SASD 4K Family Newsletter

Grow. Play. Learn.

January 4th 2021

What does the New Year mean to you? To us, it means fresh starts, the beginning of something new. We have lots in store for 4K in the coming months! Students are learning about the farm and will move into learning about from jungle to desert at the end of the month. They are learning that letters have sounds and sounds make words. Even with social distancing in the classroom, they are learning to share and take turns.

Celebrating the New Year on January 1 is a human-created civil event, not a natural, seasonal or astronomical one. And yet nature cooperates to make January 1 a satisfying time to start anew as the days begin to get longer again. We want to wish you and your family well this 2021!

With gratitude,

Erin Conrad, SASD 4K Principal

Sara Jane Lee, SASD Inclusion Support Teacher

Mindy Holverson, SASD 4K Educational Assistant

Virtual Attendance

If your child is a virtual learner, please remember to submit their attendance daily by clicking on the attendance link which is found

in the Virtual Schedule on the SASD website.


Just a reminder if your child attends in-person instruction you can still access the virtual schedule for great activities and resources, just don't submit attendance on the site. Your child's teacher will submit attendance when your child attends school.

I Can Be Safe and Healthy by Washing My Hands!

Click on the link for a social story!

Wearing Masks!

Click on the link for a social story!

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OWL Curriculum

January 4th-8th: Unit 4: Life on a Farm- In the Barnyard

January 11th-14th: From the Farm to You

January 18: No School Monday Martin Luther King Day

January 19th-21: Review Farm

January 25th-29th: Unit 5: From Jungle to Desert

The PHONICS Approach

Based on the science of reading, the 2000 National Reading Panel Report stated that students need explicit instruction in the essential components of reading: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The key differentiator between the science of reading approach and alternatives is phonics. The phonics approach teaches children to begin reading by manipulating the sounds in words, or “sounding out” words.

For more information go to:

The Science of Reading: The Basics and Beyond

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Mat Man at Home Challenge

Join our #MatManAtHome Challenge by reusing items at home to build Mat Man. Find creative objects for his head, eyes, arms, legs, and more! Have fun!

For additional activities and online games, visit Mat Man World! Enjoy the Mat Man Song!

If you want to send pictures in for the February newsletter send them to your child's teacher or to

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This collection of activities, organized by mathematical content, uses familiar routines that can be used by students, families, and teachers in a variety of settings. Check out these free Math at Home activities for fun at home. © 2020 The Math Learning Center (“MLC”).

The Pyramid Model

Has life with your young child become filled with conflict and confusion? Does it seem as if even the simplest activity can turn quickly into disaster when your child’s behavior is out of control? Are you beginning to feel as if things are getting worse instead of better? You’re not alone. Many, if not most, parents fi nd themselves struggling with the challenging behavior of their young child at some point in time. The good news is that there are evidence-based, effective strategies based on what the child is communicating that you can use to create positive solutions for your family. Click on the link below for eight practical tips for parents of young children with challenging behavior.


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Tucker the Turtle

Tucker the Turtle Stays Focused

Solution Cards

Updated Solution Kit: Home Edition

Tucker the Turtle Works Independently

Tucker the Turtle Learns A Sensory Regulation Technique

Tucker the Turtle Learns to be Patient

Tucker the Turtle Learns about the Relaxation Thermometer


The Nurtured Heart Approach Vocabulary for the Kids:


"I can show my greatness by caring for all."


"I can show my greatness by focusing on my school work."


"I can show my greatness by doing my school work and reading all by myself."


"I can show my greatness by waiting my turn for my parent or teacher to listen to me."

From the virtual desk of NHA for the parents:

What will YOUR legacy be?

WORKSHOP The Nurtured Heart Approach- Join us!

This NHA January Workshops Flyer has all the deets for our 1.5- hour, virtual workshop being held at the end of January. We would LOVE to see you there!

Alternately, sign up for the workshop directly @ NHA January Sign Up or check out this NHA Overview for some stories from folks who have been practicing and reaping the benefits of NHA.

Healthy Bites: A Wisconsin Guide for Improving Childhood Nutrition

Healthy Bites is a guide designed to help early care and education professionals address childhood obesity by improving nutrition in early care programs. Healthy Bites focuses on healthy eating, nutrition environments and on strengthening the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal pattern. The guide is based on current science, public health research and national recommendations.

Do you what to know more?

• Watch the webcast about Healthy Bites...Developing and Implementing Nutrition Policies

• Complete the on-line tutorial

• Visit CACFP

ECTA COVID-19 Family Resources

Click on the link for more resources which will help families navigate the ECTA website to find COVID-19 resources and information to support their children's learning and development.

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Stoughton Food Pantry

520 S. 4th Street, Stoughton

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m.

Closed Fridays

First Saturday of the month 9 to 11 a.m.

*Call for an appointment: 608-873-8103

Helping Children & Families

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations Site

Need Assistance?

The Department of Children and Families

Resources to help essential workers, providers, and families navigate the child care landscape during the COVID-19 crisis- link

Early Learning Information on COVID-19

For resources and information related to COVID-19 that are specific to the early care and education community, go to- link

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Provides the latest information, data, and resources- link

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Considerations and guidance for schools and child care- link

The Importance of Adult Play

Click on the link for more information and see below.

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Coming Soon 2021-2022 Enrollment

Watch for more information in the coming months regarding 4K and 5K enrollment in the Stoughton Area School District.

SASD 4K Webpage

Registration and Enrollment

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Contact us!

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal

Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion SupportTeacher

Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant

SASD 4K Website

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