PRAIRIE POST

January 25, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME Pumas,


It seems as if Mother Nature has decided to turn her attention to the State of Wisconsin. We are encouraging all of our parents to make sure that your child/children are dressing appropriately for school with coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. If you need any assistance with any of those items, please contact us. This is especially important with the projected weather forecast that is headed our way next week.


Parents, I need your help. I believe the weather we are experiencing is leading to an increase in the number of tardies at Prairie. The entry bell rings at 8:35 a.m. The school day begins at 8:40 a.m. At that time, we need our scholars to be in their seats and ready to begin the day. Scholars that are not present in their classrooms at this time will be marked tardy.


Lastly, I would like to ask all parents to help us with the drop-off and pick-up procedures at Prairie. We want to ensure the safety of all of our scholars, especially during the winter weather. It is important that you do not use the front drive for drop-off and pick up. Please refrain from using the front doors in the morning unless you are coming in to sign your child in because they are tardy.


Enjoy the weekend and remember to stay warm.

Upcoming Dates

1/31: Grade 5 to Planetarium

2/1: Scrip Order Deadline

2/4: PTA Culver's Night

2/5: Grade 1 to Reichl Orthodontics

2/8: Kindergarten to Sunset Playhouse

2/12: PTA Meeting

2/15: Student Council Meeting

PTA News

Culvers night is Monday, February 4th from 5-8pm. Please stop by and Culvers will donate 10% of proceeds to Prairie PTA.


PTA Meeting is Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30 to 7:30. Stop by and check out the latest with school and the PTA. There are Red Cross Certified babysitters for school age children. If you are unable to stop by, you can catch the meeting on Facebook Live.


We are still looking for volunteers to help with our spring fundraiser, Puma Palooza. This is a big event and can only take place with lots of help. It is scheduled for May 4th from 11-5pm. Please email ptaprairie@gmail.com if interested in helping with this great event.


Scrip orders are due by February 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Franz at lbfranz2003@gmail.com.


A reminder that registration forms with lyrics or script attached for the talent show are due by Friday, February 1st.

Soup-er Bowl for the Food Pantry

Hello, Prairie students and parents! The Souper Bowl is approaching! Student Council is again sponsoring the "Soup-er Bowl" Soup Drive for the Waukesha Food Pantry. We encourage you bring cans of soup during the week of Jan 28 to Feb 1. At the end of the Soup-er Bowl, we will bring all the cans to the food pantry. Last year we found out the most popular soups were chicken noodle and tomato soup.


We will have a competition between all the grades; kindergarten and 4K are one team. Whoever brings the most soup wins . We are going to have grade level goals and a school goal. If we meet our school goal of 400 cans of soap, the school will earn an extra recess.


Thank you for supporting this project.


2018-19 Student Council Members

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook order forms went home with all of our scholars recently and are due by February 20, 2019. The cost this year is $11.00 and is only available to order at this time. You did not place a yearbook order in the fall with your picture orders. You may send the envelope back with cash or check payable to Interstate Studio or order online at www.inter-state.com/yearbook with the order code of 34643V. If you have any questions or need an additional order form, please contact our office.

Step it Up

What is STEP IT UP for HEART?

Our school has a strong tradition of doing Jump Rope for Heart which was a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. That program has ended, so this year we are going to continue our tradition and focus on heart health with STEP IT UP for HEART!


STEP IT UP for HEART focuses on:

  • Getting kids active.

  • We have a jump rope unit during the month of February with all scholars.

  • Educate kids about their hearts, and heart-healthy habits.

  • Raise money for cardiovascular research.

  • Teach kids the value of community service.


Where will the money raised go? To continue our tradition of raising money to help others with “sick” hearts, a major portion of the funds raised will be donated to the American Heart Association. The rest of the funds will be used at Prairie to enhance the health and fitness of all scholars.


Why kids will love it! Scholars will love STEP IT UP for HEART because it includes a day of absolute AWESOMENESS! After all donations are raised, kids will experience a giant “Super Party” with obstacles inspired by the TV shows American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout. It’s an amazing day of fun and celebration filled with obstacle courses, a DJ dance party, plus some fantastic rewards based on donations raised. Not to mention the great feeling kids get by knowing that they helped others with “sick” hearts.

Family Mental Health Nights

You are Invited to Join...

Community Mental Health Partnership Parent Nights

-Informational sessions for Parents and Guardians-


Trauma, Security, and Good Enough Parenting

January 31, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Lowell Elementary

140 N Grandview Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53188

All Parents want what is best for their children...so let's learn what it means to be the “Good Enough” parent, understand how trauma impacts all of us, and provide security and emotional support for our children.


Building Resiliency: Healthy Bodies and Minds

March 20, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Prairie Elementary

1801 Center Rd, Waukesha, WI 53189

Building resiliency empowers children to grow from the challenges they are faced with. Starting with the body and the mind, let's develop skills that help on a daily basis.


How can I Help? Increasing my Child’s Emotional-Regulation

May 21, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Hawthorne LAB School

1111 Maitland Dr, Waukesha, WI 53188

All parents have experienced tantrums, but when should parents reach out for help? What can parents do to increase their children’s self-control skills and learn effective ways to de-escalate their children.


The Community Mental Health Provider (CMHP), Amanda Rochwite, ATR, LPC of Family Service of Waukesha is preparing three informational sessions for parents or guardians to provide knowledge, support, and useful tools. Each session will be hosted at a School District of Waukesha Elementary School. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all three sessions. Refreshments will be provided.


Amanda Rochwite is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor employed through Family Service of Waukesha. Her position is funded by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide mental health support in 5 School District of Waukesha elementary schools. Her role is to build and support educator and parent understanding and ability to adapt mental health concepts into useful strategies to effectively reach and teach students influenced by mental health challenges.

Physical Education Newsletter

Click here for Mr. Booth's January Physical Education Newsletter.

District Enrollment Information

Here is important information on dates regarding new student enrollment for 2019-2020, school choice and open enrollment:


2019-2020 New Student Enrollment:


If you have a child turning 4 before September 1, 2019 - now is the time to enroll in 4K! To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by February 1, 2019. To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment please visit https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/109.


Open Enrollment:


Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4- April 30, 2019. The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

  • On-line (recommend) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

  • Although an on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district. Paper applications must be delivered to the nonresident school district. School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention to:

Stephanie Peterson

Open Enrollment

222 Maple Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186


Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 3rd.

  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the School District of Waukesha between February 4 and September 1, 2019; and wish to stay in the School District of Waukesha.

Note: families that move unexpectedly after April 30th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year.

School Psychologist Updates

Please click here for regular updates from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist.

School Counselor Newsletter

See below for monthly newsletter from our District School Counselor, Heidi Edwards:


January Parent Newsletter

Raptor Check In Procedures

As you are aware, the district has started a new process for checking in visitors to the school. If you are coming in to the school during the day and staying in the building in any capacity (visiting for lunch, volunteering in a classroom, meeting with a teacher, etc), you will need to submit your driver's license. We will process it through our Raptor system and print a badge for you to wear. If you just need to drop something off or are signing in your child, you will not need to be checked in. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all our scholars safe!

Health Room News

It's that time of year! The coughs, sniffles, sore throats, etc are starting to hit. Please read the Too Sick for School document to review guidelines for illness and return to school.


As a reminder, ANY medication (including cough drops) must have paperwork on file in the Health Room. All medications must be dropped off and picked up by parents.

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Prairie has implemented the District's new Safe Arrival attendance protocol. Please read the information on the link below:


Elementary 2018 School Messenger Safe Arrival Program

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Click here for our daily lunch and recess schedule. Hot lunch prices this year are $2.20, .40 for reduced and .40 for milk. Adult prices for lunch are $3.50; you are welcome to come join them for lunch. Please stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor pass.

Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are available on the district website at:

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Paper copies are also available in our office. Please direct any questions you may have to Jessica Huinker at 262-970-1048.

Background checks

Anyone volunteering in a classroom or the school or attending a field trip must have a current background check on file with our District Office. Click here for the link to complete this information. Once approved, there are good for three years. Our office can easily check if your background check is current. Please connect with Mrs. Anderson in the office if you have any questions.

School/Community Activities


All school and community activities are now being posted on the Waukesha School District website under the Community tab and then "Community Connections". Here is the link for easy reference. We also have the same information posted on the Prairie Elementary Website under the "For Families" tab and "Community Connections". Here is the link for your convenience. In addition, these flyers are also available through a quick link called "Peachjar" on the home page of both the school and the district websites.