South O'Brien Elementary

ALL - SCHOOL PEP RALLY at 2:15 on Friday, March 6
The Elementary staff and students will be bussed to Paullina to attend the pep rally. Students are encouraged to wear black and silver! The rally will last no longer than 25 minutes and then the elementary staff and students will get back on the buses and return to Primghar.

Students will be dismissed from school in Primghar as usual after returning from the pep rally.  If you plan to pick up your child either in Primghar or Paullina before or after the pep rally, you need to send a note to your child’s teacher.  If you plan to pick up your child from the pep rally in Paullina, you should try to meet your child’s class at the busses immediately after the pep rally at about 2:40.  The busses will be parked in the parking lot on the south of the school in Paullina. Bags, snow pants, etc. will all be on the school busses…so we can get your child’s supplies and you can check your child out with his/her teacher.

To help us get everyone to the correct places,  please make sure your child’s teacher knows about any changes of plans for Friday due to the pep rally by Friday morning at 8:45 am. Due to everything going on and all the excitement, teachers may not be able to check email, etc., after that…thanks so much.

Spirit Items Price List

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

Please read the attached letter from Principal Wiese. It lists several important events coming up in the elementary building.

Dates to Note School Supply List
Classroom Newsletters and Information Peanut Allergy Information
Music Calendar Art Club Information

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.

Use the TABS at the top of the page to access information such as staff email addresses, school board meeting agendas & minutes, menus, activity calendars, links to web sites that keep you posted 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 be sending out SWIS discipline referrals for students this year via email instead of mailing them to your home.

Schedules for Regular Bus Routes and Shuttle Bus Routes are available to be viewed from the Parent Access page.

Revised regular and shuttle bus routes posted December 15, 2014.
Emergency Bus Route schedules are also available.

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

2015-16 Teacher Request Form
Click on a link below.

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


March 6, F; All-School pep rally 2:15; Elementary students will return to Primghar after the Pep Rally
March 8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 9, M; No school: In order to allow students and the community to attend the Boys’ Basketball State Tournament game.

Little Paws Preschool Registration is March 10
Registration for the Little Paws Preschool for 4 year olds will be Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. at the elementary building in Primghar. Children must turn 4 by September 15, 2015 in order to attend Little Paws.

March 12, Th; Grade 6-8 band Solo Festival, 4:30 pm
March 13, F; End of 3rd Quarter
March 18, W; Elementary 1:20 dismissal for Professional Development


TK/Kindergarten Round Up is April 1
If you have a child who will be five years old by September 15, 2015, please mark your calendar for South O’Brien’s TK/Kindergarten Round Up on April 1. Our parent information meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:45 a.m. in the little theater in Primghar. You can drop your child off for Round Up and then attend the meeting. All eligible children will attend Round Up on Wednesday, April 1, 9:-11:30 a.m. During Round Up, students will meet all the TK and kindergarten teachers, do some fun activities, listen to a story, have a snack, and ride the school bus. We will also be giving assessments for Round Up. Children currently attending South O’Brien TK or Little Paws Preschool will be tested during the school day. If your child does not currently attend South O’Brien, you will need to call and schedule an assessment time for the afternoon of March 31 or April 1.
If your child is eligible to attend TK/Kindergarten Round Up, please call the Primghar office at 957-3755 to register and schedule a testing time. There will be no regular classes for ECSE, Little Paws Preschool, TK or kindergarten on April 1.

April 1 & 15, W; Elementary 1:20 dismissal for Professional Development
April 2-6; No school, Easter Break
April 7, Tu; We WILL have school to make up for a day missed due to weather
April 13, M; G5-6 Spring Concert, 7 pm
April 16, Th; TK-G1 Spring Concert Performances at 1:30 and 6:30
April 16, Th; G2-4 Spring Concert Performances at 2:15 and 7:15
April 17; Teacher Request forms are due.


May 5, Tu; G5 band Solo Recital, 1:30 pm
May 6, W; Elementary 1:20 dismissal for Professional Development
May 7, Th; Grade 4 Field Trip to Shrine Circus
May 8, Fr; Grade 2 Farm Safety Day Camp sponsored by ISU Extension
May 22, Fr; Last scheduled day of the school year (this could change due to weather cancellations)

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

Mrs. Stoll

February Newsletter and Calendar

March Newsletter and Calendar


Transitional Kindergarten
Mrs. Mittelstadt

February 23 Newsletter

Mrs. Thomson & Miss Tesch

February 19 Newsletter

February 27 Newsletter

February 6 Newsletter, Mrs. Bavier

February 27 Newsletter

March 5 Newsletter

February 23 Newsletter

March 2 Newsletter



Mrs. Meyer

Spring Concert Format Change

Mrs. Meyer's Music Website

Physical Education
Mr. Reichle

South O'Brien Health and Wellness Web Page


2014-15 School Supplies List, Word document

2014-15 School Supply List, pdf document]

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

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.

We hope you're all having a marvelous mustache kinda day and a GREAT homecoming week! GO BIG BLACK!


The Foster Grandparents program sponsored the Harlem Ambassadors team to come to our area.
They paid a visit to our school and held a short assembly.
Shown here with the Harlem Ambassadors team is Grandma Sally, Elementary Principal Mrs. Wiese and Grandma Evelyn . A fun time was had by all!

October 23, 2013 Rock ’N Prevention


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.

Bus Route and Shuttle Bus schedules are available using links on the Parent Access page.


South O’Brien Elementary Music Events 2014-15
(as of May 15, 2014)

TK-1st grade

Winter Concert

Dec 8, 2014 (M)

6:30 PM

2nd-4th grade

Winter Concert

Dec 8, 2014 (M)

7:15 PM

5th-6th grade

Winter Concert

Dec 15, 2014 (M)

7:00 PM

6th grade band

Solo Festival

March 12, 2015 (Th)

4:30 PM

5th-6th  grade

Spring Concert

April 13, 2015 (M)

7:00 PM

TK-1st grade

Spring Concert

April 16, 2015 (Th)

6:30 PM

2nd-4th grade

Spring Concert

April 16, 2015 (Th)

7:15 PM

5th grade band

Solo Recital

May 5, 2015 (T)

1:30 PM