PRAIRIE POST

November 3, 2017

Principal's Message

Hello, Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME Pumas!!!



November is here, and I would like to say that we are thankful for your ongoing support as we strive to have high levels of collaboration that will ensure high levels of academic, emotional, and social growth for all stakeholders at Prairie. As part of that support, we thank you for your attendance at our Fall Conferences held over the past two weeks. Our PTA provided our staff with wonderful dinners those two evenings, and we are very grateful to them for that.


On Tuesday, November 21st, we would like to invite you to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary. More details will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.


Wellness

I want to thank you for supporting our Health and Wellness Initiatives at Prairie. Here is a list of some possible healthy snacks for our scholars. We are looking to add to this list. Please share any ideas that you have with us.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!

11/6: PTA Culver's Night

11/7: Vision Screening

11/9: Grade 3 to Planetarium & Literacy Night

11/10-11/20: PTA Marcus Ticket Sale

11/12: PTA Family Fun @ Skateland

11/14: PTA Meeting

11/15: Hoop Shoot & 4K Conferences

11/16: Picture Retake Day

11/20: 4K Conferences

PTA News

Culver’s Night: Monday, November 6th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Come join your Prairie friends at Culver's. The flavor will be Caramel Turtle.


Fun Day Out: Sunday, November 12th 3:30-5:30 p.m. We have rented out Skateland for our Prairie PTA group. Bring your friends, family and neighbors for a super fun afternoon of skating. $8 per skater which includes skate rental (no discounts available for having your own skates).


PTA Meeting: Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Free childcare is available for school aged children from Red Cross certified babysitters. Watch on Facebook Live if you cannot attend in person.


SCRIP Order Deadline: Paper forms and on-line orders at shopwithscrip.com are due no later than Monday, November 20th. Please don’t forget to make your BLACK FRIDAY SCRIP purchases! Are you stumped about what to get a staff member for the holidays? Ordering through our holiday scrip for staff program is a great way to take care of that. Look for the order form in the Friday Folders next week. Questions? Email lbfranz2003@gmail.com


Marcus Movie Order: Order forms were sent home in Friday Folders this week and are Due Monday, November 20th. Pick-up is December 12th.


Contact US!

PTA President Erica Kasseckert - 414-510-2121 ericak0409@gmail.com

Treasurer Andy Roberts-262-442-8124 drew_pr@hotmail.com

Secretary Clare Treichel - treichelclare@gmail.com

PTA questions or comments are also welcome at any time at PTAPrairie@gmail.com.

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas. Visit our new website - https://sites.google.com/view/prairie-pta/home

Picture Retake Day

We will have a Picture Retake Day on the morning of Thursday, November 16th. If your child was absent on our original picture day or you are unhappy with your picture, we can retake it that day. If you ordered a packet, you must return the packet to have it replaced. Please send it back to school to Mrs. Anderson or contact her if you want your child's picture retaken (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).

Elks Club Hoop Shoot

Prairie will host its annual Hoop Shoot on Wednesday, November 15th. This is a free competition sponsored by the Waukesha Elks Lodge #400 for any scholar who is 8 years old or older as of April 1st, 2018.


The link below has additional information and the permission slip that the scholar will need to bring with them on the day of the competition.


If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Booth (rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us)


Elks Hoop Shoot - Information and Permission slip

PTA Partnership with Giggly Hugs Child Care

We are excited to announce a partnership with Giggly Hugs, which is a State certified child care center located around the corner from school on Industrial Dr.. This partnership will allow parents of children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 to receive approximately 3 hours of childcare while they volunteer at Prairie during the day. The cost is $10, of which Prairie PTA will pay $5. This program began on Monday, October 16th. There will be two slots available for parents to use - 8:45A-12P and 12P-3P (yes the first one is 3 hours and 15 minutes but Giggly Hugs is willing to offer that for parents who want to be at school by 9A to volunteer).


If you are interested in taking advantage of this new exciting program, please email Giggly Hugs Child Care at gigglyhugs@aol.com and get information about the slots available and the registration requirements. You may also email ptaprairie@gmail.com with questions.


In order to volunteer in your child's classroom or attend a field trip, you must have an approved background check on file at school. The Waukesha School District requires these applications be completed online. You will receive an email when you are approved, and an ID card will be mailed to you. These background checks are good for three years. Here is the link to sign up: https://bib.com/secureVolunteer/SCHOOL-DISTRICT-OF-WAUKESHA/


If you have any questions about the partnership with Giggly Hugs, please contact Erica Kasseckert directly at ericak0409@gmail.com.

New Procedures/Policies on Parking Lot, Classroom Treats & Open Toed Shoes

Previously we sent home a pink form updating our Parking Lot Procedures as well as new policies on Birthday Treats/Classroom Celebrations and Open-Toed Shoes. If you have not yet returned this sheet, please do so at your earliest convenience. Click here to review the policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns on the above issues, please contact Mr. Griffin at 262-970-2210 or dgriffin@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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.

Paying Fees in Infinite Campus

There is an updated process in Infinite Campus for paying school fees and putting lunch money on your account. Please click here to watch a video explaining the process. If you have any issues with logging into your account, please contact our office. Fees for the 2017-18 school year were posted to your child's account on August 1, 2017, and are now due. Any accounts with unpaid balances will be received statements in late October.