Kegonsa Family Newsletter


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September 17, 2021

Happy Friday! While the week started with a torrential downpour we have such sunny days.

A couple of quick updates.

  • Gilly Gran Prix packets went home yesterday for students. We are getting excited about our Fun Run on September 30.
  • We are postponing our outside school dance next Thursday. Fingers crossed we can reschedule this Spring.

Have a lovey weekend! - Erin

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Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information

Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.

Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.

COVID symptoms? Stay home! We know your student doesn’t want to miss school, but if your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home to avoid infecting others. Our Self-Screening quicksheet lists COVID symptoms and what to do if your student has one or more. Remember to screen your child for symptoms every morning and night.

Using the Student COVID-19 Form: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact, start by keeping your student at home, calling your school’s attendance line, completing the Student COVID-19 Form, then contacting your health care provider. We will help you through the process.

SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)

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Picture retakes on October 7th.

Picture retakes will take place at Kegonsa on October 7th.

Students that took pictures in August should have come home with their proofs on Friday!

Meals Reminder - Mid-Morning Milk Break

As a reminder, the daily mid-morning milk break for elementary students is $0.40 per day and is not a part of the USDA free meals program. To check your food service account and/or add funds, please log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you currently do not have a portal account, please email

Students approved for free or reduced meals receive morning milk at no charge. If you feel you may qualify, please submit an electronic application via your Parent Portal account or print and complete the application found on the Food Service Web Page. With questions, please contact our food service director Jacob Kleven at 608.877.5419.

Our Antiracism Project is Back: See September’s Resources

The purpose of the Antiracism Project is to advance our district’s Educating for Equity efforts by providing resources, information, and opportunities to support recognized events, locally, nationally, and internationally. View this month’s resources here.

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Gilly Gran Prix September 30

We're excited to again be running our Gilly's Grand Prix!

Gilly's Grand Prix is our annual all-school Fun Run Fundraiser to raise money for school improvements! While we weren't able to have our fun run last year, in 2019, with the help of our families and local businesses, we were fortunate to raise $15,000 to update our school library! This year we are raising money for some much-needed (and pricey) updates to our music program!

September 30

Be on the lookout, fundraising information packets and envelopes will be coming home right at the beginning of the school year.

If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor of our Gilly's Grand Prix fun run please email for details and sponsorship levels. The sponsorship window closes on September 11th, 2021. Thank you to our sponsors who have already sent their commitment!

We also are looking for parent volunteers on the day of the race. If you are able to help please email!

Thank you to our GGP Sponsors!

  • Aireserv Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Holt Real Estate Team Powered By Keller Williams
  • Kicks Unlimited
  • Nap-N-Hill Farm Custom Meats
  • Pizza Pit of Stoughton
  • Stoughton Tumblers
  • Viking Day Camp
  • Weebleworld Child Care Center & Learning Academy
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Update from MAPEL (Music, Art, PE, and Library!)

Kegonsa Elementary MAPEL video for WFK 9 14 2021
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We Are Allergy Aware

We take the medical needs of our students seriously. We ask that our students and families consider the medical needs of others before sending ANY nut or nut products to school with your children. Please swap out food items containing nuts for other healthy snacks.

Family Resources

Click here for a list of family resources including lists of food pantries, community meals, personal essentials, showers & laundry, mental health and crisis intervention.

Reach out to Kayla McDermot with any questions!

Kayla McDermot (Kegonsa Elementary and Sandhill Elementary) 608-440-0270

Office and School Hours

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00p.m. Doors open at 7:35 a.m.

Important Information

Bully Harassment

  • Bullying/Harassment form
  • Submit a Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) ticket. If you see or hear something, say something. The easiest way to submit a ticket is to go to, access the Student Portal, and select “Submit a tip.”

TAHER foodservice

Breakfast/Lunch Menus


  • Students may choose to participate in breakfast and/or lunch daily
  • No sign up needed
  • Morning milk in the classroom is NOT included. Milk is $.40 per day for students who DO NOT qualify for free/reduced meals
  • Please check your Infinite Campus Portal account to ensure funds are available or to add funds to your account
  • Breakfast and lunch will be prepackaged and may include hot and/or cold items.

Nurtured Heart for Families

This is the message that I sent to staff this week and I thought that families needed to hear it too. I’m hoping that it will give you some strategies for supporting your student and some understanding of what your child(ren)’s teachers, administrators, educational assistants, custodians, and all other staff members are working through.

The great thing about the beginning of the school year has always been the honeymoon. The blessed few weeks when students are particularly agreeable, malleable, and ready to dig into school. This is the time when teachers invest in building strong relationships. Filling the emotional bank account as it were so when undesirable behaviors occur, big and small, the teacher can withdraw from the account to redirect. That’s how relationships work.

That was pre-2020. This is 2021. We were so hopeful that everything would be as it was pre-COVID. Big dreams to accelerate the learning that was lost and to get back to a sense of normalcy. The first few weeks have shown us that we need to rethink our plan. Nothing is normal and the honeymoon never happened.

We have ALL (students, teachers, families, HUMANS) exhausted our surge capacity- “a collection of adaptive systems, mental and physical, that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations”. This prolonged fatigue is increasing anxiety, depression, and dysregulation. We are not able to access our thinking, good decision (frontal) brain when our systems, survival (lower) brain are vigilantly looking for danger.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we have some strategies to lean into to help us ALL get through these uncertain times.

  • Slow down and take the time to build stronger relationships- We need to go slow to go fast. Intentionally monitor your energy so you are giving more to the million little, seemingly ordinary things that your students/children are doing.

  • Breathe- A LOT. You can’t help your students/children get into their thinking brains if you are dysregulated

  • Model- when you are dysregulated, call it out for your students/children and show them how you regulate

  • Teach Resets- help your students/children to identify when they are dysregulated. Simply asking them to “reset” when they cross the line and asking them to take a breath is a start

  • Connect with others- get out of your room, mind, off your devices, and TALK to each. When someone is dysregulated (sad, frustrated, angry, overly silly), ask, “what do you need?”

  • Show GRACE- we are ALL struggling

  • Take good care of each other...

And most importantly, when you do go out into the world it is STILL best to hold hands and stick together.

To your Greatness, Humanity, & Significance

Amy, (Karla & Sara Jane )

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Kegonsa Elementary School

Ms. Conrad, Principal (877-5201)

Mrs. Sannes, Dean of Students (208-3468)

Mrs. Cole-Wells, Admin Assistant (877-5202)

Mr. Schultz, School Counselor (877-5229)

Mrs. McDermot, School Social Worker (440-0270)

Ms. Menon, School Psychologist

Ms. Hart, Health Assistant (877-5204)


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