February 2020 Newsletter

A Message From Mr. Ruhl:


With the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences next week, I want to share some valuable things to consider:

-It is our goal as teachers to share information with parents that is most beneficial to your student's learning.

-We care for your kids like they are our own, and conferencing is how we solidify our team effort.

-We want to share items that your student has shown the most growth, but especially those areas that require the most support.

-We want to discuss any areas your student needs help, but most important we want to offer the ways we are helping.  We also want to offer strategies to use at home.

-Life and Career Skills are essential to your child's ability to apply all the things they learn, not just an indication of behavior and compliance.

-Taking all of this information back to your student(s) is essential to gain the benefits of the conference.

-Choose 10 minutes following your conference to let your student know that you are proud for their work in (fill in blank).  Follow this by a discussion of areas they find difficult and what can be done to improve. They will feel empowered knowing so many adults are working for their improvement.


I recognize this is a lot of information to discuss in just 15 minutes. Conferences do not have to be restricted to scheduled dates during the year.  We are always pleased to discuss your student's progress. I hope you find the value and insight in Parent-Teacher conference night. 

Out-of Attendance Area & Open Enrollment for 2020-2021 School Year


Any students attending a school outside their home school attendance area must have their Out-of-Attendance applications turned in no later than February 28th.  Please click HERE for more information.

From The PTO


                                   Thursday, February 27th, 8am - 7:30pm                               (Open during the EC.BC Family Night Celebration)

Friday, February 28th, 8am - 3:30pm

**Located in the Music Room (first door to the right)**

Cash, checks (made out to E. Cook PTO) and credit cards accepted

                              All profits from our book fair go directly back to                            Emmeline Cook literacy programs


PBIS Corner


January Social Skills Focus:

On January 31 we had our monthly Freaky Friday. The goal of this month’s activity was to practice using their listening skills so that they could complete a task in a timely manner. Students were given a question like “what is your favorite color?” and then picked an answer from four choices.  After sharing their answer with the class their task was to form like groups.

Social Skills Tip of the Month:

Your child is learning about ​Problem Solving ​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.

 Identifying Problems

  • Talk with your child about the first two steps to solving a problem (​Stop, Talk​).

  • Encourage your child to use calming strategies when upset or overexcited. 

    • Strategies include taking deep breaths, counting slowly, thinking of something beautiful, hugging a stuffed animal.

  • Take opportunities, when reading stories or watching videos that involve a conflict or difference of opinion, to guide your child in recognizing each person’s perspective and using words to label the problem. This gives children practice in developing empathy and identifying problems in situations in which they are not involved and possibly already feeling upset.

    • She is angry because her little brother tore up her homework, but he really likes to rip and crunch paper. It seems like the problem in this story is that when she leaves her homework on the table, her little brother can get it and ruin it.

Solving Problems

  • Talk with your child about the last two steps to solving a problem (​Think, Try​).

  • Ask your child what it means to compromise.

  • While reading stories or watching television that involve a conflict or a difference of opinion, take opportunities to pause and ask your child to think of as many possible solutions to the problem as he or she can.​​ Guide your child in thinking about the consequences of these possibilities for each person involved.

    • If they decided to play “restaurant” in the loft, most of the kids would be happy,but what about the child who is afraid to climb up to the loft? What would he do?


  • Ask your child to think of things that are important to do when working together.○Include everyone, listen and cooperate, use kind words.Your child is learning about.

  • Talk with your child about the ways your family cooperates with one another (making dinner, washing the car, or putting together a puzzle) and discuss how much fun it can be to work together and how everyone helps to get the job completed. 

  • Tell your child when you notice him or her using teamwork skills and point out how it is helpful.

    • I saw how carefully you were listening to Grandma explain how to pat the soil down around the plant, and the garden looks great after all your hard work today!

 Being Considerate 

  • Ask your child what it means to “have the ziggles” and how to turn them up or down.

    • Having the “ziggles” means being very excited.

  • Play games that help your child practice self-regulation, or purposely change their behavior.

    • Alternate between counting to 10 very quickly and then very slowly.

    • Play loud music and dance excitedly, and then begin to dance more slowly as you turn down the volume.

  • Brainstorm with your child to create a special signal, such as palms facing up/down to indicate “turn it up” or “turn it down,” that can provide a gentle reminder to adjust behavior, and help him or her practice doing this.

  • Tell your child when you notice him or her intentionally calming down, and discuss how that feels.

An important part of this program is for students to continue discussing and practicing concepts outside the classroom. Thank you for your involvement in reinforcing at home what is being taught in class!

February Raffle:

Two lucky students, 1 from K-2 and 1 from 3-5, will win 30 minutes of free choice for their ENTIRE classroom.

Looking Ahead:


February 10th Spirit Week - Introduction to Heart Health Week
February 11th

- Spirit Week - Brain Break Day   (do a brain break in your classroom) 

- 2nd Grade Swim Lessons

February 12th

- Spirit Week -Water Bottle Challenge (bring a water bottle to school to drink more water throughout the day) 

- Early Release (12:30pm)

 - Parent / Teacher Conferences (2-6pm)

February 13th 

-Spirit Week - Hat Day (with donation - bring 50 cents to donate and you can wear a colorful hat all day)

- 3rd Grade (Ruedinger) - Edenbrook Visit

 - Parent / Teacher Conferences (3:30 - 6:30pm)

February 14th

- Valentine's Day

-Spirit Week- Wear Red (for Valentine's Day and to support heart health)

February 17th

 - President's Day


February 18th 2nd Grade Swim Lessons
February 20th 3rd Grade (Devermann) - Edenbrook Visit
February 25th 2nd Grade Swim Lessons
February 26th  Scholastic Book Fair 
February 27th

 - Scholastic Book Fair

 - EC.BC Family Night (6pm)

February 28th Scholastic Book Fair
March 3rd Daylight Saving Time (Spring Forward)
March 17th St. Patrick's Day
March 23rd - 27th NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
There are no events to display

EC.BC (Emmeline Cook Book Club)

(Formally One School One Book)

Week One Trivia Winners:

Week Two Trivia Winners:


Week Three Trivia Winners:




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.

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.