PRAIRIE POST

October 20, 2017

Principal's Message

Hello, Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME Pumas!!!


I want to begin by sharing that Prairie Elementary was in the Freeman two weeks ago for increasing our Literacy scores by 10.2% on last years Forward Exam. I want to extend a loud PUMA ROAR to each an every member of our school community because this would not be possible without your support. Thank you for continuing to C.L.I.M.B. the Mountain of Success, and we are looking forward to reaching even higher heights in the future.


Here is the link to the Principal's Report from the October 10th PTA Meeting. I am looking for any volunteers that would like to be part of our Wellness Committee and 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please contact me.


The Math educators hosted our 3rd Annual Math Night, and we enjoyed having the families out for a night of math fun. We are looking to have even more families attend our literacy and math nights in the future. Please come and learn with us.


Thank you to the PTA for hosting the Halloween Dance last Saturday. We Boogied the night away.


I wanted to remind everyone that next week is a shortened week. The first round of Student-Led Conferences will take place on Tuesday, October 24th. Prairie is currently shifting to Digital Continuums to be more efficient in communicating the learning progression of our scholars with you. Educators will provide an overview of the Digital Continuums at the Student-Led Conferences.


Please stop by the Book Fair if you have a few additional minutes to support our PTA and reading Program H.E.R.O. (Having Everyone Read Often).


We will have early release on Wednesday, October 25th at 1:40 p.m. There will be no school on Thursday, October 26th, and Friday, October 27th. We look forward to seeing all of our eager scholars rested and rejuvenated after this intermission.


Have a PAWSOME WEEKEND, and I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday Morning.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!

10/24 - Conferences

10/25 - Early Release 1:40 p.m.

10/26 & 27 - NO SCHOOL

11/1: Grade 5 to Fox River

11/2: Conferences

11/5: PTA Family Fun Day

11/6: PTA Culver's Night

11/7: Vision Screening

11/9: Grade 3 to Planetarium & Literacy Night

Conferences

Prairie will be hosting our Student Led Conferences on Tuesday, October 24th and Thursday, November 2nd from 4-7:30 p.m.


Grades 3-5 will have open conferences in the gym. Specialists are also available to meet with parents and scholars of all grades in the gym and Library. Grades K-2 educators have sent home a sign up sheet electronically. If you did not receive it, please contact your child's educator. K4 conferences will be held at a date yet to be determined later in November.

PTA News

Thank you to everyone who came out for the annual Halloween Dance – a fun time was had by all. And a big shout out to Tera Nehring who did a fabulous job organizing the Halloween Dance for the third straight year.


Conference Dinners: For years, PTA has provided a great buffet for teachers and staff on Conference nights – help us do so by signing up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-fall2

Book Fair: Join us for our Book Fair on Tuesday, October 24th and Thursday, November 2nd from 4P-7:30P during conferences. Information on the fair and pre-sale of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be coming home soon. Can you help out at the book fair? Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b48afa82aa02-scholastic

Shop online from October 19th-November 1st: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool10

If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Jackson at stephaniejax1410@gmail.com.


Collections: Congratulations to Mrs. Ferguson's class for collecting the most Box Tops in September! They collected 942 Box Tops! The total collected for Prairie was 4,565, and we've already raised $295 via the Box Tops app! We are off to a strong start of meeting our goal of $2,000! Thank you to everyone who clipped, saved, and turned in your Box Tops! Keep collecting and see which classes win the 1st place pajama day and 2nd place crazy hair day after the December 1st collection date.


Scrip: A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Sarah Paczesny who was a master re-loader in September and earned over $150 in rewards for Prairie students...ALL Prairie students to benefit, not just hers! Sarah has earned herself a $25 gift card of her choice! Congratulations, and thank you, Sarah! Could you pick one card to a place you frequent (Meijer, Target, Roundy's, Panera - there are several re-loadable cards available) and help Prairie earn funds on the items you purchase anyway? SCRIP orders are due no later than FRI, OCT 20th at 10PM. Check out the online site www.shopwithscrip.com and use our Code: EB64484L25513 to enter your order online. If you would prefer to send in a paper order, please use the order form found on the PTA website: Scrip Order Form and send your check to school, marked Prairie PTA. If you are interested in Culver's $10 or $25 cards, we have those too! Please contact Lisa Franz to order Culver's cards or with any questions. Lbfranz2003@gmail.com or call/text (317)409-6647.


Fun Day Out: Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 12th from 3:30P-5:30P. We have rented out Skateland for our Prairie PTA group. Bring your friends, family and neighbors for a super fun afternoon of skating. $8 per skater which includes skate rental (no discounts available for having your own skates).


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

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.

Art Room News

The Art to Remember program is well underway and ahead of schedule. Personalized order forms will be sent home with scholars on October 23rd. Orders can be placed online or returned to school. Deadline for orders is November 1st. Products should be delivered to Prairie by December 1st, in time for holiday gift giving! I am so excited for you to view your young artist's' work!

Grade 5 Cross Country Run

Our 5th grade Cross Country runners were PAWSOME at the 44th annual cross country run on

Wednesday, October 11th at Waukesha West High School.


Along with many great individual performances on the 1 ¼ mile run our teams were equally outstanding. Our girls team took 2nd place and the boys team took 1st place in their respective divisions!


Members of the girls team are:


Abby Kasseckert

Mylee Sieger

Sarean Moua

Rylee Urban

Charlotte Popchock

Mckenzie DeFord

Grace Rohde

Naceri Djida (Gi Gi)

Brooke Rocha


Members of the boys team are:


Antonio Cortes

Leigh VanDenHandle

Aidan Dinwiddie

Brandon Pawlak

Dominic Warycka

Aidan Owusu-Asiedu

Robert Brophy

Hunter Singsime

Tyler Janick

Ian Roberts

Jack Reagles

Aidan Rapp

Luke Schultz

Jamison Young

Brett Whelan

Israel Becerra-Montes


Again, congratulations to all of our runners.

Super Hero Math Night

Many families came out last Thursday for math night to show their math superpower! We had a blast playing games and solving math problems. Playing math games as a family is not only fun, but supports the learning of our scholars. Thank you to the teachers and the PTA for making math night a success! We hope to see you in the spring for our second math night this year.

New Procedures/Policies on Parking Lot, Classroom Treats & Open Toed Shoes

Previously we sent home a pink form updating our Parking Lot Procedures as well as new policies on Birthday Treats/Classroom Celebrations and Open-Toed Shoes. If you have not yet returned this sheet, please do so at your earliest convenience. Click here to review the policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns on the above issues, please contact Mr. Griffin at 262-970-2210 or dgriffin@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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.

Annual Online Registration

If you have not yet done so, please complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal at your earliest convenience. This registration allows you to update contact information and health concerns as well as give permission for Environmental Education and Planetarium field trips, technology use (iPad), and permission for release of school pictures for the yearbook, etc. Some grade level field trips will be starting soon!


If you have any questions or need additional information on your log-in or password, please contact Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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 receiving an updated statement shortly.