Van Brunt Newsletter

March 2018 Edition

A Note from the Principal

Dear Van Brunt Families,

It's hard to believe March is here already!! The warmer weather has been welcome as it has helped dry up the water on the playgrounds. It almost felt like spring was here for a few days! Please keep an eye on the weather so your child is dressed appropriately for recess.

This is certainly going to be a busy and fun month. We are looking forward to seeing you at conferences on March 8th or 13th. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your child's teacher. Open communication is key to your child's success and we value your insight and input.

The art and science fair and 5th and 6th grade music concert are coming up on March 20th. These are wonderful ways your child can share their gifts with others! We hope you can join us for these events.

Students in grades three through six will be participating in the Wisconsin Forward Exam. This state assessment will begin the week of March 19th. Your child's teacher will share a schedule with you as we get closer. A flyer will be shared at conferences.

We are so proud of the continued hard work from our students and staff. So much learning is happening everyday at Van Brunt. We are looking forward to a great month and learning and growing together.

As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Lisa Sawyer

Van Brunt Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences


Teachers will be scheduling conferences with all students this spring. Conferences will be held on March 8th and 13th from 4:00 - 7:30. If you do not yet have a conference scheduled, please contact your child's teacher. This is an important time to discuss the progress your child has made this year and goals for the final quarter.

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April 3rd Referendum

This is an exciting time for the Horicon School District. Please take an opportunity to learn about the upcoming referendum. There are many ways to gather information. You can attend an open house, community event, or visit our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Kindergarten POPS

OurKindergartners were recognized in February for their positive behavior during our POPS assembly. Students recognized each other for ways that their classmates make Horicon Stronger
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Getting to know the Team of the Month

Team of the Month

For the month of March, Van Brunt would like to recognize our 1st grade team, Katie Curry, Nicole Schellpfeffer, and Kaylee Vick. Our Horicon Academy team Crystal Thurk, Carolyn Blohowiak, Lorie Schabel, and Jennifer Gratton, and our school psychologist, Lauren Liska. These individuals make Horicon stronger each day by giving their all to their profession as well as the students and staff at Van Brunt!

Kaylee Vick

My name is Miss Vick. This is my second year teaching at Van Brunt and my 9th year teaching. I love working at Van Brunt because it is a small community and I love being able to connect with families. On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my almost 11 month old daughter Kynzlee and soon to be husband Jeff. I also enjoy spending time with my nephew Jackson and niece Avery. We enjoy spending time as a family exploring new restaurants, sights and enjoy just being busy.

Nicole Schellpfeffer

This is my 6th year teaching at Van Brunt. I taught 2nd grade for one year and have spent the last 5 years teaching first grade. I love my coworkers and my students. They make me laugh every day, and I love being a part of the learning that happens each day. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my niece (Marlee) and nephew (Jaxson), seeing my friends, exploring new places, and playing outside with my dog, Bella.

Katie Curry

This is my eighth year teaching in Horicon. I enjoy getting to know all my students and watching all of their growth throughout the year. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and son, going shopping, and reading!

Crystal Thurk

My name is Crystal Thurk. I have been employed by the Horicon School District for 13 year as a special education teacher. I am passionate about helping all students achieve their true potential! Horicon is a wonderful place to work because of all the devoted educators who collaborate together as a team to make this school a more positive environment. I have a loving husband and two small little kiddos. On our free time we enjoy family game nights, swimming and going camping.

Carolyn Blohowiak

I moved to Horicon in April 2004 from Waukesha with my husband, Greg, and my 5 year old son, Trevor. I volunteered in Trevor's classrooms from kindergarten through 2nd grade until I got hired at Van Brunt in January of 2007. I first worked in Early Childhood with Holly Miller, then I also worked with Rachel Zastrow in Early Childhood until we became the 4k team for 4 years. When I needed a change I switched to Special Ed with Crystal Thurk, and am in my 3rd year. I love to feed and watch the birds and squirrels in my yard (and they are great entertainment for my dog and 2 cats), tend to my flowers in the summer, go fishing with Greg & Trevor, go to dinner with my girlfriends and visit my family in Waukesha County as much as possible.

Jennifer Gratton

My bachelor's degree is in early childhood/elementary education and I have had various experiences working with children with special needs over the past ten years. This is my third year working at Van Brunt. Seeing our students make progress is very rewarding! I live in Horicon with my husband and three children. I enjoy spending time with my family fishing, hiking, and camping. Our next adventure we have planned is a trip to Yellowstone National Park this coming summer.

Lori Schabel

I have been with the school district about 6 years. I love working with the special education children, seeing them master new skills. I feel like I am doing what I was put on this earth to do, helping people who a lot of times are misunderstood. In my spare time I like to read and put 1,000 piece puzzles together. I work in the local food pantry and help out in Milwaukee with homeless people.

Perfect Attendance Winners

We had an individual challenge for perfect attendance for the month of February. Those who were in class and on time every day for the month of February earned a ticket to the Milwaukee Bucks Game. Parents need to choose a game and send their choice in to get tickets sent to them. Great job to all of those who won a ticket!


The Horicon PTO Glow Bingo For Books was a huge success. We had over 120 people attend and over 30 winners walk away with new books! We had so much fun that we hope to make this an annual event!

The new Box Top For Education bulletin board is up and the teachers are skiing, snowboarding or bobsledding down the hill. We will have to wait and “ski” which class can collect the most Box Tops this quarter. There is still plenty of time left, so please keep sending in Box Tops!
Have you ever thought about being on the PTO board? We will be holding nominations soon and would love for you to join! Please contact for more information.

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Farewell to Mr. Gutche

Welcome Mr. Elenteny

We are excited to welcome our long term sub for gym Alex Elenteny. He attended Carroll University and student taught for 18 weeks in a K-6 elementary school in Mukwonago. We are happy to have you aboard Alex!
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Blue Zones

Van Brunt Elementary School in Horicon was designated as a Blue Zones Project Approved school on Friday. Staff, students and families were on hand to celebrate. From left are Van Brunt Elementary School Principal Lisa Sawyer, Assistant Principal Cynthia Borgstrom, Horicon School District Administrator Richard Appel and fifth-grade teacher Nancy Keller.


Thursday, March 1 6:30 PTO In the Community Room

Thursday, March 1 5-7:00 Referendum Informational Meeting @ VB/HS

Saturday, March 3 8:00 Solo Ensemble @ the HS

Thursday, March 8 4-7:30 Parent Teacher Conference

Thursday, March 8 4-7:30 Referendum Open House

Tuesday, March 13 4-7:30 Parent Teacher Conference

Tuesday, March 13 4-7:30 Referendum Open House

Friday, March 16 9:10-11:40 Grade 5/6 To the Schauer Center

Monday, March 19 7:00 Board Meeting In the PLC

Tuesday, March 20 7:00 Grade 5/6 concert @ VB

Tuesday March 20 Art/Science Fair In the VB Gym

Friday, March 23 End of Third Quarter

March 26-March 30 Spring Break

Monday April 2 School Resumes