November 2019
Dear SAGES' Families,

Wow... November already!
Thank you all for coming out to Parent/Teacher Conferences. We appreciate your efforts in understanding your child's school life and collaborating with the staff to best meet the needs of all our learners.

A goal of ours this year is to increase communication with you. One of the ways we are doing that is through Progress Reports. You should have received a Progress Report (not a report card) on Friday, October 11. We will send home Progress Reports half way into each trimester. We hope that you are able to use the Progress Report and have a discussion with your child about their progress.

Our classrooms are continually looking for volunteers to help run small groups. If this is of interest to you, please contact your child's teacher and express your interest. Many hands make light work, and help with behavior management! We appreciate your consideration!
Vree Twins

A special congratulations to our beloved third grade teacher, Mrs. Vree and her husband. The Vree family grew by two! Mr. and Mrs. Vree welcomed their twin baby girls, Olivia and Ellie, into this world on October 12. Everyone is doing well, and the girls are making great progress with continuing to learn to eat on their own and grow. We can't wait for them to be home together as a family of four!

Mrs. Julie Schmidt, Principal
(920) 928-3136 ext. 2600
--- Counselor's Corner ---
Mrs. Darian Schmitz
October was National Bullying Prevention Month. SAGES students and staff participated in Unity Day with many other schools across the nation to stand in solidarity against bullying. Students were reminded that bullying is not tolerated at SAGES and to report if it is happening to them or someone they know. We want SAGES to stay the safe and fun place that we all love!

Moving into November, I will be going into classrooms to teach the Second Step Child Protection Unit. Students will learn multiple components of personal safety and what to do if they feel unsafe. Students will be sent home with a letter for parents that outlines lessons and how parents can get involved. If you have additional questions about Second Step or other counseling at SAGES please feel free to call me at 920-928-3136 extension 2208.

REACH is looking for adult mentors to join their two new programs: Lunch Buddies and Community Kids! Do you have an hour to spare once a week? Come eat lunch with a kiddo at school and maybe play outside for recess, too. Or, if meeting after school works better for you then apply to be a mentor through the Community Kids program which allows the match to meet community-wide, focusing on community and career exploration. For more information and how to apply please visit:

Darian Schmitz
SAGES School Counselor & WASD Family Advocate
SAGES' Governance Board,
SAGES Foundation, & PTO Updates
Governance Board | By: Kathy Jenswold
Our next Governance Board Meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 pm. Our Annual Jim Heuer Chili Fundraiser is on Thursday, November 21st from 4:30 - 6:30pm during SAGES Family Literacy Night. We will be dedicating our driveway behind the school as "Heuer Way" that evening. Jim fought hard to have the driveway improved and it seems fitting to honor him in this way. Jim was involved with agriculture all his life. He would be so proud of our beautiful greenhouse and gardens. The students and staff have grown a variety of plants and prepared them so they can enjoy a healthy snack - Farm to Table! 
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
By: Casey Siewart & Becky Katzenberger
Mark your calendars for our next PTO meeting held on Monday, November 11th 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 PTO.

Thank you to all the families that were able to attend and support the book fair during conferences!

Cookie orders were due back earlier this week. Money raised with these funds will go toward end of the year trips for our learners and for the Safety Patrol trip for our 6th graders. Thank you everyone for your orders!!! Order pickups will take place in the gym at SAGES and will coincide with Literacy Night and the Jim Heuer Chili Supper on November 21 st  from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

We are also looking for some volunteers to join us in Fox Lake's December to Remember parade on Saturday, December 7th. If you would like to participate, we highly encourage you to join us at our next PTO meeting!
Important Upcoming Dates/Events
School Events/Dates
  • Friday, 11/1: SAGES' Town Hall Meeting - 2:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/8: Field Experience Friday
  • Monday, 11/11:
  • 5th/6th Grade Veteran's Day Presentation
  • PTO Meeting at SAGES' - 5:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/15: Buddy Friday
  • Thursday 11/21:
  • SAGES Family Literacy Night & Jim Heuer Chili Supper (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
  • COOKIE DOUGH ORDER PICK-UP in the gymnasium (4:30 - 6:30 pm)
  • Friday, 11/22: Field Experience Friday
  • Tuesday, 11/26: End of Trimester 1
  • Wednesday, 11/27 - Friday, 11/29: Thanksgiving Break, no school

Community Events/Dates
  • Saturday, 11/2: Horicon Nat'l Wildlife Refuge "Autumn Open House" (10 am - 3 pm)
  • Musical performances by children’s artists Ken Lonnquist and Dave Adler at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Nature crafts; and family activities. Learn more at
  • Activities located at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Cty Rd Z).
Grades 4K/K/1/2
4K Learners took a walking field trip to the Fox Lake Fire Station during National Fire Prevention Week.
Kindergartners used play dough to practice the alphabet and sight words, secretly working on fine motor skills. 
This is our class promise that we wrote together. Each student signed their name and put their thumbprint on to seal the deal! We say the promise each morning to start us out on the right path, and repeat it during the day if we need to become centered again in our leaning. 
Second grade learners were enjoying math games during their rotations.
Grades 3/4/5/6
Third grade was able to do a puppet show with the dragon puppets they made in Art class. We had jokes, dancing, and super powers. Smiles and laughs filled the room.  
Fourth graders went on a "Fox Trot" to explore all that our community has to offer as part of social studies.
Fifth grade did a community building activity at the beginning of the month where learners wrote kind things about each other. The one receiving the compliments sat in front of a whiteboard looking the other way, while classmates wrote. Then, after a couple minutes, the subject got to see all the beautiful words about them! Great experience!
6th graders are diving into their math unit on area by exploring the area of irregular quadrilaterals. They worked in groups to derive area formulas by experimenting with different area strategies. Their collaborative efforts helped each other deepen understanding of how area formulas work.
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 November, we’d like to feature a friendly Fox Lake police officer, Chief James Rohr!

Before and after school each weekday, Chief Rohr can be found at the busy corner of S. Depot and State Streets to ensure everyone crosses safely. He greets our learners and their families with a big smile and friendly conversation as he escorts them to the other side.

Behind the scenes, Chief Rohr also helps us develop and conduct practice drills for our School Safety plans. Plus, we know we can reach out to him and the Fox Lake Police Department to help us work through any issues that may arise.

Chief Rohr, thank you for the care and dedication you have for the safety of our community and SAGES’ learners!
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