Newsletter - March 2020
School Day Schedule:
7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Early Release Day - 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Supervision on the playground starts at 7:30 a.m. First bell rings at 7:40. Final bell rings at 7:45 and the kids are to be in their seats ready to start the day.
First and Fifth Grade 10:50-11:10
Second and Fourth Grade 11:10-11:30
Kindergarten and Third Grade 11:30-11:50
3/2 PTO meeting 6-7 pm in media center
3/3 5:30-7 Literacy night
3/9 4-8 pm Dine Out at Noodles & Co.
3/16 - 3/20 Winter Blast
3/23 -3/27 SPRING BREAK
4/20-4/24 Book Fair
4/21 STEM night
4/24 Spring Dance
Reminders from the Office
STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE TO SCHOOL: We have an number of students arriving late for school. Students are expected to be at school entering the building at 7:40 am when the first bell rings. If your student arrives in the building after the second bell at 7:45 am, they must stop at the office to check in and get a tardy pass before going to class.
PICK UP AFTER SCHOOL: For the safety of all students, please make sure that you are on time to pick up your child. You should be at school when students dismiss at 2:45 pm. If you are unable to be at school at 2:45 pm, you should make alternate arrangements for your child's pick up. Please make sure that you keep a consistent routine and that your child knows where to meet you.
AFTER SCHOOL SAFETY: In order to make sure our students here at Read are always safe, we ask that you please wait outside for your child to come to you at the end of the school day. We need to ensure that the only adults who have entered the school have done so through the proper safety protocol of being let in by the secretary through our buzzer system.
SENDING CASH TO SCHOOL: Please remember to send the correct change with your student(s) when paying for Field Trips, Pictures, Fundraisers, etc. Teachers do not have cash on hand in their classrooms to make change.
Monday, January 6, 2020 the following message was sent out to all Oshkosh Area School District Families via Infinite campus.
The District is working closely with the Winnebago County Health Department to monitor and reduce illnesses within our schools. It is the District’s policy to alert families when potential health concerns arise in our schools. At this time, this message is precautionary and is meant to help raise awareness regarding illness in our schools and ask families to take important precautions to limit the spread of germs and illness. As a reminder, when calling your child’s school to report their absence, please relay the symptoms they are having to the school office so that the District can continue to report to the health department accurately.
If your child experiences a fever, please keep them
home until they are symptom free without medication for 24 hours. If they experience diarrhea and or vomiting they should remain at home for 48 hours after symptoms have subsided.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our schools and students healthy.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this notification, please contact your child’s school office or the Oshkosh Area School District Office of Pupil Services at 920.424.0113.
BRRRR...It's COLD outside!
With the weather being much cooler please make sure your child(ren) is dressed appropriately for school. Our district's guidelines are as follows:
- Below 50 degrees-coat required
- Between 50-60 degrees-Long sleeves needed
- 61 degrees and over -students choice (shorts are allowed)
- Boots, Snowpants and winter jackets are required to play on the snow.
- Also remember hats, gloves and scarves for extra warmth.
- Recesses will be outdoors unless the temperature is below 10 degrees or the wind chill is below zero.
Early Release Days
Please mark your calendars for the early dismissal dates this year. The city bus does pick up on early dismissal days. School will dismiss at 12:30 on the following Wednesdays. There are NO 4K or Early Childhood classes on Early Release Days:
- March 11th
- April 8th
- May 13th
Extra Change of Clothes
Please consider sending an extra change of clothes with you child to school. With the winter weather, the snow can soak through snow pants or get in boots. Also, some kids have accidents and this will save the hassle of having to bring clothes to school during the day.
Any absences that will be in excess of 2 days must have a Pre-approved Absence form filled out and approved PRIOR to the absence. Forms are available in the office.
Out of Area Attendance/Open Enrollment 2020-2021
Please be aware of deadlines for the 2020/21 school year for applying for OUT OF AREA ATTENDANCE (attending a school of choice while living within the Oshkosh Area School District due by 2/28/20) and OPEN ENROLLMENT (attending an Oshkosh Area School District School while living outside of the Oshkosh attendance area - application period is from 2/3/20 to 4/30/20).
for the sheet that explains the deadlines and procedures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Counselor News from Ms. Muenster!
Last month REACH Counseling came to speak to all classrooms about protective behaviors as part of the classroom guidance curriculum.
REACH counseling shared four major steps for if your child is in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation:
Tell a trusted adult.
Create a code word or phrase with your family.
REACH Counseling teachers talked about warning signs our body gives us when we are feeling uncomfortable or nervous. It could be a racing heart rate, sweaty palms, butterflies in our stomachs, or goose bumps. Each of us has a different response when we are nervous or uncomfortable. It’s important for your child to realize their own warning signs. When we get these warning signs it’s our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. A code word can be a good strategy so your child has a plan if they find themselves in an unsafe or uncomfortable situation. Below are some child abuse prevential tips for parent/guardians.
Child Abuse Prevention Tips for Parents/Guardians
We all can help empower children to prevent abuse: give them information, give them permission, and offer them education.
Do I give my child the right to say no, even to adults?
Do I give my child the opportunity to make choices and decisions for her/himself?
Does my child have opportunities for success and failure and still feel loved?
Does my child know that secrets that make them feel confused, uncomfortable, or bad inside aren’t good secrets to keep?
Do I encourage my child to know their feelings and trust them?
Does my child know the correct private anatomical parts of the body?
Do I set consistent limits on my child’s behavior and actions and are they aware of the consequences for non-compliance?
Do I have realistic age-appropriate expectations for my child/children?
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
I can give my child frequent hugs, kisses, smiles and eye contact
I can reinforce child protective behaviors like their right to “Say No”, “Try to Get Away” and “Tell a Grown Up Who They Trust”.
I can tell my child that nobody has the right to touch them or to have them touch another person in any way that makes them feel unsafe or confused. They have the right to say no to anyone in these circumstances- no matter who that person is. They also have the right to tell an adult they trust, no matter what.
I can let my child know that they can follow their instincts or red flags- if they are uncomfortable in any situation or with a certain person, they can ask for help or to not be left alone with that person.
I can let my child know that grown-ups are not always right and can also make mistakes.
I can let my child know that grown-ups are responsible for their own choices and mistakes- grown-up choices are never a child’s fault.
I can play “what if” games for all safety situations, including child abuse prevention (i.e. “what if….you lose a parent in a store, someone asks you to get into a car, someone asks you to touch their private parts, etc”).
I can become better acquainted with the adults my child spends time with (i.e. club leaders, neighbors, day care workers, babysitters, etc.).
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kristin Muenster, School Counselor (920)424-0172 ext, 6488 firstname.lastname@example.org