South O'Brien Elementary

The Primghar Site houses South O'Brien Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Grades K-6

Dates to Note School Supply List for 2015-16
Classroom Newsletters and Information Peanut Allergy Information
Music Calendar PBIS - New page!

Respect Essay Winners, Grades 4-6




Top Magazine Sales

Claire Wagner 4th grade
Abby Stout 5th grade
Abby Schreck 6th grade

The grade 4-6 students sold over
$7,500 of magazines.

ALL daytime visitors must report to the office and sign in when you enter the building.
You will receive a visitor lanyard to wear.
Please return the lanyard and sign out before you leave.
Thank you for your cooperation!

This is a common safety policy at all schools.

Visitors to the elementary building, please use the South courtyard door by the office for the duration of
the construction project on the North side of the building .
Thanks for your cooperation during this exciting period of transition at the elementary!

To the right is a picture of the current Students of the Week.

Pictures of students recognized in previous weeks may be viewed from the PBIS page and the pictures will be included in the rotating picture display on the school home page.

Nov 23, 2015



All staff member email addresses can be found on the Directory page.

2015-16 Schedules for Regular Bus Routes and Shuttle Bus Routes may now be viewed from the Parent Access page.

Use the TABS at the top of the page to access information including school board meeting agendas & minutes, menus, activity calendars, links to web sites that notify you when the weather effects our school day and more.
Just hover over a tab & select from the drop down menu.

Please check your home emails regularly for information from the school.
K-3 teachers are sending classroom newsletters to your email address.
The school will also attempt to send out SWIS discipline referrals for students via email instead of mailing them to your home.

Please read the attached letter about the importance of reading from Brad A. Buck, Ph.D., Director of the Iowa Department of Education.

Dates to Note


25-25, W-F; No school, Thanksgiving Break


2, W; Early dismissal for  Professional Development : Elem at 1:20, JH/HS at 1:30.
7, M; Winter Concerts: TK-G1 at 1:30 and 6:30 pm, G2-4 at 2:15 and 7:15 pm in the gym.
14, M; Winter Concert Grades 5-6 at 7 pm in the gym.
16, W; Early dismissal for  Professional Development : Elem at 1:20, JH/HS at 1:30.
21 & 22, M,T; Preschool/ECSE Christmas programs, 2:15-3:15 in the gym.
Dec 23 -Jan 3; No school. Christmas break.


4, M; School resumes
6, W; Early dismissal for  Professional Development : Elem at 1:20, JH/HS at 1:30.
8, F; Deadline to register for the K-3 boys youth basketball clinic; forms are available on the basketball page
14, Th; 2nd Quarter ends/1st Semester ends
15, F; No school; Professional Development
18, M; Second Semester begins
20, W; Early dismissal for  Professional Development : Elem at 1:20, JH/HS at 1:30.
23,S; K-3 Boys Basketball Youth Clinic 10-11; perform during Varsity girls game halftime at approx 3:30

Classroom Newsletters and Information

In the table below, click on the link to the right to view Newsletters and other information from your child's teacher(s). Click on the teacher's name to send them an email.

Grade or Subject
Newsletter/Information Link

Little Paws Preschool
Mrs. Stoll

November Calendar and Newsletter

December Calendar and Newsletter

October Calendar

Transitional Kindergarten
Mrs. Mittelstadt

Newsletter Nov 6

Newsletter Nov 18

Mrs. Thomson & Miss Tesch

Mrs. Thomson Party Committees

Newsletter Nov 13

Newsletter Nov 24

FAST Letter Sept 18 Mrs. Bavier

Newsletter Nov 13, Mrs. Bavier

Newsletter Nov 16, Mrs. Brewer

FAST Letter Sept 18

Newsletter Oct 9

Newsletter Oct 16

Newsletter Nov 2

Newsletter Nov 9



Mrs. Meyer

Mrs. Meyer's Music Website

Physical Education & Computers
Mr. Reichle

South O'Brien Health and Wellness Web Page


Little Paws Preschool

2015-16 Parent/Student Handbook for South O'Brien Elementary, Grades PK-6 in the Primghar Building

2015-16 School Supplies List, Word document

2015-16 School Supply List, pdf document

Kindergarten Physical Exam form, Word doc, must be signed by a physician.

Kindergarten Physical Exam form, pdf

Kindergarten Health History Form

To register students new to the district, please read the attached document to become aware of the type of information you will need to supply. Parents of students previously registered will need to update a printout of their current information each year in August.

Student Council, First Semester 2015-16



We have students in South O’Brien Elementary with Peanut allergies.
We invite your help and cooperation to help them stay safe.

An allergic reaction can be life threatening.

The following practices have been put in place to help prevent allergic reactions:

    All of South O’Brien Elementary has been designated as peanut allergy aware.

    There will be no classroom projects with peanut butter, or anything that contains peanuts or tree nuts. Please do not send any of these projects into the classroom with your child.

    Parents who send a lunch from home for their child are free to pack the foods of their choice. It is our hope that families CHOOSE not to send foods containing  peanut butter or any nut product.

    All students eating a lunch from home will be seated away from the students with the peanut allergy, and will be given a wipe to use on their hands and table area after eating lunch.

    Please remind your child not to share their food or eating utensils with others.

    We ask that all foods including snacks or special occasion treats entering the building at any time not contain nuts of any kind.  A list of acceptable snacks/alternative items has been sent home with students.

    All multi-ingredient snacks (crackers, cookies, cupcakes) sent to the classroom must be purchased with a content label that the teacher can read, or it will not be distributed to the students.

We look forward to working together with you to have a wonderful year at South O’Brien Elementary.  If you have any questions regarding our allergy aware policy, please call us at 712-957-3755.

South O’Brien Elementary Music Dates 2015-16
(as of May 2015)

5th grade band

Instrument Display

Aug 31, 2015 (M)


TK-1st grade

Winter Concert

Dec 7, 2015 (M)

1:30PM/6:30 PM

2nd-4th grade

Winter Concert

Dec 7, 2015 (M)

2:15PM/7:15 PM

5th-6th grade

Winter Concert

Dec 14, 2015 (M)

7:00 PM

6th grade band

Solo Festival

March 10, 2016 (Th)

4:30 PM

5th-6th  grade

Spring Concert

April 14, 2016 (Th)

7:00 PM

TK-1st grade

Spring Concert

April 19, 2016 (T)

1:30PM/6:30 PM

2nd-4th grade

Spring Concert

April 19, 2016 (Th)

2:15PM/7:15 PM

5th grade band

Solo Recital

May 3, 2016 (T)

1:30 PM