EC-5 Elementary Express

October 2017

October EC-5 Dates At-A-Glance

October 3 - 3rd Grade Community Walking Field Trip - Miller/Kramper

October 4 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Hinchley's Farm 10:30-2:30, Ackley, Adams, Huber-Drake, & Lueck

October 4 - 3rd Grade Community Walking Field Trip - Swierczek/Eckel

October 5 - 3rd Grade Community Walking Field Trip - Case/Rowley

October 5 - Kindergarten Open House 6-6:30pm

October 6 - 3rd Grade Community Walking Field Trip - Beam/Lown

October 6 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Hinchley's Farm 10:30-2:30, Garvoille/Schauff, Hiveley, Schmaling, Schmidt & Wisniewski

October 6 - 4th Grade Old World Wisconsin Field Trip

October 9 - 14 - Fire Prevention Week

October 11 - Kindergarten Fire Station Field Trip

October 13 - 5th Grade MacKenzie Center Field Trip

October 16-20 - National School Bus Safety Week

October 17 - Early Childhood Anderson's Farm Field Trip

October 17 - PTO Meeting - WIS Library 6:30 - 8:00

October 18 - Kindergarten Schuster's Farm Field Trip - 8:30-10:45 / Cook, Gray, Heim, Mosso

October 18 - EC/4K Love & Logic Night - 6-7 pm CE Library

October 19 - Kindergarten Schuster's Farm Field Trip - 8:30-10:45 / Dettlaff, Doll, Kuehl, Marking, & Paugel

October 19 - 3rd Grade & Related Arts Welcome to Waubesa Open House 6pm-7pm

October 26 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

October 27 - NO SCHOOL - Conference Release Day

October 30-November 3 - 3rd Grade Swimming Unit

October 30-November 3 - Scholastic Book Fair at MPS

October 31 - Black and Orange Day at CEELC and Primary Campus

Dates coming up in November...

November 6-9 and November 21 - 4th Grade Swimming Unit

November 13-17 - 5th Grade Swimming Unit

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October Lunch Menu

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McFarland EC-5 PTO

EC-5 PTO Meeting – 10/17 6:30 pm – Waubesa Library

At the upcoming PTO meeting in October we have invited our Chief of Police, Craig Sherven, to discuss community safety. We will discuss how to keep our community safe and any resources to do so. If there are specific topics you’d like to have covered, please send a note to Katie Jasinski, PTO Secretary ( Childcare will be available—hope to see you there!

Early Years

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Thank You!

  • Thank you PTO for your continued support. We purchased some standing desks, several document cameras and lots of books with your most recent donation.

  • Thank you to all of those who donated school supplies to our school. We greatly appreciate their continued support of our school.

  • Thank you families for the great start to the school year. We appreciate the great turn out at our supply drop off night. We look forward to working with you this year.

Thank you to the McFarland Lion’s Club for sponsoring the Annual Fill-the-Bus campaign back in August. Due to the efforts of the entire community and organization from members of the Lion’s Club, we have been able to distribute countless school supplies to students in need. As each year passes more and more families find it challenging to purchase basic school supplies. We have been able to establish a small surplus of basic school supplies to distribute to students in need throughout the year.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Please be sure the school office has up to date contact phone numbers, including emergency contact numbers. In case of an emergency, time is of essence and having accurate numbers is vital.

CEELC and Primary School News

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A Note from Principal Novak...

Dear Elementary Campus and 4K Families,

Happy Fall! Can you believe October is already knocking at our door? We want to thank you for the work you did preparing your child for a wonderful first month of school. As we walk through the halls and visit classrooms and common areas, we are greeted by eager and enthusiastic young learners who have limitless potential. They are ready to learn!

Much of September was spent focused on establishing safe, warm, welcoming, and academically rich learning environments for our students. One component of this process includes lessons linked to our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system, where students learn the importance of being safe, kind, and responsible Spartan Stars. This is especially true at recess, where our students have been participating in new activities like riding Big Wheels in kindergarten and using Frisbee Golf and Zip Balls in first and second grades. The students are enjoying this new equipment and play time in different areas of our campus and we look forward to adding more equipment options throughout the year. Teachers spend a good amount of time during these first few weeks of school getting to know their students’ strengths and unique abilities in order to best meet their learning needs. We also use this information to develop learning goals for our campus. Over the next few weeks, our school leadership team will review student assessment data and collaborate on the creation of reading, writing, and math goals to support continued student achievement. We have high expectations for each and every one of our students, and look forward to participating in this activity to ensure that every student succeeds to his/her potential. Finally, the start of school also means that we spend time reviewing safety procedures. We had our first Fire Drill on September 22nd and the students did a great job attending to the procedures and expectations. We will practice different safety drills each month this year, including tornado and intruder drills, and will keep you informed so that you may review what occurred with your child at home.

One of our primary goals at the McFarland Elementary Campus and 4K sites is to ensure that ALL of our students and families feel welcomed to be a part of the learning and achievement that takes place in our learning communities. We also want to encourage our families to identify ways in which they can become more involved, both at school and home. As the weather turns chillier and we start to think of fall colors, consider taking a fall walk with your child. Make observations about nature around you, noticing how plants change and animals prepare for winter. Talk about the weather change and how it impacts everyone in our community. When you return home, consider reading a book together, possibly with a nice cup of hot cocoa or apple cider (or perhaps something cooler if this warm weather continues to stick around)! Reading with your child and making connections to real-life learning is the best way to support his/her education in these early years.

We love to hear from our families and enjoy working in partnership with you. Please always feel free to be in touch with your child’s teacher, or any other staff member, to talk about your goals for your child, or any concerns or questions you may have. Take care till next time!

Yours in Education,

Kelley K. Novak, Ed.D Greg Nelson

Principal Teacher on Special Assignment

Elementary Campus Construction Update

In addition to all the wonderful learning going on inside our buildings, it’s exciting to see all the progress being made on the outside! The masonry for our walls is going up on the backside of our site and the pipes for our sewage systems are starting to be installed as well. It’s really neat to see the new changes taking place on a daily basis! During our September Assembly, the students were visited by Findorff team members in their safety gear to learn about construction safety and the different types of machinery on our site. On September 11th, our staff was joined by members of the School Board, District Office, Findorff, PRA Architects, and various other stakeholders in a Groundbreaking Ceremony. Although a little later than the actual first shovel in the ground, the opportunity to celebrate the commencement of our new campus proved to be a memorable event for all! The students and staff have really grown accustomed to the sights and sounds of a construction site and are excited to talk about the progress. In an effort to support their inquiries and include them in construction, we recently placed a “Construction Question Box” in the office of each building. Our friends at Findorff are excited to respond to questions about our building project and construction in general, so please consider having your child participate or even submit a question of your own!

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Spartan Stars!

Students on the Elementary Campus continue to demonstrate what it means to be a “Spartan Star”. As students participate in activities and curriculum across the different learning communities including the classroom, cafeteria, playground, halls, bus, bathrooms, etc. students are learning what they are expected to do to BE SAFE, BE KIND, and BE RESPONSIBLE.

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Halloween Costume Policy

Early Childhood: Students are invited to bring a costume on Tuesday, October 31.

Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade: Wearing of costumes is not allowed.

Waubesa Intermediate School News

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Waubesa Building Information

Principal: Sue Murphy

Building Administrative Assistant: Arlene Bast


A Note From Principal Murphy...

It is amazing how quickly we get right into the school year routine. We are looking to have another great year and look for your support in making this happen.

The Waubesa staff is working very hard to promote a love of reading with our students. We want reading to be seen as something that is fun to do. As families, you can help support this initiative by setting aside time for your child to read at home each night and model reading for them. Some students may enjoy reading fiction books, some nonfiction books, while others may prefer newspapers or magazines. What they choose to read is less important than the fact that they are reading and see it as a fun pastime.

On a separate note, Waubesa students will soon take part in a “buddy” activity. Each homeroom is paired with another homeroom at a different grade level. Throughout the year these two homerooms will meet and participate in activities that promote a positive school culture. We discuss ways for students to be leaders and prevent bullying from occurring in our school. The students also learn about ways they can make a difference in their classroom, the school, and the community. Our focus in the community this year will be ways to help the McFarland Food Pantry. More information will be coming your way about this initiative.

Thanks for all your help in making the start of the year a success!

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

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Kelso’s Choices

In third grade, our students are learning how to solve their own conflicts with friends and classmates. A small problem is something that they are strong enough and smart enough to solve on their own. A BIG problem is a situation that is dangerous, scary, or something mean that someone is doing on purpose to hurt them. They should always tell an adult about a BIG problem!

Ms. Ruhland's Website:

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Parking Lots



When dropping off or picking up children at Waubesa, PLEASE USE THE DRIVE-THRU PARKING LOT OFF OF RED OAK TRAIL. This drop-off area has been expanded for your convenience and the safety of students. Simply pull over near the front of the yellow zone, let your child safely exit on the passenger side and leave. There’s no need to wait for the car ahead.



Please do not use the Leanne Lane parking lot for drive-thru drop-off or pick-up of students. This parking lot is for buses, daycare vans, and all those who need to park and enter the school with their student(s). WHEN DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP CHILDREN AT WAUBESA, PLEASE USE THE DRIVE-THRU PARKING LOT OFF OF RED OAK TRAIL.

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First Bell


Tardy Bell



Our school day begins at 7:52 am with a bell tone. A second tardy bell will sound at 8:00 am. Students arriving after this bell will be marked tardy that day. Please have your student(s) to school by 7:50 so they are able to be on time to their classroom.

Adult supervision is available on our playground starting at 7:30 am. Supervision for 1 bus group at 7:22 am. If it is raining when they arrive, students may enter the building and either play in the gym or watch a video in the commons until the 7:52 bell rings.

Will your child be absent?

Please contact Arlene Bast at 838-7667 prior to 8:00 am if your child will not be in attendance on any given day.

After School

Students should immediately go home after school unless they are in a supervised club activity, our after school program, or homework club. It is our expectation that all other students be picked up by at least 3:05. We have had some problems with students not leaving right away after school.

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Secure Entrance

Each day at 8:00 am all of our school doors lock. Students and visitors who enter after 8:00 am, must go through the office. To enter the office, visitors and students must press the “Buzzer” and then when buzzed in visitors must show some form of identification, sign in on our visitor list, and then attach a visitor sticker before entering the school. We love having family members visit our school! These steps are in place to help ensure the safety of our children.

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Waubesa STAR Power

As part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program, we are recognizing students who display the positive behaviors we expect at school. Staff members like to appreciate students who are following school and classroom expectations by giving out POWER "Buttons". Each time a student earns a POWER Button, it will be placed in a jar for a possible supercharged award that is drawn on the weekly Waubesa Word podcast. The student will then place a colored sticker on their classroom's paper star. When the paper star is filled, they will be attached to our Waubesa POWER display outside the commons. Check out the display near the commons at Waubesa! Each quarter we have school-wide celebrations for all of the hard work that our students have done throughout the year.
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Waubesa Swimming Unit

Waubesa students will be taking a bus to the McFarland High School pool for a gym unit on swimming. Please be sure your students are prepared and have a swim suit and towel for this unit.

October 30 - November 3 / 3rd Grade Swimming Unit

November 6 - November 9 and November 21 / 4th Grade Swimming Unit

November 13 - November 17 / 5th Grade Swimming Unit

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