The Puma Pulse Family Newsletter

August 21, 2022

Dear Prairie Families,


We hope you all had a great 4-day weekend and were able to enjoy the Yolo county Fair.


This week, we will have our Puma Kick-off Week SPIRIT WEEK! Show your school spirit and promote positive behavior by dressing up each day. Spirit points will be awarded for each student/class dressed up for spirit week. The winning class will receive a special treat. See flyer below for detail.


We are excited to offer a series of parent workshops this year. There are 8 sessions total. On Wednesday, we will be holding an orientation at Prairie from 6:00-8:30. All parents and guardians are invited. See more information below.


We are bringing Girls on the Run to Prairie! This is an after-school youth development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade. The program culminates with a 5K run on Sunday, November 13th at Inderkum High School. See the newsletter for more information. Go to http://www.gotrsac.org to register.


5th and 6th graders have until September 2nd to sign up to play a musical instrument. The sign up link is included below.


Cell phones are becoming more of a distraction for our children, which is disrupting the learning environment at school. During the school day, upon arrival on campus, all cell phones and smart watches must be turned off and stored away until they leave campus after school. Please see the Puma Pulse Newsletter and the Student Handbook for the full policy.


We'd like to thank you all for your use of precaution in our parking lot and surrounding neighborhoods. Keeping our students and families safe is our highest priority and we all have to work together. Be sure to study the map below. Lane 3 is only for exit after you have picked up your child. Drivers may not park and get out of the car. Do not call your child out to the middle lane for pick up. ONLY pick your child up at the curb. The school bus will be dropping off and loading at the curb in front of the office starting this week.


Students who are eating breakfast can be dropped off at 7:45 and enter through the side door of the gym near the flag pole. This week we will not allow families to enter the cafeteria in the morning. We will make sure your child lines up with their teacher at 8:15 AM. Starting at 8:00, there will be supervision on both playgrounds. TK-2 students should enter through the gym near the flagpole to reach the playground. TK parents who will not be dropping off early will need to park and walk their child directly to the classroom.


Temperatures will continue to be high this week. Please send a water bottle with your child.


Sincerely,


Kelly Schevenin, Principal & Connie Price, Vice Principal

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Parent Orientation for Project PROMESA Workshops

Wednesday, Aug. 24th, 6-8:30pm

1444 Stetson Street

Woodland, CA

CELL PHONES

Cell phones are becoming more of a distraction for our children, which is disrupting the learning environment at school. Cell phones and smartwatches are recognized as a safety precaution for parents and children before and after school. Cell phones and other personal electronic items may not disrupt the educational program or school activities. During the school day, upon arrival on campus, all cell phones and smart watches must be turned off and stored away until they leave campus after school. Students should check with his/her teacher to use the phone in the classroom before or after school. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate an electronic device, the item will be secured and recorded in the Confiscated Item Log in the office. Cell phones out or powered on during school hours may be confiscated and held until an adult is available to pick it up in the office.


Teachers may allow students to use their cell phones for instructional purposes under their supervision. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate an electronic device, the item will be secured and recorded in the Confiscated Item Log in the office.


Cell phone violation consequences: 1st violation- warning & confiscation, return to student at the end of the day, 2nd violation- confiscation & parent pick up, 3rd violation- confiscation, parent pick up and administrative detention. 4th violation- confiscation, parent pick up and behavior contract.

Welcome to Our New Music Teacher (strings)

Andrés Salazar is a Sacramento based Percussionist and Music Educator. As a performer Andrés has had the privilege of sharing the stage with musicians such as David Binney, Gerald Clayton, Eric Revis, Billy Childs, Walter Smith III, Gary Pratt and others. Performances vary in genres from Jazz, Cumbia, Nortena to name a few.


In addition to performing, Andrés is also highly committed to education for the youth and is currently the Violin and Strings music teacher for various elementary schools within the Woodland Joint Unified School District.

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Important Announcements

Parent Portal

Families will need to complete the data confirmation process in Aeries Parent Portal beginning August 1st. The window closes on September 1st. Invitations to parents have gone out. Please ensure that you have an accurate parent email address and phone number on file for communication and emergency purposes. You can find your child's teacher assignment on Aeries Parent Portal.


If you need help with this process, our CAFE Specialist, Carlos Moreida, is happy to help you. Call the front office to make an appointment.


Student Handbook

Be sure to read the student handbook below to find all Prairie procedures and expectations.


Class Change Request

Classes are created based on many criteria in order to meet the needs of all students and school-wide programs. We will not accept requests for changes of class assignments in the first two weeks of school. If there are concerns about your student’s class assignment, we will ask that you meet with the teacher, communicate your concerns, and explore modifications before making any changes.


School Lunch Program

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students for the 2022-2023 school year.


Puma Gear

Prairie Puma t-shirts and hoodies for sale are COMING SOON.

Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 5-6:30pm

1444 Stetson Street

Woodland, CA

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Expanded Learning Program (ASES)

After-school Program

WJUSD is proud to offer Expanded Learning Programs- free after school programs for elementary students. Expanded Learning is a new program that includes the former ASES program. Students who are enrolled in the ASES program for the 2022-23 school year will automatically be enrolled into this new program.


If you are interested in our program for a student not currently enrolled, please fill out our interest form here:

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*Keep in mind you will be placed on a waitlist after completing this form. We are working on hiring additional staff based on waitlist interest. Our Expanded Learning Site Support Specialist, Destiny Garcia, will follow up as soon as possible to begin enrollment once a space is identified. Due to statewide staffing challenges, there may be delays in enrollment, as we do not have enough tutors to serve all interested students at this time. As we acquire additional tutors, we will continue enrolling students off the waitlist.


We aim to provide after school programs to all students as soon as possible, and to minimize time on the waitlist. All Prairie elementary students are eligible to participate in this free program.


If you have questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact your Expanded Learning Site Support Specialists or reach out to our district Expanded Learning Coordinator:


Site: Destiny Garica (destiny.garcia@wjusd.org)

District: Tori Peterson (tori.peterson@wjusd.org)

We're Hiring!



Are you looking for some part-time work while also participating at your child's school? We are looking for one Noon Duty Supervisor, Monday through Friday, 11:00-1:00. We also need a crossing guard before and after school. Call the front office if you are interested and apply here.

Prairie PTA



We are looking for PTA Officers for this school year. We hope to bring back family events this year--like the Harvest Festival--and we need your help. We will hold a general meeting soon!

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Campus Safety

As we welcome you back to the 2022-23 school year we want you to know that the safety of your student is our number one priority. We understand that you may have concerns about the safety of your student, as well as concerns about our security measures and practices that are in place and carried out at our school.


We would like you to be aware of some of the security measures we have in place and the efforts to reinforce those measures.


  • Security cameras are routinely monitored at the front entrance, the exterior of the school, and throughout the school building.

  • Exterior classroom doors remain locked during the hours students are on campus.

  • Our school district works closely with the Woodland Police Department and has 3 full-time School Resource Officers assigned to the District who are present in our buildings on a varying schedule during the school day and at school events.

  • The school engages in school-wide emergency practices as fire, earthquake and lockdown drills.

  • Staff members are trained in shelter-in-place drills, lockdowns, evacuations, first aid and AED training.

  • Security monitoring devices and safety practices are continuously evaluated, tested, and updated in conjunction with our School Safety Plan Review at the start of each school year.

  • Visitors are required to check-in and are screened in our front office before entering our campus.


As a staff, we frequently review our School Safety Plan. Our Safety Committee updates our plan each September. If you would like to participate in our safety committee, please contact our Vice Principal, Mrs. Price, at (530) 662-2898.

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