PRAIRIE POST

September 22, 2017

Principal's Message

Hello, Parents/Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,


Did you know that Prairie Elementary is turning 50 this year??? Yes, Prairie has served as a staple in the community providing a safe, high academic, social, and emotional institution of learning for 50 years. This year we are going to celebrate Prairie's birthday on November 21st. I would like to have a team of scholars, parents, community members, and educators have their voices represented in the planning process. If you would like to be part of this group, please contact me (dgriffin@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or Vicki Anderson (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).


This year, Prairie is continuing to celebrate diversity by acknowledging the accomplishments of prominent men and women of Hispanic origin. Stay tuned to see how Prairie is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th.


On September 12th, we had our first PTA meeting of the year. Here is a link to the Principal's Report. The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m.


Within the report, you will notice the changes that were made to the lunch hour, birthday treats/healthy treats, and open-toed shoes. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Have a PAWSOME weekend, and enjoy the summertime weather just a little while longer.

Upcoming Dates For This School Year!



9/28: School Pictures

9/28: 4K Curriculum Night

10/2: PTA Culver's Night

10/3: Grade 2 to Planetarium

10/10: PTA Meeting

10/11: Grade 5 Cross Country Run

10/12: Math Night

10/14: PTA Halloween Dance

10/17: Grade 4 to Lapham Peak

PTA News

Thanks to everyone who came to the first PTA Meeting and joined us for our Ice Cream Social on 9/8. We scooped over 300 sundaes, had a great staff turnout and a fun time was had by all!


SPIRIT Wear: Order Deadline is FRIDAY, October 6th. Order forms came home in today’s Friday folder. This will be our ONLY order for the 2017-18 school year so don’t miss out. There are some new items such as toddler size t-shirts and baseball hats. All items from the Puma Store are also now available with the spirit wear order. And new this year – pay by credit card (with a 4% processing fee). Email teranehring@gmail.com with questions.


Halloween Dance Can you help plan the Halloween Dance? Email teranehring@gmail.com if you can help with planning. Sign up here if you can help setup or at the dance: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-halloween3 . It is sneaking up fast: SATURDAY, October 14th from 5-7:30 p.m.


Collections:

Box Tops and Tyson Project A+: Please send them to school labeled with your child’s teacher’s name by Friday, September 29th. A flyer with classroom competition information came home recently in the Friday folders. Check out the free Box Tops app on your phone – a few users have already earned $208 since summer for Prairie PTA via the app. Can you help count and trim Box Tops? Email coordinator Kara Sinnard at karasinnard1@gmail.com if you are interested in helping.


Contact US!

PTA President Erica Kasseckert - 414-510-2121 ericak0409@gmail.com

Treasurer Andy Roberts-262-442-8124 drew_pr@hotmail.com

Secretary Clare Treichel - treichelclare@gmail.com

PTA questions or comments are also welcome at any time at PTAPrairie@gmail.com.

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas. Visit our new website - https://sites.google.com/view/prairie-pta/home

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on the morning of Thursday, September 28, 2017. Flyers with ordering information were sent home last Friday. If you would like to order online, please visit inter-state.com/order and use order code: 191313DA. All photographs are taken at the beginning of the day - before art, gym or recess.

4K Curriculum Night

All 4K scholars in the District and their families are invited to attend a 4K Curriculum Night here at Prairie on Thursday, September 28th from 6-7 p.m. Click here for the flyer with more details.

Art Room News

ART ALERT!


This year Prairie Art classes are participating in a project called Art To Remember. Scholars are now busy developing some Artwork in class that will be available for purchase on a variety of printed items. Printed items will be delivered to Prairie by the beginning of December, just in time for Holiday gift giving!


Check out the display case in the foyer at Prairie for item ideas.

Grade 5 Cross Country Run

A number of Prairie 5th grade runners have begun their training for the 43rd Annual Grade School Cross Country Run. This years run will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at Waukesha West High School. The School District of Waukesha, in conjunction with the Waukesha Optimist Club and Geiger Awards, is sponsoring this event.


Prairie is in the Red Division. The girls will race at 4:15 p.m. and the boys will race at 4:55 p.m. Watch for results in a future Prairie Post.

Background Checks

If you plan to volunteer in your child's classroom, chaperone a field trip, or assist at school in another capacity, you must have a current background check on file. Our background checks are completed online so there is no need to provide sensitive information to anyone. Click here for the link to the Secure Volunteer site. Background checks obtained through this process are now good for five years. If you are unsure of your status, please contact Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us. Please plan ahead as these background checks can take a few weeks to process.

New Procedures/Policies on Parking Lot, Classroom Treats & Open Toed Shoes

Last Friday we sent home a pink form updating our Parking Lot Procedures as well as new policies on Birthday Treats/Classroom Celebrations and Open-Toed Shoes. If you have not yet returned this sheet, please do so at your earliest convenience. Click here to review the policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns on the above issues, please contact Mr. Griffin at 262-970-2210 or dgriffin@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Parenting with a Purpose

Heidi Edwards, our SDW School Counselor, is facilitating an evening of idea sharing and discussion around parenting topics. This will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rose Glen Elementary School. Please click here for more details on this event.

Special Education Round Table Discussion

You are invited to join Patty Hovel, our Director of Special Education, and Roberta Hardt-Schultz for a Special Education Round Table Discussion on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Summit View Elementary School. The topic is Proactive Communication and Support. Click here for the flyer with additional details.

Lunch Accounts

A letter was sent home last week to all families with the policy regarding negative lunch accounts. Each child can "charge" up to 2 meals, up to a negative balance of $4.20. If money is not brought in for a meal, they will only have the option to charge a cheese sandwich and milk at a cost of $1.50. This policy will be enforced as of Monday, September 11, 2017. Click here for a copy of this policy.

Daily Schedule

Please click here to see our Daily Schedule for lunch and recess for each grade. This document also indicates the arrival and dismissal doors for each grade level.

Annual Online Registration

If you have not yet done so, please complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal at your earliest convenience. This registration allows you to update contact information and health concerns as well as give permission for Environmental Education and Planetarium field trips, technology use (iPad), and permission for release of school pictures for the yearbook, etc. Some grade level field trips will be starting soon!


If you have any questions or need additional information on your log-in or password, please contact Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Paying Fees in Infinite Campus

There is an updated process in Infinite Campus for paying school fees and putting lunch money on your account. Please click here to watch a video explaining the process. If you have any issues with logging into your account, please contact our office. Fees for the 2017-18 school year were posted to your child's account on August 1, 2017, and are now due.

Annual Asbestos Notification

Click here for the School District of Waukesha Annual Asbestos Notification.

Waukesha Park & Recreation Before & After School Care 2017-18

Waukesha Park and Rec Department runs the Before and After School Care Program at Prairie. Click here for a link to their website for more information.


Following are their parent manual and registration paperwork:


Parent Manual

Payment Plan

Child Information Sheet

Registration Form