PRAIRIE POST

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!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

3/6: End of Trimester 2

Scrip deadline

3/7: Waukesha Sings

3/8: Family Skateland Day

3/10: Grade 3 to Planetarium

Palooza Planning & PTA Meeting

3/13: Swim Team Practice

3/17: Report Cards available in Infinite Campus

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Music Concert Date Change

The date has been changed for the Kindergarten and 1st grade Music Concert to Thursday, May 21st (previously listed as Wednesday, May 27th). Watch for more details coming home soon.

PTA News

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.


PUMA PALOOZA

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 ptaprairie@gmail.com.


PTA Dates:

Skateland Day: 3/8

PTA Meeting: 3/10


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

Communicable Disease Messages from Deputy Superintendent

March 5, 2020 - Letter 2


Dear Families,


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.


Sincerely,


Joe Koch, PhD

Deputy Superintendent

School District of Waukesha


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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.


Too Sick for School Guidelines- ENGLISH

Too Sick for School - SPANISH


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.


Sincerely,


Joe Koch, PhD

Deputy Superintendent

School District of Waukesha

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found tables are overflowing with winter gear. Please feel free to stop by at your convenience to see if anything belongs to your family. Classroom teachers are also taking students by the tables. Just a reminder - if you label coats, boots, etc. with your child's name, we are able to return items to them. All remaining items will be donated on Friday, March 13th.

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!


PLUNGE

The plunge is a dive into the water and participants glide as far as possible for distance, without kicking or using arms.


SWIM EVENTS

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.


REQUIREMENT:

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.


Randy Booth

262-970-2277

rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Michelle Anderson

262-970-2970

manderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Permission Slip - Please fill out and return to Mr. Booth

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.


Congratulations artists!


Kindergarten

Lucy Bayless

Hadley Bichanich

Olive Bichanich

Aiden Boisvert

Elizabeth Breitlow

Gloria Cobban

Liliana Gomez

Owen Kiefer

Lily Kroha

Nathan Kuchan

Hailey Liek

Carson Plesetz

Jaxon Plesetz

Taitum Smith

Payton Thomas

Hunter Williams


1st Grade

Brooklyn Austin

Sophia Born

Z’aedyn Bridges

Kara Cavett

Maleah Chan

Pete Cooper

Gabe Gonzalez

Sydnee Grulke

Lilly Hagen

Landon Harris

Linda Hicks

Myles Krajewski

Grant Michalski

Jackson Perry

Izzy Schmit

RJ Schmit

Kylie Smith

Beau Thompson

Emory Trott

Mya Tuyls

Jaryn Wilkiewicz


2nd grade

Hadley Beschta

Mason De Souza

Ania Dixson

Esther Gebauer

Allie Kramer

Allie Monfre

Alle Pakula

Paige Pratt

Alice Raphael

Aevah Zarcone


3rd grade

Ethan Bauer

Jackson Christensen

Hannah Hagen

Savanah Inwood

Brooke Koput

Grace Paczesny

Izzy Peterson

Grayson Rapp

Mylah Rattanakone

Max Rivera

Calek Smith

Eleanor Thomas

Sophia Tuyls

Jessie Walters

Riley Westerhausen


4th grade

Maddy Benes

John Cooper

Sophia Garcia

Ethan Plumb

Avery Roe

Cullen Streator

James Vandenberg

Nathan Westerdahl


5th grade

Lola Eckmann

Lucas Franz

Chloe Glover

Joselin Gonzalez-Flores

Tabitha Howe

Matthew Krause

Ryan McMahon

Sydney Mirkowski

Jack Rohde

Emily Solum

Sadie Stackhouse

Ella Tuyls

Adrianna Wojczak

Cole Zielinski

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 March Physical Education Newsletter.

Attendance

Many parents are now 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

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.

March 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.