April Wolf Tracks Newsletter
Rawson Elementary School
Principal's Update: April
Hello Rawson Community!
There is a lot to be excited about at Rawson! As you'll read in this edition of Wolf Tracks, there are SO many upcoming opportunities for our students!
A leadership quote that has always resonated with me is that effective leaders redefine school spirit as "creating a place where people want to show up, not feel like they have to show up" (Character Strong).
This is what we are striving to build and maintain at Rawson. We inadvertently lost a bit of our essence during the pandemic. However, we are determined to get it back ten-fold! I can already feel the growing energy from our students... a sense of belonging... a sense of community!
I enjoy being a part of all of it!
Principal, Rawson Elementary School
Congratulations to Mrs. Jahns!
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT OUR STAFF VS. STUDENTS BASKETBALL GAME?!?
Here is a little bit more about the purpose and how students earned the opportunity by modeling "pawsitive" behavior expectations throughout the building...
Rawson engages in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which is a process for students and staff to continually improve through the implementation of positive behavior supports. Utilizing PBIS, we establish clear expectations for students and we work towards teaching, modeling, and reinforcing appropriate behaviors school-wide. We also celebrate our progress with various incentives!
Recently, we held a school-wide incentive and it was a HUGE success! A big thank you goes out to the Rawson PBIS team for pulling off such a great event! This was a huge a win for the type of school spirit described in my opening. It builds community in a special way. Consider this: for most of our youngest students, this was the first all-school fun-focused assembly they have ever experienced!
15,000 PAWS- pajama party held in December
20,000 PAWS- student vs. staff basketball game in March
25,000 PAWS- DIY Grass-heads!
Sorce Martial Arts: Impact: Impact!
Coming to Rawson!
Here is the sign-up link
Volunteers at Rawson
Rawson is happy to announce that, because of the very low incidence of COVID in our community and schools, volunteers are once again welcome inside the school building. All of our volunteers need to complete a background check to serve in the school, but that process is online and only takes a few days to clear. Teachers are brainstorming ideas to take advantage of volunteers! If you have an interest, please reach out to your student’s teacher to let him or her know, and feel free to suggest specific ways you’d like to help. We’re excited for the opportunity to have parents back in the school – not only for your help but for you to see the excellent education your student receives!
District Art Show!
The first Annual Elementary District-wide Art Show!
Mark your calendars…
When: Wed. April 27, 2022, 5:00-7:00 pm
Where: South Milwaukee High School Commons, Enter through Door 9
Who: Every K-5th grade elementary Artist in SM will have an artwork on display
Families welcome! Come and celebrate your young artist’s creativity!
Students need access to healthy meals, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why students who usually get free or reduced price meals may be able to get temporary food benefits through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program (P-EBT).
Speak Up, Speak Out Wisconsin
The School District of South Milwaukee partners with SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT (SUSO) hosted by The Wisconsin Department of Justice. SUSO is a comprehensive, one-stop place to turn to with your concerns regarding school safety. A facet of the Resource Center that we are particularly pleased to share with Wisconsin students and parents is the threat reporting system. The SUSO threat reporting system is available 24/7 and is free to all. Students can submit a school safety concern by accessing the app on their Chromebook or by visiting speakup.widoj.gov. Resource Center staff work around-the-clock to respond to reports and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement and counselors.
Traffic Reminder: Drop-off / Pick-up
-15th Avenue (West entrance)
-Rawson Avenue (East Playground-side entrance)
*Please make sure to obey all traffic and cross-walk laws at all times. SMPD will be patrolling the area during these high-density times to ensure everyone's safety.
WOLF OF THE WEEK WINNERS
Wolf of the Week is an internal school award which celebrates the demonstration of positive character traits by our Rawson students. Our awesome Rawson staff will be selecting a variety of students per week who have continually demonstrated the SM Way Character Traits of honesty, kindness, perseverance, responsibility, and respect.
(Please keep in mind, these winners are not an exhaustive list. We have many children who consistently demonstrate strong character throughout their school day!)
Congratulations to the following Rawson Wolves! 🎉
Attendance Expectations and Absence Reporting
Student attendance is required on all regularly scheduled school days per Wisconsin State Statue. Wis. Stat. Sec. 118.16(4)(d) and 118.15(1)(f)
Classroom teachers will be taking regular attendance on all school days, Monday - Friday.
Absence reporting is required every regular school day, Monday through Friday. (Absences do not need to be reported on No School days.)
Useful Links, Quick References, Important Dates:
No School April 15th-18th
Early Dismissal, elementary students: April 27th, 2:05 release