PRAIRIE POST

November 20, 2017

Principal's Message

Hello Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME PUMAS,


As we enter into the Thanksgiving season, I want to express my gratitude for your commitment to the education of each and every scholar at Prairie. On Tuesday, November 21st, we would like you to come and celebrate our 50 years of serving the Waukesha Community. We will have an assembly that begins at 9:00 a.m. Following the assembly, our scholars will have creative learning interactions throughout the building for the entire day. Please stop in for 5, 10, or 30 minutes if you have time. We can not celebrate 50 years of excellence without you. Have a great holiday weekend, and we will see you next week.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!


11/20: 4K Conferences

11/21: 50th Anniversary Celebration

11/22-24: NO SCHOOL

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

PTA News

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Prairie PTA Fun Day Out at Skateland – it was a fun time for everyone.


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. . Questions? Email lbfranz2003@gmail.com


Marcus Movie Order: Order forms were sent home in Friday Folders and are Due Monday, November 20th. 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 clkienast@att.net BEFORE December 12th for alternate pick-up arrangements.


Volunteer for Prairie’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Can you lend a hand for an hour or two to help out at school the morning of 11/21? Please contact Erica Kasseckert at ericak0409@gmail.com if you can help out beginning at 8:30A on Tue. 11/21.


Art Night: 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.


Collections Deadline: Next deadline is Friday, December 1st. 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 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

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 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.

Elks Club Hoop Shoot

Congratulations to the following scholars who will represent Prairie at the local Hoop Shoot Competition on December 16th:


8-9 year old girl: Alexis Hummer

8-9 year old boy: Ryan McMahon

10-11 year old girl: Kayla Scaffidi

10-11 year old boy: Brett Whelan


Great job to all who participated and a special thanks to Mr. Booth & Mr. Haynes for running this event!

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.

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.