Kegonsa Family Newsletter


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October 21

We hope everyone has a long relaxing weekend! It looks like the weather is turning colder. Don't forget to pack gloves and extra clothes. Weather can be so unpredictable we like to be prepared for everything!

A massive shout out to our families for your conference participation. It has been so wonderful getting you all back in the building. It feels a bit more like normal!

Also, thank you to Working for Kids and all our families that donated food for our staff lunch. The soups and potato bar were outstanding. The deserts were also a big hit. We are so grateful for you all.

Our early dismissal day was lots of fun today, complete with an extended recess and BINGO! Check out the pictures below.

Have a great weekend,


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Fall Family Survey - We need your input!

Across the district, we’re always looking for ways to improve the educational experience for students and families. Next week is the start of a districtwide Fall Family Survey. Please make sure to complete the survey in the next two weeks. The link will be sent to your email from School Perceptions, an independent educational research firm. Your input will be used by district and Building Leadership Teams as soon as November, as well as to plan for the next school year.

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Order and All-School Picture!

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Ordering the all school picture with Infnite Campus

Watch this short how-to video to learn how to order this year's All-School Picture

Ordering this year's yearbook

Starting this year, yearbooks will be ordered and paid for by parents/guardians directly through Lifetouch. Orders will no longer be processed through school. The order due date is March 14, 2022 and the cost is $11.00. Click here to order your book now. IF you have already received a paper order form, please be sure to order your book online and NOT through school.

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Antiracism Project: October Resources

The purpose of the Antiracism Project is to advance our district’s Educating for Equity efforts by providing resources, information, and opportunities to support recognized events, locally, nationally and internationally. View this month’s resources here.

Your vigilience helps keep our students safe - COVID-19 Information

Where can I get tested for COVID? See our new COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet on our COVID-19 Health & Safety page.

Our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard is available to the public on our SASD COVID-19 Dashboard page. We’ve updated the dashboard each week of the school year since November 2020.

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.

SASD COVID Health & Safety page (Data Dashboard)

We're offering free COVID testing

Learn more at Students under 18 years old must have guardian consent (View our webpage for consent requirements) AND pre-register for their test at Students and staff over 18 years old must pre-register for their testing
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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

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.

Important Information

Bully Harassment

  • 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.

Nurtured Heart for Families

You may have noticed that kids are just not the same as they were pre pandemic. COVID has shown us how important it is to teach specific socio-emotional learning skills. In particular, self-regulation.

The good news is that like connecting 3 seconds at a time, regulation can be taught in 3 minutes (over and over and over again). By taking 3 minutes throughout the course of the day, you can teach your children to regulate, they will be able to access their thinking (front) brain and make better choices. They will also benefit from more regulation throughout the course of the day and week.

***Doing the activities with your children gives you the opportunity to model that this is important, and you gain the same benefits.

Some ideas:

  • 4 x 4 breathing- 4 count inhale- 4 count hold- 4 count exhale (repeat)

  • Square breathing is similar to 4X4. Use a Smartboard or bulletin board to move your eyes as you inhale and exhale around the shape.

  • Guided meditation is available on Youtube.

  • GoNoodle has videos that can help. They are geared towards younger audiences, but an older class with a sense of fun could also benefit.

No matter the age, we need to give children the language of regulation and teach them how to do it until they can do it for themselves.

To your Greatness, Humanity, & Significance

Amy, (Karla & Sara Jane )

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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)


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