February 28, 2020
Message from the Principal
Hello Prairie Families,
It's hard to believe that February has already come and gone. All of our Prairie Pumas are hoping for some warmer weather to come along with March! February was a month that included many exciting events, but don't worry, there are more to come in March! Our second and third-grade learners have been working hard to prepare for their music concert that is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Throughout the month of February, our classrooms celebrated Black History Month in a variety of ways. Students learned the history of the Underground Railroad and how it relates to Waukesha through books they are reading, articles and videos. Students read books about influential African Americans and discussed how the actions of those individuals made a positive impact. Students researched and wrote biographies on influential African Americans. Students explored various resources about African Americans including Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, and other pioneers of change. Students created infographics to teach about influential African Americans. Students decorated the hallways with quotes from Martin Luther King Junior. Take a look at some of the highlights from our different grade levels below! A group of fourth-grade students has been working hard on producing our video announcements for each morning, which have highlighted influential African Americans. The announcements also highlight students from our building leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Puma Way.
At recess, our goal for the month is inviting others to play. When students come in from recess they are able to recognize other students who invited them to play. These names are then listed on a board in the hallway to celebrate all of the times students are inviting one another to join games outside. We have MANY names listed! This goal is helping to promote inclusion at recess!
Next week we are celebrating Read Across America! Our students and staff are excited to engage in a variety of special reading activities. Take a look below for more information.
Have a great weekend!
PRAIRIE'S GOT TALENT!
Thanks again to all our talented performers! It was such a fun event and these kids did amazing!!! Thank you to the parents who helped get their kids to practice and the show!
As we stated previously, we are in the beginning stages of planning Puma Palooza, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are really hoping to make it a bang to add funds for our playground project! We would love to see new faces and minds come together to help plan the event. We are planning to meet before the PTA Meetings from 5:30-6:30. Feel free to join us! We would love to get new donations, funds to help support activities or even businesses supporting activities. If you have a company who would like to be at the event, donate to the event or have ideas, you can email us as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culver's Night: 3/2
Skateland Day: 3/8
PTA Meeting: 3/10
If you have any questions or need additional information, please email email@example.com
Communicable Disease Message from District Nurses
Due to the increase in reported cases of influenza and the media attention given to the coronavirus (COVID-19) recently, we are reaching out to families to share recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for keeping your family safe and healthy, and preventing the spread of communicable illnesses.
The CDC is recommending the following actions to prevent infection:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard tissue in trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
In addition, please help us prevent the spread of illness in our schools by reviewing the district’s “Too Sick For School” guidelines, and keeping your child home when they are ill. As a reminder, the “Too Sick For School” guidelines require that your child be vomit-free, diarrhea-free, and fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before they return to school. A fever is defined by the district as a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit when taken orally.
Please do not reply directly to this email as it is being sent from an unmonitored account.
If you have further questions, please reach out to the Waukesha County Public Health Department at 262-896-8430 or access their website at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/publichealth.
The District Nursing Staff
Wendy Lang, RN, BSN Beth Peppler, RN, BSN
Read Across America Week - Growing a Love of Reading
Prairie will be celebrating Read Across America the week of March 2nd - March 6th. This year Prairie is focusing on the theme of Growing a Love of Reading. Throughout the week students will hear different stories from a different author each day. Some of the authors students will get to explore are Dr. Seuss, Jacqueline Woodson, Dan Santat, Mo Willems , and Andrea Beaty. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to hear a story from Mrs. Solberg, different teachers, buddy read, and have an all school read in. At home you can also participate in Read Across America Week by sharing your favorite stories with your child(ren) to help foster the love of reading!
Optimist Swim Meet
WAUKESHA OPTIMIST CLUB
2020 Elementary School Swim Meet
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
CALLING ALL 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS!
Do you like to swim? Do you like to dive into the pool? If so, then you should consider
joining the Prairie Swim Team.
Practice will begin in mid-March (Dates listed on permission slip below). We are allowed up to 5 practices to prepare for the meet. Swimmers are encouraged to attend as many practices as possible. We understand that families have other commitments which may not allow swimmers to make every practice.
This event is for beginner/novice swimmers in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. It is designed to give swimmers the opportunity to see what a swim team and a swim meet are like. Most importantly, it is designed for swimmers to have FUN with friends and teammates.
The events are grouped by grade and gender: 3rd graders vs. 3rd graders; 4th graders vs. 4th graders; and 5th graders vs. 5th graders. Girls race against girls; Boys race against boys. Individual 25 yd swimming events will have preliminary races and a final race of the top 8 finishers. Relay and 50 yd. events will be timed finals. Each swimmer can only participate in two individual events.
NOTE: Swimmers must not have been on a competitive swim team after October 2019!
The plunge is a dive into the water and participants glide as far as possible for distance, without kicking or using arms.
25 yd Freestyle
25 yd Backstroke
25 yd Breaststroke
50 yd Freestyle
100 yd Freestyle Relay - 4 Swimmers. Coaches will announce relay teams at practice. Teams are based on fastest individual times.
All swimmers MUST be able to swim 1 length of the pool or 25 yards, unassisted. (without grabbing the sides or touching the bottom)
We look forward to meeting all of this year’s teammates soon!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Artists of the Month
February's Artists of the Month are 1st grader, Kylie Smith, and 4th grader, Cullen Streator. Both students are excellent examples of how hard work, focus and persistence pay off. Congratulations Kylie & Cullen!
Physical Education News
We encourage you to get a doctor's note for any medical or dental appointment your child may have requiring any absence from school. A "medically excused" absence does not count in the total number of days absent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.
Important Enrollment Dates to Know
Dec 1: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Opens at 8:00 AM
Dec 2: 4K & New Student Enrollment Begins
Dec 7: We are Waukesha Enrollment & Family Fun Event at North High School 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Dec 16: District Wide “See it Live”
Jan 10: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Closes at 4:30 PM (Late Applications will not be accepted)
Jan 17: Intra-District Transfer/Secondary(Grades 6-12) School Choice notifications will be emailed home
Jan 24: Secondary School Choice Online Commitments Due
Jan 31: 4K Enrollment Ends for the lottery
Feb 7: 4K Lottery at the Lindholm Building 2:00 pm
Feb 14: 4K Site Placement will be emailed home
March 13: Intra-District Transfer/Elementary School Choice notifications will be emailed home
News from the School Guidance Program
Safe Arrival Attendance Program
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.