PRAIRIE POST

May 21, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends & Families,


We have some bittersweet news to share about two of our staff members. As you probably read via email earlier this week, Vicki Anderson, our secretary, is retiring at the end of this year. Vicki plans on enjoying time at her lake home with her family once she wraps things up here! Rhonda Hanson, one of our education assistants, is also retiring at the end of this school year. Rhonda is expecting a grandbaby this fall, so she will be transitioning to a babysitter role that she is very excited about! Together, Vicki and Rhonda have served children and our community for over 50 years! We are sad to see them go, but we are so excited for them to enjoy their next adventures! Please join me in wishing Rhonda Hanson and Vicki Anderson our best wishes on their retirements!


I am excited to announce that we do have a new secretary hired! Her name is Maura Eyl. Maura is currently a school counselor at Nathan Hale High School. Maura brings a background in student services, strengths in organization and communication, and a warm, welcoming demeanor. I look forward to having the opportunity to introduce Maura to the Prairie community in person toward the end of summer!


We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Movie Permission

We are planning to show the movie, Inside Out, on the last day of school, June 9th. Because this movie is rated PG, we need your permission for your child to see the movie. If you have not already done so, please complete the short form below. You will need your child's student ID number which is available in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please complete a separate response for each child.


Movie Permission Form

Scholastic Online Book Fair from May 10-May 23

Our online Scholastic Book Fair is still open! It’s not too late to get your home library ready for summer. Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. All orders ship direct to home. Last chance to buy books is Sunday, May 23. Every purchase supports our school! Visit our homepage now to start the fun: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool4

Attention families of 5th-grade learners! Please save the date for our 5th-grade drive through celebration. More information to come soon!

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Upcoming Dates

5/10-5/23: Scholastic Online Book Fair

5/28: Early Release at 1:40 p.m.

Student Library Materials Due

5/31: NO SCHOOL

6/1: PTA Meeting (please note date change)

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PTA News

PTA MEETING: DATE CHANGE TO JUNE 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Click on this link for access to this meeting.


Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest that is happening with the PTA. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas-257860434257555


GOT SNEAKERS FUNDRAISER: Thank you to all of those who have already donated shoes to our fundraiser. As spring cleaning is starting up remember this is an ongoing fundraiser so keep searching for shoes! Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Prairie PTA? Prairie PTA is participating in a fundraiser where you donate your shoes. All we need is your support and your gently worn, used ,or new sneakers! Here’s how you can help. Start in your and your family’s closets and gather as many pairs of sneakers that you no longer want; maybe you’ve out-grown them, they’re out of style, or out of season. If you and your household have 20 pairs, great! If not, don’t worry. You can ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and anyone in your social networks to help out. Every pair counts! The sneakers that we all collect will help raise money to support Prairie PTA AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.


All you have to do is send your children to school with your sneakers or drop them off at school. Please no boots or dress shoes or sandals. Every pair that is donated earns up to $7 per pair.


AMAZON SMILE: Our PTA also participates in the Amazon Smile program. Connect your Amazon purchases to automatically donate a percentage of your purchase back to Prairie Elementary. Sign up at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1461747


SCRIP GIFT CARDS: While e-gift cards in your wallet are convenient, you now have the option to order physical gift cards delivered directly to your home for all your gifting needs through the Raise Right/Shop with Scrip fundraising program. Select from 250+ brands, including top sellers like Amazon.com, The Home Depot®, and Walmart. Contact Sarah Paczesny at sarahpaczesny@gmail.com to sign up for the program today!


https://youtu.be/S1bvp5H82DY

End of Year Library News

This was the last week that students will be bringing books home from the library. All library books are due on Friday May 28. Any books not returned to the library by the end of the school year may be billed in Infinite Campus in June.


Emails with information about overdue books are sent weekly to both your child's email account as well as the parent email account listed in Infinite Campus. If you believe you are not receiving these emails, please verify your account in Infinite Campus.


Here is a one-minute video showing how to login to Destiny on your child's iPad to see what they have checked out. https://youtu.be/wRTHhpKUISI


Please contact Malena Koplin, Library Media Special for our school with any questions: mkoplin@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Parenting to Prevent Substance Abuse

Elevate and SDW AODA Committee will be hosting two, 45 min VIRTUAL Parenting to Prevent Substance Abuse education sessions. The first one will focus on substance use among teens, how to spot it, and how to talk to your kids about it. The second session will be more district specific and will review district policies, what happens when a student has violated the drug/alcohol policy, what happens when law enforcement is involved and the student may get a ticket, etc. from differing perspectives. Please see the flyer to register.

School Messenger - Opt in for Text Messages

The School Messenger system we use to communicate messages to you has an option for text messages. In order to receive these messages, please text to 67587. You will receive a message back asking you to opt in to receive these.


This is helpful for us in the event of notifying parents of a classroom quarantine or school emergency.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

School Lunches Free until 6/9/2021

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Waukesha County Covid Testing

Waukesha County has notified our district of several new COVID testing opportunities where children and their families can receive testing. More information about hours, and the registration process to sign up for a testing time, can be found at:


https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/HealthAndHumanServices/PublicHealth/public-health-preparedness/COVID19/public-testing-sites/

Emergency Internet Benefit

Below is information on an Emergency Broadband Benefit that will help families who qualify reduce their internet costs at home.


This program is direct to the consumer and will requires the families to apply for the benefit.


Emergency Broadband Benefit

School Counseling Newsletter

Click below for the monthly newsletter from our School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Edwards.


May Newsletter - Goal Setting

Student Services Update

Please click here for an update from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist, and Mrs. Ebbinger-Bentley, our School Social Worker.

Early Pick Up for Students

If you need to pick up your student early for any reason or for appointments during the day, please come in to the lobby and buzz the office. We will call your child down at that point and sign them out from the office. It is helpful to email the teacher and Mrs. Anderson of expected times so we can try to have them ready to leave.

Dropping off Supplies

We have a new procedure in place if you need to drop off student materials during the day (lunch, homework, jackets, iPads, etc). The outside door to the lobby of the school is open. There are "drop off tickets" on the table inside the door. Please complete your child's name, grade/teacher, and the item being delivered with any special instructions. We will deliver it to the classroom just as soon as we can. Thank you for your support.

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.

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.