The Rams Report

The Pulse of Yorkville Elementary School

The Yorkville Elementary Spring Referendum

The Yorkville Joint #2 School District Board of Education has voted to place a referendum question on the April 3 ballot.

Through the operational referendum, the school district is seeking to close an existing budget gap to maintain its current level of services and programs, update and enhance its educational programs, and attract and retain high-quality teachers and staff. The district must also address deferred maintenance, including a roof replacement and the complete renovation of the school’s original four bathrooms, which date back to the 1960s.

The referendum would ask the community to provide operational revenue to the district for the next five years, at $670,000 per year. If approved, the authority for the increased revenue would cease after the 2022-2023 school year.

Election Day falls on Tuesday, April 3rd. Please note this date is during Yorkville Elementary School's spring break. If you will not be in town during this time, you can take advantage of the in-person absentee voting. Citizens can vote an absentee ballot in the clerk's office from March 19th through March 30th. Below you will find each clerk's information including hours of operation.

Town of Yorkville

Michael McKinney

925 15th Avenue - Union Grove

(262) 878-2123

M - F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Town of Dover

Camille Gerou

4110 S. Beaumont Avenue - Kansasville

(262) 878-2200

M - Th 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

F 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Town of Raymond

Linda Terry

2255 76th Street - Franksville

(262) 835-4426

M - F 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Message from the Principal

It's hard to believe that the end of the second trimester is quickly approaching. As students and staff continue to work to ensure continued growth and progress, this is a perfect time to review some key components to school success:

  • Attendance matters. In fact, school attendance is often a baseline factor in determining student success. Ensure your child is at school, on time, every day possible. Because learning begins rights away, it is important that students are here on time. All students should be in their classrooms and ready to learn by 8:30 a.m.
  • Establish homework routines. Homework encourages students to practice and improve their skills and increase their understanding of concepts. Establish a time for homework, provide a quiet work space, encourage your child to do his/her best work and ask your child to share what he/she is learning.
  • Communication is key. Research shows that communication between home and school positively impacts student learning. Do not be afraid to call or email to inquire about assignments, behaviors or other questions you may have. Not only does an email or call help you to become more informed, but ultimately lets your child know that school and home work together.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Amy Foszpanczyk

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

At Yorkville Elementary School, student safety is paramount. Maintaining a safe environment requires staff, students and families to work together. Starting at 8:15, students can be dropped off at school. Because the car line is used to drop students off, please be sure not to park in this lane. As a reminder, the first bell rings at 8:25. In order to be checked in, students who are dropped off at 8:30 or later will need to be accompanied by an adult.

In order to ensure the safety of students who are picked-up after school, we ask that you follow the rules listed below:

  • When picking up students, parents/guardians can either join the car line or park in the General Parking lot.
  • If you choose to park in the General Parking lot, we ask that the adult who is picking up, walk to the student at the Main Entrance.
  • When making your way back to your car, please cross through the car line using the crosswalk. A supervisor will be present to let you know when to cross.
  • There are a limited number of handicap parking spaces. Vehicles that occupy these spaces are REQUIRED to have a handicap permit. When using these spaces, please leave the lot using the designated exit. Do not exit by driving over the sidewalk or gravel to join the car line.
  • If you choose to use the car line, please make sure to follow the directions/signals given by the supervisor.
  • Please ensure that students are picked up no later than 3:45 p.m.
  • Please make sure to share this information with anyone who will be picking up your student.

We recognize that the morning and the afternoon are both busy times of the day, and patience is a key component. We are confident that, when we all work together, the established procedures will run efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation!

PTO Update

On February 16th, the PTO is holding a Little Miss and Her Mister Dance. The event will be held from 6:30 - 8:30. Registration is due by February 7th. Please note that the PTO will not be able to accept any late registrations.

The PTO is sponsoring a Yorkville spirit wear sale. Orders can be placed through the online store and will be delivered to school. The store will be open February 1st - 28th. Please click here to access the spirit wear store.

Just a reminder... The PTO has purchased a subscription to the website, Tumblebooks. Please visit the site and log in. By doing so, you will have access to hundreds of great books! You can read the books online on your computer or you can download the app and read them. Our school's log in information can be found below:

username: yorkville

password: books

On February 15th - 18th, the PTO will be sponsoring a Charcoal Grill weekend. Simply dining at the Charcoal Grill benefits the Yorkville Elementary PTO. At least 15% of sales will be returned to the PTO. When dining, please be sure to bring along the flyer that will be sent home from school. Doing so ensures that the PTO receives a portion of the sale. Profits from this fundraiser will be donated to Jeffery and Cheryl Coopman, local residents who were involved in the hit-and-run at Festival Foods.

PTO member elections will take place in April. The PTO will be looking to fill two positions including: Treasurer and Secretary.

The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30 in the Yorkville library. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

January Highlights

Before the break Yorkville students celebrated the holidays with a number of exciting events including: a holiday concert, Grandparents' Day, and a school-wide PBIS event that involved reindeer games, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and crafts. A BIG THANK YOU to all of the families who donated supplies for the school-wide celebration. Your generosity is truly appreciated!

The high school choir spread their own holiday cheer by caroling during lunch! As part of this event, we were excited to welcome back many Yorkville alumni.

After the break, students returned to school ready to welcome the new year and all of its adventures. Since our return, kindergarten students have been learning about penguins and did some experimenting with blubber.

The first graders learned all about the ocean and ocean life during science class. The highlight of the unit was making ocean dioramas! Students were also introduced to related facts in math class. First graders applied what they learned and created penguin fact family projects.

The third grade students have been learning about nouns and went on an adventure in search for nouns. They searched in magazines to find perfect nouns to complete their Noun Posters! Third graders also welcomed Mr. Alexander into the classroom as a guest speaker. The students were learning about extreme adventures in social studies with their Geography Spin Magazine. Mr. Alexander spoke about his personal experience with his sky diving adventures! The students loved listening to his story! After the first “Snow Day”, third graders thoroughly enjoyed playing outside during recess.

Eighth grade students applied their science skills as they participated in a lab designed to check the acidity of some household items using red cabbage juice as an indicator.

During the last month, Yorkville students have had the opportunity to participate in a several academic competitions including: the Geography Bee, the Spelling Bee and the Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Anthology Project. Nicholas Miller won Yorkville's Geography Bee and Sam Grimes was the runner-up. Clara Crivello and Olivia Brieske were the last ones standing during the school spelling bee. Clara went on to win the competition. Nine Yorkville students had their work selected to be published in this year's anthology. Congratulations to Karlie Peterson, Justin Williamson, Jack Johnsen, Lorelei Nelson, Eden Stock, Grace Hansen, Madisyn Henderson, Caroline Mork and Alina Gomez. We are so very proud of our students!

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars...

Boys Basketball Play-Offs - February 1st at 4:00 (@Yorkville)

The 100th Day of School - February 9th

School Board Meeting - February 12th at 6:00 (Room 112)

4th and 5th Grade Mid-Winter Concert - February 15th at 9:45 am & 7:00 pm

Little Miss and Her Mister Dance - February 16th from 6:30 - 8:30

4K Registration - February 20th from 5:00 - 7:00 (Main Office)

PTO Meeting - February 22nd at 6:30 (Library)

End of Trimester 2 - February 23rd

Boys & Girls Volleyball - February 27th at 4:00 (@ Yorkville)

4K - 5th Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 1st from 4:30 - 8:00

No School/Teacher In-service - March 2nd