The Bulldog Banter

Tenth edition of the 21/22 school year

2021 Calendar Reminders

December 9 - PSA Meeting 6:00 pm


December 10 - Reading Olympics


December 16 - PSA Fundraiser at Noodles


December 17 - Reading Olympics

Hat Day


December 20 - READ 20


December 23-31 - Winter Break

Upcoming Bulldog Spirit Days- Mark your Calendars

December 17 - Hat Day


January 28th - Stuffed Animal Day


February 24th - Pajama Day


March 25th - Inside-out Day


April 29th - Silly Socks Day


May 27th - Pattern Day


June 3 - Hawaiian/Beach Day

Spring Music Concert- Save the Date

We regret to inform you that the holiday concerts have been rescheduled for Spring. Thanks for your understanding; the dates are listed below:


Thursday, March 10:

2nd Grade: 5:00-6:00 pm

3rd Grade: 6:00-7:00 pm

4th Grade: 7:00-8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 15:

Kindergarten: 5:00-6:00 pm

1st Grade: 6:00-7:00 pm


Concerts will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Bay Port.

LOST AND FOUND ITEMS

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please take a look and see if you recognize anything in the pictures. Let the office know and we will make sure it gets sent home with your child. We will continue to feature new items each week, with the hope of clearing our racks by holiday break.

Weather reminders

Recess will continue to be held outdoors unless it is raining or the wind chill falls below zero. Please encourage your children to bring a hat and gloves with them; along with a jacket. Snow pants and boots will be required once the snow starts. Boots and snow pants will be sent home to be laundered every Friday. We encourage you to label your child's items; our lost and found is overflowing - and you would be surprised how many pairs of black snowpants are hanging in the halls. Thank you for your help!

December lunch menu

Please click here to see what is on the menu for breakfast and lunch at Meadowbrook.

PSA Updates

Families : The PSA would like to thank all of you for your hard work on selling Kwik Trip cards. It was a huge success. Thank you!


We have a fundraiser night at Noodles and Company on December 16. A flyer will be sent home closer to the event.


Remember to scan your box tops. They have a contest running and you can get entered just by scanning your receipt! Please help us help the kiddos.


Next and most important! Our next meeting is December 9 at 6pm in the school library - we need all of you. Please join us! Be there or be square!

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Dear Meadowbrook Families,


Even with a carefully planned school supply list, our teachers often have to spend their own money to buy materials for special projects, or to resupply their classroom necessities. The Meadowbrook PSA thought it would be nice to help teachers achieve their classroom goals by purchasing wanted items for them from their Amazon wish lists!

These purchases will make a huge difference and will help the teachers provide fun memories for their students. Any purchases made from the Amazon wish lists can be directly shipped to the school. As always, it is not REQUIRED to purchase, but is GREATLY appreciated! We appreciate your generosity and support!

Sincerely,

The Meadowbrook PSA

Amazon Teacher Wish List Document

Attendance

  • Staff and students should stay home from school if you are feeling sick.

  • Call the COVID-19 Hotline (920-662-7233) as well as the Meadowbrook attendance line.

  • Follow the directions you receive from the Hotline staff member.

  • If a student is directed by hotline personnel to stay home due to Covid reasons, the teachers will invite the student to participate in remote learning during that period of time only.

Note: Only students officially directed to stay home by the Hotline personnel will be allowed to participate in remote learning during their time out of school. Absences for all other reasons will involve make-up work with their teacher/in Seesaw as directed by the teacher.

Meals for Virtual Learning Families

If your student is learning from home, their nutrition doesn't stop. School Nutrition is pleased to support families while learning from home. Click here to learn more about School Nutrition home delivery. Note: you must fill out one form per student.

Birthday Treats

Individually packaged birthday treats will be allowed this year; please confirm the number of students with your child's teacher if you would like to bring something in.

Community Resource Updates

Our district team of social workers has put together a fantastic summary of community resources available to all community members. Please click here to read their newsletter. The Meadowbrook social worker, Ms. Katie Rabas, would be happy to talk with you further if need be. She can be reached via email at katiraba@hssdschools.org or by calling the school office at 920-662-5000.



Community Clothes Closet located in Hope Community Church at 1021 Hillcrest Heights, Green Bay. https://www.hopeingreenbay.com/community-clothes-closet/

Open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 2-6pm.

The Community Clothes Closet provides gently used clothes for FREE to those who need them. Contact Denise McGinnis if you have questions Denisemcginnis@hotmail.com Phone: (920) 471-3858.



This month The Giving Tree is collecting Pancake Mix. Please feel free to send donations with your students to put in the collections bins/carts near the main office of school. Items can also be dropped off during school hours. The Giving Tree appreciates the community support in helping ensure food is not a barrier to a student’s education.

Dentistry for Tots to Teens

OHP is planning on coming to your school to provide in-school dental care to your students!

We are very excited to have your school participate with our School Based Program. Please click the link attached to complete the health history forms. If you need a copy printed to complete, please contact your school secretary or school social worker.

In order for students to be eligible for the program they:

1. Are between 0-18 years of age

2. Have a Medical Assistance/Badger Care/or Forward Health card.

3. If uninsured, students must qualify for free or reduced lunch

4. No private dental insurance or dental home

OHP serves children with Medicaid or uninsured on the free and reduced lunch program. If your students qualify, please have a parent or guardian fill out the health history - in the attached file.


https://ohp.dentalsymphony.com/patient/newpatient.aspx

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From the School Board

The Impact of Federal Dollars on Public Education Funding

The past 20 months have certainly presented some very unique challenges across all facets of our society due to the global health crisis that resulted in the national government stepping in and creating an influx of one time relief funds for public education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.


The CARES Act provided approximately $31 billion to help school districts from all across the country respond to changes in student needs due to COVID-19. As part of the CARES Act, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Grant Program was established. The ESSER Grant Program consists of three stimulus bills that provided over $2.3 billion to local educational agencies (LEAs) in Wisconsin.


The table below, from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website, provides a summary of the funding for ESSER under each of the stimulus bills. The final row shows the amount allocated here in the Howard-Suamico School District.



ESSER I

ESSER II

ESSER III

Stimulus Bill

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

(CARES Act)


Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

(CRRSAA)

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)


Total Amount in Grants to LEAs in Wisconsin

$174M

$686M

$1.5B
*LEAs must reserve 20% to mitigate learning loss

Total Amount in Grants to Howard-Suamico School District

$296,269

$2.05M
*Preliminary allocation as of 10/15/2021

$2.6M
*Preliminary allocation as of 8/11/2021


These funds have been used to address the unfinished learning that occurred as a result of the mandatory school closures and the various mitigation efforts that were employed as a result of COVID-19. While the influx of these federal dollars played an important role in funding pandemic related expenditures, the Wisconsin State Legislature will need to backfill the funding gap when these grants expire. Prior to the next biennium budget, the School Board will be advocating for additional state dollars to be allocated to public education so that funding levels remain consistent.


These advocacy efforts are an important part of the School Board’s work. We will continue to maintain purposeful connections, meaningful relationships, and continued communication with our elected officials in order to share the potential impact of any budget or policy decisions.


For additional information about the Howard-Suamico School District or how you can support these efforts, please visit www.hssdschools.org.

Community Events

Please click here to explore some family friendly activities and outings in our area.


December 11, 2021 - With the holidays just around the corner, the Packers are bringing back the Festival of Lights on December 11th this year at Lambeau Field. As in past years, this free community event will include local choirs, a cookie workshop, face painting, holiday photo opportunities, and a tree lighting, among other activities. It’s a great event for families to enjoy together!

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