January 2015 - Sun Prairie Area School District

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Principal—Rainey Briggs
Asst Instructional Leader– Debra Larson
Secretary—Julie Billings
Horizon Elementary School
625 N. Heatherstone Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
January 2015
From the Office of Principal Briggs and Assistant Instructional Leader
Debra Larson ...
School Board Members
Tom Weber
Carol Albright
Jessica Moehr
John Whalen
Mike Krachey
Caren Diedrich
Steve Schroeder
District Administrator
Dr. Tim Culver
Student Absences
If your child will be
late, sick or just out
for the day, please be
sure to call the attendance line by
9am. Bell rings and
attendance is taken
at 8:20am everyday!
Call: 608-834-7900
& press #1.
Our school day begins at
8:20am everyday, any student
arriving after that time is
marked late.
School is dismissed at
3:10pm M/T/W/F and 1:55pm
Thursday.
Every Kid, Every Day, Whatever it Takes!
ATTENTION
Kindergarten registration
process has changed.
**If you have neighbors that have
children who may need to register,
please spread the word!
Every kid, Every day, Whatever it Takes!
Birthday Treats and Snacks
SPASD Wellness Policy JHK
states: To ensure proper hygiene
and due to food allergies, foods
which are served or provided in
the classroom must be purchased, NOT HOMEMADE, and be in a wrapper which contains nutrition
information and expiration date.
Daily Snacks:
Just a reminder that most of our classrooms offer a
snack time during the school day. Please remember
to send your child with a snack if possible.
Don’t forget to senD hats, gloves, mittens and snow pants for recess!!!! The
children will go outside unless temperatures reach 0 degree!
Just a few friendly reminders to our Horizon families....
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It's that time of year! There have been numerous cases of Strep throat and Influenza at our school
and in the district. If your student complains of having a sore throat, headache, difficulty swallowing
and/or has a fever of 100.0 or higher, please keep them home. Calls will be made to pick up your
child if they come to the office with these symptoms.
Please continue to send in healthy snacks for your child. String cheese and yogurt are great
choices with higher protein to keep them full longer!
**We could still use more sweatpants in the nurses office! Please send in any color or size, they will be
used! Thank you in advance and have a safe and warm Winter break!
Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact Nurse Lemley at 608-834-7906.
OPEN ENROLLMENT
Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment program
allows parents to apply for their children to attend school
in another school district other than the one in which they live.
The open enrollment application period for the
2015-2016 school year is February 2, 2015 - April 30, 2015.
Parents can apply online at http://oe.dpi.wi.gov/.
Online applications are recommended. However, paper applications may be printed from the Wisconsin Department of Public
Instruction website and delivered to the Sun Prairie School District Office at 501 S. Bird Street no later than April 30, 2015 by
4:00 pm.
You can find open enrollment information on the Sun Prairie Area School District website by going to the District tab and then
clicking on Business Services. The link is: http://www.sunprairie.k12.wi.us/oe_info201314.cfm.
If you have questions regarding open enrollment, please contact Lisa Sprindis, Business Services, at (608) 834-6511; or email:
[email protected]
For the first couple of weeks in January, we will be talking about teeth and dental care. After
that, we will start a unit that focuses on using medicine safely, poison, and the effects of tobacco and alcohol. If you would like more information concerning any of these topics go to
www.kidshealth.org.
For the safety of your child(ren), please talk with them about your expectations concerning medicine
and drugs in your home.
In January, we will be reviewing expectations while playing low organized games and beginning our
gymnastics unit. Students will be working on rolling, balancing, traveling and cooperative skills on many
types of equipment. If the weather cooperates, our older students will be experiencing outdoor movement
and games while wearing snowshoes.
PBIS Tip of the Month
Self Control
C.A.R.E.S. FOCUS
Self-Control
“If I think before I act, I
have self-control.”
Ways your children show responsibility...
At school
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using body basics
think before I speak or act
be calm and safe
body to myself
listen to teachers
use my words to express my
feelings
wait my turn
use whisper voices
wait patiently
At Home
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think before I speak or act
be calm and safe
listen to my family members
use my words to express my feelings
wait patiently
wait your turn while playing with siblings or
friends
Books about Responsibility
Here are a variety of books you can read to your child at home
to help jumpstart conversations about self-control.
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang
It’s Hard to be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis
How do Dinosaur go to School? By Jane Yolen
Self-Control Games
- Tag (freeze, tunnel)
- Red Light, Green Light
- Simon Says
** If you would like to be part of our PBIS team, please contact Shaya Schrieber, our
school social worker at 834-7913.
For the first couple of weeks in January, we will be talking about teeth and dental care.
After that, we will start a unit that focuses on using medicine safely, poison, and the effects of tobacco and alcohol. If you would like more information concerning any of these topics go to www.kidshealth.org.
For the safety of your child(ren), please talk with them about your expectations concerning
medicine and drugs in your home.
In January, we will be reviewing expectations while playing low organized games and beginning our
gymnastics unit. Students will be working on rolling, balancing, traveling and cooperative skills on
many types of equipment. If the weather cooperates, our older students will be experiencing outdoor
movement and games while wearing snowshoes.
Yahara
The final revisions are being made on submissions for the Yahara River Writers Contest.
We have some wonderful poems and editorials this year. The submissions will be headed
to the district on January 9th for the 1st round of judging. Submissions chosen on the January 9th will be submitted to the Greater Dance County-Advanced Learners Network for final
Judging on the 29th. Good luck to all our writers.
Math 24
Math 24 is underway! I have 2 wonderful parent volunteers that are supervising groups on
Wednesdays. This year we are holding Math 24 during lunch recess. In years past Math 24
has been held during lunch. If you child is interested in participating in Math 24 please remind them that Math 24 is held during lunch recess. The Math 24 meet will be on March 4 th
in the morning. There will be two 4th graders and two 5th graders invited to participate. Students are selected based on their scores during the Math 24 Club meetings on Wednesdays.
College for Kids
College for Kids is a summer enrichment opportunity offered to our high achieving 5 th grade
students. It is a 3 week camp offered on the UW campus. Students are exposed to a broad
range of challenging academic areas, career options, and new areas of interest. If your student is invited to apply you will receive a letter after break. There is an application process
and a project that will need to be submitted. All this information will be in the letter.
Social Emotional Resource Packs
Through the generosity of a Sun Prairie Education Foundation grant we now have Social Emotional
Resource Packs for students or staff to check out through our Destiny Library system.
The topics include:
 Emotion Management
 Anger/Frustration
 Control
 ADHD
 Bullying
 School Strategies
 Worry and Sadness
 Autism
Resource Packs are geared toward elementary and middle
Bullying
Anger/Frustration
Control
Each pack includes:
 3 to 5 books on the topic geared toward children
 a card game
 a parent packet with information sheets on
positive parenting and the related topic
Checking out a Resource Pack is Easy!
They are checked out like any other book.
For students and staff outside of Horizon:
packs are available through the Destiny Library
Catalogue. They are listed under “SocialEmotional Resource Packs” in Horizon Library
Worry and Sadness
“WIN”—What’s Important Now!
January 2015
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No SchoolWinter Break
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5 1st day back 6
from winter
break!
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Kindergarten
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2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration
Begins
SCO Mtg
6:30pm-LGI
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8:30am-11:30am
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No School
No School!
Pajama Day
MLK Day!
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Vision Screening
End of 2nd
Quarter
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Winter Break
2nd and 4th
Grade Hearing and
Hearing and Vision
Screening
8:30am-11:30am
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No School-
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30 Report
Cards Go Home
Packer Day
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