PRAIRIE POST

October 4, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. At Prairie, we will spend some time throughout October to learn more about what bullying is and to learn strategies to prevent it from happening. Check out the video below to learn more about how to help your student be an upstander!


We had an unannounced fire drill yesterday and all students and staff did a fantastic job of exiting the building quickly, quietly and in a safe way. Great work, everyone!


This week brought some rain and cooler weather. We had indoor recess on Tuesday. Shout out to the fifth graders who did a great job during indoor recess. Some students chose to color or hang out with friends and a lot of students chose to play two new Playworks games in the classroom. All of the students who played followed the rules of the game and had a lot of fun! As the weather continues to get cooler, please help your learners remember to wear appropriate outerwear to keep them warm at recess time.


Have a great weekend!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Be an Upstander - Prevent Bullying (by The NED Shows)

Staff Spotlight

Officer Fredrick is our community police partner at Prairie. Here's a little bit more information about him:


I’ve been with the Waukesha Police Department for almost 17 years now, starting in early 2003. Before working as an officer, I worked as one of the district groundskeepers for a short period of time and in construction/concrete, too. I have a connection with Prairie Elementary due to my two sons having gone to school there themselves. They are now in high school and middle school. Some things I enjoy doing outside of work are watching movies, fishing, hunting, coaching, and spending time with family and friends when able. Having grown up in the Waukesha School District myself, going to Rose Glen Elementary, Butler Middle, and Waukesha North High, I have a connection to our city and this has been “home”.

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

10/8: PTA Meeting

10/10: K-Hansen to Env Ed

10/11: K-Taddey & Gerlach to Env Ed; Gr 4 to Lapham Peak

10/12: PTA Halloween Dance

10/15: Grade 5 to Water Utility

10/16: PTA Taco John's Night

10/28: Vision Screening

10/30: Grade 1 to Planetarium

EARLY RELEASE 1:40 p.m.

10/31: NO SCHOOL
11/1: NO SCHOOL

PTA News

Hope you have all survived this crazy weather we have had. Here's a few important reminders for this coming week. The Halloween dance is next Saturday, October 12th, and we hope that you can come boogie on down with us for a spooktacular time! If you haven't signed up to help us and can spare a few minutes of your time, please see the sign up genius as we have a few slots left to fill. Please plan to join us for a night of fun, games and dancing! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-halloween5


Also our first box top collection will be in October. Collect those box tops while we still can as they are going digital.


SCRIP orders are due today. If you haven't ordered yet, let us know ASAP.


Our PTA meeting will be next Tuesday, October 8th. Please feel free to join us in the library,; red cross certified child care is available for school aged children! For anyone interested, we still have a president elect position open.


Upcoming Important dates:


PTA Meeting: 10/8/19

Halloween Dance: 10/12/19

Taco Johns: 10/16/19

Boxtops: 10/18/19


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email ptaprairie@gmail.com.


Art to Remember

Prairie is again participating in the Art to Remember program. You will have an opportunity to purchase custom products designed with your child's artwork. Funds raised will benefit Prairie's art program. Flyers have been sent home with your child with more information.

Christmas Clearing Council


It is the time of year to distribute Christmas Clearing Council applications! For those who do not know, the Christmas Clearing Council (CCC) helps provide Christmas gifts for families who may struggle to afford gifts for their children. It is an awesome program that many families utilize each year. There are a few qualifications: you must be a Waukesha County resident AND your child must be eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch and/or meet the household income eligibility requirements. Please feel free to fill out the application (one per family), and send back to Mr. Endsley or the Prairie Office.


Applications are DUE Friday November 15, 2019.


Printable Application: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gbgfy6VxXBvV7t3NoGYnQ0z5e_mN27Cy

You can also find paper copies of the application in the Prairie Office.

5th Grade Cross Country Run

Our 5th graders are practicing for the annual Cross Country Run on October 16th at Waukesha West High School. Exact times for each division will be communicated soon.


Next week's practice on Friday, October 11th will be at Waukesha West so that they can run the actual course. A permission slip for this has been sent home.

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's October newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

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


October Newsletter K-3


October Newsletter 4 & 5


Parents ACT Now Resource

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.

Annual Online Registration

Please make sure to complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need your login and password information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us. This registration gives important permissions needed for your child for iPad use, picture/video taping, and field trips.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal - click on the icon for the Infinite Campus Portal on the upper right part of the page.

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 vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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.