Stone Bank School

Reaching Out ~ September 22, 2017

From Mrs. Davies

The school year is off to a fantastic start! I wanted to share with you some information about some items of importance:

School Lunch Program:

For the past several months we have been working to evaluate our current hot lunch program. As a result, we have set a goal of increasing the food quality in hopes of encouraging more students to take hot lunch. Next month, our cooks will focus on making "home cooked" meals instead of "heat and serve" options. Items like walking tacos, chicken and gravy over noodles, meatball stroganoff, and chicken noodle soup will be some of the entrees cooked in our kitchen. Please take a few moments to review the menu with your child and encourage them to possibly try something new. Later this fall, we will reach out to parents and students for their feedback regarding the new entrees.

MAP Growth Test :

Beginning next week, our students in grades 2-8 will take the MAP Growth Test in the areas of reading and math. This assessment replaces the iReady assessment. Like iReady, the MAP assessment is computer based. MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Your child's results will help us to track their progress and determine appropriate curricular programming. It will also provide you with an easy to understand report that allows you to see and understand your progress. If you have questions or concerns about the MAP Test, please contact your child's teacher.

Room Parents Needed

Have you been looking for an easy way to get involved with the school and help out in the classroom? Becoming a room parent is a great opportunity to build great relationships with the teachers, your child’s classmates and other families! These relationships create the kind of school community where children thrive and excel!

The PTO is looking for people to volunteer as room parents for this school year. Our idea is to get a few parents for each class so parents can work as a team to make it a great year for the kids. We specifically need people for 4k (AM and PM), 1st grade for Mrs. Bethia, 2nd grade for Mrs. Hordesky, 3rd grade for Ms Drew, and the 6th-8th grades. That being said, if you have a child in a different grade/class and would like to help out please let me know.

If you are interested, please contact Heidi Rodenbaugh at

Student Council

We would like to introduce you to our sponsor child and invite you to join our efforts to promote Kindness Matters, our 2017-2018 Student Council Theme.

Please take a minute to watch this brief presentation about Angel Elias Zacarias Candido. Link:


Box Tops:

Keep the Box Tops coming in please! We have already cut, dated and counted all the Box Tops that have been delivered to Señora Hoffman's mailbox this fall. Our next Box Top mailing date is October 25, 2017. Please send in all you can before then.

Hurricane Harvey Donation:​​

Student Council would like to recognize Matthew and Lily Puetzer for spearheading our Open House bake/craft sale to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. More than $450. was collected and donated to the JJ Watt foundation.

Stone Bank School to Celebrate Unity Day

We will be celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 25th. Please have your child wear ORANGE on that day to unite against bullying. Unity Day Information.

Arrowhead Grade School Cross Country Run

Once again, the AHS cross country team is hosting their annual Grade School Cross Country Run for all ages up to 8th grade. This will take place on Friday, Sept. 29, starting at 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for kids to experience what a cross country meet is like and have fun running with lots of kids from many area schools. Please see the flyer for details. In order for your son/daughter to be timed and have their name appear correctly in the results, they must pre-register if planning to participate. If you haven’t done so already, please use this link to sign them up.

On race day, there will be a table near the course to check in and get their tag to wear for the race. Please sign up by Monday, Sept. 25th.

Contact Mrs. Vance if you have any questions.

Thank you :)

8th Grade Musical Advanced Ticket Order Form

A heart warming tale about how Buddy The Elf finds his human family. He begins his long journey at The North Pole and finds himself in the Big Apple. Along the way he finds unexpected love, a kind mother, little sister, and a grumpy father. As he navigates his way through his new life he begins to realize that not everybody believes in Santa. Come see Elf Jr., the musical performed by our very own 8th graders, on November 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m at Stone Bank Elementary School. At the door tickets are $6 for kids and $8 for adults. Come see how Buddy’s story ends!

See the attached Order form for discounted, advanced tickets and VIP tickets.​

Forgotten Items

When your child has left a lunch, backpack, homework, band instrument or any other item they may need here at school during the day, we ask that you drop it off at the service window in the lobby. We prefer that parents do not take the items directly to the classrooms to maintain safety and unnecessary interruptions to instruction. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Arrowhead Focus Plan Input Survey

Arrowhead area students, parents, future parents, staff, alumni, and all other community members: Arrowhead Union High School would like to know your thoughts about Arrowhead High School, now and in the future-- How should we best prepare our students for future success?

Follow this link to the Focus Plan Input Survey to learn more and to share your feedback:


Congratulations are in order for Jackson Brunner and Cole Greco. Both students qualified for the 36th annual award ceremony sponsored by Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) based on performance on the PSATä8/9, SATâ, or ACTâ. The ceremony was held on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Only 2-3 percent of the more than 12,000 high-achieving students who participated in NUMATS in 2016-2017 qualified for the award ceremony, so this is an exceptional scholastic achievement. Both Cole and Jackson were one of the top scorers in their grade level.

By using the higher-level tests, this helps students, parents, and educators better understand the students’ academic ability and plan accordingly. Typically the achievement tests students take in school focus only on grade-level content. So, advanced students will often ‘hit the ceiling’ of the tests. When this happens, schools and families know their students are doing well compared to other students their age, but they cannot tell whether the student is a little ahead or exceptionally advanced in some area, in which he or she will require tailored programming to reach full potential.

If you are interested in having your child participate in NUMATS, please contact Brigid Harmeyer at Registration for NUMATS is now available.

Stone Bank Fire Department Fundraiser

Please help support the Stone Bank Fire & EMS Association, we will be serving Spaghetti with your choice of sauce (Tomato or Garlic Butter), meatballs and garlic bread, along with bake sale for dessert and a 50/50 raffle. Entry is free of charge, but donations are always appreciated. All proceeds this year will go to the Stone Bank Fire and EMS Association. See flyer for additional information.

Date: Saturday, October 14

Time: 4:30pm-8:00pm

Venue: Stone Bank Fired Department

Southern Lakes Advanced Learners Network

"Parenting Gifted Children: The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome." This program is a free, two-hour, adult-only workshop. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

Weekly Planner

Monday, September 25

· 3rd grade swim at AHS, 11:00am-12:30pm

· Scribbler Club 2:30pm

· Art Club 2:30pm

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27

· 3rd grade swim at AHS, 11:00am-12:30pm

· Student Council 2:30pm-4:00pm

Thursday, September 28

· 7:00am Curriculum and Technology Meeting

Friday, September 29

· 3rd grade swim at AHS, 11:00am-12:30pm

Monday, October 2

· Scribbler Club 2:30pm

· Art Club 2:30pm

· PBIS Meeting 2:30pm

Tuesday, October 3

· 9:15am-10:15am, 6th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country

· 7th/8th grade Mrs. Harmeyer students, Ft. Atkinson MS 7:40am-2:40pm

Wednesday, October 4

· Student Council 2:30pm-4:00pm

Thursday, October 5

· 9:15am-10:15am, 7th & 8th grade band rehearsal at Lake Country

Friday, October 6

· Middle School Book Club 2:30pm