PRAIRIE POST

May 7, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends & Families,


Wow! Thank you all so much for showing our staff how much you appreciate them this week. They felt the love! We greatly appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.


This week we will MAP test for the last time this year. In the School District of Waukesha, we take the MAP test three times a year (fall, winter, spring). Our K-1 learners take the math portion of this assessment. Our 2-5 learners take the math and reading portion of this assessment. We use this data as another source of information to tell us how our learners are doing and to inform our instruction. We always strive to ensure that our learners feel comfortable and confident when approaching standardized assessments so they can do their best to show us what they know.


We had the opportunity to host our SDW Cabinet at Prairie this week. Our Superintendent, Dr. Sebert, visited classrooms with all of his Assistant Superintendents. They were so impressed with the level of engagement throughout our school. They also commented on the positive energy from students and staff and on our strong academic culture. It was an awesome opportunity to show our district leaders all of the amazing work that happens every single day at Prairie.


Our kindergarten learners have been working hard on their job inquiry projects. Today they dressed in the attire for the jobs they hope to have one day! They also presented their learning to their classmates. Take a look below at the pictures below! Waukesha will be in great hands when these little ones enter the job force!


We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!


Carly Solberg

Principal

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Attention families of 5th-grade learners! Please save the date for our 5th-grade drive through celebration. More information to come soon!

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Upcoming Dates

5/11: PTA Virtual Meeting

4K Art in the Park

5/28: Early Release at 1:40 p.m.

5/31: NO SCHOOL

PTA News

VIRTUAL PTA MEETING: Please join us for our PTA Meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. Click on this link for access to this meeting.


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.


OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR: We have openings for a President, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for next year. Please consider serving in this capacity for your child's school. If interested, please contact ptaprairie@gmail.com


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!


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Scholastic Online Book Fair from May 10-May 23

Summer is right around the corner and so is our next Scholastic Book Fair! All the fun is online, May 10th-May 23rd. Help your kids discover new books, favorite characters, and exciting series that will keep them reading all summer long! Every purchase supports our school. Free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. All orders ship direct to home. Visit our homepage to get started: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool4

4K Art in the Park

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Parenting to Prevent Substance Abuse

Elevate and SDW AODA Committee will be hosting two, 45 min VIRTUAL Parenting to Prevent Substance Abuse education sessions. The first one will focus on substance use among teens, how to spot it, and how to talk to your kids about it. The second session will be more district specific and will review district policies, what happens when a student has violated the drug/alcohol policy, what happens when law enforcement is involved and the student may get a ticket, etc. from differing perspectives. Please see the flyer to register.

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.

School Lunches Free until 6/9/2021

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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

Bi-Weekly Science Newsletter

Our Environmental Education Department is publishing a bi-weekly newsletter entitled "Learning Outdoors". Please take a look every week for some facts, information and events.

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.