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By Website Administrator on Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Our fifth graders did an outstanding job on their field trip to BizTown earlier this week.  Students took on different job roles, learned how to cash and spend their paycheck during their visit to this simulated city.  Thanks to the students and teachers for their outstanding work preparing for, and during, this trip.  Thank you also to the parent volunteers who assisted students at BizTown.  

Over the past two days, our fifth grade students have also learned about many different career options.  Thank you to all of the community and parent volunteers who shared their expertise with students.  We appreciate you taking the time to help our students understand some of the career opportunities that will be available to them in the future.

Our fourth graders were the first Prairie students to participate in the new Badger Exam this week.  We were really impressed with their perseverance during the test.  They will have a bit more testing next Wednesday, and our third and fifth graders will begin the Badger Exam in the coming weeks.

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


Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/18:   Strive to Thrive
4/20:  Grade 5 Callen & Vegter to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Dugan & Geertsma to Env Ed
4/21:  Grade 4 to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 Haynes to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Scanlan to Env Ed
4/23:  Market Day/Scrip Pick Up



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:     

Families are encouraged to visit the Summer School Webpage on our District Website to review offerings for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

  • Summer School runs from June 23 – July 24, 2015.  There will be no classes on July 3rd, or Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15.  Classes will resume on Thursday, July 16.
  • Electronic/on-line registration is preferred.   To register on-line visit: https://www.waukesha.revtrak.net/ If you are unable to register online, please send or bring your completed registration form and payment to 222 Maple Avenue,Waukesha, WI 53186 - ATTN: Summer School Office.
  • Make Checks Payable to the School District of Waukesha
  • Registration will close April 26th. 

Family Literacy Night:  Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

Parent's Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April: 

  • Love & Logic on Mondays, April 6-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Anxiety & Kids on Tuesdays, April 7-21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem on Thursdays, April 2-23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm 

STEM for Girls:  STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Parents United Program:  Attached you will find the flyer for the April 22 Parents United offering. Dr. Michelle Anderson from Cornerstone Counseling Services will present "Childhool & Adolescent Depression" at the Country Springs Hotel from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on Wed, April 22. 

They are also presenting two programs in May (flyers also attached below)l  Financial, Guardianship and Trust for Families with Special Needs on May 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel and Positive Coping Strategies on Wednesday, May 13th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  These are free workshops  but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  Please see flyer for specific details.

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

FROM THE PTA:

ICYMI: April PTA Meeting
Many thanks to Mrs. Wanner & Mr. Booth for attending this month’s PTA meeting. If you missed it, they brought a presentation about TRIBES at Prairie, your child’s role in their TRIBE, and some previews of the all-school field trip at the end of the year. Sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic event. Also, Ms. Riebel answered questions about the Badger Exam, and Carrie D, Erica K, and Tera N shared some of the fun new ideas & products they saw at a PTO expo they attended last month. We got updates on the Rocket Rally, Staff Appreciation Week, and Book Fair and Bake Sale, too. And accepted nominations for President Elect and Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year. Next month: voting! Please plan to attend to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA!

Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, May 12
6:30pm
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  6-8pm (NOTE new time!)
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Just Two Market Day days left! Online orders due NOW (or before Sat. April 18)
There are just two more chances to stock up on produce, frozen goods, snacks and lunch box fillers this school year! Check the order form that came home this week for deadlines and deals.
PLUS: We need a new Market Day Coordinator. Without a volunteer, Prairie will lose the Market Day service next year. Can you be the one to stop that from happening? The position requires about an hour a week—putting flyers in mailboxes, greeting the delivery truck on pick up dates, giving updates at the PTA meetings, asking Mr. Booth if he’s OK with a pie in the face. If you’re at all interested, please contact the current Market Day coordinator for details about the job: that’s Becky Boggio at tulipgirl@wi.rr.com
 
 
Grab a friend and sign up
With the Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair coming up soon, we’ll be sending out a call for help via signupgenius very soon. Keep your eyes open for the e-mail, or contact Betsy Peters betsypeter@wi.rr.com. Spend an hour at the concession stand, bake a batch of your favorite cookies, or help at a photo booth—whatever your level of interest and ability, we’ve got a place we could use your help!  
 
Upcoming events:
Staff Appreciation Week   May 4-8
Rocket Rally Coin War (wha-at? watch for details!)  April 29-May 13
Marcus Movie Ticket Sale  Early May
Book Fair, Bake Sale & Rocket Rally   May 14 & 15
Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   May 18






Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:38 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK!  WE'LL SEE EVERYONE BACK AT SCHOOL ON MONDAY, APRIL 13TH!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   Grade 5 Biz Town Field Trip
           PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive
4/20:  Grade 5 Callen & Vegter to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Dugan & Geertsma to Env Ed
4/21:  Grade 4 to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 Haynes to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Scanlan to Env Ed
4/23:  Market Day/Scrip Pick Up



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:    

Families are encouraged to visit the Summer School Webpage on our District Website to review offerings for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

  • Summer School runs from June 23 – July 24, 2015.  There will be no classes on July 3rd, or Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15.  Classes will resume on Thursday, July 16.
  • Electronic/on-line registration is preferred.   To register on-line visit: https://www.waukesha.revtrak.net/ If you are unable to register online, please send or bring your completed registration form and payment to 222 Maple Avenue,Waukesha, WI 53186 - ATTN: Summer School Office.
  • Make Checks Payable to the School District of Waukesha
  • Registration will close April 26th. 

Family Literacy Night:  Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

Jump Rope for Heart:  Our school held its annual Jump Rope for Heart Assembly last week Friday to celebrate all the hard work and effort that Prairie students have put into helping others with sick hearts.  This year our school raised:  $9,757.54!!  The American Heart Association equates every $50 raised saves one life.  That is over 195 lives saved by Prairie students this year!!  Thank you to all parents/guardians who helped their son/daughter with their fundraising efforts for this important cause.

Parent's Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April: 

  • Love & Logic on Mondays, April 6-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Anxiety & Kids on Tuesdays, April 7-21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Power of Reading to our Children on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem on Thursdays, April 2-23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm 

STEM for Girls:  STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Parents United Program:  Attached you will find the flyer for the April 22 Parents United offering. Dr. Michelle Anderson from Cornerstone Counseling Services will present "Childhool & Adolescent Depression" at the Country Springs Hotel from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on Wed, April 22. 

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

FROM THE PTA:


What’s your role in PTA next year?
Ready to step in and share your voice, your talents, your support of Prairie School in a more formal way? Nominations are now being accepted for PTA President Elect and Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year. Bring your thoughts and questions to the April PTA Meeting. Voting day will be the May PTA meeting (May 12).
April PTA meeting
Tues, April 14
6:30pm
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Just Two Market Day days left!
There are just two more chances to stock up on produce, frozen goods, snacks and lunch box fillers this school year! Check the order form that came home this week for deadlines and deals.
PLUS: in order to offer Market Day goodness to our families and communities next school year, we need a new Market Day Coordinator. Without a volunteer, Prairie will lose the Market Day service. Can you be the one to stop that from happening? The position requires about an hour a week—putting flyers in mailboxes, greeting the delivery truck on pick up dates, giving updates at the PTA meetings, asking Mr. Booth if he’s OK with a pie in the face (Smile). If you’re at all interested, please contact the current Market Day coordinator for details about the job: that’s Becky Boggio at tulipgirl@wi.rr.com

Two more Please mark  your calendars that there are only two Market Day sales left for the school year, April and May.  Check out the new fresh produce options that Market Day offers now in the order form that will be sent home the week of 3/30/15.  Also, we still need someone to step up to fill the Market Day Coordinator role for the 2015-16 school year.
 
Have a great Spring Break everyone!

Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:21 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Today, your child is bringing home his/her Winter MAP test results.  Most of you saw MAP scores during last month's conferences, and these final reports just recently became available to us.  Included with the results is an explanation sheet.  If you have additional questions about MAP testing or your child's results, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.  Students will take their Spring MAP test in May.

Don't forget next week is a short week.  We have school Monday through Thursday, and there is no school on Friday, April 3 due to Good Friday.  The following week (April 6-10) is Spring Break.  Students return to school on Monday, April 13.  

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Family Literacy Night:  
Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

STEM for Girls:  
Attention all 4th-8th grade girls!  You are invited to attend the 5th Annual STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus.

STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  Flyers should be coming home with your children today.
   
Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Congrats, Swimmers!
The Prairie Swim Team brought home ribbons galore from the Optimist Swim Meet last Saturday. Congrats to all the swimmers who overcame the nervous bubbles in their bellies and competed with respect and enthusiasm and confidence. Way to represent! Many thanks also to Kim Hubbard, Team Coach, and Heather Farence, Assistant Coach, for their time and support.
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, April 14
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR

Market Day:

Please mark  your calendars that there are only two Market Day sales left for the school year, April and May.  Check out the new fresh produce options that Market Day offers now in the order form that will be sent home the week of 3/30/15.  Also, we still need someone to step up to fill the Market Day Coordinator role for the 2015-16 school year.

 
Box Tops: Due Thurs, April 2
Congratulations Team Gerlach! Puma Claws cruised to Mrs. Gerlach's Kindergarten class for March. The class collected 481 items last month for the win.
 
Mrs. Baker's class still has a slight lead in the race home over Mrs. Bazan's class but they still have a long way to go to reach the end! Check out the race track on the way to the library. We have raised over $1,490.00 in cash alone for Prairie students with all that trash! That's a lot of field trip money.
 
Keep collecting and don't forget to turn your Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+ Labels, and Milk Moola in the day before Spring Break on Thurs, April 2. We will also be counting our loot that night, too. So mark your calendars and come count and share your ideas for next year's challenge. Come anytime to 920 River Hill Dr. between 6:30 and 10 pm. 
 
ICYMI: In case you missed it
The March PTA meeting featured a presentation from Ms. Geertsma and Mrs. Dugan. They introduced the character learning our kids are doing, focusing on six character traits. All grades are learning from and with each other, in their classrooms and at all-school assemblies. They shared a video of First Graders defining, demonstrating, and teaching about “Caring.” So cute! Also at the meeting were:
    - Discussion of school supply packs vs. lists vs. bulk ordering
    - How and if PTA could possibly help at the all-school Field Trip on June 5
    - Recognition and thanks to all who supported and participated in the Talent Show and Conference Night Dinners in February
    - Preview of what the Rocket Rally (May 15) will entail
 
Shoparoo has earned $200+ for Prairie: you can help, too!
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised more than $200 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Staff Appreciation Week: May 5-9
We’re collecting ideas and helping hands that will put together a week of thanks and treats for our hard-working staff. Want to help? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie:dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Happy Spring Break, everyone!



Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Optimist Club Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:41 AM

Parents,


Our 2nd trimester report cards are now available for viewing on your Parent Portal of the Infinite Campus website.  We are only printing paper copies by request. 

Attached are directions for accessing this information from Infinite Campus.  If you do not have internet access or need assistance with this process, we have set aside the following times to provide assistance at school:

            Thursday, March 26th:  8:00-8:45 a.m. or 3:00-3:45 p.m.

            Monday, March 30th:  8:00-8:45 a.m. or 3:00-3:45 p.m.

You will need your Infinite Campus user name and password in order to access the Parent Portal.   The school does not have access to parent passwords.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Parent Report Card Instructions.docx
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:33 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:


As you know, I have been selected as principal of Lowell Elementary School next year.  I'm pleased to share with you that a new principal for Prairie School has been announced.  Mr. Chris Kluck, currently principal of Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus, will be moving to Prairie beginning July 1.  Mr. Kluck has ten years of elementary principal experience in Waukesha, including the last four years at STEM.  I am very pleased to be able to leave Prairie in such capable hands next year.  I will be working with Mr. Kluck to ensure a smooth transition, and we will share more information with you about this transition as we get closer to the end of the year.  I know Mr. Kluck is excited about the opportunity to serve the Prairie community.  He is looking forward to meeting you and eager to help support the next steps in Prairie's journey of learning and growing together.  

In other news, Trimester 2 Report Cards will soon be available for viewing through Infinite Campus.  We anticipate they will be ready on Tuesday, March 24.  Please look for specific information on how to view your child's report card to be sent via email on Tuesday.

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

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

3/21:  Optimist Swim Meet
4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Developmental Days:  
The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference. 

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  Flyers should be coming home with your children today.
   
4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Just keep Swimming!
Good luck to the Prairie Swim Team as they compete at the Optimist Swim Meet on Saturday morning!

ICYMI: In case you missed it
The March PTA meeting featured a presentation from Ms. Geertsma and Mrs. Dugan. They introduced the character learning our kids are doing, focusing on six character traits. All grades are learning from and with each other, in their classrooms and at all-school assemblies. They shared a video of First Graders defining, demonstrating, and teaching about “Caring.” So cute! Also at the meeting were:
    - Discussion of school supply packs vs. lists vs. bulk ordering
    - How and if PTA could possibly help at the all-school Field Trip on June 5
    - Recognition and thanks to all who supported and participated in the Talent Show and Conference Night Dinners in February 
    - Preview of what the Rocket Rally (May 15) will entail
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, April 14
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR
 
Shoparoo has earned $200+ for Prairie: you can help, too!
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised more than $200 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Staff Appreciation Week: May 5-9
We’re collecting ideas and helping hands that will put together a week of thanks and treats for our hard-working staff. Want to help? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie:dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Optimist Club Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 12:58 PM

NO SCHOOL ON THURSDAY & FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH & 13TH

Upcoming Dates:
3/9:   Grade 1 to Betty Brinn Museum
3/10:  PTA Meeting
3/11:  End of 2nd trimester
3/12-13:  NO SCHOOL
3/19:  Family Math Night
          Market Day/Scrip Pick-up
3/20:  Grade 4 to Milwaukee Museum
3/21:  Optimist Swim Meet

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Family Math Night:  Prairie will be holding a Family Night on Thursday, March 19th, from 6-7 p.m.   Please see an email from your child's teacher with a quick form to complete to give us an estimate of how many people to plan on.    Hope to see you there!  

Book It! - Free Online Reading:  To kick off National Reading Month, our friends at onemorestory.com are inviting everyone to take part in "Let's All Read" Week by granting access to their entire library free of charge from March 2-9.   Just go to www.onemorestory.com.  Simple!  Free stories are only half the good news.  Book It will be making a donation to Reading is Fundamental for each book read at One More Story.  Help them reach 50,000 books viewed.  Spread the love of reading with all your friends and family and help support Reading is Fundamental.  

Attendance Letters:  This is the time of year when many of our families may be receiving their first attendance letter.  The Infinite Campus program automatically generates letters when your student has five days of absence.  This first five day attendance letter is designed to keep parents informed of the status of their children's absences.  We encourage everyone to obtain medical excuses for any medical/dental appointments you may have as well as for any illnesses that have required you to seek medical attention.   You may view your child's attendance at any time in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:

Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Measles Information from the District Nurse:  Attached below is a message from our Student Services Department and our School District Nurse regarding the recent measles outbreak. Over seventeen states are now reporting confirmed measles and Portage County has reported yesterday 2 suspected cases of Measles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Jo Ann Hablewitz, RN - District Nurse
Terrie Leverenz, LPN - District Nurse Support
Karen Stoeckl, RN - ProHealth Nurse - School Support
Hanneke Deeken, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
Bonnie Siegel, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
262-970-1120

Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference. 

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  Flyers should be coming home with your children today.
   
Future Chef Culinary Competition:  Sodexho is calling all "Future Chefs" to submit recipes for their favorite snack!  Fourth & fifth grade winners from Waukesha schools will be chosen as finalists to compete in the final competition at West High School on March 18th.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!  The Recipe Entry Form and "Tips to be a Finalist" are attached below.  Copies are also available from our kitchen staff.

4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Understanding Addiction on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 10
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR
 
Market Day: Orders due WEDNESDAY March 11
Scrip: Orders due WEDNESDAY March 11
Delivery date: Thurs, March 19
 
Staff Appreciation Week: May 5-9 
We’re collecting ideas and helping hands that will put together a week of thanks and treats for our hard-working staff. Want to help? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie:dinwiddiecl@gmail.com

Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Gold Attitude PeeWee Poms Clinic
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Extreme Dance Team
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance

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By Website Administrator on Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:16 AM
Upcoming Dates:
3/10:  PTA Meeting
3/11:  End of 2nd trimester
3/12-13:  NO SCHOOL
3/19:  Family Math Night
3/20:  Grade 4 to Milwaukee Museum
3/21:  Optimist Swim Meet

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Family Math Night:  Prairie will be holding a Family Night on Thursday, March 19th, from 6-7 p.m.   Please see an email from your child's teacher with a quick form to complete to give us an estimate of how many people to plan on.    Hope to see you there!  

Jump Rope for Heart:  All students who raised funds for Jump Rope for Heart should have received their forms this week for a free Bucks ticket and tubing at Snowpark the Rock.  If your child did not bring one home, please contact Mr. Booth for an additional form (970-2277 or rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  He will make sure to get it to them.  All prizes and ducks have been ordered and should be delivered in 4-5 weeks.  Watch for an upcoming announcement on our grand total!

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:

Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Measles Information from the District Nurse:  Attached below is a message from our Student Services Department and our School District Nurse regarding the recent measles outbreak. Over seventeen states are now reporting confirmed measles and Portage County has reported yesterday 2 suspected cases of Measles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Jo Ann Hablewitz, RN - District Nurse
Terrie Leverenz, LPN - District Nurse Support
Karen Stoeckl, RN - ProHealth Nurse - School Support
Hanneke Deeken, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
Bonnie Siegel, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
262-970-1120

Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  See the attached flyer or the district website for more information. 
   
Future Chef Culinary Competition:  Sodexho is calling all "Future Chefs" to submit recipes for their favorite snack!  Fourth & fifth grade winners from Waukesha schools will be chosen as finalists to compete in the final competition at West High School on March 18th.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!  The Recipe Entry Form and "Tips to be a Finalist" are attached below.  Copies are also available from our kitchen staff.

4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

2015-16 School Choice and Program Opportunities:         

As we approach the second semester of the school year, it is time that we begin to look at scheduling for 2015-16.  Beginning January 1, 2015, families can begin to apply for in-district transfers to attend a different attendance area school within the School District of Waukesha.  Please note that Whittier Elementary and Butler Middle School are closed for in-district transfers/school choice.

The School District of Waukesha offers many avenues of personalized learning to meet all types of learning styles.  We have attached a document that highlights the many program offerings available to your student, important dates, and the enrollment process.   Please note that if you are interested in a program you will not only have to apply for an in-district transfer, but you may also have to apply to that particular program as well.  Additional questions can be directed to the enrollment office at 262-970-1024 or enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Dual Language Program:  Enrollment for the district's Dual Language Programs opens on January 1, 2015.  This program is for incoming kindergartners and first graders.  Monthly informational meetings are being held at our district office.  Please see the attached flyer for dates and times of the meetings.  Applications can be found on the district website: 

Flight Academy:  The application window for Flight Academy closes on Saturday, February 28th.  All applications and teacher recommendations must be received by then.  Check out their website at www.flightacademysdw.org and the attached flyer for more information.  

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Understanding Addiction on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .
Save the Date:
2015 Rocket Rally & Fundraiser
Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
ICYMI: PTA busy-ness at February meeting
What do you think happens at PTA meetings? Well, among other topics presented, discussed, and voted on at February’s meeting were...
- The school district is considering updating and revising the Grading for Learning system. They’re looking for input from parents. Send Carrie Dinwiddie your thoughts dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
- PTA approved a special allocation to give all Prairie teachers and staff a new Puma t-shirt
- PTA also voted to give 4th grade additional field trip funds so they can take their study of history & cultures to the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milw. Public Museum
- Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Arnold (kindergarten teachers) presented how phonics and phonetics are introduced and reinforced in the classroom and form the foundation for strong readers and strong learners
- Don’t miss the next one!
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 10
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR
 
Box Tops & Collections: Due Monday, March 2
EXTENDED DEALINE!!! All collection items—Box Tops, Milk Moola, Labels for Education, & Tyson A+ Project labels-- are due MONDAY, MARCH 2. Which classroom will Puma Claws drive to next? Your submissions will help decide. Together, we’ve turned those little pieces of trash into nearly $1,300 for our Prairie classrooms!  But we’re only 25% of the way to our 66,000 item goal, so keep collecting and sending those valuable items in. PLUS: Did you know you can download coupons for Box Tops-labeled items? That saves YOU money while earning money for Prairie! Go to btfe.com and find coupons for the Box Tops products your family enjoys most.
 
Want to get involved?
When you can show your kids that being involved and interested in school activities is important to you, THEY learn to get involved and interested.   And PTA has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. We need help with....
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (May 5-9)
- Planning Restaurant Nights throughout the school year
- Joining the Rocket Rally team to produce a fantastic big fundraising event for the whole school (May 15)
- Deciding a fun way to treat the kids on the last day of school
If you’ve got ideas or enthusiasm for any of the above—and more—please contact Betsy Peters and/or Carrie Dinwiddie  betsypeters@wi.rr.com dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Shoparoo needs you: Prairie needs Shoparoo
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised nearly $100 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Gold Attitude PeeWee Poms Clinic
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Extreme Dance Team
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:01 AM

REMINDER - NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Upcoming Dates:

2/20:  NO SCHOOL
3/10:  PTA Meeting
3/11:  End of 2nd trimester
3/12-13:  NO SCHOOL
3/19:  Family Math Night
3/20:  Grade 4 to Milwaukee Museum
3/21:  Optimist Swim Meet

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Jump Rope for Heart:  
We had our after school event last week and now it's time to turn in all the funds we've collected.  Please get your envelopes into Mr. Booth as soon as possible so that we can tabulate the totals and submit our paperwork to the Heart Association. Prizes are expected in approximately 6 weeks.  Thanks for your support of this great cause!

Family Math Night:  Prairie will be holding a Family Night on Thursday, March 19th, from 6-7 p.m.   Please see an email from your child's teacher with a quick form to complete to give us an estimate of how many people to plan on.  Hope to see you there!  

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:

Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Important Measles Information from the District Nurse:  Attached below is a message from our Student Services Department and our School District Nurse regarding the recent measles outbreak. Over seventeen states are now reporting confirmed measles and Portage County has reported yesterday 2 suspected cases of Measles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Jo Ann Hablewitz, RN - District Nurse
Terrie Leverenz, LPN - District Nurse Support
Karen Stoeckl, RN - ProHealth Nurse - School Support
Hanneke Deeken, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
Bonnie Siegel, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
262-970-1120

Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  See the attached flyer or the district website for more information. 
   
Optimist Swim Meet:  Any 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students interested in participating in the Optimist-Prairie swim team please turn in your permission forms to your teacher.  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hubbard at 262-574-7617 or chbbrd03@gmail.com.

Future Chef Culinary Competition:  Sodexho is calling all "Future Chefs" to submit recipes for their favorite snack!  Fourth & fifth grade winners from Waukesha schools will be chosen as finalists to compete in the final competition at West High School on March 18th.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!  The Recipe Entry Form and "Tips to be a Finalist" are attached below.  Copies are also available from our kitchen staff.

4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

2015-16 School Choice and Program Opportunities:        

As we approach the second semester of the school year, it is time that we begin to look at scheduling for 2015-16.  Beginning January 1, 2015, families can begin to apply for in-district transfers to attend a different attendance area school within the School District of Waukesha.  Please note that Whittier Elementary and Butler Middle School are closed for in-district transfers/school choice.

The School District of Waukesha offers many avenues of personalized learning to meet all types of learning styles.  We have attached a document that highlights the many program offerings available to your student, important dates, and the enrollment process.   Please note that if you are interested in a program you will not only have to apply for an in-district transfer, but you may also have to apply to that particular program as well.  Additional questions can be directed to the enrollment office at 262-970-1024 or enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Dual Language Program:  Enrollment for the district's Dual Language Programs opens on January 1, 2015.  This program is for incoming kindergartners and first graders.  Monthly informational meetings are being held at our district office.  Please see the attached flyer for dates and times of the meetings.  Applications can be found on the district website: 

Flight Academy:  The application window for Flight Academy closes on Saturday, February 28th.  All applications and teacher recommendations must be received by then.  Check out their website at www.flightacademysdw.org and the attached flyer for more information.  

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Understanding Addiction on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .
Much appreciation
A number of families stepped in to help make long Conference days a bit easier on our staff by making them supper, or breakfast, as the case may be.  Many, many thanks to Karen Simonson, Carrie Dinwiddie, Cheri Bonell, Stephanie Jackson, Amy Krall, Erika McMahon, Carla McCook, Jennifer Johnson, Andy Roberts, Heather Montes, Betsy Peters, Jessica Hummer, Lisa Franz, Colleen Rux, Michele Mehling, and Cathi Kienast.
 
Rocket Rally Planning Meeting
Thurs, Feb. 26, 6:30pm
Place TBD (either school or Betsy’s house—watch facebook and e-mail for details)
 
Such talent!
Thanks to everyone who made last Friday’s Talent & Art Showcase a great evening for our kids. Congrats to all who took the stage and/or displayed their artistic talents.
 
ICYMI: Last week’s PTA Meeting
What do you think happens at PTA meetings? Well, among other topics presented, discussed, and voted on last week were...
- The school district is considering updating and revising the Grading for Learning system. They’re looking for input from parents. Send Carrie Dinwiddie your thoughts dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
- PTA approved a special allocation to give all Prairie teachers and staff a new Puma t-shirt
- PTA also voted to give 4th grade additional field trip funds so they can take their study of history & cultures to the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milw. Public Museum
- Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Arnold (kindergarten teachers) presented how phonics and phonetics are introduced and reinforced in the classroom and form the foundation for strong readers and strong learners
- Don’t miss the next one!
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, March 10
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR
 
Box Tops:  
Congratulations to Mr. Haynes' 5th Grade class for being the big Dec/January Winner with 846 collection items!  Puma Claws made it up the steps for the first time since the Challenge began!  WOO HOO!  Mrs. Baker's class car also overtook Mrs. Bazan's class car for the lead in the race home on Route 66.  They are currently on mile 966. 
 
Thanks to everyone who has collected and turned their items in and thanks to all the volunteers (Holly Monreal, Paula Manske, Cathi Kienast, Erica Kasseckert, Carrie Dinwiddie, Kellie Schenk) who came and counted our biggest loot this year-nearly 6,000.  We have turned those little pieces of trash into nearly $1,300 for our Prairie Classrooms!  We are only 25% to our 66,000 item goal, which means the Box Top Bonus Days at Pick n Save couldn't have come at a better time! From now through Feb. 25, buy 10 Box Top items in one shopping trip, and receive a certificate for 50 Bonus Box Tops. 15 Box Top items earns 100 Bonus Box Tops. That’s $5 or $10! Free! For Prairie! It doesn’t get easier than simply stocking your pantry, and clipping the Box Tops for school.
 
Did you know you can download coupons for Box Tops-labeled items? That saves YOU money while earning money for Prairie! Go to btfe.com and find coupons for the Box Tops products your family enjoys most.
 
EXTENDED DEALINE!!! All collection items—Box Tops, Milk Moola, Labels for Education, & Tyson A+ Project labels-- are due MONDAY, MARCH 2. Which classroom will Puma Claws drive to next? Your submissions will help decide.

Want to get involved?
When you can show your kids that being involved and interested in school activities is important to you, THEY learn to get involved and interested. And PTA has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. We need help with....
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (May 5-9)
- Planning Restaurant Nights throughout the school year
- Joining the Rocket Rally team to produce a fantastic big fundraising event for the whole school (May 15)
- Deciding a fun way to treat the kids on the last day of school
If you’ve got ideas or enthusiasm for any of the above—and more—please contact Betsy Peters and/or Carrie Dinwiddie  betsypeters@wi.rr.com dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Shoparoo needs you: Prairie needs Shoparoo
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised nearly $100 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Please note:
March Family Night has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Instead, PTA will be supporting Family Math Night in March, organized by Prairie’s math teachers.

Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Gold Attitude PeeWee Poms Clinic
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Extreme Dance Team
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance

Attachments:

Dual Language 14-15 Informational Mtg.pdf
By Website Administrator on Friday, February 13, 2015 1:47 PM
Attached is a message from our Student Services Department and our School District Nurse regarding the recent measles outbreak. Over seventeen states are now reporting confirmed measles and Portage County has reported yesterday 2 suspected cases of Measles.

Measleslettertoparents 2-13-15.docx
MMRfor4-6yearolds 2-13-15.docx
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:48 AM
Upcoming Dates:
2/13:  PTA Art & Talent Showcase
2/16:  Culver's Night
2/18:  Parent Teacher Conferences
2/19:  Go Red for Heart Day - wear red
          Market Day/Scrip Pick up

2/20:  NO SCHOOL

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Parent Teacher Conferences:  Parent Teacher conferences were held on Thursday, February 12th and and again next week on Wednesday, February 18th from 4-7:30 p.m.  Fourth & Fifth grade teachers will be in the gym and will not have specific time slots.  K-3 parents, if you are not signed up for a conference, please contact your child's teacher.

Family Math Night:  Prairie will be holding a Family Night on Thursday, March 19th, from 6-7 p.m.   Please see an email from your child's teacher with a quick form to complete to give us an estimate of how many people to plan on.  Hope to see you there!  

PBIS:  Last week you received a brochure about PBIS.  What is PBIS? PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing school-wide and classroom behavior support systems.   The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.   PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for problem solving, planning, and evaluation of student behavior. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.    Please check out Prairie's PBIS brochure that was sent home in Friday folders. 

Thank you,

Prairie PBIS Tier 1 Team


Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:

Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Six Flags Reading Logs:  Six Flags reading logs are due back to your child's teacher by Thursday, February 19th -  no exceptions!   Those students who earn a ticket to Six Flags will receive them in the spring.

Important Measles Information from the District Nurse:  Attached below is a message from our Student Services Department and our School District Nurse regarding the recent measles outbreak. Over seventeen states are now reporting confirmed measles and Portage County has reported yesterday 2 suspected cases of Measles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the staff listed below:

Jo Ann Hablewitz, RN - District Nurse
Terrie Leverenz, LPN - District Nurse Support
Karen Stoeckl, RN - ProHealth Nurse - School Support
Hanneke Deeken, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse
Bonnie Siegel, RN - ProHealth Outreach Nurse


Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  See the attached flyer or the district website for more information. 
   
Jump Rope for Heart:  We had a record number of students participating yesterday in our after school Jump Rope for Heart event.  A special thank you to Mr. Booth for organizing this fun event and to all the students, parents, staff, and our PTA who helped support it.  Remember, all funds raised are due to Mr. Booth by Thursday, February 19th.   Also, Thursday, February 19th, is an all-school "Go Red for Heart Day" - wear something red!

Optimist Swim Meet:  Any 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students interested in participating in the Optimist-Prairie swim team please turn in your permission forms to your teacher by Friday, February 13th.  If you have any questions please contact Kim Hubbard at 262-574-7617 or chbbrd03@gmail.com.

Future Chef Culinary Competition:  Sodexho is calling all "Future Chefs" to submit recipes for their favorite snack!  Fourth & fifth grade winners from Waukesha schools will be chosen as finalists to compete in the final competition at West High School on March 18th.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!  The Recipe Entry Form and "Tips to be a Finalist" are attached below.  Copies are also available from our kitchen staff.

4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Sodexho Lunch Account Balances:  Sodexho now has the capability to send both phone and email reminders when your child's lunch account is low and approaching a negative balance.  There is no longer a service charge to use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to add funds to your child's lunch account.  Please note that if a student is more than two meals in the negative (-$4.20), they will be served a cheese sandwich and a milk.  Their account will be charged $1.50. Parents who are visiting for lunch can no longer charge their lunch to their child's lunch account and must pay cash.   Also, if your child wishes to purchase a second serving of an entree, the charge is $1.50; the cost for sides or an additional milk is .40.

2015-16 School Choice and Program Opportunities:       

As we approach the second semester of the school year, it is time that we begin to look at scheduling for 2015-16.  Beginning January 1, 2015, families can begin to apply for in-district transfers to attend a different attendance area school within the School District of Waukesha.  Please note that Whittier Elementary and Butler Middle School are closed for in-district transfers/school choice.

The School District of Waukesha offers many avenues of personalized learning to meet all types of learning styles.  We have attached a document that highlights the many program offerings available to your student, important dates, and the enrollment process.   Please note that if you are interested in a program you will not only have to apply for an in-district transfer, but you may also have to apply to that particular program as well.  Additional questions can be directed to the enrollment office at 262-970-1024 or enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Dual Language Program:  Enrollment for the district's Dual Language Programs opens on January 1, 2015.  This program is for incoming kindergartners and first graders.  Monthly informational meetings are being held at our district office.  Please see the attached flyer for dates and times of the meetings.  Applications can be found on the district website: 

Flight Academy:  The application window for Flight Academy closes on Saturday, February 28th.  All applications and teacher recommendations must be received by then.  Check out their website at www.flightacademysdw.org and the attached flyer for more information.  

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Understanding Addiction on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm


FROM OUR PTA . . .
THANK YOU for cooking!
A number of families have stepped in to help make long Conference days a bit easier on our beloved staff by making them supper. Many, many thanks to Karen Simonson, Carrie Dinwiddie, Cheri Bonell, Stephanie Jackson, Amy Krall, Erika McMahon, Carla McCook, Jennifer Johnson, Andy Roberts, Heather Montes, Betsy Peters, Jessica Hummer, Lisa Franz, Colleen Rux, Michele Mehling, and Cathi Kienast.
BUT we still need more for Staff Suppers next Weds. Feb. 18.
It’s easy to help--
    Go to signupgenius.com
    Click on “find a signup” in the upper right corner
    Use “betsypeters@wi.rr.com” to search by e-mail
    then simply sign up for Spring Conference Staff Dinners.
    Or contact Betsy directly at betsypeters@wi.rr.com.
Whether it’s homemade or fresh from the store—or even a 1/2 hour of your time setting up/cleaning up—whatever you can give is so very much appreciated by our staff.
Thank you!
 
TONIGHT: Art & Talent Showcase  6:30pm
Ta da!
 
MONDAY: Prairie Night @ Culver’s (on Sunset): 5-8pm 
FOD: Caramel Turtle
You get a night off of making supper. Your kids get to see their friends out to eat. And Prairie gets a portion of the total sales. That’s win-win-win. See you there.
 
Scrip Orders due Fri, Feb. 13
If you haven’t scrip-ed yet, give it a try. Shopwithscrip.com. You get full face value of whatever you order, and Prairie gets 2-11% back as a fundraiser. Order $100 in Kwik Trip or Roundy’s or Menard’s or Noodles & Co cards, and Prairie will get anywhere from $4 to $11. Easy Peasey fundraising! Pick up on Thurs, Feb. 19, 5-6pm
 
Market Day: special Shutterfly offer with any order
Online Orders due TOMORROW Sat, Feb. 14 (online)
Place ANY online order with Market Day (by Sat., Feb. 14), and they’ll give you $20 to spend with Shutterfly! Love their photobooks! Go to marketday.com or refer to the February order guide (came home from school this past week) for more information.
ALSO
Starting in March, Market Day will no longer accept EBT as a payment option.
AND
We’re STILL looking for a Market Day Coordinator for 2015-16. If you’re a fan of the convenience Market Day products give you at home and the fundraising benefits the program brings to Prairie, please consider this easy volunteer position. Training is available (and minimal). Job requires less than four hours a month. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com or Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Box Tops Coupons Available
Did you know you can download coupons for Box Tops-labeled items? That saves YOU money while earning money for Prairie! Go to btfe.com and find coupons for the Box Tops products your family enjoys most. All collection items—Box Tops, Milk Moola, Labels for Education, etc—are due Fri, Feb. 27. Which classroom will Puma Claws drive to next? Your submissions will help decide.
PLUS
It’s Box Top Bonus Days @ Pick ‘n Save
Check this week’s Pick ‘n Save coupon book for great Box Top product sales and coupons. From now through Feb. 25, buy 10 Box Top items in one shopping trip, and receive a certificate for 50 Bonus Box Tops. 15 Box Top items earns 100 Bonus Box Tops. That’s $5 or $10! Free! For Prairie! It doesn’t get easier than simply stocking your pantry, and clipping the Box Tops for school.
 
It’s a Volunteer-a-palooza
When you can show your kids that being involved and interested in school activities is important to you, THEY learn to get involved and interested. And PTA has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. We need help with....
- Providing meals for Conference Night Dinners (see above)
- Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (May 5-9)
- Planning Restaurant Nights throughout the school year
- Joining the Rocket Rally team to produce a fantastic big fundraising event for the whole school (May 15)
- Coordinating Market Day sales and pick-ups (see above)
- Deciding a fun way to treat the kids on the last day of school
If you’ve got ideas or enthusiasm for any of the above—and more—please contact Betsy Peters and/or Carrie Dinwiddie  betsypeters@wi.rr.com dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Shoparoo needs you: Prairie needs Shoparoo
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised nearly $100 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Please note:
March Family Night has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Instead, PTA will be supporting Family Math Night in March, organized by Prairie’s math teachers. More info coming soon.




Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Gold Attitude PeeWee Poms Clinic
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Extreme Dance Team


Attachments:


Dual Language 14-15 Informational Mtg.pdf


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