Van Brunt Newsletter

May Edition 2018

A Note from the Principal

Dear Van Brunt Families,

It's hard to believe that this is the last newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year! The end of the year is always busy and this year is no exception. Students in grades 3-6 really worked hard to show what they know on the Forward Exam. We were impressed with their focus and desire to do their best. Thank you, again, to our fabulous PTO for purchasing snacks for testing and to our wonderful student council for purchasing gum and mints. The students enjoyed these treats! We love seeing students engaged in meaningful learning activities, helping their friends, and making great choices every day.

I truly appreciate the hard work and partnerships between our students, staff, and families. Through these partnerships, students were able to participate in fun activities planned by our PTO, students enjoyed our first annual Fun Run, we passed a successful referendum...and so much more!! What a great year for Van Brunt! Thank you for your part in making all of these things possible.

We wish our 6th grade students all the best as they begin their next adventure at the Junior High! We know they will continue to do great things!!

I wish you all a happy and safe summer!


Lisa Sawyer

Getting to know the Team of the Month

For the month of May, Van Brunt would like to recognize our 4K team Kelsey Uhlman and Amy Rodriguez, our Early Childhood team Sarah Navin and Amy Muenchow and last but not least our Reading Specialists Rachel Zastrow and Tara Boehmer. These individuals make Horicon stronger each day by giving their all to their profession as well as the students and staff at Van Brunt.

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Sarah Navin

My name is Sarah Navin. I am a loving mother to four amazing sons who help keep my life full and active. I love animals, gardening, tropical weather and CHILDREN! This is my 6th year teaching Early Childhood at Van Brunt. I feel blessed to work with such amazing young students and families and feel lucky to be surrounded by such helpful, positive colleagues every day. Van Brunt is a wonderful school and I'm excited for all the possibilities that lie ahead for the Horicon School District.

Amy Muenchow

My name is Amy Muenchow. I have been working for the Horicon School District for 5 years. I have been a classroom aide in numerous areas. This year I am in the Early Childhood classroom helping out Mrs. Navin. She is an amazing teacher, and I love working with her. I like working with kids of all ages. I am married and have two daughters. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family at our lake house.

Kelsey Uhlman

My name is Kelsey Uhlman, and this is my first year teaching in Horicon. I have taught 4K for 8 years, I love coming to school every day and seeing my student's enthusiasm and love for learning. In my spare time, I like to fish, cook, spend time on my parent's dairy farm, and go up north. I am so glad I have the opportunity to teach here in Horicon and look forward to the next school year!

Amy Rodriguez

My name is Amy Rodriguez and I'm in my 3rd year working in the 4K room. I also have coached track 5 years for the district. I love spending my day with Van Brunt's littlest learners. They warm my heart & brighten my day, all while I get to watch them grow. Each year is a new & exciting adventure. I work alongside the best teacher, Ms. Uhlman. She makes each day a joy to be in her classroom.

Horicon is a great place. My Husband Alberto, myself, and our family are proud to be a part of the Horicon School District. The best part of my day is that I get to see my children Alessandra- sophomore, Diego- 5th grade and Felix- 2nd grade throughout the school day.

Tara Boehmer

Hello! My name is Mrs. Boehmer. Here at Van Brunt Elementary School I am a Literacy Support Teacher. This means I have the opportunity to work with both students and teachers in the area of literacy. I have taught here for 4 years. I have a total of 20 years teaching experience, where I taught first grade and was a interventionist in reading. I love working at Van Brunt because of what I get to do. I love teaching others about reading; it's so much fun for me. The best part is seeing kids "light up" when it's time to read. LOVE IT!

I am married to Mr. Boehmer, who also works in the district as a woods / metals teacher at the high school. We have 4 children: Carter (15), Natalie (12), Mason (9), and Holly (4). We love the outdoors, especially in summer when we can camp, fish, hike, and go boating. Another thing we like to do is visit different major league baseball parks. This summer we are planning to visit 2 of them. I love travelling. :)

Have a great rest of the year everyone! As always, remember to keep reading!

Rachel Zastrow

I've worked at Van Brunt for 11 years hopping between Early Childhood, 4K, 5K, 1, and now an Interventionist.

I love everything about being at Van Brunt. I have access to an entire library of books, kind people, excited students, and every time I walk through the cafeteria I feel like a rock star-everyone yells my name and gives me a high five! I am the luckiest teacher in all of Van Brunt because I get to see every grade sometime during the week.

In my free time I like to read, road trip, explore places new and old, find ways to be creative, and most importantly hang out with my family.

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** Deadline extended to Friday, May 18th!!

Summer School

It's that time of the year again..

Summer School

June 4th-21st No Friday's

Jump Start

August 6th-16th No Friday's

Breakfast/Lunch provided to the public to anyone eighteen years old and under.

Breakfast served 7:45-8:00 students

7:45-8:15 the public

Lunch Served 11:55-12:25 students

11:30-12:25 the public

April Pops Winners

Our First Graders were recognized in April for their positive behavior during our POPS assembly. Students recognized each other for ways that their classmates make Horicon Stronger.
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Get your “paws” on some good books during the Scholastic Book Fair Buy One, Get One FREE Sale. The book fair will be coming to Van Brunt May 7th-10th. Find the “purr”fect books for your summer reading list!

The Horicon PTO is “begging” for your Box Tops, Milk Moola, and Coke Rewards. Help feed the teachers by bringing in these items and adding a piece of kibble to their food bowl! The class that fills the bowl with the most food will earn an ice cream “treat” from the Horicon PTO!

Important PTO Dates...

May 3rd: PTO Monthly Meeting
May 7th-10th: BOGO Book Fair
May 12th:Brat Fry at Leroy Meat
May 13th:"Science is Fun” assembly

May 16th: Horicon Wellness Fair

May 30th: Kids vs. Adults Kickball

June 13:Music at the Market Cookout Fundraiser

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Box Top Trophy

PTO started a traveling Box Top Trophy. Whichever class that has the most Box Tops for the month will get to keep the trophy in their class room for a month.
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Important Dates For May

Wednesday, May 2 9:15-1:00 Grade 4 Farm Visit

Thursday, May 3 6:30 PTO In the Community Room

Monday, May 7 7:30-5:00 Book Fair In the Community Room

Tuesday, May 8 7:30-5:00 Book Fair In the Community Room

Tuesday, May 8 6:00 Grades 5-12 Band/Choir Concert @ the HS

Wednesday, May 9 7:30-7:00 Book Fair In the Community Room

Wednesday, May 9 8:20-2:45 Grade 1 To Discovery World

Thursday, May 10 7:30-7:00 Book Fair In the Community Room

Thursday, May 10 6:00-7:00 Kim's Amazing Animals In the Cafteria

Monday, May 14 7:00 School Board Meeting in the PLC

Wednesday, May 16 12:00-3:00 Van Brunt Wellness Fair In the VB Gym

Thursday, May 17 8:15-2:40 Grade 4 To the Blue Heron/Horicon Educational Center

Friday, May 18 8:10-2:50 Kindergarten To the Betty Brinn Museum/Fireman's Park

Wednesday, May 23 10:30-1:30 4K End of year picnic

Wednesday, May 23 No 4K Classes

Thursday, May 24 8:15-3:00 Grade 4 Wax Museum In the VB Gym

Friday, May 25 8:30-3:00 Grade 5 To the Milwaukee Public Museum

Monday, May 28 No School Happy Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29 8:15-2:45 Grade 3 To the Milwaukee Zoo

Wednesday, May 30 Last day of PM 4K

Thursday, May 31 End of the Year Lunch Picnic

Lunch Times for Picnic:

10:45 Kindergarten

10:50 Grades 1&2

K,1,2 will be going outside after getting their lunch and will stay outside until 11:20

11:20 Grades 3&4. They will stay outside until 11:50

11:45 Grades 5&6. They will be staying outside until 12:15

Cost for Picnic

Students $2.75 Adults $3.70

Thursday, May 31 9:45 Kindergarten Send Off in the PLC

Thursday, May 31 Last Day of School and Early Release 12:20

Saturday, June 2 1:00 HS Graduation