Prairie View Elementary Newsletter

February 1, 2019

Contact Us:

(262) 392-6310

Stephanie Blue, Principal, ext. 26500

Attendance - ext. 26900

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter: @PrViewSchoo

Principal's Note

In my 25 years in education, we may have just had the strangest weather stretch that impacted school that I ever remember having. Hopefully winter will calm down a bit, and February will be a normal month where students and staff can get back into a routine of learning. We are excited to have them back in the building today and look forward to five full days next week. It was fun to see all the pictures of students building forts and reading that parents posted on Facebook. Check out the page if you have not seen all the posted pictures. I will announce the winner who won a hot chocolate treat for his/her class next Monday on announcements.

We are looking forward to parent-teacher conferences next week Wednesday, February 6. Please send back any requests for conferences so teachers can finalize their schedules for this night. Please reach out if the teacher did not request a conference but you would still like to meet. A lost and found table is set up all next week in the lobby of the school. After Friday of next week, we will be taking any unclaimed items to donate them. Feel free to stop in and check out the table if you child is missing something.

Finally, please check out the calendar of important events each week at the end of the newsletter. There have been some rescheduled dates due to the cancellation of school.

Classroom Snacks

Please be sure to pack a healthy snack (that meets the classroom guidelines for snacks—if your child is in a nut-free classroom) for your student every day. We are seeing an increasing trend in the number of students who do not have a snack.

Every grade level does provide time for students to have a snack during the day. The snack gives them that little added nutritional boost their growing minds and bodies need to make it through the day. Thank you!

Importance of Regular Attendance to School

According to state law, "All children between six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age shall attend school regularly during the full period and hours, religious holidays excepted, that the school in which the child is enrolled is in session, until the end term, quarter, or semester of the school year in which the child becomes eighteen (18) years of age, unless they fall under an exception under State law, this policy or administrative guideline issued under this policy. A child who is enrolled in five (5) year-old kindergarten shall attend school regularly, religious holidays excepted, during the full period and hours that kindergarten is in session until the end of the school term."

The Mukwonago Area School District notifies a parent when a student is absent for 10 days (the equivalent of ½ month), 15 days (equivalent of ¾ month), and/or is repeatedly truant/tardy during the school year. After 15 days, a medical excuse is required for any absence or the school can file truancy with the county.

The National Center for Education Statistics states that "The primary rationale for high-quality attendance data is the relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success, but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge."

At Prairie View Elementary, we want every student to become the best they can be and ask for your help in promoting good attendance from your student early on in their educational career. While we recognize that there are occasions and illnesses that may prevent perfect attendance, we want to work with families to have students stay within the state law's allowance for missed days (no more than 10 a year). Thank you for working with us to help make school a priority from early on in your child's education and setting attendance patterns that will help make successful adults!

Specials Report - Music classes - Mr. Hackbarth

Hello PVES Families,

As we move into February, the music department has plenty of great things to share

with you. To start, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade has already started rehearsing for their

concert. Our show is called Hats! It is scheduled for March 11th at 7:00 PM. Please be

on the lookout for more information regarding costumes. 3rd graders will also have the

opportunity to audition for solos included in several of our songs as well as speaking

roles. These auditions will take place in class during the week of February 11th. If your

student would like to practice at home, here is a link to all of the songs:

Our other grades are hard at work as well. 4th grade is currently exploring an online

notation program where they are learning how to compose music; 5th grade is starting a unit on how to write a commercial jingle; and 6th grade is studying Foley Effects. We

are off to a great start in the new year!

Thank you for all of your support!

Open Enrollment Law

The State of Wisconsin has a public school open enrollment law that allows non-resident students to apply for either full-time or part-time enrollment in district schools. This means that students who live outside of the Mukwonago Area School district may apply to attend Mukwonago schools and students who live in the Mukwonago district may apply to enroll in other districts. Districts will set criteria for acceptance based on space available, disciplinary records, educational needs, and requests of resident students to attend other schools within the district. Part time enrollment is limited to high school students who may take up to two courses at a high school. Criteria for granting part-time requests will include the cost to the home district. Transportation for either full-time or part-time enrollment is the responsibility of the parent.

Parents seeking enrollment under this law for the 2018-19 school year must submit an application to the non-resident district between February 4 - April 30, 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. Applications must be completed on-line at: Copies of the school district policy for open enrollment are also available. Questions about the open enrollment law should be directed to Laura Stroika at the Superintendent’s Office at 363-6300, ext. 24101.

Important Upcoming Dates

2/6 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 4:00-8:00 PM

2/7 - Group Yearbook Pictures - rescheduled

2/7 - Band/Orchestra Concert (rescheduled) - Gym - 2:45 PM

2/7 - 3D Design Club - Library - 3:35-4:30

2/7 - Bricks for Kidz - Library - 3:35-4:40

2/11 - One School-One Book Kickoff Assembly

2/11 - Best Buddies - Library - 3:35-4:35

2/14 - Bricks for Kidz - Library - 3:35-4:40

2/20 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day for Teachers

2/21 - Bricks for Kidz - Library - 3:35-4:40

2/22 - PTO Movie Night - PVES Gym - 7:00 PM

2/26 - Mindfulness Matters - Library - 3:35-4:30 PM

2/27 - Hearing/Vision Screening - Grades K, 1, 3 and 5

2/28 - Bricks for Kidz - Library - 3:35-4:40