October 18, 2019

Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

Our Prairie community has experienced several fun events this week! The dance on Saturday was a huge hit with our families and students. There were lots of creative costumes, as well as creative dance moves. Fun was had by all. Thank you to our PTA for putting on this awesome event!

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to watch some of our fifth-grade students run in the district cross country meet. All of our runners did a fantastic job! Shout out to Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Booth for coaching the team. Thank you for your commitment to our students!

In order to keep all of our students and families safe at arrival and dismissal time, please be mindful of the following expectations:

  • The parking lots and drive-through in front of the school are for busses and staff only.
  • Students who walk home should walk around the north side of the school by the playground and cross with the crossing guard. No students should walk through the tennis court parking lot area.
  • Pay close attention to parking street signs to ensure that you are parked in an area where parking is permitted.

It's hard to believe that we're over halfway through October! As we continue to get closer to the end of our first trimester, please review this information on our elementary report cards from Melissa Yow, our Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning: Elementary Report Card Parent Letter.

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


Staff Spotlight

Mr. Haynes:

This is my 10th year of teaching and my 9th year here at Prairie. Teaching is a second career for me after working in finance and real estate for 6 years after graduating from UW-Madison. Go Badgers! I love getting to know new kids every year and helping them grow to their fullest potential! There is nothing more gratifying than knowing I positively affect lives each and every day. My wonderful wife, Megan, and I have a 21 month old daughter at home named Lily and we have another baby on the way, due November 2nd. We can't wait to find out if we will have another daughter or a son!

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

10/28: Vision Screening

10/30: Grade 1 to Planetarium


10/31: NO SCHOOL

PTA News

Happy Friday all!

First off, thank you to all the help at the Halloween Dance! We had a great attendance and lots of fun! Thank you for parent help, Mrs. Solberg and the PTA team for such a fun time! I can't wait for our next school event!

Boxtops were due in today; if you forgot please have those in on Monday!

Conferences will be coming up and PTA provides dinner for the staff. For anyone interested in participating in meals or has catering ideas, please let us know. Also, a friendly reminder that the book fair will also be running at the same time as conferences!

I have attached the bylaws for those whom would like to open and look. We plan to discuss at out meeting on 11/12:

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

School Pictures

School pictures were sent home with students last week. If you did not order a package, you will be given a page with the picture proof and information to order online if you wish. If your child was absent on picture day or if you have unhappy with your photos, we will have a retake day on Thursday, November 7th. Please return original package of pictures if you wish them retaken.

Art to Remember

The personalized AtR order forms will be coming home early next week. Please take a moment to look at your child's work as it would look printed on a variety of objects. Students worked very hard on their artwork for this fundraiser and are proud to show it off. You can order and pay online or fill out the form and return it with check/cash to Prairie. Items will be delivered in plenty of time for Holiday gift giving!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Mrs. Anderson,

Christmas Clearing Council

It is the time of year to distribute Christmas Clearing Council applications! For those who do not know, the Christmas Clearing Council (CCC) helps provide Christmas gifts for families who may struggle to afford gifts for their children. It is an awesome program that many families utilize each year. There are a few qualifications: you must be a Waukesha County resident AND your child must be eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch and/or meet the household income eligibility requirements. Please feel free to fill out the application (one per family), and send back to Mr. Endsley or the Prairie Office.

Applications are DUE Friday November 15, 2019.

Printable Application:

You can also find paper copies of the application in the Prairie Office.

5th Grade Cross Country Run

The 2019 Cross Country season has now ended at Prairie. This year we had 17 5th grade Boys & Girls train and represent Prairie at the All-City Run on Wednesday, October 16th. Student Athletes put in many miles at practice over the course of the last month, with Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Booth and Mr. Egli. Even though we had a smaller team this year, they represented Prairie VERY well. All runners took home either a trophy, medal or ribbon. It was such an exciting meet to watch. We are still waiting for the team results, but should know soon. Congratulations to all runners and a big thank you to all parents who rearranged their schedules to accommodate practice pick ups. Hopefully runners discovered a new talent and this event will help spark interest in the Middle School Cross Country program.

Physical Education Update

Click here for Mr. Booth's October 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.

Annual Online Registration

Please make sure to complete your Annual Online Registration in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need your login and password information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Anderson at This registration gives important permissions needed for your child for iPad use, picture/video taping, and field trips.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal - click on the icon for the Infinite Campus Portal on the upper right part of the page.

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.