October Newsletter

Strain-Japan R-XVI School District

A Word from Mrs. Vandegriffe

I love this time of year! I love to feel the beginning of the fall cooldown! I love to see the changing colors! I love to see the kiddos come in from a bright, beautiful afternoon recess with rosy cheeks and windblown hair!

Everyone says that Spring is a time of change and renewal, but I feel like the Fall season can be as well. This can be a time to get back into a much needed routine and to set goals about what we can accomplish before the new year creeps up on us. It's also a time to get outside and bask in the last bit of bright sunshine. Fall sports like volleyball, football, soccer, and softball fill in our time and keep us hopping. Sometimes, the crisp air will even carry the melodies of a marching band. As you can tell, I love this season and all that is involved. But what I have enjoyed most of all this Fall has been getting to know my new Strain-Japan family. You ALL have made the Vandegriffe family feel so welcomed and blessed and we truly appreciate it. I'm hoping to turn this new beginning into a lasting relationship!

Fall Blessings to You! -Mrs. V

COVID Updates

The district is continuing in our efforts to keep all students and staff safe and in school. As most of you know contact tracing and quarantine measures are a hot topic for everyone. As a district, we follow the guidelines from the Franklin County Health Department. If a student or staff member is identified as being positive, the health department will do the contact tracing with the assistance of the school district. Decisions will be made based on the guidelines followed by the health department. We seek out their assistance in the event of a positive case. If you have any questions about what steps you can take to support the school in it's efforts, please call the office.

iReady!

The kids seem to be getting excited to be earning an incentive to complete their iReady lessons. Research has found that the ideal amount of time that a student needs to be working on online lessons is 45 minutes/per week/per subject. The teachers have made this a weekly goal and will monitor the time on task for each student.

Mrs. Williamson has started an incentive program that involves the students spinning a prize wheel and winning a variety of fun prizes. The students will spend time on instructional lessons daily during Leopard Time. Lessons can also be completed at home. The students will know how to log in to iReady from their Chromebooks at home.

Subs!!!!

As you all know, there is a definite shortage of subs this year. More than ever before. I am a true believer in teachers being professionals and being able to access time off if they need it.


With that said, I need your help. DESE has greatly lessened the requirements that it takes to be a sub teacher. So I want you guys to shake the shade trees and beat the bushes to see if we can find some sub teachers. Seriously! Ask your friends, neighbors, or former colleagues whom you think would be great in the position if they would be interested. Many of you are great parents who love our school and would make a great substitute teacher. If you or anyone else is interested, call DESE for more information or have them call me.


We are also still looking for a bus driver. Please put the word out.

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month. The Sullivan Fire Department will be visiting our school to ensure proper fire drill procedure. They will also be doing a fire safety program with our students in early October. It is important to discuss home fire safety with your family, as well.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The first quarter will end on October 16. We will hold parent/teacher conferences on October 21 and 22 from 4-8 p.m. Please call the office to request your time slot.


Please note that we do not have school on Friday, October 23.

Trunk or Treat

We are planning on having a festive event on Halloween evening. The event will have a variety of trunks set up throughout our parking lot. The cars will be spaced to accommodate for an appropriate and safe distance. All candy that is distributed will be packaged in a small baggie. This event will a fund raiser for the 8th Grade Class. More information will be distributed as the date gets closer.

Update from the Board of Education

The Board of Education for the Strain-Japan School District works tirelessly to make sure that our kids have the best that our community can give them. Here are some things that they have been working on:


  • They are in the preliminary planning stages of doing an exterior renovation project that will bring a much-needed update to our building. This plan proposes to replace the windows, most of which are original to the building. This will not only give the building a facelift, it will mean savings in energy costs and another level of building security.
  • The board continues to monitor the COVID situation and how the district is responding. They are planning and changing the way they conduct business in the time of a pandemic.
  • The Board spent a large portion of their meeting this month reviewing and approving policies. This work is tedious and time-consuming but is a critical part of school operations. Kudos to them for this dedication!
  • The Board is concerned about the district's ability to find and secure subs during this pandemic. In an effort to attract more subs, they agreed to raise the daily pay to $100/$115. They have also given teachers and staff the choice of using planning time to sub when needed.
  • And finally, the board continues to monitor student growth and how that has changed due to the unplanned closure in the Spring.

Volleyball home vs. OLL

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 6pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

D and D Game Club

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 3:15-6:30pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

VB at Immanuel Lutheran

Monday, Oct. 5th, 6pm

214 West 5th Street

Washington, MO

Picture Day

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 8am-12pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

VB home vs. Spring Bluff

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

VB home vs. St. John's

Monday, Oct. 12th, 6pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

D & D Game Club

Friday, Oct. 16th, 3-6:30pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

VB at St. Gertrude's

Monday, Oct. 19th, 6pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Oct. 19th, 6pm

6520 State Highway YY

Washington, MO

VB home game vs. St. Vincent and 8th Grade Night

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 4-8pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 4-8pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

NO SCHOOL

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 12am

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

Parents VS Players Volleyball Fundraiser

Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 5:45pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO

Trunk or Treat Halloween Event

Saturday, Oct. 31st, 4-7pm

4640 Highway H

Sullivan, MO