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Biweekly News for KVFS Families-August 17, 2022

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Welcome to Kickapoo Valley Forest School

We are excited to welcome you to a new year of exploring and learning at KVFS! This newsletter comes out every other week and will be full of information that you, as guardians of forest school children, will want to know. Be sure to keep your eye out for it!

Before School Starts:

We highly recommend attending the two late August Play Dates to help your child settle into the school year. Children attend with caregivers to get used to the school site, play with friends and practices using our bathrooms and drinking fountains.

August 24 and 25 (Wednesday and Thursday) from 9am-12pm.


Back to School Night will be an additional chance to see the classrooms, drop off supplies and talk with teachers. August 30th (Tuesday) from 4:30-6:30pm.


If you have not filled out this Family Survey, please do so so that we can get a better idea of how best to support your children this year.

First Day of School!

Thursday, September 1st is the First Day of School at KVFS. School begins at 8:05am and ends at 3:05pm. Children should not arrive earlier than 7:45am.


New this year: Early release every Wednesday at 2:30pm. This is a district-wide initiative to address our goals of better meeting children's needs through more planning and shared learning time for teachers.


No school on Fridays for 4-year-olds. A much needed rest day for our youngest learners.


Here is a link to download the school calendar where you will find scheduled in-services, parent-teacher conferences and holiday breaks: https://5il.co/1aapr


Here is a link to download the La Farge Elementary/KVFS After School Program enrollment form: https://5il.co/1g9j3

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Important Things To Know About Gear for Forest School

Dressing Properly for Forest School Is the #1 Most Important Thing To Providing Success For Your Child at KVFS!

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Interested In Getting Involved?

A great way to get involved with KVFS is to join a committee of our Governance Council. Committees are staffed by interested parent and community member volunteers and meet once per month, generally. Committees help generate ideas for our school and get work done!

Here are the committees with their chair person and contact information. Reach out if you have interest in joining a committee! Committees meet via Zoom or Google Meets.


Development: The Development Committee is responsible for development and review of all KVFS contracts, bylaws, policies, handbooks, safety protocol and policy development.

Standing Meeting Date: Last Wednesday of the Month @3:30pm

Chair: Barb Sarnowski sarnowskib@lafarge.k12.wi.us


Equity: The Equity Committee's primary purpose is to support families and children in the school community through honoring individuals' unique backgrounds, experiences, and needs.

Standing Meeting Date: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 5pm

Chair: Robin Hosemann hosemannr@lafarge.k12.wi.us


Programs and Services: This committee's primary purpose is to continuously improve and support the educational program and offer support in the research and curation of appropriate materials and supplies that complement the overall mission and vision.

Standing Meeting Date: Every 3rd Thursday @ 6pm

Chair: Anne Marie Fryer fryera@lafarge.k12.wi.us


Finance and Fundraising: This committee assumes the primary responsibility for financial oversight and reviews the annual school budget, and monitors grant budgets.

Standing Meeting Date: First Tuesday of the Month @ 3:30pm

Chair: Shawn Donovan donovans@lafarge.k12.wi.us


Public Relations and Marketing: This committee sustains the overall comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for KVFS in partnership with the Leadership Team.

Standing Meeting Date: TBD

Chair: Jen Oium ouimj@lafarge.k12.wi.us


Food Security: This committee is responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive Universal Snack Program for students at KVFS including the upkeep of the school garden.

Standing Meeting Date: Every 4th Wednesday @ 1pm.

Contact: Jonel Kiesau kiesauj@lafarge.k12.wi.us

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First Coffee Cart- Friday, September 2nd

Each Friday at 8am KVFS hosts an outdoor coffee cart for parents and interested community members to gather and talk all things parenting, forest schooling and connecting.

Please join us whenever you are able. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available by donation.

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Know Someone Who Might Enjoy This Newsletter?

Maybe you have grandparents or relatives that would love to see photos and updates of your children's lives at Forest School. We'd be happy to add them to our Snail Mail list! Send contact information to Jonel at: kiesauj@lafarge.k12.wi.us
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Kickapoo Valley Forest School

Mailing Address: 301 W. Adams St. La Farge, WI 54639

Physical Address: S3661 State Hwy. 131 La Farge, WI 54639

email: kvfs@lafarge.k12.wi.us

website: https://www.kickapoovalleyforestschool.org/o/kvfs

KVFS Main Office: 608) 639-0565

instagram: @kickapoovalleyforestschool

facebook: @kickapoovalleyforestschool