Elementary Newsletter

September 20, 2018

From the Elementary Principal

We are off on another school year and it has started really well.

ELEMENTARY CALENDAR: New to our district website is an Elementary Calendar.  It can be found by going to the homepage, hovering over the “ELEMENTARY” tab and clicking on calendar. We will try to post events and times for parents for upcoming events.

SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENTS: All parents have access to lunch account information through the Family Access Program found on the District’s website.  If you need information on how to get on Family Access, contact the office.  The Principals will be sending letters to parents 3 - 4 times over the course of the year informing parents of a negative balance.  If that balance is not paid within the timeline sent in the letter, the Superintendent will forward the parents’ name and balance to a Collection Agency for payment.  Payment by credit card is available on the School District’s website.

VISITORS: In an effort to keep our school safe I would like to remind you of our procedures for school visitors.  All classroom visitors must make an appointment with the classroom teachers; unannounced visits end up being a distraction to students and affect the learning atmosphere.  Once an appointment is made all visitors will need to stop in the main office to sign in.  If you are here to pick up your children at the end of the day we ask that you wait in the Falcon Mall.  The end of the day is a busy time so please remain in the Mall until your child’s class comes down and let the teacher know that you are there to take your child home.  We understand that these procedures take a little longer but we ask for your cooperation for the safety of our students and staff.

READING CHALLENGE: Our goal this year is to read 30,000 books.  If we meet our goal we will have a Rockin’ Event the last day of school with music, games and activities.  It will be a great time to start reading.  To kick off our Rockin’ Reading Challenge we are having a 50’s dress up day on Friday, September 28, 2018.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE: This year Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and also on Friday, November 9th from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  You should have already received a form to schedule a conference time.  

RECESS: We are experiencing disagreements by students over toys at recess.  Please remind your students that toys from home should not come out for recess time.  They often get lost or broken outside, especially when it gets to be snowy. 

~Dr. Luebke

Homecoming Parade/Dress Up Days

Parade: NOW Elementary students will be marching in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 21st, at 2:30 p.m., in Wilton. Parents are reminded that the students will be loaded onto their regular buses after the parade at 3:00 p.m.  We, at the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, are responsible for your child before, during, and after the parade.  Your child should have brought home a form describing how they will get home after the parade.  Communication with your child’s teacher is essential in making the parade experience a safe and quality one for all involved. 

CLC After School Program

Once again the NOW School District will be offering the after-school program for students of elementary age.  The first day of CLC was Monday, September 17th.  We still have spaces available if you would like your child to attend.  Spaces do fill up fast and it is on a first come first serve basis.  If you would like more information on the CLC program, please contact Dr. Luebke at 608-337-4420 or your child’s homeroom teacher.

Also for students already enrolled in the CLC program, please note that there was a mistake on the CLC calendar.  Due to the early release on September there will be no CLC that day.

Flag Football Tournament

The Falcon Booster Club will be sponsoring a Flag Football Tournament at the Wilton Community Center on October 20, 2018 for grades 1st – 6th.  Help is needed in refereeing, the concession area and also donations of baked goods.  Forms are available for sign up.  Any questions please call Lori Brueggen at 608-435-6512.  Let her know where you are available to help out!

From the School Nurse

Back to school reminders:

  • Any medications that must be administered at school has to have a Doctor’s order and be kept in the nurse’s office.  Older student with severe allergies or asthma may be able to carry their own Epi-pen or inhaler with written parental consent.  Forms are available in my office, your doctor’s office or can also be printed from the school nurse website.
  • Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher (without medication), is vomiting, or has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours. Prevention of spreading illness is a top priority as healthy children learn better. Please contact the school office in the morning if your child is going to be absent and why he/she will not be attending.
  • Our Elementary School has been accepted into the FLUency thermometer program. Families wanting to participate will need to sign up to get a FREE smart thermometer and will need a smartphone to sign up for the free Kinsa app. Our school will have a private group in the Kinsa app to see anonymous information on what’s going around to help keep our kiddos healthier! The more people that we have sign up, the more beneficial this program will be! More information will be available soon.
  • Screenings have been done for head lice. Please continue to check your child for head lice as needed. Our school has a no-nit policy. Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations. Students going into 6th grade should have received a Tdap booster. Parents of students in 4K and 5K should also be aware of additional vaccines that are due. I will eventually be contacting you if your child needs vaccinations. Many are behind! You may also contact me if you want to know if your child is due for more vaccinations. You may sign a waiver if you choose not to have your child vaccinated, if you have not already done so. Please repeat to your children the importance of good hand hygiene and keeping hands away from the face; especially the eyes, nose and mouth to help avoid sickness.
  • Please keep me informed of any severe allergies, surgeries, accidents or new health problems that may occur throughout the school year.
  • If your child has any communicable diseases please notify me or the office: influenza, strep throat, impetigo, ringworm, hand-foot-mouth disease, head lice, pink eye, viral/diarrhea illness, etc.
  • It is our expectation that children come to school clean and wear clean clothes every day. Help them learn to care for themselves by teaching good hand hygiene practices. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather each day. Also, good shoes are important for PE and recess!
  • Thanks to everyone who has filled out the health forms online this year. We are working through some of the changes and have discovered that some may have not been able to give permission for some of the listed meds (such as TUMS and Tylenol). If you want your child to be able to take these medications if needed at school please go back to the form and CHOOSE FULL SCREEN OR SCROLL ON THE BOTTOM TO THE RIGHT, CLICK ON MEDS YOU APPROVE OF OR write it in the section under permission to give medication at school. Written permission is necessary.
  • The Lion’s Club will be bringing their SPOT camera to test vision on elementary students in October. If you do not want your child to be a part of this screening. Please let me know at cpeterson@now.k12.wi.us.

Have a great year, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Carmen Peterson, RN 608-337-4420 X 373

Up-Coming Highlights

Friday, September 21
Homecoming Parade: 2:30 p.m. in Wilton
Wednesday, September 26 (No CLC)
Early Release: 1:30 Dismissal Teacher In-service
Thursday, October 25
Picture Retake Day
Friday, November 2
End of First Quarter
Thursday, Nov. 8 & Friday, Nov. 9
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 22 – Friday November 23
No School: Thanksgiving Break

Music News:

ELEMENTARY CONCERTS:

The Elementary Winter Concert is on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.  This includes Grades Kindergarten – 2nd  and the Elementary Band.

The Elementary Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  This includes Grades 3rd – 6th and the Elementary Band.

School Picture Information

Some parents have contacted the school because they forgot to send picture money with students.  Parents can still go online to shop.hrimaging.com to order pictures.

Retakes: Retake day is Thursday, October 25th. HR Imaging has a “no questions asked” retake policy.  If you are not happy with the pictures bring the entire picture package back and give it to the photographer before having your student’s picture retaken on that day.

Emergency School Closings

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

Television

WXOW TV 19
WKBT TV 8

Radio

WCOW 97.1 FM
WIZM 93.3 FM
WVRQ 102
WBOG 94.5 FM