December 6, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

It’s December, and we cannot believe how fast the year is flying by! We’ve welcomed several new families since the beginning of the year, and it never hurts to revisit our procedures at Prairie, so I’m sharing some important reminders around our school routines and practices. Please take some time to read the following letter: Mid-Year Communication.

We are looking forward to a lot of exciting events taking place at Prairie as the holiday season approaches. Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will also be mindful of sticking to our consistent routines so that our learners are able to feel safe and are able to remain engaged up through when we dismiss for winter break.

  • On December 13th we will celebrate the Hour of Code with students from all over the world! On this day our classes will pair up to engage in coding activities.
  • On December 16th our whole school will gather together to watch the 4th/5th grade dress rehearsal for their upcoming concert. This will take place from 9:00-9:45am in the gym. If there are any parents or family members who are unable to attend the 4th/5th grade music concert on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30pm, you are welcome to join us for the dress rehearsal.
  • On December 20th our whole school will have a pajama day and come together for a sing along. Classes will pair up for parts of the afternoon to engage in buddy reading and other activities to celebrate the season.

I hope to see many of you at Movie Night tonight hosted by our PTA at 6:00pm!

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


Staff Spotlight - Ms. Sowinski

My name is Emily Sowinski. Currently, I am teaching my third year of special education at Prairie. Prairie is uniquely special to me because I attended kindergarten through six grade here! I live with my parents (Bryan and Jane) and our dog Belle in Waukesha. My two older brothers (Erik and Andy) live in Iowa City, Iowa. Presently, I am pursuing my master's degree in Special Education Leadership at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Outside of school, I enjoy taking Pure Barre classes, running, and the company of my family and friends.

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

12/4: Grade 3 to First Stage

12/6: Scrip Deadline

PTA Movie Night

12/10: PTA Meeting

12/11: Trimester 1 grades available in Infinite Campus

12/16: Grades 4 & 5 Music Concert dress rehearsal

12/17: Grades 4 & 5 Music Concert

12/20: All School Pajama Day

12/23-1/1: NO SCHOOL

1/2: Classes Resume

PTA News

Happy December & Happy Friday!

Movie night is tonight 6pm to about 8pm. Please come join us for a free showing of The Grinch (the 2018 version)! We will have light snacks available as well as some beverages. Also, we are planning to have some crafts for those who might prefer that. Parents are required to stay with their children. Make a family night of it and join us! Also we are starting to plan Puma Palooza (already, yes I know!)! We will be meeting to discuss what we would like to see happen. Please e-mail or call us if you have any questions or are interested in helping to plan.

Box Tops

We are getting close to $900 in Box Tops! If we reach $1,000, we will earn a PUMA PJ DAY!! Please keep scanning receipts and turning in Box Tops. Our school goal this year is $1,500. If we can reach that by April, we have an all school event planned! Check out the bulletin board in the hallway to see our progress. GO PUMAS!

PTA Dates:

Movie Night: Tonight 6-8

Scrip Due: Today

PTA Meeting: 12/10

Culver's Night: 1/6

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email

Waukesha Education Foundation

The District will be holding its annual enrollment event at North High School on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-1pm. As part of the event, our 2018 Waukesha Education Foundation Grant Recipients will be there showcasing the results of their year long projects. They will be set up, for the most part, alongside their schools. Mr. Haynes will be showing his project, K-5 Innovation in our New Makerspace!

Bring your kids! There will be fun craft activities for them to do, so please stop by our WEF booth and say hello! A list of all the grant recipients is listed in the document below.

WEF Grant Showcase

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

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 a flyer with details of several enrollment events and what you will need to enroll. Elementary School 4K sites and Community Partner sites are also listed.

Intra-District/School Choice

The school choice application period will open on December 1st at 8:00 am and will close on January 10th at 4:30 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. Click here for a flyer with more details.

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

Too Sick for School

Art Show at Waukesha County Courthouse

Prairie Elementary School Artists currently have work on display at the Waukesha County Courthouse. The show features the work of 45 Prairie Artists, kindergarten through 5th grade. The display is sponsored through the office of County Executive, Paul Farrow. Prairie is the only school in the School District of Waukesha, that displays artwork at the Waukesha County Courthouse. This is the fourth year Prairie has participated in this show. Congratulations to this year's artists!


Nathan Kuchan

Madeline Paczesny

Lucy Bayless

Arabella DeLeon

Elizabeth Breitlow


Emory Trott

MYA Tuyls

Brooklyn Austin

Jackson Perry

Sophia Born

Cora Kramer

Landon Harris


Landon Perry

Clayton Solum

Paige Pratt

Julia Haight

Hadley Beschta


Liam Krajewski

Hannah Hagen

Brooklyn Koput

Calek Smith

Anthony Ramirez-Helm


Payton Schubring

Evie Dixson

Kenadee Grulke

Daric Treuber

Jeremy Fleischmann

Grace Rohner

Aaron Sonnheim

Cullen Streator

Josue Gomez-Perez

Lexi Rode

Gabby Martinez

Erin Sheehan

Brenna Shea


Chloe Glover

Amelie Schmitt

Ella Tuyls

Kyler Poulson

Sadie Stackhouse

Lola Eckmann

Alexis Dinwiddie

Lucas Franz

Sydney Mirkowski

Joselin Gonzalez

Elks Hoop Shoot Competition

Congratulations to all of our Prairie students who participated in this years Hoop Shoot.

The following shooters will represent Prairie at the Local competition that will be held on December 7th at Hillcrest Elementary:

  • Girl Age 8 & 9: Evie Dixon

  • Boy Age 8 & 9: Liam Krajewski

  • Girl Age 10-11: Izabella Rivera

  • Boy Age 10-11: Cameron Becker

Good Luck to our winners at the Local Competition!

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's December newsletter.

News from the School Guidance Program

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

November 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

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.