Oconto Falls Elementary School

Every Child...Every Day

Sept 2022

Dates to Remember

9/14- Picture Day (Grades 2 through 5)

9/15- Picture Day (4K, 5K, and grade 1)

9/21- 2-Hour Early Release, 1:15 p.m.

9/18-9/23- Homecoming Week!!!

9/29- Fall Fundraiser Begins (runs through October 14)

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Homecoming Dress Up Days

Homecoming week is September 18-23. The parade will be Sunday, September 18th @ 2:00 p.m. A community pep rally will take place at the Stadium following the parade.

Homecoming Dress Up Days:

Monday: 'Merica Monday (red white and blue)

Tuesday: Tye Dye/Neon

Wednesday: Black & White

Thursday: Bikers vs. Surfers

Friday: Panther Out

Pick Up/Drop Off Reminders

Thank you for being patient with our staff as we navigate the first week of pick up & drop off. After some reflection, we have noticed a few safety concerns that we need to address.

  1. Students should not be picked up or dropped off on Farm Rd. Farm road has a significant amount of traffic and is congested. We are asking all parents to follow our pick up/drop off protocol to ensure student safety.

  2. Students/bikers should not approach the school by crossing the parking lot outside of designated crosswalk locations. Walkers/Bikers should use the sidewalk to navigate to Farm road and Maria Volk Drive, then proceed to the crosswalk between the parking lot and school building.

Drop off Procedures

4K through 2nd grade students

  1. Enter through the cafeteria doors in the rear of the school. Follow the arrows.

  2. A staff member will be stationed outside the cafeteria entrance. Do not drop off students in the rear of school before 7:50 a.m. or after 8:05 a.m. when there is not a supervisor present.

  3. Wait until you approach the cafeteria doors before dropping off children. Be aware of other vehicles/children

3rd through 5th grade students

  1. The drop off zone is between the 4th and 5th grade entrances. This is a quick drop off area – 30 seconds or less (use visitor parking if you need to sign in).

  2. Always pull alongside the curb to the left when dropping off students (never drop off from the right lane). Pull up as far as possible in the zone when dropping off so that traffic does not back up.

  3. 4th and 5th grade students enter through their respective entrance doors (3rd grade may enter through either of these entrances).

Pickup Procedures

Vehicle Pickup

Incoming vehicles must enter the school grounds from the north (on hill) and drive onto the school playground. Follow the arrows and stay in a single line. As you approach the cafeteria doors, your child will be brought to your car. Do not park your car or leave your vehicle. Show your photo ID to the attendant. This will be matched up with your child’s pick up pass. Be sure to exit the playground to the left, as traffic flows one way.

Walker and Biker Pickup

School staff will safely walk bikers and walkers from the gym to the corner of Maria Volk Drive and Farm Road – where there is a sidewalk. Parents will be able to meet their student(s) at the corner of Maria Volk Drive and Farm Road if they are walking their student(s) home.

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Sports Contacts for OFES

Throughout the year, we will post information about sports opportunities available for our students. We have also attached a list of contacts for each organization so you are able to follow up if you have questions.
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Einstein Project Sandbox

Parents in Education sponsored the Einstein Project Sandbox at Oconto Falls Elementary Schools Open House. Kids were able to experience different themed projects and challenges. During each session, college mentors led different age-appropriate opportunities for kids ages 4 & up. The Einstein Project will brought materials, hand tools, and digital tools for kids to tinker, create and learn. It was a wonderful experience for our students!

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As you know, the last 2 years, Oconto Falls School District has been able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. The waiver that allowed the free meals to all students has ended and meals will go to paid or free and reduced (if your families qualify) starting this fall. Oconto Falls Schools serves breakfast and lunch each day. Instead of paying full price, your family may qualify for a reduced rate or free meals. To determine if you qualify, you will need to fill out a free and reduced application for the 2022-2023 school year. Filling out an application also helps to financially support other programs in our district such as technology, internet access, and discounted fees.

Food Service applications are available online through your Family Access account and are available at any school office. If you qualify for free or reduced meals, your child will get those benefits the entire school year. You can also apply at any time throughout the school year if circumstances change.

Paid meal prices this school year are:

Breakfast: $2.00

Lunch: Grades 4K-5: $2.85

Grades 6-12: $3.10

All purchases are put on your families food service account and all accounts must have a positive balance in order to make purchases. You can view your child's account anytime on Family Access.

If you have questions, feel free to call the food service department at 920-848-4466.

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Oconto County Out of the Darkness Walk

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Recess Information

Dress For Recess


Students should wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for our Wisconsin weather. Students are required to go outside for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero or it is raining. Therefore, it is important that students are dressed appropriately, especially when the weather is cold or damp. The following temperature guidelines have been developed to help with the selection of clothes. Parents are encouraged to direct their children to dress warmer than the temperature ranges indicated if they feel it is necessary. However, given the length of our recesses (15 or 20 minutes) and the active nature of play by most children, these guidelines should be appropriate for most.

Over 60 degrees - Short sleeved shirts and shorts are OK.

50 – 59 degrees - Long sleeved shirt.

40 – 49 degrees - Lighter jacket. If in the upper range, then a heavy hooded sweatshirt is OK.

Under 40 degrees - Winter jacket, hat or headband, mittens or gloves. K – 3 students are expected to wear snow pants outside if parents sent them to school with the child and the temperatures warrant their wear. Students in grades 4 – 5 may choose to wear/not wear snow pants on the blacktop area.

Snow conditions - When snow is present, snow pants and boots must be worn to play off the blacktop area. When the ground is sufficiently dry such that if students step off the blacktop area they will not track mud into the school and classrooms, then boots will not be required.

Older student’s (4th and 5th grade) often prefer not to wear boots at recess. When the asphalt is dry, this is not a problem. However, occasionally the asphalt area on the playground is snow covered or covered with slush (sometimes this happens during the school day). For that reason, we recommend that all students have a pair of boots available at school to wear during recess as needed.

Please note that these are approximate guidelines, not absolutes. If the temperatures are close to the next range, supervisors will use their discretion if they feel some modification is OK. If other conditions are present, such as heavy wind or a very light mist (one not hard enough to call for inside recess), then warmer dress will be called for.

It is highly recommended that each student have a heavy sweatshirt, sweater, or light jacket at school each day to allow for variations in temperature throughout the day.

Request for Extra Clothes

There have been many times when a student needs a change of clothes due to a rip or spilling a liquid on themselves. Please send an extra set of clothes (underwear, pants and shirt) to keep in your child's locker. Our supply is very limited and we want to make sure your children are comfortable!

Personal Possessions at School

Recently there have been issues involving toys brought from home, so we wanted to share this quick reminder regarding our personal possession policy.

The Student Handbook states:

"OFES discourages students from bringing valuable toys, games, or other items to school, as we do not wish to see these items stolen, damaged, or misused. Students are not allowed to play with these items in the classroom or to bring them onto the playground at recess. We have defined "valuable" to be items valued at $20 or more." Examples of items that cannot be used during the school day: Nintendo Switches, Amazon Fire Tablets, iPads etc.

"However, we understand that some students have very long bus rides (some up to an hour) and that having access to these types of items may help them to pass the time. If you choose to allow your child to take these types of devices to school, please communicate to your child that the item is for use on the bus only and that the school cannot be responsible if the item is lost, stolen or damaged. If a less valuable item can be substituted, please consider doing so. The school is not responsible for any possessions."

OFES Student Handbook 2022-2023

Personal Possessions, Page 9

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