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Weekly E-Post for Friday, January 18, 2013

Jan 17

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:53 AM  RssIcon

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As planned, we held our lockdown drill yesterday.  Our students did a great job of following our emergency procedures.  The drill was brief, and we were able to return to our normal school activities quickly.  We will hold at least one additional drill this year.  

Please remember there is no school on Monday, January 21.  Teachers will be participating in district inservice in the morning and will be here at Prairie in the afternoon.  We will use the time to prepare for next month's student-led conferences. You will hear much more about these conferences very soon.  We are looking forward to involving all of our students more fully in our parent/teacher conferences!

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!  Have a great weekend!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:

1/21:  NO SCHOOL
1/28:  Yearbook orders due
2/1:  Grade 1 Field Trip to Dental Office 
2/7:  Grade 3 Music Concert
2/8:  PTA Talent Show
2/12:  Jump Rope for Heart

The entire school calendar is available under the "Calendar" tab of this website.

DID YOU KNOW  . . .

School Choice: If you are considering attending a school within the Waukesha School District that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form.  The application period for school choice is January 1st - March 1st for the 2013-14 school year.

You may enter your in district transfer request electronically on the district website at www.waukesha.k12.wi.us.  There is a link to both an electronic option and a printable form.  If you choose the printable form option, please submit the completed form to our office prior to March 1st. 

NOTE: The Dual Language 2-Way ProgramWaukesha STEM Academies, Waukesha Academy of Health Professions (WAHP) and the Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy (WEPA) have separate program applications that will also need to be completed.

Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN or in the School District of Waukesha for the first time should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to the attendance area school, by March 1st. 
 
Waukesha STEM Academy Enrollment:    Please visit our website at www.waukeshaSTEMacademy.com , review our ENROLLMENT Information and check out Important dates within the Enrollment Timeline.   Here families will find our Open House and See It Live dates, no RSVP is necessary, just come at the designated date and time.
 
WSA enrollment applications will be available on our website from January 2 to January 31, 2013 at 3:00pm.  To complete our ONLINE enrollment application please visit our website.  You may complete this at home, at the Public Library, either WSA campus and at your current school if a computer is available.
 
Any applications received after January 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm will be added to our wait lists.  Families are invited and welcome to attend our lottery drawing.  

Enrollment Program Information:  In addition to the above, the Waukesha School District offers other innovative programs for students.  A copy of this program information is attached and gives a description of various programs as well as enrollment dates and deadlines.

Yearbooks:  Yearbook order forms went home last week in Friday folders.  Orders must be received by Monday, January 28, 2013.  The cost is $9.50 and checks are payable to Lifetouch.  These were not included as part of a picture package at the beginning of the school year.  Yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year.

Kindergarten Registration for 2013-2014:  If you have a child who will be eligible for kindergarten next year or know of someone who does (5th birthday on or before September 1st),  please contact our office for registration paperwork or print it off the district website (www.waukesha.k12.wi.us) and return it to us the week of January 21-25, 2013.   Please note that if your child is currently in our District K4 program, you do not need to do new registration paperwork, but we would like to hear from you as to your plans for next year.  Please give Mrs. Anderson a call at 970-2205 to let her know if your 4K student will be attending Prairie or another program so that we may keep our lists updated. 

Prairie Swim & Dive Team:  Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!  Do you like to swim?  Do you have an interest in diving?  If this sparks your attention then you should join Prairie's Swim & Dive Team.  The BIG Optimist meet is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd @ Waukesha South.  Look for more info, including practice dates and permission slips, to come home next week!  Any questions please contact Kim Hubbard @ 262-574-7617 or chbbrd03@gmail.com Go Prairie Pumas!!

Jump Rope for Heart:  On Tuesday, February 12, Prairie students in grades 3-5 will "Jump Rope for Heart"!.  This is an annual event that reinforces the educational messages of staying tobacco free, eating right and exercising as part of a healthy lifestyle while also raising money for the American Heart Association.  Students in Grades K-2 will participate in a number of activities involving jumping fun over the next few weeks in their physical education class.   Please see the link on our website home page for the flyers and necessary forms.  

Sodexho Parent Advisory Committee:
During the last several years Sodexo has hosted a Parent Advisory Committee with interested parents to learn about the food service program, make suggestions and let them know their concerns. They are looking to hold the first meeting mid February. They are held at West High School, starting time is 5:00 pm and last for about 1 hour. Please contact Ruth Bentley, ext. 4035, Roy Blankenheim, ext. 3396, or Laura Weisbrod, ext. 4332, if you have any questions or to sign up.


Dismissal Plans:  I do have one request that will help make sure that our end-of-day routines run smoothly.  Please communicate with your student before school where they should be going after school each day.  With one phone line and only one staff member covering the health room and office after 2:30 p.m., we cannot guarantee that a message with a change of after school plans will get to your student.  Thank you for your help with this.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders:  In the morning, playground supervision begins at 8:20 a.m. Please do not drop your children off at school before that time. In the event of inclement weather, they will be let into the building at 8:20 a.m.  Children should be dropped off on Center Road or School Drive. The front driveway is for school busses and day care vans only. Your child should enter the building at their grade level designated entrance. The front doors should only be used if they are tardy.

If you pick up your child after school, please arrange a meeting spot at the north or south end of the building. Do not arrange to meet your child at the main entrance. It has been difficult for staff to maintain bus lines when exiting the building due to crowds of adults and students.   

Outstanding School Fees:  You will be receiving a statement of your student's fee account if you have an outstanding balance on school fees.   If you are unable to pay the entire balance, we are happy to work out a payment plan for you.  Please contact the office for assistance;  checks should be made out to the School District of Waukesha.  District policy states that fees outstanding as of December 15th are considered past due and subject to go to collections.

Classroom Treats:  Please remember that it is District policy that all food provided for treats, parties and classroom activities be commercially packaged or prepared by a licensed vendor.  

Too Sick for School:  As we have entered cold and flu season, please remember that if your child has been sick, they should not return to school until they have been free from vomiting, diarrhea or a fever for at least 24 hours. Please see more detailed guidelines in the attachment entitled "Too Sick for School".

2013 Waukesha Education Foundation Celebration of Excellence:  The Waukesha Education Foundation will host a fundraising event on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at South High School.  Please see the attached flyer or their website, www.waukeshaeducationfoundation.org, for more specific details.

Women's Center Family Support Project:  Please see the attached flyers regarding special programs by the Women's Center Family Support Project.

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County - See attached flyer regarding a Grief Support Program for children, teens and families.

Parents Place 2013 Programs:  Please see the attached flyer for Parents Place programming on Sensory Integration Processing, Co-Parenting, Social Skills & Self-Esteem and Life Skills for Single Parents.



FROM OUR PTA: 

Raffle Baskets? or Not?
Pizza? or Hot Dogs?
Photo booth? Games? Prizes? Treats?
These are the kinds of decisions the carnival planning committee makes every year as they put together this most-anticipated event. If you’ve got ideas or suggestions or something you think would really help make the PTA carnival a success for students, teachers, and families alike, let’s hear ‘em! This year’s carnival will be onFriday, April 19. The planning committee will start meeting soon. Contacting Betsy Peters at 262-548-6347 orbetsypeters@wi.rr.com to share your thoughts and enthusiasm.
 
Did you know...? Money well spent
At a recent PTA meeting, members present voted to give each teacher $100 (specials teachers received $50) to use at their discretion in their classroom/s. That adds up to more than $2000 that PTA has committed to the school, giving teachers & staff the flexibility to add to their classrooms in ways that other budget sources may not allow. PTA has already received many thanks from staff for this gesture. But the thanks go right back to you, our Prairie families, for continuing to support PTA by buying Scrip cards and Market Day products, and attending special events, family nights, and PTA meetings. Couldn’t do it without you!
 
On the calendar:
Prairie Talent Show: Fri, Feb. 8, 6:30pm
More than 20 students (or groups of students) have the courage to get up on that stage and perform for us! Let’s show our encouragement at the Talent Show on Fri, Feb. 8, 6:30pm. See you then.
 
Staff Meals during Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Conferences are coming soon (Weds, Feb 20 and Thurs, Feb 28). Watch for a message from signupgenius.cominviting you to contribute to a hot meal for teachers & staff those nights. If you’ve got the time to help organize the meals, please contact Betsy Peters at 262-548-6347 or betsypeters@wi.rr.com.
 
March Family Night open for planning
Typically, PTA hosts a Movie Night in March—want to help put it together? Contact Betsy Peters for details.
 
Next PTA Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 12, 6:30pm
If you have a question or an item of new business you’d like to bring up at a PTA meeting, please contact Betsy Peters (betsypeters@wi.rr.com) or Sonija Parker (parker.sonija@att.net) as soon as possible.
 








 

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:

- Parents Place Programs & Class Schedule
- La Casa de Esperanza's School Age Academic Enrichment Program 
- Waukesha NightHawks LaCrosse
- Waukesha YMCA
- Waukesha Express Swim Team
- HAWS Kids 'n Critters Winter Day Camp
- Waukesha West High School Basketball Cheer Clinic
- Fastpitch Softball Pitching Lessons 
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program 

Attachments:
123 Magic_ Winter 2013.pdf
Handling Anger Flyer_Winter 2012.pdf
All Mixed Up_Winter 2013.pdf
HealingHeartsAnnouceEng2-13.pdf
Parents Place 2013 Programs.pdf
Trackback Print E
2013-Celebration of Excellence .pdf
Enrollment Publication 2013.pdf



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