September 18, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends and Families,

I was able to visit many classrooms throughout the week and the amount of learning that I see is quite impressive! Take a look at some of the pictures below to see a few highlights. The commitment to learning, building a sense of community, and safety is clear when you travel throughout the school.

For our face to face learners... next week our learners will be learning about the MAP assessment. They will take the MAP assessment the week of September 28th. This year, along with the rest of our school district, we will take the MAP assessment three times (fall, winter, spring). The MAP assessment is one of many data points that we use to learn more about where our learners are at and what their needs are in math and literacy. Kindergarten through fifth grade students take the math portion of the MAP assessment and second-grade through fifth-grade students take the reading portion. We have a different assessment, called PALS, that we use for kindergarten and first-grade. MAP is taken on student iPads and takes anywhere from 20 minutes (for our younger learners) to an hour (for our older learners). When we introduce this assessment to our learners, we remind them to do their very best to show us what they know and we also emphasize that there is never anything to be nervous about. This assessment just helps teachers to know how to best teach each student. This should not feel like a high-pressure situation for any of our learners.

For our SDW Virtual learners... more information about when and how the MAP test will be administered will be shared with you in the near future. The MAP schedule will be different for our SDW Virtual learners than it does for our face to face learners.

We look forward to reviewing this data, along with all of the other assessment data that we collect from our learners, to better inform our instruction in order to accelerate growth for all of our Prairie Pumas!

We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!

Carly Solberg


PTA News

Hello Parents and Staff! We are so excited to kick off the school year 20-21 with so many new and friendly members! We had our first meeting on the 8th and discussed all off the potential fundraising opportunities in these uncertain times. We are optimistic this will be the best year at Prairie yet. See the dates below for some fundraising nights coming up at Culver's and Taco John's. Swing by and show your Puma Pride. Have a fantastic week, families and teachers!

October 5th - Culver's Night from 5-8 p.m.

October 14th - Taco John's Night from 4-8 p.m.

Waukesha County Covid Testing

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School Lunches Free until 12/31/20

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Early Pick Up for Students

If you need to pick up your student early for any reason or for appointments during the day, please come in to the lobby and buzz the office. We will call your child down at that point and sign them out from the office. It is helpful to email the teacher and Mrs. Anderson of expected times so we can try to have them ready to leave.

Dropping off Supplies

We have a new procedure in place if you need to drop off student materials during the day (lunch, homework, jackets, iPads, etc). The outside door to the lobby of the school is open. There are "drop off tickets" on the table inside the door. Please complete your child's name, grade/teacher, and the item being delivered with any special instructions. We will deliver it to the classroom just as soon as we can. Thank you for your support.

Picture Day

School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 24th. Online ordering is preferred this year. Here is a copy of their brochure to view the packages and choices available. Please use the school order code of 51602KA.

Our virtual families are invited to come from 9:15-11:15 a.m. for their pictures. Virtual families will be receiving a separate email with instructions. Please use the same online ordering process.

Your child's picture will still be taken for the yearbook even if you do not order pictures. Yearbooks are ordered at a later date. Smile!

Student Services Update

Please click here for an update from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist, and Mrs. Ebbinger-Bentley, our School Social Worker.

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, etc.

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

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.