December 1, 2017

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME PUMAS,

We want to share some PAWSOME NEWS with you. The State Report Card was released, and we want to share the results with you. Prairie has been identified as a school that meets expectations for the second year in a row. Our overall score went up 3.5 points from last year. This was due to a 9.7% increase in our literacy scores and a 4.1% increase in our math scores. We believe our focus on thoughtful logs and the workshop model in reading, writing and math have enhanced the learning opportunities for our scholars. We are glad to see the academic achievement of our school continue to grow. This is only possible due to the support that you provide us each and every day. You can access the link to the State Report Card here.

This has been a very PAWSOME week. We are still on an emotional high from our 50th Anniversary Celebration. We want to thank the PTA, the School District of Waukesha, the former principals and staff members of Prairie that have helped lay the foundation for present-day Prairie, and most importantly you. Thank you for entrusting us with your children each and every day.

I would like to welcome Brittany Vilar and Debra Hoff to our school community. Brittany is the new third-grade mathematics educator and Debra Hoff is our new Special Education teacher. I know you will welcome them to our school family as only you can.

Tonight, please come and join the PTA for Art Night from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Have a PAWSOME weekend and Go BADGERS!!!

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Upcoming Dates For This School Year!

12/1: PTA Art Night/End of 1st Trimester

12/4: PTA Culver's Night

12/12: Marcus Ticket Pick Up & PTA Meeting

12/15: Kindergarten trip to UW Whitewater

12/22: All School Pajama Day

12/23-1/1: NO SCHOOL

1/2: Classes Resume

PTA News

Art Night: TONIGHT - Friday, December 1st at 6P Come work on some fun holiday craft projects, get your photo taken in our holiday themed photo booth and see a performance by Kohl’s Wild Theater presented by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Kohl’s Cares.

Culver’s Night: Monday, December 4th, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Come join your Prairie friends at Culver's. The flavor will be Egg Nog Brickle.

Marcus Movie Order Pick-Up: Pick-up is December 12th from 4-5:30 p.m. in the front lobby of Prairie and at the PTA Meeting 6:30p-7:30p in the library. Please contact Cathi Kienast (262-313-7840) or at BEFORE December 12th for alternate pick-up arrangements.

PTA Meeting – Tue. December 12th 6:30P in the library. Join us as we talk about the future of the PTA, 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.

Collections Deadline: Today was the latest deadline and the next deadline is February 2nd. Stay tuned to hear who will get to host Puma Claws next month in their classroom and who will earn a pajama day and 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!

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 -

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

There is also a Pizza with Santa Event tonight at White Rock Campus for 4K Enrollment. Click here for details.

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.

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 and get information about the slots available and the registration requirements. You may also email 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:

If you have any questions about the partnership with Giggly Hugs, please contact Erica Kasseckert directly at

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.

Prairie Art News

The Prairie scholars listed below have their artwork on display at the Waukesha County Administration Center in their Showcase of Local Talent. Parents of these scholars received a specific invitation but the public is also invited to view this display from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. from now through December 13, 2017. Please note you will need to use the main Courthouse entrance, Door #2, and then go down one floor.


Riya Bhat

Quinn Trott

Alessondra Pakula

Wesley Barkley

Camden Olson

Stefania Dixson

Elizabeth Knapp

Norah Christensen

Jesus Garcia Machorro

Nicholas Sanders

Finnegan Leech

Avery Goratowski

Natalie Kasseckert

Thalia Garcia

Lily Klenk

Clayton Solum

Gwendalyn Sonnheim

Brandon Rode

Paige Pratt

First Grade

Savannah Inwood

Vivian Kusnir

Hannah Hagen

Cornelius Nielsen

Riley Lindstrom

Olive Tvrdik

Ethan Bauer

Olivia Purdy

Emmerson Opper

Alainis Ruiz

Evelyn Foley

Chloe Howe

Jayden Dodd

Liam Krajewski

Calek Smith

Luke Austin

Sam Popchock

Natalie Mitchell

Jackson Christensen

Sarah Schuett

Zahiya Mitchell

Michael O’Hara

Izzy Peterson

Avery Cavett

Ethan Mireles

Second Grade

Payton Schubring

Kenadee Grulke

Victoria Washington

Sophia Garcia

Ainjeel Lomas

Aaron Sonneheim

Kyler Van Keuren

Madelyn Benes

Erin Sheehan

Avery Roe

Alexis Hummer

Rubi Araujo

Evie Dixson

Lexi Rode

Taryn Lowery

Yaretzi Becerra-Montes

Maren Sinnard

Mason Schneider

Casey Poulson

Callie Greenwald

John Cooper

Third Grade

Bella Rivera

Jax Kienast

Jackson Farina

Robert Thims

Lucas Franz

Kaylee Bennett

Ashlee Stelmaszewski

Adrianna Wojczak

Carson Waldhart

Courtney Bauer

Chloe Bauer

Chloe Glover

Brooke Nebel

Emily Solum

Grayson Glover

Ella Tuyls

Tabitha Howe

Mike Anadell

Karyssa Olson

Nathan Blackwood

Silas Stackhouse

Jack Rohde

Sydney Mirkowski

Alexis Dinwiddie

Maleah Collins

Kyler Poulson

Ammonra Lomas

Brooke Taylor

Ryan McMahon

Joselin Gonzalez-Flores

Physical Education News

Please click here for Mr. Booth's Physical Education Newsletter for December.

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.