Friday, May 4, 2018

May 2018

Notes from the Principal......

Greetings, Tanner families,
April snow showers have finally brought us May flowers!   The students are enjoying bringing sweatshirts and spring jackets to school rather than snow pants and boots.  The warmer temps are perfect for this time of year as we enjoy extra recess days, field day, picnics and more! The classroom teachers have a number of fun activities going on all month as we lead up to the final days of school.  

Along with the fun comes continued learning.  We will finish up our final ELA and Math units and complete our spring assessments.  A number of activities including planting seeds and field trips to the farm, zoo, or 1000 Islands are also going to cap off the year.  Our staff will come together at the end of the year to celebrate the growth students have made throughout the entire school year. 

On behalf of the Tanner staff, thank you for all of your support this year.  Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with us and trusting our work with them.  It has truly been a joy to watch them grow and learn.  I hope you are able to enjoy time with family and friends this summer.  Make it awesome!

Liz Thoreson, Principal

Community Event and Activity Flyers
All community flyers will be found on the district web page. Click here to access information about the following events/activities.

  • The Great Bunny Train
  • Safety Town Flyer
  • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer
  • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer
  • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer
  • YMCA Before and After School Flyer
  • UW Extension Summer Camp
  • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs
  • Electric City Youth Soccer - 3 and 4 year olds
  • Appleton Boychoir Audition Flyer
  • Kaukauna Girls Summer Volleyball Camp
  • Youth Flag Rugby - Grades 1 - 7
  • FVTC Summer Camps
  • ARTgarage Youth Summer Camp Flyer
  • Best Friends Bike Tour Flyer
  • YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho Flyer
  • UW Extension Summer Camp
  • Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Programs
  • Appleton Boychoir Audition Flyer
  • Kaukauna Girls Summer Volleyball Camp
  • Youth Flag Rugby - Grades 1 - 7
Link for Community Flyers and Events:

Anyone requesting flyer distribution at the elementary level should submit an electronic copy to the district office, attention Erin Kape at for consideration two weeks prior to the first of each month. Click here or visit the school district website to view the up to date list of events and flyers.

Summer School 2018
Kaukauna High School

1701 County Road CE
Tuesday, June 12 - Friday, June 29 (Monday - Friday)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (some classes may run past this time, but no transportation will be available)
NOTE: Classes will also be on Fridays


  • Payment is due at the time of registration.
  • The Summer School Software requires payment in order to complete the registration. Therefore, your child will not be registered in a course if payment is not made online via debit/credit card.
    •  If you need to pay with cash or check please come to the district office to register.
    • If you have a financial hardship and are unable to pay the full fee, please contact Erin Kape at the District Office at: 920-766-6100 ext. 2002 or prior to registering.
  • Refunds will be issued until Friday, May 18. After the closing of the window on May 18, no fees will be refunded.
Open House:
We will be hosting an Open House on Monday, June 11, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Summer School Leadership Team and Student Volunteers will be available to assist students and parents in locating classrooms and answer questions. Please note that teachers will not be present during the Open House.

Course Catalog and registration information is located on the Kaukauna Area School District Summer School website at:

For any questions please contact:
Erin Kape
Phone: 920-766-6100 Ext. 2002

YMCA School Age Care
Registration for the 2018-19 YMCA School Age (before/after care) program begins on Monday, April 9 at 6:00 AM online.  Please visit and click on the ‘Programs’ link to get to our School Age webpage for more details. If you have any questions, contact Meghan McKeithan at
What is it?
Care offered before and after school until 6:00 PM.   Children are supervised by qualified staff and will be offered a variety of different activities (homework time, large motor games, free choice) and a snack.
The program is held at your child’s elementary school.
When does registration begin?
Online registration will begin at 6:00 AM on Monday, April 9, 2018. Registration is
accepted on a first come first served basis. There are capacity limits and enrollment is not guaranteed until you receive an email from the School Age Director (Meghan McKeithan).
Go to, click the Program Button, click the School Age webpage, click on your school district.
Free Preschool Screening
The Kaukauna Area School District will be holding a free preschool screening at Tanner Early Learning Center on June 1st, 4th and 5th for Kaukauna Area School District children. Information about the screening has already been emailed to most parents of children who will be four on or before September 1, 2018.   In addition, parents of three-year-olds are encouraged to schedule a screening if there are any questions or concerns about their child’s development.
The screening results will be used to provide parents with information about their child’s current
development and to provide suggestions for follow-up activities. Parents will also receive information about district and community services.   When there is reasonable cause to believe a child may have an impairment, the child will be referred for an evaluation.
The screening will last approximately one hour.  Please call 766-6150 (Tanner School) if you have any questions.  Please sign up using this link:   

Early Childhood Development
Parents often wonder if their child’s functioning is within normal expectations for their age.  While no two children are alike in their skill development or social functioning, the following guidelines may be helpful:

By one year, most children will do things such as:
Pull to a stand and walk with assistance.
Say one or two simple words (ma-ma, da-da, etc.).
Pick up small objects with thumb and first two fingers.
Drink from a cup when it is held for them.
Enjoy playing “peek-a-boo” or “patty cake”.
By two years, most children will do things such as:
Run reasonably well.
Use 2-3 word sentences (more juice, no go bye-bye, etc.).
Point to animals or objects in a book.
Bring a familiar object from another room when asked.
Play near other children, and use toys meaningfully.
By three years, most children will do things such as:
Dress self with minimal help.
Speak in short sentences.
Nest objects of different sizes, and match objects by color.
Imitate lines and circles on paper.
Begin to play with other children.
By four years, most children will do things such as:
Catch a large ball tossed underhand.
Ask many types of questions.
State full name and age when asked.
Copy a plus sign.
Enjoy pretend play with other children.

If you suspect that your child may have delays or other difficulties, you can arrange for a free screening to help determine if developmental testing and special services might be needed.   Special school services can begin at the time of a child’s third birthday and are provided at no cost to the family.  County services are available for infants and toddlers with special needs. Residents of the Kaukauna Area School District may contact Lisa Sheppard at 766-6150 for further information.

Placement with Care
The elementary staff will soon be starting the student placement process for the 2018-19 school year.  Our goal is to create heterogeneous classroom groups to accommodate the learning needs and styles of every student.  The staff at each school spends a great deal of time and effort to determine the proper homeroom placement of children for the coming year.  The following factors are considered when seeking to provide the best educational program for all students in any given classroom:
Provide a balance by gender, ability, leadership qualities and classroom size
·  Balancing by gender
·  Balancing by ability levels (below, on or above grade level)
·  Balancing specific strengths and needs, including special needs, giftedness or language issues
·  Maintaining optimal classroom size
Create a positive match for students with peers
Considerations are given for students who do not work well together, and also for students who may get along “too well,” interfering with learning.  Specific behavior needs (such as assertiveness, shyness,
attention span and behavior choices) are also considered.
Information from other school staff and from other school environments
Information from related arts (music, art, physical education, library media) staff, Pupil Services staff, and Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams are considered based on knowledge and observations of children in multiple environments.
Parent input
Information from parents is considered as the final step in the process.
We find that most parents are comfortable with the classroom placements made by staff.  However, we realize that parents can also provide specific information about their child that could be helpful in assisting the student placement process.  Parents may choose to provide written input into the
placement process via the PARENT INPUT FORM available in the school office.  To obtain the
in put form, you may stop in the office or request that a form be sent home with your child.
Please note that:
· Input forms must be returned to the school office no later than Monday, April 30th, 2018.
· Forms returned after this date may not be considered.
· Completing a form is optional. The intent of this form is to provide additional child-specific information for the placement process, and not to specify a teacher preference. Requests that name a specific teacher will not be considered in the placement process.
· Verbal information or requests cannot be honored.
Please understand that while we attempt to honor parent requests where possible, we may not always be able to fulfill each request due to the multiple factors considered in the placement process.
The deadline for all input is April 30th, 2018.  Please return the form to the school office.
News from...
Mrs. Sundelius - school nurse

Why should your child get immunized? The State of Wisconsin does require children in daycare facilities and schools to be immunized against certain contagious diseases. The purpose of this law is to prevent disease and suffering and any permanent disability resulting from the disease. Additionally immunizing as many children as possible will help prevent the spread of these contagious diseases and in the long run extinguish these diseases completely; Smallpox is a good example of a disease that historically was commonly vaccinated for but is no longer due to the fact that it has not been seen since the early 1980s.
The following is the required immunization schedule for children in the State of Wisconsin. As you can see there are additional immunizations that are needed when children begin their Kindergarten and grade 6 school years.

4 DTaP, 3 polio, 1 MMR and 1 Varicella
Kindergarten - grade 5
4 DTaP, 4 polio, 2 MMR and 2 Varicella
Grade 6 - grade 12
1 Tdap, 4 DTaP, 4 polio, 2 MMR and 2 Varicella

The above is a guideline. There are some exceptions and also clarifications on this chart. More information can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website or on the website for your local county public health department.  Please feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school with any questions on immunization requirements.

Art news - Mrs. Siegel

Kindergarten and 1st grade artists created a baseball self-portrait to coordinate with the author visit of Marla Mckenna and her book, “Mom’s Big Catch.”  Students drew with lines and shapes, used a lot of cut paper for a collage, and added details with Sharpies and construction paper crayons.  As the school year ends, students will have also created a fun snake weaving project!

SKETCHBOOKS AND ART SHIRTS:  All sketchbooks and art shirts will come home after the last art class.  Keep drawing over the summer!  Art shirts can be reused next year!

Art news - Mr. Theder

Kindergarten Artists finished their owl paintings while learning about color family. Kindergarten also worked on sponge printing. They got to paint a water scene and used sponges to print bubbles and waves. Kindergarten also got to practice cutting and pasting. They drew out their frog and lily pad and got to glue it on their painted water scene.   

First Grade Artists finished up painting their Chinese dragon paintings.They are working on their sponge printing. First grade got to learn how to use a sponge with paint to make realistic looking clouds. First grade then drew and cut out kites to glue on their sky background. During painting their kites, they got a chance to learn their secondary colors and how to mix them using primary colors.

Each school in the Kaukauna Area School District will have ten artist’s works framed and displayed at the Kaukauna Public Library from May 7-31.  There will be a student reception on May 8th from 4:30-6: 00.  All are welcome!

Library update - Miss Brown
Summer Reading
It is very important to read with your children this summer! The Kaukauna Public Library has a wonderful Summer Reading Program so try to visit often. Here are some books for children in kindergarten to grade two for summer reading fun:

  • Bailey series by Harry Bliss
  • Brownie & Pearl and Puppy Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
  • E I E I O How Old McDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
  • Froggy series by Jonathan London
  • Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
  • Ladybug series by David Soman
  • Max and Ruby and McDuff series by Rosemary Wells
  • Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
  • A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer
  • Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  • Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
  • Ivy & Bean series by Annie Barrows
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Mercy Watson series By Kate DiCamillo
  • Owl Diaries series by Rebecca Elliott
  • Roscoe Riley by Katherine Applegate

Attention Parents:
At the close of each school year, Tanner Library has to do a complete inventory of library materials. In order to do this, we must ask that all student library materials be returned to our library by May 10th for 4K  and May 18th for 5K and 1st grade.Please remind your child to return all materials on or before that date. Bills for not returned library items will be sent home on May 24th for 4K and May 29th for 5K and 1st grade.
Please do not remit any payment until a bill has been sent home.
Thanks so much!

Music notes - Mrs. Stangel

In Kindergarten and 1st grade music we enjoyed our time with our Guest Artists – Tom Pease and Stuart Stotts. We combined three classrooms per song, and each classroom composes a verse of the song. Tom and Stuart have written the main chorus and the music. Once the verses are written, we learn and practice all the verses to our songs. Many of the songs this year are about reading and books – and our students added their thoughts and input to make each of them special. These songs will be featured at our Tanner Celebration on Thursday, May 10, 6:00 p.m. at KHS.

In 1st grade, our composer of the month in April was Barbra Streisand. Ms. Streisand is best known as a singer and actress. She wrote the song “Evergreen” from the 1976 movie that shares the same title. Our composer of the month in May will be Bob Dylan. We will learn more about Bob Dylan and will sing a little of one of his most famous songs, Blowin’ in the Wind. We studied a wide range of composers this year including George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Hector Berlioz, Phillip Glass, Rossini, and Andrew Lloyd Weber – so many wonderful composers and so much great music!

Gym news - Mrs. Wells
The weather is finally starting to cooperate which means many of our classes will be outside in May! The 1st graders will be starting the biking unit. This is a fun and exciting unit that students really benefit from. Each student will be provided with a helmet and a bike. If your child has a bike helmet they are welcome to bring it, please write their name on it. The given helmets and bikes will be fitted for each students’ size and needs. It is not necessary that a student can ride a two-wheel bike, though that will be our ending goal. This process will not be rushed. Students will be able to ride at their own pace with a bike that fits their biking experience and comfort level.
The kindergarteners will be using the chariots (three-wheeled scooter bikes) to learn about safety. They will learn how to correctly put on a helmet and safely ride around others!

May Classroom Guidance - Mrs. Charneski
During the month of May, students will be introduced to the relationship between learning and work, realize the importance of good work habits (good attendance, doing your best, and following directions).  Students enjoy sharing their developing interests, strengths and dreams.  Kindergarten and first grades will think about potential careers and how they relate to their “job” as students.  4K students will hear a story about careers and enjoy a fun related activity.
Summer is just around the corner and that means more free time with the kiddos!  As the age of technology infringes on our time and attention more and more, it is critical that we as adults, evaluate and monitor children’s screen time and provide plenty of alternative activities: outdoor play, creative art, sports and movement, nature exploration, etc. 

Cut out these ideas into small slips and put them into a Summer Fun Jar!  Pick one out randomly and try these fun activities with your kiddos all summer long!
  • Sidewalk Chalk City with Cars and Trucks
  • Bubble Fun…use pool noodles to chase and pop bubbles
  • Nature Hunt….make a list of random nature items and provide a fun treat if all are found
  • Scooter, Bike or Walk around the block
  • Make an obstacle course in your backyard and race the timer
  • Take a trip to a nearby park and enjoy the fun
  • Sidewalk chalk flower garden
  • Sidewalk chalk Rainbow Words-write as many words as you can that start with a specific letter
  • Rock Math….go on a rock hunt and practice adding and subtracting using the rocks
  • Rock Painting….go on a rock hunt and paint the rock with a positive message…hide it for someone to find and brighten their day
  • Make a card or art project form someone who is sick or lonely
  • Play Doh fun…create cool sculptures on the patio table outside…keeps the floor clean 
  • Water fun…sprinklers, water squirters, etc.                                                                                 
As always, feel free to call me at 766-6150 Ext. 3817 with any questions or concerns.

YMCA Family Fun
 End of 4K Family celebration HEART OF THE VALLEY YMCA Date Friday, May 18, 2018 Time Event 6:00 PM-9:00PM Other info Celebrate the end of 4K and start of summer with 3 hours packed full of entertainment for you and your family! Come to the HOTV YMCA and hang out in the GYM with inflatables, games, crafts, bake sale, and other fun activities. Cost $5 per person in family Registration All registration will be online at or contact us and we can help you get registered. Registration starts Friday April 13, 2018.
Any questions should be sent to Stephanie Johnson 920.830.5720

Early Childhood & 4K Students
The last day for the EC Blended Pre-School class is Thursday, May 24th and the last day for all 4K students is Thursday, May 31st. The screening for those students who will be 4 years old on or before September 1st will be held on June 1st, 4th and 5th. Click here to sign up for an appointment.

Parents - Please Pass Information On
If you know anyone who has children age 0 to 18 who are not currently enrolled in the Kaukauna Area School District but live within the district’s boundaries, please direct them to our website to fill out a Census Update form. They can get a copy by visiting our website at Click on ”Prospective Family & Staff” and then click “How to Enroll”.

PBIS update...
During the month of May, students will be reviewing our character traits from the year. This includes respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship. Thank you to the PAC for supporting our final event of the year, our Spring Celebration with Tom Pease and Stuart Stotts. Students did a wonderful job writing songs and will be performing at the high school on May 10 at 6:00p.m. Students should arrive at 5:45 and meet their teacher by the cone with their teacher's name on it. If you can, have your child wear a Tanner shirt or orange and black to the celebration. Over the summer, we encourage families to talk about being safe, respectful and responsible at all of the places you visit during the summer. Have a wonderful summer! 

A Note From Chartwells
With the end of the school year fast approaching we ask that you take note of your child/children’s lunch account balance.  Accounts will have to be brought up to date by the end of the school year.  If we do not receive payment by Tuesday, June 12th, 2018, and the account balance is more than a $20.00 negative it will be sent to the Kaukauna Area School District Collection Agency. 
If you choose to let your child/children’s lunch account balance go below the $5.00 mark because of the end of the year, please remember the Kaukauna Area School District Messenger Service will continue to contact you.  This is an automated service and cannot be turned off. 

Remember to make each day a safe and healthy one!