What's News at Magee?

August 19, 2020 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

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#thrivingtogether

As we plan to begin our year in a way that has never been done before, we have an opportunity to write our own story. The story will include our perseverance, flexibility and innovative thinking as we create solid relationships, along with meaningful and engaging school experiences in an ever changing world.


To that end, our classroom structure and staffing has changed a bit after registration. We will have two 5K classrooms, three 1/2 classrooms, one third grade, and three 4/5 classrooms. (Please do not worry about purchasing different supplies if you have already done that!)

Mr. Suhr will be teaching a class of distance learning students, and Mrs. Luedtke is taking a leave of absence for the upcoming school year. We have hired Mrs. Tracey DesMonie to our classroom teacher team. Ms. Elena Cressy will be teaching music at Magee and start her day at KMHS. We know you are anxious to know classroom assignments. They will be available on Monday, August 24 in Infinite Campus.


Finding the silver-lining in this has not always been easy and yet, it is one of the most important things that we can do! While the pandemic is happening TO us, our reactions and emotions to it is a choice. Sometimes when things happen TO us we have no control of the situation. I will be honest, there have been times when I have been angry and sad with the situation we are in. I took some time to find the positives and really think about the experiences I would have missed without the time spent at home. Taking that time really helped me to keep things in perspective and to really choose my attitude. I am NOT going to let this get me down and will continue to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. It is there and we will get there together.


To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we ALL have things we can do at home and here at Magee:


  • We can limit our contacts. Do we love that? No, but it will help mitigate the spread.
  • We can limit our travel. Do we love that? No, but it will help mitigate the spread.
  • We can wash our hands more often. Do we love that? Maybe not, but we probably should have been doing it anyway!
  • We can wear a face-covering inside and when we are not able to social distance. Do we love that? No, but it does help mitigate the spread of the virus and we are doing it along with you.


We can all do things that will have an impact on reducing the spread of the virus and keeping everyone healthy and safe. We may not love all of the things we need to do but we love PEOPLE and people matter to us. Together we can help protect everyone that matters to us and to others. #thrivingtogether

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Soft Start September 1-4

As was communicated earlier, elementary students will do what we are calling a Soft Start to the school year. This means that all face to face students will be meeting with their teacher in a small group at Magee on only one of the first four days of school. Bus transportation will run on these days for students riding the bus and It will be a regularly scheduled school day with NO EARLY DISMISSAL on Thursday that week. During this time, students will meet their teacher along with some students in their class, they will learn new routines for the year ahead and get comfortable with our return to school. This soft start will allow your child’s teacher(s) to begin/continue to build strong relationships, practice mitigation protocols and engage in baseline academic assessments. This small-group, focused time will provide the best opportunity for success when ALL elementary students selecting F2F will come together Tuesday, September 8. This will also allow families to adjust to the new procedures during arrival and dismissal. Please see the Transportation section of this newsletter for more details. More‌ ‌information‌ ‌about‌ ‌our‌ ‌Soft‌ ‌Start‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌found‌ ‌‌HERE‌.

PICTURE INFORMATION can be found HERE.


Students will attend on the following dates: (using first letter of child's last name)


Tuesday, Sept 1 : A-F

Wednesday, Sept. 2: G-K

Thursday, Sept. 3: L-R

Friday, Sept. 4: S-Z


* If your household has students with multiple last names, please call the main office with your choice of day.

4K and 5K Meet and Greet Dates

4K and 5K families should have received an email with a Sign Up Genius for a meet and greet with teachers in small groups. We feel this is important because this is the first school experience for our littlest learners and the opportunities to come to Magee were canceled. In addition, due to restrictions in our building, parents will not be able to walk students to their classrooms during the first days of school. We look forward to seeing you at Magee! Please contact Sue Sterner, Principal, if you have questions. sterners@kmsd.edu


4K Meet and Greet Sign Up


5K Meet and Greet Sign Up (5K class assignments will be emailed the evening of 8/19/20)

New to Magee Families (not 4K/5K)

For families that are brand new to Magee, we welcome you and we are so happy you are here. We invite you to come to our building, see your child's classroom and drop off supplies. This is an exciting time in your life and being able to see the space your child will be learning in is important! Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius below and choose a time that does not overlap with your child's (grade level) virtual classroom Open House.

We look forward to meeting you and working with your learner this year!

Please contact Mrs. Sterner if you have questions.


New Family Sign Up

Transportation Information

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have made some adjustments to both the AM Drop Off and PM Pick Up procedures. Transportation maps and further information will be provided.

Please help us prepare for these changes by filling out the end of day transportation form (link is below) for each child. Knowing how every child is going home at the end of the day is of the utmost importance to our staff. Ensuring they all safely get where they are going is our top priority at the end of the day. We realize that changes may happen, and in that instance we ask that you contact the office. The form is to let us know the consistent way your child is to go home each day. Thank you so much! Please complete this form by Thursday, August 26.


20-21 Magee Transportation Form

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Virtual Open Houses

To avoid large group gatherings, our teachers will be holding virtual open houses this year. If you would like to set up a time to speak with your child's teacher outside of the virtual open house, you can reach out to teachers directly to set that up during the times indicated when they are not doing the virtual open houses. Links will be sent out by classroom teachers.


8/27: 3 - 7:00pm

Grades 1/2 : 4:30-5pm

Grade 3: 5:15-5:45pm

Grades 4/5: 6:00-6:30pm


8/31: 8am - 11am

Grades 4/5: 8:30-9am

Grade 3: 9-9:30am

Grade 4/5: 9:30-10am

School Supplies

We will have book bags and handbooks in your child's classroom at the beginning of the year. In years past, we were able to sell these at our in school book store. This year, if your child needs them, a charge will be placed directly into their student account in Infinite Campus.


Book Bags will be sold for $3.50 and were placed on supply lists for grades 5K - 4th.

Quick Word Handbooks will be sold for $2.00 and were placed on supply lists for 1st/2nd grade.

COVID Family Letter

Dear Family/Caregiver,


Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! The health and safety of our students and staff is our

highest priority this school year. We assure you, we are working closely with the Waukesha

County Public Health Department to monitor COVID-19. We look forward to our ongoing

partnership with you as well, as we work together to make education possible for all students.

We want to provide you with information on COVID-19 and share the steps we are taking

to keep your student as safe and healthy as possible while at school.


How is COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread from person-to-person, mainly through

respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can

land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, and be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).


The steps KM is taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 include:

  1. Requiring school staff to screen themselves daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

  2. Asking families and caregivers to screen their student(s)for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily and keep the student(s) home if they are ill.

  3. Maintaining physical distancing as much as possible.

  4. Installing physical barriers to separate students and teachers where physical distancing is not an option.

  5. Keeping students in small groups (referred to as “cohorting”) within one classroom or group and assigned seating within a cohort.

  6. Decreasing student movement between classrooms throughout the building.

  7. At elementary school, reducing the number of cohorts visiting shared spaces within a week (library, art room, music room, gym).

  8. Having school staff wear face coverings. They are provided with face shields and masks

  9. Having students wear face coverings. We ask you to provide two clean face coverings

per day to allow students to change midday. If your child has difficulty with this request

please meet individually with your school leader to discuss possible strategies.

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting according to CDC guidelines.

  2. Improving ventilation by increasing the amount of outdoor air, increasing total airflow,

and/or increasing air filtration.

  1. Eliminating the use of lockers.

  2. Eliminating shared supplies and having students use individual classroom supplies.

  3. Providing multiple entrance and exit points.


We need your help, too!

Here is what you can do at home to help keep your student and yourself healthy:

  • Help them wash their hands often.

  • Help them avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Remind them to stay 6 feet apart from other people outside of their household.

  • Remind/encourage those who are able to do so safely to cover their mouth and nose

with a cloth face cover when they are around others. Some people cannot wear a cloth

face covering safely. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2,

anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the covering

without assistance. In addition to medical considerations, individuals may fear racial

profiling or discrimination based on wearing – or not wearing – a face covering.

  • Teach them to clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily.


Keep your student home if ill.

It is important for you to keep your student home when they are not feeling well. If you have any

questions on whether your student should come to school, the best decision would be to keep

them home and contact your health care provider to discuss your concerns. We especially want

you to keep your student home from school if they are experiencing any of the following

symptoms, if they have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or if your

student has been diagnosed with COVID-19.


When should I keep my child home from school?

  • Chills or shivering

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Temperature of 100.4 F or above

  • Fatigue

  • Congestion

  • If your child has had close contact with someone who has COVID-19

  • If your child was diagnosed with COVID-19


If you do not have a doctor, call 211 to be connected to resources that can help you access

testing and care. Many clinics in Wisconsin provide services for people with little or no

insurance, including free and low-cost clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural

health centers, and tribal health centers.


If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact Sue Sterner, Principal, sterners@kmsd.edu

Principal Chats

More information on school opening can be found HERE. Please know that the situation and planning is fluid. Our plan can change based on what is happening in our area and state.


There will be a Magee Parent Chats on:


Thursday, August 20 from 4pm-5pm


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hqx-atjj-ako

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 224-650-8686‬

From Health Services...

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to the new school year! I am hoping you and your family are staying well during these past months during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last school year ended so abruptly and many days have felt the same.... but it’s time to start again, and we are ready to go!


Medication reminders:

  • Keep the Health Room up to date with any new or changing student health conditions. It helps us serve your child best.

  • Medications should be given at home as much as possible. There are times, however, when a student needs daily or ‘as needed’ medications at school.

    • ALL medications a student uses in school must have a current form on file.

    • Forms are valid from a year from the date of signature.

    • KM does not stock any ‘as needed’ pain relievers or antihistamines. Each student must have a completed medication form and provide their own labeled, non-expired medication in its original packaging.

    • Non-prescription medication may only be given up to 4 times before a doctor’s signature is required.

    • Prescription medication requires a doctor’s signature.

    • Use this form for daily or as needed medications. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription medication (Tylenol, Motrin, inhalers, etc). The physician must indicate on the form if your student may carry their inhaler.

    • Parents of students with nebulizer treatments should ask their physician for an MDI inhaler with a spacer instead. As advised by our medical directors and the CDC, and until further notice, nebulizers will not be given in the KM school environments. The CDC has described potential risks of such procedures performed on patients and students as potentially generating prolonged aerosol droplets in the air which may infect others should that aerosol contain COVID. Please reach out to your school nurse with any questions.

    • Use this form for EpiPens or allergy medication. Parent and doctor signatures are required; the doctor should indicate on this form if the student will be carrying their medication with them.

    • Use this form for Seizure medication/VNS. Parent and doctor signatures are required.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or your school’s Health Room.


Stay safe,

Paricia Schuetz, MAEL, BSN, RN District Nurse schuetzp@kmsd.edu