GRAND AVENUE NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2016

GRAND AVENUE 5TH GRADE CONCERT

The 5th grade students at Grand Avenue performed their annual class and chorus concert on Monday, December 14 at 1:45 and 6:00 pm. The students performed songs from different countries and composers along with the yearly, "Must Be Santa" performance. Thank you to all that attended the concert. Please enjoy the photos and videos below.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

If you are interested in receiving a paper copy School Performance Report, please call the District Office at 643-5984. A paper copy of the report will be sent to you after May 1. 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, http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp.

AFTERSCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

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.

Alice in Dairyland visits 4th Grade Classrooms

4TH GRADE CLASSES VISITS CAPITOL

During the 1st week of December the 4th grade classes visited our State Capitol. This annual visit is part of their curriculum about Wisconsin.

SUMMER SCHOOL INFO

SUMMER SCHOOL 2016


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: www.saukprairieschools.org


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 community.center@saukprairieschools.org.


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.


GUIDE TO CLASS NUMBERS:

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.



ESCUELA DE VERANO 2016

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: www.saukprairieschools.org


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 community.center@saukprairieschools.org


¡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.


GUIA PARA LOS NUMEROS DE CLASES:

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

GUIDANCE NEWS

Counselor Connection


Parent informational meeting on bullying program - Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Parent informational meeting on substance use program - Thursday, January 28, 2016

*Both meetings will take place @ 5:30 pm in the Grand Avenue Little Theater


Starting in January, 3rd graders will be learning the difference between good teasing and bad teasing. We will be talking about the power of words. Words can be used to express our feelings and thoughts, words can be used to hurt others, and words can be used to solve problems.


Students in 4th and 5th grade will be learning the importance of creating a safe and respectful learning environment by participating in Act Now!, a Healthykidslearnmore.com e-learning program. Act Now! was created by education experts at the Children’s Health Education Center, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and takes a new, technological approach to tackling one of our schools’ most troubling issues, bullying.


When the 4th graders finish their unit on bullying, retired police officer, Bruce Henn, will be using the Healthykidslearnmore.com e-learning program It’s UR Choice to talk with them about substance use.


Miss Sadie

School Counselor


Ponder Parenting


· You do not have to make your children into wonderful people. You only have to remind them that they are wonderful people. If you do this consistently from the day they are born they will believe it easily.


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

sadie.sutter@saukprairieschools.org

4TH GRADE WISCONSIN MAP

All 4th grade students at Grand Avenue Elementary dressed up in different colors to represent the five different regions of Wisconsin. Please see photo below.
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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

District School Board Mtg

January 11, 2016 - Community Center - 7:00 pm

January 26, 2016 - District Office - 7:00 pm


No School

January 25 - No School


Grand Avenue Events

January 5 - Parent Informational Meeting on Bullying - 5:30 pm - Grand Ave. Theater

January 14 - 4th & 5th Grade Spelling Bee - 9:00-10:00 am - Commons

January 15 - David Stokes Eagle Days Presentation - 1:00-2:15 pm - Commons

January 28 - Parent Informational Meeting on Substance Abuse - 5:30 pm - Grand Ave. Theater

January 29 - PDS Utilities Presentation - 1:15-2:30 pm - Commons


PLC/Early Dismissal

Wednesday, January 13 - 1:35 and 1:40 pm


Field Trips

January 20 - 5th Grade - Planetarium/Vets Museum - Coughlin/Ziegler

January 21 - 5th Grade - Planetarium/Vets Museum - Hutchins/Strathman

January 22 - 5th Grade - Planetarium/Vets Museum - Luetscher/Sherman

January 28 - 5th Grade - Ice Age Hiking Trip

4TH GRADE STUDENTS READ FOR FOOD PANTRY

The 4th graders at Grand Avenue have been busy helping our local food pantry again. They recently raised $325 and handed off their donation to Carol Gagnon who gratefully accepted this giant check.

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2015-2016 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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 INFO

LUNCH INFORMATION


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

NEW FOOD SERVICE FEATURES

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.

CLASSIFIED STAFF NEEDED

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING ASSISTANT & SECRETARY SUBS for support to all levels of students and schools. Assignments may include classroom, study hall, field trips, lunch room, playground, and bus duty. To be scheduled as needed and may occur on short notice. This is a temporary position with no guarantee of hours. Applications only accepted online at WECAN. $10.32/hour.https://services.education.wisc.edu/wecan/

GSPIE INFO

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, January 18 at Grand Avenue Elementary. 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.

GSPIE UPDATES

Family Fun Dates

We have a few more Family Fun dates coming up at Knuckleheads in WI Dells after the holidays. Mark your calendars:


Monday, January 25

Friday, February 19

Friday, March 4

These are dates when there is no school...a chance to go have some fun with your kids for a good cause too! More information to come as dates grow closer. GSPIE will earn 10% of sales and there will be special deals on trampoline jump time and wristbands as well! All proceeds will benefit the Grand Avenue Playground Fund.

WEATHER CHANGES

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.

ATTENDANCE

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.

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

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.