SASD 4K Family Newsletter

Grow. Play. Learn.

February 1st, 2021

The 2021-2022 4K enrollment process is almost here!! Please help spread the word about the SASD 4K program. The SASD partner with local organizations to provide our 4 year-old kindergarten program at 6 convenient locations in Stoughton.

This year we ask new families to take a virtual tour of the sites when selecting an option for the 2021-2022 school year. Check out each website for more information. Some sites will set up in person and Zoom tours by appointment only. Please contact the directors for more information. Just a reminder that children do not have to attend the enrollment night with their parents.

With gratitude,

Erin Conrad, SASD 4K Principal

Sara Jane Lee, SASD Inclusion Support Teacher

Mindy Holverson, SASD 4K Educational Assistant

4K 2021-22 Enrollment

Online enrollment for 4K opens February 22nd in Infinite Campus.

Registration and Enrollment

In person "drive-thru" 4K site selection is Tuesday, March 2nd, at Kegonsa Elementary School, 1400 Vernon Avenue Stoughton. Check out the 4K website for more information. Click on the link for more information on how to sign up for our drive-thru enrollment event.

SASD 4K Website

Check out the 4K website for enrollment updates and more!

4K Calendar

4K Parent Teacher Conferences

February 17th and 18th

No School for 4K Students, in-person or virtually, February 5th,17th,18th,19th and 26th.

See the calendar below.

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February is Black History Month

What's the Difference? Equity and Equality

Equality is the measure of sameness; being treated in the same way. Equity is a measure of fair treatment, opportunities and outcomes across race, gender, class and other dynamics. Justice means we've addressed the cause(s) of the inequity and the systemic barrier has been removed.

The distinction is important. We are told that to be fair we must treat everyone the same (equal). However, when we recognize the legacy of institutionalized and structural racism we understand that differing people and communities need different resources (justice, equity). In order to be equitable we provide specific, unique resources that will support people and communities getting their basic needs met and reaching their full potential. Sameness is not always fairness if the oppressed group remains disadvantaged.

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Talking To Very Young Children About Race

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

The ABCs of Black History Month | African-American History

Virtual Attendance

If your child is a virtual learner, please remember to submit their attendance daily by clicking on the attendance link which is found

in the Virtual Schedule on the SASD website.


Just a reminder if your child attends in-person instruction you can still access the virtual schedule for great activities and resources, just don't submit attendance on the site. Your child's teacher will submit attendance when your child attends school.

OWL Curriculum

February 1-4: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert; Week 2: Jungle Animals

February 8-12: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert; Week 3: Desert Trip

February 15-16: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert: Week 4: Desert Animals

February 22-25: Unit 6: Earth and Sky; Week 1: Daytime and Nighttime

Opening the World of Learning: Pearson Research Overview

Beyond the Basics of the Science of Reading

The science of reading comprises a body of knowledge that extends beyond phonics. Reading comprehension is widely understood to be “a complex task which depends on a range of cognitive and linguistic processes” (Nation, 2018). Two critical components of reading that don’t get as much attention as phonics are working memory and auditory processing.

Working Memory

Reading scientists have recently included working memory as an important component of how students learn to read. Working memory is different from simple memorization. When children memorize sight words, as well as the sounds for letters and letter combinations, they use one of the most primitive and, from an evolutionary perspective, oldest parts of the brain: the hippocampus. The hippocampus stores memories and acts like a file clerk accessing different brain regions to retrieve them.

Auditory Processing

Phonics is based on the ability to distinguish the internal details of words, to be able to figure out the letters that go along with the phonemes (sounds) heard. For some children, this task is especially difficult when they struggle with auditory processing. Students who cannot decipher small changes in sound will inevitably struggle to learn phonics.

For more information go to: The Science of Reading: The Basics and Beyond

I Can Be Safe and Healthy by Washing My Hands!

Click on the link for a social story!

Mat Man

For additional activities and online games, visit Mat Man World! Enjoy the Mat Man Song!

Wearing Masks!

Click on the link for a social story!

MATH Corner

Math skills are so important and finding playful and engaging ways to teach those skills to preschoolers is crucial. Whether you teach math to a classroom full of preschoolers or are teaching your children at home, it’s important to use hands-on math experiences.

1. Roll and Dot the Number is a quick preschool math game that will teach kids to identify numbers and count while learning one to one correspondence! It is one of our favorite preschool math activities!

2. This Build and Measure Block Center is such a neat way for kids to explore measurement!

3. These Counting Bears Number Strips are a hands-on way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn numbers, counting and even colors.

4. These Tree Play Dough Numbers Mats are a great way to work on a number of math skills including counting to 10!

5. Work on color recognition and sorting with these Button Sorting Cups.

6. This Simple Fine Motor Counting Math Tray is super easy to set up and provides excellent fine motor practice too.

7. Grab your craft sticks and make these Colors and Patterns craft sticks for your math center!

8. Teaching Symmetry to Preschoolers with LEGO DUPLO is perfect for teaching symmetry to preschoolers and young kids.

For more information and many more activities go to Preschool Math Activities that are Fun and Engaging!

SASD Virtual Calming Room

Check out the Virtual Calming Room

The Pyramid Model

How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child New Skills and Expectations

Children love to listen to stories. Not only are stories used to entertain children, they can also be used as tools to teach new skills and expectations. Many parents read books to teach their children the alphabet or numbers, but stories can also be used to:

  • Teach social skills, such as how to take turns.
  • Teach clear behavior expectations for a time of day (e.g., quiet time) or event (e.g., road trip).
  • Reinforce routines, such as getting ready for bed.
  • Prepare for new experiences, such as the first day of school.
  • Address a challenging behavior, such as hitting.

Click on the link for more ideas and some scripted stories!

Tucker the Turtle

Tucker Turtle is a terrific turtle. He likes to play with his friends school. But sometimes things happen that can make Tucker really mad. When Tucker got mad, he used to hit, kick, or yell at his friends. His friends would get mad or upset when he hit, kicked, or yelled at them. This month our 4K friends learn to work together even when they get really mad or upset.

Tucker the Turtle gets organized at home and school!

Tucker the Turtle shows self-control at home and school!

Tucker the Turtle is imaginative at home and school!

Tucker the Turtle works on being a good learner at home and school!

Tucker the Turtle Learns to Stop and GO


The Nurtured Heart Approach Vocabulary for the Kids:


"I show my greatness by putting my school things where they belong."


"I show my greatness by walking in line, staying in my own space and keeping my hands to myself."


" I show my greatness by looking with my eyes and listening with my ears."


"I show my greatness by dreaming of becoming a builder, a parent, at teacher or a superhero."

From the virtual desk of NHA:

Check out Miracles from Molecules for a simple strategy for teaching your children character and helping them see the greatness that you see in them.

To your (and your child’s) GREATNESS, Humanity, & Significance!!!

For more information on the Nurtured Heart Approach click on the link.

Resources for Processing Current Events

While we know that our PreK-12 classroom communities vary in students’ age, course content, available instructional minutes, and even format (in-person or virtual), we wanted to share the following bank of resources for you to consider as we move through uncertainty we may experience as impacts of the insurrection unfold.

Talking to Students about the News (Teacher & Family Focus): When Bad Things Are Happening (Teaching Tolerance)

Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)

How to Talk to Children about Difficult News (APA)

What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary (NPR)

Talking & Educating about the News (Educator Focused): Beyond the Stoplight

Responding to the Insurrection at the US Capitol (Facing History and Ourselves)

Foundations of Democracy and Government (Share My Lesson)

Peaceful Transition of Power (Bill of Rights Institute)

Social Studies Chat Network

Insurgency at the US Capitol: A Dreaded, Real-Life Lesson Facing Teachers (EdWeek)

‘A terrible thing happened’: How teachers are explaining the Capitol insurrection to students (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Trauma Response Resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

When experiencing Overwhelm and Trauma and Survival Guide

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Stoughton Food Pantry

520 S. 4th Street, Stoughton

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.

Closed Fridays

First Saturday of the month 9 to 11 a.m.

*Call for an appointment: 608-873-8103

Helping Children & Families

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations Site

Need Assistance?

The Department of Children and Families

Resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis- link

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Provides the latest information, data, and resources- link

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Considerations and guidance for schools and child care- link

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Contact us!

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal

Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion SupportTeacher

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

SASD 4K Website

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