Creative Learning

Dear Parents,

I continue to be amazed at how creative our students are at every age level. I have the unique opportunity to be in a variety of places in our building all throughout the day, and one of the things I enjoy most about that is watching the creative energy contribute to the learning. Even when I am out on the playground or in the lunchroom, our students continue to impress me with all of their adventures and ideas. Most recently, students have been writing persuasive essays, and you’d be impressed with all of the creative ideas they share regarding why we should be allowed to wear pajamas every day or why we should have an indoor playground. I am thankful that I can be a part of this energy and encourage you to celebrate all of creative contributions our students make each day.

Destination Imagination (DI) is another program that fosters creativity and imagination. Our district has 9 teams that will be competing in regional competition this year. Teams compete by working together to solve problems, and they must use their imagination to come up with creative ways to present their solutions. Teams compete by participating in Instant Challenges, short problem solving activities as well the Central Challenge, a larger problem solving project that they’ve been working on over several months. Our teams will be competing in New Holstein at the regional level next Saturday, March 14. I encourage you to join us to watch these teams compete and to cheer them on. We will post the schedule of performances sometime next week. Many thanks to Curt Bretall and numerous team managers for guiding our students along the way. Go DI Dutch!

Please mark your calendars for the Celebration of the Arts on March 24. You will not want to miss this opportunity to celebrate through art and song the creativity and talents of our students.

I’d like to thank each family for contributing so generously to our American Heart Association/Jump Rope for Heart project. Our school raised over $5,000, and this was well over double what was raised last year. Your donations will certainly make a difference for our community members who struggle with this disease on a regular basis. If you are interested in watching me kiss the pig, I’ll be doing that at our PBIS assembly next Wednesday. The students are really looking forward to that!

Have a great weekend!

Ann Steenwyk