The Rams Report

The Pulse of Yorkville Elementary School

A Message From the Principal

Wow! It's hard to believe that March has already come and gone. Last month was a whirlwind of learning experiences, celebrations, competitions, projects and field trips. The month of April is shaping up to be no different. Spring break is right around the corner. When classes resume, only six and a half weeks of the school year will remain. As we enter the home stretch, it will be important for students to continue to focus on their learning and end the year by continuing to put forth their best effort.

To learn more about day-to-day adventures at Yorkville, please check out the information below. Thank you for your continuous support and involvement!

Mrs. Amy Foszpanczyk

March Highlights

The first graders read many Dr. Seuss books this month. At the end of this author study, they dressed up and had their own "Wacky Wednesday." On St. Patrick's day the students helped make green eggs and ham. They also created the book, "Green Eggs and Ham - The Rest of the Story."

The students in Mrs. Torres' class have been keeping data on how many lion and lamb days there have been in the month of March. Everyone in the class decided that they like lamb days best! As a special surprise, Mrs. Torres' parents brought in a real lamb named Twinkles to visit with the class. Some students even got to feed her with a bottle!

The second grade students held the annual Living Museum. Each student researched a famous American. For the museum, they dressed up like the subject of their research and shared the individual's life story. This is one of the students' favorite days of the year!​

The third graders have been very busy. Students shared their love of reading by creating paper bag book reports. In science, the students completed a unit of study focused on human body systems. During the unit, the students learned about the parts of the brain and made brain hats. The third graders also completed a human body project and shared all the facts they learned. The students also read a story entitled, The Albertosaurus Mystery. After completing the book, students learned about what a paleontologist was and experienced what it was like to dig for dinosaur bones. They finished the job and also assembled the bones into a dinosaur. Finally, the third graders found some time to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and St. Patrick's Day!

The Kohl's Wild Theater visited Yorkville Elementary and performed two skits for the students in grades 4K-3rd grade. The "Tale of Two Hemispheres" was a big hit with all of the students.

Fourth grade students have been studying fractions and completed a hands-on activity using M&Ms. The students also had an opportunity to meet Mr. Don Nielsen and his service dog, Conway. The visit was arranged after students read "The Right Dog for the Job".

Sixth grade math students have had an eventful month. Students worked with Skittles to demonstrate their understanding of mean, median, mode and range. They also celebrated Pi Day on March 14th with a Pi Bee Competition, eating circular treats, learning about the history of Pi, why it is such a special number and how it is used in math. Grace Hansen was named the 2017 Sixth Grade Pi Day Bee Champion! Grace memorized 86 digits of the number Pi!

During March, sixth grade students read the book, The City of Ember. Each student then contributed to "building" the city on a bulletin board in class. They spent a lot of time and effort making sure it looked like the map in the book. They did a fantastic job!

The sixth graders also participated in an ELA March Madness Book Bracket. Each class nominated 16 books to be included in their brackets. The students presented summaries of the books and then the class voted on which book "wins" and advances to the next round. Each student also filled out a bracket. This was a fun way to celebrate reading!

Seventh grade scientists tested the impact of humans on their ecosystems in a bottle!

Yorkville's forensics team participated in a competition at Union Grove Elementary School. Yorkville had the most participants in the competition. Of the fourteen presentations, Yorkville students earned 12 blue ribbons and 2 red ribbons. Congratulations!

Representatives from Community State Bank visited Yorkville and facilitated the MyLIFE Essentials program with our eighth graders. The students participated in activities designed to increase their financial literacy.

The junior high students attended the Milwaukee Admirals Education Game! Students thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

The Yorkville choir participated in Choral Fest at Union Grove High School. In addition, students had the opportunity to attend a production of Beauty and the Beast at the Fireside Theater.

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars...

Battle of the Books Competition - April 3rd

Election Day - April 4th

Inter-generational Fair (Grades K - 6) - April 5th

Culver's Band Fundraiser - April 7th from 12:00 - 10:00

Mass Band Concert - April 7th at 6:30 @ UGHS

Battle of the Books Competition - April 10th

Track Practice Begins - April 10th

Kindergarten Screening - April 12th

Spring Break - April 13th through April 23rd

Classes Resume - April 24th

Battle of the Books Competition - April 24th

8th Grade Graduation Parent Meeting - April 26th at 5:15 (Library)

School Board Meeting - April 26th at 7:00 (Room 112)

5th Grade Reading Fair - April 27th at 5:00

PTO Meeting - April 27th at 6:30 (Library)

PTO Update

The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 in the library. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

PTO is planning a Subway Night for May 19th. Enjoy dinner with your family and support the Yorkville PTO at the same time. More details will be coming soon!

Keep saving Box Tops and turning them in to your child's homeroom. We will be collecting Box Tops until May 1st.

Summer Bridge

We are partnering with the Learning Shop to promote summer learning through Summer Bridge Activities. Research indicates that most children experience a "summer slide" and lose some of what they have learned during the school year. Summer Bridge Activities make it easy for children to practice and review what they have learned and also preview material that will be covered in the upcoming school year. Summer Bridge Activities were created by classroom teachers and are based on national and state standards. Each book includes 15-minute daily activities in reading, writing, math, and language arts with bonus activities in geography and science. The books are available for pre-kindergarten through seventh grade. Order forms can be accessed by clicking here. Simply print off the form and turn it in to your child's teacher by April 28th. Orders will be delivered to the school and distributed to families by May 26th.