Camanche Elementary Newsletter


February 9, 2023


            Camanche Elementary classrooms will have their Valentine’s Day parties tomorrow, February 10th. When sending in Valentines please make sure they do not have any food or candy attached. We encourage nonfood items such as pencils, stickers, or erasers. Please contact CES if you have any questions.


            Congratulations to our school Sumdog team! The team earned first place out of 29 teams in the Winter Sumdog contest. Lakin Springer earned first place out of 368 participants! Landon Green earned second place. Addi Totten was in third. Luke Gravert was fourth. Owen Steines was fifth. Hattie Noble, Elyna Clements, Greta Thomson, and Kennedy Schwandt finished in the top 10! The students had to complete 1000 math problems for the competition. The math problems were at the students’ math level according to a diagnostic test they took before the competition so some of the students were completing math problems beyond their grade level. We are so proud of the dedication and determination shown by the members of the CES Winter Sumdog math team. The teams are coached by Sheryl Kennedy.

Third Grade Sumdog Team Members

Jocelyn Bark

Trevor Bockelmann

Hunter Bray

Talon Godat

Kyler Jenness

Aly Mahoney

River Murphy

Hattie Noble

Kennedy Schwandt

Josiah Shaffer

Owen Steines

Greta Thomson


Fourth Grade Sumdog Team Members

Katelynn Burken

Elyna Clements

Aron Cowger

Nora Goble

Madison Goff

Cody Gravert

Luke Gravert

Landon Green

Carson Harms

Hayleigh Lorenzen

Lakin Springer

Addi Totten


            There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 20th in observance of President’s Day.


            Inter-State Studio will be at Camanche Elementary on Friday, February 24th to take spring portraits. All orders must be placed online at https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/76650SF Our school order code is 76650SF.


            Thank you to all of the families that are keeping your students’ lunch accounts in good standing! If your lunch account currently has a negative balance, please make every effort to pay any outstanding balance as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding your lunch account balance, please call Taryn at 563-259-3004 or email tdeterman@camanchecsd.org. Thank you!


            Kindergarten Round Up will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 2:15 p.m. & Thursday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have a child that will turn 5 years old on or before September 15, 2023, please call our office to add them to our Round Up list. We can’t wait to meet all of our future kindergarteners!


            Strong work ethic is another important life skill to teach our children. Empower your child to take a growth mindset approach to any task they are faced with. Believing that they can do the work and then persevering to accomplish the goal is beneficial to their success at school and in life. Talk with your child about the phrase “I can try; I can start; I can finish”. Remind them of a time when they were challenged with a task. Maybe it was cleaning their room, making a lego creation, or helping someone. Praise them for believing they could, creating a plan, working hard, and finishing the work! There are many great articles on teaching children good work ethic, here is just one if you would like additional information: https://www.therealisticmama.com/teach-kids-good-work-ethic/

            Here are a few books to read with your student this week:

·       Planning Isn’t My Priority by Julia Cook

·       Time to Get Started by Bryan Smith

·       The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright

·       Winnie the Pooh Give It Your All by John Whitman


Feb 20th                      NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

Feb 22nd                      Kindergarten Round Up 2:15 p.m. in the CES Library

Feb 23rd                       Kindergarten Round Up 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. in the CES Library

Feb 24th                      Spring Picture Day

Mar 8th & 9th               Parent/Teacher Conferences EARLY DISMISSAL both days @ 1:08/1:15

Mar 10th-17th                NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

Yours in education,

Aimee Dohse – Principal