Forever Endeavor

Endeavor Elementary School Newsletter--January 2018

Ms. Thistle's Thoughts

Happy New Year!

We are very proud of our students and their amazing performance at the annual Holiday Concert. They worked very hard and it was evident. Also, it was fun to look at student artwork displayed throughout the Portage High School auditorium. Ms. Janes pulled off another successful holiday concert and we are grateful.

At the end of January, we will be sending your child's report card home. The following is the schedule progress monitoring and report card schedule. However, you are always welcome to contact your child's teacher to check-in or if you have questions.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 23rd and 24th

Report Card: January 26th

Parent/Teacher Conferences: March 13th and 15th (4pm-7pm)

Report Card: June 6th

Thank you for your continued support of our school!

Mrs. Thistle

Woodridge/Endeavor Principal

4k Coordinator

Thank you!

Thank you to Silent Night Evergreens for providing Christmas trees for each classroom. Each classroom received a different kind of tree. They are all beautiful!


1: No school

2: School resumes

10: PTO Meeting @ 4:30

10: 24 Competition --Single digit--4th grade select students at John Muir in AM

12: 24 Competition --Double digit--5th grade select students at John Muir in AM

15: PTO-sponsored magician here in AM today. Time to be determined.

26: End of semester. (Report cards)

31: Endeavor Sharing Supper; PTO to sponsor, 5th grade to help serve

Notes from the Office


If a decision is made to delay or cancel school because of winter weather, you can be notified the following ways:

  1. Follow @PortageCSD on Twitter
  2. LIKE our Portage Schools Facebook Page and this also posts on our District Homepage (
  3. Infinite Campus message is sent out according to your Priority Message preferences. (Be sure to check your Infinite Campus portal settings to be sure they are up to date)
  4. Television Stations: WKOW 27, WISC-TV 3, and NBC 15 are notified.
  5. Radio Stations: WBKY/WDDC/WPDR and WOLX are notified.
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Phy. Ed. With Mr. Schuette

In Physical Education Class we worked on holiday and winter activities.

After break we will be working on table tennis and Floor Hockey Units.

Happy Holidays.

Music With Ms. Janes

The kids did an amazing job at the Holiday Concert. We are all so proud!

Art With Ms. Martens

Kids in the Art Room have had fun creating this winter season! Please check out the fun art projects below.


Here is the finished Paint Pour Mural that the students did with author/illustrator Anne Horjus. A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Martens for the beautiful frame and for hanging the mural for all to see.
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Nursing Notes With Ms. Hon


Cases of influenza are on the rise in Wisconsin and our Portage school community. Please be on the lookout for symptoms and take appropriate action. If your child is diagnosed, please let the school office know this is the reason for the absence and follow your health care provider's directions to stop the spread of disease.

Symptoms of flu include:

a 100 degree F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)

a cough and or sore throat

a runny or stuffy nose

headaches and or body aches



nausea, vomiting, and or diarrhea (most common in children)

Prevention measures include:

cover coughs

wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer

vaccination against influenza

get plenty of rest and or sleep

stay home if sick

eat well balanced meals

drink plenty of fluids like water or 100% juice

For more information, visit

Low and no cost health care

St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic

Portage is home of the St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic. The clinic serves individuals on Wednesday’s, from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The clinic is located in the basement of the Wilz Drug Store, 140 E. Cook Street, Portage. You may enter the clinic directly from the alley behind the store. It is a walk in clinic and individuals are served on a first come, first serve basis. They have a variety of primary care doctors and specialists providing care at no cost to the patient. Prescriptions are available on a limited basis. Staff of the clinic can assist people in obtaining medications through the manufacturer programs.

Services offered:

· Physical exams (annual health check-up including school physicals for kindergarten entry and WIAA sports)

· Exams for illness, injury or wellness

· Prescriptions (no controlled substances/narcotics)

· Specialty care can usually be arranged, but not same day

· Laboratory and imaging services

Prescription Drug Discount Cards

Contact your school nurse to obtain a prescription drug discount card. Several discount cards exist and the school nurse can send you one of each of what she has at that time. You may then contact the locations to see how it can meet your needs.

Counselor's Corner With Ms. Brown

Welcome to 2018!! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing winter break!

Our Zones of Regulation classroom lessons continue to go great! We are now focusing on deep breathing. It is fun to watch the students learn to deep breathe, where the belly (not the chest) gets big when we inhale and then flattens when we exhale. By doing this 5-10 consecutive times we are calming our bodies and our brains.

“Not only does deep breathing increase focus and attention, it improves pro-social behavior, enhances daily happiness, and increases levels of calm while decreasing stress and anxiety. From a neurological or physiological perspective, deep belly breathing slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and sharpens the minds ability to focus and learn by slowing down the amygdala and supporting the higher brain function taking place in the frontal lobes.” ~The MIndful Classroom

One of the deep breathing methods the students are practicing is the “smell the flower (inhale), and blow out the candle (slow exhale)” method of deep breathing.

Just like any skill, we must practice to improve! The students thought that when they go to bed, and before they get out of bed in the morning, would be good times to practice.

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Library Media Center

Here are the days that each class will have library. Remember to bring your books back every week so that you can check out a new one.

Mrs. Beaulieu's Class--Tuesday

We read Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Students then gave their ideas on how they would get Santa out of the chimney if he were to get stuck.

Mrs. Steinhaus' Class--Wednesday

We read Are you Grumpy Santa? by Gregg & Evan Spiridellis.

We made paper strip Christmas trees.

Mrs. Petrulis' Class--Thursday

Before we start our next book, we are taking a break and working on a symmetry drawing of an elf.

Mr. Hammer's Class--Wednesday

We are reading a book from last year's Battle of the Books, Rain, Reign.

Portage Community Health & Wellness Event

Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 4-7pm

117 West Franklin Street

Portage, WI

Come learn about...

available community resources,

fitness and volunteer opportunities recreation offerings

nutrition & disease management.

Enjoy free vision & posture screenings

Flu vaccine for adults 19 +, Tdap for age 10 +

-Bill Medicare or $40

Door Prizes will be given out throughout the event.