September 27, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

It's been a great week here at Prairie! Coach Courtney has been here this week for Playworks facilitating practice recesses for all classes. K-1 classes learned the game Bandaid Tag. 2-5 classes learned Olympic Four Square and Champion vs. Challengers. All classes worked on using "ro sham bo" or rock, paper, scissors as a conflict resolution strategy. I've seen learners all over using "ro sham bo" to solve conflicts that come up during recess all on their own. Awesome!

Janelle Verhagen is back from maternity leave! Janelle is our health room assistant who cares for all students who come to visit her during the day. Students were happy to see her familiar face!

Thank you for your help with reinforcing our expectations around bike riding on school property. Students are not allowed to ride bikes (or scooters) on school property during arrival, dismissal or during school hours. I was able to visit each classroom on Thursday to review this expectation and was happy to see that students followed the expectation after our discussions.

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


Carroll University - Literacy Methods Course

We have the opportunity to partner with Carroll University in 1st and 2nd-grade classrooms this semester. Carroll University students who are studying to be teachers meet at Prairie on Tuesdays and Thursdays with their "Literacy Methods" professor. They study theory and assessment and instructional practices during their class. Then they have the opportunity to go into our 1st and 2nd-grade classrooms to work directly with students and learn from our teachers. The benefit for our students is that all students continue to meet with their teachers in small groups and individually, but they now get added attention focused on individualized literacy goals from Carroll Students.

Staff Spotlight

My name is Mrs. Gerlach and I have been teaching kindergarten at Prairie Elementary School for 19 years. I am proud to have been a Puma for the majority of my career and I consider the students, families and staff that I have had the pleasure to serve to be family! Prior to teaching at Prairie, I taught for 1 year at Rose Glen Elementary School, as well as both 4K and 5K in the Cudahy School District. I have a Master's Degree in Education from Marian University, where I had an emphasis on working with at-risk children. My Bachelor's Degree is from Concordia University. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling with my family. This past summer, we traveled to Belize. We swam with sharks, snorkeled the barrier reef, and enjoyed the local cuisine of ceviche and coconut curry.
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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

10/1: PTA Marcus Ticket Sales begin

10/4: Scrip deadline

10/8: PTA Meeting

10/10: K-Hansen to Env Ed

10/11: K-Taddey & Gerlach to Env Ed; Gr 4 to Lapham Peak

10/12: PTA Halloween Dance

10/15: Grade 5 to Water Utility

PTA News

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone is having a great school year thus far! Just a reminder our first box top collection will be in October so collect those box tops while we still can before they go digital.

We sent out the sign up genius for the Halloween dance, please plan to join us for a night of fun, games and dancing!

Also a reminder for anyone interested that we still have a president elect position open.

Upcoming Important dates:

Marcus Fundraiser: 10/1/19

Scrip: 10/4/19

PTA Meeting: 10/8/19

Halloween Dance: 10/12/19

Taco Johns: 10/16/19

Boxtops: 10/18/19

Prairie is participating in the SCRIP program again this year. Please read the information below explaining the program and their order form.

2019-20 Scrip Welcome

2019-20 Order Form

Art to Remember

Prairie is again participating in the Art to Remember program. You will have an opportunity to purchase custom products designed with your child's artwork. Funds raised will benefit Prairie's art program. Flyers have been sent home with your child with more information.

Christmas Clearing Council

It is the time of year to distribute Christmas Clearing Council applications! For those who do not know, the Christmas Clearing Council (CCC) helps provide Christmas gifts for families who may struggle to afford gifts for their children. It is an awesome program that many families utilize each year. There are a few qualifications: you must be a Waukesha County resident AND your child must be eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch and/or meet the household income eligibility requirements. Please feel free to fill out the application (one per family), and send back to Mr. Endsley or the Prairie Office.

Applications are DUE Friday November 15, 2019.

Printable Application:

You can also find paper copies of the application in the Prairie Office.

5th Grade Cross Country Run

Our 5th graders are signing up for the annual 5th grade cross country run. Mr. Booth (phy ed) and Mrs. Anderson (art) will be the coaches for this year's event. Permission slips and t-shirt order forms have been sent home with all 5th grade students.

Practices will be after school from 3:45 to 4:20 p.m. on the following dates:

    • September 23, 25, 27, 30

    • October 2, 4, 7, 9, 11*, 14

    • *October 11th practice will be at Waukesha West so that the team can run the course. (More information will be given as we get closer to this date)

Race day is October 16th at Waukesha West High School. Exact times for each division will be communicated at a later date.

News from the School Guidance Program

Below are the October newsletters from our School Guidance program. These contain information on our monthly lessons and valuable resources regarding Social Emotional Learning.

October Newsletter K-3

October Newsletter 4 & 5

Parents ACT Now Resource

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.

Annual Online Registration

Please make sure to complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need your login and password information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson at This registration gives important permissions needed for your child for iPad use, picture/video taping, and field trips.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal - click on the icon for the Infinite Campus Portal on the upper right part of the page.

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

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.