Elementary Newsletter

March 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.

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.

Math & Science Night

This year’s Family Math & Science Night will be held on Thursday, April 12th.  There will be a variety of topics offered.  Families will have the opportunity to pick four different break out sections to attend.  The sections will start at 6:00 pm.  The sections to choose from are:

Critter Mobile from Eco Park in La Crosse
Math Bingo
Shoe Box Math
Mystery Doug Science
Math Tiles
Fun with STEM
Dot and Dash Robotics

Falcon Pride will also be serving dinner from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. An RSVP will be sent home with your student for the dinner.  Please watch for more information to come home.

From the School Nurse

March is nutrition month! 

What are your kids eating for lunch?  It is good for parents to encourage kids to eat healthy at school whether they eat school lunch or bring their own.  Here are some things to think about discussing with them!

1. Choose fruits & vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are like hitting the jackpot when it comes to nutrition.  They make your plate more colorful and they’re packed with vitamins and fiber.  Eat your colors!  Try to get AT LEAST 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, so they must fit in one or two at lunch.  A serving isn’t a lot.  A serving of carrots is ½ cup or about 6 baby carrots.  A fruit serving could be one medium orange.

2. Know the facts about fat. Fat helps a kid’s body grow like it should.  Fats fuel the body and help absorb some vitamins.  They also are the building blocks of hormones and they insulate the body.  So fat is not the enemy, but you’ll want to choose the right amount and the right kind of fat.  If you are getting most of your fat from lean meats, fish and heart-healthy oils (olive oil, coconut oil) you’ve already made fat your friend.

3. Let whole grains reign. “Grains” include breads, cereal, rice and pasta.  But as we learn more about good nutrition, it’s clear that whole grains are better than refined.  What’s the difference?  Brown rice is a whole grain, but white rice is not.  Likewise, whole-wheat bread contains whole grains, whereas regular white bread does not.

4. Slurp sensibly.  It’s not just about what you eat – drinks count too!!  Milk has been a favorite lunchtime drink for a long time.  If you don’t like milk, choose water.  Avoid juice drinks and sodas.

5. Balance your lunch.  When people talk about balanced meals, they mean meals that include a mix of food groups: some grains, fruits, vegetables, meat or protein foods, and dairy foods such as milk and cheese.  Try to do this with your lunch.  If you don’t have a variety of foods on your plate, it’s probably not balanced.  A double order of French fries, for example, would not make for a balanced lunch.

6. Steer clear of packaged snacks.  Many schools make salty snacks, candy and soda available in the cafeteria or in vending machines.  It’s OK to have these foods once in a while, but they shouldn’t be on your lunch menu.

7. Mix it up.  Do you eat the same lunch every day?  If that lunch in a hot dog, it’s time to change your routine.  Keep your taste buds from getting bored and try something new.  Eating lots of different food gives your body a variety of nutrients.

8. Use your manners.  Cafeterias sometimes look like feeding time at the zoo.  Don’t be an animal.  Follow those simple rules your parents are always reminding you about: Chew with your mouth closed.  Don’t talk and eat at the same time.  Use your utensils.  Put your napkin on your lap.  Be polite.  And don’t make fun of what someone else is eating.

From the Art Rooms

Youth Art Month: Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts.  Five pieces of student art were chosen to be displayed at the Regional Art Show and three of the five had their artwork displayed at the State Capital!  The 3 students whose art was in Madison are Yesenia Ruiz (3rd), Emma Baldwin (5th) and Lizzy Curtis (4th).  The other 2 students who had art displayed regionally are Taylor Fennigkoh (2nd) and Mily Alcantar (4th).  On March 9th the students took a field trip to Madison to look at the artwork and be part of the awards and celebration of the Visual Arts!

The Memory Project: The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites area teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence and extreme poverty.  Given that youth in such situations usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with meaningful mementos of their youth.  The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.  There are 10 6th graders and 12 high schoolers involved. 

Up-Coming Highlights

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, April 12

Family Math & Science Night

Reminders & Events

Elementary spring concert:  The Elementary spring concert will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.  Kindergarten – 2nd Grade along with the elementary band will be participating in the concert.

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

Summer School: Teachers will be sending home summer school registration forms at the end of April.  It is important for staffing and bus transportation that the registrations get filled out and returned to the school by the date indicated on the sign up.  No late registrations will be accepted!  Summer school will run from July 9th – 26th Monday – Thursday.

Safety Patrol:  The 6th grade safety patrol will be taking their annual trip to Washington D.C. from April 19 – 23.  They will be going with other Monroe County School’s safety patrol members.

Dropping Students Off in the Morning:  Students should not be dropped off before 7:45 a.m.  This is when teacher supervision begins for the day and we want to be sure that all students are supervised and safe!

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.

Television
WXOW TV 19 WKBT TV 8

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