October Raptor Review

Schaller-Crestland Elementary Family Communication Letter

Message from Mr. Brand

September was a great month! It was very busy with homecoming and all of our dress-up days. We began Fast Assessment testing last week and we are finishing up this week. Students take tests in reading and math and then we take those same tests in the Winter and in the Spring! We have been working hard at celebrating students that are always doing the right thing and following our expectations here. One of the things I would like parents and students to start thinking about is the weather. Right now, we seem to have cool mornings and warm afternoons, as the weather gets colder please make sure that your child is prepared, as we will still go outside for recess. I look forward to October!


There will NOT be 3 year old preschool on Wednesdays. There also will not be 4 year old preschools on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

There will not be 4 Year Old Preschool on Wednesday, October 7th.

Masks at School

The school district’s recent frustration has centered around contract tracing with healthy students removed from school for 14 days. CDC guidelines seem to change on a regular basis, and we have been informed recently that changes have been made in this area.

Please note, if a student tests positive, and that child and the students within 6 ft. of him/her have masks on, only the student with the positive test will need to quarantine for 10 days. We feel that this change allows us to keep more students engaged with face to face instruction, which is our overriding goal. Before this change, each student within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or longer, of the student who tested positive would also have to quarantine for 14 days.

So, until further notice, we will be wearing masks on a more regular basis throughout the elementary day. However, this does not mean that they will be on continuously throughout the day. Regular breaks will be taken from mask wearing, and we will continue with our practice of not wearing them during periods of physical activity like in PE or at recess and lunch. We have also been informed that the gators and shields do not meet the guidelines of being considered an effective mask. So, we would ask for your assistance in making sure your child comes to school each day with a cloth or surgical mask. We have handed out at least one cloth mask to each elementary student.

Please feel free to call if you have additional questions or concerns. Thanks for all you are doing to help us with the challenges of COVID-19!

Below you will also find the letter that was shared by Mr. Wiebers.


If your child does not ride the bus or typically rides the bus and does not plan to that day, please contact the office. We have students that are trying to ride with friends to their house. We do not have enough space on the bus for extra students and due to Covid-19 we do not want students riding the bus that typically do not ride that bus. Please contact the office if there is a change in your child's transportation from school to home.


We celebrate students a variety of ways, see below!

  • Students receive a Raptor Roar Card for demonstrating PBIS expectations: Respect, Responsible, and Safe.

  • Teachers draw 2 names and pick 1 student each week to get a prize from the PBIS treasure box. The teacher then totals the number of cards and adds those cards to a large box in which we do an all-school drawing at our monthly assembly. We draw 25-40 names at our monthly assembly for students to pick a larger prize. We read the student’s names on the intercom to come get their prize.

  • Teachers recognize students for “The Raptor Way Award” for students that have shown growth on the expectations or that are always demonstrating respect, responsible, and safe.

  • Once our whole school gets to 2,500 Raptor Roar Cards, we earn an all school incentive! Tomorrow, we will celebrate with a movie and popcorn in the classroom. This is our first all school incentive of the year.

    We earned our all-school incentive this last week and students enjoyed movie and a popcorn on Friday. We are now working towards our next incentive!

The Great Pumpkin Project.

The Sac County Naturalist invited our students to help out with a project. The art project will be used at the Spooktacular Event at Grant Park on October 3rd. It is a drive-through event with displays throughout the park people can see at night for free. Utilizing tree cookies, which are a cross-section of a tree students transformed them into pumpkins which we will be displayed in a "pumpkin patch" at Grant Park.

Box Tops and Hy-Vee Receipts (Keep it up!) We are now at a total of $45.00 since July 1!

As we begin and continue the school year, it is going to be a priority of mine to fully implement PBIS with incentives for students both individually and building wide. Additionally, it is also a priority to organize community/family events the best we can (may look a little different with COVID-19). With this in mind, we need extra sources of funding that is flexible for things like incentives, events, prizes, etc. The easiest way is through Hy-Vee receipts and Box Tops. Keep your Hy-Vee receipts from the Hy-Vee in Storm Lake, and then bring them to the school and put them in the little trash can in the office. We can get a percentage back from each receipt.

With Box tops, you can take any receipt where you might have purchased something with box tops like Wal-Mart, DG, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Sams Club etc. Then you will download the Box Tops App (see below) from your App Store. When you create your account, you will put in Schaller-Crestland Elementary. You will then link to the school, and anytime you take a picture of your receipt, it will sort it for you, and then your box tops will be recorded on the app, and it will be sent to the school. This is a great way for us to gain small funds that add up with everyone's support. If you are not already doing this, please try it!


We will send home classroom saddlebags each Day 6. These are yellow take home folders that will be filled and sent home on Day 6. You can reference the calendar below for which days to check the folder. The student needs to return the folder the following day on Day 1.


We will have conferences on October 29th and November 2nd. There will be a 1 hour early dismissal on both days. The elementary will dismiss at 2:30pm. There will be more information to come later in the month and you will be able to sign up online. Our conferences will look very similar to the setup for Open House at the beginning of the year. Please watch the Schaller-Crestland Elementary Facebook page for details and a link to sign up.

Using Google Classroom or Seesaw

Our teachers have been working really hard to teach students how to use Seesaw and Google Classroom. Please make sure you check students saddle bags on Tuesday if you have not received the information yet to get connect to Seesaw or Google Classroom as a parent. If you do not receive communication, please contact the classroom teacher. We want all parents connect, so you can see the work your child is doing while at school. Additionally, it is important that you have access and can view assignments in the event that we did have to go online at some point in the future. This is being proactive and prepared. PK-3rd grade is using Seesaw and 4-5th is using Google Classroom.

Parent Teacher Partnership

The Schaller-Crestland Elementary Building Leadership Team and I have discussed the importance of including parents and valuing parent support during our school day and beyond our school day. We have discussed the importance of developing a parent teacher partnership that would be an excellent way for me to get feedback from parents, reach out for support for our school, and have another set of hands to support our school, teachers, and students and all the work we do here each day.

I plan to hold a Parent Teacher Partnership meeting each month. I am going to do my best to hold this on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00pm in the Schaller gym. This will ultimately depend on events in the gym and commitments parents may have with athletics and activities.

We look forward to as many parents joining us as possible.

Below you will find the presentation from the October 1st Parent Teacher Partnership Meeting. Let me know if you have any questions!

October Lunch Menu

Dates and Events

October 1st - Parent Teacher Partnership at 6pm in the gym in Schaller

October 7th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

October 7th - No School for PreSchool

October 12th - No School for Students

October 14th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

October 21st - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

October 28th - End of 1st Quarter

October 28th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

October 29th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (1 hour Early Dismissal)

November 2nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences (1 hour Early Dismissal)

November 4th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

November 6th - No School for students

November 11th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

November 18th - 1 hour late start: Doors open at 8:45 and school starts at 9:15

November 25th - No School

November 26th - No School - Thanksgiving

November 27th - No School - Thanksgiving

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Day Schedule (see below)

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