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

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

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

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

Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!

Amy

Upcoming Dates:


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



DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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

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

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

FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

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


Attachments:

PIZZAHUT-092214.pdf
Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
Parents Act Now.pdf
By Website Administrator on Friday, September 12, 2014 8:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

We have successfully completed our first full week of school!  Things are running smoothly.  Thank you for your continued support as we establish our routines for this new school year.  We appreciate you sending your children on time and ready to learn each day.  It is a joy to see kids engaged and enjoying learning as I visit classrooms. 

We do have one additional staff change to tell you about.  Jennifer Hauser, music teacher, has been invited to become the choir director at Butler Middle School.  While we are sad to see her leave us, this is a wonderful opportunity for her.  Today was Mrs. Hauser’s last day at Prairie as she starts at Butler on Monday. 

Our new music teacher is Mrs. Abigail Mazza.  Mrs. Mazza is a recent Carroll University graduate who completed her student teaching in Waukesha.  Most recently, she has been teaching elementary school in the West Bend area.  She is thrilled to be returning to Waukesha, and we’re excited to have her joining our team.  Mrs. Mazza was here today, and she will start teaching music classes on Monday. 

Parents of second, third, fourth and fifth graders should have received an email regarding Apple ID set up.  Please make sure you have completed this process prior to the evening Apple ID  meetings.  (See meeting schedule below.)  Having this process completed ahead of time will allow you to proceed directly to the classroom presentation and final iPad setup.  (It will make for a much shorter evening for you!)  Don’t forget to bring your child with you to the iPad meeting.  This is an opportunity for you and your child to discuss the responsibilities and expectations for using the iPad both at school and at home.  We are very excited about the increased learning opportunities the iPads will bring to students, and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings next week. 

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

Clothing Needs for Health Room:  Our Health Room is in need of some spare clothing, especially for boys, for emergency changes during the day.  If you have any clothing your child has outgrown and you would like to donate it to our Health Room, we would be most appreciative.  Our biggest needs are boy's pants (especially sweatpants), t-shirts and socks. 

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.  


FROM OUR PTA . . .

Here we go!  

A Sweet Start: Ice Cream Social: Fri, September 19th, 6:30 pm  All are invited for a sweet treat and the chance to see friends and classmates outside the classroom. We might even reprise the water bottle rocket launch demonstrations (weather permitting) and add other fun activities to the evening. Look for an invite coming home soon. 

Prairie invades Pizza Hut! Mon, Sept. 22, 11am-8pm  Prairie receives a portion of all sales at the Pizza Hut on Sunset Dr on 9/22. You must have the Pizza Hut coupon/certificate (print one from the PTA tab of the school website) for Prairie to receive credit. How about printing out two and inviting a friend or neighbor?!

 Market Day URGENT Notice In previous years, the deadline for online Market Day orders has been Monday nights. That’s now changed to Saturdays.  So this month’s orders are due online by Sat, Sept. 13, 11pm. Don’t wait ‘til Monday! Sale pickup is Thurs, Sept. 18, 5-6pm.

 Shoparoo Update  Thanks to all of you who have joined Shoparoo. Eight new families joined now for a total of 41 users now and have effortlessly earned over $19 for Prairie during the 2014-15 school year for just for scanning the receipts for their purchases! The Shoparoo app is free and can be downloaded to any smart phone. You 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. And new this year non-grocery store receipts earn sweepstakes entries for a $1,000 monthly drawing.  Every 500 points is $1 for Prairie.  Also, for those with family or friends that would like to support fundraising but are located far away, this is a great way to get them involved too!  For more information, go to www.shoparoo.com or contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com.  Hope to see you on the Leaderboard soon!

 The "Route 66" Box Tops Collections race is on!  Are you looking for a little turbo boost for your car?  Pick n Save can help! Between 8/31 and 10/5, if you buy 10 Box Tops items in one shopping order the checkout printer will print a coupon for 50 bonus Box Tops (that’s $5.00).  Buy 15 products, get 100 Bonus Box Tops ($10.00) so now is the time to stock up on everything General Mills, Ziploc, Betty Crocker, etc.  For a full list of all the products that qualify, go to http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.  You can also sign up there to receive bonus emails and coupons for everything Box Tops and save yourself a little cash too!  Everyone Wins!

Friday, September 26th is the deadline to turn in your Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+, and Kwik Trip Milk Moola/Donuts for Dough to count toward the September challenge to earn the rights to decorate Puma Claws’ Cozy Coupe, design the license plate, and host him in October. We will be counting them on Mon, Sept. 29 from 6:30-10pm so if you are interested in helping out, if just for an hour, please email tera.nehring@yahoo.com.  SOOOO…...Clip ‘em, Stick ‘em, Count ‘em, Bag ‘em or Box ‘em ….DOESN’T MATTER, JUST SEND ‘EM labeled with your child & teacher’s name! Look for a flyer and Box Top Collection sheet in your child's Friday Folder! 
 
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



Attachments:

PIZZAHUT-092214.pdf
Apple ID for Students under 13.docx
Developmental Screening Days 10-14.docx
By Website Administrator on Friday, September 05, 2014 8:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

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

Please welcome the following new staff members to Prairie:

Brittany Bolton – Special Education Teacher

Lindsey Hernandez – Special Education Assistant

Yvonne Markwardt – Health Room/Clerical Assistant

Julie Putchinski – Educational Assistant

Tracy Sanchez – Second/Third Grade Teacher

Kim Scanlan  - First Grade Teacher

Rebecca Taddey – Second/Third Grade Teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy Riebel

Upcoming Dates:

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

DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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


FROM OUR PTA . . .

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

 

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

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

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

a. registered as a PTA member;

b. signed up for the PTA directory;

c. picked up your PTA calendar of events; or

d. want to know how you can get involved,

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

 

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

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

 

PTA Fundraising

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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



Attachments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Amy

          
DID YOU KNOW . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Mr. Klager-

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

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

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

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



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By Website Administrator on Thursday, June 05, 2014 12:55 PM
UPCOMING DATES:

6/9:    PTA Noodles Night
6/10:  Grade 5 to Discovery World
6/11:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/12:  Last Day of School
          Market Day/Scrip Pick up 

          
DID YOU KNOW . . .

Health Room Medication Pick-up:  
If you have any medication, prescription or over the counter, in our Health Room for your child, it MUST be picked up by a parent by the end of the day on Thursday, June 12th.  If not picked up, it will be disposed of.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Mr. Klager-


FROM OUR PTA:
 
Countdown to summer vacation ....4 days!  

Last Restaurant Night of the school year at Noodles& Co.on Monday, June 9th from 4-9 p.m.  Flyer is needed and attached below. 
 
 Rocket Rally update!   In case you haven't heard yet--- the Rocket Rally event has been changed to a Rocket Launching activity on the last day of school. Luckily, the kids will still have the opportunity to make rockets and launch them if they want.  So...here's your chance to support those young future scientists and engineers at Prairie.  Free up June 12th on your calendar from 10-2 (approx) and plan to watch some rocket launching.  Sign up Genius email has been sent out. Contact Betsy Peters if you have any questions.  Finish off those 2 Liter bottles and start making your rocket.  Check out the "Rocket instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website. 
  
Shoparoo has raised $150 dollars this school year.  If you haven't done so yet, check it out - this will be a great way to continue to raise funds for school over the summer months.  All you need to do is upload your grocery and convenience store receipts.  Get started today by signing up at http://www.shoparoo.com/.
 
Market Day:  There is a short window for orders this month.  This is a the last sale of the school year.  Paper forms are due TONIGHT, Friday, June 6th.  Online orders can be done through 11:00 pm CST Monday, June 9th.  Sale/pick up is the last day of school Thursday, June 12th from 5-6.  Anyone that can help unload the truck and sort orders from 3:45 -5:00 is welcome!
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education MAY/JUNE INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE! 
Since classes change and Puma Claws will need a place to stay next September, we have decided to run an individual challenge for the end of the year.  Make sure to put BOTH the student AND teacher’s name on the items when you turn them in by tonight Friday, June 6TH!  The student who submits the most items in May & June will get to host Puma Claws in their new classroom in September. No worries, we have a contingency plan if a 5th grader wins!  Look for last month’s results and a new collection sheet should have come home.
 
SCRIP:  Next Order Due:  TONIGHT, Friday, June 6th   Pick-up: Thursday June 12th , 5-6 pm
Are you running on empty? Gas prices got you down and you need a little “boost” to get through the summer or want to help “boost” PTA into next school year? The PTA is planning a Prairie family boost by "gassing up" with Kwik Trip SCRIP! Kwik Trip gives 9% on top of our order to Prairie!  Place your order in $25 increments for Kwik Trip SCRIP by June 6th and be entered to win free gas.  See the flyer and help boost Prairie into 2014-15!

PSSSST!......Did you know that PTA’s fundraising efforts this year covered $35 worth of educational enrichment, field trips, and events for every student ($14,000 budget/400 students=$35)?  Did you know that if families bought $400 worth of Kwik Trip SCRIP cards from the PTA throughout the school year for every child at Prairie (that’s $50/month), we wouldn’t have to do much other fundraising, if any? 
 
It has arrived! The 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! Login to http://www.myscripwallet.com/ and 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 offers the widest selection of electronically delivered products and the highest rebates available anywhere, and all of your orders will be tracked on your ShopWithScrip account. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.  Get your PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already.Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.
     
Ways you can get involved with PTA next school year..
Spiritwear and Puma Store: need a planner/organizer for 2014-15. New and creative ideas and designs are welcome.
 -Restaurant night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year.
-Family night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year. 
  
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.
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember: 
6/6 Scrip orders due
6/9 Noodles Restaurant night
6/9 Market Day orders due
6/12 last day of school field day and rocket launch
6/12 Scrip /Market Day Pick up

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/%C2%A0under 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:

 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
 - Waukesha North Summer Boys Basketball Camps
  - HAWS Summer Day Camp
 - Waukesha North Dance Team Clinic

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By Website Administrator on Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:55 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:  

Thanks to those of you who attended our first iPad Parent Night on Tuesday.  We enjoyed being able to share with you our plans for incorporating iPads into the classroom next year.  If you were not able to attend on Tuesday, we have another meeting scheduled on Monday, June 2 at 6:30.  We'd love for you to join us.  We want you to be informed prior to our rollout of iPads for each student next fall.

Last week, I shared that we are finalizing teacher assignments for next year.  At this time, we've had to make a few adjustments based on changes in student enrollment.  Here's what our grade level teaching "line up" looks like right now:

Kindergarten: Mrs. Arnold (reading), Mrs. Gerlach (math)
First Grade: Mrs. Dugan (math), Ms. Geertsma (reading)
Second/Third Grade Team 1: Ms. Schroepfer (reading), Mrs. Zeroth (math)
Second/Third Grade Team 2: Mrs. Baker (math/science/social studies), Mrs. Creasey (math/science/social studies), Ms. Tracy Sanchez (reading/writing)
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Klassy (math), Ms. Seiler (reading), Mrs. Wanner (science/social studies)
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Callen (reading), Mr. Haynes (math), Mr. Vegter (science/social studies)

This fall, we will welcome Tracy Sanchez to Prairie.  Ms. Sanchez comes to us from Hadfield where she is currently an English as a Second Language teacher.  She also has previous experience at White Rock and Randall STEM.  Ms. Sanchez taught second/third grade multi-age at Randall, so she is excited to be a part of this program at Prairie.  Ms. Sanchez is taking the teaching position previously held by Mrs. Smolarz.  As you know, Mrs. Smolarz has been on medical leave most of this year.  While her health is improving, it is not improving at a rate that will allow her to return to teaching in the fall.  I know your thoughts continue to be with Mrs. Smolarz as she continues her recovery.

A note about our multi-age program.  For next year, we've divided the second and third grade teachers into two teams.  Students will be assigned to a homeroom teacher and will receive instruction from that teacher and the other teacher(s) on their homeroom teacher's team.  While there may be some flexible grouping of students between the two teams (based on student readiness level and learning needs), the majority of students will stay with their homeroom teacher's team throughout the day. Second/Third Grade Team 2 teachers will be team teaching in our larger, more open classroom space.  For that team, each subject area will have a lead teacher (or teachers), but all teachers on the team will support the learning in each subject.  This will allow for small group instruction and flexible grouping.  By making these program adjustments with our second and third grade multi-age, we are providing more flexibility for instruction while reducing the number of transitions students need to make during the day.  More information about our multi-age program will be provided during our Open House and Curriculum Meetings which will be held on Thursday, August 28.  More details about that event will be provided in our Summer Mailing.

Despite all of the planning for next year, we are still firmly focused on the learning taking place this year.  The students tell me we have nine days left, and I've reminded them that those are nine important days of learning.  We appreciate your efforts in making sure that students come to school rested and ready to learn each day.  

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

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:

6/2:  Parent Waukesha One Information Night (6:30 PM)
6/3:  Kindergarten Field Trip to Green Meadow Farms
        PTA Meeting
6/5:  Grade 5 Concert & Celebration
6/9:  PTA Noodles Night
6/10:  Grade 5 to Discovery World
6/11:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/12:  Last Day of School
          Market Day/Scrip Pick up 

          
DID YOU KNOW . . .

Waukesha Park & Recreation Free Movie in the Park Night Tonight! -
 Friday, May 30th at Cutler Park.  Children's activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie "Frozen" begins at 8:30 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.   

Environmental Education Open House:  In conjunction with the Spring City Garden Club, the Environmental Education Center will have an open house and free tours on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The attached flyer has more specific details.

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

Optimist Swim Team Party:  The Prairie Optimist Swim Team pizza and pool party has been rescheduled for Friday, May 30th from 6-8 p.m. at the West High School pool.  If you are unable to attend this rescheduled date, please contact Heather Farence at heather.a.farence@fisglobal.com or at 414-303-2579 or Kim Hubbard at chbbrd03@gmail.com or 262-574-7616 so that your money can be refunded.  In the event that the pool should be out of service again on the date of the party, we unfortunately will not be able to reschedule again.  We would refund everyone their money and distribute awards at school.  


FROM OUR PTA:

 
Countdown to summer vacation ....9 days!!!
 
 Rocket Rally update!   In case you haven't heard yet, the Rocket Rally event has been changed to a Rocket Launching activity on the last day of school. Luckily, the kids will still have the opportunity to make rockets and launch them if they want.  So, here's your chance to support those young future scientists and engineers at Prairie.  Free up June 12th on your calendar from 10-2 (approx) and plan to watch some rocket launching.  Sign up Genius email has been sent out. Contact Betsy Peters if you have any questions.  Finish off those 2 liter bottles and start making your rocket.  Check out the "Rocket Instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website. 
  
Shoparoo has raised $150 dollars this school year.  If you haven't done so yet, check it out; this will be a great way to continue to raise funds for school over the summer months.  All you need to do is upload your grocery and convenience store receipts.  Get started today by signing up at http://www.shoparoo.com/.
 
Market Day:  There is a short window for orders this month.  This is a the last sale of the school year.  Paper forms are due Friday, June 6th.  Online orders can be done through 11:00 pm CST Monday, June 9th.  Sale/pick up is the last day of school, Thursday, June 12th from 5-6 p.m..  Anyone that can help unload the truck and sort orders from 3:45 -5:00 is welcome!
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   MAY/JUNE INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE! 
Since classes change and Puma Claws will need a place to stay next September, we have decided to run an individual challenge for the end of the year.  Make sure to put BOTH the student AND teacher’s name on the items when you turn them in by Friday, June 6TH!  The student who submits the most items in May & June will get to host Puma Claws in their new classroom in September. No worries, we have a contingency plan if a 5th grader wins!  Look for last month’s results and a new collection sheet should have come home.
 
SCRIP:  Next Order Due:  Friday, June 6th;   Pick-up: Thursday, June 12th , 5-6 pm
Are you running on empty? Gas prices got you down and you need a little “boost” to get through the summer or want to help “boost” PTA into next school year?  The PTA is planning a Prairie family boost by "gassing up" with Kwik Trip SCRIP! Kwik Trip gives 9% on top of our order to Prairie! Place your order in $25 increments for Kwik Trip SCRIP by June 6th and be entered to win free gas.  See the flyer and help boost Prairie into 2014-15!

PSSSST....Did you know that PTA’s fundraising efforts this year covered $35 worth of educational enrichment, field trips, and events for every student ($14,000 budget/400 students=$35)?  Did you know that if families bought $400 worth of Kwik Trip SCRIP cards from the PTA throughout the school year for every child at Prairie (that’s $50/month), we wouldn’t have to do much other fundraising, if any? 
 
It has arrived! The 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! Login to http://www.myscripwallet.com/ and 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 offers the widest selection of electronically delivered products and the highest rebates available anywhere, and all of your orders will be tracked on your ShopWithScrip account. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.  Get your PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already.Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.
     
 More ways you can get involved!
- June  PTA Meeting: Tuesday,  June 3. at 6:30pm.   It's the last one of the school year but one of the most important meetings of the year because YOU can find out about and vote for next year’s PTA proposed budget. 
- - Last day of School PTA-sponsored Field Day: need a planner/organizer for Thursday, June 12 events
Spiritwear and Puma Store: need a planner/organizer for 2014-15. New and creative ideas and designs are welcome.
 -Restaurant night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year.
-Family night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year. 
  
 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.
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
6/3 PTA meeting
6/6 Scrip orders due
6/9 Noodles Restaurant night
6/9 Market Day orders due
6/12 last day of school field day and rocket launch
6/12 Scrip /Market day Pick up

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/%C2%A0under 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:

 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
 - Waukesha North Basketball Spring Skills Camp
 - Waukesha North Summer Boys Basketball Camps
  - HAWS Summer Day Camp

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2014 Plant Sale Flyer.doc
By Website Administrator on Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:12 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:  

Congratulations to our Prairie Pumas!  Their participation in today's Intergenerational Folk Art Fair was exemplary!  Our guests from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) were so complementary of our Prairie students.  One senior volunteer commented that she had never heard as many "thank yous" as she did today from our kids.  I hope your child has shared with you all of their learning from today.  They experienced a wide variety of music, hobbies, and entertainment popular in previous generations.  A special thanks to our fifth grade students who helped serve our guests lunch this afternoon.  They were kind and thoughtful hosts for our visitors.  I am so proud of our students and staff for making this experience an overwhelming success!

As I mentioned in the last E-Post, we are beginning to create class homeroom lists for the 2014-2015 school year.  If you would like to share any written information about the learning styles of your children or any ideas regarding social groups that have been a good match for your child in the past, the deadline is quickly approaching.  I will need to receive your written input by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 27.  To ensure your request is considered, please make sure your request is directed to me, rather than your child's teacher.  Thank you for remembering that we are unable to accept requests for a specific homeroom teacher.

As of right now, we are scheduled to have 15 classroom teachers for the 2014-2015 school year.  The breakdown by grade level is:

Kindergarten - 2 teachers
First Grade - 2 teachers
Second & Third Grade multi-age - 5 teachers
Fourth Grade - 3 teachers
Fifth Grade - 3 teachers

We are finalizing which teachers will be teaching each grade level and subject for next year, and I will have that information for you in next week's E-Post.  While we plan to have our second & third grade multi-age again next year, we are planning some adjustments to that program.  Again, I'll have more information in next week's E-Post.

As you know, we will become a part of the school district's Waukesha One program next year.  This includes issuing iPads to each student.  We are inviting all parents to a meeting to learn more about how the iPads will enhance student learning.  We have two meeting opportunities scheduled.  The first is Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 in the gym.  The other opportunity will be on Monday, June 2.  We hope you can join us for one of these meetings.  

Finally, you may have heard from your child that we had an emergency at Prairie this afternoon.  One of our students fell on the playground during recess.  While she did not appear to be seriously injured, she was transported to the hospital to be evaluated.  The other students on the playground did an excellent job of following directions as we ended recess early so we could care for the injured student.  I know it can be scary to see a classmate hurt, and we talked with students to reassure them after the situation.  I know we are all thinking good thoughts for this child's speedy recovery.

As always, please contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support of Prairie Elementary.  I hope you have a fun and safe long weekend!

Amy


UPCOMING DATES:

5/26:  No School (Memorial Day)
5/27: Parent Waukesha One Information Night (6:30 PM)
5/28:  Grade 4 Field Trip to Madison
5/30:  Swim Team Party @ West
6/2:  Parent Waukesha One Information Night (6:30 PM)
6/3:  Kindergarten Field Trip to Green Meadow Farms
          
DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Environmental Education Open House:  In conjunction with the Spring City Garden Club, the Environmental Education Center will have an open house and free tours on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The attached flyer has more specific details.

Optimist Swim Team Party:  The Prairie Optimist Swim Team pizza and pool party has been rescheduled for Friday, May 30th from 6-8 p.m. at the West High School pool.  If you are unable to attend this rescheduled date, please contact Heather Farence at heather.a.farence@fisglobal.com or at 414-303-2579 or Kim Hubbard at chbbrd03@gmail.com or 262-574-7616 so that your money can be refunded.  In the event that the pool should be out of service again on the date of the party, we unfortunately will not be able to reschedule again.  We would refund everyone their money and distribute awards at school.  


FROM OUR PTA:

Countdown to summer vacation ....13 days!  Congratulations to our two newly elected PTA Board members:
Carrie Dinwiddie- President elect and Erica Kasseckert- Secretary
Thank you Carrie and Ericka for stepping up and helping to keep Prairie's PTA one of the best!
 
Rocket Rally update!   In case you haven't heard yet,  the Rocket Rally event has been changed to a Rocket Launching activity on the last day of school. Luckily, the kids will still have the opportunity to make rockets and launch them if they want.  So...here's your chance to support those young future scientists and engineers at Prairie.  Free up June 12th on your calendar from 10-2 (approx) and plan to watch some rocket launching.  Finish off those 2 liter bottles and start making your rocket.  Check out the "Rocket Instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website. 
  
Shoparoo has raised $146 dollars this school year.  If you haven't done so yet, check it out,  This will be a great way to continue to raise funds for school over the summer months.  All you need to do is upload your grocery and convenience store receipts.  Get started today by signing up at http://www.shoparoo.com/.
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   WE DID IT!  April Collections not only met our 42,000 item goal, but surpassed that by another 10%.  I guess you can say Prairie Pumas give 110%!   Please give yourselves all a pat on the back!  Those collections equate to $3000 in CASH and over 15,000 points to be used for PTA programming and educational enrichment opportunities!  As a REWARD, the PTA will be using a portion of our Labels for Education points to update and refresh the kids’ recess/playground equipment.  They will be enjoying new balls, jump ropes and other fun things we’ve picked out!  Congratulations, TEAM PRAIRIE!
 
Mrs. Baker’s 2/3  class won this month with 1,023 Box Tops & Labels for Education. This was quite a haul; their best by far all year! Puma Claws has been delivered and will spend the remainder of the school year with Team Baker!  Congratulations!
 
MAY/JUNE INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE!   Since classes change and Puma Claws will need a place to stay next September, we have decided to run an individual challenge for the end of the year.  Make sure to put BOTH the student AND teacher’s name on the items when you turn them in.  The student who submits the most items in May & June will get to host Puma Claws in their new classroom in September. No worries, we have a contingency plan if a 5th grader wins!  Look for last month’s results and a new collection sheet in today’s Friday Folders.
 
SCRIP:  Next Order Due:  Thursday, June 5th   Pick-up: Thursday, June 12th , 5-6 pm  
It has arrived! The 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!  Login to http://www.myscripwallet.com/ and 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 offers the widest selection of electronically delivered products and the highest rebates available anywhere, and all of your orders will be tracked on your ShopWithScrip account. MyScripWallet is currently supported on iPhone and Android devices.  Get your PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already.  Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.
     
 More ways you can get involved:
- June  PTA Meeting on Tuesday, June 3. at 6:30pm.   It's the last one of the school year but one of the most important meetings of the year because YOU can find out about and vote for next year’s PTA proposed budget. 
- - Last day of School PTA-sponsored Field Day: need a planner/organizer for Thursday,  June 12 events
Spiritwear and Puma Store: need a planner/organizer for 2014-15. New and creative ideas and designs are welcome.
 -Restaurant night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year.
- Family night planner/organizer for 2014-15 school year. 
  
 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 Petersbetsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
6/3 PTA meeting
6/5 Scrip orders due
6/9 Noodles Restaurant night
6/9 Market Day orders due
6/12 last day of school field day and rocket launch
6/12 Scrip /Market Day Pick up

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/%C2%A0under 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
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 - Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
 - Waukesha North Basketball Spring Skills Camp
 - Waukesha North Summer Boys Basketball Camps
  - HAWS Summer Day Camp

Attachments:

2014 Plant Sale Flyer.doc


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