April 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.

TOGETHER WE CAN!
Note from the Principal
Happy Spring! 

We are so happy to be here, celebrating warmer temperatures and a busy start to the last quarter of the school year! At Central-Denison, April means concerts, assessments, and the start of preparations for next year. 

After being forced to postpone our 5K & 1st grade concert this past winter, we are now making plans for a spring concert season that will be a bit out of the ordinary. While trying to bring our families back into the school environment, and still being respectful of the need to be physically distant, we are planning for individual grade level concerts, outside, in a picnic-like setting. These events will be held on April 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th. Mrs. Stanfield-Dunham will be sharing details with you very soon. Knowing how well she plans, and the great lengths that she goes to for successful performances, we are positive that these concerts will be a huge success!

At the end of the month, our third graders will be participating in the Wisconsin Forward Exam. The Forward Exam is a state-wide assessment that measures the knowledge and skill that your child should have acquired by third grade in the areas of reading, language arts, and math. While their performance on this test will not affect any of their current grades, the test is important, so please encourage your son or daughter to do the best they can. Your child’s teacher will share detailed information with you when we return from Spring Break.  
Spring is a challenging time for educators. 

We sort of live with one foot in the present school year and one in the next. We are working hard to share new knowledge with our students and celebrate their growth and yet we need to think about moving them out of their current learning environment and create plans that will set them up for success next year. With a mere 43 days left in the school year, we certainly have our work cut out for us. June 4th will be here before we know it.

We are grateful each day for our time with your children.

Becky Buhler & Colin Nugent
 
Upcoming Dates to Remember
April 5 - School Resumes
April 6 - Election Day - Please Vote
April 30 - NO SCHOOL for students
May 31 - Memorial Day
June 4 - Last day for students
Spring Fever & the Playground

Spring Fever tends to bring out some issues on our playground. Here are some ways that you can help.

  • Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. These items cause problems throughout the day, but especially during recess times. We spend a lot of unnecessary time trying to solve problems with lost, stolen, or broken toys from home.
  • Dressing in layers is very helpful. We often start the day on the cooler side, but by later in the afternoon, it warms up. While 60 degrees feels warmer than 30 degrees, it is not “hot” (as the kids seem to think). I would suggest bringing a sweater or sweatshirt to leave here at school. If they do so, they will always have that extra layer, just in case they need it.
  • Spring also brings out the horseplay in our students, which tends to lead to rough play. This leads to hurt feelings and sometimes some bumps and scrapes. Our staff reminds them daily about safe play, being kind, and how to problem solve. Your input and support can be the extra reminders that they need to play safely with their friends.
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.
Preschool & 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration
4-Year-Old Kindergarten 
Lake Geneva Schools is pleased to offer a top-quality, comprehensive 4K child development program. Our half-day program, offered either in the morning or afternoon, is designed to nurture each child's social, emotional and early literacy skills. To be eligible for 4-year-old kindergarten, a child must be 4 on or by September 1 of the school year. Click for more 4K Information.
 
Buzzing Bees 3-Year-Old Preschool
Lake Geneva Schools 3-Year-Old Preschool was established for the purpose of providing quality early academic readiness, building a strong base around social-emotional well being, and creating a culture that will help foster a pleasure in learning to young children. We believe that 3-Year-Old Preschool is about using play, social interactions and language experience to educate and help children grow. To be eligible for our half-day morning preschool program, a child must be 3 on or by September 1 of the school year. Our Buzzing Bees Preschool Program is tuition based. Click for Preschool Information.
 
Register your child at the District Administration Center.
208 E. South Street, Lake Geneva
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Thursday) & 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Friday)
Bring a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency
Badger Community Education
Check out all of the offerings.
NEW INFORMATION ADDED!
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.
We are planning for in-person spring concerts at the end of April for grades Kindergarten through Third Grade. Here is how we will make this work.

  • Each grade level will have an individual concert - fewer students, fewer audience members
  • Concerts will be outdoors, with an indoor backup depending on the weather
  • All students, staff, and audience members will be masked even though we're outside
  • The indoor backup will still be socially distanced
  • All concerts will be happening at Central-Denison to keep us in our home base and not traveling to other buildings
  • If cases are increasing again, we will switch to a virtual concert and the concert date will be the video release date

Please know that we are being extremely flexible, and we are prepared for any changes that may occur. Our students deserve a chance to show off their hard work, but the safety and health of our school population are just as important.

Here are the performance dates for each grade level - announcements have been sent home; more specific information will be provided as the concert dates approach. We are excited for some normalcy and a chance to perform!

Kindergarten - Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6 pm
1st Grade - Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 6 pm
2nd Grade - Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 6 pm
3rd Grade - Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 6 pm
See what is happening at Central-Denison on a daily basis by following our Facebook page.
Parent and 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. 

MORNING DROP OFF INFORMATION:
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.

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.

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.
Office Contacts
Main Office: (262) 348-4000
Quick Links
Community Backpack
The Lake Geneva Schools Community Backpack is your online bulletin for youth-related community activities and educational opportunities. Learn More
Share News With Us
Share your news, event summaries, photos and/or give us a "head's up" on your upcoming events so we can promote your successes. Learn More
Our Website
Please visit our website frequently for district-wide
and school specific announcements, and important information. lakegenevaschools.com