The Friday Feature (on a Thursday)!

News and Notes for the Madison Staff (5/12/16)

Helping the Lincoln Family

Here is the link to the gofundme account set up to help this new refugee family at Lincoln that tragically lost their five year old this week!

I will be posting this in our school community publications as well.

Get Your Note cards Ready!

It's time to start assembling class lists! Each team will meet on Monday, May 23 to begin putting the lists together. As usual, please come to the back conference room with names on note cards or post-it notes. Use a different color for each current class. Designate FnP level and other needed info on the card/post-it.

Week of Learning!

Have you checked out what is offered at the Week of Learning this summer in June and August? Awesome choices, there is even an "Escape Room" class offered!

Primary Phonics Program

We are hosting K-1 and 2nd-3rd hour-long assemblies on the morning of May 24th to allow these primary PLC groups to work with Tomek and Witnik on planning this roll-out of the systematic phonics instruction for next year. Very exciting to see how all of this comes together!

Internet Streaming Issues

I hope this doesn't seriously affect anyone's instructional plans, but the District may be cutting off the access to Netflix during peak hours this month. It causes a lot of issues for those taking state tests and local assessments online. So, no more "Orange is the New Black" in kindergarten, Mrs. Bailey!

Fountas and Pinnell Reminders

  • All teachers must record an end of year level on the pink sheet (EVERY STUDENT)
  • K-2 get full-day guest teacher, suggested split between 2 half-days with other teacher
  • K-2 to F&P all students
  • 3-5 reassess students below grade level on multiple assessments
  • Level from guided reading, a reading record, OR a full out F&P assessment
  • Reading team will collect pink cards for storage over the summer

A Special Professional Development Opportunity To Be Announced Soon!

Thursday, Aug. 11th, 12-12am

3S600 Herrick Road

Warrenville, IL

I caught word of an opportunity coming soon for District 200 teachers, with limited available seating, and thought you'd want to secure this date on your calendar (not sure of exact time)!


Tue, May 17: Last Day for a Personal Day!

Tue, May 17: 10AM and 1PM Kindergarten Visitations!

Wed, May 18: 8:30AM Staff Meeting

Wed, May 18: Benchmarking Day

Thu, May 19: 12PM PTA Meeting

Thu, May 19: EL 1st & 2nd field trip

Thu, May 19: Honors Night (Marriott)

Fri, May 20: Field Day!

Mon, May 23: All Science books to Room 1222

Mon, May 23: Field Day (rain date)

Mon, May 23: Class Lists-Schedule TBD

Tue, May 24: Primary assemblies/Phonics Training

Tue, May 24: 5th grade field trip

Tue, May 24: 2:45PM Coin Assembly

Wed, May 25: 8:30AM MIT Meeting

Wed, May 25: 1st Grade field trip

Fri, May 27: Explore More Day

Tue, May 31: 12:30PM 5th Grade party

Wed, June 1: Last Day of School

Tue, June 7: Week of Learning

Wed, June 8: Week of Learning

Wed, Aug 10: Week of Learning

Thu, Aug 11: Week of Learning