January 24, 2020

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Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

This week our intramural volleyball games wrapped up. The championship games took place on Thursday. Students had a great time throughout the intramural volleyball season and demonstrated great sportsmanship! Again, thank you to Mr. Booth for providing our learners with this awesome opportunity!

We began tracking the number of positive phrases that we hear at recess to work toward our school-wide goal of 400. Our learners are doing an AMAZING job! They surpassed our goal for the month in only two days! It looks like we will need to bump our goals up quite a bit in the future! We heard 296 positive phrases on Monday, 231 positive phrases on Tuesday, 203 positive phrases on Wednesday and 233 positive phrases on Friday! Learners in all recesses are working so hard to build one another up by using positive language. Keep up the great work!

Our student council is doing an excellent job of planning and facilitating the Soup-er Bowl! Our learners are eager to make a difference in the lives of others. See the Soup-er Bowl section below for more information.

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the extra day with your families!

Carly Solberg


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Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

1/24-1/31: Soup-er Bowl Drive


1/31: Scrip deadline

2/6: Grade 5 to Milwaukee Tool

2/10: PTA Talent Show Try-outs

2/11: PTA Meeting

2/13: STEP IT UP FOR HEART event

PTA News

It's hard to believe the month of January is half over! Hope everyone is staying warm on these cold days!

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. We are also looking to get a meeting together before the next meeting. 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


Be on the lookout for the permission slip! We want to see what talents our students have! We are looking for Emcee's, artists, dancers, singers and all performers! It is such a great event for our students! Forms due back 2/3!

Box Tops

Box Top update: We have finally hit over $900 in box tops. We are currently at $902. Next in school collection will be on Monday, February 10th. We still need more box tops for an all school PJ day! Keep them coming in. Students may turn in box tops to their classroom teacher, and check out the bulletin board in the hallway to our see our progress!

PTA Dates:

Forms for talent show due: 2/3

PTA Meeting is 2/11

Talent Show: 2/21

Skateland Day: 3/8

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

Soup-er Bowl

Prairie's Student Council is planning our annual Soup-er Bowl soup drive for the Waukesha Food Pantry from January 24th-January 31st. As a school, we will be collecting cans of soup during the week leading up to the NFL Super Bowl. If you are able, please send a donation with your child.
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Yearbook order forms

Yearbook order forms are going home with students today. Yearbooks were not ordered with picture packages in the fall.

There is an option to order online at with order code 46811T. Paper and online orders are due by February 19, 2020.


As we approach mid year, many parents are receiving attendance letters from our office. These letters are generated automatically through Infinite Campus when your child hits either 10 days of tardiness or 5 days absent (any or all of a day), and are intended to keep you informed of your child's attendance. Upon exceeding 10 days of absences (any or all of a day), you may be required to submit a doctor's note for any future absences to avoid the absence being marked as truant. In that case, you would again be informed in writing.

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.

Step it Up

tep It Up for Heart

Prairie students are stepping up as usual and are doing a fantastic job raising funds to help others with sick hearts. Our fundraising efforts will be coming to a close soon but it is not too late. If you would like to help in our efforts please go to: to get started.

A reminder that this year a portion of the funds we raise from Step It Up for Heart will be divided between the American Heart Association and the new playground being planned for Prairie.

If you have collected any cash or checks, please have your child bring that in by next Friday, January 31st and give it to their teacher.

Thank you again for all of your help.

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to January's artists of the Month!

This month, we have 1st grader Landon Harris and Kindergartener Lucy Bayless. Neither of these kids have been at Prairie very long, but they both are excellent behavior role models, show kindness towards their classmates, and demonstrate the Puma Way every day. In addition, Landon and Lucy are super creative and hard-working young artists.


More Art Room Recognition

Please recognize the following young ladies for their hard work and dedication. 5th grade students Brooke Taylor, Chloe Glover, Ella Tuyls, Joselin Flores and Sydney Mirkowski had been working on Art sculptures, outside of class time. These ladies have come in during recess, after school, and even over Christmas break, to design and create their sculptures. These sculptures were on display on Monday, January 20th, at the SDW's One Conference. All teachers and administrators in the district were able to see the beautiful work of these dedicated students. Thank you all, for sharing your talent, and thank you to Mrs. Anderson for assisting them.

Physical Education News

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

4K Enrollment for 2020-21

Do you have a child that will be four years old prior to September 1, 2020? Enrollment for our District 4K program runs from December 2, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Please click here for details on enrollment. Elementary School 4K sites and Community Partner sites are also listed.

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

Too Sick for School

Cold and flu season is already upon us. Please read the document below entitled "Too Sick for School" for important guidelines on when you should keep your child home with illness and the appropriate return timeframe. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Verhagen in our Health Room at 262-970-2215 or

Too Sick for School

News from the School Guidance Program

Below are the January newsletter from our School Guidance program. These contain information on our monthly lessons and valuable resources regarding Social Emotional Learning.

January Guidance Newsletter

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Our district offers the Safe Arrival Program for easy attendance reporting for your children. Please review the document below for details. If you previously used this app and have changed your email address in Infinite Campus this year, you may need to create a new School Messenger account.

2019 Safe Arrival Protocol

Daily Schedule - Lunch & Recess

Click here for a copy of our Daily Schedule showing arrival and dismissal locations as well as lunch and recess time for all grades.

School Fees

All school fees have been assigned in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Fees can be paid by credit card through this portal or by cash/check in the Prairie office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Anderson at

Background checks

If you are interested in volunteering at Prairie in a classroom or chaperoning a field trip, you will need to have a current approved background check on file. This may be completed online through Secure Volunteer. Once approved, background checks are good for three years.

School/Community Activities

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.