Ekstrand Elementary

October 2, 2017

Miller Monthly Memo


Dates to Remember

Ekstrand Flu Clinic: Tuesday October 3rd from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Healthy Walk: Wednesday October 4th 9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Walking School Bus: Wednesday October 4th 7:30-8:10 a.m.

Picture Retake Day: Tuesday October 10th 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

PTO Fundraiser Packets: Tuesday October 10th fundraiser packets are due back to school.

Early Out: October 11, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Early Out: October 26th, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Ekstrand Book Fair: Monday October 23rd - Thursday October 26th

Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday October 24th 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday October 25th 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Ekstrand Halloween Parade: Tuesday October 31st 2:00 p.m.

Central DeWitt Homecoming at Ekstrand

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Fall parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday October 24th from 3:30-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday October 25th from 1:30-7:30 p.m. Letters are being mailed out this week to confirm parent-conference times to parents.

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Rooks provide insight on how Professional Learning Communities have impacted instruction and student achievement at Ekstrand Elementary.

Ekstrand New Staff Members

Paula Webinger


Paula lives in rural Lost Nation with her husband, Luke, son Noah and daughter Lauren. Luke works as a conservation officer, Noah is a Junior at Central DeWitt High School, and Lauren is in Mrs. Petersen's Kindergarten class. Additionally, Paula has a dog named Bernie and a handful of chickens on a small acreage. Paula spends her free time working at home, visiting family, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Dawn Marcus


Dawn lives in DeWitt with her husband Adam and her two sons Trevor and Derek. Trevor is in 5th grade and Derek is in kindergarten. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

High School Heroes

This year we have officially kicked off our High School Heroes program at Ekstrand Elementary. This program allows high school volunteers to serve our students in a variety of capacities. Students participating in the program support our building in a variety of ways. Some of the volunteers assist in our classrooms on Thursday mornings, while others serve as lunch, recess or classroom buddies. It is my belief we have a great resource in our high school students to further support our students. Students participating in the program come from many of our high school programs such as FBLA, FCLLA, NHS, and Cheerleading to name a few. The pictures below capture just a snapshot of the work these students partake in during the day.

Walking School Bus

Please click on and complete the 'Walking School Bus Sign-Up' Google Form below if you would like to sign-up as a volunteer to help assist with our newly formed Walking School Bus initiative. This 'bus' will follow a designated route with a volunteer picking up children on the route path and safely getting them to school. The purpose of this bus is to help kids get active, reduce traffic and congestion close to the school, and promote safe group walking for those who already walk to school. This bus meets at Pheasant Run Apartments parking lot at 7:45 am on Wednesdays. Walking School Bus will run October thru December 6th and resume in the Spring.

Title Reading Parent Informational Night

Thursday, Oct. 19th, 6:30pm

1140 15th Street

DeWitt, IA

There will be an informational meeting held in the media center for parents of students not meeting benchmark and receiving additional reading support. Letters will be going out in the coming weeks to notify parents of those students who qualify.

Counselor Corner


In Guidance we will be spending time talking about A.L.I.C.E. This has begun by reading a story to introduce A.L.I.C.E. which is a protocol we follow when there is a danger at the school. A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The story “I’m Not Scared… I’m Prepared! Because I know All About ALICE” helps students prepare for when Office Justin Witt, our Resource Officer comes to school to train them on what to do in response to a danger. We want students to be safe at all times and the best way to be safe is to always be prepared. Here are some wonderful tips so that we all stay safe:

  1. Following the directions the first time. Not standing around asking, “But why?”.

  2. STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to announcements at the time they are given.

  3. Evacuation is always the best defense if the information indicates it is safe to do so.

  4. Education and empowerment are the keys to preparation and relieving fear.

Watch Dogs Update

We had an amazing turnout at our Watch DOGS kickoff event on September 12th! Thank you ‘Dads’ for attending and joining your students to listen to the short presentation and eat some pizza! Please be sure to go online to signup.com to sign up for your Watch DOGS volunteer days. A link has been sent to any dads who completed the background check and the registration form. If you did not receive an email, please let me know. If you would like more information on Watch DOGS or were not able to attend the kickoff event and would like to join Watch DOGS, please feel free to contact Molly Prombo at: 563-659-4763 or molly.prombo@cd-csd.org