GRAND AVENUE NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014

Office Video

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL TRAUTSCH

As you can see from the video, Grand Avenue has completed the makeover to the office area. We have shifted the office closer to the front doors in order to create a secure entrance for our building. Having spent the summer watching the construction project take shape, it was an amazing thing to watch them demolish and remodel the building in the short period of time. We are thrilled with the way the project turned out and believe that we have created a more secure and safer environment for our students and staff here at Grand Avenue.


Just a few other items that I’d like to share:

-Please use the sidewalk in front of the school to drop off your child and pick them up at the end of the day. We have approximately 20 school buses that need to use the parking lot to pick up the students that there just isn’t room for parent parking in the lot.


-Also, Grand Avenue is an extremely busy street during drop off and pick up times. We have reminded the students to use the crosswalks if they need to cross the street, and would ask that adults please do the same. We want to make sure everyone comes to school and gets home safely.


-We are in year two of our new attendance plan. If your child has to miss school for any type of appointment, please bring in a note from that office. It helps greatly in our record keeping.


Thank you for all you have done to help prepare your child for the start of the school year. The students have adjusted well, and that couldn’t have happened without your help. We look forward to seeing you at the Open House on October 2nd.

PETE THE CAT VISITS GRAND AVE.

Pete the Cat and Beth Hays from the Ruth Culver Community Library visited Grand Avenue 2nd and 3rd grade students on Monday, September 15. Beth read the book "Pete The Cat's Rocking In My School Shoes" and invited students to come to the library and if they don't have a library card, please come in and sign up for one. Please view the video below to see what the children at Grand Avenue were able to enjoy.
library visit

GRAND AVENUE OPEN HOUSE

Grand Avenue will hold its Open House on Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm. All students and families are invited to come in and tour the school, visit your child's classroom, the specials classrooms, look at what they have done so far this school year and ask questions of the teachers. Hope to see you on October 2nd! Below are some photos of the newly remodeled area here at Grand Ave.

HOMECOMING WEEK

Grand Avenue participates in some of the festivities for Homecoming Week (Sept. 22-Sept. 26) by having certain days set aside for dress up. The following days are:


Tuesday - Favorite Sports Team

Wednesday - Wacky Day (clothing/hair/accessories, etc.)

Thursday - Favorite game character (dress like your favorite game character: video game, computer game, card game, board game, etc.

Friday - Spirit Day (black and red)


At 1:30 the Homecoming Parade will start and then head to the Middle School, St. Aloysius and Grand Avenue Schools. If you would like to join your child's class for the festivities, the classrooms will be heading out to 5th Avenue around 1:20 or so to get ready to watch the parade. Also, the National Honor Society at the High School is doing a non-perishable food drive and toilet paper. If you would like to send an item in with your child to donate to the Sauk Prairie Food Pantry, they will take the items out with them to the parade. Thank you.

GUIDANCE INFO

Counselor Connection


Every Day Counts: Tips for Being Successful

It is hard to believe that we are already 2 ½ weeks into the school year and we are already seeing students absent or falling asleep in class. There are two main reasons for this, poor sleeping habits and seasonal illnesses. Listed below are some tips to helping ensure that your student is at school as much as possible, because EVERY DAY COUNTS!

1. Develop a bedtime routine.

2. Stick to a bedtime (8:00/8:30 p.m. for elementary students).

3. Get clothes, homework, backpacks, lunches, etc. ready the night before.

4. Develop a morning routine.

5. Be consistent/predictable in daily/weekly schedules.

6. Encourage hand washing, sneezing into clothing, and covering coughs.

7. Keep students home if they have a fever, are vomiting or desperately need sleep.

8. Encourage students to attend school if they have a headache or stomachache.

9. Schedule appointments for before or after school.

10. Part of the day is better than nothing!

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

District School Board Mtg

September 22, 2014 - Spruce Street - 7:00 pm

September 29, 2014 - RAC Gallery - Meeting with Municipalities - 6:30 pm

October 13, 2014 - Merrimac Charter School - 7:00 pm

October 27, 2014 - Grand Avenue - 7:00 pm


Field Trips

September 23 - 5th grade - Wirebaugh/Ziegler - Parfrey's Glen, Steinke Basin

September 24 - 5th grade - Luetscher/Liedtke/Sherman - Parfrey's Glen, Steinke Basin

September 25 - 5th grade - Hutchins/Strathman - Parfrey's Glen, Steinke Basin

October 15 - 4th grade Pioneer Days - 8:30 AM-2:30 PM


District Events

September 25 - Picture Retakes - Grand Avenue - 7:30-8:00 am

September 27 - Homecoming Parade - 1:30 pm

September 27 - Homecoming Football Game - 7:00 pm

October 2 - Grand Avenue Open House - 5:30-6:30 pm

October 30 & 31 and November 1 - Sauk Prairie Against Hunger Pack - Grand Avenue

Please click on the link below to find out more info.

GSPIE UPDATES

Monday, September 22, 2014 - Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Orders Forms & Money Due

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 4-6 pm, GSPIE Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Pick Up - Grand Ave. Commons

Saturday, November 8 - Silent Auction - Dorf Haus, Roxbury - 6:00-9:00 PM

LUNCH INFORMATION

Lunch times at Grand Ave are: 2nd grade-11:10 am, 3rd grade-11:15 am, 4th grade-11:40 am and 5th grade-12:00 pm. If there is a day that you would like to join your child for hot lunch, please phone the office by 9:00 am that day (643-1900) to reserve a hot lunch. You will need to stop at the office to pick up a visitor badge. The cost is $3.25 for a visitor lunch, which comes off your family account. Also, if you send in lunch money that is cash, in an envelope to be dropped off at the office, could you please make sure that the student’s name is either on the outside of the envelope or a note inside the envelope with the student’s name. Please click on link below to view the March lunch menu.


Breakfast - Student - $1.40, Adult - $2.35

Lunch - Student - $2.35, Adult - $3.45

Milk - 30 cents

GENERAL INFO & REMINDERS

ATTENDANCE

If your child is ill, going to an appointment or will be late to school, please call the attendance line before 8:15 am (643-1991). This phone line is available 24 hours a day. If you e-mail or call the teacher, the message doesn’t always get to the office. It is important that the school is aware of your child’s absence. If a child misses more than an hour in the morning or afternoon, they will be marked absent for half a day. Students leaving early, prior to lunch or at the end of the school day, they will be marked with a Q code which is similar to a tardy.

If you call your child in with an illness, we would like you to please let us know the symptom/symptoms, i.e. a fever, sore throat, headache, cough, etc., that your child may have.


MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

According to the Sauk Prairie School Board, certain criteria must be met in order for any medication to be dispensed at school. Before any medication can be dispensed, an Authorization for Medication Administration (AMA) must be completed and returned to the school office. This form is necessary for both over-the-counter and prescription medications and requires both a parent and physician signature.

For example, if your child suffers from migraine headaches, we will NOT be able to distribute medication to him/her without an AMA on file. Many parents picked up the AMA form at district registration. Additional forms are available at the Grand Avenue office.

In order for medication to be distributed, pills must be in a prescription bottle with proper labeling. Students may carry inhalers with them, however, an AMA form must be on file in the office.

If you have any questions regarding medication distribution, please contact Courtney Hahn, RN for the district at 643-5509.


LOCKING OF THE DOORS

All doors, will be locked after the second bell (8:10 am). Students arriving late for school will need to ring the bell on the wall outside the office and a staff member will buzz to let you or the child in the front doors. If you are visiting our school, please make sure your sign in and grab a paper visitor badge on Mrs. Giese's desk before heading out the door and down the hallway. Please stop at the office to sign out before you leave the building. Thank you.


HOMEWORK REQUESTS

All homework requests must be received by 9:00 am to be ready that day at the end of the school day. Homework cannot be guaranteed for requests received after 9:00 am.

Homework will be available for pick up at the end of the school day. This gives the teachers time to prepare the homework and get it to the main office. Please note the office closes at 4:00 pm, so work needs to be picked up by 4:00 pm.