Kegonsa Family Newsletter

September 11, 2021

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September 11, 2021

We had another great week. Our students are getting back into the routines of school. A huge thank you to all the families that continue to stay vigilant and keep their kids home if they have any symptoms. We are so grateful to be all together again!

Monday we have our All School Picture on our playground. It will be another masked-up picture, but one that I think we will all remember for years to come. There will be an opportunity to buy the print for a low cost at a future date.

Tuesday is our first Working For Kids Meeting at 6:15 in the Kegonsa Library! Please come and join us. (Due to Covid restrictions we will not be offering childcare).

Friday we are wearing orange for hunger awareness month. We are collecting food/personal essentials for our school food pantry. Thank you for sending in food for our pantry!

Have a great weekend! Stay safe and healthy.


Your vigilience helps keep our students safe

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.

Relaunching our COVID-19 Dashboard

We will be relaunching our SASD COVID-19 by the end of the day, Friday, September 10 on our COVID Health & Safety page.

Picture retakes on October 7th.

Picture retakes will take place at Kegonsa on October 7th.

Students that took pictures in August should have come home with their proofs on Friday!

Mark your calendars!

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Gilly Gran Prix October 1

We're excited to again be running our Gilly's Grand Prix!

Gilly's Grand Prix is our annual all-school Fun Run Fundraiser to raise money for school improvements! While we weren't able to have our fun run last year, in 2019, with the help of our families and local businesses, we were fortunate to raise $15,000 to update our school library! This year we are raising money for some much-needed (and pricey) updates to our music program!

October 1, 2021

Be on the lookout, fundraising information packets and envelopes will be coming home right at the beginning of the school year.

If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor of our Gilly's Grand Prix fun run please email for details and sponsorship levels. The sponsorship window closes on September 11th, 2021. Thank you to our sponsors who have already sent their commitment!

We also are looking for parent volunteers on the day of the race. If you are able to help please email!

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We Are Allergy Aware

We take the medical needs of our students seriously. We ask that our students and families consider the medical needs of others before sending ANY nut or nut products to school with your children. Please swap out food items containing nuts for other healthy snacks.

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

Bridging Brighter Smiles

Bridging Brighter Smiles is a non-profit organization that provides school-based oral hygiene services and education to children. No child has ever been turned away due to a lack of financial resources. Bridging Brighter Smiles will be at Kegonsa on Thursday, September 16th. If you would like your child to be seen, please fill out the enrollment form.

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.

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ABCD for Specials

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Nurtured Heart

“Kids are loud and messy and intense and that’s how they are supposed to be.” Kerwin Rae

Kerwin’s video (3:52 minutes) popped up in my feed this weekend, and it speaks to both the work of Ross Greene (If they could do it, they would) and Nurtured Heart and is another voice giving some strategies (maybe permission) to shift how we look at children and languaging and energy and emotions and teaching and behavior and boundaries and regulation and quality of presence and connection to build strong, resilient humans. This is HOW to teach self-regulation to the next generation.

Kerwin states, “Our job as parents is to allow our children to find the boundaries safely. What a child needs most is a calm parent in the midst of a storm to get down on one knee and grab them and bring them in and just hold them and say it’s gonna be okay…just breathe...just breathe. Children can feel the quality of your presence and will push buttons until they get the energy of connection- good or bad.”

If your child is struggling with BIG emotions and how to deal with them, give them the safe space of your arms and walk them through the storm. Your arms could be literal or figurative depending on your child's age and emotions. Be sure to follow up with “Absolutely YES!” of what you see them exhibiting- self-control, reflection, maturity, self-awareness, depth, insightfulness, etc.

To YOUR Greatness, Humanity, & Significance!!! Amy, Karla & Sara Jane

Important Information

  • 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.”

TAHER foodservice

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.

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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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