Adams Elementary - September 2019
Keeping You Informed
Important September Dates
- 2nd -No School/Labor Day
- 3rd - First Day of School- Staggered Start for K
- 4th - Staggered Start for K
- 5th - Packer/Bear Day/Favorite Team Day
- 6th - Red & White/Badger Spirit Day
- ● PTA - Kona Ice after school
- 9th - PTA Meeting at 4:00 PM
- 20th - Picture Day
Stay connected on our School calendar LINK
- 4th - Red & White Spirit Day
- 14th - PTA Meeting at 4:00 PM
- 23rd - Conferences 4:00-8:00 PM
- 24th - No School/Conferences 8:00-6:00 PM
- 25th - No School
Office Hours - 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
We look forward to greeting you at the following doors:
● Door 1 - E. Memorial
● Door 7 - Walker Street
We’re also just a phone call away:
● Main Line - 743-6300
○ Leave a message 24 hours a day
Check out the following information:
● A Note from the Principal
● Parent Teacher Association
● Title 1 School
● Back to School Safety
● Lunchroom Updates
● School District of Janesville:
○ Child Find
● Coats for Kids
Dear Adams Families,
Welcome Back! I can’t wait to see all families and students as we embark on the 2019-20 school year. I hope that you had a wonderful summer with friends and families. September marks that start of the new year, along with new beginnings and opportunities for your child. That start of the school year is very special for all of us. It is a time to build relationships with families and students. We understand that educating a child is a team effort and we look forward to working with all of you this year. We want all parents and guardians to be engaged in our Adams Community. There are several different ways by joining our PTA, attending our Family Fun Nights and/or volunteering. Our website also has current events and an event calendar, so please check it out regularly for the fun!
Parent Teacher Association
Please join the Parent Teacher Association. The organization brings Adams staff and families together to help raise funds for our school, offering family events and enhance our community! Here are the dates for the first two meetings of the year at 4:00 PM.
● September 9th
● October 14th
Sign up and pay online! It’s easy. Control/Click here for the Online PTA membership enrollment for the Online PTA membership enrollment and select the PTA membership option, fill out the form and enter your payment.
Title 1 School
Adams Elementary is a Title 1 school and as a parent you can request a copy of the district’s involvement policy. Adams Elementary has a strong history of PTA and Family Involvement to build a strong community around the school. This is available at your request and you can obtain information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher and support staff that deliver support for your child. Please fill out your 2019-2020 Alternate Household Income Form and return it to your child’s teacher. This will help us remain a Title 1 School.
Back to School Safety
Attendance is a key piece to student growth and achievement. However, illnesses come around and if your child is not able to attend school please notify the office by calling the attendance line, 608-743-6330. Parents/Guardians are able to leave a message 24 hours a day.
Supervision starts at 8:05 a.m. every morning, which is lead by Adams staff. Upon arrival on school grounds, students will head to their designated arrival/dismissal areas to prepare for school. We no longer have breakfast before school in the morning and breakfast will be served in the classroom.
Crosswalks are marked areas to help pedestrians and bikers get to where they need to go. The areas also signal drivers to be cautious for pedestrians and bikers. Whether guiding your child/children or teaching safety at home, please review the crosswalk areas.
Drop Off Locations
Thank you so much for using the designated areas for drop off which are located on East Memorial Drive and Walker Street. We appreciate that you keep other areas that have obstructed views - such as the parking lot, the playground, and bus zones clear to ensure safety for all students.
Arrival/Dismissal Doors and Supervision
Arrival Time and Supervision starts at 8:05 am
1st- Door #2
3rd- Door #5
4th- Door #4
5th- Door #4
Dismissal Time is 3:08. We understand things come up, but for student safety students will be brought back to the office by 3:15 pm.
Both breakfast and lunch will be NO COST to families as part of the Community Eligibility Provision which provides free lunch and breakfast to all students. What does this mean? Breakfast will be served in the classroom around 8:15 a.m. This is courtesy of the United States Food and Nutrition Service as Adams Elementary School met the qualifying criteria.
Snack milk is also covered as part of the Community Eligibility Provision. Every student will receive a milk each day with their breakfast! We will no longer collect money for snack milk.
Grade Level Lunch Hours
12:40 -1:10 p.m.
12:20 -12:50 p.m.
11:40 -12:10 p.m.
12:00 -12:30 p.m.
Joining Students for Lunch
Lunch is a special time of day, but safety is our number one concern. Please notify the school 24 hours in advance if anyone other than the legal parent or guardian will join a student for lunch. You can send a note with your child to the school office and/or teacher. Thank you so much for assisting with student safety. We appreciate your cooperation in developing a safe environment at Adams Elementary.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus are located on our Website!
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.”
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 screening 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 parents, 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. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a 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 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 sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One 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 consent, 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.
Coats for Kids
September 23th – October 14th 2019
Please donate warm winter wear for needy families in Janesville and North Rock County,
Needed: Clean chlidren & adults’ winter jackets & coats, snow pants, gloves, scarves, hats & boots – Please no adult dress coats. No broken zippers No sweatshirts or fleece jackets or summer clothing.
Locations for donations:
|Dan’s Creston Park Laundromat||IGA/Sentry East||Milton Piggly Wiggly||Shopko|
|1630 Randolph Rd||2822 E. Milwaukee St.||727 S. Janesville St.||Highway 14|
|Sentry West||Schnuck’s Super Market||1st Community Bank of Milton||Premier Bank|
|2501 West Court||1501 Creston Park Dr.||202 Merchants Row, Milton||1400 Blackbridge Dr.|
|Woodman’s Market||Festival Foods||Choice Cleaners|
|2819 N. Lexinton||2233 Humes Rd||
610 E. Memorial
2919 N. Lexingtion
1926 E. Milwaukee
And ALL Janesville Elementary Schools
The Salvation Army on the corner of Glean & Southerland on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9 am – 3 pm. Children must be present to receive a coat. Proof of residence is necessary. All coats/items are free, clean and available to all ages. This is a community service project of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.
Adams Elementary - October/November 2019
Keeping You Informed
Important Oct. Dates
Office Hours - 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
We look forward to greeting you at the following doors:
We’re also just a phone call away:
From the Principal
We’re off to a great start to our 2019-20 school year! Thank you to all of our families and staff for your support! I can’t believe it’s October already, which means conferences are right around the corner. We look forward to spending time collaborating with families on October 23rd and 24th.
Leader in Me
This year, we are weaving the Leader in Me into our PBIS framework. The Leader in Me focuses on developing habits to help students identify the leaders within themselves. In total, there are seven habits. This year we will focus on three. Each trimester will have a focus -
Trimester 1 - Be Proactive
Trimester 2 - Begin with the End in Mind
Trimers 3 - Put First Things First
At our Kickoff assembly, we introduced the first habit and the students then met with their Buddy Classrooms. Together they read a story about being proactive and continued to define and explore the habit.
The students have also taken on leadership roles with our PBIS expectations! Each classroom signed up to record themselves following the expectations. They did an amazing job! More information will be shared about our work to start our school year in this edition.
Thank you, PTA - Outdoor Classroom
As you may have noticed, our Outdoor Classroom is complete. A huge thank you to our PTA for their vision and creating it into a reality. In order to create this into reality, it took a lot of support from our families and community! Stay tuned for more information later in this edition of the newsletter.
- *Winter Sings - December 18th
- *Winter Break - December 23rd-January 1st
- *Martin Luther King, Jr. No School - January 20th
- *No School - February 21st
- *Spring Conferences - March 4th and 5th
- *Spring Break - March 23rd-27th
- *No School - May 22nd
- *Memorial Day May 25th
- *School Picnic - May 29th
Leader in Me
Our first Assembly of the year was a great way to review the SOP (standard operating procedure) for being a good audience member. We reviewed our Eagle Expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready to Learn). Then, we introduced the word HABIT. We all have good habits (making our beds, flossing our teeth) and probably some bad ones as well (biting nails… ). This year, we’ll be learning positive habits that are practiced by leaders and successful people. The first habit is to BE PROACTIVE. This includes not only thinking ahead, but framing things in a positive way. Mrs. Boersma started by showing the students a bottle of water and a bottle of soda. Each of the bottle was shaken for each ‘bad’ thing students named that happened before school (didn’t sleep well, didn’t have time for breakfast, someone got called a name, etc.) We talked about how each reacted. The students saw how the soda exploded and the water stayed calm. We compared this to being in the yellow and then red zones; like when our feelings get too big and we let them explode. The water was more like being in the green zone. We can stay in the green zone by not letting small things bother us, by reframing things in a positive way and by thinking ahead to prevent problems. Just like all habits, they take time and practice to really become a habit. We’ll continue working on Habit 1: Be Proactive throughout the year.
Check out our PBIS Videos Lead by Our Students . . .
- Miron Construction
- Frank Silha and Sons, Inc
- Bjoin Limestone
- Aerial Work Platforms
- Hanthorn Enterprises
- Sarah and Jim Hodge
- K and W Greenery
- Elizabeth and Andy Paull
- Floral Expressions
- Janesville Education Foundation
- Nancy Bandma Family
- Beth Shepherd Family
- Bob and Lindi Paull
PTA - Outdoor Classroom
It all started 3 and a half years ago with an idea. Lots of research and planning happened between then and now. Mother Nature was not always cooperative but, fast forward to 2019 and we have an Outdoor Classroom! This would not be possible without the help, support and donations from many generous donors. (see sidebar)
We’ll continue to develop the area throughout the year. The rocks that were painted by students and families will be installed as a path between some of the beds. More plants and flowers will be planted. An SOP (standard operating procedures) for the Outdoor Classroom will be created and all classes will be able to learn about how to participate in and take care of the new space.
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Heather and Jeremy Kettner and Family; Elizabeth and Andy Paull Family; Autumn and Chad Hopkins and Family; Mandy Zdrale; Kathi and Jayson Harding; Josh Schucha; Richard Wonder; Patrice Wilson; Lori Calteux.
If you will be moving from your current home address please contact Adams Elementary school office at 743-6305 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.
Public School Open Enrollment Timelines the State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.
The open enrollment application period for the 2020-2021 school year is from February 3, 2020 – April 30, 2020. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 3, 2020 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 3rd will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 3rd but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.
Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.
Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.
An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.
Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.
If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.
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 (2020-2021), 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, 2019 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, 2020. 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 2019-2020 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 2020. This year applications will be accepted February 3 – April 30, 2019.
If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.
2020-2021 School Year
School District Residents:
If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2020 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 at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office. You may enroll anytime during the two week period.
Weeks of December 2–6 and December 9-13
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019
If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 13, 2019. 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. If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students 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, 2020 if they are turned in by December 13th. 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 2020-2021 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, 2020 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 3 to April 30, 2020. 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.