Abrams Elementary School

TOGETHER --We Learn... We Achieve... We Grow

October 2018 Volume 6, Issue 3

Mark your Calendar:

October 17th: Picture Re-Take Day.

October 23rd - 2-Hour Early Release - Parent Teacher Conferences K - 12 1:30 - 7:00 P.M.

October 26th - Vacation day - No School in Session.

November 5th - No School in Session - professional developement day for staff.

November 5th - Parent Teacher Conferences 4K - 5th -- 3:30 - 6:00 P.M.

November 21-23 - Thanksgiving Vacation No School in Session.


Happy October!

So much is happening this month. Last week we had so many smiling grandparents and next week the fire fighters will be here to teach and review fire safety. Students are busy preparing songs to celebrate and honor our veterans. Students and staff are continually learning about one another and working together to create a learning environment built on trust and cooperation.

This is just a reminder about pick up and drop off. In the morning, if you need to come in to the building please park your car in a stall. The lane near the sidewalk is meant to be an area where only the kids get out to enter school. This is for safety reasons. Our end of the day routine seems to be working well. Remember that if your child's plan is changing for a day, please send a note to your child's teacher. If you can't send a note, send the teacher an email. If you don't receive a response from the email to acknowledge the change by 1:00 PM, call the office. Please try to reach the teacher first before contacting the office. Also remember to park in a stall at the end of the day when you come in to pick up your child. Please don't park along the fence. If we need to get an emergency vehicle in or out, that space is needed.

Thank you for your continued efforts to assist us as we work to keep every student and adult safe at our school.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your child or school.

Mrs. Michalski


Notes from the Office

Parent Teacher Conferences: Tuesday, October 23rd and Monday, November 5th.

Tuesday, October 23rd, is a two-hour early release day, students 5k - 5th will be released at 12:55. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:30 - 7:00 pm.

Monday, November 5th, No School in session Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 3:30 - 6:00 pm.

Conferences are scheduled online, through Family Access. The scheduling window is open until October 16th. Time slots fill up fast so please don't wait to sign up. If you do not have a computer or internet access, please contact the school and we can schedule a time for you.

The C.P.T.O. will be offering babysitting services during conference times on October 23rd. You are welcome to drop off your children in the community room (no infants please) while you attend your conferences. They will be supervised by volunteers free of charge. If you are interested in helping out please call Jackie Saari @ 826-6296, or call the school office @ 826-5819. Thanks!

Picture re-take day is Wednesday, October 17, if you would like to have your child’s photo retaken you may do so but there is a $5.00 charge unless there was a photographer error. If you have any question please contact MK Photography @ 920-846-8409 or email mike@mkalliesphoto.com. Thanks!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Would you like to brighten up the school and share in a fun family activity at the same time? Decorate a pumpkin for the school lobby. Be creative, be funny, be silly - just don't carve it! Pumpkins should be dropped off October 29 - 31. All entries will be judged by 8:15 am on the 31st, and the winner will be announced at the Halloween Parade on October 31st. All pumpkins must be picked up by 3:00 P.M. on the 31st, or they will be disposed of.

School Dress Up Days:

10/12/18 - Pajama Day

10/19/18 - Red Day

Food Service Notes

A Note From Food Service…

Please feel free to email Amanda at Amanda.Sonnenburg@of-ps.org with any questions.

Nurses Knowledge

Head Lice:

Below are some facts about lice and how you can help us prevent its spread.

What are head lice?

  • tiny insects- brownish/gray, wingless, bloodsucking insects that feed on the human scalp

  • lice hatch from small eggs (nits) -whitish/silver in color, that attach to the hair shaft close to the scalp.

  • They do not infest animals

  • they cannot live away from the human longer than 20 hours

  • they do not jump or fly but do crawl

  • they are not an indication of poor hygiene or parental neglect

How do you get head lice?

  • spread from person to person

  • sharing combs or brushes

  • wearing borrowed caps, barrettes, ribbons, scarves or other head coverings

  • sharing pillows or towels

  • you can’t get head lice from animals, grass or trees

How do you know if you have head lice?

  • usually head itches

  • egg (nits) always will be seen on individual hairs after careful checking of the entire head of hair

  • may see lice on scalp

  • sometimes small white specks in the hair such as dandruff can be confused with nits. Nits are difficult to remove; while dandruff will brush away easily.

To avoid the spread of head lice:

  • check family members daily for 2 weeks; treat only if head lice or eggs (nits) are seen.

  • all family members should avoid borrowing personal items: combs, brushes, towels, hats, etc.

  • tell others who were in close contact or who shared personal items so they can be checked and treated if necessary.

What's Happening With the CPTO....

Upcoming Events:

Book Fair:

CPTO Book Fair: Fall Book Fair is October 23rd! The Book Fair will be held from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. We are needing parents to help volunteer for this event. Your assistance in cash registers, and aiding people on the sales floor will be greatly appreciated. Please understand that you will be able to step away to meet your childs teacher for conferences. Thank you in advance for your time and support of the Book Fair. Please contact the school office if you are able to volunteer for the Book Fair.

2018-19 CPTO Officers:

President: Ashley McDermid

Vice-President: Jenny Sarkela

Treasurer: Tabitha Dobbratz

Secretary:Candice Baumler

Community and District News

The Flag Football Under the Lights event will be next Tuesday, October 16th @ 6:00 P.M. at ST PAPER Stadium. Paper Copies of the agenda will be handed out at the last Flag Football practice on Saturday. Please invite family and friends to this event. It will be a great time for the kids! Reminder: There will be NO concessions. Please feel free to bring in any carry-ins.

Trick or Treat Hours in the Community: Abrams trick or treat hours are Wednesday, October 31, 4:00 – 6:30 pm, Little Suamico hours are 4:00 – 6:30 pm. Please turn your porch light on if you want trick or treaters!

Oconto Falls Hoops Club registration for the 2018-2019 season is now open. You will register online at www.ocontofallshoops.com.

K-2 girls and boys will register for the Saturday skills camp which begins 10/27/18 from 9-10:30am at the Oconto Falls High School Field House.

Registration is also available for students in grades 3-8 (girls and boys). We would ask that you please have your athlete(s) registered by October 31, 2018.

Fees: $50-1 athlete per family; $75- 2 athletes per family; $85- 3+ athletes per family

Please note that a parent meeting will be held on Thursday, November 1st at 6pm at the High School Field House for parents with athletes in grades 3-8.

All coaches and assistant coaches for grades 3-8 will also need to register via the hoops club website. We would ask that all coaches be registered by 10/26/18.

The OFHS musical production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is auditioning for the role of GRETL for students in grades 5 & 6 this Friday, September 28 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the OFHS Choir room! Auditions will be approximately 10 minutes each. Please choose a song to sing for the audition! If you are interested, please come ready to audition on Friday! Rehearsals for the performance will run Monday-Friday and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Thiel at the HS!

Oconto County Public Health will visit Abrams Elementary School on Friday 10/12/18 to offer FREE flu shots to all students in Early Childhood (EC)-5th grade.

If your child did not bring the consent forms home for the FREE flu shots, go to www.ocph.info to download a form and find more information on the flu shot.

CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months and older. Flu is not just a bad cold; it’s a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia and other complications. The symptoms can last for up to two weeks and include: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, severe body aches, chills, runny or stuffy nose, extreme exhaustion, and sometimes in children diarrhea and vomiting. While your child may be nervous to receive a shot at school, Oconto County Public Health staff will work together to make your child as comfortable as possible.

Getting the flu shot every year is your best protection against the flu! You can also stay healthy by washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick. Please call Oconto County Public Health with questions at 920-834-7000.

Panther Youth Wrestling Parent Meeting for the 2018 - 2019 season will be on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:00 in the High School PAC (wrestlers are welcome to attend). You can register your wrestler on our youth website ofayouthwrestling.com (prior to the parent meeting for $25 which includes a shirt). This is for all wrestlers 4K-8th. Shirts will be available for each wrestler at the parent meeting with paid registration. We will also be selling family apparel. This is an important meeting for all wrestling parents, so please plan on attending. We look forward to another great season! Please reach out to Misty Gilbertson @ 920-373-4547 with any questions.

Upcoming Events

October 19th --Fire Safety Day

October 23rd --Book Fair and Parent Teacher Conferences

November 5th -- Parent Teacher Conferences