A November to Remember!

Message from the Principal

Hello families and friends of Garfield!

Another month has flown by! We are now one quarter of the way through the school year. The students and staff have been doing an amazing job of working hard and thinking with a growth mindset. Everyday we (students and staff) are all working hard at getting smart!

At Garfield we emphasize an important life lesson... never give up! We tell the kids that sometimes school might be really challenging, but we don't give up when things get hard. We like to call it the power of yet! I can't do that...YET!! This lesson isn't just about school work, but about life. I can't do a roundoff cartwheel...yet. I can't do a 360 on my skateboard...yet. I can't juggle...yet!

This is the power of a growth mindset. Hard work and a willingness to try a different strategy will take our kids far in life. If you are interested in reading more about a growth-mindset here is a great article by Carol Dweck--the psychologist that coined the phrase "growth-mindset." Click on the words "great article."

With the month of December, brings the extra cold weather. Please remember when the temperatures fall, to make sure your child brings snow pants, boots, hat, and mittens to school for recess. Even if there isn't snow, the boots and snow pants will keep the kids warm!

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season!

Ms. Cassandra Schultz

Dates to remember

Important Dates

Dec 4 No School

Dec 11 PTO meeting at Garfield 6:30

Dec 12 Garfield Christmas Program--1:30 at High School

Dec 22 PTO Christmas Party....many volunteers needed

Dec 25-Jan 1 Winter Break No School

Wacky Wednesday

12/6 Wear clothing backwards day

12/13 Wear Blue Day

12/20 Red, Green, or Christmas theme

More Dates to remember

Jan 24 End of Second Quarter



March 5-9 NO SCHOOL--Spring Break

March 30 NO SCHOOL

April 9 End of Third Quarter

April 16 NO SCHOOL

May 11 Early Release 11:30




Holiday Concert Information for Garfield

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 @ HS Auditorium

Program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Parents may pick up their child at their school following the program.


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Library fun with Mrs. Dombrowski

Our cardboard challenge, on Nov. 6th, was awesome! The students and I were inspired by the short film “Caine’s Arcade.” The event celebrates the power of creative play and children's imagination. (you can watch the film here) I started out by showing them the film and asking them to draw what they wanted to build. Some of the children worked on their own and others worked as a team. They used their imaginations and creativity to construct something amazing out of cardboard. I would like to thank everyone that sent boxes and tape, it is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank all the staff that came to help. Here are some pictures from the event.

November Character Trait--Responsibility

During the month of November, the elementary schools focused on the character trait responsibility. At Garfield we had a responsibility kick off assembly to roll out the month long focus on what it means to be show responsibility, make sure to ask your child how Mrs. Schultz and the teachers did singing.

Below are the winners by classroom.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week

During the week of November 13-17th, Marinette School’s are challenging each other to compete in a change drive competition to raise awareness and support for local organizations that provide services for homelessness and hunger.

We at Garfield held a penny war and collected $336.78. Mrs. Borths class raised the most money...$78.45

Below are some pictures of the children separating out the pennies from the rest of the coins.....It is a great program and we are so grateful we can help those that need it.

PTO is looking for volunteers

The PTO is looking to update their volunteer listing for some exciting events that will be taking place throughout the year.

Please contact the volunteer coordinator for the PTO, Andrea Polzin, at

The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive literacy experiences outside of the school environment. Watch each month for a new Reading Connection Newsletter filled with fun literacy focused things to try at home!

December Reading Connection

Reading Buddies

Beverly Cleary said "Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school." So Mrs. Smith's class and Mrs. Lang's and Mrs. Smith's classes spent 30 minutes reading together. The children read to a buddy and then listened to them read. Sharing a book with a friend and discussing why a book is interesting creates exposure. By exposing children to different kinds of books, you can see the interest spark... our hope is that it ignites a fire filled with passion for reading!

November Spirit Stick Winners...Mrs. Leinonen's 3rd grade class

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Bowling Party!!

We set a goal to earn 30,000 Dojo points between Sept 9 and Nov 10 and we hit that goal!!!! As a reward for accomplishing this, the students were able to go to Dome Lanes for some bowling fun.

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful PTO for providing the kids with soda and popcorn!!

Marinette Fire Department comes to visit

Every year the Fire Department comes to visit the classrooms at Garfield to stress the importance of fire safety. They have different activities for each grade level to take part in. This year, we had a few students win gift cards to Walmart and we had one person win a ride on a fire truck and one win a bike!!

Thank you to the Fire Department for visiting us.


Are you cleaning out your children's closet before Christmas? Do you usually take things to Goodwill?

We are asking for your help. At times, some students are in need a pair of pants, a sweatshirt, a coat, or even a pair of socks or undergarment. We have been fortunate in the past to be able to provide these items to our students.

At this time we are running low on all clothing. Sweatpants or leggings work great as they can accommodate more sizes.

If you have any clean pants or tops, we would appreciate any donations you could help us with. Children's sizes ranging from a 5-14.

Thank you for your help.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Cunningham in the office.

**Report Cards--Going Online Jan 2018**

Starting with the next report cards, they will only be available on Skyward. More information will be available closer to the end of the next quarter, January 24, 2018.



Hosted by the Marinette Elks Lodge 1313

430 Bridge Street

Marinette, WI 54143

DATE: Saturday, December 9, 2017

TIME: Registration – 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

Contest Starts – 1:00 PM


( 1011 Water Street Marinette, WI 54143 )



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