Administrator's Monthly Update

Peggy Larson

A message from Peggy Larson
District Administrator

As I’ve written about before, the Board of Education and the district’s administrative team are reviewing enrollment projections and the facilities study completed last spring. To obtain public input on analysis, alternatives, and/or direction for a PreK-Grade 8 facilities solution, please join us at the upcoming Community Conversation on January 16 in the Winneconne Middle School Library. There is a tour of the building at 5:15 - please meet in the commons. The actual meeting will begin at 6PM. There will be another tour offered following the meeting at approximately 8PM. This is our second “Community Conversation.” At this second meeting, we will do a quick review of the first meeting and then dive into our Road Ahead - meaning, explore the six options presented at the first community conversation. The options include everything from doing nothing to all of our buildings, to constructing a new elementary and middle school. Along with the six options, there are a few “ala cart” items that we were asked to explore - updates to the Norbert Rich School Forest, Land acquisition for future development, and more physical education/athletic practice space. At this meeting we will explore foundations in school funding and tax impacts at the various funding levels. In the weeks following this meeting we will be working on a survey that will go to every member of our community - likely in April. The input received from all of you will determine where our Journey to the Future goes...Our Road Ahead...

Equally as important, we continue to focus on mental health and well-being in each of our buildings. I’ve been providing tips for building resiliency in kids. This is because being a learner is hard work for our young people, and we are trying to help prepare them to be resilient in life and school.

Last month’s tip focused on routines and getting enough sleep. This month’s tip stresses “Taking A Break.” While it is important to stick to routines, endlessly worrying can be counter-productive. Teach your child how to focus on something besides what's worrying him. Be aware of what “things” your child is exposed to that can be troubling, whether it be news, the Internet, or overheard conversations. Make sure your child takes a break from those things if they trouble them. Of course we all value learning. At school we are also trying to build in unstructured time to allow children to be creative and simply play. Consider leaving a family weekend open where your family can play a board game, make up a game using five different “toys” - jump rope, hula hoop, a ball, chalk, etc… Try to take a break from the scheduled weekends and just enjoy being together.

Be well!

If you ever have questions, feel free to contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141. Thank you for your continued support of education in our communities.

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