Oconto Falls Elementary School

Every Child...Every Day

December 2022

Upcoming Events & Calendars

Upcoming Dates...

12/23-1/1- No School for Winter Break

1/2- School is back in session

1/3- Partners In Education Meeting, 6:00-7:30 p.m. OFES Library

1/4- Early Release, 1:15 p.m.

1/12- F.A.C.E. Ceramics Party

1/18- Early Release, 1:15 p.m.

1/23 Professional Development for Staff- No School for Students

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OFES News & Information

PIE Fundraiser- Panther Clothing Sale Pick Up

Pick up for the PIE clothing fundraiser will be on Tuesday, December 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the gym at OFES. Please contact the main office if you have any questions at (920) 848-4476.

1st & 2nd Grade Concert

The 1st and 2nd grades put on a fantastic concert for us on Friday, December 9. Here is a link to the video from their performance. A big thank you to Karrie Judd for putting this video together for our families.
OFES 1st & 2nd Grade Concert 12092022


OFES staff would like to say thank you to the anonymous person who made this large toy donation to our Holiday Hope Program. This generous donation will help make the holidays brighter for many of our families. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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Zones of Regulation

In November, a letter about The Zones of Regulation was sent home to families. The letter is attached below. The purpose of the implementation of this curriculum is to teach children about self-regulation and how to strengthen their self-regulation skills. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management, and impulse control. During October, our school counselors taught The Zones of Regulation curriculum. All teachers are supporting this work by having a daily check-in with students. The "check-ins" encourage students to practice identifying their emotions and build and use tools within their "toolkit" to assist with emotional regulation.

We encourage our families to consider using The Zones of Regulation at home so students can have additional practice working on self-regulation skills across different environments within their lives. We have attached resources below to help families get started.

Read Aloud Books by Diane Alber

Click on the link below to access Spot read-aloud books by Diane Alber. Once you are directed to the page, please click on a book you would like to access. You will then be directed to the read aloud link where the book can be read to your child.
Create a Zones Check-In for Home
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Repeated Announcements

Resource from National Alliance on Mental Health

Here is a great resource that might be helpful for families who have questions about mental health or need assistance supporting others with mental health challenges.


Child Find


The Oconto Falls School District conducts developmental screenings for preschool-age children (ages 2 years, 9 months through 5 years) who reside within the district. The purpose of the screening is to provide you with developmental information on your child and to identify children who may need access to early intervention. Please call Oconto Falls Elementary School at (920) 848–4476 to schedule your child’s FREE screening appointment. Screenings typically last about a half hour and will be held at Oconto Falls Elementary School.

Screenings will be held on the following dates:

January 18th

February 15th

March 15th

April 19th

Shopping With Scrip (RaiseRight)

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Sports Contacts for OFES

Throughout the year, we will post information about sports opportunities available for our students. We have also attached a list of contacts for each organization so you are able to follow up if you have questions.
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Dress for Recess


Students should wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for our Wisconsin weather. Students are required to go outside for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero or it is raining. Therefore, it is important that students are dressed appropriately, especially when the weather is cold or damp. The following temperature guidelines have been developed to help with the selection of clothes. Parents are encouraged to direct their children to dress warmer than the temperature ranges indicated if they feel it is necessary. However, given the length of our recesses (15 or 20 minutes) and the active nature of play by most children, these guidelines should be appropriate for most.

Over 60 degrees - Short sleeved shirts and shorts are OK.

50 – 59 degrees - Long sleeved shirt.

40 – 49 degrees - Lighter jacket. If in the upper range, then a heavy hooded sweatshirt is OK.

Under 40 degrees - Winter jacket, hat or headband, mittens or gloves. K – 3 students are expected to wear snow pants outside if parents sent them to school with the child and the temperatures warrant their wear. Students in grades 4 – 5 may choose to wear/not wear snow pants on the blacktop area.

Snow conditions - When snow is present, snow pants and boots must be worn to play off the blacktop area. When the ground is sufficiently dry such that if students step off the blacktop area they will not track mud into the school and classrooms, then boots will not be required.

Older students (4th and 5th grade) often prefer not to wear boots at recess. When the asphalt is dry, this is not a problem. However, occasionally the asphalt area on the playground is snow covered or covered with slush (sometimes this happens during the school day). For that reason, we recommend that all students have a pair of boots available at school to wear during recess as needed.

Please note that these are approximate guidelines, not absolutes. If the temperatures are close to the next range, supervisors will use their discretion if they feel some modification is OK. If other conditions are present, such as heavy wind or a very light mist (one not hard enough to call for inside recess), then warmer dress will be called for.

It is highly recommended that each student have a heavy sweatshirt, sweater, or light jacket at school each day to allow for variations in temperature throughout the day.

Personal Possessions at School

Recently there have been issues involving toys brought from home, so we wanted to share this quick reminder regarding our personal possession policy.

The Student Handbook states:

"OFES discourages students from bringing valuable toys, games, or other items to school, as we do not wish to see these items stolen, damaged, or misused. Students are not allowed to play with these items in the classroom or to bring them onto the playground at recess. We have defined "valuable" to be items valued at $20 or more." Examples of items that cannot be used during the school day: Nintendo Switches, Amazon Fire Tablets, iPads, etc." However, we understand that some students have very long bus rides (some up to an hour) and that having access to these types of items may help them to pass the time. If you choose to allow your child to take these types of devices to school, please communicate to your child that the item is for use on the bus only and that the school cannot be responsible if the item is lost, stolen, or damaged. If a less valuable item can be substituted, please consider doing so. The school is not responsible for any possessions."

OFES Student Handbook 2022-2023

Personal Possessions, Page 8

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