The Bear Necessities

Danville CSD Elementary Newsletter, September 30, 2022

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An Update From The Bear Den

It has been a fast and furious start to the school year! We are all wondering where the month of September has gone.

There are quite a few new faces in the halls at Danville Elementary this fall. We have several new students throughout the building, as well as new staff. We will be introducing a few new staff members in each of our Bear Necessities Newsletters this fall. See below for this month's introductions.

Danville Elementary has focused our PBIS efforts this year on a theme of TEAMWORK and SPORTSMANSHIP. This year's PBIS Kickoff was centered around fun, team-building games and activities for our students. The SEBH/PBIS committee analyzed last year's office referral data and decided to focus our efforts this year on teamwork in an effort to decrease office referrals from the playground area.

Finally, we want to thank you all for your assistance in our POP Power of Purpose fundraiser. The fundraiser will help us to purchase a shade for our elementary playground, as well as conduct our end-of-the-year literacy and math award events. We greatly appreciate your help. Our online fundraiser continues through October 11th. If you are still interested in your child participating, you can get registered here:

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It is Homecoming Week at Danville Elementary!

There are several special events going on this week at Danville in conjunction with Homecoming Week! Check out some of the activities below!

Monday, Oct. 3rd

Slumber Party vs Tea/Wedding Party Dress Up Day - Wear your jammies or your formal wear.

Tuesday, Oct. 4th

Beach/Aloha Day - Wear your beachwear or dress for a luau!

Wednesday, Oct. 5th

Danville Spirit Day - Wear your blue and white and show your Danville Pride!

Homecoming Parade @ 5:45 p.m.

Community Pep Rally & Coronation @ 7:45 p.m. in the JH Gym

Thursday, Oct. 6th

Team Jersey Day - Deck out in your favorite team's gear!

Friday, Oct. 7th

Movie Day - Wear a movie or movie character shirt or outfit.

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School Updates

*Just a reminder that all absences need to be reported to the main office. If you are contacting your child's teacher due to an illness or absence, please include Alice McLeland ( and Emily Enger ( on the email. Thank you!

*As a general reminder, please put your child's name in all coats, jackets, and sweatshirts. It is the time of year when the students start their day with coats/jackets, but often shed them during recess, causing a pile of items on the lost and found table.

*For the safety of all students in our pick up/drop off lanes, if an adult needs to exit the car to assist a child to get in or out, please park in a parking space in the elementary lot. We ask adults to not get out of the vehicle at any time if you are using the pick up/drop off lane. Thank you for your cooperation!

*As a general rule, all students should be working to earn 2 steps in their Reading Logs nightly.

*Parent/Teacher conferences are rapidly approaching. Watch your child's backpack for scheduling information.

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Danville CSD Facebook Page

We post many updates, pictures, and exciting news stories to our school Facebook page. Please "like" us on Facebook to follow our school page. You might just see your own child featured in a picture or a classroom video.
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Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Sept. 27th - Tuesday, Oct. 11th

Danville Elementary POP fundraiser going on!

Sunday, Oct. 2nd - Friday, Oct. 8th

Danville CSD Homecoming Week

Tuesday, Oct. 4th

PVO Meeting @ 5:00 in the 21st Century Room

Wednesday, Oct. 5th

Homecoming Parade @ 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9th - Saturday, Oct. 15th

National Fire Prevention Week

Sunday, Oct. 16th - Saturday, Oct. 22nd

School Bus Safety Week

Friday, Oct. 21st

School Bus Safety Presentations for all grade levels

Tuesday, Oct. 25th

Picture Retake Day

Friday, Oct. 28th

Danville Elementary Halloween Parties

Monday, Oct. 31st - Happy Halloween!

Danville Community Trick-or-Treating

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Danville Elementary Halloween Parties

Danville Elementary will hold our annual classroom Halloween parties on Friday, October 28th. Student will be allowed to bring their costumes to school for the parties. Please be reminded, we ask that students not have face paint or real/replica weapons of any kind. Please watch your child's backpack or the school Facebook page for updates concerning this year's Halloween parties.
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Welcome Aboard!

Each month, we will be featuring a few of our newest staff members in our Bear Necessities Newsletter. This month's featured staff are Jessica Johnson, our Elementary Social Worker, Kennedy Schuff, Elementary Paraeducator, and Brock Schneden, Elementary Special Education Teacher.

Jessica Johnson is our new Elementary Social Worker at Danville Elementary. Jessica is originally from Burlington, Iowa. Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In addition, she holds a Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in School Social Work from St. Ambrose University. Ms. Johnson previously worked as a behavior consultant for the Great Prairie Area Education Agency. In that role, she served Danville Elementary, working with some of the students and staff. It was enough to make her want to join us full time! When asked about coming to Danville Elementary, she stated "I am so excited to work with students directly and get to know Danville families in a new capacity, and to be a part of such a highly-skilled team of educators". Outside of school, Ms. Johnson enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time with her family. Welcome aboard Ms. Johnson!

Kennedy Schuff is one of our new Elementary Paraeducators. Kennedy is a Danville High School graduate and has attended Southeastern Community College in Burlington, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Previous to working at Danville Elementary, Ms. Schuff worked for KinderCare Learning Center. Ms. Schuff stated "I am excited to get to work with some of the same teachers I had in elementary school. I am excited for the year and what the future holds for all the kids here at Danville!" In her free time, Ms. Schuff enjoys reading, singing, acting, and spending time with her siblings, parents, and pets. We are thrilled to have you with us Ms. Schuff!

Brock Schneden is a new Elementary and Junior High Special Education Teacher in the district. Mr. Schneden is a graduate of Burlington High School. He attended Black Hawk College and Loras College, where he studied Elementary Education and Special Education. Brock also played baseball in college. Previous to coming to Danville, Mr. Schneden taught in the Burlington CSD for 12 years. When asked about what he has learned about Danville already, Mr. Schneden stated "the people that work and live here take a lot of pride in their school. I feel like that's something that also resonates with the students that walk through our doors. You can feel a sense of community in the school setting, and the kids seem to be willing to step up to challenges and expectations that are set by their teachers. Even though it's been a short amount of time, I have really enjoyed it so far and I am looking forward to the rest of the school year!". In his free time, Mr. Schneden enjoys spending time with his family, watching the Hawkeyes, the Bears and the Cubs, and traveling to his daughters' many sports activities. Welcome to Danville, Mr. Schneden!

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Bear Tracks

Check out some of the pictures from our first few weeks of school!
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The Importance Of Reading With Your Child

Check out this article on reading with your child. It contains ideas and suggestions for speaking with your child about books. It is a great resource for parents!
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The Bear Necessities Video Vlog

Did you miss last week's Bear Necessities Video Vlog? Check it out here!
Bear Necessities Video Vlog