Saturday, May 12, 2018

May/June 2018 Family Blog

A Message from Mrs. Magness . . .

Hello Haen Families!
Every school year we get to May and I reflect on how fast the school year has gone.  I marvel at the growth our students have had... they have grown in so many ways and we are so proud of them!

This June our school will be taking a Road Trip on our Road to Success to Hawaii!  Students have earned miles with their awesome efforts during their spring assessments, especially the MAP Spring Assessment.  Ask your 2nd, 3rd or 4th grader about their growth on the MAP test... we have incredible celebrations!

Take time as a family to enjoy the art work at the Kaukauna Public Library this month.  There are works of art created by students in our district.  There are 10 pieces of art on display that were created by Haen students. Congratulations to you!

The summer break is right around the corner, but we still have good work to do to Finish Strong at Victor Haen Elementary!  Thank you families for encouraging your child to do their best every day as we close out the school year.  Soon we will say good-bye to our 4th Grade students and hello to a new group of 1st Grade students.  Our memories together are very special- thank you sharing your most precious gifts with us!

May you have a very relaxing summer filled with family memories!

  • Through May 31
    •   All District Art Show at the Kaukauna Library
  • May 16
    •  5:00-6:15 PM Academic Parent Teacher Team Night Grade 1 & 2
  • May 17
    •  Last Library Checkout
  • May 22
    •  ALL Library Materials Due
  • May 23
    •  8:00-11:30 AM 4th Grade tour River View Middle School
  • May 24
    •  8:30-2:30 1st Grade to Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • May 25
    • NO SCHOOL for Students/In-Service for Certified Staff
  • May 28
    •  NO SCHOOL Happy Memorial Day
  • June 5
    • Road Trip to Hawaii
  • June 6
    •  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL students dismissed at 11:30 AM

All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information for this month!
  • The Great Bunny Train 
  • 2018 Kaukauna Softball Flyer 
  • Safety Town Flyer 
  • Walking for Wishes Flyer 
  • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer 
  • 2018 Fox River Girls Hockey Club Flyer 
  • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer 
  • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer 
  • YMCA Before and After School Flyer 
  • UW Extension Summer Camp 
  • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs 
  • Bridging Brighter Smiles
  • Electric City Youth Soccer - 3 and 4 year olds
  • Appleton Boychoir Audition flyer
  • Kaukauna Girls Summer Volleyball Camp
  • Youth Flag Rugby - Grades 1-7

Thank a Teacher!

Thank You to our PAC for planning a very special Teacher Appreciation Week!  The staff greatly appreciate the kindness and appreciations!

Haen Hawks are on the Road to Success... to Hawaii! Help us make our road trip a success by signing up to volunteer!

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close we would like to celebrate all the hard work and growth our students have made throughout the year. The Haen Road Trip will make one final stop on Tuesday, June 5th on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. The staff and students will participate in a variety of educational and fun activities all day that are connected to the Hawaiian Islands as we hold a school-wide Luau Party .In order to make the event a huge success, we need your help!  Please consider signing up to help supervise activities throughout the morning (7:45-11:45 AM). If you are available all morning, or even a portion of the morning, we would love to have you join the fun! Volunteers are required to have a background check on file.  If you are unsure if you have a background check, or are in need of one, please contact the school office.  A link to sign up to volunteer can be found here!

Last Day!

As usual, our school year seems to have flown past, and we are nearing the end of the year. Remember that the last day of school for all students in grades K-12 is Wednesday, June 6. Students at the elementary level are dismissed at 11:30 AM that day. Have a safe and happy summer!

Supply Lists

Supply lists for 2018/2019 will be sent home with progress reports on the last day of school. They will also be on file at area stores in August. The PAC in partnership with Abel Insurance will be offering backpacks and school supplies for incoming 1st Grade students. Students and parents will be invited to the 1st Grade Transition Days in August, which in turn will earn kids free school supplies!

For Our Incoming 1st Graders!

Incoming 1st Grade families stay tuned for dates to sign up for the 1st Grade Transition!  Haen staff will assess incoming 1st Grade students in reading and math.  Students and families will have an opportunity to learn more about our school.  Incoming 1st Grade students participating will receive a backpack and school supplies donated by Abel Insurance and the Haen PAC!  More information to come!

Registration for 2018/2019

As we plan for the 2018/2019 school year, we will begin making class placements for your child for next year. Remember that you do not need to register or re-enroll your child each year. However, please let us know if your address has changed or will be changing, or if you will be moving out of the district before the start of the 18/19 school year.

Cool for School

If you think you may need help with getting back-to-school clothes/shoes for your children, there is an event called “Cool for School” that may help. The event is run through the Community Clothes Closet in Menasha. In order to participate, you will need to either be a current Clothes Closet client OR you will need a referral form to become a client. Contact your school social worker, Karen Wirth (766-6111 ext 4206), if you need a referral form.

Summer Reading Partnership Continues

Haen will again be joining forces with the Kaukauna Public Library to encourage children to read this summer.  For more information you may contact the Kaukauna Public Library by calling 920.766.6346/ Happy Reading!


With the end of the school year fast approaching we ask that you take note of your child/children’s lunch account balance.  Accounts will have to be brought up to date by the end of the school year.  If we do not receive payment by Tuesday, June 12, 2018, and the account balance is more than a $20.00 negative it will be sent to the Kaukauna Area School District Collection Agency. 

If you choose to let your child/children’s lunch account balance go below the $5.00 mark because of the end of the year, please remember the Kaukauna Area School District Messenger Service will continue to contact you.  This is an automated service and cannot be turned off. 

Remember to make each day a safe and healthy one!

News from our Specialists. . . 

Music by Mrs. Hoks-Lapin
During the month of May, music students will learn and discuss world music. We will learn new songs, play a variety of percussion instruments, and focus on playing the xylophones. Discussions will include the importance of listening to others, how to respect both musical and personal space, and how to demonstrate silence so that others may speak with their instrument. For these activities, we will sit in a circle which is a symbol of equality and respect.

Art by Mr. Theder
First Grade Artists finished up painting their chinese dragon paintings.They are working on their sponge printing. First grade got to learn how to use a sponge with paint to make realistic looking clouds. First grade then drew and cut out kites to glue on their sky background. During painting their kites, they got a chance to learn their secondary colors and how to mix them using primary colors.

Second Grade Second grade is currently working on their clay chameleon. Second grade got a chance to learn how to make chameleon out of clay. They learned about the process of how to roll clay into a coil. They also learned how to attach clay together by slipping and scoring. Currently Second grade is painting their clay chameleon.

Third Grade artists are currently working on their robotic bug painting. They started with choosing a insect or type of bug they wish to draw closely. Third grade then were encouraged to add details to make their bug look like it has mechanical features. Later third grade will use color family and tempera paint to finish them using patterns.

Fourth Grade artists got to finish painting their clay pinch pot. They also are working on their design painting. Fourth grade were encouraged to draw a picture with designs that would tell a story. Fourth grade are learning how to paint with tempera paint, they are learning how to use a brush correctly.

Phy Ed by Ms. Ziegler
Nice weather, eventually, will promote the wearing of sandals & flip flops to school. Wearing sandals, however, creates a dangerous situation during gym class. I am suggesting that students keep a pair of socks in their backpack in case they wear sandals to school on a gym day. That way they are prepared for gym class and can perform their best as we are finishing some important student assessments. Students will not be allowed to participate barefoot or if wearing unsafe footwear. I really appreciate your help and support to keep your child(ren) safe and active in gym class.

Grade 1
Fun fitness games played were Hoop Roller, Paul Bunyan’s Pancakes, and Pancakes in the Pan, Hoop It Up, Pillow Hockey, Run Ball, Partner Duck, Duck, Goose, and Flamingo Tag. The favorite tag game was Toy Story Tag. Students used paddles, and other striking equipment to work on hand/eye coordination. Students climbed across the low climbing wall and learned how to problem solve to choose the best move so they would not fall off. Cooperation kickball will be played yet this Spring.

Grade 2
Students experienced a variety of fitness and skill related stations. All focused on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, personal responsibility & improvement in the activities, plus body control. Mouse in the House, Paddle Mania, & Batter Up worked on hand-eye coordination with scoops, paddles, and bats. Students climbed across the low climbing wall and learned how to problem solve to choose the best move so they would not fall off. Safety hockey was a favorite unit with much aerobic benefit. Skills practiced were safe stick handling, dribbling, stopping and passing pucks, shooting goals, blocking, and goal keeping. Also, we worked on cooperation with the parachute and in cooperative kickball.

Grade 3
Activities practiced were floor hockey, traverse climbing wall, striking activities, disc golf, and many different fitness and skill related stations. In stunts and challenges, students worked on core strength and balance, weight transfer, and jumping and landing skills. All focused on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, personal responsibility for safety, personal improvement, and body control. Parachute challenges and Kickball helped build teamwork and cooperation. Fun fitness games played were Treasure Chest, Sink the Ship, Jurassic Park, Polka Dot Kickball, & Capture the Flag, which reinforced moving, ball skills, teamwork, strategy, scoring/guarding, and sportsmanship.
Grade 4
Activities practiced were agility ladders, superballs, foot bag, traverse climbing wall, floor hockey, tennis raquet/ball challenges, mystery pathway, fox tails, disc golf, kickball, and numerous skill related and fitness stations. All focused on core strength, balance, weight transfer, jumping and landing skills, coordination, flexibility, cooperation & personal responsibility for safety, personal improvement, and body control. Favorite fitness games like Boomerang and Raindrop improved teamwork with classmates and worked on reaction skills, decision making, and sportsmanship. Students used the App called Flip Grid to record their created tumbling routines when working with a partner. The final Power Words Vocabulary test will be completed for each class to meet their goal score that they voted on and worked to reach.
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 by Mrs. Munin

We have had a wonderful year in the LMC - the students were so excited about all the new books and exciting events going on in the library - using Seesaw, Chatterpix, and Flipgrid apps, along with Google Slides and Google Docs.
As we are wrapping up our year, we will need ALL BOOKS BACK BY TUESDAY MAY 22nd, 2018. Please help your child in returning their books prior to that date. If the books are not returned by that date, Mrs. Munin will be send outing notices regarding replacement fees. The last day for checkout will be May 17, 2018. The last library skills class will be May 29, 2018.

First Grade:
We have been having fun discovering how the library is arranged. Students have begun to learn about how the books are shelved and how to find them within the library. Stay tuned for next year, as second graders we will get to start using the online catalog to search for books.

Second Grade:
We have been continuing to learn about finding books. We have just started to go to the online catalog and learn about searching for books and how to find them on the shelves. We will continue on our quest to become great library detectives!

Third Grade:
We have been working on creating a newscast movie for our weather events. Stay tuned for these movies to be posted on the LMC website. Come and watch all our students caught up in an extreme weather event!!!

Fourth Grade:
Our news broadcasts are live - coming to you from a historical event! Checkout the LMC website for all the latest and greatest news!

News from the school nurse by Mrs. Sundelius

Why should your child get immunized? The State of Wisconsin does require children in
daycare facilities and schools to be immunized against certain contagious diseases. The purpose of this law is to prevent disease and suffering and any permanent disability resulting from the disease. Additionally immunizing as many children as possible will help prevent the spread of these contagious diseases and in the long run extinguish these diseases completely; Smallpox is a good example of a disease that historically was commonly vaccinated for but is not longer is due to the fact that it has not be seen since the early 1980s.

The following is the required immunization schedule for children in the State of Wisconsin. As you can see there are additional immunizations that are needed when children begin their kindergarten and grade 6 school years.

  • 4 DTaP, 3 polio, 1 MMR and 1 Varicella
Kindergarten through grade 5:
  • 4 DTaP, 4 polio, 2 MMR and 2 Varicella
Grade 6 through grade 12:
  • 1 Tdap, 4 DTaP, 4 polio, 2 MMR and 2 Varicella
The above is a guideline. There are some exceptions and also clarifications on this chart. More information can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website or on the website for your local county public health department.

Please feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school with any questions on immunization requirements.