Ekstrand Elementary

FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Dates to Remember

Wednesday February 5th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday February 5th: No Pre-School

Monday February 24th - February 27th: Folletts Book Fair

Tuesday February 25th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday February 26: Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday February 26th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday February 26th: No afternoon Pre-School

Friday February 28th: No School

Monday March 2nd: No School

Monday March 3rd: Spring Pictures

Miller Monthly Memo

https://youtu.be/cDp5YwvCwNc

Mr. Miller's Contact Information

E-mail: mike.miller@cd-csd.org

Office Phone: 563-659-0750

Twitter: @MMILLERSF

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday February 25th from 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday February 26th from 1:30-7:30 p.m. The time slots that each family was scheduled for during the fall will remain the same. Reminders will be sent home with students of the date and time on Thursday February 13th. If a change needs to be made to the scheduled time please contact our office.

Grandparents day

Grandparents Day for Kindergarten students will be held on Wednesday April 29th at 10 a.m. More information will be shared out as the date gets closer.

kindergarten round-up

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Central DeWitt student of the month

Abigail Thole from Mrs. Petersen's 1st Grade class was selected as the Central DeWitt School District Student of the month.
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Ekstrand Students of the Month

#Saberspotlight

2nd Grade - Gavin Birt - Ms. Gerard's Class

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Kids Heart Challenge

On Friday January 24th Ekstrand held a school wide assembly as a kickoff for our Kids Heart Challenge. Information has been sent home on ways to support the American Heart Association. Please see the flyer below to see how you can support the cause. Our building goal is to raise $6,000. If we reach the goal Mr. Burke will receive a pie to the face. The class that raises the most money will earn an additional PE as well.
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Junior Achievement Fundraiser

On Wednesday February 5th and Friday February 7th students will be able to purchase bubble gum for $0.50 to raise money for Junior Achievement. Students will be able to purchase the gum at booths located in the media center as well as outside the music classroom. This fundraiser is to help continue to support Junior Achievement program in our school at no cost.

Junior Achievement programs offer our students from Kindergarten on up hands-on experiences to foster knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship!!


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Guidance

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

This month, students will be delving into The Incredible 5-Point Scale. This scale ranges from 1-5 with each number representing the level of their emotions. 1 = Calm. Ready to work and gradually works its way up to 5 = Very angry/Out of control. Students will be learning what each number means and how to recognize which level they are at throughout the day. As they learn about the Incredible 5-Point Scale we will also be practicing different ways to calm down the emotions back to 1= Calm. Below is a visual of The Incredible 5-Point Scale.

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2nd & 3rd Grade

Students have learned how to recognize the emotions of others by looking at their face, body, and the situation. Knowing what to look at will help them become more aware of others and have empathy for them. This month, students are learning how to figure out how they are feeling. Students will learn about the different physical changes that happen to their bodies when their emotions become strong. Examples of these are a stomach ache when worried, a racing heart beat, sweaty hands, a rise in body temperature and many others. As they learn about themselves, they begin to learn about their brain. Through the Hand Model of the Brain, students view their thumb as the emotional part of their brain and their fingers as the thinking/problem solving part of their brain that wrap around their thumb. They will learn how they need to work together and that when we are only using the emotional part of our brain, we do not always make the wisest or safest of choices.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Thanks to all the the Watch D.O.G.S. that have participated in our program during the month of January!

Classroom Placement

Below you can access the Classroom Placement form for the 2020-2021 school year. Although we don't honor specific teacher request, we do encourage parents to complete the form linked below to provide us with additional information to consider when placing students into classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. Please access the form below and return to our office.


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2020-2021 School Calendar

Please click on the link below to access the school calendar for next school year.


2020-2021 School Calendar

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Frances Banta Waggoner February Programming

Tuesday evenings, the 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th at 6:00 p.m. = Family Night for families with young kids


Saturday mornings, the 8th & 22nd at 9:30 a.m. = Kindermusik for 2, 3, 4, & 5 year olds


Saturday morning, the 8th, at 11:00 a.m. = Kids' Klub fun for kindergartners thru 3rd Graders

DeWitt Community Library Information

PROGRAMMING


Family Story Times - - the 12th, 19th, and 26th - - at 6:00 p.m.

For families with young kids - - books, fun activities, a craft, and a snack.


Preschool Story Times - - 13th, 20th, and 27th - - at 9:00 a.m.

For 3, 4, and 5 year olds - - books, games, a craft, and a snack


Kindermusik - - Saturday mornings the 9th and the 23rd - - at 9:30 a.m.

For 3, 4, & 5 year olds - - singing and moving with music and instruments, a book and poems, a craft and a snack.


Kids' Klub - - Saturday morning, the 9th - - at 11:00 a.m.

For kindergarten thru 3rd grade - - crafts, an art project, an experiment, & a snack