02 October 2011
October 07, 2011 | Posted by Leni Dietrich
Kindergartners visit the Greendale Fire Station to learn about fire safety.
Dear Highland View Parents/Guardians:
I wanted to take a moment to recognize our 5th graders who have taken on many leadership roles in the building. We are very proud of all of the different projects they are involved with, such as kindergarten cadetting, milk cadetting, reading to younger students and helping younger students start their day first thing in the morning. Highland View has also started to recognize students seen doing the right thing. Please keep watching our “The time is always right to do the right thing” board outside our library.
What a difference a week makes with regard to weather. Our students really enjoyed this week getting outside and enjoying the sun. I hope everyone has a safe and healthy weekend. It promises to be beautiful.
Spotlight on Learning: Mrs. Murphy
October is Fire Prevention month and the kindergarten students at Highland View have been busy learning about fire safety and how firefighters help the community. They started the unit by attending a Fire Safety Assembly put on by the Greendale Firefighters and taking home a fire safety plan sheet to complete with their families. Throughout the unit, students learned about the importance of firefighters, their equipment, trucks and uniforms, as well as tips on how to stay safe in a fire. The kindergarten students were even able to visit the Greendale Fire Station to see the firefighters in action!
This week, we announced our October Highlighters. These are students who exemplify the C.A.R.E. principles and consistently put forth their best effort, both in the classroom and throughout the school. Our October Highlighters are Abigail Hajewski in kindergarten, Jack Doering from first grade, Ryan Takerian in second grade, Alex Alenius from third grade, Emma Bode in fourth grade and Tyler Wrightsman from fifth grade. Congratulations to all these students.
Please be sure to continue monitoring the number of minutes your child reads nightly. We will have our first reveal on October 20. Students should wear their Read 20 shirts that day.
WKCE Testing Window
Our 3rd through 5th graders will be taking the WKCE tests beginning October 31. Families with children in those grades will receive more information shortly.
Change in Lunch Menu
Due to the Step Up to Better Health Walk/Run on Sunday, October 16th we will be making a menu change. Fish shapes will be served on Tuesday to allow us to have spiral rotini pasta on Friday. Please be aware of this change when planning your lunch choices for the week. For the October Lunch Menu, please CLICK HERE.
Step-up to Better Health Fun Run/Walk
It is not too late to sign up for the Step-up to Better Health Fun Run/Walk on October 16th. We are hoping to have more Highland View families attend than are currently registered. Please remember that 100% of the registration fee is returned to our school. This is always a very enjoyable event. Pre-registration for the t-shirts has ended, but families can still register for the walk.
Our next PTO meeting will be held after the all district meeting on October 12th. The all district meeting will be held in the MPR of the Middle School at 6:30 p.m. Our first PTO meeting was well attended and I am hoping this trend continues. This is a great opportunity to meet other Highland View families and get information about what is happening at the district and building levels.
District Parent Information Night
All Greendale parents are encouraged to attend the first of 3 District Parent Information Nights (PIN) to be held on October 12 at GMS. The district-level information portion of the evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the MPR. All 5 schools will also be holding a school-level meeting on the same night at the middle school, either directly preceding or following the district presentation. The evening’s schedule is as follows:
- 5:45-6:30 p.m. GMS PTO - Library
- 6:30-7:10 p.m. District Presentation - Rethinking Education in Greendale, Dr. William Hughes
- 7:15-8:00 p.m. CA Parent Engagement Meeting - RM 174
- CP PTO Meeting- RM 175
- HV PTO Meeting - RM 177
- 7:15-8:15 p.m. GHS Financial Aid Workshop - Multi Purpose Room
The collaborative format of these nights allows parents to learn about important district initiatives as well as keep informed about ways to be involved in their child’s educational experience at the school level. Childcare will be provided for children who are potty trained. Dates for future district PIN are January 11 and April 18.
Clean & Green
Seventh graders from Team Integrity at Greendale Middle School have organized a service-learning project in the community called Clean & Green. On Thursday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will provide services such as the following to Greendale senior citizens or those in need: lawn raking, garage cleaning, furniture moving, window screen removal, and sidewalk sweeping. To request services, please call middle school teacher Lee Burish or Clint Weishaar at (414) 423-2800 ext. 3278 or ext. 3277.
Leap Into Learning
Leap Into Learning, a child development series for parents of two- and three-year-olds, will be presented by staff members of the Greendale School District's 4-year-old Kindergarten and Early Childhood programs. The classes will provide parents with information on important topics in early childhood education that will help to prepare their children for school.
October 20, 2011, 6-7:00 p.m.
Highland View School, 5900 S. 51st Street
Topic: Teaching Early Learning Skills to your Child
January 19, 2012, 6-7:00 p.m.
Canterbury School, 7000 Enfield Avenue
Topic: The Importance of Play
April 26, 2012, 6-7:00 p.m.
College Park School, 5701 W. College Avenue
Topic: Making Motor Skills Fun
Leap into Learning is free to Greendale residents. Childcare will be provided. To register for the series or any of the individual sessions, please call Highland View School at (414) 423-2750. Thank you to Partners for Community Action for supporting this program.
Greendale Open Market
The Greendale Park and Recreation Department will host the last Greendale Open Market of the season on Saturday, October 15 from 8:00 a.m. – noon in the Greendale Municipal Parking Lot. Vendors will be offering homegrown produce, flowers, ethnic food and more.
Pumpkins are on sale for $5.00 at the Greendale Park and Recreation Department, located at the District Office/Highland View building. Proceeds will benefit the Greendale Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. Earlier this year, the Greendale Chamber of Commerce established a scholarship program with the intent of annually awarding a $500 scholarship to a Greendale resident who is a senior in high school and who will be pursuing a degree in business at a four-year college.
Trunk or Treat
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will be hosting a Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 30. A great way to begin your trick or treating, you can bring your children through the parking lot to see decorated cars and receive candy. It begins immediately following the Greendale Halloween parade and goes until 5:00 p.m.
This is just a reminder to families that students do not have school on Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28 due to our fall break.