APRIL 2016


The 3rd grade students from Grand Avenue performed the musical "Science Rocks" on Monday, March 14 at 1:45 and 6:00 pm for the school student body, parents, families and friends. These students did an amazing job with their parts and singing the songs from the musical. Congratulations to all of the students for this fantastic job!


Dear Parents,

The state requirement for 6th grade students is to have a Tdap booster (if they have not already received it). If your child has not yet received this, please make an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider to complete this prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. If your child will be receiving the vaccination during the summer, please bring a copy of the updated records to the nurses table at school registration. If your child has an immunization waiver on file for personal, medical, or religious reasons that should also be updated. A student immunization waiver can be found on the school website under “health forms” or can be picked up from any school office. Please contact the Nurses’ office at 643-5509 (fax 608-643-5503) if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Pam Frey

District Nurse


If you have been donating the Campbell's soup labels over the years, thank you very much. We have been notified that they will no longer be doing this program, so if you do have soup labels at your house and plan to turn in, please do so by Friday, May 13. Thank you!


Head Lice

Lice are small insects about the size of a sesame seed. They are usually light brown but can vary in color. They move quickly and shy away from light, making them difficult to see. It helps to use a magnifying glass and natural light when looking for lice. Nits (eggs) are tiny, yellowish-white oval droplets attached to hair shafts; they do not come off easily and have to be combed out with a special comb or manually removed. Nits can be found throughout the hair, but are most often located at the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and frequently on the top of the head.

The CDC states, “Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.” Additionally, lice are not likely to be spread in a classroom setting as usually they are spread by direct head-to-head contact. Regular screenings at home can help prevent the spread of head lice. Please check your child weekly for head lice. When lice are discovered, you may want to contact your child’s physician or pharmacist regarding treatment. Following a treatment, it is important to comb through the hair for 7-10 days. During this time lice can be removed manually or with a special comb. A second treatment may be necessary if nits or live lice are still found.

Please contact Pam Frey, district nurse at 643-5509 if you have any questions regarding head lice.


If you are interested in receiving a paper copy of the School Performance Report, please call the District Office at 643-5984. A paper copy of the report will be sent to you after May 1st. The School Performance Report is also available on our website. You can also view statistics at anytime at the new Department of Public Instruction webpage,


Grand Avenue would like to clarify the process we are putting in place for afterschool dismissal changes. If your child is riding a bus to a different location or a different night that is not listed in Skyward, the dismissal change/bus request form must be filled out, signed and dated and then sent with your child to Grand Ave so it can be stamped by the office for the change on that date. Please click on link below to view and print the form.

If your child will have a change regarding someone picking them up, they are biking or walking home, the information can be sent in on a separate note or put in their assignment notebook. We do not need the dismissal change/bus request form filled out for these changes.

If you have questions, please contact the office. Thank you.


Please note that on Family Access you can view a listing of fees, payments and unpaid balances under the tab called Fee Management.



ONLINE REGISTRATION Opens: Wed, April 6 at 6:00 PM through Monday, May 18, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Site link for Skyward Student/Family Access:

Grade levels are based on the grade your child will be entering Fall of 2016. Do not ask us to allow your child to join a class that they are too young for. Questions may be directed to the Community Center staff at 643-8386 or email

New this year!!! We’re starting the 4 Week Session on a MONDAY!:

4 Week Session (Semester 1): June 20 – July 14; No classes, Monday, July 4 or Friday, July 15, 2016

2 Week Session (Term 3): July 18 - July 29, 2016

Open Lab to assist families with Online Registration: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM; High School, Room 15. 643-8386 will also be staffed to answer questions.

Books will be sent home with Elementary students around March 21st. Middle and High School students may pick one up at their school office or you can check it out online.


400’s = 4 week

200’s = 2 week

500’s = Health & Sport Clinics

600’s = Music Programs

Class Times for morning periods are as follows:

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

9:25 AM - 10:25 AM

10:35 AM - 11:35 AM.

Busing is provided for Rural Students via online request ONLY. This is done through part 1 of the online registration. Part 1 may be completed beginning March 18.

Grab & Go breakfast and lunch program is offered. Breakfast begins at 7:45 AM.


REGISTRO POR LINEA ELECTRONICA: Miércoles, 6 de Abril a las 6:00 PM hasta el 18 de mayo, 2016 a las 10:00 P.M.

Enlace del sitio Skyward del Estudiante/Acceso familiar:

Los niveles de grado están basados en el grado en que su hijo (a) va estar en el otoño 2016. Por favor no nos solicite que pongamos a su hijo (a) en una clase para estudiantes menores. Cualquier pregunta debe ser dirigida al personal del Centro Comunitario al 643-8386 o por correo electrónico en

¡Nuevo este año!: Vamos a comenzar la sesión de 4 semanas en LUNES.

Sesión de 4 semanas (Semestre 1): Junio 20 – Julio 14; No habrá clases, el lunes, 4 de Julio o el viernes, 15 de julio, 2016.

Sesión de 2 semanas (3er termino): Julio 18 – Julio 29, 2016

Laboratorio para ayudar a las familias a registrarse por línea electrónica: miércoles, 6 de Abril, 2016 de 6:00 PM hasta 8:00 PM; Escuela Preparatoria, Salón 15. En el 643-8386 también habrá personal para responder preguntas.

Los libros de la escuela de verano serán enviados a las Escuelas Primarias alrededor del 21 de marzo para ser enviados a casa con los estudiantes. Los estudiantes de la escuela secundaria y escuela preparatoria podrán pasar por un libro a la oficina de escuela o buscarlo electrónicamente.

El autobús es proporcionado para los estudiantes que viven en áreas rurales SOLAMENTE. Esto es realizado en la primera parte del registro electrónico. La parte 1 debe ser completada antes del 18 de marzo.

Un desayuno de toma y llévatelo y un programa de almuerzo serán ofrecidos. El desayuno comenzará a las 7:45 AM.


400= 4 semanas

200= 2 semanas

500= Clínica para Deportes y Salud

600= Programas de música

Los horarios para las clases por la mañana serán:

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

9: 25 AM – 10:25 AM

10:35 AM – 11:35 AM

Efunds for Schools is Now Mobile!

Open the link below on your mobile device and pay for lunch, fees and purchase any additional items Sauk Prairie School District has available on any mobile device. Registered EFS users can log in using existing account information. New Users select Create an Account from the mobile site to register. Please see the district website for a flyer and a guide located under Family Resources/Fees & Payments to assist you in setting up the application.

Link to add the application:


Counselor Connection

Throughout the school year, each grade level participates in lessons on personal safety (how to keep themselves safe) in many different situations. One situation we discuss briefly is abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we would like to give caretakers some alternatives to lashing out at a child, so adults can stay above the line too. The following is a list of twelve alternatives from the National Child Abuse Prevention website:

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at A Child

The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out -- STOP!

Try any of these simple alternatives. You'll feel better... and so will the child.

• Take a deep breath... and another. Then remember you are the adult

• Close your eyes and imagine you're hearing what your child is about to hear

• Press your lips together and count to 10... or better yet, to 20

• Put the child in a time-out chair (Rule: one minute for each year of age; i.e. 3 min. for 3 yrs old)

• Put yourself in a time-out chair (walk away) Think about why you are angry: is it the child, or is the child simply a convenient target for your anger?

• Phone a friend

• If someone can watch the child, go outside and take a walk

• Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face

• Hug a pillow

• Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along

• Pick up a pencil and write down as many helpful words as you can think of

• Call for prevention information: 1-800-CHILDREN

If you think that a child you know might be being abused or neglected, please call your local human services department at (608)355-4200 and ask for a Child Welfare Access Worker. Together we can all help prevent child abuse and neglect.

Sadie Sutter

School Counselor

Ponder Parenting

· For a short while, when your children are young, you may be able to coerce good behavior. But goodness of the heart can never be coerced. It can only be encouraged or discouraged. Consider your family’s rules, spoken and unspoken. Who made them? Who benefits from them, and how? Do they encourage or discourage your children? (Martin, William; The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation, 1999)

E-mail Miss Sadie if you have thoughts or questions about how to accomplish this task.


District School Board Mtg

April 11, 2016 - District Office - 7:00 pm

April 25, 2016 - District Office - 7:00 pm

PLC/Early Dismissal

Wednesday, April 20 - 1:30 & 1:35 pm

Grand Avenue Events

Penny War - April 11-15 - More Info to Come

Thursday, April 28 - 5th Grade Ice Age Trail Hiking Trip - 8:30 am-2:30 pm


School closing will be announced as early as possible via Skylert to families and staff members, posted on the District's webpage, and on local television and radio stations. Information will also be available by calling the school closing line at 643-5990 #2 for a recorded announcement.

*WISC - Channel 3

*WKOW - Channel 27

*WMTV - Channel 15

*1070 AM; 104.1 FM; 1310 AM; 101.5 FM; 96.3 FM

*1400 AM; 104.9 FM; 102.9 FM; 94.9 FM; 105.5 FM; 105.1 FM

*98.1 FM; 94.1 FM; 106 FM; 93.1 FM; 1670 AM; 1550 AM



Lunch times at Grand Ave are: 3rd grade-11:15 am, 4th grade-11:40 am and 5th grade-12:00 pm. If there is a day that you would like to join your child for hot lunch, please phone the office by 9:00 am that day (643-1900) to reserve a hot lunch. You will need to stop at the office to pick up a visitor badge. The cost is $3.55 for a visitor lunch, which comes off your family account. Also, if you send in lunch money that is cash, in an envelope to be dropped off at the office, could you please make sure that the student’s name is either on the outside of the envelope or a note inside the envelope with the student’s name. Please click on link below to view this month's lunch menu.

Breakfast - Student - $1.50, Adult - $2.45

Lunch - Student - $2.40, Adult - $3.55

Milk - 35 cents


Food Service is excited to announce some NEW features in Family Access. You have the ability to access your child’s meal statement, key pad number and set an Ala Carte limit. When you are logged into Family Access, click on the Food Service tab. In the top right corner is the Meal Statement. To set an Ala Carte Limit, click on it and you can choose an amount to limit per day or do not allow Ala Carte Purchases. Please realize at the elementary level, students do not have the option to choose an ala carte option. So, if you want your child/children to be able to purchase just a milk, please do not block the ala carte option. If you have any questions please call Tammy at 643-5983.


The Grand Avenue and Bridges parent group meets the third Monday of every other month. They alternate their meetings between the two schools and the meetings are held at 6:15 pm every other month. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 16th at Grand Avenue. Daycare is provided for these meetings if needed. For more information, please click on the link below for an overview of what the organization does to help our students, teachers and schools.


Parents, since the weather is changing and students are out in the snow, cold and wet, if you could please send in a dry set of clothes (socks, pants, etc.) for your child/children, that would be fantastic. Also, please make sure that your child/children have their snow pants, boots, hat and mittens/gloves here at school for recess time. If your child is in need of any winter clothing, please have them stop in the office and we will find the winter items that are needed. Thank you.


If your child is ill, going to an appointment or will be late to school, please call the attendance line before 8:15 am (643-1991). This phone line is available 24 hours a day. If you e-mail or call the teacher, the message doesn't always get to the office, which we understand. It is important that the school is aware of your child's absence. If a child misses more than an hour in the morning or afternoon, they will be marked absent for half a day. Students leaving early, prior to lunch or at the end of the school day, they will be marked with a Q code, which is similar to a tardy.

If you call your child in with an illness, we would like you to please let us know the symptom/symptoms, i.e., a fever, sore throat, headache, cough, etc., that your child may have.


According to the Sauk Prairie School Board, certain criteria must be met in order for any medication to be dispensed at school. Before any medication can be dispensed, an Authorization for Medication Administration (AMA) must be completed and returned to the school office. This form is necessary for both over the counter and prescription medications and requires both a parent and physician signature.

For example, if your child suffers from migraine headaches, we will NOT be able to distribute medication to him/her without an AMA on file. The AMA form can be found on the District web site. In order for medications to be distributed, pills must be in a prescription bottle with proper labeling. Students may carry inhalers with them, however, an AMA form must be on file in the office.

If you have any questions regarding medication distribution, please contact Pam Frey, RN for the district at 643-5509.