GRAND AVENUE NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2015

5TH GRADE CONCERT

Grand Avenue 5th grade students performed their annual concert on Monday, December 15 at 1:40 pm and 6:00 pm for family, students and staff at Grand Avenue School. The theme for the concert was "December Celebrations", which the students performed songs from different holiday celebrations from around the world. Please view the video below from the song, "Must Be Santa", which is an annual song that is performed at the concert and also the photos below. The students did a wonderful job, congratulations to all of them.

Must Be Santa
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FRUIT PIZZA - YUM!

Grand Avenue 4th grade students made fruit pizza the week before Winter Break. Please view the photos below of students working on their pizzas.

PHY ED STUDENTS ENJOY WINTER WONDERLAND

The last week of December students at Grand Avenue get to participate in an activity called Winter Wonderland during their Physical Education class. It consists of 16 stations set up around the gym. Students get to use a variety of equipment, including the gymnastics spring floor, to work on the skills of jumping, balance, agility, strength, and stamina. These fun stations include walking on a balance beam and doing a roll or cartwheel off it onto a wedge. Their favorite station always seems to “Reindeer Flight School”, which entails climbing up a balance beam to a vault and falling or jumping off onto the big soft pit mat. We feel very fortunate to be able to have such a fun week that also helps students work on their physical fitness, cooperation, and respect.

Winter Wonderland

GUIDANCE INFO

Counselor Connection

National School Counseling Week will be observed February 2-6, 2015

Starting in January, 2nd graders will be discussing feelings, especially anger. We focus on anger because at a young age most feelings (sad, disappointed, jealous and mad) display themselves as anger in children. We will learn how to keep our anger under control.


Third graders will be learning the difference between good teasing and bad teasing. We will be talking about the power of words. Words can be used to express our feelings and thoughts, words can be used to hurt others, and words can be used to solve problems with others.


Students in 4th and 5th grade will be learning the importance of creating a safe and respectful learning environment by participating in Act Now!, a Healthykidslearnmore.com e-learning program. Act Now! was created by education experts at the Children’s Health Education Center, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and takes a new, technological approach to tackling one of our schools’ most troubling issues, bullying.

Miss Sadie

School Counselor


Ponder Parenting

· As people age they become either soft and supple, or hard and brittle, both in mind and body. I have seen profound examples of each type, so have you. Which are you becoming? Children are flexible in body and spirit. The greatest gift we can give them, is to become the same.

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

sadie.sutter@saukprairieschools.org

SUMMER SCHOOL 2015

Summer books will be available online after March 24th!

4 week session: June 23 - July 17, 2015

2 week session: July 20 - July 31, 2015

Online Registration Dates: Opens Wednesday, April 8at 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.

ESCUELA DE VERANO 2015

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.

MRS. FREY'S 3RD GRADE CLASS PERFORMS

The students from Mrs. Frey's 3rd grade class performed the play, "The Mixing Bowl", written by Mary Bawden, former teacher at Grand Avenue for parents and families on Wednesday, December 17th. They did a wonderful job. Please watch the video below of the class performing one of the songs.
Frey Play

ATTENDANCE POLICY PROCEDURE REMINDER

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, when tallying up the total of absences for your child during the school year.

READ-A-THON

Grand Avenue 4th grade students held a read-a-thon on Friday, December 12th. Students donated $2 if they wished and all proceeds were donated to the Sauk Prairie Food Pantry. These 4th grade students were able to raise and donated $378 to the Food Pantry. Thank you students for a wonderful job!
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GRAND AVENUE H.E.L.P TOY DRIVE

Thank you to Grand Avenue students and families that donated to our annual toy drive for the holidays. There were many toys donated that will be distributed to families and children in need. These toys will be distributed through H.E.L.P. (Help Excite Little People), sponsored by the United Church of Christ . Thank you for servicing out community!
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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

District School Board Mtg

January 12, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Community Center

January 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Grand Avenue


Early Dismissal

January 14, 2015 - 1:30 & 1:35 dismissal times

January 28, 2015 - 1:30 & 1:35 dismissal times


No School

January 23, 2015


Field Trips

January 26 - 5th Grade Ski Trip - Devil's Head - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

January 27 - 4th Grade Ski Trip - Devil's Head - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

January 28 - Family Ski Day - Devil's Head - 2:00 pm - Close

GSPIE UPDATES

GSPIE Meeting - Monday, January 19 - Spruce Street School - 6:15 pm

Family Dance - Friday, March 13 - Save the Date for the annual GSPIE Spring Dance held at Grand Avenue from 6:30-8:30 pm on Friday, March 13.

LUNCH INFORMATION

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

DISTRICT SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURES

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

GENERAL INFO & REMINDERS

ATTENDANCE

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.


MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

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.


LOCKING OF THE DOORS

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.


HOMEWORK REQUESTS

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.


WEATHER CHANGES

Parents since the weather is changing and students are out in the snow, cold and wet, if you could please send in a dry set of clothes (socks, pants, etc.) for your child/children, that would be wonderful. Also, please make sure that your child/children have their snow pants, boots, hat and mittens/gloves here at school for recess time. If your child is in need of any winter clothing, please have them stop in the office and we can see if we have something that will fit your child. Thank you.