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By Website Administrator on Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:43 AM

Dear Parents/Guardian:


Welcome to the 2015-16 school year.  Several changes are in place regarding back to school paperwork.  As you know, we did not hold a Forms & Photo Day this year and are instead having you complete some of the school and district paperwork online.  The health room card (yellow this year) and Waukesha One paperwork will be available from your child’s teacher at Open House as well as Free & Reduced Lunch Applications.  School pictures will be taken this year during the school day on Friday, September 25, 2015.


You will be able to view your child’s teacher assignment in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Monday, August 24th..  


School fees of $85.00 total annually ($60.00 student fees and $25.00 technology fee) may be paid by credit card without a service fee in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal as well.  If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you may still drop off cash or check in the office.  Payment plans are available as well.  You may also put money on your child’s lunch account in this same manner without service fees.


Please use the links below to complete the following two forms:


Student Transportation Plans

2015-16 SDW Annual Registration Forms


* Please note in the section of this form entitled “Parent Consent/Opt-out Form for Student Directory Data” that we do not release any information to the military in elementary schools.  However, option 1 or 2 must be selected in order for your child to be included in our school yearbook or have their names listed in programs, newsletters, etc.


THE ABOVE FORM MUST BE FILLED OUT FOR EACH CHILD ATTENDING PRAIRIE.


If you do not have access to complete these forms or are having difficulty, we will have computers available at Open House for your use and staff available to assist you.  You may also contact our office for assistance at 262-970-2205.  

By Website Administrator on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 11:34 AM
Please see the individual grade level times below for Sneak-A-Peek times on Wednesday, August 26th.  Each grade level will follow with a short curriculum meeting for parents in the Library.  There will be supervised activities for all school-aged children in the gym or outside during Grade Level Curriculum Meetings.

Kindergarten:  4:30-5:20 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 5:30-5:50 p.m.
Grade 1:  5:00-5:50 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 6:00-6:20 p.m.
Grade 2:  5:30-6:20 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 6:30-6:50 p.m.
Grade 3:  6:00-6:50 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 7:00-7:20 p.m.
Grades 4 & Mr. Haynes' 4/5 class:  6:30-7:20 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 7:30-7:50 p.m.
Grade 5:  7:00-7:50 p.m.; Curriculum Meeting from 8:00-8:20 p.m. 

This information is contained in the document attached.2015-16 Sneak-A-Peek & Curriculum Mtg.docx
By Website Administrator on Friday, August 07, 2015 3:02 PM

MEET & GREET PRAIRIE’S NEW PRINCIPAL

ON

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2015

4:30-6:30 P.M.

 


Mr. Dennis Griffin, Jr., Prairie’s new Principal, will host a Meet & Greet for Prairie students and families on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  

Mr. Griffin will speak briefly at 4:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m.  Our New Family Orientation will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.  

Various groups and organizations that support Prairie and provide opportunities for our students will also be on hand.  They include:

·         Prairie PTA

·         Waukesha Park & Recreation Cool School before/after school program

·         Girl Scouts

·         Boy Scouts

·         Futura Spanish

·         Sports programs 

The office will also assist parents in activating their parent portal in Infinite Campus.  This will be used to see your classroom teacher assignment, pay fees (including lunch) and view grades/report cards. 

HOPE TO SEE YOU!

By Website Administrator on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:32 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

As I write this, I'm noticing it's awfully quiet here at Prairie.  The students, teachers, and office staff are at home enjoying summer vacation, so the high energy of the school year has been exchanged for a quiet emptiness.  Our wonderful custodial team is here beginning summer cleaning and maintenance.  As for me, I'm finishing paperwork and facing the daunting prospect of cleaning and packing my office.  As I reflect on my five years at Prairie, I am proud of the work we've done as a team on behalf of our children.  Thank you for all of your hard work and support of our students and their learning.  It has been a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to hearing about your continued accomplishments in the future.  

Preparations continue for the 2015-2016 school year.  One recent teacher change - Mrs. Abby Mazza, music teacher, has accepted the position of Director of Bands at Waukesha South High School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Mazza, and we wish her the best of luck in this new role.  The music position has been posted and will be filled this summer.  

Please take a few minutes to read through all of the information below.  It will help with planning for the upcoming school year.  In addition, there are some helpful resources to keep students reading over the summer.  We are not able to have our school library open this summer, but there are many other opportunities for students to access books between now and the start of school.

Thank you again for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School!  Have a wonderful and safe summer!

Go Pumas!

Amy


 Upcoming Dates:

8/26:  Open House & Curriculum Meetings     


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Fall Paperwork:  We will not hold our traditional Forms & Photo Day this year and will instead go to on online process for completion of all paperwork.   You will also be able to view your child's teacher assignment and pay all school fees through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  If you did not create your Parent Portal,  please email Mrs. Anderson at vanderso@waukesha.k12.wi.us to obtain the directions and your access code.   If necessary, we will arrange to get you a packet of paperwork if you do not have internet access.   Watch your email and our school website in August for more information.  

School pictures will be taken during the school day on Friday, September 25, 2015.  Mrs. Anderson will be looking for volunteers to assist that day.  

Open House and Parent Curriculum Meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.  Again, please watch our website and your email for more specific information.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

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 talk with our students at the all-school field trip on June 5.  Look for the WPL summer program  flyer to come home following the field trip.  It will be full of information about the Summer Reading Club, and many other fun and interesting activities going on at the public library this summer.  Keep an eye out for it!  You can also pick up a copy of the flyer at either the public library, Prairie School library, or check it out online at  http://www.waukesha.lib.wi.us/kc/summer2015.pdf


(2)  Prairie School's own Little Free Library!  This summer our Pawsome Little Library is available for students to use.  Located at the front of our 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!


(3)  We are also attaching below a flyer from Jill Wickham, District Elementary Library Coordinator, with additional educational resources and ebooks available online through the Prairie Library.  If you need any assistance with these, please email jwickham@waukesha.k12.wi.us.

(4)  School Libraries at Banting, Hadfield, Lowell & Summit View will be open mornings from June 23-July 24 (not July 3, 13, 14, or 15) for any Waukesha students to check out books.  Also, the School District Bookmobile will be available at Hawthorne, Saratoga, Sentinel Park, Merrill Crest Park, and Fox River Park South on Thursday mornings (June 25th-August 13th).  See the attached flyer for times at each location.  


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


-Mr. Klager-

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

   

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

   

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June: 
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
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.

FROM THE PTA:

Thank you for a fabulous school year!  Have a wonderful summer!

Thank you to our volunteers for helping the kids celebrate with fun last day of school activities.  A big thank you to Betsy Peters, outgoing PTA President, and Amy Krall, outgoing PTA Treasurer for all you have done!  Thank you to Amy Riebel for your involvement and work with PTA.  We wish you the best at your new school.  Thank you to everyone who put in their time, talents, donations, etc. and supported PTA this year.  Thank you to all who helped make our year a great one!

Collections - the results are in!
Congratulations to Elena Franz!  She turned in 301 items for the big win!  Elena's class next year will host Puma Claws in September!  Thanks to Elena, her family and ALL the Prairie families who cut, clipped, ripped, taped, and glued Box Tops, Labels for Education, Milk Moola and Tyson A+ Labels this year!  Although we fell shy of our lofty goal, we collected 27,000 items and earned over $2100 for school activities and fun programming!  The overall winning class in this year's challenge traveled 1700 miles on Route 66 by collecting over 3,000 items - Congratulations to Mrs. Bazan's 2/3 class!  Mrs. Baker's and & Mrs. Creasey's classes were a close 2nd and 3rd!

Please keep collecting over the summer and check in with PTA in the fall for a new and exciting Challenge for the 2015-16 school year!  Thanks so much to Erica Kasseckert who will be next year's new "Box Tops Lady"!
  
Summer ....  Simple ways to stay involved:

Collections: Keep collecting those Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson clippings over the summer, we look forward to a great first of school year collection in September.  

Shoparoo: This year we have more than doubled our dollars from last year with Shoparoo!  Keep up the good work with uploading your shopping receipts to Shoparoo to keep those points adding up!  If you haven't done so already this is an easy way to raise funds.  Just go to www.Shoparoo.com for the details or download the Shoparoo app to your phone and start uploading your receipts to support Prairie Elementary.  

Back to School Picnic and School Spruce Up:  Be on the look out for an email from your PTA this summer for a summer picnic and back to school spruce up event prior to the start of school.  If you don't already receive emails from PTA and would like to, please email Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.com and we will be sure to add you to the list.




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By Website Administrator on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:22 AM
NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL:

Wow!  What an amazing field trip today!  The weather was practically perfect, the activities were fun, and the kids were obviously enjoying themselves.   Thanks to everyone who supported this event – particularly the parents who led the activities at the various stations.  I hope your child shares with you their favorite part of the day. 

As you know, we’re coming up on our last week of school.  While some grade levels have special events or field trips planned, the majority of the week will be “business as usual.”  On Friday, we’ll have our final Pin Assembly for the year beginning at 8:50.  The PTA has graciously agreed to host some Field Day activities for students outside during the day, and at 3:35, we’ll applaud for our fifth graders as they exit the school for the final time as Prairie students.  If you’d like to join us for this last day tradition, please plan check in at the office and then gather in the hallway near the 4th/5th exit door.  Parents can line the area from the back hallway, out the 4/5 door, and onto the playground.

As we wrap up the year, we are also developing plans for next year.  Part of that planning involves organizing teacher assignments for next year.  As with any year, we say good-bye to staff members who accept other positions.  Mrs. Michelle Creasey, second/third grade math teacher and Mrs. Stephanie Wanner, fourth grade science/social studies teacher have both accepted voluntary transfers to Lowell Elementary next year.  I know you join me in wishing them well in these new assignments and thank them for their service to the students at Prairie.  We also say good-bye to Mrs. Kim Scanlan who is completing a one-year assignment as a first grade teacher at Prairie.  She did a great job stepping in when our enrollment increased in August.

At this time, these are the grade level teaching assignments for next year:

K – Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Taddey

1st – Mrs. Dugan, Ms. Geertsma

2nd – Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bazan

3rd – Ms. Sanchez, open position

4th – Mrs. Callen, Mr. Vegter

4th/5th combination class – Mr. Haynes

5th  - Mrs. Klassy, Ms. Seiler

While changes in enrollment numbers can impact these plans, at this time the only combination class will be Mr. Haynes’ class.  All other classes will be single grade level classes with some flexible grouping between classes as needed.  Areas of teacher specialization have not been finalized at this time.

We’ll have a final year-end E-Post for you next Friday.  In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  Thanks for your continued support of Prairie Elementary School. 

Amy


 Upcoming Dates:

6/9:  Grade 5 to Milton House
        Kindergarten to Green Meadow Farms
        Grade 5 Celebration
6/10:  Grade 4 to Old World Wisconsin
6/12:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
      


DID YOU KNOW . . .

Medications in Health Room:   If your child has medications in the health room, either prescription or over-the-counter, they must be picked up by an adult prior to the end of the school year.  We cannot send any type of medication home directly with students.  Any medications not picked up will be disposed of.

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Student Health Concerns for 2015-16 School Year:   In preparation for 2015-16 school year, we are emailing families with online information available for students with a health concern.  The district website has contact information for Nursing Services and necessary medical forms needed for your school's Healthroom Assistant.   Current students with specific procedures and/or medical needs, not available on the website, will be contacted during the summer for any medical updates.  A link to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Diabetic Clinic Forms, is also available.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, seizure disorder, asthma, daily medication or diabetes, please use link below for the necessary forms:  Nursing Services and Healthroom Forms  

If you are new to the district or have a medical concern,  you would like to discuss, please contact the District Nurse.  Contact information for District Nursing Services and Community Outreach Nurses is also available.  Please work together with your child's physician over the summer to discuss the best plan for school. The forms require a physician's signature.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

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 talk with our students at the all-school field trip on June 5.  Look for the WPL summer program  flyer to come home following the field trip.  It will be full of information about the Summer Reading Club, and many other fun and interesting activities going on at the public library this summer.  Keep an eye out for it!  You can also pick up a copy of the flyer at either the public library, Prairie School library, or check it out online at  http://www.waukesha.lib.wi.us/kc/summer2015.pdf


(2)  The Prairie School library will be open this summer on Wednesday evenings!  Watch our final e-post for dates and times as well as the calendar on the website and school sign.  Prairie students (who must be accompanied by a parent) may come to the library to check out fresh reading material.  Wednesday evenings at the Prairie School library--it's the place to be!


(3)  Prairie School's own Little Free Library!  This summer our Pawsome Little Library is available for students to use.  Located at the front of our 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!

(4)  We are also attaching below a flyer from Jill Wickham, District Elementary Library Coordinator, with additional educational resources and ebooks available online through the Prairie Library.  If you need any assistance with these, please email jwickham@waukesha.k12.wi.us.


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


-Mr. Klager-

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

 

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

 

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June: 
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
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.

FROM THE PTA:

Recap of PTA Meeting held Tuesday, June 2, 2015
THANK YOU to all who came out for the last meeting of the year!
Principal-to-be Kluck attended and gave us a little introduction to himself and his plans for next year.
Thank you again to all who helped make Rocket Rally, Book Fair and Bake Sale a Success!
A great preview into next years plans was given, the budget discussed and approved.   
Farewell & Well Wishes to Principal Riebel!

The Last Day of School: Volunteers Needed!
Everyone is excited for the last day of school and you are invited to help with the celebratory fun.  6 to 8 parents are needed to fill shifts from 9:45 - 11 a.m., 11 - 12 p.m., and 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.  Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius from Betsy Peters or contact her at bpeters1247@gmail.com.  

Box Tops, etc. Collections Counting Night - Monday, June 8th
If you are able to help count the last collection for the school year, please contact Carrie Dinwiddie at dinwiddiecl@gmail.comfor the details on time and place, yet to be determined.  

Scrip Orders will be delivered directly to your home Wednesday, June 10th after 7 p.m.  Any questions, contact Rebecca Reagles at reagles14@yahoo.com.


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By Website Administrator on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:01 AM
Upcoming Dates:

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 . . .

Medications in Health Room:   If your child has medications in the health room, either prescription or over-the-counter, they must be picked up by an adult prior to the end of the school year.  We cannot send any type of medication home directly with students.  Any medications not picked up will be disposed of.

Planning a move over the summer?  If you have recently moved or are planning a move over the summer, please let us know your new address.  You will need to provide proof of residence to our Enrollment Office in order for your address to be changed in our system.  See the Parents/"How to Enroll: tab on the district website for what information can be used as proof of residence.  If you have this information before school is out, we can take care of it in our office; otherwise, you will need to go to the Enrollment Office at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue, Waukesha.

Student Health Concerns for 2015-16 School Year:   In preparation for 2015-16 school year, we are emailing families with online information available for students with a health concern.  The district website has contact information for Nursing Services and necessary medical forms needed for your school's Healthroom Assistant.   Current students with specific procedures and/or medical needs, not available on the website, will be contacted during the summer for any medical updates.  A link to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Diabetic Clinic Forms, is also available.

If your child has a life-threatening allergy, seizure disorder, asthma, daily medication or diabetes, please use link below for the necessary forms:  Nursing Services and Healthroom Forms  

If you are new to the district or have a medical concern,  you would like to discuss, please contact the District Nurse.  Contact information for District Nursing Services and Community Outreach Nurses is also available.  Please work together with your child's physician over the summer to discuss the best plan for school. The forms require a physician's signature.

Summer iPad Information:  Please read the attached document "Summer Learning with iPads".  This contains important information about students keeping their iPads over the summer to continue their learning.  This document also contains t information regarding tech support or the option to turn in the device for the summer.  There are additional resources available for parents using the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/waukesha-one/parent-information/summer-information.  

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. 

Carroll University:   Carroll University is hosting the Carroll Academy “Summer Days of 2015” day camp program from June 22-26, 2015.   Times are from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (including transportation time).   They are:   

·        Looking for students who will be in 5-8th grade in the fall of 2015.

·        And have an interest in Nursing

A bus will pick up the students at their present elementary school or middle school, take them to Carroll University and return them to the same school at the end of the day.  

This program is a day camp on a college campus.  

Students will attend classes like: biology, chemistry, art, music, sports, of course nursing, and eat in the MDR (main dining room).  There is no cost for this program and a flyer is attached with more information.

Parent's Place Classes:   Attached are class/group flyers outlining upcoming classes for June:
  • Love & Logic on Mondays, June 1-22, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth on Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Calming the Explosive Volcano on Tuesdays, June 2-23, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Pampering the Parent on Tuesdays, June 16 & July 21, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Play in the Park/Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm
  • Cook with Your Kids and Learn about Healthy Eating on Thursdays, June 18-July 9, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Teen Group meeting on Thursdays, June 4-July 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:00pm  
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.



FROM THE PTA:

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!  You can vote on the budget--how PTA will allocate money and how we'll earn money next year. Plus meet the incoming PTA Board and Principal Kluck, and bid farewell to Principal Riebel. Free childcare available in the MMR. 

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!

ONE MORE Box Tops (etc) Collection!
Congrats to Mrs. Baker's 2/3 class!  They edged out Mrs. Bazan's class for the April win with 423 collection items.  So far we have turned trash into over $1900 cash for field trips and other fun, educational events for our kids and families! We have also collectively traveled almost 14,000 miles, which means we have almost completed 2 round trips along Historic Route 66! Congratulations Prairie Families!  Now, let's see what we can do in the home stretch!

There is still 1 more collection date to try to get those cars home from CA via Route 66.  The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 5.  Please make sure your child's and his/her teacher's name is on the bag when turned in!  The student who turns in the most in May, will get to host Puma Claws in his/her new classroom in September.

PLEASE Turn them in!  Box Tops EXPIRE!

Counting will be Monday, June 8th.  Location TBD.

Have a great summer everyone!


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
- Carroll University Academic Success Program in Nursing (Grades 5-8)

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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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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

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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

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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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