Ekstrand Elementary

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

Dates to Remember

Unpack Your Backpack Night: Tuesday August 21st 5 -6 p.m.

1st Day of School K-3: Thursday August 23rd

1st Day of Pre-School: Monday August 27th

No School: Monday September 3rd - Labor Day / Friday October 19th

Ekstrand School Picture Day: Friday September 7th

Watch DOGS Pizza Party: Tuesday September 18th 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Ekstrand Cafeteria

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Wednesday October 17th 1:30-7:30 p.m. and Thursday October 18th 3:30-7:30

https://youtu.be/yP65xdJcNWA

Mr. Miller's Contact Information

E-mail: mike.miller@cd-csd.org

Office Phone: 563-659-0750

Twitter: @MMILLERSF

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NEW TEACHING STAFF

Kim Burzlaff

Mrs. Burzlaff has served as a substitute teacher at Ekstrand and the Intermediate building for the past couple of years. This school year she will be joining the 2nd Grade teaching team. She served as a teacher in the Calamus-Wheatland School District for two years before taking time off to serve as a full time mother for her children. Mrs. Burzlaff is married to Dan and they live on a farm west of Welton. She has four children Aliva (15), Elyce (13), Grace (9), Zane (6) that all are students within the district. Kim is most excited about building a classroom family environment and getting to know her students. We are excited for Kim to be joining our Ekstrand team!

Emily Heckroth

Ms. Heckroth is a recent graduate from the University of Northern Iowa. She completed her student teaching in the North Scott School District and is originally from Grimes, Iowa. She enjoys running, scrapbooking, and playing with her dog in her free time. She is looking forward to observing the growth of her students over the course of the upcoming school year. Emily's passion for teaching and developing relationships with students will make her an great contributor to our third grade team.

Courtney Janaszak

Ms. Janaszak will be entering her seventh year of teaching this upcoming school year. She previously served as an Elementary Art Teacher in the Van Buren School District. She will continue teaching Art at Ekstrand. Additionally, she will be assisting with the implementation of a variety of PBIS supports. We are thrilled to bring Courtney aboard our Ekstrand team and are excited about the energy she will be bringing to our staff. In her free time Courtney enjoys watching superhero movies, traveling. playing with her dog, and trying out new foods.

Courtney Burmeister

Ms. Burmeister is a graduate of Central DeWitt. She recently obtained her Elementary Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She will be joining the 2nd grade team here at Ekstrand Elementary and is most excited about getting to know her students and seeing them grow. Ms. Burmeister has a great ability to establish relationships with all students and assist them in reaching their potential. Some of her hobbies include working out, hanging out with family and friends, and taking trips to the farmer's market.

Drop Off / Pick Off Procedure Reminders


I wanted to send out a reminder of our drop off procedures at Ekstrand as we look to start another school year. These procedures are in place to ensure the safe arrival of all our students who are being dropped off in the circle drive. Please assist us by following these guidelines and allowing for the safe arrival of all students at our building.



1. Please have your child get out of your vehicle on the curbside (right side). We are asking parents to please stay in their vehicles while your child exits the car to not impede the flow of traffic.


2. Please say your good-byes to your child(ren) prior to going through the circle drive. This allows us to maintain a steady pace around the circle drive , and allows parents to get through the drop off zone quicker and arrive at their next destination in a timely manner. If you feel it necessary to assist your child out of the car please park your car on 15th street and drop off or walk your child up the side walk that leads to the front doors.


3. Please pull up past the cones. We strive to get three cars just beyond the crosswalk.


4. Do not park in the circle drive. If you need to go in the building, please park on the street and walk-up the side-walk leading to the front doors.


5. Children arriving prior to 8 a.m. and not eating breakfast will go around back and wait to enter the building. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:40- 8:00 a.m.


6. Please inform grandparents, daycare providers, or anyone different than yourself that may pick up your child, so they are informed of our drop off procedures.


Thanks for your assistance in following these guidelines. Our staff has your child's safety as their number one priority. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me.

CHANGES TO EKSTRAND LUNCH

Please click on the link below to access a letter from our Nutrition Director, Dede Wagener, that outlines some changes that will be made in regards to how students are provided their school lunches this upcoming school year.


Letter from Nutrition Director

Guidance

Guidance:

Welcome to a new school year! Getting back into a routine can be a struggle for some; especially waking up for school time again! :) Below are some tips on making the transition to school a little easier.

· Establish a bedtime routine and stick with it-be sure that your child is getting

enough sleep.

· The night before, lay out clothes and get backpack together (make sure that you

have your child assist with this to teach responsibility).

· Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.

· If packing a lunch make sure to include more healthy things other than sweets or chips.

You can also leave an encouraging note for them.

· Establish a good line of communication with the teacher so that you can be aware

of any changes in behavior or academic progress that your child may be

experiencing.

· Set aside time after school for homework and to check your child’s folder.

· Do not over schedule your child in extracurricular activities. I suggest one activity

at a time.


Watch DOGS

Calling all WATCH DOGS! It’s time to get our school year started and that includes our WATCH DOGS! The students and staff enjoy seeing the WATCH DOGS in the hallways and helping in their classrooms. This year we will be kicking off the year with a Pizza Party event for new and returning volunteers.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, September 18th @ 5:30pm-6:30pm

  • WHERE: Ekstrand Elementary School Cafeteria

Bring your student(s) to enjoy some food and fun while you sign up for your volunteer day!

If you are unable to make it and would like to be a Watch DOG, please contact Molly Johnson at molly.prombo@cd-csd.org OR (563) 659-4763.



What is Watch DOGS you ask:

WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-3 program at Ekstrand Elementary which invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Fathers and father figures sign up to volunteer at the Pizza Party or by contacting Mrs. Johnson. WatchDOG dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.

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PTO

The Central Dewitt PTO would like to welcome all new and returning students and families back to school! The PTO’s goal is to foster a nurturing and caring environment that strives for continued parent involvement in helping build a better educational environment for our children. There are endless possibilities in ways you can help. Whatever your own level of flexibility, Central Dewitt PTO always appreciates their parent volunteers, as does our teachers and staff. Whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours, your ideas, your time, and your talents are truly needed. Please come along and join us - this is your PTO and as a member you can help us achieve these goals. We need your ideas and your energy. Stop by our table at unpack your backpack night and get a treat. Our First meeting is September 4th 2018 in the CIS Media Center.


2018 PTO Welcome Letter

Central DeWitt PTO Facebook Link

DeWitt Community Library Information

ALL PROGRAMS WILL START THE WEEK FOLLOWING LABOR DAY



  • Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 6:30 - - FAMILY Story Time - - for all families with young children




  • Wednesday mornings from 9:00 until 9:45 - - PRESCHOOL Story Time thru the Alphabet - - for 3, 4, and 5 year olds




  • The 2nd Saturday of each month - - from 11:00-11:45 - - KIDS' KLUB for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd graders - - stories, crafts, experiments, and snacks!




  • The 2nd AND 4th Saturday of each month - - from 9:00-9:45 - - KINDERMUSIK for 2's, 3's, and 4 year olds - - music and moving, singing and instruments, a craft and a snack!

DEWITT PARKS & REC INFORMATION

The Parks & Recreation Fit Kids Early Out Program will be held at Ekstrand Elementary this year during early outs. The early out program this year will be have extended hours (1:00-4:30 PM). Please click the link below to access the program flyer.


Flyer Link