November 26, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Hello Prairie Families,

This short week at Prairie flew by! Our kindergarten friends spent time making Stone Soup today and learned all about kindness. The soup was delicious! Take a look at the pictures below. Our staff is wishing you a restful and joyful break!

Have a great weekend!

Carly Solberg


Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Cuevas

Hello! I am Molly Cuevas, the speech-language pathologist at Prairie. I am happy to be in my second year at Prairie Elementary School. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degree at UW-Milwaukee. My favorite part about being a speech-language pathologist is building relationships with my students and helping each one of them find their voice.

My husband and I were married in October of this year, so it has been quite an amazing fall! We live on the east side of Milwaukee together and really enjoy trying new restaurants downtown. Aside from that, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking, working out, traveling, reading books, sports, and anything outdoors. I am looking forward to another great year as a Prairie Puma!

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Upcoming Dates for the New School Year!

11/26: End of 1st Trimester

11/27-29: NO SCHOOL

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

12/17: Grades 4 & 5 Music Concert

PTA News

Wow can you believe it, it's almost December!? Where is the time going? We are planning a Movie night for all families on Friday, December 6th. We are planning to watch the new Grinch movie. We will have snacks, drinks and are going to have some small activities and crafts for those who are not interested in the movie. 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.

SCRIP ORDER for December:

Teacher gift orders DUE by Dec 3: - Complete this form and send it with your check made payable to Prairie PTA to school in an envelope labeled "PTA Holiday GIft" and we will take care of pooling Prairie family dollars to purchase gift cards that our staff members prefer! We deliver all the gift cards with a holiday message from all the Elves who have contributed.

Individual Family Scrip Order Form - Shopping for Christmas gift cards or shopping for presents??? Scrip gift cards are the answer! Complete this form and send it in with your check made payable to Prairie PTA in an envelope labeled "SCRIP" or go to and use our enrollment code EB64484L25513 to order online and pay by Presto Pay or credit card for your gift card order. We will contact you as soon as the cards have arrived and arrange for pick up or delivery. All individual family orders are due by noon on Dec. 6th.

Questions??? Contact Lisa Franz at or Sarah Paczesny at

2019-20 Holiday Gift Flyer

Scrip Individual Family Order Form

Other upcoming PTA dates:

12/6: PTA Movie Night

Scrip due

12/10: PTA Meeting

1/6: Culver's Night

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

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

More Art Room News

During this short week, the art room was converted to Mrs. Turkey's Costume Shop. Students dreamed up, developed & created different costume ideas to help hide their turkey from the farmer. Students created everything from bumblebee costumes to soldier costumes to mask the identity of their turkey in order to...SAVE THE TURKEYS!!!

On a different note, Art To Remember items arrived and will be passed out to kids on Monday, December 2nd. If you would rather pick your items up than have them sent home with your students, please email and let me know.

The Artists of the Month Award is back at Prairie again this year. One student from K-2nd grades and one student from 3rd-5th grades is selected each month for this honor. Students are selected not only for their artistic ability, creativity and craftsmanship, but also for their ability to model great behavior and kindness for others in the art room.

November's Artists of the Month are First Grader, Sophia Born and 3rd grader, Calek Smith. Congratulations artists! Watch for next month's Artists soon!

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 November 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.