PRAIRIE POST

April 9, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Friends & Families,


It was lovely to see all of our Prairie friends and families back this week. Did you see the new basketball nets? Did you see the work on the sidewalk? Shout out to our custodian, Joe, and the building and grounds crew for their hard work!


Next week our third, fourth, and fifth-grade learners will take the Forward Exam. Please encourage your learners to do their best and remind them that there is nothing to be nervous about. We will make sure that we create a comfortable, relaxed testing atmosphere for all.


We are Team Prairie!

We are stronger together!


Carly Solberg

Principal

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Move Forward Wellness Challenge

March 28 - April 24, 2021

Staying home over Spring Break? The Waukesha Education Foundation Inc. (WEF) has your “stay-cation” agenda! The Move Forward Spring Wellness Challenge kicks off the week of Spring Break! This month-long event is full of FREE virtual and small in-person activities, hosted by area businesses and organizations.To preview the events and register, visit the event calendar on the Foundation’s website at: https://bit.ly/wefsteps.


After Spring Break Week, we will be continuing the focus on Wellness here at Prairie by participating in the WEF Movement Minute Challenge. Every day, students will be participating in intentional movement and recording their total minutes at the end of the week. We encourage students, staff, families and community members to keep track of their own movement minutes and do the same, and credit it to Prairie Elementary.


Waukesha Education Foundation Inc will award Wellness Grants to the Elementary and Secondary schools with the highest accumulated minutes per student average by the end of the Move Forward event. The Parent Organization of the winning schools will also receive a $200 grant!


Please help us earn this top spot by recording your own Movement Minutes on the Foundation’s Website at the end of each week in April: https://bit.ly/wefsteps.

Upcoming Dates

4/12-16: FORWARD Testing

4/13: PTA Virtual Meeting

PTA News

Please join us virtually for the monthly PTA Meeting on Tuesday, April 13th, at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the meeting link.


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.


OFFICERS FOR NEXT YEAR: We have openings for a President, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for next year. Please consider serving in this capacity for your child's school. If interested, please contact ptaprairie@gmail.com


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!


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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/

School Counseling Newsletter

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


April Newsletter - Supporting a Growth Mindset

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.