Ekstrand Elementary

October 26, 2017

Miller Monthly Memo


Dates to Remember

Ekstrand Halloween Parade: Tuesday October 31st 2:00 p.m.

Hearing Checks: Thursday November 2nd, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

3rd Grade Night of the Notables: Thursday November 2nd 5:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.

P.T.O. Meeting: Tuesday November 7th 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CDIS Media Center

Early Dismissal: Wednesday November 8th 1:00 p.m.

Veteran's Day Assembly: Friday November 10th 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. HS Gymnasium

End of 1st Trimester: Tuesday November 14th

Thanksgiving Break - No School: Wednesday November 22nd - Friday November 24th.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Winter Program: Monday December 4th, 2017 6:30 p.m. at CDPAC. Doors open at 6 p.m.

2nd & 3rd Grade Winter Program: Thursday December 7th, 2017 6:30 p.m. at CDPAC. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ekstrand Halloween Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 2pm

1140 15th Street

DeWitt, IA

The parade will start at 2 p.m. Weather permitting the parade will be outside around the circle horseshoe. As a reminder please make sure your child's costume is school appropriate.


Big thanks to everyone who participated in our fundraiser. It was a big success! As a reminder, fundraiser items can be picked up at the bus barn in DeWitt on November 9th from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Please make sure all items are picked up as some are frozen items and we do not have anywhere to store them!


Jenifer Neuberg

PTO president

Report Cards

The end of the first trimester is Tuesday November 14th. Report cards will be mailed home Tuesday November 21st.

Instructional Coaches


Drop Off / Pick Off Procedure Reminders

As colder weather closes in, I wanted to send out a reminder of our drop off procedures at Ekstrand. These procedures are in place to ensure the safe arrival of all our students who are being dropped off in the circle drive. Please assist us by following these guidelines and allowing for the safe arrival of all students at our building.

1. Please have your child get out of your vehicle on the curbside (right side). We are asking parents to please stay in their vehicles while your child exits the car to not impede the flow of traffic.

2. Please say your good-byes to your child(ren) prior to going through the circle drive. This allows us to maintain a steady pace around the circle drive , and allows parents to get through the drop off zone quicker and arrive at their next destination in a timely manner. If you feel it necessary to assist your child out of the car please park your car on 15th street and drop off or walk your child up the side walk that leads to the front doors.

3. Please pull up past the cones. We strive to get three cars just beyond the crosswalk.

4. Do not park in the circle drive. If you need to go in the building, please park on the street and walk-up the side-walk leading to the front doors.

5. Winter expectations - Children arriving prior to 8 a.m. and not eating breakfast will go around back and wait to enter the building, unless the temperature is 19 degrees or we have a windchill of 19 degrees, then they wait in the hallways. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:40- 8:00 a.m.

6. Please inform grandparents, daycare providers, or anyone different than yourself that may pick up your child, so they are informed of our drop off procedures.

Thanks for your assistance in following these guidelines. Our staff has your child's safety as their number one priority. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me.

Counselor Corner


Throughout the month of November we will be focusing on our Feelings unit. In kindergarten we begin by recognizing other's feelings by looking at their faces and then moving into understanding how someone feels because of the situation. As students get older into the first, second, and third grades, the feelings lessons move into lessons about recognizing other's feelings so that we can have empathy. Helping our students understand someone else's perspective can help them better understand a situation and how to help one another. A simple way we phrase it is to have the students put themselves in someone else's shoes and see how they might feel in that same situation.


This month for PBIS, our students worked hard to reach their good behavior goal in the Cafeteria. By filling their buckets with good behavior tickets, they have earned a visit from our school mascot, Slash! He will be coming to school in early November to cheer on our SABERS at Ekstrand and congratulate them on their good behavior. All of our students work hard in the cafeteria to be Safe, be Accountable, Believe in Themselves, show that Everyone matters, and be Respectful. Next month students will be working toward earning a Guest Reader to the Cafeteria!

3rd Grade Night of the Notables

The 3rd grade students have been busy preparing for their Night of the Notable Presentations on November 2nd, 2017. They worked hard to research a notable person from the past and are excited to show off their final projects. Take a trip back to the past for a night of fun with Ekstrand's very own 3rd grade students.
Reading Support Website

Our reading teachers have put together a website for parents to access for additional resources to be able to help their own children with improving their literacy skills at home. Please click on the button above to be directed to the website.

Healthy Walk Iowa

On Wednesday October 4th our building participated in the Healthy Walk Iowa. This is a statewide initiative to help get people active across the state. Businesses, schools, and other various departments participated in this initiative throughout the state. The event was organized by our K-12 PE department. For more information please visit the the Iowa Healthiest State initiative. Please enjoy the pictures of the walk below. Link

Seeking Sub-Associates

If you enjoy a fun environment and want to have an impact on the youth in our community please consider serving as a sub-associate for Ekstrand Elementary. For additional details please contact building principal Mike Miller through e-mail at mike.miller@cd-csd.org.