PRAIRIE POST

February 19, 2018

Principal's Message

This week we wanted to try something different and send the Prairie Post out on Monday as opposed to Friday. One of the core tenants at Prairie is to look to enhance our ability to communicate effectively with all of our students, parents, and community members. I would like to begin by saying that our hearts go out to the families in Parkland, Florida. I want to thank our families for continuously following the guideline that has been established by the School District of Waukesha. If you have any questions or concerns about our safety protocols, please do not hesitate to contact me.


We had a great time as Mr. Booth led our Jump Rope For Heart campaign last Wednesday. It is always a pleasure to see the smiles on our scholar's faces as they seek to become healthier and understand what they can do to help serve others.


We are honored to have our partnership with J.K.Lee continue this year as they will be working with all of our scholars this week in physical education class.


This week we will also have our first round of Student-Led Conferences. We look forward to sharing the success of our scholars with you. We are thankful that you are willing to ensure the academic, emotional, and social success of all of our scholars to us every day. The reports that you receive represent this moment in time. We are developing additional plans to ensure that our scholars continue to progress through their learning continuums. Thank you for letting us be part of their journey.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!

2/20: Voting

2/21: Conferences & Book Fair

2/22: Early Release @1:40 p.m.

2/23: NO SCHOOL

2/26-3/2: Read Across America Week

2/27: Black History Month Program

2/28: Grade 5 to Biz Town

3/1: Conferences & Book Fair

3/2: Battle of the Books

PTA News

Upcoming PTA Events:


Conference Dinners – Wed. Feb. 21st and Thu. March 1st: For years, PTA has provided a great buffet for teachers and staff on Conference nights – help us do so by signing up here: Spring Conference Sign Up


Book Fair: Wed. Feb. 21st and Thu. March 1st 4P-7:30P during Conferences. Information on the book fair was sent home recently and the online book fair runs from 2/16-3/1. If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Jackson at stephaniejax1410@gmail.com


Restaurant Night: Mon., March 5th 5-8 p.m. at Culver’s on Sunset. Come join your Prairie friends at Culver's. The flavor of the day will be Turtle.


Contact Us

PTA President Erica Kasseckert - 414-510-2121 ericak0409@gmail.com

Treasurer Andy Roberts-262-442-8124 drew_pr@hotmail.com

Secretary Clare Treichel - treichelclare@gmail.com

PTA questions or comments are also welcome at any time at PTAPrairie@gmail.com.

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas. Visit our new website - https://sites.google.com/view/prairie-pta/home

Conferences

Prairie's conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 21st and Thursday, March 1st, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Grade 5 will hold their conferences in the Library. Grades 3 & 4, art, music and gym specialists, and special education staff will be in the gym. Grades 4K-2 will be held in their classrooms. Sign up sheets for those grades have been sent out from those educators. Please contact your child's educator if you did not receive it or have any questions.

Book Fair

We will hold a Scholastic Book Fair during the conference sessions on Wednesday, February 21st and Thursday, March 1st. Click here for more details.

"Souper Bowl" Soup Drive

On behalf of Prairie's Student "Puma Council", thank you for your donations to our "Souper Bowl" Soup Drive. We accurately predicted the winner of the Super Bowl this year. Our score was:


Philadelphia Eagles 319

New England Patriots 42


The real winners are the Waukesha Food Pantry and the clients they serve! Thank you for supporting this worthwhile project.

Optimist Swim Meet

The Optimist Swim Meet is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Waukesha South High School. Practice dates and times are listed on the permission slip form. Here are the forms that have been sent home with all 3rd-5th grade scholars:


Prairie Initial Swim Letter 2018


Prairie Elementary Swimming & Diving Permission Slip

Jump Rope for Heart

We had a great after school event for Jump Rope for Heart on Wednesday, February 14th. Please click here for Mr. Booth's weekly newsletter on this event and our fundraising status.

School District Community Focus Group

The second in a series of focus groups hosted by the School District of Waukesha will take place on Monday, February 19, at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria at Horning Middle School, 2000 Wolf Road. All district families are invited to attend. No RSVP is necessary. Child care will be provided, as well as a Spanish interpreter.


At the last focus group, the district revealed an initial concept to: renovate and provide improved security at Horning and Les Paul middle schools; build a new middle school on district-owned property on the city’s west side to house students currently at Butler Middle School; remodel Butler to become a K-8 STEM school; and sell or re-purpose the STEM Randall and Saratoga campuses.


Please click here for more detailed information.

Yearbook Order Forms

Yearbook order forms went home with all of our scholars recently and are due by February 20, 2018. The cost this year is $11.00 and is only available to order at this time. You did not place a yearbook order in the fall with your picture orders. You may send the envelope back with cash or check payable to Interstate Studio or order online at www.inter-state.com/yearbook with the order code of 25581N. If you have any questions or need an additional order form, please contact our office.

Black History Month Performance


On January 31st, Prairie Elementary was fortunate enough to have African performer Lucky Diop and his talented group of student drummers & dancers present to the students and staff. This assembly, organized by Prairie’s Culture Committee, was the kick-off of our (February) Celebration of Black History Month. This was an extremely lively and engaging performance that included student participation in the forms of dance and song. Students were in awe of the skills and talent demonstrated by the student drummers & dancers. Traditional Kente’ cloth costumes were worn by the drummers & dancers. This helped to make connections for many students, as they have been engaged in learning about traditional instruments and crafts of Africa. Students have also been busy researching information to create an informative poster highlighting notable African Americans throughout history. All students and staff were active participants in this high-energy, informative presentation.

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Illness

It's the time of year . . . lots of colds, sore throats and stomach viruses. Please see the link below for guidelines on when to keep your child home from school. You will be contacted from our health room staff if your child runs a fever over 100 degrees or has vomiting/diarrhea at school. We ask that they be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.


Too Sick for School

Inclement Weather

Our District Superintendent, Mr. Gray, has issued a statement regarding the decision making process on whether or not to close school during winter inclement weather. Please click here to read his letter. The district will update their website as soon as possible when weather conditions warrant a school closing.

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.