Classical Columns

March 2020

KNOWLEDGE-A-THON

WHAT IS KAT?

Knowledge-A-Thon -- commonly referred to as "KAT" -- is our school's chief fundraiser generating upwards of $20,000 to meet the wide-ranging needs of our students, classrooms, and facility. Each student is given a list of 100 questions and answers related to our Core Knowledge curriculum that will be taught -- or has already been taught- -- this school year. Students study with their teachers and parents to prepare for KAT Day while collecting pledges from their families. For instance let's say Aunt Betty offers her niece a per question pledge of 50 cents. Her niece will be asked 100 questions on KAT Day. If her niece gets 95 answers correct, her Aunt Betty will donate $47.50 (.50 X 95) to our school. Also, anyone can choose to give a straight dollar amount instead of a per question pledge. Unlike many other potential school fundraisers involving selling products or coupons, KAT is a low-cost, high-profit fundraiser that promotes our curriculum and guarantees that 100% of what students earn goes directly to Classical School.


Thank you to all students who submitted KAT posters for our poster contest!


1. KAT Kickoff: Friday, March 20th at 1:45 PM in the Forum. Students receive their question booklets/pledge sheets

2. Star Week: March 23rd -- March 27th

3. Lottery Lollapalooza: March 30th -- April 3rd

4. Bingo Bonanza: April 13th -- April 17th

5. Spirit Week: April 20th -- April 24th

6. KAT DAY: April 24th

WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE KAT FUNDS?

Money raised in this year's KAT will be used for:



  • Classroom supplies
  • Classroom chairs, rugs, tables, etc. (maintenance & updates)
  • Teacher conference expenses
  • Touchscreen chrome books
  • Instrument storage
  • Equipment cart and stereo system for Phy Ed
  • Stage flooring, acoustical ceiling panels for Forum
  • Courtyard benches/table/chairs
  • Fridge for staff lounge

KAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you are willing to help with one or more of the activities below leading up to KAT, please contact Kathy Diedrich at diedrichkathry@aasd.k12.wi.us:


Poster Contest

Star Week

Lottery Lollapalooza

Bingo Bonanza

KAT Day


WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR PARENT HELPERS!!

KAT GIFT CARD DONATIONS NEEDED

We are in need of $5 gift cards for KAT Lottery prizes. Examples: Target, Cousins Subs, ITunes, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc. If you are able to donate a card, please send it to school in an envelope marked "KAT: Attn: Linda Kemps" by March 13th.

SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE KAT BOOKLET!

For only $25.00/half-page ad or $50.00 for a full-page ad, you can showcase your business in the KAT booklet.


Over 300 Classical families view this booklet during March and April -- it's wonderful exposure for your business and a great way to support Classical School.


Simply send in your business card/ad copy and a check (written out to Classical School) in an envelope labeled Linda Kemps (KAT).


Submissions are due to Classical March 6, 2020.

DROP OFF REMINDERS

For safety reasons please refrain from dropping off students in the staff parking lots before 8:00 AM. Students should be dropped off on either the Durkee Street or Capitol Drive terraces. Thank you for your consideration.

EDUCATOR RECRUITMENT EVENT

Educators! Want to work for the AASD?

You are invited to attend our recruitment event! Same-day interviews will be held for educators at all levels and all license areas.

You must apply on WECAN (Vacancy #77065). HR will contact candidates directly to schedule an interview. You must have a complete application to participate.

Please bring copies of your current resume and proof of licensure or verification of license eligibility from your university. Business casual attire is acceptable.


8:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. on March 14th

Einstein Middle School

324 E. Florida Avenue, Appleton, WI


The Appleton Area School District prohibits discrimination related to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, sexual orientation, religion/creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, disability, or age.

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on March 14th Einstein Middle School 324 E. Florida Ave. Appleton, WI 54911

HAVE A HEART DRIVE

Classical Student Council led a collection for Have a Heart for the Homeless the week of February 10th. For every $5.00 that was donated, the grade received a foot of tape. Fourth grade was the winning grade with sixth grade coming in second. A grand total of $1,183.00 was collected to be donated to the homeless for hygiene supplies. Great job!!

SPRING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Spring parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 3:30 -- 7:00 PM and Thursday, March 5th, 3:30 -- 6:45 PM.


To schedule a conference for your child, please contact the homeroom teacher directly.


ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: Please sign up for a conference with your child's homeroom teacher as well as Spanish, music, physical education and/or art teacher if you desire. Remember to leave traveling time between teachers. Due to time constraints, please do not schedule a conference with your child's reading or math teacher on conference nights. Email that teacher directly if you would like to meet with him/her another time.


MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Spring conferences are by teacher or parent request only. If you have not received a direct email from the middle school teachers, you do not have to schedule. You may choose to schedule with teachers if you desire.

CLASSICAL SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR

Classical School's Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 3:00 -- 6:00 PM in the Forum. The middle school students will be presenting science project displays. Local scientists from the community, along with parents from our school who have a background in science, will be judging the displays and determining awards. Due to the nature of the planning, hard work, and perhaps some breakable or valuable displays, children of all ages through sixth grade must remain with their parents for this event.

CCSA BOARD MEETING

Join us on Thursday, March 19, 2020 for the monthly CCSA Board Meeting. 6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM.

FORWARD AND MAP TESTING ARE COMING!


Below is the Forward and MAP testing schedule. Please refrain from scheduling appointments for students during test times. Thank you!

FORWARD TESTING WINDOW

March 23 - May 1


MAP TESTING WINDOW

April 6 - May 6


Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27

FORWARD

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5


Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3

FORWARD

Make-up Testing


Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10

SPRING BREAK

Tuesday, April 14 - Friday, April 17

FORWARD & MAP*

Tuesday: Grades 6,7,8

8:00 Mathematics Session 1 (35- 45 minutes)

8:45 Ten minute break

8:55 Mathematics Session 2 (60-80 minutes)

10:15 End of Testing

10:15 6th/7th/8th Grade Recess until 10:27

10:30 Middle School: 4th Hour begins


Wednesday: Grades 6,7,8

8:00 ELA Session 2 (20 min)

8:20 ELA Session 3 (20 min)

8:45 Ten minute break

8:55 ELA Session 4 (50 min)

9:45 Recess

9:57 End of Recess/Bathroom

10:10 ELA Session 1 (60 min)

11:10 End of Testing.

Thursday: Grades 6,7,8

8:00 Grade 8 - Science Session 1 (35 minutes)

8:00 Grades 6 & 7 - Math MAP testing (60 minutes)

8:35 Grade 8 - Five Minute Quiet In-Class Test Transition

8:40 Grade 8 - Science Session 2 (35 minutes)

9:00 Grades 6 & 7 End of testing - 6th Grade goes out to recess at 9:10

9:15 Grades 7 and 8 Ten Minute Break

9:25 Grade 7 - Thirty Five minute Quiet Homeroom

9:25 Grade 8 Science Session 3 (35 minutes)

10:00 Early Elongated Fourth Hour


Friday: Grades 6,7,8

8:00 Grade 8 - Social Studies Session 1 (35 minutes)

8:00 Grades 6 & 7 Reading MAP testing (60 minutes)

8:35 Grade 8 - Five Minute Quiet In-Class Test Transition

8:40 Grade 8 -Social Studies Session 2 (35 minutes)

9:00 Grades 6 & 7 End of testing - 6th Grade goes out to recess at 9:10

9:15 Grades 7 and 8 Ten Minute Break

9:25 Grade 7 - Thirty Five minute Quiet Homeroom

9:25 Grade 8 Social Studies Session 3 (35 minutes)

10:00 Early Elongated Fourth Hour


Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24

Spirit Week and KAT Day

Make-up FORWARD & MAP Testing for Grades 6,7,8



Tuesday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 29

MAP Testing for Grades K-5**



Tuesday

8:10-9:10 Grade 1 Reading

8:10-9:10 Grade 2 Reading

9:30-10:30 K Reading

10:30-11:30 Grade 3 Math

10:30-11:30 Grade 4 Math

12:00-1:00 Grade 5 Reading


Wednesday

8:10-9:10 Grade 3 Reading

8:10-9:10 Grade 4 Reading

10:30-11:30 Grade 5 Math

12:00-1:00 Grade 1 Math

12:00-1:00 Grade 2 Math


**Kindergarten takes only the reading portion of MAP

CLASSICAL/EINSTEIN TRACK

The 7th & 8th grade boys/girls track season will begin soon. Please read the important information below regarding dates and requirements to participate:


Track season begins March 16th. Practices will be after school from 3:30 -- 5:10 pm.



  • Student athletes must have an updated physical or alternate year physical form on file in the school office by March 16th or they cannot practice.
  • Participants must have a completed Concussion form on file in the office (one form/year).
  • There is a $40.00 participation fee made payable to Classical School and due to Classical School by Tuesday, March 31st.


All participants should have a good pair of running shoes with arch support and a pair of black competition shorts for the track meets. The coaching staff will issue track meet tops and warm-ups. Students can wear their own sweats or workout gear for practice.


Head Boys Coach: Dennis Giaimo, giaimodennis@aasd.k12.wi.us

Head Girls Coach: Curt Salm, salmcurt@aasd.k12.wi.us

BOYS AND GIRLS RUNNING CLUBS

In the past Classical School has had Boys and Girls Running Clubs for 3rd-6th grade. We are in need of someone to volunteer their time to coach these clubs. They are usually held after school from 3:00 pm -- 3:45 pm a couple of times a week. If you are interested in coaching either the girls or boys club, please contact Linda Kemps at mailto:kempslinda@aasd.k12.wi.us. Thank you for your consideration!

HEAD LICE -- AN UNWELCOME VISITOR

Head lice are small (1-2 mm in length), wingless, gray-brown, hairy, flat insects that live in human hair. Lice hatch from small eggs, called nits, which attach firmly to the hair shaft. It is important to remember that lice do not jump, hop, or fly. They only crawl. Anyone, adult or child, can get head lice. They carry no disease and are not related to cleanliness. The main symptom of head lice infestation is an itchy scalp.

Although transmission can occur in the school setting, it is not likely. That is because lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact or by the sharing of close personal items (such as clothing, hats, combs, brushes, hair accessories, etc.). In general children do not engage in such close physical contact or the sharing of personal items in the school setting.

To minimize the risk of contracting head lice:

● Remind students to avoid head-to-head contact.

● Remind children to not use combs, brushes, hats, scarves, hair accessories, etc. that belong to other people.

● Use caution when trying on clothing at stores.

● Tuck hats into jacket sleeves and hang separately from others at school and other public places. Tell children not to snuggle down into upholstered furniture in public places (such as movie theaters, office waiting rooms, or libraries).

● Discourage your children from lying on the carpet in public places.

● Do not allow headgear to go from head to head during sporting activities.

● If you are hosting a sleepover party for children, do not allow the guests to stack sleeping bags, pillows, overnight bags, etc., in one pile, and remind the children to use only their own items.

Talk with your child about these preventative measures.

If you discover head lice on your child, don’t panic! Be sure to notify parents of close playmates. There are many excellent over-the-counter preparations available for the treatment of head lice. Be sure to follow the package instructions EXACTLY as written. If you want further information, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

2020 BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

I want to commend everyone for their effort this year with BOB! You should be proud of yourselves for your commitment and effort. We had six teams that competed this year. It was close, but we have two teams that will represent Classical School at the state BOB competition. The winning team for elementary was Super Banana Candy Lollipop People, consisting of Carys Vermullen and Geetha Revu. The winning team for middle school is The No Name Readers consisting of Ava Kunesh, Caroline Jia, Rhianna Amador, and Shayla Rademaker! Again, thanks to all the students who read all their books and studied hard! We enjoyed working with all of you so much. Keep up your reading! See you next year!


Mrs. Duesterhaus

Mrs. DeGoey

ALL CITY STRINGS FESTIVAL

5th thru 8th Grade Classical strings students will join other students from across the district to participate in the Appleton Area School District’s upcoming annual AASD Strings Festival to be held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m.


Tickets

All tickets have to be purchased through the PAC ticket office. Ticket cost is $8.00. In order to provide equal opportunity for each family to see their student(s) perform, each household can purchase up to four (4) tickets. The family purchase period is from April 1st- April 16th. All elementary and middle school students MUST have an adult present that night in order to perform. Everyone in the audience, regardless of age, will need a ticket.

Tickets must be purchased in person at the PAC ticket office or by phone. The PAC ticket office phone number is (920) 730-3760 and there is an extra $5.00 convenience fee charged per phone order. The ticket office hours are M-F 10 a.m. -6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Easter weekend: Friday, April 10th 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed on Sat, April 11th and Sun, April 12th.) If tickets remain after the family purchase period, the public will have access to purchase any remaining tickets through the PAC ticket office on a first come, first served basis. THIS EVENT DOES SELL OUT EVERY YEAR.

NEW THIS YEAR: Bags or purses larger than 8.5" x 11" x 5" will not be allowed in the theater and the PAC asks patrons to refrain from bringing them, return them to their cars or check them at the coat check. Exceptions will be made for individuals who have medically necessary items with proper identification or substantiation.

Vouchers

If you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance purchasing tickets, please email oosterhouseliz@aasd.k12.wi.us or call (920) 832-6157, ext. 2181.

Parking
In an effort to alleviate congestion in the Green Ramp, located closest to the PAC, the City of Appleton is implementing an event parking policy for this performance. During Event Parking, the cost to use the Green Ramp is $5.00, cash only, at entry. Patrons will receive a validated ticket that will be needed to exit the ramp. This will be the only way to use the Green Ramp during the event. Please note that no credit cards will be accepted.

Rehearsal Schedule
In preparation for the festival, students will be bused to the PAC for rehearsals the day they perform according to the schedule below. Permission slips will be distributed by your child’s strings teacher. Please sign the AASD permission form and return it to your child’s string instructor before April 15.

8:00-9:30 a.m. High School Students rehearse
9:30-10:45 a.m. Middle School Students rehearse
12:30-1:45 p.m. Elementary Students rehearse
6:30 p.m. Students arrive at PAC
7:00 p.m. Concert begins


We are so excited about this event and hope that you will enjoy seeing your student and all of our students perform at the PAC. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s strings instructor or the Fine Arts Office at 920-832-6157 ext. 2178.

GOING ON VACATION?

If you are planning a vacation and your child(ren) will be out of school two or more days, please complete a Notification of Absence form at least 10 days in advance. Forms can be found in the school office. Thank you for your consideration.

APPLETON NORTH SPIRIT STORE

For any families interested in ordering Appleton North Lightning apparel, go to http://appletonnorthspirit20.itemorder.com. The link expires March 23, 2020!

COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Each month the Appleton Area School District will be sharing local, community opportunities for students. They will be listed on our district website, and a monthly email will be sent to all AASD families with a summary of new opportunities.


These community opportunities for students will include upcoming events and activities such as art and music camps, youth athletics, cultural events, enriching programs, and more. We encourage your family to check out these opportunities for students of all ages.


If your community group, organization, or company would like your opportunity included, please email goetzkedonna@aasd.k12.wi.us.


Check out this link: https://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/families/community_opportunities_for_students any time for an updated list.

BOX TOPS FUNDRAISER

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and send them to school. Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for our school. Make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration date.


Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

If you see the new label, use the new Box Tops app (available on the App Store or Google Play) to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.


For more information on Box Tops changes, follow the link: https://www.boxtops4education.com/

MARCH CALENDAR

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 K-6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 PM--7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:45 PM--6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Einstein/Clintonville @ Madison 4:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Computer Club Room 126/113 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Special Observance Day: Casimar Pulaski

Thursday, March 5, 2020 K-6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 PM--6:45 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2020 7-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:45 PM--6:00 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Einstein/Neenah/Xavier @ Kaleidoscope 4:15 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2020 School essay contest forms handed out

Saturday, March 7, 2020 WSMA District Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Grades 6-8 Kaukauna HS 8:00 AM--4:00 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2020 Wrestling Tournament @ Appleton North 8:30 AM

Sunday, March 8, 2020 Daylight Savings Time Begins - spring ahead one hour!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Opera for the Young - Pirates of Penzance Forum 9:30 AM--10:30 AM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Activity: Computer Club Room 126/113 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Thursday, March 12, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Monday, March 16, 2020 FIeld Trip: The Orchestra Move - Grade 3 PAC 9:30 AM--10:30 AM

Monday, March 16, 2020 7/8 Track Season begins

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Special Observance Day: "The Great Hunger" in Ireland from 1845-1850

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, March 19, 2020 We Are Classical Club Room 112 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, March 19, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Meeting: CCSA Governance BoardRoom L08 6:30 PM--8:30 PM

Thursday, March 19, 2020 Einstein/Classical Spring Musical @ Einstein Auditorium 7:30 PM--8:30 PM

Friday, March 20, 2020 KAT KICKOFF! 1:45 PM--2:45 PM

Monday, March 23, 2020 Forward and MAP Testing

Monday, March 23, 2020 KAT STAR WEEK 1 of 4 weeks

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Forward and MAP Testing

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Middle School Science Fair Forum 3:00 PM--6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Forward and MAP Testing

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Forward and MAP Testing

Thursday, March 26, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 Forward and MAP Testing

Friday, March 27, 2020 End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 27, 2020 KAT Star Week ends

Monday, March 30, 2020 Forward Make-up Testing

Monday, March 30, 2020 Gimmes renew for grades 2 - 8

Monday, March 30, 2020 Quarter 4 begins

Monday, March 30, 2020 KAT Lottery Lollapalooza begins Week 2 of 4 weeks

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Forward Make-up Testing

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM