November 8, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

Thank you so much for taking the time to conference with our staff about your learners this week. We love getting to share their strengths and the progress they've made, while also learning more about each of them from you! We know the importance of creating a strong connection between home and school and appreciate your involvement in helping us to develop these connections. Thank you to our PTA for providing dinner for staff both nights. The food was delicious!

At Prairie during practice recess students were introduced to the Deal Wheel. All of our staff members have the Deal Wheel on their lanyards to use with students at recess and in any other environments within the school to help students resolve conflicts in healthy, safe ways. The first thing students learned about the Deal Wheel was the difference between a big deal and a little deal. We are teaching students strategies to help them solve little deals. We are also teaching students to report problems that are a big deal and require adult assistance to remedy. One of the strategies that has caught on quickly is "Ro Sham Bo." Ro Sham Bo is what many of us know as "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Students use Ro Sham Bo in a variety of situations where a little deal comes up that they can solve quickly, like a tie on a base in kickball or who got to line first or who tagged who first. We see students using Ro Sham Bo independently to solve a variety of small conflicts all on their own. Over time, students will learn additional conflict resolution strategies that are on the Deal Wheel that they can apply independently with practice. For those of you with multiple kids, this could be a great tool to use when little conflicts come up at home between your children! Feel free to print a copy for home!

Enjoy the weekend!

Carly Solberg


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Staff Spotlight - Ms. Hernandez

Hello! My name is Ms. Hernandez, and I am Mr. Haynes' substitute for the month of November and was Mrs. Kobriger's substitute to start the year. I had the pleasure of working alongside Mr. Haynes last week to get to know all of the students to make the transition go smoothly. I am excited to be working and learning with students at Prairie. I graduated from Carroll University with a dual certification in Special Education and General Education. I love reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

11/8: Scrip order deadline

11/9: PTA Family Night @ Skateland 3:30-5:30 p.m.

11/12: PTA Meeting & Marcus Ticket Pick up

11/14: WEF Evening for Education

11/26: End of 1st Trimester

11/27-29: NO SCHOOL

12/4: Grade 3 to First Stage

12/6: Scrip Deadline

PTA Movie Night

PTA News

Wow! What a snowy and cold November this is starting out to be! Hopefully everyone is staying warm!

Thanks for everyone's help to make conference dinners such a hit! It was great to see so many families attending conferences! Special thanks to Whitney Brown and George and Christine Deleon for helping me arrange the dinners! So many people donated, and I know the teachers were appreciative and enjoyed them!

A friendly reminder that tomorrow 12/9 from 3:30-5:30 is Prairie's Skate Day! Join us for a private Prairie Skate Day at Waukesha Skateland!! $7 will get you skating time and your skates, or you can bring your own!!!

Important Dates:

Scrip: 11/8

Skateland: 11/9

PTA Meeting: 11/12

Movie Night: 12/6

Papa Murphy's: 12/12

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found table is already overflowing. We had a table set up at conferences and a few items were claimed. We will leave it up until next Friday, November 15th, at which time all remaining items will be donated to charity. Please feel free to stop in and look for missing items. Also, as a reminder, please make your child's name is on all of their belongings so that we can return items to them.

Christmas Clearing Council

It is the time of year to distribute Christmas Clearing Council applications! For those who do not know, the Christmas Clearing Council (CCC) helps provide Christmas gifts for families who may struggle to afford gifts for their children. It is an awesome program that many families utilize each year. There are a few qualifications: you must be a Waukesha County resident AND your child must be eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch and/or meet the household income eligibility requirements. Please feel free to fill out the application (one per family), and send back to Mr. Endsley or the Prairie Office.

Applications are DUE Friday November 15, 2019.

Printable Application:

You can also find paper copies of the application in the Prairie Office.

Artist of the Month

It's back! The Artists of the Month Award is back at Prairie again this year. One student from K-2nd grades and one student from 3rd-5th grades is selected each month for this honor. Students are selected not only for their artistic ability, creativity and craftsmanship, but also for their ability to model great behavior and kindness for others in the art room.

November's Artists of the Month are First Grader, Sophia Born and 3rd grader, Calek Smith. Congratulations artists!

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's November newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

Below are the November newsletters from our School Guidance program. These contain information on our monthly lessons and valuable resources regarding Social Emotional Learning.

November Guidance Newsletter

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Our district offers the Safe Arrival Program for easy attendance reporting for your children. Please review the document below for details. If you previously used this app and have changed your email address in Infinite Campus this year, you may need to create a new School Messenger account.

2019 Safe Arrival Protocol

Daily Schedule - Lunch & Recess

Click here for a copy of our Daily Schedule showing arrival and dismissal locations as well as lunch and recess time for all grades.

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

Background checks

If you are interested in volunteering at Prairie in a classroom or chaperoning a field trip, you will need to have a current approved background check on file. This may be completed online through Secure Volunteer. Once approved, background checks are good for three years.

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.