October Newsletter

Oshkosh Early Learning

October 2019: Issue 2

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Message from Principal Schendel

All 4K classrooms are offering a Play to Learn Night this fall. The purpose of this event is to allow children to share their classroom with their families and take you on a tour of all the learning they do each day through their discovery-based learning and play. As you explore the classroom with your child, take note of all of the learning that happens in the various centers around the room. Take a mental picture of the pride on your child’s face as they show you around their school and all of the big important things they do each day! Priceless! 

Each family will also receive a copy of Worm Weather by Jean Taft. We hope you enjoy reading it together as a family over and over again. Children become comfortable with their own approximations of learning through play. Worm Weather celebrates the power and curiosity of children’s playful learning. Keep your eyes peeled for some fabulous ideas related to the book in next month’s newsletter.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete our brief survey so we can best meet your individual family’s needs through our outreach and offerings this school year. Family Input Survey 2019-2020 LINK


Beth Schendel

Principal of Early Learning

Important Upcoming Dates


Sunday, October 13th

Sunday Night Storytime

Watch for the video in your email and on Facebook!


Wednesday, October 9th 



*12:30 dismissal K-5

*1:26 dismissal 6-8

*1:30 dismissal 9-12


Sunday, October 27th

Sunday Night Storytime

Watch for the video in your email and on Facebook!

Social and Emotional Tidbits


Children Think in Pictures: M.A.P. for Success

  • Did you know that children’s brains think in pictures? 

  • Did you know that children’s brains are pattern-seeking? 

We can help children make sense of daily routines and expectations, setting the whole family up for success, by making visual routines to promote success. A routine is a pattern for how to conduct a certain activity. The more consistent and clearly represented these routines are, the more safely, smoothly and cooperatively your day will run. Young children’s brains encode information in pictures, so it is essential that all your routines be depicted visually. 

Start with a daily routine that seems to be a constant point of frustration, takes longer than you believe it should, or feels chaotic. Maybe it is your morning routine to get out the door for work or school. Maybe it is your bedtime routine. Maybe it is something altogether different. Decide what part of your day you would like to start with. Work Then think through what you want that routine to look like. Now you’re ready to M.A.P. it! 

  • Model: Modeling is a fancy way to say show your child specifically what you want each step to look like. Show them by actually doing what you want them to do. 

  • Add Visuals: How can you add visuals to each of those steps so that you and your child can be successful? Here are some ideas:

    • Draw a simple picture on a post-it, notecard, or piece of paper

    • Involve your child and take photos of them doing what you want each step to look like, then print the photos out. 

    • Take advantage of google images that depict what you want each step to look like. 

  • Practice: Practice, practice, practice! Children are just learning how to successfully follow through with your expectations. Children will need many opportunities to practice, with your support, what you want your daily routine to look like. Encourage them to use their visuals as they go to increase success. Expect them to “oops” and make a mistake. Be prepared to stay composed, bring them back to the visual routine, and try again the correct way. 

Here are a few sample visual routines:


Literacy Corner

In our Ready 4 Learning program, we help our students in 4K learn that they are writers! We tell them that they are authors and illustrators! Children are encouraged to visit the writing center during center time and make a book. They can make a book about anything they want. The important thing is that the child starts to view him or herself as a writer. Literacy expert Matt Glover says,  “In order for children to see themselves as writers, adults must also see them as writers. This sometimes takes a leap of faith as adults look at their writing approximations, their scribbles and their beginning attempts at spelling. But isn’t that where we all start when we try something new?”


So, when your child makes a book, look past the scribbles, blobs of color and perhaps random strings of letters and treat it like a real book. Ask her to read her book to you! Your child’s book may not have any written words, but she can talk about the book and read it like a story or informational book. In our program, adults won’t be writing words for the children in their books in order to allow children to do that work for themselves, when they are ready. 


At home, you can encourage your child to make books by taking 2-3 pieces of paper, folding them in half and stapling them together to make a book. Let your child write his name on the front and draw whatever he wants to make his book about! Have him tell you about his book and read it to you. At this point in the year, most children may not be able to write letters in their books, but they can make marks, scribbles, or write any random letters they know. Later in the 4k year, they might start writing the first letter of a word to match the picture they wrote. 

This is a 4-year-old’s book about 3 cavities in a mouth full of teeth! :)

Math Corner


Head lice is a common occurrence in the preschool and elementary school settings. It occurs most commonly in children ages 3-11.  The main symptom is itching, but many children with lice do not itch at all! Lice can survive off the scalp for up to 24 hours. Below are some helpful tips to help identify and control the spread of head lice. 


  • Encourage your child not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, barrettes, hair bands -- or anything that goes onto your child’s head. Lice cannot jump; they crawl.  Therefore, lice can only pass through direct contact.

  • If someone in the house has head lice, be sure to check other household members for head lice and treat as necessary.

  • Avoid lying on or sharing soft surfaces that may have been been in contact with an individual that has head lice such as pillows, couches, carpets, and stuffed animals.

  • Be sure to machine wash and dry clothing, bedding, and any other items the individual wore or slept on in the 2 days prior to treatment.  Hot water (130 degrees) and high heat cycle should be used, or the linens, stuffed animals, pillows, etc must be stored in a sealed bag for at least 2 weeks.

  • Vacuum the floors, furniture, car seats, and vehicles, especially where the infected person sat or rested.

  • Please inform your child’s school if you discover that your child has head lice.  Confidentiality will be maintained. This allows other families to be informed, and to check and treat their children in a timely manner.


  • Nits appear as small yellowish or white specks and will be firmly attached to the hair shaft near the scalp; typically at the hairline at the back of the neck or behind the ears.  Nits are easily confused with dandruff. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft; dandruff will come off the hair shaft easily.

  • Live lice do not like light and they move fast.  They crawl and do not jump. They are about the size of a sesame seed, and may appear tan or grayish-white.

Please feel free to contact the School Nurse at (920)424-0065 ext 5508 if any questions.

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