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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Family Resource Night
Date: November 8
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center Street, Baraboo

Tuscania Memorial Unveiling and Dedication
Date: November 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Lower Ochsner Park

BHS Art Club 
Paint It Pottery
Date: November 10
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place: NEW BHS Art Room W112
Notes: You may park and enter at the west doors. Items painted will be kiln-fired and ready for pick-up in time for the holidays!

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

No School
Date: January 25

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30

COMMUNITY LINKS

The mission of Hope House is to prevent abuse and provide support to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Toll-free 24-Hour Confidential Helpline:
1-800-584-6790
Street Address:
720 Ash Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

The Baraboo Public Library offers a safe and welcoming environment, providing area residents and visitors with confidential access to cutting edge, high quality resources.    

Riptide is a summer swim program for ages 5 to 18. Registration is open for the spring stroke clinic and summer season.

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
November 1, 2018
T-Bird Tip of the Week: A Student's Guide to Social Media
Connect with people you trust!

Virtually every middle school and high school student has a phone, which means students have instant access to social media throughout their day. They also have the ability to share every aspect of their day, from sharing a picture of their tasty lunch to posting about the upcoming extracurricular event or their fun weekend plans.

Unfortunately, this also leaves a lot of opportunity to overshare on social media. We all do it. If we have a bad day, we post about it looking for support from our "friends." If we need advice, we post about it looking for support from our "friends." We share the good and the bad - and that's ok, because we're sharing with our friends, right?

But are we really friends with our social media "friends?" Many times our "friends" are acquaintances, or friends of a friend, or people we know of but have never even talked to.

Before you send or accept a friend request or allow someone to follow you, consider the types of posts you make or the pictures you share and think, "Would I share this information with them face-to-face?"

Social media is a great way to connect with others; but only connect with those with whom you feel safe. Connect with those you trust to keep your private life private, and in turn do the same for them!

Click here to see all T-Bird Tip of the Week posts or search for previous posts on Facebook and Twitter using #TBirdTipTuesday.  

NF Students Visited by Sheriff's Dept.
Sergeant Eric Van Den Heuvel from the Sauk County Sheriff's Department and Baraboo Community Classroom Connection partner visited Ms. Whitney's North Freedom Elementary kindergarteners on Wednesday, October 31 st . He talked to the students about what he does on the job each day. The students were excited to see what he carries with him on his belt and learned that his belt weighs more than 20 pounds! The students went outside and looked inside Sergeant Van Den Heuvel's car and everyone got a chance to sit in the back seat. They will see Eric two more times this year when he comes to read with them. 

We are #BarabooProud of our Community Classroom partnerships - thank you Mr. Van Den Heuvel!

Domino's Donates to Tuscania Memorial; Unveiling Set for Nov. 10
Thank you to Deb and Harry Nelson of Domino's of Baraboo for donating $1,000 to the WWI Tuscania Memorial! Pictured from left to right are Baraboo 21 Club member Caleb Vertein, Domino's owners Deb and Harry Nelson, Baraboo High School teacher and Tuscania Memorial project manager Steve Argo, and Baraboo 21 Club member Joseph Zech. 

The Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony is set for Saturday, November 10th at 10 a.m. in Lower Ochsner Park in Baraboo.



ABE Mixes It Up @ Lunch
Students at Al Behrman Elementary mixed it up on October 23! During Mix it Up @ Lunch, students were encouraged to sit at different colored tables and (hopefully) with new friends.

Students were assigned to lunch tables by colors, then given question prompts to help them find someone at their table who for example, has a sibling; likes playing video games, or loves ice cream! The purpose of the prompts was for students to identify commonalities amongst their peers, and notice differences as well.

Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly -- and harshly -- drawn. So the staff at ABE asked students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. This simple act has profound implications in promoting healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

To put it simply, the goals of Mix it Up day are -inclusion, kindness, empathy and a healthy school climate!


Area Business Donates "The Napping House" to 4K students
Today Shirley Steinhorst, mother of Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative 4K teacher Emma Steinhorst, read the book "The Napping House"  at Bear-A-Boo Daycare.  Each BELC 4K student gets a book to take home, which was donated by Cross, Jenks, Mercer and Maffei. 

We appreciate our classroom volunteers and our community business partners! Thank you, Shirley Steinhorst and Cross, Jenks, Mercer and Maffei!
Family Resource Night Set for Nov. 8
Dear Baraboo School District 4K, Early Childhood & K-5 Families:

We invite your entire family to join us for any portion of our first ever Family Resource Night from 5:30-7:00 PM at West School (707 Center St., Baraboo) on Thursday, Nov. 8.  There will be 3 classrooms of staff-supervised games, movies & activities available on this night for any children that you might bring along. The Baraboo Public Library is bringing along their Lego and Duplo bricks for the kids! The goals of the Family Resource Night are to create more connectedness between families and available resources within Baraboo and to support families to better meet their overall needs in order to also support student learning.

On Family Resource Night, we would invite parents to join us in the West gym from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 8 while their children have fun in the staff-supervised classrooms.   We will provide light snacks and beverages for everyone.  Each of the community resources listed below will share handouts and a brief 3-5 minute overview of what they can offer families/students.  Parents are welcome to then meet individually with any of the the special visitors from the community in the West gym anytime between 6:30-7:00 PM. if specific questions arise.  Parents would pick up their child from the classroom by 7:00 PM.

Again, please note that ALL district 4K families, Early Childhood families and K-5 families are each invited.   Please RSVP to cdolson@barabooschools.net or 608-355-3905 anytime before Oct. 25th if you plan to join us on November 8 and tell us how many adults and children will attend.  Please contact us with questions at any time.  We hope that you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal &
BELC (4K) & West Teams

Special Visitors on Family Resource Night at West (707 Center St.) on Thursday, November 8
Fifth Graders Learn the Ukulele
Music teacher Mrs. Amy Heil has started her ukulele unit with fifth graders at North Freedom Elementary (pictured) and Gordon L. Willson Elementary. This is the first year that the schools have had an entire class set of ukuleles, so each student gets their own ukulele in class! They will be using ukuleles to learn about melody, harmony, and rhythms by plucking melodies on the strings and learning different strumming patterns and chords.

Book Drive Brings in 1,400 Books
Last week Gordon L. Willson Elementary held a 4-day book drive. Literacy coach Jaclyn Beall headed the book drive, with an aim of building home libraries for the students she works closest with at GLW.

New research shows that having a home library can affect literacy later on in life, but the home library needs to contain 80 books or more to be effective. 

The school set up a donation bin at the front entrance and collected 1,400 books! Ms. Beall will give all of the students she's currently working with approximately 8 books per week for 8 weeks, building their home library by 70 books by the end of the 8-week time frame!

Students reactions included:
"I get to keep these... forever?" 
"I think I'm going to faint!" 
"THIS ONE HAS STICKERS IN IT!" 

We are #BarabooProud of our community families for donating so many books for such a great cause. Thank you!

Lion's Club Assists in Eye Screenings
The Lion's Club has been assisting the Baraboo School District's school nurses with SPOT digital vision screening for BELC and Elementary students.  This is a free service that is available to students in the district. More than 750 students have been screened so far this school year! The Lion's Club will also assist any student/families that need help getting an eye exam and paying for glasses. Thank you to the Lion's Club for this wonderful service!

BHS Art Club to Host Paint It Pottery Fundraiser
Saturday, Nov., 10th
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
NEW BHS Art Room W112
*You may park and enter at the west doors.
*Items painted will be kiln-fired and ready for pick-up in time for the holidays!

NF Buddies Bond Over Books
North Freedom Elementary's kindergarten and third grade students pair up every two weeks to read together. This "buddy" time is special as it creates bonds between older and younger students while they work on literacy skills. Mrs. Van Den Heuvel's third graders get to practice fluency by reading out loud and Ms. Whitney's kindergartners are exposed to a variety of books. Later in the year, kindergartners will be ready to read more to the third graders. Both classes really enjoy this time together!

Get the Facts From Facebook LIVE!
On Monday, October 22, the Baraboo School District went LIVE on Facebook to discuss the next phases of our long-range Facility Master Plan.

Discussion topics included:
Baraboo High School
  • Insufficient gym space
  • Agriculture classroom does not meet demands of program
Jack Young Middle School
  • Repair and Maintenance
    • non-ADA compliant ramp
    • HVAC
    • Electrical and plumbing 
    • Aged lighting, flooring and ceilings
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces
    • Fabric walls
    • Add classroom to meet demands of current and future enrollment 
    • No privacy in Student Services
  • Common Spaces
    • Cafeteria, commons, and kitchen operating at capacity
    • Outdated library
    • Non-ADA compliant bleachers in gym
    • Current gym size does not accommodate entire student body
Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Grade. Every Day. 
Since the new changes to city ordinances in fall of 2017, the School District of Baraboo has been working closely in collaboration with City of Baraboo officials for how unexcused absences are handled across the district.  

If a student is absent from school, it is the parent's responsibility to notify the school of their student's absence. Without an acceptable excuse, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. A student who has three unexcused absences will be referred to the Baraboo Police Department for truancy.

The City of Baraboo has adopted new city ordinances for both truancy and habitual truancy.  Our goal is that students attend school on a regular basis. Please help us by notifying your student's school of any absences.

Please take a look at the below information on truancy, designed by the Baraboo School District. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters,  haga clic aquí.

This is part of the district's "Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Grade. Every Day." campaign. Please view the infographic on why Attendance Matters here.  Para obtener una versión en español, haga clic aquí.
We Want to Hear From You!
The Baraboo School District is in the process of defining the scope and timing of the next phase of the long-range Facility Master Plan. This week, all Baraboo residents should have received a survey in your mailbox. We are asking you to take the survey to give us feedback on what you think the next set of priorities are for our facilities.

To take the survey by Nov. 5, visit  www.feedback2000.com and enter the access code on the survey you received in the mail. If you have more than one adult in your household, please contact the district office at 608-355-3950 ext. 1020 for additional access codes.

To collect this feedback, we are working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions and will remain confidential.

Survey results will be reported at a School Board meeting this fall. Results will also be posted on the District website . Your thoughts and those of your neighbors will shape the future of our school district and community, and create the best future for our young people.

We are very thankful for our community's ongoing support of our schools, including the approval of the 2016 referendum. This funding allowed the district to update and revitalize Baraboo High School, which was the second phase of our long-range Facility Master Plan. We are happy to report that these projects were completed on-time and within budget! In fact, the tax impact of the referendum was almost 10% less than expected due to responsible spending and securing of a lower interest rate.

Click here for an informational fact sheet. There will also be several opportunities for more information in the upcoming week. Watch our Facebook LIVE presentation or attend one of the meetings at
Parent Teacher Conferences.
Youth Wrestling Registration Set for Nov. 13
Baraboo Youth Wrestling (K-8) registration will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Baraboo High School commons.

Baraboo Youth Wrestling is focused on having fun, promoting physical activity, and teaching the basic fundamentals to the advanced techniques of wrestling.
A.  Beginners - 1 night a week (K-2)
  • 12 Weeks:  Monday's 5:45-6:45 pm (November 26th-March 5)
  • Cost:  $70 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
B.  Intermediate/Advance - 2 nights a week (3-5th grade)
  • 15 Weeks:  Tuesday's/Thursday's 5:45-7:15pm (Nov 26th - March 15)
  • Cost:  $85 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
C.  Middle School Club Team (6th-8th grade)
  • 10 Weeks: (Jan. 3rd- March 14) Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:45-7:15pm
  • Cost:  $75 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/hr. Applications can be found online at www.baraboo.k12.wi.us/district/jobs.cfm . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's Maintenance Shop;  1210 Berkley Blvd;  Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 608-355-3985.

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
#BarabooProud
Dear Members of the Baraboo Community,

We want you to know that we are dedicated to all students.

We are committed to upholding a community that values differences of identities, beliefs and perspectives. We are proud to support students, families and staff of different races, faiths, national origins, immigration status, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Every student and family is a valued member of our community. We continue to be dedicated to supporting the maximum growth of each student, enabling each to succeed in and contribute positively to a continuously evolving world.

Ultimately, we believe that diversity and inclusion makes us stronger as a school community.

Sincerely,

The Baraboo School District 
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