The Trailside Twister

March 2022

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 9th: PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm in the Trailside Library

*Friday, March 11th: Virtual author visit, Lincoln Peirce, grades 3-5

*Sunday, March 13th: Daylight Savings Time starts - SPRING AHEAD - set your clocks ahead one hour

*Thursday, March 17th: Skate Night at Traxside!

*Friday, March 18th- Sunday, March 27th: SPRING BREAK: NO SCHOOL

2021-2022 District Calendar

Please click here to view the district calendar.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is getting quite full! Please remind your children to check the lost and found for any sweatshirts, jackets, hats, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. that they might be missing!

Babysitting Classes through Aurora

Do you have a child age 9 or older who wants to learn babysitting basics? Aurora is offering 4 different workshops to help prepare beginning babysitters with basic information. See below for registration information. Please note, the image below does not contain live links.
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Spring Music Concert Information!

Spring music concerts will be held at Trailside on Tuesday, May 3rd. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to come! There will be NO evening concerts. Concert times are as follows:


1st-3rd Grade - 10:00

4th, 5th and 5th Grade band - 1:30

Upcoming Racine County Parenting Programs

Please see below for a list of parent programs that are being offered through Racine County. Visit: https://racine.extension.wisc.edu/2022/01/04/free-programs-for-parents-caregivers-winter-spring-2022/ or call for more information!
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WUHS 2022 Referendum

Last week, Waterford Union High School announced that they will be asking the community to vote on a bond question during the April 5, 2022 election. You can learn more about the proposed projects by visiting their website.


The Waterford Union High School will be hosting multiple events for the community to come and tour their facilities. These opportunities are available for all community members. If you would like to learn more about the 2022 Referendum for Waterford Union High you can visit their website at: https://waterforduhs.k12.wi.us/2022referendum/. You can also watch an overview video to learn more about the proposed projects by visiting this link.


See below for upcoming events related to the referendum.

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See this new publication from DPI with updated COVID guidelines

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Wing News! (Pictures below)!

Red Wing:

Mrs. Amerling’s class just started the next PLTW module, Structure and Function: Exploring Design. The kids had to build the tallest “beanstalk” they could out of pipe cleaners. It had to hold an egg on top and try and support extra penny weight in the egg.


Mrs. Fischer's class are playing a reading game called Kaboom with their fourth grade buddies in Miss Romeis' class!


Green Wing:

Second Grade is busy learning about the Solar System. Each student chose a planet to research and will create a Google Slides presentation to share what they’ve learned with their classmates.


Blue Wing:

Fourth Graders did a PLTW project in which they worked in teams and designed a restraint vehicle system to keep a passenger (raw egg) safe during a collision. The vehicle rolled down an inclined plane and collided with a solid object. The egg had to survive the collision without breaking or cracking in order for the vehicle to be considered successful.


Physical Education:

Hello Families,

I am so proud to share the news of our fantastic Heart Month! With help from the Heart Heros from The Kids Heart Challenge and The American Heart Association, Trailside students raised $4400. Through hard work, fitness activities, and gaining heart knowledge, our students finished this community service project with a success that will help thousands of people through our participation. Additional THANK YOU gifts from the American Heart Association will be arriving in a couple of weeks. Please know I will get them handed out as soon as they arrive at Trailside.

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Counseling Corner Updates!

Counselor Corner Updates


Kindergarten - We will be reading the book Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook. The students will be able to tell the difference between tattling and telling.


1st Grade-Mean teasing is aggressive behavior. Repeated teasing can turn into bullying. This lesson promotes the norm of respectful behavior and not calling people names while building empathy for students who are teased. Responding effectively can help students reduce the extent to which they are teased.


2nd Grade - Personal Space- We will identify proper personal space in order for others to feel comfortable and stay safe.


3rd Grade - In this lesson, students learn how to use positive self-talk to calm themselves during disappointment, a common stressor for children. Positive self-talk can effectively engage the thinking part of the brain in emotional situations, while negative self-talk can escalate emotions and decrease students’ self-control. Students should identify and practice words and phrases that work for them so that positive self-talk comes easily when needed.


4th Grade-Students can create or escalate conflicts when they jump to conclusions about what is behind other students’ actions. This lesson focuses on helping students use emotion-management techniques to keep strong emotions from pushing them into jumping to conclusions about others. Students who calm themselves down are better able to accurately assess others’ intentions. Students can use the Calming-Down Steps to make it less likely they will act impulsively on their emotions. When able to take the next step and assertively ask questions of others, students become better able to understand others’ perspectives and intentions. Calming down strong emotions is also a necessary prerequisite to effective problem solving. Home Link


5th Grade- Students can create or escalate conflicts when they jump to conclusions about what is behind other students’ actions. It is easy to jump to conclusions that create problems unnecessarily. This lesson focuses on helping students use emotion-management strategies to keep strong emotions from pushing them into jumping to conclusions about others. When students can calm down, they are better able to assess others’ intentions accurately. Students can use the Calming-Down Steps to make it less likely that they will act impulsively on their emotions. When they are able to take the next step and assertively ask questions of others, they are better able to understand others’ perspectives and intentions. Calming strong emotions is also a necessary prerequisite to effective problem solving. Home Link


In addition, every month, WGSD will be highlighting a spotlight skill. Please check out each month’s newsletter to see more about the spotlight skill including keywords, definitions, and areas of focus. Our District Wide SEL Spotlight Skill this month is Social-Awareness


More about Social-Awareness


Keywords: Self-Confidence, Growth Mindset, Sense of Purpose, Identify Emotions

Definition: The ability to consider the perspectives of others individuals, groups, or communities, and apply that understanding to interactions with them.

Focus area for each grade level:

4K-5K: Learners will be able to recognize the feelings of another child and respond with basic comfort and empathy.

1st-3rd:Learners will be able to predict how someone else may feel in a variety of situations.

4th-5th: Learners will be able to use perspective-taking to predict how their own behavior affects the emotions of others.

Meet Our Staff!

CLICK here to see our staff and access their emails for contact throughout the school year!

Other Important Information

School Medication Policy & Forms: Click here to view WGSD’s medication policy. Forms are at the bottom of the page. New forms must be completed every year.

School Nurses page: Click here

Custodial/Court Placement Orders: If you have a placement or court order for your child please provide that with our school office.

Skyward Family Access Overview: Click here

Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced Price School Meals for 2021 - 2022

Although meals will be provided free of charge again this year, parents can still complete an application as it may qualify them for other benefits. Click here for more information regarding the Free and Reduced Program and to learn about additional benefits that may be available for your family.

Trailside Elementary Student and Parent Handbook

Please click here to review our Student and Parent Handbook for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Waterford Recreation Department News

Be sure to check the website regularly for programs and updates. More information will be coming soon!

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Waterford Graded School District APP

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Who to contact in the office?

Mr. Jim Dembosky, Trailside Elementary Principal, at dembosky@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Nissa Kobylinski , Trailside School Counselor, at kobylinski@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Lynn Irvine, Principal Secretary (Enrollments, Student Information/Needs, Health Room), at irvine@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. LeAnn Danowski, Building Secretary (Attendance, Food Service Accounts, Health Room) at danowski@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Rachel Pankonin, WGSD Nurse, at pankonin@waterford.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Kim Rivera-Kloeppel, WGSD School Social Worker, at kloeppel@waterford.k12.wi.us