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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:39 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As you know, safety of our Prairie students is our top priority.  Recently, we've had some concerns expressed regarding arrival and dismissal traffic.  Please remember that it is unsafe and illegal to double park or pull out and do u-turns on Center or School Roads.  It takes all of us working together to ensure our students are safe as they arrive and leave each day.  It may take a few extra minutes, but our kids are definitely worth it!

In light of today's tragic events at the elementary school in Connecticut, our superintendent has prepared a letter for parents regarding school security.  Please see that letter attached to this E-Post.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary School! 

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:

12/21 - Pajama Day
1:45 PM - All School Holiday Sing-a-long
12/24-1/1 - Holiday Break
1/2 - Classes Resume
1/8 - PTA Meeting
1/10:  Grade 2 to Env Ed
1/11:  K-Arnold to Env Ed
1/14:  K-Gerlach & Zeroth to Env Ed

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

Holiday Community Outreach:  This year Prairie School is partnering with Waukesha County Interfaith Senior Programs to provide decks of playing cards for their senior activity programs.   Our goal is to "Deck" the Halls with 400 decks of playing cards.  As of today, we have 47 decks of cards.  Students may bring in cards through December 19th.  

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.  

Parents Place Classes:  Please see the attachments below for classes at Parents Place:
The Uncontrollable Child - Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18, 2012
Life Skills for Single Parents - on going support group


Another Holiday Event:  Waukesha North Students Against Destructive Decisions are hosting "The Gift of Giving" Holiday Event on Friday, December 14th.  Students can make and wrap presents, decorate and eat cookies, make cards, get a picture with Santa and more.  See the attached flyer for more information and reserving your spot!

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".


FROM OUR PTA: 

 
Teacher/Staff Giving Tree
If you’ve got Prairie’s teachers and staff on your gift-giving list, take a look at the Giving Tree in the lobby (on the bulletin board across from the boys/girls restrooms). PTA asked the teachers, aides, and staff what they’d be grateful to receive, and we’ve posted their wishes there. From pencils and sharpeners to books and games and dry erase markers (LOTS of dry erase markers!), you’ll find the items that will be so appreciated in the classrooms. Feel free to take a gift idea from the tree, or take the paper ornament itself. Either way, thank you for supporting your classrooms!
 
What’s fun to do in January?
PTA is looking for fun Family Night ideas and people to put the event together in January. We’ve got a date set aside (choose from the 11th or the 18th), and it’s wide open—craft night? Game night? Science night? Limbo contest? Candy bar bingo? If you’ve got community contacts, maybe we could organize a presentation from an animal shelter or a local musician/author/artist. Putting together an event can be as easy as making a few calls and reserving the gym at school—and everyone appreciates it. Interested? Intrigued? Idea-full? Contact Betsy Peters at 262-548-6347 or betsypeters@wi.rr.com.
 
Lights... Camera... TALENT!
Think you’ve got talent? Can you sing, dance, tell jokes, or perform in a skit or play an instrument? Show it off in Prairie’s 9th annual Talent Show! The Talent Show is Friday, Feb. 8. And while that seems like a long time away, the time to start practicing and rehearsing is NOW. So gather your friends, come up with a script (or choreography or song), and practice, practice, practice. And don’t forget to fill out the sign up sheet (attached), due Friday, Dec. 21. Questions? Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net.
 

 
What else is PTA up to? Find out here...
- “Like” us at the PTA Facebook page: search Prairie PTA Go Pumas at Facebook.com
- Check the PTA tab of the school website: www.waukeshaschools.com/prairie/pta
- Come to a PTA meeting! Next one: Tuesday, January 8th, 6:30pm
- Do NOT go to signupgenius.com—there aren’t any active signups at the moment! hee hee!
- Get your e-mail address on our distribution list: send a message to Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com to get periodic announcements, requests, and information e-mailed to you.

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

Attachments:

Life Skills for Single Parents.pdf

Uncontrollable Child 2012.pdf
2013 Talent show handout .doc
Too Sick for School.JPG
Prairie School Community Outreach 2012.docx
The Gift of Giving (1).docx  
12-14-12 ltr to parents.pdf
By Website Administrator on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:12 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

On Monday, we started our Paws Time.  This 30 minute block begins at 8:50 AM Monday through Thursday and allows each child to receive an extra dose of  reading instruction.  Students are placed in an intervention or enrichment activity based on their needs.  Students will remain with their Paws Time group through January 17.  Beginning January 21, Paws Time will focus on math.  We'll continue alternating between reading and math sessions through the remainder of the year.  We are excited about the chance to provide students with this additional dose of targeted instruction, and we appreciate your efforts to make sure your child is here on time for school so they may participate fully in their group.  If you have questions about Paws Time, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or me.

I do have one request that will help make sure that our end-of-day routines run smoothly.  Please communciate 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.

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!  I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:

12/3:  PTA Night @ Jersey Mike's Subs
12/7:    Report Cards sent home
12/10:  NO SCHOOL
12/11:  PTA Meeting
12/13:  Market Day/Scrip Pick-Up
12/13 & 12/14:  Hoop Shoot

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

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.  

Parents Place Classes:  Please see the attachments below for classes at Parents Place:
The Uncontrollable Child - Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18, 2012
Life Skills for Single Parents - on going support group

Parents United:  Please see below for program from Parents United:
Lights! Camera! Autism!  - December 6, 2012

Sodexho Scholarship:  Please note this opportunity for any student to apply for a $5000 scholarship through the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. Please see the attachment or visit www.sodexofoundation.org.


Holiday Fun with Santa for Special Needs Students & their Families:  All children with special needs and their families are invited to a special low stress, casual and calm visit with Santa on Saturday, December 8th at Summit View Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  There will be pictures with Santa, craft tables, holiday videos, small group playtime and story time.  A flyer is attached with more details;  call Mary at 970-1103 to reserve your time with Santa.
 

FROM OUR PTA: 
 
Last Scrip order of the year
We had a record-breaking Scrip order for November: just over $5000 worth of gift cards purchased! If you still have some holiday shopping to do -- or you need cards for gifts! -- Scrip order forms are coming home today. Remember, you pay the face value of the card -- no extra charges -- and Prairie earns a percentage. Place your order by Thursday, Dec. 6 and you'll have it at the Dec. 13 Market Day pick-up. Remember, you can shop online at www.shopwithscrip.com using the enrollment code of EB64484L25513. Thank you for your continued support -- and happy shopping!
 
Teacher/Staff Giving Tree
If you’ve got Prairie’s teachers and staff on your gift-giving list, take a look at the Giving Tree in the lobby (on the bulletin board across from the boys/girls restrooms). PTA asked the teachers, aides, and staff what they’d be grateful to receive, and we’ve posted their wishes there. From pencils and sharpeners to books and games and dry erase markers (LOTS of dry erase markers!), you’ll find the items that will be so appreciated in the classrooms. Feel free to take a gift idea from the tree, or take the paper ornament itself. Either way, thank you for supporting your classrooms!
 
Let Mike cook on Monday!
That’s “Jersey Mike” to his friends... Prairie Restaurant Night, Monday December 3, 4-9pm at Jersey Mike’s. No flyer needed, and Prairie gets 10% of sales. Easy fundraising—easy eating! See you there.
 
What’s fun to do in January?
PTA is looking for fun Family Night ideas and people to put the event together in January. We’ve got a date set aside (choose from the 11th or the 18th), and it’s wide open—craft night? Game night? Science night? Limbo contest? Candy bar bingo? If you’ve got community contacts, maybe we could organize a presentation from an animal shelter or a local musician/author/artist. Putting together an event can be as easy as making a few calls and reserving the gym at school—and everyone appreciates it. Interested? Intrigued? Idea-full? Contact Betsy Peters at 262-548-6347 or betsypeters@wi.rr.com.
 
Lights... Camera... TALENT!
Think you’ve got talent? Can you sing, dance, tell jokes, or perform in a skit or play an instrument? Show it off inPrairie’s 9th annual Talent Show! The Talent Show is Friday, Feb. 8. And while that seems like a long time away, the time to start practicing and rehearsing is NOW. So gather your friends, come up with a script (or choreography or song), and practice practice practice. And don’t forget to fill out the sign up sheet (attached), due Friday, Dec. 21. Questions? Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net.
 
School Directory
The updated version was sent out to the PTA e-mail list earlier this week. If you would like to have a copy e-mailed to you, send a message to betsypeters@wi.rr.com. Please put “Directory” in the subject line. Paper copies of the directory will be available upon request. If you’d prefer a paper copy to the digital version, please contact Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com or 262-548-6347.
 
What else is PTA up to? Find out here...
- “Like” us at the PTA Facebook page: search Prairie PTA Go Pumas at Facebook.com
- Check the PTA tab of the school website: www.waukeshaschools.com/prairie/pta
- Come to a PTA meeting! Next one: Tuesday, December 11, 6:30pm
- Do NOT go to signupgenius.com—there aren’t any active signups at the moment! hee hee!
- Get your e-mail address on our distribution list: send a message to Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com to get periodic announcements, requests, and information e-mailed to you.
 

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

Attachments:
Life Skills for Single Parents.pdf
Uncontrollable Child 2012.pdf
PARENTS UNITED - LIGHTS! CAMERA! AUTISM! - K. McGinnity, S. Hammer.doc
Sodexho 5000 Dollar Grant Flyer.pdf
Santa is Coming to SDW.pdf
2013 Talent show handout .doc
Scrip 2012-2013 FamilyOrderForm.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:46 AM
UPCOMING DATES:

11/6:    General Election
11/8:    Grade 4 Music Concert
            Market Day Pick-Up
11/9:    Picture Retake Day
11/13:  PTA Meeting
11/22:  NO SCHOOL
11/23:  NO SCHOOL

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

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.   

Christmas Clearing Council -The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County promotes and coordinates giving to families in need during the Christmas season.  If you and your child(ren) live in Waukesha County and your school-aged child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for this program.  Eligible children are between the ages of newborn to senior in high school.  Please stop in the main office to pick up an application or call to request an application be sent home with your child(ren).  All applications should be returned to Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker at Prairie Elementary.  Applications are accepted through Monday, November 19, but the sooner applications are turned in, the better the chances are of being matched with a sponsor.  Please call Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker, at 970-3933 for more information. 

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day - Thursday, November 15, 2012
Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the third Thursday in November.  This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season can be especially difficult after a life-changing event, such as death, results in the loss of a loved one.  Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that support can make a big difference in the life of a grieving child.  The Waukesha County Grief Network and Healing Hearts of Waukesha County have collaborated to build awareness of and participation in the significance of this day. 

Join us in wearing blue on November 15, 2012, as we come together to support the children who are grieving the loss of loved ones due to death, divorce, abandonment, incarceration, military deployment and immigration.  On this day at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to a special ceremony to honor our grieving children at Horning Middle School, Waukesha.

Picture Retake Day:  If your child missed Forms & Photo Day or if you need your child's picture retaken, our Retake Day is scheduled for Friday, November 9th.  If you are retaking a photo because you are unhappy with it, it is necessary to return your packet.  Please contact the office if you need an order form.

Elementary Handbook 2012 - The District's Elementary Handbook 2012 is posted on our website under the Forms & Resources Tab.  Please review these guidelines with your student.  A copy of the back page will be sent home with each student for signature and return.

Head Lice:  It's that time of year when the pesky head lice seem to return.  If you have found that your child has head lice, please call our health room to let us know so that we can do classroom checks.  Students may return to school after treatment.   It is important to remind your children not to share combs, headbands, hats, etc.  As a preventive measure, we do not keep hats, headbands, etc. in the Lost and Found.  We have attached a reference sheet on head lice with helpful hints.

Physical Education News:  Please see Mr. Booth's Newsletter attached to this E-Post for updates on what is happening in Physical Education Classes.

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.  

Parents Place Classes:  Please see the attachments below for classes at Parents Place:
The Uncontrollable Child - Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18, 2012
        Life Skills for Single Parents - on going support group

FROM OUR PTA:
 

A frightfully good time!
Many thanks to Heather Montes and her spooky crew of helping hands that made the Halloween Dance last week such fun.
Heather & Rick Montes
Maria Vandenberg
Jodi & Joe Lucas
Julie & Chad Goratowski
Kim Sadowski
Kendra Young
Sonija Parker
Sharon Engel
Rebecca Bracey
Jarod Mitchell
Carlton Manske
Lourdes Rocha
Amanda Standarski
Michelle Standarski
Stephanie Stencil
Jeff & Gail Lane
Brittney Whelan
Chris Hartman
Aziza Klinkerfues
Kim Hubbard
Sarah Tiesler
Heather Farence
Kendra Young
Brian & Jessica Gardner
Amy & Scott Krall
Cheri Bonell
 
HELP NEEDED
at the Presidental Bake Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Please, come help staff our bake sale table on Voting Day. If you check out signupgenius.com, you’ll see that there are LOTS of shifts still available—take your pick! If you can’t work a whole shift or have time between the shifts indicated, that’s fine, just indicate that when you sign up. If you’re able to donate baked goods, bring them to school on Monday, Nov. 5 (pre-pack them, please, in bake sale-size servings). Just think of all those hungry, thirsty voters just itching for a snack and some water while they’re waiting in line! Thanks.
 
Now available: the School Directory
If you haven’t already received the Directory via e-mail, request your digital copy by e-mailingbetsypeters@wi.rr.com. Please put “Directory” in the subject line. With an eye on costs and environmental responsibility, PTA has made the tough decision to only print paper copies of the directory upon request. If you’d prefer a paper copy to the digital version, please contact Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com or 262-548-6347.
 

Earn & Learn Fundraiser

 

Greetings Friends,  We at Prairie Elementary have found a wonderful opportunity to raise money for our teachers. The fine folks at the Learning Shop have created a fundraiser called EARN & LEARN which we have chosen to participate in.

For those of you not familiar with the Learning Shop, they are the leading retailer of specialty toys, games and teacher supplies in Wisconsin. They have a large selection of items that you just won’t find anywhere else. In fact, many of the items available we use in our organization to help with the education of your children!

Their new program works like this. When you shop at the Learning Shop the week of November 4-10th, just let the clerk know that you’d like your purchase to be credited to your classroom teacher. They will track all the sales during that week and at the end of the week your teacher will be getting a check for 10% of the eligible sales. That’s it!!! Nothing could be easier. We don’t burden you with going out door-to-door selling candy or gift-wrap and you don’t have to keep track of any money. Plus you get high quality toys and games that make great presents for birthdays, Christmas, or just because you care about a child.

So tell your friends and family to shop at the Learning Shop (17435 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield), or any other location, during the week of November 4-10th. The more people you tell, the more money we can raise for our teachers. Don’t forget to let the staff know that you would like your purchase credited to your teacher’s account.

 

Thanks for supporting Prairie Elementary Teachers!

Thank you,

Randy Raikes

 

Who’s cooking supper Monday night?

Culver’s is!  Culver’s night on Monday, Nov. 5, 5-8pm (Flavor of the Day will be Mint Chip—Mmmmmm!) Hope to see you there.


 

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

Attachments:
Head Lice Helpful Hints.pdf
Oct. 2012 Phy Ed News.doc
Life Skills for Single Parents.pdf
Uncontrollable Child 2012.pdf
By Website Administrator on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:00 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Thank you for your support of our Parent/Teacher Conferences!  We were very pleased that so many of you were able to join us.  We always strive for 100% participation in conferences, and we'll report the percentage for this round in an upcoming E-Post.  If you did not have yet have a conference, please contact your child's teacher.  He/She would be happy to meet with you.

For students in grades 3-5, the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE), will begin next week.  Today, students will bring home a copy of their grade level's testing schedule.  Please help your child's performance on this assessment by making sure he or she gets a good night's sleep and has a healthy breakfast before each testing day.  Thank you!

Special thanks to our PTA for sponsoring teacher dinners during conferences as well as for organizing our book fair.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderfully supportive PTA!

Please remember there is no school tomorrow due to teacher inservices.  The Prairie teachers will spend the morning at Hawthorne Elementary learning more about the Common Core State Standards in math and reading.  In the afternoon, Prairie classroom teachers will be here working on our School Improvement Plan while specials teachers and special education teachers will participate in district role-specific professional development.  We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday! 

Have a great weekend!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:

10/25:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/26:  NO SCHOOL 
10/31:  Grade 1 to Planetarium
            Grade 3 (Fueger & Creasey) to Quarry
11/1:    Grade 3-Wanner to Quarry
11/6:    General Election
11/8:    Grade 4 Music Concert
            Market Day Pick-Up
11/9:    Picture Retake Day

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

Parents United - Does your child struggle to make or keep friends?  If so, please consider attending the next Parents United presentation on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 9 - 11:30 a.m.  The topic is Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships - “How to Build Social Skills in Your Children”.  It will be presented by Sue Schramka, PsyD, from Cornerstone Counseling Services.  Parents United is a consortium of schools that provides free educational seminars to families and school professionals around a variety of topics.  Presentations are held both during the day and during the evening.  Please check out their website (www.parentsunitedwi.org) to view upcoming events and locations.  Future topics include Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Trauma, ADHD, reading disabilities, and more.

Christmas Clearing Council -The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County promotes and coordinates giving to families in need during the Christmas season.  If you and your child(ren) live in Waukesha County and your school-aged child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for this program.  Eligible children are between the ages of newborn to senior in high school.  Please stop in the main office to pick up an application or call to request an application be sent home with your child(ren).  All applications should be returned to Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker at Prairie Elementary.  Applications are accepted through Monday, November 19, but the sooner applications are turned in, the better the chances are of being matched with a sponsor.  Please call Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker, at 970-3933 for more information. 

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day - Thursday, November 15, 2012
Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the third Thursday in November.  This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season can be especially difficult after a life-changing event, such as death, results in the loss of a loved one.  Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that support can make a big difference in the life of a grieving child.  The Waukesha County Grief Network and Healing Hearts of Waukesha County have collaborated to build awareness of and participation in the significance of this day. 

Join us in wearing blue on November 15, 2012, as we come together to support the children who are grieving the loss of loved ones due to death, divorce, abandonment, incarceration, military deployment and immigration.  On this day at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to a special ceremony to honor our grieving children at Horning Middle School, Waukesha.

Morning Playground Supervisor Needed - We are looking for a before school playground supervisor to work from 8:20-8:40 a.m.  This is a paid position and involves supervising students on the playground before school and bringing them into the building when the bell rings.  Please contact the office if you are interested. 

Picture Retake Day:  If your child missed Forms & Photo Day or if you need your child's picture retaken, our Retake Day is scheduled for Friday, November 9th.  If you are retaking a photo because you are unhappy with it, it is necessary to return your packet.

Elementary Handbook 2012 - The District's Elementary Handbook 2012 is posted on our website under the Forms & Resources Tab.  Please review these guidelines with your student.  A copy of the back page will be sent home with each student for signature and return.

Refrigerator Needed -  We are in need of a refrigerator in our Teacher's Room for both staff and student use. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone that would be willing to donate one that they are no longer using to the school.  

Head Lice:  It's that time of year when the pesky head lice seem to return.  If you have found that your child has head lice, please call our health room to let us know so that we can do classroom checks.  Students may return to school after treatment.   It is important to remind your children not to share combs, headbands, hats, etc.  As a preventive measure, we do not keep hats, headbands, etc. in the Lost and Found.  We have attached a reference sheet on head lice with helpful hints.

Lost & Found:  Our Lost and Found is already overflowing!   It is important to label all your child's belongings so that we can return them if found.   Please stop by the table outside the Office/Health Room to check for missing items during conference times.   Any unclaimed items are donated to charity at the end of the month.

FROM OUR PTA: 
 

Market Day Holiday Pie Sale!Make your holiday meal planning a little easier PLUS earn extra money for Prairie! Shop the November Market Day bonus sale featuring pies and cakes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Consider this--if just half of the families at Prairie purchased one pie, we would make $780 to support our school! Watch your child's school folder for the November Market Day flyer or visit www.marketday.com to see all the delicious offerings. Online order deadline is Mon, Nov. 5 @ 11pm. Sale pick-up is Thurs, Nov. 8, 5-6pm.

Scrip Orders:  Black Friday...incredible sales and early bird specials await you! How can you prepare? Order a few gift cards from our Scrip program by Thursday, November 1! This is our Black Friday sale; buy cards for the stores you'll shop at over Thanksgiving weekend. Whether it's Kohl's, Target, or Toys R Us, you can buy your cards early and pick them up at5:00 on November 8 right here at Prairie. To order, go to www.shopwithscrip.com and use our enrollment code ofEB64484L25513. Or you can print the attached order form.Don't miss out on this great opportunity to help Prairie and shop, too!

 
What do YOU want to talk about?
We like to reserve a bit of time at each PTA meeting for new business such as general questions, concerns, comments, or compliments. If there’s something on your mind, let’s get it on the agenda. New business items must be received by the Friday prior to the PTA meeting (in this case: November 9). Contact Betsy Peters atbetsypeters@wi.rr.com or 262-548-6347.
 
Sweeten up Voting Day
If the end of the robocalls isn’t enough to get you excited about Voting Day, keep in mind that’s the day of the PTA Presidential Bake Sale. Bring donations of baked goods (packed in individual sale-size portions, please) to school on Monday, and consider signing up for a sales shift on Tuesday. Go to signupgenius.com and useajkrall@gmail.com in the Find a Signup field. 

Many thanks to everyone who brought in soups, casseroles, salads, snacks, sides, and desserts for the teachers and staff during conferences. It was all so very much appreciated. Thanks to...
Jarod Mitchell
Katie Mennenoh
Stephanie Jackson
Stephanie Stencil
Heather Montes
Rachael Buffington
Cheri Bonell
Karen Carlsen
Nancy Walker
Susie Walczak
Jodi Lucas
Heather Farence
Kristen Zanon
Sharon Engel
Carrie Schuett
Amy Krall
Lisa Franz
Aziza Klinkerfues
Kim Hubbard
Beth Waller
Becky Boggio
Kim Sadowski
Sherry Guth
Michele Mehling
Kristine Guenther
 
Thanks, too, to all the book sellers out there. The numbers for the fall Book Fair haven’t been completely finalized yet, but all indications are that it was a rousing success. Our teachers will have a fair number of Scholastic Dollars they can use to buy important classroom supplies and reading materials. Thanks to everyone who helped!
Kristin Fredrick
Amy & Scott Krall
Brittney Whelan
Llana Majeres
Sonija Parker
Allison & Natalie Parker
Sharon Engel
Becky Boggio
Amy Koehler
Kendra Young
Sara & Linda Gonzales
Erica Kasseckert
 
How to know what PTA’s up to next:
- Check the PTA tab of the school website: www. waukeshaschools.com/prairie
- “Like” us at the PTA Facebook page: search Prairie PTA Go Pumas at Facebook.com
- Come to a PTA meeting! Next one: Tuesday, November 13, 6:30pm
- Get your e-mail address on our distribution list: send a message to Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com to get periodic announcements, requests, and information e-mailed to you

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
- Harvest Festival @ The Virginia Rehab Center

Attachments:
Head Lice Helpful Hints.pdf
Scrip 2012-2013 Short Order Form.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 8:47 AM
UPCOMING DATES:

10/24:  Parent Teacher Conferences/Scholastic Book Fair
10/25:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/26:  NO SCHOOL 
10/31:  Grade 1 to Planetarium
            Grade 3 (Fueger & Creasey) to Quarry
11/1:    Grade 3-Wanner to Quarry
11/6:    General Election
11/8:    Grade 4 Music Concert
            Market Day Pick-Up
11/9:    Picture Retake Day


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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

Parents United - Does your child struggle to make or keep friends?  If so, please consider attending the next Parents United presentation on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 9 - 11:30 a.m.  The topic is Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships - “How to Build Social Skills in Your Children”.  It will be presented by Sue Schramka, PsyD, from Cornerstone Counseling Services.  Parents United is a consortium of schools that provides free educational seminars to families and school professionals around a variety of topics.  Presentations are held both during the day and during the evening.  Please check out their website (www.parentsunitedwi.org) to view upcoming events and locations.  Future topics include Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Trauma, ADHD, reading disabilities, and more.

Christmas Clearing Council -The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County promotes and coordinates giving to families in need during the Christmas season.  If you and your child(ren) live in Waukesha County and your school-aged child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for this program.  Eligible children are between the ages of newborn to senior in high school.  Please stop in the main office to pick up an application or call to request an application be sent home with your child(ren).  All applications should be returned to Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker at Prairie Elementary.  Applications are accepted through Monday, November 19, but the sooner applications are turned in, the better the chances are of being matched with a sponsor.  Please call Kelly Bratz, School Social Worker, at 970-3933 for more information. 

Morning Playground Supervisor Needed - We are looking for a before school playground supervisor to work from 8:20-8:40 a.m.  This is a paid position and involves supervising students on the playground before school and bringing them into the building when the bell rings.  Please contact the office if you are interested. 

Picture Retake Day:  If your child missed Forms & Photo Day or if you need your child's picture retaken, our Retake Day is scheduled for Friday, November 9th.  If you are retaking a photo because you are unhappy with it, it is necessary to return your packet.

Elementary Handbook 2012 - The District's Elementary Handbook 2012 is posted on our website under the Forms & Resources Tab.  Please review these guidelines with your student.  A copy of the back page will be sent home with each student for signature and return.

Refrigerator Needed -  We are in need of a refrigerator in our Teacher's Room for both staff and student use. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone that would be willing to donate one that they are no longer using to the school.  

Head Lice:  It's that time of year when the pesky head lice seem to return.  If you have found that your child has head lice, please call our health room to let us know so that we can do classroom checks.  Students may return to school after treatment.   It is important to remind your children not to share combs, headbands, hats, etc.  As a preventive measure, we do not keep hats, headbands, etc. in the Lost and Found.  We have attached a reference sheet on head lice with helpful hints.

Lost & Found:  Our Lost and Found is already overflowing!   It is important to label all your child's belongings so that we can return them if found.   Please stop by the table outside the Office/Health Room to check for missing items during conference times.   Any unclaimed items are donated to charity at the end of the month.

FROM OUR PTA: 
 
FOUND @ Rocket Rally:
1. Nice green aluminum water bottle with “Menards” label on the side
2. Aluminum folding chair with red seat & back
Contact Betsy Peters @ betsypeters@wi.rr.com or 548-6347 to claim.


Scholastic Book Fair: Oct. 18 & Oct. 24
Stop & shop for books before, between, and during parent/student/teacher conferences
on October 24 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm. Evenings too stressful??? If you don't have time during conference nights you can still help out Prairie. Shop the Online Book Fair by clicking the Scholastic link from Prairie’s school website: www.waukeshaschools.com/prairie. Or use this link: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/prairieelembookfair. The Online Book Fair is open Oct. 11-Oct. 31.

New this FALL!!! The "All for Books" contest
The Grade that raises the most money during the All For Books contest will win $100 of scholastic books! Additional contest details will be sent home with the Scholastic Book Fair flyer. Contact Sonija Parker with questions or to volunteer to help set up and sell. Look for the signup @ signupgenius.com.
 
Conference Dinners, October 24
The menu is already looks good, but there’s room for more. If you can share a CrockPot of soup or pasta or even a salad with the teachers/staff on conference nights, check out signupgenius.com. Use“betsypeters@wi.rr.com” in the “Find a sign up” field.
 
Halloween Dance Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
Always a frightfully good time—be sure to get it in your calendar! Be sure to plan a trip to the Photo Booth that night for a keepsake picture souvenir. And please consider helping for an hour or so—your kids will thank you! Smile Look for the signup sheet at signupgenius.com or contact Heather Montes at montesltd@yahoo.com.
 
A Presidential Bake Sale: November 6
As a polling place, we’re guessing Prairie will be hosting some long lines on voting day—long lines of hungry, thirsty people! We’re looking for a coordinator to organize some volunteers (looking for volunteers too), collect and price some baked goods, and pre-purchase some bottled water/soda for the biggest best bake sale we may ever see. Interested? Able? Contact Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com or 262-548-6347. FREE money for Prairie—that sounds delicious.
 
How to know what PTA’s up to next:
- Check the PTA tab of the school website: www. waukeshaschools.com/prairie
- “Like” us at the PTA Facebook page: search Prairie PTA Go Pumas at Facebook.com
- Come to a PTA meeting! Next one: Tuesday, November 13, 6:30pm
- Get your e-mail address on our distribution list: send a message to Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com to get periodic announcements, requests, and information e-mailed to you

 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
- Harvest Festival @ The Virginia Rehab Center

Attachments:


Head Lice Helpful Hints.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, October 04, 2012 1:54 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

This morning we met as a school community for our first Paw Pin assembly of the year.  Students earn pins throughout the year by receiving Paw Points for appropriate behavior.  I was very pleased to be able to award 86 students with their first pin of the year.  These students have received at least 10 Paw Points so far this year.  Many other students are very close to this mark, so I know we will be awarding many more pins at our next assembly on November 2.  As a reminder, students keep their pins on their Puma Pride lanyard.  We hope students fill their lanyard with pins during their time at Prairie.  Special thanks to our PTA for the funding they provide to help purchase lanyards and pins!

Speaking of PTA, our Rocket Rally is this Sunday.  Have you started building your rocket?  I'm still working on mine, but it will be ready to launch on Sunday.  I hope you will be able to join us for this event.  The kids are very excited about launching rockets, and proceeds from this event will help us fund field trips, assignment notebooks, and the other "extras" our PTA provides for students.  Please join us for what we hope will be our "First Annual" Rocket Rally!

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:

10/7:   PTA Rocket Rally
10/9:   PTA Meeting
10/11:  Market Day
10/15:  Kindergarten to Apple Orchard
10/16:  Grade 2 to Planetarium
10/17:  5th Grade Run at West High School
10/18:  Parent Teacher Conferences
10/24:  Parent Teacher Conferences
10/25:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/26:  NO SCHOOL 

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

Sodexho Lunch Program - In an effort to limit the impact on the environment, Sodexho Food Service is no longer printing copies of the lunch menu to be sent home with every student.  The elementary lunch menu is on the district website as well as on our website under the Forms & Resources tab.

Have your children mentioned new food selections on the lunch menu?  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect on July 1, 2012, with new standards for school lunches.  Please see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act FAQs for Parents on the Forms & Resources tab of our website for more specific details.

Also, Free and Reduced lunch applications are still available in the office.  If your child has qualified for a free or reduced lunch in the past, you may still need to complete an application for this new school year.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.  Children who have qualified for a free or reduced lunch but bring cold lunch must still pay 40 cents for milk.

Christmas Clearing Council If you picked up an application for Christmas Clearing Council at our Forms & Photo Day, please turn it back into the office for processing.  Application forms are also available in the office.

Morning Playground Supervisor Needed - We are looking for a before school playground supervisor to work from 8:20-8:40 a.m.  This is a paid position and involves supervising students on the playground before school and bringing them into the building when the bell rings.  Please contact the office if you are interested. 


FROM OUR PTA: 

Rocket Rally Fall Fundraiser: Ready for Blast-off 
Sunday, October 7, 4pm  The weathermen are predicting Sunday will be cool but sunny and dry. Perfect weather for a fall picnic and some rocket launching! There’s still time to build your water bottle rocket and bring it to the rally, then enjoy the camaraderie, stay for some supper and some snacks, maybe even win a raffle prize or trophy. Or simply come and share the afternoon with your Prairie friends and show your support for our school. Look to the FAQs and the “How to Build a Rocket” guide for more information.
 
Help! Rocket Rally Fall Fundraiser needs grounds crew and support staff
An event of this scope needs a lot of hands to get it off the ground (hee hee). Help keep ticket lines, launch lines, and concessions lines short by helping out for an hour or so. You might even have some fun, too. Go tosignupgenius.com and use betsypeters@wi.rr.com in the “find a sign up” field. Or call Betsy @ 262.548.6347. Many many thanks to the parents who have already volunteered.
 
Scholastic Book Fair: Oct. 18 & Oct. 24
Stop & shop for books before, between, and during parent/student/teacher conferences
on October 18 and 24 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm. Evenings too stressful??? If you don't have time during conference nights you can still help out Prairie. Shop the Online Book Fair by clicking the Scholastic link from Prairie’s school website: www.waukeshaschools.com/prairie. Or use this link: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/prairieelembookfair. The Online Book Fair is open Oct. 11-Oct. 31.
New this FALL!!! The "All for Books" contest
The Grade that raises the most money during the All For Books contest will win $100 of scholastic books! Additional contest details will be sent home with the Scholastic Book Fair flyer. Contact Sonija Parker with questions or to volunteer to help set up and sell. Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Conference Dinners for teachers and staff, October 18 and 24
PTA provides dinner (and maybe even dessert!) for teachers and staff during their long conference days. If you’ve got a special recipe you love to make, they’d love to try it! Let us know what you can bring @signupgenius.com. Use “betsypeters@wi.rr.com” in the “Find a sign up” field.
 
Halloween Dance Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
Planning is now underway for the ever-popular Halloween Dance. Look for a signup sheet coming soon fromsignupgenius.com
 
Next PTA meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm
Minutes from the September meeting are attached and posted on the PTA tab of the school website—take a look at what was discussed. Attached is the agenda for the October meeting—take a look at what we’ll be discussing! See you then!

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


PTA Agenda 10.9.12.pdf
PTA Meeting Minutes 9-11-12.docx
Rocket Rally build a rocket guide.pdf
Rocket Rally FAQs (1).pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:40 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Are you connected through social media?  We are!  Thanks to Prairie parent, Ricky Frank, you can get connected to Prairie Elementary School by liking us on Facebook or following @prairiepumas on Twitter.  The latest Prairie news, including this weekly E-Post, will be available through both Facebook and Twitter each week.  Our latest PTA news is also available on their Facebook page or on Twitter by following @ptaprairie.  Links to all of our social media sites are available on our school website. 

Monday, October 1 will be our first Professional Development Day.  Students will not be in school on Monday, but teachers will be hard at work.  In the morning, we will be participating in training on the Common Core State Standards and collaborating with colleagues at Hawthorne and Randall STEM.  In the afternoon, we will be back at Prairie to review our Measures of Academic Progress data and plan instruction for our students.  We appreciate your support of these days in our school calendar.  This time is extremely valuable to our teachers and the work we do with our students.

Your child will be bringing home paper copies of two important documents today.  One outlines recent changes to our educational program with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  The other letter introduces the upcoming State School Report Cards.  Please review both of these important documents.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!
Have a great weekend!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:

10/1:   NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
10/3:  Grade 4 Human Growth & Development Preview Night @ Lindholm
10/7:   PTA Rocket Rally
10/9:   PTA Meeting
10/11:  Market Day
10/15:  Kindergarten to Apple Orchard
10/16:  Grade 2 to Planetarium
10/17:  5th Grade Run at West High School
10/18:  Parent Teacher Conferences
10/24:  Parent Teacher Conferences
10/25:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/26:  NO SCHOOL 

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

4th Grade Human Growth & Development Preview Night -Our parent preview night for 4th grade Human Growth and Development is coming up at 6PM on October 3rd at the Lindholm building.   Prairie will not have Human Growth & Development lessons until spring but this is the only preview night that will be offered.  

Sodexho Lunch ProgramIn an effort to limit the impact on the environment, Sodexho Food Service is no longer printing copies of the lunch menu to be sent home with every student.  The elementary lunch menu is on the district website as well as on our website under the Forms & Resources tab.

Have your children mentioned new food selections on the lunch menu?  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect on July 1, 2012, with new standards for school lunches.  Please see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act FAQs for Parents on the Forms & Resources tab of our website for more specific details.

Also, Free and Reduced lunch applications are still available in the office.  If your child has qualified for a free or reduced lunch in the past, you may still need to complete an application for this new school year.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.  Children who have qualified for a free or reduced lunch but bring cold lunch must still pay 40 cents for milk.

Christmas Clearing Council If you picked up an application for Christmas Clearing Council at our Forms & Photo Day, please turn it back into the office for processing.  Application forms are also available in the office.

Morning Playground Supervisor Needed - We are looking for a before school playground supervisor to work from 8:20-8:40 a.m.  This is a paid position and involves supervising students on the playground before school and bringing them into the building when the bell rings.  Please contact the office if you are interested. 


FROM OUR PTA:

 The Countdown Continues: Rocket Rally Fall Fundraiser  Sunday, October 7, 4pm
If you saw the rocket launch demonstration at the Ice Cream Social, you know how those things really fly. So mark this event on your calendar and start building your rocket! Your students brought home an info page, “how to” guide, and ticket order form this week. Additional information will be posted to the school website soon. And please go to signupgenius.com to see how you can make this event a huge success. Use betsypeters@wi.rr.com in the “Find a sign-up” field. Or call Betsy @ 262-548-6347.
 

Coming soon:
Scholastic Book Fair during conferences October 18 and 24
Stop & shop for books before, between, and during parent/student/teacher conferences. The Grade that raises the most money during the All For Books contest will win $100 of scholastic books! Contact Sonija Parker with questions or to volunteer to help set up and sell. Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Conference Dinners for teachers and staff, October 18 and 24
PTA provides dinner (and maybe even dessert!) for teachers and staff during their long conference days. If you’ve got a special recipe you love to make, they’d love to try it! Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Halloween Dance  Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
These crisp fall days means fall—and Halloween—aren’t too far away! Planning is now underway for the ever-popular Halloween Dance. Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Next PTA meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm
Please join us!



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 



By Website Administrator on Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:26 AM

UPCOMING DATES:


9/24:   PTA Culver's Night
9/25:   Grade 5 to Planetarium
9/28:   Grade 3 to Planetarium
10/1:   NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
10/3:  Grade 4 Human Growth & Development Preview Night @ Lindholm
10/7:   PTA Rocket Rally
10/9:   PTA Meeting
10/11:  Market Day

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

Sodexho Lunch Program - In an effort to limit the impact on the environment, Sodexho Food Service is no longer printing copies of the lunch menu to be sent home with every student.  The elementary lunch menu is on the district website as well as on our website under the Forms & Resources tab.

Have your children mentioned new food selections on the lunch menu?  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect on July 1, 2012, with new standards for school lunches.  Please see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act FAQs for Parents on the Forms & Resources tab of our website for more specific details.

Also, Free and Reduced lunch applications are still available in the office.  If your child has qualified for a free or reduced lunch in the past, you may still need to complete an application for this new school year.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.  Children who have qualified for a free or reduced lunch but bring cold lunch must still pay 40 cents for milk.

Christmas Clearing Council - If you picked up an application for Christmas Clearing Council at our Forms & Photo Day, please turn it back into the office for processing.  Application forms are also available in the office.

The Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Waukesha South!!!  They are similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, but they perform their show to help raise funds. Their mission is to have a family-friendly event and to promote their messages about staying in school, preventing bullying, staying drug and alcohol free, and respecting authority figures.

The Harlem Ambassadors will be playing a “dream team” of local celebrities, the Waukesha Wonders on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm in the Waukesha South Fieldhouse.  A few members of our dream team, the Waukesha Wonders:

Superintendent, Todd Gray
            Police Chief, Russell Jack
            South Principal, Tim Joynt
            North Principal, Jody Landish
            West Vice Principal, Ryan Patt
            Central Principal, Rob Bennett
            Ex-NBA Star, Tony Smith
            Our Coach, Carol Lombardi 

All purchased Advance Tickets will be held at Will Call under the last name on the order form.  Will Call will open at 6:00pm the night of the event.  Doors to the event will open at 6:20pm.  There will be concessions available and a FREE autograph session for all kids after the game.  There is a $2 per ticket increase at the door the night of the event.  We hope you can join us for a very fun-filled and exciting evening!!!!  The ticket flyer is attached. 

4th Grade Human Growth & Development Preview Night -Our parent preview night for 4th grade Human Growth and Development is coming up at 6PM on October 3rd at the Lindholm building.   Prairie will not have Human Growth & Development lessons until spring but this is the only preview night that will be offered.  

Annual Asbestos Notification - As required by law, the District Annual Asbestos Notification is attached for your review. 

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Eat at Culver’s on Monday, Sept 24, 5-8pm
It’s our first restaurant night of the year. Treat the family to a night out. Prairie will receive a portion of ALL sales from the Culver’s on Sunset this coming Monday night—so tell your friends and neighbors, too. So dine-in, drive-thru, get supper and/or dessert, and Prairie benefits. No coupon or certificate necessary.
 
Ice Cream Social was a sweet success!
Thanks to everyone that came, ate, chatted, laughed, and watched the water bottle rockets fly around the back field. Many more thanks to all that gave an hour of their evening to sell tickets and serve ice cream, including Heather Montes, Maria Vandenberg, Susie Walczak, Jodi Lucas, Sonija Parker, Jeff “50/50” Lane, Kendra Young, Stephanie Jackson, Erica Kasseckert, Aziza Klinkerfues, Jamie “Rocket Man” Peters, Katie Mennenoh, Amy Krall, Kristine Guenther, Dori Schwarze & Zachary, Sherry Guth, Rebecca Bracey, Kim Sadowski, Rebecca Reagles, Beth Waller, Scott Krall, and Carrie Dinwiddie (who came back to the event specifically to help clean up and was pleasantly surprised to see the event was already cleaned up!).
 
The Countdown Continues: Rocket Rally Fall Fundraiser  Sunday, October 7, 4pm
If you saw the rocket launch demonstration at the Ice Cream Social, you know how those things really fly. So mark this event on your calendar and start building your rocket! Your students brought home an info page, “how to” guide, and ticket order form this week. Additional information will be posted to the school website soon. And please go to signupgenius.com to see how you can make this event a huge success. Use betsypeters@wi.rr.com in the “Find a sign-up” field. Or call Betsy @ 262-548-6347.
 
SpiritWear Order Forms due Friday, Sept. 28
Order now for the holidays! (Next school order will be early 2013.) Send your order form to school marked “PTA Spiritwear” or contact Sonija Parker for additional forms: parker.sonija@att.net or 547-2614.
 
Coming soon:
Scholastic Book Fair during conferences October 18 and 24
Stop & shop for books before, between, and during parent/student/teacher conferences. The Grade that raises the most money during the All For Books contest will win $100 of scholastic books! Contact Sonija Parker with questions or to volunteer to help set up and sell. Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Conference Dinners for teachers and staff, October 18 and 24
PTA provides dinner (and maybe even dessert!) for teachers and staff during their long conference days. If you’ve got a special recipe you love to make, they’d love to try it! Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Halloween Dance  Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm
These crisp fall days means fall—and Halloween—aren’t too far away! Planning is now underway for the ever-popular Halloween Dance. Look for a signup sheet coming soon @ signupgenius.com
 
Next PTA meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm
Please join us!


Harlem Ambassadors Final Advanced Ticket Flyer.pdf
Annual Notification Letter-2012.doc
By Website Administrator on Friday, September 14, 2012 6:48 AM
FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As you may know, Prairie is a Tribes School.  We have four Tribes Community Agreements:  Attentive Listening, Appreciations - No Put Downs, The Right to Pass, and Mutual Respect.  Our goal is for our entire school community to model these agreements.  

This afternoon, we surprised students with a new aspect of our Tribes program.  Students were introduced to multi-grade Tribes.  Each Tribe is led by a staff member and includes students from every grade level.  This afternoon, students met their fellow Tribes members and participated in a number of energizers.  The weather was perfect for this fun-filled afternoon of activities!  Throughout the year, Tribes will meet approximately once per month for a commmunity-building activity.  Our hope is that students stay with their Tribe throughout their time with Prairie.  This is a wondeful opportunity for students to get to know children in other grade levels and for our older students to be good role models for our younger students.  Over time, the kindergartners in the Tribe will grow up to be the fifth grader leaders in their Tribe.  Please ask your child about their new Tribe.

Don't forget the Ice Cream Social this evening.  I hope to see you there!

Amy Riebel    


UPCOMING DATES:
9/14:  PTA Ice Cream Social      6:30-8:30 p.m. 
9/18:  1-Geertsma, 1-Smolarz, 3-Creasey & 3-Wanner to Environmental Ed
9/19:  1-Dugan & 3-Fueger to Environmental Ed
          Grade 4 to Lapham Peak
9/20:   Grade 5 to Lapham Peak   
9/25:   Grade 5 to Planetarium
9/28:   Grade 3 to Planetarium

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

DID YOU KNOW  . . . 

In an effort to limit the impact on the environment, Sodexho Food Service is no longer printing copies of the lunch menu to be sent home with every student.  The elementary lunch menu is on the district website as well as on our website under the Forms & Resources tab.

Have your children mentioned new food selections on the lunch menu?  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect on July 1, 2012, with new standards for school lunches.  Please see the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act FAQs for Parents on the Forms & Resources tab of our website for more specific details.

The Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Waukesha South!!!  They are similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, but they perform their show to help raise funds. Their mission is to have a family-friendly event and to promote their messages about staying in school, preventing bullying, staying drug and alcohol free, and respecting authority figures.

The Harlem Ambassadors will be playing a “dream team” of local celebrities, the Waukesha Wonders on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm in the Waukesha South Fieldhouse.  

A few members of our dream team, the Waukesha Wonders:

Superintendent, Todd Gray
            Police Chief, Russell Jack
            South Principal, Tim Joynt
            North Principal, Jody Landish
            West Vice Principal, Ryan Patt
            Central Principal, Rob Bennett
            Ex-NBA Star, Tony Smith
            Our Coach, Carol Lombardi 

All purchased Advance Tickets will be held at Will Call under the last name on the order form.  Will Call will open at 6:00pm the night of the event.  Doors to the event will open at 6:20pm.  There will be concessions available and a FREE autograph session for all kids after the game.  There is a $2 per ticket increase at the door the night of the event.  We hope you can join us for a very fun-filled and exciting evening!!!!  The ticket flyer is attached. 


FROM OUR PTA  . . .

Ice Cream Social  TONIGHT  Friday, Sept 14, 6:30pm
$1 ice cream sundaes and 50 cent freezie pops—plus a water bottle rocket launch demonstration that you won’t want to miss. Deliciously fun!
 
The countdown starts now: Rocket Rally & Fall Fundraiser  Sunday, October 7, 4-7pm
Bring your rockets. Bring your lawn chairs. And come hungry! This is it, Prairie families. One big day of fun and fundraising. It’s a day your kids will remember all year long. And it’s the day we’ll show Prairie how important it is to us. MORE DETAILS COMING SOON including “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” and ticket order form. Keep an eye on your students’ folders.
 
Wondering what’s up with PTA this month? Stay in the loop by “liking” us on Facebook. Find “Prairie PTA Go Pumas” and stay up to date.

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

- Parents Place Programs & Class Schedule


Attachments:
-  
Harlem Ambassadors Ticket Flyer





Harlem Ambassadors Final Advanced Ticket Flyer.pdf
By Website Administrator on Friday, September 07, 2012 11:00 AM
FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!  We are off to a great start!  Our students this week have been busy meeting new friends, getting acquainted with new teachers, and practicing new routines.  We are very pleased with their progress so far, and we appreciate the support you have given your child to help him/her have a strong start to the year.

We have several new staff members joining our team of talented educators.  Please welcome:

                Sheryl Beres, special education teacher

                Jennifer Hauser, music teacher

                Dan Klager, library/media assistant

                Abby Peterson, school psychologist

    Michelle Tranchita, instructional resource teacher

                Ryan Vegter, 4th & 5th grade teacher

                Nicole Zeroth, kindergarten teacher

Other great things happening at Prairie:

                Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Paw Points – This week, all students learned about our behavior expectations, known as “The Puma Way.”  Our returning students showed us they know these expectations well, and they were positive models for our new students.  When students demonstrate these behaviors, they receive Paw Points – tickets that can be turned in for additional recognitions.  If your child brings any Paw Points home, please help them return them to school.  All Paw Points should be turned into their teacher by Friday of each week. 

                Specializing – As you probably know, all elementary teachers in Waukesha are specializing this year.  This means your child will have more than one teacher for core instruction.  For example, your child’s homeroom teacher may also be the reading teacher for the grade level.  Your child would then have a different teacher for math.  Depending on the grade level, your child’s science/social studies and/or writing teacher may be a different teacher as well.  This new plan is a new experience for most of us, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to make this transition as smooth as possible for students.  I’ve heard several positive comments from students already about getting to work with multiple teachers and being able to move around the building more during the day. 

                Math Workshop – We’ve been using the workshop model in reading and writing instruction for several years now.  Beginning this year, math teachers are also using a workshop approach.  You’ll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks, but we are already very excited about this approach for our students.  Using the workshop model allows teachers to personalize instruction and meet students’ individual needs.    During math workshop, students have the opportunity to work in a small group or 1:1 with the teacher, participate in learning games, utilize technology, and complete independent work at their academic level. 

We look forward to a wonderful year of learning!  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!

Your Partner in Education,

Amy Riebel
Principal

Upcoming Dates:
9/11:  Patriotic Day - Wear Red, White & Blue
          PTA Meeting - 6:30 p.m. 
9/12:  Kindergarten Curriculum Meeting - 6:30 p.m. 
9/13:  Market Day Pick-up  5-6 p.m. 
9/14:  PTA Ice Cream Social 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

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


FROM OUR PTA  . . .

The first PTA meeting of the school year is on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  Come to the meeting and see what your PTA does for the students, parents and staff at Prairie.  A meeting agenda is attached.

PTA Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 14th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 


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

- Parents Place Programs & Class Schedule









Agenda 9.11.12.pdf
Prairie Behavior Matrix - doc
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:59 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Congratulations to our Prairie Puma Swim & Dive Team for placing 3rd overall in last Saturday's Optimist Swim Meet.  Our students showed great sportsmanship and did an excellent job representing Prairie at this event.  Special thanks to Kim Hubbard, coordinator, and her awesome team for their work with these students.

I want to make you aware of some temporary changes taking place here in our office.  Beginning Wednesday, April 4, Mrs. Anderson will be on a short-term medical leave.  Mrs. Lori Roth, our library aide, will be filling in as secretary.  Mrs. Holly Kritter, retired library aide from Bethesda Elementary, will serve as our substitute library aide.  Please join me in welcoming both the ladies to these new roles!  During Mrs. Anderson's absence, please continue to contact the office using Mrs. Anderson's phone, 970-2205 or email vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  Mrs. Anderson expects to be back at Prairie by mid-May.

Don't forget about tonight's Prairie PTA Carnival.  It will be a fun time for the whole family.  I hope to see you there!

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us.  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:
       4/6-4/13:  Spring Break
       4/17:  PTA Meeting
       4/19:  Market Day Pick-up
      
The entire school calendar is available on the "Calendar" tab of this website.

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Pack'er Up Donation Challenge -
Goodwill is sponsoring a "Pack'er Up Donation Challenge" with a chance of having Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Packer Wide Receiver Donald Driver visit Prairie School.   Beginning April 1-April 30, 2012, Prairie families, staff and friends may donate gently used clothing and household items and Prairie School will get credit.

Donations may be delivered to the following participating locations: 
  • 2015 Meadow Lane, Pewaukee
  • 1400 Nike Dr., Waukesha

Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.   Simply indicate our school name, city and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Attendant.

The Pack'er up Donation Challenge provides a great learning platform during Earth Month.  Not only does this promotion benefit the environment by keeping items out of landfills, but the proceeds generated from the donations help those individuals with disadvantages and disabilities.  For questions, please contact Rhonda Hanson at 262-521-2464 or by email at mhanson@wi.rr.com.

Optimist Swim Meet -Congratulations Prairie Swimming and Diving team!  Last Saturday the team tied for 3rd out of 14 elementary schools at the Optimist meet!  It was a fun and exciting day and the team showed outstanding talent and team spirit!  A special thanks to all of the coaches, volunteers and parents of the team for all of their hard work and support which helped make this a memorable and successful event.  Details of placed events for each grade and our team banner are displayed in the gym.  Reminder to the team to watch for details to come regarding our celebration and recognition party!

Innovate for Kids - See attached flyer for summer school program at Randall STEM Academy featuring highly interative activities in science, engineering and technology.

4K Registration - Registration for Waukesha School District's 4K registration will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 9-11 a.m. at Central Middle School.  The flyer with location sites is attached. 

Salvation Army Feed the Kids Program - The Salvation Army will once again be providing it's Feed The Kids program during Waukesha Public Schools Spring Break Week - April 9-13th!  Sack lunches will be provided at noon Monday-Friday of that week, rain or shine, at Sentinel Park.  See attached flyer.

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details. 

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

Attachments:
  Pack'er Up Donation Challenge
  Strive to Thrive
  RiverWalk Flyer 
  Salvation Army Feed the Kids 
  4K Registration
 
PTA UPDATES:

Get Your Glow On…Please join us tonight, March 30th from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. for the Prairie PTA Carnival. There will be food, fun, games and glow sticks galore. Games, food and activity tickets are $.25 each, and classroom and 50/50 raffle tickets will all be $1 each or 6 for $5. This is a great time to get to know other Prairie families while having fun with your own. Don’t forget to join us for some special fun with Prairie staff at 6:30 and for our Glow Party Dance at 8:15. We can’t wait to see you there!

 Spring Break Skate & Bowl ...There’s room for a few more skaters and bowlers—come join your friends at either event! Contact Amy Koehler to reserve your spot: amykoehler14@gmail.com Skating @ Skateland on Monday, April 9, 12:30-3pm. $5/person includes admission and skate rental. Bowling @ Sunset Bowl on Friday, April 13, 11am to 4:30pm. Free shoe rental, $2.50/game.

 PTA Board Nominations...Make your voice heard on the 2012-2013 PTA board. Nominations for President, President-Elect, and Secretary will be accepted at April’s PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm.

Staff Appreciation Week...Help celebrate our wonderful Prairie staff!  Any parents or parents and student(s) who are interested in helping plan events, share ideas or want to volunteer to help where needed for this week in May, please contact Kim Hubbard @ chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or 262-574-7617.

 Market Day…April is the last month to qualify for the Frequent Buyer tote. Place two $40 orders between Feb. and April and a third $40 order in May to earn a free cooler tote. Orders are due to school by Thursday, April 5 or online by 11 PM Monday, April 16.

Scrip Orders...Scrip orders for April will be due on Monday, April 16 by 3:30 and ready for the April 19 Market Day pick-up at 5:00. You may use the attached order form or shop online at www.shopwithscrip.com with our enrollment code: EB64484L25513.

 Attachments:
April Scrip order  

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs 
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  
    Humane Society Kids 'N Critters Day Camp   

2012 Innovate for Kids Brochure.pdf
Pack'er Up.pdf
Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
Strive to Thrive Brochure.pdf
Salvation Army Spring Break Feed the Kids Flyer2012.pdf
4K Registration 3-31-12.pdf
April scrip 2012.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 22, 2012 10:49 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Several of our fourth and fifth graders participated in the district's Town Hall program on Wednesday.  In teams, these students developed compelling proposals with solutions to complex problems.  Their topics ranged from how to clean up oil spills to how to stop childhood obesity.  They created presentations, and one team was able to present in front of the teams from all of the other elementary schools.  All of our Town Hall participants should be proud of their work and, the positive way in which they represented Prairie.  Special thanks to our Town Hall sponsor, Mrs. Smolarz for her leadership of this team.

Good luck to the Prairie Swim Team!  They compete with other Waukesha elementary swim teams in tomorrow's Optimist Swim Meet at Waukesha South High School.  We know they will do a great job!  If you would like to cheer on our swimmers in person, meet details are below.  Special thanks to Kim Hubbard, our swim team coordinator, and her team of volunteers for giving our students a wonderful swimming experience!

Recently, our PTA graciously agreed to purchase headphones for each of our students.  The headphones have arrived and will soon be in classrooms.  Each student will receive a pair of headphones in a plastic bag labeled with their name.  The headphones will stay here at school and will go with the student to the next grade. These headphones will allow our students to enjoy programs with audio on the netbooks without disturbing their classmates.  We truly appreciate PTA's support and willingness to fund this special request. 

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us.  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:
       3/24:  Optimist Swim Meet
       3/30:  PTA Carnival
       4/6-4/13:  Spring Break
       4/17:  PTA Meeting
       4/19:  Market Day Pick-up
      
The entire school calendar is available on the "Calendar" tab of this website.

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Pack'er Up Donation Challenge -
Goodwill is sponsoring a "Pack'er Up Donation Challenge" with a chance of having Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Packer Wide Receiver Donald Driver visit Prairie School.   Beginning April 1-April 30, 2012, Prairie families, staff and friends may donate gently used clothing and household items and Prairie School will get credit.

Donations may be delivered to the following participating locations: 
  • 2015 Meadow Lane, Pewaukee
  • 1400 Nike Dr., Waukesha

Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.   Simply indicate our school name, city and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Attendant.

The Pack'er up Donation Challenge provides a great learning platform during Earth Month.  Not only does this promotion benefit the environment by keeping items out of landfills, but the proceeds generated from the donations help those individuals with disadvantages and disabilities.  For questions, please contact Rhonda Hanson at 262-521-2464 or by email at mhanson@wi.rr.com.

Optimist Swim Meet - Come cheer on our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Prairie swimmers and divers this Saturday, March 24th at the Optimist swim meet held at Waukesha South High School!  Diving events start at 8am, 3rd grade events at 10am and 4th and 5th grade events at 1pm.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.  Admission is free and a cash only concession is available.

4K Registration - Registration for Waukesha School District's 4K registration will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 9-11 a.m. at Central Middle School.  The flyer with location sites is attached. 

Salvation Army Feed the Kids Program - The Salvation Army will once again be providing it's Feed The Kids program during Waukesha Public Schools Spring Break Week - April 9-13th!  Sack lunches will be provided at noon Monday-Friday of that week, rain or shine, at Sentinel Park.  See attached flyer.

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details. 

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

Attachments:
  Pack'er Up Donation Challenge
  Strive to Thrive
  RiverWalk Flyer 
  Salvation Army Feed the Kids 
  4K Registration
 
PTA UPDATES:

Counting Down to Carnival...The Prairie Carnival is just a week away, so we hope you all have your calendars blocked off for Friday, March 30 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Some highlights will include:

  • New Games! - "Minute-to-Win-it" individual and partner games bring new life to this event.
  • New Prizes! - Glowsticks galore! Win glowsticks to create your own creation or use connectors to make a glowing sphere.
  • New Food! - Well, obviously it's new, but very tasty too - pizza, nachos, popcorn, treats and beverages.
  • New You? - Have a Wildside makeover with colored hair spray, feather hair extensions and face painting.

Make the most of the evening by...

  • Pre-purchasing tickets (Holly McDaniel hamdbm@yahoo.com)
  • Joining us for the Prairie Staff Kick-off Event at 6:30 p.m.
  • Trying your luck at winning great items in our Classroom Raffle Baskets (additional items or questions to Sonija Parker parker.sonija@att.net)
  • Sharing the wealth by participating in our 50/50 Cash Raffle (must be 18 and present at 8 p.m. drawing to win)
  • Staying for the Glow Dance Party at 8:15 p.m.
  • Lending a hand - VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED to make this a great event for everyone. We want volunteers to have a chance to enjoy the event with family too! (Cheri Bonell cbonell@att.net)

Scouting for Food by Prairie’s Cub Scout Pack 85 - Last Saturday Prairie’s Cub Scouts tucked empty grocery bags behind neighborhood screen doors. Tomorrow (Saturday, March 24), they’ll be back to pick them up, and they’re hoping they’ll be FULL of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Everything they collect will be taken directly to the Waukesha Food Pantry to fill its empty shelves. Please consider helping your community by stuffing your bag full and leaving it on your porch for our boys to pick up. Thank you! 

Discover Day Camp Directions - The flyer handed out for the Girl Scouts Discover Day Camp event on Sunday, March 25 inadvertently did not include directions to the camp. Chinook Program Center S62w24528 Townline Rd , Waukesha, WI 53189‎.  Hwy 59 east to Hwy 164. Turn RT on HWY 164. Turn right on Townline Road. Camp entrance will be on the right.  

Two Thumbs Up for Popcorn...The popcorn was a big hit at our recent movie night thanks to the Don and Sherry Guth who manned the machine for the evening. Thank you also to Katie Mennenoh, Tim Mehling, Joey Carlsen, Laura Becerra-Montes, and other parents who stepped in to help throughout the evening.  We appologize for the less than great sound on the movie. The acoustics in the gym can be difficult to work with. We are exploring better sound options for future movie events. If any of the families who attended the movie would like to borrow the movie for a home showing, please contact Mary Hensel at mhensel72@gmail.com.

  Attachments:
    Carnival Advance Ticket Flyer
   
COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs 
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  
    Humane Society Kids 'N Critters Day Camp   

Salvation Army Spring Break Feed the Kids Flyer2012.pdf
Pack'er Up.pdf
4K Registration 3-31-12.pdf
Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
Strive to Thrive Brochure.pdf
Carnival advanced ticket sales_final.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:24 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

We started off this Friday with an all-school assembly celebrating two important accomplishments.  We recognized 124 students who have recently earned Paw Pins for demonstrating our behavior expectations.  This included 5 students who have reached the milestone of receiving 100 or more Paw Points.  Wow!  We continue to be impressed with our students' positive responses to our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative. 

This morning, we also recognized our students for their amazing contributions for the American Heart Association during our Jump Rope for Heart event.  Our students raised a total of $6,776, far exceeding our initial goal of $2,750.  Mr. Booth kept his promise of dressing up for students today.  Be sure to ask your child about this fun, and silly, celebration.  Thank you for your support of Jump Rope for Heart and the American Heart Association.  Mary Lee Flannigan of the American Heart Association joined us for our assembly to show her appreciation and share how impressed she was with our students' efforts.  Our students should be very proud of this accomplishment!

Given our early spring weather, it is a good time to review our student dress code.  Students should not have undergarments showing.  Tops should meet the pants (no midriffs) and spaghetti and narrow strap clothing should be worn with a shirt underneath or with a cover-up.  We appreciate your help in making sure your child adheres to our dress code.

Report cards are being sent home today.  I encourage you to take time to review your child's progress with him/her, discuss last trimester's goals, and discuss goals for this final trimester of the year.  We are looking forward to students' continued success during the remainder of the school year.

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us.  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy

UPCOMING DATES:
    3/16:  Report Cards Sent Home
              PTA Movie Night   
    3/21:  Town Hall Showcase
    3/30:  PTA Carnival
    4/6-4/13:  Spring Break

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Pack'er Up Donation Challenge -
Goodwill is sponsoring a "Pack'er Up Donation Challenge" with a chance of having Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Packer Wide Receiver Donald Driver visit Prairie School.   Beginning April 1-April 30, 2012, Prairie families, staff and friends may donate gently used clothing and household items and Prairie School will get credit.

Donations may be delivered to the following participating locations: 
  • 2015 Meadow Lane, Pewaukee
  • 1400 Nike Dr., Waukesha

Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.   Simply indicate our school name, city and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Attendant.

The Pack'er up Donation Challenge provides a great learning platform during Earth Month.  Not only does this promotion benefit the environment by keeping items out of landfills, but the proceeds generated from the donations help those individuals with disadvantages and disabilities.  For questions, please contact Rhonda Hanson at 262-521-2464 or by email at mhanson@wi.rr.com.

The CBS 58 School Day Forecast will feature pictures of Prairie on its 10 p.m. newscast on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details.  The deadline for early registration is Friday, March 16th, and you'll receive a Prairie Team t-shirt!

The District Elementary Library Coordinator has created an online parent survey about digital reading devices, such as Kindles and Nooks, and eContent, such as eBooks and audiobooks.     She would like to learn about the access students have to eReading devices so that she can make wise decisions as to purchases of eBooks and audiobooks for the elementary school library collections.  The survey is located at: http://tinyurl.com/SDWeContent.  The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and should be completed by Friday, March 23, 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Wickham, Elementary Library Coordinator at 970-1188.

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Order forms for bike helmets have been sent home and also are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices.  Order forms are due by Thursday, March 22nd.   All bike helmets need to be fitted and picked up during the morning of April 21.

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

Attachments:
  Pack'er Up Donation Challenge
  Strive to Thrive
  Bike Helmet Order
  RiverWalk Flyer 
  K-2 Cub Scout Skating Invite  

PUMA PROFILE - INTRODUCING THE WONDERFUL STAFF WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD                                              
THIS WEEK - Stephanie Arnold, Kindergarten Teacher

I am so pumped to be this week’s honored “Puma Profile” teacher!  I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember… Of course, only when I wasn’t dreaming of being a ballerina or a Broadway star.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergrad, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology.  I am currently attending Cardinal Stritch, working toward my Master’s Degree. 

This is my fourth year teaching kindergarten at Prairie, and I couldn’t be happier!  Corny as it may sound, I love looking at their smiling little faces every morning and getting hug after hug after hug after hug after hug.  Watching the light bulb ‘ding’ as understanding dawns on them is my biggest reward!

When I am not at school - I realize this may be shocking to my students, who assume that I LIVE at Prairie - I enjoy reading, watching movies, and dancing.  (Yes, I’ve been brave enough to return to ballet as an adult, though I will admit I am not nearly as graceful as I once was!)  I also spend a lot of my ‘free’ time chasing our 2-year-old son, Jackson, around the house.

Prairie is amazing; I’m so proud to be a part of this community, and I sincerely hope that you are, too.  Go Pumas! 

PTA UPDATES:

Movie Night Reminders...We are showing Mr. Popper's Penguins (rated PG) in the gym starting Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. PTA will provide free popcorn and lemonade or water. Please feel free to bring your own spill-proof cups, blankets, camping chairs, etc. 

Also, please remember we will be collecting Carnival Raffle donations. Help us by marking them with the correct grade level and category. 

Carnival is Coming...We still have work to do to make the March 30th Carnival a great time for our kids and families. Please see below to find out how you can be involved:

Volunteers (parents, older siblings, etc.) should contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net.

Next Carnival Planning Meeting is Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net.

If you want a sneak peek at the raffle goodies, you can contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net to help prep Raffle Baskets.

Keep lines short and get started on the fun sooner by buying Advance Carnival Tickets for food and games - see flyer. 

Annual Boy Scouts of America Food Drive...Prairie Cub Scout Pack 85 and other local Cub Scout and Boy Scout groups will be putting bags on doors in our area this Saturday for their annual Food Drive. Donations will be collected from your homes on Saturday, March 24. This effort is critical to helping families right here in our neighborhoods by restocking the Waukesha Food Pantry. Please be generous in your donations.

 Attachments:
    Carnival Advance Ticket Flyer
   

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs 
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  
    Waukesha Blazers Velocity Select Baseball Team



Pack'er Up.pdf
Strive to Thrive Brochure.pdf
2012 Strive to Thrive registration .doc
bike helmet order form.doc
Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
K-2nd Cub Scout Skating Invite.doc
Carnival advanced ticket sales_final.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 08, 2012 8:41 AM
UPCOMING DATES:
    3/9:     End of 2nd Trimester
    3/12:   PTA Restaurant Night @ Jersey Mike's
              2nd Grade Fueger & Gill to Environmental Ed
    3/13:  2nd Grade Schroepfer & K-Arnold to Environmental Ed
              PTA Meeting - 6:30 p.m. 
    3/14:  Kindergarten Fuller & Gerlach to Environmental Ed
    3/15:  Market Day & Scrip Pick-up
    3/16:  Report Cards Sent Home
              PTA Movie Night   
    3/21:  Town Hall Showcase


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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details.  The deadline for early registration is Friday, March 16th, and you'll receive a Prairie Team t-shirt!


The District Elementary Library Coordinator has created an online parent survey about digital reading devices, such as Kindles and Nooks, and eContent, such as eBooks and audiobooks.     She would like to learn about the access students have to eReading devices so that she can make wise decisions as to purchases of eBooks and audiobooks for the elementary school library collections.  The survey is located at: http://tinyurl.com/SDWeContent.  The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and should be completed by Friday, March 23, 2012.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Wickham, Elementary Library Coordinator at 970-1188.

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Order forms for bike helmets have been sent home and also are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices.  Order forms are due by Thursday, March 22nd.   All bike helmets need to be fitted and picked up during the morning of April 21.

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.


Parent’s Place classes for April 2012 (flyers attached):

  •  Love & Logic on Mondays, April 2-23, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm

  • Teens Managing Anger on Tuesdays, April 3 & 10, 2012 from 5:30-7:00pm

  • Parenting the Early Years/Born Learning on Tuesdays, April 17 & 24 and May 1 & 8, 2012 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Workshop: Making a Change/Goal Setting on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 5:30-7:00pm
Attachments:
   RiverWalk Flyer
   Strive to Thrive Flyer
   Bike Helmet Order Forms
   Parents Place:  Love & Logic, Teen Anger, Parenting - The Early Years, and
     Wednesday Workshops

NOTES FROM PTA:

Popcorn and Penguins... Please join us Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Prairie gym for a showing of Mr. Popper's Pengiuns (rated-PG).  PTA will be providing popcorn and lemonade or water. Please feel free to bring sports bottles or other cups with lids to cut down on spilling. Please remember that all children must be accompanied by an adult at any PTA family event. 

DON'T FORGET! PTA will be collecting raffle donations at the movie. Please help us out by labeling your donation with the correxct grade and theme.

Market Day Reminder and Helping Hand Drawing...Please remember to place orders by Monday for the Market Day Pickup on Thursday, March 15, from 5-6 p.m.  Parents who lend a helping hand at unload and set up from 4-5 p.m. on March 15, will have their names entered in a drawing for a pair of (2) Marcus Movie Passes. 

Dining Out...Please support restaurant night Monday, March 12, at Jersey Mike's. See attached flyer for details.

Attachments: 
    Jersey Mike's Flyer

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs 
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  
    Waukesha Blazers Velocity Select Baseball Team


Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
Strive to Thrive Brochure.pdf
Love and Logic - 2012.pdf
Teen Anger 2012.pdf
Parenting- The Early Years - 2012.pdf
Wednesday Workshops April 2012.pdf
Bike Helmet Letter English.doc
bike helmet order form.doc
Jersey Mikes.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 01, 2012 9:54 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Please remember that Thursday, March 8 is an Early Release day.  Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.  Please make sure your child know his/her dismissal plan for that day.  Teachers will use the afternoon to work on second trimester grades.  Report cards will be sent home on Friday, March 16.

We just received students' individual WKCE results.  Students in grades 3-5 took these assessments last November.  If you have a student in one of those grades, their assessment results will be sent home in next week's Friday folder. 

This week I've heard several concerns about cars traveling too fast through the parking lot.  For the safety of all, please drive through this area slowly and carefully.  Also, please note that the parking lot is reserved for bus drop off and pick up only before and after school.  Car riders are supposed to be dropped of and picked up on either the east side of Center Road or the south side of School Drive.

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us.  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:
    
3/6:     Grade 1 Field Trip to Betty Brinn
    3/8:    Early Release   1:55 p.m. 
    3/9:     End of 2nd Trimester
    3/12:   PTA Restaurant Night @ Jersey Mike's
              2nd Grade Fueger & Gill to Environmental Ed
    3/13:  2nd Grade Schroepfer & K-Arnold to Environmental Ed
              PTA Meeting - 6:30 p.m. 
    3/14:  Kindergarten Fuller & Gerlach to Environmental Ed
    3/15:  Market Day & Scrip Pick-up
    3/16:  Report Cards Sent Home
              PTA Movie Night   

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


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details.  If you register early, by March 16th, you will receive a Prairie Pumas team shirt!

Waukesha Idol - Attached is the registration form for students in grades K-12 who are interested in performing at North High School's "Waukesha Idol" in March.  More information is also available on their website:  http://waukeshaidol.weebly.com.

Attachments:
 
   RiverWalk for Breast Cancer Flyer
    Waukesha Idol

NOTES FROM PTA:

Let's go to the Movies...We have a busy spring coming up at Prairie. We hope you will join us for our Family Movie Night on Friday, March 16. We are asking students to choose the movie they would like to see, so please look for and return the flyer in your Friday folder. This will be the first time we get to show off our newly-refurbished popcorn machine (thank you, Jeff Lane!). We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with refreshments. Please contact Mary Hensel, mhensel72@gmail.com, if you can help. Please note: We will be collecting Carnival Raffle items at the movie. 

Raffle Roundup...Please remember that raffle items for the March 30 PTA Carnival should be turned in by Friday, March 16. If you have questions, please contact raffle coordinator, Sonija parker at parker.sonija@att.net

Carnival Countdown...Prairie's Annual PTA Carnival is fast approaching - March 30. There is still a lot to be done to pull this event together. If you or a family member are able to volunteer for part of the evening to help with games, prizes, admission, concession or other areas, please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

Save your Sanity...Thanks to Prairie mom, Amy Kohler, PTA is coordinating some special activities to help keep our kids busy over Spring Break. Please see the attached flyer to let us know if you would like to participate in some rollerskating and bowling fun.

Please look for the following flyers coming home about upcoming PTA events:

March 2012 Movie Flyer - Viewer's Choice
The Great SKATE Escape - Spring Break Activities

Scrip Order - Consider placing an order for gift cards this months from our Scrip program. Our top five sellers this year are Roundy's/Pick N Save, Target, Kohl's, Kwik Trip, and Wal-Mart/Sam's Club...do you also shop at these businesses? Our school has earned $400 so far this year just from cards sold from these businesses. It's free money! And remember, you only pay the face value of the card. There is no additional fee.You may place an order by printing the 2012 Order Form (attachment) or by visiting www.shopwithscrip.com and using our enrollment code:  EB64484L25513.  Send your check to school by 3:30 on Wednesday, March 7, and your order will be ready for pick-up at 5:00 on Thursday, March 15 in the Prairie lobby.  Thank you for supporting our school! 

Attachments:
    Scrip Order
    March 2012 Movie Flyer
    The Great Escape


PUMA PROFILE - INTRODUCING THE WONDERFUL STAFF WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD                                              
THIS WEEK - Charity Eich, Instructional Resource Teacher

My name is Charity Eich and I am the Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT) at Prairie. As an IRT, I have the pleasure of working with every student and every teacher in the building. In my role, I coach teachers in the classroom so that we continue to grow in our educational practice to ensure every child reaches his/her maximum potential. Before coming to Prairie as the IRT, I was a Reading Specialist in the district for 9 years. As an IRT, I have enjoyed expanding my practice to include Math, Science and Engineering along with Reading and Language Arts. It has been awesome to see the students dive into FOSS Science and EiE!  

In my spare time, I treasure the time I spend with my family. My husband and I are huge Badger fans and attend most home basketball games in Madison. We are also our children’s number one fans! We watch our son, Joe (13) play lacrosse and our daughter, Alaina (12) play soccer throughout the year. During the summer, we take many trips Up North to fish, hike, swim and enjoy nature.       

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs 
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  
    Waukesha Blazers Velocity Select Baseball Team




Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
Waukesha Idol.pdf
Scrip March 2012 Order Form.pdf
March 2012 Movie Flyer.doc
The Great SKATE Escape.doc
By Website Administrator on Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:51 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As you read this, you are probably preparing for your long weekend.  We hope you are able to enjoy the time as a family.  As a staff, we appreciate these upcoming days as an opportunity for quality professional development.  We will spend time developing quality assessments, learning new strategies for teaching math, and analyzing recent MAP data. 

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us.  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:
    2/22:   Jump Rope for Heart Donations Due
    2/23:   No School
    2/24:   No School
    2/27:   Central Guidance Counselor Visit to 5th Grade    
    3/8:     Early Release   1:55 p.m. 
    3/9:     End of 2nd Trimester

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


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Optimist Swimming & Diving Team Meeting - A parent/student meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library.   If you were unable to attend this meeting, please contact Kim Hubbard @ chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or 262-574-7617 to receive the information.

Jump Rope for Heart 2012 -  If you haven't turned in your Jump Rope for Heart donations yet, please get it to Mr. Booth as soon as possible.  If you raised money online, please print off a donation report and turn it to Mr. Booth.   This online report is what we use to verify your prize level.  It will be approximately 4-6 weeks for prizes to arrive. 

Prairie Pumas Team for 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer -  Prairie invites you, your family, friends and neighbors to join our Prairie Pumas team for the 2012 RiverWalk for Breast Cancer on Saturday, May 5th at Frame Park in Waukesha.  See the attached flyer for registration details.  If you register early, by March 16th, you will receive a Prairie Pumas team shirt!

Waukesha Idol - Attached is the registration form for students in grades K-12 who are interested in performing at North High School's "Waukesha Idol" in March.  More information is also available on their website:  http://waukeshaidol.weebly.com.

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Order forms for bike helmets have been sent home and also are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices.  All bike helmets need to be fitted and picked up during the morning of April 21.

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

Attachments:
 
   RiverWalk for Breast Cancer Flyer
    Waukesha Idol

NOTES FROM PTA:

And the award goes to......each and every one of our talented students who took the stage to entertain friends and family. It's great to see the heights the kids can reach when given the opportunity and an appreciative audience. Special thanks to Sonija Parker for coordinating the Talent Show and giving our kids such a great experience. 

Tae Kwon Dough$...Thank you to Phy Ed teacher extraordinaire Randy Booth for setting up the J.K.Lee afterschool program. Not only are the kids having a fun time learning some important life lessons, but the program is a great financial benefit to Prairie as well. 

To G or not to G...PTA has a Movie Night coming up on March 16. Family friendly G-rated movies are becoming somewhat scarce with even most Disney movies earning a PG rating now days. We would love suggestions and feedback from Prairie parents for our upcoming movie night. Puss in Boots, Hugo, and Happy Feet Two all come out in the next few weeks; another suggestion was Dolphin Tale. We would like to know your ideas and if you would be comfortable with PTA showing a PG movie. Please send comments to mhensel72@gmail.com.  

Attachments:
 
 

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs (see March classes listed below)
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  

 


Waukesha Idol.pdf
Riverwalk for Breast Cancer 2012.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 9:15 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Thank you again for taking the time to attend winter conferences.  I'm pleased to announce that our school-wide conference rate was 92%.  We appreciate the strong parent support of education at Prairie!

During our recognition assembly today, we awarded 296 Paw Pins!  Our students are doing a wonderful job of following "The P.U.M.A. Way" and it is a joy to see them excited about receiving pins to add to their Puma Pride Lanyard.  I also appreciate how our students cheer for each other.  Their collaborative spirit as a school community is growing! 

We've seen an increase in toys coming to school recently.  Students should keep personal toys and playground equipment at home.  We appreciate your help in making sure these items stay at home.  Students have access to school playground equipment both before school and at recess.

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us!  We appreciate your continued support!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:
    
2/15:  PTA Meeting
    2/16:  Grade 5 to West High School Play
              Market Day Pick-Up
              Optimist Swim Meet Parent Meeting
    2/17:   Six Flag Reading Logs Due
    2/20:   Grade 1 to North High School Play
    2/22:   Jump Rope for Heart Donations Due
    2/23:   No School
    2/24:   No School
    2/27:   Central Guidance Counselor Visit to 5th Grade   

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Yearbook order forms are due by Friday, February 17th;  Cost is $9.50 and checks can be made payable to Lifetouch. Yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year.  This is the only time to purchase yearbooks as there are no longer additional copies available at the time of printing.

Optimist Swimming & Diving Team Meeting - A parent/student meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library.  Information about the program, practice times and location as well as a handout will be given.  Any student interested in joining but unable to attend this meeting, please contact Kim Hubbard @ chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or 262-574-7617 to receive the information.

Jump Rope for Heart 2012 - On Wednesday, February 8th a record number of students (87) jumped all over heart disease and stroke.  The gym was packed with excited kids who had a lot of fun and got a great work out for their own special heart.  In addition, many students are also raising funds to help others who have special hearts that need some help.  Prairie is proud of all the students who have taken the time and effort to help the fight against heart disease.

Important Information:

·         All money is due to Mr. Booth by February, 22nd.

·         If you raised any money on-line, please print off a donation report and put it in your collection envelope.

·         Prizes will be ordered after the 22nd and will be delivered within 4 to 6 weeks.  This is a long time to wait, especially for the very young kids so please reassure them that they will get their prizes!

If you have any question please give me a call at 970-2277.

Remember….It takes Heart to be a Hero!

Mr. Booth, Physical Education Specialist

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Order forms for bike helmets are being sent home today and also are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices.  All bike helmets need to be fitted and picked up during the morning of April 21.

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

E-Achieve Academy . . . Most of you know the district has a virtual school - iQ Academy Wisconsin. What many of you might not know is that iQ will be changing its name to eAchieve Academy next year. Why the change? The district has always maintained control of the instruction side of the school. After partnering with a vendor to provide logistics for the last 8 years, it's time to bring the whole operation in house. Doing so gives us much more flexibility in improving the quality of our school. Currently, iQ leads the way in Wisconsin with the best ACT and  10th grade WKCE scores along with the best graduation rate of any virtual school in the state. We are excited to bring that same level of excellence to the logistical side of the school.   To learn more about eAchieve, please visit our new website - http://www.eAchieve.com.   eAchieve students come from an incredibly diverse background, but they all have one thing in common - they need flexibility in their schedule. 25% of our students come from a home school background while 60% come from public school back ground. They are accomplished musicians, athletes, and performers; some are frequent travelers and missionaries over seas; many of our students have serious health issues or are tired of being bullied but still want  a rigorous education. Perhaps this sounds like the child of a friend or family member you know?   Help us spread the word (especially important as Open Enrollment is right around the corner) by sharing our website with friends, family members, or colleagues throughout the state who have children who are in need of an alternative to traditional face-to-face schooling. Additionally, you can like us on Facebook or link to our website from yours if you have your own website or blog. Here is a sneak peek at our TV commercial that will air over 900 times throughout the state on the major networks in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton/Green Bay.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IsG1c4AQvBM.  If you have questions about eAchieve, don't hesitate to contact us and ask - 262.970.1038. 

Open Enrollment

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6- April 30, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between April 30 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after April 30th  are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice

If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6.  This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .

    Strive to Thrive Brochure
    Strive to Thrive Registration

NOTES FROM PTA:

A Good Cause…Support West Girls Basketball as they help fight Breast Cancer this Monday, Feb. 13, at Culver’s from 5-8 p.m.

Market Day…Specials for Feb. Market Day

            Save on Cookie Dough buy 2 save $1, buy 3 save $3, buy 4+ save $5
            Free Cookie Dough Cups with a $40 purchase
            Free Chicken Gems with $90 on-line purchase. Promo Code FEBBONUS

Orders for Feb Market Day are due on-line by 11:00 PM Monday Feb. 13.  

As always we welcome volunteers to help unload and package orders from 4-5 PM. Thurs. Feb. 16. Please contact Holly at 521-1764 if you are able to help.  

February Recess Challenge Grade: Kindergarten  

Kindergarten parents are encouraged to help with truck unload and setup to earn their kids bonus recess time. 

Check those folders…Please watch for a volunteer flyer coming home loaded with great opportunities to get involved with the many activities happening at Prairie in the next few months. 

Reminder…PTA meeting is WEDNESDAY, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library. Please see attached agenda.
 

Attachments:
   
PTA Meeting Agenda

PUMA PROFILE - INTRODUCING THE WONDERFUL STAFF WORKING WITH YOUR CHILD                                              
THIS WEEK - Michelle Creasey, Third Grade Teacher  

     I am honored to be featured in this week’s “Puma Profile.”  Although I grew up in nearby Menomonee Falls, my husband and our two children (Aaron, 13, and Jenna, 9) live right here in Waukesha.  With that said, I am so grateful to be working with children in my own community.

     I knew at a young age I wanted to be a teacher and I spent many hours teaching Sunday school, volunteering at Children’s Hospital, working with children in need, and tutoring.   Nevertheless, my life took a slight detour through the medical field, before leading me back to my original dream. 

     After adopting my two children, I began working part-time (instead of full),  and once they entered school, I spent my off days in the classroom (sometimes as much as three days per week).  It was this time that reminded me, and those around me, how much I wanted to become a teacher.  So…I enrolled at Carroll University and the rest is history.  Over the next four years, I earned my degree in Education with an early childhood minor.  Although I am licensed to teach pre-k through 6th grade,  I am completely loving 3rd grade this year!   Still, truth be told, I have yet to find a grade I don’t enjoy.  I believe there is always something to admire and appreciate at every age. 

     I don’t find much free time these days, but when I do, I love spending time with my family traveling, reading, watching movies, playing board games, and laughing (we do a lot of that).  I continue to volunteer when I can and I actively organize and participate in events focused on Korean culture.  Admittedly, much of my time is spent trying to be the best teacher I can for these great kids at Prairie Elementary.  Ultimately, I am thankful to all the families and staff at Prairie who welcomed me so graciously.  It has been a fabulous year.  Go Pumas!     

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs (see March classes listed below)
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs   
    Green Bay Packers Youth Football Camps  

By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:02 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our parent/teacher conferences.  Once again, we had a strong turnout.  I look forward to reporting our school-wide attendance rate in next week's E-Post.

Thank you to our fifth graders and Mrs. Kieselhorst for a fun concert last night!

We look forward to three exciting events next week.  On Wednesday, we have Jump Rope for Heart.  I know we have many students looking forward to this.  On Friday, we will have a Paw Pin assembly and our Talent Show.  A fun week ahead at Prairie!

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us!  We appreciate your continued support!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:
    
2/8:    Jump Rope for Heart
    2/10:  PTA Talent Show
    2/15:  PTA Meeting
    2/16:  Grade 5 to West High School Play
              Market Day Pick-Up
              Optimist Swim Meet Parent Meeting
    2/17:  Six Flag Reading Logs Due

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Jump Rope for Heart 2012 

Reminders for any 3rd-5th grade student participating in the after school event on Wednesday, February 8th.

  • You must have a permission slip in to Mr. Booth by Tuesday, February 7th in order to participate!
  • Remember…you do not have to collect $$ in order to participate, but you do need the permission slip!!
  • The event will begin right after school and is held in the gym.
  • The event will be completed by 5:15—please make sure you have a safe way home after the event.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and wear your gym shoes.
  • You may bring a water bottle, snacks will be provided.
  • Jump ropes are provided.
  • Bring in your collection envelope if you have collected all your money.  If you do not have your money, it is due to Mr. Booth by Wednesday, February22nd.
  • Print off a donation report and put it in your collection envelope if you raised $ on-line.
  • .Please do not turn in cash.  If at all possible, convert all cash into a check or money order made out to the American Heart Association.
  • Any parents / guardians who would like to help, please see Mr. Booth on the day of the event—everyone is welcome to come and watch the kids!

 Reminders for all students:

*      All Prairie students who are raising funds for the American Heart Association have until February 22nd to hand in their money.

*      All thank you gifts (prizes) should arrive within 4-6 weeks after the 22nd.

Yearbook order forms were sent home with students last week; cost is $9.50.  Orders are due by February 17th and checks should be payable to Lifetouch.  Yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year.  This is the only time to purchase yearbooks as there are no longer additional copies available at the time of printing.

Optimist Swimming & Diving Team Meeting - A parent/student meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library.  Information about the program, practice times and location as well as a handout will be given.  Any student interested in joining but unable to attend this meeting, please contact Kim Hubbard @ chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or 262-574-7617 to receive the information.

J.K. Lee’s Black Belt Academy was at Prairie this week during Physical Education Class.  Teachers from the Waukesha J.K. Lee’s Academy  lead a fun, high energy martial arts class designed to help kids with life skills.  Topics covered include how to be respectful, being focused in school, and how to have an “I can do it” attitude.

In addition to the classroom instruction, any Prairie student who is interested in further instruction can sign up for a two week course offered by J.K. Lee’s Black Belt Academy held at Prairie School with all the proceeds to benefit the Prairie PTA.   A flyer was sent home with each student and is in our attachments section today as well.

Program Information:

When:  Monday and Wednesday (February 13, 15, 20, 22)
Where:  Prairie Gym
Time:  3:30-4:15
Price:  $20 for the 1st child, $15 each additional child.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Booth @ 970-2277 or rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

2ND ANNUAL STRIVE TO THRIVE - The School District Of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are collaborating again this year  in order to offer a Saturday morning full of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living for our students, their families, our staff, and community members.    The activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one-mile run for children under age 12, a discounted bike helmet drive, a kite flying activity and a free health fair!  The health fair will feature over 20 venders and displays including exercise programs and healthy cooking presentations!  Pep bands, other musicians,  and school spirit groups will be part of the morning’s excitement.  All of these exciting events are happening at Waukesha North High School on the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2012!

Many community donors have sponsored door prizes or have underwritten the costs of the events.  Proceeds from the running and walking events directly support the Waukesha Education Foundation, an independent, community-based, charitable volunteer organization that raises funds for the educational enrichment of students in the Waukesha Public Schools.

The health fair and kite flying activities are free.  Entry fees for the 5K run are $20 for those who preregister before March 21 and $25 for those who register after March 21 or  the morning of the event (8-10:00 AM registration and run/walk events begin at 10:00).  Fees for the 3K walk and one-mile kid run are $10 for those who register prior to March 21 and are $15 for after March 21.  Registration for the 5K run, 3K walk, and/or one mile kid run, can be accomplished electronically through a link posted on the School District of Waukesha website or through the Badgerland Striders website.  Registration forms for the 1 mile kid run and the 5K and 3K events are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices. 

Similarly, orders for bike helmets are available in all School District of Waukesha school offices.  All bike helmets need to be fitted and picked up during the morning of April 21.

Ample parking on the day of the event will be available in the North High School parking lot located at 2222 Michigan Avenue.

E-Achieve Academy . . . Most of you know the district has a virtual school - iQ Academy Wisconsin. What many of you might not know is that iQ will be changing its name to eAchieve Academy next year. Why the change? The district has always maintained control of the instruction side of the school. After partnering with a vendor to provide logistics for the last 8 years, it's time to bring the whole operation in house. Doing so gives us much more flexibility in improving the quality of our school. Currently, iQ leads the way in Wisconsin with the best ACT and  10th grade WKCE scores along with the best graduation rate of any virtual school in the state. We are excited to bring that same level of excellence to the logistical side of the school.   To learn more about eAchieve, please visit our new website - http://www.eAchieve.com.   eAchieve students come from an incredibly diverse background, but they all have one thing in common - they need flexibility in their schedule. 25% of our students come from a home school background while 60% come from public school back ground. They are accomplished musicians, athletes, and performers; some are frequent travelers and missionaries over seas; many of our students have serious health issues or are tired of being bullied but still want  a rigorous education. Perhaps this sounds like the child of a friend or family member you know?   Help us spread the word (especially important as Open Enrollment is right around the corner) by sharing our website with friends, family members, or colleagues throughout the state who have children who are in need of an alternative to traditional face-to-face schooling. Additionally, you can like us on Facebook or link to our website from yours if you have your own website or blog. Here is a sneak peek at our TV commercial that will air over 900 times throughout the state on the major networks in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton/Green Bay.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IsG1c4AQvBM.  If you have questions about eAchieve, don't hesitate to contact us and ask - 262.970.1038. 

Open Enrollment

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6- April 30, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between April 30 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after April 30th  are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice

If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6.  This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .

Attachments:
    
J.K. Lee Be Your Best
    Strive to Thrive Brochure

NOTES FROM PTA:

The Way to a Teacher’s Heart… 
There is no better way to keep our dedicated teachers going strong on a long night of conferences than with some homemade treats. Thank you to the many Prairie families who provided food for Conference Dinners. Special thanks to coordinator Kim Hubbard for putting it all together. 

It's time to order Scrip cards!  If you have never ordered Scrip, this is the month to start. Simply complete the attached form and return it to school by 3:30 on Wednesday, Feb. 8 OR shop online at www.shopwithscrip.com and use our enrollment code: EB64484L25513. Submit your order and send your check to school in an envelope labeled PTA Scrip.  The best part of the Scrip program? You pay the face value of the gift card, so you're always getting exactly what you pay for. As an added bonus this month, Scrip cards will be delivered to your home -- no pick-up necessary!

Our Scrip-to-Go table was kept busy during conferences. We sold off nearly all of what we had on hand. This trial gave us a good idea of what to stock for future “on-hand” sales. Thank you to all who stopped by to purchase gift cards as well as to Rebecca Reagles, Amy Krall, and other PTA members who staffed the table.  

Where is the Book Fair??  I’m sure many of you heard that question from your kids during conferences. With our second round of conferences coming so early in the year, we are unable to take advantage of Scholastic’s Buy One Get One sale if we have it during January conferences. Although PTA greatly appreciates all of the Scholastic dollars we typically earn at the fall book fair, we want parents to be able to take advantage of this great sale to put more books in kids’ hands. We tentatively plan to hold the spring Buy One Get One Book Fair in conjunction with our May family night. 

Hidden Talents…Please join PTA in supporting our students at Prairie’s Annual Talent Show on Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. If you have questions about this event, please contact coordinator Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net

Carnival Basket Raffle Items are due to your child's classroom by March 16th.  Please see the attached flyer for grade level themes.

Reminder: PTA Meeting Date Change:  In deference to Valentines everywhere, please remember that our PTA meeting this month will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15. There are lots of events in the works at Prairie. Please attend to find out how you can play a part.

Attachments:
    
February Scrip Order Form
    Carnival Basket Raffle Flyer
    

 COMMUNITY BULLETINS:
The following flyers or brochures are available for pick-up in the front lobby: 

    Waukesha Night Hawks LaCrosse
    Parents Place Classes & Programs (see March classes listed below)
    Waukesha YMCA Youth Basketball
    Waukesha Youth Football
    Waukesha West Poms Clinic
    Swim America Lesson Registration
    Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program
    Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee & Rookie Summer Baseball Programs     

Prairie Be your Best 2012.jpg
Wednesday Workshops March 2012.pdf
Disciplining the Child March 2012.pdf
Anger Mang Adults.pdf
Kids Managing Anger 2012.pdf
Strive to Thrive Brochure.pdf 
Feb 2012 Scrip Order Form.pdf
Carnival raffle baskets 2012.doc
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:45 PM

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It was great seeing many of you at conferences last night.  We have another night of conferences next week on Tuesday, January 31st as well as our 5th Grade Music Concert on Thursday, February 2nd. 

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us!  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie!

Amy

Upcoming dates:

  • 1/31:  Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 2/2:    Grade 5 Music Concert
  • 2/8:    Jump Rope for Heart
  • 2/10:  PTA Talent Show

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

Attachments:    

  •  Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest
     

DID YOU KNOW . . 
  •  Yearbook order forms are being sent home with students today; cost is $9.50.  Orders are due by February 17th and checks should be payable to Lifetouch.  Yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year.

  • Jump Rope for Heart 2012   Our school is participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  We’re joining in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Jump Rope for Heart is a nationwide event that helps students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke.  The money our school raises will fund potentially lifesaving research and will support programs that help people in our community.   Most people don’t realize that the roots for cardiovascular disease in adults often begin in childhood from age 10 and even younger.  That’s why it’s important to make changes now to help your children and other family members.  Eat healthy foods, stay physically active and live tobacco-free.  Jump Rope for Heart is a fun and effective way to teach heart-healthy living.  It emphasizes the importance of physical activity as our children do something they enjoy - jumping rope.  Our fundraising efforts are off to a great start.  We have almost $1,000 in on-line fund raising at this point and our school goal is to raise $2,750 for the American Heart Association.  “Quacky” the duck has been a big hit this year.  Any student who raises $5 can turn in their coupon to Mr. Booth to receive one.  There are other ducks that can be earned also!  All money that is contributed will fund research that will save more lives each year ... maybe your own or that of someone in your family.  Our efforts can truly make a difference.  Thank you for all of your help.

  • Important Information:

    • K-2 students are doing lots of jumping in class and can earn prizes based on funds raised.
    • 3-5th grade afterschool event is February 8th from 3:30-5:15.  (permission slip is needed to participate in the afterschool event)
    • February 22nd – All $ is due to Mr. Booth

    If you are doing on-line fundraising, please print off a donation report and put it in your collection envelope.  If you have any questions, feel free to give Mr. Booth a call @ 970-2277.

     J.K. Lee’s Black Belt Academy is coming to Prairie

  • J.K. Lee’s Black Belt Academy will be at Prairie next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30th-Feburary 1st during Physical Education Class.  Teachers from the Waukesha J.K. Lee’s Academy will lead a fun, high energy martial arts class designed to help kids with life skills.  Topics covered include how to be respectful, being focused in school, and how to have an “I can do it” attitude.

    In addition to the classroom instruction, any Prairie student who is interested in further instruction can sign up for a two week course offered by J.K. Lee’s Black Belt Academy held at Prairie School with all the proceeds to benefit the Prairie PTA.  

    Program Information:

    When:  Monday and Wednesday (February 13, 15, 20, 22)

    Where:  Prairie Gym

    Time:  3:30-4:15

    Price:  $20 for the 1st child, $15 each additional child.

    **Look for a flyer in future newsletters

    If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Booth @ 970-2277 or rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

  • The Waukesha STEM Academy Application period is now open!  January 3 - January 31st students not currently enrolled at WSA may apply.   Forms are available on their website www.waukeshastemacademy.com, and at both WSA campuses.

  • The Optimist Swim Meet will be held on Saturday, March 24th at South High School.  The Prairie Swimming and Diving Team is being formed, and practices will be held in February and March.  Students have signed up in their classrooms to receive information packets directly.  If you would still like to join the team or have any questions, please contact Kim Hubbard at chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or at 262-547-7617.
  • Barnes & Noble has launched the second annual My Favorite Teacher Contest.  The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers.  Teachers from grades 1 through 12 are eligible for nomination.  Awards include cash prizes for the teachers and schools, NOOK™ eBook Readers and more.  The contest will be broken down into local and regional winners, from which the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year will be chosen.  The local winning teachers will be recognized at an event at their local Barnes & Noble where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, a selection of five Sterling Children’s Classic books for their personal library, and additional recognition and praise from their community. The students who write the winning essays or poems will receive a $25 Gift Card, a certificate of recognition and will be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers.   Students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher.  Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to their local Barnes & Noble store for consideration.  Entries will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.   Winning teachers from each store will be entered into the regional contest.  Each regional winner will receive a NOOK eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.   From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.  The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “My Favorite Teacher.”  The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store.  The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000.  The official rules and entry form are attached and can also be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.
  • Most of you know the district has a virtual school - iQ Academy Wisconsin. What many of you might not know is that iQ will be changing its name to eAchieve Academy next year. Why the change? The district has always maintained control of the instruction side of the school. After partnering with a vendor to provide logistics for the last 8 years, it's time to bring the whole operation in house. Doing so gives us much more flexibility in improving the quality of our school. Currently, iQ leads the way in Wisconsin with the best ACT and  10th grade WKCE scores along with the best graduation rate of any virtual school in the state. We are excited to bring that same level of excellence to the logistical side of the school.   To learn more about eAchieve, please visit our new website - http://www.eAchieve.com.   eAchieve students come from an incredibly diverse background, but they all have one thing in common - they need flexibility in their schedule. 25% of our students come from a home school background while 60% come from public school back ground. They are accomplished musicians, athletes, and performers; some are frequent travelers and missionaries over seas; many of our students have serious health issues or are tired of being bullied but still want  a rigorous education. Perhaps this sounds like the child of a friend or family member you know?   Help us spread the word (especially important as Open Enrollment is right around the corner) by sharing our website with friends, family members, or colleagues throughout the state who have children who are in need of an alternative to traditional face-to-face schooling. Additionally, you can like us on Facebook or link to our website from yours if you have your own website or blog. Here is a sneak peek at our TV commercial that will air over 900 times throughout the state on the major networks in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton/Green Bay.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IsG1c4AQvBM.  If you have questions about eAchieve, don't hesitate to contact us and ask - 262.970.1038.

  • Open Enrollment

    Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6-24, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

      ·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between February 1 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after February 25th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

  •  In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice

If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6 

This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .
 

  • Emergency School Closing

    In the event that schools are closed due to weather conditions, please tune in to one of the radio or television stations listed in your family handbook for specific information or call the District “School Closing” phone line at 970-1155. 

  •  Early Dismissal Due to Weather

When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.

When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.

 NOTES FROM PTA:

 Get it to Go…Remember that PTA will again offer “Scrip to Go” at Conferences on  Tuesday, Jan. 31. Gift cards for local retailers and restaurants will be sold in various denominations and can be purchased with cash or check. Get them while they last: Pick N’Save, Target, Kwik Trip, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Chili’s, and More!  PTA is still looking for a few parents to help sell the gift cards. If you can help, please contact Amy Krall at 262-522-0401 or ajkrall@gmail.com.

The Carnival committee will be meeting again on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

Please see the attached flyer regarding Raffle Baskets for the Carnival.

Attachments:  

  •  Carnival Raffle Basket Flyer

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:

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

  • Waukesha NightHawks Lacrosse
  • Parents Place Programs & Classes
  • Waukesha YMCA Basketball
  • Swim America Lesson Registration
  • Waukesha Youth Football
  • Waukesha West Poms Clinic
  • Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball Program

 

Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher.pdf
Carnival raffle baskets 2012.doc
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:51 AM

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Just a reminder that there is no school for students on Friday, January 20th.  

With the arrival of snow and cold temperatures, please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for the weather.  Our students will go out everyday except for when the temperature or wind chill is below 0. A winter coat, hat, and mittens are musts. If a child wants to play in the snow, boots and snow pants are required. Otherwise, they stay on the blacktop for recess.  Again, please label all items. 

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us!  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie!

Amy

Upcoming dates:

  • 1/20:  NO SCHOOL 
  • 1/26:  Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 1/31:  Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 2/2:    Grade 5 Music Concert
  • 2/8:    Jump Rope for Heart
  • 2/10:  PTA Talent Show

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

Attachments:      

DID YOU KNOW . . 

  • The Waukesha STEM Academy Application period is now open!  January 3 - January 31st students not currently enrolled at WSA may apply.   Forms are available on their website www.waukeshastemacademy.com, and at both WSA campuses.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are January 26th & 31st from 4-7:30 p.m.  Please sign up for a timeslot with your child's teacher using our on-line conference scheduling.  A separate e-mail with instructions has been sent home and are available on our homepage as well.  Please call the office for additional assistance if necessary.

  • The Optimist Swim Meet will be held on Saturday, March 24th at South High School.  The Prairie Swimming and Diving Team is being formed, and practices will be held in February and March.  Students have signed up in their classrooms to receive information packets directly.  If you would still like to join the team or have any questions, please contact Kim Hubbard at chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com or at 262-547-7617.

  • Most of you know the district has a virtual school - iQ Academy Wisconsin. What many of you might not know is that iQ will be changing its name to eAchieve Academy next year. Why the change? The district has always maintained control of the instruction side of the school. After partnering with a vendor to provide logistics for the last 8 years, it's time to bring the whole operation in house. Doing so gives us much more flexibility in improving the quality of our school. Currently, iQ leads the way in Wisconsin with the best ACT and  10th grade WKCE scores along with the best graduation rate of any virtual school in the state. We are excited to bring that same level of excellence to the logistical side of the school.  

    To learn more about eAchieve, please visit our new website - http://www.eAchieve.com

     eAchieve students come from an incredibly diverse background, but they all have one thing in common - they need flexibility in their schedule. 25% of our students come from a home school background while 60% come from public school back ground. They are accomplished musicians, athletes, and performers; some are frequent travelers and missionaries over seas; many of our students have serious health issues or are tired of being bullied but still want  a rigorous education. Perhaps this sounds like the child of a friend or family member you know?

     Help us spread the word (especially important as Open Enrollment is right around the corner) by sharing our website with friends, family members, or colleagues throughout the state who have children who are in need of an alternative to traditional face-to-face schooling. Additionally, you can like us on Facebook or link to our website from yours if you have your own website or blog. Here is a sneak peek at our TV commercial that will air over 900 times throughout the state on the major networks in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton/Green Bay.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IsG1c4AQvBM

     If you have questions about eAchieve, don't hesitate to contact us and ask - 262.970.1038.

  • Open Enrollment

    Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6-24, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

      ·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between February 1 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after February 25th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

  •  In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice

If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6 

This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .
 

  • Emergency School Closing

    In the event that schools are closed due to weather conditions, please tune in to one of the radio or television stations listed in your family handbook for specific information or call the District “School Closing” phone line at 970-1155. 

  •  Early Dismissal Due to Weather

When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.

When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.

 NOTES FROM PTA:

Thank you to everyone who made it out to Culver’s Monday. We appreciate your support for our restaurant nights.

 Get it to Go…Remember that PTA will offer “Scrip to Go” at Conferences on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 31. Gift cards for local retailers and restaurants will be sold in various denominations and can be purchased with cash or check. Get them while they last: Pick N’Save, Target, Kwik Trip, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Chili’s, and More!  PTA is still looking for a few parents to help sell the gift cards. If you can help, please contact Amy Krall at 262-522-0401 or ajkrall@gmail.com.

Also on conference night, PTA is looking for anyone interested in contributing their cooking or baking talents for Teacher's Conference Dinners on Thursday, January 26th or Tuesday, January 31st.  Please contact Kim Hubbard at 262-574-7617 or chad_hbbrd@yahoo.com.   

The Duck Race committee will meet again on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

The Carnival committee will be meeting again on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

Please see the attached flyer regarding Raffle Baskets for the Carnival.

Attachments:  

  •  Carnival Raffle Basket Flyer

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:

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

  • Waukesha NightHawks Lacrosse
  • Parents Place Programs & Classes
  • Waukesha YMCA Basketball
  • Swim America Lesson Registration
  • Waukesha Youth Football
Carnival raffle baskets 2012.doc
By Website Administrator on Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:40 AM

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

The snow has finally arrived!  The excitement is evident among the students as they hurry outside at recess time.  Thank you for helping us make sure all students are appropriately dressed for the weather.  They must have snowpants, boots and gloves in order to play in the snow.  We also appreciate you making sure all clothing is labeled with your child's name.  This helps tremendously when we need to reunite lost items with their owner.

Unfortunately, the snow interfered with our ability to have our 3rd & 4th grade concert.  We have been able to reschedule for next Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 PM.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us!  We appreciate your continued support of Prairie!

Amy

Upcoming dates:

  • 1/16:   PTA Restaurant Night @ Culver's
  • 1/19:  Market Day Pick-up
  •          Grade 3 & 4 Music Concert (rescheduled date) 
  • 1/20:  NO SCHOOL 
  • 1/26:  Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 1/31:  Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

Attachments:      

DID YOU KNOW . . 

  • The Waukesha STEM Academy Application period is now open!  January 3 - January 31st students not currently enrolled at WSA may apply.   Forms are available on their website www.waukeshastemacademy.com, and at both WSA campuses.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are January 26th & 31st from 4-7:30 p.m.  Please sign up for a timeslot with your child's teacher using our on-line conference scheduling.  A separate e-mail with instructions has been sent home and are available on our homepage as well.  Please call the office for additional assistance if necessary.

  • Open Enrollment

    Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6-24, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

      ·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between February 1 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after February 25th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice
If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6 

This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .

Emergency School Closing
In the event that schools are closed due to weather conditions, please tune in to one of the radio or television stations listed in your family handbook for specific information or call the District “School Closing” phone line at 970-1155. 

Early Dismissal Due to Weather
When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.


 NOTES FROM PTA:

Monday, January 16, is our restaurant night at Culvers from 5-8 p.m. If we meet the $2,000 minimum, 10 percent of the sales goes to Prairie. These nights provide the school with a great source of easy income and you with a clean kitchen, so please join us! 

Be Part of the Plan...

The Duck Race committee will meet again on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

The Carnival committee will be meeting again on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Cheri Bonell at cbonell@att.net

Market Day Helping Hand...

Thursday, January 19, is Market Day pick-up. We are looking for parent volunteers to help unload the truck and package orders from 4-5 p.m.  This month's Recess Challenge Grade:  3rd Grade (other parents and students supervised by their parents are welcome from all grades). 

Market Day orders are due on-line by Monday Jan. 16th by 11 PM. You can order at www.marketday.com.  If you have made (2) $40 purchases between October & December you will receive a FREE Insulated Tote if you make another $40 purchase in January.

 Attachments: 
 

  • Culver's Night Flyer

 

COMMUNITY BULLETINS:

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

  • Waukesha NightHawks Lacrosse
  • Parents Place Programs & Classes
  • Waukesha YMCA Basketball
  • Swim America Lesson Registration
CULVERS FLYER-1-16-12.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 2:59 PM

NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Happy New Year!  I hope your 2012 has gotten off to a great start!  We've hit the ground running here at Prairie.  Our winter round of MAP testing begins next week and continues through this month.  Your child's classroom teacher will communicate his or her specific testing times. 

Please welcome Joe Christensen to Prairie!  Joe is serving as our new day custodian.  He comes to us from Summit View where he has been the night custodian for many years.  Joe replaces Fred Fuller who moved to the day custodial position at Lowell Elementary.  Lowell is close to home for Fred and is the school his daughter attended. 

Our Paws Time resumes next week with an expanded set of reading activities.  Students will be participating in reading practice, intervention or enrichment based on their individual needs.  Many students will continue with the Peer Assisted Learning Strategies program they began in November.  With our "all hands on deck" approach during this time, your child may be working with a teacher who is new to him or her.  If you have any questions about your child's placement during this reading block, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. 

Finally, I have a traffic request for you.  Please help us by reserving our front drive each morning for buses.  Between 8:20-8:40, students should be dropped off on Center Road or School Drive - not at the front doors.  If for some reason you need to enter the front drive in the morning (i.e. dropping off birthday treats, attending a meeting) please be mindful of your speed and watch for children crossing onto the sidewalk.  The safety of our students is our first priority.  Thank you for your assistance.

Have a great weekend!

Amy

Upcoming dates:

  • 1/10:  PTA Meeting
  • 1/12:  Grades 3 & 4 Music Concert
  • 1/13:  School Spirit Day - Team Apparel
  •           Talent Show Previews
  • 1/16:   PTA Restaurant Night @ Culver's
  • 1/19:  Market Day Pick-up
  • 1/20:  NO SCHOOL 

 



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

Attachments:      

  • January Nutrition Nuggets
  • January Physical Education Newsletter

DID YOU KNOW . . 


  • Check out Mr. Booth's January Physical Education Newsletter attached.
  • J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy Afterschool Program for January has been cancelled but will be rescheduled in February.  Watch future E-Posts for more details.
  • The Waukesha School District 2012-13 calendar has been approved and is attached.
  • The Waukesha STEM Academy Application period is now open!  January 3 - January 31st students not currently enrolled at WSA may apply.   Forms are available on their website www.waukeshastemacademy.com, and at both WSA campuses.

 

Open Enrollment

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period for the 2012-13 school year is from February 6-24, 2012.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2012.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.   

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

      ·         On-line (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html

·         Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after January 2, 2012, and must be delivered to the nonresident school district.  School District of Waukesha applications should be submitted attention:  Stephanie Peterson/Open Enrollment, 222 Maple Avenue,

Who needs to complete this process:

  • Students currently attending a Waukesha school via Tuition Waiver for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Students who have changed residency to a non-Waukesha address between September 1st and February 6th.
  • Students planning to move into an address that is outside of the Waukesha School District between February 1 and September 1, 2012; and wish to stay in the Waukesha School District. 
  • Students currently attending K4 or eighth grader under Open Enrollment (a special paper application will be mailed home in January).

Note: families that move unexpectedly after February 25th are able to complete a Tuition Waiver form for the following year. 

In-District Transfer Requests/School Choice
If you are considering attending a school within the district that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer Request form which can be accessed online at:  http://tinyurl.com/6s67zy6 

This form can be printed and completed manually or filled in electronically.  After completion, please deliver the form to your home/attendance area school by March 1, 2012.  NOTE:  Families with students enrolling in KINDERGARTEN should complete and submit enrollment paperwork to home/attendance area school.  

If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver or School Choice, please contact Stephanie Peterson at 262.970.1105 or via email at speterso@waukesha.k12.wi.us .

Emergency School Closing
In the event that schools are closed due to weather conditions, please tune in to one of the radio or television stations listed in your family handbook for specific information or call the District “School Closing” phone line at 970-1155. 

Early Dismissal Due to Weather
When the District releases elementary students early due to inclement weather, the high school and middle school students are not released until their regular dismissal time due to busing.  If a parent wishes an older sibling to be released early to be at home for a younger sibling, please notify their middle or high school.  The district does not provide transportation for secondary students released early per parent/guardian request.  Please make sure to keep your contact information current.


 NOTES FROM PTA:

  •  The holidays are over...yet there are still great reasons to purchase gift cards! 
              1. We still need to grocery shop. Buy a card for your favorite store. 
              2. Plan ahead for birthdays by purchasing cards -- either for your shopping or as the birthday gift itself. 
              3. Need to fill up your car with gas? Kwik Trip cards are still offering a 9% rebate. That's $9 for Prairie for every $100 card! 
              4. Valentine's Day approaches. Are you planning dinner out? Choose the perfect restaurant for great date night and pick up a Marcus movie card, too. 

    Want more convenience? Shop for your cards online at www.shopwithscrip.com. Our enrollment code is EB64484L25513. Place your order and send your check to Prairie by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11.
  • Save the Date flyer attached for the Prairie School Carnival:  Friday, March 3, 2012!

Attachments:
 

  • January Scrip Order Form

  • Carnival Save the Date Flyer

  • December Meeting Minutes

 


COMMUNITY BULLETINS:

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

  • Waukesha NightHawks Lacrosse
  • Parents Place Programs & Classes
  • Waukesha YMCA Basketball
  • Swim America Lesson Registration
Nutrition Nuggets January 2012.pdf
Jan 2012 Scrip Order Form.pdf
2012 Carnival Save Date Card.pdf
13 December 2011 PTA Meeting Minutes_final.pdf
Physical Education Jan 2012 .doc
2012-13 Calendar Final.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, December 15, 2011 2:09 PM
Weekly Communication for Friday, December 16, 2011
By Website Administrator on Saturday, December 03, 2011 1:26 PM
The weekly communication for Friday, December 2, 2011.


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