Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! The cold has certainly not stopped us from getting back into a groove. Students came back excited and ready to get back at it. Even with the indoor recess restrictions, students have handled the transition back into work mode really well. Thanks for all of your efforts in helping them make the transition back after break. It has been great talking to the students about their Christmas experiences, and I’ve heard some great stories.

This month is packed full of learning and mid-year assessments. We’ll be checking reading progress with Running Record assessments, and we’ll be checking progress in math and writing as well. These checks will guide teachers to determine next steps and to ensure that students are making adequate progress. As always, please communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. The earlier we address any concerns, the better.

Next week, a representative from the National Heart Association will be here to share with students about keeping our hearts healthy. This talk will be a kick off for our February focus on Jump Rope for Heart. Stay tuned for more information in Friday Folders regarding this important focus.

Speaking of staying healthy… Flu season is among us. Our district nurse informed us that Influenza A is high in the state of WI as well as surrounding states. Information in Friday Folders will be shared from the CDC. Please remember to keep your children home until they are well for 24 hours without the aid of medications.

The annual PTO Fun Fair is all a buzz at OES. Please make sure Friday, February 6th is marked on your calendar. Preparations are underway, and there are some amazing prizes and baskets that will be available at the big event. Students are already getting excited about this fun night. Thank you to PTO for all of their hard work and preparation for this important fundraiser.

With all of our most recent weather related issues, we are especially grateful for our crossing guards. Next week (January 12-16) is School Crossing Guard Recognition Week. Please express your thanks to Mark Awe, Pat Koeser, and Glenn Koeser for helping to keep our children safe.

Stay warm!

Ann Steenwyk