Kegonsa Family Newsletter


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November 21, 2021

We had a great end of the week. Students enjoyed school-wide hat day as well as various other classroom-level celebrations.

I spent a lot of time in classrooms this week and continue to be ever impressed with how much our students are learning.

  • In 3rd grade, students participated in a thoughtful Socratic seminar discussing the cause and effects of Gallileo's actions.
  • In 4th grade, students participated in an activity that supported them in analyzing Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Eve."
  • In 5th grade, students read chapter 4 in the Phantom Tollbooth and wrestled with the question, "How can writers use wordplay to develop a story's settings and characters?"

Thank you for sending us these brilliant (and funny!) little human beings. - Erin

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Thank you for attending Kegonsa Paint NIght. We had a blast!

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News from 2nd grade!

In second grade we have been learning about Plains Indians how they relied on the Buffalo to live! What a treat today when a student's grandmother brought in a real stuffed buffalo head for the students to see!

Need a Fun Activity/Context Over Break?

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department invites all kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Dane County to participate in the 2022 Conservation Awareness Poster Contest. The annual competition encourages students to showcase their creativity and express their thoughts on conservation practices.

The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life”.

The contest is open to all Dane County public, private and home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions will be evaluated in five different age divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The top three posters in each category will receive prizes. First-place winners: $20; Second place winners: $15; and third place winners: $10. Each of the 1st place division winners will advance to the area competition, with a chance for their poster to win further prizes at the state and national level.

Posters and entry forms (see below) are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022, to:

Conservation Awareness Poster Contest; Dane County Land & Water Resources Department; 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI 53718. Blank posters and entry forms will be made available for interested participants upon request.

More information:

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Morning Announcements

For morning announcements we share our school celebrations, birthdays, and updates on other important events via shared google slides. Our morning announcements are also an important way that we build our student's cultural literacy. Here is a fun sneak peek at one of our videos! You can do this at home:-)

How "I Spy" books are made

The "I Spy" book series has captured the imagination of millions of readers. Part of what made these books so magical is that all of the images were created with real objects. Photographer and photo-illustrator Walter Wick carefully arranged each scene and hid the objects. Then author Jean Marzollo wrote the rhymes.
How 'I Spy' Books Are Made

Bird Photographer of the Year

Do you love Bird's? Check out these beautiful pictures. Bird Photographer of the Year

Antiracism Project: November Resources

November is National Native American Heritage Month and International Day for Tolerance. View this month’s resources here. 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.

Nurtured Heart

One of the key components, and often most challenging parts of NHA is being able to relentlessly see greatness. It takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. To that end, I thought I’d share an easy, but an incredibly impactful opportunity that one of my NHA mentors is offering, and hope that you join us!

From December 1 - 21 we will be participating in the Holiday Happiness Habits Challenge,. We'll each select one of Shawn Achor's Happiness Habits and commit to doing the 2-minute activity every day for 21 days. Each of the habits has been proven to increase happiness, elevate optimism and improve connectivity, which is the single biggest factor for predicting happiness. Shawn Achor was a researcher at Harvard who studied happiness. He realized that the traditional American definition of happiness, that once we're successful we'll be happy, is all wrong, learning that highly successful people who are happy prioritize their happiness. Because they're happy they have more energy, are more motivated, and are more connected to people, and that feeds their success. In addition, evolutionarily, the brain has been wired to scan for the negative, and although this served us well for generations, it's overkill in today's world. So, Mr. Achor and his team researched ways that busy people could improve their happiness by changing what their brain scans for, and that's how his short, but effective Happiness Advantage Habits were formed.

Sign up HERE. Throughout the three weeks, I will send encouraging and celebratory emails and Group Me texts to everyone who participates. Mr. Achor explains that doing happiness activities in a group is where they achieve the biggest potential. That's what we're aiming for here - the big potential of Community! As such, I invite you to share this opportunity with anyone that you think would be interested.

Please let me know what questions you have.


Tammy Holtan Arnol


Amy Ruck

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)

Why Apply for P-EBT Benefits?

Even though we are offering free meals to all students during the 2021-2022 school year, a child must be officially enrolled in the free or reduced-price meal program to meet certain eligibility criteria for P-EBT benefits.

Families who may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through their children’s schools are encouraged to apply now for the 2021-2022 school year! Please apply directly through your Infinite Campus parent portal app or complete an application found on our food service web page.

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.

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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)


IC Parent Portal: Need assistance with your IC parent portal? Please complete the IC parent portal support form linked here.

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