Tainter Today

November 5, 2021

Hello Tainter Families!

While October was a beautiful month with fall colors and warmer temps, November has definitely taken on a cooler weather pattern. It’s time to bring out those warmer jackets, mittens, and hats!!! Welcome November!!!

Parent Teacher Conferences will be November 16th and 18th from 4-7. There will be three options for conferences: face-to-face in the classroom, phone conference, or video conference. To choose your option please go into your Skyward account to sign up. Conference scheduling began on Monday, November 1st and the scheduler will remain open until 7:00am on Monday, November 15th. Please take some time to get signed up! This will be a great opportunity to talk with your child(ren)’s teacher about academic growth and goals for the year. If you missed the letter in regards to conferences click HERE.

4K families will not have classes on Thursday, November 18. Your conference times will be on Tuesday, November 16 from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Thursday, November 18 from 8:00 am-7:00 pm. Please use the N9 door for your conferences.

Our Department of Public Instruction (DPI) School Report Card will be released on November 16th. The Tainter office will send home a communication to families to encourage you to view our progress as a school. We did not have a DPI School Report Card during the 2020-2021 school year due to the pandemic. School report cards have been adjusted and reworked to show the academic progress of schools across the state of Wisconsin.

November is a time to be Thankful. I am certainly Thankful for the amazing staff, students, and families here at Tainter. Thank you for your continued support!!


Joann Walker


Tainter Way

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How did we do at Tainter in October?

Warrior Way Tickets

This past month our students worked hard to demonstrate positive behavior by following the Warrior Way expectations of:

BE Safe

BE Respectful

BE Responsible

In a two week period the students earned a total of 593 tickets! Way to go, Tainter Warriors!

Warrior Buddies: Kindness Rock Garden

At Tainter Elementary we have "Warrior Buddies". Each month a lower grade level and does small activities as a way to build community. With World Kindness Day coming up on November 13th, in October, our Warrior Buddies painted kindness rocks. These multicolored rocks with images or positive words will be placed in our Kindness Rock Garden in the green space near the front of our building. Feel free to take one to share with someone who needs some positivity or feel free to add your own rock to share.

What is S.A.I.G.?

Social Academic Instructional Groups or S.A.I.G. is an intervention we use with students who are having difficulty with a specific social skill. We would work with a child's family and teacher to determine if a group like this is appropriate after a student has been utilizing our Check In, Check Out intervention. S.A.I.G. can focus on any skill from; appropriately joining a group to self regulating big emotions.

November Celebration Choices

This month Tainter students will get to choose from three new choices after each time they earn a Warrior Way ticket. Those choices are:

Extra Recess

Bubble Gum Day

All School BINGO


People, places, and things! We are learning all about nouns. A fun car game to play together is naming a noun you see and others deciding if it is a person, place or thing. Take turns so everyone gets a chance to lead! Learning to work independently even when it's hard is a key skill we continue to practice. Assigning age appropriate chores at home helps to build perseverance and confidence. You can reach out to your childs' teacher or search the internet for ideas! The Rice Lake Firefighters came out to visit Kindergarteners last week. They even brought their fire truck! Everyone was so excited! Students had a chance to walk through the fire truck, watch the fire fighter put on their gear, and learn about the different tools they use in rescue situations. Lastly, Winter is coming. As you gather your winter gear with your child, spend some time making sure they can put it on and take it off. Zippers, boots, snowpants, hats, and gloves!

3rd Grade

3rd graders have been very busy the past few weeks! We have just ended our personal narrative writing and will be stepping into persuasive writing next! In math we’ve started diving into how multiplication and division works along with strategies to help us figure out our facts. In reading we’ve been busy breaking down story elements, sequencing events, comparing and contrasting characters, and coming up with conclusions to our weekly stories. We are also excited to be starting up our weather unit in Science over the next few weeks! 3rd graders are going to get a chance to become meteorologists and create their own power point weather report for the state of their choice, which will be recorded into a video!

Nurses Desk

Time to think about and prepare for flu season! Signs and symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, fatigue, body aches, and can include sore throat. For young children it can also include vomiting and/or diarrhea.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season. It is still not too late! Tainter Flu Clinic is November 10, 2021

In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

Yours in health!

Tina King, RN, BSN

Elementary School Nurse

Kindergarten Winter Concert

When - Friday December 10th at 2:00pm

Where - Tainter Gymnasium

Due to the amount of chairs that fit into the gymnasium, each Kindergarten student will be given THREE tickets to the concert.

2nd & 4th Winter Concerts

When - December 16th

2nd Grade - 6:00 pm

4th Grade - 7:00 PM

Where - High School Auditorium

A Message from Tainter Parent’s Group

In October we hosted our annual skating and food drive event at Skate City. It was a lot of fun, and the food drive was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated- the donations filled the car! The local food pantry was extremely grateful. On November 16th, we will be providing a meal for teachers during conferences. These are long nights for our teachers and we want to show they are appreciated! Look for a sign up coming soon. And thank you to all who have brought in food or coffee for our monthly staff treats. They are very grateful and it is an easy way to thank them! We will not have a December meeting due to scheduling conflicts. We will continue with family events in January. Please reach out to us at Tainterparentgroup@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. And remember any parent or guardian of a Tainter student is welcome at our meetings! Our next meeting is Jan. 6, 2022.

From the We Share Food Pantry

A big shout out to the Tainter Students for their generous

donation of food during the Costume Party at Skate City

sponsored by the Tainter Parent Group.

You did an awesome job and we thank you for your support.

This was a great community effort and we appreciate it!

- We Share Food Pantry