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December News from Mr. Retzlaff

December News from Mr. Retzlaff


Happy Holidays! Tis the season to reflect on how thankful and blessed we are. I am blessed to work with an amazing staff. I am thankful for all the students and families at 1R. It has been a great first semester and I’m looking forward to 2023!

The 5th-8th grade Winter Band Concert will be on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 PM. Mr. Meyer and the students are excited to share some holiday sounds with you. The students and Mrs. Behrendt are preparing for the Winter Vocal Concert on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 PM. Please see this link for concert information. Concert Information Two fun events to get you in the Holiday Spirit!

PTO poinsettia delivery will be the second week in December. Please watch for more specific information to come regarding pick-up. Thank you to Small Town Famous and Big Red Treats for hosting a fun Saturday PTO event.  PTO will not meet this month. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 9 at 6 PM.

K-8 students will be completing a variety of winter assessments over the next two weeks. K-1 will complete their middle of year DIBELS and Math MAP benchmarks. 2nd grade will complete winter MAP. 3rd-8th will be taking the NSCAS assessments in Math & Reading. Teachers are discussing student and class goals. Please have your children get a good night sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and give them some positive reinforcement. These scores are one snapshot of your child’s progress. We encourage you to discuss and share the importance of giving their best effort so they can  share with you their growth thus far. Teachers also use this information to guide their next steps of instruction heading into the second semester.   

We utilize PowerSchool as our mass communication delivery system. Please ensure your information is up-to-date in PowerSchool so you receive important school and district information. If you have questions, please contact the office for assistance.  School closings will also be announced on KOLN/KGIN (Lincoln) and KLKN-TV (Lincoln) and on social media. Students will continue to go outside when temperatures feel like 20 degrees or higher. They must have coats, mittens, snow pants, and boots to play in the snow. Otherwise they are restricted to the concrete area. 

Class parties will be on Wednesday, December 21st. Teachers will communicate about their grade level plans. Christmas break will begin on December 22nd. Students will return on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023. 

Mrs. O’Boyle Nurses Tips: We are in the flu and cold season. Here are some simple tips to try and keep everyone healthy over the holiday season. Nurse Tips If your child has a temperature over 100 they need to stay home.  

Winter Middle School sports are off and running. Girls basketball teams are improving each week. Our wrestlers are finding a lot of success on the mats. Boys Basketball will begin immediately after break with the first practice on Thursday, January 5th. 8th grade girls may participate in cheerleading; those practices are at Cedar Hollow. 6-8 Girls Honor Choir will begin practice on January 9th.

Mrs. Erickson’s Counselor Corner: As the holiday season approaches it can bring a lot of excitement and joy for kids.  With the thrill of the season you may see your child forget boundaries or rules you have set.  Here are some tips to help you stay calm this season and redirect your child if this happens at home. Counselor Tips

Northwest had a glitch in their lunch program, but that has been resolved.  If you get communication regarding a negative or low lunch balance, if you could please get a payment to the office that is much appreciated!

On behalf of the staff at 1-R School, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. If you have questions regarding your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 385-6352. 


Mr. Retzlaff