Kegonsa Family Newsletter


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October 9, 2021

We had another terrific week. The rain was a nice treat to end our week. Our all-school picture is in and ready to be displayed in its eight-foot frame. This year we are happy to be able to offer them to families. See the instructions below if you are interested.

Our Working for Kids meeting is this coming Tuesday at 6:15 via zoom. Come and celebrate with us as we marvel over the incredible generosity of our families and community. New music equipment will be ordered soon!

Lastly, family conferences are right around the corner. Teachers will be reaching out early next week with sign-up times.

Have a lovely weekend - Erin

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We need you! Kegonsa is hiring for an educational assistant.

Do you want to support all students? Do you have effective communication skills? How about a schedule that allows you summers off with your kids?

We need YOU! Consider applying for an Educational Assistant position at Kegonsa Elementary School!



Hours are Monday through Friday; 7 hours per day; 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Required: Completion of 2 years of study at an institution of higher education or an associate's degree preferred.

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Ordering the all school picture with Infnite Campus

Watch this short how-to video to learn how to order this year's All-School Picture

Ordering this year's yearbook

Starting this year, yearbooks will be ordered and paid for by parents/guardians directly through Lifetouch. Orders will no longer be processed through school. The order due date is March 14, 2022 and the cost is $11.00. Click here to order your book now. IF you have already received a paper order form, please be sure to order your book online and NOT through school.

Speak Up Speak Out

In the next week, we will be presenting Speak Up, Speak Out to our students. SUSO is a Resource Center with a threat reporting system (or tip line) available to students, families, school staff, and community members. It runs 24/7 and is completely free.

Last school year we launched Speak Up, Speak Out (SUSO) at SASD in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS). SUSO tip line is still new in the district, but it has already proved to be effective.

Students are always encouraged to tell a trusted adult regarding school safety concerns, but sometimes there are barriers that get in the way. SUSO is one of many places to turn to with your concerns regarding school safety that is available 24/7 from anywhere.

How it works

  1. Students, families, school staff, and community members submit a school safety concern to SUSO by:

    1. visiting the SASD Student Portal and selecting “Submit a tip,”

    2. downloading the SUSO app from the Apple Store or Google Play, or

    3. calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1.

  2. The trained staff at the Speak Up Speak Out Resource Center work around the clock to respond to reports and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement, and counselors.

  3. Our SASD SUSO leaders and other staff members work to resolve the safety concern.

Pictures from the Gilly Gran Prix

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Book Fair

Hey there, Kegonsa Families! Our school is hosting a Follett Book Fair!

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Supporting your school is just as important. The Follett Book Fair encourages your child's reading habits, builds their personal libraries and raises funds for the school, all at the same time.

Book Fair dates and times:

October 13-19: 8 am - 4 pm*

October 20-21: 8 am - 8 pm

Students will come through the Book Fair with their classes during Library time to make wishlists. Students can also make purchases during the day if they get a pass from their teacher. Families are welcome to visit the Book Fair in person after school and during conferences.

If you are unable to come in person, you can still shop online here: You can place your order by October 22nd. All orders will be shipped to Kegonsa after the 22nd.

For our fundraiser this year, donations will be used to vote for a new hair color Mrs. Rosenberg! Color choices are red, yellow, black, or white. As in previous years, all donations will be used to buy books for Kegonsa students and families. Students, families, and staff members can make donations in the library any time the Book Fair is open until October 21st at 5 pm.

*Will be closed every day at dismissal, closing early on the 13th for a staff meeting, and not open Saturday or Sunday.

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Antiracism Project: October Resources

The purpose of the Antiracism Project is to advance our district’s Educating for Equity efforts by providing resources, information, and opportunities to support recognized events, locally, nationally and internationally. View this month’s resources here.

Wisconsin State Forward Exam: Information about Accessing Spring 2021 Student Scores

Families of students in grades 3-8 and grade 10, please click below for information about how to access your student’s Wisconsin Forward Exam Scores.

Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information

Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.

Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.

COVID symptoms? Stay home! We know your student doesn’t want to miss school, but if your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home to avoid infecting others. Our Self-Screening quicksheet lists COVID symptoms and what to do if your student has one or more. Remember to screen your child for symptoms every morning and night.

Using the Student COVID-19 Form: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been identified as a close contact, start by keeping your student at home, calling your school’s attendance line, completing the Student COVID-19 Form, then contacting your health care provider. We will help you through the process.

SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)

Free COVID testing

Learn more at Students under 18 years old must have guardian consent (View our webpage for consent requirements) AND pre-register for their test at Students and staff over 18 years old must pre-register for their testing
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No Fever Reducers, Cough Drops, Etc. for the school year

Unless your child has a known health condition such as an injury or migraine that would require a pain reliever (like Tylenol or ibuprofen), we are asking that you do not provide these during this school year as these medications could mask (cover up) symptoms of COVID-19. If these medications are needed, please have your child’s healthcare provider sign the medication form and indicate a specific timeframe. In addition, if your child needs to have cough drops at school, the medication form will also have to be signed by your child’s healthcare provider and indicate a specific timeframe.

Family Resources

Click here for a list of family resources including lists of food pantries, community meals, personal essentials, showers & laundry, mental health and crisis intervention.

Reach out to Kayla McDermot with any questions!

Kayla McDermot (Kegonsa Elementary and Sandhill Elementary) 608-440-0270

Office and School Hours

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:00p.m. Doors open at 7:35 a.m.

Important Information

Bully Harassment

  • Bullying/Harassment form
  • Submit a Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) ticket. If you see or hear something, say something. The easiest way to submit a ticket is to go to, access the Student Portal, and select “Submit a tip.”

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Breakfast/Lunch Menus


  • Students may choose to participate in breakfast and/or lunch daily
  • No sign up needed
  • Morning milk in the classroom is NOT included. Milk is $.40 per day for students who DO NOT qualify for free/reduced meals
  • Please check your Infinite Campus Portal account to ensure funds are available or to add funds to your account
  • Breakfast and lunch will be prepackaged and may include hot and/or cold items.

Nurtured Heart for Families

How did you learn to discipline your children? Read a book? Had great role models? Watched YouTube videos? Took a class? Along with relentlessly recognizing your child, you MUST have clear and consistently enforced expectations. Here's what a low energy NHA conversation that can help regulate your child and teach them your expectations might look like.

T: “I’m wondering what’s going on with you. I know you would never intentionally be disrespectful or unkind. The reason I know this, besides the fact that you show those qualities often (provide examples and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that EVERYONE WANTS TO DO WELL.”

T: “ Why do you think that I’m having this conversation with you?”

S: “I don’t know”

T: “Well, let me tell you. When you (insert behavior here) that is really disrespectful to me. I don’t think that is your intention, but to be super clear (insert behavior) is not acceptable.”

T: “ My expectation is that you (insert expectation here). Moving forward, I will be laser focused on making sure that you “stay in this box” because I care so much about you. What are some things that you need from me to be successful?”

*Continue conversation without energizing complaints.

The difficult part is that you then need to be laser focused FOR WHEN THEY ARE STAYING IN THE BOX and recognizing them for it and consistently redirecting them when they are out. Acknowledge any improvement you see and that learning something new is difficult.

Yup. It may seem ridiculous to acknowledge partial greatness, but if you want to see change you might need to do something different. works.

To your Greatness, Humanity, & Significance

Amy, (Karla & Sara Jane )

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Kegonsa Elementary School

Ms. Conrad, Principal (877-5201)

Mrs. Sannes, Dean of Students (208-3468)

Mrs. Cole-Wells, Admin Assistant (877-5202)

Mr. Schultz, School Counselor (877-5229)

Mrs. McDermot, School Social Worker (440-0270)

Ms. Menon, School Psychologist

Ms. Hart, Health Assistant (877-5204)


IC Parent Portal: Need assistance with your IC parent portal? Please complete the IC parent portal support form linked here.

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