Maple Grove Parent Newsletter

December 10, 2015

Maple Grove Families have fun at Deck the Halls

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Santa arrives with help from the Greenfield Fire Department

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

What an exciting time of year it is at Maple Grove!

Report cards for grades K - 5 are coming home in your child's Thursday folder this week. If you have any questions or concerns about your report card, please contact your child's teacher. Please remember that 1st Trimester report cards are reporting the progress of students so far this school year. If you do not receive your child's report card, please contact the main office and we will send home another copy.

Winter Break is fast approaching. As families enjoy time together relaxing, celebrating, and frolicking in the snow, please set aside some time each day for your child to read and work on math. A quiet half hour reading each day will make the break from school more enjoyable for everyone and will make the transition back to school easier for your child.

Finally, thank you to all the families who attended Deck the Halls and the wonderful parent, staff, and student volunteers who made the evening a success. It was great fun to see all the bright eyes when Santa arrived and the fun our students had making ornaments and finding gifts.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Happy Holidays,

Ken McCormick

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Congratulations to Eva Krolikowski

Maple Grove's Eva Krolikowski has been nominated to participate in the 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM. This opportunity is a result of her exceptional maturity and leadership potential, as demonstrated during her work with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with Mrs. Brenner's class. This is an exceptional opportunity, so please join us in congratulating Eva in this nomination.

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Winter Weather is on the Way! Will School be Open?

Student and staff safety is priority #1 when determining if school will remain open when winter weather returns to Greenfield. The school district will attempt to make a decision about closing school by 5:30 AM. Greenfield families will receive an automated call and an email from the district alerting them to any school closing. In cold weather, Greenfield will close if there is a National Weather Service warning. A wind chill warning is issued when temperatures are expected to be -35° F.

If you choose to keep your student home from school because of a weather concern on a day that school is open, please call our attendance line (414-541-0600 option #1). This call must be made on the day of the absence to be considered an excused absence.


Maple Grove will be starting its very own newspaper, Hawk’s Eye. This paper will be for the students, by the students. They are very excited to share their talent, so look for the first edition in January.

Students in Newspaper Club:

Madalyn Kavalary, Anthony Westerhausen, Donna Schreindl (not pictured), Cadence Brown, Sophie Gruber, Samantha Buchner, Paige Prochaska, Frankie Grenz, CJ Wilinski, Arianna Rivera, Sara Rice, Amrit Singh, Alex Buscher, Maggie Ciske, Rolf Schiermeister, Angelina Wolke, Sophia Alba, Anna Krivitz, Anilan Khotsombath, Brooke Grill, Hailey Radtke, & Max Eagan

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  • It seems like there is always something going around when it comes to kids. At this time of year we see an increase in colds, runny noses, respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal types of flu illness. Often, children are most contagious with these kinds of illnesses just prior to or at the time symptoms appear. Despite all of our best efforts to teach them ways to prevent the spread of illnesses, children will still sometimes forget to adequately cover their mouths, wipe their noses, or wash their hands.
  • Some children come to their teacher or the health room soon after they arrive at school with a variety of complaints of not feeling well, possibly due to sore throats, rashes, earaches, headaches, stomach aches, nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes all they need is to stay home for some rest, fluids and perhaps medication to help with some of these symptoms. Children with symptoms such as fever over 100 F, diarrhea, vomiting, thick green nasal drainage, or frequent or severe coughing, stay home for at least 24 hours after these symptoms are resolved.
  • Children in school who are suspected of having a communicable disease will be sent home to see their health care provider for diagnosis and treatment. After a child is diagnosed with an infection, it is important to keep him/her out of school for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics to be sure he/she is no longer contagious and because it usually takes about that long for the medicine to work enough for the child to feel well enough to be at school. Should an outbreak of one of the communicable diseases covered under the immunization law occur in school, children without adequate immunizations will be sent home until the outbreak is over.
  • Having sick children come to school only to be sent home shortly after arrival makes the child uncomfortable, inconveniences the parents, and exposes other students and staff who then also become sick. For now, stay healthy by taking the time to recover from these nasty germs that are going around, so we can all enjoy learning.

Mark Doornek, RN

District Nurse – 414-855-2439

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Write to Santa & Change a Kid's Life

For every letter to Santa dropped in the big red letterbox at any Macy's, or sent online at, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000. This is a wonderful organization that has helped students right here at Maple Grove!

Kindergarten Family Literacy Night

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 5:30-6:30pm

5310 West Layton Avenue

Greenfield, WI

The School District of Greenfield and the Greenfield Public Library invite you to Kindergarten Family Literacy Night at the library. The focus for the evening will be on reading strategies to engage your child. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

The night will include:

  • Presentation of early reading strategies by district teachers, speech and language pathologists, and instructional coaches
  • Storytelling for the children
  • Tour of the Greenfield Public Library
  • Free books to take home
  • Refreshments provided

To register for the Kindergarten Family Literacy Night: Complete the registration form and return it to your child’s school OR register online by visiting your school’s webpage - For additional information, contact Jessica Stein, Parent Engagement Coordinator, at (414) 855-2035 or

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Mark your calendars!

12/11 - Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping at Maple Grove

12/11 - Last day to bring in food for the Food Drive

12/16 - Chorus field trip to Mitchell Domes (Performance at 10:30)

12/18 - Last Mad Science class

12/18 - PJ Day (if you bring $1)

12/23-1/1 - No School (Winter Break)

1/12 - Kindergarten Family Literacy Night (Greenfield Public Library) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

1/18 - No School (Teacher Learning Day)

1/20 - STP Meeting in Library

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