Abrams Elementary School

TOGETHER --We Learn... We Achieve... We Grow

January 2020 Volume 7, Issue 10

Mark your Calendar:

January 27: No School in Session, Professional Development Day.

February 17: No School in Session, Professional Development Day.

March 6: Vacation Day, No School in Session.

April 10 and 13: Vacation Day, Easter Break.


As we approach February, testing season is also soon approaching. Teachers will be testing for report card progress in mid-February and then shortly after that our 3rd through 5th graders will take part in state testing. Each time we assess the progress of your child, we are checking in to see how well they are doing along the continuum of learning. We have a goal for your child to reach and we assess them to ensure they are making adequate progress toward that goal. It is then our job and responsibility to keep you informed of how your child is doing. If you have questions about this goal or your child's progress at any time, all you need to do is reach out to your child's teacher and ask questions. We love parent communication!

Have a fantastic end to January!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your child or school.

Mrs. Michalski

Notes from the Office

Oconto Falls School District 4K Registration

(Abrams and Oconto Falls Elementary Schools registration at one location)

  • Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020.

  • District residency or Open Enrollment required

Dates: February 20th and 25th

Time: 4:30-7:00 PM

Where: Oconto Falls School District Office

200 Farm Road

Oconto Falls WI 54154

What to bring:

  • Birth certificate

  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency (utility bill, rental agreement, cell phone bill, etc.)

  • Proof of Open Enrollment Application (Parents may apply online at https://dpi.wi.gov/oe)

If you can’t make it, please contact either Abrams Elementary (920)826-5819 or Oconto Falls Elementary (920)848-4476 to register.

All Arts Day: On Friday, April 17th, 2020 we will once again be presenting the All Arts Day program where parent and community volunteers share their artistic talents with our students. It is a chance for students to see that art is all around them in a variety of forms. But to make it work, we need your help. Could you teach a small group of students how to take a good photograph? Scrapbook? Tie a fishing lure? Decorate a cake? Dance a polka? Make play-dough? The possibilities are endless, but we need about 25 volunteers to make the day work. Interested in being a presenter? Please contact the office (826-5819) for more information or to volunteer. Thanks.

School Dress Up Days:

January 24: Duct Tape Day

January 31: Class Color Day


The deadline for submitting articles for the newsletter is Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The office staff needs time to add, proof and make sure things are ready to go at press time. Any articles submitted after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays will not be added until the next newsletter two weeks later. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Library News!

The Abrams Elementary library recently received over $1,200.00 of new Scholastic books from the Bookfair sales that were shared between classrooms and the school library. Bookfair chairperson, Lynn Franzmeier helped with getting grade level items for classrooms that would meet the educational needs of students and enhance their classroom reading options. The CPTO group also used bookfair sale funds to get a Makerspace storage center for the IMC as well.

Parent, Mrs. Danielczak, and staff/parent, Mrs. Leja, contributed copies of the books in the Who Was…? book series for students to use during our brand new Who Was History Bee competition! This helped more students have access to titles during the competition!

Illustrator Uncle donates again….: Rob Mommaerts,Illustrator and uncle of Abrams student Levi Mommaerts, donated another book in the Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series to our library. This is the 3rd book in the series, and as always, the illustrations bring the story to life!

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The Who Was? History Bee!

Submitted by: Mrs. Penny Stuiber, District Library Media Specialist

During the months of October - January, students in grades 4-5 took part in an exciting reading competition, The Who Was? History Bee sponsored by the Oconto Falls School District Library Media Department, Penguin Random House books. and author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Jeff Kinney and his brother Patrick Kinney . Winners of the classroom competitions at both Oconto Falls Elementary and Abrams Elementary battled via videoconferencing on January 15th, and the winner was Emily Van Dyke, Grade 5 from Abrams Elementary.

The students who read the most Who Was...? books in each of the schools were Parker Staab at Oconto Falls Elementary with 22 books read and Abby Kuhn at Abrams Elementary with 12 books read. The next top readers at Oconto Falls Elementary were, Adrena Rabas and Landon Delfosse with 7 titles read each.

The Who Was? History Bee is a brand new trivia contest being held across the U.S. during the 2019-2020 school year. The winning student earns a $10,000 college scholarship, and their school wins a library of Who Was? Books. According to the website for the contest, http://www.whowasbookseries.com/history-bee/, over 1,000 schools participated.

Classroom level competition winners were:

Jensen Collar, Mrs. Delfosse, Grade 4, OFES

Asher Verhagen, Mrs. Delfosse, Grade 4, OFES

Peyton Detrie, Ms. Schaden, Grade 5, O.F.E.S.

Emily Van Dyke, Mrs. Leja, Grade 5, Abrams

AJ Hendricks, Grade 5, Mrs. Zischka, O.F.E.S.

Abby Kuhn, Grade 5, Mrs. Manthei, Abrams

Annabelle Maciejewski, Grade 4, Mr. Schroeder, Abrams

Maverick McConnell, Mrs. Ingram, Grade 4, O.F.E.S.

Colin Pumplin, Grade 4, Ms. Gagnon, O.F.E.S.

Parker Staab, Grade 5, Mrs. Robinson, O.F.E.S.

Braelyn Schultz, Grade 4, Mrs. Gossfeld, Abrams

Ayden Thurow, Grade 5, Mrs. Foust, O.F.E.S.

The IMC’s are really proud of the students who participated and to the parents and teachers who donated copies of the Who Was? books for all of the classes to read. And, we look forward to next year’s competition that was just announced on their website! So, students in 3rd and 4th grade…let the reading fun continue!

Nurses Notes

The Stomach bug:

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

• Headache

• Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth and your child may return to school only if fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication)

• Vomiting (even once in a 24 hour period)

• Diarrhea (even once in a 24 hour period)

• Chills

General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

• Wash hands frequently

• Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Phy-Ed News

Wow, is it 2020 already? We got back into the swing of things by reviewing our rules and expectations. This will help us stay focused and have fun as we move through the rest of the year.

There is excitement in the air as we prepare for our “Kids Heart Challenge” (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) event. We have our goal this year of raising $9,000.00 for the American Heart Association. With great new incentives this year, the students and I are anticipating another successful event on February 25th!

Grades 3, 4 & 5 Grades K, 1 & 2

8:15 - 9:45 (Snack at 9:45)

12:45 - 2:15 (Snack at 2:15)

All the information came home already. If you would like to volunteer and help us during the event, please return the slip at the bottom of the information letter sent home. It takes everyone to make this an awesome event!!! A week before our event, I’ll be sending home a letter asking some classes to bring in about a dozen snacks to share with the rest of the school on the event date. I appreciate your help with this!!! I thank you in advance for your help! If you have any questions, please call me at school.

Fit Kids: February 13, 18 & 20

Save the dates and come join the jun!!

Mrs. Rochon

Community and District News

Free Throw Championship Competition: The Oconto Falls Knights of Columbus Council 4869 will hold their annual Free Throw Competition on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Oconto Falls Elementary School gym, 415 Maria Volk Drive, Oconto Falls. Registration begins at 1:30 pm and the competition starts at 2:00 pm. The contest is free and open to the area youth ages 9 through 14 as of January 1, 2020 who are not on a varsity high school team. There are separate boys and girls divisions for each of the six age groups. Medals and certificates will be awarded; and winners will advance to the KC District 2 Competition in Lena in February. More information can be obtained by contacting Taryn Nall at 920-309-3246 or ktnall02@gmail.com

Parenting in 2020!

On Friday, January 31, 1:00-3:00 pm at Washington Middle School there will be a presentation by Michael McGowan on parenting the digital generation. Learn how to stay connected and involved, what skills children need to be successful and kind, and also making good decisions in the face of peer/social pressure.

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