March 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
Hello Central-Denison Families: 

As the snow starts to disappear and the temperatures start to warm, most of us have started to feel a bit of spring fever.  I can feel it in the energy that our students have as they anticipate getting outside and when they come in from recess. Ahhh…the battle of keeping winter gear on their little bodies when it is only 40 degrees outside and there is still snow on the ground! J We would sure appreciate your help with this. Please remind your child that our guidelines for not wearing a coat at recess includes a “feels like” temperature of 60 degrees or more. We get some very chilly and windy days during these spring months.

Spring is also a time when we become more aware of growth, both in nature and in our students. Parent/Teacher conferences offered the opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s growth with his or her teacher. We also look closely at student growth through our assessments. While we assess our students regularly to help us plan for instruction, we also look at growth in a more summative fashion, looking at the overall growth that our students have made throughout the year. Most of this testing takes place during the months of April and May. 

This year, our third graders will be taking the Wisconsin FORWARD Exam. This battery of tests will measure mastery in Reading, Language Arts, and Math. The test has a format of multiple-choice and short answer questions. It is an online assessment that will be given during the last week of April. Rest assured that our third grade teachers will spend time preparing the students with practice questions and other test-taking strategies throughout the month of April. More details will be shared as that testing window draws near.
During the lunchtime this week, I was noticing the growth spurt that some of our students have gone through…so much taller and less baby-looking. However, as I reflect on the months that have passed, I think the growth that I am most proud of has been in the area of character development. I am so proud of the choices that our students make on a daily basis. Our teachers work very hard to support good character choices and it has surely paid off. Simple things, such as picking up a pencil that was dropped by a classmate or walking appropriately in the hallway, will definitely serve as the building blocks of strong character for when the choices that they need to make become more difficult. 
It is hard to believe that it has been one year since the onset of the COVID virus and the necessary closure of our schools and conversion to virtual learning. That loss of in person time had an impact on all of us. We have worked hard to be face to face and it has been worth every minute. The rest of the school year will undoubtedly pass quickly. Please take time to enjoy the growth that comes with the change of the season, but more so, be sure to celebrate the growth in your child.

Proudly,

Mrs. Becky Buhler 
Upcoming Dates to Remember
March 5 - NO SCHOOL
March 14 - Daylight Savings Time
March 16 - Cen-Den PTO Meeting 6:30 pm (Library)
March 26 - NO SCHOOL
March 29 - April 2 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
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
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.


DON'T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!
DUE MARCH 12th!
Time Change
Sunday, March 14th
REMINDER FROM
MRS. BUHLER:
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.
PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR UPDATED DISTRICT CALENDAR.
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
Referendum
On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, voters of the community will have the opportunity to vote on three referendum questions: two operational and one facility. All three questions can be passed with NO TAX RATE INCREASE to our citizens! We urge voters to review the facts, ask questions and make an informed choice on Tuesday, April 6th.
FREE STUDENT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

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.
See what is happening at Central-Denison on a daily basis by following our Facebook page.
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. 

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.
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.
Office Contacts
Main Office: (262) 348-4000
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