December 2019 Newsletter

A Message From Mr. Ruhl:

Greetings Emmeline Cook Families!

Not the Whole Story....but a Promising One

Over the last month many of you have seen Emmeline Cook's state school report card (HERE).  While there are in-class quarterly, monthly and weekly assessments, this one appears to carry a great deal of weight.  However, proceed with caution...  I don't think I want my driving ability to be judged on that day I hit the mailbox any more than the day I got to Chicago in under 2 hours. Just like the driving scenario, the state test is an incomplete indicator to overall abilities, but it does offer some insights.

To best interpret the state report card we must remember a few items:

-It is a snapshot based on your students testing over a 3 to 5 day period.

-Since results are posted in November and the test is taken the previous April, the test reflects learning done early the previous year.

-While the test is better matched to the actual learning than before, the format does not reflect our desired reality in learning and working......unless your your work deals directly with answering multiple choice questions or giving short answers related to a posted passage.

-Only 4th and 8th grade take all subject tests.  Most grades test just Literacy and Math.

-Results and analysis are not meant to be school comparisons.  Depending on factors such as percent economically disadvantaged, certain categories like growth carry more or less weight. 

So there are some important take-aways.  First, any success, failures, growth or achievement in student learning will result in patterns in state report cards.  Next, we as teachers know that regardless of a students level, continued growth focus in teaching will get the greatest results for students.  We are extremely pleased that the state report card reflects the efforts and growth focus of our teachers and students.  We have known for many years that our classroom data shows incredible growth. So the state report card may not be the whole picture, but is sure is a promising snapshot of successes and those to come.

Mike Ruhl

From The PTO






Thursday, January 23rd - 6pm - 7pm in the Media Center

Topics to include:

 - Open Forum Q&A with Mr. Ruhl

 - Sister school partnership with Kalangu School in Zambia

*Babysitting available in the gym w/ snacks provided

(If you have ideas about what you'd like to discuss, please fill out this form: HERE or contact us at



November Social Skills Focus:

On November 22nd, students used clues to identify feelings in others.  They each had their own blank emoji sheet and filled in the feeling that went along with the clue that the teacher read aloud.  Students also had the opportunity to discuss how the clues helped them to identify the feeling and also had a chance to share a time when they experienced that feeling. 

November PBIS Raffle Winners:  

On November 25, the “Fancy Lunch” winners were chosen during Monday Morning Meeting.  The students from K-2 were: Perry Marksteiner, Jacyeon Flemming, Kazong Xiong, and Adelenya Bannenberg. The students from 3-5 were: Melody Forbes, Grant Kettenhoven, Sophie Jepsen and Amiley Zimmer.  These students each got to pick a friend to eat lunch at a very special table in the cafeteria during lunchtime. They also were sent home with a special gift.


Social Skills Tip of the Month:

Your child is learning about ​Empathy and Critical Thinking ​in the Sanford Harmony social-emotional learning program. The ideas below will reinforce what we are learning in school—​there are activities to play, topics to discuss, and behaviors to role-model.  These are all designed to fit into your daily routine and provide opportunities to further connect with your child. 

Recognizing Feelings

  • Play Feeling Charades with your child, taking turns guessing the emotion the other person is demonstrating or describing.  Use your entire body and/or tone of voice to demonstrate the emotion or describe the physical changes you experience.

  • Use a variety of “emotion words” to help your child name how he or she is feeling and how his or her body feels inside (stomach in knots, hot cheeks, butterflies in the stomach).

  • Play music or dance to express a certain emotion and then switch to another emotion. Or, play different types of music (such as upbeat or slow tempo) and ask your child how it makes him or her feel.

December Raffles:

On December 16th there will be a Mitten Mystery Gift Raffle  - 3 students from Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and 3 students from 3rd through 5th grade will be chosen at MMM. 

Then on December 20th there will be a special raffle and 3 Wisconsin Herd tickets will be given to (1) Kindergarten - 2nd Grader, and to (1) 3rd through 5th Grader.

Looking Ahead:


December 16th Spirit Week - Snow Day (wear white & silver)
December 17th Spirit Week - Festive Hat & Feet Day (wear festive hiar, hats, headbands, earrings or socks)
December 18th Spirit Week - Ugly Sweater Day (wear an ugly or cute holiday sweater/ clothes)
December 19th Spirit Week - Red & Green Day (wear as much red and green as you can)
December 20th

- Spirit Week - Comfy Day (wear your warm and comfy clothes or pajamas)

 - Freaky Friday

-Edenbrook Visit (3rd Grade  - Ruedinger)

December 21st - January 1st NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
January 2nd

-School Resumes

-3rd Grade Field Trip to see Nutcracker @ Paine

January 8th Early Release (12:30pm)
January 9th Edenbrook Visit (3rd Grade - Devermann)
January 11th E. Cook @ Wisconsin Herd Game - 7pm 
January 13th ECBC (Emmeline Cook Book Club) Kick Off
January 16th Edenbrook Visit (3rd Grade - Devermann)
January 20th

-Martin Luther King Jr Day


February 12th Early Release (12:30pm)
February 14th Valentine's Day
February 17th NO SCHOOL
February 26th - 28th Scholastic Book Fair
There are no events to display

Lost & Found is FULL!!

The lost and found is overflowing with items.  All items will be in the front foyer until Friday, December 20th.  After that date all items will be sent off to second hand stores or tossed depending on the condition.

Holiday Concert

              Thank you to Mrs. Byrom and the students for an evening full of Holiday Cheer!


Crossing Guard Needed

Calling all parents....grandparents or E. Cook Neighbors....We are looking for someone to help by being a Crossing Guard a couple mornings a week.  This is a volunteer position and and does not required to be EVERY day.  You would be needed from 7:20am - 7:50am on either Monday's, Tuesday's, Thursday's or Friday's.  Volunteer for 1 day a week or a combination of any of the days. If you or someone you know is interested in helping keep our students safe while crossing the street, please call the office at 920-424-0152.

5th Grade Student Council

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for the 5th Grade Student Council.  In November they held a food drive collecting more than 1000 pounds of food for the Kiwanis.

Mrs. Knowblock's classroom was the winning classroom of a Root Beer Float party, as they brought in the most food for the food drive!

Over this last week they have also held a Candy Cane Sale.  Proceeds from these sales will be going to help families to put toys under the Christmas trees of children who are not as fortunate.

The Student Council would like to thank all the students and their families for helping make the lives of others better.

Miscellaneous Information

7:30am -  Playground Supervision Starts

7:40am -  First Bell Rings (students enter building at this time)

7:45am -  Second Bell Rings (students should be in their classroom at this time)

7:46 am - 7:54am - Students who arrive late will be marked TARDY

7:55am & after -  Students will be marked UNEXCUSED, unless:

  • A parent has called with the reason for the student’s tardiness

  • A parent has walked the student in to the Office

11:20 am - 11:40 am: 

  • Recess for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Lunch for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade


11:40am - 12:10pm:

  • Lunch for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Recess for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade

2:45pm - End of the day bell rings (students need to be picked up immediately, they may not wait at the playground)

Early Release Dates: (End of the day bell rings at 12:30pm)

  • November 13, 2019

  • December 11, 2019

  • January 8, 2020

  • February 12, 2020

  • March 11, 2020

  • April 8, 2020

  • May 13, 2020

During this time of year Mother Nature sure does like to confuse us Wisconsinites and we just never know what type of clothing to wear for outdoors.  Here are some guidelines that we follow:

  • If the temperature is BELOW 50° -  A COAT IS REQUIRED
  • If the temperature is BETWEEN 50° - 60° - LONG SLEEVES ARE REQUIRED
  • If the temperature is ABOVE 60° - NO COATS ARE REQUIRED

We have decided to try and help students remember these guidelines by posting these signs at the recess doors.