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By Website Administrator on Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:16 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

With the spring-like weather and the upcoming vacation, there has been a lot of excitement in the air this week!  We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Spring Break.  Students have been working hard; hopefully, everyone can take some time to rest and rejuvenate.  We look forward to welcoming students back at school on Tuesday, April 22.

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/14-21:  NO SCHOOL Spring Break
4/22:  Classes Resume
4/23:  2/3 Creasey & Scanlan to Waukesha Museum
4/24:  Market Day
4/25:  2/3 Baker, Schroepfer & Wanner to Waukesha Museum
          Optimist Swim Team Party
4/29:  Grade 4 Music Concert
5/2:  Grade 1 to West High School Play & lunch at Sunset Park


DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Summer School:  
As attachments to this e-post you will find the School District of Waukesha Summer School Flyer, Online Registration/Payment instructions and the Summer School Program Booklet.  Please let the office know if you are unable to view this and need a paper copy.  You may also contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the appropriate classes for your child.

In addition, the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center will also hold one week Summer School programs at their location.  A copy of their flyer is attached and course descriptions are also available in the elementary booklet.   


Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  

FROM OUR PTA:

The Minute to Win It GLO-Carnival was a wonderful fun filled night for all. We hope you were able to attend. Kudos to Cheri Bonell for organizing another GREAT carnival! Thanks, Cheri!  And thank you to all the parent and student volunteers who helped out throughout the night.  Lastly, a special thanks to all the parents, teachers, staff, and organizations who contributed their time, money, and creativity to the Raffle Baskets this year.  Your contribution goes a long way to giving all of our students opportunities for educational enrichment the whole year through!  
 
The Pack'er Up Donation Challenge has  begun!  Help Prairie earn a chance to have Donald Driver visit our school!  There will be a Special Prairie School Drop off date to make it even easier for you to donate items.  Stop by the front of the school on Saturday. April 26th between 11 am and 3 pm to drop off your items for the contest!!! 

Get the entire family involved! Clean out your closets and go to any participating Goodwill Store & Donation Center between now and Wednesday, April 30th. Simply indicate your school name, city and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Donation Attendant, and the school with the greatest number of items donated will receive a visit from Donald Driver.   Remember: only donations made between April 1 and April 30, 2014, will count!  OR  You can drop off any donations for this contest at school anytime. There is a specially decorated PACKER bin located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 

Additional contest rules from Goodwill website:

 -Any slips that do not have an exact number written for the "Number of items donated" will be estimated by the donation attendant
-Goodwill reserves the right to count a donation collection as one item (ie: a bag of 100 marbles = 1 item and not 100 items)
-If any donation exceeds 999 items in one visit, the Goodwill Store Manager will need to sign the donation slip in order for it to be counted
-Slips that are not legible or filled out entirely (name of school and city) will not be counted
-Goodwill is not responsible for any slips that are lost, not received or illegible
-Management reserves the right to verify the number of items indicated by the donor on the submitted donation slip, to ensure accurate counts for this challenge

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 5-9th:  The Planning of this special token of appreciation to our school teachers and staff has begun!!  Watch for a" sign up genius" email for ways you can contribute.  Contact  betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   Thanks to everyone who came and played Boxtop Bingo with Puma Claws at the Carnival!  It was a lot of fun and we gave out a lot of free connectors!  We are currently 97% of the way to our goal!  We only have 1,243 items to go to get our goal of 42,000 items.  We are planning something special for the kids for meeting our goal!  Puma Claws has been delivered to Mrs. Wanner’s 2-3 class.   The full results and collection sheet are coming home this week in Friday folders.  If you believe you sent something in and it didn’t get counted, no worries, we will count it in April toward the April class totals.  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  
Next Order Due:  TODAY, Friday April 11th
OOPS!   Sorry for the miscommunication! Please go on-line and put your order in for SCRIP or contact Rebecca Reagles at reagles14@yahoo.com to place your order as soon as possible.  Pick-up will be April 24th!

We are also 97% of the way to our $2,250 earnings goal!  Great job participants...once again we are earning free money without having to spend anything on things we wouldn’t already purchase!  It really does work with little to no effort and soon with even less!  Coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come! Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  

Shoparoo Update: New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie.  Keep up the good work Shoparoo users;  we are up to $133 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the Leader Board!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun! 
Nominations for open positions on the PTA Board are being accepted NOW, with voting taking place in May.  Ever wonder about all the things PTA does for the students and staff at Prairie?  Looking for a rewarding and fun way to help out next school year?  Why not join the PTA Board?
The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. 
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
To date there have been one nomination for each of these positions:
Carrie Dinwiddie- President Elect
Erica Kasseckert- Secretary
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Sonija Parker ASAP at parker.sonija@att.net.
 
Is a PTA board position to much out of your comfort zone?  Why not start slow and try a Chairperson position?
1.  Coming up soon- an organizer is needed for the last day of school Field day; we wouldn't want the kids to miss out on this fun time..it's a tradition!
2.  Spiritwear and Prairie Puma Store- looking for someone to take over this important school spirit duty for next year. New ideas for items and designs are a possibility along with a new online ordering system, if you are open to change.
3.  Book Fair Chairperson- Is the bookfair one of the school events you and your family cannot miss? Here's your opportunity to use fun and games to support reading at Prairie!
Contact PTA if you have any questions.  
 
2nd Annual Prairie Rocket Rally- Friday, May 16th.  Here's your chance to support those young future scientists and engineers at Prairie.  YOU! yes, YOU are officially invited to the first Rocket Rally planning meeting on Thursday, April 24th at 6:30 pm at Betsy Peters's house. Please RSVP to betsypeters@wi.rr.com . Come and check out everything that goes into this fabulous fun-filled PTA event.  Don't forget to start saving those 2 Liter bottles in order to make your rocket  and check out the "Rocket instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website.      
 
BOGO Book FairYes, that's a BUY one - GET One FREE Book fair!  Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th.
Here's your chance to stock up on great books for summertime reading. More details to follow in upcoming eposts. Stay tuned.
 
 Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.”  PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Looking Ahead:  PTA Events in April, May and June:
Green Bay Packer Donald Driver Goodwill contest, Culvers Restaurant night, Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Noodles and Co. Restaurant night, Last day of School field day.
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
4/1 to 4/30 Donald Driver Goodwill Contest
4/11 Scrip orders due
4/14-4/21 Spring Break
4/24 Market Day/Scrip  Pick up
4/26 Rocket Rally Planning meeting
 
Find us on Facebook!  For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 
PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie School website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 

Attachments:
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
Summer School Flyer 2014.pdf
2014 Elementary Summer School Program Booklet.pdf
Summer School 2014 Online Registration-Payment Directions .pdf
EB Shurts Flyer 2014.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:44 AM
NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Upcoming Dates:

4/4:  NO SCHOOL
4/7:  PTA Culver's Night
4/8:  Grades 4 & 5 to Piano Arts Concert
        PTA Meeting
4/14-21:  NO SCHOOL Spring Break
4/22:  Classes Resume


DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Parents Place Classes for April, 2014:  
Parents Place in Waukesha is holding the following classes:
  • Love & Logic on Tuesdays, April 1-22, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Effective Discipline for the Challenging Child on Mondays, April 7-28, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm
Flyers with more information are attached to this epost. 

Optimist Swim Team Pizza Party:  

West High School Pool on 

Friday, April 25th 

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  If you haven’t done so yet, please return the swim party slips with your money to Heather Farence or to the swimmer's teacher.  The due date on the return slips is Friday, April 11th.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Farence at 414-303-2579.



Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  

FROM OUR PTA:

The Minute to Win It GLO-Carnival was a wonderful fun filled night for all.  We hope you were able to attend. Kudos to Cheri Bonell for organizing another GREAT carnival! Thanks Cheri!   Thank you to all the parent and student volunteers who helped out throughout the night.  Lastly, a special thanks to all the parents, teachers, staff, and organizations who contributed their time, money, and creativity to the Raffle Baskets this year.  Your contribution goes a long way to giving all of our students opportunities for educational enrichment the whole year through!  

PTA Restaurant Night: The next Prairie Restaurant night is THIS MONDAY, April 7th. A good reason to take the night off from cooking. Bring the familiy to Culver's on Sunset (or just drive thru if you're in a hurry) anytime between 5-8 pm.  NO FLYER Needed. 

The Pack'er Up Donation Challenge
has  begun!  Help Prairie earn a chance to have Donald Driver visit our school!  Get the entire family involved! Clean out your closets and go to any participating Goodwill Store & Donation Center between Tuesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 30th. Simply indicate your school name, city and number of items donated on the slip provided to you by the Goodwill Donation Attendant, and the school with the greatest number of items donated will receive a visit from Donald Driver.   Remember: only donations made between April 1 and April 30, 2014, will count!  OR you can drop off any donations for this contest at school. There is a specially decorated PACKER bin located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions.  Additional contest rules from Goodwill website:

  • Any slips that do not have an exact number written for the "Number of items donated" will be estimated by the donation attendant;
  • Goodwill reserves the right to count a donation collection as one item (ie: a bag of 100 marbles = 1 item and not 100 items);If any donation exceeds 999 items in one visit, the Goodwill Store Manager will need to sign the donation drive slip, in order for it to be counted;
  • Slips that are not legible or filled out entirely (name of school and city) will not be counted;
  • Goodwill is not responsible for any slips that are not received, lost or illegible;
  • Management reserves the right to verify the number of items indicated by the donor on the submitted donation slip, to ensure accurate counts for this challenge

PTA Meeting - Have some free time on Tuesday at 6:30?   Why not attend the Next PTA meeting and find out all about upcoming PTA events and see a special science and engineering presentation given by Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Arnold. Free child care available during all PTA Meetings.

Spiritwear orders were placed this week. It should take about 2 weeks for the items to be printed, sorted, and delivered. Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.  
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   Congratulations, Prairie Families!   We are currently 97% of the way to our goal!  We only have 1,243 items to go to reach our goal of 42,000 items.  So who was the big winner for March?  Congratulations to Mrs. Wanner’s class for winning this month’s contest; they will get to host Puma Claws!
 
Watch for new collection sheets in next week’s Friday folder.  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.
 
SCRIP:   Next Order Due: After Spring Break!  More details to come soon!  Also, coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come!  Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  

Shoparoo:  
 New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie.  Keep up the good work Shoparoo users - we are up to $130 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the Leader Board!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!
 PTA Board Nominations:  Ever wonder about all the things PTA does for the students and staff at Prairie?  Looking for a rewarding and fun way to help out next school year?  Why not join the PTA board?  Nominations for open positions are starting now, with voting taking place in May.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. But here is a brief overview:
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
  
Looking Ahead:
PTA Events in April, May and June:
Green Bay Packer Donald Driver Goodwill contest, Culvers Restaurant night, Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
4/1 to 4/30 Donald Driver Goodwill Contest
4/7 Culver's Restaurant NIght.
4/8 PTA meeting
 
Find us on Facebook!  For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 
PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie school website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 - Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team Tryouts

Attachments:
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
Effective Discipline 2014.pdf
Love and Logic - 2014.pdf


By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:26 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Congratulations to our Prairie Puma Swim & Dive Team!  They did an outstanding job last weekend!  Not only did they place 6th out of our fourteen elementary schools, they also showed amazing team spirit and sportsmanship.  I am extremely proud of our team, and very grateful to our team of coaches led by Kim Hubbard.  Thank you for a great event!

Earlier this week, I received some additional information from the superintendent regarding his proposal to lengthen the school day by 15 minutes next year.  That information is attached at the bottom of the E-Post for your review.  If you have any questions or any feedback you'd like me to pass along, please let me know.  
 
Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!  Have a great weekend!  Hope to see you at the carnival tonight!

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

3/28:  PTA Carnival
4/1:  Spring Election
4/3:  Grade 1 to Betty Brinn Museum
4/4:  NO SCHOOL
4/7:  PTA Culver's Night
4/8:  Grades 4 & 5 to Piano Arts Concert
        PTA Meeting


DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Parents Place Classes for April, 2014:  
Parents Place in Waukesha is holding the following classes:
  • Love & Logic on Tuesdays, April 1-22, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Effective Discipline for the Challenging Child on Mondays, April 7-28, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm
Flyers with more information are attached to this epost.

Optimist Swim Meet:   Last Saturday, March 22nd, Prairie's 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students displayed a lot of talent and team spirit at the Optimist Swim Meet.  Many of our students received ribbons in events and the team took 6th place out of 14 elementary schools.  Great job!

Future Chef Competition:  The 2014 Future Chef Competition was held at Horning Middle School on Wednesday, March 26th.  Prairie 5th grader, Natalie Parker, received an Honorable Mention award for her Healthy Avocado BLT.  Congratulations, Natalie, and thank you to all who submitted recipes and participated in the competition.  The Waukesha Freeman will be running a story and pictures of our Future Chefs!

Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  


Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:         

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

       

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135


FROM OUR PTA:

The Minute to Win It- GLO-Carnival is Finally HERE!  TONIGHT-- Friday, March 28th 6:30 -8:30
Activities include:  
Minute-to-Win-it style games— with a Teacher's exhibition game @ 6:45 p.m.
~ Raffle baskets (bring your address labels!)
~ Pizza, nachos, popcorn, and other treats & drinks
~ 50/50 Cash Raffle
~ WildSide face painting, nail polish, wacky hair
~ GLOW CRAZY DANCE PARTY @ 8:15 p.m.
~ GLOW sticks, balls, and glasses, 15 colors to choose from, and turn yourself into a GlowStickFigure!
~ New this year: GLOW Bunny Ears and GLOW Hair Extensions!
 
Carnival Raffle Baskets:  Don’t forget to bring some extra cash tonight to the Carnival.  We have over 37 exceptional raffle items valued at over $2100: Complete Birthday parties (party place, cake, supplies, and all), books, art, legos, planes, trains, and automobiles, gift card tree, Girl Scouts, Market Day, Wild Tree, Park’s Black Belt Academy, PLUS an OVERNIGHT with PUMA CLAWS and many, many chances to spend time doing something special with your favorite teachers and staff! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Need not be present at drawing time to win!  A special thanks to all the parents, teachers, staff, and organizations who contributed their time, money, and creativity to the Raffle Baskets this year AND to all who will take their chances to win something awesome tonight!  Your contribution goes a long way to giving all of our students opportunities for educational enrichment the whole year through!  THANK YOU!

Market Day:  Ever wanted to try some Market Day products without having to invest in a whole bag or order of something?  Tonight’s your chance!  Come to the Carnival and try the corn (delicious and nutritious), meatballs, and Old Fashioned Apple Cake and enter for a chance to win a $126 basket full of Market Day favorites.  Gotta play to win!  Come try it!

Puma Spiritwear is back!  Order forms and money are due tonight! Please note that any checks written for these orders should be made out to Prairie PTA and will not be deposited until after March 28th.  Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.
  
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  Tonight’s your last chance to turn your Box Tops and Labels for Education to count for March. Join Puma Claws at the GLOW-Carnival TONIGHT for a game of “Box-Top Bingo”.  Bring your collection items to play and if you turn in 50, there just may be a little something “glowing” in it for you.  So, if you are planning to attend the Carnival, we will be collecting them in the Library for Bingo.  If all keeps on track, we will hit our goal this month!  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due: After Spring Break!  More details to come soon!  Don’t miss SCRIP On The Go tonight at the Carnival.  Bring your cash or check to the Carnival TONIGHT and see if you can catch a $10 gift card to Cousins Subs, Starbucks, or Noodles & Co.!  Get in line early, they will go fast! And, if you purchase, there will be a special glow award in it for you!  Also, coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come!Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  

Shoparoo Update - New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie.  Keep up the good work Shoparoo users - we are up to $127 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the Leader Board!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!  

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  The Goodwill Contest is set to officially begin on April 1st.  But.. as you may already know we have started collecting donation items now!  You can turn in any donated items at any PTA event.  Let's OFFICIALLY kick off this contest with a BANG!!  Bring any donations with you to the GLO Carnival tonight!!  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
  
Ever wonder about all the things PTA does for the students and Staff at Prairie?  Looking for a rewarding and fun way to help out next school year?  Why not join the PTA Board?  Nominations for open positions are starting now with voting taking place in May.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. But here is a brief overview:
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Looking Ahead:  
PTA Events in April, May and June:
Donald Driver Goodwill contest, Culvers Restaurant night, Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival
3/28 Spiritwear order forms due
3/28 Collection Box tops and labels due 
4/1 to 4/30 Donald Driver Goodwill Contest
4/7 Culver's Restaurant Night.
 
Find us on Facebook!  For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 

PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie school website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com


Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 - Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team Tryouts

Attachments:
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
Effective Discipline 2014.pdf
Love and Logic - 2014.pdf
Fromsuperintendentreelementaryminutes.pdf

By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:17 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
Congratulations to our Prairie Pumas!  They raised $11,000 during our Jump Rope for Heart campaign!  Students were very excited that we exceeded our goal.  During today’s assembly, we learned that the amount we raised will allow the American Heart Association to help 220 kids with sick hearts.  I am so proud of our Pumas for all of their hard work to support this great cause.  As recognition of their hard work, Mr. Booth wore a special costume today.  Be sure to ask your child what Mr. Booth was dressed as today.


Congratulation to Mrs. Michelle Creasey, second and third grade math teacher!  Mrs. Creasey is being honored by Carroll University and the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) with an Early Career Educator Award.  This recognition is presented to outstanding educators across the state within the first three years of their career.  Recipients are selected based on their positive impact on schools and communities, innovation, and advocacy for students.  Mrs. Creasey will be recognized at the WACTE meeting in Madison later this month.  We are very excited for Mrs. Creasey, and we’re proud to have her as a member of the Prairie Team!


For parents of third, fourth, and fifth grade students, WKCE results are coming home today.  Please take a look at your child's report, and if you have any questions, contact your child’s teacher or me.

Good luck to our Prairie Swim Team!  They compete in the Optimist Swim Meet tomorrow at South High School.

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

3/22:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/28:  PTA Carnival
4/1:  Spring Election
4/3:  Grade 1 to Betty Brinn Museum
4/4:  NO SCHOOL
4/7:  PTA Culver's Night

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Parents Place Classes for April, 2014:  
Parents Place in Waukesha is holding the following classes:
  • Love & Logic on Tuesdays, April 1-22, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Effective Discipline for the Challenging Child on Mondays, April 7-28, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm
Flyers with more information are attached to this epost.  

Bike Helmets:  Thanks to a generous partnership with ProHealth Care, the School District of Waukesha is offering bike helmets for sale for $10.00.  Order forms were sent home with students.  Please note that these are not being delivered to the school and must be picked up at the Health Fair at the Strive to Thrive Event on Saturday, April 26th as shown on the order form.  

Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

Cheer on the Waukesha School District's FIRST Robotics team in action March 21-22, 2014!  If your child is interested in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, or just loves to watch sports, this free event will fascinate them – and you. It will open their imaginations to the places that science and technology can take them. 

Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062 will be competing in the Wisconsin Regional at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. This year's challenge, called Aerial Assist, requires the 120 pound robots to pass exercise balls back and forth before scoring goals in a competitive team sport, involving both offense and defense.  Human players on the sidelines may also catch balls thrown from the robots, and pass back to the robots.

There will be 60 teams from a number of states playing in Milwaukee, promising an exciting and competitive contest.  More information about the Wisconsin Regional is available at http://www.wisconsinregional.com/.   In 2013, the CORE 2062 robot won a regional competition in Duluth, MN and went to the finals in St. Louis at the end of the season.  Will they be able to do as well again this year?  The Wisconsin Regional is FREE and open to the public at the Arena. Qualifying rounds are scheduled from 9:00 until noon, and 1:00 until 5:45 on Friday, and from 9:00 until 12:15 on Saturday. The championship rounds are Saturday afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:30. The pits are also open to the public, allowing visitors to watch robots being worked on and talk with team members.  The two minute matches can also be viewed online. Go to www.atthecontrol.com and enter the team number (2062) and create a chat name of your choice. This will allow you to watch all matches at the Regional via livestream, and keep track of when Team 2062 plays next and how well they are doing.  These robots were all designed and built by high school students. Seeing what they can do will amaze and delight you. Don't miss this chance to catch the action, to cheer on Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062, and spark your child's interest!  Contact Mr. Klager at dklager@waukesha.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  

Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:        

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

      

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135


FROM OUR PTA:

Puma Spiritwear is back!  Order forms were sent home already and are posted on the website under PTA tab.  Deadline to turn in forms and money will be Friday, March 28th. Please note that any checks written for these orders should be made out to Prairie PTA and will not be deposited until after March 28th.  Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.
 
 The Minute to win it- GLO-Carnival is approaching FAST!!  Carnival is Friday, March 28th from 6:30-8:30p.m.  Activities include:  
Minute-to-Win-it style games— with a Teachers’ exhibition game @ 6:45 p.m.
~ Raffle baskets (bring your address labels!)
~ Pizza, nachos, popcorn, and other treats & drinks
~ 50/50 Cash Raffle
~ WildSide face painting, nail polish, wacky hair
~ GLOW CRAZY DANCE PARTY @ 8:15 p.m.
~ GLOW sticks, balls, and glasses, 15 colors to choose from, and turn yourself into a GlowStickFigure!
~ New this year: GLOW Bunny Ears and GLOW Hair Extensions!
Planning is in FULL SWING so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Contact cbonell@att.net with questions.
 
All Raffle basket donations/$$$ were due last Friday!  If you missed the deadline and would still like to donate an item to the raffle baskets, contact Tera Nehring (Mrs. Popchock) ASAP with any questions at  262-513-0676 or tera.nehring@yahoo.com.
  
MARKET DAY-  March "Delicious Desserts" Contest!  And the winners are........
Mia Kasses
Alexis Schommer
Alison Mehling
These top selling families have received Puma Bucks $$$$ to be used at any PTA event.  
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  Join Puma Claws at the GLOW-Carnival on March 28th for a game of “Box-Top Bingo”.  Bring your collection items to play and if you turn in 50, there just may be a little something “glowing” in it for you.  So, if you are planning to attend the Carnival, please do not send them to school in advance.  We will be collecting them in the Library for Bingo. Otherwise, Box Tops & Labels for Education are due to your child’s teacher before noon on Friday, March 28th. The special rainbow collection sheet is available here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/-/media/BoxTops/FlyersAndDownloads/Assets/CollectionSheets/LuckyDay.pdf?force=true. Let’s see if there is a pot of gold at the end of our Challenge Rainbow!  If all keeps on track, we will hit our goal this month!

Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due after Spring Break. .   More details to come soon!  Missed the March order?  Bring your cash or check to the Carnival next Friday and try SCRIP on the go!  Get in line early, they will go fast!  If you participate, there will be a special glow award in it for you!  Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!

Shoparoo Update - New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie
Keep up the good work Shoparoo users - we are up to $121 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the Leader Board!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!  

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  The Goodwill Contest will FINALLY begin soon, April 1st to be exact.  But.. as you may already know we have started collecting Goodwill items now!  You can turn in any donated items at any PTA event.  By the way..Did you know the Glo- Minute to win it Carnival is coming up on Friday, March 28th.  Let's OFFICIALLY kick off this contest with a BANG!!  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions.  
 
PTA Board Nominations:  Are you looking for a rewarding and fun and rewarding way to support Prairie next year?  Why not join the PTA board?  Nominations for open positions are starting now, with voting taking place in May.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document, but here is a brief overview.
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:   Are you a frequent customer at Kwik Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.”   PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Looking Ahead:  PTA Events in April, May and June:
Culvers Restaurant night, Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember:
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival
3/28 Spiritwear order forms due
3/28 Collection Box tops and labels due
4/1 to 4/30 Donald Driver Goodwill Contest
4/7 Culver's Restaurant NIght.
 
Find us on Facebook!!  For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents, search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 

PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie School website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President: Sonija Parker 262 547-2614 parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect: Betsy Peters 262 548-6347 betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401 ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673 krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 - Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team Tryouts

Attachments:
Bike helmet letter.docx.pdf
bikehelmetENGLISHorder form.docx
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
Effective Discipline 2014.pdf
Love and Logic - 2014.pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:56 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Report cards will be sent home today.  Please take a few minutes to review your child's report card with him or her.  This is a ideal time to celebrate progress, discuss areas for growth, and make a plan for how to work together to meet your child's learning goals.  Setting aside a time and place for home learning, reading together, discussing learning over dinner, or practicing math facts in the car - these are just a few ways you can make a difference for your child's learning at school.  Thank you for supporting your child's continued growth as a learner!

At Prairie, we have a staff recognition we call the Puma Award.  With the Puma Award, staff members recognize colleagues who are truly making a positive impact on our school and our students.  While we often present this award during our Friday staff Community Circle, recently we've announced the Puma Award winner during our Paw Pin assemblies.  This has given our kids the opportunity to help recognize the chosen staff member.  Today, we recognized our health room aide, Mrs. Vonda Thrasher.  During that recognition, we let the children know that Mrs. Thrasher will be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. Thrasher has been a valuable part of the Prairie team for many years.  She has served our school as a staff member for 23 years, and she was a Prairie parent and PTA member prior to that.  We are very sad to see Mrs. Thrasher leave, but we know she is looking forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren.  While we have a couple of months before we officially have to say good-bye to Mrs. Thrasher, we wanted you to be aware of this news.  We know many of you have gotten to know Mrs. Thrasher very well over the years and join us in wishing her well in her upcoming retirement.

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

3/20:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
3/22:  Optimist Swim Meet
3/28:  PTA Carnival
4/1:  Spring Election
4/3:  Grade 1 to Betty Brinn Museum
4/4:  NO SCHOOL

DID YOU KNOW . . . 


Bike Helmets:  
Thanks to a generous partnership with ProHealth Care, the School District of Waukesha is offering bike helmets for sale for $10.00.  Order forms were sent home with students.  Please note that these are not being delivered to the school and must be picked up at the Health Fair at the Strive to Thrive Event on Saturday, April 26th as shown on the order form.  

Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

Cheer on the Waukesha School District's FIRST Robotics team in action March 21-22, 2014!  If your child is interested in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, or just loves to watch sports, this free event will fascinate them – and you. It will open their imaginations to the places that science and technology can take them. 

Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062 will be competing in the Wisconsin Regional at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. This year's challenge, called Aerial Assist, requires the 120 pound robots to pass exercise balls back and forth before scoring goals in a competitive team sport, involving both offense and defense.  Human players on the sidelines may also catch balls thrown from the robots, and pass back to the robots.

There will be 60 teams from a number of states playing in Milwaukee, promising an exciting and competitive contest.  More information about the Wisconsin Regional is available at http://www.wisconsinregional.com/.   In 2013, the CORE 2062 robot won a regional competition in Duluth, MN and went to the finals in St. Louis at the end of the season.  Will they be able to do as well again this year?  The Wisconsin Regional is FREE and open to the public at the Arena. Qualifying rounds are scheduled from 9:00 until noon, and 1:00 until 5:45 on Friday, and from 9:00 until 12:15 on Saturday. The championship rounds are Saturday afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:30. The pits are also open to the public, allowing visitors to watch robots being worked on and talk with team members.  The two minute matches can also be viewed online. Go to www.atthecontrol.com and enter the team number (2062) and create a chat name of your choice. This will allow you to watch all matches at the Regional via livestream, and keep track of when Team 2062 plays next and how well they are doing.  These robots were all designed and built by high school students. Seeing what they can do will amaze and delight you. Don't miss this chance to catch the action, to cheer on Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062, and spark your child's interest!  Contact Mr. Klager at dklager@waukesha.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  

Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:       

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

     

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135


FROM OUR PTA:

Puma Spiritwear is back!  Did your child have a growth spurt this winter?  Order forms were sent home last week and are posted on the website under PTA tab.  Deadline to turn in forms and money will be Friday, March 28th. Please note:   any checks written for these orders should be made out to Prairie PTA and will not be deposited until after March 28th.
Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.
 
The Minute to win it- GLO-Carnival is approaching FAST!  Next planning meeting is Tuesday, 3/18 7:00 p.m.  at Cheri Bonell's house.  The carnival is Friday, March 28th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Activities include:  
Minute-to-Win-it style games— with a Teachers’ exhibition game @ 6:45 p.m. 
~ Raffle baskets (bring your address labels!)
~ Pizza, nachos, popcorn, and other treats & drinks
~ 50/50 Cash Raffle
~ WildSide face painting, nail polish, wacky hair
~ GLOW CRAZY DANCE PARTY @ 8:15
~ GLOW sticks, balls, and glasses, 15 colors to choose from, and turn yourself into a GlowStickFigure!
~ New this year: GLOW Bunny Ears and GLOW Hair Extensions!
Pre order ticket forms are due back to school by Wednesday, March 19th. Planning is in FULL SWING so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Contact cbonell@att.net with questions.

 Raffle basket donations are due today!  
Contact:  Tera Nehring (Mrs. Popchock) with any questions at  262-513-0676 or tera.nehring@yahoo.com.  Each grade level has a theme. We are hoping each family can contribute at least one item to make these raffle baskets AWESOME!
If shopping for a “themed item” is not in your plans, a small monetary donation will help out as well.   Some ideas to help you out are listed below.
·        Kindergarten: Books n Stuff-Cuddle up with your favorite plush (animals, Stuffies, Tummy stuffers, cozy blankets, etc) & book-all ages, all levels, both genders
·        1st Grade: Happy Birthday Boy- Minecraft Theme/Girl- Frozen Theme-Party games, napkins, cake toppers, stationary, decorations, snacks, toys for goody bags, gift cards to party places,
·        2nd Grade: Left Brainer-Find your creative side-Art & craft supplies & organizers, sheet music, instruments, itunes/music gift card, music lessons, art, framing gift cards, framing & hanging supplies
·       3rd Grade: Legoland Boy & Girl-Any & Everything Lego
·        4th Grade: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles-movies, car cleaning supplies, models, gas cards, car washes, model train parts
5th Grade"Best of Waukesha- Gift Card Tree-Keep it local-think date night!
Please send money or drop off items to your child's teacher or the office by Friday, March 14th.
  
MARKET DAYMarch "Delicious Desserts" Contest!  Don't forgot to place your order this month.
Top sellers will receive Puma Bucks $$$$ to be used at any PTA event.  Online orders are due 3/17;
Pick up on 3/20.
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   Join Puma Claws at the GLO-Carnival on March 28th for a game of “Box-Top Bingo”.  Bring your collection items to play and if you turn in 50, there just may be a little something special in it for you.  So, if you are planning to attend the Carnival, please do not send them to school in advance.  We will be collecting them in the Library for Bingo. Otherwise, Box Tops & Labels for Education are due to your child’s teacher before noon on Friday, March 28th. Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a ziploc bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.  New online game can win BoxTops for Prairie:   https://generalmills.promo.eprize.com/boxtopsgame/
 
SCRIP:  Next Order Due: TODAY! Friday, March 14th;  Pick-up: Thursday, March 20th, 5-6 p.m.
Wow, it feels like forever since we have gotten our SCRIP cards.  Our fridge is empty and I think my car is running on fumes!  March order is due today. So, it isn’t too late to get your order in on-line!  Also, this will be the last order before Spring Break so don’t forget to purchase some extra cards for your Spring Break shopping and special activities!  Did you know you can use SCRIP to pay for vacation?  5th Grade Parents: Still need to buy a gift card for the 5th Grade’s Carnival gift card tree?  Consider SCRIP. Tera will be at pick-up next Thursday to accept your donations when you pick them up! Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!
 
Shoparoo Update - New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie
Keep up the good work Shoparoo users - we are up to $121 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the Leader Board!  What's this all about?  Check it out atwww.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!  

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  We're going strong with about 14,000 items donated already!!  
The actual contest starts April 1st, but you can start donating any and all items now!  You can turn in any donated items at the next Prairie PTA event.  For example, Scrip/Market Day pick ups, PTA meetings, Carnival (3/28) etc...  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
 

Are you looking for a rewarding and fun way to support Prairie next year? Why not join the PTA board?  Nominations for open positions are starting now with voting taking place in May.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab and in the Bylaws document, but here is a brief overview:
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
 Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:   Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Looking Ahead:
PTA Events in April, May and June:
Culvers Restaurant night, Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
3/14 Scrip orders due
3/14 Raffle basket donations due
3/17 Online Market Day orders due
3/19 Carnival Ticket Pre order forms due
3/20 Market Day and Scrip Pick up
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival
3/28 Spiritwear order forms due
3/28 Collection Box tops and labels due
  
Find us on Facebook!!!
For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 
PTA contacts:
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie school website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program


Attachments:
Bike helmet letter.docx.pdf
bikehelmetENGLISHorder form.docx
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:21 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Today marks the end of the second trimester.  Teachers will be calculating grades and preparing report cards.  These will be sent home next Friday, March 14.

You may have heard about the superintendent’s proposed adjustment to the elementary school schedule.  Mr. Gray is proposing that, beginning next year, the elementary school day run from 8:40 AM-3:40 PM.  This would be an increase of 15 minutes for us.  While we are excited about the opportunity for additional instructional time, we understand the time may create conflicts or concerns for some families.  We are looking for feedback on this plan, so if you have any information you would like to share about this schedule change, please feel free to email me at  ariebel@waukesha.k12.wi.us or call me (262-970-2210).  I will compile feedback from Prairie families and forward it on to Mr. Gray.  Thanks in advance for your consideration and feedback.

Last month, 84% of students participated in a student-led conference.  We’d love to have more families participate, so if you didn’t get to conference earlier, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to set up a time.  I’m confident your child will appreciate the opportunity to share their learning with you!

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.  Don’t forget we “spring forward” this weekend, so make sure you set those clocks ahead one hour.  With Daylight Savings Time here, hopefully it will begin to feel a little more like Spring!

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

3/10:  Grades 4 & 5 Piano Arts Field Trip
3/11:  PTA Meeting
3/12:  PTA Restaurant Night @ Buffalo Wild Wings
3/20:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
3/22:  Optimist Swim Meet

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Bike Helmets:  
Thanks to a generous partnership with ProHealth Care, the School District of Waukesha is offering bike helmets for sale for $10.00.  Order forms were sent home with students.  Please note that these are not being delivered to the school and must be picked up at the Health Fair at the Strive to Thrive Event on Saturday, April 26th as shown on the order form.  

Physical Education Newsletter:  Please see Mr. Booth's Physical Education Newsletter for March attached.  Our students enjoyed some great Olympic moments in Physical Education Class last month and have some great activities upcoming this month.  

Strive to Thrive:  The School District of Waukesha and the Waukesha Education Foundation are again collaborating this year in order to offer a Saturday morning of fun and exciting activities focused on healthy living.  Activities include a chip-timed 5K run, a 3K walk, a one mile run for children under 12, a Zumbathon, a kite flying activity and a free health fair.  
All activities take place at Waukesha North High School on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  A letter with further details and registration form are attached.

Cheer on the Waukesha School District's FIRST Robotics team in action March 21-22, 2014!  If your child is interested in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, or just loves to watch sports, this free event will fascinate them – and you. It will open their imaginations to the places that science and technology can take them. 

Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062 will be competing in the Wisconsin Regional at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. This year's challenge, called Aerial Assist, requires the 120 pound robots to pass exercise balls back and forth before scoring goals in a competitive team sport, involving both offense and defense.  Human players on the sidelines may also catch balls thrown from the robots, and pass back to the robots.

There will be 60 teams from a number of states playing in Milwaukee, promising an exciting and competitive contest.  More information about the Wisconsin Regional is available at http://www.wisconsinregional.com/.   In 2013, the CORE 2062 robot won a regional competition in Duluth, MN and went to the finals in St. Louis at the end of the season.  Will they be able to do as well again this year?  The Wisconsin Regional is FREE and open to the public at the Arena. Qualifying rounds are scheduled from 9:00 until noon, and 1:00 until 5:45 on Friday, and from 9:00 until 12:15 on Saturday. The championship rounds are Saturday afternoon, from 1:30 until 4:30. The pits are also open to the public, allowing visitors to watch robots being worked on and talk with team members.  The two minute matches can also be viewed online. Go to www.atthecontrol.com and enter the team number (2062) and create a chat name of your choice. This will allow you to watch all matches at the Regional via livestream, and keep track of when Team 2062 plays next and how well they are doing.  These robots were all designed and built by high school students. Seeing what they can do will amaze and delight you. Don't miss this chance to catch the action, to cheer on Waukesha's CORE Robotics Team 2062, and spark your child's interest!  Contact Mr. Klager at dklager@waukesha.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

4th Grade Concert Date Change:  The 4th grade concert has been changed and adjusted due to the four unplanned Cold Days we had in January.  The new date for the concert is Tuesday, April 29.  We will perform the concert at the end of the school day (2:30 pm) for the student body and again at 6:30 pm for parents, relatives and friends.  All students are expected to perform at both concerts.  Concert performance is a big chunk of the music curriculum and is a part of the music grade.  Thanks for supporting your child's music education.  See you in April!  

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  

Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:      

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

    

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135


FROM OUR PTA:

Guess what's happening on Tuesday Night?  It's your opportunity to catch up on all things PTA at our monthly PTA meeting! There will be a special presentation on Technology.  The meeting starts at 6:30 pm in the Library. Free childcare is available in the MMR by trained 7th Graders.
 
NOW Guess What's Happening on Wednesday Night? Restaurant NIGHT- at BUFFALO WILD WINGS on Sunset Drive.  A fundraiser flyer is needed. It is posted on the website under the PTA tab, or pick one up at the meeting on Tuesday night....or contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net to send you one or two or three. In fact, help out Prairie even more and print a bunch and encourage your co-workers, neighbors etc. to come and join us.
 
Spiritwear is back!  Did your child have a growth spurt this COLD LONG winter?  Order forms are posted on the website under PTA tab.  Deadline to turn in forms and money will be Friday, March 28th. Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.
 
 The Minute to win it- GLO-Carnival is approaching FAST!  Friday, March 28 6:30 -8:30 p.m. 
 Activities include:  
Minute-to-Win-it style games— with a Teachers’ exhibition game @ 6:45 p.m. 
~ Raffle baskets (bring your address labels!)
~ Pizza, nachos, popcorn, and other treats & drinks
~ 50/50 Cash Raffle
~ WildSide face painting, nail polish, wacky hair
~ GLOW CRAZY DANCE PARTY @ 8:15 p.m.
~ GLOW sticks, balls, and glasses, 15 colors to choose from, and turn yourself into a GlowStickFigure!
~ New this year: GLOW Bunny Ears and GLOW Hair Extensions!
Pre order ticket forms should be coming home this week and are due back to school by Wednesday, March 19th. Planning is in FULL SWING so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Contact cbonell@att.net with questions.
 
Only 7 days left to shop for and turn in any Raffle basket items.
Each Grade level has a theme. We are hoping each family can contribute at least one item to make these raffle baskets AWESOME!   If shopping for a “themed item” is not in your plans, a small monetary donation will help out as well.
Some ideas to help you out are listed below:
·        Kindergarten: Books n Stuff-Cuddle up with your favorite plush (animals, Stuffies, Tummy stuffers, cozy blankets, etc) & book-all ages, all levels, both genders
·        1st Grade: Happy Birthday Boy- Minecraft Theme/Girl- Frozen Theme (Party games, napkins, cake toppers, stationary, decorations, snacks, toys for goody bags, gift cards to party places)
·        2nd Grade: Left Brainer-Find your creative side-Art & craft supplies & organizers, sheet music, instruments, itunes/music gift card, music lessons, art, framing gift cards, framing & hanging supplies
·       3rd Grade: Legoland Boy & Girl-Any & Everything Lego
·        4th Grade: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles-movies, car cleaning supplies, models, gas cards, car washes, model train parts
5th Grade"Best of Waukesha- Gift Card Tree-Keep it local-think date night!
Please send Money or drop off items to your child's teacher or the office by Friday, March 14th.  Contact:  Tera Nehring (Mrs. Popchock) with any questions at 262-513-0676 or tera.nehring@yahoo.com

Market Day:  March "Delicious Desserts" Contest!  Don't forgot to place your order this month.  Top sellers will receive Puma Bucks $$$$ to be used at any PTA event.  Online orders due 3/17; Pick up on 3/20
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  It’s official, Puma Claws will get to spend the first day of Spring with Mrs. Arnold’s Kindergarten class!  Congratulations, Team Arnold on a fantastic collection month!  Puma Claws will be making it’s way soon from Mrs. Gerlach’s classroom.  We are 91% percent to our 42,000 item goal.  If we can collect another 3,705 items, we will be there!  Keep up the good clipping families!
 
Join Puma Claws at the GLO-Carnival on March 28th for a game of “Box-Top Bingo”.  Bring your collection items to play and if you turn 50 in, there just may be a little something special in it for you.  So, if you are planning to attend the Carnival, please do not send them to school in advance.  We will be collecting them in the Library for Bingo.  Otherwise, Box Tops & Labels for Education are due to your child’s teacher before noon on Friday, March 28th. Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a ziploc bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due: Friday, March 14th; Pick-up: Thursday, March 20th, 5-6 p.m.  Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. If you missed February’s order, March is coming soon and you can always check out the Presto Pay option at www.shopwithscrip.com and get them as soon as you hit “send”!
 
Shoparoo Update - New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie
Keep up the good work Shoparoo users - we are up to $117 dollars raised and 31 participants.  Great to see some new names and the changes on the LeaderBoard!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!  

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  Going STRONG!  We have about 12,000 items donated already!!  The countdown to cleaning out those closets, drawers, and toy boxes has begun.  The actual contest starts April 1st, but you can start donating any and all items now!   You can turn in any donated items at the next Prairie PTA event such as Scrip/Market Day pick ups, PTA meetings, Carnival (3/28) etc...  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
 
PTA Board Nominations:  Are you looking for a rewarding and fun way to support Prairie next year?  Why not join the PTA board?  Nominations for open positions are starting now with voting taking place in May.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. But here is a brief overview.
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
 Kwik Trip and MilkMoola: Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
 Looking Ahead:
PTA Events in May and June:
Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
3/11 PTA meeting
3/12 Restaurant Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
3/14 Scrip orders due
3/14 Raffle basket donations due
3/17 Online Market Day orders due
3/19 Carnival Ticket Pre order forms due
3/20 Market Day and Scrip Pick up
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival
3/28 Spiritwear order forms due
3/28 Collection Box tops and labels due
  
Find us on Facebook!!!
For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
  
PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie School website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President: Sonija Parker 262 547-2614 parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect: Betsy Peters 262 548-6347 betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer:  Amy Krall 262 522-0401 ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673 krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Dance & Poms Team


Attachments:
Bike helmet letter.docx.pdf
bikehelmetENGLISHorder form.docx
Strive to Thrive 2014 Letter #1.pdf
2014 registration form English .pdf
By Website Administrator on Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:23 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It was wonderful to see so many of you at conferences!  I know the children were excited to share their work with you.  If you have not had the opportunity to meet with your child and his/her teacher for conferences, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.  Thanks!

I also want to remind you that we do have school all next week.  Thursday and Friday are now school days due to the snow days we had last month.  If you child(ren) will not be at school, please submit a pre-planned absence form.  

Finally, I hope you are staying warm in all this chilly weather!  I know there are still slick spots around, and I appreciate your continued caution during arrival and dismissal.  As you drop off your child each day, please remember not to park in front of the walkway entrance on School Drive.  With all the snow, there is a limited space for students to enter that walkway, and everyone needs to be able to access it.  

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

3/6:  Kindergarten Field Trip to First Stage
3/6 & 7:  School in Session (Cold Weather Make Up Days)
3/10:  Grades 4 & 5 Piano Arts Field Trip
3/11:  PTA Meeting
3/12:  PTA Restaurant Night @ Buffalo Wild Wings

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Bike Helmets:  
Thanks to a generous partnership with ProHealth Care, the School District of Waukesha is offering bike helmets for sale for $10.00.  Order forms are being sent home with students.  Please note that these are not being delivered to the school and must be picked up at the Health Fair at the Strive to Thrive Event on Saturday, April 26th as shown on the order form.  

JK Lee Afterschool Program:  Instructors from JK Lee have been at Prairie during physical education classes recently and will continue with an after school clinic as a fundraiser for PTA beginning March 3rd.  Registration flyers were sent home with students, and a copy is attached to this e-post.  Classes are Monday & Wednesday, March 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Please make checks payable Prairie PTA.

Jump Rope for Heart Donations:  You may still turn in any last minute donations for Jump Rope for Heart.  We hope to have our final total next week!

4th Grade Concert Date Change:  The 4th grade concert has been changed and adjusted due to the four unplanned Cold Days we had in January.  The new date for the concert is Tuesday, April 29.  We will perform the concert at the end of the school day (2:30 pm) for the student body and again at 6:30 pm for parents, relatives and friends.  All students are expected to perform at both concerts.  Concert performance is a big chunk of the music curriculum and is a part of the music grade.  Thanks for supporting your child's music education.  See you in April!  

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  This document also addresses the In-District Transfer/School Choice program described below.

In District Transfer/School Choice:  The In-District Transfer/School Choice program is for current residents of the School District of Waukesha who wish to attend a school other than their regular attendance area school.  The School District of Waukesha has many exciting and innovative programs to offer our students.   If you are interested in the possibility of attending a school other than your attendance area school, please complete an In-District Transfer / School Choice Request.  The school choice application period for the 2014-2015 school year is January 1st through March 1, 2014.  Approval/Commitment Letters & denial notices will be sent out at the last week of March.  Please make sure to sign your letter of commitment to guarantee your seat at school of choice.   A copy of the application form is attached or follow the link for on-line application instructions:    https://docs.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/forms/d/19BnwqOjqShQm0uhHdj5KxcRLdUyiOQ60pwFQgciVAkE/viewform


Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:     

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

   

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135

FROM OUR PTA:


Conference Dinners:  A big thank you to everyone who baked, cooked, dropped off snacks and help set up and clean up the conference dinners for teachers and staff.  PTA always gets rave reviews for this kind gesture that is done for our awesome school staff!  Thanks again.

 
March Restaurant Night, Wednesday, March 12th at BUFFALO WILD WINGS on Sunset Drive. A fundraiser flyer is needed.  It is posted on the website under the PTA tab. Or contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net to send you one or two.... or three... In fact, help out Prairie even more and print a bunch and encourage your co- workers, neighbors, etc. to come and join us.
 
Spiritwear is back!   Did your child have a growth spurt this long cold winter? Order forms for a spring spiritwear order will be coming home soon and have been posted to the website.  Deadline to turn in forms and money will be Friday, March 28th. Contact Sonija Parker at parker.sonija@att.net with questions.
 
The GLO-Carnival is coming next month on  Friday, March 28th 6:30 -8:30p.m.  Come and play some games, get your face painted, finger nails polished, or hair colored and end the night with a school wide GLOW-IN-THE-DARK dance party!
 
Raffle basket themes have been chosen (this popular part of the carnival is back),  but we need your help to fill the basket with awesome items.  Each grade level will have a theme for their raffle basket. We are hoping each family can contribute at least one item.  If shopping for a “themed item” is not in your plans, a small monetary donation will help out as well.
Some ideas to help you out are listed below.
·        Kindergarten: Books n Stuff-Cuddle up with your favorite plush (animals, Stuffies, Tummy stuffers, cozy blankets, etc) & books-all ages, all levels, both genders
·        1st Grade: Happy Birthday Boy- Minecraft Theme/Girl- Frozen Theme-Party games, napkins, cake toppers, stationary, decorations, snacks, toys for goody bags, gift cards to party places
·        2nd Grade: Left Brainer-Find your creative side-Art & craft supplies & organizers, sheet music, instruments, itunes/music gift card, music lessons, art, framing gift cards, framing & hanging supplies
·       3rd Grade: Legoland Boy & Girl-Any & Everything Lego
·        4th Grade: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles-movies, car cleaning supplies, models, gas cards, car washes, model train parts
5th Grade"Best of Waukesha- Gift Card Tree-Keep it local-think date night!  

Please send money or drop off items to your child's teacher or the office by Friday, March 14th.
Contact:  Tera Nehring (Mrs. Popchock) with any questions at   262-513-0676  or tera.nehring@yahoo.com

Planning is in full swing so don't miss your opportunity to help out.  Sign up Genius email has been sent out. If for some reason you didn't receive the sign up email and would like it to be sent to you, please contact Sonija Parker or Betsy Peters. 
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   Thanks to everyone for sending in your collection items in our special mid-month challenge!  We collected over 2000 in just 2 weeks and are only 5500 items short of our goal.  Congratulations to Shelly Chojnacki of Mr. Vegter’s class!  She was the big winner of the Marcus Movie Pass.  Last of the February Box Tops were due today.  Mrs. Gerlach’s Kindergarten class is the team to beat this month.  Let’s see who will get to celebrate the first day of spring with Puma Claws!  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a zip-lock bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due: Friday, March 14th; Pick-up: Thursday, March 20th, 5-6 pm,
Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. If you missed February’s order, March is coming soon and you can always check out the Presto Pay option at www.shopwithscrip.com and get them as soon as you hit “send”!

Shoparoo Update:  New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie 
Shoparoo participants have raised $110 to date by simply snapping a photo of their shopping receipts and uploading them to the free Shoparoo app.  Now Shoparoo gives you the opportunity to raise more points by scanning the bar code of various purchased items.  Be on the look out for these opportunities which pop up after your scanned receipt is processed.  Participating retailers include grocery stores, Target, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, Pet Supply Stores, Sams, Costco, etc., basically any place that sells grocery items.  Check it out at www.Shoparoo.com and join by downloading the FREE app to your phone.   Also receive extra bonus points for having a friend you invite join and upload their first receipt.

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  Going STRONG!   We have about 12,000 items donated already!  The countdown to cleaning out those closets, drawers, and toy boxes has begun.  The actual contest starts April 1st, but you can start donating any and all items now!   You can turn in any donated items at the next Prairie PTA event such as Scrip/Market Day pick ups, PTA meetings, Carnival (3/29),  etc...  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.usor 521-2464) with any questions. 
 
PTA Board Nominations:  Yes, It's time to start thinking about next school year. PTA Board nominations for open positions will start at the March and April PTA meetings, with voting taking place in May. Please consider your support of Prairie by becoming a member of the PTA Board.
The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. Here is a brief overview:
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at Kwik Trip?   PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
  
Looking Ahead:
PTA Events in May and June:
Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
3/11 PTA meeting
3/12 Restaurant Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival
3/28 Spiritwear order forms due

Find us on Facebook!!!
For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 
PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie School website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President: Sonija Parker 262 547-2614 parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect: Betsy Peters 262 548-6347 betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer:  Amy Krall 262 522-0401 ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673 krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps


Attachments:
2014-2015 Enrollment Publication (2).pdf
JK Lee 3-14.pdf
Bike helmet letter.docx.pdf
bikehelmetENGLISHorder form.docx
By Website Administrator on Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:15 PM
Upcoming Dates:

2/26:  Parent Teacher Conferences
2/28:    Beach Day
3/6 & 7:  School in Session (Cold Weather Make Up Days)
3/11:  PTA Meeting
3/12:  PTA Restaurant Night @ Buffalo Wild Wings

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Spirit Day/Beach Day:  
On Friday, February 28th, we will have a School Spirit Day - BEACH DAY!  Students may bring a beach towel for a read-in with their class.  Please see the attached flyer for details and specific guidelines on apparel.

Parent Teacher Conferences:  Our Parent Teacher Conferences will continue on Wednesday, February 26th.  Sign up for conference times have been communicated by your child's teacher for students in Grades K-3.  Grade 4 & 5 parents and students will meet in the gym.  Please contact your child's teacher or the office if you are having any difficulty with the sign-up form. 

Jump Rope for Heart Update:  A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated in Jump Rope for Heart, both at our after school event and during physical education classes.  Our online donations have already reached $6,310!  All donations were due today!  If you have not yet sent in your donations, please do so on Monday so that the thank you gifts/prizes can be ordered.

JK Lee Afterschool Program:  Instructors from JK Lee have been at Prairie during physical education classes over the last week and will continue with an after school clinic as a fundraiser for PTA beginning March 3rd.  Registration flyers were sent home with students last week, and a copy is attached to this e-post.  Classes are Monday & Wednesday, March 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Please make checks payable Prairie PTA.

4th Grade Concert Date Change:  The 4th grade concert has been changed and adjusted due to the four unplanned Cold Days we had in January.  The new date for the concert is Tuesday, April 29.  We will perform the concert at the end of the school day (2:30 pm) for the student body and again at 6:30 pm for parents, relatives and friends.  All students are expected to perform at both concerts.  Concert performance is a big chunk of the music curriculum and is a part of the music grade.  Thanks for supporting your child's music education.  See you in April!  

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  This document also addresses the In-District Transfer/School Choice program described below.

In District Transfer/School Choice:  The In-District Transfer/School Choice program is for current residents of the School District of Waukesha who wish to attend a school other than their regular attendance area school.  The School District of Waukesha has many exciting and innovative programs to offer our students.   If you are interested in the possibility of attending a school other than your attendance area school, please complete an In-District Transfer / School Choice Request.  The school choice application period for the 2014-2015 school year is January 1st through March 1, 2014.  Approval/Commitment Letters & denial notices will be sent out at the last week of March.  Please make sure to sign your letter of commitment to guarantee your seat at school of choice.   A copy of the application form is attached or follow the link for on-line application instructions:    https://docs.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/forms/d/19BnwqOjqShQm0uhHdj5KxcRLdUyiOQ60pwFQgciVAkE/viewform


Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:    

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

  

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135

FROM OUR PTA:


Parent/Teacher conferences are halfway done.  Thank you to everyone who baked, cooked, dropped off snacks and helped  set up and clean up for the dinner yesterday for teachers and staff.  There are still some spots available for conference night next week on the Wednesday, February 26th.  Check out the sign up genius email for your opportunity to help out. Food items you've signed up to make will need to be at school by 3 p.m. or can be dropped off  the morning of.  Thanks in advance for all your help.  Please contact Betsy Peters with questions. 
 
The GLO-Carnival is coming next month -  Friday, March 28th 6:30 -8:30 p.m.!  Come and play some games, get your face painted, finger nails polished, or hair colored and end the night with a school wide GLOW-IN-THE-DARK dance party!
 
Raffle basket themes have been chosen.  This popular part of the carnival is back, but we need your help to fill the basket with awesome items.  Each grade level will have a theme for their raffle basket. We are hoping each family can contribute at least one item.  If shopping for a “themed item” is not in your plans, a small monetary donation will help out as well.  Some ideas to help you out are listed below:

·        Kindergarten: Books n Stuff-Cuddle up with your favorite plush (animals, Stuffies, Tummy stuffers, cozy blankets, etc) & book-all ages, all levels, both genders
·        1st Grade: Happy Birthday Boy/Girl-Party games, napkins, cake toppers, stationary, decorations, snacks, toys for goody bags, gift cards to party places,
·        2nd Grade: Left Brainer-Find your creative side-Art & craft supplies & organizers, sheet music, instruments, itunes/music gift card, music lessons, art, framing gift cards, framing & hanging supplies
·        3rd Grade: Legoland Boy & Girl-Any & Everything Lego
·        4th Grade: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles-movies, car cleaning supplies, models, gas cards, car washes, model train parts
5th Grade"Best of Waukesha- Gift Card Tree-Keep it local-think date night!

Please send money or drop off items to your child's teacher or the office by Friday, March 14th.  Contact:  Tera Nehring (Mrs. Popchock) with any questions at  262-513-0676 or tera.nehring@yahoo.com

Planning is in FULL SWING, so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Next planning meeting is Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Cheri Bonells house, 1143 Dogwood Lane.  Sign up Genius email has been sent out. If for some reason you didn't receive the sign up email and would like it to be sent to you, please contact Sonija Parker or Betsy Peters. 
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   The families here must really LOVE Prairie!  We are still counting all those Valentines.  Stay tuned to hear who won the movie pass.  Your remaining collection items are due by Friday, February 28th.  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a ziploc bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due: Friday, March 14th; Pick-up: Thursday, March 20th, 5-6 p.m.
Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. If you missed February’s order, March is coming soon and you can always check out the Presto Pay option at www.shopwithscrip.com and get them as soon as you hit “send”!

Prairie's Art teacher,  Ms. Heller, is requesting some help to display student artwork within the school and at various other locations!  Anyone have a "good eye" for spacing, lining things up, writing labels (if necessary), pinning things up on different backings of walls.  There is a March Art Display going up at the Public Library.  Anyone like  working with just the tags? Calligraphy?  Please contact Ms. Heller, Prairie Art Specialist, at 262-970-2265.
 
Shoparoo Update:   New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie  Shoparoo participants have raised $110 to date by simply snapping a photo of their shopping receipts and uploading them to the free Shoparoo app.  Now Shoparoo gives you the opportunity to raise more points by scanning the bar code of various purchased items.  Be on the look out for these opportunities which pop up after your scannned receipt is processed.  Participating retailers include grocery stores, Target, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, Pet Supply Stores, Sams, Costco, etc., basically any place that sells grocery items.  Check it out at www.Shoparoo.com and join by downloading the FREE app to your phone.   Hope to see you on the leaderboard soon!  Also receive extra bonus points for having a friend you invite join and upload their first receipt.

Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive: We are going strong and have about 12,000 items donated already!  The countdown to cleaning out those closets, drawers, and toy boxes has begun.  The actual contest starts April 1st, but you can start donating any and all items now!  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
 
PTA Board nominations for open positions will start at the March and April PTA meetings, with voting taking place in May. Please consider your support of Prairie by becoming a member of the PTA Board.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. Here is a brief overview:
President Elect is a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary is a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed, capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
If you have any questions feel free to contact any current board member.
 
 Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Looking Ahead:  PTA Events in May and June:  Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, Rocket Rally, last day of school field day. 

 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
2/26 Conference Dinners 
2/27 Carnival Planning meeting 
3/11 PTA meeting
3/12 Restaurant Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
3/28 PTA Glow Carnival

Find us on Facebook!!!
For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 

PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie School website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President: Sonija Parker 262 547-2614 parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect: Betsy Peters 262 548-6347 betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer:  Amy Krall 262 522-0401 ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673 krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps


Attachments:
2014-2015 Enrollment Publication (2).pdf
JK Lee 3-14.pdf
Beach Day Flyer.docx
By Website Administrator on Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:25 PM
Upcoming Dates:

2/17:  PTA Culver's Night
2/18:  Voting - Spring Primary
2/20 & 26:  Parent Teacher Conferences
2/21:  Kindergarten to Environmental Education
          Jump Rope for Heart donations due
          Wear Red Day
3/6 & 7:  School in Session (Cold Weather Make Up Days)

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Parent Teacher Conferences:  Our Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday, February 20th & Wednesday, February 26th.  Sign up for conference times have been communicated by your child's teacher for students in Grades K-3.  Grade 4 & 5 parents and students will meet in the gym.  Please contact your child's teacher or the office if you are having any difficulty with the sign-up form. 

"Wear Red Day" :  Friday, February 21 is "Wear Red" Day at Prairie to promote and increase awareness for heart health! So, pull out all the red you have...any shade and wear it to school on Friday, February 21st! Remember to stay active and eat plenty of fruits and veggies to keep YOUR HEART HEALTHY! It is also the last day to turn in money for Jump Rope for Heart!

Jump Rope for Heart Update:  A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated in Jump Rope for Heart, both at our after school event and during physical education classes.  Our online donations have already reached $6,310!  All donations are due on by next Friday, February 21st!  See Mr. Booth's update attached to this e-post.  

4th Grade Concert Date Change:  The 4th grade concert has been changed and adjusted due to the four unplanned Cold Days we had in January.  The new date for the concert is Tuesday, April 29.  We will perform the concert at the end of the school day (2:30 pm) for the student body and again at 6:30 pm for parents, relatives and friends.  All students are expected to perform at both concerts.  Concert performance is a big chunk of the music curriculum and is a part of the music grade.  Thanks for supporting your child's music education.  See you in April!  

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  This document also addresses the In-District Transfer/School Choice program described below.

In District Transfer/School Choice:  The In-District Transfer/School Choice program is for current residents of the School District of Waukesha who wish to attend a school other than their regular attendance area school.  The School District of Waukesha has many exciting and innovative programs to offer our students.   If you are interested in the possibility of attending a school other than your attendance area school, please complete an In-District Transfer / School Choice Request.  The school choice application period for the 2014-2015 school year is January 1st through March 1, 2014.  Approval/Commitment Letters & denial notices will be sent out at the last week of March.  Please make sure to sign your letter of commitment to guarantee your seat at school of choice.   A copy of the application form is attached or follow the link for on-line application instructions:    https://docs.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/forms/d/19BnwqOjqShQm0uhHdj5KxcRLdUyiOQ60pwFQgciVAkE/viewform

Future Chefs:  4th & 5th grade students - Are there any aspiring chefs out there?  You can showcase your skills by participating in the Future Chefs Culinary Competition.  Fill out an entry form with your favorite healthy sandwich recipe by February 21st, and you'll be in the running to compete in a live competition at Horning Middle School on March 26th.  Check in the cafeteria for more details.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will have their recipe entered into a national competition, with the chance to win even more great prizes.

Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:   

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:

 

1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135


PUMA PROFILE . . . INTRODUCING THE WONDERFUL STAFF WORKING WITH YOUR CHILDREN

THIS WEEK . . . SHERYL BERES, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
 

I would like to start out by saying that I’m thrilled to be a member of the Prairie Elementary staff. This is my 14th year of teaching, and I’ve had the honor of working at every grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. This is my second year in the School District of Waukesha, and previous to Waukesha I taught at Arrowhead High School, North Lake Elementary School, St. Bruno School in Dousman, and in the Waukesha Head Start Program.


I live in Dousman with my husband Matt, two sons - Garret, age 22 who attends Michigan Technological University, and Caleb, age 17 who is a senior at Kettle Moraine H.S. and will attend Carroll University next year. We share our family time with three goats and two cats. We enjoy the north woods by fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking.


I received my Cross Categorical Special Education license from UW-Whitewater and also completed my MSE-Reading Specialist at UW-Whitewater. I’m continually impressed with the amount of courses that the School District of Waukesha offers its staff.


As I have come to know Waukesha I have grown fond of its diversity and work ethic. I have grown as an educator during my time at Prairie, and also as a person. Thank you to the Prairie community for welcoming me and embracing me as a family member. It’s an honor to serve your children.


FROM OUR PTA:


Art & Talent Showcase:  What an exciting and awesome Art and Talent showcase this year.  Great job to all the performers and artists who participated,  as well as the brave emcees who hosted the event. Thanks to everyone for all your efforts and support.
 
Prairie Restaurant Night!  It's been awhile since we took over Chili's for those 2 weeks in December, so how about we blow away Culver's this MONDAY, February 17th.  Come enjoy a butter burger, salad, or just some flavor of the day custard, which will be Mint Chip on Monday.  All sales between 5-8 p.m. on Monday, February 17th will help support Prairie.  Invite your family, friends and neighbors. Hope to see you there. 

Next month's Prairie Family Restaurant night will be held Wednesday,  March 12th at Buffalo Wild Wings !
  
Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 20th and 26th.  PTA is supporting our wonderful teachers and staff with dinner both nights. Sign up Genius emails have been sent out. Please check it out and find something you could make or do to help out. Food items you've signed up to make will need to be at school by 3 pm or can be dropped off the morning of.  Thanks in advance for all your help.  Please contact Betsy Peters with questions.   
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  Make sure to check out Puma Claws who has really grown this year!  Can you believe we only need 7,500 more items to reach our 42,000 item goal!  Great work, Prairie families!  Those Box Tops have also earned our PTA over $2,000 so far that will be used to help enrich our children’s education experience!  Hope you got those Valentine sheets in!  We will see who is the big winner of the Marcus Movie Pass. Also, if you shopped your favorite retailer between February 2 and February 8 and bought any 10 Box Tops participating products in one shopping order, please be sure to send your receipt to school in an envelope with your teacher’s name by February 21st to earn 50 Bonus eBoxTops, and PTA will do the rest!  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a zip lock bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We received over 3,000 items last month that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Months Order Due:  Friday, March 14th; Pick-up: Thursday, March 20th, 5-6 pm.
Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. If you missed February’s order, March is coming soon, and you can always check out the Presto Pay option at www.shopwithscrip.com and get them as soon as you hit “send”!

Prairie's Art teacher, Ms. Heller, is requesting some help to display student artwork within the school and at various other locations. Anyone have a "good eye" for spacing, lining things up, writing labels (if necessary), pinning things up on different backings of walls?  There is a March Art Display going up at the Public Library.  Anyone like  working with just the tags? Calligraphy?  If so, please contact Ms. Heller, Prairie Art Specialist, at 262-970-2265
 
Shoparoo:    New Opportunity to Build Points = More $ for Prairie
Shoparoo participants have raised $106 to date by simply snapping a photo of their shopping receipts and uploading them to the free Shoparoo app.  Now Shoparoo gives you the opportunity to raise more points by scanning the bar code of various purchased items.  Be on the look out for these opportunities which pop up after your scannned receipt is processed.  Participating retailers include grocery stores, Target, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, Pet Supply Stores, Sam's, Costco, etc., basically any place that sells grocery items.  Check it out at www.Shoparoo.com and join by downloading the FREE app to your phone.   Hope to see you on the leaderboard soon!

The GLO-Carnival is coming!!  Before you know it the Annual PTA GLO Carnival will be here!!  March 29th 6:30 -8:30 p.m.! Come and play some games, get your face painted, finger nails polished, or hair colored and end the night with a school wide glow in the dark dance party!  Planning has begun so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Next planning meeting is Tuesday,  February 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Cheri Bonell's house, 1143 Dogwood Lane. Sign up Genius email has been sent out. If for some reason you didn't receive the sign up email and would like it to be sent to you, please contact Sonija Parker or Betsy Peters.    This is a Ginormous event so PTA would appreciate as many volunteers as possible. Some areas include ticket sales, games, raffle baskets, concessions, etc.... Also, there will be an awesome new Glo item for the kids to enjoy this year.  Stay tuned for classroom themed raffle basket items you can donate or give some feedback at the next PTA meeting on a great game you would like to see this year.
 
Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:  Going STRONG!  We have about 12,000 items donated already!!  
The countdown to cleaning out those closets, drawers, and toy boxes has begun.  The actual contest starts April 1st, but you can start donating any and all items now!!   You can turn in any donated items at the next Prairie PTA event; for example, Scrip/Market Day pick ups, PTA meetings, Carnival (3/29) etc...  There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
 

PTA Board nominations for open positions will start at the March and April PTA meetings with voting taking place in  May. Please consider your support of Prairie by becoming a member of the Board.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary.  A detailed description of the duties are on the school website under the PTA tab, and in the Bylaws document. Here is a brief overview:  President Elect is a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.  
Secretary is a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current board member.
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:   Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
 Looking Ahead:
 
PTA Events in May and June:
Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 

 Upcoming Dates to Remember:
2/17 Prairie Restaurant night at Culver's on Sunset
2/18 Carnival Planning meeting 
2/20 and 2/26 Conference Dinners 
 
Find us on Facebook!!!
For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 

PTA contacts
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie school website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha Nighthawks LaCrosse
 - Waukesha West Basketball Cheer Clinic
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Pee Wee Poms Clinic


Attachments:
2014-2015 Enrollment Publication (2).pdf
Jump Rope for Heart 2-14-14 Update.pdf
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:44 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:  

Our winter parent/teacher conferences are quickly approaching.  Like last winter, students will be leading this round of conferences.  They will be sharing their progress toward goals and a portfolio of work samples, so please plan to bring your child with you to your conference.  Our students are looking forward to sharing their learning and growth with you!  Teachers will be communicating with you regarding their specific plan for these conferences and sign-up procedures.  The process for student-led conferences does vary somewhat by grade level, so please connect with your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions about conferences.

Recently, we have been receiving more late afternoon calls regarding transportation changes for students.  We do our best to pass along all messages regarding changes, but it gets difficult to do so when those calls come in right at dismissal time. For the safety of your child, please make sure that you call prior to 3:00 with any changes to your child's dismissal plan.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Don't forget we have the talent show this evening at 6:30.  I hope you can join us!

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

2/7:   PTA Art & Talent Show
2/11:  PTA Meeting
2/13:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
2/14:  Six Flags Reading Logs due

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

"Souper Bowl" Food Drive:  Our "Souper Bowl" food drive for the Waukesha Food Pantry was a huge success with a total of 595 pounds of food being donated! It also proved to be an accurate indicator of the game winner as the Seattle Seahawks barrels were filled the highest and they won the Super Bowl! We hope to test that theory again next year.

"Wear Red Day" :  Friday, February 21 is "Wear Red" day at Prairie to promote and increase awareness for heart health! So, pull out all the red you have...any shade and wear it to school on Friday, February 21! Remember to stay active and eat plenty of fruits and veggies to keep YOUR HEART HEALTHY! It is also the last day to turn in money for Jump Rope for Heart!

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

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

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m..  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.   Parent involvement in our school is important to us.  When parents visit school, we ask that you help us maintain the safety and security of our students.  All parents who are in the building for any reason must check in at the office and receive a visitor's pass.   Parents may drop off school materials or treats in the office, and we will see that they are delivered to the classroom.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  We appreciate your cooperation.  

Physical Education Newsletter:  Please see Mr. Booth's Physical Education newsletter attached for an update on what is happening in Physical Education class as well as our Jump Rope for Heart community service project!  

4th Grade Concert Date Change:  The 4th grade concert has been changed and adjusted due to the four unplanned Cold Days we had in January.  The new date for the concert is Tuesday, April 29.  We will perform the concert at the end of the school day (2:30 pm) for the student body and again at 6:30 pm for parents, relatives and friends.  All students are expected to perform at both concerts.  Concert performance is a big chunk of the music curriculum and is a part of the music grade.  Thanks for supporting your child's music education.  See you in April!  

2014-15 District Enrollment Publication:  Please review the attached 2014-15 School District of Waukesha Enrollment Publication for various opportunities across the district.  Pay special attention to enrollment application deadlines as shown in this document.  This document also addresses the In-District Transfer/School Choice program described below.

In District Transfer/School Choice:  The In-District Transfer/School Choice program is for current residents of the School District of Waukesha who wish to attend a school other than their regular attendance area school.  The School District of Waukesha has many exciting and innovative programs to offer our students.   If you are interested in the possibility of attending a school other than your attendance area school, please complete an In-District Transfer / School Choice Request.  The school choice application period for the 2014-2015 school year is January 1st through March 1, 2014.  Approval/Commitment Letters & denial notices will be sent out at the last week of March.  Please make sure to sign your letter of commitment to guarantee your seat at school of choice.   A copy of the application form is attached or follow the link for on-line application instructions:    https://docs.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/forms/d/19BnwqOjqShQm0uhHdj5KxcRLdUyiOQ60pwFQgciVAkE/viewform

Future Chefs:  4th & 5th grade students - Are there any aspiring chefs out there?  You can showcase your skills by participating in the Future Chefs Culinary Competition.  Fill out an entry form with your favorite healthy sandwich recipe by February 21st, and you'll be in the running to compete in a live competition at Horning Middle School on March 26th.  Check in the cafeteria for more details.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will have their recipe entered into a national competition, with the chance to win even more great prizes.

Health Insurance Marketplace Deadline is March 31, 2014:  

Families and individuals needing help to apply for health insurance through the health insurance marketplace may call and schedule an appointment at either:



1. Waukesha Community Health Center, 309 E. North St. at 262-408-2989   OR

2. St. Joseph Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. at 262-544-6777


A certified application counselor will assist with the process. To prepare for the appointment, it will help to have Social Security numbers for all applying, birth dates, pay stubs, W-2 forms or “wage and tax statements’ and information on any health insurance that would be available from an employers.  Online applications can be made at www.healthcare.gov . For applications by phone, call 1-800-318-2596.    


Bonnie Siegel, RN, MSN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1120


Hanneke Deeken, MSN, RN

ProHealth Community Outreach Nurse

262-970-1135

Healing Hearts of Waukesha:  Healing Hearts of Waukesha County offers a very worthwhile service to grieving children and their families.  Meeting in a confidential setting, participants are guided by trained volunteers to work through the grieving process with others experiencing similar losses. The program is free to all participants.  Please see the attached flyer for details on their spring program which begins on February 17th.  



FROM OUR PTA:

Art and Talent showcase, tonight, Friday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m.   Performers can arrive no earlier than 6:00 pm.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to watch the talented performers and artists from Prairie School. 

 
Another FUn and eXcitING event happening tonight is one lucky student from Mrs. Gerlach's class will throw a "PIE in the EYE" of our very own gym teacher, Mr. Booth!  This is one you won't want to miss!
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  Congratulations, Prairie Families!  What a January Jump-Start!  We “Clipped, Stuck, & Bagged” 8,800 more Box Tops & Labels for Education in December & January.  We are currently 81% of the way to our goal!  So who was the big winner?  This class not only won in December & January, but they "jumped" the competition out of the water!  Congratulations to Mrs. Gerlach’s Kindergarten class!  They collected over 1,100 items, which was double what any other class collected in the same period!   Puma Claws will be feeling the love there this month!  

Keep “clipping and sticking” in the month of love. Fill your Valentine’s Collection Sheet(s) that came home last week and turn them in by Valentine’s Day, February 14th for a chance to win a Marcus Movie pass. If you need more sheets, you can get them from your teacher or download them athttp://www.boxtops4education.com/all-about-boxtops/boxtops-downloads.  If you shopped your favorite retailer between February 2nd and February 8th and bought any 10 Box Tops participating products in one shopping order, please be sure to send your receipt to school in an envelope with your child's teacher’s name on it by February 21st to earn 50 Bonus eBoxTops.   Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items in a zip lock bag and write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag.  We received over 3,000 items this month that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:   Next Order Due: TODAY, Friday, February 7thPick-up: Thursday, February 13th, 5-6 pm.  Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases.  We are currently 82% of the way to our $2,250 goal for the year.  The PTA has also awarded eight $25 bonus cards to families who have earned $100 for school.   Don’t forget to get your order in TODAY! Check out the Presto Pay option at http://www.shopwithscrip.comand/  and get them as soon as you hit “send”!
 

Shoparoo:   You have raised just over $100 for Prairie!  Let's keep up the good work and invite your friends, family, neighbors, facebook contacts, etc. to join in on the fun.  It's as simple as downloading the free app to your mobile phone and uploading a photo of your grocery receipt - points are awarded and points turn into $!  Find out more at http://www.shoparoo.com/ This month earn extra points for Prairie by having your friends sign up and upload their first receipt. 

Parent/Teacher Conference Dinners:  Conferences are scheduled for February 20th and 26th.  PTA is supporting our wonderful teachers and staff with dinner both nights. Sign up Genius emails have been sent out. Please check it out and find something you could make or do to help out. 
 
Carnival Planning Time:  Before you know it the Annual PTA GLO Carnival will be here!  March 28th is the NIGHT!
Planning has begun so don't miss your opportunity to help out. Next planning meeting is Tuesday,  Feb 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Cheri Bonell's house (1143 Dogwood Lane). Sign up Genius email has been sent out.  If for some reason you didn't receive the sign up email and would like it to be sent to you, please contact Sonija Parker or Betsy Peters.   This is a mega huge event so PTA would appreciate as many volunteers as possible. Some areas include ticket sales, games raffle baskets, concessions, etc.... Also, there will be an awesome new Glo item for the kids to enjoy this year.  
 
February PTA meeting on Tuesday Feb. 11th at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a special presentation by Laurie Schroepfer and Jennifer Baker, second & third grade teachers, to talk about our multi-age classes.  Also, new PTA board nominations will take place.  Open positions for next year are: President Elect and Secretary. Come and find out more details about these important positions for the school PTA program.  Free Childcare available. 
 
Kwik Trip and MilkMoola:  Are you a frequent customer at KWIK Trip?  PTA is collecting Milk Moola caps/bag tops from Kwik Trip brand milk and juices.  Each bag top or milk cap is worth a nickel. When we’ve collected 1,000 caps and bag tops, we can send them in and Kwik Trip sends us cash!  Additionally, save the gold oval label from any boxes of donuts you buy from Kwik Trip as they’re worth a dime each.  Remember to look for the words “Milk Moola.” PTA is NOT collecting any other milk caps (Kemps/Golden Guernsey/Nickels for Kids/Kids Cash/etc). Those programs have ended. Contact Betsy Peters betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Donald Driver/Goodwill Collection Drive:   The countdown to cleaning out those closets, drawers, and toy boxes has begun.  The actual contest will be starting soon.. .  April 1st to be exact.  You can start donating any and all items now! There is a specially decorated PACKER bin for donated items located next to the Lost & Found table in the front hall.  Please feel free to drop off at any PTA event (Market Day/Scrip, Talent Show, PTA Meetings, etc.)    Contact PTA or Mrs. Hanson (rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us or 521-2464) with any questions. 
 

Looking Ahead:
 
PTA Events in May and June:
Teacher appreciation week, BOGO Book Fair, ROCKET Rally, Last day of School field day. 

 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
2/7: SCRIP orders due
2/7: Talent show  rehearsal  2:00
2/7: Art and Talent showcase 6:00 doors open- 6:30 show starts
2/11: PTA meeting at 6:30

2/13: Market Day and Scrip pickup
2/20 and 2/26: Conference Dinners 

 
Find us on Facebook!  For up to the minute announcements and reminders, or to post questions and share with other Prairie Parents.  Search Prairie School PTA Go Pumas! on Facebook.
 

PTA contacts:
Meeting agendas, minutes, PTA forms and calendar updates can be found on the Prairie school website:  http://waukeshaschools.com/prairie/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:
 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha Nighthawks LaCrosse
 - Waukesha West Basketball Cheer Clinic
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Gold Attitude Pee Wee Poms Clinic


Attachments:
2014-2015 Enrollment Publication (2).pdf
Jump Rope for Heart Permission Slip.pdf
Healing Hearts 2-17-14 .pdf
PE Newsletter Feb. 2014.doc


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