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By Website Administrator on Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:08 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL:

Hello Parents and Guardians of our Pumas:

We had another great week here at Prairie Elementary School. We can not thank you enough for your support. 

Next week, the fourth graders will begin taking the Forward Assessment. Please make sure that your child is getting a good nights rest and a healthy breakfast each and every morning. We want our learners to be as mentally prepared as they can be. The slogan that we have is "Show What You Know"!!!

We are currently preparing to plan for grade level assignments for next year. If you have any input regarding your child,  please send that information to Mrs. Anderson or me via email.  Please do not request specific educators. We will take all of your information into consideration as we plan for next year. 

I want to encourage everyone to continue to help us with the drop-off and pick-up procedures before and after school.  Thank you for ensuring the safety of all of our learners. 


Upcoming Events:

4/29:  Marcus Ticket orders due
5/2:  PTA Culver's Night
5/2-6:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/3-13:  Forward Exam Testing for Grades 3-5
5/9:  Kindergarten to Sunset Playhouse
5/13:  PTA Puma Palooza
5/16:  New Kindergarten Meet & Greet



DID YOU KNOW . . .

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school.  Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring the following two workshops, both at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  Both events are free but please email ediescott1950@zoho.com if you are interested in attending.  Flyers are also attached below.

  • Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Adolescents on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April/May:

  • Creative Play & Learn on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Positive & Negative Effects of Video Games on Tuesdays, May 3-17, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 2-23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Flyers are attached below.  

FROM YOUR PTA: 

Thank you to all who participated in the Donation Drive - You are Pawsome! We Exceeded Our Goal!

Culver's Night - Monday, May 2, from 5-8 p.m.
  Join us for dinner or ice cream!  Prairie PTA gets a percentage of all sales during that time period!

Marcus Movie Ticket Order Forms and $ Due TODAY April 29th
Don't forget to stock up on movie tickets for this summer at a discount and turn in your order forms and monies to school today.  Checks payable to Prairie PTA with your order form. Any questions, please contact Cathi Kinast at clkienast@att.net 

Staff Appreciation Week - Next Week May 2nd through May 6th
It's time to show our staff at Prairie how much we truly appreciate all that they do!  Send in your words and/or tokens of appreciation to our staff all week because they are Pawsome!  Look for more details on Monday :)

Book Fair, Thurs. May 12th and Friday May 13th from 4 - 7:30 p.m. Buy One - Get One Free!
It's a great way to plan for your summer reading!  Look for details coming home soon with your learners.

SAVE THE DATE!!! FRIDAY, MAY 13th from 6 - 8:30 p.m. - It's our biggest event of the year PUMA PALOOZA!
Lots of fun is planned here at school for this event, including local organizations showcasing their activities, inflatable fun, concessions, games, auction, dance party, etc.  This is our biggest fundraising event of the year.  Please plan to come join in the fun and bring your friends, family and neighbors too!  More information will be coming home with your learner soon!

To help make this event a success we need your help!  There are many ways to help :)  We are currently collecting donations for our auction, so if you run a business or know someone who does and are willing to make a donation or an inquiry for a donation, please let us know.  Email Shannon Eckmann atshaneckmann@gmail.com.  Also, we are having each grade collect donations from families to build fun baskets for our auction; look for details coming home with your learners.  Any questions on the baskets, please email Kristi Davis at mamaofpi12@gmail.com.  We will also need many volunteers to help run the event; look for a sign up genius coming soon!  Any questions about the event in general, please contact Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com 

The planning committee will continue to meet Mondays at 7 p.m. at Culver's until the event is done.  Please join us in planning the fun, it's ok if you haven't made it yet, you are welcome any time.

Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017
PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Nominations were accepted at the PTA meeting on Tuesday for Treasurer - Andy Roberts and Secretary - Kristi Davis & Patti Cooper as Co-Secretaries. Thank you for your willingness to serve on the PTA Board!  We are still seeking a self nomination for the position of President Elect.   It is a two year term, one year as President Elect and the next year as President.  Voting will take place at next month's PTA meeting on May 10th.  For anyone interested who would like more information or has any question, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Collections:  Keep clipping and collecting, the last collections deadline of this school year will be Fri. May 20th.  Remember to hand in all of your Labels for Education items in May as that program is ending after this school year.  So please be sure to turn them in soon so we can turn them in for credit before it's too late!  Any questions, please email Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com

Shoparoo:  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas



Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team
- Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest sponsored by Optimist Club 

Attachments:
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
summer-school-flyer 2016.jpeg
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges5-8-Summer2016.pdf
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges9-12-Summer2016.pdf
2016 Waukesha South BB Summer Camp.pdf
Parents United 5-3-16 Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships.pdf
Parents United 5-11-16 Understanding Trauma.pdf
Books and Barbers.png
Parents Place May 2016 Classes.pdf
Kids Managing Anger May 2016.pdf
Effects of Video Games May 2016.pdf2016YouthCampSoccerFlyer.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:26 AM
REMINDER - NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016


Upcoming Events:

4/23:  PTA Textile Recycling Day
4/25:  NO SCHOOL
4/27:  Grade 5 to Waukesha Water Utility
4/29:  Marcus Ticket orders due
5/9-13:  Forward Exam Testing for Grades 3-5
5/13:  PTA Puma Palooza



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Optimist Swim Team Party:  Due to lifeguard and pool availability the pizza/pool party will be Friday, April 22, from 5:30-7:30pm at West High School pool. .  The party is for immediate family members ONLY and is $2 per person to cover the cost of pizza and drinks.  Any questions, please call Kim Hubbard at 262-574-7617 or email at chbbrd03@gmail.com.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  In the near future, our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school.  Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring the following two workshops, both at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  Both events are free but please email ediescott1950@zoho.com if you are interested in attending.  Flyers are also attached below.

  • Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Adolescents on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April/May:

  • Love and Logic on Mondays, April 4-25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Challenges on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Creative Play & Learn on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Positive & Negative Effects of Video Games on Tuesdays, May 3-17, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 2-23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Flyers are attached below.  

FROM YOUR PTA: 

Donation Drive Tomorrow!  Saturday, April 23rd  9 to 11 a.m. the Drive Thru is Open at School to collect your items!  Or leave a bag or bags by your mailbox before 10 a.m. Saturday for pick up in the surrounding neighborhoods - pick up to occur between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  If you would like a tax receipt for your donation - please use the drive thru option at school.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  We still need help to staff this event and collect these donations.  If you can give even a 1/2 hour of your time it would be greatly appreciated.  Please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-donation1  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  Any questions, please contact Stephanie Hubbard at steph.s.hubbard@gmail.com

Rose Glen’s PTO is hosting the 56th Annual Chicken Barbecue at Rose Glen Elementary School this Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event offers a delicious chicken dinner (with chicken roasted on the grill), concessions, a bake shop, games for the entire family (most just $1), prizes, free entertainment in the library/media center, and an amazing raffle (tickets just 50 cents/$1.00).  The raffle drawing begins at 5:00 p.m.  This is a wonderful community event filled with fun for families, and all proceeds that are raised go back to the school to help purchase books, classroom supplies and other things needed for the children.  Rose Glen PTO kindly thanks all families who are able to stop out and see us.   Prairie Families - this is a great event, fun for the whole family and a great way to support another school in our district.  We have also invited Rose Glen Families to join us at our up coming Carnival / Puma Palooza Event on May 13th.  Working together we can do even more for our schools!

Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, Monday, April 25th at 7 p.m. at Culver's
Carnival is coming up this May and is our biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Many volunteers are needed at each step to have a great event that raises funds and is fun for families.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival, if you are interested in being part of the planning committee please email Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com or simply come to out next meeting.  It's ok if you missed the first few meetings, we welcome all who can help in anyway!  

Marcus Movie Ticket Sales - NOW - April 29th
Information on the semi-annual Marcus Movie Ticket Sales should have come home in your learner's backpack.  Don't forget to turn in your orders by Friday, April 29th!  Checks payable to Prairie PTA with your order form.  It's a great way to stock up on movie tickets for the summer at a discount!  Any questions, please contact Cathi Kienast at clkienast@att.net 

Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017
PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Nominations were accepted at the PTA meeting on Tuesday for Treasurer - Andy Roberts and Secretary - Kristi Davis & Patti Cooper as Co-Secretaries. Thank you for your willingness to serve on the PTA Board!  We are still seeking a self nomination for the position of President Elect.   It is a two year term, one year as President Elect and the next year as President.  Voting will take place at next month's PTA meeting on May 10th.  For anyone interested who would like more information or has any question, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Collections:  Keep clipping and collecting, the last collections deadline of this school year will be Friday, May 20th.  Remember to hand in all of your Labels for Education items in May as that program is ending after this school year.  Please be sure to turn them in soon so we can turn them in for credit before it's too late!  Any questions, please email Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com

Shoparoo:  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas

Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team
- Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest sponsored by Optimist Club 

Attachments:
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
Love and Logic - 2016 April.pdf
Infant-Toddler Challenges 2016 April.pdf
Parents Place April 2016 On-Going Support Groups 3-9-16.docx
summer-school-flyer 2016.jpeg
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges5-8-Summer2016.pdf
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges9-12-Summer2016.pdf
2016 Waukesha South BB Summer Camp.pdf
Parents United 5-3-16 Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships.pdf
Parents United 5-11-16 Understanding Trauma.pdf
Books and Barbers.png
Parents Place May 2016 Classes.pdf
Kids Managing Anger May 2016.pdf
Effects of Video Games May 2016.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:15 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL

We want to thank you for another PAWSOME week. Your unwavering support helps us meet the needs of all of our learners. The educators at Prairie have a deep understanding and commitment to making sure that all learners are on a path to be College and Career Ready in the future. I have a question for you? What do you value about Prairie? What does Prairie mean to our community? What do you desire Prairie to be in the future? I want to have a parent's perspective. Please email me your responses. Thank you.


Upcoming Events:

4/18:  Grade 3 Arnold to Env Ed
          Grade 4 Callen & Haynes to Lapham Peak
4/19:  Grade 4 Vegter to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 to Env Ed
4/21:  Wear Blue for Autism Day
4/23:  PTA Textile Recycling Day
4/25:  NO SCHOOL


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:  Registration for summer school will open on Friday, April 1st and continue through Friday, April 15th.  A teacher recommendation form was sent home with your child/ren on Wednesday, April 6th.  Registration must be completed through Infinite Campus or there will be three dates for open registration if you wish to register in person.  See the attached flyer for those details.  You may also use the following link for more information on the Waukesha School District Summer School program:  https://goo.gl/JGPjKk.

Optimist Swim Team Party:  
Due to lifeguard and pool availability the pizza/pool party will be Friday, April 22 from 5:30-7:30pm at West High School pool. On Monday, April 18th, Mrs. Hubbard will be at the entrance of Prairie from 5:00-6:00pm for everyone to come by and fill in a form and pay.  The party is for immediate family members ONLY and is $2 per person to cover the cost of pizza and drinks.  If you are unable to make the party or stop by Monday to pay, please let me know.  Thanks so much!  Any questions, please call Kim Hubbard at 262-574-7617 or email at chbbrd03@gmail.com.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  In the near future, our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring the following two workshops, both at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  Both events are free but please email ediescott1950@zoho.com if you are interested in attending.  Flyers are also attached below.

  • Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Children & Adolescents on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for March/April:

  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, April 5-19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Love and Logic on Mondays, April 4-25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Challenges on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Adult Anger on Wednesdays, April 6-20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Ongoing Support Groups in April 

Flyers are attached below.  

FROM YOUR PTA: 

Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017:  PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Nominations were accepted at the PTA meeting on Tuesday for Treasurer - Andy Roberts and Secretary - Kristi Davis & Patti Cooper as Co-Secretaries. Thank you for your willingness to serve on the PTA Board!  We are still seeking a self nomination for the position of President Elect.   It is a two year term, one year as President Elect and the next year as President.  Voting will take place at next month's PTA meeting on May 10th.  For anyone interested who would like more information or has any question, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Donation Drive:  Going on NOW through April 23rd! Call for help in getting the word out to the community!
PTA is collecting your unwanted clothing and household items - please bring in your items as soon as possible to school or contact Tera Nehring at tera.nehring@yahoo.com to arrange for drop off at her home.  In addition to our Prairie families, we are seeking donations from our community in this drive.  We are currently seeking volunteers to place flyers and donation bags door to door in the community for our drive on Saturday, April 16th.  Please see the sign up genius set up for coordinating canvasing the community to inform them of this donation drive at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-donation  We also need volunteers to help with the BIG EVENT on Saturday, April 23rd, helping collect donations at our school drive through as well as those able to pick up donations in our community left at mailboxes in surrounding neighborhoods.  Please sign up through sign up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-donation1 Also, please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  If you would like a tax receipt, see a representative on Fridays after school on the playground.

Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, Monday, April 18th at 7 p.m. at Culver's
Carnival is coming up this May and is our biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Many volunteers are needed at each step to have a great event that raises funds and is fun for families.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival.  If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, please email Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com or simply come to out next meeting.  It's ok if you missed the first few meetings, we welcome all who can help in anyway!  

Marcus Movie Ticket Sales - April 20th - April 29th
Please be on the look out for information on the semi-annual Marcus Movie Ticket Sales in your learner's backpack.  It's a great way to stock up on movie tickets for the summer at a discount.  Any questions, please contact Cathi Kinast at clkienast@att.net.

Collections:  Congratulations to Mrs. Brendel’s Class for bringing in the most Collection items in March.  For bringing in 715 collection items, they get to host Puma Claws in their classroom.  Congratulations also to our winners for the January and March collections: Ms. Sanchez’s class won an extra recess with 1,682 collection items and Mrs. Brendel’s class with 1,297 items won freezie pops.  Keep clipping and collecting; the last collections deadline of this school year will be Friday, May 20th.  Remember to hand in all of your Labels for Education items in May as that program is ending after this school year.  So please be sure to turn them in soon so we can turn them in for credit before it's too late!  Any questions, please email Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com

Shoparoo:  Thank you for participating is Shoparoo - we have officially raised more than last year all ready - keep up the good work!  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team
- Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest sponsored by Optimist Club 

Attachments:
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
Unlock the Secrets to Discipline 2016 April.pdf
Love and Logic - 2016 April.pdf
Infant-Toddler Challenges 2016 April.pdf
Anger Mang Adults 2016 April.pdf
Parents Place April 2016 On-Going Support Groups 3-9-16.docx
summer-school-flyer 2016.jpeg
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges5-8-Summer2016.pdf
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges9-12-Summer2016.pdf
2016 Waukesha South BB Summer Camp.pdf
Parents United 5-3-16 Building & Maintaining Peer Relationships.pdf
Parents United 5-11-16 Understanding Trauma.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 10:28 AM

Upcoming Events:

4/12:  PTA Meeting
4/15:  Grade 1 to Env Ed
          Grades 3 Fasula & Sanchez to Env Ed
4/18:  Grade 3 Arnold to Env Ed
          Grade 4 Callen & Haynes to Lapham Peak
4/19:  Grade 4 Vegter to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 to Env Ed
4/21:  Wear Blue for Autism Day
4/23:  PTA Textile Recycling Day
4/25:  NO SCHOOL


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:  Registration for summer school will open on Friday, April 1st and continue through Friday, April 15th.  A teacher recommendation form should have come home with your child/ren on Wednesday, April 6th.  Registration must be completed through Infinite Campus or there will be three dates for open registration if you wish to register in person.  See the attached flyer for those details.  You may also use the following link for more information on the Waukesha School District Summer School program:  https://goo.gl/JGPjKk.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  In the near future, our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for March/April:

  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, April 5-19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Love and Logic on Mondays, April 4-25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Creating a Love of Learning in Children on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Challenges on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Adult Anger on Wednesdays, April 6-20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Ongoing Support Groups in April 

Flyers are attached below.  

Parents United:  
Parents United is sponsoring a workshop by Brian Fidlin, PsyD entitled "Mental Health; Troubled Waters"; Navigating Child and Adolescent Mental Health on Wednesday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  at the Richard T Anderson Education Center at Waukesha County Technical College.  Pre-registration is required.  Please email Ediescott1950@zoho.com.  A flyer with more details is attached below.

FROM YOUR PTA: 

Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017
PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Anyone interested in any position, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Donation Drive:  Going on NOW through April 23rd! Call for help in getting the word out to the community!
PTA is collecting your unwanted clothing and household items.  A flyer and bag for you to place your donations in has been sent home with your learner prior to Spring Break. In addition to our Prairie families we are seeking donations from our community in this drive.  We are currently seeking volunteers to place flyers and donation bags door to door in the community for our drive.  Please see the sign up genius set up for coordinating canvasing the community to inform them of this donation drive at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eada622a7f94-donation  Also, please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  A donation barrel is located in the lobby of the school.  Of if you would like a tax receipt, see a representative on Fridays after school.

Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m. at Culver's
Carnival is coming up this May and is our biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Many volunteers are needed at each step to have a great event that raises funds and is fun for families.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival, if you are interested in being part of the planning committee please email Shannon Eckmann atshaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com or simply come to out next meeting.  It's ok if you missed the first few meetings, we welcome all who can help in anyway!  

PTA Meeting, Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library
There are so many exciting things going on right now and being planned for Prairie - Please come join us to hear what all is coming up and give your input into the process.  Just a few - nominations for the board, staff appreciation week, donation drive, Prairiepalooza, etc.  Our Kindgergarten educators, Mrs. Gerlach & Mrs. Taddey will be giving a special presentation on the "Power of Play" in the classroom.  Child care provided free of cost for school age children during the meeting.

Collections:  Keep on clipping and collecting those box tops and labels for education labels and turn them in!  The labels for education program recently announced that they will be discontinuing the program after this school year.  So please be sure to turn them in soon so we can turn them in for credit before it's too late!  Any questions, please email Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com

Shoparoo:  Thank you for participating is Shoparoo - we have officially raised more than last year all ready - keep up the good work!  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas

Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team
- Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest sponsored by Optimist Club 

Attachments:
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
PARENTS UNITED - Mental Health - Troubled Waters, B. Fidlin 4-13-16.docx
Unlock the Secrets to Discipline 2016 April.pdf
Love and Logic - 2016 April.pdf
Creating a Love of Learning 2016 April.pdf
Infant-Toddler Challenges 2016 April.pdf
Anger Mang Adults 2016 April.pdf
Parents Place April 2016 On-Going Support Groups 3-9-16.docx
summer-school-flyer 2016.jpeg
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges5-8-Summer2016.pdf
SocialSkillsRetreatFlierAges9-12-Summer2016.pdf
By Website Administrator on Monday, March 21, 2016 10:04 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL

Hello Prairie Family,


First and foremost, we want to ask everyone to have a safe Spring Break. Our learners are determined to meet their learning targets. All educators are working diligently to assist the learners with their goals. We are aiming each and every day to enhance their opportunity to grow academically and socially. Thank you for all of your support.


We want to thank all of our families that participated in the Jump Rope for Heart. Mr. Booth was the star attraction as he was slimed in front of a gymnasium full of learners. Our learners raised $9,604 that will benefit Jump Rope for Heart.


When we return in April, we will begin to have more conversations centered around the Forward Exam. The Forward Exam is the state examination that took the place of the Badger Exam. We will communicate more information regarding the Forward Exam with you after Spring Break.


Upcoming Events:

3/24:  Family Fun Night @ Skateland
3/25-4/3:  Spring Break
4/4:  Classes Resume
        PTA Culver's Night


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Optimist Swim Meet:  Prairie's 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students did an exceptional job last Saturday at the Optimist Swimming & Diving Meet.  Our team of 39 students earned about 50 placed ribbons!  Prairie took 5th place overall out of the 13 elementary schools.  Way to go Prairie on your hard work and excellent team spirit!

Summer School:  Registration for summer school will open on Friday, April 1st and continue through Friday, April 15th.  Registration may be completed through Infinite Campus or there will be three dates for open registration if you wish to register in person.  See the attached flyer for those details.  You may also use the following link for more information on the Waukesha School District Summer School program:  https://goo.gl/JGPjKk.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  Our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam in April.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Healing Hearts of Waukesha County:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers grief support  for children (ages 4-18) and the adults who care for them.  There may be loss may be for a number of reasons:  death, divorce, separation, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment. They are free to all participants and offer Spanish-speaking volunteers and materials.  Their flyer is attached  announcing our Spring session which begins February 8 - and runs for 12 weeks - Mondays from 5:30  - 7:30 P.M.  Check us out at www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org and look for their registration form. 


Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for March/April:
  • Co-Parenting on Mondays, March 7-28 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, April 5-19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Love and Logic on Mondays, April 4-25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Creating a Love of Learning in Children on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Challenges on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • What Children Need to Learn on Monday, April 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Adult Anger on Wednesdays, April 6-20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Ongoing Support Groups in April 

Flyers are attached below.  

Parents United:  
Parents United is sponsoring a workshop by Brian Fidlin, PsyD entitled "Mental Health; Troubled Waters"; Navigating Child and Adolescent Mental Health on Wednesday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  at the Richard T Anderson Education Center at Waukesha County Technical College.  Pre-registration is required.  Please email Ediescott1950@zoho.com.  A flyer with more details is attached below.

FROM YOUR PTA: 


Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017
PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Anyone interested in any position, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Donation Drive:  Going on NOW through April 23rd!  PTA is collecting your unwanted household items.  A flyer and bag for you to place your donations in has been sent home with your student this week.  If you are home over Spring Break this is a great time to do some spring cleaning and fill up your bag for Prairie.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  A donation barrel is located in the lobby of the school.  Of if you would like a tax receipt, see a representative on Fridays after school.

Family Fun Night Out at Skateland - TONIGHT!! March 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Everyone had so much fun last time that we are bringing this event back due to popular demand.  Kick off Spring Break (there's no school on Friday, March 25th) and bring your family and friends to skate  your legs off for Prairie PTA!  It's Cheap Skate Night, $4 admission and $2 rentals.  Skateland is donating 50% of the night's Prairie profits to PTA.  When you arrive and pay, please don't forget to tell them you are with Prairie so we get the credit!  

Restaurant Night at Culver's - Monday, April 4th from 5 to 8 p.m.
Who wants to cook on first day back after Spring Break?  Not me!  Join us at Culver's for dinner or a treat and catch up with your Prairie friends following Spring Break.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, Monday, April 4th at 7 p.m. at Culver's
Carnival is coming up this May and is our biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Many volunteers are needed at each step to have a great event that raises funds and is fun for families.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival, if you are interested in being part of the planning committee please email Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com or simply come to out next meeting.  It's ok if you missed the first meeting, we welcome all who can help in anyway!  

Collections:  Keep on clipping and collecting those box tops and labels for education labels and turn them in!  The labels for education program recently announced that they will be discontinuing the program after this school year.  So please be sure to turn them in soon so we can turn them in for credit before it's too late!  Any questions, please email Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com

Shoparoo:  Thank you for participating is Shoparoo - we have officially raised more than last year all ready - keep up the good work!  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas






Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team
- Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest sponsored by Optimist Club 

Attachments:
Co-Parenting March 2016.pdf
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
PARENTS UNITED - Mental Health - Troubled Waters, B. Fidlin 4-13-16.docx
Unlock the Secrets to Discipline 2016 April.pdf
Love and Logic - 2016 April.pdf
Creating a Love of Learning 2016 April.pdf
Infant-Toddler Challenges 2016 April.pdf
What Children Need to Learn 2016 April dlb.pdf
Anger Mang Adults 2016 April.pdf
Parents Place April 2016 On-Going Support Groups 3-9-16.docx
summer-school-flyer 2016.jpeg
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:17 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL

A special thanks to Mr. Booth for his coordination and support of our Jump Rope for Heart program.  We are celebrating with a fun assembly this afternoon as a culmination of that event.

Report cards are available today in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Please take a moment to review your child's report card and contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

We'd like to wish our swim team good luck at the Optimist Swim Meet on Saturday.  We have several 3rd-5th graders participating in this event and representing Prairie.  Team members, remember to wear your team shirts on Monday.  We will be taking a group picture for the yearbook on Monday morning.

Have a great weekend, Pumas!


Upcoming Events:

3/19:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/24:  Family Fun Night @ Skateland
3/25-4/3:  Spring Break
4/4:  Classes Resume
        PTA Culver's Night


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  Our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam in April.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Healing Hearts of Waukesha County:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers grief support  for children (ages 4-18) and the adults who care for them.  There may be loss may be for a number of reasons:  death, divorce, separation, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment. They are free to all participants and offer Spanish-speaking volunteers and materials.  Their flyer is attached  announcing our Spring session which begins February 8 - and runs for 12 weeks - Mondays from 5:30  - 7:30 P.M.  Check us out at www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org and look for their registration form. 


Women's Center Workshops:  The Women's Center located at 505 N East Avenue in Waukesha is sponsoring the following workshop at no cost:
  • Discover (a support group for children & a protective parent who have experienced domestic abuse):  Wednesdays, February 3rd-March 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
You may call the Women's Center at 262-547-2600 for more information or to register.  Flyers are also attached below.

Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for March/April:

  • All About Teens on Mondays, March 7-21 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Co-Parenting on Mondays, March 7-28 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, April 5-19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Love and Logic on Mondays, April 4-25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Creating a Love of Learning in Children on Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Infant/Toddler Challenges on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • What Children Need to Learn on Monday, April 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Adult Anger on Wednesdays, April 6-20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Ongoing Support Groups in April 

Flyers are attached below.  

Parents United:  
Parents United is sponsoring a workshop by Brian Fidlin, PsyD entitled "Mental Health; Troubled Waters"; Navigating Child and Adolescent Mental Health on Wednesday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  at the Richard T Anderson Education Center at Waukesha County Technical College.  Pre-registration is required.  Please email Ediescott1950@zoho.com.  A flyer with more details is attached below.

FROM YOUR PTA: 

Fom your PTA:

Call for Volunteers for Open PTA Board Positions for 2016-2017:  PTA is looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Anyone interested in any position, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  

Collections:   Collections are due TODAY!  Don't forget to turn in your bonus certificates so your learner can receive their special spirit stick!  Please put the bonus sheets in a baggie or envelope and do not tape or staple them to anything.  The class that collects the most collection items (Box Tops, Labels for Education and Project A+ items) for each collections deadline will get to host Puma Claws in their classroom.  Additionally, the top two classrooms for the January and March combined collections will earn an extra recess for first place and freezie pops for second place. 

SCRIP: Order deadline extended to Monday, March 21st.  Go to shopwithscrip.com and enter your order or look for an order form soon.  Any questions, email Tera Nehring at Tera.Nehring@yahoo.com.

Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, Monday, March 21st at 7 p.m.
Carnival is coming up this May and is our biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Many volunteers are needed at each step to have a great event that raises funds and is fun for families.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival.  If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, please email Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com or Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com, or simply come to the first meeting being held this coming Monday, March 21st at 7 p.m. at Erica Kasseckert's home.  Please email Erica at ericak@wi.rr.com for her address.  

Donation Drive:  Going on NOW through April 23rd!  PTA is collecting your unwanted household items.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  A donation barrel is located in the lobby of the school.  If you would like a tax receipt, see a representative on Fridays after school.

Family Fun Night Out at Skateland - Thursday, March 24th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Everyone had so much fun last time that we are bringing this event back due to popular demand.  Kick off Spring Break (there's no school on Friday, March 25th) and bring your family and friends to skate  your legs off for Prairie PTA!  It's Cheap Skate Night, $4 admission and $2 rentals.  Skateland is donating 50% of the night's Prairie profits to PTA.  When you arrive and pay, please don't forget to tell them you are with Prairie so we get the credit!  

Restaurant Night at Culver's - Monday, April 4th from 5 to 8 p.m.
Who wants to cook on first day back after Spring Break?  Not me!  Join us at Culver's for dinner or a treat and catch up with your Prairie friends following Spring Break.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Shoparoo:  Thank you for participating in Shoparoo - we have officially raised more than last year already - keep up the good work!  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas

Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team 

Attachments:
All About Teens March 2016.pdf
Co-Parenting March 2016.pdf
Discover Support Group.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
PARENTS UNITED - Mental Health - Troubled Waters, B. Fidlin 4-13-16.docx
Unlock the Secrets to Discipline 2016 April.pdf
Love and Logic - 2016 April.pdf
Creating a Love of Learning 2016 April.pdf
Infant-Toddler Challenges 2016 April.pdf
What Children Need to Learn 2016 April dlb.pdf
Anger Mang Adults 2016 April.pdf
Parents Place April 2016 On-Going Support Groups 3-9-16.docx
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 09, 2016 8:07 AM

Upcoming Events:

3/19:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/24:  Family Fun Night @ Skateland
3/25-4/3:  Spring Break
4/4:  Classes Resume
        PTA Restaurant Night


DID YOU KNOW . . .

JK Lee After School Martial Arts Program:  Starting March 8th J.K. Lee's Black Belt Academy will be coming to Prairie for the After School Martial Arts " Be Your Best" program. These classes will be held after school in the gym (3/8, 3/10, 3/15, 3/17) from 3:45-4:45pm. Ms. April Frank will lead the students through exercises that teach children confidence, respect, focus, and Martial Arts fundamentals. All students will have the opportunity to learn the skills to earn a Martial Arts belt and definitely have fun each and every class! This program is open to all Prairie students K-5 and proceeds will benefit the Prairie PTA. Please complete the registration form and turn in payment (checks made out to the Prairie PTA) to Mr. Booth in the gym.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  Our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam in April.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
Bike helmets for adults and children are also for sale (sizes Toddler through Adult M/L).  The order form is attached below and is due back to our office by Tuesday, March 15th.    All bike helmets must be picked up on Saturday, April 16th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Waukesha North in the Fieldhouse.  They must be pre-ordered and additional supplies are not available at the site.

More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Healing Hearts of Waukesha County:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers grief support  for children (ages 4-18) and the adults who care for them.  There may be loss may be for a number of reasons:  death, divorce, separation, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment. They are free to all participants and offer Spanish-speaking volunteers and materials.  Their flyer is attached  announcing our Spring session which begins February 8 - and runs for 12 weeks - Mondays from 5:30  - 7:30 P.M.  Check us out at www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org and look for their registration form. 


Women's Center Workshops:  The Women's Center located at 505 N East Avenue in Waukesha is sponsoring the following workshop at no cost:
  • Discover (a support group for children & a protective parent who have experienced domestic abuse):  Wednesdays, February 3rd-March 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
You may call the Women's Center at 262-547-2600 for more information or to register.  Flyers are also attached below.

Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for February/March:

  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays, February 4 – March 17, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • All About Teens on Mondays, March 7-21 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Co-Parenting on Mondays, March 7-28 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Flyers are attached below.  

FROM YOUR PTA: 

PTA Meeting - March 8th - Recap
Thank you to all who came out to attend the meeting and for those who missed it, here's a quick recap.  Mr. Griffin's big announcement about Prairie was Prairie has a new school song - Prairie Rocks!  We got to watch a great video showing the ins and outs of the new school song.  A big thank you to Ms. Callen, Ms. Seiler, & Ms. Bazan who presented on the Read to Achieve Mountain and lead a great discussion on not only what it is but how it is going and ideas for the future.  PTA is also looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled.  Anyone interested in any position, please feel free to contact Carrie Dinwiddie atdinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  Planning has been kicked off for this year's school Carnival, if you are interested in the planning committee please email Shannon Eckmann at shaneckmann@gmail.com.  The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. - mark your calendars now.

Collections:   Make sure to turn in your bonus certificates so your learner can receive their special spirit stick!  Please put the bonus sheets in a baggie or envelope and do not tape or staple them to anything. Collections are due by March 18th.  The class that collects the most collection items (Box Tops, Labels for Education and Project A+ items) for each collections deadline will get to host Puma Claws in their classroom.  Additionally the top two classrooms for the January and March combined collections will earn an extra recess for first place and freezie pops for second place. 

SCRIP: Order deadline is Friday, March 18th.  Go to shopwithscrip.com and enter your order or look for an order form soon.  Any questions, email Tera Nehring at Tera.Nehring@yahoo.com.

Donation Drive:  Going on NOW through April 23rd!  PTA is collecting your unwanted household items.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this epost for details on what we can accept and what we cannot accept.  The company we are using will be giving us as much as $0.20 per pound for the donations, plus they upcycle or recycle all of the items to keep them out of our landfills.  A donation barrel is located in the lobby of the school.  Of if you would like a tax receipt, see a representative on Fridays after school.

Shoparoo:  Thank you for participating is Shoparoo - we have officially raised more than last year all ready - keep up the good work!  If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas

Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team 

Attachments:
All About Teens March 2016.pdf
Co-Parenting March 2016.pdf
Discover Support Group.pdf
Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen 2-16.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Bike Helmet order 2016.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
HAWS 2016 camp flyer.pdf
Donation Drive Info Sheet.pdf
Warrior recruit letter-2016.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 02, 2016 9:26 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL

We've had a PAWSOME "Read Across America" week at Prairie.  Each day had a special focus, including a "Drop Everything and Read" time every day.  Today our wonderful PTA sponsored the "Gift of Reading" Day and gave every learner at Prairie the opportunity to select a book to take home.  

This has also been an exciting College and Career Week at Prairie.  It has been fun to see everyone, learners and educators alike, in their spiritwear from so many different colleges and universities.

Ask your learner about the new hit single, ""Puma Rocks".   This new school song debuted at this morning's pin assembly.

Have a great weekend!


Upcoming Events:

3/4:  End of 2nd Trimester
3/7:  PTA Culver's Night
3/8:  PTA Meeting
3/19:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/24:  Family Fun Night @ Skateland

DID YOU KNOW . . .

JK Lee After School Martial Arts Program:  Starting March 8th J.K. Lee's Black Belt Academy will be coming to Prairie for the After School Martial Arts " Be Your Best" program. These classes will be held after school in the gym (3/8, 3/10, 3/15, 3/17) from 3:45-4:45pm. Ms. April Frank will lead the students through exercises that teach children confidence, respect, focus, and Martial Arts fundamentals. All students will have the opportunity to learn the skills to earn a Martial Arts belt and definitely have fun each and every class! This program is open to all Prairie students K-5 and proceeds will benefit the Prairie PTA. Please complete the registration form and turn in payment (checks made out to the Prairie PTA) to Mr. Booth in the gym.

Wisconsin Forward Exam:  Our learners in grades 3-5 will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam in April.  This exam replaces last year's Badger Exam and the WKCE tests.  A schedule will be sent home with all our learners later this month.  We have attached the brochure from DPI with additional information for your review.  

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
Bike helmets for adults and children are also for sale (sizes Toddler through Adult M/L).  The order form is attached below and is due back to our office by Tuesday, March 15th.    All bike helmets must be picked up on Saturday, April 16th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Waukesha North in the Fieldhouse.  They must be pre-ordered and additional supplies are not available at the site.

More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Healing Hearts of Waukesha County:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers grief support  for children (ages 4-18) and the adults who care for them.  There may be loss may be for a number of reasons:  death, divorce, separation, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment. They are free to all participants and offer Spanish-speaking volunteers and materials.  Their flyer is attached  announcing our Spring session which begins February 8 - and runs for 12 weeks - Mondays from 5:30  - 7:30 P.M.  Check us out at www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org and look for their registration form. 


Women's Center Workshops:  The Women's Center located at 505 N East Avenue in Waukesha is sponsoring the following workshop at no cost:
  • Discover (a support group for children & a protective parent who have experienced domestic abuse):  Wednesdays, February 3rd-March 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
You may call the Women's Center at 262-547-2600 for more information or to register.  Flyers are also attached below.

Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for February/March:

  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays, February 4 – March 17, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • All About Teens on Mondays, March 7-21 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. 
  • Co-Parenting on Mondays, March 7-28 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Five Love Languages on Monday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Flyers are attached below.  

Parents United Program:  
Parents United is  presenting a program entitled "ADHD Interventions for Home and School" on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  This workshop is free but rsvp is requested to ediescott1950@zoho.com.  Flyer attached below. 


FROM YOUR PTA: 

SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS DUE TODAY!  This is the LAST Spirit Wear Sale for this school year!  Don't miss it!   Show off your PUMA pride by sporting Spirit Wear!  Great new spirit wear items available!  Please return your order form to the PTA mailbox no later than TODAY -  Friday, March 4th! See the PTA bulletin board near the lobby for color pictures of the new items, or view the PDF attachment at the bottom of this e-post. Questions? Feel free to contact Erika McMahon at: erikamcmahon@mac.com or 414-708-7811This will be the last spirit wear order for the school year, so don’t delay … send your order in TODAY!

PTA Meeting - Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Library
Mr. Griffin is making a BIG announcement about Prairie!  Plus, Mrs. Callen, Mrs. Seiler, & Mrs. Bazan will be presenting on the Read to Achieve Mountain!  Plus lots of fun PTA events are coming up - be part of the planning discussions.  We are also looking for volunteers to serve on next year's PTA Board - the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary need to be filled and we will begin taking nominations at this meeting.  Babysitting for school aged children is provided during the PTA meeting.  We hope to see you at this important and fun filled meeting.

Art & Talent Showcase was a BLAST!
Thank you to all of our learners and educators that participated in this year's showcase.  Your hard work paid off as the art showcase and performances were truly PAWSOME!  A special thank you to Betsy Peters for heading up and running the show!  Thank you to our other volunteers as well and all of the parents, friends and family for supporting our talented Pumas! 

Collections:   Make sure to turn in your bonus certificates so your learner can receive their special spirit stick!  Please put the bonus sheets in a baggie or envelope and do not tape or staple them to anything. Collections are due by March 18th.  The class that collects the most collection items (Box Tops, Labels for Education and Project A+ items) for each collections deadline will get to host Puma Claws in their classroom.  Additionally the top two classrooms for the January and March combined collections will earn an extra recess for first place and freezie pops for second place. 

Shoparoo:    If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas


Community Flyers:
The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team

Attachments:
All About Teens March 2016.pdf
Five Love Languages March 9 2016.pdf
Co-Parenting March 2016.pdf
Discover Support Group.pdf
Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen 2-16.pdf
2016 Firebirds Pee Wee Registration Form.pdf
Tri Start Bball 2016 The Optimist Club of Waukesha.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf
YMCA 2016 Spring.pdf
Bike Helmet order 2016.pdf
Forward brochure for families.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 11:19 AM

Please use the links below to complete the following two forms as part of our school registration process:


Student Transportation Plans

2015-16 SDW Annual Registration Forms


* Please note in the section of this form entitled “Parent Consent/Opt-out Form for Student Directory Data” that we do not release any information to the military in elementary schools.  However, option 1 or 2 must be selected in order for your child to be included in our school yearbook or have their names listed in programs, newsletters, etc.


THE ABOVE FORM MUST BE FILLED OUT FOR EACH CHILD ATTENDING PRAIRIE.


By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:24 AM
MESSAGE FROM MR. GRIFFIN, PRINCIPAL

This has been a PAWSOME WEEK of fun filled learning and excitement. We want to thank all of our parents for coming out to parent teacher conferences the last two weeks. We are able to provide your child with a high quality education due to your support. In addition to this, we want to thank the PTA and all of the parents that supplied the staff with dinner for all of the educators. We are lucky to have supportive families. 

This week two major events took place at Prairie. We had our 4th grade Economics Fair. The gymnasium was full of excitement as the learners created business plans and created stores to raise money for a worthy cause. 

Today, we celebrated our Black History Program. The learners put on a PAWSOME performance. At the performance we learned about Carter G. Woodson, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Mandela, and more. The gym was filled with the melodies of uplifting voices. We know that together our learners will help to make our world a better place for all of humankind. 

We have had our dress rehearsal for the Talent Show. Tonight is the big night. Are you ready to have your minds blown by all of the talent within the walls of Prairie? Please join us for our talent show tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The learning and fun does not stop at Prairie. Next week, Prairie will celebrate Read Across America and Prairie Collegiate Week. A flyer was sent home that outlined a series of events that will take place that emphasize the significance of literacy. 

In addition to that, we are going to declare that next week is Prairie Collegiate Week. We believe that all of our learners will obtain education after high school. We encouraging all of our learners to wear collegiate wear as we all know the more that you know, the further you will go.

Have a great weekend. We sincerely thank you for giving us the opportunity to educate your children. Together WE Will C.L.I.M.B. the Mountain of Success!
Upcoming Events:

2/26:  PTA Talent Show
2/29-3/4:  Read Across American Week
                College and Career Week
3/4:  End of 2nd Trimester
3/7:  PTA Culver's Night
3/8:  PTA Meeting
3/19:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/24:  Family Fun Night @ Skateland

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Read Across America Week:  
All next week Prairie will be celebrating "Read Across America" .  March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day.  Each day our learners will be doing something special to celebrate.  

Monday is a School Wide Drop Everything and Read Day.  Our learners will carry their books/bins with them all day and wait to hear a special announcement to "drop everything and read" for 15 minutes.  (There will be additional "surprise" times the remainder of the week as well.

Tuesday is “Favorite Book Day.” Please have your child bring their favorite book from home to share with a friend during their reading class.


Wednesday is “Dr. Seuss Day or Character For-a-Day.” Your child can wear red and white in honor of Dr. Seuss or dress up as his/her favorite book character.

Thursday is "Read Across Prairie Day".  Our classrooms will buddy up and read together.  

Friday is "The Gift of Reading Day".  All students will receive a free book thanks to the Prairie PTA.


JK Lee After School Martial Arts Program:  JK Lee Black Belt Academy is holding a "Be Your Best" Martial Arts Program after school at Prairie on Tuesday, March 8th, Thursday, March 10th, Tuesday, March 15th, and Thursday, March 17th from 3:45-4:45 p.m.  All proceeds benefit Prairie PTA.  You may contact Mr. Booth with questions at 262-970-2277 or rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  Registration flyer is attached below.

School Fees:  Statements have been sent out to those families with unpaid school fees.  These fees may be paid through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or directly in our office.

iPad Repairs:  If your student is assessed a fee for an iPad repair, a statement will be sent to you.  This may also be paid through your Infinite Campus Portal or in our office.  If you have incurred a fee for a second repair incident, your child may not take their iPad home until those repair charges are paid in full.  It will still be available to them for use at school. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Run/Walk (formerly Strive to Thrive):   This year's date is Saturday, April 16, 2016, at North High School.  We are adding some fun activities this year!  

Family fun to include:
  •  Army participating with a football toss, basketball challenge, pull-up challenges
  •  HAWS will have a mobile adoption unit and some fun games
  •  Liberty Mutual will be attending with Kids Safe ID kits (free) for families
  •  a rock wall
  •  a bounce house
  •  the City of Waukesha will give kids a tour of a fire truck and ambulance
  •  South HS culinary students will be providing healthy snacks
  •  a recent South HS grad will provide DJ services
  •  ALL 3 High School Mascots will be in attendance!!!
  •  many more health related vendors yet to be confirmed and announced 
More information is on our district website at 
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/wellness/strive-to-thrive. 

Enrollment Office Updates for 2016-2017:  The School District of Waukesha Enrollment Department has begun taking enrollment applications for 2016-2017 new student enrollment, as well as School Choice/Inter-district Transfer applications.  Please review important district enrollment deadlines and guidelines.

2016-2017 New Student Enrollment:
New student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year began on December 1, 2015.  If you have a child entering 4K, Kindergarten or a student currently attending a private/parochial school that needs to enroll for next school year, please stop by the District Enrollment Office.  To be included in the 4K lottery, you will need to complete the enrollment process by January 29, 2016.  To find out more information on the required documents for enrollment, please visit http://tinyurl.com/SDWEnrollment.   

The Enrollment Office is located at the Lindholm Building - Room 124, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.  Email: Enrollment@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call 262-970-1024.  The Enrollment Office is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM,  no appointment is necessary.  However, if you need an earlier or later appointment time we are happy to schedule one.


Healing Hearts of Waukesha County:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers grief support  for children (ages 4-18) and the adults who care for them.  There may be loss may be for a number of reasons:  death, divorce, separation, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment. They are free to all participants and offer Spanish-speaking volunteers and materials.  Their flyer is attached  announcing our Spring session which begins February 8 - and runs for 12 weeks - Mondays from 5:30  - 7:30 P.M.  Check us out at www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org and look for their registration form. 


Women's Center Workshops:  The Women's Center located at 505 N East Avenue in Waukesha is sponsoring the following workshop at no cost:
  • Discover (a support group for children & a protective parent who have experienced domestic abuse):  Wednesdays, February 3rd-March 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
You may call the Women's Center at 262-547-2600 for more information or to register.  Flyers are also attached below.

Parent's Place Classes:  Below are the upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for February/March:

  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays, February 4 – March 17, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Flyers are attached below.  

Parents United Program:  
Parents United is  presenting a program entitled "ADHD Interventions for Home and School" on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  This workshop is free but rsvp is requested to ediescott1950@zoho.com.  Flyer attached below. 


FROM YOUR PTA: 

TONIGHT!!! - Art & Talent Showcase - February 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Prairie Gym
Our learners have worked very hard on their art work and performances for tonight's showcase.  Come out and see our very talented PUMAS!  Students attending the nighttime showcase will receive a spirit stick to add to their collection (while supplies last).  All performers are asked to be at school by 6:15 p.m. tonight and the show will start at 6:30 p.m.  I can't wait to see our talented Pumas in what is bound to be a very fun showcase!

SCRIP Order Deadline is TONIGHT!
Go to www.shopwithscrip.com and enter your order or return your order form to school.  Tera will be at the Art & Talent Showcase tonight to collect any last minute orders or you can purchase SCRIP on the go and take your order home with you tonight.  Any questions or need something quickly, email Tera Nehring at Tera.Nehring@yahoo.com  

Only ONE WEEK LEFT to get your SPIRIT WEAR orders in!  Orders due Friday, March 4th - This is the LAST Spirit Wear Sale for this school year!  Don't miss it! 
Show off your PUMA pride by sporting Spirit Wear!  Great new spirit wear items available!  Please return your order form to the PTA mailbox no later than Friday, March 4th! See the PTA bulletin board near the lobby for color pictures of the new items, or view the PDF attachment at the bottom of this e-post. Questions? Feel free to contact Erika McMahon at: erikamcmahon@mac.com or 414-708-7811This will be the last spirit wear order for the school year, so don’t delay … send your order in TODAY!

Thank you for your help providing Conference Dinners for Staff
A big THANK YOU for your helping hands in providing conference dinners for our staff.  I know they greatly appreciated it during those extra long days!  

Collections:   Make sure to turn in your bonus certificates so your learner can receive their special spirit stick!  Please put the bonus sheets in a baggie or envelope and do not tape or staple them to anything. Collections are due by March 18th.  The class that collects the most collection items (Box Tops, Labels for Education and Project A+ items) for each collections deadline will get to host Puma Claws in their classroom.  Additionally the top two classrooms for the January and March combined collections will earn an extra recess for first place and freezie pops for second place. 

Shoparoo:    If you are asking what is Shoparoo - it's one of the easiest fundraisers out there!  Just ask another user or a member of the board, for a referral and start your earnings strong - that way we get extra points for a new member.  Shoparoo is an easy, no cost fundraiser.  Simply download the free Shoparoo app to your phone and designate Prairie for your support, take photos of your shopping receipts, which will be awarded points and those points turn into dollars for Prairie.  For more information go to www.Shoparoo.com or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.

PTA questions or comments welcome at any time, contact PTAPrairie@gmail.com  

Stay informed throughout the week and see some fun pics by liking us on Facebook at Prairie PTA Go Pumas

Community Flyers:

The following community groups and organizations have flyers on display on the rack outside of our office or are attached below:

- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts
-- YMCA Winter Programs
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball & Girls Softball

Attachments:
YMCA Winter Programs.pdf
Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen 2-16.pdf
Waukesha West High School Basketball Pom Clinic take 2.pdf
express swim school flyer proof 2016.pdf
2016 Waukesha Blazer Rookie Flyer 2016.pdf
Discover Support Group.pdf
Spring 2016 Healing Hearts Flyer.pdf
DaddyDaughterDanceFlyer2016 (1).pdf
SpiritWearOrderForm_Spring2016.pdf
New_SpringSpiritWear 2016.pdf
Parents United ADHD Patric Mattec 4-7-09.doc
Non-medication ADHD Presentation.docx
Cool School 5K Run Walk 2016.pdf
Prairie Be your Best 2016.pdf


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