4K and EC Newsletter

April 9th, 2020

4K Virtual Learning ROCKS!

What a week it has been! We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our students and families for jumping online this week and trying something new. When we step back for a moment and remember to breathe we are so grateful for the academic and social-emotional experiences our staff have been able to create virtually. Like the metaphor that the Disney movie "Up" provides -- we truly have lifted our 4K community into the skies.

We miss our students and families!

With gratitude,

Erin and Sara Jane

4K Virtual Learning Sites

Click on the link MONDAY for updated lessons for the week!

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Virtual Learning Check-in

Please take a moment to provide us with important feedback regarding our launch of Virtual Learning. Your input will help us continue to reflect and adjust as we move through this very new process! Family Virtual Learning Survey.

Highlights from Staff and Families

Ms. Reed from Martin Luther shared a message from a parent- "Cora has loved starting our mornings with your virtual learning!!! You are doing an amazing job. Thank you!"

Ms. Symons from Martin Luther shared, "It is great to be able to connect with both students and parents again! I feel we have added a sense of normalcy back into our students lives by adding virtual learning this week. I really enjoy hearing from all of you!"

Ms. Matz from St. Ann's mentioned that all her families love having activities for their 4K kids. Now they can do work just like their big siblings!

Ms. Peterson from LaPetite shared, "In this time of uncertainty, I am thrilled to be part of this continued effort to deliver a seamless 4K experience to our students and to offer a sense of normalcy to our littlest friends!"

Ms. Helker from First Lutheran shared, "My 4k friends are excited to see their teacher and are singing along during our morning meetings Many parents have commented on the structure that they are missing from day to day. Our virtual aka daily schedule is helping to provide this structure even if it is provided virtually."

Ms. Stiver from Pumpkin Patch shared that everyone is so happy with 4K virtual learning! They love the 4K schedule of activities!

Ms. Oldenberg from Pumpkin Patch shared that it was so fun to deliver the message below to all her students and families from Pumpkin Patch. We miss you all and wish you well!!

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The entire family joining in a dance break!

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.

Our 4K teachers have been trained in the Pyramid Model framework and were just beginning to roll this out in their classrooms. This site has a variety of free resources for teachers and families to support young children to cope with the challenges that might occur during stressful emergency or disaster situations. Click on the link above for many resources. The website will be updated as they obtain more resources.

Here are a few quick tips for supporting your child during this time: Link

COVID-19 Updates

Click on the link for SASD updates

Mental Health Resources

Hotlines/Text Lines

  • Crisis Text Line
  • SAMHSA disaster distress hotline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Local Organizations

Articles and Other Resources

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Contact Us

Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal


Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion Support Teacher


Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant



Please feel free to email me at: sarajane.lee@stoughton.k12.wi.us or complete this Google Doc and I will try to connect you with the resources you need.

Also, for more information you can check out the Department of Public Instruction- Early Learning site, or Information on COVID-19.

Be well- Sara Jane