Dear La Farge Families, We are so excited to get students back into the building for a new school year! Though there are some changes and things we need to do differently, the same compassion, commitment, and excitement remain in our staff. I wanted to give an update about our first day of school and drop off procedures. In many cases, children can be quite nervous on the first day. We want to help mitigate this problem. We will have our 4K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade teachers meet students and families on the playground at the drop-off area (along Field St.). That way, students will be able to greet their teachers even though parents won’t be able to walk them to their classrooms. Bus-riding students will also join their classmates on the playground. Also, all elementary parents will be allowed to walk their child(ren) to the door if desired. We will plan on doing this for the first week of school and longer if needed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. https://youtu.be/n9S1ZmGY9ws Sincerely, Josh Hansen
Happy Friday, Wildcat Nation! Our staff just wrapped up a week of collaboration and learning, and finishing touches are being put on our plans and in every corner of the building! Please continue to visit our 2020-2021 Back to School webpage (see link below) for the latest information, and let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to kicking off the school year on Tuesday, September 1st! https://www.lafarge.k12.wi.us/o/la-farge/browse/155273 #EveryStudentEveryDay
A letter to families from our School Nurse: Greetings Wildcat Families- I am excited to begin the new school year at La Farge School District. I would like to introduce myself as your new School Nurse. I work through Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro to provide nursing services on site at school every day. I am looking forward to working with each family to keep your child(ren) healthy and safe! Below are a few key items I would like to point out regarding the new school year and the COVID-19 Pandemic. We need your help to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy this year. At this time, we are asking all families to do a daily symptom screening before sending your child to school. This includes a daily temperature screening to make sure their temperature is below 100.4 fahrenheit. Please see the attached checklist which indicates potential symptoms of COVID-19. Please note that if your child develops these symptoms while at school, the parent or guardian may be contacted for immediate pick up. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we have updated contact information for guardians, as well as emergency contacts. If your child has an underlying medical condition (ie: seasonal allergies causing a cough) please notify myself or the school office so that we are aware of the condition and will take that into consideration while determining the need for absences. Many potential situations may arise regarding illness, extended absences, requests to pick up children, etc. We are preparing and working with the Vernon County Health Department (VCHD) to address each of these situations. As each potential illness and contact exposure is unique, different guidelines and requests will be advised for different situations. These guidelines and time frames may change throughout the year as well. I will be in contact with families of ill students to help them determine quarantine recommendations and testing criteria based on the most current guidelines. You may be contacted throughout the school year by myself or one of the Registered Nurses at the VCHD to discuss your child’s health and potential exposures. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case or exposure, we will be providing you with guidance on health management, monitoring, and quarantine instructions. Remember- this is a pandemic. It’s the first time for all of us, and we’re all in this together. The school year will look different as many activities and events will be modified, changed, or cancelled. This is a time when we can all teach our children how to respond to adversity and challenges. Please help us reduce the stigma of contracting COVID-19. A virus does not discriminate, and it can happen to anyone. If your child must remain at home, but is well enough to continue learning, please contact the principal to switch your student to the virtual learning format. We understand that this is a stressful time for all families in our district. As we navigate these uncertain times together, please continue to keep flexibility and clear communication with the school a priority so that we can keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy! Emily Oium La Farge School Nurse Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital
Congratulations to Talen Steinmetz, who graduates from basic training tomorrow! We are proud of you, and are looking forward to welcoming you back for your senior year.
Our Back to School FAQ document has been updated- see the highlighted sections for the most current information on Fall sports, clarifications on our fabric face covering policy, the addition of a school nurse to our Wildcat team, and a temporary hold on the open campus policy. https://5il.co/k71j Please complete the online registration forms before the end of this week! Call the office if you are having any difficulty accessing the forms or need your Skyward password to be reset. We are looking forward to our first day of school in just one week! #EveryStudentEveryDay #BacktoSchool2020 #StrongerTogether #WildcatNation
Hey, Wildcat Families! School is set to start in two weeks! Help us be ready for the first day by completing our online registration process. Give us a call if you have any questions! #EveryStudentEveryDay https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Be37G_k8zuMAKLFAuq75HqShVQomnwcFR6kL_-RRLf8/edit?usp=sharing
Hello Wildcat Students! Middle and high school students can access their schedules through their student skyward account. It is important to note that some changes were made to best accommodate the current public health situation. If you look at your schedule and have questions, don't hesitate to contact me. It's going to be a great year to be a Wildcat! Mr. Slack
Hello Wildcat Families, There has been a delay in our online registration process. Please stay tuned- registration procedures for the 2020-2021 school year will be communicated on or before Monday, August 17. A few new documents have been added to our Back to School 2020-2021 resource website, which we invite families to visit for updated information. New additions today include an updated letter and flow chart from the Vernon County Health Dept. Families are still invited to choose the opt-in home-based/virtual instruction option for their child(ren). To confirm your family's choice to participate in home-based/virtual instruction for the fall, please visit the link below. To help us in our planning, we are asking that families fill out this form before 5pm on Monday, August 17. https://www.lafarge.k12.wi.us/o/la-farge/browse/155273 As always, please call or email with anything you're thinking about. We are happy to discuss your questions, concerns, and other considerations to help you make an informed choice for your family. #EveryStudentEveryDay #PurplePride #WildcatFamily #StrongerTogether
Cross Country 2020!! The girls are defending conference champions and the boys were close. Any high school student interested in running cross country this fall, should follow the link below to sign up. Practice will start on Monday, August 17 at Kickapoo High School. Middle school cross country will start on Sept. 8. Happy Running!! If you need transportation to and from Kickapoo, you will need to contact the office to make arrangements. https://forms.gle/XAYunoBT99a3FqJH8
Parent and Student/Athletes, This year we will have an online option for filling out your Athletic Handbook, Concussion Form and other permissions connected to participation in athletics at La Farge. There are sections for both parent/guardian and student, so this should be a group activity with some good quality bonding time. :) https://forms.gle/V22hst3ZPkKmGmYt5 Your physical or alternate year card can be uploaded to this form or turned in later if it is not completed yet. We hope to see you soon!!
See the link below for the agenda for the first meeting of the Kickapoo Valley Forest School Governance Board. https://5il.co/jaeb #KVFS
La Farge Families and Community Members- LFS' Back to School Plan and related documents materials are now available on our website. https://www.lafarge.k12.wi.us/o/la-farge/browse/155273
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch the livestream of their graduation ceremony tonight at https://youtu.be/vC0sysKydGA. The program begins at 7:00 pm.
We created bubbles of fun today in early childhood bootcamp!!
Early Childhood Bootcamp for summer school has gotten off to a great start!
Hello Wildcat Families! Please follow the link below for an update about our planning for the 2020-2021 school year. #EveryStudentEveryDay https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/815212/Update_July_24__2020.docx__1_.pdf
A reminder that those students needing athletic physicals (typically students entering grades 6, 8, 9, 11) should have them completed by the first practice. If you use the La Farge Medical Clinic, please ask for Greg Lawton, as he is coordinating the appointments. You can pick a physical form up at school or print one at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/797745/2020_Physical_Form.pdf There are question you will need to have filled out before the appointment. Thanks, all!!
Here is the link to access tonight's Driver's Education meeting. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm. https://youtu.be/SbkemeYvDJc
Summer Rec 6 pm practices are cancelled. A tornado warning was just issued for Northwest Vernon County. The tornado is not currently near La Farge, but we would like to take precautions.
La Farge High School students and parents, There will be a football camp at Kickapoo Schools coming up next week. If interested, fill out the information on the following link. https://forms.gle/G8VAi1LxSgpjaSpP9