May 8, 2020
Message from the Principal
It's important to note that as students are becoming more comfortable with the learning platforms we are using, we are noticing an increase in the number of Webex Spaces that are being created without adults or teachers moderating them. When the students were with us in school, the devices were right there, and we would do random safety checks. In an effort that you as a parent know with whom and what your child is doing on the School District of Waukesha issued iPad, please take a look if you aren’t already doing so. Since you may not be familiar with WebEx, look below for how to recognize the spaces your child is a part of on Webex Teams as well as how you can delete/remove spaces that are not moderated by a teacher and focused on learning. Students who are found to create spaces without their teacher's knowledge may have restrictions set-up on their device. The only spaces that students should have on their ipads are the ones created by the teachers. As a parent myself, I trusted our daughters. But I also knew they were kids, and kids make mistakes. They knew that trust included me spot checking every now and then to make sure our trust was warranted. In such a virtual world, teaching children how to be safe is as critical these days as teaching them how to cross a street. One of my favorite mottos? “Doing what is right isn’t always easy, but it is always right!” Please report any technology misuse to either the classroom teacher, Mrs. Gannon or Mrs. Solberg when she returns. Thank you for reminding your child of their digital responsibility!
Mrs. Solberg, when she returns, our student services team consisting of Mr. Endsley and Mrs. Edwards, as well as our teachers and I are here for you as you navigate this. You should always feel free to reach out to us with your questions or concerns.
Acting Prairie Principal
Parents Monitoring WebEx Teams at Home
The images below explain how you can see the spaces on your child’s Webex Teams account. Again, if you see spaces that do not contain a teacher, you should have your child remove the space. Details on how to do this are below.
To remove your child from a space, simply swipe the name of the space to the left, click on the more, and then click on “leave space.”
Social Emotional Learning
This week students learned about the power of Positive Self-Talk. When we are feeling sad, angry, frustrated, or anything in between, using positive self-talk can have very beneficial effects on our emotions and mental health. Students learned what self-talk is, why it helps, how to recognize negative self-talk, when to use positive self-talk, and other strategies to practice this skill.
Here are some helpful resources to learn more about positive self-talk and how to help your child master this skill:Positive Self-Talk activities
Please encourage your child to use positive self-talk as often as possible! This week's Friday challenge encourages students to create their own "Self-talk Bubble" or "Gratitude Journal," writing down 3 things each day you appreciate.
Classroom Placement Letter for 2020-21
Summer School Updates
Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up Available
Blessings in a Backpack
Waukesha Public Library Update
Prairie Trick Show Challenge 2020
Hi Prairie Families,
In these challenging times, I thought some of the students at Prairie might enjoy a FUN challenge. The challenge was to come up with a trick shot using any type of ball or item that they may have at home. Many have taken the challenge and sent me their videos, which I would like to share with everyone. It is so fun to see how creative they can be when they are given the opportunity and I hope that you enjoy the video.
If this inspires anyone to take the challenge, as it did for Mr. Haynes' and Mrs. Ferguson’s family, please send me your video and I will update this movie in a couple of weeks.
http://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/virtual-student This page also includes a link to the Virtual Help Desk which is being monitored by our support team.
Our Environmental Education Department has created a weekly newsletter entitled "Learning Outdoors". Each week we will provide a few small learning or just for fun activities to engage students in nature and outdoor play.
Fox 6 Educational Programming
FOX 6 is offering educational programming on Monday through Friday at noon. The station will be airing a variety of Xploration shows. These half-hour programs are designed to inspire kids to become interested in STEM and may provide some fun and interest for families.
Here is a link to programming information:
Playworks "Play at Home"
Playworks has launched a virtual recess. It will happen 3 times a day (11am, 1pm, 3pm), Mon-Fri through Facebook live! All you have to do is like Playworks on Facebook and log on and follow along!
Do you want to play right now? Check out this link for youtube videos to all of our favorites as well as a bunch of play resources:
It is a great way for our students to break up the day, get moving, and refocus for learning! Do you have a favorite game? Take pictures and tag with #PlayAtHome or #PlayworksAtHome to teach other people your family's favorite!
*Air High Five* Coach Courtney