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  • Sturgis Elementary

    A NO T E FR O M T HE PR IN C IPA L - Ch a n t a l L i g te nb erg November 2014


    Congratulations to the November Mustangs of the Month!

    Kindergarten: Addison Osbourne, Lily Aga, Garret Holt, Olivia Vliem, Dion Ecoffey, Danny


    First Grade: Alexis Cermak, Cael Glodt, Jaxon Cano, Samantha George, Quinn Bruch, Tori


    Second Grade: Brylee Dillon, Gracie Sauer, Katie Wilkins, Max Hinek, Eva Jensen, Ty

    Petrocco, Raith West

    Third Grade: Abby Johnson, Aiden Lalicker, Cyrus Lyons, Adam Hyman, Dakarai Osbourne,

    Zabree Bush

    Fourth Grade: Ella Ward, Brody Neill, Dysen Peterson, Guillermo Mendez, Branden Albright

    Fifth Grade: Savannah Jones, Ashley Bear, Makenna Rock, Sidney Peterson, Kaylee Whatley

    Way to Go Mustangs!

    Meade School District 46-1

    Inside this issue:

    Dreambox Learning 2

    Cookie Dough Fundraiser 3

    Kindergarten /First Grade


    Second/Third 5

    Fourth/Fifth 6

    Nurse News


    PTA News Counseling News


    Library News 9

    Music News 10


    Nurses Office News

    Thanksgiving Break

    I cant believe how quick the Thanksgiving holiday approached us! We, at Sturgis Elementary,

    have so much to be grateful for! We are truly blest to have the opportunity to work with great

    students and parents. Enjoy the break!

    Veterans Day:

    Thank you to everyone involved in the success of our Veterans Day programs. A special thank

    you goes out to the following for their contributions to the days activities: VFW Honor Guard,

    representatives from the National Guard 842nd, Ann Nonnast, Cindy Stofferahn, and Hillary Hill.

    In addition, thank you to the many individuals that visited classrooms to share personal experi-

    ences during their military services.

    Lost and Found

    Our lost and found is growing leaps and bounds. If your student is missing items, please

    stop in and look through the items. There is plenty of warm clothing that would be better off

    being worn by the students.

    Inclement Weather/School Closings

    On mornings when school is cancelled or a late start occurs, every attempt will be made to notify

    the following radio and television stations by 6-6:30 a.m.: radio stations BHB, KOTA, KAT, FOX,

    KIMM, KKMK, KKLS, KRCS, KSQY, KIQK, KTOQ, KDDX, KZZI, KDSJ, and television stations KOTA,

    KEVN, KNBN, and KELO.

    In addition to the announcements on select radio and television stations, parents will also be no-

    tified by telephone via School Reach in the event of school closing or early dismissal. School

    Reach messages will come from the district level. Please let the school office know if you have

    changed phone numbers recently so we may make those updates in our system.

    Special Points of Interest

    11-26-28, 14 Thanksgiving

    Vacation (no school)

    12-4-14 1st & 2nd grade

    Christmas Music Program

    (Details inside)

    12-22-14 - 1-2-2015

    Christmas Break

    1-3-2015 Return to School

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    Dear Parent/Guardian, Sturgis Elementary has purchased DreamBox Learning's Math Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency. Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link: DreamBox is an online program - there's no software to download! All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is free and is included with many Internet browsers. To access DreamBox on iPad, go to, or search for "DreamBox Math" in the App Store. When prompted in the app, use this

    Review your student's academic progress with a DreamBox Parent Account. Please follow these steps to create your free Parent Account: 1. Go to 2. Have your student login to their profile just as they would at school.

    Username: first 5 letters in their last name then first three letters in first name (John Smith- smithjoh) Password: ses1

    3. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page. 4. Follow instructions to create a new login and password. 5. Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 6. Click "Submit". Log into your home account after set up: 1. Go to 2. Enter your email address and password. 3. To see student progress, click the "Parent Dashboard" button. If you have any questions, please contact DreamBox Client Care by calling them at 877-451-7845 (weekdays 7am to 5pm, Pacific Time), or email Sincerely, Sturgis Elementary

    School Code: ce35/sturgise

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    Mrs. Ligtenberg agreed to wear a bear costume if the SES students met the fundraising goal this year.

    Top sellers (L-R) Savannah Hall, Izabel Rhodes, Bridger Nelson, Whitney Weyer, Ty Ferguson

    Miss Northern Hills Organization

    Service, Success, Style and Scholarships.those are the four 5s that the Miss Northern Hills Organization emphasizes. The event is

    now accepting applications seeking 2015 titleholders. The program offers opportunities for girls from all towns in the

    Black Hills region ages 4 to 24, and is a qualifier for the Miss South Dakota and Miss America pageants. The

    deadline to apply is December 15. The local event will be held at the Sturgis Community Center on January 3.

    Visit for more information or call 206-0583 or 786 -1111.

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    November, a Time to Be Thankful

    1st Graders

    November has disappeared as quickly as a Thanksgiving dinner. First Graders are thankful for many things, especially, family, friends, and freedom. Take time each day to share a Special Moment with someone.

    This short month has been filled with many learning opportunities. We studied about different laws, what our

    leaders jobs are, and why it is important to vote. On Nov. 4, everyone had an opportunity to vote. For Veterans Day we learned why we celebrate and created a Wall of Heroes. Due to the cold weather we sang our patriotic songs in the

    gym. Everyone sounded amazing. First Graders showed their respect for our country and flag during the flag presen-

    tation by members of the Sturgis Honor Guard! Thank you to the soldiers of the 842nd SD National Guard who also attended our ceremony. For Thanksgiving we learned about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Squanto, the First Thanksgiving,

    and turkeys. Ask us what we studied. Wed love to share our knowledge with you.

    We continue to practice our reading strategies daily and are becoming very good readers. Please remember to

    read nightly with your child. Math facts can be challenging, but practice is the key to success. Take every opportunity

    to practice addition and subtraction through twenty, telling time to the hour and half hour, and counting money; pen-nies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and mixed combinations. Any amount of practice will help.

    Your donations for the Food Pantry show the generosity and kindness of our community. Teaching the lesson

    of giving to others less fortunate and not expecting anything in return is one each student will carry with them throughout their adult lives.

    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving


    May Your Blessings be Plentiful

    5 ways to connect

    with a


    1. Talk about the cover and title of the book.

    2. Name the Author and illustrator and what their jobs are.

    3. Look for sight words/letters.

    4. Look for these punctuation marks-(? , . !).

    5. Talk about the beginning, middle and end.

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    2nd Grade News

    Its hard to believe that we are almost done with our 1st Trimester! We have learned so much already. In Math, we have learned how to tell time to the hour and half hour, count coins, 3D shapes, and add-ing and subtracting by using tens and ones. In Reading, we are working on reading with fluency and retelling stories. Please make sure your child reads at home nightly! When reading at home, please have your child retell what happened in the story (beginning, middle, and end). In Writing, we are working on publishing class books with personal narratives. What a talented bunch of writers they are!

    3rd Grade News

    The third grade had a fun-filled learning experience in honor of Veterans Day. Prior to the event

    each teacher did various activities in their classroom that taught the students about Veterans Day.

    Then we gathered in the gym and each class sang a different patriotic song they had learned in Mu-

    sic. The Honor Guard demonstrated how to fold the flag and played TAPS.

    They day ended with a veteran coming to our classrooms. The students were able to ask questions

    about the service of the veteran. The day was filled with learning experiences that the students will

    remember and benefit from in years to come.

    Third grade students enjoyed a presentation by Mr. Jim Horn. They just finish a native American Unit in social


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    4th Grade news letter

    Happy Holidays from the 4th grade team. This year is flyi