Abrams Elementary School

TOGETHER --We Learn... We Achieve... We Grow

September 2018 Volume 6, Issue 2

Mark your Calendar:

October 5th - Grandparent's Day.

October 23rd - 2-Hour Early Release - Parent Teacher Conferences K - 12 1:30 - 7:00 P.M.

October 26th - Vacation day - No School in Session.

Novemer 5th - Parent Teacher Conferences K - 12 3:30 - 6:00 P.M.


Teachers have started assessing students to get a baseline so we know where kids are at to start the school year. We give students and teachers a chance to know one another as well as some review time. It is now a good time for teachers to do a formal assessment so individualize instruction can begin so each student is receiving instruction at his/her level for maximum growth.

Cooler weather is upon us. Please be sure to send your child with a jacket or sweatshirt. Mornings can be chilly and students will not participate in recess without proper clothing. If at any time you need assistance with outside clothing, please contact the office for assistance.

This school year you will start receiving additional newsletters that are meant to assist families in knowing how to help your child at home to create a well rounded partnership with school and learning. These will come home opposite our full school newsletter. Please take some time to read these and try 1 idea. I would be very interested to know what you tried and how it worked. Email me what you did with your family to help them at home with learning. I am excited to hear about it.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your child or school.

Mrs. Michalski


Notes from the Office

Grandparent’s Day Reminders:

  • October 5th
  • Specific classroom and lunch visits
  • Wait in lobby or library.
  • Escorted to the proper classroom at the appropriate time.
  • Grandparents with more than one grandchild, who have extra time between room visits are welcome to stop in the library to read a paper or even go out for recess!
  • Volunteer needed for the following areas: set-up, serving, and clean-up. Please call the office to let us know your availability! Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Scholastic Book Fair Chairperson in lobby selling gift certificates to use at Book Fair on October 23, 2018. Certificates can be purchased by check or cash only made out to Abrams CPTO.

Birthday Treats

Many students like to bring treats in on their birthday or half-birthday. This is an exciting time for students. With that in mind, please help us by doing the following: send individual treats like cupcakes, snack bag with veggies and cups of dip, fruit cup with spoons, brownies cut up and plates to serve them on. Students will not be allowed to deliver treats to others around the school. We have food allergies that we need to be sensitive of as well as keeping students in the learning environment as much as possible. Much time is lost when students are out of the room delivering treats all over the building. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Michalski.


Please remember to send a note about how long to warm up the food.

Please only send food that needs to be warmed up for a 2 minute maximum. This allows all children time to warm food and eat.

Thermos' should not be sent. Most don't fit in our microwave.

Questions --contact Mrs. Michalski

School Dress Up Days:

9/28/2018- Duct Tape Day

10/5/18 - Dress to Impress Grandma/Grandpa

New Abrams Staff

Anna Jagodzinski - 5K Teacher

Anna joins our team and adds a ray of sunshine that radiates before she enters any room! Summer time, dogs, visiting new and exciting places and her job are listed among her favorite things. When not at school Anna enjoys relaxing at home and spending time outside hiking, baking (which she promised to share with us), and shopping. Her favorite foods consist of any "sweet treat" but most enjoyed are her childhood favorite-- PICKLES. If one were to enter her classroom you would easily see her favorite beverage is iced coffee and her students enjoy a make-believe Starbucks stand designed by - you guessed it - Miss J herself! Her family consists of her parents, Anita and Gary, her sister Leah and her "brother" black lab Jack. Anna's enthusiasm and zest for her career are evident as she shares details of her former K/1 looping class end of the year field trip. Watching the friendships that had developed over a two year period and how they had grown is still her favorite memory. One last point of concern we do have regarding Anna -- She can often find herself in quite a pickle! It might be pickle popcorn, pickle ornaments, pickle socks, jars of pickles for birthday or holiday gifts--she does love pickles!

Megan Pierquet - Art

Megan joins our Abrams team with a colorful disposition that is reflected the minute you walk into her classroom! Megan graduated from UW Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Art Education. Living just down the road she enjoys being close to her Abrams family though they actually live in the Pulaski school district. Some of her favorites in her personal time include family time at their family cabin, boating, exercise, holidays, and traveling. When not at school what would you expect an art teacher to be doing for fun-- Art of course-- Megan enjoys working on Dry projects most. Take some time to ask her what those include and perhaps she will have some pictures of those projects! Her hobbies also include photography, reading and DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. Among her favorite foods she lists sushi and coffee. Her immediate family includes her husband Jeff, son Kael in 6th grade, and daughter Eiley in 4th grade. Please take some time to welcome Megan to our family and enjoy the bright colors in her classroom and the many fun projects she already has your children working on this school year!

Classroom Chatter

Food Service Notes

A Note From Food Service…

Please feel free to email Amanda at Amanda.Sonnenburg@of-ps.org with any questions.

Nurses Knowledge

Medication: If your child is going to bring medication to school, this includes Tylenol, ibuprofen, antacids, cold medicine, etc.…please send it in the original package and please remember to fill out the medication consent form in the office. This helps the office staff know when to distribute the medicine and the dosage needed for that child. Thanks!

Head Lice:

Below are some facts about lice and how you can help us prevent its spread.

What are head lice?

  • tiny insects- brownish/gray, wingless, bloodsucking insects that feed on the human scalp

  • lice hatch from small eggs (nits) -whitish/silver in color, that attach to the hair shaft close to the scalp.

  • They do not infest animals

  • they cannot live away from the human longer than 20 hours

  • they do not jump or fly but do crawl

  • they are not an indication of poor hygiene or parental neglect

How do you get head lice?

  • spread from person to person

  • sharing combs or brushes

  • wearing borrowed caps, barrettes, ribbons, scarves or other head coverings

  • sharing pillows or towels

  • you can’t get head lice from animals, grass or trees

How do you know if you have head lice?

  • usually head itches

  • egg (nits) always will be seen on individual hairs after careful checking of the entire head of hair

  • may see lice on scalp

  • sometimes small white specks in the hair such as dandruff can be confused with nits. Nits are difficult to remove; while dandruff will brush away easily.

To avoid the spread of head lice:

  • check family members daily for 2 weeks; treat only if head lice or eggs (nits) are seen.

  • all family members should avoid borrowing personal items: combs, brushes, towels, hats, etc.

  • tell others who were in close contact or who shared personal items so they can be checked and treated if necessary.

What's Happening With the CPTO....

Upcoming Events:

The next C.P.T.O. meeting is Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 6:15 PM in the Library

The CPTO Fall Fundraiser was sent home, this fundraiser helps support the Weidner Center fieldtrips - tickets and transportation, teacher classroom reimbursement, end of year carnival and numerous other items approved by the CPTO. Order forms are due back by October 10th. Orders will be processed and delivery date is November 14th, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CPTO Book Fair: Fall Book Fair is October 23rd! The CPTO will once again be selling gift certificates for the Book Fair, in the lobby during Grandparent’s day (cash or check only). Grandparents can buy a gift certificate to be given to their grandchild to purchase a book at the book fair.

Volunteers Are Needed: The CPTO is in need of many volunteers for upcoming events at Abrams School.

2018-19 CPTO Officers:

President: Ashley McDermid

Vice-President: Jenny Sarkela

Treasurer: Tabitha Dobbratz

Secretary:Candice Baumler

Community and District News

The OFHS musical production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is auditioning for the role of GRETL for students in grades 5 & 6 this Friday, September 28 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the OFHS Choir room! Auditions will be approximately 10 minutes each. Please choose a song to sing for the audition! If you are interested, please come ready to audition on Friday! Rehearsals for the performance will run Monday-Friday and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Thiel at the HS!

UWGB Phoenix Women's Basketball Clinic is coming to Oconto Falls High School Field House on Sunday October 7, 2018 from 11:00-1:00 PM. This FREE clinic is open to girls grades 4th thru 8th.

Pre-registration is required and open to the first 100 applicants.

To pre-register contact Tim Peterson at 920-362-5161 or stop in at Peterson Ford on Main Street in Oconto Falls.

Oconto County Public Health will visit Abrams Elementary School on Friday 10/19/18 to offer FREE flu shots to all students in Early Childhood (EC)-5th grade.

If your child did not bring the consent forms home for the FREE flu shots, go to www.ocph.info to download a form and find more information on the flu shot.

CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months and older. Flu is not just a bad cold; it’s a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia and other complications. The symptoms can last for up to two weeks and include: fever, cough, sore throat, headache, severe body aches, chills, runny or stuffy nose, extreme exhaustion, and sometimes in children diarrhea and vomiting. While your child may be nervous to receive a shot at school, Oconto County Public Health staff will work together to make your child as comfortable as possible.

Getting the flu shot every year is your best protection against the flu! You can also stay healthy by washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick. Please call Oconto County Public Health with questions at 920-834-7000.

Upcoming Events

October 5th --Grandparent's Day

October 19th --Fire Safety Day

October 23rd --Book Fair and Parent Teacher Conferences