PRAIRIE POST

December 20, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,


We've had a lot of fun at Prairie this week and we've also done a lot of learning! Our fourth and fifth-grade students put on an awesome concert on Tuesday evening for a packed house. They showcased student choreographed dances, beautiful singing, and many student narrator voices were highlighted. Shout out to Mrs. Wirth for her planning and preparation! Today the whole school came together for a sing-along in the gym. We had fun singing holiday songs in our pajamas. Mr. Booth transformed into the Grinch all week with a fun-filled scooter game in p.e. class!


We had a surprise visitor from Playworks stop out today at the end of our sing-along. He was here to recognize Prairie for being the Playworks Partner School of the Month! Prairie was selected this month as the top school out of 52 schools in Wisconsin who are implementing Playworks. We were selected due to all of the fun our students and staff are having at recess through safe, inclusive games that students are choosing to engage in at recess. Way to go Prairie students and staff!


Winter break is a time of reflection for me. I am incredibly thankful to be a part of the Prairie family. I continue to be impressed by the outpouring of love and support that teachers here show students and that families show to our school. Thank you for helping us to ensure that all of our students at Prairie are safe, happy and able to learn and grow when they are with us. I'm also excited to share that our Prairie family will be growing by one this spring... my family and I are expecting our second baby in April! I will share more information with our staff and families about my leave and the plans surrounding it as it becomes available.


Have a great holiday break!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

12/23-1/1: NO SCHOOL

1/2: Classes Resume

1/6: PTA Culver's Night

1/10: Grade 1 to Env Ed

1/14: PTA Meeting

PTA News

On behalf of the Prairie PTA, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a safe and healthy new year!


We are starting to plan Puma Palooza. We would love to have help in planning, and new minds bring new fun ideas! After the holiday break, we will have a get together; I will share the date when it's solidified.


Box Tops

We are getting close to $900 in Box Tops! If we reach $1,000, we will earn a PUMA PJ DAY!! Please keep scanning receipts and turning in Box Tops. Our school goal this year is $1,500. If we can reach that by April, we have an all school event planned! Check out the bulletin board in the hallway to see our progress. GO PUMAS!


PTA Dates:

Culver's Night: 1/6

PTA Meeting is 1/14


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email ptaprairie@gmail.com.

Important Enrollment Dates to Know

Dec 1: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Opens at 8:00 AM

Dec 2: 4K & New Student Enrollment Begins

Dec 7: We are Waukesha Enrollment & Family Fun Event at North High School 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Dec 16: District Wide “See it Live”

Jan 10: Intra-District Transfer/School Choice Application Period Closes at 4:30 PM (Late Applications will not be accepted)

Jan 17: Intra-District Transfer/Secondary(Grades 6-12) School Choice notifications will be emailed home

Jan 24: Secondary School Choice Online Commitments Due

Jan 31: 4K Enrollment Ends for the lottery

Feb 7: 4K Lottery at the Lindholm Building 2:00 pm

Feb 14: 4K Site Placement will be emailed home

March 13: Intra-District Transfer/Elementary School Choice notifications will be emailed home

4K Enrollment for 2020-21

Do you have a child that will be four years old prior to September 1, 2020? Enrollment for our District 4K program runs from December 2, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Please click here for a flyer with details of several enrollment events and what you will need to enroll. Elementary School 4K sites and Community Partner sites are also listed.

Intra-District/School Choice

The school choice application period will open on December 1st at 8:00 am and will close on January 10th at 4:30 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Click here for a flyer with more details.

Waukesha Sings

We would like to invite any interested 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in Waukesha Sings! Beginning at Noon on Saturday, March 7th, participants will be able to combine with singers from across the entire school district for a large group choral experience. This action packed day of rehearsals, singing, and team building will culminate in a concert at 5:30 pm directed by Magdalena Delgado, director of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Registration and more information is available on the website linked below. Please consider participating in this fun filled musical event, and please let Mrs. Wirth know if you have any additional questions.


Waukesha Sings!

Too Sick for School

Cold and flu season is already upon us. Please read the document below entitled "Too Sick for School" for important guidelines on when you should keep your child home with illness and the appropriate return timeframe. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Verhagen in our Health Room at 262-970-2215 or jlverhagen@waukesha.k12.wi.us.


Too Sick for School

December Artists of the Month

Congratulations to December's artist of the month. They are second grader, Avery Gortowski and 5th grader, Ella Tuyls. Both students are excellent role models for their classmates and they are also very creative and hardworking. Congratulations Avery and Ella!

Art Show at Waukesha County Courthouse

Prairie Elementary School Artists currently have work on display at the Waukesha County Courthouse. The show features the work of 45 Prairie Artists, kindergarten through 5th grade. The display is sponsored through the office of County Executive, Paul Farrow. Prairie is the only school in the School District of Waukesha, that displays artwork at the Waukesha County Courthouse. This is the fourth year Prairie has participated in this show. Congratulations to this year's artists!


KINDERGARTEN

Nathan Kuchan

Madeline Paczesny

Lucy Bayless

Arabella DeLeon

Elizabeth Breitlow


FIRST GRADE

Emory Trott

MYA Tuyls

Brooklyn Austin

Jackson Perry

Sophia Born

Cora Kramer

Landon Harris


SECOND GRADE

Landon Perry

Clayton Solum

Paige Pratt

Julia Haight

Hadley Beschta


THIRD GRADE

Liam Krajewski

Hannah Hagen

Brooklyn Koput

Calek Smith

Anthony Ramirez-Helm


FOURTH GRADE

Payton Schubring

Evie Dixson

Kenadee Grulke

Daric Treuber

Jeremy Fleischmann

Grace Rohner

Aaron Sonnheim

Cullen Streator

Josue Gomez-Perez

Lexi Rode

Gabby Martinez

Erin Sheehan

Brenna Shea


FIFTH GRADE

Chloe Glover

Amelie Schmitt

Ella Tuyls

Kyler Poulson

Sadie Stackhouse

Lola Eckmann

Alexis Dinwiddie

Lucas Franz

Sydney Mirkowski

Joselin Gonzalez

Elks Hoop Shoot Competition

    • Congratulations to our Prairie shooters who participated at the local competition on December 7th at Hillcrest Elementary:


      • Girl Age 8 & 9: Evie Dixon

      • Boy Age 8 & 9: Liam Krajewski

      • Girl Age 10-11: Izabella Rivera

      • Boy Age 10-11: Cameron Becker


    • Two of our shooters, Cameron Becker and Evie Dixon, won their age group competition and will now move on to the District Competition that will be held January 18th in Beloit.


Good Luck Cameron and Evie!

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's December 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 vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

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.