Elementary Newsletter

February 20, 2018

Child Development Days

The School District of Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton, in cooperation with surrounding communities and agencies that provide services to families with young children, will host the 2018 Child Development Day on April 10 from 3:30-6:30 in the Elementary Gym. This will include a booth for registration for 4K. They need to be 4 before September 1, 2018. Families who are on our census will receive a letter towards the end of March with more information. If you are not sure if you are on the list, please call Kathy Jones at 337-4420.

Families with children between the ages of 2 years 10 months to 4 years will be invited to celebrate their child’s development. Parents, as your child’s first teacher we recognize you as partners in your child’s education. This informal screening allows your child to play with others while observers complete a developmental checklist which is shared with parents. Agencies from the community will offer a wealth of materials to inform you of resources available in this area. Car seat safety information will be available as well as an onsite inspection at you request.

Child Development Day has three primary goals:

1. To provide families with information concerning children’s normal sequence of growth and development from birth to age 5.

2. To provide families with information regarding service available in the community and county.

3. To identify young children who may need a further assessment in the following areas: physical, sensory, personal, social, adaptive, large and fine motor, communication and cognition.

We need your support to assist with our Child Find Program. If you are aware of any children of the above ages, please contact Kathy Jones at 337-4420 extension 378.

Jump Rope for Heart

Students in grades 1st – 6th will start their Jump Rope for Heart Program in their physical education classes on Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 9th.  Students who choose to participate in this program will get their Jump for Heart sheets on the 26th or 27th of February.  We encourage parents to help their child with this form.  All money raised will go to the American Heart Association.  If sending a check please make payable to the American Heart Association.  Thank you for supporting this great cause.

4K Registration for 2018

If your child is 4 years old prior to September 1, 2018 they qualify to attend 4-year-old kindergarten at Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School.  Registration will be on Tuesday, April 10 from 3:30 – 6:30 PM in conjunction with Child Development Day.  We encourage you to bring your child to both events, if they will be eligible for 4K in the fall.  Please bring information for emergency contacts, immunization records, and all information for pick-up and drop off areas for your child. 

If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Kathy Johnson at NOW Elementary at 337-4420.

Planning in the Works...

Family Math and Science Night: Planning is in the works for Family Math and Science Night.  This event should take place sometime in April.  Teachers have been meeting to discuss details.  Be watching for more information to come home with your child. 

Summer School: Planning is also in the works for Summer School.  Summer School will run from July 9th – July 26th Monday – Thursday.  Courses were approved at the last board meeting.  Registration forms should be coming home sometime in April.

Community Night: The 19th annual Community Night date has been set for Friday, May 4th.  There will be plenty of food and entertainment.  Stay tuned for more details!

Elementary Spring Concert:

The elementary spring concert will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Kindergarten - 2nd grade will be performing along with the Elementary Band.

From the School Nurse

Reminders from the Nurse:

  • Please do not send medicine to school with your child. If your child needs Tylenol or Ibuprofen they can go to the Health office to get what they need if you gave written permission for them to have it when you registered your child for school.

  • Prescription medication that your child needs to take at school will need a medication form signed by a doctor and parent/guardian. You may need to remind your doctor to sign the medication form for the school.  This may include antibiotics, ADHD medication, inhalers, Epi-Pens and anything that you can obtain over the counter. If possible, please give any regularly scheduled medications at home.

  • If your child has had a fever or has been sick, please keep them home for an extra 24 hours after the fever has resolved, the last time they have thrown up or have had diarrhea before sending them back to school to help prevent the spread of illnesses.  We have been doing pretty good and soon we will have spring upon us!

  • If your child tests positive for any communicable disease (influenza, strep throat, etc.) please notify the school/nurse as this is helpful information.

  • Always promote good hand-washing and set good examples for your children by doing so yourself! Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.  This is the most effective way to prevent spreading illnesses and getting sick.  Hand sanitizers are very effective as well.  Also remember not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth as this is how the harmful germs enter your body.

  • As February is dental month…know that there are 1440 minutes a day and your teeth need 4 of them.  Brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes can help prevent many painful dental problems and therefore, can help keep kids from having to miss school and parent having to miss work!

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Carmen Peterson, RN
608-337-4420 X 373

Art News

January’s Art Students of the Month are Cristopher Murillo-Gordillo in Kindergarten, Stella Mack in 1st grade, Samantha Markee in 2nd grade, Jestee Tainter in 3rd grade, Ruth Wooten in 4th grade, Ben Wooten and Jenavive Miller in 5th grade and Abby Barry in 6th grade.

Five students will have their artwork in the regional show for Youth Art Month!  It will be at the Heider Center (at the high school) in West Salem and the reception is Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Three of the five students will have their artwork displayed at the State Capital!

Up-Coming Highlights

Wednesday, March 7

Early Release: 1:30 for Teacher In-service

Tuesday, March 27

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 30 – Monday, April 2

No School: Holiday & Vacation Day

Tuesday, April 10

Child Development Day/4K Registration

Wednesday, April 11

Early Release: 1:30 for Teacher In-Service

Thursday, May 3

Elementary Spring Concert 7:00 p.m.

From the Principal's Desk

As we get going into the second semester I just wanted to send out a few reminders:

Students should NOT be dropped off at school before 7:45 a.m. If students are here before that time it is a safety issue because the staff does not have to report for work until 7:45. This means that there are no adults supervising before that.

Also, unfortunately the cold weather isn’t over yet.  Please make sure that students bring their winter gear (hats, gloves/mittens, snow pants, jackets and boots) to school each day.  We do have some hats and mittens that students can borrow but with the increased number of students borrowing these items there is not enough for everyone. 

Thank you so much for your help.

~Mrs. Luebke

Emergency School Closings

Please listen to the following TV and Radio Stations if inclement weather comes our way. School is usually delayed or cancelled no later than 6:45 a.m.


WCOW 97.1 FM WIZM 93.3 FM
WVRQ 102 FM WBOG 94.5 FM