Forever Endeavor

Endeavor Elementary Newsletter -- MAY & JUNE 2018

Mrs. Thistle's Thoughts


With only a few more weeks of school left, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you thank you! We appreciate all of your help and support making the 2017-18 school year such a success. As we start to wind down, please be mindful of a few of our goals.

Last year, the elementary didn’t meet our goal of reducing the overall number of students missing 10 or less days. This was in part because we had many students taking off the last few days of school. While, we do have some fun activities and field trips planned, these are still considered instructional days. Please consider planning trips for after school has let out for summer. Also, to help us meet our goal next year, I will attach the 2018-19 school year calendar in this newsletter and give you a summary below of some of our longer breaks. This can help to plan those vacations outside of school.

2018-19 Summary

September 4th -First Day of School

November 21st-23rd -Thanksgiving Break

December 24th-January 1st -Winter Break

March 18th-22nd -Spring Break

June 5th -Last Day of School

We are all working towards improving “summer slide.” As a parent myself, I understand that some parents think that summer should be relaxing and fun. This is true, but there can be a balance of fun/swimming/vacation and maintaining all of the skills that they acquired this year. A few suggestions for reducing summer slide:

*Sign your child up for summer school, click here: Summer School Registration Form

*Sign up to participate in a public library Summer Reading Program or just make the library a weekly visit for fun!

*Encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes each day.

*Practice math facts, here is a resource: Printable math facts flashcards

On behalf of everyone at Endeavor Elementary School, we’d like to wish you all a happy and safe summer break.

All the best to you!

Mrs. Thistle

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Mark Your Calendars

May 7 - 11: Staff appreciation Week at Endeavor Elementary (see below)

May 9: National Walk & Bike to School Day 2018. If you ride your bike to school, don't forget to wear a helmet.

May 9: PTO meeting at 4:30. Mini Course class scheduling @ 3:10 p.m.

*Continue after meeting and/or May 10 @ 3:30

May 10: National Children's Mental Health Day -Please wear GREEN today.

May 15: 5th Grade visit BMS (PM only)

*They will ride bus routes home unless otherwise arranged

May 16: McKenzie Center -MOHEE (Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo) 3rd-5th Grades

May 17: Trucker Buddy Visit to Endeavor Elementary

May 18: Swing Choir performance 12:30 P.M.

May 18: 5th gr. Safety Patrol trip to Milwaukee

May 18: St. Joe’s pen pals to visit Mrs. Petrulis’ homeroom

May 22: 4th & 5th Trip to Museum at the Portage - Surgeon’s Quarters - Indian Agency House

*Leave 8:15 AM / Return by 2:30

May 24: 4K & K Madison Children’s Museum & Henry Vilas Zoo Trip

May 25: Mini Course Day

May 28: Memorial Day; NO SCHOOL

May 30: K-5 field trip; I-Max Theater and Vilas Zoo. Leave @ 8:15 a.m.

May 30: Sharing Supper

May 31: 4K Final Day Program and Celebration in the Library 10:00-11:00

June 4: Last day of school for students K-5.

*Report Cards, Awards, Spring Concert & family picnic

July 9 through August 2: Summer School 2018

July 9 through Aug 9: Online registration is open

August 14: Elementary Registration for ALL elementary schools in the district

@ Muir from 2 PM-6PM

August 30: Open House 4-6 PM

September 4: First day of School


There is a lot happening in these last few weeks of school. Be sure to check your emails and the school webpage for updates as they come in.

Online Registration for the next school school year opens July 9th. Do you remember your passwords from the last time that you registered? If you do not remember your password, please contact Teresa Dyal (District Registrar) at (608) 742-5531 ext. 5002.

Art With Ms. Martens

Here are some of the pieces of art that we have currently decorating our school.

Music With Ms. Janes

Hello everyone!

We are all busy in music right now preparing for the spring program. We're working hard on practicing our songs and instrument parts.

Just a reminder that the spring program is on Monday, June 4th at Endeavor Elementary after the family picnic luncheon. We will send out more information as the date gets closer.

Hope to see you there!

Nursing Notes With Ms. Hon

Wrapping Up and Planning Ahead

At the end of each school year, parents/guardians are asked to pick up any unused medications from the school office. Please make arrangements now for the last days of school for picking up your child’s medication. Medications not picked up by June 8, 2018 will be disposed of properly through the Portage Police Department’s Medication Disposal bin.

The beginning of each school year is really busy for families, clinics, and schools alike. Children entering kindergarten and 6th grade in the fall of 2018 will need to have immunizations. Kindergarten students should also have an eye exam by an eye doctor prior to December 31, 2018. Scheduling appointments for medication renewals, sports physicals and well child exams should take place now for the most flexibility. Remember that Portage has the St. Vincent de Paul Free Medical Clinic on Wednesday mornings if you do not have health insurance. Be sure to include eye examinations and dental check ups while you have your calendar out.

Health plans and medication forms for the fall will be mailed to families in July. The blank medication form is always available on the website under Nursing Services, Medication.

Contact your school nurse for assistance with clinic locations, phone numbers, assistance programs, community resources for care or questions you have. The main school office staff can connect you with the correct school nurse. Stay well!

Counselor's Corner With Ms. Brown

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Mrs. Brown :)

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Positively PTO

Mini Course Day is coming May 25th.

We are still looking for volunteers.

Some parents/volunteers help with the courses and some are able to help with feeding the crew of volunteers.

If you are able to help out with a course and have not signed up yet, please contact a PTO member or your child's teacher.

If you are able to help with the food for the day please sign up here.

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Staff Appreciation Week May 7th through 11th

National Teacher’s Appreciation Week is upon us from May 7th - May 11th. It’s the perfect time to appreciate teachers and school staff in your life, past or present. Our terrific teachers impact lives every day. During this week school staff are thanked for their service in this wonderful profession. Here are some important reasons why you should appreciate teachers not only this week, but every day.

Teachers Spend a Lot of Time With your Child

Teachers are Hardworking

Teachers are Dedicated Professionals

Teachers Are Not in it for the Money

Teachers Teach Against All Odds

Here are some ideas of ways to show some Teacher and Staff Appreciation.

  • Write a teacher a nice card or note from student and parent.

  • Send in an apple or flowers with a note of appreciation.

  • Give a teacher a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, restaurant or book store.

  • Donate supplies to the classroom.

  • Join the PTO in providing fun activities for each day of teacher appreciation week. (Make or donate food for teacher appreciation breakfasts, lunch, snacks).

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Endeavor Public Library's Summer Reading Program

Dates: Thursdays, from July 12th - August 16th, 12:30 - 1:30

Theme: Libraries Rock

Programs include: painting kindness rocks, making rock candy, panning for Gold and a water balloon fight, creating gem stone sun catchers, a dinosaur dig

Registration is required - call the library for details 608-587-2902
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