Sept-Oct Newsletter 2020
Jefferson Elementary School Newsletter September/October 20201831 Mt. Zion Ave Janesville, WI 53545 Attendance: 743-6630 / Telephone:743-6600
Welcome to a new school year! We are all going to have a great time learning together!
PRINCIPAL’S CORNER: Principal Krueger
Confident about school School may look different this year, but one thing is the same: Parents and teachers want to keep children safe and help them learn. Here are answers to questions you may have as the new school year gets underway.
- Q: My child thinks school will be too hard this year since he hasn’t been in class for so long. What can I do?
- A: Many students had a longer than-normal summer break, and teachers are ready to help them catch up. So let your student know he’s not alone. If you discover he/she is struggling (say, stumbling over sight words or math facts he knew last year), contact his teacher so you can work as a team to get him on track.
- Q: With all the changes COVID-19 has brought, my student seems anxious. Any ideas for making him/her feel better?
- A: Children feel less anxious when they know what to expect. If he/she is adjusting to a new school schedule, post it on the refrigerator. At home, try to keep things as much the same as possible. Eat meals together regularly, and plan weekend activities he can look forward to like hiking or playing backyard games.
- Q: When my child works online, how much should I be involved?
- A: Your child’s work is his/her responsibility, but you can offer support. To help him stay on task, make sure he/she has a quiet place to learn and the materials he needs. You might sit nearby and do your own work, or simply be available in case he/she has a question or a technical problem (like a dropped internet connection). Consider keeping a notepad handy so he/she can write his/her questions if you’re busy.
Reading adds up Did you know that children who read for pleasure at least 20 minutes each day do better in school? Use these tips to fit more reading into your child’s day. Keep it front and center. Your child will be more likely to read during her free time if materials are easily available.
Stash kid-friendly magazines in the living room, and leave comics on the breakfast table. When you know you might need to wait, such as at the dentist or vet, take books along or download e-books from the library to your phone or tablet. Add it to other activities. Bedtime is a natural opportunity to read. But so is playtime—and even chore time. If your child wants to pitch a tent in the backyard, suggest that she/he fill it with books and magazines to read while she/he hangs out inside. Also, audiobooks can make reading hands-free, so you could listen to a story together while you do yard work or fold laundry.
Mrs. Killoy's Class is off to a great start! We have been working hard on routines and learning school! We enjoy going outside for stories and making projects!
Second Grade News:
Our second graders are off to a great start this year! Thank you for working with us on wearing their masks everyday. We are working on social distancing and hand sanitizing at school as well. The students are settling into their new routines. Please be aware that second grade will not be sending home homework this year. We may have something for you to complete every once in a while but not a weekly homework assignment to complete. Let us know if you have any other questions that we can answer about this new school year.
Girl Power! After School Club!
UPDATE for 20-21 school year (4th and 5th-grade girls)
As much as we want to have Girl Power this year we are unable to due to social distancing restrictions. We have not forgotten about it and hope to be able to bring it back in the future!!
News From your Jefferson Family Resource Center (FRC)
Welcome to a new school year! This one is certainly different! Your Jefferson Family Resource Center has, in past years, hosted events for families to have fun together, learning and growing, building connections between families and school. We have, in past years, had weekend take home bags, with movies and activities for families to enjoy together. This year, this will not be possible due to concerns about health and safety due to Covid-19. All of these things will, hopefully, be available again by next school year (2021-2022).
The FRC will, however, try something new this year! Periodically, there will be send home packets of activities for families to do at home, and to keep! They will be sent in a bag, with directions and materials to enjoy. These will not be sent back in to school. They will be things like STEM activities, Art activities, scavenger hunts, Take and Make kits, etc. There will be one bag of instructions/materials sent per family. If you would like to get these fun activity bags throughout the year, please sign up with your family information below and return. Only one child per family needs to return this form, but don’t forget to indicate how many children will be participating in the activities, since they will all come in one package together! (a family of 3 children will get 1 bag, with enough materials for 3 children to complete the activity) There is no cost to participate—it is free!
There will also be a reading challenge for students later in the year!
More info to come on this.
If you would like to participate in the take home activity bags, please fill out and return the form below to your student’s teacher:
FRC Activity Bag Sign up (One form needed per family participating)
Name of Child Who will receive family activity bag: ________________________________________
Child’s teacher and Grade: ________________________________________
Number of Children in family (number for amount of materials needed): _____________________
Return form to teacher.
Teacher: Please return to FRC mailbox. Thank you!
Raising a Thinking Child
Zoom Meeting Parenting Group—Hosted by UW Madison Extension
- Tuesdays: October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November 3rd, 10th
- 8:00-9:15 p.m.
- Classes will be held ONLINE
Using a FREE Zoom Meeting App
You can join on your computer, tablet, or smart phone from the comfort of your home.
Registration Deadline: September 25th / Register online @ https://forms.gle/YRQ35SD6SdneegLG8
For questions or to register via phone call Missy at 715-537-6254
Course Cost: $25 Due to COVID-19 if cost is a concern scholarships are available. 12 hours of Continuing Education credit is available for child care providers and foster parents
- a parent of a child ages 4-7
- an educator or childcare provider for young children
Then the Raising a Thinking Child workshop may be just right for you!
This evidence-based workshop series will help you guide children to solve common, everyday problems with decision making and communication skills using their thinking brain. It is a refreshingly practical curriculum that helps you help your child learn HOW to think, not what to think, as they learn to resolve their own problems.
Participants will learn:
- To give children skills to effectively solve their own problems
- Fun games to help children learn these problem solving skills and consider consequences
- How to help kids care about and understand their feelings and those of others
This program is co-facilitated by Beth Rank (Burnett County), Missy Bablick (Barron County), Danette Hopke (Washburn County) Human Development & Relationship Educators with UW Madison Division of Extension.
An EEO Affirmative Action employer, the University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.
If you require accommodations to participate in this programming, please call Missy at 715-537-6254 as soon as possible.
*****This information is being offered as an opportunity, not mandatory.*****
School District of Janesville
CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES
The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find. This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.
The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record. Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.
The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.
∙ "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
∙ "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's creeninparents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
∙ "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.
"Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records:
∙ The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school district will ent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not g comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information. Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.
The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask [Name of] School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
∙ The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without ub. (2m), Wisconsin Stconsent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent.
The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.atutes. One
Child Find Notice
“The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services for the School District of Janesville at 743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.
Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring. Watch for dates at your local school.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school
district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Kimberli Peerenboom at the school district address above.”