PRAIRIE POST

December 7, 2018

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It's That Time Of Year Again: Marquette vs Wisconsin

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Message from the Principal

Hello Parents and Guardians of the PAWSOME PUMAS,


I am glad to say that it is that time of year for the Annual Marquette VS Wisconsin Basketball game. We know that our goal is to create a college and career mindset for all of our scholars; however, this week takes on a different context. You do not have to tell me. I know I have the unwavering support of our parent and school community (minus a few educators pictured above) to cheer Marquette on to Victory!


I want to take the time to share that Mr. Haynes was a recipient of the 2018 WEF (Waukesha Education Foundation) Grant. His proposal was utilized to acquire more learning materials for our MakerSpace.


I am thankful for our collaboration with Mr. White from Waukesha West. Each Monday his scholars come and volunteer at Prairie. There are times that we are fortunate to have one or two Prairie alumni in the group. This is the fourth year of our partnership with Waukesha West.


Congratulations, to Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist, for receiving the School District of Waukesha Employee Recognition Award.


At next week's PTA meeting, I will be sharing our State Report Card and how to analyze the data that it produces that informs our next steps. I hope that you will be able to join us.


We are excited to open our doors and welcome you to our #BetterTogether Winter Concert. Our scholars have worked very diligently to prepare for our very first all-school concert. There is additional information about our concert below.


Finally, we have come to the close of our first trimester. We are eager to share the progress of your scholar with you. The links to the report information are listed below. Our staff is dedicated to creating a culture of high expectations and achievement around learning. Please feel free to reach out to any educator if you have any questions or celebrations you would like to share.


Have a great weekend, and GO MARQUETTE!!!

Upcoming Dates

12/7: PTA Movie Night

12/11: PTA Meeting

12/18: K-5 Music Concert

12/20: K-5 Music Concert

12/21: Student Council Meeting

12/24-28: Holiday Break

1/2: Classes Resume

PTA News

Movie night is tonight, Friday, December 7th. We will be showing The Polar Express. Movie starts at 6:00 p.m., and there will be concessions available for purchase. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a blanket and pillow.


Join us for our monthly PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 11th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

We have Red Cross certified babysitters for school age children. If you are unable to make the meeting, view our meetings on our Facebook live site.


The PTA is in need of a new Treasurer Elect. Come to one of our meetings, or contact us at ptaprairie@gmail.com if interested.


A brief reminder for scrip orders . . . personal/family scrip orders can be entered online through the www.shopwithscrip.com website. We are now part of a trial for CREDIT CARDS for payment. Through Dec. 31st, families who use their credit card at checkout will pay a convenience fee of 2.70%.


If anyone is interested, we are already starting to plan for our spring fundraiser, Puma Palooza. Please contact us at ptaprairie@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering or donating anything to this great day of fun for the whole school.


Any other questions or concerns, please contact ptaprairie@gmail.com

1st Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester of the year ended on November 30, 2018. Report cards will be available for viewing in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal on December 12, 2018. Please read the documents below for more information:


Elementary Report Card Parent Letter


Infinite Campus Instructions

"See it Live"

The Waukesha School District is hosting a "See it Live" at all schools on Friday, December 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. so that parents have an opportunity to preview programs throughout the District. Pre-registration is requested and more details are available in the flyer below:


See it Live

Better Together Music Concert

Prairie scholars in grades K-5 have been working very diligently in their preparations for the Winter Concert this year. Performance dates and times are as follows:


Tuesday, December 18 at 9:15am and 2:30pm

Thursday, December 20 at 2:30pm


Doors will open 15 minutes prior to each performance. Scholars should dress to impress in their favorite red, white, and/or green outfit.


The performance will be recorded on 12/18 at 2:30pm. Families have two options for viewing:


1) District Cable Channel 13 - Broadcasting will begin a few weeks after the performance date.


2) District Youtube Channel - This will be broadcasted live for the first time and remain online for two weeks.


The link and directions for this may be found here.


Please let me know if you have any questions!


Mrs. Wirth

Hoop Shoot Contest

The Elk’s Club Hoop Shoot was held this past Tuesday, November 27th, at Prairie. The top 3 in each age group are as follows with the winner of each group representing Prairie at the local Hoop Shoot Competition held on December 8th:


8-9 year old girls:

  1. Savanah Inwood

  2. Isabelle DeGrave

  3. Caydence Stapleton

8-9 year old boys:

  1. Cameron Becker

  2. Omari Odum

  3. Brady Bermudez

10-11 year old girls:

  1. Hanna Scaffidi

  2. Kayla Scaffidi

  3. Payton Hisel

10-11 year old boys:

  1. Ryan McMahon

  2. Liam Bonell

  3. Austin Lambert


Great Job to all who participated and a special thanks to Mr. Haynes, Mrs. Wirth and all of the scholars who helped Mr. Booth run the event.

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Art Room News

Thank you to all who ordered items from the Art to Remember fundraiser this year. The kids worked very hard to create bright, colorful artwork. I work closely with the company to keep prices as low as possible so that as many parents as possible can enjoy their kids' artwork for years to come. All items have been delivered to classrooms and sent home with students. I appreciate your support of the Art program at Prairie.


Congratulations to this year's featured artists in the Waukesha County Administration Center's "Showcase of Local Talent". Prairie is the only school in the SDW to display artwork at the Administration Center/Courthouse this year. The "Showcase of Local Talent" can be viewed on the ground floor corridor connecting the Courthouse and Administration Center, Monday through Friday, from 7:30am-4:30pm. The dates of the showcase are Monday, December 3rd through Wednesday, December 12th. This year's 77 featured artists are:


Kindergarten:

Pete Cooper

Emory Trott

Gabe Dillon-Macleod

Mya Tuyls

Ariana Davis

Sophia Costa

Jaxon Rivera

Kylie Smith

Maleah Chan

Isabelle Schmit

Reid Sinnard


1st Grade:

Aevah Zarcone

Quinn Trott

Nora Persells

Nicholas Sanders

Alessondra Pakula

Madeline Christensen

Finn Leech

Calla Zazzi

Ania Dixson

Norah Christensen


2nd: Grade:

Brooke Koput

Hannah Hagen

Liam Krajewski

Evelyn Foley

Ethan Bauer

Alianis Ruiz

Calek Smith

Riley Westerhausen

Savanah Inwood

Eleanor Thomas

Connor Nielsen

Anthony Ramirez-Helm


3rd Grade:

Madelyn Benes

Payton Schubring

Lexi Rode

Sophia Garcia

Casey Poulson

Avery Roe

Aaron Sonnheim

Callie Greenwald

Ethan Plumb

Evie Dixson

Kyler Van Keuren

Alexis Hummer

Maren Sinnard

Erin Sheehan

Kenadee Grulke

Rubi Araujo

John Cooper

Yaretzi Becerra-Montes


4th Grade:

Chloe Glover

Alexis Dinwiddie

Joselin Gonzalez-Flores

Ammonra Lomas

Dewayne Wesley

Mike Anadell

Grayson Glover

Amelie Schmitt

Lucas Franz

Sydney Mirkowski

Courtney Bauer

Tabitha Howe

Jackson Farina


5th Grade:

Arianna Gonzalez-Flores

Timothy Plumb

Sara Kastern

Elliott Mulloy

Austin Lambert

Emilio Rodriguez

Meredith Treichel

Ellie Zielinski

Kaylynn Braun

Kaitlyn Einberger

Jaelynn Ferris

Hanna Scaffidi

Madalyn Sonnheim

Szymon Staszeczka

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to our next Artists of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year!

Remember that being selected as Artist of the Month is not just about the craftsmanship and creativity you put into your art work, but also the leadership and good behavior you show in Art class. December's Artists of the Month are Finn Leech, from 1st grade and Lexi Rode, from 3rd grade. Congratulations, Pumas!

Raptor Check In Procedures

As you are aware, the district has started a new process for checking in visitors to the school. If you are coming in to the school during the day and staying in the building in any capacity (visiting for lunch, volunteering in a classroom, meeting with a teacher, etc), you will need to submit your driver's license. We will process it through our Raptor system and print a badge for you to wear. If you just need to drop something off or are signing in your child, you will not need to be checked in. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping all our scholars safe!

District Enrollment Information

Here is important information on dates regarding new student enrollment for 2019-2020, school choice and open enrollment:


School Choice:


The School Choice/Inter-District Transfer application period will open on December 1, 2018, at 8:00 am and will run through 4:30 pm on January 11, 2019. If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete a school choice application. The application can be found online at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Email confirmations that we received the application will be made upon submission of the electronic application. Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met. If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 11th.


Secondary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around January 17, 2019. If your student is approved, the letter of commitment will need to be signed and returned to the Enrollment Office by January 28th.


Elementary notifications of approval/denial will be mailed home on or around March 8, 2019. If your student is approved, you will need to sign a letter of commitment by the date listed in the letter to hold

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Elección de Escuela


El período de solicitud para la Elección de Escuela/Transferencia Dentro del Distrito comenzará el 1⁰ de diciembre de 2018, a las 8:00 am y terminará el 11 de enero de 2019 a las 4:30 pm. Si está considerando asistir a una escuela dentro del distrito que no es la escuela de su vecindario, debe completar la solicitud de elección de escuela. Puede encontrar la solicitud en línea en https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/114. Se enviarán correos electrónicos de confirmación que recibimos la solicitud después que la solicitud electrónica sea enviada. En cumplimiento con la Política de la Junta del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha ag6152, el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha puede negar una transferencia dentro del distrito hasta que todas las obligaciones financieras hayan sido pagadas.

Si su hijo tiene tarifas pendientes, por favor páguelas por completo antes del 11 de enero de 2019.


Los avisos secundarios de si la solicitud fue aprobada/negada se enviarán por correo a los hogares aproximadamente el 17 de enero de 2019. Si la solicitud de su estudiante es aprobada, usted necesitará firmar y regresar la carta de compromiso a la Oficina de Matriculaciones antes del 28 de enero de 2019.


Los avisos para la Escuela Primaria serán enviados por correo aproximadamente el 8 de marzo de 2019. Si su estudiante es aprobado, necesitará firmar y regresar una carta de compromiso antes de la fecha que aparece en la carta para mantener el espacio de su hijo.



2019-2020 New Student Enrollment:


New student enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will Kick Off at the "2nd Annual We are Waukesha Enrollment & Family Fun Event" on December 1st from 10:00 - 1:00 pm. Please join us at North High School. Enrollment resumes at the Lindholm building on December 3rd.


If you have a child turning 4 before September 1, 2019 - now is the time to enroll in 4K! To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by February 1, 2019. To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment please visit https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/109.


Offsite Enrollment Events:


All required enrollment documents may be brought to these events to complete the enrollment process.

"We are Waukesha" Enrollment & Family Fun Fair National Centers for Learning
North High School Head Start
Saturday, December 1 Monday, December 17
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pizza with Santa (4K Enrollment Only) National Centers for Learning
White Rock Campus Head Start
Friday, December 7 Tuesday, December 18 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Click here to register for Pizza with Santa


Matrícula de estudiantes nuevos 2019-2020

La matrícula de estudiantes nuevos para el año escolar 2019-2020 empezará durante el 2⁰ Evento Anual de Matrícula y Diversión Familiar “Nosotros Somos Waukesha” el 1⁰ de diciembre de 10:00 am a 1:00 pm. Por favor acompáñenos en la Escuela Preparatoria North. Las matrículas continuarán en el edificio Lindholm el 3 de diciembre de 2018.


Si tiene un hijo que cumplirá 4 años antes del 1⁰ de septiembre de 2019 - ¡Ahora es el momento de matricular a su hijo en 4K! Para ser incluidos en la lotería de 4K, necesitará completar el proceso de matrícula antes del 1⁰ de febrero de 2019. Para encontrar más información de los requisitos necesarios para la matrícula por favor visite https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/Page/109.


Eventos de Matrícula externos

Puede traer todos los documentos necesarios a estos eventos para completar el proceso de matrícula.



Feria de Aprendizaje para la Matrícula y Diversión Familiar “Nosotros somos Waukesha”
North High School
Sábado 1⁰ de diciembre
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Pizza con Santa (Únicamente Matrícula para 4K)

White Rock Campus

Viernes 7 de diciembre

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Para registrarse para el evento Pizza con Santa haga clic aquí


National Centers for Learning
Head Start
Lunes 17 de diciembre

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


National Centers for Learning

Head Start

Martes 18 de diciembre

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Open Enrollment:


Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4- April 30, 2019. The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

  • On-line (recommend) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

  • Although an on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district. Paper applications must be delivered to the nonresident school district. School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention to:

Stephanie Peterson

Open Enrollment

222 Maple Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186


Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 3rd.

  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the School District of Waukesha between February 4 and September 1, 2019; and wish to stay in the School District of Waukesha.

Note: families that move unexpectedly after April 30th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year.


Matrícula Abierta


El programa de matrícula abierta dentro de los distritos públicos de Wisconsin permite a los padres solicitar que sus hijos asistan a distritos escolares diferente del de su vecindario. El período de solicitud de la matrícula abierta para el año escolar es del 4 de febrero al 30 de abril de 2019. El período de solicitud termina el 30 de abril de 2019 a las 4:00 p.m. No se aceptarán solicitudes después de esa fecha por ninguna razón.

Los padres pueden completar la solicitud en una de dos maneras:

  • En-línea (es lo que recomendamos) en http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

  • A pesar de que completar la solicitud en línea es lo recomendado, se pueden obtener solicitudes en papel del Departamento de Instrucción Pública o en cualquier distrito escolar. Las solicitudes en papel pueden ser enviadas a la escuela del distrito en el que no son residentes.

Las solicitudes del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha deben ser enviadas a:

Stephanie Peterson

Open Enrollment

222 Maple Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

¿Quién necesita completar este proceso?:

  • Los estudiantes que actualmente asisten a una escuela de Waukesha por medio de una exención de matrícula para el año escolar 2018-2019.

  • Los estudiantes que han cambiado de residencia a una dirección que no es de Waukesha entre el de 1⁰ septiembre y el 3 de febrero de 2019.

  • Los estudiantes que están planificando mudarse a una dirección que está fuera del Distrito Escolar de Waukesha entre el 4 de febrero y el 1⁰ septiembre de 2019; y desean permanecer en el Distrito Escolar de Waukesha.

Nota: las familias que se muden de forma inesperada después del 30 de abril de 2019 pueden completar una exención de matrícula para el siguiente año escolar.

Health Room News

It's that time of year! The coughs, sniffles, sore throats, etc are starting to hit. Please read the Too Sick for School document to review guidelines for illness and return to school.


As a reminder, ANY medication (including cough drops) must have paperwork on file in the Health Room. All medications must be dropped off and picked up by parents.

School Psychologist Updates

Please click here for regular updates from Mr. Endsley, our School Psychologist.

Physical Education Newsletter

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

Safe Arrival Attendance Program

Prairie has implemented the District's new Safe Arrival attendance protocol. Please read the information on the link below:


Elementary 2018 School Messenger Safe Arrival Program

Lunch & Recess Schedule

Click here for our daily lunch and recess schedule. Hot lunch prices this year are $2.20, .40 for reduced and .40 for milk. Adult prices for lunch are $3.50; you are welcome to come join them for lunch. Please stop in the office to sign in and get a visitor pass.

Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are available on the district website at:

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Paper copies are also available in our office. Please direct any questions you may have to Jessica Huinker at 262-970-1048.

Background checks

Anyone volunteering in a classroom or the school or attending a field trip must have a current background check on file with our District Office. Click here for the link to complete this information. Once approved, there are good for three years. Our office can easily check if your background check is current. Please connect with Mrs. Anderson in the office if you have any questions.

School/Community Activities


All school and community activities are now being posted on the Waukesha School District website under the Community tab and then "Community Connections". Here is the link for easy reference. We also have the same information posted on the Prairie Elementary Website under the "For Families" tab and "Community Connections". Here is the link for your convenience. In addition, these flyers are also available through a quick link called "Peachjar" on the home page of both the school and the district websites.