SASD 4K Family Newsletter

Grow. Play. Learn.

December 1st, 2020

Families are children's first, longest lasting, and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. This includes social-emotional and behavioral development; preparing children for school; seamlessly transitioning them to kindergarten; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond.

When parents learn activities and routines at school, they can continue them at home, which strengthens a child's brain development. Our 4K staff will continue to work hard to provide both in-person and virtual lessons to our 4K friends in the Stoughton Community. Even if your child is receiving in-person instruction in 4K, you can engage your child at home in some awesome activities our 4K teachers prepare in their virtual lessons.

Check out the link to the virtual activities and the great pictures below of our 4K teachers doing their virtual morning meetings!

With gratitude for your family,

Erin Conrad, SASD 4K Principal

Sara Jane Lee, SASD Inclusion Support Teacher

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

Virtual Attendance

If your child is a virtual learner, please remember to submit their attendance daily by clicking on the attendance link which is found

in the Virtual Schedule on the SASD website.


Just a reminder if your child attends in-person instruction you can still access the virtual schedule for great activities and resources, just don't submit attendance on the site. Your child's teacher will submit attendance when your child attends school.

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OWL Curriculum


Unit 3: Our Community

November 30th-December 3rd- All Kinds of Communities


Unit 4: Life on a Farm

December 7th-11th- Welcome to the Farm

December 14th-17th- Out in the Fields

**Winter Break: December 21st-January 3rd

The PHONICS Approach

Based on the science of reading, the 2000 National Reading Panel Report stated that students need explicit instruction in the essential components of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The key differentiator between the science of reading approach and alternatives is phonics. The phonics approach teaches children to begin reading by manipulating the sounds in words, or “sounding out” words.

For more information go to:

The Science of Reading: The Basics and Beyond

Why are PATTERNS important?

Even babies learn math concepts early on, and it all starts with patterns. Patterns are arrangements of things that repeat in a logical way. Those arrangements of colors, shapes, gestures, sounds, images, and numbers are a crucial concept for young kids and contributes heavily to their early math understanding.

Patterns help children make predictions because they begin to understand what comes next. They also help children learn how to make logical connections and use reasoning skills.

For more information go to: Cool Ways to Teach Your Preschooler Patterns

Developing Body Awareness: Building and Drawing with Mat Man

Children can bring Mat Man to life!

Check out the video here where children learn body awareness, drawing skills and number awareness.

Mat Man Song

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The Pyramid Model

At every tier of the Pyramid Model, practitioners and programs should consider what strategies might be used to welcome and support diverse families; how to create opportunities to learn from families; strategies for partnering with families to promote child outcomes; and providing the supports and services that families might need to promote their child’s skill development. Fox & Swett, 2017

With the increasing prevalence of Coronavirus, you might be feeling challenged by the change in your routines, the need for social distancing, or the fear and anxiety around the virus and its effects on your family.

Your child might also be feeling this way in response to changes in your mood, changes in the daily routine, or changes in your environment. Click on the link for some tips offering guidance for supporting your child during this time: Helping Your Child During the Pandemic

Tucker the Turtle

A scripted story to assist with teaching the “Turtle Technique”

By Rochelle Lentini, Lindsay N. Giroux and Mary Louise Hemmeter

Tucker the Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think at Home

La tortuga Tucker toma tiempo para detenerse y pensar en casa

Tucker the Turtle learns to be patient and joyful!

Peer Mediated Skills

Self Regulation Skills: Relaxation Thermometer

Self-Regulation is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and behaviors in different settings and activities.

Children who learn to regulate their emotions:

►Have an easier time making friends

►Handle disappointment better

►Relate more successfully with peers and adults

►Are less impulsive

Self-Regulation Skills: Relaxation Thermometer

Teach the relaxation thermometer strategy when children are calm and engaged. Remind children of the strategy when they need to calm down through use of visuals or props.

How You Can Help Children Self-Regulate?

►Teach clear positive expectations/rules daily.

►Model and discuss reasons for desired behaviors.

►Validate feelings.

►Assist with language through labeling actions, feelings, and emotions.

►Provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play.

►Promote children’s independence across the day.

►Provide a place child can go to take a break and calm down.

►Provide positive feedback in response to the child regulating their behavior and help child regulate by modeling ways to calm down when needed.

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations |

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Search Self Regulation for more ideas.


Holding Space shares a strategy to help your child become more independent, and a better communicator and problem solver.

The Nurtured Heart Approach Vocabulary:

Patient-"I can show my greatness by waiting for a turn."

Joyful- "I can show my greatness by sharing the smile on my face and the happiness in my heart with everyone."

Community Helpers-Stoughton Fire Department

A huge SHOUT OUT to the Stoughton Fire Department for visiting some of our 4K sites last month. Did you know the Stoughton Fire Department is a combination fire and rescue. They have coverage responsibilities for the City of Stoughton and portions of the Townships of Dunn, Dunkirk, Pleasant Springs, and Rutland. Thank you for taking the time to educate our 4K friends.

ECTA COVID-19 Family Resources

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the U.S. Department of Education has designated the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) as the national hub for information and resources specific to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) early childhood programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click on the link for more resources which will help families navigate the ECTA website to find COVID-19 resources and information to support their children's learning and development.

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Stoughton Food Pantry

520 S. 4th Street, Stoughton

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.

Closed Fridays

First Saturday of the month 9 to 11 a.m.

*Call for an appointment: 608-873-8103

Need Assistance?

The Department of Children and Families

Resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis- link

Early Learning Information on COVID-19

For resources and information related to COVID-19 that are specific to the early care and education community, go to- link

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Provides the latest information, data, and resources- link

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Considerations and guidance for schools and child care- link

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Contact us!

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal

Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion SupportTeacher

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

SASD 4K Website

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