October 11, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

I hope that you all cleared your calendars for the dance this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there on Saturday. Thank you to the PTA for all of their preparation and planning to make this awesome event for our learners possible!

We will continue to learn about how to prevent bullying by being upstanders throughout the month of October. Take a look at the video below called, "You're Braver Than You Believe." All students will watch this video this week to continue to discuss how our actions can impact others. This theme of being upstanders helps us create the type of community that we read about in The Big Umbrella earlier this year... the type of community where all members feel a sense of belonging.

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


You're Braver Than You Believe | Winnie The Pooh | Disney

Staff Spotlight

My name is Mr. Booth, and I have been teaching Physical Education at Prairie Elementary for the past 12 years. Prior to teaching at Prairie I taught for 15 years at Hawthorne Elementary. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and earned my Masters Degree in Sports Administration from La Crosse. I have been married to my wife, Renae for 25 years and we have two wonderful boys. Austin, 22, just graduated from UW Wisconsin in May and is now working for 1 year and then plans to attend Law School. Aric, 20, is a Sophomore at UW Wisconsin and is in the Business School studying Actuarial Science and plays on their club soccer team. During the summer, I manage the pool at Merrill Hills which keeps me busy. My favorite pastime is doing things with my family. We love to camp, golf, play tennis and do almost anything active. Go PUMAS!

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

10/12: PTA Halloween Dance

10/15: Grade 5 to Water Utility

10/16: PTA Taco John's Night

10/28: Vision Screening

10/30: Grade 1 to Planetarium


10/31: NO SCHOOL

PTA News

WOW! Another Friday come and gone! Don't forget tomorrow is the Halloween dance! We really hope you can join us for a spooktacular time! There's dancing, a photo booth, costume contests, crafts and even a mummy contest! The dance will run 5-7:30 pm. If you are still wanting to help, we have a few spots available to fill. Adults who come in costume also get in FREE! Please plan to join us for a night of fun, games and dancing!

Our first box top collection will be next Friday, October 18th. Collect those box tops while we still can as they are going digital.

Lastly, we are updating our bylaws. I will finish those and get them out in next weeks post!

Upcoming Important dates:

Halloween Dance: 10/12/19

Taco Johns: 10/16/19

Boxtops: 10/18/19

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

School Pictures

School pictures were sent home with students today. If you did not order a package, you will be given a page with the picture proof and information to order online if you wish. If your child was absent on picture day or if you have unhappy with your photos, we will have a retake day on Thursday, November 7th. Please return original package of pictures if you wish them retaken.

Art to Remember

Prairie is again participating in the Art to Remember program. Order forms will be coming home on October 23rd and will show your child's art design. There will be an online order option as well. Funds raised will benefit Prairie's art program.

Christmas Clearing Council

It is the time of year to distribute Christmas Clearing Council applications! For those who do not know, the Christmas Clearing Council (CCC) helps provide Christmas gifts for families who may struggle to afford gifts for their children. It is an awesome program that many families utilize each year. There are a few qualifications: you must be a Waukesha County resident AND your child must be eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch and/or meet the household income eligibility requirements. Please feel free to fill out the application (one per family), and send back to Mr. Endsley or the Prairie Office.

Applications are DUE Friday November 15, 2019.

Printable Application:

You can also find paper copies of the application in the Prairie Office.

5th Grade Cross Country Run

Race week is almost upon us! Many of our 5th graders are participating in the annual Cross Country Run on October 16th at Waukesha West High School.

We wish them well and will publish the results next week.

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's October newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

Below are the October newsletters from our School Guidance program. These contain information on our monthly lessons and valuable resources regarding Social Emotional Learning.

October Newsletter K-3

October Newsletter 4 & 5

Parents ACT Now Resource

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Our district offers the Safe Arrival Program for easy attendance reporting for your children. Please review the document below for details. If you previously used this app and have changed your email address in Infinite Campus this year, you may need to create a new School Messenger account.

2019 Safe Arrival Protocol

Daily Schedule - Lunch & Recess

Click here for a copy of our Daily Schedule showing arrival and dismissal locations as well as lunch and recess time for all grades.

Annual Online Registration

Please make sure to complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need your login and password information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson at This registration gives important permissions needed for your child for iPad use, picture/video taping, and field trips.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal - click on the icon for the Infinite Campus Portal on the upper right part of the page.

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

Background checks

If you are interested in volunteering at Prairie in a classroom or chaperoning a field trip, you will need to have a current approved background check on file. This may be completed online through Secure Volunteer. Once approved, background checks are good for three years.

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.