PRAIRIE POST

April 24, 2020

Message from the Principal


Beginning on Monday, Prairie will be transitioning to a 4-day instructional week for the remainder of the current school year as will all of the other Waukesha Schools. This means new instruction and assignments will only be pushed out from teachers Monday-Thursday each week. Friday will be a catch-up and support day and optional virtual meetings can still happen, but there will be nothing new required. Students' routine of reading and math (dreambox or Matific) everyday of the week will continue. Teachers will send out those reminders on Fridays. Staff will be available for virtual office hours, conferencing opportunities with students or parents/guardians, and for staff collaboration.


Mrs. Gannon

Acting Prairie Principal

Social Emotional Learning

Now that your students are getting used to the idea that they will not be back to the “school” building this year, attending to their social emotional needs continues to be important. Based on the collaborative efforts of Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist, and Mrs. Edwards, our Guidance Counselor, Prairie teachers will be addressing the following three topics through the end of the year during Tuesday & Thursday community circles.


  • Overall anxiety; no school for the rest of the year, the virus, etc…

  • Missing friends

  • Self-Care


Parents, you are welcome to join with your child to help support your learner.


  • On Tuesdays there will be a video or presentation for students to watch and then discuss

  • On Thursdays during community circle there will be a prompt to share/discuss, and a “challenge” related to the theme

  • The “challenge” would encourage students to be thinking about and applying the weekly theme on Friday and/or over the weekend


Related information and resources will also be shared with families each week in this newsletter. Mr. Endsley and Mrs. Edwards provided the following resources for you, as we prepare for our lesson next week focusing on anxiety around school closure:


How to Help Kids Deal with School Closings

School Closure: A Social Story

6 Tips to Help Kids Cope with School Closure

Classroom Placement Letter for 2020-21

As we begin to plan for next year, we invite parents to review the Classroom Placement Letter which includes a link to a form to give us your input regarding your child's placement for next year. Please note that we would respectfully request that you not request a specific teacher. This information is due by May 8, 2020.

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.
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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

Fox 6 Educational Programming

FOX 6 is offering educational programming on Monday through Friday at noon. The station will be airing a variety of Xploration shows. These half-hour programs are designed to inspire kids to become interested in STEM and may provide some fun and interest for families.

Here is a link to programming information:


https://www.xplorationstation.com/

Playworks "Play at Home"

Playworks has launched a virtual recess. It will happen 3 times a day (11am, 1pm, 3pm), Mon-Fri through Facebook live! All you have to do is like Playworks on Facebook and log on and follow along!


Do you want to play right now? Check out this link for youtube videos to all of our favorites as well as a bunch of play resources:


https://www.playworks.org/get-involved/play-at-home/


It is a great way for our students to break up the day, get moving, and refocus for learning! Do you have a favorite game? Take pictures and tag with #PlayAtHome or #PlayworksAtHome to teach other people your family's favorite!


*Air High Five* Coach Courtney

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.

2020 Summer School

Registration for summer school is currently on hold. More information will be shared when available.
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Spectrum Internet Service Option

Spectrum has an opportunity for families to receive free internet service during this time. Please call 1-844-488-8395 to arrange for service. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.