There will no school Monday Jan. 21 due to staff development/teacher workday.
Twin Bluff Middle School
The grades six and seven Band concert will be 7 p.m., Jan. 14 at Red Wing High School.
The PAC will meet at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 15. Note that the meeting is on Tuesday rather than Monday.
Students of the Month
Students of the Month for January are fifth-graders Maria Jimenez and Taite Shelstad; sixth-graders Erin Jezierski and Grace Kreye; and seventh-grader Alexa Rikli.
On Jan. 9, 26 students participated in the Sunnyside Sneaker program. It was rather mild, but windy day. The winner was Clare Zadra, form Ms. Gorski’s first grade.
An assembly is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday Jan. 17 in the large gym.
PAC meeting will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 18 at Burnside Elementary. All are welcome to attend.
The second quarter ends Friday Jan. 18. The third quarter begins Tuesday Jan. 22.
We are in the planning stages for next year’s kindergarten. A parents-only informational meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 24 at in the Sunnyside cafeteria. All parents of incoming kindergarten children are invited to attend.
In library classes, all students are learning about the process of research. The entire school will create a nonfiction alphabet book about honeybees, with each class responsible for a letter. Students are exploring print and electronic resources in library class, and will bring their research to computer class to create an all-school book.
St. John's School
St. John's Tigers basketball team for girls and boys won on Jan. 8.
Math Fair projects
Students should still be working on their Math Fair projects and Accelerated Reader points.
Second quarter ends Jan. 18. There is no school Jan. 21.
Colvill Family Center
Colvill Kids Mixed Ages
Ms. Lila's classes will learn about gingerbread men this week. They will read "The Gingerbread Man" by Karen Schmidt and do a color-by-number with a gingerbread man. On Jan. 18 from 10:30 to 11:00, we will have a cookie decorating party where parents will decorate a cookie with their child.
Colvill Kids 3’s
Miss Katie’s classes are reading “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz. They will discuss Martin Luther King Jr. and will make a hand mural and practice cutting with multi-colored paper.
Colvill Kids 4’s
Miss Catie’s classes are reading “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. They are learning the letter Pp with Pippa Pig. Muffins With Moms is on Thursday or Friday, the last hour of your child’s class. Moms, female family members or friends are invited to come in to enjoy a muffin with your child and have fun exploring the room.
Red Cottage Montessori
Red Cottage children enjoyed the beautiful weather at the beginning of this week. They spent time hiking in the woods every day and observing how different our natural environment looks with a blanket of snow. They noticed that some of the piles of food left last week had been visited by small animals. Children think these animals are mice and voles as not only their feet tracks are visible, but their tail tracks, too. In some places, they could see their tunnels through the snow. They also saw deer tracks heading to the creek and random rabbit tracks. The children concluded that the deer were going for water.
Many 4- and 5-year-old children learned large number addition using place value/decimal system symbol cards and beads representing their quantities. Three children would bring a number (2356+1754+2789) in both beads and cards and would "add" the quantities together by dumping all of the beads out onto a working mat.
Many first-year students are now moving from playing sound games to attaching sounds to symbols. These children hear sounds in words so easily that it brings huge smiles when they already recognize a sound when a sand paper letter is presented.
We discussed what traditions the kids had for celebrating the New Year’s holiday. The kids also made friendly little penguins for our family’s to enjoy.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing will begin for all students on Monday, Jan. 14 and will go all week.
The next PAC meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at Burnside Elementary.
The Arts Alive Assembly will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in the gym.
His Kids Preschool
Sandy's 4-5 Kindergarten Readiness class
Winter is here, and children are working hard on storyline concepts with snowman. A flannel board of six snowman was shared while children worked on the storyline of remembering what was next. The group game “Snowball, Snowball, Snowman” was played outside. Children brought in items and pictures for the letter Yy. The writing boards got the children excited to practice writing the letters of the alphabet while earning a snowball for each letter they tried to make. Children are working with the wind concept by setting up their snowman wind socks to see what the air outside is doing from the classroom window.
3-4 Discovery Preschool
Our theme “winter” is in full swing. Children practiced dressing up in winter gear and pretending to play outside. The children played a snowman matching game and made painted mittens. The group game “Mr. Penguin, Where are You?” taught the children how to wait for a turn and seek out who was it. The stories "Penguin's Big Hill" by Dana Regan and "The Mitten Tree" by Candace Christiansen were enjoyed. Second Step this week focused on fair ways to play. Children tried out playing together, trading and taking turns.
Red Wing High School
End of semester
The semester ends Friday Jan. 18. Final exams will be Thursday and Friday Jan. 17 and 18.
Audrey Cashmore, Fletcher Zuerlein, Loren Simonson, Nick Ramstad, Jordan Rodgers and Elise Leise participated in the school Geography Bee. Jordan and Loren competed in the championship round with Loren emerging as the RWHS Geography Bee Champion. Loren will now complete a written exam to see if she moves on to the state level bee.
Registration for 2013-14
February is registration month. Materials will be distributed to seventh-graders on Feb. 11 and to current high school students on Feb. 19. The Winger Showcase, see below, will be on Feb 21. There will be a registration information meeting for parents at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Registration materials must be returned no later than Feb. 27.
Parents and students are invited to attend the Winger Showcase Thursday Feb. 21, a night in which curriculum opportunities are spotlighted. Come and talk to department members to learn about high school curriculum. The open house, which is drop-in style, runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in the café at RWHS.
December SOAR students of the month
The following students were named SOAR students of the month for December:
• Josie Lappegaard, eighth grade, was nominated by Lisa Toivonen. "Josie takes responsibility for her learning and shows enthusiasm for classroom activities,” Toivonen said. “She is very thoughtful in her interactions with other students in the classroom. When we work in groups or with partners, Josie helps to keep the group focused and on task and she encourages other members of the group. I appreciate how motivated Josie is. She is a conscientious, hard-working student.”
• Julian Madson, eighth grade, was nominated by Kathryn Mauel. "Julian has worked very hard this year to learn new things and push himself academically,” Mauel said. “He has faced challenges with a positive attitude. Julian always comes in every morning with a smile.”
• Kasey Grote, ninth grade, was nominated by Clair Austin. "Kasey has shown a steady growth in my class. Keep up the work ethic," Austin said.
• Alex Bettich, ninth grade, was nominated by Clair Austin and Kraig Uveling. "Alex is getting better in all aspects in physical science. Keep it going,” Austin said. Kraig nominated Alex because, "Alex is a great student to have in phy ed. He does a great job and is a very talented athlete."
• Jessica Breuer, tenth grade, was nominated by Chad Bray. "Jessica has a strong work ethic,” Bray said. “Her good grades in Algebra 2 reflect her effort. She is also a very polite, respectful person. I think very highly of Jessica.”
• Harrison Fitschen, tenth grade, was nominated by Greg Grinager. "If he'd would speak up more in class, his peers — even those two years older than him — would learn something from Harrison,” Grinager said. “He's a really bright kid, who just goes quietly about the business of earning high marks."
• Kylie Winkler, eleventh grade, was nominated by Julie Wyatt. "Kylie is my student worker fifth hour,” Wyatt said. “She has a great attitude and is always offering to go the extra mile to help me with little projects in the office."
• Brian Krawiecki, eleventh grade, was nominated by Chad Bray. “Brian has been working hard all year,” Bray said. “He got an A on the chapter five test, which is one of the most difficult tests of the year. He's a great kid to have in class."
• Erica Blotto, twelfth grade, was nominated by Nikki Roschen. "She is very conscientious and pleasant,” Roschen said. “Her command of the German language is impressive, and she is always willing to contribute her own cultural experiences to enrich the class."
• Colin Brueschke, twelfth grade, was nominated by Tim Bowes. "I see nothing but respect and orderly behavior from Colin in regard to Mrs. Feehan and my class,” Brueschke said. “Colin is in a ‘rowdy’ class, and he consistently chooses to avoid the excess prattle of distracting teens and keeps his focus. Colin has been vocal with his appreciation for certain works we've read, a recent film we studied and class in general — all while trying to lift his grades for potential graduation this spring. He's a great young man."
Under the Rainbow
Karmen's Preschool 1
Students learned about following directions this week. They love reciting "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See." They learned the Spanish words for brown (café), thank you (gracias), and nine (nueve). One of the special activities they did is making their own play dough. During their outside time, the children played "Ring Around the Rosie!"
Mary Ann's Preschool 2
Students learned a lot about hibernation this week. They read books about sleeping bears, winter and when spring will be coming. The letter for the week was Ss and the number was 5. The children made snow trails outside in the snow and made hibernation homes. They also learned about ovals, the color gray and explored their numbers, sounds and touches for their sensory projects.
Laurie's Jumpstart Team
Students had a lot of fun in the snow. The children learned about making snowmen, why we wear mittens, what snowmen do at night, what and keeps you warm outside. They were also asked what they love about the snow. The children had fun making marshmallow snowmen, Q-tip snowflake, and coloring the snow. The word winter was practiced in Spanish by the children and they are learning thank you in sign language.