Elementary Newsletter

October 19, 2018

From the Guidance Counselor, Ms. Baciak

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Katy Baciak and I am the new elementary school counselor. I am new to the area and I am so happy to be here and to be a part of such a wonderful school and community. I have spent the past few weeks meeting all of the students and they are truly incredible kids.

The school counseling program at N-O-W is geared toward meeting the social/emotional, academic and career-based needs of all students. This developmental and preventative program focuses on helping students achieve academic and personal success through a variety of guidance activities. In an attempt to meet these needs, the counseling program offers many services for your child.

Guidance lessons – classroom guidance lessons address a broad range of developmental topics (self-esteem, social skills, problem-solving skills, career awareness, etc.)

Individual Counseling – this is available for students who have specific needs. Counseling referrals may be received from students, teachers, parents/guardian or peers.

Small Group Counseling – these are run on an as-need basis. Students who will benefit from small group counseling are those students that share concerns that are similar to others (i.e. divorce, grief groups, friendship groups, anger management, etc.) Small groups offer students the opportunity to share experiences with others, have support and learn from students who are dealing with similar issues.

All students can learn from counseling activities and can benefit from active participation. I am available for consultation or individual appointments to discuss your child’s needs or concerns.

Overall, I look forward to working with your child this year and meeting you in the future. Feel free to contact me anytime you have a question or concern.


Wear orange on October 24th to show your support in putting an end to bullying! Unity Day was started by PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center as a signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. The call to action was to “Make it Orange and Make It End. Unite Against Bullying!” The N-O-W School District is committed to creating a safe and positive school environment so that all students can experience academic and personal growth without bullying. 

Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day will be on Thursday, October 25th.  If your child missed the original picture date, please pick up an order form from the elementary office. 

Also, HR Imaging has a “No Questions Asked” retake policy.  If you are not happy with the original pictures bring the entire picture package back and give it to the photographer before having your student’s picture retaken on that day. 

Library News

The elementary library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Thursday, November 8th through Tuesday, November 13th.  It will also be set up in the library during Parent/Teacher Conference times. Stop in to browse through some great books. Kindergarten through sixth graders will be getting time to preview what’s available during the school day on Wednesday, November 7th and Thursday, November 8th, so watch for their “wish list” coming home. If anyone is interested, they can also “donate” books to their children(s)’s classroom by purchasing a title from that classroom teacher’s wish list. Mrs. Schmitz will have lists available at the book fair. Remember, books make great Christmas gifts for everyone! If you have any questions, please call 337-4420 and ask for the elementary library.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 8th and in the morning of Friday, November 9th. You should have already received a form to schedule a conference. Teachers will soon be sending home a form specifying the date and time of your scheduled conference. Please be checking your child’s folder for this information.

Elementary School Concert

The Elementary Winter Concert will feature 5-year-old Kindergarten – 2nd grade and the Elementary Band on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.  The concert will be held in the high school gymnasium.

From the Nurse

A majority of vision and hearing screenings have been completed with the help of Viterbo Nursing Students. You will be notified of any concerns for your child after rescreenings are completed.

Remember to sign up for the Kinsa app if you would like to get a free smart thermometer. You must have a smart-phone. Once you are signed up and connected to our school your order will be shipped to our school for delivery in November. This is a good way to stay connected with what illnesses are going around our school. Be sure to report to the school if your child has tested positive for any communicable diseases.

Please check your child periodically for head lice as they do make their way into our school. Thankfully, parents do a good job of taking care of the problem as soon as it is discovered. Our school does have a no-nit policy. Lice are a nuisance and although they spread most easily at home, they can spread at school.

The following are important to discuss with your children:

  1. Don’t borrow combs, brushes, barrettes, hair ribbons or other personal items.
  2. Don’t share or borrow hats, helmets, scarves, pillows or sleeping bags.
  3. Hang hats and coats separate from others, not on top of another. Hats can be tucked into pockets or coat sleeves. Jackets can also be kept in a bag.
  4. If sharing earphones, headphones or sports equipment head gear, check them carefully and clean before using them.
  5. Avoid putting heads together with other children.
  6. Never wear any hat or clothing you find that does not belong to you.

If your child gets lice, nit removal is the most vital step! Nit removal is the step many parents fail to do completely or postpone too long. Just remember this: one remaining nit that hatches will soon lay eggs and you’ll have to go through the whole procedure again! If you have questions or need advice, please give me a call or send me an e-mail.

If you send lunches with your child remember to limit sugars and keep them healthy. Limiting your child’s sugar intake is essential for helping them achieve for academic potentials as it is well documented that sugar decreases attention span and memory. The American Heart Association recommends that children have no more than 4 teaspoons of sugar a day. This is equivalent to 16 grams! Read food labels and be aware of the sugars hiding in unexpected places like sauces, dried fruits and flavored yogurts.

(We need to encourage our kids to love to eat real food- honest, nutritious, healthy food. Less fast food. Less junk food. And they need to see us eating healthy by example. ~Karen Salmansohn)

Carmen Peterson, School Nurse

608-337-4420ext 373, cpeterson@now.k12.wi.us

Up-Coming Highlights

Thursday, October 25

Picture Retake Day

Friday, November 2

End of First Quarter

Thursday, November 8 & Friday, November 9

Parent Teacher Conferences-No School November 9

Thursday, November 22-Friday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 5th

Early Release 12:45 – Teacher In-service

*Coming Soon: Youth Basketball Information*

From the Elementary Principal

Things are in full swing here at N-O-W Elementary!!

Just a reminder, if you are dropping your children off at school in the morning, please make sure to drop them off no earlier than 7:45, this is when teacher supervision begins for the day. We want to be sure that all students are safe.

As we move into cold weather I would also like to update you on our outdoor dress requirements for students:

  • If the weather is less than 60 degrees, jackets must be worn; hats and mittens as necessary according to wind, temperature, and snow.
  • If there is snow or wet grass, boots are required, unless student are in the 4-6th grades and stay on the blacktop
  • Playing in the snow: boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, and jackets are required

I hope everyone is having a wonderful month!

From the Art Rooms

Congrats to the September Art Students of the Month:

Shelby Ford (Kindergarten), Andrea Leis (first grade), Maddox Kennedy (second grade), Sami Markee (third grade), Jessica Canelo (fourth grade), Reagan Muehlenkamp (fifth grade) and Marshall Doll (sixth grade).

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.




WCOW 97.1 FM
WIZM 93.3 FM
WVRQ 102
WBOG 94.5 FM