PRAIRIE POST

February 7, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,


Our learners continued to work on using positive language throughout the week in preparation for our all-school assembly next week. We will share the grand total for the number of times we heard students using positive language at recess with them at the assembly. We are also looking forward to Science & Engineering Day next week. Each learner will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of engineering design challenges and science experiments facilitated by students from the FLIGHT Academy at Horning. Check out your grade level newsletters for an update on winter conferences and watch for a school messenger email to come out from our office with additional conference information. The winter conferences are by teacher or parent request only. Our spring conferences will be for all students and families and will be in the format of a student-led showcase.


Have a great weekend!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Staff Highlight

My name is Stacie Kay Winkler and I'm a fourth grade teacher at Prairie. I've been teaching at Prairie for 16 years now! Before that I taught in Milwaukee and in Texas. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas and got my Masters from Concordia University in Mequon.


My husband and I love traveling and are looking forward to an upcoming trip to Ireland. When we aren't traveling, we enjoy fishing, biking, paddleboarding, hiking, spending time with friends and family, cooking, gardening, and reading. I am looking forward to a great rest of the school year!

Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

2/10: PTA Talent Show Try-outs

2/11: PTA Meeting/Palooza Planning

2/13: STEP IT UP FOR HEART event

Wear Red or Jump Rope/Step it Up for Heart shirts

2/14: Science & Engineering Day

2/17: Talent Show Rehearsal

2/20: Winter Conferences/Book Fair

2/21: PTA Art & Talent Showcase/Book Fair

2/28: Early Release

PTA News

PRAIRIE'S GOT TALENT!

Permission slips were due back on Monday, February 3rd. Please e-mail ptaprairie@gmail.com if you haven't turned in a form but would still like to participate. Practice will be Monday, February 10th, after school, until about 5 pm. It will give the kids a chance to practice the routine and walk through performing in front of the group. Next Monday, February 17th, we will practice in the gym so they can practice on stage from 6-7:30. I will also e-mail all performers using the e-mail listed on their form. Any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thanks to all the kids who got forms in. We have so many fabulous performers this year!


As we stated previously, we are in the beginning stages of planning Puma Palooza, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are really hoping to make it a bang to add funds for our playground project! We would love to see new faces and minds come together to help plan the event. We are planning to meet before the PTA Meetings from 5:30-6:30. Feel free to join us! We would love to get new donations, funds to help support activities or even businesses supporting activities. If you have a company who would like to be at the event, donate to the event or have ideas, you can email us as well at ptaprairie@gmail.com.


Box Tops

Box Top update: We have finally hit over $900 in box tops. We are currently at $922. Next in school collection will be on Monday, February 10th. We still need more box tops for an all school PJ day! Keep them coming in. Students may turn in box tops to their classroom teacher, and check out the bulletin board in the hallway to our see our progress!


Scholastic Book Fair

Our next Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! We will be open during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 20 4:30-7:30 and during the talent show on Friday, February 21 6:00-8:00. Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring classes to the fair on Thursday, February 20 during the school day. Please visit our book fair website to set up your child's e-wallet for shopping during the school day or if you aren't able to make it to the fair you can use the website to shop online!


https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool4


PTA Dates:

Forms for talent show were due: 2/3

PTA Meeting: 2/11

Talent Show practice: 2/10 3:50pm-5pm

Talent Show Practice: (on stage) : 2/17 6-7:30

Book Fair during Conferences: 2/20

Art & Talent Show and Book Fair: 2/21

Skateland Day: 3/8


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email ptaprairie@gmail.com.

Yearbook order forms

Yearbook order forms have been sent home with students. Yearbooks were not ordered with picture packages in the fall.


There is an option to order online at www.inter-state.com/yearbook with order code 46811T. Paper and online orders are due by February 19, 2020.

Step it Up

Step It Up for Heart - After school event for 3rd-5th grade students

On Thursday, February 13th, we will hold our after school jumping event for any 3rd-5th grade student who has handed in a permission slip.. The permission slip is attached here if you did not get one. Feel free to come in and watch the kids show off the skills that they have been practicing in class. It is a night filled with fun and exercise for all.

Thank you again for your support.

Mr. Booth

Artists of the Month

February's Artists of the Month are 1st grader, Kylie Smith, and 4th grader, Cullen Streator. Both students are excellent examples of how hard work, focus and persistence pay off. Congratulations Kylie & Cullen!

Physical Education News

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

Elks Hoop Shoot

Congratulations to Evelyn Dixson and Cameron Becker on advancing to the District competition that was held on January 25th.


Evelyn took second in her division and Cameron won his division. He will move on to the state competition in Wausau on Saturday, February 8th!


Thank you to these scholars for representing Prairie and the Puma Way! Good luck, Cameron, at your next competition!

Attendance

As we have hit the halfway point of the year, many parents are receiving attendance letters from our office. These letters are generated automatically through Infinite Campus when your child hits either 10 days of tardiness or 5 days absent (any or all of a day), and are intended to keep you informed of your child's attendance. Upon exceeding 10 days of absences (any or all of a day), you may be required to submit a doctor's note for any future absences to avoid the absence being marked as truant. In that case, you would again be informed in writing.


We encourage you to get a doctor's note for any medical or dental appointment your child may have requiring any absence from school. A "medically excused" absence does not count in the total number of days absent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

Important Enrollment Dates to Know

Dec 1: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Opens at 8:00 AM

Dec 2: 4K & New Student Enrollment Begins

Dec 7: We are Waukesha Enrollment & Family Fun Event at North High School 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Dec 16: District Wide “See it Live”

Jan 10: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Closes at 4:30 PM (Late Applications will not be accepted)

Jan 17: Intra-District Transfer/Secondary(Grades 6-12) School Choice notifications will be emailed home

Jan 24: Secondary School Choice Online Commitments Due

Jan 31: 4K Enrollment Ends for the lottery

Feb 7: 4K Lottery at the Lindholm Building 2:00 pm

Feb 14: 4K Site Placement will be emailed home

March 13: Intra-District Transfer/Elementary School Choice notifications will be emailed home

Too Sick for School

Cold and flu season is upon us. Please read the document below entitled "Too Sick for School" for important guidelines on when you should keep your child home with illness and the appropriate return timeframe. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Verhagen in our Health Room at 262-970-2215 or jlverhagen@waukesha.k12.wi.us.


Too Sick for School

News from the School Guidance Program

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

February Guidance Newsletter

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.

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.

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.