January 15, 2021
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 18 AND MONDAY, JANUARY 25
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!
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
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
School Lunches Free until 6/9/2021
Early Pick Up for Students
Dropping off Supplies
Annual Online Registration
Infinite Campus Parent Portal - click on the icon for the Infinite Campus Portal on the upper right part of the page.
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.