Elementary Newsletter

November 20, 2018

Intruder Drill

School safety legislation has been passed stating that school districts are annually required to drill student response to a “school violence event”.  At NOW Elementary on November 28th we will be talking to students about the school district’s intruder alert processes and practice a lock in place drill.

The students will meet in large groups in the morning.  In this meeting, Dr. Luebke will explain what will happen.  An emphasis will be given to the students that they need to listen to the directives of their teachers and any announcements over the PA system.  Dr. Luebke will explain why there is a need to practice for an intruder alert.

That same day, Mr. Anderson will do a lesson with each classroom about the kinds of things that students and staff may need to do if an intruder comes into the school building with a large emphasis on listening to the teacher and announcements for directions.  The teachers in each classroom will then go over the general procedure for each of their classrooms.  The drill will then conclude with a lock in place drill.  Students and staff will not evacuate during this drill.  This drill will be to practice what to do if the students and staff are unable to get out of their rooms safely and to give students an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice.

Again, our drill date will be November 28, 2018.  Contact Dr. Gayle Luebke, Elementary Principal if you have any questions.  She can be contacted at (608)337-4420 or gluebke@now.k12.wi.us

A Night in "Whoville"

December 13, 2018

Come join us for a fun family night, see our Whoville decorations, meet the Grinch and watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with your family.

Show Times:
Animated Movie – 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Playing in both Spanish and English
Live Action Movie – 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Playing with Spanish Subtitles


IMPORTANT CALENDAR CHANGE: For the early release on December 5th, students WILL BE dismissing at 12:45 NOT 1:30 p.m.

JENNY’S PENGUIN PATCH HOLIDAY SHOP:  Brookwood FCCLA will be bringing Jenny’s Penguin Patch Holiday Shop to our school again this year from December 3rd – 7th!  Volunteers will assist children while shopping to allow them to enjoy the spirit of giving.  Jenny’s Penguin Patch Holiday Shop offers over 100 different gifts that can be purchased for as little as $0.25 and up to $10.00 each.  The gift items offered are “kid-tested and mom approved”.  This is sure to be one of the most exciting events that your child will participate in this year!  More information will be sent home with your child.  Contact Mrs. Ashley Palmer at (608)337-4420 with any questions.

CLASSROOM HOLIDAY PARTIES: Individual classrooms will be having their Holiday parties as we get closer to winter break.  More specific information will be sent home in a letter from your child’s classroom teacher.  If you do not want your child to participate or are unable to get a gift for your child to exchange, please contact your child’s teacher.

BOOK FAIR:  Thanks to all of you who visited the Scholastic Book Fair during Parent-Teacher Conference times.  We have a great community who supports kids who read!  We are able to buy a large amount worth of books from Scholastic from the money that was made from the book fair.  The school and the students benefit greatly.  Thank you!

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

CHILD DEVELOPMENT DAY & 4K REGISTRATION:  Planning ahead, this year Child Development Day and 4K Registration will be on the evening of April 23rd in the Elementary Gym from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. More information to come.

From the Nurse

Hello! Cold and flu season is upon us!  Please help us keep the spread of illnesses under control by not sending your child to school if they are sick.  Remember that when you are calling in your child’s absence to the school that is important to report illness symptoms (fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat) as I make a weekly report to the county about illnesses going around.  Here are the basic guidelines as to when you should keep your child home: 

  • Oral temp greater than 100 degrees F
  • Cough causing difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Diarrhea or vomiting: return 24 hours Sore throat serious enough to interfere with swallowing or accompanied by fever or rash
  • Undiagnosed rash with open sore or drainage
  • Undiagnosed rash with open sores or drainage
  • Strep throat, impetigo, pink eye: return 24 hours after first treatment with antibiotic
  • Scabies, ringworm: must be treated before returning to school

Always remember to stress the importance of good hand hygiene with your children as it is the # 1 way to stop the spread of disease.  They must also be reminded to keep unclean hands off their face as that is how germs enter our body.  Thank you for your assistance in keeping our kids and school healthy.

Carmen Peterson, School Nurse

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

Up-Coming Highlights

Thursday, November 22 & Friday, November 23

No School: Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 28

NOW Elementary Intruder Drill

Wednesday, December 5

Early Release: 12:45 Dismissal

Thursday, December 6th

Elementary Winter Concert 7:00 pm

Friday, December 21

Early Release:  1:00 p.m. start of winter break

Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1

No School:  Winter Break

From the Principal's Desk

The holiday season is going to be here very soon.  With the onset of the holidays comes the winter weather that can cause school delays and closings.  The school district always tries to make a call on the school day by 5:45 a.m.  Please make sure you have alternative arrangements to have your children picked up for school if there is a delay.  Also, make sure you have alternative drop-off arrangements for your child if we have an emergency early dismissal.  Planning ahead is the best way the school can get your children to school and home from school safe and sound. 

Also with the change in weather please make sure that your child has appropriate outdoor recess clothing/gear.  Here are the guidelines for outdoor recess: 


  • Snow-pants must be worn when snow is present or students must stay on the cement.
  • Students must follow the temperature guidelines as follows:
    • 65-55: Long sleeves strongly recommended
    • 54-50: Long sleeves required/coat recommended
    • 49 and below: Coat, hat, and gloves required
  • Boots must be worn when mud and snow are present or students must stay on the cement.

I extend all of you my best for a great Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend.

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