The Rams Report

The Pulse of Yorkville Elementary

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A Message from the Principal

It's hard to believe that we are already finishing up our eighth week of school. November is right around the corner, and the end of the first trimester is quickly approaching. This is the time of year when students begin to feel the effects of their busy schedules. To ensure that your child continues to find success, please consider the following:

· Establish good attendance habits. School attendance is often a baseline factor in determining student success. Ensure your child is at school, on time, every day possible.

· Take time for a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is described as the most important meal of the day. Rightfully so! Research illustrates a nutritious breakfast helps to improve school performance.

· Make reading a priority. Making a habit of reading regularly has a number of benefits. The positive side effects of reading each day include: an increase in knowledge, improved writing skills, stress reduction, mental stimulation, an expanded vocabulary, improved memory and enjoyment. By setting aside time and encouraging your child to read each day, you reinforce the importance of literacy.

· Establish homework routines. Homework encourages students to practice and improve their skills and increase their understanding of concepts. Establish a time for homework, provide a quiet work space, encourage your child to do his/her best work and ask your child to share what he/she is learning.

As the first trimester comes to a close, parents will have an opportunity to meet with their child's teacher as part of conferences. Research demonstrates that students experience more success in school when their parents/guardians are involved in their academic lives. Attending parent/teacher conferences is a great way to become involved and help your child succeed. Please look for communication from your child's teacher regarding our upcoming conferences. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to begin or to continue conversations with your child's teacher. Hope to see you there!

Yorkville Student Council

Student council elections were held at the beginning of the month. Many talented, deserving students ran for the officer positions and it was a tight race. A big thank you to everyone who put forth time and effort to express an interest in student council. Congratulations to the elected officers!

President -Ryan Peplinski

Vice President - John Hansen

Secretary - Elizabeth Spang

Treasurer - Ali Torhorst

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Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to announce that Yorkville Elementary will be hosting its very own Scholastic Book Fair. The event will be held in conjunction with our November conferences. To make sure this event runs smoothly, we are in need of volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer your time to supervise the fair, please click here to sign up for the date and time that works best for you. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Johnsen, the book fair chairperson, at

September & October Highlights

September and October were busy months at Yorkville...

First graders visited Apple Holler where they enjoyed a picnic lunch, watched a play about Johnny Appleseed, took a wagon ride out to the orchard, and enjoyed play time in the corn maze, corn box, and more!

The third graders started the month of September by getting to know one another. They had fun presenting their "ME" bags and sharing information about their favorite things, hobbies and families. Students in third grade also learned about the life cycle of a duck and had the opportunity to watch ducklings hatch in the classroom. It was an exciting process! As part of social studies, the student learned about landforms and created models. Even with all that hard work, the third grade students were able to find some time to enjoy the last of the warm weather and fly kites.

Students in seventh grade attended The Physics Experience at the Golden Rondelle. Our very own Ruby Fonk was called on to be part of the show!

The seventh and eighth grade students visited Camp Timber-lee to take part in an outdoor education experience.

Eighth grade students have been acting as scientists and observed chemical changes as part of a lab experience.

PTO sponsored the first ever Yorkville Trunk or Treat. The beautiful weather brought out lots of ghosts and goblins. A wonderful evening was had by all!

After the silent auction at Ram Family Fun Fest, a few of our students received an exciting ride home from school. Waylon Winter had the opportunity to ride in a Union Grove fire truck while Emily and Kevin Hix caught a ride with Deputy Friendly.

Yorkville students reached their very first PBIS school-wide goal. As a result, X Games winner and America's Got Talent finalist, Matt Wilhelm, put on a show. In addition to sharing his BMX tricks, he also shared a message about the power of hard work and a little kindness. Joey Angotti, Bailey Caldwell, Cooper Simpson and Casey Potter bravely volunteered to learn one of the tricks. Some of our staff members even got involved... Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Buchanan, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Johnsen, Mrs. Cates and Mrs. Tubbin served as an obstacle for Matt to jump over on his bike!

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars....

No School - October 27th

Halloween Costume Parade - October 31st @ 2:45

Girls' Basketball - October 31st at 4:00 & 4:30 @ Bristol

2nd Grade Field Trip to Golden Rondelle - November 1st

Girls' Basketball - November 2nd at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Lakewood

Girls' Basketball - November 6th at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Yorkville

Girls' Basketball - November 7th at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Brookwood

Girls' Basketball - November 9th at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Yorkville

Girls' Basketball Tournament - November 10th & 11th @ UGHS

Girls' Basketball - November 13th at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Yorkville

Girls' Basketball - November 15th at 4:00 & 5:00 @ Yorkville

Scholastic Book Fair - November 16th - 20th

Parent/Teacher Conferences (4K-3 & 6-8) - November 16th from 4:30 - 8:00

PTO Meeting - November 16th at 6:30 (Library)

Yorkville Hoops Basketball Tournament - November 17th & 18th

Parent/Teacher Conferences (4K-8) - November 20th from 4:30 - 8:00

Girls' Basketball - November 21st at 4:15 & 5:15 @ Riverview

School Board Meeting - November 21st at 6:00 (Room 112)

No School/Thanksgiving Break - November 22nd - 24th

1st Grade Field Trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum - November 30th

PTO Update

A BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make the Rams Family Fun Fest a HUGE success! Together we raised over $5,000!

Yorkville spirit wear orders have arrived and were distributed to classrooms. If you submitted an order through the online school store, items will be coming home with students today. If you have questions regarding your order, please contact Peter at

The next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 in the Yorkville Elementary Library. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

December's Family Fun Night will be held on December 16th from 6:00 - 9:00. Details coming soon!