November Newsletter

One of the best things about living in Wisconsin is the changing seasons, and the beautiful fall colors that we get to experience each year! Veteran's Day is right around the corner and it's always humbling to take time to say thanks and honor those who have served our country. Here at i4L we will be doing an assembly on Tuesday, November 1 to share with students information about Veterans Day, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flights and respect for the American Flag.  For Veterans Day the Kewaskum High School KEY club is doing a fundraising event to support the Stars and Stripes Honor Flights.  We will be selling paper airplanes for $1. Students will decorate the planes, and then they will be on display for the high school's Veteran's Day assembly on November 11.  In our classrooms we'll also take time to honor our Veterans on Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thanks to our parents and community. Here in the little town of Wayne we've grown a lot over the past few years. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I have to agree with that.  As we continue to work through this year it is important that we work collaboratively between home and school to do all that we can to raise our children. Together Everyone Achieves More (T.E.A.M.)  A big thanks to our PTO as well for all their work that they've done year after year with fundraising and other great events (like the Halloween Bash) to bring us all together doing great things for our kids!!

A couple quick reminders for upcoming events this Month.  The PTO will be doing their Annual Pizza making event this Saturday starting at 7am.  Daylight Saving Time will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 2a.m. - This means we get an extra hour over the weekend :-)  Also, don't forget this coming Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day!  Included on this year's ballot will be a question regarding the proposed referendum for the Kewaskum School District. Be sure to visit the district's "referendum" website for further information - and remember to vote!  Check out this cute video by a few of our i4L students sharing the importance of exercising your right to vote!

i4L Upcoming Events

11/1 - (3rd-5th) Pins & Magnet Orders Due
11/1 - Student Government School Store is Open 8:40-8:50 (Every Tuesday)
11/1 - What is a "Veteran" Assembly 9:00-9:30 Learn More  
11/1 -  i4L PTO Meeting Agenda 6:00-7:30 Click Here 
11/1 - KSD Fiesta Fun Night 6:00-8:00  Learn More
11/2 - 4th-5th Grade Intramural Skating Permission Field Trip Form Due!! Click Here for Form
11/3 -  i4L Picture Re-takes! If you need a additional picture order form please email or call the school office
11/3 - FUTP60 Food Tasting (Jicama) 12:05-12:30
11/3 - Parent Teacher Conferences 3:50-7:50
11/4 - PTO Pizzas Sale Set Up (Click Here to Sign Up!) 4:00-8:00
11/5 - PTO Pizza Sale Pick Up (Able to Help Make some Pizzas? Click Here) 9:00-2:00
11/6 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS! Fall Back
11/7 - 3rd-5th Intramurals Skating 3:45-6:00 Pick up @ i4L
11-8 - Please Vote! Click Here to Learn more about the Kewaskum Referendum
11/9 - KEYS Honor Flight Fundraiser Ends
11/11 - Veterans Day
11/14 - 3rd-5th Intramurals Skating 3:45-6:00pm  Pick up @ i4L
11/15 - November BEE Assembly 9-9:30am
11/15 - Student Government Thanksgiving Shopping Bag Project
*Watch for your students artwork on bags @ Kewaskum Piggly Wiggly right before Thanksgiving!
11/17 - FUTP60 Food Tasting - Black Beans
11/17 - i4L Student Gallery Night 6-7:30pm More information to come!
11/21 - 3rd-5th Intramurals Skate Country 3:45-6:00pm Pick Up @ i4L
11/23 - PD Day No School!
11/24-11/25 - Happy Thanksgiving! No School!
11/28 - Governance Council Meeting 5:30-7:15pm
11/30 - 1st Trimester Ends

Additional Upcoming Dates...
12/1 - Holiday Wreath & Poinsettia Sale Pick Up
12/8 - K5-5th Grade Christmas Concert & Holiday Book Fair - Message from Mrs. Ward - Click Here
12/10 - PTO Holiday Cookie Sale
12/21 - 4K Christmas Concert starting @ 10:30
12/23 - Student Government Re-Gift Event: This year, student government, will again be hosting the Re-Gift event. We will be asking families to donate a few good quality items they no longer love, need or use. Students can purchase these new or gently used items for .50 cents each as a gift for family members. More Detailed information to come...

November Hot Lunch Menu                Click Here    Food of the Month : Jicama

November Hot Lunch Menu             Click Here
Food of the Month: Jicama

Around the District Events:

11/1 Fiesta Fun Night - Dia de los muertos 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. learn more
11/7 KHS Concert Band & Concert Choir 7:00 p.m. KHS Theater
11/8 Election Day VOTE
11/11 Veteran’s Day Assembly 10:40 a.m. KHS Fieldhouse
11/11 KHS Musical “Oklahoma” 7:00 p.m. KHS Theater
11/12 KHS Musical “Oklahoma” 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. KHS Theater
11/19 Senior Citizens' Thanksgiving Dinner
11/21 KHS Band & Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.
11/23 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day
11/24 NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving

Child Development Day - 11/18 Child development days provide parents with information about how their child’s development compares with general developmental expectations.  To schedule an appointment for your child aged 2 years, 9 months and older please call 262-626-8427 ext 8012.

Revised Assumption to Tax Rate Impact - Down to $.19

We have received new information about the tax impact of the referendum that will be on the November 8th ballot.

Revised assumptions project the referendum tax rate impact at $0.19, changed from the previous assumption of $0.36.The Kewaskum School District received its 2016-17 State Aid which increased by 2.6% from the previous year. This increase will allow the District to prepay a greater portion of the debt from the 1999 referendum, resulting in retiring the 1999 debt one year earlier, all while maintaining a level tax levy.  According to Julie Thoreson, Business Manager for the district “It’s unfortunate the school funding information isn’t available earlier, but we’re pleased with the increase in aid, and the ability to prepay outstanding debt. This allows the district to save on interest cost and retire the 1999 referendum debt a full year early.

Interest rates continue to hold at historical lows. The District, along with its Financial Advisor, is confident in adjusting the original interest rate assumption of 3.25% to 2.75%. “This rate is still conservative based on recent Wisconsin school district bond sales,” stated Michele Wiberg, Vice President of PMA Securities, Inc.

With these revised assumptions, the projected tax rate, changed from the previous $0.36 assumption, will be $0.19. If the referendum passes, this projected tax impact would be reflected on residents’ December 2017 tax bills.  Michele Wiberg explained the reason for the change during the October 17 Open House at Kewaskum High School.  A video of her presentation (and more information about the referendum) is available on the districts website

Community Events: 
Leaf Raking - KHS Key Club members will be raking leaves at homes of senior citizens in the Village of Kewaskum on November 12.  If you know someone who could use assistance, please contact Mrs. LaRonge at (262) 626-8427 ext. 4359.  

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner - On Saturday, November 19th, the Kewaskum Key Club, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Wisconsin, will be holding its annual Senior Citizens’ Thanksgiving Dinner.  The menu will include traditional holiday favorites such as turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  This is an opportunity for seniors in the district to come and enjoy a good meal in the company of other local seniors.  There is no cost for this outing, and no reservations are needed.  Just come as you are and enjoy a pleasant gathering.  The meal will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kewaskum High School cafeteria.  All community seniors are invited to attend.

Clergy Coalition for Coats (Collection & Distribution) - The local Kewaskum Clergy has joined forces with Kewaskum Schools and the Village of Kewaskum to organize a Coat Exchange for those in need within our local community. The Coat Exchange will take place on Monday, November 21 at the Kewaskum Middle School Cafeteria from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. YOU can HELP.  We need new or gently used coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, boots - all sizes, child through adult.  Donation bins will be at each school through November 17th.  Consider cleaning your closets and donating your unneeded winter outerwear to help others in need.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Learn more.

Breakfast with Santa
Advance tickets are now on sale for Breakfast with Santa.  The FHA/HERO club of KHS is sponsoring their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3, 2016, in the high school cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and breakfast is served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Kewaskum High School Choir Members will perform Christmas songs and Santa will visit with a present for all of the children following breakfast. Breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, cereal, sausage, juice, milk, coffee, and sweet rolls.  Buy tickets at your school office.

Wisconsin Forward Exam and ACT Plus Writing - Students in grades 3-8 scored 12.1% above the state average in English/language arts (ELA) and 13.2% above the state average in math on the Wisconsin Forward Exam last year. For the junior class last year, average scores on all four of the sections of the ACT Plus Writing test increased. The average composite score last year was 20.1, an increase of 0.5 points from the previous year. “We are pleased to see our students making significant progress across grade levels as evidenced by our state assessment scores. The results show that the work we are doing as a district is opening doors for our students,” said Curriculum Director Mark Bazata.

Community Events:

11/8 Election Day - VOTE
11/20 Kewaskum Chamber Craft Fair 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. KES
Thanksgiving Celebration Community Dinner - A community Thanksgiving Dinner is being offered for anyone who would otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving.  There are 3 locations available and reservations are suggested.   Organizers of the event are also looking for donations to help support the event.  Learn more.

The Washington County Workforce Alliance (WCWFA), a coalition of employers, educators, and human services groups, was formed to address issues related to providing a sustainable workforce for Washington County employers. Our District has been a member of the Alliance since its inception in 2014. In the last three years, the Alliance has gained a greater understanding of what it takes to make our students career and life ready after graduation. Whether your career ambitions are best supported by a four year or two year degree, an apprenticeship, a certification program, or direct migration into the workforce, we feel it is important for students and parents to watch a video together to gain a greater understanding of the issues around the important decisions you will need to make.
Click Here to view a two minute video produced by the Alliance.
We understand the complexity surrounding this important decision and hope this two minute video, produced by the Alliance, helps with understanding the many opportunities available in our county. No doubt you will have questions after watching it, and we can help you find the answers. Just connect with your high school counselors to access the help you need.

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