Abrams Elementary School

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FEBRUARY 2020 Volume 7, Issue 11

Mark your Calendar:

February 17: No School in Session, Professional Development Day.

March 6: Vacation Day, No School in Session.

April 10 and 13: Vacation Days, Easter Break.


This week teachers started teaching students about being prepared for all types of safety events. We have been practicing and participating in fire safety drills all school year. Spring is a time during the year when we typically learn about and practice tornado safety.

Last month I sent home a letter explaining new safety procedures and practices the school is implementing. We have practiced "lock down" drills for many years. This is where we announce that there is an intruder in the building or that we need to keep the hallways clear so all staff and students are to stay in rooms until an all clear is given.

This year we are moving to a more informed practice where staff is given as much information as possible about the situation in the building so he/she can make an informed decision on how to best keep your child and themselves safe. Learning began this week around being prepared and ready to listen for instructions. Each week in February the staff will have a lesson dealing with safety procedures.

Watch for information coming home at the end of February regarding Parent/Teacher Conference sign up as well as our annual Seroogy's Fundraiser in March.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your child or school.

Mrs. Michalski

Notes from the Office

Oconto Falls School District Presentation - Safe Learning Environments - Parents and community members - Please join us in the High School PAC on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. to learn how the district is continuing their efforts to provide a safe learning environment for your children.

Open Enrollment: This year’s Open Enrollment application period will take place between February 4th and April 30th. The Wisconsin Open Enrollment program allows children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live. Early and late applications will not be accepted. Parents may apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe If you do not have access to a computer, call or stop in at the district office.

If your child is currently attending under Open Enrollment, it is not necessary to complete an application form; your child will remain an active student through 12th grade.

Oconto Falls School District 4K Registration

(Abrams and Oconto Falls Elementary Schools registration at one location)

  • Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020.

  • District residency or Open Enrollment required

Dates: February 20th and 25th

Time: 4:30-7:00 PM

Where: Oconto Falls School District Office

200 Farm Road

Oconto Falls, WI 54154

What to bring:

  • Birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency (utility bill, rental agreement, cell phone bill, etc.)

  • Proof of Open Enrollment Application (Parents may apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe)

If you can’t make it, please contact either Abrams Elementary (920)826-5819 or Oconto Falls Elementary (920)848-4476 to register.

All Arts Day: On Friday, April 17th, 2020 we will once again be presenting the All Arts Day program where parent and community volunteers share their artistic talents with our students. It is a chance for students to see that art is all around them in a variety of forms. But to make it work, we need your help. Could you teach a small group of students how to take a good photograph? Scrapbook? Tie a fishing lure? Decorate a cake? Dance a polka? Make play-dough? The possibilities are endless, but we need about 25 volunteers to make the day work. Interested in being a presenter? Please contact the office (826-5819) for more information or to volunteer. Thanks.

School Dress Up Days:

February 7: Plaid Day

February 14: Red/Pink/White Day

February 21: Pajama Day

February 28: Twin Day


The deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter is Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The office staff needs time to add, proof and make sure things are ready to go at press time. Any articles submitted after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays will not be added until the next newsletter two weeks later. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Child Find Screening

Oconto Falls School District conducts developmental screenings for preschool age children (2 years, 9 months to 5 years, 0 months) who reside within the district. The purpose of the screening is to provide you with developmental information (speech, language, motor, pre-academics) on your child and to identify children who may need access to early intervention. Dates for 2020: February 7th, March 5th, April 3rd, and May 1st. Call and schedule your FREE screening today at 920-848-4476.

Nurses Notes

The Stomach bug:

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

• Headache

• Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only if fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication)

• Vomiting (even once in a 24 hour period)

• Diarrhea (even once in a 24 hour period)

• Chills

General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

• Wash hands frequently

• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Phy-Ed News

Wow, is it 2020 already? We got back into the swing of things by reviewing our rules and expectations. This will help us stay focused and have fun as we move through the rest of the year.

There is excitement in the air as we prepare for our “Kids Heart Challenge” (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) event. We have our goal this year of raising $9,000.00 for the American Heart Association. With great new incentives this year, the students and I are anticipating another successful event on February 25th!

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Grades K, 1 & 2

8:15 - 9:45 (Snack at 9:45)

12:45 - 2:15 (Snack at 2:15)

All the information came home already. If you would like to volunteer and help us during the event, please return the slip at the bottom of the information letter sent home. It takes everyone to make this an awesome event!!! A week before our event, I’ll be sending home a letter asking some classes to bring in about a dozen snacks to share with the rest of the school on the event date. I appreciate your help with this!!! I thank you in advance for your help! If you have any questions, please call me at school.

Fit Kids: February 13, 18 & 20

Save the dates and come join the jun!!

Mrs. Rochon

Food Service - Job Opportunity

Job Opening in Food Service at Abrams:

Looking to get out of the house? Earn a little extra income?

Have off when your children are off? Then we have the job for you.

We will have job opening scanning meals and helping clean up the kitchen.

Monday-Friday 10:30-1:00 on all school days.

You can pick up an application at the Abrams office or call

Jenni Faccio, Food Service Director at 920-848-4466, ext. 1

if you are interested.

Community and District News


Hosted by Oconto Falls High School FBLA and Oconto Falls High School

WHEN: Friday, February 21st, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

COST: $7 per child WITH PARENT, $3 for each additional child (tickets sold at door)
WHO: Students in grades 4K - 5th with a parent/guardian
LOCATION: OFHS Wrestling Gym
Bring a parent and join the party filled with dancing, snacks, and so much more fun! Dressing up is optional but encouraged! Come party with Oconto Falls FBLA at the 3rd annual Prince & Princess Dance!

Spring Craft and Vendor Show:

Hosted by Oconto Falls High School

OFHS Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Sunday, March 29th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
OFHS Student Council is hosting a craft and vendor show with over 40 local crafters and vendors displaying their items! Admission is $1 for those over 12.

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