December 2019
Dear SAGES' Families,

I am hoping you were able to spend some time together with family and friends celebrating all that you are thankful for, or hunting! We have a short time together for the month of December and we sure are going to be busy! We will be celebrating a holiday dress up week that our learners will be able to enjoy, but we will also be collecting coins to donate to the charity of each grade level's choice! 'Tis the season of giving!

Monday, 12/16
  • "Mad about Plaid!" Wear your favorite flannel
  • Donations: Bring in pennies
Tuesday, 12/17
  • "Tree Toppers!" Wear your favorite holiday hat, headband, or hairdo
  • Donations: Bring in nickels
Wednesday, 12/18
  • "Deck the Halls!" Get "decked" out in your favorite holiday shirt or sweater
  • Donations: Bring in dimes
Thursday, 12/19
  • "Dress your Best!" Wear your best outfit for our Winter Program
  • Donations: Bring in quarters
Friday, 12/20
  • "Silent Night" Get ready for a restful break and wear your pajamas to school
  • Donations: Bring in any coins
District/School Report Card
The District and School Report cards were released in November. Once again, SAGES proved to be "exceeding expectations" in the state expectations for learning! Last year, we significantly exceeded expectations, however, we still hold a great score that proves our teaching/learning at SAGES is high quality. We pride ourselves in our mission and vision and how we work hard to incorporate real life experiences for our learners. Linked for your reference is the District Report Card and SAGES Report Card .
Teacher Giving Tree
Our PTO has sponsored a Teacher Giving Tree that you might have had the opportunity to visit during our Literacy Night and Chili Supper. The tree has paper tree ornaments on for classroom materials that our teachers are "wishing" for. If you are interested in taking an ornament and purchasing an item for a teacher in our building, you are welcome to stop into the office and we can show you the tree. If you are not able to stop into school during school hours, but would like an ornament, please email me and I will gladly take the ornament for the teacher(s) that you would like and send it home with your child. The following teachers at SAGES are participating in the Giving Tree:
4K: Mrs. Roberts, K: Mrs. Panzer, 1st: Mrs. Smith, 2nd: Mrs Sass, 3rd: Mrs. Vree, 4th: Ms. Berry, 5th: Mr. McKean, 6th: Mrs. Adams, Special Ed: Mr. Jenswold, Ag: Mrs. Hicken, Phy Ed: Mrs. Kloosterboer, Art: Mrs. Herrmann, Music: Ms. Godshall, Reading Specialist: Mrs. Schobert-Bethke, Speech: Mrs. Redeker, Counselor: Ms. Darian.

Mrs. Julie Schmidt, Principal
(920) 928-3136 ext. 2600
--- Counselor's Corner ---
Mrs. Darian Schmitz
Throughout the month of November, I went into classrooms to share Second Step lessons about Child Protection. The students and I discussed Ways to Safe (Recognize, Refuse, Report), The Always Ask First Rule, and safe versus unwanted touches. Many students were very aware of how to stay safe and how to report something unsafe. Feel free to ask your children about these lessons to see all the important information they learned!

Moving into December, SAGES staff and students will be focusing on kindness. Students are encouraged to engage in kind acts, such as helping peers with a project, playing with friends at recess, eating lunch together, and using proper manners toward teachers. I encourage you to brainstorm additional kindness ideas with your kiddos so SAGES can BURST with kindness!! 

As always, if you have any questions about school counseling, please feel free to call me at 920-928-3136 extension 2208.

Darian Schmitz
SAGES School Counselor & WASD Family Advocate
SAGES' Governance Board,
SAGES Foundation, & PTO Updates
Governance Board | By: Kathy Jenswold
The Governance Board recently hosted the Annual Jim Heuer Chili Fundraiser during Literacy Night. Jim was an active board member at the time of his passing and often volunteered at SAGES activities. This year's Chili Supper was a great time for all who attended. The money we raised - $1,055.25 - will be ear-marked for the SAGES' "Living Schoolyard" Project that Jim was very passionate about. It will provide fun and educational outdoor activities and spaces for the SAGES Learners.

Our next Governance Board meeting will be on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30 pm.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
By: Casey Siewart & Becky Katzenberger
Mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting held on Monday, December 9th at 5:00 pm in the SAGES Media Center. Come and see what upcoming events we have planned for the year and learn how you can help. We are always looking to welcome more parents and volunteers into our SAGES PTO. 

Thank you to all the student fundraisers for our Cookie Dough sales! We were able to raise $1,553 that will be used towards the end of the year trips and parties for 4K-4th learners and the safety patrol trip for 6th grade. 

Please join us in walking with our SAGES float in the Fox Lake "December to Remember" Parade on Saturday, December 7th at 5:00 pm. 

We are looking for holiday bakers for the Holiday Concert Bake Sale that will be held on Thursday, December 19th before, during, and after the concerts . If you are able to help out, please bring items to the school by 8:00 am that morning.  
Important Upcoming Dates/Events
School Events/Dates
  • Monday, December 2: No School, Teacher Inservice
  • Friday, December 6: Trimester 1 Report Cards will be sent home
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17: SAGES' 6th Grade Band Students Winter Concert at RRI 1:45 pm
  • Thursday, December 19: PTO Bake Sale before/during/after the concerts
  • Thursday, December 19: SAGES' Winter Concerts 9:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1: No School, Winter Break

Community Events/Dates
  • Saturday, 12/7: December to Remember Parade... Come join us and walk in the parade celebrating our school and highlighting our new Flex Farm hydroponic growing system donated by our food service, Aviands!
  • Saturday, 12/14: Buffet Brunch with Santa; Enjoy a bit of the North Pole while visiting with Santa at the Boat House. Festivities begin at 11:00 am.
Grades 4K/K/1/2
During "Farm Week" in 4K, the students learned about farming throughout the year from a sixth grade student. He showed the students models of the farm equipment farmers use to plow fields, fertilize the soil, and harvest their crops.
Kindergartners have been learning about the pilgrims and Wampanoag natives. They are learning how to problem solve and listen to each other’s ideas though several STEM projects. This project was to help the Wampanoag natives move their village away from the ocean for the winter to a warmer more protected spot. They had to rebuild a “wetu” or wigwam for a native family before it gets too cold. 
First graders celebrated the first completion of their writing. They learned how writers get ideas, how to organize their writing, different strategies for spelling unknown words, and how to edit their writing. Each student was able to read their writing to their classmates. 
After finding our tracks in leaves, the second grade journalists recorded their findings.
Grades 3/4/5/6
Third grade studied Native Americans preparing for our Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday. We researched five different Native American structures: Tipi, Wigwam. Plank, Igloo, and Pueblo. In partners, they researched their structure and then also drew a picture of their structure. After researching, they presented what they found out about their structure.
Fourth graders are learning to write persuasive essays. 
On a crisp, snowy Friday in early November, our class revisited the school forest to check on our adopted trees. Fifth (and sixth) grade were describing, drawing, and journaling about their tree. The idea was to describe in detail their tree's appearance so the partner could draw it without seeing it. What a fun challenge!
Sixth graders had fun reviewing math concepts together by solving the mystery of who stole the turkey! They had to apply logic and reasoning with fraction problems, multiplication / division, and area / perimeter.
A Salute to Supporters of our School
Meet SAGES' Learning Partner is a special monthly segment showcasing the valuable people, businesses, and groups who contribute to the success of our school. For December, we’re delighted to feature a local business with a strong commitment to community - LeRoy Meats of Fox Lake !
SAGES experienced this first hand in March 2017, when Mr. Randy Hurst participated with a booth for LeRoy Meats at SAGES’ “Community Night” event. That was prior to this old-fashioned meat market breaking ground for their second store location in Fox Lake! 

Their support for SAGES and the community has only grown since that time. Last year as a part of SAGES’ Ag Day field study experiences, Randy Hurst and Steve Christian, without blinking an eye agreed to host SAGES’ 4th, 5th, and 6th grade learners for a “behind-the-scenes” tour of their Fox Lake facilities. “They went above and beyond to ensure our learners understood all that is involved in providing their customers with safe, high quality sausages and cuts of meat,” notes Mrs. Hicken, SAGES Ag Teacher. “LeRoy Meats was definitely a memorable and favorite part of our 2019 Ag Day for many!”

This fall, LeRoy Meats again generously opened their doors to SAGES’ 4th grade learners to help them expand on their Wisconsin studies. Mr. Hurst took time to explain more about “Something Special from Wisconsin ™" (SSfW) , a marketing program offered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) allowing “a ny business, no matter how big or how small... to use the Something Special from Wisconsin™ logo if at least 50 percent of the value of [their] product or service is attributable to Wisconsin ingredients, production or processing activities.” Not only does LeRoy Meats participate in SSfW, but they proudly carry several Wisconsin-made products! Our 4th graders were amazed to find so many products carrying the distinctive SSfW logo throughout the meat market’s store, plus our visit increased their interest in reading food labels more closely.

Also this fall, LeRoy Meats provided taco meat and bags of chips for a “Walking Taco” lunch during our annual 5th & 6th Grade Camp. This kind donation brought big smiles and satisfied bellies to our hungry campers! Their commitment to community doesn’t stop there though. Last year and again beginning this December, LeRoy Meats has invited SAGES to “Deck the Halls” of their store with student artwork during the Holiday Season. We are honored to do so and appreciate the opportunity for our learners to have a public venue where their art can be showcased.

Thank you , LeRoy Meats (Randy, Steve and crew!) for your wonderful support of SAGES over the years and your commitment to the Fox Lake community. We are grateful for your “old-fashioned” hospitality and look forward to “meating” up again for future learning adventures!
S chool for Ag ricultural & E nvironmental S tudies ( S AG E S )
PHONE: (920) 928-3136 | FAX: (920) 928-2284
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