NEWSLETTER - Mukwonago Area School District

Prairie View Elementary
W330 S6473 Hwy. E, North Prairie, WI 53153
NUARY, 2015
School Hours
Full-Day K - Grade 6
8:30 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Office Hours
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
School Website:
District Website:
Phone: 262-392-6310
The mission of Prairie View Elementary is to help all members of our school
community realize and achieve their fullest potential in a rapidly changing
world by promoting active learning, respectful actions and critical thinking in
a secure, supportive, child-centered environment.
Congratulations to all the students that participated in this year’s Spelling Bee! The competition was
tough, and the following students represented Prairie View at the District Bee: Lorena M., Brody S.,
Jake T., and Abby S.
Mukwonago Area School District will be using Campus Messenger as the communication
service to send telephone and email messages to all parents/guardians providing important
information about school closings or weather-related delays. Additionally, we will continue to
use WTMJ (620 AM) as the official radio station for school closings in the Mukwonago Area
School District. School closings are also listed on the various local news stations’ web sites.
In the event that school is closed during the school day due to weather or emergency
situation, your child will go home based on the gold Early Dismissal card you completed at the
beginning of the school year.
Our cold winter days are at hand, and we ask parents to see that their children are dressed as warmly as
possible prior to their leaving for school. This includes a warm coat, hat, gloves or mittens, and boots. If a
child will be leaving the blacktop area at recess when there is snow on the ground, snow pants and boots are
required. Please remember to label all winter dress items with your child’s name.
The elementary principals have set the following guidelines for determining indoor vs. outdoor recess:
Temperature Only: -1 or lower = Indoor Recess
With Wind Chill:
-10 or colder = Indoor Recess
All students are expected to participate in our scheduled recesses. Students will only be allowed to stay in
from outdoor recess with a signed, medical excuse.
Any Outstanding Fee Billing Statements were sent home with the students on December 12, 2014, in Friday
folders. If you have been unable to pay your student fees, please call Mrs. Dudek in the office to set up a
payment plan. Unpaid fees are carried forward throughout your child’s school years and will prevent
participation in all extra-curricular activities.
If at any time during the school year you have a change in your household income (i.e. due to a change in job
or marital status,) you may still apply for free or reduced-price school lunches. The information you provide on
your application will be used to determine eligibility only. If you have any questions, please contact Pam
Harris, District Food Service Supervisor at 363-6200 ext. 25601.
Ask your child what he/she has been doing…
• Kindergarten – Clay Hearts.
• 1st Grade – Clay Snowman.
• 2nd Grade – Aboriginal Dot Paintings.
• 3rd Grade - Delaunay circles.
• 4th Grade – Mola Designs.
• 5th Grade – Tiki Masks.
• 6th Grade – Zentangles.
Bryce H.
Blake S.
Gavyn J.
Andy G.
ARTSONIA UPDATE – Thank you for all of your involvement in Artsonia. It continues to be an enriching and
successful program for our young artists at Prairie View. Please remember to register at so that
you have access to your child’s gallery. If you have lost the screen name or security code to your child’s
gallery, please email me and I will send that to you.
Please make sure that your child has an art smock with their name on it.
Beth Engelking, Art Teacher
392-6310 ext. 26212
Online Encyclopedias
Just a reminder, students have access to Britannica and World Book student versions of the
online encyclopedia. You can find links on the Prairie View Library page. All third through sixth grade
students have been instructed on how to “log in” and in general searching skills. These are great resources
for research projects or to support daily homework. Let’s use these resources first before searching on
Google. Check it out @ your library.
Technology Collaboration
Sixth Grade: Country project research, Movie Maker, Noodle Tools
Fifth Grade: Glogster animal project, Noodle Tools
Fourth Grade: Power Point
First Grade: ABCYA Paint Thankful project
The after school program for our fifth and sixth grade students is again being organized by the Town of
Mukwonago Parks & Rec Department. The purpose of the program is to teach students the skills and rules
of the game, and to strengthen and shape cooperation for team sports. Good sportsmanship, cooperation
and fair play will be stressed. Practices will start the week after the winter break. The practice times are 3:35
until 5:00 p.m. The practice schedule is as follows:
5th Grade Boys—Starting Tuesday, January 6th.
6th Grade Boys—Starting Thursday, January 8th.
Please mark your calendar for the following important dates:
All Teams will play one game on both of
these dates at Park View Middle School
January 31, 2015
February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015 – 5th grade tournament at Park View Middle School
March 7, 2015 – 6th grade tournament at Park View Middle School
Prairie View is taking part in an exciting program that is designed to get children reading for fun! Every child
who reads just six hours from January 12, 2015, through February 20, 2015, will earn a coupon good for free
admission to a Six Flags Theme Park. More information will be sent home with the students in January.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released report cards for every school in the state.
Report cards for the Mukwonago Area School District can be found at
These report cards measure each school's performance on multiple measures including student
achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on-track to graduation/post-secondary readiness. This year's
report cards do not provide information about an individual student’s performance, rather they provide
guidance how well our schools are doing and how they can improve. If you have any questions about the
school report cards, follow the link to the Wisconsin DPI website for additional information, or contact Dr.
Mary Koski at (262) 363-6300 x 24113 or
The State of Wisconsin has a public school open enrollment law that allows non-resident students to apply for
either full-time or part-time enrollment in district schools. This means that students who live outside of the
Mukwonago Area School district may apply to attend Mukwonago schools and students who live in the
Mukwonago district may apply to enroll in other districts. Districts will set criteria for acceptance based on
space available, disciplinary records, educational needs, and requests of resident students to attend other
schools within the district. Part time enrollment is limited to high school students who may take up to two
courses at a high school. Criteria for granting part-time requests will include the cost to the home district.
Transportation for either full-time or part-time enrollment is the responsibility of the parent.
Parents seeking enrollment under this law for the 2015-16 school year must submit an application to
the non-resident district between February 2 - April 30, 2015.
Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. Applications must be completed on-line at Copies of the school district policy for open enrollment are also available.
Questions about the open enrollment law should be directed to Laura Stroika at the Superintendent’s Office
at 363-6300, ext. 24101.
Elementary schools will start accepting intra-district transfer requests on January 1st. Intra-district transfers
are requests for a district resident student to attend a Mukwonago Area School District elementary school
outside his or her attendance area. Parents desiring a transfer for their son or daughter must complete a
form and submit to the building principal of their current home school. Home school principals will notify the
requested school of transfer papers. Transportation to attend a school outside of the home area is the
responsibility of the parent. Students who are already attending a school as an intra-district transfer do not
need to re-apply, however, new family members would need to do so.
Written transfer requests for the next school year are to be filed between January 1st and May 1st. Parents
will be informed of the decision by June 1st. If there are more requests than seats, students will be selected
on a lottery basis. See School Board Policy IEB for the full set of criteria governing intra-district transfers.
The Mukwonago School District is accepting applications for early entrance to Kindergarten through March 1,
2015. Early Entrance eligibility evaluations will be conducted for children who are not five years old by
September 1st only if the child will be five years of age by October 1, 2015.
To be eligible for early admission to Kindergarten, the child must be age five by October 1, 2015, and meet
criteria set by the District in the areas of social-emotional, academic and intellectual levels. More information
can be found on the district website,, in Board Policy JBCCB. To apply, parents must
send a letter of request stating the child's name, date of birth, parent name, address and phone number to
Mukwonago Area School District, Pupil Services Department, Attn: Laura Stroika, 385 County Road NN East,
Mukwonago, WI 53149.
LOOKING AHEAD…Below is a listing of important dates for the upcoming months.
PTO Meeting in Library – 7:00 p.m.
Conferences – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
PVES Book Club – 7:45 a.m.
PVMS Band Visit for Grades 4-6 in Gym – 1:00 p.m.
Elementary Choir Festival at Park View Middle School
RSVP Intergenerational Fair
NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day
School Board Meeting at D.O. – 7:00 p.m.
5th Grade Basketball Tournament at PVMS
PTO Meeting in Library – 7:00 p.m.
PVES Book Club – 7:45 a.m.
End of Trimester 2
6TH Grade Basketball Tournament at PVMS
NO SCHOOL (Teacher Flex Work Day)
Elementary Instrument Festival at Park View Middle School
School Board Meeting at D.O. – 7:00 p.m.
Grades 1/2/3 Vocal Concert – 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
All-School Art Show
School Speech Contest – 8:45 a.m.
Spring Break / No School
6th Grade Ice Cream Social at Park View – 6:30 p.m.
PTO Meeting in Library – 7:00 p.m.
EARLY DISMISSAL – 11:35 a.m.
School Board Meeting at D.O. – 7:00 p.m.
Losing a loved one can be extremely hard for individuals of any age. Below are a few ways you as parents
can support your children through this difficult time:
Understand that children cope with death differently and may have a range of reactions (including emotional
shock, regression, acting out, and explosive emotions, and questioning) depending on their developmental
level. Some may cry a lot, others may not.
Answer your child's questions and help them understand what happened with truthful, developmentally
appropriate responses.
Allow children to grieve and tell their story, listen and validate their feelings, and show extra love and care.
Listening is one of the most important things an adult can do for a grieving child. Children may want to share
their story, their perspective on what happened, explain how they feel and how they experienced the news.
Talking through their thoughts and feelings is a healing experience for children. Here are some suggestions
for being a good listener to a grieving child:
Don’t pass judgment on the way they look at the situation;
Reflect back what the child says using the child’s words, to show you understand;
Ask clarifying questions – we may read more into what a child is saying than they mean.
Understand that grief is a process and allow it to happen naturally for the child; there isn’t a time limit on
grieving and it may come and go as events happen in their lives.
Be aware of your own need to grieve as a parent. Adults who get help working through their grief are much
more able to help their child through the grieving process.
Do answer the child’s questions, even if they are tough. Do try and maintain consistency of routines
and expectations as much as possible. Don’t force kids to talk, but do encourage them to express
themselves through play, art, writing, and movement.
Online Resource: The Dougy Center
Local support groups: Child and Teen Grief. (NOTE: Please call groups before attending):
Kyle's Korner – The Reiman Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families
7106 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa: 414-777-1585
Bi-weekly peer support groups:
Child and Family Grief Support – 2nd & 4th Tuesday / Wednesday or 1st & 3rd Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Teens and Family Grief Support – 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-7:45 p.m.
My Good Mourning Place,
4005 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee: 414-719-5385
Bi-weekly support groups:
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., ages 5-10
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., ages 11-15
Healing Hearts...of Waukesha County, Inc.,
12-week program for children ages 4 - 18 and the adults who care about them.
Monday evenings, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Held at First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha
Register by phone at 262-75-0874 or e-mail
What do I need to give you in order for you to give my child over-the-counter and prescription
medication at school?
Over-the-Counter Medication
Over-the-counter medication is to be supplied by parent/guardian in the original sealed container.
Include how much your child should be given, reasons to give, when to give, and how often to give.
Authorization for NON-PRESCRIPTION Medication Form must be completed and signed by the
Prescription Medication
Prescription medication is to be supplied by parent/guardian in the original container (pharmacy to
Container must be labeled with your child’s name, doctor, name of medication, dose, effective date,
and directions.
Authorization for PRESCRIPTION medication form must be completed and signed by health care
provider and parent/guardian.
Prescription medication must be dropped off at school by an adult and NOT sent to school with child.
What will happen if I send the medication in a container that is not the original container?
You will receive a phone call from the Health Assistant at your child’s school. You will be informed that we
are not able to administer the medication. You will be allowed to come to school and administer the
medication yourself.
Is it okay to write a note on a piece of paper that gives you my permission?
No, we cannot administer medication unless we have an authorization form for the medication.
Over-the-counter is signed by parent/guardian and prescription must be signed by a health care provider
and parent/guardian.
Can my health care provider fax you the authorization form?
Yes, the health care provider can fax the authorization form to the school. The fax number for the school
is located on the bottom of the authorization form.
Where can I get the authorization forms?
The authorization form can be obtained from the Health Room or the district website under
“Parents/Students”, Forms.
Can you give my child medication from a stock supply at school?
No, we do not have a stock supply of medication at school. The medication must be supplied by the
What does the school need for a medical excuse?
The medical excuse must be on health care provider’s letter head and include a doctor’s signature. It
needs to include the date that your child is being excused for, and include any limitation and instructions
that may be needed at school.
What is NOT considered a medical excuse?
The health care providers will usually provide you with a computer generated instruction sheet. The
instruction sheet is for your information at home. This instruction sheet does not give specific information
for school, so does not meet school requirements for a medical excuse. The instruction sheet will not be
accepted for a medical excuse.
Thank you for your support to keep your child safe at school.
Laura Heidelmeier RN, BSN,
District Nurse, 262-363-6292, x27515