January 15, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends and Families,

This week our team met with our district librarian to learn about updates that were made to the digital citizenship curriculum. We will have "Digital Citizenship Week" the weeks of January 18th and January 25th at Prairie. The digital citizenship curriculum prepares students to take ownership of their digital lives. We know this is especially important for our learners this year! Our teachers will share family resources as they teach the digital citizenship curriculum for you to use at home!

We will MAP test the week of January 18th. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress, and it is a standardized assessment that students take on their iPads. It takes about 15-20 minutes for our youngest learners and about 30-40 minutes for our oldest learners. The assessment is dynamic. As students select correct responses, the questions get more complex. As students select incorrect responses, the questions get less complex. Our K-1 learners take the Math MAP assessment, and our 2-5 learners take the Math and Reading MAP assessment. Our teachers are trained in a variety of assessment methods that allow them to collect ongoing data and information on our learners to inform their planning. MAP is just one of those assessment methods that gives us a different data point than those that we use on a daily/weekly basis. We remind learners that it's their opportunity to show us what they know so that we can better plan to meet their needs. MAP scores are always made available in Infinite Campus in the assessment section.

Now that we're almost halfway through the school year I want to revisit our before school procedures. Students are able to arrive between 8:30am and 8:40am. There is no longer any before school recess time. No students should be playing on the playground or blacktop area before school. Students should go directly to their assigned entrance upon arrival to have their temperature checked. Teachers meet the first group of students at the entrance at 8:30am. After that students enter the building as they arrive and are greeted by their teachers in the hallways and classrooms.

Remember, we do not have school on Monday, January 18th or Monday, January 25th. Our teachers will be busy planning and learning so that we can continue to provide the best learning experience possible for our Prairie Pumas.

Have a great, long weekend!

We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!

Carly Solberg


Upcoming Dates


1/23: 4K Enrollment Event @ Prairie


2/1: PTA Culver's Night

School Supplies

As we enter the second half of the school year, we are finding the need to replenish some classroom supplies for the student bins. We are asking each student to bring in another box of crayons, box of markers, and 2 glue sticks. Please label and return to school with your child so they can be added to their plastic bin of supplies. If you are willing to donate any extra supplies, we will be happy to accept those. Thank you so much for your support.

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.

PTA News

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

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:

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, The Home DepotĀ®, and Walmart. Contact Sarah Paczesny at to sign up for the program today!

2021-22 New Year Enrollments/School Choice

4K enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year begins December 1st and will take place through January 29, 2021. Enrollments completed during this time frame will be considered as a priority placement at your neighborhood school or current community partner sites. Enrollments after January 29th, will be based on seat availability after the February 12th 4K Lottery. Please review the 2021-2022 4K Enrollment and Lottery Process and the 2021-2022 4K Site List for more detailed information.

The School Choice/Intra-district transfer application period for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Tuesday, December 1st and will close on Friday, January 8th. If you are interested in attending a school that is not your neighborhood school, please complete an application by January 8th. Late applications will not be accepted. Email confirmations will be sent upon submission of the application.

Important Dates to Remember

Jan 15: Secondary(Grades 6-12) Intra-District Transfers/ School Choice notifications will be emailed home

Jan 16: 4K Enrollment by Appointment Only at Lowell Elementary. Please call 970-1024 to schedule an appt

Jan 22: Secondary(Grades 6-12) School Choice Online Commitments or Appeals Due

Jan 23: 4K Enrollment by Appointment Only at Prairie Elementary. Please call 970-1024 to schedule an appt

Jan 29: 4K Enrollment Ends for the lottery

Feb 12: 4K Virtual Lottery at the Lindholm Building 2:00 pm

Feb 19: 4K Site Placement will be emailed home

March 12: Elementary Intra-District Transfer/School Choice notifications will be emailed home

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:

School Lunches Free until 6/9/2021

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School Counseling Newsletter

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

January Newsletter

Student Services Update

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

Weekly Science Newsletter

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

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.

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, etc.

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

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.