Thursday, May 10, 2018

MAY/JUNE 2018


COMING SOON!!

May 3:  11:20-2:30 Grade 3 to Grignon Home
May 8:  8:00-4:30 Grade 4 to Madison
May 14:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
May 16: Twin Day!
May 22: 6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting (not May 21st)
May 23:  4th Graders Visit River View
May 24: Disney Day!
               KHS Tour of Graduates
May 25 & 28: NO SCHOOL






JUNE 6:
1/2 DAY, 11:30 DISMISSAL

LAST DAY
OF SCHOOL!








KNAPP'S NOTES

So this is it! The culmination of an amazing year at Electa Quinney. Who knew, as we watched the students enter the building for the first time this year, what strides they would make?   We have many days of learning remaining and a few very fun events in store.  May 31st will be our second annual Color Run.  This is a super fun event that started last year!  The benefit to this fundraiser is that it is also a super way to bring our school community together for a fun evening!  We hope you can join us for part of the time or the entire evening!  Students also will participate in Field Day the morning of June 5th.  We are altering the format slightly so all students will experience the event at one time rather than grade level times.  Thank you to the PAC for all of their support with these great things!  Thank you, parents and students, for making this an amazing school year!



COLOR RUN!

Mark your calendar for May 31! Registration begins at 5:30 PM with the run starting at 6:00 PM. Come join in the fun of our second annual Color Run!


HAVE YOU SET UP A PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT?

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign-up for a Parent Portal account.  This account will be necessary throughout your child's educational career to complete registrations, view schedules, pay fees, and more.  Click here for directions on how to do this.


A NOTE FROM CHARTWELLS

With the end of the school year fast approaching we ask that you take note of your child/children’s lunch account balance.  Accounts will have to be brought up to date by the end of the school year.  If we do not receive payment by Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, and the account balance is more than a $20.00 negative it will be sent to the Kaukauna Area School District Collection Agency.

If you choose to let your child/children’s lunch account balance go below the $5.00 mark because of the end of the year, please remember the Kaukauna Area School District Messenger Service will continue to contact you.  This is an automated service and cannot be turned off.

Remember to make each day a safe and healthy one!




BACKGROUND CHECKS

PLEASE NOTE: Every year, all volunteer background checks which are older than 6 years old are removed from permissions in Infinite Campus. Volunteers will need to complete another background check form to be considered for volunteering again. Please remember that once completed, and turned in, to watch for an email from Diversified to complete the application. Finally, the process takes a minimum of two weeks, so if you are interested in chaperoning, check early! 



SUPPLY LIST FOR 2018-2019

Supply lists for 2018-2019 will be sent home with progress reports on the last day of school. They will also be available on our website and on file at area stores during the summer.


MOVING?

If you are moving over the summer months, please don’t forget to let us know! We will be sending a Back to School postcard out in August and want to make sure you are up on all the latest news! 



REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR

Students are automatically rolled up for attendance next year at the elementary level. There is no need to register once enrolled. If changes were identified on the School Confirmation Form (and approved) or an address change shared, your child will be enrolled at their assigned school if within the Kaukauna Area School District.

We will begin using an online registration system soon to update all of your school information.  If you do not yet have a Parent Portal account, take the time to get one now to be ahead of the process.  



LIBRARY DEADLINE FOR END OF YEAR

The last Library checkout day will be May 9 (day 6-end of rotation). In order for the library staff to conduct their annual inventory of materials, ALL BOOKS WILL BE DUE ON FRIDAY, MAY 18. Library Skills classes and Library Story Time will run through Tuesday, May 29. Please help your child in returning their books prior to that date. Mrs. Wolf will send out notices regarding replacement fees and fines after that date.



SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR 2018

Location:
Kaukauna High School
1701 County Road CE

Dates:
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays 

PAYMENT INFORMATION:
  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Therefore, your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
  • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
  • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or kapee@kaukaunasd.org prior to registering. 
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18.  After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded.
Open House: 
We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions.  Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 p.m.

Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

Course Catalog:  It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002
kapee@kaukaunasd.org




COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITY FLYERS

NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page.  Click here to access information about the following events/activities...

    Elementary:
    • The Great Bunny Train
    • Safety Town Flyer
    • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer
    • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer
    • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer
    • YMCA Before and After School Flyer
    • UW Extension Summer Camp
    • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs
    • Electric City Youth Soccer - 3 and 4 year olds
    • Appleton Boychoir Audition Flyer
    • Kaukauna Girls Summer Volleyball Camp
    • Youth Flag Rugby - Grades 1 - 7 

    Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to the district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month. Click here or visit the school district website to view the up to date list of events and flyers.




    LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. WOLF

    Library Catalog: http://library.kaukauna.k12.wi.us/
    Library Web Site: http://kaukaunasd.libguides.com/eq-ndlc/home 

    It is hard to believe, but the end of the year is almost upon us!  Please make note of some important end-of-year dates and help your student locate and return their library materials on time.

    Last rotation students can check out: May 2-9

    All materials due: May 18th

    Looking for ideas for summer reading?  Check out the summer reading lists by clicking in the image above.

    Second Grade: Second graders learned about being safe when online.  They learned what information was private and should never be shared, and what information was personal and okay to share.  Our digital footprint is there forever!  Second graders will complete the year with a research project on Insects.  Focus will be on Trash and Treasure note-taking.


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    Third Grade:  Third graders used Google Drawing and Google Keep to create posters.   The poster had word art, images, and text from a topic they selected to read about from PowerKnowledge.  They will finish the school year with an author study on Jon Scieszka.



    Fourth Grade:  Fourth graders practiced a new form of note taking, boxes and bullets using Google Keep.  We even added an extension to our Chrome accounts so we could take notes while reading a web site!


        







    WHAT'S NEW IN ART WITH MRS. SIEGEL

    Second graders created the “opposite” project from their concert project.  Those that painted a “hot dog” or “cool cat,” then created the “Pop Art Self-Portrait,” and those that created the self-portrait, then painted the dog or cat.



    Third graders finished a “playing card portrait” by drawing on styrofoam, printing with white paint on black paper, and coloring with Twistables in the primary colors.  Cut paper or Sharpies finished the project as students added the letter and suit of their card.

    By the end of the year, second and third graders will have created a textured bird watercolored with 2 primary colors to form a secondary color, and will also learn about geometric and organic shapes while created cubes to make a large optical illusion to decorate the school for the summer!


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    SKETCHBOOKS AND ART SHIRTS:  All sketchbooks and art shirts will come home after the last art class.  Keep drawing over the summer!  Art shirts can be reused next year!

    FIRST ANNUAL DISTRICT ART SHOW!

    Each school in the Kaukauna Area School District will have ten artist’s works framed and displayed at the Kaukauna Public Library from May 7-31.  There will be a student reception on May 8th from 4:30-6:00 PM.  All are welcome!

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    MUSICAL NOTES FROM MRS. NIMMER

    (for the homerooms of Ebben, McKinnon, Dercks, and Rosenbeck)


    The birthday composer for the month of April was Barbra Streisand.  She is a living actress, singer, and composer.  The song "Evergreen, " which she composed and recorded, won both an Oscar and a Grammy.  She still performs today.  We heard her perform the song "Evergreen" and also watched her sing a song called "Don't Rain on My Parade" from the musical "Funny Girl."    For the month of May our birthday composer will be the folk song singer/writer, Bob Dylan.



    In second grade we were introduced to the half note in the song "Frere Jacques."  We learned to sing the song in French and English, and learned an ostinato that we also played on the bells. This song also gave us our first opportunity to practicing singing in a round!  We learned the dotted half note in the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."   The second graders will also have a "voice check" coming up in May (an opportunity for me to assess their voices in small groups).




    In third grade we were introduced to "staff vocabulary" this month.  We are learning terms such as treble clef, measure, bar line, time signature, and others to help us become proficient music readers as we prepare to play the recorder next year.  The third graders continue to study the string family, and this month we focused on the instruments featured in a bluegrass band (banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and string bass).  We read a fun book by Steve Martin, called Late for School.  Martin turned this book into a bluegrass song featuring the banjo.  We also got to see a recording of a bluegrass band performance.  We had fun learning two songs in Swahili with the book, The Laughing River, which also featured some cool percussion sounds!  One of our favorite songs to sing this month was an old folk song called "Oh Susanna," which reinforces the verse/refrain form.


    In fourth grade we finished up our study of the percussion family.  We have now studied all 4 families of instruments, as students prepare to choose an instrument to play in the band or orchestra at River View next year.  Watch for information to come home in September which will give the details about signing up for band or orchestra in 5th grade.  We have so many great musicians, I hope to see many of them continuing their instrument studies well past our 4th grade recorder skills!
    Speaking of recorder, the 4th graders each completed their own 4 measure recorder compositions as well this month.  They also performed their compositions for the class. One of our favorite songs to sing in April was "Fifty Nifty," which requires us to sing all fifty states in alphabetical order!  We got to learn about 1st and 2nd endings in this song as well.




    MUSICAL MOMENTS WITH MRS. KRUEGER

    2nd grade
    The 2nd graders started the month out with a little relaxation after their concert at the end of  March. They watched a fun, musical video called Sillyville. Then they learned several songs to celebrate Earth Day. Some of them include: It’s Easy Bein’ Green where they divided into two groups to sing different parts, Clean Up Our Earth where they enjoyed playing rhythm sticks and eggs shakers to the beat and rhythms of the music, She’s Our Planet, and Clean Up the Earth.

    3rd grade
    The 3rd graders worked on several songs during April to celebrate Earth Day.  Some of them include: My Planet, Your Planet, It’s Easy Bein’ Green, What Would You Do With A Water Waster, It’s Up To Us, and Clean Up The Earth.  They had fun and were very creative in creating movements for several sections of the songs.

    4th grade
    The 4th graders continued with their recorders in April. We have learned all of the belts now in the recorder Karate program. Some kids are very close to earning their black belt Way to go!  They also took some time to compose their own piece for recorder. When they finished their compositions, they shared them in class.



    BUSY BODIES WITH MR. HALLORAN

    Second through fourth grade students have been working on the skills associated with the game of basketball.  They have been doing a great job working on their dribbling, passing, lay-ups, shooting, and defense.  They learned the acronym for shooting a basketball is B.E.E.F. (Bend knees, Elbow at 90 degrees, Eyes on the basket, and Follow through) Quiz your kids to see if they remember BEEF! With the nice weather, we will be going outside a lot from now until the end of the school year. 



    P.E. PLAY-BY-PLAY WITH MRS. STRATTON

    We finished up tumbling with 4th grade creating a routine that needed to include a roll, balance, and jump.  It was fun watching them challenge themselves to create something that had good flow and was 100% their creation.  2nd and 3rd grade finished up tumbling with creating as well. They worked together in groups to create a obstacle course using different mats and equipment.  Groups had to work together to make something fun and safe for their classmates to enjoy!  I have gotten great ideas for set up for the next year by seeing what some groups created!

    We ended April with a short Hockey unit.  May will bring another short unit, DANCE!  I love this unit! While some students will grumble in the beginning, at the end I have everyone having fun and cutting a rug with a big smile:)  All levels will finish out the year with kickball and track and field games!  I can’t believe this year has gone as fast as it has!  I have LOVED every minute! 





    COUNSELOR'S CORNER WITH MS. DUDA

    During the month of May, students will be introduced to the relationship between learning and work, realize the importance of good work habits (good attendance, doing your best, and following directions).  Students enjoy sharing their developing interests, strengths and dreams.  Students will think about potential careers and how they relate to their “job” as students.

    GOOD TO KNOW!!
    Summer is just around the corner and that means more free time with the kiddos!  As the age of technology infringes on our time and attention more and more, it is critical that we as adults, evaluate and monitor children’s screen time and provide plenty of alternative activities: outdoor play, creative art, sports and movement, nature exploration, etc.

    Cut out these ideas into small slips and put them into a Summer Fun Jar!  Pick one out randomly and try these fun activities with your kiddos all summer long!


    • Sidewalk Chalk City with Cars and Trucks
    • Bubble Fun…use pool noodles to chase and pop bubbles
    • Nature Hunt….make a list of random nature items and provide a fun treat if all are found
    • Scooter, Bike or Walk around the block
    • Make an obstacle course in your backyard and race the timer
    • Take a trip to a nearby park and enjoy the fun
    • Sidewalk chalk flower garden
    • Sidewalk chalk Rainbow Words…write as many words as you can that start with a specific letter, etc.  
    • Rock Math….go on a rock hunt and practice adding and subtracting using the rocks
    • Rock Painting….go on a rock hunt and paint the rock with a positive message…hide it for someone to find and brighten their day
    • Make a card or art project form someone who is sick or lonely
    • Play Doh fun…create cool sculptures on the patio table outside…keeps the floor clean ☺ 
    • Water fun…sprinklers, water squirters, etc.

    As always, feel free to call me at 766-6100 Ext. 3309 with any questions or concerns.   



    NURSE NOTES FROM MRS. SUNDELIUS

    Why should your child get immunized?  The State of Wisconsin does require children in daycare facilities and schools to be immunized against certain contagious diseases.  The purpose of this law is to prevent disease and suffering and any permanent disability resulting from the disease.

    Additionally immunizing as many children as possible will help prevent the spread of these contagious diseases and in the long run extinguish these diseases completely; Smallpox is a good example of a disease that historically was commonly vaccinated for but is not longer is due to the fact that it has not be seen since the early 1980s.

    The following is the required immunization schedule for children in the State of Wisconsin.  As you can see there are additional immunizations that are needed when children begin their kindergarten and grade 6 school years.  


    The above is a guideline.  There are some exceptions and also clarifications on this chart.  More information can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website or on the website for your local county public health department.

    Please feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school with any questions on immunization requirements.





    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

    4K Screening & Information

    This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible.  Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed.  Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.






    EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

    Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.   While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

    By one year, most children will do things such as:
    Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
    Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
    Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
    Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
    Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.

    By two years, most children will do things such as:
    Run reasonably well.
    Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye, etc.).
    Point to animals or objects in a book.
    Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
    Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.

    By three years, most children will do things such as:
    Dress self with minimal help.
    Speak in short sentences.
    Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects by color.
    Imitate lines and circles on paper.
    Begin to play with other children.

    By four years, most children will do things such as:
    Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
    Ask many types of questions.
    State full name and age when asked.
    Copy a plus sign.
    Enjoy pretend play with other children.

    If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed. Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday, and are provided at no cost to the
    family. County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs. Residents of the Kaukauna Area School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 for further information.













    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    April 2018

    COMING SOON!

    April 6:  6:30-8:00 Electa Quinney Student/Family Dance
    April 9:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
    April 10: NO SCHOOL
    April 12: Spring Fever, Beach Day!
    April 23:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
    April 24:  6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting
    April 25:  Celebrity Day!


    IN THE DISTANCE...

    May 2:  11:20-2:30 Grade 3 to Grignon Home
    May 8:  8:00-4:30 Grade 4 to Madison
    May 10: Twin Day!
    May 14:  5:30-7:00 Board Meeting
    May 21: 6:00-7:00 PAC Meeting
    May 24: Disney Day!
    May 25 & 28: NO SCHOOL





    KNAPP'S NOTES


    Here we are in April with only two months left of the 2017-2018 school year.  Although it seems odd to say already, the school year certainly has flown by.  Even though only a short time is left, these are busy months for the students here at Electa Quinney Elementary. 



    All students 3rd -4th grade have begun taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam.  Testing and make-up days run through the end of April. This assessment helps gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  We want our students to “show what they know” on those days, so please make sure your child is on time to school those days, has plenty of rest at night, and eats a healthy breakfast. Please encourage your child to do their very best.  



    On Friday, April 6th is our Spring Fling sponsored by the EQ PAC for Electa Quinney students and their families.  We hope you are able to join us for an evening of dancing, cookies, popcorn, juice and maybe some fun selfies at the photo area!  This is a free event!  We only ask that students must attend with an adult.  



    Another date to keep in mind is our Second Annual Color Run on Thursday, May 31st.  The event brought huge fun and enjoyment last year for our students and school community. It is definitely brewing up to be even more fun this year!  The PAC made the choice early in the year to eliminate the need for additional fundraisers and focus our efforts on this as our one and only fundraiser for the school year. Please come out and support your child and school in this celebratory event!



    These are just a few of the exciting things on tap for the remaining months of the year. Please come out and get involved with us. Learning does not end just because we finish our state tests. We will continue to involve your child in learning experiences that will carry them into the summer and beyond. I hope to see you at some of our activities. 
    -Stacy Knapp


    DANCE FOR QUINNEY STUDENTS

    All Electa Quinney students and their families are invited to join us for a fun-filled evening of
    dancing along with popcorn, games, and fun!

    Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

    This event is being organized and sponsored by the Electa Quinney Parent Advisory Committee and is a FREE event for students and families.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.






    SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS

    The National Weather Service is sponsoring "Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week" the week of April 9-13. During this week, we will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Thursday, April 12 near 1-2 PM. All students and staff will go to their designated areas in the building during this drill. It is important to note that most tornadoes occur after school hours and during the summer. Please review safety precautions at home. From past experience, we know that this type of weather is a very real possibility for our area. Having a plan in place at home and at school will help your child be better prepared if needed.





    PLACEMENTS WITH CARE: 2018-2019

    The elementary staff will soon be starting the student placement process for the 2018-19 school year.  Our goal is to create heterogeneous classroom groups to accommodate the learning needs and styles of every student.  The staff at each school spends a great deal of time and effort to determine the proper homeroom placement of children for the coming year.

    The following factors are considered when seeking to provide the best educational program for all students in any given classroom:

    · Provide a balance by gender, ability, leadership qualities and classroom size.
    · Balancing by gender
    · Balancing by ability levels (below, on, above grade level)
    · Balancing specific strengths and needs, including any special needs,
      giftedness, or language issues.
    · Maintaining optimal classroom size
    · Create a positive match for students with peers.

    Considerations are given for students who do not work well together, and also for students who may get along “too well,” interfering with learning.  Specific behavior needs (such as assertiveness, shyness, attention span and behavior choices) are also considered.

    We also consider information from related arts (music, art, physical education, library media) staff, Pupil Services staff, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams are considered based on knowledge and observations of children in multiple environments.

    Parent input. Information from parents is considered as the final step in the process. We find that most parents are comfortable with the classroom placements made by staff.  However, we realize that parents can also provide specific information about their child that could be helpful in assisting the student placement process.  Parents may choose to provide written input into the placement process via the PARENT INPUT FORM available in the school office.  To obtain the input form, you may stop in the office or request that a form be sent home with your child. Please note that:
    · Input forms must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, April 27, 2018.  Forms returned after this date may not be considered. 
    · Completing a form is optional. The intent of this form is to provide additional child-specific information for the placement process, and not to specify a teacher preference. Requests that name a specific teacher will not be considered in the placement process. 
    · Verbal information or requests cannot be honored.
    The deadline for all input is April 27.  Please return the form to the school office. 






    TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY - THURSDAY, APRIL 26

    In order to help the student, employer and the District prepare, we have established the following procedures:
    Prior to Take Your Child to Work Day:
    1. Since regular class instruction will be held on this day, your child will be required to make up any missed work. 
     2. Please notify the school at least two days in advance of your child’s absence for participation in this program.
    3. Please request a “Take Your Child to Work Day” form from the school office/teacher.

    After participating in Take Your Child to Work Day:
    4. All 4th – 12th grade students should complete the questions on the reverse side of the Verification Form.
    5. Return the completed form, with employer’s signature, and responses to questions (if applicable) to school the following day.  This form must be returned Friday, April 27 in order for the absence to be excused.

    Parents are encouraged to investigate the option of doing this activity on a non-school day (e.g. summer, in-service day or Saturday). Thank you for helping to make the day a valuable learning experience for your child.  FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE.






    SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR 2018

    Location:
    Kaukauna High School
    1701 County Road CE

    Dates:
    Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

    NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays 

    PAYMENT INFORMATION:
    • Payment is due at the time of registration.
    • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Therefore, your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
    • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
    • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or kapee@kaukaunasd.org prior to registering. 
    • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18.  After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded.
    Open House: 
    We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions.  Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

    Registration Dates:
    Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 p.m.
    Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 p.m.

    Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

    Course Catalog:  It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

    For any questions please contact:
    Erin Kape
    Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002
    kapee@kaukaunasd.org






    COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITY FLYERS

    NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page.  Click here to access information about the following events/activities...

    • The Great Bunny Train
    • 2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer
    • Safety Town Flyer
    • Walking for Wishes Flyer
    • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer
    • Pop Warner Football - Grades Entering 3-5
    • 2018 Fox River Girls Hockey Club Flyer
    • Kids Fun Night YMCA Flyer
    • March of Dimes Registration
    • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer
    • Earth Month Flyer
    • Kaukauna Strong T-Shirt Flyer
    • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer
    • YMCA Before and After School Flyer
    • YMCA Before and After School Registration
    • UW Extension Summer Camp
    • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs
    • Kaukauna Girl Scout Fundraising Flyer
    • Kaukauna Jr Dance Try Out - Grade 4
    Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to the district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month. Click here or visit the school district website to view the up to date list of events and flyers.






    WISCONSIN FORWARD SPRING STATE ASSESSMENT

    The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 19 and May 4, 2018.  The Forward Exam is a state mandated summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards.  Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area.  

    There are sample or practice test questions available for students.  An Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items. The OTT is intended to give students the opportunity to practice with tools available on the Forward Exam, as well as allow them to familiarize themselves with the testing platform.  The OTT is not scored, nor is it intended to provide practice on the test content. Students will be exploring these tools and training at school prior to testing.

    The Forward Exam will be administered online and be given to:
    • Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics,
    • Grades 4 and 8 in Science and, 
    • Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies
    The Forward Exam includes several question types:
    • Multiple-Choice (MC): Question that has four answer choices, including three distractors and one correct answer.
    • Enhanced Selected Response (ESR): Question which may contain combinations of MC, short-answer, and technology-enhanced
    • Evidence-Based Selected Response (ESBR): Question which has two parts.  The student answers Part A, then provides evidence in Part B to support answer in Part A.
    • Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA): Question used on the ELA test.  The TDA is a text-based analysis, based on a passage that is read by the student during the assessment.  Students must draw on basic writing skills while inferring and synthesizing information from the passage in order to develop a comprehensive, holistic essay response.  Students have up to 5000 characters to formulate their response.
    • Technology-Enhanced (TE): TE questions allow for a more engaging, interactive assessment.
    Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured.  Some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment instead of the WI Forward.  The DLM assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

    The estimated time for the test administration in each grade is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes for ELA, 1 hour and 45 minutes for Mathematics, 1 hour and 40 minutes for Science, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for Social Studies.  These are estimated times, as the WI Forward Exam is not a timed test so students work at their own pace. 

    If you have any questions or concerns about the new assessment, please contact the office.  






    LIBRARY NEWS FROM MRS. WOLF


    Second Grade: Second graders learned about biographies and how to locate them in the library.  They heard the biography, Snowflake Bentley, and took a virtual trip to the Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, VT, to view his original snowflake images.

    Third Grade:  Third graders researched a topic of their choice using PowerKnowledge, and took digital notes using Google Keep.  They are now using their notes to create a fact card using Google Drawings.

    Fourth Grade:  Fourth graders continued learning about the importance of evaluating web sites and verifying information. They evaluated selected web sites looking for information such as author and qualifications, purpose of site, and when it was updated.  Students also learned about our paid website evaluation resource, WebPath Express.  






    WHAT'S NEW IN ART WITH MRS. SIEGEL

    Second Graders completed a project to coordinate with their March music concert- an animal theme or a character trait theme.

    Second Grade 2-McKinnon/2-Ebben: After practicing to draw dogs and cats on white boards, second graders drew a large dog or cat on white paper and outlined with Sharpies bingo dabbers filled with India Ink.  The dogs were painted solid in warm colors (hot dogs) and the cats were painted solid in cool colors (cool cats). The opposite colors of warm and cool were then painted in the background of the animal in more of a stamping, painterly style to contrast the animal.

    Second Grade 2-Ritzke/2-Owen: Second graders created a self-portrait in the style of artist, Roy Lichtenstein.  The portraits were drawn realistically and colored in mostly primary colors.  The background was stamped with circles to resemble the "benday dots" that Lichtenstein painted.  Finally students added an "I am" statement to coordinate with one of the character traits to also resemble Lichtenstein's words in his comic panel paintings.

    Third graders created a Birch Bark Tree Landscape to review how the primary colors created the secondary colors.  Students used masking tape to block off trees and then drew a horizon line.  Two primary colors were used to watercolor the sky, and greens, yellows, or some silvery gray were colors used for the grass or snow.  Once dry and the tape removed, students added texture to the trees with black paint and the edge of a piece of tag board.  Oil crayons and Ebony pencils were also used for other details and shadows.

    Fourth graders learned how to make a clay pinch pot and were to be creative in how they decorated their creation.  They had to show how to add texture and how to attach clay.  Adding coils was optional.  These were fired in the kiln, and either painted and mod-podged, or glazed and re-fired in the kiln. Mixed-media items such as wiggly eyes, felt, feathers, and more could have also been added to the pinch pot creation.  Neatness, creativity, and repetition of color were emphasized. 






    MUSICAL NOTES FROM MRS. NIMMER

    (for the homerooms of Ebben, McKinnon, Dercks, and Rosenbeck)

    Our birthday composer for the month of March was Antonio Vivaldi.  All students learned about the life and music of this famous Italian composer.  Vivaldi is most known for his piece called The Four Seasons.  We listened to the movement called "Spring" and followed a listening map to the piece.  We could hear birds, butterflies, and a thunderstorm all through the sounds of the string instruments!

    Congratulations to the 2nd graders on a great concert performance in March!  Thank you to all of the family and friends who were able to join us for this special event!

    The 3rd graders attended the second field trip of the "Artistic Adventures" program through the Fox Valley Symphony Partners in Education outreach program.  This second field trip was a trip to the PAC to hear a live symphony concert, featuring four pieces that we studied this year in the music room.  We learned symphony orchestra vocabulary and appropriate audience etiquette as well.  What a great way for us to put all of our learning in action in a real-world experience.  Artistic Adventures is a great community partnership for our district!  Thank you to the third grade  teachers for organizing the field trip portion of the program!

    The 4th graders began their studies of our last instrument family, the percussion family.  We will then review all of the instruments that are options for the students to play in band/orchestra next year at River View!  We learned a new folk song called "Sarasponda" this month, and continued our work on recorders and moving through the different levels of our Recorder Karate program.






    MUSICAL MOMENTS WITH MRS. KRUEGER

    2nd grade
    The 2nd graders were in full concert mode during the month of March.  They performed their concert on March 22. They were amazing!! I am very proud of them!! Way to go everyone!

    3rd grade
    The 3rd graders started the month out with an orchestra performance at the PAC. What a great experience! The 3rd graders also worked a great deal on rhythm. They learned something call rhythm dictation.  This is where I clap a rhythm, and they have to write the notes that I clapped and notate the counting underneath the notes. They did really well with this!! They also enjoyed playing a rhythm game to help with with dictation skills.

    4th grade
    The 4th graders have continued to work on their recorders during March. There are 9 songs to learn in the recorder karate program, and they have learned 7 of them. They now have learned the following notes: B, A, G, E, low D, and F#, C, and high D.  They also started composing their own piece of music for the recorder.





    BUSY BODIES WITH MR. HALLORAN

    Mr. Halloran's 2nd and 3rd grade classes just finished with the Rollerblading unit.  It was great to see so much improvement from every student.  They got to work on their skating skills, along with their limbo skills.  Rollerblading is a lifelong activity that can be fun for the whole family.  4th grade has been doing floor hockey and doing a great job working on the skills associated with hockey.






    P.E. PLAY-BY-PLAY WITH MRS. STRATTON

    It’s April WOW!  Time is just moving WAY too fast!  In March we had a blast in tumbling!  All grades got to explore and try new things! Here are a few pictures of tumbling Mr. Halloran and I did together with our classes. It was a super fun activity that included cooperation and trust! 











    COUNSELOR'S CORNER WITH MS. DUDA

    CLASSROOM GUIDANCE FUN!!
    During the month of April, I will be visiting all classrooms to talk about decision making. In each grade level we will discuss the importance of decision making skills and the difference between positive and negative consequences. Please feel free to call 766-6100 Ext. 3309 or email me at dudaa@kaukaunasd.org  with any questions or concerns.

    INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
    Can be provided on an as needed basis for short term social/emotional concerns.  Students may be referred by self, teacher or parent.

    SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
    We currently have Social Skill/friendship, self confidence/self concept groups going and we will be starting more with different age groups in the weeks to come.  If your child is invited to participate in the great opportunity, you will receive a letter home in their take home folder describing the group and our goals!  







    NURSE NOTES FROM MRS. SUNDELIUS

    Are you thinking about planning a family vacation but aren’t sure if you want to have your child miss school?  The District does understand that time spent together as a family during a vacation can be an important part of family life.  Additionally State law and District policy does allow for 10 absences per year.  However, the instructional process does not stop when students are not at school, and lost instructional time cannot be recovered or recreated.

    Therefore, the following are some helpful guidelines to minimize the loss of instruction time for your child during a vacation.

    • Schedule vacations in the summer or around the existing school vacation days.  
    • Prearrange the absence with your child’s teacher so homework can be prepared in advance for your child.
    • Try to minimize the pre-vacation excitement for your child to help reduce instructional time lost due to distraction and over excitement just prior to vacation.


    You can also help your child make a smoother transition back to school by talking with them about the return to school and getting them back in the normal school day routine as soon as possible. 






    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

    4K Screening & Information

    This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible.  Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed.  Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.






    EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

    Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.   While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

    By one year, most children will do things such as:
    Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
    Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
    Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
    Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
    Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.

    By two years, most children will do things such as:
    Run reasonably well.
    Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye, etc.).
    Point to animals or objects in a book.
    Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
    Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.

    By three years, most children will do things such as:
    Dress self with minimal help.
    Speak in short sentences.
    Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects by color.
    Imitate lines and circles on paper.
    Begin to play with other children.

    By four years, most children will do things such as:
    Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
    Ask many types of questions.
    State full name and age when asked.
    Copy a plus sign.
    Enjoy pretend play with other children.

    If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed. Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday, and are provided at no cost to the
    family. County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs. Residents of the Kaukauna Area School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 for further information.