Save the Date – Saturday, October 18th
Trivia, Silent Auction, Oral Auction, 50/50 Drawings and Much, Much More!
Without a doubt, technology is a key component in teaching and raising a child in the twenty-first century. As members of the Germantown PTA, we are committed to helping the school provide our children with the best technology we can. The PTA is planning our annual fundraiser which is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, at the Germantown American Legion. Please mark your calendars today and get your trivia team together for the 5th Annual Trivia Night/Auction!
In June, we donated $16,000 to the school for technology upgrades. Your past generous support helped to make this possible as the PTA donation was used to offset the cost of the following technology purchases: teacher desktop computers, a new server, 8 wireless access points, and iPads for the kindergarten through 3rd grade classes. Additional technology is the goal for this year as the school is looking to purchase a mobile lab for the 4th through 8th grade students and new computer stations for the computer lab. Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to help with these projects.
You can help us with this in a couple of different ways:
1) Donate a basket or service to be auctioned the night of the event;
2) Attend the event and bring your family and friends; and/or
3) Purchase auction items
If you would like to make a donation or know someone who would (ex: employer/vendor, family friend or grandparent), please contact one of the following PTA Officers:
Laura Malone 523-4232 Crystalyn Huegen 523-7238
Amy Hemker 523-4833 Anita Schomaker 523-4819
Sheena Bowen 920-0648 Stephanie Cook 523-4153
Ashley Foppe 977-0394
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Thank you for your continued support of Germantown Elementary School.
Holiday Waiver Hearing
The Board of Education of Germantown SD #60 will hold a Holiday Waiver Hearing on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The holiday waiver will allow us to attend school on Lincoln’s birthday and take President’s Day off instead. It also gives us the leeway to attend school on any of the other noted holidays if we would choose to do so in case of maxing out our emergency days. Visitors are welcome to testify at the meeting for or against the holiday waiver.
In preparation for the start of the school year, Germantown Elementary will be hosting student registration on Tuesday, July 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. At the time of registration parents will be asked to fill out a few forms and pay any applicable registration fees and extra-curricular fees.
Illinois state law requires the following where health services are concerned:
- Kindergarten-Physical, Dental Exam, Eye Exam, Chicken Pox Vaccination (2 Doses Required or Proof of Disease)
- 2nd Grade-Dental Exam
- 6th Grade-Physical, Dental Exam, Tdap Vaccination, Chicken Pox Vaccination (2 Doses Required or Proof of Disease)
Completed physical, dental, and eye exam forms can be turned in to the school office any time prior to the start of the school year.
Residency verification forms will be available at registration for those who are registering a student in the district for the first time as families with students new to the district will be required to provide three proofs of residency. Examples of acceptable proofs of residency include lease or mortgage papers, home rental insurance, occupancy permit, property tax receipt, driver’s license, utility bill, etc.
Back to School Information
The first official day of school for faculty and staff will be Thursday, August 14. This is a Teacher Institute Day. The faculty and staff will be participating in a variety of meetings and activities in preparation for the first day of student attendance. A Welcome Back to School Night will be held that evening with faculty/staff introductions and a few announcements beginning at 6:00 in the gym followed by classroom visits to meet the teachers.
Friday, August 15, will be the first day of attendance for our K-8 students. Please note that the dismissal time for the first day of school will once again be 1:40, so the students will be eating lunch at school. On this day, time is set aside to get the students settled in their classroom, familiar with their schedule, acclimated to the classroom routine, and reconnected with their peers.
Germantown Elementary has an opening for a JV/Varsity Volleyball Coach for the 2014-15 school year. This is a stipend position. If interested, contact Robin Becker at 523-4253 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, May 17, over 450 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the Tenth Annual Germantown Bulldog Dash 5Kand 2K Run/Walk at Schoendienst Park. The races were again kicked off with a heart thumping shot from a historic cannon, courtesy of Bobby Eversgerd of Germantown. It was a beautiful morning with a great group of supporters who came out to cheer on the competitors. This year’s event netted over $17,000 to benefit Germantown Elementary School. In its tenth year history, the event has provided the district over $160,000. Over the years, the proceeds have directly benefited Germantown Elementary students by funding after-school programs including Homework Headquarters and the Reading Lab, as well as summer math and reading programs, along with technology purchases such as SmartBoard projectors, laptop computers, and software. The Board of Education plans to use the event proceeds to support school programs that are no longer funded. In particular, money will be allocated to technology updates and after school programs.
A committee of members from the community endorsed by the Germantown School Board of Education promotes the event. Local businesses again generously sponsored the event, including Germantown American Legion Post 325, the 2014 Diamond sponsor of the Bulldog Dash.
Robin Becker, the District Superintendent, commented, “Ten years after its inception, the Bulldog Dash continues to prosper and grow. It is an amazing event that promotes healthy living in a family atmosphere. Once again this year, the Bulldog Dash Committee under the leadership of Rick Sherman did a fantastic job of organizing the event. The support from the community and local businesses, especially our Diamond Sponsor, Germantown American Legion Post 325, is very much appreciated. The money raised through this event is imperative to the financial well-being of the school district. It greatly benefits the community youth and has played a pivotal role in allowing us to make upgrades to technology, continue after school programming, and balance our budget during financially tough times.”
Dash participation has increased over the years. Over 540 participants registered for this year’s races, including a great mix of competitive runners and local supporters and students.
The 2014 participants shared in over 175 awards including trophies to the top three male and female finishers in each event and in the 5K Masters Division (age 40 and over) the top three finishers in the 5K were the following: males, first – Coltin Strotheide (16:39), second – Kolin Voss (16:56), third –Daniel Seiffert (18:41); 5K Female, first – Angelo Sabo (20:24), second – Brittany Toler (22:08), third - Morgan Oertel (23:06). The top three finishers in the 5K Masters Division were the following: males, first – Jackson Marwa (18:13), second – Mike Pitt (18:28), third – Dale Hoffmann (19:30). Female Masters 5K were the following, first – Rhonda Schmitz (23:23), second – Julie Hovick (24:44), third – Julie Weeke (26:16). The top three finishers in the 2K were the following: males, first – Blake Markus (7:26), second – Tim Baumann (7:31), third – Dustin Hemker (8:05); 2K females, first – Regean Albers (8:36), second – Hannah Schulte (9:22), third – Cailee Langenhorst (9:29). Medals were awarded to all participants ages nine and under and to the top three male and female finishers in each category for each event. Full race results by age category and pictures will be posted at www.germantownbulldogs.org. Race results are also posted at www.runningstartsports.com.
The Bulldog Dash Committee is chaired by Rick Sherman and committee members are Jamie Dumstorff (Sponsorship Committee Chair), Robin Becker (Superintendent), Ann Loepker, Jennifer Wempe (Refreshment Chair), Sherri Diesen (Shirt Chair), Amy Hemker (Advertisement Chair), Michelle Beer, Jane Attaway, Shelly Kohrmann, Kristin Zurliene, Billie Albers and Sharon Winkeler.
Please make note of the following upcoming important dates:
July 22-Student Registration; 11:00-6:00