Neal Wilkins News

October 2015

Keeping in Touch!

School is in full swing and we are loving getting to know your wonderful kids! Conferences are coming up and field trips are happening! We want to keep you up to date on all of the great things happening here at school!

Platteville Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Poster Contest 2015

The Platteville Fire Dept. along with the Wisconsin Fire Fighters Association will be holding the Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

The contest will be running October 5, 2015 through October 18, 2015. All posters will be picked up from the school office on October 19, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The year the Platteville Fire Dept. will again provide the poster paper for the contest. On the back of the poster paper is listed all the contest required information and requirements that need to be filled out for the contest. These posters can be picked up in the school office.

This year's theme is: "Hear the Beep While You Sleep"

Any questions regarding the contest, please contact Dave Niehaus at the Platteville Fire Dept. at (608) 348-1828 or (608) 732-0137.

Chilly Weather...

As we can all feel, the weather is beginning to change! Please be sure to send a jacket with your little one on those brisk IMPORTANT DETAIL...? Your child's name on the inside of his/her jackets, sweatshirts, etc. It makes it easier for students and their teachers!

Our lost and found becomes quite a collection!

School Doors Locked for Safety

For the safety of your precious children we must keep our schools doors locked between the hours of 8:15 am - 3:15 pm. If you come earlier than 3:15 to pick up your child for the day, we are asking that you wait patiently outside until 3:15 when the doors automatically unlock. We appreciate your consideration in following school policy.

Class Field Trips to Vesperman Farms

All Classes will be visiting Vesperman Farms this year! What a treat!

The schedule goes as follows:

4K will be going on October 22nd and October 28th in the morning, from 9 to 11ish.

Kindergarten will be going on October 26th in the morning, from 9 to 11ish.

First grade will be going on October 22 from 11:30 to 2:30. Be sure to dress your kids for the weather!

A Trick or Treat Invitation!



For: All ages up through 4th grade

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Time: 5pm – 6pm

Where: ManorCare Health Services

1300 North Water St

Platteville, WI

Trick or Treat

Trick or treating is so much fun! Before you go out be sure to talk to your ninjas, princesses, goblins or pirates about safe trick or treating.

It's always a good idea to carry a flash light or have reflective strips on costumes. Remember to tell your kiddos that even though they can see a car coming, that car may not be able to see them. Always hold an adults hand when crossing streets and moms and dads should check over candy!

Trick or treating in Platteville this year will be on October 31st from 4pm until 7pm.

Be safe and have a "spooktacular"time!!

Platteville Community Holiday Project

Platteville Public Schools is represented on the Platteville Holiday Project Committee and will again cooperate with several local agencies and service clubs to help provide confidential assistance to families who may be experiencing a difficult financial situation this year. These groups make available toys, Chamber of Commerce gift certificates for clothing, food baskets and a variety of other items for distribution to local families.

Each year the number of organizations and individuals participating in the Platteville Holiday Project seems to grow. This is exciting news, but it means we need extra time to coordinate the effort and get clothing certificates, food baskets, toys, etc. distributed to families before vacation begins.

For giving to be meaningful or useful, there must be a receiver. If your family could use a little extra help this year, please complete the Holiday Project Referral Form. These forms are available in the school office and will also be emailed out. Return it to Vicki Feldman, Nancy Olson, Laura Melby, or your child’s teacher or the school secretary by November 5th, 2015.

Next year you may be in a position to help someone else.

The Platteville Journal and the local radio station will have information about the time and place for distribution of new and used toys. Please contact Nancy Olson (342-4020, ext. 1220) Vicki Feldman (342-4010, ext. 1304), or Laura Melby (342~4010, ext. 1302) if you have any questions.


Recently there was a community situation where our police department felt the need to put our school on alert with a lockdown. After receiving this request from the police, Mr. Brown, placed the building in an exterior lockdown. To your children, this meant they could not go outside, but were able to carry on inside school with normal classes and activities.

Due to events beyond our control, situations can arise that could prove to be dangerous. As with any drills, fire, tornado, etc, we do everything in our power to have staff and students more than prepared to handle difficult situations with ease. We apologize that this ever has to happen, but we promise to always do our very best to keep your children safe.

The police department has asked us to relay to parents, to PLEASE not call the police station during an emergency. The school will communicate everything we can about situations involving your children. We will send out updates as we get them and keep you as informed as possible.

Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center

The mission of the Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center is to work together as a team to provide all students the educational foundation they need to become life-long, self-confident learners in an environment where learning is fun and students are empowered, think critically, become self-starters and take personal responsibility for their actions and their learning. We also strive to build character within our students by creating a sense of community where students exhibit compassion and respect for themselves and others.