March 6, 2020
Message from the Principal
Hello Prairie Families,
We celebrated Read Across America at Prairie this week. Students read with buddy classes, participated in an all-school read in, decorated doors to show our love for reading, and I had the opportunity to read with every classroom! It was a fun-filled week where we were able to celebrate our love for reading.
Have a great weekend!
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Music Concert Date Change
SKATELAND THIS WEEKEND!
Join us at Skateland on Sunday, March 8th, for our family fun day!!!! The event is 4pm-6pm, $&7 including skate rental.
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 Meeting this week 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 email@example.com.
Skateland Day: 3/8
PTA Meeting: 3/10
If you have any questions or need additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Communicable Disease Messages from Deputy Superintendent
March 5, 2020 - Letter 2
Due to the increase in reported cases of influenza and the media attention given to the coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, we have sent out several different communications to staff and families. One was sent on February 28, 2020, and another sent earlier today. Please read those communications so you are aware how we are monitoring the situation and working to maintain the health and safety of all students and staff.
Additionally, Spring Break and another long weekend are around the corner. The CDC has several Warning Level 3 areas which states that travelers avoid all nonessential travel. We are urging families and employees to follow the CDC recommendations, which may include self-quarantine, depending on the region of the world visited. If you are traveling to an identified at risk region, you are to follow the CDC guidelines upon your return. You can access information from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/ and travel alerts at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/. Please understand that travel to certain areas may require quarantine upon return and that the CDC and World Health Organization are monitoring and updating travel alerts daily. Be sure to follow the district Too Sick for School Guidelines referenced in today’s earlier letter should your child need to stay home to due illness or potential illness.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. The District is monitoring this situation closely, following the guidance of national, state and local agencies, and will take all necessary steps to ensure the health of our students and staff. Please do not reply directly to this email as it is being sent from an unmonitored account.
Joe Koch, PhD
School District of Waukesha
March 5, 2020 - Letter 1
Dear Families and Staff:
Last week we communicated information to you regarding our efforts to address communicable diseases and suggestions for you to implement in your home. Part of that message is repeated here.
Due to the increase in reported cases of influenza and the media attention given to the coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, we are reaching out to families to share recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for keeping your family safe and healthy, and preventing the spread of communicable illnesses. Additionally, we are writing to let you know of the steps we are taking as a district to minimize the impact of communicable diseases.
First, the CDC is recommending the following actions to prevent infection:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard tissue in trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
In addition, please help us prevent the spread of illness in our schools by reviewing the district’s “Too Sick For School” guidelines, and keeping your child home when they are ill. As a reminder, the “Too Sick For School” guidelines require that your child be vomit-free, diarrhea-free, and fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before they return to school. A fever is defined by the district as a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit when taken orally.
Secondly, the district is taking the following steps to monitor absenteeism and increase our cleaning efforts.
Attendance at each school location is being monitored daily to look for patterns of increased illness
The district nursing staff, attendance staff, and technology department are working on specific absence codes to address excused absences for illness that allow us to monitor the symptoms causing the illness
The district facilities department has purchased additional cleaning supplies to disinfect our school locations
The district facilities department is prepared to deploy additional custodial staff to school locations that are reporting higher absenteeism due to illness.
It is important to note that the district has already implemented several steps including increased cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in recent months due to our monitoring of Influenza and other illnesses.
Please do not reply directly to this email as it is being sent from an unmonitored account.
If you have further questions, please reach out to the Waukesha County Public Health Department at 262-896-8430 or access their website at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/publichealth.
Joe Koch, PhD
School District of Waukesha
Lost & Found
Optimist Swim Meet
WAUKESHA OPTIMIST CLUB
2020 Elementary School Swim Meet
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
CALLING ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS!
Do you like to swim? Do you like to dive into the pool? If so, then you should consider
joining the Prairie Swim Team.
Practice will begin in mid-March (Dates listed on permission slip below). We are allowed up to 5 practices to prepare for the meet. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible. We understand that families have other commitments which may not allow swimmers to make every practice.
This event is for beginner/novice swimmers in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. It is designed to give swimmers the opportunity to see what a swim team and a swim meet are like. Most importantly, it is designed for swimmers to have FUN with friends and teammates.
The events are grouped by grade and gender: 3rd graders vs. 3rd graders; 4th graders vs. 4th graders; and 5th graders vs. 5th graders. Girls race against girls; Boys race against boys. Individual 25 yd swimming events will have preliminary races and a final race of the top 8 finishers. Relay and 50 yd. events will be timed finals. Each swimmer can only participate in two individual events.
NOTE: Swimmers must not have been on a competitive swim team after October 2019!
The plunge is a dive into the water and participants glide as far as possible for distance, without kicking or using arms.
25 yd Freestyle
25 yd Backstroke
25 yd Breaststroke
50 yd Freestyle
100 yd Freestyle Relay - 4 Swimmers. Coaches will announce relay teams at practice. Teams are based on fastest individual times.
All swimmers MUST be able to swim 1 length of the pool or 25 yards, unassisted. (without grabbing the sides or touching the bottom)
We look forward to meeting all of this year’s teammates soon!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Youth Art Month
Over 85 Prairie artists now have work on display at the Waukesha Public Library. Congratulations to the following Prairie artists. The students work is on display now at the Waukesha Public Library, upstairs in the children's section. The work will be on display for the entire month of March. There is a reception for artists and their families on Wednesday, March 18th, from 4:00-6:00pm.
Mason De Souza
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
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
News from the School Guidance Program
Safe Arrival Attendance Program
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.