Kegonsa Family Newsletter
December 5, 2021
Stay warm - Erin
Dulce our adopted cow made the paper!
Kegonsa Elementary School students learn about dairy industry through ‘adoption’ of cow
Teachers hope it will educate students on rural life
Read more about Dulce and our 3rd-grade team in the hub!
Kwame Mbailia Author Visit!
Exciting news, families! Friday, December 10, is the date of our virtual author visit with Kwame Mbalia - award-winning author of the Tristan Strong series, and editor of the new book, Black Boy Joy. All Kegonsa students will have the opportunity to see Mr. Mbalia on Zoom as he talks about his life as an author and answers questions from Kegonsa students.
If you are interested in attending the session live (9:30-10:30) email Kristin Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org before December 8 so she can send you a Zoom invitation. The event will be recorded and may be shared out upon request - but will not be shared publicly at the request of Mr. Mbalia.
If you or your students have not had a chance to read his books yet, students can still request them from the library, or you can order them here! https://bookshop.org/lists/kegonsa-elementary-virtual-author-kwame-mbalia
Thank you WFK
Need a Fun Activity/Context Over Break?
Conservation Awareness Poster Contest
The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department invites all kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Dane County to participate in the 2022 Conservation Awareness Poster Contest. The annual competition encourages students to showcase their creativity and express their thoughts on conservation practices.
The theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Healthy Soil: Healthy Life”.
The contest is open to all Dane County public, private and home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Submissions will be evaluated in five different age divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The top three posters in each category will receive prizes. First-place winners: $20; Second place winners: $15; and third place winners: $10. Each of the 1st place division winners will advance to the area competition, with a chance for their poster to win further prizes at the state and national level.
Posters and entry forms (see below) are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022, to:
Conservation Awareness Poster Contest; Dane County Land & Water Resources Department; 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI 53718. Blank posters and entry forms will be made available for interested participants upon request.
More information: https://lwrd.countyofdane.com/get-involved/conservation-awareness
Antiracism Project: December Resources
SASD Inclement Weather Procedures for 2021-22 School Year
As we are transitioning to winter, it is important to monitor the weather and its impact on school operations. Each year, it is not uncommon for snow, ice, or cold to lead to district-wide school closure.
While last year we had the procedures and technology equipment in place to consider turning snow days into virtual days, this year we will use traditional “snow day” inclement weather procedures, as are most other Dane County districts.
If the need for snow days this year becomes excessive, then the district will consider other options, as it has in previous years, to ensure we meet the Department of Public Instruction’s required minutes for instruction.
In the event of inclement weather, we will communicate to families and staff in the following ways by 6 a.m.:
Phone call, text message, and email
Local radio or TV station in the school closing information
District social media channels
We will use these communication methods if there is a two-hour delay or any other impacts to the school day.
Families, please be sure that your contact information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus.
How to Receive Texts from SASD
If you’d like to receive texts from SASD, use your mobile device to text “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s short code number, 67587. If this is unsuccessful, most likely your phone number is not accurate in Infinite Campus. Send us an email at email@example.com, and we'll help you out.
Thank you for your commitment to the education of our children and for your flexibility amid Wisconsin’s winter weather.
Dr. Tim Onsager, District Administrator
Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information
Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.
Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.
COVID symptoms? Stay home! We know your student doesn’t want to miss school, but if your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home to avoid infecting others. Our Self-Screening quicksheet lists COVID symptoms and what to do if your student has one or more. Remember to screen your child for symptoms every morning and night.
Using the Student COVID-19 Form: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact, start by keeping your student at home, calling your school’s attendance line, completing the Student COVID-19 Form, then contacting your health care provider. We will help you through the process.
SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)
Why Apply for P-EBT Benefits?
Even though we are offering free meals to all students during the 2021-2022 school year, a child must be officially enrolled in the free or reduced-price meal program to meet certain eligibility criteria for P-EBT benefits.
Families who may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through their children’s schools are encouraged to apply now for the 2021-2022 school year! Please apply directly through your Infinite Campus parent portal app or complete an application found on our food service web page.
Reach out to Kayla McDermot with any questions!
Kayla McDermot (Kegonsa Elementary and Sandhill Elementary) 608-440-0270
ELEMENTARY MEAL DETAILS
- Students may choose to participate in breakfast and/or lunch daily
- No sign up needed
- Morning milk in the classroom is NOT included. Milk is $.40 per day for students who DO NOT qualify for free/reduced meals
- Please check your Infinite Campus Portal account to ensure funds are available or to add funds to your account
- Breakfast and lunch will be prepackaged and may include hot and/or cold items.
Kegonsa Elementary School
Ms. Conrad, Principal (877-5201)
Mrs. Sannes, Dean of Students (208-3468)
Mrs. Cole-Wells, Admin Assistant (877-5202)
Mr. Schultz, School Counselor (877-5229)
Mrs. McDermot, School Social Worker (440-0270)
Ms. Menon, School Psychologist
Ms. Hart, Health Assistant (877-5204)
KEGONSA STAFF BIOS here!
IC Parent Portal: Need assistance with your IC parent portal? Please complete the IC parent portal support form linked here.