Classical Columns

November 1, 2019

2020-2021 Enrollment

It's nearly that time of year again! Classical School's new student application period for the 2020-2021 school year will begin December 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted for the lottery through February 21, 2020. Any applications received after that date will be added to the waiting list (or enrollment list if we still have openings) in the order in which they are received.

Students who are currently attending Classical School do NOT need to reapply; however, siblings who are not currently enrolled at Classical School must submit a completed application during the lottery application acceptance window to be included in and receive sibling priority in the lottery drawing. Incoming kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year also need to apply between December 1, 2019 and February 21, 2020 to be included in the lottery drawing.

Paper applications will be available beginning December 1st outside the school office. Alternatively, there will be an online application that may be accessed from the school's website at : Please contact Joanne Bielmeier with any questions about the lottery process:

Alumni Reception, Fall Fest & Book Fair

Thank you, Ann Krieg and Laurie Munson for coordinating Fall Fest and Book Fair!

We so appreciate your hard work and the many hours you put into the planning and execution of each event! We also thank the many, many parent, staff, and student volunteers who donated their time to making this an enjoyable night for all. It was great to see so many new parents get involved and as always we so appreciate the parents who have been with us through many of these events supporting our efforts and giving of their time and talents. Check out the pictures from Fall Fest/Book Fair below.

From the Fall Fest Committee:

Thank you to those who attended yet another wonderful Classical School Fall Fest! While it was a cool evening outside among the pumpkins and hay bales, it warmed up quickly indoors. The school classrooms & hallways were full of autumn fun as was the large, bustling Forum and front school lot.

The food trucks were busy filling everyone up who were hungry and the gelato cart satisfied many with a sweet tooth. Multiple cool, new games, and activities (i.e. Art Zone, Mystery Challenge, Math Quest, Human Hungry Hippo, and more) all proved to be a success. Our previous favorites (Book Fair, caricaturists, henna, face painting, balloons, magic & ninja schools, giant chess zone, etc.) equally kept everyone entertained.

We would also like to thank those who help make this event come to fruition each and every year; YOU, the volunteer. It takes a LOT of hands to put together and support the games, activities, inflatables, various vendors, setup, clean up, decorations, ticket sales, fill and work the bake sale, the prize room and its contributions, and so much more.

Our annual Fall Fest could not happen without the generosity of your valued, precious time and efforts.

The following exceptional people not only offered their time for the day of the event but for the many weeks prior. Kudos to a great team and this year's Fall Fest Committee:

Abbey Grosskreutz

Sara Thompson

Allison Hartmann

Jessica Spaltner-Penney

Seth Reid

Sandra Aguilar

Richa Aggarwal

Trudy Horvat

Amy Spranger

Rob VanHandel

Svetlana Walker

Beth Mueller

A huge shout out to Tom Bomann, Linda Kemps, Laura Hinkens, and Ken Schiedermayer for everything behind the scenes and their incredible support.

Additionally, we are grateful to the following sponsors for their donations of time or more...

Sam's Club

Matthew's Tire

The Tough Kid Challege


Indus of Fox Valley

Mathnasium of Appleton

The Academy

Hofacker's Apple Orchard

The Burial Chamber

Vertical Velocity

Sabre Lanes

Home Depot

Timber Rattlers

The SuperBowl

THANK YOU for all of your help with this amazing and fun-filled evening!

Ann Krieg, Classical School Fall Fest Coordinator

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Thank You for the Conference Dinners

The Classical School staff would like to thank Sara Rademaker and Lindsey McConnell and their Staff Appreciation Committee (Jill Delfosse for picking up and setting up our Victoria's order on Tuesday. Even with her injured finger she came through for us! Bola Delano-Oriaran for picking up the order from Qdoba's on Wednesday. Laura Miller for picking up, setting up, AND cleaning up the Subway order on Thursday.)

Thank you to everyone who donated money! Your efforts helped keep our Classical teachers happy, hydrated, and full during conference week!

Meet our Classical School Paraprofessinals

Our paraprofessionals are so valuable to our program! They help out in kindergarten and first grade classrooms, work with small groups for reading and math, run our library, perform supervision duties on the playground and in the Forum during lunch, assist with office duties, work on teacher projects, and much much more. Please take a minute to thank them for their service and care of our students!

E-cigarettes, Vapes, and Juuls: What School Staff and Parents Should Know

Monday, Nov. 4th, 6-8pm

Madison Middle School Auditorium

This presentation is for adults only.

In Wisconsin current e-cigarette use among high school students increased 154% between 2014 and 2018. In 2014 just under 8% of Wisconsin high school students were using e-cigarettes. In 2018 that number has skyrocketed to 20% (or one out of every five students)!

Currently the most popular e-cigarette among teens is the JUUL, which looks like a USB flash drive and produces little visible aerosol when being used. Many JUUL pods contain high levels of nicotine -- one claims to contain roughly the same amount as one pack of cigarettes.

Community Action for Healthy Living (CAHL) staff and Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer, Catalpa Health/AASD will share their knowledge and expertise about Other Tobacco Products (OTP).

Parents will be able to see a mock bedroom during the presentation. Hidden in Plain Sight offers a chance to see items that may point to drug misuse.

They are often subtle and hidden in plain sight; sometimes even disguised as common items. This bedroom gives parents more knowledge of products youth are using now and how to talk to your child about drug misuse.

Charter Fair

Classical School will be participating in a charter fair on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 10 am -- 1:30 pm at the Community Early Learning Center (CELC). The CELC is located at 313 S. State Street in Appleton. Please share this information with any families you know who may be interested in learning more about Classical School or other charter school options.

Please also note we will again be holding Information Sessions for prospective families on Wednesdays, December 11, 2019, January 8, 2020, and February 12, 2020. These sessions will be held at 6:30 pm in Room 122 at Classical School. The sessions will include a presentation to review the school's mission and philosophy, time for questions, and the opportunity to view curriculum.

Report Cards

Report cards will go home on Friday, November 8, 2019, in the Pegasus Flyers for all grades. Middle School Honor Roll will be posted on November 11th outside each middle school homeroom. We will also include the Honor Roll in next month's Classical Columns.

Student Council News

Hello Folks,

The Student Council Heart Committee will be collecting food items for the St. Joe's Food Drive November 11th through the 15th. Throughout the week, there will be different food items to bring in each day. For example, Monday will be peanut and almond butter along with jams and jellies.

We will be donating the collected food items to St Joe's Food Pantry. Later in November the heart committee will be traveling to the food pantry to sort and organize the food there.

Thank you in advance for your contributions!


The Heart Committee

Fall Music Concerts

Elementary: The fourth thru sixth grade students will perform their Fall Music Concert on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 pm in the Forum.

Students should arrive to the Forum by 5:45 pm.

Students should dress nicely to show pride in presenting their music to the community.

School dress code will be enforced. Suggestions for appropriate concert attire include:

  1. Khakis/dress pants/skirt
  2. Button-down/polo/nice shirt without words or a dress
  3. Dress shoes (if possible)

The concert will start at 6:00 pm and last about an hour. Please stay for the entire concert.

This is our main music assessment and a chance for the students to show off their hard work -- attendance is required and many of the students have special parts. Thank you for making every effort to attend!

Parents must provide written notification at least two weeks prior to the concert or ASAP of any student conflicts.

Email Mrs. Grover with questions or concerns:

7th/8th Grade Band Concert: Our first concert of the year will be held on Thursday, November 21st in the Forum starting at 7:30 pm. Students should arrive at 7:00 pm and report to Room L27 for warm-ups and tuning. After the performance ALL band members are expected to help move chairs, stands, and percussion equipment back to Room L27. Concert dress includes:

White on Top: Gentlemen -- white dress shirt with a tie

Ladies: white dress shirt or sweater. Ladies may wear a tie or scarf

Black socks/tights & black shoes (preferably closed toe)

Black on bottom (no shorts, rips or tears)

Thanksgiving Break

Students are off from school Thursday, November 28th through Friday, November 29th.

Change of Clothing for Kindergarten Students

Please be sure to send an extra set of clothes with your kindergarten student in case of bathroom accidents. Kindergarteners feel much more comfortable changing into their own clothes instead of using the loaner clothes provided by the health room. Thank you!

Staff Members' Favorite Things

As the winter months begin, families ask for suggestions for special treats or gifts to give teachers and other staff members. To make this easier for families, we have asked staff members to fill out a list of favorite treats, hobbies, and interests, etc. This list can be found in the school office. Please no phone calls/emails to the school office regarding the lists. Thank you!


Below is a link to a form that the office needs completed if your child(ren) will miss more than two days of school. Please submit this form at least one week in advance of the absence.


Classroom teacher monthly newsletters are available on each individual teacher's webpage on the school website ( Newsletters contain a summary of plans for each class as well as other important information. While teachers either email or send paper copies of newsletters home at the beginning of each month, if you are unable to locate your copy, you may find it for reference on the website. Navigate to each teacher page from the Staff Directory at

Fundraising Corner

Box tops: We had our first successful box tops contest of the school year October 7th -- October 11th. Volunteers have worked hard to get the final count -- thank you! Seventh grade was the winning class...congratulations!

Does your employer match donations?

Company matching gift programs give you the opportunity to help direct your company's charitable donations toward our school. Many companies will not match a gift less than $25, but employees are usually entitled to several matches per year, up to several hundred dollars or more. Already made a donation? Not a problem. Most companies will match your gifts for up to 12 months after you've made your donations.

It's easy -- just three simple steps!

Step 1: follow the link to find out if your company matches donations:

Step 2: Obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources office or check your company's website for downloadable forms.

Step 3: Submit the completed form.

Thank you for considering supporting our school and your child's education in this way!

Traffic Flow on Durkee Street

Thank you to all the parents who are using Durkee Street terrace before and after school as a quick drop-off and pick-up spot! We have had a very positive response overall to the success of the traffic flow pattern. Please remember if you would like to read, text, or work while you wait for your child(ren), you may choose to park in the Einstein Park or Einstein School parking lots. Parents should not be picking up students from the staff parking lots, which are the lots around the school.

Your cooperation is appreciated by all!

From the desk of Nurse Debbie

Influenza and What You Need to Know

Influenza (also called flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Flu viruses are spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. It is often confused with the stomach flu which causes diarrhea and/or vomiting. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Sudden onset of symptoms of flu include:

· Fever

· Headache

· Extreme tiredness

· Dry cough

· Sore throat

· Runny or stuffy nose

· Muscle aches

The best way to prevent the flu is to be immunized against the flu. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends Influenza vaccination for children 6 months through 18 years of age. Immunizations are available through physicians, public health, and at many local sites. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, so it is not too late to be immunized!

Other ways to help stop the spread of flu viruses:

· Wash hands often

· Stay home when you are sick. Do not return until fever is < 100 deg for 24 hours.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick

· Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

People need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink water and eat healthy food to help them stay healthy in the winter and all year. Be proactive in protecting your health! Discuss the flu vaccine with your health care provider to determine if it is right for you and your family. For more information, please go to or contact your healthcare provider.

Cough Drops/Throat Lozenges

With cold and cough season fast approaching, we are asking parents to refrain from sending cough or throat lozenges to school. These small, slippery, hard discs can become a choking hazard for children. For the safety of our students, we ask that these items not be brought to school or kept in the office for student use.

Concordia Language Village

Forty two middle school students participated in the opportunity to practice Spanish in an immersive environment with culturally authentic activities, crafts, songs, food, and more the weekend of October 24-27, 2019. Thank you to our amazing parent chaperones: Rick Hartzheim, Ezra Hill, Carrie Korb, Tracy Lemire, and Sandra Romero-Zirbel. Check out the photos below showing Concordia fun.


Sunday, November 3, 2019 Daylight Savings Time Ends - fall back one hour!

Monday, November 4, 2019 Gimmes begin for Grade 2

Monday, November 4, 2019 Gimmes renew for Grades 3 - 8

Monday, November 4, 2019 Quarter 2 begins

Friday, November 8, 2019 Pegasus Flyers go home today - with Report Cards

Saturday, November 9, 2019 WCDA Singing in Wisconsin (5-6 Cocurricular) Kaukauna High School 4:00 PM

Monday, November 11, 2019 Veterans Day

Thursday, November 14, 2019 Grades 4-6 Fall Music Concert 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Kindergarten to Grand Opera House, Oshkosh 11:45 -- 1:30 PM

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Fall Band & Choir Concert (7-8 Band/Choir) 7:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Kindergarten Fall Recital 2:00-2:50 PMThursday, November 28, 2019 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 29, 2019 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break