Abrams Elementary School

TOGETHER --We Learn... We Achieve... We Grow

February 2020 Volume 7, Issue 13

Mark your Calendar:

March 6: Vacation Day, No School in Session

April 10 and 13: Vacation Days, Easter Break.

May 25: Vacation Day, Memorial Day


Please remember that students should not be dropped off before 7:35. We don't have staff supervision until that time. If you have an unusual situation where you need to drop off before that time, please contact me to see if we can make a short term arrangement.

Snow gear should be taken home and washed at least 1 time a week. It could be done more often, but at least 1 time a week is helpful. The kids get dirty and wet so the clothes start to get an odor if not washed frequently. We appreciate your assistance with this.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your child or school.

Mrs. Michalski

Notes from the Office

Open Enrollment: This year’s Open Enrollment application period will take place between February 4th and April 30th. The Wisconsin Open Enrollment program allows children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live. Early and late applications will not be accepted. Parents may apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe If you do not have access to a computer, call or stop in at the district office.

If your child is currently attending under Open Enrollment, it is not necessary to complete an application form; your child will remain an active student through 12th grade.

Oconto Falls School District 4K Registration

(Abrams and Oconto Falls Elementary Schools registration at one location)

  • Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020.

  • District residency or Open Enrollment required

Dates: February 20th and 25th

Time: 4:30-7:00 PM

Where: Oconto Falls School District Office

200 Farm Road

Oconto Falls, WI 54154

What to bring:

  • Birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency (utility bill, rental agreement, cell phone bill, etc.)

  • Proof of Open Enrollment Application (Parents may apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe)

If you can’t make it, please contact either Abrams Elementary (920)826-5819 or Oconto Falls Elementary (920)848-4476 to register.

All Arts Day: On April 17th, 2020 we will once again be presenting the All Arts Day program where parent and community volunteers share their artistic talents with our students. It is a chance for students to see that art is all around them in a variety of forms. But to make it work, we need your help. Could you teach a small group of students how to take a good photograph? Scrapbook? Tie a fishing lure? Decorate a cake? Dance a polka? Make play-dough? The possibilities are endless, but we need about 25 volunteers to make the day work. Interested in being a presenter? Please contact the office (826-5819) for more information or to volunteer. Thanks.

School Dress Up Days:

February 21: Pajama Day

February 28: Twin Day


The deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter is Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The office staff needs time to add, proof and make sure things are ready to go at press time. Any articles submitted after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays will not be added until the next newsletter two weeks later. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Bus Safety Guidelines

We asked Bret Van Nuland-Transportation Supervisor to write up a guideline to help with clarification.

Approaching a bus with Yellow Lights:

 Must be treated the same as a yellow traffic light

 If there is time to stop safely, you must stop

 Be prepared for the lights to switch to red at any time

 Passing a bus with yellow lights puts you at great risk for hitting a child

Approaching a bus with Red Lights:

 It is ILLEGAL to pass a bus with red lights activated

 State Law requires all vehicles to stop at least 20 feet away from the bus

 No vehicle may move until the red lights have turned off

 Motorists can be fined up to $300 for illegally passing a school bus

Any time you are near a school bus, be watchful for children in the road. Never tailgate a bus!

The only time it is acceptable to pass a stopped bus is if you are traveling the opposite direction on a

fully divided freeway such as Highway 141 or Highway 41.

Child Find Screening

Oconto Falls School District conducts developmental screenings for preschool age children (2 years, 9 months to 5 years, 0 months) who reside within the district. The purpose of the screening is to provide you with developmental information (speech, language, motor, pre-academics) on your child and to identify children who may need access to early intervention. Dates for 2020: February 7th, March 5th, April 3rd, and May 1st. Call and schedule your FREE screening today at 920-848-4476.

100th Day

The students in kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school.

Youth ART Month!

The Oconto Falls School District is proud to present the artistic achievements of over 400 students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the YAM art exhibit at the Oconto Falls Public Library for the month of March. A special reception for all artists and their families will be Thursday, March 5th, from 6-7 PM. Be inspired by viewing chocolate cakes, pastel animals, clay figures & animal sculptures, acrylic paintings, photography, and so much more!!

The YAM exhibit consists of quality artwork that is created using a Discipline Based Education. The four foundational art disciplines taught in art classes include art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. By having all these disciplines introduced, students develop critical thinking skills, awareness of cultural and historical influences, communication skills, and explore career opportunities. In this type of curriculum, art is considered a basic subject in general education, one that is meaningful and should be available to all grade levels and for all students.

Special appreciation is extended to our staff, families, and community who support art education and encourage our children to develop these essential life skills. Also a special thank you to our public library for hosting the YAM exhibit. The following art staff educate and inspire the students in the Oconto Falls School District: Kelly Kokko-Ludemann, Karen Knoerzer, Megan Pierquet and Stephen Nagy.

Physical Education

February has been another fun month with our Kids Heart Challenge event coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

3, 4 & 5 at 8:15-9:45

K, 1 & 2 at 12:45-2:15

Our goal this year is $9,000.00, please help us with our final push to achieve this goal. The more we raise for the AHA, the more our school gets to buy Phy. Ed. equipment!!!!

I've sent home a letter asking some classes to bring in about a dozen snacks to share with the rest of the school on the event date. I appreciate your help with this!!! I will also be contacting volunteers to help us during the event. It takes everyone to make this an awesome event!!! Thank you in advance for your help!!!!

Look forward to our last Fit Kids of the year:

March 10, 12, & 17 Come join the fun!!!

Thank you,

Mrs. Rochon

PE Star of the Week Students

Food Service - Job Opportunity

Job Opening in Food Service at Abrams:

Looking to get out of the house? Earn a little extra income?

Have off when your children are off? Then we have the job for you.

We will have job opening scanning meals and helping clean up the kitchen.

Monday-Friday 10:30-1:00 on all school days.

You can pick up an application at the Abrams office or call

Jenni Faccio, Food Service Director at 920-848-4466, ext. 1

if you are interested.

Community and District News


Hosted by Oconto Falls High School FBLA and Oconto Falls High School

WHEN: Friday, February 21st, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

COST: $7 per child WITH PARENT, $3 for each additional child (tickets sold at door)
WHO: Students in grades 4K - 5th with a parent/guardian
LOCATION: OFHS Wrestling Gym
Bring a parent and join the party filled with dancing, snacks, and so much more fun! Dressing up is optional but encouraged! Come party with Oconto Falls FBLA at the 3rd annual Prince & Princess Dance!

Spring Craft and Vendor Show:

Hosted by Oconto Falls High School

OFHS Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Sunday, March 29th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
OFHS Student Council is hosting a craft and vendor show with over 40 local crafters and vendors displaying their items! Admission is $1 for those over 12.

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