January 5, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME PUMAS,

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome back PUMAS!!! We are excited to begin the 2018 school year with the expectation of serving our scholars to ensure that they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the future. We are proud of the culture that you are continuously helping us mold here at Prairie. On many occasions, there is this idea of getting back into the routine when you return from a break. Not at Prairie! I have been amazed at how our scholars have continued to model the PUMA WAY to bring in the new year. I have even overheard a few of our scholars say, "I feel that we never left school." Thank you for helping to support and foster a culture that empowers our scholars to feel that school is their second home. We will continue to C.L.I.M.B. the Mountain of Success in 2018. Have a Pawsome weekend, and I hope to see you at Culver's Night, the PTA Meeting and Science Night next week.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!

1/8: PTA Culver's Night

1/9: PTA Meeting

1/12: PTA Science Night

1/22 & 23: NO SCHOOL (Staff Development)

PTA News

January Events:

Restaurant Night: Monday, January 8th 5-8 p.m. at Culver’s on Sunset. Come join your Prairie friends at Culver's. The flavor of the day will be Mint Chip.

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, January 9th 6:30p.m. in the Prairie library. Join us as we hear from Principal Griffin and discuss other PTA business. Free childcare is available for school aged children from Red Cross Certified Babysitters. Tune in on Facebook Live if you cannot attend in person.

Science Night – Fire and Ice: Friday, January 12th 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists! Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze children as they learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and the states of matter.

Collections: The next deadline is February 2nd. Congratulations to Mrs. Winkler’s 4th grade class who brought in the most collections items this month and will get to host Puma Claws in their classroom. Congratulations as well to Mrs. Ferguson’s class who won a pajama day and Mrs. Dugan’s class who won a crazy hair day. The top classroom for collections for the entire 2017-18 school year will get to turn Mr. Griffin into Pikachu at Puma Palooza on Sat. May 5th!

Looking ahead:

Art & Talent Showcase on Fri. 3/9 (new date): Prairie students get a chance to show their stuff! Cheerleading, dancing, singing, playing instruments, comedy, magic, or for those less likely to get on stage, directing a Prairie commercial, drawing, sculpting or anything else you consider art. General guidelines are 2 minutes or less and no lip syncing. More information will come home shortly after Winter Break.

Contact Us

PTA President Erica Kasseckert - 414-510-2121

Treasurer Andy Roberts-262-442-8124

Secretary Clare Treichel -

PTA questions or comments are also welcome at any time at

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas. Visit our new website -

Special Education Round Table Discussion

Click here for a flyer regarding a special program for families with special education students on Tuesday, January 9th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Summit View Elementary School. Topics this month include "Mindfulness: Caring for the Caregiver and Strategies to help parents manage stress". RSVP preferred but not required; details on the flyer.

Physical Education Newsletter

Please click here to see Mr. Booth's Physical Education Newsletter for January. Please make note of the upcoming programs and events.

Aramark Food Service Openings

Aramark Food Service is looking for lunch room staff at many district schools. Work daytime hours while your child is in school! For more information, call 262-970-4330.


It's the time of year . . . lots of colds, sore throats and stomach viruses. Please see the link below for guidelines on when to keep your child home from school. You will be contacted from our health room staff if your child runs a fever over 100 degrees or has vomiting/diarrhea at school. We ask that they be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.

Too Sick for School

Attendance Letters

Please note that you may be receiving attendance letters from our office if your child has been tardy more than ten times or absent for any or all of five or more days. These letters are automatically generated through our Infinite Campus Student Enrollment System. We do encourage you to get a medical excuse from your child's physician/dentist if you have appointments or if they have been seen and recommended to be out of school for a certain period of time. These absences classified as medical do not count in the days that can be excused by parents. Attendance can be viewed in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal at any time.

4K Enrollment for 2018-19

Do you have a child that will be 4 years old prior to September 1, 2018? Our district's 4K enrollment opens TODAY! Please click here for a flyer showing when and where to enroll. Prairie is a 4K site with an all day program.

What Kids Learn in 4K

In District School Choice

The In District School Choice enrollment period opens today, December 1, 2017 and closes at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018. If you are considering having your child attend a school within the District that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer/School Choice Request. If you are interested in more than one school, please fill out a separate application for each school that you are requesting.

Here is the link to the District website detailing the procedures and important dates. There is a link there for online submission of your application as well.

New School Website

The district is transitioning Prairie to a new website which will align with the district website and other schools. Click here for the link to the new website. If you have previously bookmarked our website, please do so again with the new link. We ask for your patience as this is a time-consuming process for our office and district staff to update and move information.

Inclement Weather

Our District Superintendent, Mr. Gray, has issued a statement regarding the decision making process on whether or not to close school during winter inclement weather. Please click here to read his letter. The district will update their website as soon as possible when weather conditions warrant a school closing.

Lunch Accounts

A letter was sent home last week to all families with the policy regarding negative lunch accounts. Each child can "charge" up to 2 meals, up to a negative balance of $4.20. If money is not brought in for a meal, they will only have the option to charge a cheese sandwich and milk at a cost of $1.50. This policy will be enforced as of Monday, September 11, 2017. Click here for a copy of this policy.