PRAIRIE POST

January 31, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,


The Student Council soup drive brought in 464 cans of soup! Our goal was 410 cans. Thank you to all those who sent soup cans to school throughout the week. Shout out to Student Council for their leadership in making this memorable event happen!


On February 14th we will have our first Science & Engineering Day! Students from FLIGHT Academy at Horning will come to Prairie to facilitate a day of science experiments and engineering design challenges. Our students are looking forward to this engaging event!


Have a great weekend!


Carly Solberg

Principal

Staff Highlight

HI! I’m Mrs. Baker. I am one of the second-grade teachers here at Prairie. I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of our families at Prairie because I have been teaching here for the past 12 years. If our paths have not yet crossed, please be sure to stop by or find me at one of the Prairie school activities and say “hi”. I would love to meet you! I have been teaching in the Waukesha School District for 21 years and loved every minute of it. When I am not at school, I enjoy going to baseball games, watching football, crafting or just hanging out outdoors. However, my most favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family. I am married to my husband, Brian. We have a son (Justin, 19), a daughter (Morgan, 17), and 2 crazy, but adorable little puppies who keep us very busy.
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Upcoming Dates for the School Year!

2/6: Grade 5 to Milwaukee Tool

2/10: PTA Talent Show Try-outs

2/11: PTA Meeting/Palooza Planning

2/13: STEP IT UP FOR HEART event

2/14: Science & Engineering Day

2/17: Talent Show Rehearsal

2/20: Winter Conferences

2/21: PTA Art & Talent Showcase

PTA News

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.


PRAIRIE'S GOT TALENT!

Permission slips are due back on Monday, February 3rd. We want to see what talents our students have! We are looking for Emcee's, artists, dancers, singers and all performers! It is such a great event for our students!


Box Tops

Box Top update: We have finally hit over $900 in box tops. We are currently at $902. Next in school collection will be on Monday, February 10th. We still need more box tops for an all school PJ day! Keep them coming in. Students may turn in box tops to their classroom teacher, and check out the bulletin board in the hallway to our see our progress!


Scholastic Book Fair

Our next Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! We will be open during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, February 20th from 4:30-7:30 and during the talent show on Friday, February 21 from 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 or if you aren't able to make it to the fair you can use the website to shop online! Here is the link to the book fair website:

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


PTA Dates:

Forms for talent show due: 2/3

PTA Meeting is 2/11

Talent Show: 2/21

Skateland Day: 3/8


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

Soup-er Bowl

Prairie's Student Council annual Soup-er Bowl ended today with a final collection of 464 cans of soup to be donated to the Waukesha Food Pantry. Thank you so much for your support of this worthwhile community service project!

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. Since our fundraiser is almost over, please log in online and check your totals to be sure you reached the prize levels you wanted. If you collected any cash or checks, please return them to Mr. Booth as soon as possible.


ALL students will be able to celebrate our success by participating in the DAY OF AWESOMENESS that will be held in June. The DAY OF AWESOMENESS is a giant “Super Party” with obstacles - inspired by the TV shows, American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout! It is an amazing day of fun and celebration filled with obstacle courses, a DJ dance party, a VIP chill lounge, plus rewards. Any student who raised money and earned rewards will receive them at the Day of Awesomeness.


Our tradition of holding an after school jumping event for 3rd-5th grade will continue this year. Students received their information/permission sheet in class this week. It is attached here if you did not get one.


Thank you again for your support.


Mr. Booth

Artists of the Month

Congratulations to January's artists of the Month!


This month, we have 1st grader, Landon Harris and Kindergartener, Lucy Bayless. Neither of these kids have been at Prairie very long, but they both are excellent behavior role models, show kindness towards their classmates, and demonstrate the Puma Way every day. In addition, Landon and Lucy are super creative and hard-working young artists.

Congratulations!

More Art Room Recognition

Please recognize the following young ladies for their hard work and dedication. 5th grade students Brooke Taylor, Chloe Glover, Ella Tuyls, Joselin Flores and Sydney Mirkowski had been working on Art sculptures, outside of class time. These ladies have come in during recess, after school, and even over Christmas break, to design and create their sculptures. These sculptures were on display on Monday, January 20th, at the SDW's One Conference. All teachers and administrators in the district were able to see the beautiful work of these dedicated students. Thank you all, for sharing your talent, and thank you to Mrs. Anderson for assisting them.

Physical Education News

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

Elks Hoop Shoot

Congratulations to Evelyn Dixson and Cameron Becker on advancing to the District competition that was held on January 25th.


Evelyn took second in her division and Cameron won his division. He will move on to the state competition in Wausau on Saturday, February 8th!


Thank you to these scholars for representing Prairie and the Puma Way! Good luck, Cameron, at your next competition!

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.

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 details on enrollment. Elementary School 4K sites and Community Partner sites are also listed.

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 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

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.