September 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
Welcome Back!

It has been so much fun to see our families as they are coming into the building for Welcome Conferences. It has been a little difficult to recognize some of our students. Yes, the masks make it challenging…but holy cow…some of them have grown like crazy! We know that you have many questions about the start of the new school year. We would like to help with that by offering some brief insights for you.

MASKS– Children and staff will wear masks at all times. The masks can be taken off during lunch, snack/milk break, and at recess. During recess, masks must be worn when playing on the equipment. Please know that teachers will set up mask “break times” throughout the day as well. If you do not have a mask for your child, we do have some available at school to help with that.

MORNING DROP-OFF - 8:30am -8:45am - As always, our 4K- 1st grade car riders can be dropped off on Cook Street. Second and third graders can be dropped off on Madison Street. Whether dropped off, or arriving on the bus, all 4K students should plan to meet their teachers outside on the grassy area near Cook Street. For bus riders, we would like our students to enter the building through designated doors. Kindergarten and 1st grade students should enter through the library ramp doors. Second graders should enter through the doors by the office and third graders should go in through the doors on the far end of the building by the 3rd grade wing. Our intent is to allow for a less crowded start to the day.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH – Breakfast will be served in a “grab & go” fashion this year. Students will pick up their breakfast and return to their classrooms to eat and start their day. Our students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria. In an effort to help with social distancing during lunch, students will be spaced so that there are only five or six children sitting at a table.

DISMISSAL- We have changed our dismissal times a little in an effort to keep our end of the day less crowded and moving smoothly. Our walkers and car riders will be dismissed at 3:40 each day. At 3:45 our 5K and 2nd grade students will head for the buses. Finally at 3:50, the 4K, 1st, and 3rd graders will be dismissed.

VISITORS – Sadly, we need to limit our volunteers and visitors to the building. The less unfamiliar people we have in the building, the better we can provide for a healthy environment and the easier it will be for us to track the contacts of our students in the event of illness. If you need to bring something to school for your child, please bring it directly to the office and we will happily deliver it for you. Also know, that during these first couple weeks of school, you are welcome to walk your child to their classroom, but PLEASE WEAR A MASK.

SNACK/TREATS/WATER BOTTLES – Because of COVID, we are asking that children bring their own snacks to school each day rather than sharing with the whole class. Unfortunately, this also means no birthday or special event treats. Please don’t worry! Our amazing staff will still find fun ways to celebrate those special occasions! We are also asking each child to bring their own water bottle to school. The drinking fountains are capped for sanitary reasons, but we do have fill stations throughout the building. No worries if your child doesn’t have a water bottle. Teachers will have some paper cups available if needed.

We are sure that the start of the school year, albeit welcome, still feels a bit overwhelming with a lot of uncertainty. Some things have not changed. The building is friendly, warm, and welcoming. Our staff is kind, collaborative, and very dedicated to students and families. Please know that our plan is to keep things as “normal” as we can for our students, while taking precautions to provide a healthy and safe environment for learning. Please do not hesitate to call or stop in the office to see us if you have a concern, question, or just want to celebrate the start of the new year. This year, more than ever…TOGETHER WE CAN!
Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • September 1st: First Day of School (5K-3rd) 8:45 am - 3:50 pm
  • September 1st: 4K Bus Orientation - 5:15 pm (AM classes) and 5:45 pm (PM classes)
  • September 3rd: First Day of School for 4K - 8:45 AM - 11:30 (AM Classes)
  • September 3rd: First Day of School for 4K - 1:00 PM - 3:50 (PM Classes)
  • September 7th: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • September 8th: First Day for 3K Buzzing Bees Preschool 8:30 am - 11:30 am
  • September 15th: Picture Day (during the school day)
Traffic Safety Procedures
What if my child is scared of wearing a face covering?

It's understandable that children may be afraid of cloth face coverings at first.
Here are a few ideas to help make them seem less scary:
😷 Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about it.
😷 Put a cloth face covering on a favorite stuffed animal.
😷 Decorate them so they're more personalized and fun.
😷 Show your child pictures of other children wearing them.
😷 Draw one on their favorite book character.
😷 Practice wearing the face covering at home to help your child get used to it.
For children under 3, it's best to answer their questions simply in language they understand.
If they ask about why people are wearing cloth face coverings, explain that sometimes people wear them when they are sick, and when they are all better, they stop wearing them.

For children over 3, try focusing on germs. Explain that germs are special to your own body. Some germs and good and some are bad. The bad ones can make you sick. Since we can't always tell which are good or bad, the cloth face coverings help make sure you keep those germs away from your own body.

One of the biggest challenges with having children wear cloth face coverings relates to them “feeling different" or stereotyping them as being sick. As more people wear these cloth face coverings, children will get used to them and not feel singled out or strange about wearing them.
Source - The American Academy of Pediatrics: https://bit.ly/2XSIJh3
School Hours
8:45 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Students may enter at 8:30 am
School Picture Information
SEPTEMBER 15TH
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Lunch & Breakfast Prices

LUNCH PRICES
Elementary   $2.55  
Reduced Price   .40  

BREAKFAST PRICES
Elementary    $1.50 
Reduced Price    .30 

Snack Milk - $50.00 per year
Students who qualify for free or reduced price do not pay for milk break.
Reminder Face Coverings Are Required at School
As you may know, on Thursday, July 30, 2020, Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order #82, requiring every individual, age five and older, in Wisconsin to wear a face covering when indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are encouraged to wear a face covering when physical distancing is not possible.

As a result of this Executive Order, Lake Geneva Schools will require face coverings for all staff and students (Preschool - 12th Grade).
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.
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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