Madison Family Newsletter

November 2022

Letter from Principal Estrada

We are so excited to share our first trimester of new learning and growth with you at our upcoming conferences November 10th and November 17th! Our students have been diving deeper into grade level content, using their creative minds in enrichment, discovering new learning in Science and Health and intentional writing projects this trimester. The success in all of this begins with you, our students' families and loved ones, who continue to nurture the scientists, mathematicians, artists, musicians and authors in your child. Thank you!

See you at Fall Conferences!

~Be Well,

Principal Estrada

Upcoming Dates

  • November 2nd, Picture Retake Day đź“·
  • November 7, Somali Parent Night
  • November 8, No School
  • November 10, Conferences (Skyward conference sign-up is open!)
  • November 11, Veteran's Day Assembly 5th Grade Students/Families
  • November 17, Conferences (Skyward conference sign-up is open!)
  • November 24-25, No School, Thanksgiving Break

Fall Teacher Conferences Nov. 10 & 17

When: November 10th and 17th

Time: 3:00-7:00pm

Sign up online in Skyward or call our office to schedule your conference time(s).

We are looking forward to sharing your child's learning growth!

Madison Office: (320)370-6330

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Wednesday, November 2nd is School Picture Re-take Day

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Our school ID: EVTBJVKR7

From Our Classrooms 🍎


Kindergarten friends continue to be excited little learners. This month firefighters visited to classrooms to meet the students and share safety tips, and on Friday, October 28th, a pumpkin patch appeared in the field at Madison and the kindergartners each “picked” a little pumpkin to take home. We’ve started the PAKRAT reading program, so check your kindergartener’s backpack for fun books to read together each night.

1st Grade

Hi First Grade Families!

The last month has been full of learning and fun. First grade students just finished up their first math chapter, addition, and are headed into subtraction strategies for the month of November. In reading we continue to explore characters, key details, sequence of events, and visualizing pictures as we read through stories. We can’t wait to see families on November 10 and 17 to celebrate each student and their growth at conferences. Here’s to another month of learning and exploring!

2nd Grade

Hello Madison families! We have been working hard in 2nd grade the past month practicing reading and math rotations. We have started our first reading unit and finished our first math unit, which focused on learning a variety of strategies to solve basic addition facts. We have completed our beginning of the year math and reading assessments, which we look forward to sharing with families at our fall conferences. We want to encourage families to check their children’s planners each night and to check the Seesaw parent app regularly. These are great ways to stay connected to what is happening at school. Special events, library days, and homework reminders are written in our planners each day. On the Seesaw parent app, you can find classroom newsletters and information about special events. If you are not yet connected to the Seesaw parent app, please reach out to your child’s teacher for an invitation.

3rd Grade

Hello Families! October in third grade FLEW BY! We are learning so many awesome things! In reading, we have started our genre studies, which have included narrative nonfiction and realistic fiction. We have also been reading about different cultures. In writing, we have been working on personal narratives and how to write a story in order! In math, we are working hard on our addition and have made it all the way up to adding 4-digit numbers! Third grade also got to dig deeper into archaeology and ancient civilizations. Only two months into school and we are already learning so much!

4th Grade

We are just wrapping up number sense in terms of multiplication and division and are preparing to move into more complicated multiplication and division equations and problems. Our focus moving forward will also be incorporating and solving word problems that us addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In reading, we have explored the elements of realistic fiction and have incorporated making predictions in relation to the story as well as identifying problem and solution. Moving forward, we plan to have students learn how to effectively summarize a story using sequencing words and being able to describe how the character's actions have an impact on other characters within the story. Writing we are finishing up our personal narratives and will begin working on research and writing a formal research paper and presentation.

In science, we have been working on earth science, with an emphasis on rock and soil composition and water. We extended student learning into exploring these phenomenon, how they can be explained and how human's utilize both soil and water for our needs. We will be working on how we can conserve these elements within nature.

Social studies we have been exploring civics, in particular the branches of government, how they function with each other and what individuals can do within our government. Moving forward we will be exploring the different positions of the government and what each individual's role is within the government.

5th Grade

Happy Fall Madison Families!

Your child has been working very hard adjusting to another wonderful school year. Thank you for your support in meeting our state health standards. It was a great success. In reading, we are getting ready to finish and publish our personal narratives, which we will share with you at conferences November 10th or November 17th. In math we are finishing up chapter 2 which covers multiplication strategies and methods to successfully solve word problems.

Please keep encouraging your child to read for at least 20 minutes daily to help increase their stamina, fluency, and vocabulary.

Allied Arts

Hello families,

We have been busy in the gym working on different skills and games these first few weeks of school. We have worked a lot on making the gym and fun and safe place for every student and a place kids love to be.

Grades 3-5 just finished their soccer unit and we have moved into starting out fitness testing for the Fall. Students will test on 5 different areas of fitness including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, agility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. We will use our scores in the Fall to see how much we improve in each fitness area throughout the year. We talk about trying our best and working hard, and if we are not where we would like to be in a certain area how we can work to get better. The Pacer test will be next week. Please make sure your student wears tennis shoes to the gym.

Our younger students (K-2) spend the first weeks of school learning gym rules, how to move safely with others, and some skills. We just got finished with a mini soccer unit and teaching them how we do our stations in PE (we call them 4 gyms). They worked on hula hoops, ball skills, scooters, and had a chance to try the climbing wall.

Mr. Olson and Mr. G

SEL Corner

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is an important part of our Social Emotional Learning at Madison. PBIS is aligned with our Mustang Model of expected behaviors at school. Madison students earn Mustang slips for engaging in expected behaviors in all areas of our building. These slips are collected and used to set goals and engage in celebrations at both the classroom and building level. Each week, several students from each grade level are named Student of the Week on Way to Go Wednesday. The students’ names are read over the morning announcements, and each student receives a special certificate, a Way to Go pencil, and a Mustang Proud bracelet. Please review the expected school behaviors with your child and be watching for those blue Mustang slips coming home!

Mustang Matrix

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Talent Development News

In Talent Development, scholars are on the Learning Train and are ready for a fun educational journey! It’s fantastic, seeing students so hungry to learn! High Achievers are excitedly being introduced to what TDAS is all about. They have shown impressive skill during introductory activities and pre-assessments. Young Scholars are becoming aware of all that is in store for them this school year, and they are thrilled! Unfortunately, 5th grade scholars, Knowledge Bowl has to be postponed until late January/early February, BUT while we’re waiting for that time to come, the Spelling Bee will be approaching soon! Thank you, parents, for a job VERY WELL done, as it shows in your children, the persistence and passion you’ve instilled in them for learning.

Somali Parent Meeting: Monday, Nov. 7th

Where: Madison Media Center

Time: 3:30-4:30

October Agenda

  • Grade level benchmarks
  • Upcoming Parent Engagement Opportunities
  • Parent/Family Voice

Safe and Secure Schools Announcement

Dear Families,

As always, the top priority of our school community—and a primary focus of the district’s strategic plan—is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. To foster that environment, we research and practice the best school safety protocols and work with local law enforcement as critical partners to seek every opportunity to ensure our students and staff are safe. To keep you informed, we would like to share the language we use and potential responses we employ in crisis situations. Please know that if a SHELTER IN PLACE or ACTIVE THREAT is initiated at your child’s school, you will be informed and asked to await further updates and/or instructions. View Crisis Response Procedures Infographic.

This week's lunch menu :)

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