November Family Messenger


Dear Marthasville Students and Families,

The months are sailing along and I find myself reflecting often on our growth at Marthasville. Sitting through numerous conferences with parents made me super proud of our students and excited about our future gains. We appreciate your continued support in your child's education and achievement! FastBridge assessments start at the end of the month for the winter benchmark. Family Reports will be sent home later. If you need help deciphering the reports, let me know!

After looking at attendance for both 1st Quarter and October, I am highly concerned with the number of tardies that are occurring. Last year we really decreased our tardies from the previous year, but this year it seems we have tripled. School starts promptly at 7:45. Our doors open at 7:20, so students have 25 minutes to arrive and eat breakfast before the final bell rings. If they arrive after 7:45, they are tardy. If your child arrives by 8:15, it is marked as a tardy. Anything after that is an absence. When your child reaches 10 tardies, a letter is autogenerated to be mailed out. All attendance letters are autogenerated and mailed out, regardless of absences being excused or unexcused, and reasons. If I am concerned about your child's attendance, you will be hearing from Mrs. Busekrus and me. One of our main goals is to have our students at school learning! If your child is struggling to get going in the morning and is causing issues getting to school on time, let me know if you need support.

Classrooms with 96% higher attendance receives a certificate and different incentive each week. Students with no tardies will also start receiving fun surprises! If you need to discuss your child's attendance further, don't hesitate to reach out so we can problem solve together. I am here to support your family!

PTG is looking for a Vice President. This position supports the President and assists with events, fundraisers, etc. As Vice President, you will play a role in day-to-day operations of the PTO, help formulate the group’s long-range plan, work out issues as they arise, and participate in executive board discussions and decision making. If you are interested, please reach out and let me know!

Families and visitors planning on attending the Veteran's Day program, please bring your ID so it can be scanned in Raptor. Mrs. Brueggemann can do this Monday-Thursday 7:00-3:00. If you wait until Friday morning, please arrive early as each scan takes a few minutes to complete. Visitors will also sign in and receive a name badge. The program will start promptly at 9:00. Doors open at 8:30. Thank you for helping keep our students safe!

If you ever need help or have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out via email, call, or FB messenger- I am here for you and I truly do appreciate your feedback and support.

We are Shining Bright at MVL!

Have a great November,

Mrs. Kristen Daffron


Marthasville Elementary

#MarthasvilleRocks #SDOW #BlueJays

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Reverse Advent Calendar Food Drive

Marthasville Elementary’s Reverse Advent Calendar Food Collection

Each day, add a new item to your classroom’s box! This food drive will run Monday, 11/6 to Friday, 11/17.

11/6- Pasta Sauces (any kind)

11/7- Boxed Potatoes and Stuffing

11/8- Cereal and Oatmeal

11/9- Spaghettios, Ravioli, Beefaroni (cans)

11/10- Peanut Butter and Jelly jars

11/13- Soup and Canned tuna and chicken

11/14- Applesauce and Fruit (jars/cans)

11/15- Beans and Rice (cans, bags, or boxes)

11/16- Dessert Mixes (boxes or pouches)

11/17- Noodles (any kind of pasta- boxes or bags)

All donations will be delivered to food pantries on 11/1.7 (If you don’t have these specific items at home, no worries, we will take any donations!) Please make sure donated items aren’t expired! Donate what you can, we understand if you aren't able to!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Busekrus

Dear Families,

We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school. Find Marthasville Elementary in the rewards section of the Casey's app to start donating today! Any donation that a school receives from the program can be used to purchase supplies for extra-curricular activities including sports, technology, art and/or school supplies within your school. Join us in giving back to your community! Funds will be disbursed to schools twice a year via check to the school's address and will be sent in December and April. No minimum amount required.

Thank You for the Support!

-Mrs. Busekrus

Connect Washington and RIASEC

Find info on the district webpage:

Our 5th and 6th graders will learn about and take the RIASEC in 3rd and 4th quarter.

Take the RIASEC here to learn about your own RIASEC code:

I have also included a pdf of the RIASEC hexagon that gives career pathway examples for each letter.

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Dr. Kephart Communication

Visit the district's homepage to view monthly communication from our Superintendent, Dr. Kephart.

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PTG Meetings

PTG Meetings are held once a month at 6:00 (except January and May) in the conference room. We are always looking for new and fresh faces and ideas to support our school!

Here are the dates:

November 28

December-No Meeting

January 23

February 27

March 19

April 30

May-No Meeting

PTG Meeting Minutes

Marthasville PTG Minutes Oct 24, 2023

Attendance: Mrs. Daffron, Stacie Chapman, Lea Welter, Mrs. Ming, Abby Rinne, Elizabeth Voss

  • Call the Meeting to Order - 5:02am

  • Approval of agenda for 10-24-23

    • 1st: Mrs. Daffron

    • 2nd: Elizabeth Voss

  • Approval of meeting minutes for 9-26-23

    • 1st: Lea Welter

    • 2nd: Stacie Chapman

  • Approval of Financial Report

    • Started with ~$19,000.

    • We paid our half of the movie license and provided money for Kindergarten’s field trip.

    • The rock wall has been paid for and ordered. Goal was to order in 2 years. We ordered right under a year with good support.

    • Deposit made for paper, Philly’s dine to donate, spirit wear orders.

    • Ending: ~$7,100.

    • Anything we profit now will go into general funds.

    • Approval

      • 1st: Stacie Chapman

      • 2nd: Abby Rinne

  • Resignation of Vice President: Cassy Timpe

    • Resigned as of 9/30/23.

    • Approval

      • 1st: Elizabeth Voss

      • 2nd: Mrs. Daffron

    • Will need to fill this position. Mrs. Daffron will put in her newsletter to see if anyone is interested in joining now.

    • Role discussed.

  • Fundraisers

    • Black Light Trivia

      • Date: January 27, 2024

      • Deposit and Cleaning Deposit was made to Marthasville Community Club for rental. $100 for rental and $75 cleaning fee that is refundable if cleaned.

      • Trivia:

        • Package Cost

          • $1200 - they bring everything and the crew (MC, all staff).

          • A $250 deposit was paid. Remaining total due is $950.

        • Necklaces & giveaways sold at cost.

      • Dave has sent Lea a copy of the flier and information that was formulated for the event. It has a QR code. It has a lot of color so we will have to pay to get them printed elsewhere.

      • Tables are $240 a table/$30 per person

      • There will be about 12-15 tables max.

      • We need to form committees for the following:

        • Donations (from local businesses) for raffle baskets and silent auctions. Also need trivia round prizes. - Abby Rinne

          • She has been working through the list that Elizabeth provided from last year.

          • She has reached out to 28 companies.

          • Have gotten a few confirmations.

          • Elizabeth states that eVa designs is going to do something.

        • Raffle Baskets from the classes at school- Mrs Daffron

        • Lea will be working with Dave to collect and track ticket sales and monies.

      • Lea noticed that the link only allows them to pay per table, not person. Lea will contact Dave about adding the option to pay per person or per table.

    • Dine To Donate

      • Philly's- Profit was $400

      • Cori’s- Lea messaged Cori Sept 30, 2023. We may possibly schedule for Jan.

      • Tropical Sno- Lea emailed Sept 30, 2023. Scheduled for Dec 7th 4-8pm 50 percent profit.

    • Fall Craft Fair

      • October 28, 2023 from 8am to 2pm.

      • Vendors set up from 7am to 8am.

      • We have 26+ vendors.

      • Kona Ice (10a-1p) and Georges BBQ (will give back some profit) is set up to come

    • Movie Night

      • Friday, November 17, 2023

      • Super Mario Brothers- movie raffled off at the end of the event.

      • This will be an afterschool event from 3-5:30pm. Kids will have to be pre-registered for the event.

      • We will need to make teacher sheets so the teachers know which students are staying after so they can go to the gym. Also need to know numbers so we know how much food to buy.

      • Forms will go home to students beginning in November. They will have the option to prepay for a ticket or a movie package (ticket, hot dog, popcorn and a drink). The forms will be due back by November 9.

      • Cost:

        • $2 admission

        • $5 movie package(admission, popcorn, hot dog and drink)

        • Concessions will be available at the movies as well.

    • T Shirt Sales

      • Theme: Let your Light Shine.

      • We sold 69 t shirts and 29 hoodies.

      • Elizabeth has the items ordered and will make the shirts/hoodies.

      • Shirts will be delivered to students mid November/before Thanksgiving weekend.

    • Butter Braid/Cake Roll

      • Start: 2/26/24

      • End: 3/8/24

      • Delivery: 3/20/24. Can go home with students after school or parents can pick up.

  • Marthasville Buzzbook

    • Forms went home with students and have all been returned to Mrs Daffron.

    • Each family will get one free book.

    • Cover is done.

    • Binding will be completed by students.

  • Teacher Requests

    • “Housing” supplies. Mrs Ming.

      • Will hold off on this request for now.

    • Open Forum

      • Parent Teacher Conference Day (October 26 from 8am to 7pm)- food days.

        • PTG will provide Pizza.

        • Good amount of food being brought by families.

        • A mom that works at Olive Garden is bringing 50 breadsticks.

      • Movie License - due 12/1/23. Elizabeth sent in a check to Cheryl to pay our half of the fees.

      • Rock Wall- has been ordered and we are waiting on delivery information. They said it would be 4 weeks once it was in receiving. We have not received any communication that it is in receiving.

  • Close of Meeting - 5:35pm

  • Next Meeting November 28 @ 5pm