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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:32 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As I write this, I'm noticing it's awfully quiet here at Prairie.  The students, teachers, and office staff are at home enjoying summer vacation, so the high energy of the school year has been exchanged for a quiet emptiness.  Our wonderful custodial team is here beginning summer cleaning and maintenance.  As for me, I'm finishing paperwork and facing the daunting prospect of cleaning and packing my office.  As I reflect on my five years at Prairie, I am proud of the work we've done as a team on behalf of our children.  Thank you for all of your hard work and support of our students and their learning.  It has been a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to hearing about your continued accomplishments in the future.  

Preparations continue for the 2015-2016 school year.  One recent teacher change - Mrs. Abby Mazza, music teacher, has accepted the position of Director of Bands at Waukesha South High School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Mazza, and we wish her the best of luck in this new role.  The music position has been posted and will be filled this summer.  

Please take a few minutes to read through all of the information below.  It will help with planning for the upcoming school year.  In addition, there are some helpful resources to keep students reading over the summer.  We are not able to have our school library open this summer, but there are many other opportunities for students to access books between now and the start of school.

Thank you again for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!  Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Go Pumas!

Amy


 Upcoming Dates:

8/26:  Open House & Curriculum Meetings     


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Fall Paperwork:  We will not hold our traditional Forms & Photo Day this year and will instead go to on online process for completion of all paperwork.   You will also be able to view your child's teacher assignment and pay all school fees through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  If you did not create your Parent Portal,  please email Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us to obtain the directions and your access code.   If necessary, we will arrange to get you a packet of paperwork if you do not have internet access.   Watch your email and our school website in August for more information.  

School pictures will be taken during the school day on Friday, September 25, 2015.  Mrs. Anderson will be looking for volunteers to assist that day.  

Open House and Parent Curriculum Meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  Again, please watch our website and your email for more specific information.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

SUMMER READING FOR CHILDREN--IT'S IMPORTANT!


You may already know that children who stop reading over the summer experience the "summer slide."  Students who do not read this summer will lose two or more months of reading ability.  If this happens every summer, by sixth grade they may be as much as TWO YEARS behind their classmates who did read each summer.  Fortunately, there is good news!  Just fifteen or twenty minutes of reading most days of the week should hold off the summer slide, AND even allow your child to start the upcoming school year a stronger reader than he or she is right now.  Being a stronger, better reader will make life so much easier for our kids.  Let's help them out!


To help keep your child reading over the summer, I would like to share the following exciting information with you:


(1)  The Waukesha Public Library once again has a Summer Reading Club.  Librarians from the public library will talk with our students at the all-school field trip on June 5.  Look for the WPL summer program  flyer to come home following the field trip.  It will be full of information about the Summer Reading Club, and many other fun and interesting activities going on at the public library this summer.  Keep an eye out for it!  You can also pick up a copy of the flyer at either the public library, Prairie School library, or check it out online at  http://www.waukesha.lib.wi.us/kc/summer2015.pdf


(2)  Prairie School's own Little Free Library!  This summer our Pawsome Little Library is available for students to use.  Located at the front of our school, it will serve as a free book exchange for our students and is always open.  Bring books you no longer need and trade them for great books someone else has left.  You never know what reading treasure you might find!


(3)  We are also attaching below a flyer from Jill Wickham, District Elementary Library Coordinator, with additional educational resources and ebooks available online through the Prairie Library.  If you need any assistance with these, please email jwickham@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

(4)  School Libraries at Banting, Hadfield, Lowell & Summit View will be open mornings from June 23-July 24 (not July 3, 13, 14, or 15) for any Waukesha students to check out books.  Also, the School District Bookmobile will be available at Hawthorne, Saratoga, Sentinel Park, Merrill Crest Park, and Fox River Park South on Thursday mornings (June 25th-August 13th).  See the attached flyer for times at each location.  


With all of these great reading opportunities available, I know that Prairie kids can avoid the summer slide while having a wonderful time!


-Mr. Klager-

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

   

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

   

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June: 
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

FROM THE PTA:

Thank you for a fabulous school year!  Have a wonderful summer!

Thank you to our volunteers for helping the kids celebrate with fun last day of school activities.  A big thank you to Betsy Peters, outgoing PTA President, and Amy Krall, outgoing PTA Treasurer for all you have done!  Thank you to Amy Riebel for your involvement and work with PTA.  We wish you the best at your new school.  Thank you to everyone who put in their time, talents, donations, etc. and supported PTA this year.  Thank you to all who helped make our year a great one!

Collections - the results are in!
Congratulations to Elena Franz!  She turned in 301 items for the big win!  Elena's class next year will host Puma Claws in September!  Thanks to Elena, her family and ALL the Prairie families who cut, clipped, ripped, taped, and glued Box Tops, Labels for Education, Milk Moola and Tyson A+ Labels this year!  Although we fell shy of our lofty goal, we collected 27,000 items and earned over $2100 for school activities and fun programming!  The overall winning class in this year's challenge traveled 1700 miles on Route 66 by collecting over 3,000 items - Congratulations to Mrs. Bazan's 2/3 class!  Mrs. Baker's and & Mrs. Creasey's classes were a close 2nd and 3rd!

Please keep collecting over the summer and check in with PTA in the fall for a new and exciting Challenge for the 2015-16 school year!  Thanks so much to Erica Kasseckert who will be next year's new "Box Tops Lady"!
  
Summer ....  Simple ways to stay involved:

Collections: Keep collecting those Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson clippings over the summer, we look forward to a great first of school year collection in September.  

Shoparoo: This year we have more than doubled our dollars from last year with Shoparoo!  Keep up the good work with uploading your shopping receipts to Shoparoo to keep those points adding up!  If you haven't done so already this is an easy way to raise funds.  Just go to www.Shoparoo.com for the details or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.  

Back to School Picnic and School Spruce Up:  Be on the look out for an email from your PTA this summer for a summer picnic and back to school spruce up event prior to the start of school.  If you don't already receive emails from PTA and would like to, please email Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com and we will be sure to add you to the list.




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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:22 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Wow!  What an amazing field trip today!  The weather was practically perfect, the activities were fun, and the kids were obviously enjoying themselves.   Thanks to everyone who supported this event – particularly the parents who led the activities at the various stations.  I hope your child shares with you their favorite part of the day. 

As you know, we’re coming up on our last week of school.  While some grade levels have special events or field trips planned, the majority of the week will be “business as usual.”  On Friday, we’ll have our final Pin Assembly for the year beginning at 8:50.  The PTA has graciously agreed to host some Field Day activities for students outside during the day, and at 3:35, we’ll applaud for our fifth graders as they exit the school for the final time as Prairie students.  If you’d like to join us for this last day tradition, please plan check in at the office and then gather in the hallway near the 4th/5th exit door.  Parents can line the area from the back hallway, out the 4/5 door, and onto the playground.

As we wrap up the year, we are also developing plans for next year.  Part of that planning involves organizing teacher assignments for next year.  As with any year, we say good-bye to staff members who accept other positions.  Mrs. Michelle Creasey, second/third grade math teacher and Mrs. Stephanie Wanner, fourth grade science/social studies teacher have both accepted voluntary transfers to Lowell Elementary next year.  I know you join me in wishing them well in these new assignments and thank them for their service to the students at Prairie.  We also say good-bye to Mrs. Kim Scanlan who is completing a one-year assignment as a first grade teacher at Prairie.  She did a great job stepping in when our enrollment increased in August.

At this time, these are the grade level teaching assignments for next year:

K – Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Taddey

1st – Mrs. Dugan, Ms. Geertsma

2nd – Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bazan

3rd – Ms. Sanchez, open position

4th – Mrs. Callen, Mr. Vegter

4th/5th combination class – Mr. Haynes

5th  - Mrs. Klassy, Ms. Seiler

While changes in enrollment numbers can impact these plans, at this time the only combination class will be Mr. Haynes’ class.  All other classes will be single grade level classes with some flexible grouping between classes as needed.  Areas of teacher specialization have not been finalized at this time.

We’ll have a final year-end E-Post for you next Friday.  In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School. 

Amy


 Upcoming Dates:

6/9:  Grade 5 to Milton House
        Kindergarten to Green Meadow Farms
        Grade 5 Celebration
6/10:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/12:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Medications in Health Room:   If your child has medications in the health room, either prescription or over-the-counter, they must be picked up by an adult prior to the end of the school year.  We cannot send any type of medication home directly with students.  Any medications not picked up will be disposed of.

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Student Health Concerns for 2015-16 School Year:   In preparation for 2015-16 school year, we are emailing families with online information available for students with a health concern.  The district website has contact information for Nursing Services and necessary medical forms needed for your school's Healthroom Assistant.   Current students with specific procedures and/or medical needs, not available on the website, will be contacted during the summer for any medical updates.  A link to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Diabetic Clinic Forms, is also available.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, seizure disorder, asthma, daily medication or diabetes, please use link below for the necessary forms:  Nursing Services and Healthroom Forms  

If you are new to the district or have a medical concern,  you would like to discuss, please contact the District Nurse.  Contact information for District Nursing Services and Community Outreach Nurses is also available.  Please work together with your child's physician over the summer to discuss the best plan for school. The forms require a physician's signature.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

SUMMER READING FOR CHILDREN--IT'S IMPORTANT!


You may already know that children who stop reading over the summer experience the "summer slide."  Students who do not read this summer will lose two or more months of reading ability.  If this happens every summer, by sixth grade they may be as much as TWO YEARS behind their classmates who did read each summer.  Fortunately, there is good news!  Just fifteen or twenty minutes of reading most days of the week should hold off the summer slide, AND even allow your child to start the upcoming school year a stronger reader than he or she is right now.  Being a stronger, better reader will make life so much easier for our kids.  Let's help them out!


To help keep your child reading over the summer, I would like to share the following exciting information with you:


(1)  The Waukesha Public Library once again has a Summer Reading Club.  Librarians from the public library will talk with our students at the all-school field trip on June 5.  Look for the WPL summer program  flyer to come home following the field trip.  It will be full of information about the Summer Reading Club, and many other fun and interesting activities going on at the public library this summer.  Keep an eye out for it!  You can also pick up a copy of the flyer at either the public library, Prairie School library, or check it out online at  http://www.waukesha.lib.wi.us/kc/summer2015.pdf


(2)  The Prairie School library will be open this summer on Wednesday evenings!  Watch our final e-post for dates and times as well as the calendar on the website and school sign.  Prairie students (who must be accompanied by a parent) may come to the library to check out fresh reading material.  Wednesday evenings at the Prairie School library--it's the place to be!


(3)  Prairie School's own Little Free Library!  This summer our Pawsome Little Library is available for students to use.  Located at the front of our school, it will serve as a free book exchange for our students and is always open.  Bring books you no longer need and trade them for great books someone else has left.  You never know what reading treasure you might find!

(4)  We are also attaching below a flyer from Jill Wickham, District Elementary Library Coordinator, with additional educational resources and ebooks available online through the Prairie Library.  If you need any assistance with these, please email jwickham@waukesha.k12.wi.us.


With all of these great reading opportunities available, I know that Prairie kids can avoid the summer slide while having a wonderful time!


-Mr. Klager-

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

 

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

 

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June: 
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

FROM THE PTA:

Recap of PTA Meeting held Tuesday, June 2, 2015
THANK YOU to all who came out for the last meeting of the year!
Principal-to-be Kluck attended and gave us a little introduction to himself and his plans for next year.
Thank you again to all who helped make Rocket Rally, Book Fair and Bake Sale a Success!
A great preview into next years plans was given, the budget discussed and approved.   
Farewell & Well Wishes to Principal Riebel!

The Last Day of School: Volunteers Needed!
Everyone is excited for the last day of school and you are invited to help with the celebratory fun.  6 to 8 parents are needed to fill shifts from 9:45 - 11 a.m., 11 - 12 p.m., and 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.  Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius from Betsy Peters or contact her at bpeters1247@gmail.com.  

Box Tops, etc. Collections Counting Night - Monday, June 8th
If you are able to help count the last collection for the school year, please contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.comfor the details on time and place, yet to be determined.  

Scrip Orders will be delivered directly to your home Wednesday, June 10th after 7 p.m.  Any questions, contact Rebecca Reagles at reagles14@yahoo.com.


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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:01 AM
Upcoming Dates:

6/2:  PTA Meeting
6/5:  All School Tribes Field Trip
6/9:  Grade 5 to Milton House
        Kindergarten to Green Meadow Farms
        Grade 5 Celebration
6/10:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/11:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
6/12:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Medications in Health Room:   If your child has medications in the health room, either prescription or over-the-counter, they must be picked up by an adult prior to the end of the school year.  We cannot send any type of medication home directly with students.  Any medications not picked up will be disposed of.

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Student Health Concerns for 2015-16 School Year:   In preparation for 2015-16 school year, we are emailing families with online information available for students with a health concern.  The district website has contact information for Nursing Services and necessary medical forms needed for your school's Healthroom Assistant.   Current students with specific procedures and/or medical needs, not available on the website, will be contacted during the summer for any medical updates.  A link to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Diabetic Clinic Forms, is also available.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, seizure disorder, asthma, daily medication or diabetes, please use link below for the necessary forms:  Nursing Services and Healthroom Forms  

If you are new to the district or have a medical concern,  you would like to discuss, please contact the District Nurse.  Contact information for District Nursing Services and Community Outreach Nurses is also available.  Please work together with your child's physician over the summer to discuss the best plan for school. The forms require a physician's signature.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

2015 Children’s Health and Safety Fair:  The Bethesda Girl Scout Troop #4542 will be hosting a Children’s Health and Safety Fair for children in Waukesha Count on Saturday, June 6th from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Waukesha South High School Gym. These Girl Scouts are working with local leaders to help educate children on various health and safety topics. Some of the community organizations attending this event are: The Waukesha Police and Fire Departments, Metro Market, U.S. Forest Service, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and WCTC Dental Students and more. The event is free and all are welcome. 

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June:
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.



FROM THE PTA:

One more PTA meeting this year: come meet Principal-to-be Kluck!
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30pm. 
We'll wrap up the year by looking ahead to next year!  You can vote on the budget--how PTA will allocate money and how we'll earn money next year. Plus meet the incoming PTA Board and Principal Kluck, and bid farewell to Principal Riebel. Free childcare available in the MMR. 

The Last Day of School: come help plan fun for the kids
Got some ideas of what'd be fun to do on the last day of school? Send your ideas to Betsy Peters at bpeters1247@gmail.com or Shannon Eckmann at joneckmann@msn.com. Then join us that day to end the year and start summer with a bang!

ONE MORE Box Tops (etc) Collection!
Congrats to Mrs. Baker's 2/3 class!  They edged out Mrs. Bazan's class for the April win with 423 collection items.  So far we have turned trash into over $1900 cash for field trips and other fun, educational events for our kids and families! We have also collectively traveled almost 14,000 miles, which means we have almost completed 2 round trips along Historic Route 66! Congratulations Prairie Families!  Now, let's see what we can do in the home stretch!

There is still 1 more collection date to try to get those cars home from CA via Route 66.  The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 5.  Please make sure your child's and his/her teacher's name is on the bag when turned in!  The student who turns in the most in May, will get to host Puma Claws in his/her new classroom in September.

PLEASE Turn them in!  Box Tops EXPIRE!

Counting will be Monday, June 8th.  Location TBD.

Have a great summer everyone!


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
- Carroll University Academic Success Program in Nursing (Grades 5-8)

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:05 AM
NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students back in class on Tuesday, May 26, 2015!


Upcoming Dates:

5/22 & 25:  NO SCHOOL
5/28:  Grades 2 & 3 to Sunset Playhouse
6/2:  PTA Meeting
6/5:  All School Tribes Field Trip
6/9:  Grade 5 to Milton House
        Kindergarten to Green Meadow Farms
        Grade 5 Celebration
6/10:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/11:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
6/12:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

2015 Children’s Health and Safety Fair:  The Bethesda Girl Scout Troop #4542 will be hosting a Children’s Health and Safety Fair for children in Waukesha Count on Saturday, June 6th from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Waukesha South High School Gym. These Girl Scouts are working with local leaders to help educate children on various health and safety topics. Some of the community organizations attending this event are: The Waukesha Police and Fire Departments, Metro Market, U.S. Forest Service, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and WCTC Dental Students and more. The event is free and all are welcome. 


Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

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. 


FROM THE PTA:

The Big Weekend: Thank you to everyone who made last week's events so memorable and successful!
- to Carrie Dinwiddie and friends who made such lovely and delicious treats for the Bake Sale
- to Tera Nehring who moved mountains of mulch to beautify the flower gardens in front of school
- to Stephanie Jackson, the Girl Scouts and their parents, who hosted a great Scholastic Book Fair
- to Jamie Peters and his launch engineers for blasting those rockets to new heights
- to Amy Krall, who organized and prepared all the goodies at the Rocket Rally concession stand
- to Stephanie Hubbard and Erika McMahon for creating and capturing memories at the Rocket Rally photo booth
- to Cheri Bonell for collecting the fun and funny items at the raffle table
- and to everyone else who helped in all the many other ways we asked--
Heather Montes
Shannon Eckman
Katie Mennenoh
Claire Treichel
Carrie Hisel
Becky Boggio
Liz Mirkowski
Michele & Tim Mehling
Girl Scout Troop 8604
Rebecca Reagles
Wendy Hubiack
Sharon Engel
Kristine Guenther & Jack
Erica Kasseckert
Kim & Chad Hubbard & Kyle
Catherine Kienast
Andy Roberts
Scott Krall
Lisa Franz
Gary Jackson
Grayson McMahon
Michelle Standarski
Laura Prestby

The Great Classroom Coin Collection Contest
Wow! Who knew we had so much loose change laying around? Many thanks to everyone who sent in handfuls of coins and cash. In two short weeks we collected more than $1,200 for the PTA general fund. Thank you! Every classroom (with the exception of the 5th graders who will be having their own party soon) collected at least $50 and therefore earned a Freezie Pop party to be held at the teachers' discretion. There was excitement and good-natured competition. There was drama and lead changes and anonymous goodwill donations made just to help the kids reach their goals. There were HEAVY baggies of pennies, handed over with pride. You just KNOW some kid had to work to get that baggie of pennies, even if it was just sitting there sorting coins for 1/2 hour. (7,500 pennies weighs about 5lbs, just in case you were wondering.) The top three classrooms and totals earned were:
Team Baker: $162.48 * winning the Command Central chair and matching junior chairs
Team Scanlan: $161.84 * winning three space pod bean bag chairs
Team Taddey: $150.23 * winning two space pod bean bag chairs
The money raised will go right back into Prairie as allocations to teachers, or to buy special allocations (i.e., headphones or folders), or as field trip or family night funds or in any of the many other ways PTA supports our staff, our students, and our school. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. 

One more PTA meeting this year: come meet Principal-to-be Kluck!
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30pm. 
We'll wrap up the year by looking ahead to next year!  Free childcare available.

Introducing your 2015-16 PTA Board:
Carrie Dinwiddie, President
Erika McMahon, President Elect
Tera Nehring, Treasurer
Erica Kasseckert, Secretary

The Last Day of School: come help plan fun for the kids
Got some ideas of what'd be fun to do on the last day of school? Send your ideas to Betsy Peters at bpeters1247@gmail.com or Shannon Eckmann at joneckmann@msn.com. Then join us that day to end the year and start summer with a bang!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. 


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp

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By Website Administrator on Monday, May 18, 2015 11:47 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It's hard to believe we are entering the final four weeks of the school year.  So much has happened, and is happening, this month.  Before long, we'll be clapping out our fifth graders on the final day of school.

First, a special thank you to all of the parents who celebrated our amazing team during Staff Appreciation Week.  You truly spoiled us!  Thank you for all of the treats and kind words throughout the week.

We are currently in the process of planning for the 2015-16 school year.  Part of that process is creating class homeroom lists for next year.  The creation of class lists is a lengthy and thoughtful process that takes into consideration many factors, including academic levels, learning styles and the social needs of each child.  Our classroom teachers, specialists, special education teachers, school psychologist, social worker, and principal all work together to create the class lists at each grade.

While we are still finalizing which teacher will be teaching which grade/subject and any multi-age sections, we have received our initial staffing allocation for next year.  The breakdown by grade level is:

Kindergarten - 3 teachers
First Grade - 2 teachers
Second Grade - 2 teachers
Third Grade - 2 teachers
Fourth Grade - 2 teachers
Fourth/Fifth Grade - 1 teacher
Fifth Grade  - 2 teachers

As you can see, we anticipate one fourth/fifth grade combination class.  This will prevent us from having our fourth grade classes "loop" as an intact group as we've done the past few years.  Again, we are still determining whether we will have multi-age or a more traditional combination class.  We'll keep you posted on final decisions as well as any changes due to fluctuations in enrollment numbers.

Parents are valuable sources of information regarding social issues and the learning styles of their children.  At this time, we are inviting you to share any written information you wish about the learning styles of your children and any ideas regarding social groups that have been a good match for your child in the past.  Thank you for remembering that we are unable to accept requests for a specific homeroom teacher.  Teachers will be specializing in their instructional areas again next year so students will have the opportunity to work with all teachers at that grade level.

If you have class placement information to share, please email me at ariebel@waukesha.k12.wi.us or send a letter addressed to me with your child.  I will need to receive your written input by Monday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m.  I apologize in advance that the timeline for this process will not allow us to consider letters that are received after this date.  To ensure your request is considered, please make sure your request is directed to me, rather than your child's teacher.  Class lists will be created before I move to Lowell.  However, changes in enrollment do occur over the summer and frequently require class list adjustments.  All letters will be shared with Mr. Kluck to guide any needed changes prior to the start of school.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support of Prairie Elementary.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

5/18:  PTA Culver's Night
5/21:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
          1st & 4th Grade Music Concert
5/22 & 25:  NO SCHOOL
5/28:  Grades 2 & 3 to Sunset Playhouse
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

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. 


FROM THE PTA:

Watch for a Rocket Rally wrap-up in the Thursday, May 21st edition of the E-Post!  But remember, Culver's Night is Monday, May 18th.  Hope to see many Prairie families there!


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:25 AM
Upcoming Dates:

5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"
5/14 & 15:  PTA Bake Sale & Book Fair
5/15:  Kindergarten to Lincoln Arts Center
          PTA Rocket Rally
5/18:  PTA Culver's Night
5/21:  Maret Day/Scrip Pick up


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Drug Free Communities Drug Collection Day:  Drug Free Communities of Waukesha County is planning a Drug Collection and Awareness on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Reduce substance abuse, prevent childhood poisonings and help protect our environment by dropping off old prescription and over the counter medications, inhalers, etc.  Waukesha location is the Waukesha State Bank Downtown Office Employee Parking Lot at St. Paul Ave. and Madison St.  See attached flyer for my details and additional locations. 

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is 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.

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Tricycle Donations:    

TIME FOR SPRING-CLEANING!  

 

Spring is here and our kids at the Waukesha Early Learning Center are finally able to enjoy more time out on the playground. If anyone has any gently used smaller bikes with training wheels, tricycles, scooters and/or riding toys for 3 to 5 year olds that are looking for a good home, the WELC will gladly accept your donations.  Our existing fleet has been ridden hard over the past two and a half years. We have patched and repaired with the help of numerous wonderful volunteers but many of our fleet had to be retired to that great tricycle graveyard.  

 Please contact Barb Perreault (bperreau@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or JoAnn Krofta (jkrofta@waukesha.k12.wi.us) at the WELC to coordinate a drop off or a pick up of your donation. Thank you! 



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. 


FROM THE PTA:

Coin Collecting Contest
Wow! Pennies and dimes really DO add up fast! In the first week of the Coin Collecting Contest, three classrooms have already earned their Freezie Pop Party by collecting at least $50, and another four or five are really, really close! Check the bulletin board in the school lobby for current totals, but here's a glimpse of the standings as of Wed, May 6:
Arnold $16.14
Gerlach $70.17
Dugan $32.23
Geertsma $34.27
Scanlan $40.33
Baker $56.66
Creasey $23.77
Sanchez $15.75
Bazan $5.27
Taddey $41.34
Klassy $13.61
Seiler $30.20
Wanner $71.59
Callen $10.81 
Haynes $12.78
Vegter $5.73
Remember, there's Freezie Pop Party for any class that earns $50, free photos at the Rocket Rally for any class that raises $100, plus really cool classroom prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest totals! All money collected is returned to the PTA general fund and used for events, supplies, family nights, special allocations, field trips, and more. Thanks for supporting your PTA.
 
Rocket Rally: Fri, May 15, 6-8pm
Make your water bottle rockets NOW for next Friday’s big Rocket Rally Fundraiser Event!
 
Bake Sale: Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15, 4:15-7:30pm
Can you donate some goodies for the Bake Sale?
 
The Book Fair is Coming!
Thurs, May 14, 3:45 – 7:00pm
Fri, May 15, 3:45 – 7:30
 
Can you help?
We need all hands on deck for the big events happening next week. Go to SignUpGenius.com to pick your place. It’s always more fun to work with a friend, so make a couple calls, then sign up!
Go to SignUpGenius.com
Click on “find a signup” at the very top of the page
Use “Betsypeters@wi.rr.com” in the “find a signup by e-mail”
Questions? Problems with the website? Contact Betsy Peters directly: betsypeters@wi.rr.com
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.
Medals will be awarded for...
1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)
2. People’s Choice Award
3. Most Creative Use of Recycled Materials
4. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket
5. Best Rocket That Looks Like a Rocket

FINAL CALL for Market Day
    May is the last sale for this school year for Market Day.  Look for the Market Day Order form that came home this week.  Stock up on your favorites (i.e. ChicNSteakes) for the summer.  May is Bonus Days for pizzas and cookies so make room in the your freezer and get ready to support Prairie PTA.
    And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddiedinwiddiecl@gmail.comwith questions or details about the job.
 
Upcoming Events
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
 
  
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
- Wisconsin Youth Sports Expo 5-16-15
- Waukesha Youth Volleyball

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:42 AM


Upcoming Dates:

5/4-8:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/5:  Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert
5/7:  Free Lunch Day for Students
5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"
5/14 & 15:  PTA Bake Sale & Book Fair
5/15:  Kindergarten to Lincoln Arts Center
          PTA Rocket Rally


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Sodexho Free Lunch Day
 for all students on Thursday, May 7, 2015:  This year there is something special happening in the cafeteria during our annual spring farmer’s market. On Thursday, May 7th all students at Prairie Elementary School are invited to have lunch FREE at our Kitchen Open House before they visit Farmer Roy at Lift-Off’s Farm Stand.

There is no sign up required and all students are encouraged to participate.  Check out the menu online for the Thursday, May 7th lunch menu. Lunch includes a choice of an entrée, a trip to the fruit and vegetable bar (all students are required to take at least ½ cup of a fruit or vegetable) and a milk choice to complete their meal and receive it free. All students whether they enjoy a free lunch or not are invited to stop by Lift- Off’s Farm Stand to enjoy some fresh produce samples!

Drug Free Communities Drug Collection Day:  Drug Free Communities of Waukesha County is planning a Drug Collection and Awareness on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Reduce substance abuse, prevent childhood poisonings and help protect our environment by dropping off old prescription and over the counter medications, inhalers, etc.  Waukesha location is the Waukesha State Bank Downtown Office Employee Parking Lot at St. Paul Ave. and Madison St.  See attached flyer for my details and additional locations. 

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is 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.

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Tricycle Donations:   

TIME FOR SPRING-CLEANING!  

Spring is here and our kids at the Waukesha Early Learning Center are finally able to enjoy more time out on the playground. If anyone has any gently used smaller bikes with training wheels, tricycles, scooters and/or riding toys for 3 to 5 year olds that are looking for a good home, the WELC will gladly accept your donations.  Our existing fleet has been ridden hard over the past two and a half years. We have patched and repaired with the help of numerous wonderful volunteers but many of our fleet had to be retired to that great tricycle graveyard.  

Please contact Barb Perreault (bperreau@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or JoAnn Krofta (jkrofta@waukesha.k12.wi.us) at the WELC to coordinate a drop off or a pick up of your donation. Thank you!



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. 


FROM THE PTA:

Pennies and quarters and dimes, oh my!
    The Rocket Rally Coin Collecting Contest is well underway and kids and staff alike are in mission mode to fill their RocketBanks with coins & cash. Check the bulletin board in the school lobby for current stats and cash totals. Or check out the PTA Facebook page (search for “Prairie PTA Go Pumas”) for up-to-the-minute postings.
    For two short weeks we’re collecting coins (or cash—cash works, too!) and adding them all to our general fund. All the money raised returns directly to Prairie, our staff, and students in the form of field trip funds, teacher allocation funds, family night events, and more. Remember, there are great prizes each classroom can win, PLUS grand prizes for the top three fundraising classes!
        * Any class to raise $50 will win a Freezie Pop Party
        * Any class to raise $100 will win a Freezie Pop Party AND coupons for FREE SOUVENIR PHOTOS at the Rocket Rally (1 per student)
        * First Classroom Prize: Three Command Central Rocker Rocket Chairs, one adult-sized and two junior sized
        * Second Classroom Prize: Three SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
        * Third Classroom Prize: Two SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.
Medals will be awarded for...
1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)
2. People’s Choice Award
3. Most Creative Use of Recycled Materials
4. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket
5. Best Rocket That Looks Like a Rocket
 
Staff Appreciation Week
    May 4-8 is Staff Appreciation Week. Encourage your child to fill out the Thank You note that came home last week, and give it directly to their teacher/aide/staff member any time next week. PTA is planning a week of goodies and treats to say “thank you” but nothing beats a carefully crafted and hand written thank you note from their students!
 
Collections Deadline for April is Friday, May 1
    ...or bring your Box Tops, etc., to Literacy Night. Just don't forget to put your child's teacher's name on the bag so the class gets credit for all your hard work! Counting will take place Monday, May 4 from 6:30 until 10:30 at 920 River Hill Dr. Please feel free to give as little or as much time as you want and bring the kids...... Come early and bring the kids or come later without them-either way it will be helpful and fun.
 
FINAL CALL for Market Day

    May is the last sale for this school year for Market Day.  Watch for your Market Day Order form to come home the week of May 4th.  Stock up on your favorites (i.e. ChicNSteakes) for the summer.  May is Bonus Days for pizzas and cookies so make room in the your freezer and get ready to support Prairie PTA.

    And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.comwith questions or details about the job.

 
The Big Weekend, coming soon!
Book Fair
    Thurs, May 14   3:45 - 7:00pm
    Fri, May 15   3:45 - 7:30pm
Bake Sale
    Thurs, May 14   4:15 – 7:00pm
    Fri, May 15  4:15 – 7:30pm
Rocket Rally
    Fri, May 15  6:00 – 8:00pm
 
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
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
* Marcus Movie Ticket Sale    Orders due TODAY (Friday, May 1)


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
- Wisconsin Youth Sports Expo 5-16-15

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:33 PM

Upcoming Dates:

4/30:  Family Literacy Night
5/4-8:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/5:  Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert
5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"


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

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

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
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm

Also attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is 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.

Waukesha Police & Fire Basketball Challenge:  The Waukesha Citizens Policy Academy Association is sponsoring the Waukesha Police & Fire Department Basketball Challenge as a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement "Museum of Valor" and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.  This game will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Catholic Memorial High School.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door. 

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

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. 


FROM THE PTA:
Lots to say this week! Be sure to read to the bottom to get all the news.
 
Rocket Rally Coin Collecting Contest: April 29-May 13
Bet you could find a couple of quarters in the couch cushions and at least 73 cents underneath the floor mats of your car! Take a second to pick up all that spare change and send it in to your child’s classroom next week! Each classroom will have a Rocket Bank to fill with coins (and cash). For two short weeks PTA will be collecting those coins and adding them all to our general fund. All the money raised returns directly to Prairie, our staff, and students in the form of field trip funds, teacher allocation funds, family night events, and more. Watch for updates and running totals here on the e-post, on the PTA facebook page, and on the bulletin board at school. There are great prizes each classroom can win, PLUS some grand prizes for the top three fundraising classes!
        * Any class to raise $50 will win a Freezie Pop Party
        * Any class to raise $100 will win a Freezie Pop Party AND coupons for FREE SOUVENIR PHOTOS at the Rocket Rally (1 per student)
        * First Classroom Prize: Three Command Central Rocker Rocket Chairs, one adult-sized and two junior sized
        * Second Classroom Prize: Three SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
        * Third Classroom Prize: Two SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so your donation becomes a promotional expense and people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.

Win a medal for...

                1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)

                3. People’s Choice Award 

                4. Most Creative Use of Recycled Building Materials

                5. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket

                6. Best Rocket That Looks like a Rocket

 
Shhhh! Do not open ‘til May 4
    Look for the Thank You note coming home in your student’s folder, and encourage him/her to fill it out and return it during Staff Appreciation Week, May 4-8. Our hardworking teachers, aides, administration and staff love a carefully crafted and hand written Thank You note from students (and that’s in addition to the week of goodies and treats PTA is preparing for them!) 
 
Big Box Tops Collections send Puma Claws back to the 2/3 students
        Congratulations to Mrs. Bazan's 2/3 class! They collected 683 items this month to secure the win. They have also taken back the lead from Mrs. Baker's class in the race home on Route 66 and are almost to Kansas! Check out the Race Track on the way to the Library to see all the class standings.
        April is it.....the last month of class competition to earn the rights to Puma Claws this school year. So, if you have been holding on to all those items now is the time to TURN THEM IN!
        How are we doing overall? Our numbers are down significantly from last year when we had 44K items collected as of March. So far this year we have collected 22K items which is 33% to our 66K goal and earned $1600 in cash which is 47% of our $3500 goal. So if you have been holding on to them please turn them in AND remember......Box Tops EXPIRE!
 
Collections Deadline for April is Friday, May 1
    ...or bring your Box Tops, etc., to Literacy Night. Just don't forget to put your child's teacher's name on the bag so the class gets credit for all your hard work! Counting will take place Monday, May 4 from 6:30 until 10:30 at 920 River Hill Dr. Please feel free to give as little or as much time as you want and bring the kids...... Come early and bring the kids or come later without them-either way it will be helpful and fun.
 
FINAL CALL for Market Day
There’s ONE MORE SALE before the end of the school year. Time to stock up on French Toast Sticks, Goldfish Graham Crackers, and all your favorite products that make meal and snack time so much easier. Watch for the sale flyers coming home in early May. And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com with questions or details about the job.
 
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
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
* Marcus Movie Ticket Sale    Early May
 
Welcome, Mr. Kluck!
We’ve invited our incoming Principal, Mr. Kluck, to join us at either of the final two PTA meetings of the year. We’re not sure which he’ll be able to make—so come to both and double your odds of meeting him!
Tues, May 12
and
Tues, June 2
 
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 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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