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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:25 AM
Upcoming Dates:
10/20:  PTA Culver's Night
10/24:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/29 & 11/6:  Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
10/30-31:  NO SCHOOL



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Conferences:  
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, November 6th from 4:00-7:30 p.m.  You will be receiving an email from your child's teacher shortly with instructions on how to select a conference time.  Fourth and Fifth grade teachers will have open conferences in the gym and will not be scheduling specific time slots. 

Christmas Clearing Council:  The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County promotes and coordinates giving to families in need during the Christmas season.  If you and your child(ren) live in Waukesha County and your school-aged child(ren) qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for this program.  Please stop in the office to pick up an application or call to request an application be sent home with your child.  All applications should be returned to the school office.  Applications are due by Tuesday, November 18th.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Bratz, Social Worker, at 262-970-3933 or kbratz@waukesha.k12.wi.us.   Their poster is attached to the bottom on this e-post.

Viewing grades in Infinite Campus:  If you have set up your Infinite Campus Parent Portal, you have the ability to follow your child's assignments and grades.  Please use the attached link to view a helpful tutorial:  
https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/pubhelp/technology-help/infinite-campus/infinite-campus-faq#TOC-Where-do-I-look-for-detailed-grade-information-.   Please contact the office if you still need assistance setting up your Parent Portal.

Student Wellness Newsletter:  Each month we will include a copy of Activate4Kids, a newsletter from Stephanie Schaning, Activate4Kids Student Wellness Coordinator.  This month's newsletter is attached below and features tips for Healthy Snacks for Kids.  

Appointments during the school day:  If you need to pick up your child for an appointment during the school day, please come into the office to sign them out.  It is helpful if the child's teacher has been notified ahead of time via phone, email or note.  The office will not call for your child until you arrive.  We do not want to have students missing valuable instruction time waiting in the office.  For all medical appointments, please get an excuse from the provider for any school time missed so that we can mark the absences as medically excused.  Our new Infinite Campus attendance system does have a feature that calculates in minutes the time missed for late arrivals and early dismissals.  This information will be factored into your child's attendance.  You can view your child's attendance report on your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Celebration of Excellence:  School families and community members are invited to join the Waukesha Education Foundation as they showcase grant projects, musical performances, and honor those who have given to the education of Waukesha School District students.  The Celebration of Excellence will be held in the Waukesha South High School Field House on Sunday, November 2nd from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  This community event is free and open to all.  Please RSVP online at www.waukeshaeducationfoundation.org.  See the attached flyer for more details.

Developmental Days:  Families of children aged 3-5 are offered the opportunity to learn more about the level of their child's development at the Waukesha Learning Center on Thursday, October 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Please call Elizabeth Severing Rosaldo at 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.   A flyer is attached with more details but topics covered will include available services in the community for families with young children and the typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors with children ages 3-5.  

Literacy Council Tutoring:  The Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha has provided individualized tutoring for children and families learning to read, write and speak English effectively.  Each year 200 volunteer tutors help 400 plus students to improve their school performance, obtain citizenship and prepare for greater community participation.  Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in setting up tutoring for your child.  The agency phone number is 262-547-7323 or you may get more information from their website at www.waukeshaliteracy.org.

Parents United:  Parents United, a consortium of area school districts, is presenting two programs in November, one on "How to Address School Refusal and Truancy" and the other on "Reactive Attachment Disorder".  These workshops are free for families, professionals and any interested community members.  Pre-registration is appreciated by contacting ediescott1950@zoho.com.  More details are shown in the attached flyers.

Sodexho News:  Your child's lunch consists of a choice of one entree, one fruit, one vegetable and one milk.  Additional fruits, vegetables and milk may be purchased for .40 each.  Their lunch must include one fruit or vegetable.

October Digital Citizenship Message:   We want your child to be safe online.  This month, the Digital Citizenship curriculum  focuses on Internet Safety.  Please make sure you talk to your child about how to be safe online.  Let them know that if they happen to come across an inappropriate website, to let you know so that you can help block the site, or direct them to an educational and safe website to use.   If your child is beginning to use social media, such as emailing friends, reading blogs, using Facebook or instant messaging, please make sure your child understands that there may be dangerous people online who are trying to get personal information.  Caution your child against sharing any personal information.    Check out these tips and family discussion starters from the NetSmartz website  http://www.netsmartz.org/InternetSafety

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Oooooh... Caramel Peanut Buttercup! Mon, Oct. 20
That would be the Flavor of the Day next Monday at Culver’s on Sunset for our first Culver’s Restaurant night of the year! Mon, Oct. 20, 5-8pm. You get dinner with the family, the kids get to do a little socializing, and Prairie gets a percentage of all sales—including gift cards—that night. Tell your friends and neighbors. No certificate or coupon necessary. Just come and eat!
 
Got your costume yet? Halloween Dance is Fri, Oct 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Invites to the Halloween Dance went out this week. Be sure to return yours or reply to Heather Montes so we can reserve some spooky fun for you and your kiddo. There’ll be food and music, plus souvenir photos and NEW THIS YEAR: a Trick and/or Treat Walk!
Admission is $2 per person or $8 max per family, with additional charges for concessions, photos, tricks and treats.
Can you help make it a spooky time for all? Volunteer for an hour by signing up at signupgenius.com, or contact Heather Montes: ltdmontes@yahoo.com
 
Collection items are due next Fri, Oct. 24
Any Box Tops and Labels for Education and Milk Moola, etc. are due next week. Be sure to mark them with your student’s name and teacher so they can be counted toward the classroom total. Who will get to host Puma Claws in November?!  We will be counting collections on Monday, October 27th from 6:30 til 10 pm at 920 River Hill Dr., so if you have an hour or more to spare please  come on over and connect with other parents!  It’s a pretty fun and easy way to help from behind the scenes! Questions? Email tera.nehring@yahoo.co.
 
The Book Fair is coming! Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6 during conferences
Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s folder this week. It has a pre-order form for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Reserve your copy by returning the form by Tues, Oct. 28. Books will be delivered to school mid-November.
PLUS... Prairie’s Online Book Fair will be open Oct. 23–Nov. 12. Shop a greater selection and get free shipping (to school): http://bookfairs.com/homepage/prairieelembookfair
CORRECTION: the dates of the book fair are indeed Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6 during conferences, NOT Nov. 7 as you may see on the flyer.
 
November PTA Meeting: Focus on Literacy
Plan now to attend the November PTA Meeting (Tues, Nov. 11, 6:30). Our Prairie teachers will be our guest speakers, sharing how literacy, reading and vocabulary plays a huge role in all content areas.
        What other topics would you like to see discussed at PTA meetings? Internet safety? Transitioning to 6th grade? Public library resources? Contact Betsy Peters if you’ve got something in mind that PTA can help develop into a presentation with guest speaker at a future meeting. betsypeters@wi.rr.com
 
PTA is on Facebook!
“Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555
 
 
Mark your Calendar for...
Next PTA Meeting  Tues, Nov. 11 
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com 
 
Culver’s Night! Mon, Oct. 20  
Contact: Amy Krall ajkrall@gmail.com
 
Halloween Dance  Fri, Oct. 24  
Contact: Heather Montes  montesltd@yahoo.com
 
Scholastic Book Fair  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6  
Contact: Stephanie Jackson  stephaniejax1410@gmail.com
 
Conference Dinners for Staff  (during conferences)  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6  
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com

Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- Night At The Museum "Quest For The Treasured Water"
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team

Attachments:

Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Tutoring Children News release.doc
Celebration of Excellence 2014.pdfPARENTS UNITED - RAD - R. Kinney.docx
Parents United - School Refusal & Truancy.docx
October Student Wellness Burst.docx
By Website Administrator on Friday, October 10, 2014 10:17 AM

Upcoming Dates:
10/14:  PTA Meeting
10/15:  Grade 5 Cross Country Run @ West
10/16:  Market Day/Scrip Pick-up
10/20:  PTA Culver's Night
10/24:  PTA Halloween Dance



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Health Room News:  
We want to let you know that Mrs. Markwardt has resigned from her position in the Health Room.  Due to her personal schedule, she felt that subbing in the district would be a better fit for her at this time.  We are interviewing potential candidates next week and will notify you when we have hired a new person.  In the meantime, our health room is being staffed by qualified substitutes.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, you may still reach the health room staff at 970-2215 or Mrs. Anderson in the office at 970-2205.


Appointments during the school day:  If you need to pick up your child for an appointment during the school day, please come into the office to sign them out.  It is helpful if the child's teacher has been notified ahead of time via phone, email or note.  The office will not call for your child until you arrive.  We do not want to have students missing valuable instruction time waiting in the office.  For all medical appointments, please get an excuse from the provider for any school time missed so that we can mark the absences as medically excused.  Our new Infinite Campus attendance system does have a feature that calculates in minutes the time missed for late arrivals and early dismissals.  This information will be factored into your child's attendance.  You can view your child's attendance report on your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Waukesha Education Foundation Celebration of Excellence:  School families and community members are invited to join the Waukesha Education Foundation as they showcase grant projects, musical performances, and honor those who have given to the education of Waukesha School District students.  The Celebration of Excellence will be held in the Waukesha South High School Field House on Sunday, November 2nd from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  This community event is free and open to all.  Please RSVP online at www.waukeshaeducationfoundation.org.  See the attached flyer for more details.

Developmental Days:  Families of children aged 3-5 are offered the opportunity to learn more about the level of their child's development at the Waukesha Learning Center on Thursday, October 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Please call Elizabeth Severing Rosaldo at 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.   A flyer is attached with more details but topics covered will include available services in the community for families with young children and the typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors with children ages 3-5.  

Literacy Council Tutoring:  The Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha has provided individualized tutoring for children and families learning to read, write and speak English effectively.  Each year 200 volunteer tutors help 400 plus students to improve their school performance, obtain citizenship and prepare for greater community participation.  Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in setting up tutoring for your child.  The agency phone number is 262-547-7323 or you may get more information from their website at www.waukeshaliteracy.org.

ParentsActNow.com:  ParentsActNow.com is a one-stop resource for parents for online bullying prevention and education resources created by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It features short video segments on a variety of bullying topics, including the basics of bullying and how to talk to your child about it.   We have attached their flyer giving more details on this important website.  

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Market Day orders (cookies cookies cookies) are due TODAY (10/10/14).
Online orders (cookies, cookies, cookies) are due tomorrow (Sat, Oct. 11 by 11pm) and it’s the fabulous Cookie Sale. The more cookies Prairie orders (cookies, cookies, cookies), the larger the profit we receive. Try a box—they’re delicious! marketday.com  or contact Becky Boggio at tulipgirl@wi.rr.com 
Market Day pick-up is next Thurs, Oct. 16, 5-6pm @ school lobby
 
October Scrip orders are due TODAY (10/10/14)
Go to ShopWithScrip.com to input your order, using enrollment code: EB64484L25513. Or print a paper copy of the order form from the PTA tab of the Prairie website. If you’ve ordered scrip in the past, you know there’s a special offer for you this month (wink wink nudge nudge)! Contact Rebecca Reagles atreagles14@yahoo.com
Scrip card pick-up is next Thurs, Oct. 16, 5-6pm @ school lobby
 
The Book Fair is coming! Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 7 during conferences

Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s folder next week. It has a pre-order form for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Reserve your copy by returning the form by Tues, Oct. 28. Books will be delivered to school mid-November.

PLUS... Prairie’s Online Book Fair will be open Oct. 23–Nov. 12. Shop a greater selection and get free shipping (to school): http://bookfairs.com/homepage/prairieelembookfair

 
PTA is on Facebook!
“Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555
 
Last call: Prairie Directory  Information due Weds, Oct. 15
In between all those school registrations and app downloads and login/password pages and permission slips, did you miss the Prairie PTA Directory form? The directory is a great way to stay connected with other Prairie families, see who’s in your child’s class, send out birthday invitations and arrange playdates. It’s also one of the ways PTA can connect with you easily to let you know about the events and opportunities we’re planning. To be listed in this year’s directory, send the following to Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com
    Student name (as you’d like it listed)
    Student grade & teacher
    Your/your spouse’s name (as you’d like it listed)
    Your primary/preferred phone number
    Your primary/preferred e-mail address
 
Mark your Calendar for...
Next PTA Meeting  Tues, Oct. 14   
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com  
 
Culver’s Night! Mon, Oct. 20   
Contact: Amy Krall ajkrall@gmail.com
 
Halloween Dance  Fri, Oct. 24   
Contact: Heather Montes  montesltd@yahoo.com
 
Scholastic Book Fair  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6   
Contact: Stephanie Jackson  stephaniejax1410@gmail.com
 
Conference Dinners for Staff  (during conferences)  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6   
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com

 Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- Night At The Museum "Quest For The Treasured Water"
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team

Attachments:

Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf
Tutoring Children News release.doc
Celebration of Excellence 2014.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, October 02, 2014 10:03 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

This morning we met as a school community for our first Paw Pin assembly of the year.  Students earn pins throughout the year for receiving Paw Points for appropriate behavior.  I was very pleased to be able to award 41 students with their first pin of the year.  These students had each earned at least 10 Paw Points so far this year.  Many other students are very close to this mark, so I know we will be awarding many more pins at our next assembly on November 7.  Special thanks to our PTA for the funding they provide to help purchase lanyards and pins.  

During the assembly, some of our fifth graders presented skits demonstrating the character trait of trustworthiness.  They showed us some great examples of how students can demonstrate trustworthiness here at school.  These skits are a new feature of our Paw Pin assemblies this year.  Each month, students from one grade level will present on a selected character trait.  Next month, our fourth graders will present on the trait of respect.

As many of you know, our students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment multiple times each school year.  This computer-based adaptive assessment measures student growth in both math and reading.  Teachers use the results to inform their instruction and determine what skills each child is ready for next.  In the past, we've tested all students every fall.  This year, we decided we did not need to test all students.  For most of our students, we have results from last spring, and combined with data the teachers are collecting in the classroom, this is sufficient for teachers to plan instruction.  All students new to the School District of Waukesha will be taking the MAP assessment in the next few weeks.  The only exception to this is kindergarten.  Kindergarten students will not take the MAP assessment until January.  If a 1st-5th teacher needs additional information on a child's current level of progress, that teacher can choose to assess individual students during the fall testing window.  All students will be tested during the winter and spring testing windows.  If you have any questions regarding MAP assessments, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or me.

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:
10/6:  Grades 2/3 Field Trip to Planetarium
10/10:  Picture Retake Day
10/14:  PTA Meeting
10/20:  PTA Culver's Night
10/24:  PTA Halloween Dance



DID YOU KNOW . . .


Picture Retake Day:  Our picture retake day is Friday, October 10th, for those students who missed pictures on Forms & Photo Day and those who want their picture retaken.  For those who missed our original photos, please contact the office if you would like an order form sent home.  If you were unhappy with the pictures and want it retaken, please return your packet to the office prior to October 10th so that we can put your child on the list.  Mrs. Anderson is also looking for 3 parents who would be available to help that morning with the pictures.  Please call or email the office if you are available to help.  A current background check must be on file.

Appointments during the school day:  If you need to pick up your child for an appointment during the school day, please come into the office to sign them out.  It is helpful if the child's teacher has been notified ahead of time via phone, email or note.  The office will not call for your child until you arrive.  We do not want to have students missing valuable instruction time waiting in the office.  For all medical appointments, please get an excuse from the provider for any school time missed so that we can mark the absences as medically excused.  Our new Infinite Campus attendance system does have a feature that calculates in minutes the time missed for late arrivals and early dismissals.  This information will be factored into your child's attendance.  You can view your child's attendance report on your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Developmental Days:  Families of children aged 3-5 are offered the opportunity to learn more about the level of their child's development at the Waukesha Learning Center on Thursday, October 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Please call Elizabeth Severing Rosaldo at 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.   A flyer is attached with more details but topics covered will include available services in the community for families with young children and the typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors with children ages 3-5.  

Literacy Council Tutoring:  The Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha has provided individualized tutoring for children and families learning to read, write and speak English effectively.  Each year 200 volunteer tutors help 400 plus students to improve their school performance, obtain citizenship and prepare for greater community participation.  Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in setting up tutoring for your child.  The agency phone number is 262-547-7323 or you may get more information from their website at www.waukeshaliteracy.org.

Annual Asbestos Notification:  Per the Federal Lawe AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act), every year the School District of Waukesha must notify all parents, guardians and staff members of any activities and events with asbestos containing building materials and the availability of the District's asbestos management plan.  A copy of this notification is attached.

ParentsActNow.com:  ParentsActNow.com is a one-stop resource for parents for online bullying prevention and education resources created by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It features short video segments on a variety of bullying topics, including the basics of bullying and how to talk to your child about it.   We have attached their flyer giving more details on this important website.  

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Think Cookies!  Market Day order forms came home this week. Check them out! This month is Cookie Dough Bonus Days! Deadline to order online is next Sat, Oct. 11.
 
The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming!  Plan now to stop by the Book Fair before or after your Teacher/Student Conference on Oct. 29 and/or Nov. 6. There’ll be all kinds of new titles and gift ideas—including the brand new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Who doesn’t want to read that?!
 
SCRIP: Orders due Oct. 10 at shopwithscrip.com
Scrip “Coupon” helps you save even more. At noon every everyday from October 1-20, SCRIP will send an email with the name of a retailer offering a 20% rebate. You will have until 12:20 to get your order entered online. No need to send your order form to school, just order online with our enrollment Code: EB64484L25513 and send your check to school in an envelope labeled SCRIP.

PLUS: The SCRIP Mobile App has arrived.  You’ll be able to use your SCRIP anywhere, without having to remember your cards! Login to www.MyScripWallet.comand you'll be able to easily order ScripNow eCards, reload existing plastic cards, pay for these products using your PrestoPay account, and redeem them directly from your smart phone. And the best part? It uses your existing ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay account, so you have access to more than 250 of your favorite brands available in ScripNow eCards, and over 75 brands that can be reloaded. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.  Want to set up a Presto Pay account? It’s easy too. Go towww.shopwithscrip.com and get in on the fun and hassle-free SCRIP ordering. PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts. Contact Rebecca Reagles at Reagles14@yahoo.com.
 
Puma Claws races to Mrs. Creasey’s class!  Congrats to Mrs. Creasey’s 2nd & 3rd graders who collected 749 items in September (box tops, Kwik Trip Milk Moola, Labels for Education, etc) and are zooming down Route 66. They’ll be decorating Puma Claws’ car and hosting him for the month of December. Overall, more than 5,400 items were collected last month, which cash in for $450 for the PTA. Thanks to Carrie Dinwiddie, Carla McCook, Erica Kasseckert, Stephanie Hubbard, Cathi Kienast, and Cora Runte for helping count everything. You can check out each class’s standings on the racetrack bulletin board in the hall on the way to the library.
 
Box Top Bonus at Pick ‘n Save ends Sun, Oct. 5
What is better than stocking up on things you shop for and earning some extra cash for school! Purchase 10 Box Top items to earn $5.00 in bonus cash or 15 items earns you $10.00 in bonus cash.  For example, if you use Old El Paso taco seasoning, Pick n Save sells it for $1.09.  If you buy 15 for $16.35 you will earn $10.00 for school and be fully stocked for taco Tuesday!  Be sure to save and submit the coupon you receive at the register. So, please don’t pass up an opportunity to stock up on your favorite cereal, granola bars, and other goodies and put a few extra miles on your class’ car.  This opportunity won’t come along again this year!

In the meantime, keep saving those Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+, and Kwik Trip Milk Moola/Donuts for Dough.  We will need to keep up the pace if we are going to get those class cars home. 

Shoparoo! has earned $47 for Prairie PTA. It’s effortless fundraising. Contact: Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com with questions on how to join the program. 

 
Mark your Calendar for...
Next PTA Meeting  Tues, Oct. 14    
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com   
 
Culver’s Night! Mon, Oct. 20    
Contact: Amy Krall ajkrall@gmail.com
 
Halloween Dance  Fri, Oct. 24    
Contact: Heather Montes  montesltd@yahoo.com
 
Scholastic Book Fair  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6    
Contact: Stephanie Jackson  stephaniejax1410@gmail.com
 
Conference Dinners for Staff  (during conferences)  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6    
Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com


Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- Night At The Museum "Quest For The Treasured Water"
- YMCA Fall Activities

Attachments:

Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf
Tutoring Children News release.doc
Annual Asbestos Notification Letter-2014.doc
By Website Administrator on Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:49 AM
Upcoming Dates:
10/2:  Grade 4 Field Trip to Madison
10/6:  Grades 2/3 Field Trip to Planetarium
10/10:  Picture Retake Day
10/14:  PTA Meeting
10/20:  PTA Culver's Night
10/24:  PTA Halloween Dance



DID YOU KNOW . . .


Picture Retake Day:  Our picture retake day is Friday, October 10th, for those students who missed pictures on Forms & Photo Day and those who want their picture retaken.  For those who missed our original photos, please contact the office if you would like an order form sent home.  If you were unhappy with the pictures and want it retaken, please return your packet to the office prior to October 10th so that we can put your child on the list.  Mrs. Anderson is also looking for 3 parents who would be available to help that morning with the pictures.  Please call or email the office if you are available to help.  A current background check must be on file.

Appointments during the school day:  If you need to pick up your child for an appointment during the school day, please come into the office to sign them out.  It is helpful if the child's teacher has been notified ahead of time via phone, email or note.  The office will not call for your child until you arrive.  We do not want to have students missing valuable instruction time waiting in the office.  For all medical appointments, please get an excuse from the provider for any school time missed so that we can mark the absences as medically excused.  Our new Infinite Campus attendance system does have a feature that calculates in minutes the time missed for late arrivals and early dismissals.  This information will be factored into your child's attendance.  You can view your child's attendance report on your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Developmental Days:  Families of children aged 3-5 are offered the opportunity to learn more about the level of their child's development at the Waukesha Learning Center on Thursday, October 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Please call Elizabeth Severing Rosaldo at 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.   A flyer is attached with more details but topics covered will include available services in the community for families with young children and the typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors with children ages 3-5.  

Waukesha String Academie:  The Waukesha String Académie announces open registration for beginning violin and cello students in grades K5-5. The program is open to students living within School District of Waukesha boundaries.  Students receive one 30-minute private lesson and one 45-minute group lesson weekly from highly-skilled and highly-trained teachers.  Parent involvement (required) at lessons and in-home practice is an integral component of the success of this program.  Lessons are given at Rose Glen & Summit View schools for all elementary students.
Cost of participating:
  • Instrument Rental
  • Book/CD Purchase
  • Yearly (October-May) tuition has yet to be finalized. 13-14 tuition was $120/academic year per student.
  • Parent time and effort involved with home practice, lesson participation, and attendance at performances
To register for this engaging Waukesha String Académie program, please go to the website at waukeshastringacademie.com.  Registration deadline is September 25, 2014.  Space is extremely limited, and students will be accepted in the order of registration.

ParentsActNow.com:  ParentsActNow.com is a one-stop resource for parents for online bullying prevention and education resources created by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It features short video segments on a variety of bullying topics, including the basics of bullying and how to talk to your child about it.   We have attached their flyer giving more details on this important website.  

FROM OUR PTA . . .

So fun it’s scary! Halloween Dance: Fri, Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30pm
The DJ is booked, the menu is under discussion, and there are a few spooky surprises being considered. If you’d like to help plan some tricky treats for this year’s Dance, please contact Heather Montes at montesltd@yahoo.com. With a gaggle of helpful ghouls and a bit of Halloween magic, we can put together a fantastic evening for our kids.
 
Ice Cream Social was a Sweet Success
Y’all do like your ice cream! We went through 13 tubs of it at the Ice Cream Social on Sept. 19, not to mention gallons of chocolate syrup and pounds of candy toppings. Darkness fell too quickly to get any rockets launched, but we made up for it with laughter and conversation. Thanks to all our volunteers who helped make this a fun back-to-school evening!
Thanks to
Erica Kasseckert & Amy Krall who manned the ticket table all night long; Jill Wiesner, Erika McMahon, Julie Goratowski, & Michele Mehling who got more of a workout than they expected scooping ice cream;  Shelly Farrell, Maria Vandenberg, Stephanie Jackson, Sharon Engel & Amanda Engel for great customer service;  Jamie Peters, who made an emergency ice cream run to the store when it was clear we were going to need more!
 
Shoparoo: Steadily earning money for PTA
Thanks to all of you who have joined Shoparoo. You’ve already raised $40 for Prairie just for scanning your receipts! Ready to join? The Shoparoo app is free and can be downloaded to any smart phone. Simply sign up (even anonymously) and name Prairie Elementary as your cause. Any time you shop at a store that sells grocery items you simply use the app to take a picture of your receipt to upload. Based upon the total on your receipt, Shoparoo will award you points for Prairie. Participating stores include Pick N Save, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Sam's, Costco, Petco, etc.  For more information, go to shoparoo.com or contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com. Smart phone indeed!
 
Box Tops due TODAY Fri, Sept. 26
PTA collects Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+, and Kwik Trip Milk Moola/Donuts for Dough. If you didn’t get your collections in to school today, count them, bag them, label them with your child’s name and teacher’s name, and save them for next month! You can even add to the total since Pick ‘n Save’s Bonus Box Tops program runs through Oct. 5.  So please don’t pass up an opportunity to stock up on your favorite cereal, granola bars, and other goodies and put a few extra miles on your class’ car.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be counting this month’s collections items on Mon, Sept. 29, 6:30-10 pm at 920 River Hill Dr. If you have an hour or more to spare, please stop on by or email tera.nehring@yahoo.com.
 
SCRIP: Orders due Oct. 10
Scrip is making it even easier earn money – and SAVE money! SCRIP is celebrating 20 years and giving us all a 20% bonus, for 20 minutes, for 20 days! At noon every everyday from October 1-20, SCRIP will send an email with the name of a retailer offering a 20% rebate. You will have until 12:20 to get your order entered online. No need to send your order form to school, just order online with our enrollment Code: EB64484L25513 and send your check to school in an envelope labeled SCRIP.

PLUS: The SCRIP Mobile App has arrived. You’ll be able to use your SCRIP anywhere, without having to remember your cards! Login to www.MyScripWallet.comand you'll be able to easily order ScripNow eCards, reload existing plastic cards, pay for these products using your PrestoPay account, and redeem them directly from your smart phone. And the best part? It uses your existing ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay account, so you have access to more than 250 of your favorite brands available in ScripNow eCards, and over 75 brands that can be reloaded. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.  Want to set up a Presto Pay account? It’s easy too. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com and get in on the fun and hassle-free SCRIP ordering. PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts. If you need help or more information email Rebecca Reagles at Reagles14@yahoo.com.
 
Next PTA meeting: Tues, Oct. 14, 6:30pm. See you there!


Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- Night At The Museum "Quest For The Treasured Water"
- YMCA Fall Activities

Attachments:

Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf

By Website Administrator on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:28 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It's been an exciting week here at Prairie!  On Monday and Wednesday we held our iPad Roll Out for our 2nd-5th grade students.  The enthusiasm was evident as the kids unwrapped the iPads and turned them on for the first time.  Thank you for your support of this initiative.  We know that this process brings with it new responsibilities for all of us.  Teachers are learning to teach differently, and as parents you have new challenges with setting expectations and limits regarding home use of the iPad.  It is important for all of us to remember that these iPads are learning tools, not toys.  Students will use them at school to demonstrate their learning and thinking.  While we understand that there are many fun game apps that can be downloaded, it is a parent decision whether or not to download additional fun apps for home use.  Such apps should be in a separate folder and should not be accessed at school.  Parents should also set clear expectations for where the iPad is stored at night.  Students are expected to bring their iPad to school charged and ready to go each day. If you have questions about iPad use at school, please contact your child's teacher or me.  

Another exciting bit of news this week came in the form of the School Report Card.  As you may know, the Department of Public Instruction released the annual report cards for schools and districts on Tuesday.  The Prairie staff was very excited that our report card this year indicated we "Exceed Expectations."  This is further confirmation of the success of the entire Prairie community in ensuring that all of our children are getting the best education possible.  We are very proud of the growth our students have made, and we appreciate your support of your child's learning.  You can view the Wisconsin School and District Report Cards on the DPI website, http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov.

I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful weekend.  Don't forget about tonight's Ice Cream Social and Monday's PTA Night at Pizza Hut.  I hope to see you at both events.

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!

Amy

Upcoming Dates:


9/19:  PTA Ice Cream Social - 6:30 PM
9/22:  PTA Restaurant Night @ Pizza Hut
10/2:  Grade 4 Field Trip to Madison
10/6:  Grades 2/3 Field Trip to Planetarium



DID YOU KNOW . . .

School Fees:  If you have not yet done so, please pay your student's school fees as soon as possible.  Credit card payments are now available with no service charges through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or check/cash payments may be made in the office.

Developmental Days:  Families of children aged 3-5 are offered the opportunity to learn more about the level of their child's development at the Waukesha Learning Center on Thursday, October 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Please call Elizabeth Severing Rosaldo at 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.   A flyer is attached with more details but topics covered will include available services in the community for families with young children and the typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors with children ages 3-5.  

Waukesha String Academie:  The Waukesha String Académie announces open registration for beginning violin and cello students in grades K5-5. The program is open to students living within School District of Waukesha boundaries.  Students receive one 30-minute private lesson and one 45-minute group lesson weekly from highly-skilled and highly-trained teachers.  Parent involvement (required) at lessons and in-home practice is an integral component of the success of this program.  Lessons are given at Rose Glen & Summit View schools for all elementary students.
Cost of participating:
  • Instrument Rental
  • Book/CD Purchase
  • Yearly (October-May) tuition has yet to be finalized. 13-14 tuition was $120/academic year per student.
  • Parent time and effort involved with home practice, lesson participation, and attendance at performances
To register for this engaging Waukesha String Académie program, please go to the website at waukeshastringacademie.com.  Registration deadline is September 25, 2014.  Space is extremely limited, and students will be accepted in the order of registration.

ParentsActNow.com:  ParentsActNow.com is a one-stop resource for parents for online bullying prevention and education resources created by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  It features short video segments on a variety of bullying topics, including the basics of bullying and how to talk to your child about it.   We have attached their flyer giving more details on this important website.  

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Ice Cream Social TODAY! Fri, Sept. 19, 6:30pm
Hope you got your invitation to come share some sweet treats and good conversation TONIGHT. Indulge in an ice cream sundae, only $1, or a 50-cent freezie pop. It’s a fun evening that welcomes us back to school and gives you the chance to put faces with the new names your kids are telling you about.
 
Pizza Hut Restaurant Night: Mon, Sept. 22, 11am-8pm
Another fun social event, and a fundraiser for PTA to boot. Prairie receives a portion of all sales at the Pizza Hut on Sunset Dr on 9/22. You must take the Pizza Hut coupon/certificate (print one from the PTA tab of the school website). Last year’s Pizza Hut night was a lot of fun, raised $200+ for Prairie, and we kept the dining room filled all night long. Let’s do it again!
 
Halloween Dance a Frightfully Good Time! Fri, Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Planning is already underway, and it’s scary how fun it’s going to be. If you’d like to help plan some tricky treats for this year’s Dance, please contact Heather Montes at montesltd@yahoo.com. With a gaggle of helpful ghouls and a bit of Halloween magic, we can put together a fantastic evening for our kids.
 
Shoparoo earns money effortlessly!
Your smart phone can be a smart FUNDRAISING phone, and it’s really easy: Download the Shoparoo app, name Prairie Elementary as your cause, then simply take pictures of your grocery shopping receipts. Based on your shopping total, Shoparoo awards you points for Prairie. Prairie now has 43 users who have effortlessly earned $30 in the past month. Chances are, you already shop at the participating stores (Pick ‘n Save, Target, Walmart, CVS, Sam’s, etc). And this year, non-grocery store receipts earn sweepstakes entries for a $1000 monthly drawing. For more information, go to shoparoo.com or contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com. Smart phone indeed!
 
Collections Cars revving up: send in Box Tops by Fri, Sept. 26
Check out the race course on your way down the hall to the school library. The scene has been set (thanks, Erika McMahon!), and the race is ON! The more box tops you send in, the faster your car will move. Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+ and Kwik Trip Milk Moola/Donuts for Dough labels are due next Friday, 9/26.The class with the most collections in September earns the right to decorate Puma Claws’ Cozy Coupe and host him in October. Be sure to put your child’s & teacher’s name on the collection sheet or baggie. And Contact Tera Nehring if you’ve got time to help count Box Tops on Mon evening, Sept 29.
 
BONUS Box Tops Opportunity
Pick ‘n Save has a Box Tops turbo boost this month: buy ten Box Tops items in one shopping order before Oct. 5, and you’ll get a coupon for 50 BONUS Box Tops. Or buy 15 products and get 100 BONUS Box Tops. That’s $5 or $10 for Prairie, and your pantry is full of your favorite General Mills, Ziploc, and Betty Crocker items. For a full list of all qualifying products and for coupons and other special offers, check out www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.
 
Next PTA meeting: Tues, Oct. 14, 6:30pm. See you there!
 
Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- Night At The Museum "Quest For The Treasured Water"


Attachments:

PIZZAHUT-092214.pdf
Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf
By Website Administrator on Friday, September 05, 2014 8:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!   Our students are off to a great start.  Thank you for all you have done to help your child be ready for the year and ready for school each day.

Please welcome the following new staff members to Prairie:

Brittany Bolton – Special Education Teacher

Lindsey Hernandez – Special Education Assistant

Yvonne Markwardt – Health Room/Clerical Assistant

Julie Putchinski – Educational Assistant

Tracy Sanchez – Second/Third Grade Teacher

Kim Scanlan  - First Grade Teacher

Rebecca Taddey – Second/Third Grade Teacher

We are very lucky to have such wonderful additions to our strong Prairie team!

As you know, we use the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) approach to teaching student behavior expectations.  This focus on behavior helps us to have a positive and safe learning environment for all students.  We have a matrix that explains “The Puma Way,” our expectations for students in various areas of our school.  A copy of the matrix is attached.  Students are currently reviewing the matrix and practicing these expectations in their classrooms.  They are also earning “Paw Points” tickets that are given for positive, appropriate behaviors.  We collect these Paw Points each Friday and draw one from each grade level.  Students who have their names drawn get announced over the intercom and have their picture hung in the display case right inside the front lobby.  Be sure to ask your child about the Paw Points they’ve earned this week.

During the first weeks of school, we also put special emphasis on reviewing our safety procedures.  We successfully conducted our first fire drill today.  We plan a tornado drill for Monday and a lockdown drill on Tuesday.  All of these first drills of the year are announced ahead of time and carefully explained to students.  Our goal is to ensure students know what to do in case of an emergency.  At the same time, we don’t want students to worry or be nervous about our drills.  Any reassurance you can provide your child regarding these upcoming drills is appreciated.

We are very excited to begin our iPad distribution.  Students in grades 4 and 5 will receive their iPads on Monday, September 15.  Grades 2 and 3 will receive theirs on Wednesday, September 17.  These dates are significant because parent involvement is required at our iPad meetings held on the evening of the day your child receives their iPad.  (See the Calendar of Events below) Your participation in this meeting will be required for your child to take their iPad home – even if you have participated in an iPad rollout at another school.  A note will be coming home this evening with information about how Apple IDs will be set up.  Please read the note carefully, follow the directions contained in the email you will receive from Apple next week, and bring your child’s Apple ID information with you to the parent meeting.

Students in grades K & 1 won’t be left out of the iPad experience!  Their classrooms will be receiving a class set of iPads later this month.  These iPads will stay at school, so no special procedures will need to be followed for set-up. 

As many of you know, you will receive a copy of the E-Post on the last day of each week.  You will receive communication from your child’s teacher at least every two weeks.  We use electronic communication whenever possible, so please make sure your child’s homeroom teacher has your most updated email address.  If you don’t have email, we are happy to send home paper copies.  Just let us know of that need.  As you have questions, concerns or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact those of us at school.  Staff contact information is listed on our website.  My email is ariebel@waukesha.k12.wi.us  and my direct phone line is 262-970-2210.  While students and teachers are here at school, I prioritize my time in classrooms, and I also have a number of meetings each day.  Therefore, I generally answer voicemail after school and email in the evenings.  If you ever have an issue requiring more immediate attention, please contact Mrs. Anderson at 262-970-2205.

Thanks for a great start to the year!  Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend with your family!

Amy Riebel

Upcoming Dates:

9/9:  PTA Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
9/15:  iPad Rollout for 4th & 5th Grades @ 6:30 p.m. 
9/17:  iPad Rollout for 2nd & 3rd Grades @ 6:30 p.m.
9/18:  Market Day/Scrip Pick-up
9/19:  PTA Ice Cream Social

DID YOU KNOW . . .

Health Room Medications:   All over-the-counter medications brought to the Health Room must now be new unopened containers per District policy.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Markwardt, our new Health Room Assistant, at 970-2215.

School Fees:  If you have not yet done so, please pay your student's school fees as soon as possible.  Credit card payments are now available with no service charges through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or check/cash payments may be made in the office.


FROM OUR PTA . . .

Look here every week for updates and information from your Prairie PTA. We’ll post info about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, fundraising goals, and questions about what YOU want to see happening at Prairie this year.

 

Here we go! PTA Meeting: Tuesday, September 9th, 6:30 pm

Special “Meet the PTA Board” from 6-6:30pm

We’ll discuss the calendar, goals for the year, cover some new business, hear from Principal Riebel, and get those pesky forms out of the way.  If you haven’t yet

a. registered as a PTA member;

b. signed up for the PTA directory;

c. picked up your PTA calendar of events; or

d. want to know how you can get involved,

then you need to come! Free Childcare is available in the MMR; meeting will be held in the Library. See you then.

 

A Sweet Start: Ice Cream Social: Friday, September 19th, 6:30 pm

All are invited for a sweet treat and the chance to see friends and classmates outside the classroom. We might even reprise the water bottle rocket launch demonstrations (weather permitting) and add other fun activities to the evening. Look for an invite coming home soon.

 

PTA Fundraising

PTA is committed to supporting our school and staff enthusiastically, willingly, and financially. We’ve identified the following fundraising opportunities as the easiest, most convenient, and most effective means of giving families the opportunity to give back to Prairie:

 

1. Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Soup Labels:

 

Great Job Bode and the Bond Family!  Bode turned in 729 Box Tops in May and will get to host Puma Claws in his new classroom in September!

 

Congratulations Prairie Families!  Here are some interesting statistics from last year:

  • Goal: 42,000 items
  • Total: 50,963 or 121%
  • We raised $3,333 in cash with Box Tops for Education and banked over 17,000 Labels for Education points.   As a REWARD, the kids are enjoying new balls, jump ropes and other fun things for recess.

 

New 2014-15 Collections Challenge: Join Puma Claws for a trip on Historic “Route 66” and help Prairie collect our new goal of 66,000 items and $3,500!  In addition to Box Tops and Labels for Education, we have added Tyson Project A+ points (which earn $.24 cash each) and now your Kwik Trip Milk Moola and Donuts for Dough ($.05-.10 each) will count toward the challenge!

 

How to Play? Place your items in a ziploc bag and turn them into your child’s homeroom teacher labeled with the teacher and child’s name by the end of the month (exact deadlines are announced each month).  The classroom that collects the most items each month gets to host Puma Claws in his Cozy Coupe in their classroom the following month.  The September winner gets to create the license plate and decorate Puma Claws’ Cozy Coupe. PLUS NEW THIS YEAR, for every 1.8 points each classroom collects, it advances their car 1 mile along Route 66.  The classes will be eligible to earn rewards as a class as they reach the Pit Stops.  Check out the bulletin board down the south hallway just past the bathrooms at the Ice Cream Social for updates on the whereabouts of each class along Historic Route 66!  If you would like to help count or assist with Pit Stop rewards, please contact Tera Nehring at tera.nehring@yahoo.com.

 

2. Scrip card Program  You buy gift cards at shopwithscrip.com, you GET the full purchase price of the cards you order, and PTA receives a percentage as a rebate. Easy! We offer a Scrip purchase opportunity every month. Enroll online using this code: EB64484L25513; then place your order by next Friday, Sept. 12. Cards will be delivered Friday, Sept. 19. Look for information in your child’s Friday folder.

 

3. Shoparoo:  Do you have a smart phone or tablet?  Do you shop regularly at grocery stores, drug stores, Target, etc.?  Then you can use the Shoparoo app to easily get points for Prairie.  Any time you shop at a store that sells grocery items, you simply use the app to take a picture of your receipt to upload.  Based upon the total on your receipt, Shoparoo will award you points for Prairie. Participating stores include Pick N Save, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Sams, Costco, PetCo, etc.  Every 500 points is $1 for Prairie.  Plus for those with a competitive nature, there is a running total for how many points you have earned in a month/year that measures you against the field. New this year there is a grade competition and you can get sweepstakes entries for a $1,000 monthly drawing for scanning receipts to non-grocery stores.  This is a free app that can be downloaded to any smart phone and some tablets – just select Prairie as your school.  For more information, go to www.shoparoo.com or contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  Hope to see you on the Leaderboard soon!

 

4. Restaurant Nights  Fun, social, and one night you don’t have to plan supper. This month, eat at Pizza Hut on Sunset Dr. any time from 11am-8pm on Monday, Sept. 22, and Prairie will receive a portion of the sales. Friends and family are welcome, too. Better yet—buy Pizza Hut Scrip Cards (see #2 above), and PTA will receive a rebate from Scrip AND cash from Pizza Hut. Be sure to bring the Pizza Hut flyer (print one from the PTA tab of the school website). A double dip in easy fundraising!


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out



Attachments:

2014-15 PTA Calendar .pdf
PIZZAHUT-092214.pdf
PrairieBehaviorMatrix 9-14.docx
Apple ID for Students under 13.docx
By Website Administrator on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:58 AM
We will have having parents create their parent portal on Infinite Campus, our new student information system, on Thursday, 8/21, at Forms & Photo Day.  If you received an email from the district with your activation code, I would encourage you to do this prior to Thursday.  You may also pay your fees online this year (district fees and lunch money) with no convenience charges.

If you did not receive the email from the district and would still like to do this ahead of time, please email the office at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us (no phone calls, please, as the code is very long). We will, in turn, reply with your activation code.   You then go to our district website at www.waukesha.k12.wi.us  and click on "Infinite Campus Parent Portal" on the right side of the page; click the orange "help" button in the middle of the white section, and then click on the button saying you have been assigned an activation code.  It will walk you through the remainder of the steps.

Taking care of this ahead of time will allow you to skip the first station at Forms & Photo.  Again, you may also pay fees online through this same site for additional convenience with no service charges.   
By Website Administrator on Friday, August 15, 2014 1:46 PM
Hopefully, you have received your packet in the mail for Forms & Photo Day on Thursday, August 21st.  If not, the forms included in that packet are attached below.  Hope to see you then!

Forms and fees 2014.doc
Open House & Curriculum Meeting Schedule 14-15.doc
AUP Authorization.doc
2014-15 Elementary English Application.pdf
2014-15 Supply Lists.doc
Parent Permission-Opt-Out.pdfWaukesha One Student & Family Financial Responsibilities.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:26 PM
If you wish to enroll a student, please contact our District Enrollment Office to complete that process.  Information is available on our district website at www.waukesha.k12.wi.us.  Go to "Enroll a Student" under the "Parents" tab for specific information.  You may also contact Stephanie Peterson at 262-970-1105 for additional information.  

Please also contact this office if you have moved and need to update your address.  Proof of residence documents will be required as well.

We look forward to working with you in the Fall!
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Wow!  The final day of the 2013-14 school year has flown by!  Thank you to our PTA volunteers for organizing all of the fun outdoor activities for our last day.  The students had a blast!  (Pun intended!)  I think you may have a started a new tradition with the last day Rocket Rally!


As we wrap up this year, we must say good-bye to a few of our staff members.  As you know, Mrs. Thrasher is retiring after 24 years as our Health Room Assistant.  She will be tough to replace!  Mrs. Scanlan has completed her long-term sub position in second and third grade.  We also say good-bye to two of our Educational Assistants - Natalie Cruz and Jenny Brown have both resigned to pursue new adventures.  All of these educators have done an outstanding job for our students, and we wish them all the best in the future.


Throughout the summer, we will continue to update the website, our Facebook page and Twitter as more information regarding the 2014-2015 school year is available.  Over the summer, you will receive updates regarding Infinite Campus, our new Student Information System, which will be implemented next year.  That conversion will happen soon, and you will need to register for the Parent Portal.  Directions will be sent to you via email, so please watch for updates from the district.  You will also receive a summer mailing from Prairie in late July.


As you may recall, the School Board voted recently to extend the elementary school day. Next year, our school day will begin at 8:40 and will end at 3:40.  Please plan accordingly.  We look forward to the additional 15 minutes of instructional time this new schedule provides.


Don’t forget our school library is open on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30.  We hope you will stop by and stock up on summer reading materials.  You never know which teachers might be here to help you check out books!


Finally, if you have any questions or I can be of service to you during the summer, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I work throughout the summer (Although I do try to take some vacation!), and Mrs. Anderson is available many days.  Please feel free to contact us by phone or email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  


Thank you for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!  I hope you had your family have a wonderful summer vacation.  To all of you moving to new schools next year, good luck!  We will miss you!


Amy

          
DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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

(1)  The Waukesha Public Library once again has a Summer Reading Club.  Librarians from the public library will visit Prairie School at the end of the year to tell the kids all about it.  During the last week of school, your child(ren) should be bringing home the flyer full of information about the Summer Reading Club, and many other fun and interesting activities going on the public library this summer.  Keep an eye out for it!

The Summer Reading Club consists of three challenges.  After completing each challenge, your child earns a prize and moves on to the next challenge.  It's fun, and it would be wonderful if many Prairie Pumas signed up for and participated in the reading club!  The Prairie School record for most kids participating in a WPL Summer Reading Club is 148.  Can we beat that record?  If we get more than 148 Prairie Pumas participating in the Summer Reading Club, Mr. Klager will allow one Prairie student to throw a pie in his face!  Are the Prairie Pumas up to the challenge?  Get to the Waukesha Public Library and join the reading club!  Mr. Klager is thinking lemon meringue!!

(2)  The Prairie School Library will be open this summer!  EVERY Tuesday evening from June 17 through August 19 our school library will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  We are even open the week of July 4!  Prairie students (who must be accompanied by a parent) may come to the library to check out fresh reading material.  Tuesday evenings at the Prairie School Library--it's the place to be!

(3)  Coming soon--Prairie School's own Little Free Library!  This summer, we will be installing a Little Free Library in front of school.  It will serve as a free book exchange for our students and is always open.  Bring books you no longer need and trade them for great books someone else has left.  You never know what reading treasure you might find!

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

-Mr. Klager-

Additional Library News:  The School District has also arranged additional library hours at other elementary schools that can be used by all registered students as well as a Bookmobile!  Please see the attached flyer for details on dates, times and locations.  Also, attached are bookmarks you can use showing the Destiny homepage and online databases as references for summer reading for your children.

2014-15 Supply List:  The 2014-15 Supply List is attached and will also be included in our summer mailing.

Summer Course at the Planetarium:  The Charles Horwitz Planetarium & Retzer Nature Center have teamed together for an Earth & Space Adventure Camp from July 7-11, 2014 for students in Grades 3-6.    See the attached flyer for more details.

Dates to know:
Forms & Photo Day:  Thursday, August 21, 2014,  from 4-7 p.m.
        Open House:  Thursday, August 28, 2014 (times to follow)



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