Elementary Newsletter

March 20, 2019

Change in School Calendar

Just a reminder on the school make-up days!

It has been determined that the following dates will be make-up days for the 2018-19 school year due to flooding, cold temperatures and snow. Therefore, school will be held on:

March 21
March 2
March 25
March 26
June 7

Thank you all for your patience during this school year with the multiple cancellations.

Dr. Kelly T. Burhop
District Administrator

Elementary Spring Concert

Elementary Spring Concert: The elementary spring concert will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.  Grades 3rd – 6th will be performing along with the Elementary Band.

Child Development Day/4K Registration

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 2019 Child Development Day on Tuesday, April 23 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym.  This will include a booth for registration for 4K. They need to be 4 before September 1, 2019.  Families who have contacted us in the past about children 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:

To provide families with information concerning children’s normal sequence of growth and development from birth to age 5.

To provide families with information regarding service available in the community and county.

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.

Come share a half hour or so with your child.  This is a celebration to support families whose young children are our future!

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If your child is 4 years old prior to September 1, 2019, they qualify to attend 4-year-old kindergarten at Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School.  Registration will be on Tuesday, April 23 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 Cassandra Drohman at NOW Elementary at 337-4420.

From the Art Rooms

The Elementary Art Room needs newspapers if you have any to donate!

February Art Students of the Month are as follows: Aletta Brandau in kindergarten, Grant Muellenberg in 1t grade, Josiah Asselin and Yair Altamirano-Cortez in 2nd grade, Milez Salazar in 3rd grade, Molly Hansen in 4th grade, Ruby Muehlenkamp in 5th grade and Willow Halverson in 6th grade.

The Memory Project: The following students drew portraits of children from Syria to “give a message of kindness and hope from a different world. Each portrait will help them see the beauty of their inner strength and show them they are not forgotten by our students or the rest of the world”. The 6th grade students who drew a portrait are as follows: Payge Clark, Caelin Calkins, Riley Kaufman, Deja Jimenez, Willow Halverson, Alice Wiedmeyer, Abby Meza-Garcia, Marshall Doll, Emma Baldwin, Alex Bautista-Velasco, Brayden Thieman, Katherine McElhose and Haylie Hamilton.

From the Nurse

Are you like me and feeling the Need for you and your children to have an immune booster this winter/early spring?

Try some of these natural helpful options:

Vitamin C – A powerful immune booster.  Most of us and our children aren’t getting enough to help protect us and keep us healthy!

Probiotics – If you didn’t know already, probiotics help keep you healthy and kills the bad bacteria in your gut.  80% of our immune system is in our gut.  If it is not healthy, you are not healthy!

Vitamin D – Sunshine in a bottle!  Are you as likely to get sick during the summer? Most people who love in Wisconsin are deficient. You can have your blood tested to check your level. Multivitamins do not contain enough vitamin D3. Most kids are safe taking 1000 iu’s of vitamin D per day.

Fish/cod oil/Omega 3’s – There are so many benefits that can be obtained from these: from boosting your immune system to having improved concentration. It is worth checking into!

A good multivitamin – Most vitamins should come from food, but if you have a picky eater or a busy life gets in the way, it is important to supplement as it is difficult for our kids to get all the nutrients they need with the poor quality of food many of them eat.

Elderberry syrup – this is a newer craze with numerous health benefits. It aids in digestion, improves heart and respiratory health, boosts immunity, plus more! It can be expensive to buy, try making it homemade to enjoy all the benefits.

Handwashing – This is one you have heard for years! Do it well, because this is the number one way to keep from getting sick. It is also important to not put unclean fingers in your eyes, nose and mouth as this is how germs enter your body.

Epsom salt – adding ½ cup of Epsom salt to bath water is an excellent way to help get rid of toxins in your body and can also allow for better sleep.

Eat healthy and sleep – It is so important to eat healthy and make sure that your kids are getting enough fruits and vegetables. Sleep is also so important as kids often come down with something after a long weekend and not enough rest.

Hope you found some of these ideas helpful, and hope we see the warmth of spring sooner rather than later!

Carmen Peterson
School Nurse

Up-Coming Highlights

Thursday, March 21 & Friday, March 22

Snow Make-up Days

Monday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 26

Snow Make-up Days

Tuesday, April 2

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 19

No School: Vacation Day

Tuesday, April 23

Child Development Day/4K Registration

Reminders and Events

Elementary spring concert:  The Elementary spring concert will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  3rd – 6th grade along with the elementary band will be participating in the concert.

Community Night: The 20th annual Community Nigh date has been set for Friday, May 3rd.  There will be plenty of food and entertainment.  Stay tuned for more details! 

Summer School: Teachers will be sending home summer school registration forms in 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 8th – 25th Monday – Thursday.

Safety Patrol:  The 6th grade safety patrol will be taking their annual trip to Washington D.C. from April 25 – 29.  They will be going with other Monroe County School’s safety patrol members.

Norwalk Egg Hunt:  The Norwalk Lioness will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th at the Norwalk Village Park.  Their special guest, the Easter Bunny, will be on hand to visit with children. Children from ages 0 – 6th grade should meet by the Norwalk Library at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Television

WXOW TV 19
WKBT TV 8

Radio

WCOW 97.1 FM
WIZM 93.3 FM
WVRQ 102
WBOG 94.5 FM