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Madison Elementary - News for the week of January 14


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What's happening at Madison Elementary the Week of Jan. 14

Monday, January 14 - Choir Practice, 7:50 am

Wednesday, January 16 - Choir Practice, 7:50 am

Friday, January 18 - Madison Spirit Day

View our online calendar (select individual events for more details):

Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday - (A) Chicken Strips with Mini Waffles (B) Breaded Chicken Sandwich (C) Yogurt Cup with Cinnamon Twist

Tuesday - (A) Rotini with Meatballs (B) Corn Dog (C) Jammy Sammy Plate

Wednesday - (A) Quesadilla (B) Cheeseburger (C) Yogurt Cup

Thursday - (A) Grilled Cheese (B) Popcorn Chicken (C) Jammy Sammy Plate

Thursday - (A) Hot Dog (B) Cheese PIzza (C) Chicken Caesar Salad

View our menu online:

January Kindness Challenge

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Report Cards

2nd Quarter Report Cards will come home on Friday, January 11. If you have any questions about the report cards, please let your child's teacher know.

2018-19 Yearbooks

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2018-19 Madison Yearbook order forms will come home on Friday, January 11. The deadline to order the yearbooks is Friday, April 12. The cost of each yearbook is $13.00 per book. Families can order either by filling out the form completely and attaching payment OR via online at by using the school code 111964. If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Billings in the office know.

Variety Show

The Annual Madison Variety Show is right around the corner. Below is a timeline of the events:

January 11 - Initial Letters will be sent home detailing variety show specifics and timeline. You can also find a copy of the letter here.

January 18 - Permission Slips are due

January 29 - Students will audition in the cafeteria in the morning or afternoon to ensure the act is appropriate for school

January 31 - letters will be sent home with the students who auditioned for the variety show letting them know if they will perform at the variety show

February 11 - Variety show performances will occur during their specials time in the gym

PTA Carnival

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Mark your calendars for the PTA Carnival on Saturday, March 2 from 1-4 pm at Madison Elementary. The PTA is planning a fun-filled day full of games, food, and prizes. More information will be coming home soon!

Box Tops for Education

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The class that collects the MOST box tops from now until February 13 will win an EXTRA RECESS!

Box tops for education is a great way to help raise money for Madison Elementary. You can find box tops on hundreds of products you buy every day. Please save all box tops, cut them out, and send them to school by February 12. Your teacher will collect them and the classroom with the most box tops wins an EXTRA RECESS!

1. Save your box tops

2. Cut them out and bring to your teacher in a sealed baggie (PLEASE label your bag with the teacher's name, grade level, and child's name).


This semester, the student who brings in the most box tops will have lunch and play a card game with Dr. Wachel. Unfortunately, the teachers will not be able to count any bags that are not labeled so be sure to clearly label the box top bag with your child's name, grade level, and teacher's name.

Young Rembrandts

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Make this a memorable winter by signing up your elementary child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about basic design and composition as they draw the Fish Below Ice and Great Wall of China. If your child is fond of sports, they will enjoy drawing our illustration featuring a Pop Art Football and a Hockey Player. Your child will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring master artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Marc. Enroll your child today! Click here to access the registration form.

Kindergarten Round-Up (Repeat)

It is hard to believe that kindergarten round-up is just around the corner (February 26). To help us better plan for the 2019-20 school year, if you have an incoming kindergartner, please complete the link below. If you have a neighbor with an incoming kindergartner, feel free to share the link or direct them to our Madison website to complete the form. We can't wait to meet all of our incoming kindergarten Bears!

Health Information (repeat)

We wanted to provide some clarification regarding medicines at school. The safety of our students is our number one priority. Listed below are the key points of interest. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

All types of medicine should be brought to the nurse by a parent or guardian. Medicine cannot be sent to school with the student.

All prescription medicines must have a doctor’s order to be given to the nurse. The label on the bottle from the pharmacy is not considered the doctor’s order.

All over-the-counter medicines that are NOT on the District pre-approved list must have a doctor’s order to be given to the nurse. Some examples are cold and cough medicine, eye drops and homeopathic medicines.

The pre-approved list in Skyward is the following:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil)

Lotions, Creams, Ointment

Antacids (Tums)

Cough Drops

Winter, colds, flu, and other viruses often come hand-in-hand and this year is no exception. Germs from colds and other illnesses make their way into our workplaces, schools, and homes, but healthy habits can help protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs. While school staff will continue to stress preventative measures, we also appreciate you encouraging these healthy habits with your children.

  • If you have a child who is sick, we ask for your support by keeping them at home. District protocol requires students to stay home until they are fever free and symptom-free for a period of 24 hours
  • Remind your child of important preventative measures for any illness, such as coughing into the sleeve, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and getting plenty of rest and fluids.

Our custodial staff is also helping with prevention by following appropriate cleaning procedures, paying special attention to contact surfaces and by increasing the number of times per day these common areas shared by students are disinfected. As you know, the health of our students is important to us. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our kids healthy.

Occasionally we receive questions about head lice management in our schools, and below is information regarding lice management.

  • As needed, we will inform parents when we see an increase in illnesses in our school population with the potential for rapid spread among students and staff (such as influenza) or in the rare instance we have a mandatory reportable disease occur in our population, like Mumps. General head lice notifications are not recommended as they have been found to cause harm and lead to unnecessary treatment. Instead, the school nurse will assess the need for notification on an individual basis.

Thank you for reinforcing healthy habits with our students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Amy at (913) 856-0450.

Colder Weather and Recess (repeat)

With the winter weather upon us, please review the information below from the elementary handbook regarding recess (p.12).

USD 231 provides playground activity areas at each elementary school site. It is important that safety and courtesy rules be followed. Rules will be regularly reviewed with your child by the staff. Students are not to remain on the playground before or after school. For safety reasons, the public is prohibited from the use of the playground activity areas during school hours. All students are expected to participate in recess.

Generally, if a child is too sick to go out to recess, he/she is too sick to be in school. There are exceptions to this rule, but it is a reasonable guideline.

There will be no outside recess when:

The temperature is 20 degrees or below

The wind chill index is 20 degrees or below

The heat index indicates a high risk

There is significant precipitation

Teachers may take their class out briefly for fresh air at their discretion. Students should be prepared for sudden changes in Kansas weather.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please let your child's teacher or Dr. Wachel know.

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Even though the holidays are over, your Amazon purchases can benefit the PTA. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply go to and select Madison Elementary Gardner to find our school!

Join the USD 231 Team

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Online applications are now being accepted for District-wide Paraeducator positions. Paraeducators assist licensed teachers in student training. They work in primary, secondary and high schools and qualified paraeducators also work with students with special needs. The aim of a paraeducator is to facilitate a positive learning environment for students and allow for their personal, social and intellectual development. Please call Human Resources at 913-856-2016 for more information on how to apply, or click on the picture to the right to start the application process.

Watch DOGS

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Thank you to Mr. Young for being a Watch DOGS Volunteer this week. If you would like to sign up to be a Watch DOG, please sign up using this link or contact Mrs. Beach ( We ask that you sign up at least two days in advance so a schedule can be created and the teachers can prepare for your visit. Thank you for making a positive impact on our Bears!

Elementary Handbook (REPEAT)

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