January 2020
Central-Denison Newsletter
Lake Geneva Joint #1 School District Mission Statement

Honoring the unique talents of all, WE, the Lake Geneva Area Schools, families, and communities commit to providing EVERY student an excellent education that ensures the development of responsible, respectful citizens, and inspires life-long learning.

TOGETHER WE CAN!
Note from the Principal

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We hope that you found time to enjoy family and friends over the long holiday break.  With the start of the second semester in January, we enter into the time of year when our students show the most growth.  The classroom routines have been established, the academic building blocks are in place, and there are fewer interruptions to the schedule.  They are comfortable with their classmates and find safety and trust in their teachers. 

Our English Language Learners will be taking the ACCESS test when we return in January.  This is a required assessment that tests English proficiency levels and helps to guide instruction for our ELL students.  At this time we will also be administering the mid-year PALS assessment to students in 5K-3rd grade and benchmarking students in Math.  While this seems like a lot of testing, it really is just an opportunity for us to celebrate the progress that our students are making and adjust our plans and instruction to better meet our goals.  Please watch for report cards to be sent home towards the end of the month. Parent/Teacher Conferences are not scheduled until March, but if you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please ease your mind by reaching out to his or her teacher.

January tends to bring the cold and wet weather that comes with winter.  While it is not my favorite season, winter is a much-loved time for our students.  With that, it is very important that they come prepared for the weather. Our students have three recesses each day and they love to play in the snow!  Winter gear should include boots, snowpants, a coat that zips, a hat, and mittens or gloves. Here are a couple helpful hints for winter gear and school: 1) Stretchy gloves are wonderful, but they get wet fast.  A couple extra pairs in their backpack can help to ensure that your child has warm, dry hands. 2) Wet feet are also a problem. An extra pair of socks in their backpack will also be helpful in keeping your child warm and dry throughout the day. 3) PLEASE…be sure that your child’s name is on their gear.  It is difficult to keep track of which black snowpants belong to which child when 12 to 16 students have black snowpants. If you are struggling to provide any of these items, please contact your child’s teacher or the office, as we may be able to help.

Mr. Nugent and I can’t help but smile as we reflect on the growth that we have seen during this first semester.  Your children are showing independence and responsibility and we are grateful to be a part of their learning. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Mrs. Becky Buhler, Principal
Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • January 17th - Half Day Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • February 21st - No School – Teacher In Service
  • March 23rd – March 27th - No School – Spring Break
  • April 10th-April 13th - No School – Easter Break
  • May 1st - No School – Teacher In Service
  • May 25th - No School – Memorial Day
  • June 5th - Last Day of School 
Office Contacts
Main Office: (262) 348-4000
Parent Reminders

SCHOOL HOURS:
The first bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Student should be in their classroom by 8:50 a.m. Students will be marked tardy at 8:55 and after. The dismissal bell rings at 3:50 p.m.

MORNING DROP OFF INFORMATION:
Just a reminder that you may NOT drop your child off before 8:30 a.m. Student will enter at 8:30 a.m. for walking club or breakfast. We do not have student supervision before that time.

We encourage all families to use our drop off zone located on Cook Street for 4K, 5K and 1st Grade and Madison Street for 2nd and 3rd Grade.

PICK-UP and BUS CHANGE INFORMATION :
If you are picking up your child for an appointment during the day, a parent or guardian needs to call the office at 262-348-4000, send a note with the student or write on your child's communication card to let us know. If there is a change to the way your child is going home at the end of the day, a parent or guardian will need to send a note or call the office before 3:15 p.m.

If there is a change to your child's normal bus routine, we require a note or a phone call by a parent or guardian to the school, 262-348-4000, to make that change.   Please do so before 3:15 p.m.

STUDENT ABSENCE:
If your child is absent please call Central-Denison at 262-348-4000 to report the absence before 9:00 a.m.

PLANNED ABSENCE REQUEST
If you are planning a vacation or a trip and your child will be out of school for three or more days, please complete a Planned Absence Request. Please call the Central-Denison office at 262-348-4000 for a form, complete and the Principal will approve.
School Hours
8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Students may enter at 8:30 am
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

If you are going to be volunteering at Central-Denison (field trips, PTO events, classroom help, etc.) the Administration at the District Office requires a background check to be processed. Forms are available on-line or you can stop by the Central-Denison Office to request a form. Please note: the District Office needs two weeks to process the form.

Background checks are good for three years, so if you are unsure of whether you are still approved, you can call Central-Denison at 262-348-4000.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.
Central-Denison PTO
cendenpto@badger.k12.wi.us
Badger Community Education
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NEW  Important information regarding student health and welfare and helpful information about: when to keep your student home, medications at school and the district's new cough drop policy.
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March 23, 2020 - March 27, 2020
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