November 2021 Newsletter

A Message From Mr. Ruhl:

In Full Swing

As I come home on school nights I know I’m in for a few more crazy hours of kid …football, homework, music, and not to mention trying to get a bite to eat myself.  As parents and teachers, our days are filled with scheduled events from morning to evening.  It is far too easy to lose track of our students’ emotional needs amongst the chaos. I am as guilty of this as any parent. A strategy we often discuss at school is “take 2.”  Take 2 is setting aside a simple 2 minutes every day for students to just let you know what they want to talk about or share, free of our parent/teacher probing questions. 

I often try to avoid the time right after school. It seems like things would be fresh in their little minds, but they are emotionally exhausted right after school. Be selective about finding a time they are naturally calm. As hard as it is, I wait until just before the bedtime routine. With just a few minutes children can rebuild connections, unload some stress, or just share something important.  You will find, as we do, that it may help to slow things down and make for a much more calm and happy child at home and school.

~ Mr. Ruhl

E. Cook & Mid-Morning Kiwanis Food Drive



E. Cook and The Mid-Morning Kiwanis are partnering to do a Food Drive.  The food drive will start on Monday, 11/8/2021 and run through Tuesday, 11/30/21.  Classrooms will be compete to see who can bring in the most items.  Please remember that we can only except canned or boxed food items!

Help Us, Help Others!

Food Service NEEDS YOU!!


ORD Youth Basketball Now Available!


Sign up for our NEW Youth Basketball League!

Boys & Girls in Grades 1-6

$30 per Player

Volunteer Coaches needed!

More information and Registration at

Miscellaneous Information

Thursday, Nov. 4th Picture Retakes
Sunday, Nov. 7th  Day Light Saving Time (Set clocks back 1 hour)
Monday, Nov. 8th Start of Kiwanis Food Drive (see below)
Wednesday, Nov.10th     Early Release
Thursday, Nov.11th Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 19th Popcorn Sale
Tuesday, Nov. 23rd Parent /Teacher Conferences (by teacher request only)  - 3:10pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, Nov.24th

Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Parent /Teacher Conferences (by teacher request only)  - 8am - 12pm

Thursday, Nov.25th Thanksgiving / NO SCHOOL
Friday, Nov. 26th Thanksgiving Break / NO SCHOOL
Monday, Nov. 29th Winter Concert, 6:30pm, Alberta Kimball Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 30th Last Day of Kiwanis Food Drive
Wednesday, Dec.8th Early Release
Thursday, Dec. 23rd - Sunday, January 2nd Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


E Cook Spirit Wear NOW AVAILABLE

Order your Spirit Wear now!   All orders will be delivered before the holidays! Any questions about spirit wear, please contact Beth or Greg Batten at

Breakfast In The Classroom / Hot Lunch / Free Fruits & Vegetables

**Please note that milk is included with the breakfast and hot lunch.  Should a student choose to have a milk with their snack their lunch account will be charged $.40 for each time they take a milk.

If your family would like to apply for free or reduced meals for the current school year, please download the instructions and application below.  Completed applications can be returned to your child's school or mailed to the Food Services Office at 375 N Eagle Street Oshkosh, WI 54902.

Complete the 2021-2022 Application Online!

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