Oconto Falls Elementary School

Every Child...Every Day

November 2021

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Winter Guidelines...

Students are required to go outside for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below zero. The following temperature guidelines have been developed to help with the selection of clothes.

Under 40 degreesStudents will not be allowed to go outside if they are not wearing outwear appropriate for the weather (winter jacket, hat, pants, mittens or gloves). A sweatshirt, hooded shirt or shorts are not considered appropriate outerwear when it is cold outside.

K – 3rd students are expected to wear snow pants outside if parents sent them to school with the child and the temperatures warrant their wear.

4th – 5th grade students may choose to wear/not wear snow pants on the blacktop area.

Snow conditions—When snow is present, snow pants and boots must be worn to play off the blacktop area. When the ground is sufficiently dry, such that if students step off the blacktop area they will not track mud into the school and classrooms, then boots will not be required.

Older student’s (4th and 5th grade) often prefer not to wear boots at recess. When the asphalt is dry, this is not a problem. However, occasionally the asphalt area on the playground is snow covered or covered with slush (sometimes this happens during the school day). For that reason, we recommend that all students have a pair of boots available at school to wear during recess as needed.


Skylert is used by the Oconto Falls School District to inform school families about school closings, early dismissals, and late start events caused by inclement weather. An automated message will be sent out using the contact information currently in our Skylert notification system. A number of our parents have added grandparents or babysitter information.

Please follow the directions below to confirm or add contact information.

■ Log into Skyward Family Access.

■ Click on Skylert - located on the left side.

■ Click Edit.

■ Add any alternative email addresses and/or phone numbers where you would like alerts sent.

■ Check the boxes for each corresponding category for all of your email addresses and phone numbers.

■ Click Save.

Note: You can also follow these directions to remove a number or email address from the list.


Occasionally, students come to school without appropriate outdoor winter weather apparel ...either the student has forgotten one or two items at home, or the family is not able to purchase the needed items. If a students’ family has an economic need, they are outfitted with appropriate outerwear the student can keep. If items are forgotten at home, clothing can be loaned out for the day.

ATTENDANCE … If your child will be absent from school, please call the school office (even if you let the teacher know) at (920) 848-4476, ext. 1 or email ofesoffice@of-ps.org. Thank you!

Oconto Falls Partners In Education

Tuesday, Dec. 7th 2021 at 6pm

Oconto Falls Elementary School, School Library

"Partners in Education" is made up of parents, school personnel, and community members. Its purpose is to bring together the Oconto Falls Elementary school family to work toward obtaining the best possible education for our children. It gives parents, staff, administrators, and the community an opportunity to work together on school projects.

PIE will begin holding regular in person meetings in the school library on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Future meetings will be held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Please consider attending PIE meetings as an investment in your child's education. We hope to see you there!

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**ATTN PARENTS: Fill out your FREE & Reduced Meal Application**

Why should you fill out your Free & Reduced Application?

  1. Reduced registration fee for AP tests, such as - SAT and ACT.
  2. Maintains funds for student programs and services.
  3. The district may get additional funding for Technology and internet access.
  4. Students can receive DISCOUNTS with college application fees

So even with meals being free this year we need everyone to fill out this application to guarantee the district gets the funding they need. This is one of the easiest ways to help your school and community.

Go to https://ofpanthers.com/breakfast-and-lunch-menus/ and click on the application.
DOWNLOAD the application form and submit it to your respective school offices. Each school office will have extra applications available in case someone didn't receive it or need another!

Birthday Treats

All students are allowed to bring in pre-packaged snacks and birthday treats. Examples would be a large container of cupcakes by a licensed baker or a box of cereal or crackers. Teachers are in charge of passing out all snacks and treats. We are not allowing anything that is homemade.

Another great option for a birthday treat is to order through the Food Service Department. Please refer to the attached flyer.

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Pop Tab Program

Little things can mean a lot…

Since 2000, recycling little aluminum tabs on the tops of soda cans has generated over $360,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. Revenue from recycling these little bits of aluminum helps provide a home-away-from-home for families whose seriously ill children are undergoing treatment in the Milwaukee area. Saving pop tabs is easy and clean. They’re compact, with a concentration of recyclable aluminum. Unlike empty cans, they don’t need to be rinsed.

Here’s how you can help:

Spread the word to your family, friends, classmates and co-workers and provide containers for them to deposit the pop tabs they save. Then bring those tabs into school.

Since 2011 our district has collected 3,914 pounds of tabs which equals about 4,959,038 tabs!

We will be collecting tabs again this year. Once a class collects FOUR ice cream buckets of tabs they will receive a special treat!

Substitute Teachers Needed!!!

Make a difference one school day at a time. Great substitute teacher and paraprofessional opportunities are available.

To be a substitute teacher, you need an associate or bachelor degree in any content area, substitute training, and a substitute teaching license. To be a substitute paraprofessional, you need a high school or equivalent degree. The district will reimburse you for your training and license after subbing 10 days.

Apply today at www.teachersoncall.com/talent/apply-now. Questions? Contact Debbie Woods (920) 848-4471 or debra.woods@of-ps.org.

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