Mental Health Nights

You are Invited to Join...

Community Mental Health Partnership Parent Nights

-Informational sessions for Parents and Guardians-

How can I Help? Increasing my Child’s Emotional-Regulation

May 21, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Hawthorne LAB School

1111 Maitland Dr, Waukesha, WI 53188

All parents have experienced tantrums, but when should parents reach out for help? What can parents do to increase their children’s self-control skills and learn effective ways to de-escalate their children.

The Community Mental Health Provider (CMHP), Amanda Rochwite, ATR, LPC of Family Service of Waukesha is preparing three informational sessions for parents or guardians to provide knowledge, support, and useful tools. Each session will be hosted at a School District of Waukesha Elementary School. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all three sessions. Refreshments will be provided.

Amanda Rochwite is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor employed through Family Service of Waukesha. Her position is funded by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide mental health support in 5 School District of Waukesha elementary schools. Her role is to build and support educator and parent understanding and ability to adapt mental health concepts into useful strategies to effectively reach and teach students influenced by mental health challenges.

Daily Office Procedures/Check In

As a reminder, parents cannot be anywhere in the building without checking in at the office and receiving a pass. The pass is processed through a system that uses your driver's license. Please have it available when you come in. We welcome your visits for lunch and planned visits to the classrooms.

If you are picking up your child for an appointment, we will call the classroom when you arrive and have the student come to the office. We request that you wait in the lobby for your child to come. Also, if you are dropping off something to be delivered to your child, we will take it in the office and deliver it for you. This avoids the processing of the pass and disruption in your child's classroom.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office. More details on the Raptor check-in system are detailed later in this newsletter.

Physical Education Newsletter

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

School Psychologist Updates

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

School Counselor Newsletter

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

April Parent Newsletter

Raptor Check In Procedures

As you are aware, the district has started a new process for checking in visitors to the school. If you are coming in to the school during the day and staying in the building in any capacity (visiting for lunch, volunteering in a classroom, meeting with a teacher, etc), you will need to submit your driver's license. We will process it through our Raptor system and print a badge for you to wear. If you just need to drop something off or are signing in your child, you will not need to be checked in. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all our scholars safe!

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.