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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

Attachments:

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
By Website Administrator on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 12:01 PM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:  

First a quick note of thanks to our PTA and families who celebrated our staff this week!  You have spoiled us!  Thank you for thinking of us.  We appreciate your kindness.

May is going to be a busy month for us here at Prairie.  There are several ways for you to be involved as we "finish strong" this school year and begin planning for next year.  

We are excited about hosting the Intergenerational Folk Fair on Friday, May 23.  (You can see more information regarding this day in the "Did You Know" section below.)  We would love to have a few parent volunteers during that day.  Opportunities are available to help our volunteers set up their displays in the morning, help teachers supervise students during the day, assist with serving lunch to our volunteers, and help our volunteers pack up the displays at the end of the day.  If you can help with any portion of the day, please call me at 970-2210 or email me at ariebel@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  

Also this month, we begin our preparation for next school year.  As you may recall, we will be providing iPads to each of our students next year as a part of Waukesha One, our district's 1:1 technology initiative.  As a staff, we are very excited about the opportunity to provide our students with increased technology access and further personalize their learning experience.  While we know many of you are familiar with Waukesha One from your Central Middle School students who already have iPads, we know that others of you are less familiar with the philosophy of this program.  We are offering two opportunities for you to hear from our Prairie staff members who have been busy planning our implementation for Waukesha One.  Parent information meetings will be held in the gym at 6:30 PM on both Tuesday, May 27 and Monday, June 2.  We invite you to attend one of these meetings.  The focus of this time will be primarily on why we are providing iPads and how they will help us personalize learning for students.  We will also cover some logistical information related to iPad introduction and use. Further logistical information will be covered at mandatory parent meetings held next September as students receive their iPads.  In the meantime, you can find a wealth of information about Waukesha One and iPad use by clicking the link on the front page of the district website.  

Finally, we are also beginning to create class homeroom lists for the 2014-2015 school 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.  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.  

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 or 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 request for a specific homeroom teacher.

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 Tuesday, May 27.  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.

At this time, we are still finalizing the number of teachers at each grade and who will be teaching which grade/subject.  We will share that with you as soon as plans are finalized.  A note to parents of current fourth graders - As planned, our current fourth grade teachers will be "looping" and will continue with the students to fifth grade.  We plan to keep the students in their current homeroom class.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please let me know.

Thank you for the trust and help in creating homeroom class lists.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful teachers to work with our children.

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this.  I appreciate your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Amy


Upcoming Dates:

5/12:  PTA Culver's Night
5/13:  PTA Meeting
5/15:  Fire Safety House (Grades 1 & 4)
5/15-16:  PTA Book Fair
5/20:  Meet & Greet for incoming Kindergarten students
5/22:  Market Day, Scrip & Marcus Ticket Pick-up
5/23:  RSVP Folk Fair
5/27: Parent Waukesha One Information Night (6:30 PM)
6/2:  Parent Waukesha One Information Night (6:30 PM)
          
 DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Intergenerational Folk Fair:  We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an Intergenerational Folk Fair on Friday, May 23, 2014.  RSVP, The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, of Waukesha County, conducts this fair to help promote the preservation of our country's cultural and ethnic heritage.  There will be over 40 volunteers here to share their time and knowledge in specific areas with our students.  The students will be able to view displays, watch demonstrations, ask questions and try various activities throughout the day.

The gym and several classrooms throughout our building will be used that day.  Because of this, we will not be able to have our usual lunch menu and students will need to eat in their classrooms.  The Sodexho lunch menu will be "Fun on the Run" which is yogurt, an apple, graham crackers, string cheese and choice or white or chocolate milk.  Usual lunch charges will apply ($2.05, free or reduced).  You can, of course, send a bag lunch with your child.  Please watch your child's backpack for a gold form for you to complete for your choice of lunch for your child - "Fun on the Run" or bag lunch from home.  We do need this form back to your child's teacher no later than Wednesday, May 14, 2014. 

FROM OUR PTA:


Giving is better than receiving....... PTA's efforts to appreciate all of Prairie's Teachers and Staff during this past week has been a wonderful success.   Thanks to all the volunteers and people who signed up and brought in items for the fun filled week.  In case you haven't heard, the teachers and staff are truly grateful!  Mission accomplished.
 
Carnival Raffle Winners!  Did your child win a special experience with a teacher and they haven’t redeemed it yet?  If so, please contact the teacher by next Friday to redeem your prize!  Time is running out and the teachers would like make sure everyone gets their prize.  Did you win a prize and not quite sure what to do with the wicker laundry basket your prizes came in?  Please feel free to return them to school and we will use them again for next year’s raffle.

Are you ready for the LAST Prairie Night at Culver's for this school year?   Monday, May 12th from 5-8 pm at the Culver's on Sunset.  No flyer needed. Stop in, drive thru, or carry out dinner or just ice cream to show your support for Prairie!  Flavor of the day will be Brownie Thunder!
 
It's your second to last chance to attend a PTA meeting for this school year.   Nominations for open board positions were accepted within the last 2-3 months. Voting for the nominees will take place at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm in the library.  As always - free childcare available during the meetings for school age children.
The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. 
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
To date, there has been one nomination for each of these positions.
Carrie Dinwiddie- President elect
Erica Kasseckert- Secretary
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Sonija Parker ASAP at parker.sonija@att.net.
 
Rocket Rally Update!  After careful consideration, it has been decided to cancel the Rocket Rally as a fundraising event and move the Rocket Launching to the last day of school as a fun end of school activity. It was a tough decision, and many factors were considered, including the overall lack of volunteerism, and the new Marcus Movie Ticket sale  which has the potential to raise about as much money as the Rocket Rally probably would have.  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.  Don't forget to start saving those 2 Liter bottles in order to make your rocket  and check out the "Rocket Instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website. 
 
BOGO Book FairYes, that's a BUY One - GET One FREE Book Fair!  The spring theme is Book Fair Fiesta!  and will be held on Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th from 3:30 -7:30 p.m..  Here's your chance to stock up on great books for summertime reading and take part in a reading challenge.  There will NOT be a signup genius for this event. Our very own Girl Scouts have stepped up to volunteer for this event. THANKS, GIRLS!  Hope to see you there.
 
Market Day online order deadline is 5/19/14; pick up is 5/22/14 from 5-6 p.m.  Also, Market Day has over 50 items on sale this month so now is time to stock up!!  Also they have indicated that some Gluten Free items are available as well.   Any order over $40 qualifies for a free Micro Fiber Drying Mat. 
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:   We made quite a haul this month!  So big, in fact, that we are still counting!  Stay tuned for April counts and special year-end details.  Without sharing too many details, please make sure YOUR CHILD’S NAME is on any May submissions!   Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due:  Friday, May 16th;  Pick-up: Thursday May, 22nd, 5-6 pm
Also, the order form for Six Flags discount tickets went home this week with the same deadline and pick-up as the regular Scrip orders. If your child has a free ticket from the reading program, this is your chance to get your own ticket for the low price of $42.25.   Coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come!  Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  

On May 12, SCRIP is running another one day event featuring big rebates on ScripNow® products only. For 24 hours you can earn some of the highest rebates ever offered from popular ScripNow retailers, and you'll be able to order and print eCards minutes before heading out the door when you're set up to pay online with PrestoPay™. The list of retailers will be released at 12:01 Eastern when it starts, so you'll have to wait until then to see the bonuses!  To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip® account, and you must be able to login to place online orders. Think about signing up for PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already. Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.  Get signed up now for PrestoPay to take advantage of the specials and be all ready for the Mobile App coming soon!

Shoparoo has raised just shy of $143 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 www.shoparoo.com.
  
Is a A PTA board position to much out of your comfort zone?  More ways you can get involved:
May PTA Meeting: Tuesday,  May 13. One of three of the most important meetings of the year because YOU can vote for next year’s PTA Board. 
Prairie Night @ Culver’s, Monday, May 12
Buy One/Get One Book Fair, May 15-16
- 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
 
  
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:
5/12:   Culver's Restaurant Night
5/13:   PTA meeting
5/15-16:   BOGO Book Fair
5/16:   SCRIP orders due
5/19:   Online market day orders due
5/22:   SCRIP and 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/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 547-2614 parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 548-6347 betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 522-0401 ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 549-0673 krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:
The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:

 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - 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:
By Website Administrator on Thursday, May 01, 2014 1:42 PM
Upcoming Dates:

5/5-5/9:  Staff Appreciation Week
5/7:  Marcus Ticket Orders due
5/12:  PTA Culver's Night
5/13:  PTA Meeting
5/15-16:  PTA Book Fair

DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Farm to Market Promotion:  Once again Sodexho will be holding their popular Farm To Market promotion in the elementary schools during the month of May and will be at Prairie on Friday, May 9th. This is an opportunity for all students, both hot and cold lunch, to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables from our farm cart.   

Summer School:  As attachments to this e-post you will find the School District of Waukesha Summer School Flyer, Online Registration/Payment instructions and the Summer School Program Booklet.  The deadline for registration has been extended to Sunday, May 4th.  Middle & high school student registration is still available online; elementary registration must be completed by paper copy and turned in to the school office or the Summer School Office at Lindholm, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.  Please let the office know if you are unable to view the attached documents and need a paper copy.  You may also contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the appropriate classes for your child.  

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


FROM OUR PTA:


A huge, huge thank you to all the families who contributed your donations to Goodwill during the Packer up Challenge Contest in April, and to those who helped with our drop off day last weekend.    Final results won't be announced until late next week.  Keep those fingers crossed!
 
Thank a Teacher/Staff member anytime, but especially May 5-9, which is National Teacher/Staff Appreciation week.  There are still some open spots for you to help show your appreciation for Prairie's wonderful teachers and staff.  Check out the signupgenius page for specific ways you can contribute to the week of goodies and appreciations PTA is planning for our teachers. Use ajkrall@gmail.com in the “Find a signup” tab.  Contact betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
BOGO Book fairYes, that's a BUY one - GET One FREE Book Fair!  The spring theme is Book Fair Fiesta!!!  and will be held on Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th from 3:30 -7:30 p.m. .  Here's your chance to stock up on great books for summertime reading and take part in a reading challenge.  There will NOT be a signup genius for this event. Our very own Girl Scouts have stepped up to volunteer for this event. THANKS, GIRLS!  Hope to see you there.
 
Last chance to place your nominations for next year's open positions for the PTA Board!
 Nominations for open positions are being accepted NOW, with voting taking place at the next PTA meeting on May 13th.
The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. 
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
To date, there has been one nomination for each of these positions.
Carrie Dinwiddie- President elect
Erica Kasseckert- Secretary
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Sonija Parker ASAP at parker.sonija@att.net.
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education:  Box Tops were due by TODAY Friday, May 2.  Which class will get to be Puma Claws’ final host for the school year?   Watch for final year-end challenge details in May as well as summer details soon!  Congratulations, Prairie Families!  We are currently 97% of the way there!  We only have 1,243 items to go to get our goal of 42,000 items.  We are planning something special for the kids for meeting our goal! Keep posted!
Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due:  Friday, May 16th;  Pick-up: Thursday May 22nd, 5-6 pm
Are you running out of gas? Need a little boost to get through the school year? The PTA is helping you "gas up" with a Kwik Trip special in May. Please look for a special flyer next week with details.
Congratulations, Prairie Families!  SCRIP has officially met our fundraising goal and has raised over $2,300 to support all the classroom enrichment opportunities our kids get!  Also, the PTA has been able to give back $350 to Prairie families in 14 rebates for doing nothing more than using gift cards to make their everyday purchases!  WOW!  It really does work with little to no effort, and soon with even less!  Coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come! Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  

On May 12, SCRIP is running another one day event featuring big rebates on ScripNow® products only. For 24 hours you can earn some of the highest rebates ever offered from popular ScripNow retailers, and you'll be able to order and print eCards minutes before heading out the door when you're set up to pay online with PrestoPay™. The list of retailers will be released at 12:01 Eastern when it starts, so you'll have to wait until then to see the bonuses!  To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip® account, and you must be able to login to place online orders. Think about signing up for PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already. Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.  Get signed up now for PrestoPay to take advantage of the specials and be all ready for the Mobile App coming soon!

Shoparoo:  We are up to $138 dollars raised and 31 participants.   Earn extra points for Prairie if you invite a friend that joins and uploads a receipt; both you and your friend earn bonus points for Prairie.  Points = $!!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun!
Rocket Rally update!  After careful consideration, it has been decided to cancel the Rocket Rally as a fundraising event, and move the Rocket Launching to the last day of school as a fun end of school activity. It was a tough decision, and many factors were considered, including the overall lack of volunteerism, and the new Marcus Movie Ticket sale which has the potential to raise about as much money as the Rocket Rally probably would have.  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.  Don't forget to start saving those 2 Liter bottles in order to make your rocket  and check out the "Rocket instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website.      
 
Is a A PTA board position to much out of your comfort zone?   
More ways you can get involved!
May PTA Meeting: Tues, May 13. One of three of the most important meetings of the year because YOU can vote for next year’s PTA Board. Or YOU can RUN for next year’s PTA Board! Nominations are still being accepted for President Elect or Secretary.
Prairie Night @ Culver’s, Mon, May 12
Buy One/Get One Book Fair, May 15-16
- Last day of School PTA-sponsored Field Day: need a planner/organizer for Thurs, June 12 events
Spiritwear and Puma Store: need a planner/organizer for 2014-15
 
 
 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:
5/12 Culver's Restaurant Night
5/13 PTA meeting
5/15 and 5/16 BOGO Book Fair
5/16 SCRIP orders due
5/22 SCRIP and 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/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 mailto:547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 mailto:548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 mailto:522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 mailto:549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:

 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - 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
 

Attachments:
Summer School Flyer 2014.pdf
2014 Elementary Summer School Program Booklet.pdf
Summer School 2014 Online Registration-Payment Directions .pdf
EB Shurts Flyer 2014.pdf

By Website Administrator on Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:47 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Welcome back!  I hope you and your family had a fun and relaxing spring break.  I was able to spend a few days in Chicago, and besides having a lot of fun, I found the change of scenery just what I needed after our long, cold winter.  

While the weather doesn't feel like it, the calendar tells us we are in the final stretch of our school year.  Our motto this time of year is "finish strong."  We want this portion of the year full of learning and growth for our students.  We appreciate your continued assistance in making sure each day your child has a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast, and productive home learning time.  These efforts make a significant difference for our learners.

Please note that the deadline for signing up for Summer School is this Sunday.  Enrollment information can be found below and on our district website.  There are some wonderful opportunities being offered.  I encourage you to take a few minutes to consider the various options.

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

Amy

Upcoming Dates:

4/26:  Pack'er Up Goodwill Drop-Off
4/29:  Grade 4 Music Concert
5/2:   Grade 1 to West High School Play & lunch at Sunset Park
         Grade 4 Economics Fair
5/5-5/9:  Staff Appreciation Week


DID YOU KNOW . . . 

Pack'er Up Goodwill Challenge:  
We are currently in third place!  We are holding a donation drop-off drive at Prairie tomorrow, Saturday, April 26th from 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Spread the word to your friends and neighbors.  Bring your donations here on Saturday or directly to Goodwill through Wednesday, April 30th.  If you drop off at Goodwill, please tell that attendant the number of items you have and that the donation is for Prairie Elementary, Waukesha.  Thanks for your support!

Fourth Grade Economics Fair:   

Please come join us for the second annual fourth grade economics fair!  Students in fourth grade are creating products and services for you to buy!  You may have seen the different posters, commercials, fliers, and coupons around the school advertising different stands that will be at the fair.  Parents, family, and friends of all grades are invited to come after school from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.  



4th grade students will be selling products and services in the gymnasium from 2:00-5:00 pm on May 2nd.  Students- save up your pennies, nickels and quarters to buy these fun, exciting products and services!  You can bring up to $2 in change.  Please do not bring any more than $2.  All money that fourth graders earn will be donated to a charity.

Any questions, please contact Ryan Vegter, 4th Grade Teacher at 262.970.2258 or rvegter@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Farm to Market Promotion:  Once again Sodexho will be holding their popular Farm To Market promotion in the elementary schools during the month of May and will be at Prairie on Friday, May 9th. This is an opportunity for all students, both hot and cold lunch, to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables from our farm cart.   

Summer School:  
As attachments to this e-post you will find the School District of Waukesha Summer School Flyer, Online Registration/Payment instructions and the Summer School Program Booklet.  The deadline for registration is Sunday, April 27th.  Please let the office know if you are unable to view this and need a paper copy.  You may also contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about the appropriate classes for your child.

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


FROM OUR PTA:

We’re facing the final 7 weeks of school and it’s all good and fun and exciting. Please take a moment to read each event/request/note below—there’s something for everyone to enjoy and help with.
 
The Pack'er Up Donation Challenge is going STRONG!  Help Prairie earn a chance to have World Champion Donald Driver visit our school!  Prairie is currently sitting in the TOP 3 of the Goodwill Pack’er Up Donation challenge! We REALLY REALLY WANT to win a visit from Donald Driver, so hunt through your closets, clean out the drawers, and sort through the toy bin for Goodwill donations. Take your items directly to Goodwill (and be sure to fill out the slip indicating you’re from Prairie) OR bring your items to school on Saturday April 26, 11am-3pm, and we’ll take them to Goodwill for you! Contact Rhonda Hanson (kindergarten aide) at 521-2464 or rhanson@waukesha.k12.wi.us.  Remember: only donations made between April 1 and April 30, 2014, will count!  Additional contest rules from Goodwill website:

-Any slips that do not have an exact number written for the "Number of items donated" will be estimated by the donation attendant;

-Goodwill reserves the right to count a donation collection as one item (ie: a bag of 100 marbles = 1 item and not 100 items)

  • If any donation exceeds 999 items in one visit, the Goodwill Store Manager will need to sign the donation drive slip in order for it to be counted
  • Slips that are not legible or filled out entirely (name of school and city) will not be counted
  • Goodwill is not responsible for any slips that are lost, not received or illegible
  • Management reserves the right to verify the number of items indicated by the donor on the submitted donation slip to ensure accurate counts for this challenge
Thank a Teacher/Staff member anytime, but especially May 5-9, which is National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  There are still some open spots for you to help show your appreciation for Prairie's wonderful teachers and staff.  Check out the signup genius page for specific ways you can contribute to the week of goodies and appreciations PTA is planning for our teachers. Use ajkrall@gmail.com in the “Find a signup” tab.  Contact betsypeters@wi.rr.com with questions.
 
BOGO Book Fair:   Yes, that's a BUY one - GET One FREE Book Fair!!  The spring theme is Book Fair Fiesta and will be held on Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th from 3:30 -7:30 p.m..  Here's your chance to stock up on great books for summertime reading and take part in a reading challenge.  More details to follow. Stay tuned.......

Last chance to place your nominations for next year's open positions for the PTA Board!   Nominations for open positions are being accepted NOW with voting taking place at the next PTA meeting on May 13th.  The two open positions for next year are President Elect and Secretary. 
President Elect-a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed and during the first year support the current president and take over for the second year.
Secretary- a 2 year term where you would attend PTA meetings as needed.  Capture minutes from monthly meetings and post to the website for review by PTA members. 
To date, there has been one nomination for each of these positions.
Carrie Dinwiddie- President elect
Erica Kasseckert- Secretary
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Sonija Parker ASAP at parker.sonija@att.net.
 
Collections Challenge: Box Tops & Labels for Education: 
Box Tops are due next Friday, May 2nd.  Which class will get to be Puma Claws’ final host for the school year?  If you have been holding them, now is the time to send them!  Watch for final year-end challenge details in May as well as summer details soon!  Congratulations, Prairie Families!   We are currently 97% of the way to our goal!  We only have 1,243 items to go to get our goal of 42,000 items.  We are planning something special for the kids for meeting our goal! Keep posted!  Also, a quick reminder to make sure you put your collections items on a sheet or in a ziploc bag AND write your child’s teacher’s name on the bag/sheet.  We have received thousands of items that we could not allocate to a class.

SCRIP:  Next Order Due: Friday, May 16th  Pick-up: Thursday May 22nd, 5-6 pm
Congratulations, Prairie Families!  SCRIP has officially met our fundraising goal and has raised over $2,300 to support all the classroom enrichment opportunities our kids get! Also, the PTA has been able to give back $350 to Prairie families in 14 rebates for doing nothing more than using gift cards to make their everyday purchases!  WOW!  It really does work with little to no effort, and soon with even less!  Coming soon…..a SCRIP Mobile App that will allow users to skip the paper and plastic and take your SCRIP anywhere, without the hassle of having to carry them!  Look for more details to come! Thanks to everyone who keeps using SCRIP to make their everyday purchases. Go-online and place your order at www.shopwithscrip.com  or check out the PRESTO pay option and get them as soon as you hit “send”!  On May 12, SCRIP is running another one day event featuring big rebates on ScripNow® products only. For 24 hours you can earn some of the highest rebates ever offered from popular ScripNow retailers, and you'll be able to order and print eCards minutes before heading out the door when you're set up to pay online with PrestoPay™. The list of retailers will be released at 12:01 Eastern when it starts, so you'll have to wait until then to see the bonuses!  To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip® account, and you must be able to login to place online orders. Think about signing up for PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already. Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.  Get signed up now for PrestoPay to take advantage of the specials and be all ready for the Mobile App coming soon!
  
Shoparoo:  We are up to $138 dollars raised and 31 participants.   If you invite a friend that joins and uploads a receipt, both you and your friend earn bonus points for Prairie.  Points = $!!  What's this all about?  Check it out at www.shoparoo.com.  Simply download the free app to your phone, take a photo of your shopping receipts to earn points which translate to dollars for Prairie!  Yes - It really is that easy!  Extra points can be earned this month for new participants, so come join the fun! 
Rocket Rally Update!  There has been date change for this year's Rocket Challenge.  It will be held on June 12th as a part of the last day of school activities!  Here's your chance to support those young future scientists and engineers at Prairie.  Don't forget to start saving those 2 Liter bottles in order to make your rocket and check out the "Rocket instructions" posted under the PTA tab on the school website.      
 
Is a A PTA board position to much out of your comfort zone?  More ways you can get involved:
May PTA Meeting: Tuesday, May 13:  One of three of the most important meetings of the year because YOU can vote for next year’s PTA Board. Or YOU can RUN for next year’s PTA Board!  Nominations are still being accepted for President Elect or Secretary.
Prairie Night @ Culver’s:  Monday, May 12
Buy One/Get One Book Fair:   May 15-16
- 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
Book Fair Chairperson: need a planner/organizer for 2014-15
  
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:
4/1 to 4/30 Donald Driver Goodwill Contest
5/12 Culver's Restaurant Night
5/13 PTA meeting
5/15 and 5/16 BOGO Book Fair
5/16 SCRIP orders due
5/22 SCRIP and 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/ under the PTA tab
PTA President:Sonija Parker 262 mailto:547-2614parker.sonija@att.net
PTA President Elect:Betsy Peters 262 mailto:548-6347betsypeters@wi.rr.com
Treasurer: Amy Krall 262 mailto:522-0401ajkrall@gmail.com
Secretary: Kristine Guenther 262 mailto:549-0673krguenther19@yahoo.com

Community Bulletins:

The following flyers are available for pick-up in the racks in the front lobby:

 - Parents Place Programs & Classes
 - YMCA Youth Programs
 - Waukesha County Museum Programs
 - Waukesha Express Swim Team
 - Waukesha North Softball Camps
 - Waukesha Firebirds Summer Pee-Wee Baseball Program
 - Waukesha BluesFest Commemorative Poster Design Contest
 - Wolverines Youth Soccer Camp
 

Attachments:
Summer School Flyer 2014.pdf
2014 Elementary Summer School Program Booklet.pdf
Summer School 2014 Online Registration-Payment Directions .pdf
EB Shurts Flyer 2014.pdf



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