June 7, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Parents and Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,

This is the final Friday of the 2018-2019 school year. I have to tell you it is not easy for me to send this Prairie Post as it will be the last Prairie Post as the Principal of Prairie Elementary School. I have no idea where the time has gone. The previous four years have just flown by. I want to take this time to say thank you for opening your arms to my family and me for the past four years. I have been moved by your kind words and gestures that have taken place over the last week. For example, the Third Grade Scholars decided to turn their BoxTop Celebration into a Celebration of Appreciation for Mr. Griffin. We had a selfie booth, Batman and Marquette Decals, and Strawberry Ice Cream. I was completely unaware that today was Prairie Bow Tie Day. I even had the opportunity to join our 5th Grade Scholars on their visit to Carroll University and show them the classroom that I taught in last semester. I need you to know that you will truly be missed. You will be in great hands with Principal Solberg. With that being said, I look forward to seeing all of our scholars on Monday, our official last day of school. We have several activities that will take place to engage our scholars. In addition, our 5th Grade Clap Out will begin at 3:20 p.m.. Please join us as our 5th graders walk out of the doors of Prairie for the last time. Always remember, we are BETTER TOGETHER!!! For your information, my forwarding email address is Please stay in touch!

5th Grade Celebration

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The 5th Grade Celebration was a huge hit. I want to thank the Prairie Staff, PTA, Parent Volunteers and our entire school community for guiding our scholars through this phase of their lives. This is just the beginning of the journey and it will take all of us to ensure their future success. Here are a few highlights of the last couple of days.

Happy Retirement, Mrs. Dugan!

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Help us in celebrating the retirement of Lynn Dugan. Lynn Dugan has played a critical role in the development of our school. She will be dearly missed. Mrs. Dugan knows our motto, "Once A Puma, Always A Puma!"

Mrs. Dugan's Farewell Letter

Thank You

We want to thank Madison Corey and Pam Joy as they will be leaving Prairie at the end of the year. They have done amazing work with the scholars at Prairie, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Grade Level Educator Assignments

Here are the grade level assignments for the 2019-2020 school year:

K4: Andrea Lorenz

K5: Heidi Gerlach and Rebecca Taddey, TBA

1st: Lindsey Wieland & Kristin Kobriger

2nd: Melissa Brendel & Jen Baker

3rd: Barb Blott & Kim Ferguson

4th: Tom Haynes & Stacie Winkler

5th: Maria Klassy & Erin Connell

Special Education:

Emily Sowinski

Danielle Schaar

Shaina Gaglione


Conversations around the Orange Playground Structure are ongoing. We hope to communicate a decision to you within the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the possible removal of the playground structure, please do not hesitate to contact us via email. Thank you.

Lock Down Drill

Today we had a practice Lock Down Drill at Prairie. We practice these drills in the event that there was ever an unsafe situation that would take place at Prairie.

Day Of Awesomeness

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The Day of Awesomeness that we received through the Step-It-Up Program was fantastic. We can not thank Mr. Booth and the Step-It-Up Program enough. Our Principal of the Day, Evelyn Foley, welcomed the Step-It-Up Program and supervised all of our scholars as they had a blast. I even heard a rumor that I was nervous about sliding down the inflatables. Remember, that was just a rumor!

Field Day

This is just a reminder that we are having our Field Day on Monday. I would love to have all of our scholars in attendance for our last day of school.

Here are a few reminders:

ALL SCHOLARS WILL NEED TENNIS SHOES in order to participate.

Have your children put on sunscreen as we will be outside most of the day.

Scholars may wear hats when they are outside.

Scholars may bring a cold lunch or a bag lunch will be provided based on the lunch counts.


Upcoming Dates

6/10: Field Day Events

Last day of School

2019-20 School Dates:

8/28: Open House 5:30-6:30 p.m.

9/3: First Day of School

9/19: Picture Day

PTA News

With the end of the year upon us, the Prairie PTA would like to thank all those that have helped in any way big or small throughout the year. A big thank you to Mr. Griffin for your leadership during the year. Thank you to all those who served on the board this year and made this a successful year for our scholars and our teachers. It couldn't have been done without your dedication and hard work.

Moving forward we would like to introduce next years board members:

Stephanie Tuyls will be taking over as President of the PTA.

Michelle Herbner will be continuing as Treasurer.

George DeLeon has been elected to the Treasurer Elect position.

Carrie Schuett has taken over as Secretary.

Sara Schmit has been elected to the Secretary Elect position.

Doug Paczesny will be taking over the Executive Vice President position.

If you are interested in joining the PTA or interested in the vacant President Elect position, please email us at

Have a great Summer!

Health Room Medications

All medications (prescription and over the counter) and inhalers must be picked up by an adult before the end of the year. We cannot send these home directly with students.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Summer iPad Information

iPad repairs over the summer:

* iPads needing repair should be brought to the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha. Summer hours will be announced soon and posted.

* We won't have loaners available over the summer

Summer Storage

* Summer storage is available if you do not wish your child to have their iPad over the summer. Please notify Erika McMahon in our Library is you wish for us to keep the iPad for the summer. Her email is

Supply List

The supply list for the 219-2020 school year has been sent home with students and also available on the link below.

Prairie 2019-20 Supply List


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Summer Meal Programs

The Waukesha School District will have 5 sites serving breakfast and lunch during summer school from June 17th through July 19th. Elementary school sites are Banting, Hadfield & Heyer; middle school is Horning Middle School, and high school is North. The hours of serving are listed on the flyer below.

The summer food program at Waukesha Memorial Hospital will also provide free healthy meals to kids and teens during the summer break from June 11- August 31st. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are also some other additional sites listed on the flyer below entitled "Summer Food, Summer Fun"

ProHealth Summer Meals

Summer Food, Summer Fun

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.