APRIL 2015


Grand Avenue 3rd grade students performed on Monday, March 23 at 1:45 PM for family and the school family and then performed again at 6:00 pm on Monday for family and friends.

They performed the musical "Math Rocks" that included the songs, Math Rocks, Power Up, Operations, Area Aria, You and I Get Real Close, A Metric Medley and Action Fractions.

Thank you to all the teachers, staff and especially the students who made this concert fantastic.

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Dear Parents,

The state requirement for 6th grade students is to have a Tdap booster (if they have not already received it). If your child has not yet received this, please make an appointment with your child’s healthcare provider to complete this prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year. If your child will be receiving the vaccination during the summer, please bring a copy of the updated records to the nurses table at school registration. If your child has an immunization waiver on file for personal, medical, or religious reasons that should also be updated. A student immunization waiver can be found on the school website under “health forms” or can be picked up from any school office. Please contact the Nurses’ office at 643-5509 (fax 608-643-5503) if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Courtney Hahn

District Nurse


Counselor Connection

Throughout the school year, each grade level participates in lessons on personal safety (how to keep themselves safe) in many different situations. One situation we discuss briefly is abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we would like to give caretakers some alternatives to lashing out at a child, so adults can stay above the line too. The following is a list of twelve alternatives from the National Child Abuse Prevention website:

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing Out at A Child

The next time everyday pressures build up to the point where you feel like lashing out -- STOP!

Try any of these simple alternatives. You'll feel better... and so will the child.

• Take a deep breath... and another. Then remember you are the adult

• Close your eyes and imagine you're hearing what your child is about to hear

• Press your lips together and count to 10... or better yet, to 20

• Put the child in a time-out chair (Rule: one minute for each year of age; i.e. 3 min. for 3 yrs old)

• Put yourself in a time-out chair (walk away) Think about why you are angry: is it the child, or is the child simply a convenient target for your anger?

• Phone a friend

• If someone can watch the child, go outside and take a walk

• Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face

• Hug a pillow

• Turn on some music. Maybe even sing along

• Pick up a pencil and write down as many helpful words as you can think of

• Call for prevention information: 1-800-CHILDREN

If you think that a child you know might be being abused or neglected, please call your local human services department at (608)355-4200 and ask for a Child Welfare Access Worker. Together we can all help prevent child abuse and neglect.

Sadie Sutter

School Counselor

Ponder Parenting

· For a short while, when your children are young, you may be able to coerce good behavior. But goodness of the heart can never be coerced. It can only be encouraged or discouraged. Consider your family’s rules, spoken and unspoken. Who made them? Who benefits from them, and how? Do they encourage or discourage your children? (Martin, William; The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation, 1999)

E-mail Miss Sadie if you have thoughts or questions about how to accomplish this task.


Sauk Prairie Schools congratulates their MATHletes, who competed in tournaments which are much lesser-known, but no less important, than the other March Madness competitions. Students in grades four through eight have been involved in Math Meets, as individuals as well as teams, and have savored many winning moments.

On March 17th, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, accompanied by Julie Breunig and Kathy Bruno, competed in Reedsburg in the Regional Math 24 Tournament. Students from several area schools sent representatives to the meet, and Sauk Prairie had two place winners. Maddie Ganshert was a fourth place winner, and Natalie Curtis was a fifth place winner in their respective age groups. Following the tournament, and lunch at the Baraboo Culver’s, the students decided to donate their “Scoopy Tokens” to purchase a playground ball for the fourth grade at Grand Avenue.

Sauk Prairie also had two teams of fifth and sixth graders competing at the Newton Tournament. These teams are coached by sixth grade teacher, Kelly Olson. The team of Ella Basken, Lauryn Drager, Camdyn Kastelitz, Maddie Ganshert, Isaac Homar, Riley Haas, Malea Niesen, and Lucy Sistek placed second and will advance to the Mega Meet in May. There were trophies given for the top five places overall, and Sauk Prairie students took three of them home. Riley Haas was third top scorer overall, Camdyn Kastelitz was fourth place overall, and Maddie Ganshert was fifth place overall.


Summer books are available online!

4 week session: June 23 - July 17, 2015

2 week session: July 20 - July 31, 2015

Online Registration Dates: Opens Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm - closes Monday, May 11 at 10:00 PM

Open Lab available on Wednesday, April 8 from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at the SP High School.


REGISTRO POR LINEA ELECTRONICA comenzara el miércoles, 8 de Abril a las 5:30 PM hasta el 11 de Mayo a las 10:00 PM.

Sesión de 4 semanas : Junio 23 – Julio 17; No clases, el Viernes, 3 de Julio

§ Sesión de 2 semanas (Term 3): Julio 20 – Julio 31

Laboratorio para ayudar a las familias a registrarse por línea electrónica: miércoles, 8 de Abril, 2015 de 5:30 PM hasta 8:00 PM; Escuela Preparatoria, Salon15.


Just a reminder that when you are pulling your child out of school for appointments, if you bring in a note from the doctor, dentist, psychologist, chiropractor, etc., your child's absence will be excused. These excused absences for appointments then are waived for attendance letters, when tallying up the total of absences for your child during the school year.


District School Board Mtg

April 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Grand Avenue

April 27, 2015 - 7:00 pm - Grand Avenue

No School

Spring Break - Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3

Early Dismissal

April 15, 2015 - 1:30 & 1:35 dismissal times

April 29, 2015 - 1:30 & 1:35 dismissal times

Field Trips

April 9, 2015 - 5th grade to MS Musical - 12:30-2:00 PM

Grand Ave./District Events

April 9, 2015 - Beginners Band Info Meeting - 6:30 PM, MS Cafeteria

April 28, 2015 - 2nd Grade Concert - Grand Ave. Commons - 6:00 PM

June 1, 2015 - 5th Grade Chorus Concert - Grand Ave. Commons - 6:00 PM


The annual family dance that was held by the parent group on Friday, March 13 was a success as usual. It is a great night for students and their families to get together, socialize and enjoy the music, games and food.

Thank you GSPIE for all of your work and organization in planning this event each year.


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 $3.45 for a visitor lunch, which comes off your family account. A couple reminders regarding the lunch money. If you do send in lunch money with your child, please remind them to drop off at the office. All lunch money is inputted by 9:45 the day that the lunch money is received. If the lunch money is not received by that time, it will be deposited in the lunch account on the next school day. 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 November lunch menu.

Breakfast - Student - $1.40, Adult - $2.35

Lunch - Student - $2.35, Adult - $3.45

Milk - 30 cents


School closing will be announced as early as possible via Skylert to families and staff members, posted on the District's webpage and on local television and radio stations. Information will also be available by calling the school closing line at 643-5990 #2 for a recorded announcement.

School closings will be announced on the following stations:

WISC - Channel 3

WKOW - Channel 27

WMTV - Channel 15

1070 AM; 104.1 FM; 1310 AM; 101.5 FM; 96.3 FM;740 AM; 1400 AM; 104.9 FM; 102.9 FM; 94.9 FM; 105.5 FM; 105.1 FM; 98.1 FM; 94.1 FM; 106 FM; 93.1 FM; 1670 AM; 1550 AM



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.

If you have questions regarding when your child should return to school after a illness, please click on link below to view the guidelines on the Sauk Prairie School website.


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.


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.


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.


Parents since the weather is changing and students are out in the snow, cold and wet, if you could please send in a dry set of clothes (socks, pants, etc.) for your child/children, that would be wonderful. Also, please make sure that your child/children have their snow pants, boots, hat and mittens/gloves here at school for recess time. If your child is in need of any winter clothing, please have them stop in the office and we can see if we have something that will fit your child. Thank you.