Ekstrand Elementary


Dates to Remember

Thursday January 16th: End of the 1st Semester

Friday January 17th: No School, Teacher Work Day

Monday January 20th: Start of Second Semester

Wednesday January 22nd: Early Dismissal 1 p.m. / No Pre-School

Thursday January 23rd: 1st Semester Report Cards will be sent home in take home folders

Wednesday February 5th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m. / No Pre-School

Tuesday February 25th: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday February 26th: Early Dismissal 1 p.m.

Wednesday February 26th: Parent Teacher Conferences 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Miller Monthly Memo

January Memo 2020
Grade Reports sent home with students

Winter screeners starting next week

Mr. Miller's Contact Information

E-mail: mike.miller@cd-csd.org

Office Phone: 563-659-0750



As we return after the new year, students are beginning to look into recognizing their own feelings. So far throughout the year we have been discussing recognizing other people's feelings and showing care and compassion.

3rd/2nd grade - Model of the Hand Brain. Students will be learning how their brain is connected to their emotional responses. We discuss managing our emotions and how sometimes our brain tricks our body into believing a situation needs to result in a fight/flight/free response. Students will begin practicing how to calm their bodies and brains down so that they can think clearly and make safe choices.

1st/K/JS - Students are beginning to learn that their bodies feel their emotions rather than needing to look into a mirror to see on their face how they are feeling. There are clues that students need to be aware of to help them recognize their feelings and then begin to calm down. Such clues may include a fast heartbeat, sweaty hands, muscles are getting tight, body is shaking, or even feeling really warm or having a stomach ache. Once students recognize these clues, they know to begin calming down.

PBIS Student Award Winners

Below are the students that were recognized at our PBIS assembly. Recognition was provided in the areas of Art, PE, Music, Mileage Club, and Student of The Month recipients.

Student of the Month

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Kindergarten: Lois Purcell, Alice Powell, Georgia Brassard

1st Grade: Jack McDermott, Lucas Kedley, Abigail Thole

2nd Grade: Derek Marcus, Zanyel Barys, Fysher Martin

3rd Grade: Jayton Jess, Claire Ruffner

PE Award Recipients

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Kindergarten: Joel Bauer

1st Grade: Abigail Thole

2nd Grade: Henry Dollar

3rd Grade: Keely Neilson

Music Award Recipients

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Kindergarten: Weston Jenkins

1st Grade: Demi Edwards

2nd Grade: Isaiah Sunday

3rd Grade: Isabella VanDrew

Art Award Recipient

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Kindergarten: Mia Santos

1st Grade: Zella Davis (Not pictured)

2nd Grade: Elin McGee

3rd Grade: Greenley Grell

Ekstrand student of the month

2nd Semester Student Teachers

Watch D.O.G.S.

Thanks to all the the Watch D.O.G.S. that volunteered during the month of December. The staff and students appreciate the day you spend at Ekstrand!
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DeWitt Community Library Information



21st, & 28th = Family Night at 6:00 p.m. for families with young kids

22nd, & 29th = Preschool Story Time at 9:00 a.m. for 3, 4, & 5 year olds

28th = Kindermusik at 9:30 a.m. for 2, 3, 4, & 5 year olds

Girls STEAM Opportunity

You’re invited to Introduce a Girl to STEAM at St. Ambrose University!

WHO: Girls in grades 2-8 and their guests

WHAT: Learn how fun and exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) can be through hands-on activities

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18th, Open House 4-7pm

WHERE: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center Ballroom


Informational Flyer