December Newsletter

Central School


December 2013                   Issue No. 4


ROUNDUP PTSA would like to THANK EVERYONE who came to our First Family Movie Night! We had fun and we hope you did too! There were over 300 students and parents in attendance. 

PTSA’s next Family Movie Night will be December 13th 6:30 at the Community Center.  As most everyone knows it will be Christmas soon and PTSA wants you to celebrate it with us as we show “Polar Express.” Come join PTSA and other families as we enjoy Polar Express with hot cocoa, cookies and other concession items. 


If you would like to volunteer or help PTSA at our next event, come and join us at our next PTSA meeting on December 4th at 4:00 in the Central School Library

Happy Holidays Roundup!

Capt. Larson’s December Newsletter:

Ahoy me hearties!

Capt. Larson’s lil’ pirates have been busy learning about the different ways we can measure items. We learned about height by lining our class up from the tallest person, which is Denvyr Tuss, to the shortest person, which is Kalob Edick. Then, we used balance scales to compare the weight of heavy and light objects that we found in our classroom. Next, we played a game called “Straw Wars” and compared the length of different sized straws. We read a story about capacity titled “Who Sank the Boat” then we got into small learning groups and competed to see which group could fit the most bear counters in a small plastic boat without sinking the boat.  The lil’ buccaneers discovered that they needed to place each bear in the boat slowly and carefully and they had to place the bears in the ship so that it balanced. Most groups were able to fit 7 bears in their boat without it sinking to the bottom of the sea. Finally, they had to work together to be successful! Argh, our favorite measurement activity was making vanilla instant pudding! The lil’ buccaneers are excellent bakers! Shiver me timbers, we discovered that 2 cups equals 1 pint!

 Fair winds, until next time!

 Your Kindership’s Captain,

 Mrs. Larson

 Mrs. Burch’s Kindergarten Class:

 When we think of November, we think of Thanksgiving and the events that led to the first Thanksgiving celebration by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  In kindergarten we studied about the trip the Pilgrims made from England to Plymouth and what happened after they arrived.  Did you know that in addition to the 102 passengers on the Mayflower, there were two dogs, six goats, 50 pigs and numerous chickens aboard? 

 We learned that because of the severity of the winter and the lack of food and shelter, half of the Pilgrims died.  When spring came, the Pilgrims were befriended by the Native Americans in the area of Plymouth.  They taught the Pilgrims where to hunt, how to plant crops, and how to fish the Atlantic coast.   Because the Pilgrims were thankful for their bountiful harvest, they had a harvest festival in the fall of 1621 to celebrate.  They invited their Native American friends to celebrate with them.  Ninety Native Americans came to the celebration, which lasted three days! 

To acknowledge the contributions made by the Native Americans to the survival of the Pilgrims, we studied some of the customs of Native American tribes, including the use of masks.  Then we created our own interpretations of masks with paint,

feathers, beads, rickrack and other materials.   We also drew pictures and wrote about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

We hope that all of you enjoy a

wonderful Thanksgiving!

First Grade: Mrs. Coryell and Mrs. Stulc:

November went fast!  At the beginning of the month we were excited to meet Rusty May.  We also enjoyed making art projects that enriched our knowledge about Thanksgiving.  

We continue to work hard in our math.  We are now solving both subtraction and addition story problems.  Please continue to work on math facts to 10.  We are also working hard in language arts.  Everyday reading and writing a little bit better!

December is going to be a busy month!  Our music program will be December 3, and we will be having class parties with gift exchanges the last day of the month.  Be looking for more information about the party and gift exchange.  We are looking forward to 2014!

Mrs. Mosdal and Mrs Vandeberg Second Grade:

The second grade classrooms continue to make progress in reading and math. In writing the students are learning how to write narratives and informational articles. Some have written Thanksgiving brochures and stories.

The second grade students have enjoyed learning about the importance of getting a good education.  They understand that in order to become, a teacher, a doctor, a police officer, a fireman or even a farmer or rancher you will need to attend college.

Central School staff members had a friendly competition over the upcoming MSU/UM football game. Both Mrs. Vandeberg and Mrs. Mosdal are MSU Bobcat fans. The classroom doors were decorated in blue and gold.

The students in first and second grades are looking forward to the annual Thanksgiving activities day on Wednesday, November 27th. Each student will have the opportunity to complete four Thanksgiving Day craft projects. 

We Hope to see you at the

music program on December 3rd

Third Grade Teachers: Mrs. Clute, Mrs. Tuss and Mrs. Mihalovich:

Third grade would like to thank PTSA for bringing “Rusty” to Roundup. He gave several great messages to students and families on Wednesday evening and really motivated the Central School students on Thursday.

Winter break is just around the corner and that means quality time with family and loved ones. It also means that students are out of school. Please take some time over the break to continue to work on your students’ multiplication and division facts. A fun way to get the family involved is to play multiplication war with decks of cards or even dice.

It is also important that third graders continue to read over the break. Why not make it a family event by having everyone choose their favorite holiday story or any story and take turns reading to one another.

Winter break is also a great time for your child to write letters to friends and family. He/she can practice his/her cursive while doing so.

Happy Holidays!

Central School Physical Education Mrs. Quenzer:

In the month of December, the first week grades K-2 will be playing badminton with balloons and grades 3-6 will be playing badminton with birdies.

The second week classes will be playing modified hockey and hockey. The last week before Christmas Break my present to the classes will be FREE DAY.  They get to pick a piece of equipment to play with and play in small groups or individually. 

 The Brax Cup Fundraiser was a HUGE success.  Students raised over $5,000 and we are now in the process of picking the rock wall’s accessories! Belay On!

Peer Counselors Bake Sale

The 7th Annual Peer Counseling Bake Sale is coming!  The Central School 6th grade Peer Counselors have been busy getting ready to make all kinds of goodies such as cookies, brownies, puppy chow, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and party mix.  The money raised will go to program expenses as well as a donation to a local charity.  They will be selling two times this December.  They will be selling during the Christmas Stroll on Saturday, December 7 and at the high school during the basketball games on Friday, December 20.  We hope to see you there!

Holiday Hat/Headgear Day

By:  Chloe Cota and Tanner Rae

Holiday Hat Day for Roundup Central School will be on Wednesday, December 18.  Bring $1 if you want to wear your wackiest hat or headgear (i.e. antlers).  The Peer Counselors will be giving the class with the highest percentage of students participating hot cocoa and cookies.  Prize bags will be given to students with the most creative holiday hats or headgear.  Participation is optional and all funds will go to Relay for Life.  We hope to see you wear your holiday hats!

 Mrs. Griemsman’s Fifth Grade:

Mrs. Griemsman’s class has been busy, busy, busy! Our music program was a success, and we had a blast! Thank you, Ms. Spangle, for getting us there! We just recently turned in our Planet Projects, and those were a success, as well. Way to go, you all worked hard on your planet projects! Last week, we also celebrated college week. It was fun because we decorated our door for the big Cat-Griz game. We also discussed/learned about college/trade schools and why and where we may want to go someday! December will be just as busy as November. We are planning to make ornaments for the big tree at the end of Main Street. Those that would like to be a part of the parade, on December 7th, can hang their ornament on the tree that night!

 Mrs. Spangle’s Music Classes:

Howdy partners!  The Kindergarten, first, second, and third graders at Central Elementary would like to invite you to their winter program "Christmas at the O.K. Corral" on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Roundup High School Gymnasium.  It will be great fun you won't want to miss!  Yee haw!

The elementary music concert featuring the 5th and 6th grade bands and the Centralaires will be on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 pm in the Roundup High School gymnasium.  The Centralaires will have their winter hot chocolate party on Wednesday, December 18th beginning at 3:30 pm in the elementary music room.  Centralaires come dressed in your favorite pajamas and cozy up to watch the holiday favorite "The Polar Express!"

 "If music be the food of love, play on." ~William Shakespeare

Mrs. Hanson’s Sixth Grade:

Happy Holidays! December is a month for giving back. I have talked to my students about the financial and emotional stress the holiday sometimes bring. We have had conversations about the importance of “giving back.” It is easy to think about all of the "things" we want and not about giving back.  

We are going to be busy this month. The peer counselors are going to be having a bake sale at the Christmas stroll. The 6th graders will be helping out at the food bank on December 19th. Our job will be to sort all of the food into boxes for families in need. In addition to going to the food bank, Mrs. Hanson's class will be delivering cards and holiday greetings to the nursing home.

Reminders for Parents: Remember to check your e-mails for weekly updates and the secret word from Mrs. Hanson

Mrs. Kombol’s Sixth Grade:

By Emilie Smith, Tony Matteson, and Katelynn Churchill

This month we are still working hard on fundraising for Yellowstone by selling Jerry's Ts.  We also are celebrating College Week by decorating our classroom doors with Bobcat and Griz colors.  We are doing this to get our students thinking about theiro futures and what jobs they might be interested in as adults.  Also, our class was hard at work raking leaves on school grounds for a community service project.

Annual Food Drive Begins:

By:  Emily Weigum and Jenna Wacker 

This years Peer Counselors of Roundup Central School are putting on the yearly Food Drive.  We will be taking non-perishable food items from November 25 – December 18.  We will also be accepting money and checks payable to the Christmas Food Basket Program.

 The classes with the most money and food items will win hot chocolate and cookies.

Good luck to all of the participants

and we hope your class wins!


This school year head lice has been a reoccurring issue at Central School. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC! When a Central School student is found to have signs of head lice, they are sent home per school practices. The student may return to school after they have been treated and have been RE-CHECKED by school personnel to be free of the lice.



Head lice CANNOT live off human host for more than 24-48 hours. Head lice CANNOT live on pets. Head lice CANNOT reproduce in carpets, furniture or other household furnishings.


PESTICIDE SPRAYS DO LITTLE OR NOTHING TO CONTROL LICE.  Never treat your home, car, furniture, beds, pillows, or clothing with pesticles (i.e. ‘lice bombs, flea bombs, sprays, etc.) in an attempt to control head lice.

 Head lice are very common among all classes of people. More than 12 million people, mostly children and school personnel, get head lice per year.

Direct head-to-head contact with an infested person is the main way head lice are transmitted, but they may also be transmitted by sharing hats, scarves, headphones, combs and other hair accessories. Lice cannot hop, jump or fly, but they can crawl.


If a lice shampoo is warranted, ask your doctor or pharmacist for specifics on the product and FOLLOW ALL LABEL INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY!





  1. Watch for signs of head lice. Check your children every few days if head lice are reported at school. Lice are easier to eliminate if caught early.
  2. Brush hair every evening. This may help kill or injure lice and stop them from laying eggs.
  3. Teach your children not to share hats, headgear, headphones and grooming items (i.e. combs, hairbrushes, etc.) and to avoid direct head-to-head contact.
  4. To kill lice on bedding, clothes, etc., wash and dry them as you would ordinarily. NEVER add any pesticide. Vacuum materials that cannot be washed.
  5. If you are concerned about head lice on carpets or furniture, vacuum them thoroughly or wipe smooth surfaces with a damp cloth.
  6. Wash stuffed animals or vacuum them thoroughly. NEVER spray them with pesticides.
  7. To kill lice on brushes, combs or hair accessories, wash them in hot, soapy water. NEVER spray them with pesticides.
  8. If LIVE lice or eggs are found: check everyone in the house and tell friends and other contacts of your child. Treat all affected family members at the same time.





  1. Work in a well-lighted area or use a flashlight and hand lens.
  2. Use a grooming comb or hairbrush to remove tangles.
  3. Divide the hair into sections and fasten off the hair that is not being examined.
  4. Use a lice comb to detect and remove lice and nits.
  5. Go through hair sections from the scalp to the end of the hair. Nits are usually found close to the scalp.
  6. Dip the comb in a cup of hot, soapy water or use tape to remove lice, nits or debris from the comb.
  7. Sift through the same section of hair and look for attached nits and live lice.
  8. Move on to the next section until the entire scalp and all hair has been checked.
  9. Screen the infested person every day for 10 days and regularly thereafter.
  10. If additional nits (at least 3 to 5 per day) are discovered, another manual search is recommended.


Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Brewer Fourth Grade:


Second quarter is flying by with the last day of this quarter being December 20thPlease encourage your child to complete and turn-in all assignments that are missing or in need of corrections.  


Fourth graders are working on personal narratives in writing.  Students are focused on stories that are “seeds” not “watermelons”!  Ask your child what this means.


Be looking for information regarding special December activities in your child’s TAKE HOME FOLDER.  




Does your student need help with homework? Math?


Do you need a safe place for your student afterschool? JOIN KIDZ KLUB

Does your student need afterschool recreation with his peers? And a snack?



KIDZ KLUB MEETS EVERYDAY FROM 3:30 to 5:45, Monday to Thursday.


Roundup Public Schools



The mission of the Roundup Public Schools is to challenge and empower each student to maximize individual potential and become a competent, productive, responsible, and caring citizen.




In three weeks the second quarter or first semester will end. Central’s K-6 teaching staff as well as the Title One staff has been diligent in their teaching efforts. Over the past eighteen weeks they have assisted every student to reach their maximum academic achievement, especially in math and language arts curriculum. First quarter’s academic celebration was proof of their efforts by the numerous students who earned a 3.0 or higher-grade average.


The academic successes of our students would not be possible or as great in number without the support from our parents. Therefore, Central School’s educators thank you for your support.


As this quarter comes to a close and is followed by December’s Winter Break, we hope this time will be a special season for each person and family to assemble and rejoice. Central School looks forward to serving you and your student in 2014.


Ron Frieh, Principal



2nd  Dental Screening

3rd   K-3 Winter Music Program 7 PM HS

4th   PTSA 4 PM Central Library

7th   Bake Sale, Masonic Hall, 5:30

9th   School Board Meeting 7 PM

12th Community Concert 7:30 HS Gym

13th No school day – PIR

17th 5th & 6th Concert 7 PM HS Gym

20th End of First Semester

December 23rd to January 1st NO SCHOOL

January 2nd Second Semesters Begins