Decorah Newsletter

February 2016

Decorah Goes West

What an amazing concert we had last week! The students were sure proud to show off their hard work over the course of the last few months! Here are a few snapshots of the concert as captured by our audience! Thank you to Mrs. Nordstrom, the staff, and all of the volunteers for their hard work putting this show together!

Arrival Procedures

Students are not to be dropped off before 8:15 (breakfast) or 8:20 (playground) unless they are enrolled in Kids Connection through the YMCA. There are too many students being dropped off before supervision is available. Students who arrive prior to the designated time are unsupervised, therefore early drop off is strongly discouraged.

The back parking lot is only available until 7:15 am for Kids Connection drop-off. All student drop-off at regular time must be done from the front of the building.

Severe Weather and Your Phone Numbers

As we prepare for the cold weather, please review with your child the plan if school gets called early – take the bus, go to Grandma’s etc. Always check the district website for the most up to date closing schedule. This site, along with the radio and television stations, will post closings as they are reported. The district also implements an emergency notification system that will contact your phone(s) directly. The number you provided in Skyward has been programmed in to this system and you will receive a call to that number when school is cancelled. It is essential that we have your correct and current phone number so you get the information as it comes out.

Attendance Policy

Wisconsin Statute 118.15 and 118.16 and Board Policy 431 state that a parent may excuse a student for up to 10 days in a school year for any reason. It is asked that parents use discretion when deciding how to use these 10 school day absences. The statute and Board Policy also identifies a student as being "habitual truant" if he/she is absent without an acceptable excuse (unexcused) for all or part of 5 days in a school semester.

Once a child has reached 10 absences (including tardies and/or absences), medical excuses will be required in order to excuse the absence. If not provided, the absence will be marked as unexcused even if school has been notified of the absence.

Parents are notified via a mailed letter when the student reaches 5 days of absences (including tardies), has reached 2 unexcused absences in a semester, and as they get closer to the 10 days of absences (including tardies).

Please make it a habit to obtain a medical excuse for any appropriate absences (dentist, well-child visit, eye doctor, etc) as these do not count toward the 10 day allowed absences.

Please contact Mrs. Schneider or Mrs. Foss if you have concerns regarding your child's attendance or if you receive a letter and have questions.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten Enrollment for the West Bend School District will be held on Thursday, February 4 (8-8) and Friday, February 5 (8-5). If you have a child who will be 5 or older on or before September 1, 2016, please come in and enroll at the office. Knowing the number of incoming kindergarten students helps us as we plan for next school year. Please bring child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Other forms can be found online.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Applications for children who will be 5‑years‑old after September 1st but before December 1, 2016 must be submitted before March 15, 2016. Forms are available from Mrs. Becker, or for more information contact Joan Smart at 262-335-5425.

Upcoming Events

February 4th/5th: Kindergarten and 4K Registration

February 4th: Decorah Leaders to the YMCA after school

February 5th: 6:00 Movie Night @ Decorah (Minions) Parent Supervision Required

February 8th: 6:00 PTO Meeting

February 12th: Formal Lunch

February 12th: 5th Grade Course Selection Sheets

February 12th: PTO Admirals Game

February 15th: No School for Students--Staff Development Day

February 19th: Jump Rope for Heart Event