May 10, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Parents and Guardians of the Pawsome Pumas,

On behalf of the faculty at Prairie Elementary, we want to say thank you for showing how much you care for us each and every one of us during Teacher Appreciation Week! All of your kind affirmations have overjoyed us. We thank you for entrusting your children to us every day.

The Puma Palooza was a slam dunk. I mean that literally and figuratively. We want to thank the PTA for putting on such a fun family event for our community. We look forward to continuing to raise funds to have a new playground created for our scholars.

We are in the phases of finalizing the construction plan for Prairie Elementary for secure entryways. We are glad that we will be one of the schools that will begin construction in June. The safety and well-being of our scholars is our number one concern. In addition to the secure entryways being updated, the office of Prairie will get a makeover as well. We can not wait to show you the upgrades to our school.

Last but not least...

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Welcome to our New Principal

Carly Solberg, currently the Principal at Hawthorne Elementary, was approved by the Waukesha School Board to be the new Principal for Prairie Elementary for 2019-20 school year. We are excited to have her join out team! Click below to read her introductory letter:

Introductory Letter to Prairie

Upcoming Dates

5/11: WEF Run/Walk

5/14: PTA Meeting

5/17: Student Council Meeting

Scrip order deadline

5/22: Grade 3 to Env Ed

5/23: 4K & 5K Meet & Greet

5/24: Grade 4 Economics Fair


5/30: 4K to Milwaukee Public Museum

5/31: Grade 2 to the Zoo

PTA News

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and effort towards putting together a great Puma Palooza. We couldn't have done it without you! We can't wait till next year.

Tuesday, May 14th PTA Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Please stop by and get caught up on PTA activities and hear from Mr. Griffin and his principal's message. Our new principal, Carly Solberg, is scheduled to come to our meeting. We will also be voting on new members to our board. If you are interested in a position, please let the PTA know. As a reminder, if you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can see it on our Facebook Live site. We have Red Cross certified babysitters for school age children if needed.

Scrip orders: Another year is coming to an end...already! Are you thinking of what “THANK YOU” would be perfect for your child’s teachers or the amazing staff members that have helped make this school year such a success?

  1. By Tuesday, May 14th, complete the back of THIS FORM (sent home last week), indicating how much you would like to contribute to which teacher(s). Send cash or write one check payable to “Prairie PTA,” and send in an envelope to school labeled “PTA Teacher Gift”.

  2. PTA will pool family dollars, order gift cards, put them in a card, and sign your family’s name as one of the gift-givers.

If you would like to place an individual FAMILY order for the end of the year, please go to and use our enrollment code: EB64484L25513.

ANY QUESTIONS? Contact Lisa Franz at or (317)409-6647

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


If you have is a change of address now or over the summer, please keep our office up to date. Two forms of proof of residence are needed as shown on the District Enrollment site. We are able to help process the paperwork for you.

Make up Days for Inclement Weather

School will be extended one day at the end of this year to Monday, June 10, 2019, due to our multiple snow days this year. Click below for the district's message.

Snow Make Up Days

Health Room News

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears."

CDC Measles - Top Things Parents Need to Know About Measles

As always, please review 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.

Waukesha Education Foundation News

Please read the Waukesha Education Foundations's newsletter below. Thank you to this wonderful organization for all they do to support our schools, staff and families.

WEF Community News

Family Mental Health Nights

You are Invited to Join...

Community Mental Health Partnership Parent Nights

-Informational sessions for Parents and Guardians-

How can I Help? Increasing my Child’s Emotional-Regulation

May 21, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Hawthorne LAB School

1111 Maitland Dr, Waukesha, WI 53188

All parents have experienced tantrums, but when should parents reach out for help? What can parents do to increase their children’s self-control skills and learn effective ways to de-escalate their children.

The Community Mental Health Provider (CMHP), Amanda Rochwite, ATR, LPC of Family Service of Waukesha is preparing three informational sessions for parents or guardians to provide knowledge, support, and useful tools. Each session will be hosted at a School District of Waukesha Elementary School. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all three sessions. Refreshments will be provided.

Amanda Rochwite is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor employed through Family Service of Waukesha. Her position is funded by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide mental health support in 5 School District of Waukesha elementary schools. Her role is to build and support educator and parent understanding and ability to adapt mental health concepts into useful strategies to effectively reach and teach students influenced by mental health challenges.

Daily Office Procedures/Check In

As a reminder, parents cannot be anywhere in the building without checking in at the office and receiving a pass. The pass is processed through a system that uses your driver's license. Please have it available when you come in. We welcome your visits for lunch and planned visits to the classrooms.

If you are picking up your child for an appointment, we will call the classroom when you arrive and have the student come to the office. We request that you wait in the lobby for your child to come. Also, if you are dropping off something to be delivered to your child, we will take it in the office and deliver it for you. This avoids the processing of the pass and disruption in your child's classroom.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office. More details on the Raptor check-in system are detailed later in this newsletter.

Physical Education Newsletter

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

School Psychologist Updates

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

School Counselor Newsletter

See below for monthly newsletter from our District School Counselor, Heidi Edwards:

April Parent Newsletter

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!

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.