McFarland Elementary Express
Grades EC-5 February 2016 At-A-Glance
February 6 - Optimist sponsored Winter Fest @ Lewis Park 1pm - 3pm
February 9 - 4th Grade Field Trip UW Discovery Building (Ms. Hanneman and Ms. Lawler)
February 10 - 5th Grade Trip to The Overture Center - AM
February 11 - 4th Grade Field Trip UW Discovery Building (Mrs. Chapman and Mr. Krueger)
February 12 - 3rd Grade Valentines Day Celebration
February 12 - 4th and 5th Grade Spelling Bee
February 12 - Red and White Day @ Elementary Campus
February 13 - McFarland Education Foundation - Winter Bash 7pm - Midnight @ the Stoughton Country Club.
February 16 - 4th Grade Field Trip UW Discovery Building (Mr. Meeks and Mrs. Scharpf/Johnson)
February 18 - 4th Grade Field Trip UW Discovery Building (Ms. Johannes and Mr. Brown)
February 18 & 19 - Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade - Jump Rope for Heart
February 23 - 2nd Grade Music Program
5:30pm - Huber-Drake, Garvoille, Bailey, Jefferson
6:30pm - Adams, Paley, Schmidt, Wisniewski
February 25 - 1st Grade Music Program
5:30pm - Mandli, Knapp, Juszczyk, Rotunno
6:30pm - Olson, Schimanski, Froden, Brezenski
February 29 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
Dates to look forward to in March....
March 3 - Youth Art Month Reception @ E.D. Locke Public Library
March 10 - Waubesa Intermediate School Parent Teacher Conference Night
Parents, please mark your child’s name in their winter clothing: jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens. Many of these items are left at school and go to lost and found because they cannot be identified.
As a reminder, if the temperature reaches 0 degrees (combination of temperature and wind chill) or lower, students will have inside recess. Most days the students will have outside recess so please monitor what type of outerwear your child wears to school on these days so they are comfortable and dry out at recess.
Homeroom Placement / 2016 - 2017
CEELC/Primary and Waubesa Intermediate School Homeroom Placement
From Health Services:
The Wisconsin Lions Camp, located in Rosholt, Wisconsin, is looking for eligible campers and staff to join them for the summer of 2016.
Campers eligible include:
Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing (age 6-17)
Youth who are blind or visually impaired (6-17)
Youth with intellectual disabilities or educational autism (9-17)
Youth who have diabetes (age 9-16) ,
Contact the American Diabetes Association at 414-778-5500
Camper Applications , schedules, and information available at
Camper Open House: April 24, 2016 9am-3pm
CEELC/Primary School - Building Information
Principal Sarah Boatman
For the latest information about our schools, including upcoming important dates, simply go into the district web page at http://www.mcfarland.k12.wi.us/ and link into the Elementary Campus site.
FROM THE DESK OF PRINCIPAL SARAH BOATMAN...
Thank you for a wonderful first semester!! I cannot believe how much your child has grown and changed over the last few months. There have been so many students losing teeth! Their smiles keep making them look older and older!
A BIG thank you to our 1st semester student teachers: Monet Neal -Early Childhood/4K, Kristen Pfister - 2nd grade, Erikka Furseth - 1st grade/Special Ed and Katrina Gray - 1st grade. We will miss you!
If you have a hard time accessing your child's report card online, please contact the office. It has been great to reflect on the growth your child has made and work on planning next steps in their learning.
Sarah C. Boatman
EC, 4K, K, 1, 2 Principal
Upcoming 1st and 2nd Grade Music Programs
As you prepare to attend your child’s upcoming music program(s) at MPS Gym please keep the following in mind:
¨ Building entryways are unlocked at 5:15.
¨ Gym doors are unlocked at 5:15.
¨ Children should go directly to either the Art or Music room when they enter the building.
¨ Seating in the gym is on a first-come basis; please don’t reserve blocks of seats.
¨ Other parts of the building, including classrooms, remain off-limits.
¨ Video taping is welcome.
These are informal performances, giving families a taste of what we do in music class. All classes will be standing on risers and singing throughout the program. Your child's teacher will let you know which color riser grouping your child's class will be standing on. Students may dress up for the program, but will want to wear something comfortable for movements. Please take your child’s coat with you to your seat. Please check the Music Class Blog at http://spartanmusicstars.blogspot.com
4K Enrollment & Parent Orientation
Information regarding 4K Enrollment will be online soon. Packet pick-up will begin March 1st. A child must be 4 years old by 9/1/16.
Please join us for:
Welcome to 4K Night
Thursday, March 10
7:00 - 8:00 PM
(Adults only please)
5-Year Old Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Registration for 5-Year Old Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year will take place on-line in August. Watch for more details. If you have a child that was not in McFarland 4K, but will be coming to Kindergarten here, please call 838-3146 to get on the list. If you have a child entering 5 Year Old Kindergarten (the child must be 5 by 9/1/15) this coming fall we hope you will join us for the:
Parent Orientation to 5K
Thursday, April 21st
7:00 - 8:00PM
PTO for providing countless volunteers to help support a variety of ongoing efforts on the Elementary Campus.
Drivers who respect the safety needs of students when dropping off and picking up their children at school.
Parents who make sure their children arrive at school on-time (7:55) and leave on time (2:42).
Waubesa Intermediate School - Building Information
Principal Sue Murphy
For the latest information about our schools, including upcoming important dates, simply go into the district web page at http://www.mcfarland.k12.wi.us/ and link into the Waubesa site.
FROM THE DESK OF PRINCIPAL SUE MURPHY...
Dear Waubesa Families,
It’s unbelievable to actually think we are already into the second semester of the school year! It is our goal to communicate with you formally at least four times during the year. You would have met for parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter, on Infinite Campus report cards are available at this time, another set of conferences will take place just before spring break, and we will then have report cards available again after school is out in June. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to regularly check your son or daughters assignment notebook which should also help keep you informed about what is happening each day at school.
We believe the first semester has been very successful. The children have been working hard both on their academics and on their behaviors throughout the year. We feel lucky to have such great students and supportive families. Thanks for all you do!
If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call or send an email. It is very important to me that we have open communication.
January 29, 2016 - Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus
This year we again will not be sending paper copies of the report cards home. You should have received an email about this recently. Log in to the parent portal in Infinite Campus and you can view your child’s report card. You may also print a paper copy if you would like to have one for your records. This will be the same process we will follow at the end of the school year. If you would like us to send a paper copy home, please contact your child’s teacher or Arlene Coady-Bast at the Waubesa office.
School Drop Off
Please remember that students are not to be dropped off or picked up in the Leanne Lane parking lot. This larger lot is for staff parking and bus drop-off. Parents should drop off their son or daughter in the smaller lot off of Red Oak Trail.
If you would like to avoid the heavy traffic congestion consider dropping your child off a block or two away and having them walk the rest of the way. We also have playground supervision starting at 7:30 am so students may be dropped off earlier.
We really appreciate the many parents who follow all of the traffic rules. Student safety is our main goal.
Promote Reading at Home
Help Support our Waubesa Service Project!
Waubesa School Jr. Ambassadors
4th and 5th Grade Music and Art Program
Dear Waubesa Families,
Amazing as it may seem, it is time for your child to begin preparations for our March 7th and 14th art and music presentations. Mrs. Russell and I have been planning an opportunity for you to come to Waubesa to see and hear samples of your child’s artistic and musical work.
We have selected the themes for the programs, planned learning activities around those themes and look forward to having you join us. Each child will have the opportunity to perform a special part during his/her music program. We will be practicing those parts during music class time in the weeks ahead. Hope to see each of you at our upcoming art/music evenings!
(Please alert coaches, dance and piano teachers and other adults with whom your child works to these dates. It is our hope that all of Waubesa’s families can come together for this once a year celebration of the arts.)
Grades 3-5 Art
Grades 3-5 General Music, Fifth Grade Choir
March 7, 2016
Art: 6:00pm – 6:20pm
Music: 6:30 – 7:15pm
Fifty Nifty United States:
In Song and Dance
March 14, 2016
Art: 6:00 – 6:30pm
Orchestra in gym: 6:00 - 6:15
Music in Library: 6:10 – 6:35pm
Music in Gym:
6:45pm – 7:30pm
(including all 5th graders plus choir and orchestra)
McFarland EC-8 PTO
PTO Board Members
Stefanie Feralin - PTO President/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooke Ecker - PTO Secretary/ email@example.com
Amy McCullough - PTO Treasuere/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Templeton - Member-at-large/ email@example.com
Debbie Hodge - Member-at-large/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Vosberg - Member-at-large/ email@example.com
Sheila Blum - Member-at-large/ firstname.lastname@example.org
No Hassle Fundraiser
A BIG Thank you to those who donated!! Our schools very much appreciate it! Deadline for this years fundraiser is February 1, 2016. You can still donate by visiting our website at www.mcfarlandpto.com
Last year with funds from the No Hassle Fundraiser our schools were able to purchase a few things on their wish list.
CEELC/Primary Purchased some awesome risers, speakers and microphones that will be showcased at the 1st and 2nd grade Music Program!
WIS - Took all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to Barnes and Noble to purchase their own book for the classroom. This was such an awesome experience for the children and our schools were able to get new books in the classroom!
ROCKIN JUMP FUNDRAISER!
The McFarland PTO has a new fundraiser this year with the popular ROCKIN JUMP!
Tickets will be sold in the K-8 school offices as well as at the events listed below. The cost for the ticket is $14.00 for 1 hour of jumping. That is the same price you would pay at the door but if you purchase through us our schools will receive $3-$5 back per ticket! Rockin Jump would be a great Springbreak activity and helping our schools all at once. How cool!
We will be selling these tickets until March 18, 2016
These tickets are good for 1 year so you will have plenty of time to use these tickets.
THANK YOU for supporting our schools!
We will be selling the Rockin Jump tickets at the upcoming events:
IMMS Conference Night / 2/11 4:00 to 7:00
IMMS Conference Night / 2/15 4:00 to 7:00
2nd Grade Music Program / 2/23 from 5:30 to 6:30
1st Grade Music Program / 2/25 from 5:30 to 6:30
4th Grade Music-Arts Program / 3/7 from 6:00 to 7:30
Parent Teacher Conference Night at WIS / 3/10 from 3:30 to 7:30
5th Grade Music-Arts Program / 3/14 from 6:00 to 7:30
7th & 8th Grade Band Concert / 3/15 from 7:00
Feel free to email the PTO at email@example.com if you would like to reserve tickets for pick up.
Payments: Please make checks payable to the McFarland EC-8 PTO
Rockin Jump is located at 2700 Novation Pkwy, Madison, WI 53713