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    “Failure is Success in Progress” Albert Einstein The March theme in our Growth Mindset Coach book for chapter 7 is titled “Mistakes are Opportuni- ties for Learning”. People with a fixed or growth mindset approach mistakes very differently. When people with fixed mindsets make mistakes, they are often unwilling to change their behavior or ac- tion. Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Where as people with a growth mindset are willing to try new strategies to find more effec- tive results. Learning is filled with mistakes. Many people believe the learning curve is a straight line, but it is MESSY. How do we help students navigate these mistake? Below are three strategies.

    1. Normalize mistake: Use mistake language, like “great mistake”. 2. Value mistakes as learning opportunities: Ask “What can I learn from this mistake?” 3. Coach students through setbacks: Provide kids with strategies to solve problems.

    Don’t solve the problem for them. Students need opportunities to experience failures at home and at school that are supported in a positive and encouraging environment. These opportunities will allow them to understand that fail- ing is not something to be covered up or feared. Instead, failing is a natural experience that they can learn from. Dean & Katie

  • No Invitations Distributed at School

    It has long been our practice to not have parents or children hand out invitations at school. We respectfully ask parents to follow our practice to help avoid classroom disruptions.

    Art Show & Cultural Arts Bake Sale Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:00-6:30

    Families are invited to see the All School Art Show featuring the excellent student art work displayed in the hallways throughout the school. You are also invited to pick up some tasty baked goods from the Cultural Arts Bake Sale going on at the same time. If you are able to help hang artwork, please go to this site, go/30e0b45a5a62da0f94-artshow2 and sign up.

    Wisconsin Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week April 9-13, 2018

    Prairie Elementary students and staff will participate in a

    tornado and severe weather drill during the week of April 9th. Children will be reviewing emergency plans in anticipation of this event. The statewide drills will take place on Thurs, April 12 between 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.

    Field Day & School Picnic Students will enjoy a "Fun in the Sun" day. The Physical Education Dept. will host Field Day on Friday, May 25th (rain date Tuesday, May 29th). Younger siblings are not encouraged to attend this event.

    Field Day Event Time: Lunch Time Changes Kindergarten 8:00-9:15................11:15-12:00 Grade 1 from 9:30-11:30..............12:00-12:45 Grade 2 from 9:30-11:30..............11:45-12:30 Grade 3 from 12:15-2:15..............10:45-11:30 Grade 4 from 12:15-2:15..............11:05-11:50

    An all school picnic is planned for this day. Students who participate in the hot lunch program will be served a picnic style lunch consisting of hamburgers or hotdogs grilled by staff. Students who do not partic- ipate in the hot lunch program may bring a sack lunch for this event. If you would like to join your child for lunch please let the Prairie kitchen know by filling out this information on this link by May 18 https://


    Arbor Day Ceremony Prairie students and staff will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 27th, with a tree-planting ceremony. More info will follow.

    School T-Shirts available for sale

    $6.00 each.

  • As part of the fourth grade health program, a unit will be taught on Human Growth and Development in May. The unit specifically focuses on physical and emotional changes your child may experience as she/ he enters puberty. The parents of fourth graders are invited to an informational session, which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Prairie Elementary School Library. This is not a required meeting for parents. An overview of the curriculum will be presented, parents will have the opportunity to review materials, and questions will be answered. An informational letter with permission form will be sent home in Thursday folders on April 12th. Please return permission forms by Monday, May 7th..

    Forward Testing We will be participating in the State Forward Exam for grades 3-4 between April 4th and April 13th. The Forward Test is a computer based assessment system measuring reading, writing and math. 4th Grade will also participate in science and social studies as part of this exam. Results will be sent after all test have been scored and released by the DPI sometime during the summer. Please encourage your child to try their best each day. Help them succeed by:  Knowing their strengths and weaknesses to reinforce and encourage a little extra work at home if needed.  Keep them moving, physical activity can help them let off steam and reduce anxiety.  Bedtime is important to ensure proper rest. Studies indicate students may do better after having 10 hours of

    sleep. Going to bed earlier helps ensure proper rest.  Give them the fuel they need. Avoid high-sugar cereals & pastries for breakfast. A more substantial breakfast is

    encouraged by nutrition experts for better performance.  Help them relax as anxiety may affect your child’s performance. Encour-

    age them to use some to the mindful practices they learned in Wellness class.

     Let them know you believe in them no matter how they do as long as they have tried their hardest and do their best. A positive attitude has positive results.

    Thank you for your support and encouragement as we celebrate your child’s success.

    2018-2019 Optional Student Placement Information (Grades 1-4) Our goal at Prairie is to place children in classroom environments that facilitate continuing aca- demic as well as social and emotional growth. Students will experience a variety of teaching styles, classroom structures and flexible groupings in each of our classrooms. Please be aware that many variables are considered in the process as we place a large number of students in a

    limited number of classrooms. The information that you provide will be considered as placements are made, however we are unable to accommodate all requests. REQUESTS FOR A STUDENT TO HAVE A SPECIFIC TEACHER ARE NOT CONSIDERED. Please complete and return a separate information sheet for each child who will be attending Prairie. Place- ment forms may be picked up in the brochure rack outside the front office in the hallway. Completed forms must be returned to the office by: Thursday, April 12, 2018.


  • School Supply Kit Option for

    2018-2019 We are pleased to once again offer prepackaged

    school supply kits as a service to our busy fami-

    lies. Parents have the opportunity to order pack-

    ets online off the Prairie website. The packets

    will be ordered directly from School Pak, a com-

    pany which packages your child's school sup-

    plies in a personalized box at a reasonable

    cost. The supplies are those requested by your

    child's teacher and include most items on the

    supply list for their 2018-2019 school year.

    There may be items that are not on this list be-

    cause they are teacher specific. Watch for more

    information to come home in

    Thursday folders. Check the

    Prairie website for an order-

    ing link. There are no paper

    order forms. Order your

    School-Pak online or by

    phone . More information will follow.


    Celebrate Screen-Free Week! April 30-May 6, 2018 is Screen Free Week. Children, families, entire schools, and communities will redis- cover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to un- plug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!

    1. Rearrange the furniture 2. Start the day screen-free 3. Enjoy screen-free meals 4. Encourage sensory play

    5. Explore the outdoors 6. Create activity kits 7. Limit your own screen time


    April 9 Summer School Reg begins @ 6:00 pm

    April 9 Board of Education Mtg

    April 9-13 Severe Weather Week

    April 12 18-19 New Kindergarten Welcome Mtg

    April 18 PTO Meeting 6:30 LMTC

    April 19 Cultural Arts Ballet Folklorica show

    April 20 3rd Grade to Aldo Leopold

    April 24 April Birthday Sundaes @ 1:40

    April 26 4th Grade Lumberjack Breakfast

    Apr 26 Art Show & Cultural Arts Bake Sale

    April 27 Arbor Day Assembly

    May 3 Human Growth & Development Parent


    May 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 9 Volunteer Assembly

    May 10 Kindergarten to Aldo Leopold

    May 14 BOE Meeting

    May 16 PTO Meeting

    May 17 4th Grade to Chazen Museum (Walker, Ehle, Jensen)

    May 17 Ice Cream Social at Prairie

    May 18 4th Grade to Chazen Museum (Hottinger, Leder, Heieie)

    May 21 NO SCHOOL—Staff Development Day

    May 22 May Birthday Sundaes @ 1:40

    May 25 Field