Ekstrand Elementary


Dates to Remember

2-3 Winter Program: Thursday December 6th at 6:30 p.m. - Doors open at 6 p.m. to the CDPAC.

Early Out: Wednesday December 12th at 1:00 p.m.

No Pre-School: Wednesday December 12th

Last Day Before Winter Break: Friday December 21st

First Day Back from Winter Break: Monday January 7th

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Mr. Miller's Contact Information

E-mail: mike.miller@cd-csd.org

Office Phone: 563-659-0750


Temperature Guidelines for recess and before school

Now that we are in the cold weather season please be reminded to send your child with the appropriate winter gear to ensure they are properly equipped for the weather while they are outside while here at school. Below are the guidelines we use to determine whether students go out for recess or stay inside.

Our school adheres to the following wind-chill temperature guidelines:

Full Recess: 11 degrees or higher

Inside Recess: 10 degrees or below


Kindergarten and 1st Grade: During Guidance we are moving into our Feelings segment of the year. Students are working on recognizing what feelings look like on other's faces and bodies. Being able to recognize how someone feels will help them when we begin learning about empathy. In order to understand and feel how someone else is feeling, we must first be able to figure out how they are feelings.

2nd and 3rd Grade: Empathy was introduced to these students in kindergarten and first grade but now as they move into second and third grade we transition the discussion to accepting differences and showing care and compassion. For the month of December we will be working on how to show compassion: Empathy in Action. Not only can we understand how someone feels, but we can also ask ourselves what we can do to show we care about how they feel.

Ekstrand Student of the Month

Sophia Flynn was recognized as the Student of the Month for the district. She is a first grade student in Mrs. Messerich's class. Please click on the link below to read the flyer.

Ekstrand Student of the Month

Watch D.O.G.S

Thanks to all the the Watch D.O.G.S that have participated in our program up to this point in the school year. The staff and students appreciate the day you spend at Ekstrand!

Article of the Month

Below is a link to an article that contains five principles that help guide parents in building a 'Can Do Attitude' in their child. Many of these same principles center around Growth Mindset, and are similar to ideas our teachers have incorporated into their classrooms to help build resilient students that are equipped to overcome obstacles and failures.

5 Surefire Ways to Raise a Kid Who Never Gives Up

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DeWitt Community Library Information



Family Story Time (for families with young kids!):

Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 4th, 11th, & 18th

*Preschool Story Time (for 3-4-5 year olds)

Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Dec. 5th, 12th, & 19th

*Kindermusik (for 3-4-5 year olds)

Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8th

*Kids' Klub (for kindergarten thru 3rd grade)

Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 8th

(*There will be NO Story Times on Dec. 25th & 26th OR Jan. 1st & 2nd)