A September to Remember

A message from the Principal

Hello Garfield Families and Friends!

We are off to a fantastic start to our school year! I am so impressed with the energy the kids bring to school at the start of the year. We are committed and dedicated to keeping that positive energy going all year.

I mentioned in our kick off newsletter the fact that the teachers spent several days over the summer, learning and growing in their professional knowledge. I am seeing first hand that all of their hard work is paying off! The workshop approach to teaching and learning is thriving in our literacy blocks. I am amazed every time I walk in the classrooms how much collaboration the kids are engaged in!

Many more great things are on the horizon. Students will be taking our universal screener, STAR, in grades 2-4 in the next few weeks. The STAR test results will help guide teachers' instruction and identify areas of strength and areas in need of growth for our kids.

In closing, I'd like to give a shout out to our PTO. Our students and staff are so fortunate to have such a supportive group. If you are interested in being a part of an amazing group of parents that truly help make Garfield special---whether a big part or a behind the scenes part---please consider!! Next meeting is Monday, October 2nd, 6:30 at Garfield.

Bring on the fall temperatures!

Take care,

Ms. Cassandra Schultz

Dates to remember

Important Dates

Oct 2 PTO Meeting 6:30pm at Garfield

Oct 4 Walk to School Day

Oct 9 Picture retake day

Oct 12 All School Field Trip to see Seussical Jr play

Oct 26 Early Release 11:30

Oct 27 No School

Oct 31 Halloween

Wacky Wednesday

Oct 4 Wear Purple or Marinette Day

Oct 11 Hat Day

Oct 18 Wisconsin Badger Day (or Red)

Oct 25 Class Color Day Class Colors: 1st- Red, 2nd- Black, 3rd- Blue, 4th- Green

Other Dates to remember

Nov 6 PTO meeting at Garfield 6:30pm

Nov 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov 22-24 No School, Thanksgiving Break

Dec 4 No School

Dec 5 PTO meeting at Garfield 6:30

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

Dec 25-Jan 1 Winter Break No School

Our amazing Garfield staff: Not all superheroes wear capes! Some teach.

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Garfield School Board Meeting Spotlight

At the September School Board meeting, several Garfield students volunteered to speak to our board about our monthly focus on character development. The kids came to the meeting well prepared and spoke with great confidence. The board and administrators in attendance spoke highly of their effort. It was a proud moment for Garfield!

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!


September Character trait: Respect

65 kids were recognized at the monthly character pep assembly for consistently demonstrating a high level of respect throughout the month of September. Each student recognized was given a certificate and a window cling for the family car to show off their pride! In time we are looking forward to seeing many cars driving around our community sporting Marinette pride!

When kids are recognized for 3 character traits, they will also be given a T-shirt. We are including last year's character trait winners. With that in mind, one student already earned a 3rd recognition when recognized for respect this September! I'm sure we'll have lots more at the end of October when we recognize our students who are consistently demonstrating a growth mindset. On our assembly days, we will ask students who have earned a shirt to wear it! We'll be sure to use Class Dojo to remind the parents and kids--but it typically is the last Friday of the month. Looking forward to seeing the growing number of kids in the crowd wearing our "This kid is propelled by great character" shirts.

Scenes from September

PTO news & notes

Caramel apple orders need to be turned in by Thursday, Oct. 5th. The delivery date will be on October 19th.

Parents and students, please consider celebrating Walk to school day on Wednesday, Oct 4th by walking to school or coming a little early to enjoy the festivities on the playground. Should you want to walk to school with teachers, the meeting location is the corner of Carney and Alice Ln by Higgley Field.

Sept meeting notes:

Garfield PTO is run off of parent participation, which is then given back to our very own children! Without your help, our children would not be able to enjoy all the PTO sponsored activities. Please consider giving any of your time or talents. Every little bit is a huge help! Contact Andrea or Erin if you are interested. Thank you!


*12 attendees


*Theater on the Bay, "Seussical Jr."

* mid October show


* $3726. balance


*Sayklly's Carmel Apples

*sell Sept 21st-Oct 5th


* Sept. 28th

* volunteers for lunch & recess

* 11:20am-12:15pm


* Oct. 31

* Mischief & Magic

* 1 hr magic show

* costume parade


*new this year, only 1 this year

* on Nov.7th & 9th

* preparing food for teachers


* ornament day (get ideas)

* new game ideas

* paintable cookies

21st or 22nd





President: Erin Olsen kathrynsmommy1@hotmail.com

Secretary: Rae Jean Bender benders_navy@yahoo.com

Volunteer Cord: Andrea Polzin bell515@hotmail.com

Box Tops: Alicen Menor alicat32@hotmail.com

Jada Walters jada.walters@me.com

4th Grade Field Trip

On Wednesday, September 27th, the 4th graders around the district were invited to the 2017 Evironmental Field Day at Marinette City Park. Our 4th graders walked to City Park and were able to participate in 7 different stations to learn about various different topics. The stations topic: Mammals, Herptiles, Water Quality, Composting, Insects, Aquatic Invasive Species and Leaf Prints.

Station 1: Anne Bartels of Marinette County LWCD shared with us Mammals. The students learned how mammals are classified, got to see the skulls and teeth to determine if they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and felt the hides of many animals such as: buffalo, sheep, black bear, deer, fox, otter, beaver, badger, bobcat, skunk to name a few. They were also given an apple for snack.

Station 2: Greg Cleereman of Marinette County LWCD explained Herptiles. We were able to see a snake, turtle, toad, tree frog, a snapping turtle shell and many pictures of reptiles in our area. We learned how reptiles and amphibians are different, how they reproduce and protect themselves over the Wisconsin winters.

Station 3: Water Quality presented by Chuck Druckrey of Marinette County LWCD explained runoff and what is getting in our ground water. We also learned how to tell if the pollution in water is dangerous by the creatures that live in it.

Station 4: Tom Crowley taught us all about Composting. He shared how composting can help Mother Earth, reduce/eliminate waste, create healthy soil, save space in landfills, and is easy to do at home!

Station 5: Scott Reuss of the Marinette County UW-Extension created a fun activity about insects. The students were given a card with a insect on it and had to locate the food source needed for survival. We also learned about the parts of an insects body and some of the processes they go through.

Station 6: Aquatic Invasive Species. Ryan Parchim of Marinette County LWCD shared with us all of the invasive species in our lakes, streams and rivers. We learned how to prevent spreading these invasive species and how the food chain has had to adapt to the species now in our waters.

Station 7: Leaf Prints with Sandy Pitroski and Sandi Brumbaugh. The kids created paintings using leaves, pinecones and other plants.

Overall this day was filled with fun and creative ways to learn about the environment. Each student walked away with something they learned, something they can do, something interestings and an appreciation for the environment. We were so lucky to have had this opportunity. Many thanks to the Marinette County Land and Water Conservation Division and all of the people that made this possible!

Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Chouinard and the 4th Graders

Writing Samples

Cora Parchim is a hard working author in first grade. She is building confidence in herself and in her abilities. Way to go, Cora!

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Volunteering at Marinette School District

Marinette School District has started a new process for doing background checks for those who would like to volunteer. Volunteers are approved for 2 consecutive school years.

If you are unsure if you are approved as a volunteer, please call Mrs. Cunningham at 715-735-2400 or email her at jcunning@marinette.k12.wi.us.

If it is time for you to redo a volunteer form, please complete the volunteer website, by clicking on this LINK.

October Lunch Menu

Here is the October lunch Menu, they are also available on Garfield's website as well as Class Dojo. There is also one hanging just outside the office. Thank you for supporting our efforts to save costs and reduce waste.
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Recycling Program to support our Libraries

Please help us out by recycling your items and supporting our libraries at the same time. Our schools participate in the CFK recycling program that recycles cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, iPods, tablets, ereaders, notebook computers, ipads, etc. There are only certain types of recycling that we can accept. Please check the CFK list here http://cfktoday.com/recyclelists.html before bringing your items to the school Library Media Center for recycling.