Family Newsletter

February 2020

Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center

341 North Emery Ave, Peshtigo, WI 54157

(715) 582-3762


February 14 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice Day


Dear PELC Families -

This morning, I had a group of Kindergarten students in my office to do the Pledge of Allegiance with me. They reminded me that most recently, they had been in my office for "Pirate Day" and one student proceeded to tell me that he'd brought a "hanky" in that day for the event. I have never heard anyone but my father use that word before so it surprised me that a 6 year old even knew what a hanky was. He went on to assure me that it was a clean hanky and not one that had his grandpa's "snot in it" and we continued to discuss the importance of washing things like hankies before you share them so everyone stays healthy and germ free. I have absolutely no idea what the hanky was used for on Pirate day and honestly, it didn't matter. These few minutes of surprisingly engaging conversation completely overshadowed the original topic!

In this month of love, I am telling you that THIS is why I love what I do. It's moments like these that keep ALL of us in this tough profession. The stories of wonder, honesty, and surprise that often walk into my office could fill a book and I would bet that is true of every teacher in this building. There are plenty of tough things we deal with and work through in an elementary school, but when I get to start my day with an animated discussion about a clean hanky on pirate day, I'd say life here at the PELC is pretty good.

Mrs. Collins


Please remember:

  • When school begins with a late start (10:00) due to inclement weather, we DO NOT serve breakfast and supervision begins at 9:45 am.
  • If you have moved, changed phone numbers, or otherwise need to update emergency contact information for your student(s), please do so immediately by contacting the main office at (715) 582-3762.
  • Students should leave valuables at home and be reminded that cell phones are NOT allowed to be used during the school day.
  • Please review Kobussen bus rules with your children. They can be found in the family handbook available online.
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PTSO would like to thank everyone who came to the Winter Dance and who volunteered to make it such a fantastic event! We had an awesome turnout! Please email with any feedback! Thank you!

Upcoming dates:

PTSO Meeting

February 12th



Science Fair

April 3rd

Save the Date!

PTSO is sponsoring an Adult Prom at Embers April 18th! Stay tuned for more details.

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PBIS Update from Mrs. Osowski

During the month of January, we focussed on playground safety during the winter. Here are the areas we discussed and practiced:

  • Be respectful and responsible with the snow (keep it on the ground or to build with)

  • Be respectful of others snow creations (leave them or add to them)

  • Be safe by staying off of the icy areas on the playground and equipment

In the month of February, we will be focussing on being respectful, responsible and safe in the cafeteria.

A Note from the School Nurse

Hello PELC families! As we enter into the winter season, (and the season of the flu and colds) please help remind your children to wash their hands! Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the transmission of germs and prevent illness! Here in my office, the saying is “Give Me 5!”

1. Wet

2. Soap

3. Wash- for 15 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing the ABC’s)

4. Rinse

5. Dry

Cold and Flu season is underway, so please be aware of the symptoms! And if you have not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season, it is not too late! If your child is sick, please remember they must be FEVER FREE (temperature less than 100 degrees) without the use of fever reducing medications for 24 hours before they can return to school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at school. I will be happy to work with you to help your child have a healthy rest of the school year!

Running CLUB News

Help needed!

Let’s keep our running club going strong!

Peshtigo Elementary Running Club is in need of volunteers. We will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. Our Kids 4 Running Program has been going strong for at least 14 years, but many of our volunteers have moved on. Please help us keep it going by volunteering for this great program. Below is a list of opportunities for you to help.

  • Crossing guard for runners at the intersections

  • Run with the students

  • Checking students in and out before and after they run

  • Setting up the snack schedule

  • Supervising students in the cafeteria

  • Riding bikes on the route with runners

Helping out in any way can be very rewarding! We hope to hear from you! Please contact Jodi VanVooren ( or Laura Finger ( for further information or to consider helping out. Thanks so much!


Peshtigo Girls Softball is looking for girls ages 6 to 17 to play summer league fastpitch softball. Registration will be open from February 12th - March 8th and can be done on our website the cost is $35 plus a $3 service fee. For more information email us at or call/text us at 715-587-2931

Like us on Facebook at Peshtigo Softball

Go Bulldogs!