Recent News from St. Andrew's, Delavan, WI

Parent Letter 11.12.13

2013 Conferences Report Cards will be sent home today(Tuesday, November 12thConferences will be held this Thursday, November 14th (4:00 to 8:00p.m.) and Friday, November 15th(8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.), 2013.   Parents can sign-up for this year’s Conferences by signing up online at www.signupgenius.com.  Simply go to the website, go to login, register your e-mail and password, go to Find A Sign-up, type in your teacher’s e-mail address (last name first initial of first name@archmil.org), click on the teacher’s name and sign-up for a time.  Please remember that students in grades 2 through 8 are expected to attend their conferences. These are mandatory conferences. Attendance will be taken.   Parents will get a reminder e-mail two days before their Conference.  Conference sign-ups must be completed by Wednesday, November 13th.  Please call Mr. Chovanec at 262-728-6211 if you have any questions about Conferences.  

 

If you would like to meet with one of our “specials” teachers (Art, Music, Phy. Ed. and Spanish), please e-mail the teacher with your request so that a time can be arranged to meet.  Thank you.

 

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

I Can, You Can, We Can Food Collection – Please see today’s Family Envelope for a flyer about this very important event.

Christmas Concert Date Change – The Christmas Concert was tentatively listed on the 2013-14 School Calendar on Wednesday, December 18th.  That date is incorrect.  This year’s Christmas Concert will be held at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, December 19th (in the gym).  Please mark your calendars with this new date.

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.

 

Hot Lunch – A reminder that ALL Hot Lunch fees are due by the 10th of each month.  A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for any payments coming in after the 10th.  The November Hot Lunch Menu was sent home last week in the Family Envelope.

ATHLETIC NEWS:  There is a mandatory basketball parent meeting tomorrow on Wednesday, November 13th @ 6:30pm in the gymnasium for ALL PARENTS and PLAYERS in 5th thru 8th grade that signed up for basketball.  You will find more information regarding this meeting in your family envelope.

Delavan-Darien Youth Wrestling ClubOpen to ALL kids from Kindergarten – 8th Grade REGISTRATION DAY – Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the DDHS Commons Area – $60.00 registration cost (includes USA wrestling membership and Club t-shirt)

Practices Start on Monday, December 2, 2013 Practices are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 p.m. Want more information now? Visit our website at :  www.eteamz.com/delavandarienyouthwrestling .

Scrip News   – November and December are our biggest months for Scrip sales and I wanted to remind you that there are a lot of retailers who offer extra incentives at this time of the year.  Some of your favorite restaurants and stores offer extra percent back right now. This is a great time of year for you to start using Scrip and start building up your tuition credit.   For a complete list of bonus percent offers, go to the website glscrip.com and shopwithscrip.com.    Also just announced, Starbucks and Kohl’s have joined other retailers and offer ScripNow! as an option for us to purchase.  You can set up your presto pay and print ecards right at your house for any ScripNow! retailer.  You can get friends and relatives who do not live here to use ScripNow! and help you add to your tuition savings.   Any questions call Monica Damrow at 262-215-0511.  Happy shopping!  Please see the extra information sheet about SCRIP in today’s Family Envelope.

Treat Day – Attention Parents:  Treat Day is back!  If you wish to pay in advance, the total cost for the year is $4.00.  A date for November has not been determined yet.  The rest of the days this year are: December 18th, January 15th, February 12th, March 19th, April 16th and May 21stF.Y.I. – the treats do not contain nuts or nut products.  The cost is .50 cents a day.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the treats during the Lunch Period.  If you are interested in helping out, please call Christine Maass at 262-374-0323.

Kindergarten through 4th Grade Basketball – There will be a Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and a 3rd through 4th Grade Basketball Program this year.  (involving St. Andrew’s, DCS and Our Redeemer students).  The program will be run very similar to past years.  Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks.  Our tentative start date for the program will be in early January.

 

Morning Drop-off Reminder – Please be careful when dropping your children off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.  Supervision of our playground area before school begins at 8:00 a.m. daily.  For the safety of our students, please do not drive on to the playground while students are outside.

 

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of November:

11/11 to 11/14 – Renee Clair

11/18 to 11/26 – Jen McKean

Computer Lab Volunteer Needed – Are you someone that enjoys the challenge of working with computers and keepings networks up and running?  St. Andrew School is looking for volunteers to provide support for teachers when they bring their classes to the Computer Lab.  Please contact Mr. Chovanec at 262-728-6211 if interested.

Lunch  Supervision Monitor Needed –St. Andrew School is looking for a person or two to monitor the Lunch count and help with supervision in the Cafeteria from 11:30 to 12:05.  This will be a paid position of $5.00 per day.  If interested please contact Mr. John Chovanec, Principal at 262-728-6211.

Elk’s Lodge Hoop Shoot – Walworth-Lakeland Elk’s Lodge #2201 will be holding their annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School at 1:00p.m..  Registration starts at 12:30p.m..

Market Day News: Pick up is Thursday Nov. 14 from 3:30-5:00.

COOKIE COMPETITION – In this week’s Family Envelope you will see information on our 2013 Bonus Days Cookie Competition.  Students can sell Market Day cookies to friends and family.  Return their order forms and checks, made out to Market Day, to school by December 4.   Then pick up your cookies December 12 in the school cafeteria from 3:30-5:00.  The class who sells the most cookies will receive a cookie party, sponsored by Home and School Association.  Just like our pies last month, by ordering cookies in December our school gets double the profits for our teachers.  Last year by just selling cookies in December our school earned over $500 on cookies alone.  If each child sells just one box of cookies we could beat that number.  Any questions please contact Sara Szczap.  Good luck and sell, sell, sell!

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

St. Nick’s Breakfast – Please note that the date was printed incorrectly in the church bulletin this past Sunday and is a change from the original school calendar.  The St. Nick’s Breakfast is SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2013!!!  We are looking forward to seeing you all there!  

You will find a flier for the St. Nick’s Breakfast in your family envelope this week.  Please take your flier to a local business and ask to display it.

You will also find a sign up sheet for your friends and family to help at the St. Nick’s Breakfast.  This is a large fundraiser for our school and it requires the help of everyone to be successful!  Thank you to those who have already signed up!  We will send you a confirmation of your shift prior to the breakfast.

St. Nick’s Gift Shop  – Please donate new items to the Children’s Gift Shop at the St. Nick’s Breakfast.  Our inventory is very low this year.  We need small new gift items for moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, teachers and pets.  We also need tissue paper and gift bags (new or used).  Donations can be dropped off at the office and labeled “Gift Shop”.  Contact Stephanie Freitag with any questions.  Thanks.

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Ben Venteicher for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.  Ben is a fifth grade student in Ms. Karsten’s Class.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – With Parent Teacher Conferences coming up this Thursday and Friday, I’ve included an article from the NEA (National Education Association) on tips for parents before conferences.  Thank you for entrusting your child(ren’s) education to St. Andrew School.  As Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Sincerely,

John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

Tips for Parents on Parent-Teacher Conferences

How Should Parents Navigate This All-Important Meeting?   Educators Show the Way!

A key ingredient for educational achievement is the parent-teacher conference, and to make sure they’re successful for both parents and teachers, we’ve come up with a list of what educators would like parents to know.

The first on the list: Show up, please!

“We know parents are busy, but it is important to carve out time to invest in your child’s education and ensure success at school,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “To get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, parents need to take an active role in their child’s education year-round and come prepared to discuss how their child can reach their full potential.”

Here are the rest of our tips for parents:

Get Ready. Do your homework prior to parent-teacher conferences. Prepare by writing notes to yourself concerning:

  • Any questions about the school’s programs or policies.
  • Things you can share with the teacher about your child and his life at home.
  • Questions about your child’s progress.
  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • How does my child get along with classmates?
  • Is my child working up to her ability? Where could she use improvement?
  • What can we do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?

Ask Important Questions. Don’t be afraid to engage in a frank conversation with your child’s teacher. Your goal is to develop an action plan for your child’s success at school. Good questions to ask the teacher include:

Initiate the Action Plan

Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put together. Discuss the plan with your child and track his progress. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year with regularly scheduled “report card” conferences that can keep the communication lines open.

“Parents are the best resource for a child to make the grade,” said Van Roekel. “When teachers and parents work together, we can help a child have a successful school year.”

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