November 15, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

It was a great week at Prairie! This week we're celebrating a school board presentation, growth on our state report card and Veteran's Day. Classes celebrated our veterans in several different ways throughout the week. To highlight a few... second grade worked together to create a puzzle that revealed a picture of a veteran (below) and then they learned more about how veterans play a special role in our community. Kindergarten learned about who veterans are and what they do. Then they created soldiers to show what they learned (below).

State report cards were released this week. In 2017-2018 Prairie received a score of 68.8 and landed in the "Meets Expectations" category. In 2018-2019 Prairie received a score of 74.7 and landed in the "Exceeds Expectations" category. This is an increase to celebrate! Based on the 2018-2019 district report card, the School District of Waukesha was #3 in comparison to the 10 largest school districts in the state.

On Wednesday a team of Prairie educators and students presented to the school board to highlight our work around social-emotional learning. We taught the school board about Second Step, Zones of Regulation and Playworks. We even taught them a strategy from our Zen Zones called "Belly Breathing." Everyone at the school board meeting joined us in taking three belly breaths to prepare for the remainder of the meeting.

Report cards will be coming out at the end of the first trimester. Please view this "IC Parent Information 2019-2020" document to learn more about how to view your child's progress.

This year we are hosting three music concerts throughout the year. Please mark your calendars for the following dates so that you are able to listen to our talented musicians:

  • 4th & 5th Grade: December 17th at 6:30pm
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade: March 3rd at 6:30pm
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade: May 27th at 6:00pm

More specific information around concerts will be shared with the families of students in these grade levels as the various concerts approach.

Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Lorenz

I am excited to be in my 3rd year teaching 4K here at Prairie! Prior to Praire, I taught at two other SDW schools and have spent 15 years working in the early childhood field. In addition to teaching our littlest learners, I am one of the advisors for Prairie’s 4th and 5th student council. I recently finished my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through UW-Whitewater and am already looking into my next learning experience!

I live in Lisbon with my husband and our 2 children, Oliver (11) and Poppy (9). When I am not teaching, I can often be found gardening, camping, reading or watching my children participate in swimming, tennis, and scouting.

I feel so blessed to be part of the Prairie community. I am thankful for all of the support given to me by the staff, students and families here at Prairie Elementary

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

11/26: End of 1st Trimester

11/27-29: NO SCHOOL

12/4: Grade 3 to First Stage

12/6: Scrip Deadline

PTA Movie Night

12/10: PTA Meeting

12/17: Grades 4 & 5 Music Concert

PTA News

Marcus Ticket orders were sent home with students this week. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Herbner at

Important Upcoming Dates:

Movie Night: 12/6

Papa Murphy's: 12/12

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

Artist of the Month

It's back! The Artists of the Month Award is back at Prairie again this year. One student from K-2nd grades and one student from 3rd-5th grades is selected each month for this honor. Students are selected not only for their artistic ability, creativity and craftsmanship, but also for their ability to model great behavior and kindness for others in the art room.

November's Artists of the Month are First Grader, Sophia Born and 3rd grader, Calek Smith. Congratulations artists!

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's November newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

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

November 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

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.