Friday, March 16, 2018

March Family Newsletter



Hello Haen Families!
It is hard to believe that we are nearing spring time!  Thank you to our families who attended Parent Teacher Conferences.  The connections between school and home support students learning and growth.  Please know you can contact us at any time if you have questions, celebrations or concerns regarding your child.  

Our 4th Book Drawing was a success, with students entering tickets for over 100 books to be drawn.  The excitement for reading is contagious!  A huge thank you to our Haen Parent Advisory Committee for the purchase of the books!  This is a very worthy tradition!

This month's assembly focused on being Safe, Respectful and Responsible... being the best Haen Hawks we can be!  Officer Kohl was introduced as our new Police School Liaison Officer.  He talked about being safe at school and in the community.  Our 1st and 2nd Grade "Forward Friends" cheered on the 3rd and 4th Grade students as they start the WI Forward state assessment this month.  Students also learned more about our new Hawk Eye picture, a special event to recognize students for their efforts to show safety, responsibility and respect.  Check out the Victor Haen Facebook page for some pictures!

Read on for important dates and happenings at Haen and in the district.  :)

Happy March!
Holly Magness
Principal


  • March 6: Grade 3 to PAC 11:50 - 2:00 PM
  • March 6 & 8 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30 PM
  • March 9: Grade 4 to 1000 Islands 8:30-11:00 AM
  • March 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30-4:00 PM
  • March 16: Wear Green!
  • March 16: Grade 3 & 4 Walsh Foundation Opera for the Young @ KHS 8:15-10:00 AM
  • March 17:
  • March 19: Please note the PAC Meeting that was scheduled is cancelled.
    • Also Note:
      • April 16 PAC meeting is rescheduled to Monday, April 9 @ 4:00 PM
  • March 28: 11:30 Dismissal- No lunch served
  • March 29-April 2: No School
All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information for this month!
  • Girl Scouts
  • 2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer
  • Champs Camp 2018
  • 2018 Electric City Soccer Flyer
  • Haen Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Tanner, Quinney, NDLC and Park Breakfast in the Classroom


Wisconsin Forward Spring State Assessment

The Wisconsin Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 19 and May 4, 2018. The Forward Exam is a state mandated summative assessment which provides information about what students know and can do in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. Students receive a score based on their performance in each content area.

There are sample or practice test questions available for students. An Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students at http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items. The OTT is intended to give students the opportunity to practice with tools available on the Forward Exam, as well as allow them to familiarize themselves with the testing platform. The OTT is not scored, nor is it intended to provide practice on the test content. Students will be exploring these tools and training at school prior to testing.

The Forward Exam will be administered online and be given to:
· Grades 3-8 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
· Grades 4 and 8 in Science
· Grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies

The Forward Exam includes several question types:
· Multiple-Choice (MC): Question that has four answer choices, including three distractors and one correct answer
· Enhanced Selected Response (ESR): Question which may contain combinations of MC, short-answer, and technology-enhanced
· Evidence-Based Selected Response (ESBR): Question which has two parts. The student answers Part A, then provides evidence in Part B to support answer in Part A.
· Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA): Question used on the ELA test. The TDA is a text-based analysis, based on a passage that is read by the student during the assessment. Students must draw on basic writing skills while inferring and synthesizing information from the passage in order to develop a comprehensive, holistic essay response. Students have up to 5000 characters to formulate their response.
· Technology-Enhanced (TE): TE questions allow for a more engaging, interactive assessment.

Accommodations and supports for students with disabilities and/or English language learners are built into the system so that the progress of students can be accurately measured. Some students may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment instead of the WI Forward. The DLM assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-11 and is designed to compare a student’s strengths and needs to clearly defined standards, skill levels, or areas of knowledge. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Essential Elements and measures how students perform in relation to those standards.

The estimated time for the test administration in each grade is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes for ELA, 1 hour and 45 minutes for Mathematics, 1 hour and 40 minutes for Science, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for Social Studies. These are estimated times, as the WI Forward Exam is not a timed test so students work at their own pace.

If you have any questions or concerns about the WI Forward, please contact Mrs. Magness.
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Summer School 2018
Location:
Kaukauna High School
1701 County Road CE

Dates:
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)

NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration.  Your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
  • If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
  • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or kapee@kaukaunasd.org prior to registering.
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18. After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded

Summer School Open House!

We will be hosting an Open House on Monday June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions. Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Registration Dates:
Sunday, March 18: Summer School Registration begins at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 18: Summer School Registration closes at 12:00 PM

Link to register: This summer, we will be using a new Registration Software. Please watch for more information in the next couple of weeks surrounding the registration process.

Course Catalog: It is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:
http://www.kaukauna.k12.wi.us/district/summerschool.cfm

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002
kapee@kaukaunasd.org


2nd Grade Music Concert
All second grade students will be performing a Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 in the Victor Haen gymnasium.  The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Stay tuned for more information!


2018/2019 4K Screening & Registration


This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 1st, June 4th and June 5th. Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible. Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed. Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.


News from our Specialists

News from Mrs. Sundelius, School Nurse

Wood Ticks and Deer Ticks are commonly found in Wisconsin during the spring and summer months; mostly in wooded or brushy areas with tall vegetation. During their lifetime, ticks will go through four stages, from egg to adult. Each stage requires an increasingly larger blood host to ensure survival. Humans are at most risk during the months from April through September.

Most tick bites are harmless, however, ticks can cause diseases such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So it is important to remove the tick properly and disinfect the area.

How do you remove a tick? Remove a tick as soon as possible by following these steps:
  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly at its head (point of entry into the skin).
  • Pull gently but firmly straight back until the tick lets go of the skin. Do not twist or rock the tick from side to side as this may cause the body of the tick to separate from the head; leaving the head in the skin. If this should happen, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Once the tick releases from the skin drop it in a ziplock bag. The bag can either be the storage container to seek further identification of the tick if needed or to simply dispose of it in the trash.
  • Wash the skin site where the tick was embedded with soap and water; apply antibacterial ointment.
  • Monitor the skin site where the tick was embedded for red ringed rash which looks like a bull’s-eye or other redness that is hot to the touch and seems to be getting bigger around the area. Other symptoms to look for and report to your healthcare provider: fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint aches.
As always prevention is the best way to manage ticks and the diseases they may carry. To minimize tick exposure, wear clothing that is light in color along with a chemical repellent when walking in or near woody or brushy areas with tall vegetation. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and stay on trails if possible. Remember to check your skin for ticks soon after any excursion where ticks may be living.


Music With Mrs. Hoks-Lapin

Celebrate Music! March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month! First grade learned about presto and largo with our Music Show friends. 2nd grade have their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30. Students learned new vocal exercises before rehearsing their performance songs. 3rd grade completed learning about the symphony orchestra with a lesson on audience etiquette. Students attended a concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. 4th grade only have a few belts left to earn before recorder lessons are complete.


Art With Mr. Theder

First Grade Artists are in the process of finishing up their flower clay bowls. They learned about how to construct a bowl out of a slab of clay. They got a chance to add leaves to them by using slip and scoring. First grade will soon be painting/glazing them to make them to their liking.

Second Grade artists just finished up their native american weaving project. They will soon be printmaking with their printing plate they made of a cityscape. Second grade also had a chance to learn about radial symmetry by making a design with their name for their mexican themed celebration this month.

Third Grade artists are currently working on their printmaking project. They got to learn about different types of printmaking, they got a chance to make their own printing plate of a cityscape that they will layer into three pieces to make a large city out of their prints. Third grade will lastly finish it up by painting in their sky and background.

Fourth Grade artists are currently working on their printmaking project. They got to learn about different types of printmaking, they got a chance to make their own printing plate of an animal that they will layer into three colors on multiple sheets of paper. Soon fourth grade will start working with clay shortly after printing their animals.


PhyEd with Ms. Ziegler

Citizenship was the character trait for February. Students worked to be “bucket fillers” by helping other students feel good through positive words and actions during gym class. Students also learned about helping others through our Jump Rope For Heart event.

Haen’s 26th Jump Rope for Heart took place during gym classes for students to enjoy a variety of jump themed activities. Students learned how to “Scare” away heart disease and learned important heart facts about how to develop healthy Heart Habits! The students gave their hearts a workout while at the same time helping the American Heart Association and others whose hearts are not as healthy! The final donation total will be announced in the near future as donations continue to come in. Thank you to all the families, Mrs. Magness, teachers, and the community for your continued support of Jump Rope for Heart!

Grade 1
Ring basketball reinforced adding plus underhand throwing at a target. “Shadow Dancing” was a song about moving creatively while the whole class moved their bodies in the same way. The Oxygen Cycle game taught about how our bodies use and need air when we exercise. Students participated in Jump Rope for Heart fitness stations all with a jumping theme and learned how to be heart smart! Angry Birds worked on cooperating with others and working together to knock down a block wall to uncover and find the pig! It was neat to see all the creative wall designs and teamwork! The favorite fitness games in February were Run, Rabbits, Run, Hearts to the Rescue, and Jumping Beans!
Grade 2
The Oxygen Cycle game taught about how our bodies use and need air when we exercise vigorously. Valentine Rescue, Heart Tag, and Star Wars Tag challenged our chasing and fleeing skills and pumped up our hearts.

The jump rope ladder taught students a progression of jump rope tricks as they moved up the ladder. Castle Ball was a cooperation game where groups built a hoop castle and worked together to guard and protect it. Trapping and blocking foam balls with many different body parts was also accomplished in the game Noodle Knockdown where players tried to make a sneak attack by throwing their ball safely when a noodle guard was not looking their way.

Grade 3
Students learned new tricks from the jump ladder to build endurance as they participated in a jump rope and exercise circuit that included jump themed activities during Jump Rope for Heart week. Jump Tic Tac Toe was a team game packed with strategy. Treasure Island was an aerobic game that taught about the health benefits of aerobic activities. The Oxygen Cycle game taught how our bodies use and run out of air when we exercise vigorously. Favorite fitness games we played were Treasure Island, Raindrop, and Medic 911!

Grade 4
Jump rope basics, jump ladder tricks, turnstiles with long ropes, and an exercise circuit with many different jumping activities was practiced to give our hearts and lungs a workout during Jump Rope for Heart week. Team Offense/Defense was the favorite guarding game. 10 Trips was an all-out running, throwing, and catching challenge where groups had to set and try to complete a throwing goal of between 10-15 throws before their runner finished 10 trips between two lines. Fun! The game Treasure Island was an aerobic game that taught about the health benefits of aerobic activities. The game 3 in a hoop required a lot of teamwork, awareness, and strategy to capture and keep 3 foam balls. Fairness and sportsmanship took a front row seat in this game. The 4th graders stepped up and made it happen!

The "Ten at a Time" activity calendar below is also a great resource for people who "never have enough time to exercise." Each day lists one exercise that can be done either 10 times or for 10 minutes at a time throughout the day. Please try to exercise with your children and you will be on your way to starting a healthy habit both for you and them! Hope you enjoy the Activity Calendar! Watch for more in the future!


Learning in the Library With Mrs. Munin

Make sure to checkout all the exciting and new things on the LMC website. There are always new books, games, activities, and ebooks to read.
First Grade:
We have been working on planet research to create some Chatterpix videos. You can checkout more interesting facts on planets on the LMC website. Stay tuned for our chatterpix movies next month on the LMC website.

Second Grade:
In second grade, we have been working on learning google slides and creating presentations. We are in the process of recording the students presenting their slideshow. Some have been posted - but you can check back here and see as others get filmed.

Third Grade:
To go along with the extreme weather unit, we have been learning Google slides and creating a presentation. Stay tuned next month as we turn the facts from our slide show in to an extreme weather forecast. We will hopefully have these completed and up on the website in the next couple weeks.

Fourth Grade:
To compliment the historical research unit in fourth grade, we have been learning some research skills covering databases and citations. Once the research has been completed the students will be creating a newscast about their event. Stay tuned for those on the 4th grade page of the LMC website.


Friday, February 9, 2018

February 2018 Family Blog

Hello Haen Families!

Fill a Bucket with Kindness!  This month's all school assembly focused on filling each other's buckets with words of kindness.  Ask your child how they have filled buckets at school.

Students will be taking a Road Trip this month on the Road to Success!  We will be visiting Mexico on our road trip, with miles earned as we grew with our MAP Testing!  Students earned miles to get us to our destination.  We will be travelling and experiencing the culture and sights of Mexico on February 21st.



Academic Parent Teacher Team Night for all of our 1st and 2nd grade students on February 15th.  Parents of 1st and 2nd grade students will be in the child's classroom from 5:00-6:15 learning more about literacy and math and how families can support academic growth at home.

The Parent Advisory Committee is sponsoring two events, the Craft and Vendor Event (2/10) as well as Culver's Scoopie Night (2/19) at the Little Chute Culver's.  Thank you to Mrs. Strasburg for all of her work in coordinating the Craft and Vendor Fair!  If you have an interest in coordinating future events, please let me know!

It is fun for staff and kids to see each other outside of the classroom!  Consider donating an item or time to the vendor fair to help make this event a success.  Visit us at Culver's Scoopie Night when a portion of the evening sales go to Victor Haen Elementary.

Money from fundraising has supported students at Haen in many ways.  In the past we have funded the Road Trip, bought books for the Book Raffle during Parent Teacher Conferences, supported PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) Safe, Responsible and Respectful learning and most recently contributed to new library furniture for students!  We appreciate very much the efforts of families in supporting our school!

Parent Teacher Conferences will be coming up next month, stay tuned for a sign up genius to schedule time with your child's teacher!

Thank You families for your involvement and connection with our school!   We look forward to seeing you this month!

Sincerely,
Holly Magness
Principal
  • February 14 
  • February 10
    • Haen PAC VENDOR EVENT 9:00-2:00 PM
    • Sign Up to donate and help make this a successful event for our school!
  • February 19
    • CULVER'S SCOOPIE NIGHT 4:00 - 7:00 PM @ Little Chute Culver's
  • February 22 & 23
    • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Looking Forward to 2018/2019 Enrollment
School Confirmation Forms were sent home in January to all current 1-3 students. This form fulfills the registration process for next year for our current students in kindergarten through grade 3. On the form, there is a label indicating the designated school that the district has on record for your child next year. On this form, families have the opportunity to confirm this school placement, request a placement at one of the charter schools or indicate that you will be moving next school year. If you would like to request open enrollment within the district (attending a different school that what is identified on the label), you may contact the school office and request the form to complete. The window for this process is February 1-March 1, 2018.


Families please help up keep students healthy!  In order to protect the health of students and staff, we ask that a child who appears ill, has vomited or has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours remain home from school. Additionally your child should remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100°) without the use of fever-reducing medications.


Help Us Keep Students Safe During Morning Drop-Off
In order to help ensure the safety of our students we ask that you do not have your child arrive at school prior to 7:35 AM.  Outdoor supervision begins at 7:35.  Thank you for helping keep students safe!


Lunch Money Procedures
In an effort to keep accurate records we ask that when you send lunch money to school, please put it in an envelope with the students name, homeroom, amount, and what the money is for labeled on the front.  Also, if you have a change in your financial status, Free and Reduced lunch applications are available in the office.  The approval process is quick once the application is returned.


4K Screening
This spring, the Kaukauna Area School District will again initiate a voluntary 4K screening on June 2nd, June 5th, June 6th and June 7th.  Registration packets have been sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2017) students. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information as soon as possible.  Children not yet school age that may have delays or other difficulties are also eligible to be screened at this time to help determine if development testing/special services might be needed.  Parents with specific developmental concerns may contact Lisa Sheppard anytime at 766-6150.



All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information for this month!

*Kaukauna Dance Clinic  *Father Daughter Dance  *Girl Scouts  *2018 Softball Flyer  *Champs Camp  *United Way Valentine's Festival   *2018 Electric City Soccer

 Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month.


News from Mrs. Sundelius, School Nurse

Pink eye (also called conjunctivitis) is a common eye condition in children. Pink eye is when the clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part or the eyeball becomes irritated and inflamed. This inflammation makes the blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color. Pink eye can be caused from viruses, bacteria, allergies and other irritations such as an injury.
The viral and bacterial type of pink eye is very contagious and can be spread easily from person to person and especially child to child as children have a more difficult time not rubbing on the irritated eye.
What Are the Symptoms of Pink Eye?
  • Redness or swelling of the white of the eye or around the eye
  • Increased amount of drainage which may be clear, yellow, white or green
  • Itchy, irritated, and/or burning eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Gritty feeling in the eye
  • Matter (dried drainage) on the eyelids or lashes especially in the morning
Some cases of pink eye can be mild and may get better on their own, even without antibiotic eye drop treatment. However, since it is very difficult to determine what may be causing your child’s pink eye the health office may ask you to bring your child in for medical follow up.

How Do I Stop Pink Eye from Spreading?
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes; this is hard for young children to do
  • Avoid sharing makeup, contact lenses and containers, and eyeglasses
  • Keep your child home and follow up with their doctor if your child have any symptoms of pink eye
As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact the health office at your child’s school.
Music by Mrs. Hoks-Lapin
Sing! Move! Play! Music students are singing new songs, adding movement to many of the songs, and playing classroom instruments. 1st graders learned a new game which involves listening to instrument sounds and categorizing them as either high or low. 2nd graders are practicing their singing voices and beginning to discuss their spring concert scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 6:30. 3rd graders are learning about the symphony orchestra through a program called Artistic Adventures which is a partnership between the Trout Museum of Art and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. They will attend a concert in March at the PAC. Several 4th grade recorder students have earned their first 4 belts while still taking time to have fun singing new songs.

By Mr. Theder
First Grade artists are just starting to construct their own Alligator weavings. First grade started by making the base or loom, and then weaved strips of paper to make up the back of the alligator. They learned about looms and what weavings are. They are making theirs from colored construction paper while practicing lots of patients. For the next step we will be making and adding the alligators head and tail.

Second Grade artists just finished drawing and painting their own snowman. Second grade had a chance to practice painting in fine detail. They got a chance to learn about crayon resists, and how water based paint is repelled from the wax material that crayons are made of.



Third Grade artists are just finishing up their perspective drawings of a worms eye view of a cityscape. They got a chance to use and practice drawing straight lines with rulers. They also got a chance to talk about viewing things from different angles and what those views names are.


Fourth Grade artists got a chance to learn about perspective artwork. They got a chance to work on their very own Birds eye view of a cityscape.They got a chance to use and practice drawing straight lines and shapes with rulers. They also got a chance to talk about viewing things from different angles and what those views names are.

PhyEd with Ms. Ziegler
Jump Rope for Heart will take place the week of February 12-16 for grades 1- 4 in your child’s gym classes. The information packets have been sent home. All students participate in our many fun jump activities to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle. More information can be found in the JRFH Flyer included in this newsletter.

Grade 1
Kicking is always a highlight with the first graders. We have progressed from kicking a still ball, to a rolling ball, to a bouncing ball, and some students a dropped ball. “Butter Ball” & Seven-Up were throwing and catching games we played to help us improve both skills. The Scooptastic Challenge worked on cooperation with a partner when underhand throwing to them so a catch could be made in their scoop. Strength building and balance in the game Hungry Crabs! Underhand strike with a partner and beach ball worked on reaction skills and cooperation. Students learned how to jump rope and work together to turn a long rope as we prepared for Jump Rope for Heart.

Grade 2
Fitness games like Hoop Jumper, Noodle Tag, Ring Basketball, and Freeze/Thaw challenged our chasing/fleeing skills as well as pumped up our hearts. Ball skill challenge cards worked on sequenced movements with a ball and coordination. We practiced cooperative throwing and catching in the games Ocean Rescue and the Scooptastic challenge. Spaghetti and Meatballs was a fun cooperative target game enjoyed by all. Underhand strike with a partner and beach ball worked on reaction skills and cooperation. Students learned how to jump rope and worked together to turn a long rope as we prepared for Jump Rope for Heart. Students practiced a 2-handed underhand lift and learned how to use their legs for power in the game Butter Ball.

Grade 3
We have been working toward improvement of basic and intermediate inline skating skills to learn to skate safely in the gym, neighborhood, and at the roller rink outside of school. Skaters were challenged with gliding, edging, breaking, and various ways to turn and maneuver. Students learned about the progressive jump rope ladder which helped them learn new tricks. A jump rope circuit was practiced over consecutive days after learning the different jump rope tricks to help build aerobic endurance and prepare us for jump rope for heart.

Volleyball Skills of forearm pass, overhead pass, and underhand serving were worked on before classes played a team lead-up volleyball game called Newcomb.

Treasure Island reinforced the 8 benefits of aerobic endurance to help students understand the importance of including aerobic endurance for a healthy life. A Jump Band progression worked on rhythm, coordination, and cooperation with classmates.

Grade 4
Volleyball Skills of forearm pass, overhead pass, and serving were worked on before classes played volleyball games. Mission Possible exercise assignments, Jump the Shot, and Jump Bands focused on cooperation, muscular strength, creativity, and aerobic endurance. Dribble Knock Out challenged everyone’s ball control skills while looking away from the dribbled ball.

We learned about the progressive jump rope ladder to improve aerobic endurance and prepare us for Jump Rope for Heart. Treasure Island taught students the benefits of aerobic exercise. Team Offense/Defense was the favorite guarding and scoring game. The upper body fitness mat offered a variety of challenges for students to work toward improved upper body strength. Students worked on jumping and landing skills which helped improve body control and balance. All Touch Basketball, Dribble, Shoot, and Score, and 3-In-A-Hoop worked on agility, reaction skills, guarding, teamwork, and sportsmanship.


 

Learning in the Library by Mrs. Munin

Make sure to checkout the games, activities, and ebooks to read on the LMC website.
First Grade:
We have been working on our internet safety unit and talking about staying safe while online. Checkout more internet safety tips online at Common Sense Media.

Second Grade:
We have been discussing internet safety and how to be good digital citizens online. Check out these great online tips and good places to go on Common Sense Media.

Third Grade:
Third graders have been introduced to the world of computer coding. They can checkout more coding games and tips on Hour of code. We are also starting some research skills and will be creating a Google slideshow.

Fourth Grade:
Fourth graders have been introduced to computer coding. We now have a coding club at lunch recess for students that are interested in learning more about it. We are also covering internet safety and online research skills. Checkout the 4th grade page on the LMC website for the Flipgrid videos of Legends of the 4th Grade!



Thursday, December 21, 2017

December/ January 2018 Family Blog

Haen Hawks are on the Road to Success!
January 2018 Family Newsletter

Hello from Mrs. Magness!

From our Haen Family to Yours 
      We Wish you Health & Happiness!
  We appreciate each moment of each day that we have with our students.  Thank you for sharing the most important little ones in your lives with us!  If you have an questions, concerns or celebrations, please feel free to reach out and connect with me or any of our staff.

   As we return from Winter Break students in grades 2-4 will begin their MAP Testing.  We will begin testing January 9-19.  Classroom teachers will communicate their testing schedules. Our students will again "travel" to a destination that will be revealed in January!  Students will earn miles with their growth on MAP tests and our 1st graders will cheer the students on with messages of motivation.

  Enjoy a relaxing Winter Break filled with family time!  Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Holly Magness
Principal


All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information for this month, Father Daughter Dance, 2018 Softball flyer, Champs Camp, Girls Soccer Winter Camp.  Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to district office, attention Erin Kape at kapee@kaukaunasd.org for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month.
... Save the Date | by Rubén ...
  • January 2: Classes Resume
  • January 15: PAC Meeting 5:00 Haen Library
  • January 19: 11:30 Dismissal, no lunch served
  • January 22: No school for students
  • January 29: Progress reports for the second quarter will be distributed
  • February 19:  Culver's Night at the Little Chute Culver's sponsored by the PAC
Thank You Families for Continued Partnerships!

Thanks to all our families who participated in Parent Teacher Conferences in November.

It was the perfect way to show your child that their education is important. Thanks to all the parents who provided food for the teachers during the conference nights. Staff are very appreciative of the wonderful meals!
 Sun, Cool, Sunshine, Glossy, ...
Summer School 2018


KASD is already busy planning for summer school! Thank you to all the parents who responded to the survey following Summer School 2017. The combination of parent and staff feedback as well as a large amount of maintenance work to be done within the district this summer, the following decisions have been made regarding Summer School 2018:
  • Location - Classes will continue to be held at Kaukauna High School.
  • Dates - All courses will be offered in one session, Tuesday June 12 - Friday June 29, Monday - Friday.
    • Strength and Conditioning and Music Lessons/Band Camp will also be held in July.
  • Other Valuable Information:
    • We will again offer an Open House prior to the start of summer school for families to become familiar with the location and rooms that classes will be taking place in.
    • Busing/transportation will continue to be an option for families for a fee.
Early Childhood Development
Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.   While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

By one year, most children will do things such as:
Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.
By two years, most children will do things such as:
Run reasonably well.
Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye)
Point to animals or objects in a book.
Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.
By three years, most children will do things such as:
Dress self with minimal help.
Speak in short sentences.
Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects 
by color.
Imitate lines and circles on paper.
Begin to play with other children.
By four years, most children will do things such as:
Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
Ask many types of questions.
State full name and age when asked.
Copy a plus sign.
Enjoy pretend play with other children.

If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed.   Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday, and are provided at no cost to the family.  County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs.  Residents of the Kaukauna School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 or Sarah Newberry at 766-6116 for further information. 


Parents, Please Pass Information On...
If you know anyone who has children age 0 - 18 that are not currently enrolled in the Kaukauna Area School District but live within the districts boundaries please direct them to our website to fill out a Census Update form.  They can get a copy by visiting our website at www.kaukauna.k12.wi.us and clicking on the Census link or leaving a message at 759-6101 x1111. This census information is critical for building and district level staffing planning. Thanks!



Registration Information for 2018/2019


Believe it or not, it’s time to begin 4K & 5K registration for the upcoming school year! Here is some important information to help in the process:

4K and new to Kaukauna 5K registration - Registration packets will be mailed on Wednesday, December 27th. Letters will be sent home to eligible 4K (those who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2018) and new to Kaukauna Kindergarten (those who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2018) students. Forms will need to be returned to the Tanner Early Learning Center office by Friday, February 2, 2018. In order to plan for classroom and staffing needs, it is crucial that we receive this information now. If you know of anyone with a child turning four or five and did not receive a packet, please encourage the parent to call Tanner Early Learning Center at 766-6150.
Informational Meetings –
We will be offering Informational meetings to assist parents in making decisions about the school choices that are offered in Kaukauna. The focus will be to share both the similarities and the differences among our elementary options. The Kaukauna Area School District has five elementary options, including two charter schools.
Tanner Early Learning Center: 4K-grade 1 New Directions Learning Community Charter: 4K- grade 4.

Park Community Charter School- K-4

Victor Haen Elementary: grades 1-4

Electa Quinney Elementary: grades 2-4
The dates and times of these meetings are listed below for your reference. They are an excellent opportunity for you to gather information about the elementary options in KASD. We hope to see you there!

Elementary General Informational Meeting- An informational meeting for parents about the elementary options offered in the Kaukauna Area School District will be held at Tanner on Thursday, January 11th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. There will be a brief, general presentation followed by rotations to learn more about each option. You will hear about the programs at Tanner Early Learning Center, Electa Quinney, Haen, Park Community Charter School and New Directions Learning Community Charter School. This meeting is designed for parents. There will be an opportunity to have your child visit their school prior to the start of the school year.

Tanner Early Learning Center –

Open House for 2018-2019 4K students will be held on Monday, January 15th and Thursday, January 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm, Friday, January 19th from 8:00-9:00 am and Monday, January 22nd from 11:30 am–1:00 pm. Please stop in and visit during any of these time slots. These events will offer an opportunity to see classrooms and meet the teachers.

New Directions Learning Community (NDLC) –
Informational sessions for parents will be held at New Directions on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:00-7:00 pm, Monday, January 22nd from 10:00 am–1:00 pm and Thursday, February 1st from 6:00-7:00 pm. At the info session there is an opportunity to learn more about our school and to take a tour. Join us for an information session to learn more about our school and an open house to tour the school and meet our staff. Hope to see you there!

Park Community Charter School (PCCS) –
Informational sessions for parents will be held at PCCS on Wednesday, January 17th from 8:00 am and 12:30 pm. Join us for an opportunity to meet the Principal, tour the building while students are in session, and attend a Brain Smart Start in the classrooms. Brain Smart Start is a key part of our school wide Conscious Discipline program. Brain Smart Starts will be held at 8:00 and 12:30 in our kindergarten classrooms with tours by our principal to follow each.

News from our Specialists
By: Mrs. Hoks-Lapin

Grades 1-3 are learning how to sight read musical notes using pitch syllables sol, la, and mi. We are singing through examples used by our new music resource called Music Play. In Music Play, students learn musical skills by playing games, collaborating in groups, singing, and playing instruments. December holiday songs will also be included in our musical fun! 4th Graders have been amazing me, and others, with their recorder practice. Very exciting news is that all students passed their first recorder karate belt test earning a white belt!
By: Mr. Theder
First Grade artists are just starting to construct their own Christmas tree ornaments. First grade is making theirs from popsicle sticks and other various multimedia embellishments to make it their very own.

Second Grade artists are just starting to construct their own snowflake Christmas tree ornaments. Second grade is making theirs from popsicle sticks as well and other various multimedia embellishments to make it their own.

Third Grade artists are just starting the process of making their own Christmas tree ornaments. They will be learning about metal embossing, and using the materials and tools properly. They will specifically be using the terms “repousse, and chasing” to get their desired look on their ornament.


Fourth Grade artists got a chance to learn about multimedia artwork. They got a chance to work on their very own multimedia projects using pictures of colorful peacocks for inspiration. Fourth grade is also in the process of making their own Christmas tree ornaments. They will be learning about metal embossing, and using the materials and tools properly. They will specifically be using the terms “repousse, and chasing” to get their desired look on their ornament.

By: Ms. Ziegler
Grade 1 –We have continued to work on building core strength through plank practice and worked to improve cooperation and fair play in partner and team games. Some of our games included Stuck in the Mud, Crabby Patty Rescue, Ocean Tag, Fish Gobbler, 7-Up, and Frogs Across the Pond! Ball skills of bouncing, catching, and throwing were practiced during an activity called, Feed the Frogs. Mystery Dribble and Catch included the math challenge of adding numbers, then performing the skill. We also worked on jumping with soft ropes, speed ropes, and jump sticks. Different locomotor movements were also practiced during fun group games. Students experienced excitement and cooperation in the Thanksgiving games of Turkey Tag and Get That Feather!

Grade 2 – Hand eye coordination was a focus with how to catch an object better! Students learned about the concept of how to absorb the energy of a moving object into their body by bending and cushioning. Scarf Catch helped reinforce this with partners. Pac Man tag challenged pathway planning while moving using different locomotor skills. Bean Bag Toe Tag required really fast feet to dodge the sliding bean bags. Soccer skills of foot dribble, trap, and stationary kick were practiced. Aerobic kickball gave everyone’s hearts a big workout while students practiced important kicking skills safely. Students experienced excitement and cooperation in the Thanksgiving games of Thanksgiving Tag and Get That Feather!

Grade 3 – Students worked on Frog Jump Ups, Inch Worm, and Body Supports which focused on the concepts of muscular strength and endurance as well as core strength and cooperation. Everyone worked on curl-up form. Hula hoop challenges also worked on core strength. Throwing and catching on the move was a fun challenge for all. Students worked with jump ropes and progressed through the tiered Jump Ladder at their own pace. Favorite fitness games played were Catapult Launchers, 3-Catch, Sink the Ship, and Pin Down! The Turkey Round Up was an awesome teamwork game to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday!


Grade 4 – Students learned about effort and how to demonstrate great effort in gym class even when tasks are difficult. Students worked with jump ropes and progressed through the tiered Jump Ladder at their own pace. Favorite games played were Team Offense/Defense, Catapult Launchers, Pin Knockdown, and Hula Hut. Students learned about offense, defense, safe guarding stance, and the importance of the ready position when participating in game play. Drop ball worked on reaction skills and cooperation with a partner. Push-Up Taps, a fitness challenge, focused on the concept of muscular strength and endurance as well as core strength. Students worked on curl-up form and hula hoop challenges that also worked on core strength. We celebrated Thanksgiving by getting along and working together in the game the Turkey Round-up!

 By: Mrs. Munin
We have been working hard on some research projects - please check them out!

First Grade:
We have finished our squirrel research and have posted our videos to Flipgrid. Check it out and see all the fun facts about squirrels.

Second Grade:
We have finished our research on bat videos using Seesaw for the first time. You should have received a family invitation sheet on how to access your child’s account. If not, please email me directly and I can send one to you.

Third Grade:
We have finished up our dictionary unit - but please continue practicing at home. Next month we will be going through some adventures in folktales.

Fourth Grade:

We have been reviewing Fairy tales and traditional tales. This month we read the French version (Western version) of Cinderella and then another version from a different culture - Chinese, Egyptian, and Native American. Through comparisons, we have discovered how though the details may be different, the essence of the story is the same throughout the world. Stay tuned for some fun Tall Tales next month.

By: Mrs. Sundelius
Winter Weather Wear

It’s that time of year when the weather is cold and the snow if fun to play in; especially if you are a child. As a general rule your child will be playing outside during recess if the temperature and windchill is above zero degrees. So please dress your child appropriately each and every day. Having an extra set of clothes and mittens in their backpack is also recommended. As the health office has a very limited supply of extra clothes that children can borrow. That way if your child needs to change into clean/dry clothes they have them available and we won’t have to interrupt your day by asking that clean/dry clothes be brought to school.

If you are unable to provide the needed winter wear items for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact the health office at your child’s school.

Thanks in advance for helping all children stay safe in the winter weather and have fun in the snow as only children can.


It's COLD Outside!
With this winter weather come two important reminders.  First, your child needs to come to school dressed for the weather.  This means boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, etc.  Wearing boots in particular, not only keep your child dry and healthy but also help to respect our school by keeping it clean.  Secondly, we take your child’s safety in cold weather seriously.  If the temperature and wind chill is below zero or colder the children will remain inside for recess.  Please send your child to school dressed to go outside every day, as the temperatures vary throughout the day. 

 PAC News, Mark Your Calendars!
  • Culver’s & Victor Haen Are teaming up for “Scoopie Night!” Stop in at Culver’s in Little Chute on February 19, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm and be served by your teacher! The Haen School PAC will received 10% of the sales!!!
  • Continue saving the Box Tops and Kwik Trip Milk Caps.  We will continue to have the classroom monthly box top challenge. We recently received a check from Box Tops for $00.00!
  • Our PAC is open to all parents/guardians. We welcome anyone who has an interest  in our Students and School! Our next meeting is January 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm in the Haen Library

 Crossing Guard Recognition Week
January 15-19 is crossing guard recognition week.  Thank those who help keep your children safe!  We appreciate our Crossing Guards and their commitment to student's safety!