October 2020 NEWSLETTER
Van Buren Elementary School
A Note from Mrs. Pajerski, PrincipalDear Van Buren Families,
What a start to the 2020-2021 school year! The theme thus far has seemed to revolve around “COVID in Education.” We are so very proud of the safety expectations our students, staff, and parents are following in order to keep us moving forward with face to face instruction!! Below are a few more things to celebrate at Van Buren...
* BUILDING STUDENT LEADERS!
Van Buren is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) school that promotes and rewards positive behavior through focusing on and developing the strong leadership skills every student has within them. Students are learning and reviewing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and applying them to their own lives. Our first 2 Habits are BE PRODUCTIVE & BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. Ask your child about them.
* PERSONALIZED EMPOWERED LEARNING!
Students have spent time developing SOPs (standard operating procedures) with their teachers, to reinforce our Eagle Expectations throughout the school. Now that expectations and routines are set, students are unpacking standards, learning to create individual academic and behavior goals, and taking part in monitoring their progress. Students play an active role in their learning at Van Buren!
* BOOST GROUPS!
To provide additional daily support in Reading and Math for all grade levels, staff has been busy assessing student academic strengths and areas for growth. Using the STAR online assessment, along with other grade level assessments, we have been able to gather baseline data on each student to help us develop specific skill groups to BOOST students in the areas they need the most support. Boost groups occur daily, for 1/2 hour in Reading and 1/2 hour in Math. Additional staff members assist to make our groups smaller in size and support student learning at every level.
* EAGLE REWARDS!
Students earn Dojo Points throughout the day as they are “caught being good.” Each week, students are recognized during our live Monday morning announcements. Class rewards consist of Eagle Wings, which once 15 are earned, a class chosen reward is earned. Students continue to review and practice daily, our Van Buren Vision: Engaging Learners, Building, Leaders, Creating Community!
We’d love for you to join us at our next PTA Meeting on Thursday Nov. 5 at 4:00p.m. virtually. There are many ways for you to get involved. Our VB Halloween Parade will take place on the evening of Oct. 30, from 4:00-5:30pm. Hope to see you there! *Parent /Teacher/Student conferences are on Oct. 21 & 22. Look for a class dojo message from your child’s teacher to sign up for a time through signupgenius. Remember, No school for students Oct. 22 & 23. Wednesday, Oct. 21 IS a regular school day for students.
Van Buren Strong, No Matter the Distance!
Stephanie Pajerski, Principal
1ST GRADE NEWS
First grade has gotten off to a great start this year! Students have adjusted well to all of the changes this year. they have been amazing at wearing masks and following distancing procedures! We have been reviewing our SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) throughout the school and our classroom. The students have been learning about what it means to be a leader in school. the students worked hard at the STAR Assessments in September. We will be busy learning in October and working at our goals for reading and math, we look forward to sharing your child's strengths and areas to work on at conferences on October 21-22. We want to thank you for helping to teach your child responsibility by having then return their take home folder each day! Please feel free to contact us any time with questions.
4TH GRADE NEWS
We have enjoyed being back in the classroom with our fourth graders! Our classes have created SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) to help keep everyone safe. Students have been great at physical distancing, wearing their masks and sanitizing their hands and work spaces. We have been busy exploring our new iPads. In math, students are learning strategies to solve multiplication and division problems. We have completed assessments in math and reading to help us see where each of our learners are currently at. We look forward to working with you and your fourth grader this year. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
School is now in full swing and the children are learning a lot! We are still practicing school procedures (SOPs) such as emergency drills, walking in the hallway, sitting on the carpet, etc. We are working on keeping self to self. In reading, we are learning that words are represented by letters and sentences are represented by words. We have been practicing the names and sounds of letters and are learning how to write sight words and draw pictures that match ideas in writing. In science, we are talking about the weather and seasons. In math, we are counting and identifying numbers in various ways such as tally marks, ten frames, written numbers, and dots! We are truly enjoying having your children in our classes and look forward to seeing you all at conferences at the end of October.
EARLY CHILDHOOD NEWS
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! The Early Childhood program is up and running. We are exploring letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. This month we will also be enjoying the favorites of fall: apples, pumpkins, and insects. We're planning to extend our discovery learning by adventuring on some virtual field trips. As always, we also learn a lot about ourselves and others through our daily play. Happy October!
We are off to a great start in music class. We are holding music outdoors while the weather permits. We are fortunate to have a student teacher joining us in music class. Her name Fiona Schimke and attends UW Whitewater. She has been showing us how to bucket drum! We have been practicing rhythm patterns on our buckets and learning how to do sticking patterns as well. In our outdoor music class, we focus on movement, singing (with masks on), and styles of music.
Please dress your child for Wisconsin Winters. Students will be going outside each day unless the temperature and / or wind chill is 0 degrees or below. Students will not be allowed to stay in unless they have a medical excuse from a doctor. Please label all of your child’s winter outerwear. This includes boots, snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves and jackets. If you are missing items, please feel free or encourage your child to check the lost and found or by the entrances of the doors they come in.
5TH GRADE NEWS
5th graders are off to a great start. they have been doing a great job being safe by wearing their masks and distancing when possible. We started a new math program called Bridges. We are excited for the new program and new techniques. In reading we are working on comprehension skills and reading strategies. For social studies we are working on economics and explorers. This trimester's writing, we will be working on a narrative piece. Don't forget to be reading at home and working on your child’s multiplication facts.
2ND AND 3RD GRADE NEWS
The 2nd and 3rd grade teachers are SO excited to be back at Van Buren this fall! We appreciate all that everyone is doing to stay safe while at school. We are wearing our masks, washing and sanitizing our hands and work spaces, and keeping social distant. We are continuing to work on SOPs and review our classroom and school rules. iPads are used daily in class and students are getting very familiar with Seesaw. When we are on our devices, it is important that all students have working headphones! This year we are also learning with a new math curriculum called Bridges. The students are doing a great job getting used to all of these changes.
How excited are we to be back at school!!! It’s been an adjustment but the kids are doing amazing! Although I started the year off teaching art outside, it has been a bit difficult battling the bees, bugs, and wind and technology issues with all of their art supplies and iPad’s, so I am now teaching art primarily in the student’s reg. ed. classrooms. All students are getting art activities through Seesaw! They are watching pre-recorded demonstration videos that I have converted to be watched right on their IPad’s. This will allow them the practice they may need for any moment in which they may have to pivot to virtual learning from home. They have been getting the hang of it and the more we practice...the better they get!
We have also started our yearly Square 1 Art project that will be used for our Fall art fundraiser. Packets will arrive at Van Buren and sent home mid-November and your “one of a kind” products, if you choose to order, will arrive just in time for the holidays on December 15th. Just a reminder that we will not be taking paper orders this year. All orders will need to be placed online!
I am so proud of the transition all of our Van Buren Students have made back to face-to-face. We are so happy to be here and learning and creating together!
We got this!
In P.E. class, we are enjoying the outdoor weather as much as possible! Students are working on their loco motor and motor skills like throwing/catching and kicking. We are starting to get into our sport-specific units like soccer and football. Students who have P.E. class in the morning are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes and socks with them due to the grass being wet in the AM. It is highly recommended! Keep up the great work boys and girls! Go Eagles, Mr. English
If you will be moving from your current home address please contact Van Buren Elementary School office at 608-743-7106 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.
If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The New Student Enrollment Office is open year-round.
If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.
Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas
Due to Move:
If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.
Due to Parent Choice:
If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2021-2022), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2020 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2021. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.
Open Enrollment or Public School Choice
If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2020-2021 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2021. This year applications will be accepted February 1 - April 30, 2021.
If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public-School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.
Kindergarten Enrollment 2021-2022 School Year School District Residents
If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2021 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District. Enrollment will take place from December 7, 2020, through December 18, 2020, at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office by appointment only. Please call (608) 743-5153 or (608) 743-5072.
If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 15, 2020. Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation. When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification.
The window for Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students are available from December 1, 2020, through December 15, 2020, and should be submitted through the enrollment process. Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center. If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2021 if they are turned in by December 15th. If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school. In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.
If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.
If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2021 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT. The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 1, 2021, to April 30, 2021. Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.