Biweekly News for KVFS Families-October 27
A moment at Forest School
Parent Teacher Conferences
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.
Jackie Yocum- Secretary
Jackie Yocum was born and raised on a farm in the Kickapoo Valley, and grew up exploring with mud between her toes and sun kissed skin. As an adult, she believes in immersing children in nature to allow their minds and bodies to explore and grow in a healthy, creative way. She looks forward to being involved in the success of the Kickapoo Valley Forest School as it grows into a valuable public education resource and unique learning environment for families of the Driftless Region.
Julie Hoel- President
Julie Hoel is a retired Wisconsin educator. She taught 5-6th Language Arts, K-12 Gifted and Talented, and 5K for the Webster School District. Since moving to the Kickapoo Valley in 2008, she also taught 4&5K at Sacred Heart School in Cashton and has worked as a part time instructor at KVR. She worked on the KVR Teaching Team with the pilot Forest 4K program with the LaFarge School.
Anne-Marie Fryer attended a forest kindergarten as a child. She is a retired teacher whose career included 14 years teaching in a forest kindergarten. She has witnessed the challenges and tremendous benefits of a forest education and is ready to invest her time and experience to insure the success of KVFS.
Jackie Yocum- Secretary
Julie Hoel- President
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.
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.
Support Your School: Order KVFS Merchandise!
KVFS COFFEE Talk
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brrrrr. Time for warm socks!
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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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If you have questions about transportation, please contact Meaghan Gustafson at : email@example.com or (608) 625-0107. Please don't call the bus garage.
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.
KVFS Governance Council Meetings
Thursday, Oct. 14th, 7pm
This is an online event.
Kickapoo Valley Forest School
Mailing Address: 301 W. Adams St. La Farge, WI 54639
Physical Address: S3661 State Hwy. 131 La Farge, WI 54639
KVFS Main Office: 608) 639-0565