McFarland EC-5 Elementary Express

May 2017

May Dates At-A-Glance

May 1 - 5th Grade Parent Orientation at 6:30pm IMMS

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2 - Early Childhood Farm Field Trip

May 4 - 5K Field Trip to Hinchley's Dairy Farm: 8:30am-12pm- Cook, Heim, Mosso, Gray

11am-2:30pm- Dettlaf, Kuehl, Paugel, Marking

May 4 - String Exploration - 4th Grades Considering Orchestra

5:30pm-7:30pm @ WIS Cafeteria

May 5 - Rainbow at the Elementary Campus

May 5 - Playtime Productions Presents www.oz - Starts at 7:00pm in the HS Auditorium

May 6 - Bike Rodeo - McFarland E.D. Locke Public Library 8:00am-11:00am

May 10 - Waubesa Intermediate Bike to School Day - Meet at the Village Hall

May 11 - MPS Spring Open House and Art Show - 6:30pm-7:15pm

May 15 - Grades 5-7 Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium

May 16 - PTO Meeting @ WIS Library, 6:30pm-8:00pm

May 16-17 - 1st Grade Field Trip - Aldo Leopold Nature Center

May 18 - Last day of Early Childhood

May 18 - Parent/Child Tour of Waubesa for

2nd graders (soon to be 3rd graders) between 4pm-5pm

May 19 - 5K Field Day from 12:00pm-2:00pm @ CEELC

May 19 - 4th Grade Lumberjack Breakfast in the afternoon

May 25 - Superhero Day - Elementary Campus

May 26 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May 31 - 3rd Grade Cave of the Mounds Field Trip

May 31 - 5th Grade trip to IMMS and Brandt Park Picnic Day

Dates to look forward to in June...

June 1 - Kindergarten Mile Walk

June 1 - 1st Grade End of Year Picnic at School

June 1 - Last day of 4K

June 1 - 4th Grade Afternoon Picnic


CEELC/Primary Release Time: 11:42am

WIS Release Time: 11:55am

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May 10 - Bike to School Day

Waubesa Intermediate School and the CEELC/Primary School are proud to host a Bike to School event on Wednesday, May 10th starting at 7:15AM at the Village Hall. This event is to promote healthy living, safe travel to and from school and build our community into one that values the environment.
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Transition Activities Planned

Parent and student transition activities are being planned for the different grade levels. The fifth grade students will visit IMMS on May 31, and second grade students will visit WIS on May 30 during the school day.

In addition to 2nd graders visiting with their class the Waubesa Intermediate School will also host an open house that is optional for families to attend on May 18 between 4pm - 5pm. You will have another opportunity to look around right before school starts.

Indian Mound Middle School will host a parent meeting for incoming 6th graders on

May 1 at 6:00pm at IMMS.

As always please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher or principal if you have any questions or concerns.

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Summer School 2017

If your child is recommended for an academic summer school class, but you have not yet enrolled him or her in summer school, please do so promptly by calling the summer school office at 838-4500 ext. 5469. Failure to do so may result in your child demonstrating a greater gap in their learning this coming fall as they attempt to catch up to their peers in reading, writing and math.
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Literacy Lowdown

As summer approaches, I get excited about so many things...all the places I want to visit, all the family and friends I want to see, and all the books I’m anxious to read! But I also start thinking about how we might keep our young learners’ brains engaged over the summer to combat summer slide. What opportunities and resources might we take advantage of? Based on research by Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen (2010), the primary reason for the summer reading achievement gap is the lack of access to reading materials. Students who do not have books at home typically do not read over the summer, so their reading achievement naturally stalls or declines. They also point out that choice contributes significantly to reading achievement. So how might we connect our kids with books they’ll want to read over and over? This article, 8 Brutal Truths of Raising A Book-Loving Kid, shares some great suggestions. Check it out and head into summer feeling ready to grow your own book-loving kid!

Happy Reading!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471
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Dates for next year...

We are already planning for the 2017-2018 school year and we wanted you to be aware of dates that have been set.

You can view the 2017-2018 school year calendar by clicking on the button below.

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CEELC/Primary School Information

Building Administrative Assistants
CEELC: Emily Broome - 608-838-3146
Primary: Sheryl Leemon - 608-838-3115

From the desk of Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Spartan Families,

As we welcome the month of May, make sure to check out the calendar for the fun end of the year events for students like the Kindergarten Farm Field Trip. Also, be sure to plan on having a sweatshirt in your child's backpack for those not quite warm enough recess days.

I finish up at the Elementary Campus on June 5; it's been an honor to work with McFarland students, staff, and families! Dr. Kelley Novak and I continue to do transition planning so that when she takes over as principal this summer, the transition will be seamless. She's already been meeting with staff members and planning for a great year ahead. Some of you already met her at the meeting for parents/guardians of next year's kindergartners.

Mark your calendars for the 1st and 2nd Grade Open House and Art Show on May 11 at MPS from 6:30-7:15. See you there!


Ann Schroeder

Elementary Campus Interim Principal

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1st and 2nd Grade Open House and Art Show

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 11 to attend the annual Open House and Art Show for students in 1st and 2nd grade from 6:30pm-7:15pm. It's a wonderful opportunity for families to visit school, network with other families, and see some of the fine work of your children.
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Bike to School with Mr. Williquette

Basic Details:

What: Bike to School Day

When: May 10th, 2017 @7:15AM - Bike Train leaves at 7:35AM

Where: Meet at McFarland Village Hall

Who: All interested Parents and Students

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Attention Parents of Future 3rd Graders!

You are invited to an optional open house at Waubesa Intermediate School.

Who: Parents of incoming 3rd graders and their child

What: Drop in tours of WIS

When: May 18 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: Meet at the WIS Office

Why: To meet the 3rd grade teachers, Principal Sue Murphy, and take a tour of Waubesa Intermediate School.

This is an optional visit for parents. August 29 will be another opportunity for you and your child to drop in, visit WIS, and meet homeroom teachers. More information on this opportunity will be provided at a later date.

Please contact the Waubesa Office at 608-838-7667 if you have any questions!

Waubesa Intermediate School Building Information

Building Administrative Assistant:
Arlene Coady-Bast - 608-838-7667

From the desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

The month of May can be an exceptionally busy time here at Waubesa. We are continuing with our state testing requirements with all three grade levels. Also, the number of field trips and other special events increases as the temperature (hopefully) increases. Please look carefully at the calendar of events and contact your child's homeroom teacher if you are interested in helping with any of them.

This is also the time of year when some students find it more difficult to complete homework and to stay focused and on task. We feel this school year has gone so well and we look for your support in finishing the year strong.

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate

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Waubesa Intermediate School is proud to host a Bike to School event on Wednesday, May 10th starting at 7:15AM at the Village Hall. This event is to promote healthy living, safe travel to and from school and build our community into one that values the environment.

As a child I was not able to bike to school, because I lived too far from school. So once again this year, I’ve decided to organize the event. Instead of meeting all students at the school when they arrive, we will be meeting at the Village Hall and creating a bike train. The train will leave Village Hall at 7:35AM with a police escort! This way any student who, like me, lives too far away, can come to the Village Hall and enjoy a bike ride to school. Parents are welcome too!

No bike? No problem! We will also be having a group walk to school from Village Hall as well! In order to arrive at school on time, this group will be leaving at 7:30AM. This group will be led by staff and parents from our school.

For those who are able to come to the Village Hall, we will be having a raffle for great bike themed prizes. However, the best part of the event is simply riding to school with a great group of fellow schoolmates.

I look forward to seeing many of you at this event!

Mr. Al Northouse

Basic Details:

What: Bike to School Day

When: May 10th, 2017 @7:15AM - Bike Train leaves at 7:35AM

Where: Meet at McFarland Village Hall

Who: All interested Waubesa Parents and Students

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Just like in years past we will have online registration. Information containing specific details will be going out to families the beginning of August.
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* Thank you to our parent volunteers. Your support throughout the year is much appreciated.

*Thank you PTO for your continued financial support. You have provided so much for our students.

*Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring so many family events this year like Science Night, and the Sock Hop.

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