Coulee Montessori
Charter School
1611 Kane Street | La Crosse, WI 54603 | Phone: (608)789-7970 | Fax: (608)789-0035

9/17/2015

And we’re off! It has been a terrific start to our school year! We are so happy to have you and your child back in the “school groove”. I wanted to let you know about some important changes at Northside and Coulee Montessori this year.

We have a Dean of Students! The school board granted us some extra allocation so we could hire Mr. Larry to help me out with all of the administrative duties this year. He is already making a tremendous difference (see note about a “terrific start to our school year!”). Although he will be helping out everywhere in the school, you will probably notice him at breakfast and in the lunchroom and on the playground helping kids. Welcome Mr. Larry!
We now have a full-time guidance counselor and a full-time social worker! Due to our size and the number of students in need, we were able to get two people to help out kids and families! Mrs. Heather Gartner is our social worker and Ms. Melani Fay is our guidance counselor.
I am going to give you a little sneak preview as to an announcement coming next week! We are participating in a very innovate program developed by the County of La Crosse called the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative. Because of this program, we will be able to house a La Crosse County social worker in our building! This person’s sole job is to support families and PREVENT referrals to the county. I am not exactly sure when the county staff member will start, but I think it will be in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more information about this very exciting initiative!
Have you heard about Your Northside Neighborhood Clinic? We are excited to be a site for a free health care clinic for children who attend Northside and Coulee Montessori. There will be more information to follow, but it looks like it will operate after school beginning in October. Their motto is Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities. Click HERE to visit their Facebook page.

Speaking of Facebook, have you taken a look at our school Facebook page? We have postings about the Dad’s night, our PBIS work and some awards we have won! It’s a great way to keep up with the kids!
Be sure to take a look at the way our hallways are changing…we are in the midst of a big paint job. The entry ways to the classroom and other areas are now decorated to match the lockers. It looks AWESOME!
Another big change was the DIRTT wall that went up in Room 209. We ended up needing to make two classrooms from the one big one that was in that corner. The DIRTT wall is a beautiful and functional wall that allows the room to be attractively separated into two parts, and then quickly and easily converted back to one big classroom. We love it!
Our next Muffins with Laura listening session will be for October 15th 8:00-9:00am in the conference room! See you there!

As always, I want to hear from you about great things that are happening with your kids, questions you might have or concerns that worry you! If you want to talk “specifics” about your child, please give me a call or shoot me an email!

Laura Huber
608-789-7970
lhuber@lacrossesd.org

Jennifer Dellenbach
jdellenb@lacrossesd.org
608-789-6745

Dear Families: Happy Holidays! We are very excited to have you visit our web page! Here at Northside Elementary and Coulee Montessori, we are busy learning and having fun! Did you know we have a Facebook page? Look for us at Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori. We try to keep up to date photos that tell about what happens every day. Be sure to notice the pictures showing kids volunteering in our food pantry and the pictures of the kids and their artwork at the Pump House. Besides providing an outstanding academic education, our teachers take pride in kids developing their artistic talents and providing service to our community. We take pride in developing the “whole child” at Northside and Coulee Montessori!

We have recently finished assessing every student who comes from a home where English is not the only language spoken. We want to learn about the progress of the kids’ spoken and written English language skills and their skills in reading and listening to English. Teachers use this information to plan lessons that pinpoint precisely the next learning challenge appropriate for every child!

Remember that the last day of school will be Tuesday, December 23rd! We will be back in session on Monday, January 5th! Have a wonderful and safe Holiday season!

And see you “next year”!!!
Laura Huber

Can you believe that it is already December!  What a wonderful first quarter of school we have had here at Northside Elementary and Coulee Montessori!  The kids have settled into a great routine and are focused on learning and having fun!  You may noticed that we now have a Facebook page now!  The Facebook page is entitled Northside/Coulee Montessori.  Look for pictures of kids and important activities taking place this year. Check out the pictures of the Great La Crosse Pear Off!  The kids were challenged by the Salvation Army to collect 300 cans of pears for distribution at Christmas time.  The class that collected the most cans won a pizza party!  Our school more than surpassed the 300 can mark…WAY TO GO, STUDENTS!
If you stop down and visit the Rotary Lights display at Riverside Park, look for the trash barrels that were painted by our fourth and fifth grade students.  These pictures are also on Facebook!
You can be really proud of your children!  As you know there was a terrible fire on La Crosse’s north side in November.  This resulted in a few changes to how we did business both before school and at recess time.  We needed all of our students to do a great job of listening and following adult directions.  They stepped up to the challenge like real pros!
We are glad you are visiting our webpage!  We hope that you find what you are looking for on this site.  If not, be sure to give us a call or send us an email.  We would love to get to know you!
Enjoy the Season!
Laura Huber