Park Lawn Panther Press

September 15, 2016

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Referendum Update

Click here for information on the November 8th referendum. Learn about the needs of our district, scope of the project, and financial impact.

I LEARN: Individualized Learning that is Engaging, Active, Reflective, and Nurturing

Thank you for joining us in our vision for all of our learners as we strive to make today and every day the best it can be for every child.

Homecoming Parade September 30th

Calling all Danny's, Sandy's, T-Birds, and Pink Ladies to join us as we walk in this year's homecoming parade. The theme is Back to the 50's so don your poodle skirts, letter jackets, and slick back your doo as we jam in the streets to the sounds of 1950's American Bandstand. The first 50 students who return their permission slip for the parade to the office will receive a record prop to decorate and carry during the parade. We will include permission slips in NEXT WEEK's Panther Press so be on the look-out.

Homecoming Spirit Days

The week of September 26th-30th we will celebrate each day with specials themes which are listed below:

Monday the 26th: Team Day-celebrate your favorite sports team; NFL, MLB, NBA, Big 10, or a team you play with right here in Oconomowoc.

Tuesday the 27th: Neon Day- Let's make Park Lawn the brightest school around

Wednesday the 28th: Black and White Day- in honor of all of our favorite TV shows from the 50's

Thursday the 29th: Grade Level Colors or Purple for the Walk-a-Thon

Friday the 30th: Oconomowoc Spirit Gear or 1950's Garb

Please be sure to check out the Attachments

  • PTO Family Fun Night
  • PKL Wellness Newsletter

4th Grade Recorders

As you may know, the Soprano Recorder is a curricular unit of study for all 4th graders in OASD. The recorder is a useful tool for many reasons.

This year, students will begin studying the recorder in November, and it will be integrated with curriculum for the duration of the year. The fee for a recorder is $5. This fee will be added to all Family Access accounts in 4th grade. If you choose to “opt out” because you already have a recorder from an older sibling/relative, please contact either Mrs. C. or Mrs. Soderstrom in the office no later than October 1st. If you do not contact us, it will be assumed you would like the school to order an instrument for you and a fee will be added to your account.

Please contact Mrs. C. with any questions:

Thank you!

Mrs. Ciesielski, Music Specialist

Park Lawn and Ixonia Elementary Schools

Picture Day

September 20, 2016: Payments for packages can be made online in Family Access. Flyers were sent home this week with students.

When your plans change...

Thank you for letting us know as early as possible. Our office is only staffed by one person from 2:45-3:40 and we really need your help to ensure that messages regarding changes to how your child will be going home are communicated to your child and their teacher as early as possible.

The Mankins Minute

Overdrive is an online database of electronic books. The Oconomowoc Area School District subscribes to this resource. If you are interested in having your student check out an electronic book through an electronic device please come and see me in the library or send me an email. Students in the district are allowed to check out up to three electronic books at a time. If you would like to take a look at the selection please visit the family resource page and click on online library. There you will see Overdrive. Take a look!

As always, if you have any questions about any resources feel free to contact me at school or through my email.

"As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her."
- Erma Bombeck


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Park Lawn PTO News you Can Use

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting on Monday the 12th. We greatly appreciate your efforts to make our Park Lawn PTO #1.

Upcoming dates and events:


29th -Panther Dash/Family Fun Night from 4-6pm

30th - Homecoming parade


3rd-14th Box Tops Contest

10th - Meeting

28th - Trunk or Treat

Spirit wear on sale all month and on display in the main office.

Strides for Panther Pride Walk-A-Thon

Don't forget! Tomorrow is YELLOW DAY- if you've collected $30 or more bring in your coupon for a chance at a Principal Chauffeur Ride on the purple chair to anywhere in the building. Mrs. Jones will wheel you to the destination of your choice; you might even be able to convince her to let you use the chair the entire day in your classroom.

Only how many days until Christmas?????

Interested in a unique gift for your family this holiday season? Have family or friends that you never know what to get? Are grandma and grandpa wondering what to get the kids for Christmas, birthday, or other holiday? Look no further than the link below for the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Our Park Lawn PTO is teaming up with the Marcus Center to not only offer discounted ticket prices to four different shows, but $3-$10 from every ticket purchased comes directly back to our PTO. It's easy, just follow the link for specific details; create your account using group code "panthers", order your tickets!

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District Wellness Tip of the Week

Mood + Mindset = Success

Moods can influence how well we do in certain situations, but so can something else: our mindset. What's the difference between a mood and a mindset? Moods are the emotions we feel. A mindset is the thoughts and ideas that go along with that mood. Mood and mindset go hand in hand because our thoughts can influence our mood. You've probably chosen your mood before without even realizing it — many times people choose a mood naturally without thinking about it. But practicing ways to choose your mood intentionally can help you get good at it. So next time you feel a strong mood, stop and name it. Ask yourself if it's the ideal mood for what you're trying to accomplish.