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Biweekly News for KVFS Families-October 27

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important updates

Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov. 1 and 3 from 3:30-7:00pm. Teachers have already reached out to the families to schedule a time to meet. The conferences will take place in each individual Linden or Oak homeroom.

Family Survey

The KVFS Leadership Team is interested in hearing your perspectives about the forest schooling experience and what you've noticed in your child(ren) as a result of attending KVFS. We've prepared a brief survey for you to fill out online. If you prefer to have a conversation in person or via telephone, please email Robin Hosemann, Leadership Team Member, at hosemannr@lafarge.k12.wi.us to set up a time to talk. Your responses will be confidential, with an option to include your contact information if you are open to discussion. Thank you so much for your time and thoughts. The results of the survey will help us as we continue to build the KVFS.

KVFS Governance Council Annual Meeting and Elections October 28th


The KVFS Governance Council (GC) holds the Charter for the school. All parents and legal guardians are considered members of the GC and are entitled to one vote at the Annual Meeting which will usually be held in October. Our first Annual Meeting will be held on October 28th at 3:30 at the school. This is an opportunity to meet the Governance Council and learn about existing committees. The main purpose of the meeting is to elect 3 members to serve on the Governance Council. Nominees include two incumbents, Jackie Yocum and Julie Hoel, and one new member, Anne-Marie Fryer. Other nominations may be made at the meeting.


If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting, you can use the ballot sent home in your child’s folder to vote. If you use this option, please return your ballot in the folder by Thursday, October 28th.


We expect that the meeting will last about 30 minutes and look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome Mr. Jason

Jason Rood is a UW-La Crosse senior education student conducting an early childhood Field Experience with KVFS. We are so excited that Mr. Jason will be with us in the morning now through December 3rd.

School Based COVID 19 Testing

LFSD is partnering with the Department of Health Services to reduce barriers for students, staff, and families to find a testing location when necessary.

  • Testing is by appointment only- we will not be doing random testing or testing students without parental consent.
  • Testing will be available 9:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday - contact Nurse Emily for an appointment.Testing may be conducted for symptomatic individuals or those wishing to be released early from a close contact quarantine, based on specific criteria.
  • Both rapid antigen and PCR testing is available.
  • Testing is free of charge and available to all students, staff, and anybody living in a student or staff member’s household.

To register for testing create an account at this link: https://www.lifepoint40.com/NOAH/lpi3/?event=PatientPortal:auth.outreach

and then call school district nurse 608-625-0122 to schedule a time to come in.

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Support Your School: Order KVFS Merchandise!

Just in time for Holiday gifting! Watch for order forms in your child's folder.

KVFS COFFEE Talk

Hey Parents,

Last week was our first Coffee Cart and it was a big success. It was so great to have a chance to connect over a warm beverage and talk all things KVFS and parenting. We'll be there again this Friday. Hope you can join us!

We'll be looking for interested parent volunteers to brew coffee and ready tea on future Fridays. If you are interested contact Jonel at: kiesauj@lafarge.k12.wi.us

Brrrrr. Time for warm socks!

As the ground cools off and we have more frequent frosty mornings we are beginning to hear about children having cold toes. Time to pull out the wool socks and to start thinking about transitioning to warmer footgear. If you have questions about specific clothing or gear recommendations reach out to us at: kvfs@lafarge.k12.wi.us

Volunteer!

Compost Anyone? We need someone or someone(s) to volunteer to take our compost home to their compost pile or chickens/pigs each week. If you are able to do this please contact Summer Willis at: williss@lafarge.k12.wi.us

Thank you!

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Americorps Corner by Maiela Leinberger

Apples, apples and more apples! This week we got to experiment with an apple peeler/corer, it was so much fun and the kids were so focused. Children got to help slice apples for dehydrating and freezing and some also got to try their hand at the peeler.


While our daily snacks are ever rotating with what's coming in from the harvest we thought you might like to hear about three recent favorites!


Warm rice and butternut squash with grated cheese and fresh red peppers.


Bread with apple butter, pears and scrambled eggs.


Warm oatmeal with raisins, salt, and butter and a bit of cinnamon maple syrup for those who wanted it.


Lastly, we have been gifted with a monthly stipend from Organic Valley and would like to serve the children occasional organic meat (summer sausage, hot dogs over the fire etc.) if you would prefer your child not consume meat at KVFS please let Jonel know at: kiesauj@lafarge.k12.wi.us

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Gratitude Corner

Lots of gratitude this week!

Thank you to Brant King and Deann Horack for the donation of seed garlic for our school garden!

Big shout out to Keewaydin Farms for the donation of potatoes, onions and cantaloupe for our yummy snacks.

Thank you to Ben's grandma, Ronda, for the donation of walking onions.

Thank you to Joanne Shird and Don Tincher for bringing words and music to the children last week.

And again ever grateful to Nora's dad, Jason Carrimon for continuing to amaze us with helpful and educational creations. Check out his child-size sawhorse!

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Learning From the Outside In

We sure like to sing and tell stories at Forest School. These repetitive rhymes, songs and stories are so important for young children and their language development. Through oral stories, children gain opportunities to imagine, sequence and ponder outcomes, and increase their listening and vocabulary skills. Through rhymes and songs children learn patterning, strengthen memory, practice pronunciation, and experiment with vocal range.


As you spend time with your child you may notice their growth, care and attunement to the natural world. Each day at Forest School the children are given the opportunity and time to explore the natural world. Through peer and adult modeling the children have gained valuable attunement skills in just a short time. When observing your child think of these questions: What does your child do when they see an insect or spider? Does your child stop and investigate something when you are on a walk or while playing in the backyard? Does your child identify tree leaves and birds by name? Do they notice and point out the different patterns found in the natural world? Do they share the enthusiasm and joy wit you after a discovery?

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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

Tick Season

It's tick season! Be sure to check your children over carefully each day after Forest School. If you aren't familiar with ticks we have handy ID cards at the Visitor Center front desk.

Transportation

If you have questions about transportation, please contact Meaghan Gustafson at : gustafsonm@lafarge.k12.wi.us or (608) 625-0107. Please don't call the bus garage.

Click here to Download the LFSD App for KVFS Updates

Parents may receive text messages or automated calls from 625-2400 regarding important all-school announcements such as delays or closures due to inclement weather. There is no sign-up necessary for this.

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Important Dates

KVFS Governance Council Meetings

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Always the 2nd Thursday of the month on Zoom. Check here for link:

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

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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