Ekstrand Elementary


Dates to Remember

Monday February 19th: Central DeWitt Community School District Board Meeting 6 - 8 p.m. CDMS Media Center

Tuesday February 20th: Ekstrand Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday February 21st: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday February 21st: Ekstrand Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday February 23rd: No School

Monday March 5th: Kindergarten Round-Up Parent Meeting 6 - 7:30 p.m. Ekstrand Cafeteria

Tuesday March 6th: Ekstrand Spring Pictures

Wednesday March 7th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday March 14th: Donuts with Dads 7:15 - 8 a.m. Ekstrand Cafeteria

Wednesday April 18th: K-1 Grandparents Day 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday April 23rd: K-1 Spring Program 6:30 p.m at CDPAC (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday April 24th: 2-3 Spring Program 6:30 p.m. at CDPAC (doors open at 6 p.m.)


Iowa Assessments

A couple weeks ago our second and third grade students completed the Iowa Assessments. I will share out the results of those tests during next months monthly newsletter.

Kindergarten Round-Up

Reminder: If you have an incoming kindergarten student for the 18-19 school year please visit this link to complete the registration form.

Saber Olympics

On the afternoon of Thursday February 8th Ekstrand Elementary held its inaugural Saber Olympics. The activity brought to close our winter screening and assessment period. The students rotated through a variety of Olympic themed stations and had a great time with their fellow classmates and teachers. Please enjoy the video below that highlights the events of the day.


National FFA Week is an annual celebration that FFA chapters take part in from all around the country! It is a time to share what FFA is and how it impacts our community! Our district will be celebrating this during the week of February 19th. Please see attachments below for further information. #icanwewilldewitt!

Culver's Night Flyer

FFA Week Brochure

Dress Up Days

Dr. Seuss Week

During the week of February 26 - March 2 we will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. We have a variety of fun activities in store for the students and hope this adds to the growing excitement our students have for reading!

Here is the link to the list of the weekly activities

Monday: Fox In Socks - Go shoe-less in the classroom

Tuesday: Ten Apples Up On Top - Apple snack

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday - Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character

Thursday: Green Eggs and Ham - Green Eggs and Ham w/ movie for lunch

Friday: Cat In The Hat - Wear a favorite hat, S'More snack, Movie incentive


Building a Culture of Literacy

At Ekstrand we work hard to instill a love of reading and writing for all of our students. We also know parents are a big part of their child's love of reading. The link below this article directs you to the January blog post provided by the Iowa Reading Research Center that provides great ways for parents to support their child's literacy development at home.


Kindergarten / Jumpstart Parent Request Form

The link below will direct you to the Central DeWitt Community School District website where you can find the Classroom Placement Request form. If you would like to provide additional information to us regarding the learning style of your child please print the form and return it to the office completed by March 13th.



In the next month the students of Ekstrand will be working on being problem solvers. We follow the acronym "STEP" which stands for Say the problem, Think of solutions, Explore consequences, and Pick the best solution. Following these steps helps the students begin to solve problems on their own; but always remember that before we start to solve the problem, we need to be calm. Ways that students have been practicing include: taking belly breathes, counting, and using positive self-talk.

Watch DOGS:

Coming in March we will be having a Donuts with Dads event here at Ekstrand Elementary. This is a morning for dads/grandpas/adult brothers/uncles to come in with your students to enjoy a breakfast together. Please be keeping your eyes open for an invite in the next few weeks. We ask that you return the RSVP so we know how many donuts to order. Can't wait to see you all!

DeWitt Community Library Information

Saturday March 3rd:

Kindermusik at 9:30 a.m. - - music and instruments, stories and rhymes

Kids’ Klub at 11:00 a.m. - - stories, experiments, crafts, and snacks

Family Evening Story TImes:

EVERY Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 17th - - just Kindermusik - - at 9:30 a.m.

PTO Officer Openings

PTO is looking for energetic people who want to be involved in their kids school PTO!

Below are the offices that are available for next school year!


Vice President

Volunteer Chairmen


Media Chairman

If you are interested you may contact Jenifer Neuberg at

Rusneuberg21@hotmail.com for more details!

Lunch Buddy Volunteers

We are always seeking additional community volunteers to assist with our Lunch Buddy program. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact our Guidance Counselor Ms. Prombo.

Charlie Appelstein Coming to Area!

Our local AEA is excited to announce they are bringing Charlie Appelstein to our area!

Charlie is an expert in Challenging Behavior, a motivational speaker, and the author of the book, "No Such Thing as a Bad Kid". His primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to professionals and families who guide at-risk children and youth.

There will be an evening family session available at Bettendorf and Clinton AEAs. These sessions are at no cost but registration is required.

Please click on the "Flyer" link Flyer