Elementary Newsletter

December 18, 2019

From the Elementary Principal

Wishing you and your families a great Holiday Season. 

Winter break is great family time. Here are five minute to win it games to try with your family.

1. Candy Cane Pile Up– Players put a candy cane in their mouth and then see how many candy canes they can move from the table pile to a bowl in 1 minute using only the candy cane in their mouth. Player with the most candy canes transferred after 1 minute is the winner.

2. Stacking Snowmen– See how many snowmen you can make by stacking mini marshmallows in 1 minute. Player with the most snowmen in one minute is the winner.

3. Whipped Cream Tannenbaum– Each player gets 2-3 cans of whipped cream. They have 1 minute to make the tallest Christmas tree. Player with the tallest Christmas tree after 1 minute is the winner.

4. Snowball Toss– Players stand behind a designated line and have 1 minute to toss marshmallow (snowballs) through a Christmas wreath and into a bowl. Player with the most snowballs in the ball at the end of 1 minute is the winner.

5. Face the Gingerbread Man– Place a gingerbread cookie on player’s forehead. Player must move the cookie down their face to their mouth using only their facial muscles and head movements. Player is awarded points if successfully completed in 1 minute.

October Artists of the Month

Congrats to the November Art Students of the Month:

Cullen Brueggeman (sixth grade), Savanna Nawrot (fifth grade), Cheyenne Lorden (fourth grade), Wyatt Ferries & Max Teynor (third grade), Jonas Rueckheim (second grade), Jaden Lavendusky (first grade), and Sawyer Skowronski (Kindergarten).

School Pictures

We have received and handed out all the pictures from the fall school pictures. If you haven’t received your pictures yet, feel free to give the school a call to receive your student’s other id number and then you can call HR Imaging to get your pictures sent to you. You can contact HR Imaging at 815‑433-1766 or visit their website at hrimaging.com

From the Elementary Secretary

Hello Parents,

I have a couple reminders for you all.

The bell rings for the students to load the buses at 3:05 p.m. If you are picking student(s) up instead of them riding the bus home, please wait in the falcon mall for them to walk past you.

If you have a child that will not be in school for any reason, please call 337‑4420 before 9 a.m. the day the child is absent and report it. We do check our voicemails, so if no one answers feel free to leave a voicemail.

The school year is flying by, and it is great to get to know all your children. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the school.

Have a great winter break!


Please be considerate and limit the amount of body spray your kids use. We have kids and staff who are sensitive to the smells. This can also be a trigger for some kids with asthma.

Youth Sports

Basketball- Reminder that there are no practices for youth basketball scheduled during winter break. 

Wrestling- the youth wrestling program will start after winter break.  Please have the interested students watch for the forms.

From the Nurse

Bed Bugs

The bed bug is a pest that feeds on blood, causing itchy bites that are irritating to their human hosts. They are considered a public health pest. However, they are not known to transmit or spread disease. Here are some ways to prevent or control bed bugs:

1.  Be sure to correctly identify the bug. If you see a bug try to catch it in a piece of scotch tape. You could compare it to pictures on the internet or take it in to a local extension agent.

2. Don’t panic! It can be hard to get rid of bed bugs as they only need to eat a meal about once a year to survive, but it’s not impossible.

3. Think about treatment options. You don’t immediately have to reach for a pesticide spray can. Here is a good website for non-chemical bed bug management. http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdf/bb-nonchemical1.pdf This includes clutter removal, vacuuming, steam heating (as bed bugs are easy to kill using heat), diatomaceous earth and mattress encasements. Long-term control of bed bugs requires that non-chemical method be used in combination with insecticides.

4. Clean up clutter and reduce the number of hiding places.

5. Regularly wash and heat- Dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor. 

6. Freezing- While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.

7. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 113°F. To kill bed bugs with heat, it must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding.

8. Don’t pass your bed bugs on to others. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it or label it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

9. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites. Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs can’t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin. 10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.

Modified from https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/top-ten-tips-prevent-or-control-bed-bugs For more detailed information visit epa.gov

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Carmen Peterson, RN

608-337-4420 X 373

Up-Coming Highlights

Thursday, December 19

Elementary Winter Concert at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 20

Early Release 1:00

Monday, December 23 – Wednesday, January 1

No School: Winter Break

Thursday, January 2

School resumes as usual

Thursday, January 23

End of First Semester

Friday, January 24

No School

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