PRAIRIE POST

February 14, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,


February has been such an exciting month!


This week we welcomed JK Lee Academy into our gym classes. Students were able to learn some Tae Kwondo moves to see if they would be interested in taking classes. A handout was sent home with each student to sign up for JK Lee After School Program at Prairie. The classes start on February 26th.


We are celebrating Black History Month throughout our school in different ways. Influential African Americans are being featured on our video announcements that a team of fourth-grade students put together. Grade levels are also celebrating the month in various ways within their classrooms.


We had an all-school assembly on Tuesday to check in on our positive language goal. Our goal was 400, and Prairie Pumas were caught using positive language outside more than 4,000 times! Wow! We celebrated with an all-school recess. This month we are working on inviting others to play.


On Thursday Mr. Booth and several staff members welcomed 3rd through 5th-grade students after school to Step It Up for Heart! Learners jumped on their own, together, and with their teachers. Everyone had a blast and went home tired!


Today we had our first Science & Engineering Day at Prairie. FLIGHT students from Horning Middle School came over to lead 21 different science experiments and design challenges. Each Prairie student was able to participate in 5 different experiments and/or challenges. Our Pumas learned a lot and certainly had a ton of fun! Several students were overheard saying, "We need to have this day again this year!"


Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, February 20th. That's next week! Each family should have received an email stating whether or not your student's teacher is requesting a conference. Links to sign up for conferences were included in those emails. If the teacher requested a conference or if you see the need for a conference with a teacher, please go ahead and sign up using the link. We look forward to meeting with many families next week, and we also look forward to meeting with all families in the spring for our student-led Showcase of Learning!


Have a great weekend!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

2/17: Talent Show Rehearsal

2/19: Yearbook Order Deadline

2/20: Winter Conferences/Book Fair

2/21: PTA Art & Talent Showcase/Book Fair

2/28: Early Release

3/2: PTA Culver's Night

3/3: Grade 5 to BizTown

Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert

3/5: Grade 5 to Author Visit at South High School

3/6: End of Trimester 2

Scrip deadline

3/7: Waukesha Sings

PTA News

PRAIRIE'S GOT TALENT!

Practice is this Monday, February 17th! We will use the gym so they can practice on stage from 6-7:30. I will also e-mail all performers using the e-mail listed on their form. Any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thanks to all the kids who got forms in. We have so many fabulous performers this year! Talent show will be Friday, February 21st at 6:30. Please have artwork in on Monday if you can. Also please have performers at school by 6:15. Thanks again!


As we stated previously, we are in the beginning stages of planning Puma Palooza, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are really hoping to make it a bang to add funds for our playground project! We would love to see new faces and minds come together to help plan the event. We are planning to meet before the PTA Meetings from 5:30-6:30. Feel free to join us! We would love to get new donations, funds to help support activities or even businesses supporting activities. If you have a company who would like to be at the event, donate to the event or have ideas, you can email us as well at ptaprairie@gmail.com.


Scholastic Book Fair

Our next Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! We will be open during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 20 from 4:30-7:30 and during the talent show on Friday, February 21 6:00-8:00. Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring classes to the fair on Thursday, February 20 during the school day. Please visit our book fair website to set up your child's e-wallet for shopping during the school day. If you aren't able to make it to the fair, you can use the website to shop online!


https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairieelementaryschool4


PTA Dates:

Talent Show Practice: (on stage) : 2/17 6-7:30

Book Fair during Conferences: 2/20

Art & Talent Show and Book Fair: 2/21

Skateland Day: 3/8


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

Yearbook order forms

Yearbook order forms have been sent home with students. Yearbooks were not ordered with picture packages in the fall.


There is an option to order online at www.inter-state.com/yearbook with order code 46811T. Paper and online orders are due by February 19, 2020.

Step it Up

A big thank you to all Prairie families for helping our school during the Step It Up for Heart Fundraiser. Our students have worked hard to help others with sick hearts.


Last night, over sixty 3rd-5th grade jumpers participated in our after school jumping event. The students had an opportunity to be with friends, show off their new jump rope skills and get a great workout for their own special heart. A great time was had by all.


A BIG thank you to the following:

  • The PTA for providing funds to purchase healthy snacks for the jumpers.

  • To Mrs. Solberg for supporting our event.

  • To all parents/guardians for supporting their students.

  • To all the Prairie staff members who helped out at the event.

  • To Mrs. Flannigan from Step It Up.

  • To Mrs. Anderson for being Mrs. Anderson - Always willing to help in any way.

J.K. Lee After School Program

J.K. Lee “Be Your Best” Martial Arts Program comes to Prairie for an after school program on February 26th, 27th, March 4th & 5th.


    • Some benefits kids will gain as a result of this program:

      • Fitness: Martial Arts is a fun way for kids to exercise.

      • Character Development: Teaches kids to be kind, respectful, confident, self disciplined and focused.

      • Life Skills: Topics include how to be a good leader, stranger awareness, and how to deal with bullying behavior

    • In addition to the above benefits, all the money raised from this program will go to the Prairie PTA.

Artists of the Month

February's Artists of the Month are 1st grader, Kylie Smith, and 4th grader, Cullen Streator. Both students are excellent examples of how hard work, focus and persistence pay off. Congratulations Kylie & Cullen!

Physical Education News

Click here for Mr. Booth's January Physical Education Newsletter.

Elks Hoop Shoot

Cameron Becker, 4th grade, participated in the State Hoop Shoot competition last weekend. He placed 2nd in his age bracket. Congratulations, Cameron! Thank you for representing Prairie and the Waukesha School District!

Attendance

As we have hit the halfway point of the year, many parents are receiving attendance letters from our office. These letters are generated automatically through Infinite Campus when your child hits either 10 days of tardiness or 5 days absent (any or all of a day), and are intended to keep you informed of your child's attendance. Upon exceeding 10 days of absences (any or all of a day), you may be required to submit a doctor's note for any future absences to avoid the absence being marked as truant. In that case, you would again be informed in writing.


We encourage you to get a doctor's note for any medical or dental appointment your child may have requiring any absence from school. A "medically excused" absence does not count in the total number of days absent. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

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

Too Sick for School

Cold and flu season is 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

News from the School Guidance Program

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

February 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.