November 4, 2021
Celebrating Our Habit Heroes
Elementary School Winter Concerts 2021
Let’s celebrate being proactive with a spirit week!
November 8, 2021: Wear your Leader in Me shirt!
*The 7 habits are helping us to bring out the leader in each of us. Today you are wearing your Leader in Me shirt to show that you are working on becoming a better leader at Stettin. You are responsible for your actions, your words, and your attitude!
November 9, 2021: Wear your Stettin gear or red!
*The color red reminds us to STOP and think before we make a choice. This shows that we are in control of our bodies and our words. Remember to stop, take a few deep breaths and think about your choices, and choose to behave in a way that will make everyone feel safe, happy, and able to learn at school.
November 10, 2021: Wear bright colors!
*Part of being proactive is choosing your own weather. Each day we have a choice to have a positive or negative attitude. When we choose our own weather, we choose to be positive and look for the good in the world around us!
November 11, 2021: Dress like a superhero!
*We can save the day when we choose to help others make positive choices and have a positive attitude. Just like superheroes, leaders are responsible, they help others, and they model how to be successful.
November 12, 2021: Wear whatever makes you happy! You do you!
*Being proactive means that we choose to make good choices, have a positive attitude, and do the right thing even when no one is watching. You are the best version of you!
COVID-19 Testing - a New Option for WSD Families
The Wausau School District is now offering free PCR COVID-19 testing to all students, staff, and even their immediate family members.
Testing is now available, on a limited basis in a mobile unit. Below you will find a schedule that shows where the unit will be and when. Then, starting closer to December, ‘Wellness Cottages’ will open up on each school campus in the District, where that testing will be done. The cottages are currently being built.
Everyone who would like to receive that free test must fill out a consent form. The consent form for students is available below, it’s also available on our website.
It’s imperative that you know the District will not test students without parental consent. Instructions for registering your child to receive testing are below. Once parents and guardians fill out the consent form, they must return it to their child(ren)’s school.
All staff and immediate family members of students and staff who would like to receive that free testing, will give consent either at the mobile unit or at the Wellness Cottages when they open up.
You should also know this is all being done at absolutely no cost to the Wausau School District. In fact, the Department of Health Services is paying for it all -- including the testing of students, staff, and their immediate family members, along with paying for the staff who will administer the tests, the mobile unit, and the construction of the Wellness Cottages.
November 4: Grade 3 to the School Forest
November 5: REPORT CARDS AVAILABLE ON PARENT PORTAL
November 5: Last day of Growing Great Minds
Week of November 8th: Celebrate Habit 1 "Be Proactive"
November 16 at 6:30pm: PTO Meeting
November 17: Picture Retake Day
November 24, 25, 26: No School (Thanksgiving Break)
PTO Meeting Agenda- November 16, 2021 6:30pm
II. Leader’s Report
III. New/Current Business
A. Officer Nominations for Co-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Social Media Liaison
Co-President Volunteers: Jenell Bushong and Jenna Stainbrook
Secretary Volunteer: Tiffany Tesch
Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer: Kay Koszarek
Treasurer: Cari Wenninger
Social Media Liaison: Carolyn Brenner
B. Officer Elections for 2021-2022 PTO OfficersC. Volunteer Update
D. Family Directory Update
E. Confirm 2021-22 PTO Meeting Dates and Times
F. Child Care Option for meetings
IV. Financial Report
A. Budget Report
V. Principal’s Report
VI. Staff Report
VII. Comments for Items Not on Agenda
VIII. Announcements and upcoming Events
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
What can an Infinite Campus Parent Portal do for you?
In today’s busy world, information must be at your fingertips in a moment's notice. Put Infinite Campus to work for you by creating your personal Parent Portal. You will be able to access some or all of these features:
Check Bussing Information
Access Class Schedules
Check Assignment Completion
View Student Grades
Print Report Cards and Progress Reports
Pay School Fees
View Payment History
Update email addresses and Phone Numbers
Set up personal notifications
Get Connected and Stay Informed
Create or use your existing personal Infinite Campus Parent Portal Today!
If you do not have a Parent Portal Account set up, here are the steps to create one:
Email Mrs. Steffen at firstname.lastname@example.org for your activation code
Go to: www.wausauschools.org
Choose ABOUT WSD click on INFINITE CAMPUS
Choose INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL and click on NEW USER
Enter the activation code to complete the registration process
Create your own username and password. Once you have established your own username and password, the activation code will no longer be valid.
Each parent receives an activation code and will need to set up their own parent account.
If you experience difficulties, we will assist you via phone or email. Please contact Mrs. Steffen or email@example.com
Mental Health Help
Did you know that we have an on-site licensed mental health therapist from The Caring Tree who is accessible at Stettin Elementary School? Services are billed through the family’s insurance, but don’t let cost prevent care; financial help is available.
To make a referral, please contact Jennifer Graf, School Social Worker at 715-261-0207.
School Safety- Parent and Guardian Tips
The Wausau School District works to ensure physical and psychological safety for students, and part of that work includes ALICE drills when there is a reported threat to safety (e.g. an event in the community). The training provided in the ALICE drill provides the safety rehearsal necessary to prepare students and staff. We practice ALICE drills twice a year, and parents are encouraged to discuss this information with their children. As parents, it is important to talk with our children about the challenging topic of violence in schools. Experts say that avoiding the topic can actually make it seem more imminent and threatening in children’s minds. Here are some tips from mental health experts about talking to your children about school violence.
Experts say that when it comes to traumatic events in general, a child does not have to personally experience it to feel the negative effects. With such widespread media coverage of recent tragedies in schools, many children anxiously watched footage of these events along with their families. Even if you tried to shield your child from the horrific events, it is likely that he/she will hear about it at school or learn more details through friends or social media.
Prepare your children by setting expectations. You know your child best and your guidance will help them. Let them know that school is a safe place and that part of the job of teachers and school staff is to practice safety skills. “Just like you practice fire drills at school, you also practice ALICE drills so that you know exactly what to do to stay safe in an emergency.”
Make connections to safety habits you already practice. Explain that the ALICE drill is another safety habit just like the many safety habits you do on a regular basis, for example, wearing seatbelts and bike helmets.
Though it may be new to your child, the ALICE drill will be best learned through practicing. Self-confidence comes from trying things that are hard and getting better each time.
Follow your child’s lead. If they seem worried or uncomfortable, help them to identify their feelings and talk with them about ways of handling them. Start the conversation and listen carefully. Begin by asking what your children know about the topic of school violence. Listen closely for misinformation, misconceptions, and for underlying concerns and fears.
Let your child know that schools perform ALICE drills throughout the school year and that they are announced as a drill. Consider your child’s unique needs. If you are concerned about how your child will handle the lockdown drill, reach out to the school and partner with your child’s teacher to address your concerns.
Let your child know the school made you aware that there was an ALICE drill at school. Children feel safer when they know that families and schools are working together.
Ask if they would like to talk about it and let their comments guide you. Children process events in many ways. Some children would prefer not to talk about it, which is okay, too. Some children may simply want to spend some together in a shared activity with few words. Young children often process through their play.
If they share that they felt okay about the drill, reinforce that the purpose of the drill is to keep them safe by knowing what to do.
If they share that they felt scared, sad, or nervous, acknowledge the feeling while directing the student towards positive coping skills. Reassurance is the key: Children need to hear that you are doing exactly what you need to do to keep them safe at home and that school officials are taking every precaution necessary to keep them safe at their school. They also need to be reminded that their only job at school is to focus on learning and enjoying their time with their friends and classmates.
Visitors to Stettin
You will be asked to stop at the office to register as a visitor and receive your visitor badge.
The first time you visit, you will be asked for a driver's license as part of our security procedures. Subsequent visits will not need a driver's license.
Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe.
What's for breakfast and lunch each day?
Lunch and Playground Times
Grade 1 11:30-12:10
Grade 2 11:35-12:15
Grade 3 12:00-12:40
Grade 4 12:05-12:45
Grade 5 12:15-12:55
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