November 22, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

This week our students learned another tool to help them regulate their emotions that they can use independently within the zen zone. Each of our classrooms has a zen zone where students are able to choose to go when they need to use a strategy to help them get back to the green zone (feeling calm and focused). This week we learned about the finger maze! In previous weeks we learned about belly breathing, wall pushing, and coloring. These strategies are consistent and available for students to access in any environment throughout our school. When they get to the zen zone there is a 5-minute timer that the student is able to start to monitor the time that they have to regulate his/her emotions. Below are specific directions for each strategy so that you can use them at home if you're interested!

Finger Maze

Belly Breathe

Wall Push

Color Calming

Shout out to our Prairie students and staff for all of the hard work they're doing to make recess a safe, healthy and joyful part of our day! This week we had visitors from a different school outside of our district come to Prairie to observe Playworks in action. What a celebration!

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


Staff Spotlight - Ms. Schaar

Hello! This is my 2nd year as a Special Education Teacher here at Prairie Elementary. This school year I am working with first and fourth-grade students. I am originally from Illinois and came to Wisconsin to attend Whitewater University to earn my undergraduate degree in Cross-Categorical Special Education and decided to stay and start my teaching career here in Waukesha. I love spending time with my family, traveling, and anything outdoors. Thank you for a great start of the school year!

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

11/26: End of 1st Trimester

11/27-29: NO SCHOOL

12/4: Grade 3 to First Stage

12/6: Scrip Deadline

PTA Movie Night

12/10: PTA Meeting

12/11: Trimester 1 grades available in Infinite Campus

12/17: Grades 4 & 5 Music Concert

PTA News

SCRIP ORDER for December:

Teacher gift orders DUE by Dec 3: - Complete this form and send it with your check made payable to Prairie PTA to school in an envelope labeled "PTA Holiday GIft" and we will take care of pooling Prairie family dollars to purchase gift cards that our staff members prefer! We deliver all the gift cards with a holiday message from all the Elves who have contributed.

Individual Family Scrip Order Form - Shopping for Christmas gift cards or shopping for presents??? Scrip gift cards are the answer! Complete this form and send it in with your check made payable to Prairie PTA in an envelope labeled "SCRIP" or go to and use our enrollment code EB64484L25513 to order online and pay by Presto Pay or credit card for your gift card order. We will contact you as soon as the cards have arrived and arrange for pick up or delivery. All individual family orders are due by noon on Dec. 6th.

Questions??? Contact Lisa Franz at or Sarah Paczesny at

2019-20 Holiday Gift Flyer

Scrip Individual Family Order Form

Other upcoming PTA dates:

12/6: PTA Movie Night

12/10: PTA Meeting

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

4K Enrollment for 2020-21

Do you have a child that will be four years old prior to September 1, 2020? Enrollment for our District 4K program runs from December 2, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Please click here for a flyer with details of several enrollment events and what you will need to enroll. Elementary School 4K sites and Community Partner sites are also listed.

Intra-District/School Choice

The school choice application period will open on December 1st at 8:00 am and will close on January 10th at 4:30 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Click here for a flyer with more details.

Too Sick for School

Cold and flu season is already upon us. Please read the document below entitled "Too Sick for School" for important guidelines on when you should keep your child home with illness and the appropriate return timeframe. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Verhagen in our Health Room at 262-970-2215 or

Too Sick for School

Artist of the Month

It's back! The Artists of the Month Award is back at Prairie again this year. One student from K-2nd grades and one student from 3rd-5th grades is selected each month for this honor. Students are selected not only for their artistic ability, creativity and craftsmanship, but also for their ability to model great behavior and kindness for others in the art room.

November's Artists of the Month are First Grader, Sophia Born and 3rd grader, Calek Smith. Congratulations artists!

Art to Remember

A huge thank you to all parents who supported the Art to Remember program at Prairie this year. This year has been our best year yet! It was the first year we were able to offer online ordering.

I am looking for any feedback you might have, as to the ease (or difficulty) of using/ordering through the website and whether you feel this is a program that is worth continuing at Prairie. (I am rather biased when it comes to children's artwork!) Please feel free to email me with any feedback you might have. Thank you.

Elks Hoop Shoot Competition

Congratulations to all of our Prairie students who participated in this years Hoop Shoot.

The following shooters will represent Prairie at the Local competition that will be held on December 7th at Hillcrest Elementary:

  • Girl Age 8 & 9: Evie Dixon

  • Boy Age 8 & 9: Liam Krajewski

  • Girl Age 10-11: Izabella Rivera

  • Boy Age 10-11: Cameron Becker

Good Luck to our winners at the Local Competition!

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's November newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

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

November Guidance Newsletter

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.

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.