Ekstrand Elementary


Dates to Remember

Friday January 18th: No School, Teacher Work Day

Monday January 21st: Start of Second Semester

Wednesday January 23rd: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Miller Monthly Memo


Mr. Miller's Contact Information

E-mail: mike.miller@cd-csd.org

Office Phone: 563-659-0750


Volunteer Opportunity

Find out how you can help teachers and students at Ekstrand Elementary by volunteering with JA! Contact Stacy at stacy.voelliger@ja.org or visit our website – www.jaheartland.org.

Channel 8 - My favorite teacher contest

WQAD has provided the students in the viewing area to nominate their favorite teacher from their school. Please click on the link below to access additional information and the nomination form.

Nomination Form

Drop Off / Pick-Up Procedure Reminders

As colder weather closes in, I wanted to send out a reminder of our drop off procedures at Ekstrand. These procedures are in place to ensure the safe arrival of all our students who are being dropped off in the circle drive. Please assist us by following these guidelines and allowing for the safe arrival of all students at our building.

1. Please have your child get out of your vehicle on the curbside (right side). We are asking parents to please stay in their vehicles while your child exits the car to not impede the flow of traffic.

2. Please say your good-byes to your child(ren) prior to going through the circle drive. This allows us to maintain a steady pace around the circle drive , and allows parents to get through the drop off zone quicker and arrive at their next destination in a timely manner. If you feel it necessary to assist your child out of the car please park your car on 15th street and drop off or walk your child up the side walk that leads to the front doors.

3. Please pull up past the cones. We strive to get three cars just beyond the crosswalk.

4. Do not park in the circle drive. If you need to go in the building, please park on the street and walk-up the side-walk leading to the front doors.

5. Winter expectations - Children arriving prior to 8 a.m. and not eating breakfast will go around back and wait to enter the building, unless the temperature is 11 degrees or we have a windchill of 19 degrees, then they wait in the hallways. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:40- 8:00 a.m.

6. Please inform grandparents, daycare providers, or anyone different than yourself that may pick up your child, so they are informed of our drop off procedures.

Thanks for your assistance in following these guidelines. Our staff has your child's safety as their number one priority. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me.


As we enter into the new year, our kindergarteners and first graders begin their lessons on showing care and compassion. What is it that our little ones can do to show others they care and what are good ways for them to help others? In our discussions we learn that being a good listener is one good way to show others that we care about them. Anything we can do to show others that they are an important person shows them that we care. As for the second and third grade students, our lessons now turn from care and compassion to Introducing Emotion Management and understanding that we have other feelings outside of angry, sad, and happy. Understanding how to name your emotions helps students move forward in being able to cope with these different emotions. These are the things which will be taught during guidance through January.

PBIS Student Award Winners

Below are the students that were recognized at our PBIS assembly. Recognition was provided in the areas of Art, PE, Music, Mileage Club, and Student of The Month recipients.

Student of the Month

Kindergarten: Ethan Putman, Charlee Meyer

1st Grade: Ava Johnson, Sofia Flynn

2nd Grade: Hudson Meyers, Greyson Grell

3rd Grade: Klaire Gruntorad, Addison Tucker

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Art Award Recipients

Kindergarten: Kourtney Lake

1st Grade: Maddox Grell

2nd Grade: Jadyn Ruggeberg

3rd Grade: Liam Watters

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PE Award Recipients

Kindergarten: John Humes

1st Grade: Elin McGee

2nd Grade: Ethan Witt / Robert Clauer (mileage club)

3rd Grade: Lia Van Horn

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Music Award Recipient

Kindergarten: Evelyn Penniston

1st Grade: Cade Converse

2nd Grade: Greenley Grell

3rd Grade: Mason Staub

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December Meeting Minutes

Milk Moola

This program will be ending March 14th so we will no longer be collecting these caps to redeem.

Box Tops -Link

Link included as to what products Box Tops for Education tabs can be included on.

2nd Semester Student Teacher

During the second half of the year Hailey Broer will be serving as a student teacher in Mrs. Slinkman's 1st grade classroom. Below is additional information regarding Ms. Broer...

This year, Hailey will be graduating with her degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in reading from St.Ambrose University! She has known for a long time that teaching is her passion. She began teaching dance classes at the age of 14 and fell in love!

She has also worked at a non-profit that provides services for children, teens and adults with ALL abilities for the last two years which has also opened her eyes as to why she wants to become an educator.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Thanks to all the the Watch D.O.G.S. that have participated in our program up to this point in the school year. The staff and students appreciate the day you spend at Ekstrand!

Saber Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

The Central DeWitt Athletic Boosters are currently running their annual 'Cake in the Face' fundraiser. This year there are canisters in each of the school offices in which students can put money into that would show support for which school secretary they would like to receive the 'Cake in the Face' at halftime of the home basketball game on January 29th.
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DeWitt Community Library Information


Family Story Time...January 16, 22, & 29

Preschool Story Time...January 9, 16, 23, 30

Kindermusik... Saturdays the 12th & 19th

Kids Klub... Saturday the 12th for K-3rd

Winter Reading Program all of January

For all ages...

With Family Fort Night Friday Feb. 1st

Come sign up at the library!