Rocket News

November 2021

A Letter from your Principal

The Sun Prairie Area School District's Mission:

Futures depend on us to inspire and prepare every child, every day by providing relevant, engaging and innovative learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Though our learning experiences outside of the classroom have been limited the last eighteen (18) months, our Rockets (old and young) were able to experience great learning and fun in (and out of) Art Class this past week and throughout the week. This past week we hosted a resident artist by the name of Greg Preslicka who painted a brilliant mural for us. The mural turned out great and the kids were able to "officially" visit the mural and Greg during their weekly art class and "unofficially" visit the mural and Greg throughout the week during passing times--many visited the mural. Needless to say, it was a great "learning experience in and out of the classroom" for all Rockets.

I shared with our Rockets at Friday's Rocket Rally that we were making history with this mural; that never before has Royal Oaks ever commissioned an artist to paint a mural. Many pictures of the mural are included in this newsletter--enjoy. If you look closely you will see the past, the present and the future in this mural. It has definitely been a long time in the making and it certainly was worth the wait. Thanks to Greg for an amazing mural, Ms. Reid for helping coordinate the mural, and to ROSCO for funding half of this project. We are so fortunate to have such supportive caregivers here at Royal Oaks.

We continue to see good progress with our Rockets in the classroom--slow and steady wins the race. It is hard to believe that caregiver (parent/teacher) conferences were almost a month ago. What a great time to check in with your Rocket (and possibly their teacher) on how progress on their goals is coming. That continuous "check in" does so much for our learners. It shows an interest, your support and our team effort in moving learning forward. We want to make each student a Highly Engaged Learner who Owns the Learning Process.

As always please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Have a great November!

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Royal Oak's Mural

The last week of October we were lucky to have the well-known Greg Preslicka creating a stunning mural for Royal Oaks. The students enjoyed learning with Mr. P and watching the mural as it progressed throughout the week. Greg is nearing his 100th mural and we are just so thankful for his time, teaching, and stunning piece of art that will be cherished for years to come.

Bundle Up for the Colder Weather

It’s getting cold out there!

Please make sure your child has cold weather gear including:

· Coats, snow pants and hats

· Waterproof gloves or mittens (knit mittens get wet easily)

· Waterproof boots (fashion boots are best for indoors)

Indoor Recess Due to Extreme Cold Temperatures or Wind Chill Temperatures

The school district provides recess to give students time to play and exercise. All students are expected to go outside during recess. It’s important that parents/guardians assist their children with dressing appropriately for the day’s weather. If a student needs to remain indoors when coming back to school after an illness or injury, please provide written verification from your child’s healthcare provider.

Students will stay indoors during inclement weather or when the air or wind chill temperature reaches 5 below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Mr. Ackley will check local weather websites for temperature and wind chill factors.

NOTE: Doors do not open until 8:10 AM- There is no staff outside before this time.

Emergency School Closing

The Sun Prairie Area School District uses an electronic notification system to communicate with parents and guardians in a more timely and efficient manner. In the event of weather-related school closing or other emergency, the system allows the district to contact the guardian of each student.

The effectiveness of the notification system is dependent on our having the most

current contact information.

If you change your home phone, cell phone, work phone, or email, please update your Infinite Campus in the Parent Portal.


★ Please remember to send your student to school with a face mask (and a spare or two). Per district policy, masks should be two layers. Gaiters, bandanas and neoprene masks typically only have one layer.

SPASD mask policy linked here.

★ Please continue to use the Covid-19 Symptom Screener: This form should be checked daily, before your student(s) attends in person learning.

One symptom in ‘part one’ or two (or more) symptoms in “part two” require Covid testing before returning to school. The form is linked here.

■ Please note that if your student stays home from school, you may be contacted by someone in the Health Services Department to discuss symptoms and/or a return date (if applicable)

SPASD Covid resources page

SPASD Health Services page

Health Assistant at Royal Oaks:

Nurse Lori 608-834-7206


Water Bottles

Please have your student bring a water bottle to school if you have not yet already. The water fountains are turned off however, the bottle filler is still turned on. Please be sure to label the water bottle with your child's name and classroom. Thanks!

Celebrate Smiles- Access Community Health Centers

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Your child’s school will soon participate in the Celebrate Smiles program. Oral health is an important part of your child’s health, and we look forward to providing high-quality dental services to students.

What does Celebrate Smiles offer?

This program will provide dental screenings to children at your child’s school/learning center. Sealants and fluoride varnish, as well as dental services will be available to students who need treatment. Services are provided with portable dental equipment by dental staff led by a licensed dentist from Access Community Health Centers.

Please note: Due to safety measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Celebrate Smiles will be offering more limited services. For more extensive treatment plans, the child may be referred to an Access Community Health Center clinic.

How much will this program cost?

Private insurance as well as Wisconsin Medicaid/BadgerCare will be billed for services provided to children who have coverage. Thanks to generous support from community partners, there will be no cost to families without coverage to participate in Celebrate Smiles.

How can my child participate?

Please complete the Celebrate Smiles application that should have come home with your student. If interested, please complete both sides of the form and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible so that your child can take part in Celebrate Smiles. Children with private dental insurance will be eligible for only sealants and fluoride varnish.

Please call Access Community Health Centers, which operates this program, at (608) 852-2781 with any questions.


The Celebrate Smiles Team

*If you need a new form please contact Nurse Lori at 1-608-834-7206*

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Electronic Safety Tip Line

New Electronic Safety Tip Line

The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority for the district. We have been teaching our students to say something to a trusted adult when they see something unsafe. Sometimes, though, there are barriers to reporting safety issues in person. Tip lines are one common approach that schools use to promote school and student safety and well-being. Tip lines are designed to provide students or other members of the school community with a safe and confidential way to report a threat to safety or security.

To that end, we have created an Electronic Safety Tip Line available on the district website. The e-Tip Line allows students, parents, or community members to report weapons, threats of violence, bullying, sexual harassment, potential threat of suicide, drugs, and any other activity that could potentially endanger students, staff, and property. The tip line should not be used to report an immediate danger to someone’s life. Always use 911 to report those emergencies.

We are developing a communication plan to roll this out to students in upper elementary, middle school, and high school. The e-Tip Line is available on the district website from the “Families” menu and “Quicklinks” and can also be found on the district bullying and safety webpages.

The Electronic Safety Tip Line is just one way that students can report concerns about safety. For example, if a student wishes to file a bullying report, the Fillable Bullying Report Form is also available on the website under bullying and reporting.

Military Members, Family, & Veterans

As we approach Nov. 1, 2021, I wanted to share information on how Veterans, Military Members, and Military Families are recognized during the month of November. I invite you to use this information to help recognize these groups and also share information with others.

I also want to bring your attention to the new research on teens in military families that has just been released. This is very informative and relevant to our work.

The Military Teen Experience - from the National Military Family Association.

Thank you for all you do to support the children of military families and all children. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information. Stay safe and healthy!

Shelley Weiss

WI Commissioner for the Education of Military Children

Bully Prevention Week

We recognized Bullying Prevention Month with theme days in October. Wednesday, October 20th was National Unity Day. Royal Oaks participated to come together and wear orange to take a stand against bullying. We came together in one giant orange message of hope and support, we wore orange to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our school believes that no one should ever experience bullying.

The National Bullying Prevention Center website has more information Please enjoy the pictures below!

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Medication Policy

Sometimes it is necessary for children to take medication during the school day.

Due to Wisconsin State Law:

· All prescription medication must have a prescription medication administration form signed by a parent/guardian and a doctor on file.

· Non-prescription medication must a have a nonprescription medication administration form signed by a parent/guardian. COUGH DROPS/THROAT LOZENGES are included. These medication forms may be picked from Nurse Lori.

· No medication will be sent home with a child. Parents/guardians should send only the correct amount required.

· All medication must be kept in the Nurse’s office and administered by Nurse Lori, Janet Stevens ( School Secretary) or Ms. Colón (Welcome Desk Secretary).

· Please refer to the District website under Health Services for forms, policies and further information or see the link below.

Prescription Medication Administration Consent Form

Nonprescription medication administration consent form

Clothing and Holiday Assistance

If you need support with clothing or holiday assistance please reach out to our School Social Worker, Kaitlyn Curtin, at 834-7253 or

Transportation Article

Waiting for the Bus

As cold and snowy weather is upon us, we would like to remind families of a few safety issues when students are waiting for the bus in the morning. Students should:

  • be waiting at their bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.

  • be dressed appropriately for waiting in cold weather. This includes jackets, hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves.

  • stay out of the road and other’s yards when waiting for the bus. Wait on the sidewalk or as close to the curb as possible if there are no sidewalks.

  • wait on their side of the road and wait to cross until the driver signals.

  • wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching to board.

Wearing Masks on the Bus

Masks remain a simple but powerful tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We want to

remind parents that students (and drivers) must wear a mask on school buses, regardless of

their vaccination status.

Eating on the Bus

Please remember that there is absolutely no eating allowed on district buses. Students may have life-threatening food allergies that could be affected by others eating on the bus. If your child does not get a chance to eat breakfast at home before school please make sure he/she knows to wait until they arrive at school before eating to ensure the safety of everyone. If your child is given a snack or treat at the end of the day we also ask that they eat it at school or wait until they get home.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, or school bus safety, please contact Kobussen at 825-8700.

Save the Dates!

November 5th- NO SCHOOL


December 24th-January 31st NO SCHOOL/CHRISTMAS BREAK

January 3rd- 1st Day back to school after break