PRAIRIE POST

May 22, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families and Friends,


I’m excited to be back from maternity leave because I am able to reconnect with our students and staff members! I missed you all! Shout out to Mrs. Gannon for filling in while I was on leave. We are adjusting well to having a new family member at home. Zodi is sleeping for longer stretches of time, and she has learned how to smile! Phoenix loves having a little sister.


I’m thrilled to announce that we have some exciting events planned for our Prairie Pumas in the near future. We will have a parade on Friday, June 5th. Prairie staff members will parade through the attendance area to say hello to our Prairie families. The parade route will be shared at the end of next week. We will continue the tradition of our fifth grade clap out this year to celebrate our fifth grade students. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 9th at 3:00 pm. The fifth grade clap out is only for fifth grade students and their families. More information for both events will be shared in the upcoming weeks.


Take some time to relax, unplug, and enjoy the long weekend!


Stay safe,


Carly Solberg

Save the Dates - End of Year Special Events

May 26 & 27th - Student Supply Pick Up (see times below)

June 5th @ 1:00 p.m. - Staff Parade

June 9th @ 3:00 p.m. - Grade 5 Clap-Out Drive Through

Pick Up of Student Supplies

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 26 & 27


Below are the dates and times for pick up of student supplies. Please follow the instructions below to maximize safety, minimize waiting time and help us with a smooth, organized process.


  • This will be set up as a drive through curbside pick up in the front parking lot. No one will be allowed to leave their cars for everyone’s safety.

  • If you must walk to school, please meet our staff at Door 2 on the kindergarten playground and wait at the designated spot. Social distancing guidelines will need to be followed, and children will not be allowed to play on the playground.

  • Your child/ren’s supplies from their classroom, artwork, Step it Up prizes, yearbook (if ordered) and any medications from the health room will be included in their bag.

  • Please assemble any library books, books in a bag, and other classroom materials to bring with you to be returned to us.

  • Before arriving, please write your child/ren’s first and last name and grade on a large piece of paper in big bold letters.

  • Upon arriving, you will be greeted by a member of our staff who will take your name and radio it to staff in the gym who will be pulling your bags.

  • Next you will stop by the office front doors to return any library books and school materials mentioned above to the staff member there.

  • You will then proceed to the end of the front driveway (near the bike racks). Please hold up your name sign again, and another staff member will safely bring your bags to your car. You may pop your trunk if you’d like them put in the trunk.

  • Students will keep their iPads over the summer. If you are moving, please contact our IT Help Desk at 272-970-1073 to arrange a time to take it to our District Office.



Prairie Puma PICK UP OF STUDENT SUPPLIES


Tuesday, May 26

12:30-3:00 p.m.

Last Names A-F



Tuesday, May 26

4:00-6:30 p.m.

Last Names G-K



Wednesday, May 27

10:00-12:30 p.m.

Last Names L-R



Wednesday, May 27

1:30- 4:00 p.m.

Last Names S-Z


We do understand that these times may not work in your schedule and that you may need to come during another time slot. These are set up as guidelines to help the flow. If neither day works, please email Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us for additional times after these dates. Materials not picked up by June 15th will be discarded.

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Library Book Return

Here is some helpful information as you get ready to return library books to school when you are picking up belongings from school next week.


  • Any items left in classrooms will be returned to the library by the teachers as they organize student items.
  • You will be sent a notice of all materials checked out to your student via email through our library system. You can also login to the library system to see your student's account. See the directions below.
  • Please follow the school instructions for returning materials outlined above.
  • All library materials will be checked in about a week after the pick-up days to allow a time of quarantine for the safety of the library staff. Returned items will not be reflected in the student library account until that time.
  • No fees will be charged for returned items. The system automatically assigns a fee for late materials, but the fees are dropped once the items are checked in.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Koplin (mkoplin@waukesha.k12.wi.us)

Here is the process for logging into student library accounts:


  1. Go to https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/domain/81
  2. Click on your child's school. The school library home page will open.
  3. In the upper right corner of the library home page click on login.
  4. The username is the beginning of the student email (example: sstudent001) The password this the student lunch code and safeword (example: 123456fun)
  5. Click on the MyInfo tab on the top left part of the page. You will see a list of books that the student has checked out.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Koplin, our Library Media Specialist, at mkoplin@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Summer School

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It’s time to register for virtual Summer School! Virtual learning is new for all of us. Please carefully review the course guides (linked below & available on the Summer School website) for details prior to enrolling. Please click here to visit the Summer School Website.



To contact the Summer School office email: summerschool@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 262-970-1002.

PTA News

Hope you are all well and healthy! We miss seeing all of you. We are working to get the next school year squared away as normally we would be holding regular PTA meetings and voting for the upcoming year. Below are the positions that are currently filled as well as what is open. We are looking to fill some positions and would love to have some new people join us! If you are interested, please e-mail PTAprairie@gmail.com. We are planning to hold a zoom meeting June 11th to vote on next years positions.


Positions Filled:

President-Whitney Brown

Executive Vice President- Doug Paczesny

Secretary- Carrie Schuett

Treasurer- George Deleon


Open Positions- An elect position would give you time to learn the position for the upcoming year before filling the position.

President Elect

Secretary Elect

Treasurer Elect

Social Emotional Learning

This week's SEL lesson focused on mindfulness, including different tips and strategies to help students cope during COVID-19. Students learned that mindfulness is the practice of being aware in the present moment. Mindfulness involves paying full attention, while allowing thoughts and emotions to come and go without judgement. Students learned that mindfulness can help us feel calm when stressed or worried, control anger, and feel peace and happiness. Specific techniques include progressive muscle relaxation, grounding exercises, body scan, and guided imagery. Students and families are encouraged to continue exploring the plethora of mindfulness strategies and activities that are available online, and on different iPad apps. Below are a few helpful parent resources:


Simple Ways to Introduce Mindfulness and Meditation to Children


NY Times: Mindfulness for Children


25 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens


This week's SEL Challenge:


*During a time you feel sad, worried, or tense: choose one of the four practice exercises to try on your own this weekend


*Pay attention to how you felt before and after; did you feel more calm and relaxed?

Art Room News

Dear Prairie Students & Families,

Keep your eye on your mailbox for the next few weeks. When the surprise comes for you, color it in, snap a photo of your finished work on your ipad, and send it to Mrs. Anderson at manderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

I will put all the finished work together in a collage to share with you! I can’t wait to see your beautiful artwork!

Missing all your smiley faces-


Mrs. Anderson


Prairie Trick Shot Challenge 2020

Hi Prairie Families,


The challenge is complete and the final video is below.

The first 3 min. are from the first version so if you want to just see the new tricks you can move ahead to that point. Or just watch them all again!


Sit back and enjoy the creativity that Prairie students came up with.


Prairie Trick Shot Challenge


Stay active, stay safe and keep smiling!


Mr. Booth

Playworks "Play at Home"

Play at home with Playworks!

Running out of ideas on how to keep your kids playing? You can find new games to play at home on the Playworks Wisconsin youtube page! Check out https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNYjbFsfBRx8rWYMUo9fku2Zro0uoqzl_ to see a familiar face and play a few new games!


*Air High Five* Coach Courtney

Moving?

Please email Mrs. Anderson in the office (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us) if you have moved or anticipate moving in the near future. We are working to keep our enrollment information for next year as up to date as possible.

Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up Available

Please see below for the details locations of breakfast and lunch pick up. This is available to ALL children under the age of 18 and now includes weekend meals.
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Blessings in a Backpack

See below for details of an additional resource available to all School District of Waukesha families.
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Waukesha Public Library Update

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Technology Assistance

If you are in need of technical support during this time, please go to:

http://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/virtual-student This page also includes a link to the Virtual Help Desk which is being monitored by our support team.

Learning Outdoors

Our Environmental Education Department has created a weekly newsletter entitled "Learning Outdoors". Each week we will provide a few small learning or just for fun activities to engage students in nature and outdoor play.

https://www.smore.com/2a3vg-learning-outdoors

Message from Mr. Endsley, School Psychologist

Our school psychologist, Andrew Endsley, will be available to support families, students, and staff. Students can schedule a virtual meeting with Andrew, by clicking here. To explore a variety of student services resources, please see the Student Services Google Classroom (Join Class with student email account; Class code: 7454aar). Mr. Endsley will be available to virtually meet with individual families and students on an ongoing basis. For any questions regarding resources for COVID-19, attendance, parent resources, anxiety and mental health supports, or any other student services matter, Andrew can also be reached at (262) 970-4152 or aendsley@waukesha.k12.wi.us.