CLASSICAL COLUMNS

September 1, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

This school year we have added a few new faces at Classical School. Please join us in welcoming both our new and returning staff members. We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable, hardworking staff. Check out the directory on our website to find out more information about our new staff members: https://www.classicalcharter.com.


New Classical Staff


Debra Sonntag Grade 4

Katy Aman Social Worker

Katy Buchta Nurse

Laura Sprtel Nurse

Sarah Bubolz Psychologist

Collin Cooper Phy Ed

Jake Coenen Grade 3

Norma Meidl Spanish

Andrew Alba Parapro

Julie Neta, EL


In addition to new staff above, Jess Crownhart has moved from Grade 3 to 7/8, Laura Miller has moved from being a Parapro to Grade 4, and Sara Schroeder will start a new position, Math Interventionist and take on the Enrollment Specialist responsibilities.


Student Teachers


Merridee Seidl will be working with Julie Brown, Band, 1st semester.


High School Interns


Mackenzie Schneider, is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Campshure in second grade.


Bailey Roe, is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Crownhart in 7/8.


Kathleen Rickman, is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Alba in third grade.


Ellie Wilks, is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Foley in fifth grade.


Emma Pettit, is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Eastman in Art.


Mackenzie, Bailey, Kathleen, Ellie, and Emma are Classical alumni, and we are so excited to have them back in our building!

REMINDERS FROM NURSES KATY AND LAURA

Attention 6th Grade Parents

If your child has not yet received the Tdap vaccination, please contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Once the vaccine is received, please provide a copy of the updated shot record to the main office. If you do not wish to have your child immunized, you are required to sign a waiver. You may obtain a waiver form from the school office.


Attention Kindergarten Parents

If your child has not yet received his/her "kindergarten shots" (DTaP, Polio, MMR, Varicella), please contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Once the vaccines have been received, please provide a copy of the updated shot record to the main office. If you do not wish to have your child immunized, you are required to sign a waiver. You may obtain a waiver form from the school office.

Per Wisconsin state statute, all students are required to be fully immunized or have a waiver on file by the 30th day of school (October 13, 2021)

NEWSWORTHY ODDS AND ENDS

Bell times for start of the school day


All students in Grades 7/8 should be on the blacktop/playground area by the 7:45 a.m. bell. Students must be in their classroom seats by the 7:50 a.m. bell.


Students in Grades K-6 should be on the blacktop/playground area by the 7:54 a.m. bell. Students are to be in their classroom seats by the 8:00 a.m. bell.


School Security -- Adults in the school building


We ask all parents to drop off their children and pick them up on the playground. Please remember that school is in session earlier and later for our 7th and 8th grade students. We need to keep our building secure for our students between the school hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.


To ensure safety all adults need to sign in at the new Welcome Center located in the hallway across from the office and wear a visitor's badge. Staff is required to stop all adults without a badge and escort them to the office.

PICTURE DAY

This year's school picture day will be happening on Monday, September 27th. To order online:


  1. Go to harmann.com/ordering
  2. Enter code: CLASSICALAPP2021
  3. Choose package(s) that fits your needs
  4. At checkout enter student ID number


For best price please place order prior to picture day.

TREATS AND SNACKS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

The Appleton Area School District continues to update practices that provide our students with a safe, welcoming, and healthy environment. As part of these efforts, the AASD School Wellness Policy Committee recently updated School Wellness Policy 458 in order to align our school wellness procedures with best practices.


Birthday and other celebrations during the school day will not include students bringing in snacks from home to share and will instead take place through non-food practices.


Recognizing students in ways that better support overall student wellness also has a variety of positive benefits:


  • Reduced social and economic pressures on families to provide celebration snacks
  • Increased cultural awareness for families with respect to birthday and other celebrations
  • Avoidance of unintended consequences related to food allergies and decreased complications for students with medical issues



Together we will continue to ensure that we are implementing best practices that focus on increased student wellness for every child, every day in the Appleton Area School District.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

The terraces on Durkee Street and Capitol Drive are used as a quick drop off/pick up. Please do not park in the quick drop areas (Durkee Street/Capitol Drive terraces) -- one parked/empty car causes backups and congestion for many. Students should be prepared to leave the car as soon as it has stopped to head to the playground (no backpacks in the trunk/cargo area). If you prefer to park and walk your child/ren to the playground, please use the Einstein Park parking lot located to the south of our building. If you park in the neighborhood, please be a good neighbor and do not block driveways/mailboxes.


For safety reasons please escort your children across any street or parking lot. Though it is tempting, waving your child to come to you across a street is unsafe and has caused a few "close calls" in the past.


We also ask that you refrain from taking/placing cell phone calls or texting during drop off/pick up after students have been released while you are in the school zone.

QUIET ZONE NEAR MS WING AFTER SCHOOL

Be aware that 7th and 8th grade homerooms remain in class until 3:00 p.m. while K-6 grades are dismissed by 2:49 p.m. Please do not stand near the school windows that border the playground/blacktop during elementary pickup. Adult conversations can be heard even through the closed windows and are a great distraction for our 7-8 grade students. If you would like to converse with other parents at elementary pickup, please step away from the MS classrooms. Thank you!

K-6 BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Please join us on Tuesday, September 14th, for the K-6 back-to-school night from 5:30-6:30 pm. More information to follow.

PEGASUS FLYERS, CLASSICAL COLUMNS, THE CLASSICAL WEBSITE, AND FACEBOOK

Classical School uses several communication vehicles for valuable school information:


Pegasus Flyer

The white envelope that typically comes home on Thursdays is called the "Pegasus Flyer." Important notices and school papers are sent home in this envelope weekly.


Classical Columns

The Classical Columns, the school's newsletter, is typically published once a month and emailed home at the beginning of the month. Please take time to read this important publication as you will find answers to what is up and coming, information on CCSA Board work, club and activities updates, school calendar, and much more. If you would like a hard copy, you may pick one up outside the school office.


Classical School Website

If you haven't had a chance to visit our school's website lately, please do so! It is an excellent resource for current and prospective families who would like to learn more about classical education and the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Visit the website for teacher biographies, enrollment information, and so much more! http://www.classicalcharter.com


Facebook

Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/ClassicalSchoolAASD/

STUDENT OPENINGS AVAILABLE IN 7TH AND 8TH GRADE

Classical School currently has openings in our 7th and 8th grade classes for the 2021-22 school year. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be considering another option for 7th or 8th grade this school year.

Please note: We do not currently have any openings in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade, and there are waiting lists at all of those grade levels. If you know a student interested in grades K-6, please contact Sara Schroeder at mailto:schroedersara@aasd.k12.wi.us to have that student added to the end of the waiting list.

K-8 HOMEWORK REQUESTS

If a student will be absent due to illness, etc., please call the school office at 920-832-4968 before 8:30 a.m., to report it. (An email to the teacher does not suffice.) This is the time to request to pick up the day's homework, which is collected in the school office. Any homework that has not been picked up by the time the school office closes at 3:45 p.m., will be placed on the homework cart and put in the hallway outside the office. The school building is open until 6:00 p.m., so you will have access to the homework until that time.

PATRIOT'S PEN ESSAY CONTEST

The Appleton Post and the Auxiliary Unit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsoring a youth essay contest called the Patriot's Pen. Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are eligible for the contest. The contest officially begins September 1st and the essays must be completed and handed in to the Classical School office by October 25th. The theme for the 2021-22 contest is: "How Can I Be A Good American?" There are prizes at the Post, District, State, and National level.


Entry forms can be picked up from the Classical School office.

SPANISH BACKPACKS

Spanish backpacks are now available to check out from the school library. There are three different backpacks available which include:


  • A book with CD recording
  • A book of common Spanish phrases
  • Vocabulary flashcards
  • Pirinola: a traditional Mexican game

FALL FEST 2021

Mark your calendars for Classical School's Fall Fest! Friday, October 8th, is the annual Fall Fest at Classical School. This is a fantastic family event and loved by all. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ann Krieg, Fall Fest Coordinator Extraordinaire, at yellowhouse2k@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information!

PARENT/TEACHER FALL CONFERENCES

Monday, October 11th from 4:00-6:15 p.m. for 7-8 grade only

Tuesday, October 12th from 4:00-6:15 p.m. for K-8

Wednesday, October 13th from 4:00-6:15 p.m. for K-8

Thursday, October 14th from 4:00-6:15 p.m. for K-8


The link to sign up for conferences will be sent out within the next couple of weeks.

FALL BREAK

Please note that there will be no school for students on October 21st and 22nd.

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 First Day of School

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 Back to School Coffee 8:00-9:00

Monday, September 6, 2021 No School: Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 CCSA Meeting: CCSA Compliance Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021 Pegasus Flyers go home

Thursday, September 9, 2021 CCSA Meeting: CCSA Governance Board 6:30 pm

Monday, September 13, 2021 Meeting: AASD Board of Education @ Leadership Center and/or YouTube Link

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Back to School Night 5:30-6:30

Thursday, September 16, 2021 Pegasus Flyers go home

Thursday, September 23, 2021 Pegasus Flyers go home

Monday, September 27, 2021 Picture Day Student pictures between 8:00-11:00 AM

Monday, September 27, 2021 Meeting: AASD Board of Education @ Leadership Center and/or YouTube Link