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!
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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!



Monday, November 13, 2017

November Haen Happenings 2017






Hello Haen Families!
It is with excitement that the staff look forward to meeting at Parent Teacher Conferences!  We have many celebrations to share with families at this important time.  Thank you for connecting with us and supporting your child's academic and emotional development.

There is much to share in this newsletter, thank you for taking the time to check out all of the Haen Happenings!

During this season of thanks and giving, we are thankful to you, our Haen families, for your partnership in education as we work with the most important people in your lives, your children, our students.  

Take time this fall to enjoy family time, as small time with the ones we love can carry memories for a lifetime.

With Many Thanks,
Holly



Schedules for Specialists During Conferences!  

Heidi Munin/Librarian: November 14, 16, 4:00-7:30, November 17, 12:20-4:00
Brandon Theder/Art: November 16, 4:00-7:30
Lisa Hoks-Lappin/Music: November 14 & 16, 4-7, November 17, 12:20-2:50
Mary Ziegler/PE: November 14, 4:00-5:45, November 16, 4:00-7:30, November 17, 12:20-4:00

Deb Meredith/Speech: November 14, 4-7:30, November 17, 12:20-4:00
Karen Wirth/Social Worker: by appointment only
Kathy O’Connor/Psych: November 16, 4:00-7:30
Mary Sundelius/Nurse: by appointment only
Shawn Cleveland/Program Support Teacher/Autism: by appointment only
Erin Heimerl/Special Education Teacher: November 14 & 16, 4:00-6:00, November 17, 12:20-4:00
Katie Opperman/ Special Education Teacher: November 14, 4:00-7:30, November 17, 12:20-4:00
Laura Senderhauf/ Special Education Teacher: November 16, 4:00-7:30
Jodi VanRossum/ Special Education Teacher: November 14, 4:00-7:30, November 17, 12:20-4:00

Christmas Assistance Program

The Salvation Army Fox Cities will hold a registration this week for its annual Christmas assistance program for families in need.

The signup also applies to the Adopt-a-Family program, Toys for Tots program and Christmas food baskets.

The registration will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Fox Valley Christian Fellowship, 1200 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly.

Robb Waugus, development director for The Salvation Army Fox Cities, said thousands of winter jackets from the Coats for Kids program will be distributed to families during the three-day registration.

"We will be doing the annual toy distribution later in December, when the families will come back to pick up their items for Adopt-a-Family and also get their gifts through our Christmas toy shop," Waugus told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

The registration is for Fox Cities residents (Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Fox Crossing, Little Chute, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Combined Locks, Greenville, Grand Chute, Larsen or Darboy).

To qualify for the free assistance programs, residents must bring a picture identification (driver’s license), proof of residency (lease or utility or phone bill), proof of income (most recent check stub) and Social Security cards for all family members.

The income qualification is determined by The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) income guidelines and family size.

The Salvation Army Fox Cities estimates that 1,500 to 1,800 families will register for assistance during the three days.

Questions regarding the assistance programs can be directed to the Salvation Army by calling 920-734-3324.


 

Winter weather is here!  Please be sure your child has their winter coat, hat, gloves and of course snow pants and boots!  An extra pair of mittens and a change of socks come in handy for many students.  Please send extras that your child may need in their backpack.


Requesting a Parent Portal Account

When requesting a parent portal account, please click here. You can also go to the Family Resources tab of the district home page, and under Technology Tools choose "Need a Parent Portal Account". This can also be found on the Haen home page, in the Quick Links box, "Get a Parent Portal Account." Click on the link and complete the form on that page.


NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information about KHS food drive, Chartwells information for this month.  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.


A huge thank you to our families and students for donating 500 food items to the KASD Food Drive!  

Coupon Book Fundraiser

Thanks to all of our families who participated in the Coupon Book fundraiser. Together we have raised $3000.00 for our school. Great work! We couldn't have done this without all of you. 

Vendor Event/Craft Sale

This event was a huge success also. We raised just over $2000.00 among the vendor fee, luncheon and raffle. Thank you for supporting this successful event.

The next PAC meeting is scheduled for January 15 from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Haen Library. We hope to see you there!

News from our Specialists

Mrs. Sundelius - School Nurse

A child needs many tools to succeed in school. Good vision is one of these important tools. Some tasks at school that require good vision include; reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education can suffer.

According to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school age children. Without early detection and treatment, vision problems can lead to:
  • permanent vision loss 
  • learning difficulties 
Only an eye doctor can diagnose and treat a vision problem, but screenings help find children who need a full eye exam.

In the month of October the Kaukauna Lioness Club has been in the Kaukauna schools doing vision screening for preschool, kindergarten, grade 2 and grade 4 students. The Lioness ladies use the Spot Vision Screener. This is a handheld, portable device designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues on children. Spot screens both eyes at once from a nonthreatening 3-foot distance.

Parent contact will be made for any of the children in these grades who did not pass this screening. If you do not received a letter regarding a vision concern, please be assured that your child did pass this screening. As always if you have any questions please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Library MusingsFree vector graphic: Book, Books, Library Books, Reading - Free ...by Mrs. Munin


We have had some exciting things going on in the LMC at Haen - make sure to come check us out during parent/teacher conferences!


First Grade:
We have started our squirrel research and comparison of fiction and non-fiction books. We will be posting our videos to Flip Grid - so please watch the library website for updates.

Second Grade:
We are continuing our bat Fact research. Students have started to post their videos on Seesaw to share and comment. Stay tuned for information coming home on how to login and access your child’s work!

Third Grade:
We have finished up using the catalog to search for books and finding books in the library. We will now be working on dictionary skills and searching for words efficiently. At home you can practice these skills with your child using an actual dictionary! Though online dictionaries are great, we are still trying to work on alphabetical order when searching for things like books on the shelf or words in a book.

Fourth Grade:
We have been continuing to learn about how to search for books using the online catalog and getting great at finding books in the LMC. We even had a Halloween scavenger hunt with finding call numbers (the address of the book) on the shelves. Stay tuned next month for a review of Fairy Tales and Tall Tales as we explore some folklore literature.



Mr. Theder - Art
First Grade Artists worked on their fall landscape. They got to look and talk about landscapes, background, middleground, and foreground. First grade also got a chance to look at and talk about the landscape art made by Gustav Klimt.
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Second Grade Artists got to draw and color in their pumpkin. They learned how to blend and overlap colors to establish shading in their art.
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Third Grade Artists worked on their value Ice Cream. They got to look and talk about tints, shades, and hues. They painted the background using patterns and complimentary colors. Third grade also got a chance to look at and talk about the landscape art made by Gustav Klimt. They are currently working on their own landscape using background, middleground, and foreground.
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Fourth Grade artists also got a chance to look at and talk about the landscape art made by Gustav Klimt. They are currently working on their own landscape using tape for their trees, background, middleground, and foreground. We talked about the horizon line, and adding dark and light colors to push and pull areas of a painting closer or away from the viewer.
Mrs. Hoks-Lapin- Music

Haen Music students began November by showing off their musical skills! Grade level assessments included maintaining a steady beat, reading rhythms, and playing a new singing game. Students in 4th grade received their recorders and had a fantastic first few lessons. Grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd continue the month by practicing music reading skills using non-pitched percussion instruments and xylophones. Music class also has a new welcome song!

"Gym Shorts" by Miss Ziegler


Grade 1 – Following expectations in different settings and activities has been a priority this month in Physical Education classes. We have continued to work on building core strength through plank practice as well as practice to improve cooperation in team games. Some of our team games included Stuck in the Mud, Cookie Monster Tag, 7-Up, Drum Tag, and Ocean Tag. We worked with Hula Hoops on skills to include rolling, passing, and spinning the hoops on the floor. We also worked on jumping in and out of our hoops, jumping with soft ropes, skip-its, and jump bands. Cooperative partner throw and catch with many different objects. Pumpkin tag and Spiders and Flies were fun Halloween themed activities.

Grade 2 – Hand eye coordination and body awareness were two key components this month. We worked on throwing and catching with different types of balls keeping a “catch count”. Fish Gobbler was the favorite tag game and required sharp listening skills, awareness, and quick problem solving when code words were called out. Hula hoop skills of circling the waist, arm, neck, and foot. Students also worked toward spinning them on the ground and rolling them to partners. Bean Bag Toe Tag required awareness of sliding bags all around the play space and quick feet to dodge them. Halloween activities of Running Zombies, Ghostbuster dribbling, and Spiders and Flies were so much fun!

Grade 3 – We worked on sequencing movements and repeating patterns with rhythm sticks, shakers, and ribbons to routines of Cardio Drumming, Cotton-Eyed Joe, and Shut Up & Dance with Me. The Football unit was a great teamwork opportunity for students. Students really enjoyed working on passing, catching, running, and playing 3-Catch Football. Halloween games of Running Zombies, Pumpkins, Ghosts, in the Graveyard, and the Ghostbuster dribble all worked on team cooperation. Both Continuous tag & YMCA also got our hearts pumping!

Grade 4 – Teamwork, movement patterns, and fitness were the three areas focused on in physical education this month. Students worked on the grapevine movement pattern which is a great coordination movement as it requires crossing the midline of the body. In soccer we worked on foot skills of dribbling, passing, juggling, shooting, and blocking. These soccer skills were put to the test in a fun game of 3-on-3 Soccer and Bowling Pin Soccer; both cooperation and teamwork games. Continuous tag gave students’ hearts a work out! Halloween games of Running Zombies, Pumpkins, Ghosts, in the Graveyard and the Ghostbuster dribble all worked on partner and team cooperation. The Power Words of Locomotor Movements, Offense, and Defense were highlighted this month during P E class games and activities to better anchor understanding.

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!

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 2017 Family blog




Hello Haen Families!
Our school year is off and running!  Classroom routines have really taken off!  Families will find below the dates for our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences.  The home to school connection is so important in supporting our young students and we value your participation in conferences.  As a part of our School Wide Title 1 Programming, at conferences, teachers will work with each family to create a "compact" to best support students at school and at home.  Thank you in advance for being a critical part of your child's education!

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions!
Holly




NEW THIS YEAR!  All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information about Boys Hoops Club, The Great Pumpkin Train, Girl Scouts, Chartwells October Calendar, Kaukauna Dance Clinic, Kaukauna Dance Team Registration for this month.  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.

Parent/ Teacher Conferences

 Watch for Information on Online Sign Up

Our first family conferences of the year will be held on November 14 & 16 from 4:00—7:30 p.m. & November 17 from 12:30-4:00 p.m. (There is an 11:30 dismissal that day.) We will once again be using Signup Genius to schedule conferences. We look forward to connecting with you!

Red Ribbon Week   

During the week of October 23-25, we will be joining many other schools and communities throughout the nation to celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK…a week dedicated to celebrating a healthy and drug free life!

All Kaukauna schools will be participating in various activities that promote drug free living. Students will participate in several dress-up days to raise awareness of the importance of living a drug free life! the following is a list of dates and activities planned at school:
  • Kaukauna elementary students will be creating posters and/or grocery bags to share a "Drug Free/Healthy Living" message. Look for bags at Piggly Wiggly during Red Ribbon Week.
Dress Up Days:  
  • Mon. Oct. 23  Wear your favorite sweats and or team apparel …"Teaming Up Against Drugs is NOT SWEAT!!" 
  • Tues. Oct. 24  Wear “Bright/Neon Colors”…"My Future is BRIGHT DRUG FREE!" 
  • Wed. Oct. 25….District Wide Wear ”RED DAY”… "Be United Against Drugs!!" 
Don’t forget to take a few minutes to talk with your kids about the importance and benefits of living a drug free life. Thanks for supporting and participating in this important awareness effort!
News from the PAC!

Ongoing PAC Fundraising Projects

The Around the Town Coupon Book and Vendor Event will done this fall and spring. Families are asked to purchase the book for $25, or return the book to the office. The Haen PAC receives 50% of the cost of the book. This is a great fund raiser for our school and many offers will help you make your money back plus some!

Get involved!  Check out the Sign Up Genius to donate or volunteer time at the Haen Craft Fair on October 21st.  We hope to see you there!

General Mills Box Tops: 

We are enrolled in General Mill’s Box Tops for Education Program. Please look for the General Mill’s for Education label on their box tops and send THE WHOLE BOX TOP to school for processing. This has been a huge fundraiser for Haen School. We will having a monthly classroom competition. . . Keep clipping :)

News From our Specialists

Mrs. Sundelius - School Nurse

Is my child too sick to go to school? Often parents have a hard time deciding if their child is well enough to go to school.

Ask yourself the following question - Is my child feeling up to participating in regular school activities; including recess? Having a sore throat, cough, or mild congestion does not necessarily mean a child can't be active and participate in school activities, however if they are lethargic, clingy, complaining of pain or just not acting like themselves perhaps a sick day is in order.

Of course, never send a child to school who has a fever (even when their temperature is normal with fever reducing medication), is nauseated, vomiting, or has diarrhea. If your child is experiencing any one of these symptoms they need to stay home for 24 hours after the symptoms subside.

If you do bring your child into the doctor, remember to get a doctor’s excuse for school so your child’s attendance can be coded as a medical excuse. Thank you in advance for helping all students and staff stay healthy.


Mr. Theder - Art

First Grade Artists worked on their shape person, and finished it up with fine details. They got to look and talk about abstraction and Kandinsky circles. They reviewed their primary colors and learned their secondary colors.

Second Grade started the year making a sketch book. They learned their five basic lines, and their warm/cool colors by making a sun and moon drawing. They also learned about the famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci and his cool creations. The second graders are currently working on their own Da Vinci Robots.

Third Grade started the year making a sketch book. They reviewed their warm/cool colors and learned their neutral colors by drawing a sea turtle. They were challenged to draw complex shapes like hexagons within the shell of their turtle. Then got to blend oil pastel for the turtle's shell, arms, and head. Third grade then finished it up by using water colors for the background.

Fourth Grade started the year by making a sketch book also. We reviewed most of the color families. They learned two new color families by drawing an optical illusion. They learned and got to experiment with complementary and tertiary colors.

Greetings from the LMC! by Mrs. Munin

My name is Mrs. Munin and I am excited to be the new Library Media Specialist/Technology Coach here at Haen Elementary School. We are doing some exciting things in the LMC to get excited about reading!
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Make sure to stop by and checkout the teacher favorite childhood books!
Can you guess your teacher???

1st grade - We have started out the year with our first graders learning some exciting new technology and getting them used to using the Chromebooks and Google Classroom. They are so excited and rapidly becoming computer experts!





2nd Grade - We have been covering our Library Orientation guidelines and getting back into the swing of things. We also had GoldiSocks help us with picking out a “Just Right Book” using the 5 finger rule to help make book choices to find the perfect reading level!

3rd grade - Our third graders started off the year with a Library Scavenger Hunt - getting to know the different parts of the library and searching for fun clues throughout the LMC! We have also just started to learn about finding books in the library, so stay tuned next month!

Make sure to checkout the BrainPop video on picking a book for you!

(if you don’t have the password and username to access Brainpop, please email me - muninh@kaukaunasd.org!)

4th grade - After a refresher on the different areas of the library, we dove right in learning how to find a book in the library. We will be continuing this unit next month. They are quickly becoming experts in call numbers and searching for books throughout the library!


by Mrs. Lapin

Haen musicians have so much fun! We learn and practice playing the drums and xylophones! We create rhythms using popsicle sticks. We practice using our singing voice at the start of every class. Many of us can dance or play the xylophones while we sing the song Rocky Mountain. We learn our music skills through playing games which makes us excited to focus on our next task!

Special delivery from Heid Music…...4th grade is looking forward to learning how to play the recorder starting in a few weeks!


"Gym Shorts" by Miss Ziegler

Grade 1

Getting to know each other and how to actively listen and follow directions has been a big priority. Activities we practiced to help us learn this are Cooperation Tag, locomotor laps, fundamental skill centers using hands and feet with a variety of equipment. Tag games of Stuck in the Mud, Partner Duck, Duck Goose, Drum Tag, Go For The Gold, and Flamingo! Sponge Bob Tag, and 7-Up were fun team games. Core strength development will be focused on all year through plank practice. Students learned about how to hold their body up in a plank position.

Grade 2

The students have been very busy working on body control, directionality, body awareness, locomotor skills, and cooperation games. We practiced these skills through fun games like Chickens To the Rescue, Pac Man Tag, Bean Bag Toe Tag, & Squirrels Go Nuts! We threw spirals and kicked footballs, played Touchdown Chicken, & Red Light, Green Light Dribble. We also worked on throwing overhand with enough force to catch a rebounded ball off the wall. Core strength development will be focused on all year through plank practice. Students learned about how to hold their body up in a correct plank position.

Grade 3

Building cardiovascular endurance through running laps, games, and locomotor skills practice is a priority. 4-Square and Continuous tag were played. Soccer fundamentals, challenges, and lead-up games were learned. Soccer Pirates, and 6 Team Bowling Pin Soccer were the favorites. Reaction skills and defense were the focus during goalie play when defending their team’s goal. Core strength development will be focused on all year through plank practice. Students learned about how to hold their body up in a correct plank position.

Grade 4

Building cardiovascular endurance through running, locomotor skills, and games is a priority. Students played Continuous Tag, Football Tag, and the Hand Off Hustle relay. We flipped cones in the “Flippin Fitness Challenge”. Football lead up games played were End Zone Football, 2 on 2 Football, Tee kicking, & Throw and Go Football. The favorite fast action game of Team Touchdown was high scoring with continuous action. All game play emphasized fairness and good sportsmanship. Core strength development will be focused on all year through plank practice. Students learned about how to hold their body up in a correct plank position.

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!