Dunwiddie Dispatch

April 15, 2021

Important Dates

April 23 - Character Awards "Fairness"

April 28 - Early Release at 1:30


May 12 DPC Meeting (final meeting of school year)

May 19 Early Release 1:30 Dismissal

June 4 Half Day/Last day of School (Dismissal at 12:00)

4th Grade Farewell Celebration

2:00 Jackson's Class

2:20 Large's Class

2:40 Tabbert's Class

*More detailed information will be provided to 4th grade families regarding this special event.

PWSSD 2021-22 School Year Calendar At-A-Glance


Yearbook orders due tomorrow

Order a yearbook online at https://shop.hrimaging.com/pws/orghome.aspx?oid=5629

Orders must be placed by April 16th.

The site is currently having issues so if you are not able to order online you can stop in the office for an order form.

Spiritwear Store is OPEN until April 26!

Stock up on DES gear! Check out our new items and online ordering!


Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 - 7

This year, more than ever, our teachers and para professionals need to know how much they are appreciated! They have worked very hard to ensure that our students continue to learn at exceptional rates and develop strong friendships with peers, while also nurturing each child's mental and emotional health. We are proud of the progress every child has made this year, and equally proud that we have been able to provide a great deal of normalcy during such abnormal times.

Mark you calendars! Let these community heroes know how much they are appreciated.

School Supply Drive

We are excited to announce the Port Washington Key Club’s 2021 School Supply Drive! Port Washington High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, Saukville Elementary School, Dunwiddie Elementary School, and St. John XXIII Catholic School will all be competing to gain the most items in the drive, and all proceeds will benefit the Port Washington Food Pantry and Saukville Food Pantry. Starting on April 6th, each school will have decorated boxes available to drop items off in, and the food pantries are specifically requesting:

  • Red, yellow, blue, and green wide-lined notebooks, pronged folders, and plastic folders
  • Crayola wide and thin markers (it has to be Crayola)
  • Crayola colored pencils (It has to be Crayola)
  • Red, blue, and black permanent pens
  • Pink Pearl erasers (It has to be Pink Pearl)
  • 1” and 1.5” 3-ring binders
  • Wide-lined loose-leaf paper (150-200 count each)
  • Pointed scissors (ONLY at TJMS grades 7 and 8 and PWHS)
  • Clorox wipes
  • Paper towels
  • 12 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer

Once the drive concludes on April 30th, the winner - whichever school gains the most items - will win a rotating engraved plaque to commemorate their efforts towards providing for those in need!

SEL Snapshot

Your children have been learning all about managing emotions. We have been practicing identifying emotions and discussing which “zone” they belong in. When we have a Green Zone feeling (e.g. happy) we are in control and thinking clearly. When we are in Yellow Zone we lose a little control and when we are in Red Zone we are out of control. In Blue Zone, we lose some energy and cannot think clearly. The older students have had discussions about how the feelings part of your brain can take over and the thinking part of the brain stops being in control (ask them to show you the “hand-brain” model and how you flip your lid).

We also learned our minds and bodies are connected. When we feel an emotion, it can make our bodies react by making our heart beat fast, having headaches, extra energy, have butterflies in our stomach, or feel hot or sweaty, etc.

We also discussed and defined “triggers”, the things that happen to us that make us feel an emotion outside of Green Zone. It is important to know your own triggers so you can try to solve it before it becomes a problem or you can prepare yourself by having some tools ready to stay regulated. It is important to know other people’s triggers so you do not upset them and can help them if something is bothering them. For example, if your friend is afraid of dogs, you would put the dog outside when they come over to play.

We need to calm down/regulate to re-activate the thinking part of our brain and have it start doing its job again. We get back to Green Zone by following these steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm Down (Use Your Tools: belly breathe, count, or use positive self-talk).

Next up, we are learning about problem-solving, open-mindedness, and fairness. Thanks for all you do to help our students develop the social, emotional, and behavior skills they need to be successful!

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Literacy Corner

Check out the two videos below! Hannah, from the Reading and Writing Project, shares great tips to help kids stay focused while reading in the first video. The second is a must watch if you are looking for some summer reads for your child!
How to Help Your Child Stay Focused While Reading
Great Fantasy Series to Hook Kids on Reading for Grades 3-6

The Math Corner

The Math Corner

“Smart is something you become, not something you are!”

One of the most important parts of my job as a math teacher is to help students understand that it is ok if they don't understand something right away. We frequently talk about how making mistakes and learning from them is absolutely ok! Scientists have actually done research on the brain to show us that this is crucial in the learning process. I hear comments like “I’m not smart at math” or “I’m just not good at math.” and I work hard to show students that they CAN get better with a little patience with themselves and practice. I’ll even point out when I make mistakes so they can see that this makes sense for everyone, not just kids. A good mindset and hard work is an almost unbeatable combination for learning.

Below you will find a few fun activities for younger students to practice addition and subtraction skills. It’s so much more important for students to understand how they are solving a task than just memorizing the answer. Try to celebrate their mistakes and when they can correct them! Let them show you how they solved it and give them time, the speed will come the more they practice.

Kimberly McKinney

Math Specialist

Dunwiddie Elementary School


Kindergarteners have made so much progress at this point in the school year! They are already looking at numbers 5 and 10 and finding out how they can break them apart and build them using different numbers. Give your Kindergartener 10 blocks and see how many different ways they can group those blocks to make 10. ( for example: a group of 9 blocks and a one more, or two groups of 5 blocks.) If they are excited about it, let them show you what they can do with 5 blocks, or 6 or 7!

Many first graders are practicing counting on and counting back to solve for addition and subtraction. In my groups we actually pretend to “grab” that bigger number and count on or back from there. Here are a some fun games you can print out and play to help with practice:


Doubles-key facts for first graders to practice!


Second grade is such a great time for kids to learn more strategies and make important connections. They use doubles facts and make a ten to help solve addition and subtraction facts within 20. Below is a fun game to use for practicing facts.


Here is a great game to help them practice making a ten to solve addition facts within 20.


And here is a virtual spinner you can use with it!


Please reach out anytime with questions or if you need additional resources, I am always happy to share!

2021-2022 Kindergarten Pre-Registration

Kindergarten Pre-registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year! Please contact the school office at 262-268-5705 or email alicia.bornhofer@pwssd.k12.wi.us for more information.

If you child is currently enrolled in the PWSSD 4-Year-Old Preschool you do not need to


2021-2022 4-Year-Old Preschool Registration

Registration is open for 4-Year-Old Preschool. Forms are available in the Dunwiddie Office or on the District Website.

Summer School 2021

2021 Summer School will run in-person Tuesday, July 6th - Friday, July 30th.

  • Registration is only online through PowerSchool on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 5.
  • We will send out directions on how to register through PowerSchool closer to sign up.
  • Sign up is based on the grade level a student will be going into for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Prior to registration, we would encourage you to build a few different schedule options.
  • Catalog and general information are also available on our website (https://www.pwssd.k12.wi.us/Page/4260)

For more information regarding our incoming Grades 1-8 Summer School program, contact Zac Moeller (PWSSD Summer School Administrative Assistant) at 262-268-6221 or Zachary.Moeller@pwssd.k12.wi.us.

April Lunch Menu

Community Flyers

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Mrs. Joanna Bannon, Principal

Dunwiddie Elementary School

1243 W. Lincoln Avenue

Port Washington, WI 53074

Port Washington - Saukville School District