MAY 2015


Grand Avenue and Spruce Street 2nd grade students performed on Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30 PM for family and the school family and then performed again at 6:00 pm on Tuesday for family and friends.

Some of the songs that they performed were, "Everybody Has Music Inside", "Let's Go Fly A Kite" and "Check It Out".

Thank you to all the teachers, staff and especially the students who made this concert fantastic.


Dear Parents,

The state requirement for 6th grade students is to have a Tdap booster (if they have not already received it). If your child has not yet received this, please make an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider to complete this prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year. If your child will be receiving the vaccination during the summer, please bring a copy of the updated records to the nurses table at school registration. If your child has an immunization waiver on file for personal, medical, or religious reasons that should also be updated. A student immunization waiver can be found on the school website under “health forms” or can be picked up from any school office. Please contact the Nurses’ office at 643-5509 (fax 608-643-5503) if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Courtney Hahn

District Nurse


On Monday, April 27th, the leads from the Sauk Prairie High School Beauty and the Beast musical cast visited Grand Ave. and performed some of the scenes and music from the musical that will be performed on Thursday, April 30, Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at the River Arts Center. This musical includes over 60 students in the choral and band departments at the Sauk Prairie High School. Enjoy the videos below of Mrs. Potts singing and Belle and the Beast dancing, Lumiere and cast singing "Be Our Guest" and some photos that were taken during the performance and some after with the fans of the cast.
Mrs Potts singing
Be Our Guest


Counselor Connection

In May, all grade levels will be engaged in classroom lessons which will help to prepare them for their future careers.

The second graders will be learning what it means to cooperate with others. They will be able to participate in some cooperative games and a cooperation activity. Then they will discuss the transition to 3rd grade, and how cooperation is required as you get older, not only in school, but in work and play too.

The third graders will have the chance to learn about different career options. Students will begin discussing good choices and how our choices (substance use) can affect the type of career they may be able to pursue in the future. Then, they will explore their favorite interests, activities and subjects to learn how they relate to certain career paths. Students may be asking family members and friends about their career title and responsibilities.

The fourth graders will focus on self-knowledge as it pertains to future career choices. They will make an origami box all about themselves (“Me Box”) and share it with the class. Finally, we will discuss how our personality/feelings affect our success in school and in our future career.

The fifth graders will have the chance to review the qualities it takes to be an effective learner in school, whether primary, secondary or post-secondary. Students will have the opportunity to research a career they are interested in pursuing after high school. They will also be able to ask questions about transitioning to the middle school.

Another thought to consider in regard to future careers is what students share on social media sites. It is common for employers to use the Internet to research job candidates, so it is important that we teach children how to appropriately use social media sites.

Miss Sadie

School Counselor

Ponder Parenting

· Do you have ambitions, hidden or not so hidden, for yourself or for your children? Are they reasonable? What will happen if they are not achieved? The adolescent years are filled with discouragement. Children often compare themselves to impossible standards of achievement, beauty, and popularity. Don’t encourage these comparisons. Encourage joy. (Martin, William; The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation, 1999)

E-mail Miss Sadie if you have thoughts or questions about how to accomplish this task.


On April 9th, 14 lively fifth graders from Sauk Prairie Schools had the opportunity to participate in the Central Wisconsin TAG Creative Arts Festival. They enjoyed taking part in activities that ranged from preparing and performing in a musical selection from “The Granny Awards” to Theater Arts. Other activities included flower arranging, making comics, weaving, making baskets, and learning various drawing techniques.

The students also enjoyed getting to know students from the many other school districts who attended the festival, which included Wautoma, Amherst, Wisconsin Dells, Wild Rose, Baraboo, Adams-Friendship, Poynette, Portage, and Reedsburg.

Julie Breunig and Kathy Bruno, resource teachers in the Sauk Prairie Gifted/Talented program chaperoned the students. Jenna McCann, teacher at MCCS, facilitated the sectional, “Got Rhythm!” where the students learned the basics of Afro-Caribbean circle drumming. Erin Fischer, art teacher at Tower Rock and MCCS, facilitated “Upcycle Fashion,” in which students learned to make old clothes new again by cutting, tying and sewing.

Students attending the festival are pictured:


Ashtyn Mathis, Hogan Haas, Aliyah McCoy, Amber Brickman, Randon Benson-Osowski, Jace Elsing


Erin Fischer, Claire Thiede, James Dietmann, Isaac Homar, Megan Small, Samantha Dyrud, Hannah Packard, Riley Haas, Daphne Roman, Jenna McCann

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Summer books are available online!

4 week session: June 23 - July 17, 2015

2 week session: July 20 - July 31, 2015

Online Registration Dates: Opens Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm - closes Monday, May 11 at 10:00 PM

Open Lab available on Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at the SP High School.


REGISTRO POR LINEA ELECTRONICA comenzara el miércoles, 8 de Abril a las 5:30 PM hasta el 11 de Mayo a las 10:00 PM.

Sesión de 4 semanas : Junio 23 – Julio 17; No clases, el Viernes, 3 de Julio

§ Sesión de 2 semanas (Term 3): Julio 20 – Julio 31

Laboratorio para ayudar a las familias a registrarse por línea electrónica: miércoles, 8 de Abril, 2015 de 5:30 PM hasta 8:00 PM; Escuela Preparatoria, Salon15.


Just a reminder that when you are pulling your child out of school for appointments, if you bring in a note from the doctor, dentist, psychologist, chiropractor, etc., your child's absence will be excused. These excused absences for appointments then are waived for attendance letters, when tallying up the total of absences for your child during the school year.


A group of fifth grade students were selected to design and create a collage made out of recycled materials for the ENCORE!! Art 2015-Reuse, Recycle, Rethink art show that was held in conjunction with Sauk County Earth Days on April 26 in Baraboo. Over the past few months this group of student artists has brainstormed, and had fun working together to create this one of a kind piece made out of recycled materials. Entries for the art show had to made out of recycled materials. The student artists found creative ways to make a background with magazine pictures, a tree cut from cardboard and flowers out of plastic bottles. Look for the collage on display at Grand Avenue the next time you visit.

Pictured left to right:

Marissa Howard, Piper Finley, Avery Leigh, Signe Begalske, Samantha Johnson

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District School Board Mtg

May 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Grand Avenue

No School

Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day

Early Dismissal

May 13, 2015 - 1:30 & 1:35 dismissal times

Field Trips

May 14, 2015 - Safety Patrol FT to WI Dels - 8:00 am-4:30 pm

May 19, 2015 - 3rd Grade Rural Safety Days FT to Baraboo - 8:30 am-2:30 pm

May 20, 2015 - 2nd Grade FT to Madison Children's Museum - 9:30 am-2:30 pm

May 29, 2015 - 5th Grade FT to Devil's Lake - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

June 2, 2015 - 5th Grade Chorus to Spruce St - 8:15 am-9:15 am

Grand Ave./District Events

May 11, 2015 - 4th Grade Chorus Concert - 1:30 pm & 6:00 pm - Grand Ave. Commons

May 15, 2015 - 3rd Grade Spelling Bee - 9:00 am - Grand Ave. Commons

May 22, 2015 - 5th Grade Science Fair

June 1, 2015 - 5th Grade Chorus Concert - 6:00 pm - Grand Ave. Commons

June 2, 2015 - Mary Ballweg Memorial Track Meet - 3:30 pm - HS Track

June 5, 2015 - Shape Up Grand Ave. - 2:15-2:45 pm - Grand Ave.

June 9, 2015 - Last Day of School - 1/2 Day


GSPIE is very busy with fundraising for the new Grand Avenue Playground Equipment. Some of the future events that you are able to attend are listed below:

Denim at the Dorf

Mark your calendars for Thursday night, May 7, for a Ladies Night Out fundraiser. For more info on this event, please go to

Garage Sale

GSPIE will be holding a garage sale on Friday, May 1 (8 am-5 pm) and Saturday, May 2 (7:30 am-4:00 pm) at 670 Lincoln Ave., Prairie du Sac. The garage sale will be a donation based sale with pricing on larger items. Concession items will be sold as well as a great lunch with sandwiches and hot dogs from Wyttenbach Meats. Please go to for more information.

For other activities and fundraisers that GSPIE is sponsoring, please click on the link below.

Thank you.


Lunch times at Grand Ave are: 2nd grade-11:10 am, 3rd grade-11:15 am, 4th grade-11:40 am and 5th grade-12:00 pm. If there is a day that you would like to join your child for hot lunch, please phone the office by 9:00 am that day (643-1900) to reserve a hot lunch. You will need to stop at the office to pick up a visitor badge. The cost is $3.45 for a visitor lunch, which comes off your family account. A couple reminders regarding the lunch money. If you do send in lunch money with your child, please remind them to drop off at the office. All lunch money is inputted by 9:45 the day that the lunch money is received. If the lunch money is not received by that time, it will be deposited in the lunch account on the next school day. Also, if you send in lunch money that is cash in an envelope to be dropped off at the office, could you please make sure that the student’s name is either on the outside of the envelope or a note inside the envelope with the student’s name. Please click on link below to view the November lunch menu.

Breakfast - Student - $1.40, Adult - $2.35

Lunch - Student - $2.35, Adult - $3.45

Milk - 30 cents


School closing will be announced as early as possible via Skylert to families and staff members, posted on the District's webpage and on local television and radio stations. Information will also be available by calling the school closing line at 643-5990 #2 for a recorded announcement.

School closings will be announced on the following stations:

WISC - Channel 3

WKOW - Channel 27

WMTV - Channel 15

1070 AM; 104.1 FM; 1310 AM; 101.5 FM; 96.3 FM;740 AM; 1400 AM; 104.9 FM; 102.9 FM; 94.9 FM; 105.5 FM; 105.1 FM; 98.1 FM; 94.1 FM; 106 FM; 93.1 FM; 1670 AM; 1550 AM



If your child is ill, going to an appointment or will be late to school, please call the attendance line before 8:15 am (643-1991). This phone line is available 24 hours a day. If you e-mail or call the teacher, the message doesn’t always get to the office. It is important that the school is aware of your child’s absence. If a child misses more than an hour in the morning or afternoon, they will be marked absent for half a day. Students leaving early, prior to lunch or at the end of the school day, they will be marked with a Q code which is similar to a tardy.

If you call your child in with an illness, we would like you to please let us know the symptom/symptoms, i.e. a fever, sore throat, headache, cough, etc., that your child may have.

If you have questions regarding when your child should return to school after a illness, please contact the school office.


According to the Sauk Prairie School Board, certain criteria must be met in order for any medication to be dispensed at school. Before any medication can be dispensed, an Authorization for Medication Administration (AMA) must be completed and returned to the school office. This form is necessary for both over-the-counter and prescription medications and requires both a parent and physician signature.

For example, if your child suffers from migraine headaches, we will NOT be able to distribute medication to him/her without an AMA on file. Many parents picked up the AMA form at district registration. Additional forms are available at the Grand Avenue office.

In order for medication to be distributed, pills must be in a prescription bottle with proper labeling. Students may carry inhalers with them, however, an AMA form must be on file in the office.

If you have any questions regarding medication distribution, please contact Courtney Hahn, RN for the district at 643-5509.


All doors, will be locked after the second bell (8:10 am). Students arriving late for school will need to ring the bell on the wall outside the office and a staff member will buzz to let you or the child in the front doors. If you are visiting our school, please make sure your sign in and grab a paper visitor badge on Mrs. Giese's desk before heading out the door and down the hallway. Please stop at the office to sign out before you leave the building. Thank you.


All homework requests must be received by 9:00 am to be ready that day at the end of the school day. Homework cannot be guaranteed for requests received after 9:00 am.

Homework will be available for pick up at the end of the school day. This gives the teachers time to prepare the homework and get it to the main office. Please note the office closes at 4:00 pm, so work needs to be picked up by 4:00 pm.