McDill Elementary Parent Newsletter

April 29, 2022

Hello Timberwolf Families,

We are quickly approaching the final full month of the school year. I have really enjoyed getting to know our school community and I am very grateful to be part of the McDill family! Thank you for all of your support. Each day has truly been a team effort helping our students find success as we learn and grow together. I would also like to thank our entire staff who have gone above and beyond this school year. McDill is made up of a wonderful group of individuals who truly care about our students.

Renovations in our building will continue throughout the summer months. Our staff will be asked to have materials cleared out by June 9th so that the construction team can begin working throughout the building with the goal of having everything ready to go sometime in August. We will send out a communication in August describing what the drop off/pick up procedures will look like next year. We are really looking forward to getting to use our new and updated spaces next fall.

The month of May is an exciting time of the school year with the warm weather (hopefully) allowing us to be outdoors more frequently and with all the fun end-of-the-year activities. Please watch for field trip forms needing signatures and information regarding our end-of-the-year All-School Picnic on Wednesday, June 1st! In addition, we ask for your help reminding your child to bring his/her water bottle each day to keep hydrated during these warmer days outside.

I have to say that it has been such a pleasure being a Timberwolf! Thanks again for all of your support!

Joe Sbertoli, Principal

May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week

Started in 1984 by the National PTA, May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week—a time for willingly expressing gratitude to the professional educators who, with heart, play profound roles in shaping students into productive members of society. We thank our dedicated teaching staff for everything they do for and with our students each and every day!



  • Wed., May 4th - All 4th Gr - Madison Field Trip
    (8:45 am - 4:00 pm)

  • Wed., May 4th - Student Council Community Service Day

  • Fri., May 6th - Walk, Bike & Roll to School Event (See Below for more information!)

  • Mon., May 9th - PTO Meeting (Hybrid) at 6:30 pm

  • Tue., May 10th - 6th Gr Students Tour of Ben Franklin (1:00 - 2:30 pm)

  • Thu., May 12th - ALL Cadet Trip to Wisconsin Dells (8:15 am - 4:45 pm)

  • Thu., May 12th - All 1st Gr Walking Field Trip to Village Gardens (1:05 - 2:50 pm)

  • Fri., May 13th - TOP Cadet Trip to Wisconsin Dells

  • Fri. May 13th - All library books are DUE to the Library

  • Thu., May 19th - Ben Franklin JH Band Concert with 6th Grade Band Students

  • Fri, May 20th - Walk/Run Playground Fundraiser (During MAPEL's Classes)
    * More information to come!

  • Tue., May 24th - District 5-6 Track Meet at Goerke Park

  • Tue., May 24th - All 3rd Gr - Wildwood Zoo / Belt's Field Trip (9:30 am - 2:45 pm)

  • Wed., May 25th - District 5-6 Track Meet at Goerke Park

  • Thu., May 26th - 2nd Gr (Vang) - Boston School Forest (9:05 am - 2:25 pm)

  • Fri., May 27th - 2nd Gr (Leton) - Boston School Forest ( 9:05 am - 2:25 pm)

  • Mon., May 30th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

  • Tue., May 31st - All 5th Gr - Boston School Forest (High Ropes)

  • Tue., May 31st - All 2nd Gr - St.Pt. Sculpture Park (9:10 - 11:00 am)

  • Wed., June 1st - ALL-SCHOOL PICNIC - More Information to Come!

  • Thu., June 2nd - All 5th & 6th Gr - Milwaukee Zoo Field Trip (7:30 am - 5:30 pm)

  • Fri., June 3rd - All 4 th Gr - YMCA Swimming Field Trip (8:40 -10:40 pm) & Pizza Lunch

  • Fri. June 3rd - 5th & 6th Gr - Awards Ceremony in the Gym (9:00 - 10:30 am)

  • Fri, June 3rd - All 2nd Gr - Bowling Field Trip (12:45 - 2:30 pm)

  • Fri. June 3rd - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Report Cards Sent Home with Students!

REMINDER: The 6-Day Rotation schedule for Music, Art, Phy Ed & Library can be found on the Breakfast and Lunch Menus which are linked below. These menus can also always be found on the bottom of the McDill webpage -


. . . FRIDAY, MAY 6TH from 8:15-8:45 am . . .

Please watch for this information with a map to come home with students today!
(The map can also be accessed by clicking on the image above.)

Walking, Biking or Rolling to School? Here’s the Safest Route:

Orange cones will be set up on a portion of Airline Road to bring awareness to motorists and provide a safe lane for the walkers and bikers. Staff and volunteers will also be there to greet and guide them.

Students who live on the west side of Post Road are encouraged to use the crosswalk at the corner of Post and Porter. The Plover Fire Department will be at the intersection to help students cross. Students will then proceed to the path marked by a Walk/Bike sign and continue onto First Street, which then turns into School Street. Staff and volunteers will also be there to greet and guide them.

Too Far to Walk, Bike or Roll?

Even though many of our students live too far away, or don’t have the safest route to walk, bike or roll from home, they can still be part of this event. In an effort to include all students on this day, buses and parents will drop students off two blocks away from school. The students will then proceed to walk down roads which are temporarily blocked off from traffic from 8:15 - 8:45 am that Friday. Our goal is to include everyone! If your child has special circumstances, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate.

Creating a Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day event that is inclusive for children with and without disabilities ensures all students can receive the benefits of the program, enjoy each other’s company and learn safe and healthy habits together.

What's on the Menu in May?


(Click on the Links Below for Printable Menus)


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

To bring awareness to this important topic, Prevent Suicide Portage County and Portage County Health and Human Services are co-sponsoring a Free Community Mental Health Night at SPASH for all Portage County Residents on May 10 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.

Some highlights from the event are:

  • Free refreshments and food (North Commons)
  • Resources and raffles (North Commons)
  • Family activities (North Commons)
  • Self-Care is for Everyone tools and techniques (Auditorium)
  • Free Child care available during Self-Care is for everyone
  • Mock Teen Bedroom (Auditorium)
  • Laughter Yoga (South Commons)

To Register on Facebook, go to PREVENT SUICIDE PORTAGE COUNTY/Community Mental Health Night Event Page, or Scan the QR Code shown here. For the flier regarding this event, click on this link - May Community Mental Health Night.

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The above pictured 6th grade students participated in this year's College Days for Kids at the University of Stevens Point today, Friday, April 29th. According to the Program Coordinator at UWSP, close to 15,000 students have participated in this program since its inception in 1985. The purpose of College Days for Kids is to expose sixth graders to the offerings and resources of a university, as well as to provide enrichment activities beyond the scope of the traditional classroom. Some participants have been formally identified as gifted, while others have been selected to attend because of high interest or ability.We hope our students had an exciting time today and congratulate them on being chosen to participate in this program.


CLICK ON the peachjar ICON BELOW for REGISTRATION FORMS and FLYERS regarding community opportunities for your child! If you are not receiving these fliers via email directly, please sign up by clicking on this link to do so.



BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ....... while supplies last at the Ruth Gilfry Center (PCHHS). TO SCHEDULE OR ASK QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 715-345-5889

McDill PTO would like you to know that we still collect Coke Caps! Parents can send bags of coke caps or any 12 or 24 pack codes to school to be entered by a volunteer OR enter the codes themselves at
Thanks for your support!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - See How You Can Help McDill!

Remember that our PTO, and thus our school and students, still benefit from the Box Top Program. We hope that you continue to use the Box Top App, if you are already, or that you take a moment to learn how easy it is to support McDill in this manner.

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