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.
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…
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:
Classroom Placement Letter for 2020-21
Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up Available
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.
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.
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:
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:
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