Kegonsa Family Newsletter


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September 25, 2021

I would like to thank our school community for all your care and vigilance around Covid. While we are seeing an uptick in the common cold, we so far are successful at keeping Covid at bay. We couldn't do it without your extra vigilance.

Our Gilly Gran Prix is Thursday. We are so excited to run and raise a bit of money for our music program at Kegonsa. If you are able to donate you can do so online. Here is the link to do so. ALL proceeds go directly to purchase xylophones for K-5 music. We are about 1/4 of the way towards our goal.

Have a lovely weekend,


Thank you to our Gilly Gran Prix Sponsors!

  • Aireserv Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Holt Real Estate Team Powered By Keller Williams
  • Kicks Unlimited
  • Nap-N-Hill Farm Custom Meats
  • Pizza Pit of Stoughton
  • Stoughton Tumblers
  • Viking Day Camp
  • Weebleworld Child Care Center & Learning Academy


As a reminder, all Elementary School students that attend High School football games must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or another adult. There are student sections for both High School and Middle School students, but not for Elementary School students.

Elementary School students are not allowed in the Middle and High School student sections and should not be left alone to run around or play on the hill without a parent or adult nearby watching them.

Our goal is for these games to be a fun and safe place for students and families. Thank you for staying with your child at the game and keeping them safe.

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Virtual Book Fair is OPEN!

I just wanted to let you know that the virtual Book Fair is now open! If you or someone you know are interested in ordering some book fair books for your student, you can follow this link! The virtual Book Fair is open from now until October 22, and books will ship after the 22nd. All books ordered through our virtual Book Fair will be shipped to Kegonsa and distributed to students. (Feel free to let me know if they're supposed to be a surprise for the student so I can wrap them up in something opaque.) We will also have an in-person Book Fair in the library from October 13-October 21. More information will be coming about that as we get closer to the 13th.

Trek Bicycle Free Event October 2nd

Trek Bicycle is hosting a free bike tune up and small repair event at Sandhill Elementary School on Saturday, October 2nd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bounce Back for Elementary Students

Bounce Back is a school-based group intervention for elementary students who have been exposed to stressful events. With 20-50% of American children experiencing stress within their families, at their schools, and in their communities, it is essential to support children in their resilience. This group teaches students ways to cope and bounce back from stressful experiences.

Each elementary school in Stoughton will implement this 10 week program with select students in the 4th grade. Every 4th grade student will complete the screening process in October unless parents/guardians choose to opt them out. From there, select individuals will complete an additional interview process with the student services team to determine if they are a good fit for the group. The Bounce Back group will begin in January, meeting once a week at school. Additional information and passive (opt out) consent forms will be provided to families during the week of September 27th.

Visual Arts

At Kegonsa we care deeply about exposing our students to the visual arts. We do so through our art classes and Wit and Wisdom curriculum. One additional way that we are highlighting visual arts is through a rotating collection of art prints of famous artists. This year we are highlighting artists Romare Bearden, Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Matisse, and Jean Michael Basquiat. Don't be surprised if your students start noticing more art and artists out and about.
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Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information

Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.

Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.

COVID symptoms? Stay home! We know your student doesn’t want to miss school, but if your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home to avoid infecting others. Our Self-Screening quicksheet lists COVID symptoms and what to do if your student has one or more. Remember to screen your child for symptoms every morning and night.

Using the Student COVID-19 Form: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact, start by keeping your student at home, calling your school’s attendance line, completing the Student COVID-19 Form, then contacting your health care provider. We will help you through the process.

SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)

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No Fever Reducers, Cough Drops, Etc. for the school year

Unless your child has a known health condition such as an injury or migraine that would require a pain reliever (like Tylenol or ibuprofen), we are asking that you do not provide these during this school year as these medications could mask (cover up) symptoms of COVID-19. If these medications are needed, please have your child’s healthcare provider sign the medication form and indicate a specific timeframe. In addition, if your child needs to have cough drops at school, the medication form will also have to be signed by your child’s healthcare provider and indicate a specific timeframe.

Picture retakes on October 7th.

Picture retakes will take place at Kegonsa on October 7th.

Students that took pictures in August should have come home with their proofs on Friday!

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Our Antiracism Project is Back: See September’s Resources

The purpose of the Antiracism Project is to advance our district’s Educating for Equity efforts by providing resources, information, and opportunities to support recognized events, locally, nationally, and internationally. View this month’s resources here.

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We Are Allergy Aware

We take the medical needs of our students seriously. We ask that our students and families consider the medical needs of others before sending ANY nut or nut products to school with your children. Please swap out food items containing nuts for other healthy snacks.

Family Resources

Click here for a list of family resources including lists of food pantries, community meals, personal essentials, showers & laundry, mental health and crisis intervention.

Reach out to Kayla McDermot with any questions!

Kayla McDermot (Kegonsa Elementary and Sandhill Elementary) 608-440-0270

Office and School Hours

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00p.m. Doors open at 7:35 a.m.

Important Information

Bully Harassment

  • Bullying/Harassment form
  • Submit a Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) ticket. If you see or hear something, say something. The easiest way to submit a ticket is to go to, access the Student Portal, and select “Submit a tip.”

TAHER foodservice

Breakfast/Lunch Menus


  • Students may choose to participate in breakfast and/or lunch daily
  • No sign up needed
  • Morning milk in the classroom is NOT included. Milk is $.40 per day for students who DO NOT qualify for free/reduced meals
  • Please check your Infinite Campus Portal account to ensure funds are available or to add funds to your account
  • Breakfast and lunch will be prepackaged and may include hot and/or cold items.

Nurtured Heart for Families

THE most powerful action that you can do to support your child (or others you interact with) in learning self-regulation, building stronger relationships, and understanding their greatness is to lean into 3-second noticings over...and over...and over again.

Say out loud all the things that you see them doing all the time, 3-seconds at a time.

  • “I saw you put the dishes in the washer. Thank you.”

  • “I heard you singing. It was beautiful!”

  • “I noticed you stopped to calm yourself before you answered me.”

  • “I appreciated your help getting out the door this morning.”

  • “You are always so helpful with (insert pet’s name). Thank you.”

Set yourself a goal of 5 noticings an hour to start. That’s only a 15-second commitment per hour! It’s these little intentional interactions that make the biggest impact. It’s so simple and yet so hard.

To your Greatness, Humanity, & Significance

Amy, (Karla & Sara Jane )

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Kegonsa Elementary School

Ms. Conrad, Principal (877-5201)

Mrs. Sannes, Dean of Students (208-3468)

Mrs. Cole-Wells, Admin Assistant (877-5202)

Mr. Schultz, School Counselor (877-5229)

Mrs. McDermot, School Social Worker (440-0270)

Ms. Menon, School Psychologist

Ms. Hart, Health Assistant (877-5204)


IC Parent Portal: Need assistance with your IC parent portal? Please complete the IC parent portal support form linked here.

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