EC-5 Elementary Express

June 2017

June/July/August/Septemeber 2017 Dates At-A-Glance...

June 1 - Kindergarten 1 Mile Fun Walk (8:30am), 1st Grade Picnic @ School, 2nd Grade Picnic @ Lewis Park.
June 1 - Last Day of 4K
June 1 - 4th Grade Celebration Day
June 2 - Last day of school dismissal: Primary & CEELC @ 11:42am / WIS @ 11:55am
June 6 - Elementary Campus and WIS Report Cards on Infinite Campus @ 4:00pm
June 19 - First Day of Summer School!

July 3-7

August 7 - Online Registration opens @ 9:00am
August 7 - K-5 Teacher Assignments Emailed to Families
August 29 - Waubesa School Supply Drop-Off and Ice Cream Social - 5:30pm-7:30pm
August 30 - District wide picture day (4K-12) @ McFarland High School, 11:00am - 7:00pm
August 30 - EC, & K-2 Supply Drop Off / Ice Cream Social.

September 5
September 5 - Kindergarten Dismissal @ 11:42am
September 6 - First Day of 4K and EC

School Supplies For The Fall

Families who need school supplies in the fall for the 2017-2018 school year, should contact the counselor or leave a message on their voice mail. Various McFarland organizations will be collecting supplies and donating them to the schools. There will also be backpacks available at the McFarland Food Pantry fully stocked with school supplies.
CEELC/Primary: Lily Hlavacek @ 608-838-3115 ext. 4610
WIS: Casey Ruhland @ 608-838-4500 ext. 5448

Fall Dates


You will receive an email on August 7


August 30 will be our district-wide picture day from 11:00am – 7:00 pm. You will be able to take all of your children to the High School for pictures that day.


Waubesa School will be hosting a special night for parents and children to visit the school. This open house is an opportunity to meet your teachers, drop off your school supplies, visit with other families, and eat ice cream. Please join us between 5:30pm – 7:30pm on August 29.

EC, & K-2 will be hosting a school supply drop off night and ice cream social from 5:30pm - 7:30pm on August 30.

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Online Registration for Fall 2017

We will again be using the on-line registration process that we used last year. We found this to be effective and efficient for both families and district staff members. All families will log into Infinite Campus where they will have access to the documents and forms necessary for the coming school year. You will also be able to pay all fees on-line, add funds to your family lunch accounts and you will learn your child’s homeroom teacher for 2017-18, all from the comfort of your home. The tentative date for on-line registration to open is Monday, August 7. You will be receiving further, detailed information as the date gets closer.

Letters with Infinite Campus registration information will be e-mailed to you in early August with the registration information. If you would like assistance with online registration you may come to Waubesa Intermediate School between the hours of 7:30 – 3:30, Monday through Friday, August 7 – 25, and we will assist you with the online process and provide computer access. If these hours do not work for your family, contact Sue Murphy at 838-7667 to schedule an evening appointment.

Literacy Lowdown: Hello Summer!

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Dear McFarland Families,

What an amazing year it’s been! Students have grown so much as readers and writers! As we approach the end of the school year and the long summer days ahead, encourage your children to carry their learning forward. Often during the break between school years, students encounter learning loss in many areas. Research shows that simply setting aside a few hours a week greatly reduces the loss and helps children maintain much of their learning from the previous school year. This article, Helping Parents Understand Writing Workshop: Keep Learning Going Throughout the Summer, and the following list of tips and tools offer some unique suggestions for setting up your summer to include opportunities for both reading and writing.

  • Create a writing toolkit: a notebook, pens, sticky notes in different sizes and colors.

  • Design a space for reading and writing:

    • a special corner in your learner’s room with pillows and a clipboard

    • a beach towel and a water bottle for outdoor reading and writing

  • Be creative! Make cards, write letters, and create lists!

  • Tell stories to your child and with your child. Oral storytelling is an important precursor to writing stories so help structure them with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Your interest will encourage your child to add details. Record them by writing them down, using a voice recording, or saving them on SoundCloud.

  • Encourage your writer to capture favorite summer moments using photos, memorabilia, and notes about their favorite moments. Reimagine a simple notebook, or create a digital version using Smilebox, Canva, or Cliptomize.

  • Take field trips ~ a walk through the neighborhood, a visit to the library, trips to local museums, tours of nearby parks. Reflect on those adventures with words and pictures.

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing summer filled with memorable reading and writing moments!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471
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CEELC/Primary School Information

Building Administrative Assistants
CEELC: Emily Broome - 608-838-3146
Primary: Sheryl Leemon - 608-838-3115

From the desk of Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Dear Spartan Families:

The 2016-17 school year has come to a close; it's been a pleasure to be part of the McFarland School District this year in my role as Interim Principal. I've enjoyed working with the Elementary Campus staff members, students, and District Office staff. Such nice things happening in the McFarland schools and community!

As I've mentioned earlier, Kelley Novak will be taking over as Principal this summer and you'll enjoy working with her; she's an experienced administrator who will hit the ground running in her new role as principal. Already, she has met with teachers individually or as teams, held a Building Council leadership planning retreat off campus at UW-Madison, attended PTO meetings, and taken the lead along with District Office staff on the new building project.

Our schools say farewell to retirees: CE Night Custodian Rick Thruman, CE Special Education Assistant Karen Meiers, and already retired in January MPS Educational Assistant Donna DeLacy. We thank them for their devoted work with our staff and students! We say good bye to staff members leaving to pursue other adventures: Special Education Assistants Sarah Lesperance and Liz Itzen. Lastly, Technology Teacher Susan Schmaling will be teaching second grade next year due to the addition of a 9th section, so we will be hiring a technology teacher for one year.

Encourage your children to keep reading over the long break ahead; enjoy your summer!

Ann Schroeder, Interim Principal

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Saying Good-Bye To:

Rich Thruman - Retiring Custodian
Karen Meiers - Retiring Special Ed Educational Assistant
Sarah Lesperance - Special Ed Educational Assistant
Liz Itzen - Special Ed Educational Assistant
Ann Schroeder - Interim Principal
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Saying Hello and Welcome To:

Susan Schmaling - New 2nd Grade Teacher
Technology Teacher - TBD
Dr. Kelley Novak - 4K-2 Principal
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A COOL Reminder...

Families of children enrolled in EC, 5K, 1st and 2nd Grades for the 2017-2018 school year are invited to participate in the Annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 30 from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the playgrounds at CEELC and MPS. This will also be a supply drop off for each classroom. Class lists will be posted outside at this time.

Waubesa Intermediate School News

Building Administrative Assistant:
Arlene Coady-Bast 608-838-7667

From The Desk Of Principal Sue Murphy...

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. The school year goes by so quickly. We have been fortunate here at Waubesa to have so many great children who work hard every day and treat their classmates with respect. Not to say there are not bumps in the road along the way, but we really do have awesome students. Of course this would not be true if we did not also have terrific families. The support we get from the families of our Waubesa students is exceptional and makes the work we do every day so much easier. Thank you for all of your support during the year! Enjoy summer break.
Please feel free to stop in or make an appointment to visit.

Sue Murphy
Waubesa Intermediate School
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There are many items in and on the lost and found bins and tables. PLEASE ask your student to take a look for any thing that you might suspect is missing: sweatshirts, shoes, lunch boxes, t-shirts, pants, etc. You are welcome to come in and take a look as well. These bins and tables are located just outside of the cafeteria.

Items not claimed will be donated to Goodwill on: Friday, June 9.
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Report Cards

Report Cards will not be sent home with students at the end of the school year. Parents will be able to go into Infinite Campus starting at 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 6 to look at and print your child's report cards.

Please contact your teacher or the school office if you need a printed copy sent to you.
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Many of you have registered your son or daughter for summer school. The programs offered are excellent. Creating a summer reading plan with your son or daughter would also be beneficial and help them maintain and possibly improve their reading. Just 30 minutes of reading a day can bring incredible reading gains.
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Please join us in wishing the following staff members the best in their retirements. We appreciate all they have done for our students.

Kathy Lawler - 4th Grade Teacher
Pat Berkery - Special Education Teacher

**Information on our newly hired teachers will be included in the first newsletter in the fall.**
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  • Thank you PTO for your support throughout the entire year. Your recent contribution of $6,000.00 is much appreciated!

  • Thank you classroom parent volunteers. We appreciate all of the time you gave throughout the year to help students in the classrooms and to provide support in so many other ways.

  • Thank you fifth grade safety patrol. They did a great job watching the school grounds and staircases this year. Recently they went on a field trip to Wisconsin Dells as recognition for their hard work throughout the year.
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The following flyers are NOT all school-sponsored activities and the McFarland School District does not provide support or endorsement of the program/flyer. It has neither reviewed nor approved the program, personnel, or activities announced in the brochure/flyer. Permission to distribute this material must not be considered a recommendation or endorsement by the School District.
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