Classical Columns

January 2019 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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New Student Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year



Classical School's application period for the 2019-2020 school year is December 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019. A completed application must be returned by February 15th for any siblings, including incoming kindergarteners, of current K-8 Classical School students. Only those applications for siblings returned by February 15th will receive priority in the lottery for enrollment placement or waiting list order. Applications received after February 15th will not be included in the lottery, and those students will be added to the end of any waiting list for their grade in the order applications are received.


The online application may be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAq6VxMefi7pHO2qOvHLztJ_21sJzuBiAtt4bjvuRVhDcxeQ/viewform. Alternatively, paper applications are available outside the school office.


Please see the school website http://www.classicalcharter.com/prospective-families/application-procedure/ if you have questions about the lottery process, or contact Joanne Bielmeier at bielmeierjoann@aasd.k12.wi.us.




*Classical School informational nights for prospective families wishing to learn more about our program will be held:


Wednesday, January 9th from 6:30 -- 7:30 pm in Room 122

Wednesday, February 6th from 6:30 -- 7:30 pm in Room 122


Please join us!*

Grades 4-6 Strings & Grade 5/6 Band Concert - Thursday, January 10th 7:00-8:00 pm


  • Students should arrive at 6:30 pm for tuning and warming up. Notify the teacher two weeks in advance if your student will not be in attendance.
  • Students should dress nicely to show pride in presenting their music to the community! School and concert dress codes (black bottoms, white top) will be enforced.
  • Gentlemen: black dress pants, white button-down/polo shirt, dress shoes (if possible), any color tie (required for middle school, optional for elementary).
  • Ladies: knee-length or longer (especially cello players) black skirt, dress, or dress pants, nice white shirt/blouse without words, dress shoes (if possible).

Classical School Rockin' 50s and 60s School Dance!

Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll as Classical School celebrates the groovy music of the 1950s and 1960s with a family dance on Friday, January 18th from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Girls, dig out your poodle skirts or capris, bobby socks, and saddle shoes. Boys, get your blue jeans, white t-shirts, and cool sunglasses ready. With the help of our DJ, we are going to dance to the music that defined rock-n-roll. Our “drive-in” will offer popcorn, lemonade, and glow necklaces. You’ll also have an opportunity to show off your Hula Hooping skills during our Hula Hoop contest. More information and volunteer sign-ups will be coming in January.

*Thank you, Dia Thao & Annie Knudson, for coordinating this event for Classical School families!

January CCSA Board Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming CCSA Board meeting on January 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Founders room.

Winter Athletic Teams (7th & 8th Graders)

The boys wrestling seasons will begin soon! See important information below regarding dates and requirements to participate.


All potential players MUST have an updated physical or alternate year physical form on file in the Classical School office prior to the first practice. You can pick up those forms in the Classical School office.


You will not be able to practice unless you have the proper forms turned in before practice starts.


You can find more information about the Einstein/Classical athletics program on the district website or by calling the Einstein office. Coaches update the sport web page closer to the start of the season. Please see the link below to the sport web page.


https://sites.google.com/a/aasd.k12.wi.us/gorsh-s-lockerroom/home

4K Enrollment Information

Appleton Community 4K is open to any student who will turn 4-years old on or before September 1st. We look forward to having your child join us! As a community-based program, the majority of our 4K classrooms are located in community partner sites such as preschools and child cares.


Site visits begin January 14th

Enrollment begins February 4th

Is Your child Well Enough to go to School?

It is not always easy to decide if your child is sick enough to stay home or well enough to be in school. Children who come to school are expected, with few exceptions, to participate fully in school activities. guidelines that might help in a parent's decision making:


Fever: A fever of 100 degrees or more signals an illness that is probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class. Your child should stay home until his or her temperature is less than 100 degrees (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for a day and he/she is feeling better.

Vomiting, Diarrhea or Severe Nausea: These are symptoms that require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated the night before and the morning of school.

Infectious Diseases: Diseases such as impetigo, pink eye with thick drainage, and strep throat require a health care provider’s visits and prescription for medication. Contacting the health care provider and using the medicine as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary. A student may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of an antibiotic and if he/she is feeling well.

Rashes: Rashes or patches of broken, itchy skin need to be examined by a health care provider if they appear to be spreading or not improving.

Injuries: If a student has an injury that causes continuous discomfort, the student should not attend school until the condition is checked by a health care provider or it improves. Injuries that interfere with class participation need a medical evaluation. If participation in physical education classes is not recommended, a health care provider’s excuse is required.


Six Flags Read to Succeed

How are you doing on your reading logs? This program is available to students in grades K-6.
Six hours of free choice reading needs to be recorded on the yellow reading log in order to earn a free ticket to Six Flags. Extra reading logs are available outside the school. Reading logs are due February 15th.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Spring Parent-Teacher conferences for K-6 will be held Tuesday, March 5th, Wednesday, March 6th, and Thursday, March 7th from 4:00 -- 6:15 pm. Spring Parent-Teacher conferences for 7/8 will be held Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th from 4:00-6:15 pm.
  • You will receive an email from Signup.com around February 1st to schedule your child's conference with their homeroom teacher.
  • due to time constraints on conference nights, you may sign up with your child's homeroom teacher only. If you would like to speak with your child's reading or math teacher, please email or call that teacher directly.
  • Please remember to factor in passing time if you are scheduling with multiple teachers.
  • You may choose to schedule a conference with your child's Spanish, music, art, physical education on signup.com as well.


Middle School conferences: 7th & 8th grade



  • MS conferences will be by teacher or parent request only on March 6th & 7th.
  • If a teacher would like to request a conference with you, a note will be sent home with your child containing the link to the SignUp website.
  • You may also request a conference with a particular teacher. The SignUp link for parent requests will go out around February 1st.
  • If you do not have a concern, please do not feel obligated to request a conference for your child.
  • If you have a question regarding conferences, please email teachers directly.



Ms. VanRyzin mailto:vanryzinchrist@aasd.k12.wi.us History, Algebra & Geometry

Ms. Cote mailto:coterachel@aasd.k12.wi.us English & Logic

Ms. Eastman mailto:eastmanjennife@aasd.k12.wi.us Art

Sra. Cihlar mailto:cihlaranna@aasd.k12.wi.us Spanish

Ms. Kottman mailto:kottmanjaclyn@aasd.k12.wi.us Choir

Ms. Juhl mailto:juhlstacy@aasd.k12.wi.us Band

Mr. Heckner mailto:hecknercraig@aasd.k12.wi.us Orchestra

Mr. Gilbert mailto:gilbertmichael@aasd.k12.wi.us Physical Education

First Quarter Middle School Honor Roll



7th GRADE HONOR ROLL


Highest Honors: 3.90 – 4.00


Maryam Abdel Azim

Evelyn Bomann

Caroline Jia

Ava Kunesh

Adam Nahm


With Honors: 3.33 – 3.89


Maryam Amin

Ella Baumgart

Maisey Bojarski

Leina Corlan

Kalli Drexler

Ryan Graf

Madalynn Hansen

Elizabeth Jeon

Luke Jermain

Molly Killian

Katherine Korb

Hope Lemerande

Matthew Lemke

Okinyo Menya

Jack Murphy

Nathan Murton

Elizabeth Osorio

Aiden Palma

Shayla Rademaker

Mira Rath

Autumn Sauer

Maria Suarez Pereyra

Jalen Thao

Akshath Vijaykumar

Dhruv Vir

Amirthavarshini Vivekanandan

Mariam Zaidan


8th GRADE HONOR ROLL


Highest Honors: 3.90 – 4.00


Lubabah Ali

Andrea Buyze

Sameer Chawla

Chiara Cole

Grace Cove

Kritika Maheshwari

Jeremy Nelson

Kelynn Ott

Umika Sivasamy

Benjamin Slovick

Susan Yao


With Honors: 3.33 – 3.89


Nora Bielmeier

Reese Brunette

Erika Burdick

Brianna Clough

Lillian Estermann

Hailey Evans

Olivia Gerczak

Elisabeth Goethke

Ariana Gonzalez

Neil Graf

Ryan Guest

Autumn Holmes

Alexandria Juve

Utkarsha Marasini

Abigail Munson

Miranda Neitzke Pizarro

Linnea Olson

Mahir Patel

Sylvia Polansky

Emma Rademaker

Oliver Reyes

Greyson Reynolds

Emilie Schroeder

Disha Sharma

Talia Sonntag

Lauren Stefl

Noah Tabbert

Nadia Tallroth

Mohammad Zaidan

Lena Watts

All School Fair

Join us on Saturday, January 12th for the All School Fair that will be held at City Center Plaza on the 2nd floor from 10:00 -- 12:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn about educational options in the Appleton Area School District.

Valentine's Day

Each classroom has its own practices for days that are celebrated. If your child's classroom is participating in a Valentine's Day celebration, we ask parents to observe the following requests:


  • Please be sure to include a card for each student in the classroom to avoid hurt feelings.
  • Students may include one small, inexpensive non-food item per Valentine card such as a pencil, small set of stickers, etc.

Knowledge-A-Thon (KAT)

KAT is Classical School's major fundraiser. It is designed to be a low cost/high profit fundraiser with all of the proceeds going towards our school's needs. Below is the timeline for the 2019 KAT fundraiser:




  1. Poster contest starts February 14th with posters due February 27th. Students may pick up poster paper from the school office.
  2. Official kickoff day for KAT is Friday, March 15, 2019! Teachers perform an inspirational skit in the Forum and students receive their question booklets.
  3. March 18th - 21st is Star Week. Students answer questions in the Forum during lunch to earn prizes.
  4. April 1st - April 5th is Lottery Lollapalooza. Students answer KAT questions in homeroom and names are picked for prizes.
  5. April 8th - April 12th is Bingo Bonanza week. Students who would like to participate can play Bingo during lunch recess to win prizes.
  6. April 15th - April 18th is KAT Spirit Week. Stay tuned for fun activities throughout the week.
  7. April 18th is KAT Testing day. Students may dress up as a question or answer.


Students will receive their booklet of questions on Friday, March 15th relating to their respective grade's curriculum. If you would like to showcase your business or your employer's business in our Knowledge-A-Thon question booklet, simply send in your business card/electronic copy and a check made out to Classical School in an envelope to school labeled "Linda Kemps (KAT)." Half-page ads cost $25.00 and full-page ads are $50.00. Booklets are viewed by over 350 Classical families!



Volunteers Needed!


Poster Contest: hang posters in the school, take pictures of each poster, and pick contest winners

Star Week: Ask students KAT questions during their lunch hour indoors

Lottery Lollapaloosa: "Man" the prize table after school

Bingo Bonanza: Oversee Bingo in the classroom during lunch recess


To volunteer download the Volunteer Registration form below and return it to the school office.

Food Service Note: Negative Balances

The school district is addressing negative student food service account balances and are asking for your help! If your child(ren) currently maintains a negative food service balance, please remit the negative amount as soon as possible to your child’s school or online through Infinite Campus. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to AASD and include their name and grade when sending to your child’s school.

Free and reduced meal price applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. Completion of this application is required annually. Until approval is granted, the family is responsible for all charges incurred up to ten days after the application is received. You can submit an application online through Infinite Campus or pick up an application at your school office.

If you have any questions on your account or need to set up a payment plan, please contact Foodservice at 920-832-1719 or email at foodservice@aasd.k12.wi.us

Typing Club

Over the past few years, our state assessments have transitioned from paper/pencil tests to electronic versions. Older students are increasingly being asked to use Google Classroom as well. While we do not have time in our daily schedule to provide keyboarding practice, your child can practice keyboarding skills at home using the AASD typing program called "Typing Club." Your 2nd - 8th grade student has their login information on their assignment notebook and can use this to access Typing Club through the AASD website.


You may also follow this link to access that program: https://appleton.typingclub.com/


Ms. Elms is offering an after school session once a week during the third quarter for 3rd-6th grade students who would like to practice this program from 3:00-3:30 pm. Forms were sent home in the Pegasus Flyers before Winter Break. Please contact her to see if she has any seats available for your student if you are interested. mailto:elmsarielle@aasd.k12.wi.us

7th + 8th Girls and Boys Track + Field

The Girls and Boys Track + Field season starts Monday, April 1st. That is the first day back from Spring Break. There will be practice after school from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Student athletes MUST have an updated Physical or Alternate Year Physical form and Concussion form on file in the main office prior to the first practice. Set up your physical now for your son or daughter if they need one to participate. Athletes will not be able to practice if their updated physical forms are not turned in. All athletic forms are available in the office.

Listen for announcements – The sign-up meeting will be in late February.

Questions: Please e-mail:

Mrs. Holtebeck (HOLTEBECKHOLLI@aasd.k12.wi.us)

Mrs. Mick (MICKLAURA@aasd.k12.wi.us)


with any questions.

January Calendar

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 3, 2019 NO AFTER SCHOOL STUDY HALL

Thursday, January 3, 2019 NO HOMEWORK HELP

Thursday, January 3, 2019 Meeting : CCSA Board Rm L08 6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

Friday, January 4, 2019 7/8 Ski Trip Nordic Mountain 2:45 PM -- 11:30 PM

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &,126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Meeting : Information Session Rm 122 6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

Thursday, January 10, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 --126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Gr. 4-6 Strings & Gr. 5/6 Band Concert Forum 7:00 PM -- 8:00 PM

Friday, January 11, 2019 7/8 Ski Trip Nordic Mountain 2:45 PM -- 11:30 PM

Saturday, January 12, 2019 All School Fair City Center Plaza - 2nd Flr 10:00 AM -- 12:00 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 & 126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 17, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, January 17, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 & 126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Friday, January 18, 2019 End of Quarter 2 & Sem 1

Friday, January 18, 2019 Rock'n 50s/60s Dance Forum 6:00 PM -- 7:30 PM

Monday, January 21, 2019 No School in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Elementary School Arbitrary Monday

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Gimmes renew for grades 2-8

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Start of 3rd Quarter

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Geography Bee

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 24, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 & 126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Friday, January 25, 2019 7/8 Ski Trip Nordic Mountain 2:45 PM -- 11:30 PM

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 &126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 31, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 PM -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Homework Help Rms 122 & 126 3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM