PRAIRIE POST

December 21, 2018

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Have You Seen Griffy The Elf???

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Message from the Principal

Hello Parents and Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,


Secret Santas . . . Better Together Days . . . Missing Elves


I can not think of a better way to bring the 2018 portion of the school year to a close than by having our Spirit Week and #BetterTogether Winter Concert. Mrs. Wirth and the scholars created three masterful performances that uplifted the entire school community as we head into the winter holidays and the new year. More importantly, they represented what our theme of the 2018-2019 school year has been. If you did not have the opportunity to watch the performance in person, please view it in the link below.


We want to thank each and every parent for entrusting us with the academic, emotional and social well-being of your children. We are continuing to thrive this year because of your support. This year we have collaborated on educating our scholars in a team teaching environment. Our scholars are continuing to show progress each and every day. The educators at Prairie are spending more time learning and growing with each other. We want our scholars to have a wonderful winter break. We would still like to encourage our scholars to spend a little time reading over the winter break as they also recharge their batteries.


School will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd. We can not wait to see what the 2019 school year will bring to Prairie Elementary School. The one thing that we know for sure is that we will do it together. #BetterTogether


Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!!

Upcoming Dates

12/24-28: Holiday Break

1/2: Classes Resume

1/4: Student Council Meeting

1/7: Culver's Night

1/8: PTA Meeting

1/16: Taco John's Night

1/18: Student Council Meeting

1/21 & 1/22: NO SCHOOL

PTA News

For those late holiday shoppers, please consider using Amazon Smile this year. Amazon will donate .5% of sales to Prairie PTA. smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1461747


Our next Culvers night is Monday, January 7th from 5-8pm with 10% of all sales going towards Prairie PTA.


We will be partnering with Taco John’s on Grand Ave in Waukesha in the upcoming months for restaurant nights. The first one will be held on January 16th from 4-8pm. They are graciously donating 25% of their profits to the Prairie PTA. Please mark that date on your calendar to come join us. They are located at 317 N Grand Ave right across from Les Paul Middle School.


Are you interested in helping plan our spring fundraiser Puma Palooza? We are looking for people to head committees and help plan this great day. We just need your help. Please contact us at ptaprairie@gmail.com if you are interested.


Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday January 8th and it starts at 6:30 pm. We would love to see some new faces at our meeting. If you can’t make it, we are available to watch on Facebook live. We also have Red Cross certified babysitters for school age children. Come and check out what our PTA has in store for the rest of the school year and hear from Mr. Griffin as well.

Thank you to all who have donated their time this year to help in any way for our PTA. It is greatly appreciated.


If anyone has questions or concerns, please email us at ptaprairie@gmail.com

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to our next Artists of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year!

Remember that being selected as Artist of the Month is not just about the craftsmanship and creativity you put into your art work, but also the leadership and good behavior you show in Art class. December's Artists of the Month are Finn Leech, from 1st grade and Lexi Rode, from 3rd grade. Congratulations, Pumas!

Better Together Music Concert

We hope you were able to attend our Better Together Winter Concert performances this week.


The performance was recorded and families have two options for viewing:


1) District Cable Channel 13 - Broadcasting will begin a few weeks after the performance date.


2) District Youtube Channel - This will be broadcasted live for the first time and remain online for two weeks.


The link and directions for this may be found here.

Physical Education Newsletter

Click here for Mr. Booth's December Physical Education Newsletter.


Elks Club Hoop Shoot

  • We want to congratulate the following scholars who represented Prairie at the Local Hoop Shoot competition that was held on December 8th at Hillcrest Elementary.


  • Girl Age 8 & 9: Savanah Inwood

  • Boy Age 8 & 9: Cameron Becker

  • Girl Age 10-11: Hanna Scafffidi

  • Boy Age 10-11: Ryan McMahon


  • A special Congratulations to Savanah Inwood who placed 2nd at the Local Hoop Shoot competition and Cameron Becker who placed 1st in his division. Cameron will compete in the District Hoop Shoot against other Local Hoop Shoot winners in January. Good Luck Cameron!


Important message for all 4th and 5th grade Scholars & Families:


Cross Country Skiing anyone?? All 4th & 5th grade scholars at Prairie will be introduced to this exciting activity. We will have one class in the gym to learn about how to put the cross country skis on correctly, the basics of the diagonal stride (classic technique) and how to get up after falling. Then, weather permitting we will go outside and practice the lifetime skill of cross country skiing.


In order to participate safely it is imperative that all 4th & 5th grade scholars have the proper winter apparel. I will do my best to inform the kids when we will be going outside to ski but as predictable as our weather is it is not always possible. Please make sure your child has all of the following clothes during the winter months so that they are prepared to go outside as the weather allows us. If they do not have all of the following they will not be allowed to participate.


Clothing needed to ski:

  • Winter jacket

  • Winter gloves

  • Winter hat

  • Winter boots

  • Snow pants.


Thank you for your support of your child's health and education.

1st Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester of the year ended on November 30, 2018. Report cards will be available for viewing in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal on December 12, 2018. Please read the documents below for more information:


Elementary Report Card Parent Letter


Infinite Campus Instructions

Raptor Check In Procedures

As you are aware, the district has started a new process for checking in visitors to the school. If you are coming in to the school during the day and staying in the building in any capacity (visiting for lunch, volunteering in a classroom, meeting with a teacher, etc), you will need to submit your driver's license. We will process it through our Raptor system and print a badge for you to wear. If you just need to drop something off or are signing in your child, you will not need to be checked in. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all our scholars safe!

District Enrollment Information

Here is important information on dates regarding new student enrollment for 2019-2020, school choice and open enrollment:


School Choice:


The School Choice/Inter-District Transfer application period will open on December 1, 2018, at 8:00 am and will run through 4:30 pm on January 11, 2019. If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete a school choice application. The application can be found online at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Email confirmations that we received the application will be made upon submission of the electronic application. Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met. If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 11th.


Secondary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around January 17, 2019. If your student is approved, the letter of commitment will need to be signed and returned to the Enrollment Office by January 28th.


Elementary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around March 8, 2019. If your student is approved, you will need to sign a letter of commitment by the date listed in the letter to hold

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Elección de Escuela


El período de solicitud para la Elección de Escuela/Transferencia Dentro del Distrito comenzará el 1⁰ de diciembre de 2018, a las 8:00 am y terminará el 11 de enero de 2019 a las 4:30 pm. Si está considerando asistir a una escuela dentro del distrito que no es la escuela de su vecindario, debe completar la solicitud de elección de escuela. Puede encontrar la solicitud en línea en https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Se enviarán correos electrónicos de confirmación que recibimos la solicitud después que la solicitud electrónica sea enviada. En cumplimiento con la Política de la Junta del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha ag6152, el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha puede negar una transferencia dentro del distrito hasta que todas las obligaciones financieras hayan sido pagadas.

Si su hijo tiene tarifas pendientes, por favor páguelas por completo antes del 11 de enero de 2019.


Los avisos secundarios de si la solicitud fue aprobada/negada se enviarán por correo a los hogares aproximadamente el 17 de enero de 2019. Si la solicitud de su estudiante es aprobada, usted necesitará firmar y regresar la carta de compromiso a la Oficina de Matriculaciones antes del 28 de enero de 2019.


Los avisos para la Escuela Primaria serán enviados por correo aproximadamente el 8 de marzo de 2019. Si su estudiante es aprobado, necesitará firmar y regresar una carta de compromiso antes de la fecha que aparece en la carta para mantener el espacio de su hijo.



2019-2020 New Student Enrollment:


New student enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will Kick Off at the "2nd Annual We are Waukesha Enrollment & Family Fun Event" on December 1st from 10:00 - 1:00 pm. Please join us at North High School. Enrollment resumes at the Lindholm building on December 3rd.


If you have a child turning 4 before September 1, 2019 - now is the time to enroll in 4K! To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by February 1, 2019. To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment please visit https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/109.


Offsite Enrollment Events:


All required enrollment documents may be brought to these events to complete the enrollment process.

"We are Waukesha" Enrollment & Family Fun Fair National Centers for Learning
North High School Head Start
Saturday, December 1 Monday, December 17
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pizza with Santa (4K Enrollment Only) National Centers for Learning
White Rock Campus Head Start
Friday, December 7 Tuesday, December 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Click here to register for Pizza with Santa


Matrícula de estudiantes nuevos 2019-2020

La matrícula de estudiantes nuevos para el año escolar 2019-2020 empezará durante el 2⁰ Evento Anual de Matrícula y Diversión Familiar “Nosotros Somos Waukesha” el 1⁰ de diciembre de 10:00 am a 1:00 pm. Por favor acompáñenos en la Escuela Preparatoria North. Las matrículas continuarán en el edificio Lindholm el 3 de diciembre de 2018.


Si tiene un hijo que cumplirá 4 años antes del 1⁰ de septiembre de 2019 - ¡Ahora es el momento de matricular a su hijo en 4K! Para ser incluidos en la lotería de 4K, necesitará completar el proceso de matrícula antes del 1⁰ de febrero de 2019. Para encontrar más información de los requisitos necesarios para la matrícula por favor visite https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/109.


Eventos de Matrícula externos

Puede traer todos los documentos necesarios a estos eventos para completar el proceso de matrícula.



Feria de Aprendizaje para la Matrícula y Diversión Familiar “Nosotros somos Waukesha”
North High School
Sábado 1⁰ de diciembre
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Pizza con Santa (Únicamente Matrícula para 4K)

White Rock Campus

Viernes 7 de diciembre

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Para registrarse para el evento Pizza con Santa haga clic aquí


National Centers for Learning
Head Start
Lunes 17 de diciembre

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


National Centers for Learning

Head Start

Martes 18 de diciembre

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Open Enrollment:


Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4- April 30, 2019. The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

  • On-line (recommend) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

  • Although an on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district. Paper applications must be delivered to the nonresident school district. School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention to:

Stephanie Peterson

Open Enrollment

222 Maple Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186


Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 3rd.

  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the School District of Waukesha between February 4 and September 1, 2019; and wish to stay in the School District of Waukesha.

Note: families that move unexpectedly after April 30th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year.


Matrícula Abierta


El programa de matrícula abierta dentro de los distritos públicos de Wisconsin permite a los padres solicitar que sus hijos asistan a distritos escolares diferente del de su vecindario. El período de solicitud de la matrícula abierta para el año escolar es del 4 de febrero al 30 de abril de 2019. El período de solicitud termina el 30 de abril de 2019 a las 4:00 p.m. No se aceptarán solicitudes después de esa fecha por ninguna razón.

Los padres pueden completar la solicitud en una de dos maneras:

  • En-línea (es lo que recomendamos) en http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

  • A pesar de que completar la solicitud en línea es lo recomendado, se pueden obtener solicitudes en papel del Departamento de Instrucción Pública o en cualquier distrito escolar. Las solicitudes en papel pueden ser enviadas a la escuela del distrito en el que no son residentes.

Las solicitudes del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha deben ser enviadas a:

Stephanie Peterson

Open Enrollment

222 Maple Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

¿Quién necesita completar este proceso?:

  • Los estudiantes que actualmente asisten a una escuela de Waukesha por medio de una exención de matrícula para el año escolar 2018-2019.

  • Los estudiantes que han cambiado de residencia a una dirección que no es de Waukesha entre el de 1⁰ septiembre y el 3 de febrero de 2019.

  • Los estudiantes que están planificando mudarse a una dirección que está fuera del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha entre el 4 de febrero y el 1⁰ septiembre de 2019; y desean permanecer en el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha.

Nota: las familias que se muden de forma inesperada después del 30 de abril de 2019 pueden completar una exención de matrícula para el siguiente año escolar.

Health Room News

It's that time of year! The coughs, sniffles, sore throats, etc are starting to hit. Please read the Too Sick for School document to review guidelines for illness and return to school.


As a reminder, ANY medication (including cough drops) must have paperwork on file in the Health Room. All medications must be dropped off and picked up by parents.

School Psychologist Updates

Please click here for regular updates from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist.

School Counselor Newsletter

See below for monthly newsletter from our District School Counselor, Heidi Edwards:


January Parent Newsletter

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Prairie has implemented the District's new Safe Arrival attendance protocol. Please read the information on the link below:


Elementary 2018 School Messenger Safe Arrival Program

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Click here for our daily lunch and recess schedule. Hot lunch prices this year are $2.20, .40 for reduced and .40 for milk. Adult prices for lunch are $3.50; you are welcome to come join them for lunch. Please stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor pass.

Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are available on the district website at:

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Paper copies are also available in our office. Please direct any questions you may have to Jessica Huinker at 262-970-1048.

Background checks

Anyone volunteering in a classroom or the school or attending a field trip must have a current background check on file with our District Office. Click here for the link to complete this information. Once approved, there are good for three years. Our office can easily check if your background check is current. Please connect with Mrs. Anderson in the office if you have any questions.

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. In addition, these flyers are also available through a quick link called "Peachjar" on the home page of both the school and the district websites.