February Newsletter

Oshkosh Early Learning

February 2020: Issue #6

Message from Principal Schendel


Your Child’s Progress

How is my child doing? 

Progress Reports will be coming home with 4K children on Monday, February 10th. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in February for all 4K classrooms. Our team of teachers look forward to collaborating with you during this time around your child’s progress in learning so far this school year. 

Please know that the range of development between ages four and six is significant. Each child learns at his/her own pace and that’s ok. At conferences, teachers will be providing you with several activities that you can do with your child at home to help them continue to build skills that lay the foundation for success at school.  

The only requirement that exists for your child to go to kindergarten is that they are five years old on or before September 1, 2020. Please note that the anticipated progression in the Oshkosh Area School District is for each child to spend one year in 4K, one year in 5K, one year in 1st grade, etc. Children in 4K fall under the OASD’s retention policy and retention in the OASD is very rare and must be based on data. If you have concerns about your child’s development and kindergarten readiness please let your 4K teacher know as soon as possible. 


Beth Schendel

Principal of Early Learning

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 10th

4K Progress Reports Go Home 

Monday, February 17th





Thursday, February 20th

Family Night at the Oshkosh Public Library

4:00 - 5:15 or 5:30 - 6:30

Wednesday, February 12th 



*12:30 dismissal K-5

*1:26 dismissal 6-8

*1:30 dismissal 9-12

Sunday, March 1st

Sunday Night Storytime

Watch for the video in your email and on Facebook!

Sunday, February 16th

Sunday Night Storytime

Watch for the video in your email and on Facebook!

Parent-Teacher Conferences 

(Month of February)

Across Oshkosh Early learning teachers will be holding conferences during the month of February to discuss your student’s progress. Please check with your child’s teacher for specific dates and times. 

Health Tips

It is that time of year when we tend to see more illness. In order to promote a healthy environment at school for your children, the Oshkosh Area School District asks that you be particularly alert to the beginning signs of illness in your child. Keeping them home during an illness until they are completely well will help prevent the spread of illness to others in the school. The following are some symptoms to watch for: 

  • Thick mucus from the nose           
  • Persistent, productive cough
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Diarrhea                                        
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Pain that interferes with learning  
  • Earache            
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Sore throat                                    
  • Red, itchy eye with discharge

If your child has any of the above symptoms, he/she needs to stay home to rest and recover. Your child must be symptom-free for a period of 24 hours. If your child experiences diarrhea and or vomiting, he/she must be symptom-free for a period of 48 hours per current Winnebago guidelines. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lindsey Uecker School Nurse for Early Learning at lindsey.uecker@oshkosh.k12.wi.us or 920-424-1004 ext 5508

Social and Emotional Tidbits

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Disappointment is a normal, though difficult, part of growing up. Your child is likely to experience disappointment as she makes new friends, tries new things and experiences the ups and downs of her world. Whether it’s a trip to the park that is ruined by rain or missing a birthday party, life is full of little and big disappointments. When you allow your child to feel, experience and learn from little disappointments at an early age, you help her to create the skills she will need to successfully handle the bigger disappointments she will experience later in childhood and as an adult.

Check out the strategies listed in this short one page article! Disappointment Article

Literacy Corner


Our goal for children in 4K is to be able to pick up a book and confidently feel “I can read this!” They may not be able to read the words, but they can read the pictures and know that they are readers. Early readers are developing skills and habits, just like all readers do at every age. Here are some goals we have for our students in 4K:

  • Readers have favorite books that they love and choose to read.

  • They know that familiar authors like Mo Willems, Eric Carle, and Laura Dewdney make books. 

  • They will return to their favorite books over and over again and enjoy the story and language. 

  • They will read books by looking at the pictures and talking about what is happening. 

  • Readers in 4K will use language from the book when reading a familiar book. For example, when reading the Three Little Pigs, they will use language from the book like “Little pig, little pig, let me in!” or  “I’ll huff and puff and blow your house in!” 

We have a great opportunity to grow our 4K readers’ skills in a fun way this month with a family night event at the Oshkosh Public library...see below!

RSVP online here: https://forms.gle/e8SExPBRmGiRyc1i7

Questions, Comments, Suggestions 

In the Oshkosh Area School District, we are dedicated to providing the best educational program possible for our children. Should something occur that you have a question about or are unhappy with, please give your child's teacher a call first and then your child's principal so that they can work together with you to address your need. Beth Schendel can be reached at 424-1004.  If you have a concern that you have been unable to resolve with a staff member or the principal, you may call the district office at 424-0395 and they will help you address your concern and/or connect you with others who can help.


Office of Early Learning Leadership Team

Principal of Early Learning

Beth Schendel


Instructional Support Teachers

Darcy Trebiatowski - 4K

Sara Nagel - 4K

Traci Soeller - Literacy

Valery Splittgerber - 4K

Program Support Teacher

Lisa Brull 

Preschool Diagnosticians

Janel Retzlaff

Kristy Miller

Nichole Beckman


Stephanie Thiel