PRAIRIE POST

June 4, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends & Families,


Science & Engineering Day was a blast today! Our learners engaged in critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and much more! Thank you to the Prairie virtual students who were able to join us for the different challenges. A lot of fun was had by all.


We'd like to send one more HUGE thank you out to all of you - our Prairie community members! Thank you for your generous donations that allowed the PTA and our school district to fund our awesome new playground. We created a "stronger together" heart outside near the playground to show our appreciation for the support we get from our generous Prairie community. Take a look at the video below to see highlights from the playground and the "stronger together" heart process. THANK YOU ALL!


Have a great weekend!


We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!


Carly Solberg

Principal

PRAIRIE PLAYGROUND THANK YOU FINAL

Upcoming Dates

6/8: Grade 5 Drive-Thru Celebration

6/9: Field Day

Last Day of School

Grade 5 Celebration

Fifth graders and families are invited to join us for a drive-thru celebration on Tuesday, June 8th. Come through the Prairie front parking lot between 4:30-5:30 p.m. You 'll be welcomed by Prairie Staff, receive a special year end gift and have the opportunity to take pictures with your current teachers. See you then!

Field Day - June 9, 2021

We have lots of exciting activities planned for the last day of school. Everyone, hope for nice weather! Here are a few tips to help make it a successful, fun day for your child:


  • Apply generous sunscreen before coming to school in the morning; we cannot reapply at school
  • No open-toed shoes allowed
  • Wear a hat
  • Have a water bottle


Some of our activities involve water so they may get wet during the day!

Yearbooks

Our yearbooks will be distributed on the last day of school. Students will have time in their day for signing yearbooks. There is a very limited number of extra yearbooks available if you did not purchase one. Cost is $12.00 each, cash only, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Art News

Dear Prairie Parents, Guardians and Students,


Oh what a year this has been! It looks like we are all going to make it through the pandemic and able to head into summer for some well-deserved rest & recuperation time.


I have learned so much from the students this year. I admire their resilience, determination, “Can-Do attitude” and their flexibility. I have also learned some valuable lessons from the pandemic. Most importantly, I have learned not to take things for granted. I have also learned the importance of “living in the moment” and enjoying the present.


It is these realizations that have given me the courage to leave my career as an Art Teacher and try something new. This was a very difficult decision for me as I still LOVE interacting with the kids and watching them learn & grow. This career is what I have focused (and often over-focused) on for the last 26 years. I started my teaching journey at Prairie Elementary in 1995. It seems to make perfect sense to me that this is also the place where I make my exit.


Getting to know the families and students at Prairie has been nothing short of fantastic. I have truly enjoyed my time working with the students & families at Prairie.


I look forward to the next opportunities and adventures that come my way. Remember to “Seize the Day”!!!

Take Care,

Mrs. (Art) Anderson

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A Special Message from our PTA

The PTA would like to thank our Prairie community for the support during this challenging past year. Without the ability to host events at school this year, the ability to raise funds has been disrupted. However, we were able to continue to support our teachers and students this past year. In addition to the new playground, the PTA was able to support the teachers by providing $3523.69 in teacher allocations (funds each teacher is allotted to use how they see fit in their classroom). We are very glad to continue that support this year, but we know next year will be even harder due to the lack of fundraising. The funds raised this year totaled $4814.97. The PTA typically funds Teacher Allocations, Student Events (Field trips, Ice Cream social, Halloween dance, Puma Palooza, 5th Grade graduation celebration, etc.)


We are hopeful to raise enough funds to continue to support these efforts next year and beyond! We need the support of our community to continue to help our teachers and students. Please consider making a donation directly to the PTA. These funds are 100% used to support our school staff and students.


THANK YOU!

PRAIRIE PTA


Please make checks payable to Prairie PTA (can be given directly to your child’s teacher) or Venmo: ptaprairie@gmail.com. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out directly to us at ptaprairie@gmail.com.

Other PTA News


FACEBOOK: Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest that is happening with the PTA. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas-257860434257555


GOT SNEAKERS FUNDRAISER: Thank you to all of those who have already donated shoes to our fundraiser. As spring cleaning is starting up remember this is an ongoing fundraiser so keep searching for shoes! Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Prairie PTA? Prairie PTA is participating in a fundraiser where you donate your shoes. All we need is your support and your gently worn, used ,or new sneakers! Here’s how you can help. Start in your and your family’s closets and gather as many pairs of sneakers that you no longer want; maybe you’ve out-grown them, they’re out of style, or out of season. If you and your household have 20 pairs, great! If not, don’t worry. You can ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and anyone in your social networks to help out. Every pair counts! The sneakers that we all collect will help raise money to support Prairie PTA AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.


All you have to do is send your children to school with your sneakers or drop them off at school. Please no boots or dress shoes or sandals. Every pair that is donated earns up to $7 per pair.


AMAZON SMILE: Our PTA also participates in the Amazon Smile program. Connect your Amazon purchases to automatically donate a percentage of your purchase back to Prairie Elementary. Sign up at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1461747


SCRIP GIFT CARDS: While e-gift cards in your wallet are convenient, you now have the option to order physical gift cards delivered directly to your home for all your gifting needs through the Raise Right/Shop with Scrip fundraising program. Select from 250+ brands, including top sellers like Amazon.com, The Home Depot®, and Walmart. Contact Sarah Paczesny at sarahpaczesny@gmail.com to sign up for the program today!


https://youtu.be/S1bvp5H82DY

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School Messenger - Opt in for Text Messages

The School Messenger system we use to communicate messages to you has an option for text messages. In order to receive these messages, please text to 67587. You will receive a message back asking you to opt in to receive these.


This is helpful for us in the event of notifying parents of a classroom quarantine or school emergency.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Waukesha County Covid Testing

Waukesha County has notified our district of several new COVID testing opportunities where children and their families can receive testing. More information about hours, and the registration process to sign up for a testing time, can be found at:


https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/HealthAndHumanServices/PublicHealth/public-health-preparedness/COVID19/public-testing-sites/

Emergency Internet Benefit

Below is information on an Emergency Broadband Benefit that will help families who qualify reduce their internet costs at home.


This program is direct to the consumer and will requires the families to apply for the benefit.


Emergency Broadband Benefit

School Counseling Newsletter

Click below for the monthly newsletter from our School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Edwards.


May Newsletter - Goal Setting

Student Services Update

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

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.

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.

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.