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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It's hard to believe we've reached the end of the first trimester of school.  We are pleased with our students' growth during these first months of school.  Teachers are currently working on preparing report cards using our new Infinite Campus system.  Report cards will be available for viewing through Infinite Campus beginning Wednesday, December 10.  For this first trimester, we will also send paper copies of the report card home.  These will be sent home with students on Friday, December 12.  In future trimesters, paper report cards will only be sent by request.  Information on how to view grades through Infinite Campus is included below.  Prior to second trimester report cards, we will provide opportunities for those of you who would like additional help accessing grades in Infinite Campus.  

The cold and snowy Wisconsin weather is definitely upon us!  Our students go out for recess everyday except when the temperature or wind chill is below 0.  Children must wear boots and snow pants if they want to play in the snow.  Please help us by labeling all of your child's outerwear with their first and last name.  That helps greatly when items end up in lost and found.

As you know, there is no school the rest of the week due to Thanksgiving Break.  We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday, December 1.

During this season of giving thanks, we continue to be thankful for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School.  Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

11/25:  End of 1st trimester
11/26-11/28:  No School for Thanksgiving Holiday
12/9:  PTA Meeting
12/11:  Market Day/Scrip Pick-up


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Dress for the weather:  
Our students will be going outside for recess unless the temperature with the wind chill is below zero.  Please make sure they are dressed appropriately with a warm coat, hat, gloves and boots.  

Voicemail concerns:  
The district has experienced some significant delays in voicemails going to staff phones.  The problem appears to be resolved at this time and we are very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused.  If you contacted someone on our staff and did not receive a call back, please call again or contact our office for assistance.

Hoop Shoot Winners:  Congratulations to the following students who will represent Prairie at the local Hoop Shoot Competition in January:

8-9 year old girl: Kendall Zanon
8-9 year old boy: Charlie Krall
10-11 year old girl: Jennesis Taylor
10-11 year old boy: Aaron Brezina

Great job to all who participated and a special thanks to all of the 5th grade students who helped Mr. Booth run the event.

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


Six Flags Reading Program:  The Six Flags Read to Succeed program has officially started. Your child brought home an informational sheet and reading log this week. By reading and recording 6 hours they will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags Great America! Please return the log to your child's classroom teacher as soon as your child completes it. The final due date is February 20; no late logs will be counted. Happy Reading!

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring two workshops in December. The first one is entitled "Autism:  Student Centered Stress Regulations Techniques" and is on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Country Springs Hotel.  The second is "ADHD Interventions for Home and School" and is on December 4th at 9:00 a.m. at WCTC.  Flyers are attached with registration details.

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

Blackboard accounts for parents are now available in Infinite Campus as well.  Please use the following for more information and instructions for accessing course information:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/pubhelp/technology-help/blackboard.  


FROM OUR PTA . . .

Their votes count!
Your kids have the privilege of voting for their favorite new Prairie Puma logo! Ask them about the logos they saw and selected (voting occurred during their Art Class). Each choice has its own personality and character, and the process is inspiring good conversations about how logos/artwork is developed and how it can represent a person or idea. The logo that the student body elects will first appear on an upcoming spiritwear order. Go Pumas!
 
Going to the Movies
You should have received (via your child’s daily folder) an order form and instructions for our Marcus Movie Ticket fundraiser. The sale runs now through Dec. 3, with delivery by mid-December. Check out the new “bonus” with this sale: every $25 Gift Card sale comes with $5 Snack Cash! Please direct questions to Amy Krall at ajkrall@gmail.com.
 
Count those Box Tops!
Box Tops as well as Labels for Education, Milk Moola, etc, are due before Thanksgiving: Tues, Nov. 25.
 
New Newsletter coming your way: Prairie PTA Paper debuts next month.  Watch for a printed newsletter in your child’s folder. It’s just one more way PTA is increasing its communication with Prairie families. The newsletter will appear about once a month with updates, articles, and get-to-know-your staff interviews. PTA is now wherever you want to hear about it: on the school’s weekly e-post, on Facebook, in your child’s folder (the new PTA Paper), and via e-mail (Quick Bits). Contact Erica Kasseckert, PTA Secretary, with questions about any of the communication channels.
 
Staff Gift Giving Simplified
If you’re one of the families that like to give a little something to Prairie’s fabulous teachers and staff this time of year, let PTA help you choose the perfect gift! Check out the letter & order form coming home today from Rebecca Reagles, our Scrip Coordinator. Each teacher and staff member is filling out a wish list of gift cards they’d appreciate as holiday gifts. PTA will collect the funds, add them together, order the scrip cards the teachers/staff requested, then give them in a card “signed” with all the donors’ names. It’s a wonderful way to thank all the adults who work with your child throughout the year. Orders will be due Fri, Dec. 5.
 
Want the PTA Quick Bits?   Send a message to Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com to get your name on our e-mail distribution list. About twice a month we’ll send out messages with PTA highlights for the coming weeks.

PTA is on Facebook!  “Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555

Coming soon:

Scrip Orders due (Including Staff Gift scrip orders if you choose to participate): Fri, Dec. 5

Market Day Orders due (online): Sat. Dec. 6

Next PTA Meeting: Tues, Dec. 9, 6:30

Prairie night @ Culver’s (on Sunset): Mon, Dec. 15

Art & Talent Showcase: Start thinking! More info to come in December; Showcase to be Feb. 13

Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team

Attachments:


Dual Language 14-15 Informational Mtg.pdf
PARENTS UNITED - Autism - Stress & Self Reg. D. Parker 12-2-14 (1).docx
IC parent report card info.docx
Parents United ADHD Patric Mattec.doc
By Website Administrator on Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:27 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

On Monday, November 17, we begin our Paws Time.  This 30 minute block begins at 8:50 AM Monday through Thursday and allows each child to receive an extra dose of either reading or math instruction.  Students are placed in an intervention or enrichment activity based on their needs.  The majority of our students will participate in a reading group.  Students will be regrouped based on their needs at various points during the year.  We are excited about the chance to provide students with this additional dose of targeted instruction, and we appreciate your efforts to make sure your child is here on time for school so they may participate fully in their group.  If you have any questions about Paws Time, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or me.     

Don't forget about the PTA Ornament Painting event this evening.  I hope to see you there!

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

Amy


Upcoming Dates:


11/14:  PTA Family Night - Ornament Painting
11/17:  PTA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
11/25:  End of 1st trimester
11/26-11/28:  No School for Thanksgiving Holiday
12/9:  PTA Meeting
12/11:  Market Day/Scrip Pick-up


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Hoop Shoot Winners:  Congratulations to the following students who will represent Prairie at the local Hoop Shoot Competition in January:

   8-9 year old girl: Kendall Zanon
8-9 year old boy: Charlie Krall
10-11 year old girl: Jennesis Taylor
10-11 year old boy: Aaron Brezina

Great job to all who participated and a special thanks to all of the 5th grade students who helped Mr. Booth run the event.

Little Free Library:   
The “Pawsome Little Library”, our Little Free Library, is now installed near the front door of Prairie School, and it is ready for students to explore!  This is one more resource to help our Prairie Pumas find good books to read.  A Little Free Library (LFL) will always have surprises in it, and students may come across some real gems that they never would have expected to find!  Thanks to the Prairie School PTA for not only covering the costs of the LFL, but also for help in getting the library painted and ready for installation.

To help make the LFL work well for our students, it would be helpful to observe the following guidelines.


(1) The little library is intended for books for elementary level students only.  Books meant for older audiences should not be placed in the Pawsome Little Library.  Let’s make sure that we have age appropriate books in our library!


(2) Books owned by either the public library or school library should be returned to the appropriate library, and should not be put in the LFL.  While there may be discarded library books (books plainly marked either “WITHDRAWN” or “DISCARD” that have been removed from a library’s collection) in the LFL, books still owned and being circulated by a library should not be placed in the LFL.


(3) If you take a book from the LFL, it is yours to do with as you wish.  You may keep it.  You may pass it on to a friend.  Or you may return it to the LFL when you are done with it.


(4) We do need to have balance regarding use of the LFL.  While it is OK to occasionally take a book or two without putting any in, in the long run we need to have about the same number of books being added to it as are being taken out.


Come take a look at our Little Free Library!  It is a fun way for our Puma’s to get new and fresh reading material.  To learn more about the Little Free Library movement, go to their website at: http://littlefreelibrary.org/


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

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

November Wellness Burst:  This month's Activate4Kids for Kids wellness newsletter is attached.  This month's topic features fun ways to get more exercise in your daily schedule.  This program is sponsored by Healing Hearts of Waukesha County and ProHealth Care and features Linda Goldman, a national and international expert in children's grief, as the featured speaker.  This program is free and open to the general public but pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes.

Six Flags Reading Program:  The Six Flags Read to Succeed program has officially started. Your child brought home an informational sheet and reading log this week. By reading and recording 6 hours they will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags Great America! Please return the log to your child's classroom teacher as soon as your child completes it. The final due date is February 20; no late logs will be counted. Happy Reading!

National Children's Grief Awareness Day:  Please take note of the attached flyer with information on a program entitled "Children Grieve, too" on Thursday, November 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.  

Student Art Display:  
Prairie students will have some of their artwork on display at the Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., from November 10-19th.  The display is on the third floor.  If you are in the Courthouse, please stop by and look at this art show.

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring two workshops in December. The first one is entitled "Autism:  Student Centered Stress Regulations Techniques" and is on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Country Springs Hotel.  The second is "ADHD Interventions for Home and School" and is on December 4th at 9:00 a.m. at WCTC.  Flyers are attached with registration details.

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

Elementary Grading Information:  Please see the attached letter regarding additional information and clarification on grading at the elementary level.

Blackboard accounts for parents are now available in Infinite Campus as well.  Please use the following for more information and instructions for accessing course information:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/pubhelp/technology-help/blackboard.  


FROM OUR PTA . . .

Family Paint Night TONIGHT!   Fri, Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30pm:

Ornaments are $10 ea (PTA earns 20% of all sales) and will be professionally fired then delivered early in December. Hope to see you there!

 

Voting begins soon for new Prairie Puma logo:  

Last week’s PTA meeting featured a sneak peek of some ideas for a new Prairie School logo. Were you there? Did you see them? Weren’t they terrific?! In the next couple of weeks, your kid/s will have the chance to vote on one of the two frontrunners during their art class. Ask them about it! The logo that the student body elects will first appear on an upcoming spiritwear order. Go Pumas!

Next Restaurant Night: Mon, Nov. 17, 5-9pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (on Sunset Dr); Take a friend, a neighbor, the kids, and the attached “ticket” flyer with you. 

Marcus Movie Tickets Fundraiser will be open Nov. 19-Dec. 3.  Flyers and order forms will be coming home soon. Great value! Great gifts! 

Keep ‘em coming: Box Tops & collections due Tues, Nov. 25. 

Staff Presentation at PTA Meeting:  Three of Prairie's staff members gave a presentation at the last PTA meeting.  If you missed the meeting, we have attached the presentation below for your review.  

Next PTA Meeting: Tues, Dec. 9, 6:30

 Want the PTA Quick Bits?   Send a message to Erica Kasseckert at ericak@wi.rr.com to get your name on our e-mail distribution list. About twice a month we’ll send out messages with PTA highlights for the coming weeks.

 PTA is on Facebook!  “Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555


Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team

Attachments:


Elem Grading Letter 10-14.docx
Dual Language 14-15 Informational Mtg.pdf
November 2014 Wellness Burst.docx
Grief Awareness Day.pdf
BWW Flyer 11-17-14.pdf
Parents United ADHD Patric Mattec 4-7-09 (1).doc
PARENTS UNITED - Autism - Stress & Self Reg. D. Parker 12-2-14 (1).docx
PTA Presentation - Developmental Milestones.docx
PTA Presentation - Speaking and Listening within all Content Areas.pptx
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, November 05, 2014 11:19 AM

Upcoming Dates:

11/11:  PTA Meeting
11/12:  Grades 4 & 5 to play at South High School
11/13:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
11/13 & 11/14:  Hoop Shoot
11/14:  PTA Family Night - Ornament Painting
11/17:  PTA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
11/25:  End of 1st trimester
11/26-11/28:  No School for Thanksgiving Holiday


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Little Free Library:   The “Pawsome Little Library”, our Little Free Library, is now installed near the front door of Prairie School, and it is ready for students to explore!  This is one more resource to help our Prairie Pumas find good books to read.  A Little Free Library (LFL) will always have surprises in it, and students may come across some real gems that they never would have expected to find!  Thanks to the Prairie School PTA for not only covering the costs of the LFL, but also for help in getting the library painted and ready for installation.

To help make the LFL work well for our students, it would be helpful to observe the following guidelines.


(1) The little library is intended for books for elementary level students only.  Books meant for older audiences should not be placed in the Pawsome Little Library.  Let’s make sure that we have age appropriate books in our library!


(2) Books owned by either the public library or school library should be returned to the appropriate library, and should not be put in the LFL.  While there may be discarded library books (books plainly marked either “WITHDRAWN” or “DISCARD” that have been removed from a library’s collection) in the LFL, books still owned and being circulated by a library should not be placed in the LFL.


(3) If you take a book from the LFL, it is yours to do with as you wish.  You may keep it.  You may pass it on to a friend.  Or you may return it to the LFL when you are done with it.


(4) We do need to have balance regarding use of the LFL.  While it is OK to occasionally take a book or two without putting any in, in the long run we need to have about the same number of books being added to it as are being taken out.


Come take a look at our Little Free Library!  It is a fun way for our Puma’s to get new and fresh reading material.  To learn more about the Little Free Library movement, go to their website at: http://littlefreelibrary.org/


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

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

November Wellness Burst:  This month's Activate4Kids for Kids wellness newsletter is attached.  This month's topic features fun ways to get more exercise in your daily schedule.  This program is sponsored by Healing Hearts of Waukesha County and ProHealth Care and features Linda Goldman, a national and international expert in children's grief, as the featured speaker.  This program is free and open to the general public but pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes.

Elks Club Hoop Shoot:  

Prairie students who are interested in participating in the Elks Club Hoop Shoot will have their opportunity to show off their skills next week Thursday or Friday (11/13 or 11/14) at our school competition.  This is a free competition and is based on the ability to shoot and make free throws.  Winners from Prairie will go on to represent our school at the local competition in January.  Girls and boys compete separately and it is open to any student who is 8 years old or older as of April 1st, 2015.   

Students who were interested were given a permission slip in class.  If you have any questions please call or e-mail Mr. Booth at 970-2277 or rbooth@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Six Flags Reading Program:  The Six Flags Read to Succeed program has officially started. Your child brought home an informational sheet and reading log this week. By reading and recording 6 hours they will earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags Great America! Please return the log to your child's classroom teacher as soon as your child completes it. The final due date is February 20; no late logs will be counted. Happy Reading!

National Children's Grief Awareness Day:  Please take note of the attached flyer with information on a program entitled "Children Grieve, too" on Thursday, November 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.  

Student Art Display:  
Prairie students will have some of their artwork on display at the Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., from November 10-19th.  The display is on the third floor.  If you are in the Courthouse, please stop by and look at this art show.

Parents United:  Parents United is sponsoring two workshops in December. The first one is entitled "Autism:  Student Centered Stress Regulations Techniques" and is on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Country Springs Hotel.  The second is "ADHD Interventions for Home and School" and is on December 4th at 9:00 a.m. at WCTC.  Flyers are attached with registration details.

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

Elementary Grading Information:  Please see the attached letter regarding additional information and clarification on grading at the elementary level.

Blackboard accounts for parents are now available in Infinite Campus as well.  Please use the following for more information and instructions for accessing course information:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/pubhelp/technology-help/blackboard.  


FROM OUR PTA . . .

 

Order your Market Day goodies by Sat, Nov. 8 (online)

Delivery will be next Thurs, Nov. 13.

 

SCRIP orders are due TODAY, Fri, Nov. 7

THINK BLACK FRIDAY! Buying SCRIP cards to Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and Pick ‘n Save will have you all ready for the big shopping day. Oh, and THINK BUFFALO WILD WINGS! (see below). SCRIP cards are delivered Thurs, Nov. 13.

 

Family Paint Night! Fri, Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Soul Fire Art Studio is bringing a selection of fine ceramic ornaments for purchase and painting. Make one or more as a keepsake or gifts. Ornaments are $10 ea (PTA earns 20% of all sales) and will be professionally fired then delivered early in December. Look for the invite and flyer in your child’s flyer. Contact Betsy Peters with questions: betsypeters@wi.rr.com.

 

Next Restaurant Night: Mon, Nov. 17, 5-9pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (on Sunset Dr)

You must take the attached “ticket” flyer with you. Best bang for your buck: order BWW SCRIP cards to use to pay for your dinner, and Prairie benefits twice!

 

Marcus Movie Tickets Fundraiser will be open Nov. 19-Dec. 3.

Flyers and order forms will be coming home soon. Wow—between Movie Tickets and SCRIP cards, that’s a lot of shopping DONE. Check check check.

 

Online Book Fair is open through Nov. 12

If you missed the chance to walk through the book fair during conference nights, you can still order online at http://bookfairs.com/homepage/prairieelembookfair. There’s a great selection of books, and shipping (to your classroom) is free! Many thanks to Stephanie Jackson for organizing the book fair, Heather Paar, Amy Frank, and Kendra Young who helped set out all those great books, and to the Girls Scouts who worked as great sales clerks the night of the event.

 

Thanks for cooking!  Teachers and staff were so appreciative of the meals we provided on Conference nights. Many thanks to all who shared their skill and time and favorite recipes: Tera Nehring, Amy Krall, Cheryl Bonell, Stephanie Jackson, Cathi Kienast, Michele Mehling, Paula Manske, Noelle Jauregui, Betsy Peters, Becky Boggio, Erika McMahon, Julie Waldhart, Shannon Colias, Karen Simonson, Wendy Hubiack, Laura Becerra, Stephanie Hubbard, and Jessica Hummer.

 

Puma Claws drives over to Mrs. Dugan’s class

Congratulations to Mrs. Dugan’s 1st grade class!  They edged out the competition and won the Collections Challenge with 541 items.   Mrs. Dugan’s class will be hosting Puma Claws and his newly decked out Cozy Coupe.  Mrs. Creasey’s class did a fantastic job making it “very Prairie”. Check out the racetrack and the class standings in the hall on the way to the library.  The overall leader might surprise you!

 

Overall, we have collected more than 9,000 items and will cash in for $750! Thanks to Carrie Dinwiddie, Stephanie Hubbard, and Wendy Hubiak for helping count!   Look for a new collection sheet and class standings to come home next week!  Next Deadline: TUESDAY, November 25

 

Next PTA Meeting: Tues, Nov. 11, 6:30

This month’s guest speakers are our own Prairie teachers, sharing how literacy, reading and vocabulary are studied, reinforced, and learned in all content areas. Free childcare in the MMR.

 

PTA is on Facebook!

“Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555

 
Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team
- Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team

Attachments:


Elem Grading Letter 10-14.docx
Dual Language 14-15 Informational Mtg.pdf
November 2014 Wellness Burst.docx
Grief Awareness Day.pdf
BWW Flyer 11-17-14.pdf
Parents United ADHD Patric Mattec 4-7-09 (1).doc
PARENTS UNITED - Autism - Stress & Self Reg. D. Parker 12-2-14 (1).docx
By Website Administrator on Monday, October 27, 2014 1:30 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Dionna Krall, Prairie special education assistant.  She has been selected as our new health room/clerical assistant.  She will begin working in the health room on Monday, November 3.  Mrs. Krall has been a member of the Prairie staff since September 2013, and we are very excited to have her join our office team.  You can reach Mrs. Krall at 262-970-2215 or at dkrall@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  

Don't forget to join us for your child's parent/teacher conference.  If you aren't available to join us this week, we have another night of conferences on November 6.  Please contact your child's teacher with questions.

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:
10/29 & 11/6:  Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
10/30-31:  NO SCHOOL
11/2:  Waukesha Education Foundation Celebration of Excellence
11/4:  Fall Election
11/6:  Grade 1 to Planetarium
11/11:  PTA Meeting


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Conferences:  
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for today,  Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, November 6th from 4:00-7:30 p.m.   Fourth and Fifth grade teachers will have open conferences in the gym and will not be scheduling specific time slots.  Grades K-3 families should have received an email from your child's teacher with conference sign-up instructions.  Please contact the office or your child's teacher if you need assistance.

Lost and Found:  Our lost and found table is already overflowing with coats and sweatshirts.  Please stop by while you are at conferences and look for any missing items.  Remember to label all your child's belongings so that we can return missing items to them.  

Student Fee Statements:  Student fee statements were mailed out last week.  Balances are due by November 1st and are subject to collection if unpaid.  You may pay your fees by cash or check in the school office or by credit card using your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  If you have any questions, please contact the office.

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

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

Elementary Grading Information:  Please see the attached letter regarding additional information and clarification on grading at the elementary level.

Blackboard accounts for parents are now available in Infinite Campus as well.  Please use the following for more information and instructions for accessing course information:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/pubhelp/technology-help/blackboard.  

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

Elementary Handbook:  The School District of Waukesha Elementary Handbook is posted on both the district website and our school website under the "Resources" tab.  Please review this information.  A copy of the back page which requires a signature was sent home with your child.  Please sign and return at your earliest convenience. 

Message from Sodexho regarding lunch:  We appreciate that the change we have instructed our servers to follow has been confusing for both students and staff and we would like to explain the reason for limiting the number of side items a student may choose.  The new regulations not only mandate the type of fruits and vegetables that need to be included in a menu but they also limit the number of calories contained in a meal. At the same time they require that each meal consist of at least three of the five components, meat, dairy, grain, fruit and vegetable. Of these one component must be a half cup serving of fruit or vegetable. We offer the students a choice of 2 vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 entrees and 3 varieties of milk. Their lunch consists of   1 protein, 1 grain, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable and 1 milk. The DPI also mandates the serving sizes for the fruits and vegetables as ½ cup. Additional servings push the calorie level above the recommended ceiling. As the regulations have changed we have made modifications in the number of servings a child may take. 


FROM OUR PTA . . .

 

The Book Fair is here! Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6 during conferences

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

CORRECTION: the dates of the book fair are indeed Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6 during conferences, NOT Nov. 7 as you may have seen on the flyer.

 

Conference Staff Dinners look delicious!  

    Mexican Fiesta Buffet:  Weds, Oct. 29

    Soup & Salad Night: Thurs, Nov. 6

Prairie’s teachers and staff truly appreciate the convenience of a hot meal waiting for them before they start a long evening of conferences. Let’s get together and make them a feast! Many thanks to everyone who’s already generously agreed to bring something. But we’ll need a few more dishes or crock pots to feed 50+ people. Can you bring something too? Check signupgenius.com, and use betsypeters@wi.rr.com to find the sign-up page. Or contact Betsy Peters at betsypeters@wi.rr.com. Already cooking are Wendy Hubiack, Jessica Hummer, Stephanie Hubbard, Laura Becerra, Karen Simonson, Shannon Colias, Julie Waldhart, Erika McMahon, Amy Krall, Becky Boggio, Stephanie Jackson, Michele Mehling, and Paula Manske.  Thank you!

 

Scrip

Thanks to all the SCRIP families-old and new!  We have added 6 new families and raised over $820 so far this year!  Next deadline is Friday, November 7th or you can order anytime with your PrestoPay account!

 

 

November PTA Meeting: Focus on Literacy  Tues, Nov. 11, 6:30pm

Our Prairie teachers will be our guest speakers, sharing how literacy, reading and vocabulary plays a huge role in all content areas.

        What other topics would you like to see discussed at PTA meetings? Internet safety? Transitioning to 6th grade? Public library resources? Contact Betsy Peters if you’ve got something in mind that PTA can help develop into a presentation with guest speaker at a future meeting. betsypeters@wi.rr.com

 

PTA is on Facebook!

“Like” us to join the conversation, to get updates and information, and to stay connected with other Prairie PTA families. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-PTA-Go-Pumas/257860434257555

 

Mark your Calendar for...

Next PTA Meeting  Tues, Nov. 11

Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com 

 

Scholastic Book Fair  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6  (during conferences)

Contact: Stephanie Jackson  stephaniejax1410@gmail.com

 

Conference Dinners for Staff  Weds, Oct. 29 and Thurs, Nov. 6 

Contact: Betsy Peters  betsypeters@wi.rr.com

 

Paint Night   Fri, Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Contact: Betsy Peters   betsypeters@wi.rr.com



 Community Bulletins:

- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids' Night Out
- YMCA Fall Activities
- Waukesha Express Swim Team

Attachments:


Celebration of Excellence 2014.pdf
October Student Wellness Burst.docx
Elem Grading Letter 10-14.docx
By Website Administrator on Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:55 AM
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:25 AM
Upcoming Dates:
10/20:  PTA Culver's Night
10/24:  PTA Halloween Dance
10/29 & 11/6:  Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair
10/30-31:  NO SCHOOL



DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

Community Bulletins:

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

Attachments:

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

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



DID YOU KNOW . . .

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


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

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

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

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

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

 Community Bulletins:

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

Attachments:

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

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

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

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

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

Amy

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



DID YOU KNOW . . .


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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

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

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

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

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


Community Bulletins:

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

Attachments:

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



DID YOU KNOW . . .


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

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

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

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


Community Bulletins:

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

Attachments:

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!

Amy

Upcoming Dates:


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



DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

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


Attachments:

PIZZAHUT-092214.pdf
Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf


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