Thursday, December 21, 2017

December/ January 2018 Family Blog

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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!

Holly Magness

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 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 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!