Fall is upon us and it has been a wonderfully mild season this year. Even though the leaves are switching to vivid shades of yellow, red, and orange, the temperature has been unseasonably warm. The kiddos are enjoying recess and outdoor phy ed classes and watching football games and cross-country meets is even more fun when the weather is warm. All of these things have made the transition back to school so much easier this fall.
As I walk the hallways, learning is happening in every room. It is comforting to have most of the veteran staff back again this year, but we have also added some new faces to the staff too. Mrs. Kayla Harder and Mrs. Pam Smith are the new Title I teachers and Mr. Josh Ognenoff is the new music teacher. There are also some new paraprofessionals with us. Mrs. Larissa Dillenbeck is working with the 4K students and Mrs. Danielle Dunbar has joined the special education staff. While all of these people have big shoes to fill, I am very excited to have them join our staff.
Along with learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, some of the past activities have also made a return this year. The fifth-grade students took a fieldtrip to the High Grounds Memorial in Neillsville and the first-grade students will soon visit Turnpike Greenhouse for some fall fun in their corn maze and animal farm. Parent/teacher conferences will be coming up shortly. This year the plan is to offer parents either a virtual or in person option so that you can choose to connect through which ever method is more comfortable for you. Paperwork for this should be coming at the end of the month or the beginning of November. The Seal a Smile program is also coming back this year. This service allows students who might not have access to sealants with a regular dentist to have their teeth protected. The hygienists will be with us November 19, 22, 23, and 30th. More information will be coming about this soon. All students will have Friday, October 15th off as this is a teacher in-service day. Holiday concerts are also being planned for December. Nutrition on Weekends or NOW is also being offered again this year. If you are in need of extra food support for your children, contact the elementary office for the paperwork and we will connect you to United Way if you qualify. We also have access to counselors who can meet with students at school during the day. This service is offered through the county with a reduce fee being required. There is paperwork that needs to be filled out by parents before services can start and these forms are also available in the elementary office.
There are also a couple of important school board meetings happening this month. On Wednesday, October 20th there will be a Community Engagement meeting from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be a time where any district voter will have the opportunity to ask questions about the building survey that you should have received in the mail. This survey will help the board plan possible updates to our facility. The regular board meeting for the month will follow at 8:00 p.m. The Annual Meeting will be Monday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m. I am excited to be back to school and I look forward to working with you this year.