PRAIRIE POST

April 9, 2020

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Click on the link below for a message from the Prairie Staff to you and your children!


Prairie Family Slideshow

Message from the Principal

Hi, Prairie Families,


Hoping this finds you well. I had an absolutely lovely week bouncing into all the classroom's community circles. What a lovely group of teachers, and Prairie students are just as wonderful. Thanks for doing all that you are doing supporting your children during their virtual learning. It sure is a different world for all of us. I can't stress enough the importance of making sure your child is on approved sites and using the device for educational purposes. Basically? Keeping safe! Unfortunately, when students don't follow the acceptable use criteria, they get functions of their iPad disabled. A couple of things I have noticed include the following:


  • Students chatting in groups on WebEx for social reasons and NOT for educational purposes. Students can use family owned devices for these purposes. The SDW iPads and their WebEx accounts are for educational purposes only.
  • Students "muting" each other during WebEx classes. Some grade levels struggle with this more than others. Thanks for making sure your child knows that WebEx is an extension of their classroom. If they wouldn't be allowed to do that at Prairie, they shouldn't do that virtually.


Please have a conversation with your child to make sure they know to follow the school's and your expectations for virtual learning. We appreciate your help!!


No school on Friday or Monday, so there will be no scheduled WebEx meetings or assignments coming from teachers. Enjoy your LONG weekend!!


Mrs. Gannon

Acting Prairie Principal

Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up Available

Please see below for the details locations of breakfast and lunch pick up. This is available to ALL children under the age of 18.
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Technology Assistance

If you are in need of technical support during this time, please go to:

http://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/virtual-student This page also includes a link to the Virtual Help Desk which is being monitored by our support team.

Learning Outdoors

Our Environmental Education Department has created a weekly newsletter entitled "Learning Outdoors". Each week we will provide a few small learning or just for fun activities to engage students in nature and outdoor play.

https://www.smore.com/2a3vg-learning-outdoors

Fox 6 Educational Programming

FOX 6 is offering educational programming on Monday through Friday at noon. The station will be airing a variety of Xploration shows. These half-hour programs are designed to inspire kids to become interested in STEM and may provide some fun and interest for families.

Here is a link to programming information:


https://www.xplorationstation.com/

Playworks "Play at Home"

Playworks has launched a virtual recess. It will happen 3 times a day (11am, 1pm, 3pm), Mon-Fri through Facebook live! All you have to do is like Playworks on Facebook and log on and follow along!


Do you want to play right now? Check out this link for youtube videos to all of our favorites as well as a bunch of play resources:


https://www.playworks.org/get-involved/play-at-home/


It is a great way for our students to break up the day, get moving, and refocus for learning! Do you have a favorite game? Take pictures and tag with #PlayAtHome or #PlayworksAtHome to teach other people your family's favorite!


*Air High Five* Coach Courtney

Message from Mr. Endsley, School Psychologist

Our school psychologist, Andrew Endsley, will be available to support families, students, and staff. Students can schedule a virtual meeting with Andrew, by clicking here. To explore a variety of student services resources, please see the Student Services Google Classroom (Join Class with student email account; Class code: 7454aar). Mr. Endsley will be available to virtually meet with individual families and students on an ongoing basis. For any questions regarding resources for COVID-19, attendance, parent resources, anxiety and mental health supports, or any other student services matter, Andrew can also be reached at (262) 970-4152 or aendsley@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

2020 Summer School

Registration for summer school is currently on hold. More information will be shared when available.
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Spectrum Internet Service Option

Spectrum has an opportunity for families to receive free internet service during this time. Please call 1-844-488-8395 to arrange for service. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

The Safe Arrival Attendance Program has been disabled. If your child is sick or will be absent from virtual learning for any reason, please feel free to email your child's teacher or Mrs. Anderson in the office. (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us). Thank you.


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