Stone Bank School

Reaching Out ~ February 19, 2021

Balancing the Budget. Building the Future!

March 8th, 2021 - 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:00 PM

*Zoom Links on District Website Calendar


February 19, 2021


Dear Stone Bank Parents and Community,


Annually the School Board engages in discussions that provide direction to administration related to budget and staffing for each upcoming school year. As a district, it is our goal to create amazing learning experiences and together we work as a team to balance the district budget and build our exciting future! Given the nature of the budget process and general budgeting/staffing questions, we wanted to provide opportunities to engage in conversations.


In summary:


Since 2018, the district has experienced shifts in enrollment due to the demographics of our district and patterns of housing development. This year COVID has had an impact on our ‘typical’ school year, yet we are celebrating another successful year and are excited about our growth headed into 2021-22.


  • Student enrollment is the primary driver for both the district’s revenue and staffing.

  • The School Board has thoughtfully examined our goal to provide a world-class education to current and future students and the realities of current and projected enrollment and budget.

  • We are excited about an enrollment increase (2019-20 to 2020-21) in both 4K and 5k students for this past year, yet we are still unable to project (as of 2/19/21) the overall enrollment based on the size of the outgoing graduating class.

  • The school board annually sets the expectations to the administration to begin the process of balancing the budget based on both enrollment and goals to continue to build excellent programs.

  • Budget alignment, or ‘right-sizing’, includes our commitment to building powerful learning experiences, offering a variety of electives, expanding programming, and having a student-staff ratio that allows for maximum achievement.

  • The budget-balancing process can result in expanding programs, offering more options for students, changes to staffing and duties, capital projects, health insurance, and equipment for the next school year.

  • While we anticipate annual changes, we are committed to providing the high-quality programming our community expects and to keep Stone Bank financially viable for the long-term sustainability of the district.


The following ‘Presentation and Listening Sessions’ are designed to share our current budget processes and engage in conversation. These meetings will not discuss specific changes but are designed to answer questions, discuss ideas, and gather feedback.


Stone Bank is an amazing place to learn, grow, and succeed! We look forward to moving forward together.


Sincerely,

Ryan Krohn

District Administrator

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Presentation and Listening Sessions:

Given our commitment to two-way communication and feedback, we have scheduled a number of listening sessions. The goal of each session is to share district budget information and engage in conversations about ‘what is working well’, ‘the challenges we face’, and ‘ideas for building our future’. If you are unable to attend the session, please email us and we will add additional dates or set up an individual conversation.

Thank you.

Parent Information Night for 4K and New 5K Families

4 year-old kindergartners and new 5 year-old kindergartners are invited to register their children for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, February 24th. The open house will begin at 6:00pm
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Open enrollment 2021

Wisconsin inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. Applications may be submitted up to three nonresident school districts. The open enrollment application period for the 2021-2022 school year is from February 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021. The application period closes at 4:00pm on April 30, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. Please see the attached open enrollment brochure.
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Mark your calendar - PTO Dining Nights

Tuesday, February 23rd

5-8pm

Culver's in Hartland

We are heading back to Culver's in Hartland for our traditional Culver's Tuesday dinning night. Enjoy some mouth watering butter burgers and some delectable custard. No need to mention SBS, as a portion of all proceeds from 5-8pm will be donated to the PTO. So come join us!


SBS Dining Night at Boondocks

Thursday, March 4, 4PM – 10PM

Come support SBS and one of our local restaurant favorites for dinner at Boondocks! Boondocks will donate a % of their sales to SBS. Have you checked out their new awesome menu?!?!

https://www.boondocksbbqs.com/menus/



SBS Dining Night at Kuhtz

Thursday, March 25, 4PM – 9PM

Come support SBS and Kuhtz for a family friendly dinner! Kuhtz will be serving up pizzas and jumbo pretzels for dine in and take out. Pre-orders appreciated for take out (call earlier that week and get your order in early). Or dine in, enjoy your favorite beverages and let the kids play in the general store. Kuhtz will donate a % of their sales to SBS.

Summer School Update

Last week we received notice that North Lake will not be holding summer school as previously planned . We are working to provide options to our Stone Bank families and will share an update in March.

Stone Bank School Fundraiser

Have you checked the Stone Bank School Facebook Page lately? If not, head over to join in on a fun game and a chance to win a prize from our PTO! Here is the latest clue to our game:


Win It Wednesday Clue #2: Since the 2012-2013 school year, this fundraiser has brought $12,739 in to our school, and has helped us to buy new smart boards, iPads, Chromebooks, and other classroom items.

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Stone Bank Players

Hello Stone Bank Families,


Well, as they say, “The show must go on!”. We are officially going to have our annual musical and this year it is Aladdin Jr.! The musical will take place May 19th & 20th for limited in-person capacity. There will be a live-stream of the show as well. All 8th grade students will be expected to participate, in some fashion, as part of their music/theatre grade. If the 8th grade students can not fulfill the cast or crew requirements, I will reach out to 7th grade students to help out.


Parents, we are looking for help in ANY capacity, such as: choreography, set building, artistic design, costuming, lights and sound, and concessions.


In addition, we are starting Stone Bank Players Drama Club. This is an activities club which allows students to get involved in theatre, fundraise, and partake in fieldtrips and a banquet. (Due to COVID, some activities may be limited.) This is a club for 4th-8th grade with the 8th graders being the Drama Board for the club as well. If there are not enough interested 8th grade students to fill the Board, I will invite 7th graders to join the Board. There is no cost to join just a lot of fun ahead! The first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 2:30 PM. It will run no more than 30 min.


Please see the permission slip below to allow your son/daughter to participate in the club.


Thank you and be well,


Ms. Richards

Music/Theatre Teacher


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____ YES, I give permission for my child __________________________, in ____ grade, to participate in the Stone Bank Players Drama Club. I am aware that fundraising is a part of the club but not mandatory.

Parent/Guardian Signature ________________________________________________________________

Congratulations Blake Larson

Congratulations to Blake Larson for winning the Lake Country Optimist Club “True Grit” award. This is an award that is awarded to a student who demonstrates the most growth in perseverance, endurance, and resilience through optimism, creativity, and confidence to achieve a desired academic or nonacademic goal. Each of the area middle schools chooses one winner, and this year, the Stone Bank winner is Blake! Blake is kind and respectful to everyone and is one of the most optimistic people you will ever meet! He has the ability to walk into a room and instantly make everyone smile, his positive attitude and outlook on life has been a blessing to all of the Stone Bank teachers and students this year! We appreciate you Blake and we are so proud of the young man that you are!

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No Teacher or Staff Member Left Behind

A huge THANK YOU to one of our local restaurants: The Picnic Basket!!!


To show their appreciation for the hard work of local educators and staff members, they provided our entire faculty with a free box lunch which consisted of a sub sandwich, chips and cookie. Your generosity was truly appreciated.

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Drive-Thru Breakfast with the Bunny

Sunday, March 14th, 2021 9:00am-12:00pm

Merton Community Fire Department

Station #1 - N67 W28343 Sussex Rd Merton

*Pancakes*Sausage*Butter*Syrup*Fruit*Donuts*Milk

The Easter Bunny will have a goody bag for the first 400 kids

$7.00 per person

$4.00 Children 6 & under

“PLAY BALL in 2021 with MAA”


Our #1 goal is to keep our players, coaches, families, and community SAFE.



Coed 4K/5K T-Ball/Coach Pitch

Baseball 1st-2nd grade-Machine Pitch

Baseball “Broncos” 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th grade teams


Fastpitch “Ponies” 1st-2nd grade

Fastpitch “Ponies” 3rd /4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th/9th grade teams

NEW Fastpitch “Ponies” 10th-12th grade



REGISTER/More Information at www.mertonathletics.org

Camp Opportunities

Looking for something to do to get your children involved? Here is a link for several camp opportunities. Continue to check back as additional camps continue to be added to the website.

Weekly Planner

Monday, February 22


Tuesday, February 23

  • PTO Dining Night at Culver’s night in Hartland 5:00pm-8:00pm


Wednesday, February 24

  • 4K/New 5K Information Night 6:00pm-7:00pm


Thursday, February 25


Friday, February 26

  • Virtual Family Trivia Night 6:30pm


Monday, March 1

  • Committee Meetings 5:00pm-7:15pm


Tuesday, March 2


Wednesday, March 3


Thursday, March 4

  • PTO Dining Night at Boondocks 4:00pm-10:00pm


Friday, March 5