Stone Bank School

Reaching Out, September 25, 2015

From the Principal

Dear Stone Bank Families:

I can hardly believe that we've nearly finished the month of September! It's been a great first few weeks of the school year. I'm enjoying getting to know all of you and your children.

Recently, I attended the first PTO meeting of the school year. The PTO board has a number of activities and fundraisers planned for this school year. If you are looking for a way to become involved in our school community, I hope you will consider attending a few meetings and perhaps helping out with one of the events planned for this year. Your participation is needed and valued. If your schedule only allows for a couple of hours a year that's OK! Many hands make for light work! The next meeting is Monday, October 12th at 6:30PM in the SB library.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Davies


Please SAVE THE DATE for our annual PTO Chicken Dinner and Auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 7th at Olympia Resort. Invitations will be mailed in early October. This is a fun night out you don't want to miss!

"BuckSkinners" Field Trip

As a fifth grade social studies teacher I am happy to report that a field trip we attended with the fourth graders this year to “Buckskinners” in Hartford was a great learning success! We also dodged the rain! Some things the fifth graders learned from this truly neat experience were many! Thanks goes to Sandy Workentine who set the field trip up:)

Our fifth graders learned that tipis had air vents at the top to allow smoke to escape from them as the fire was the main source of heat. When raining, or pouring, as it did on Thursday and Friday evenings, they learned that the tipi’s vent could be angled to keep the rain out and the smoke out as well. The buffalo hides that many of the kids sat on were parts of the natives beds that had wood as their frames. The students also learned that sometimes inside the tipis there were colors like red, blue, yellow, and white and it showed what tribe they represented. Some students learned that it took 2 hours to put up a tipi and that sometimes natives hung the horsetails of past horses on their tipis out of respect and honor for their horses. They also learned that the tipi has an inner liner that allows it to insulate and keep the heat in or the heat from the outside out. This same theory was learned about wool, which kept settlers warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Many of the settlers demonstrated knitting or crocheting and some of the kids purchased products made by settlers. Fifth grade students saw presentations on how scarves were dyed.

The kids found out that beeswax was mighty handy and was used by the blacksmith to coat metals and make them shiny after heating the fire to 2000-3000 degrees to bend the metal. The wax was also used to make candles that several of the children had opportunities to make. Many of our kids had the cool opportunity to throw a tomahawk into a round piece of tree, which they learned took skill or perhaps luck. Wigwams were built with tender trees so that they could be bent and the refined art of hunting, crafts and steel work impressed many students. Kids learned that rabbits were often trapped for food and that animal droppings were used once dry to build fires. Starting a fire was also something kids got to watch and learned how long it might take to get a fire started. We all learned a lot and the teacher is grateful for the tons of hands on learning that will be a great precursor for our unit on the Plains Indians:)

Mrs. Johnston 5th Grade Teacher and Social Studies Teacher

Parents & Members of the Stone Bank Community

With the beginning of the school year, sports and various after school activities become available to our student body. Please be aware there is no supervision on our playground, including the gaga pits after dismissal. School is dismissed at 2:30pm so parent/guardian supervision is the best practice. Students who remain in the building after dismissal must be in a supervised area, such as extended study (9th hour), or with a specific teacher or in an extracurricular activity.

Stone Bank School to Celebrate Unity Day

We are celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 21st. Please have your child wear ORANGE on that day to unite against bullying.

Forgotten Items

When your child has left a lunch, backpack, homework, band instrument or any other item that they may need here at school during the day, we ask that you drop it off in the main office. We prefer that parents do not take the items directly to the classrooms to maintain safety and unnecessary interruptions to instruction. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Monday Night Football

Monday, September 28th is PACKER DAY!!! Please wear your favorite PACKER apparel to school on Monday to support our Packers as they play Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Asbestos Free School

Notice is hereby given that our school is asbestos free. The contractors certified that all materials used in the construction of the school were asbestos free.

3rd Annual Oktoberfest in the Park

Great food, drink, family friendly activities and fun all day! The 3rd annual "Oktoberfest in the Park" is Saturday, October 3rd at the Stone Bank Community Park and Recreation Club. Bring the entire family for a great day of games and family fun. Visit the following website for detailed information.

8th Grade Musical

The 8th grade students are hard at work on their 2015 musical: Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. The evening performances will be Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th at 7:00pm in the Stone Bank Commons. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $4 for adults and $2 for K4-12th grade students. Please contact Mr. Ktorides at if you are interested in purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 and $3 for adults and students respectively.

Stone Bank Blood Drive

Be a HERO, donate a pint of blood to help save a life. Tuesday, September 29th 2:30pm - 6:30pm. Sign up sheet in the office.

Student Council Information/Updates

Annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Challenge - Beginning Thursday, October 1st the PB&J challenge will begin and run through the end of the month. Donations are given to Second Harvest to help feed the hungry. Help reach others by donating.

Boxtops - Please keep sending in your boxtops for education. The student council uses proceeds to fund service projects, helps support the food pantry, and provide assistance where needed as well as scholarships to summer leadership camps. We also collect milk caps and Piggly Wiggly receipts.

Leadership Camp - The Arrowhead Area Schools Leadership Camp will take place at Indian Mound Boy Scout Camp in Oconomowoc on Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th. Students wishing to participate in this leadership opportunity should contact Mrs. Wilson for the paperwork. It is open to students in 6th - 8th grade. Up to 15 students are invited to attend.

Weekly Planner

Monday, September 28

· 3rd grade swim class at AHS, 11:05am-12:25pm

· Scribbler Meeting 2:30pm-3:15pm, Ms. Bolinski’s room

Tuesday, September 29

· Special Board Meeting 7:15am

· 8th grade field trip 10:00am-2:25pm, Waukesha County Expo ~ Culver’s Hartland

· Community Blood Drive in Stone Bank Commons 2:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesday, September 30

· 3rd grade swim class at AHS, 11:05am-12:25pm

· Girls basketball practice begins

· 6th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country School 8:45am-10:15am

Thursday, October 1

· Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly challenge begins

· 7th & 8th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country School 8:45am-10:15am

Friday, October 2

· Arrowhead High School grade schools Cross Country Run 5:00pm start

Saturday, October 3

· 3rd annual Oktoberfest in the Stone Bank Community Park

Monday, October 5

· 6th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country School 8:45am-10:15am

· Scribbler Meeting 2:30pm-3:15pm, Ms. Bolinski’s room

Tuesday, October 6

· 7th & 8th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country School 8:45am-10:15am

Wednesday, October 7

· Sparkle Assembly 4K-5th grade 10:00am-10:25am

Thursday, October 8

· Leadership Camp 6th- 8th grade, Indian Mound Boy Scout Camp

Friday, October 9

· Leadership Camp 6th- 8th grade, Indian Mound Boy Scout Camp

· Fire Prevention – 5K to Stone Bank Fire Department 8:00am-10:30am