January 2021
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.

Note from the Principal
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

We hope that you found time to relax and enjoy 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 with their teachers.

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. 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.

Here are a few helpful hints regarding winter gear and school: 

1.) Because of the condensation between their mask and your child’s warm breath, his/her mask will be damp after being outside. It would be helpful to have an extra mask to change out after recess. It will likely be dry by the next recess so just having two should be enough. 

2.) Stretchy gloves are wonderful, but they get wet very quickly. Having a couple extra pairs of gloves in their backpack can help to ensure that your child has warm, dry hands. 

3.) Wet feet can also be a problem. An extra pair of socks in their backpack will also be helpful in keeping your child warm and dry throughout the day.

4.) 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 nearly every student has very similar, black snowpants. 

In spite of quarantine scenarios that have had an impact on individual students, as well as entire classrooms, 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
Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • January 1, 2021 Happy New Year
  • January 22, 2021 NO SCHOOL for students
  • January 22, 2021 End of Second Quarter
School Hours

8:45 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Students may enter at 8:30 am
Car riders and walkers pick up at 3:40 p.m.

I would like to remind you of the importance of your child’s face mask. Since our students are required to wear them throughout their day, it is important that they be washed frequently or exchanged for a new one. I have noticed that some of the “gator-style” masks have stretched out over time, making it difficult for children to keep them in place. Because your child is not wearing a mask around the house like they wear it at school, you may not be aware of some of these concerns. Please take a look at your child’s mask.  We do have extra masks in the office if your child is in need. Wearing a mask is one simple step that can go a long way in protecting the health of your child as well as others. 

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Social Media, the Internet, and
Your Child's Safety

Frequent discussions with your child about online safety and their online lives
can have a major influence on a child's behavior.

Interact! is an online, interactive, e-course created for parents and guardians to complete with their children, with the goal of sparking basic online safety discussions in the home. This 30 minute module provides parents with the opportunity to review their own tech use to set a good online example; interactive activities to complete alongside their children; and follow-up resources and activities to keep the discussions going. Be your child’s trusted adult. Interact! and stay safe!
The Interact! program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
See what is happening at Central-Denison on a daily basis by following our Facebook page.
Ski Club

The Lake Geneva School District has received an extension for the Federal Summer Food Service Program. Lake Geneva Schools students are eligible for one FREE breakfast and one FREE lunch daily for the entire 2020-2021 school year. We encourage each student to take advantage of our nutritious meals at no cost. This will require no action on your part, just show up! Additional meals, milk, or a la carte purchases will be debited from the students' account. If your family has already paid toward your lunch balance we ask that you please leave the balance for future use. Thank you.

Please note that the elementary milk break is not included in the waiver, because it is a state program. The cost for milk break is $50 per year unless a free and reduced application is returned and approved.

New virtual students that would like to pick-up meals please contact Donna Ecklund at 262-348-1015.
Parent & Student Reminders

Limit Non-Essential Visitors
In an effort to protect the health and safety of our community, only essential visitors will be allowed on school campuses to minimize the number of people on-site. Parents picking up/dropping off are encouraged to use pickup/drop off zones. No outside guests will be allowed to visit classrooms or cafeterias. All efforts will be made to keep necessary visitors to a minimum. If a parent needs to deliver an essential item to their student during the school day, please call the school office prior to arriving to make the necessary arrangements. 

Most meetings with families will take place virtually unless an in-person meeting is necessary. Parents meeting on-site with school staff must follow social-distancing guidelines and must wear face coverings.

Lake Geneva Schools will not allow food delivery and/or parents dropping off take out food for students for the 2020-2021 school year. Please plan on sending a packed lunch with your student in the morning or purchasing school-provided lunches. 

Just a reminder that you may NOT drop your student off before 8:30 am. There is no student supervision before that time. We encourage all families to use our drop off zone located on Cook Street or Madison Street. No parent will be allowed to walk their student to class.

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.

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.
Don't forget about the Daily At-Home Health Check: https://bit.ly/3jFUlMU 

Please complete it daily prior to sending your student to school. It is vital to ask the questions on the checklist each and every day to prevent the possibility of exposing other students or staff. This checklist is to be filled out at home, daily on the honor system. It is not required to be handed into the school. 

If you answer yes to any of the questions on the checklist:
- Keep your student home. 
- Let the school office know the questions which were answered yes.
- Follow the appropriate guidelines for when to return to school: https://bit.ly/3hTRvU3 

Thank you!
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.
Office Contacts
Main Office: (262) 348-4000
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