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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:05 AM
NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students back in class on Tuesday, May 26, 2015!


Upcoming Dates:

5/22 & 25:  NO SCHOOL
5/28:  Grades 2 & 3 to Sunset Playhouse
6/2:  PTA Meeting
6/5:  All School Tribes Field Trip
6/9:  Grade 5 to Milton House
        Kindergarten to Green Meadow Farms
        Grade 5 Celebration
6/10:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/11:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
6/12:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

2015 Children’s Health and Safety Fair:  The Bethesda Girl Scout Troop #4542 will be hosting a Children’s Health and Safety Fair for children in Waukesha Count on Saturday, June 6th from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Waukesha South High School Gym. These Girl Scouts are working with local leaders to help educate children on various health and safety topics. Some of the community organizations attending this event are: The Waukesha Police and Fire Departments, Metro Market, U.S. Forest Service, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and WCTC Dental Students and more. The event is free and all are welcome. 


Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


FROM THE PTA:

The Big Weekend: Thank you to everyone who made last week's events so memorable and successful!
- to Carrie Dinwiddie and friends who made such lovely and delicious treats for the Bake Sale
- to Tera Nehring who moved mountains of mulch to beautify the flower gardens in front of school
- to Stephanie Jackson, the Girl Scouts and their parents, who hosted a great Scholastic Book Fair
- to Jamie Peters and his launch engineers for blasting those rockets to new heights
- to Amy Krall, who organized and prepared all the goodies at the Rocket Rally concession stand
- to Stephanie Hubbard and Erika McMahon for creating and capturing memories at the Rocket Rally photo booth
- to Cheri Bonell for collecting the fun and funny items at the raffle table
- and to everyone else who helped in all the many other ways we asked--
Heather Montes
Shannon Eckman
Katie Mennenoh
Claire Treichel
Carrie Hisel
Becky Boggio
Liz Mirkowski
Michele & Tim Mehling
Girl Scout Troop 8604
Rebecca Reagles
Wendy Hubiack
Sharon Engel
Kristine Guenther & Jack
Erica Kasseckert
Kim & Chad Hubbard & Kyle
Catherine Kienast
Andy Roberts
Scott Krall
Lisa Franz
Gary Jackson
Grayson McMahon
Michelle Standarski
Laura Prestby

The Great Classroom Coin Collection Contest
Wow! Who knew we had so much loose change laying around? Many thanks to everyone who sent in handfuls of coins and cash. In two short weeks we collected more than $1,200 for the PTA general fund. Thank you! Every classroom (with the exception of the 5th graders who will be having their own party soon) collected at least $50 and therefore earned a Freezie Pop party to be held at the teachers' discretion. There was excitement and good-natured competition. There was drama and lead changes and anonymous goodwill donations made just to help the kids reach their goals. There were HEAVY baggies of pennies, handed over with pride. You just KNOW some kid had to work to get that baggie of pennies, even if it was just sitting there sorting coins for 1/2 hour. (7,500 pennies weighs about 5lbs, just in case you were wondering.) The top three classrooms and totals earned were:
Team Baker: $162.48 * winning the Command Central chair and matching junior chairs
Team Scanlan: $161.84 * winning three space pod bean bag chairs
Team Taddey: $150.23 * winning two space pod bean bag chairs
The money raised will go right back into Prairie as allocations to teachers, or to buy special allocations (i.e., headphones or folders), or as field trip or family night funds or in any of the many other ways PTA supports our staff, our students, and our school. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. 

One more PTA meeting this year: come meet Principal-to-be Kluck!
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30pm. 
We'll wrap up the year by looking ahead to next year!  Free childcare available.

Introducing your 2015-16 PTA Board:
Carrie Dinwiddie, President
Erika McMahon, President Elect
Tera Nehring, Treasurer
Erica Kasseckert, Secretary

The Last Day of School: come help plan fun for the kids
Got some ideas of what'd be fun to do on the last day of school? Send your ideas to Betsy Peters at bpeters1247@gmail.com or Shannon Eckmann at joneckmann@msn.com. Then join us that day to end the year and start summer with a bang!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. 


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp

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By Website Administrator on Monday, May 18, 2015 11:47 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

It's hard to believe we are entering the final four weeks of the school year.  So much has happened, and is happening, this month.  Before long, we'll be clapping out our fifth graders on the final day of school.

First, a special thank you to all of the parents who celebrated our amazing team during Staff Appreciation Week.  You truly spoiled us!  Thank you for all of the treats and kind words throughout the week.

We are currently in the process of planning for the 2015-16 school year.  Part of that process is creating class homeroom lists for next year.  The creation of class lists is a lengthy and thoughtful process that takes into consideration many factors, including academic levels, learning styles and the social needs of each child.  Our classroom teachers, specialists, special education teachers, school psychologist, social worker, and principal all work together to create the class lists at each grade.

While we are still finalizing which teacher will be teaching which grade/subject and any multi-age sections, we have received our initial staffing allocation for next year.  The breakdown by grade level is:

Kindergarten - 3 teachers
First Grade - 2 teachers
Second Grade - 2 teachers
Third Grade - 2 teachers
Fourth Grade - 2 teachers
Fourth/Fifth Grade - 1 teacher
Fifth Grade  - 2 teachers

As you can see, we anticipate one fourth/fifth grade combination class.  This will prevent us from having our fourth grade classes "loop" as an intact group as we've done the past few years.  Again, we are still determining whether we will have multi-age or a more traditional combination class.  We'll keep you posted on final decisions as well as any changes due to fluctuations in enrollment numbers.

Parents are valuable sources of information regarding social issues and the learning styles of their children.  At this time, we are inviting you to share any written information you wish about the learning styles of your children and any ideas regarding social groups that have been a good match for your child in the past.  Thank you for remembering that we are unable to accept requests for a specific homeroom teacher.  Teachers will be specializing in their instructional areas again next year so students will have the opportunity to work with all teachers at that grade level.

If you have class placement information to share, please email me at ariebel@waukesha.k12.wi.us or send a letter addressed to me with your child.  I will need to receive your written input by Monday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m.  I apologize in advance that the timeline for this process will not allow us to consider letters that are received after this date.  To ensure your request is considered, please make sure your request is directed to me, rather than your child's teacher.  Class lists will be created before I move to Lowell.  However, changes in enrollment do occur over the summer and frequently require class list adjustments.  All letters will be shared with Mr. Kluck to guide any needed changes prior to the start of school.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support of Prairie Elementary.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

5/18:  PTA Culver's Night
5/21:  Market Day/Scrip Pick up
          1st & 4th Grade Music Concert
5/22 & 25:  NO SCHOOL
5/28:  Grades 2 & 3 to Sunset Playhouse
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


FROM THE PTA:

Watch for a Rocket Rally wrap-up in the Thursday, May 21st edition of the E-Post!  But remember, Culver's Night is Monday, May 18th.  Hope to see many Prairie families there!


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp

Attachments:
By Website Administrator on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:25 AM
Upcoming Dates:

5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"
5/14 & 15:  PTA Bake Sale & Book Fair
5/15:  Kindergarten to Lincoln Arts Center
          PTA Rocket Rally
5/18:  PTA Culver's Night
5/21:  Maret Day/Scrip Pick up


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Drug Free Communities Drug Collection Day:  Drug Free Communities of Waukesha County is planning a Drug Collection and Awareness on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Reduce substance abuse, prevent childhood poisonings and help protect our environment by dropping off old prescription and over the counter medications, inhalers, etc.  Waukesha location is the Waukesha State Bank Downtown Office Employee Parking Lot at St. Paul Ave. and Madison St.  See attached flyer for my details and additional locations. 

Waukesha Philharmonic Family Concert:  "Music that Paints a Picture"  will be presented by the Waukesha Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, May 30th, at Carroll University.  See attached flyer for more details including an instrument "petting zoo".  Tickets for children 16 and under are free and adults are $10.00 each.

Spring City Perennial Plant Sale:  You are invited to a perennial plant sale at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center on Saturday, May 30th from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  There will be perennial garden plants, herbs, bakery and rain barrels for sale.  Take a free tour of the Environmental Education Center.  Flyer is attached.  

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is presenting two programs in May (flyers also attached below)l  Financial, Guardianship and Trust for Families with Special Needs on May 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel and Positive Coping Strategies on Wednesday, May 13th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  These are free workshops  but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  Please see flyer for specific details.

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Tricycle Donations:    

TIME FOR SPRING-CLEANING!  

 

Spring is here and our kids at the Waukesha Early Learning Center are finally able to enjoy more time out on the playground. If anyone has any gently used smaller bikes with training wheels, tricycles, scooters and/or riding toys for 3 to 5 year olds that are looking for a good home, the WELC will gladly accept your donations.  Our existing fleet has been ridden hard over the past two and a half years. We have patched and repaired with the help of numerous wonderful volunteers but many of our fleet had to be retired to that great tricycle graveyard.  

 Please contact Barb Perreault (bperreau@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or JoAnn Krofta (jkrofta@waukesha.k12.wi.us) at the WELC to coordinate a drop off or a pick up of your donation. Thank you! 



Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


FROM THE PTA:

Coin Collecting Contest
Wow! Pennies and dimes really DO add up fast! In the first week of the Coin Collecting Contest, three classrooms have already earned their Freezie Pop Party by collecting at least $50, and another four or five are really, really close! Check the bulletin board in the school lobby for current totals, but here's a glimpse of the standings as of Wed, May 6:
Arnold $16.14
Gerlach $70.17
Dugan $32.23
Geertsma $34.27
Scanlan $40.33
Baker $56.66
Creasey $23.77
Sanchez $15.75
Bazan $5.27
Taddey $41.34
Klassy $13.61
Seiler $30.20
Wanner $71.59
Callen $10.81 
Haynes $12.78
Vegter $5.73
Remember, there's Freezie Pop Party for any class that earns $50, free photos at the Rocket Rally for any class that raises $100, plus really cool classroom prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest totals! All money collected is returned to the PTA general fund and used for events, supplies, family nights, special allocations, field trips, and more. Thanks for supporting your PTA.
 
Rocket Rally: Fri, May 15, 6-8pm
Make your water bottle rockets NOW for next Friday’s big Rocket Rally Fundraiser Event!
 
Bake Sale: Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15, 4:15-7:30pm
Can you donate some goodies for the Bake Sale?
 
The Book Fair is Coming!
Thurs, May 14, 3:45 – 7:00pm
Fri, May 15, 3:45 – 7:30
 
Can you help?
We need all hands on deck for the big events happening next week. Go to SignUpGenius.com to pick your place. It’s always more fun to work with a friend, so make a couple calls, then sign up!
Go to SignUpGenius.com
Click on “find a signup” at the very top of the page
Use “Betsypeters@wi.rr.com” in the “find a signup by e-mail”
Questions? Problems with the website? Contact Betsy Peters directly: betsypeters@wi.rr.com
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.
Medals will be awarded for...
1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)
2. People’s Choice Award
3. Most Creative Use of Recycled Materials
4. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket
5. Best Rocket That Looks Like a Rocket

FINAL CALL for Market Day
    May is the last sale for this school year for Market Day.  Look for the Market Day Order form that came home this week.  Stock up on your favorites (i.e. ChicNSteakes) for the summer.  May is Bonus Days for pizzas and cookies so make room in the your freezer and get ready to support Prairie PTA.
    And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddiedinwiddiecl@gmail.comwith questions or details about the job.
 
Upcoming Events
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
 
  
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
- Wisconsin Youth Sports Expo 5-16-15
- Waukesha Youth Volleyball

Attachments:

By Website Administrator on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:42 AM


Upcoming Dates:

5/4-8:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/5:  Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert
5/7:  Free Lunch Day for Students
5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"
5/14 & 15:  PTA Bake Sale & Book Fair
5/15:  Kindergarten to Lincoln Arts Center
          PTA Rocket Rally


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Sodexho Free Lunch Day
 for all students on Thursday, May 7, 2015:  This year there is something special happening in the cafeteria during our annual spring farmer’s market. On Thursday, May 7th all students at Prairie Elementary School are invited to have lunch FREE at our Kitchen Open House before they visit Farmer Roy at Lift-Off’s Farm Stand.

There is no sign up required and all students are encouraged to participate.  Check out the menu online for the Thursday, May 7th lunch menu. Lunch includes a choice of an entrée, a trip to the fruit and vegetable bar (all students are required to take at least ½ cup of a fruit or vegetable) and a milk choice to complete their meal and receive it free. All students whether they enjoy a free lunch or not are invited to stop by Lift- Off’s Farm Stand to enjoy some fresh produce samples!

Drug Free Communities Drug Collection Day:  Drug Free Communities of Waukesha County is planning a Drug Collection and Awareness on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Reduce substance abuse, prevent childhood poisonings and help protect our environment by dropping off old prescription and over the counter medications, inhalers, etc.  Waukesha location is the Waukesha State Bank Downtown Office Employee Parking Lot at St. Paul Ave. and Madison St.  See attached flyer for my details and additional locations. 

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is presenting two programs in May (flyers also attached below)l  Financial, Guardianship and Trust for Families with Special Needs on May 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel and Positive Coping Strategies on Wednesday, May 13th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  These are free workshops  but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  Please see flyer for specific details.

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Tricycle Donations:   

TIME FOR SPRING-CLEANING!  

Spring is here and our kids at the Waukesha Early Learning Center are finally able to enjoy more time out on the playground. If anyone has any gently used smaller bikes with training wheels, tricycles, scooters and/or riding toys for 3 to 5 year olds that are looking for a good home, the WELC will gladly accept your donations.  Our existing fleet has been ridden hard over the past two and a half years. We have patched and repaired with the help of numerous wonderful volunteers but many of our fleet had to be retired to that great tricycle graveyard.  

Please contact Barb Perreault (bperreau@waukesha.k12.wi.us) or JoAnn Krofta (jkrofta@waukesha.k12.wi.us) at the WELC to coordinate a drop off or a pick up of your donation. Thank you!



Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


FROM THE PTA:

Pennies and quarters and dimes, oh my!
    The Rocket Rally Coin Collecting Contest is well underway and kids and staff alike are in mission mode to fill their RocketBanks with coins & cash. Check the bulletin board in the school lobby for current stats and cash totals. Or check out the PTA Facebook page (search for “Prairie PTA Go Pumas”) for up-to-the-minute postings.
    For two short weeks we’re collecting coins (or cash—cash works, too!) and adding them all to our general fund. All the money raised returns directly to Prairie, our staff, and students in the form of field trip funds, teacher allocation funds, family night events, and more. Remember, there are great prizes each classroom can win, PLUS grand prizes for the top three fundraising classes!
        * Any class to raise $50 will win a Freezie Pop Party
        * Any class to raise $100 will win a Freezie Pop Party AND coupons for FREE SOUVENIR PHOTOS at the Rocket Rally (1 per student)
        * First Classroom Prize: Three Command Central Rocker Rocket Chairs, one adult-sized and two junior sized
        * Second Classroom Prize: Three SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
        * Third Classroom Prize: Two SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.
Medals will be awarded for...
1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)
2. People’s Choice Award
3. Most Creative Use of Recycled Materials
4. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket
5. Best Rocket That Looks Like a Rocket
 
Staff Appreciation Week
    May 4-8 is Staff Appreciation Week. Encourage your child to fill out the Thank You note that came home last week, and give it directly to their teacher/aide/staff member any time next week. PTA is planning a week of goodies and treats to say “thank you” but nothing beats a carefully crafted and hand written thank you note from their students!
 
Collections Deadline for April is Friday, May 1
    ...or bring your Box Tops, etc., to Literacy Night. Just don't forget to put your child's teacher's name on the bag so the class gets credit for all your hard work! Counting will take place Monday, May 4 from 6:30 until 10:30 at 920 River Hill Dr. Please feel free to give as little or as much time as you want and bring the kids...... Come early and bring the kids or come later without them-either way it will be helpful and fun.
 
FINAL CALL for Market Day

    May is the last sale for this school year for Market Day.  Watch for your Market Day Order form to come home the week of May 4th.  Stock up on your favorites (i.e. ChicNSteakes) for the summer.  May is Bonus Days for pizzas and cookies so make room in the your freezer and get ready to support Prairie PTA.

    And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.comwith questions or details about the job.

 
The Big Weekend, coming soon!
Book Fair
    Thurs, May 14   3:45 - 7:00pm
    Fri, May 15   3:45 - 7:30pm
Bake Sale
    Thurs, May 14   4:15 – 7:00pm
    Fri, May 15  4:15 – 7:30pm
Rocket Rally
    Fri, May 15  6:00 – 8:00pm
 
Grab a friend and sign up
With the Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair coming up soon, we’ll be sending out a call for help via signupgenius very soon. Keep your eyes open for the e-mail, or contact Betsy Peters betsypeter@wi.rr.com. Spend an hour at the concession stand, bake a batch of your favorite cookies, or help at a photo booth—whatever your level of interest and ability, we’ve got a place we could use your help!  
 
Upcoming Events
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
* Marcus Movie Ticket Sale    Orders due TODAY (Friday, May 1)


Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs
- Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
- Wisconsin Youth Sports Expo 5-16-15

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:33 PM

Upcoming Dates:

4/30:  Family Literacy Night
5/4-8:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/5:  Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert
5/12:  PTA Meeting
5/13: New Kindergarten "Meet & Greet"


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:      

Families are encouraged to visit the Summer School Webpage on our District Website to review offerings for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

  • Summer School runs from June 23 – July 24, 2015.  There will be no classes on July 3rd, or Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15.  Classes will resume on Thursday, July 16.
  • Electronic/on-line registration is preferred.   To register on-line visit: https://www.waukesha.revtrak.net/ If you are unable to register online, please send or bring your completed registration form and payment to 222 Maple Avenue,Waukesha, WI 53186 - ATTN: Summer School Office.
  • Make Checks Payable to the School District of Waukesha
  • Registration will close April 26th. 

Family Literacy Night:  Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

Attendance:  Please remember to call our attendance line when your child will not be in school (262-970-2216).  If you email the teacher, please include Mrs. Anderson as well in the email (vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us).  If we do not hear from you when your child is absent, we make attempts to reach someone at all the contact numbers we have on file.  

Parent's Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April: 

  • Love & Logic on Mondays, April 6-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm

Also attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for May:

 

  • Kids Managing Anger on Mondays, May 4-18, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ Playing-Fun while learning! on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parents with Children Facing Multiple Challenges Group on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every Month from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Parenting Well through Depression Group on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every Month from 5:30-7:00pm

Parents United Program:   Parents United is presenting two programs in May (flyers also attached below)l  Financial, Guardianship and Trust for Families with Special Needs on May 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel and Positive Coping Strategies on Wednesday, May 13th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  These are free workshops  but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  Please see flyer for specific details.

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Waukesha Police & Fire Basketball Challenge:  The Waukesha Citizens Policy Academy Association is sponsoring the Waukesha Police & Fire Department Basketball Challenge as a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement "Museum of Valor" and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.  This game will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Catholic Memorial High School.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door. 

Brunch and Books:  Horning Middle School is presenting "Brunch & Books" for students in Grades K-5 on Saturday, May 30th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  There will be book reading, reader's theater, face painting, crafts and more.  See attached flyer for more information.  RSVP is requested to Melanie Hernandez and 970-3391 or mhernand@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

Waukesha Education Foundation Golf Outing:  The Bob Duckett Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 20th at the Legend at Merrill Hills.  Register today at www.WaukeshaEducationFoundation.org for your chance to play one of Waukesha County's finest private courses.  Flyer is attached below for more details.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


FROM THE PTA:
Lots to say this week! Be sure to read to the bottom to get all the news.
 
Rocket Rally Coin Collecting Contest: April 29-May 13
Bet you could find a couple of quarters in the couch cushions and at least 73 cents underneath the floor mats of your car! Take a second to pick up all that spare change and send it in to your child’s classroom next week! Each classroom will have a Rocket Bank to fill with coins (and cash). For two short weeks PTA will be collecting those coins and adding them all to our general fund. All the money raised returns directly to Prairie, our staff, and students in the form of field trip funds, teacher allocation funds, family night events, and more. Watch for updates and running totals here on the e-post, on the PTA facebook page, and on the bulletin board at school. There are great prizes each classroom can win, PLUS some grand prizes for the top three fundraising classes!
        * Any class to raise $50 will win a Freezie Pop Party
        * Any class to raise $100 will win a Freezie Pop Party AND coupons for FREE SOUVENIR PHOTOS at the Rocket Rally (1 per student)
        * First Classroom Prize: Three Command Central Rocker Rocket Chairs, one adult-sized and two junior sized
        * Second Classroom Prize: Three SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
        * Third Classroom Prize: Two SpacePod Reading Capsules (aka beanbag chairs)
 
Call for donations: Rocket Rally Raffle Table
        In years past, PTA asked individual classrooms to donate themed baskets to our raffle tables. You, our families, graciously donated books and games and gift cards and sports equipment and camping gear and art supplies and party decorations and kitchen gadgets. Whew!
        This year’s request is different. This year we’re asking individual families to donate their time and talents (or goods, if you got ‘em). What can you donate that someone else might bid on? More than you think! Perhaps...
        * An hour-long lesson in sewing, knitting, batting, fielding, photography, cooking, yoga, tae kwon do, geocaching, chess, fishing, science experiments, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or whatever!
        * An after-school kickball/soccer/football/baseball game followed by root beer floats/popsicles/cookies
        * A kid-friendly spa experience (manicure, anyone?)
        * A special lunch delivery
        * Whatever you can come up with!
PLUS
        If you’re a rep for Jamberry, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, jewelry, bags, candles or any other direct sales company, PTA would love to give your business some exposure! If you can donate a product, be sure to include your business card so your donation becomes a promotional expense and people know how to reach you. 
        Send a short description of the experience or product you’d like to offer. If it’s an experience-type donation, indicate how many students should be chosen as winners. For instance 4 names could be drawn and that would be your group or 2 names could be chosen and each winner could bring a friend. Please include your contact information. (Name, phone #, and email address). Send all submissions to Cheri Bonell at cherylbonell@gmail.com. All items need to be in by May 13th.
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
Time to start designing and building your water bottle rocket for the Rocket Rally (May 15). Grab a 2-liter bottle, add some fins and duct tape and any decorations you can think of. You could even win a medal for the look and performance of your rocket! Check out the “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” info page on the PTA tab of the school website.

Win a medal for...

                1. TOP THREE Farthest Launches (as measured by the Launch Coordinators)

                3. People’s Choice Award 

                4. Most Creative Use of Recycled Building Materials

                5. Best Rocket That Isn’t a Rocket

                6. Best Rocket That Looks like a Rocket

 
Shhhh! Do not open ‘til May 4
    Look for the Thank You note coming home in your student’s folder, and encourage him/her to fill it out and return it during Staff Appreciation Week, May 4-8. Our hardworking teachers, aides, administration and staff love a carefully crafted and hand written Thank You note from students (and that’s in addition to the week of goodies and treats PTA is preparing for them!) 
 
Big Box Tops Collections send Puma Claws back to the 2/3 students
        Congratulations to Mrs. Bazan's 2/3 class! They collected 683 items this month to secure the win. They have also taken back the lead from Mrs. Baker's class in the race home on Route 66 and are almost to Kansas! Check out the Race Track on the way to the Library to see all the class standings.
        April is it.....the last month of class competition to earn the rights to Puma Claws this school year. So, if you have been holding on to all those items now is the time to TURN THEM IN!
        How are we doing overall? Our numbers are down significantly from last year when we had 44K items collected as of March. So far this year we have collected 22K items which is 33% to our 66K goal and earned $1600 in cash which is 47% of our $3500 goal. So if you have been holding on to them please turn them in AND remember......Box Tops EXPIRE!
 
Collections Deadline for April is Friday, May 1
    ...or bring your Box Tops, etc., to Literacy Night. Just don't forget to put your child's teacher's name on the bag so the class gets credit for all your hard work! Counting will take place Monday, May 4 from 6:30 until 10:30 at 920 River Hill Dr. Please feel free to give as little or as much time as you want and bring the kids...... Come early and bring the kids or come later without them-either way it will be helpful and fun.
 
FINAL CALL for Market Day
There’s ONE MORE SALE before the end of the school year. Time to stock up on French Toast Sticks, Goldfish Graham Crackers, and all your favorite products that make meal and snack time so much easier. Watch for the sale flyers coming home in early May. And this is the final plea for a volunteer who will step up and take charge as Market Day Coordinator next year. Just 3-4 hours per month (most of which you can do at home at your own convenience) keeps this tasty and fund-raising service at our school and in our community. Have you been thinking it’s time you could give a little back to Prairie? Please contact the current Market Day coordinator, Becky Boggio tulipgirl@wi.rr.com or Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com with questions or details about the job.
 
Grab a friend and sign up
With the Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair coming up soon, we’ll be sending out a call for help via signupgenius very soon. Keep your eyes open for the e-mail, or contact Betsy Peters betsypeter@wi.rr.com. Spend an hour at the concession stand, bake a batch of your favorite cookies, or help at a photo booth—whatever your level of interest and ability, we’ve got a place we could use your help!  
 
Upcoming Events
* PTA Voting Day!    Tues, May 12, 6:30pm   Elections for next year’s board are happening—please come to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA
* The Big Weekend: Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair   Thurs & Fri, May 14 & 15
* Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   Mon, May 18
* Marcus Movie Ticket Sale    Early May
 
Welcome, Mr. Kluck!
We’ve invited our incoming Principal, Mr. Kluck, to join us at either of the final two PTA meetings of the year. We’re not sure which he’ll be able to make—so come to both and double your odds of meeting him!
Tues, May 12
and
Tues, June 2
 
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs

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By Website Administrator on Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:10 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Our fifth graders did an outstanding job on their field trip to BizTown earlier this week.  Students took on different job roles, learned how to cash and spend their paycheck during their visit to this simulated city.  Thanks to the students and teachers for their outstanding work preparing for, and during, this trip.  Thank you also to the parent volunteers who assisted students at BizTown.  

Over the past two days, our fifth grade students have also learned about many different career options.  Thank you to all of the community and parent volunteers who shared their expertise with students.  We appreciate you taking the time to help our students understand some of the career opportunities that will be available to them in the future.

Our fourth graders were the first Prairie students to participate in the new Badger Exam this week.  We were really impressed with their perseverance during the test.  They will have a bit more testing next Wednesday, and our third and fifth graders will begin the Badger Exam in the coming weeks.

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


Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/18:   Strive to Thrive
4/20:  Grade 5 Callen & Vegter to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Dugan & Geertsma to Env Ed
4/21:  Grade 4 to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 Haynes to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Scanlan to Env Ed
4/23:  Market Day/Scrip Pick Up



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:     

Families are encouraged to visit the Summer School Webpage on our District Website to review offerings for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

  • Summer School runs from June 23 – July 24, 2015.  There will be no classes on July 3rd, or Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15.  Classes will resume on Thursday, July 16.
  • Electronic/on-line registration is preferred.   To register on-line visit: https://www.waukesha.revtrak.net/ If you are unable to register online, please send or bring your completed registration form and payment to 222 Maple Avenue,Waukesha, WI 53186 - ATTN: Summer School Office.
  • Make Checks Payable to the School District of Waukesha
  • Registration will close April 26th. 

Family Literacy Night:  Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

Parent's Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April: 

  • Love & Logic on Mondays, April 6-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Anxiety & Kids on Tuesdays, April 7-21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem on Thursdays, April 2-23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm 

STEM for Girls:  STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Parents United Program:  Attached you will find the flyer for the April 22 Parents United offering. Dr. Michelle Anderson from Cornerstone Counseling Services will present "Childhool & Adolescent Depression" at the Country Springs Hotel from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on Wed, April 22. 

They are also presenting two programs in May (flyers also attached below)l  Financial, Guardianship and Trust for Families with Special Needs on May 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel and Positive Coping Strategies on Wednesday, May 13th from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Country Springs Hotel.  These are free workshops  but an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.  Please see flyer for specific details.

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

FROM THE PTA:

ICYMI: April PTA Meeting
Many thanks to Mrs. Wanner & Mr. Booth for attending this month’s PTA meeting. If you missed it, they brought a presentation about TRIBES at Prairie, your child’s role in their TRIBE, and some previews of the all-school field trip at the end of the year. Sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic event. Also, Ms. Riebel answered questions about the Badger Exam, and Carrie D, Erica K, and Tera N shared some of the fun new ideas & products they saw at a PTO expo they attended last month. We got updates on the Rocket Rally, Staff Appreciation Week, and Book Fair and Bake Sale, too. And accepted nominations for President Elect and Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year. Next month: voting! Please plan to attend to be sure you have a voice in the future of your PTA!

Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, May 12
6:30pm
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  6-8pm (NOTE new time!)
 
Become a Rocket Scientist
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Just Two Market Day days left! Online orders due NOW (or before Sat. April 18)
There are just two more chances to stock up on produce, frozen goods, snacks and lunch box fillers this school year! Check the order form that came home this week for deadlines and deals.
PLUS: We need a new Market Day Coordinator. Without a volunteer, Prairie will lose the Market Day service next year. Can you be the one to stop that from happening? The position requires about an hour a week—putting flyers in mailboxes, greeting the delivery truck on pick up dates, giving updates at the PTA meetings, asking Mr. Booth if he’s OK with a pie in the face. If you’re at all interested, please contact the current Market Day coordinator for details about the job: that’s Becky Boggio at tulipgirl@wi.rr.com
 
 
Grab a friend and sign up
With the Rocket Rally, Bake Sale, and Book Fair coming up soon, we’ll be sending out a call for help via signupgenius very soon. Keep your eyes open for the e-mail, or contact Betsy Peters betsypeter@wi.rr.com. Spend an hour at the concession stand, bake a batch of your favorite cookies, or help at a photo booth—whatever your level of interest and ability, we’ve got a place we could use your help!  
 
Upcoming events:
Staff Appreciation Week   May 4-8
Rocket Rally Coin War (wha-at? watch for details!)  April 29-May 13
Marcus Movie Ticket Sale  Early May
Book Fair, Bake Sale & Rocket Rally   May 14 & 15
Prairie Night @ Culver’s (Sunset Dr. location)   May 18






Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:38 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK!  WE'LL SEE EVERYONE BACK AT SCHOOL ON MONDAY, APRIL 13TH!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   Grade 5 Biz Town Field Trip
           PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive
4/20:  Grade 5 Callen & Vegter to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Dugan & Geertsma to Env Ed
4/21:  Grade 4 to Lapham Peak
          Grade 5 Haynes to Env Ed
          Grade 1 Scanlan to Env Ed
4/23:  Market Day/Scrip Pick Up



DID YOU KNOW . . .

Summer School:    

Families are encouraged to visit the Summer School Webpage on our District Website to review offerings for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

  • Summer School runs from June 23 – July 24, 2015.  There will be no classes on July 3rd, or Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15.  Classes will resume on Thursday, July 16.
  • Electronic/on-line registration is preferred.   To register on-line visit: https://www.waukesha.revtrak.net/ If you are unable to register online, please send or bring your completed registration form and payment to 222 Maple Avenue,Waukesha, WI 53186 - ATTN: Summer School Office.
  • Make Checks Payable to the School District of Waukesha
  • Registration will close April 26th. 

Family Literacy Night:  Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

Jump Rope for Heart:  Our school held its annual Jump Rope for Heart Assembly last week Friday to celebrate all the hard work and effort that Prairie students have put into helping others with sick hearts.  This year our school raised:  $9,757.54!!  The American Heart Association equates every $50 raised saves one life.  That is over 195 lives saved by Prairie students this year!!  Thank you to all parents/guardians who helped their son/daughter with their fundraising efforts for this important cause.

Parent's Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parent’s Place in Waukesha for April: 

  • Love & Logic on Mondays, April 6-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Anxiety & Kids on Tuesdays, April 7-21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • The Money on the Bookshelf Program on Mondays, April 13-27, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Power of Reading to our Children on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Social Skills/Self-Esteem on Thursdays, April 2-23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm 

STEM for Girls:  STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us


Parents United Program:  Attached you will find the flyer for the April 22 Parents United offering. Dr. Michelle Anderson from Cornerstone Counseling Services will present "Childhool & Adolescent Depression" at the Country Springs Hotel from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. on Wed, April 22. 

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

FROM THE PTA:


What’s your role in PTA next year?
Ready to step in and share your voice, your talents, your support of Prairie School in a more formal way? Nominations are now being accepted for PTA President Elect and Treasurer for the 2015-16 school year. Bring your thoughts and questions to the April PTA Meeting. Voting day will be the May PTA meeting (May 12).
April PTA meeting
Tues, April 14
6:30pm
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Just Two Market Day days left!
There are just two more chances to stock up on produce, frozen goods, snacks and lunch box fillers this school year! Check the order form that came home this week for deadlines and deals.
PLUS: in order to offer Market Day goodness to our families and communities next school year, we need a new Market Day Coordinator. Without a volunteer, Prairie will lose the Market Day service. Can you be the one to stop that from happening? The position requires about an hour a week—putting flyers in mailboxes, greeting the delivery truck on pick up dates, giving updates at the PTA meetings, asking Mr. Booth if he’s OK with a pie in the face (Smile). If you’re at all interested, please contact the current Market Day coordinator for details about the job: that’s Becky Boggio at tulipgirl@wi.rr.com

Two more Please mark  your calendars that there are only two Market Day sales left for the school year, April and May.  Check out the new fresh produce options that Market Day offers now in the order form that will be sent home the week of 3/30/15.  Also, we still need someone to step up to fill the Market Day Coordinator role for the 2015-16 school year.
 
Have a great Spring Break everyone!

Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Waukesha YMCA Spring Programs

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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:21 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Today, your child is bringing home his/her Winter MAP test results.  Most of you saw MAP scores during last month's conferences, and these final reports just recently became available to us.  Included with the results is an explanation sheet.  If you have additional questions about MAP testing or your child's results, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.  Students will take their Spring MAP test in May.

Don't forget next week is a short week.  We have school Monday through Thursday, and there is no school on Friday, April 3 due to Good Friday.  The following week (April 6-10) is Spring Break.  Students return to school on Monday, April 13.  

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Family Literacy Night:  
Let's get Hooked on Reading! Get ready and mark your calendars.  

We are having a Family Literacy Night at Prairie on Thursday, April 30th, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm! Please join us for some fun reading, word, and writing activities. Students will have a chance to win a basket filled with great prizes and goodies. Students will also take home a new book of their choice. There will be activities for students Kindergarten through 5th grade, and it will surely be an opportunity for some quality family fun.   

We are trying to get an idea of how many people will be attending Literacy Night, so please RSVP using the link below. Thanks so much and we hope to see you at our first Literacy Night!

Literacy Night Survey:  http://goo.gl/OIrC1z

STEM for Girls:  
Attention all 4th-8th grade girls!  You are invited to attend the 5th Annual STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus.

STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas is a yearly event where we invite women in the STEM fields to share about their career, along with an interactive activity. The goal of this event is to pique an interest in young girls to learn about the STEM fields, and to educate them on how women are needed in these careers not only to close the gender gap, but to meet the needs of the future global workforce.  Each girl will receive a backpack with donated items from our sponsors and a STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas t-shirt. The event is limited to the first 150 girls.  We have many sponsors, community support and volunteers to make this event possible. Here is our website for more information and the link to register is on the homepage:

STEM for Girls/STEM para Chicas

The cost is $10.00 and registration closes on April 15th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lambert at glambert@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Developmental Days:  The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference as well as the 2015 Registration Form. 

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  Flyers should be coming home with your children today.
   
Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Congrats, Swimmers!
The Prairie Swim Team brought home ribbons galore from the Optimist Swim Meet last Saturday. Congrats to all the swimmers who overcame the nervous bubbles in their bellies and competed with respect and enthusiasm and confidence. Way to represent! Many thanks also to Kim Hubbard, Team Coach, and Heather Farence, Assistant Coach, for their time and support.
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, April 14
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR

Market Day:

Please mark  your calendars that there are only two Market Day sales left for the school year, April and May.  Check out the new fresh produce options that Market Day offers now in the order form that will be sent home the week of 3/30/15.  Also, we still need someone to step up to fill the Market Day Coordinator role for the 2015-16 school year.

 
Box Tops: Due Thurs, April 2
Congratulations Team Gerlach! Puma Claws cruised to Mrs. Gerlach's Kindergarten class for March. The class collected 481 items last month for the win.
 
Mrs. Baker's class still has a slight lead in the race home over Mrs. Bazan's class but they still have a long way to go to reach the end! Check out the race track on the way to the library. We have raised over $1,490.00 in cash alone for Prairie students with all that trash! That's a lot of field trip money.
 
Keep collecting and don't forget to turn your Box Tops, Labels for Education, Tyson Project A+ Labels, and Milk Moola in the day before Spring Break on Thurs, April 2. We will also be counting our loot that night, too. So mark your calendars and come count and share your ideas for next year's challenge. Come anytime to 920 River Hill Dr. between 6:30 and 10 pm. 
 
ICYMI: In case you missed it
The March PTA meeting featured a presentation from Ms. Geertsma and Mrs. Dugan. They introduced the character learning our kids are doing, focusing on six character traits. All grades are learning from and with each other, in their classrooms and at all-school assemblies. They shared a video of First Graders defining, demonstrating, and teaching about “Caring.” So cute! Also at the meeting were:
    - Discussion of school supply packs vs. lists vs. bulk ordering
    - How and if PTA could possibly help at the all-school Field Trip on June 5
    - Recognition and thanks to all who supported and participated in the Talent Show and Conference Night Dinners in February
    - Preview of what the Rocket Rally (May 15) will entail
 
Shoparoo has earned $200+ for Prairie: you can help, too!
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised more than $200 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Staff Appreciation Week: May 5-9
We’re collecting ideas and helping hands that will put together a week of thanks and treats for our hard-working staff. Want to help? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie:dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Happy Spring Break, everyone!



Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Optimist Club Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest

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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:41 AM

Parents,


Our 2nd trimester report cards are now available for viewing on your Parent Portal of the Infinite Campus website.  We are only printing paper copies by request. 

Attached are directions for accessing this information from Infinite Campus.  If you do not have internet access or need assistance with this process, we have set aside the following times to provide assistance at school:

            Thursday, March 26th:  8:00-8:45 a.m. or 3:00-3:45 p.m.

            Monday, March 30th:  8:00-8:45 a.m. or 3:00-3:45 p.m.

You will need your Infinite Campus user name and password in order to access the Parent Portal.   The school does not have access to parent passwords.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Parent Report Card Instructions.docx
By Website Administrator on Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:33 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:


As you know, I have been selected as principal of Lowell Elementary School next year.  I'm pleased to share with you that a new principal for Prairie School has been announced.  Mr. Chris Kluck, currently principal of Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus, will be moving to Prairie beginning July 1.  Mr. Kluck has ten years of elementary principal experience in Waukesha, including the last four years at STEM.  I am very pleased to be able to leave Prairie in such capable hands next year.  I will be working with Mr. Kluck to ensure a smooth transition, and we will share more information with you about this transition as we get closer to the end of the year.  I know Mr. Kluck is excited about the opportunity to serve the Prairie community.  He is looking forward to meeting you and eager to help support the next steps in Prairie's journey of learning and growing together.  

In other news, Trimester 2 Report Cards will soon be available for viewing through Infinite Campus.  We anticipate they will be ready on Tuesday, March 24.  Please look for specific information on how to view your child's report card to be sent via email on Tuesday.

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

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

3/21:  Optimist Swim Meet
4/3-12:  NO SCHOOL
            Spring Break
4/14:   PTA Meeting
4/18:   Strive to Thrive


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Developmental Days:  
The Waukesha Early Learning Center will offer Developmental Days on Thursday, April 30th from 4-7 p.m.  Families are offered the opportunity to learn about the level of their child's development through participation in a play setting, available services in the community for families and young children, and typical growth and development of children ages 3-5.   Please call 262-970-2705 to schedule an appointment.

Arrival and Dismissal:  For the safety of all our students, our front doors are locked throughout the school day.  Students should arrive at school in time to enter through their grade level doors:
Kindergarten & Grade 1:  North door near the bike racks
Grades 2 & 3:  East door near USA Map
Grades 4 & 5:  East door near basketball hoops

Supervision is provided on the playground and at these entrances beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Students should not be using the front doors unless they are arriving after 8:40 a.m. and will then be marked tardy.  Parents picking up students after school should also meet them at their designated doors after school instead of using the front lobby.  We need to maintain that space for special needs transportation, daycare and bus lines.  Thank you for your cooperation. 


Strive to Thrive:  Please join the Waukesha Education Foundation, ProHealth and the School District of Waukesha on April 18, 2015 for the 5th Annual Strive to Thrive Run/Walk and the Community Health Fair!!  Help us support the mission of the WEF, as well as the community we serve!  Please log on to the Waukesha Education Foundation website for details and to register for the Run/Walk!  If you will be attending the Health Fair only, you will register the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or become a sponsor, please contact Kelly Motl at kmotl@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  A copy of a flyer showing various events/times is attached for your reference. 

Summer School:  The School District of Waukesha Summer School Program will be held from Tuesday, June 23rd through Friday, July 24th at the following sites:  Banting (English & Dual Language), Lowell (English & Dual Language), Hadfield, Summit View, Butler Middle School, and North High School.  NEW THIS YEAR:  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to all children 18 or under, regardless of enrollment in summer school, at all sites except Summit View.  Registration will run from March 30th-April 19th.  Flyers should be coming home with your children today.
   
4K  Registration:  Registration for the Waukesha School District's 4K Program will run from January 12th - March 20th.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  The lottery date for placement at 4K locations will take place on March 27th at 1:00 p.m.  Visit waukeshaearlylearningcentersdw.webbly.com to fill out the registration paperwork online; verification of documents will need to take place at our District Office at 222 Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Parents Place Classes:  Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes at Parents Place in Waukesha for March:

  • Early Years on Tuesdays, March 10-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Parent/Teen Relations: Understanding your Teen’s Anger on Mondays, March 2 & 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Unlock the Secrets to Discipline on Tuesdays, March 17-31, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Wednesday Night Out ~ The Five Love Languages on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Having Fun with your Kids in the Kitchen on Thursdays March 5-April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • ADHD on Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm

FROM OUR PTA . . .

Just keep Swimming!
Good luck to the Prairie Swim Team as they compete at the Optimist Swim Meet on Saturday morning!

ICYMI: In case you missed it
The March PTA meeting featured a presentation from Ms. Geertsma and Mrs. Dugan. They introduced the character learning our kids are doing, focusing on six character traits. All grades are learning from and with each other, in their classrooms and at all-school assemblies. They shared a video of First Graders defining, demonstrating, and teaching about “Caring.” So cute! Also at the meeting were:
    - Discussion of school supply packs vs. lists vs. bulk ordering
    - How and if PTA could possibly help at the all-school Field Trip on June 5
    - Recognition and thanks to all who supported and participated in the Talent Show and Conference Night Dinners in February 
    - Preview of what the Rocket Rally (May 15) will entail
 
Save the Dates!
BOGO Book Fair & Bake Sale  May 14 & 15
Rocket Rally & Fundraiser   Friday, May 15  5-8pm
 
Become a Rocket Scientist!
It’s not too soon to get your kids thinking about the rocket/s they want to build and launch! Check out our handy “How to Build a Water Bottle Rocket” below and on the PTA tab of the website.
 
Next PTA Meeting:
Tuesday, April 14
6:30pm in the library
Free childcare in the MMR
 
Shoparoo has earned $200+ for Prairie: you can help, too!
Download the Shoparoo app (or go to shoparoo.com). They collect pictures of your receipts then rewards Prairie with points-that-convert-to-cash. Prairie’s raised more than $200 simply from our small family of shoppers who use shoparoo—and it takes nothing more than an app on your phone and the groceries you were going to buy anyway. Questions? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
 
Staff Appreciation Week: May 5-9
We’re collecting ideas and helping hands that will put together a week of thanks and treats for our hard-working staff. Want to help? Contact Carrie Dinwiddie:dinwiddiecl@gmail.com
Community Bulletins:
- Parents Place Community Education Programs/Classes
- Waukesha County Museum Kids Night Out
- Waukesha Museum Explorers Spring Camp
- Waukesha North Softball Camps
- Waukesha Blazers Rookie Baseball
- Waukesha South DECA Daddy/Daughter Dance
- Waukesha Firebirds Pee Wee League
- Optimist Club Tri Star Basketball Skills Contest

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