The Rams Report

The Pulse of Yorkville Elementary School

A Message From the Prinicpal

As the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, I find myself looking back on the last nine months. It has been a great school year, and I am truly honored to be part of this special place. Together we have shared many experiences that will now become treasured memories. The unwavering dedication to and devotion for our learning community sets Yorkville Elementary apart.

Thank you to our hard working, creative staff. Their commitment is outstanding and the students benefit each and every day!

Special thanks to our parents and families who give their time to support our students and tirelessly contribute to the learning environment!

Congratulations to all Yorkville students for a successful school year. I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing summer! See you in September!


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Summer School...We're Wild About Learning!

We are excited to offer a summer school program designed to encourage exploration and to foster your child’s love of learning. This year the program will run from June 12th through July 7th. Classes will meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Please note that summer school will not be in session on Tuesday, July 4th. Because the expense would be prohibitive, bus transportation cannot be offered. As a result, families will need to arrange for student drop-off and pick-up. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:45 and must be picked up by 12:00. It might be helpful to network with other parents to set up a carpooling schedule. Kidz Connection is also available for before and after school care. Students should bring a snack and a water bottle each day as food service is not available during the summer session. Below you will find the summer school staff list:

Kindergarten - Mrs. Becky Borchardt

1st Grade - Mrs. Shannon Schwartz

2nd Grade - Mrs. Stephanie Sorenson

3rd Grade - Mrs. Erin Maydak

4th Grade - Ms. Brenda Rivest

5th Grade - Mrs. Cailin Lawton

Computers - Miss Allison Kerkman

P.E. - Mr. Nate Meyer

The Reading Corner

The Importance of Summer Reading!

Throughout this school year, Yorkville students have worked diligently in the area of reading. Even though the school year is coming to an end, it is crucial for students to continue to read throughout the summer months. Research studies prove that children who choose not to read over the summer experience summer learning loss. The effect is cumulative. According to the Madison Public Library, young children that choose not to read over the summer months lose reading skills and run the risk of falling two years behind classmates by the end of 6th grade. As parents, what can you do to prevent this learning loss?

Rule of Thumb

*Having access to reading resources with a wide range of interest and reading levels is a key to a successful reader.

*Encourage your child to choose a book that is at his/her independent reading level.

*When children select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing style, spelling, and grammatical development.

*Reading just 4-6 books over the summer months offers the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores.

*Summer programs offered at local schools, libraries and other organizations promote reading through reading activities.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”

-Roald Dahl

Have a safe and an enjoyable summer!

Happy Reading!

May Highlights

The first graders have been having fun in math using shapes to make new shapes and fun creations! On May 23rd, the first graders were invited to the Bike Rodeo at UGES sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and Officer Friendly. All participants received a complimentary bike helmet!

Second grade students visited the Dream Playground in Kenosha and had the opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books Jr.

Third graders had a busy month learning about fractions, participating in a lesson in roping, and receiving a visit from Grandpa Glenn VonBergen who shared the story of serving our country and receiving a Purple Heart.

Fourth grade students completed their study of Wisconsin with a visit to the state capitol. The fourth graders also received a visit from Mrs. Keeku, a Special Agent Certified Explosive Specialist Bomb Technician. Mrs. Keeku was accompanied by two agents: Special Agent Tim Rorabeck and Special Agent Andrew Krzeptowski. Students had the opportunity to try on the gear that is worn by the agents. To end the year, fourth grade students completed the book Because of Winn Dixie. To celebrate, each classroom was decorated like a setting from the story, and kindergarten buddies were invited to the Winn Dixie party.

Fifth grade students participated in a Reading Fair. Students worked in groups reading a fiction book at their lexile level. Students then created a project board based on their book incorporating different reading strategies learned throughout the year.

All third graders and the fourth and fifth grade extension students used iPads to create green screen stop motion animation movies.

Fourth and fifth grade Battle of the Books students participated in a BreakoutEDU challenge. Think escape room, but instead of breaking out students use clues to open a locked box and find out what is inside.

Yorkville's Battle of the Books team placed second overall in the Westosha Battle of the Books competition against eleven other teams from public and private schools. Congratulations!

Alexis Johnsen, Mia Wilks, and Camryn Smith were honored at the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Anthology Reception held at UW-Whitewater. All three girls had their writing published in this year's anthology. It should be noted that eighth grader Olivia Voge had artwork published in the anthology as well!

Congratulations to our fifth and sixth grade math team who advanced to state and competed in the Mega Math Meet! The team consisted of the following students: Brian Fonk, Aidan Bournoville, Elijah Doolittle, Laurel Anderson, Grace Hansen, Madisyn Henderson, Sam Grimes and Noah Petrick.

Sixth grade students visited the Milwaukee Public Museum and participated in the Mummy Experience!

Congratulations to Mrs. Kreuscher and the sixth through eighth grade choir students for their very entertaining production of The Music Man, Jr.

A BIG thank you to the staff, students, families and supporters of Yorkville Elementary School for dedicating their time, energy and resources to the Color-a-Thon. The event was a huge success. In addition to enjoying the beautiful day and participating as a school community, we were able to raise $36,000. The money will be used to purchase a rock climbing wall, update technology and sponsor an outdoor education opportunity.

Field Day is one of the students' favorite days of the entire year. The beautiful weather and friendly competition made for an exciting, enjoyable time!

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars....

First Day of Summer School - Monday, June 12th

Board of Education Meeting - Thursday, June 22nd @ 7:00 p.m. (Room 112)

No Summer School Classes - Tuesday, July 4th

Last Day of Summer School - Friday, July 7th

Registration Day - Tuesday, August 8th

Open House - Tuesday, August 29th

First Day of School - Tuesday, September 5th