EC-5 Elementary Express

January 2018

January Dates At-A-Glance:

January 1 - Happy New Year! - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

January 2 - Classes Resume

January 8 - 5th Grade Field Trip Planetarium - Mr. Grenzow & Ms. Eversoll

January 8 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Overture Center (11:30am-2:30pm)

January 9 - 5th Grade Field Trip Planetarium - Ms. Butorac & Mrs. Wilson

January 10 - 5th Grade Field Trip Planetarium - Mr. Wells & Mrs. Lackey

January 11 - 5th Grade Field Trip Planetarium - Mrs. Frank & Mrs. Litz

January 11 - 5th Grade Orchestra Concert @ the MHS Auditorium - 7:00pm

January 12 - Waubesa School Buddy Activity

January 15 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

January 19 - PTO Movie Night at Waubesa, 6:00pm Doors Open, 6:30pm "Sing" begins.

January 23 - 1st Grade Field Trip - Geology Museum 12:00pm-2:30pm - Froden, Schimanski, Knapp/Davis, Brezenski

January 24 - 1st Grade Field Trip - Geology Museum 12:00pm-2:30pm - Juszczyk, Rotunno, Orlowski, Mandli

January 25 - Elementary Campus - Literary Character Dress Up Day

January 26 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development - End of First Semester

January 29 - Second Semester Begins

January 31 - 5th Grade Field Trip Freedom Riders - Overture Center

Dates to look forward to in February...

February 5 - Report Cards Open on Infinite Campus at 3:00pm

February 20 - Second Grade Music Program - 5:30pm - Ackley, Garvoille, Hiveley, Huber-Drake, Lueck

February 20 - Second Grade Music Program - 6:30pm - Adams, Schmaling, Schmidt, Wisniewski

February 22 - First Grade Music Program - 5:30pm - Brezenski, Froden, Juszczyk & Rotunno

February 22 - First Grade Music Program - 6:30pm - Knapp/Davis, Mandli, Orlowski, Schimanski

February 26 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

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We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our children need to receive nutritionally adequate meals in order to learn and grow properly. We also know that mornings can be hectic trying to get everyone off to school and work on time. If there isn’t time at your house to make breakfast or, if your child isn’t yet hungry before you leave, the School Nutrition Department offers a healthy, well balanced meal to start your child’s day off right.

We offer one hot entrée every day and there will be at least three cold entrees every day to choose from. Low sugar cereal will also be available daily. Mini bagels and lowfat, whole grain blueberry muffins are just a couple examples of what we offer. Check out our website for the menu of hot items at

The cost of breakfast is $1.75 or $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunch. Families who qualify for free lunch are also able to receive a free breakfast. If you have any questions about breakfast or anything about our program, please contact me, Barb Waara, Student Nutrition Director, at or 838-4549.

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A Message from Health Services

In order to get an accurate accounting of student illnesses, Health Services is requesting that when you call an absence in for your child, please specify if they are ill and what their illness is. Also, please continue to specify vacations, parent request (not an illness), funeral, etc.

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Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week / January 18, 2017 to January 22, 2017

Periodically parents ask us what they can do to show their appreciation for school helpers. The week of January 18-22 has been proclaimed “Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week” in the state of Wisconsin. These individuals help provide safe passage across busy streets for our young students. If your child is supported by an adult crossing guard as he/she comes to school, there are several things families might consider doing to show their appreciation to an adult crossing guard. Some ideas are making a thank you card, drawing a picture, providing a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, or simply saying “thank you” with a smile.
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School Closings Due to Weather

During times of severely inclement weather, at which time our schools are closed for the day, the school district contacts the Madison area radio and television stations to publicize that information to our families by 6:00am. Likewise, if children are already at school and severely inclement weather arrives in McFarland, please listen to Madison area radio and television stations for announcements of any early closings of school.

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Join us for Movie Night sponsored by the McFarland PTO!!

Friday, January 19th at the Waubesa Gym

· Doors Open at 6:00 PM

· Movie Begins at 6:30 PM

Admission is FREE! Concession items will be available for purchase and donations are welcome. All proceeds raised will go to McFarland Schools!

All children must have a parent/guardian present

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CEELC and Primary News

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CEELC and Primary Building Information


Kelley Novak

Teacher On Special Assignment:

Greg Nelson

Building Administrative Assistant / CEELC:

Emily Broome - 608-838-3146

Building Administrative Assistant / Primary:

Sheryl Leemon - 608-838-3115

From The Desk of Principal Novak...

Dear Families,

Happy 2018 from our McFarland 4K/Elementary Campus family to yours! We are re-energized after a nice break with family and friends and we’re looking forward to continued success this year. This year is especially exciting as we eagerly await the completion and grand opening of our new K-2 building, Conrad Elvehjem Primary School (CEPS). The building process is coming along nicely and it’s wonderful to look out onto the site each day and see things really starting to take shape. While regular drive-bys give you a glimpse of this progress, we invite you to visit the Facilities Planning section of the district website for regular updates on the building process at CEPS and across the district.

The dawning of a new year is a good time to share a few reminders of some important campus-wide procedures, specifically our guidelines for Morning Drop-Off /Afternoon Pick-Up and Winter Weather Recess. Following these designated procedures is imperative to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Full details of these procedures can be found in a subsequent section of this newsletter, however a few items of major importance are highlighted below. Thank you for helping us continue to keep our students, staff, and families safe by abiding by these procedures.

  • Drop-off and pick-up is only at CE. Please do not drop your child off along Johnson St.

  • We kindly request that drivers remain in their cars and proceed through the drop-off/pick-up loop in lieu of parking and walking over to waiting children. Reducing the number of pedestrians in this area ensures a safer environment, while also alleviating the challenges posed by our limited visitor parking this year.

  • Please only park in designated visitor parking spaces. Numbered parking space are reserved for staff members, some who come and go throughout the day to support students at our 4K sites. If walking, biking, or parking at the library are viable options for you, we appreciate you considering them.

  • Students need to arrive at school appropriately dressed for cold weather and outdoor recess. Please ensure your child has boots and other cold-weather gear on hand for both morning and lunch recess.

Your continued partnership with us is vital for positive results. We appreciate the time you take to read to and with your child, engage in rich conversations, and support homework and extra-curricular activities that serve to enhance the well-being of the ‘whole’ child. Additionally, thank you for ensuring that your child arrives on time (schools starts at 7:58 am) and consistently attends. These factors most certainly have a lasting impact on your student’s school success. Our teachers are committed to keeping open communication between home and school, and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher, or any staff member, to request support and assistance.

Our success is measured by the success of your student, and we know we can do it better together!

Yours in Education,

Kelley Novak, Ed.D, Principal

Greg Nelson, Teacher on Special Assignment

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McFarland Elementary Campus Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up Guidelines & Safety Reminders

Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Responsible. These are the PBIS expectations that we regularly discuss, teach, and model with our students to support a learning community that is positive, safe, consistent, and predictable. These high impact character traits are not exclusive to school as we know they will serve the students in all areas of life well into the future. One area on campus where we can use your assistance modeling these important expectations is at our car loop, where we have noticed an increase in unsafe habits during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Cars swerving in and out of loop traffic to cut off other cars instead of staying in the drop-off lane, drivers dropping-off/picking-up students in non-designated areas, and holding up loop traffic with children unprepared to exit the vehicle are a few observations we have made in recent weeks. The car loop procedures below have been established to help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in our community and we appreciate you for taking a moment to read and review these procedures in support of these goals. Thank you for helping us continue to keep our students, staff, and families safe!


  • Johnson Street: Buses ONLY between 7:15-8:00 AM and 2:15-3:00 PM. There is NO parent drop-off on this street.

  • CE Loop: This loop is for ALL parents of students in grades K-2 to drop-off and pick-up students.

  • CE Parking: Visitor parking for guests of students from both CE and MPS is located in the CE lot. Please park ONLY in a marked visitor spot as all numbered spots are reserved for staff.

  • MPS Loop and Parking: This loop and parking lot is CLOSED to parents. Please park in the CE visitor parking area.


  • Drop-off begins in the CE loop at 7:20 AM.

  • Pull your car forward as far as you can before your child exits the vehicle.

  • Have your child ready to exit the vehicle after unbuckling as soon as you pull to the side (i.e., coat and hat/mittens are on, shoes/boots are on, backpack is zipped and ready to go, “goodbyes” are finished).

  • Drivers, please do not exit your vehicle in the loop: remain in your car and have your child exit the car from the side facing the sidewalk (right side); if your child needs help unbuckling, please twist around to help.

  • If there are circumstances that will prevent you from being able to follow these drop-off procedures, please feel free to park in the CE visitor parking lot.

    • Please park your car and exit your vehicle to drop off your child; children should not go through the loop crosswalk unattended.

    • Please only cross loop traffic by way of the crosswalk. We cannot allow children to cross through the middle of the pick-up loop.

  • If you arrive after 7:55 AM and adult supervision has ended, please park your car in the CE visitor parking area and walk your child to the main office. No street parking please.


  • Pick-up begins in the CE loop at 2:45 PM

  • Pull your car forward as far as you can before your child enters the vehicle.

  • Drivers, please do not exit your vehicle in the loop: remain in your car and have your child enter the car from the side facing the sidewalk (right side).

  • If there are circumstances that will prevent you from being able to follow these pick-up procedures, please feel free to park in the CE visitor parking area.

    • Please park your car and exit your vehicle to pick up your child; children should not go through the loop crosswalk unattended to meet you in your car.

    • Please only cross loop traffic by way of the crosswalk. We cannot allow children to cross through the middle of the pick-up loop.

  • If you arrive after 3:00 PM and adult supervision has ended, please park your car in the CE visitor parking area and walk to the main office to meet your child. No street parking please.

Your cooperation and attention to these procedures and the safety of our Spartan Stars is greatly appreciated!

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McFarland Elementary Campus Winter Weather Recess Guidelines & Routines

Now that the winter cold and snow is well on its way, we want to remind families of our procedures for students going outside each morning before the school day begins. It is very important that your child is dressed for outside play upon arrival. This means that he/she is wearing snowpants, coat, boots, hats, mittens, and any other clothing needed for before-school recess (and lunch recess) on the cold days that accompany winter.

With winter weather changes, we have made a few adjustments to our arrival routines. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to review the following procedures with your child.

  • Kindergarten: Students in Mrs. Kuehl, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Marking, and Ms. Doll's classes will hang their backpacks at their cubby spot and then proceed outside to the tennis courts. Students in Mrs. Heim, Mrs. Dettlaff, Mrs. Paugel, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Mosso's classes will drop their backpacks off against in a specified location in the CE gym/cafeteria on their way to recess and then pick them up when they re-enter for class to begin.

  • First Grade: All students will hang their backpacks at their cubby spot on their way out to the blacktop.

  • Second Grade: Students in Ms. Schmidt and Mrs. Wisniewski’s classes will hang their backpacks at their cubby spot and then proceed outside to the blacktop. All other students will place their backpacks against a designated wall outside (shoveled when it snows) and then pick them up when they re-enter for class to begin.

The students will go outside every day unless the wind chill is below zero, thus we cannot stress enough the importance of sending your child to school dressed for the elements. Unless a prior plan is in place with their teacher, all students are expected to go outside during all scheduled recess times, therefore please ensure that your child has snow pants, boots, and other appropriate winter gear at school every day through the spring months. In order to participate in recess during the winter months, the students must have boots or other closed-toe shoes to shield their feet from the elements. For safety and protection, students who do not have the proper footwear will not be able to participate in outdoor play. In the event your child does not have access to boots or a coat, please contact our School Social Worker, Lily Hlavacek, at 608-838-4610. We are happy to help support families in need of protective winter wear for their students.

We want to ensure that our students are warm, safe, and secure while enjoying their outdoor play time, and we appreciate your time and attention to this important information. We are excited about the winter fun our students will enjoy over the next few months!

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**Due to the young age of our children, we realize all our children require support from their parents to make sure they arrive to and depart from school on time. It is much appreciated when the following timelines are respected on a daily basis:

7:53 AM All children in EC, 5K, 1st & 2nd grade are expected to enter the building.

7:58 AM All children are expected to be seated in their classroom.

2:42 PM All children in 5K, 1st & 2nd grade are expected to be picked up.

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Waubesa Intermediate School News

Waubesa Building Information


Sue Murphy

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Bast - 608-838-7667

From The Desk of Principal Murphy...

Dear Waubesa Families -

The entire Waubesa School family wishes you the best for 2018. The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the past year and set goals and make plans for the future. As a school staff we continue to work on our school goals of high academic achievement and creating a positive school climate where all students feel safe and accepted.

During the year your son or daughter may mention their "buddy" class. Several times during the year students from different grade levels meet and participate in activities with another class. Our hope is that students develop strong bonds that will improve student relationships in the hallways, on the bus, and on the playground. These activities, combined with our positive behavior initiatives have helped create an even better school climate at Waubesa.

Additionally, we hope that students are working to achieve the goals they set at conference time. Now may be a perfect time to check-in with your child on the progress being made on those goals. Your follow-up at home by checking on homework completion, practicing math facts, and reading with your child is much appreciated. The collaboration between home and school ensures success for each child.

If you have questions, comment, and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Enjoy the winter break!

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

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Winter Clothing Expectations for Recess at Waubesa

It is important for children to wear a warm coat/jacket, hat, mittens, boots and snow pants. However, we do not require that children wear these items in order to go outside, but access to the full playground will be limited depending on what they are wearing.

Playground Access will be as followed:

WHEN there is snow on the ground, please review the following expectations that will impact your child’s opportunities during recess in the winter months:

* Boots and snow pants—students will have access to the entire playground areas including the play fields and climbing structures.

* Boots only without snow pants—students will have access to the blacktop area only.

* No Boots—students will remain near the building during the recess only if the black top area is snow covered and has not been plowed.

- If you do not have winter gear for your child and are not able to get this please let the office know and we can find appropriate attire for your child.


Children go out for recess unless the combined temperature + wind chill factor is –1 degrees or lower.

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Daily Student Promptness

There has been an increase in the number of children who arrive to school tardy. It is important that children arrive at school by 7:50am so they are ready, along with the rest of their class, to start the school day. Class starts at 8:00am. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

  • 7:52am - First Bell
  • 8:00am - Tardy Bell - Class Begins

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The end of first semester is on January 26. Students do not have school that day. Teachers will be using the day for professional development and to work on assessments and report cards.
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  • Thank you to all the volunteers who supported our staff and children this first semester. Your time and efforts truly make a positive contribution to school.

  • Thank you to fifth grade Safety Patrol members, and Ronelle Jordan for your coordination of Safety Patrol. Your diligent work is being noticed, and your safety message is being heard. Way to go!

  • A big thank you to all of the McFarland Families who joined us on our annual Science Night. This event is sponsored by the UW BioCore Outreach Ambassadors.

  • Thank you for the many donations to the Food Pantry and to our 5th Grade student council members and advisors, Larry Grenzow and Casey Ruhland for supporting the drive.

  • Thank you to families who have donated extra clothing of mittens, hats, snow pants and boots for our Coats for Kids drive. It was incredibly successful!

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