Principal's Corner

December 4, 2022

Important Dates

12/5-12/10 Book Fair

12/15 Hot Lunch

12/21 Winter Parties

12/22 Winter Break Begins

Inclement Weather Plan

Dear Madison Families,

When inclement weather is predicted, student and staff safety continues to be our number one priority. This year, weather closures may lend themselves to the possibility of a switch to remote learning for ALL students instead of a "snow day" with no student attendance. This would allow students to continue learning safely while eliminating the need to add a make-up student attendance day later in the school calendar. The inclement weather plan is HERE in case you have not had a chance to view it.

  • Students will sign-in for live instruction and special education classes/services using the modified virtual schedule using the links sent by teachers (attendance will be taken)

  • Kindergarten will remain in a.m. or p.m. sections for instruction on shortened schedules.

  • Synchronous instruction will occur during an emergency school closing in a live digital format for morning meetings, literacy, math, and science/social studies

  • Asynchronous and/or independent work will be assigned in SeeSaw or Google Classroom

  • Asynchronous assignments will be provided to all students for STEM/Art/Music/PE and Spanish (5th only)

  • Pull-out services, reading specialist services and differentiated instruction services may be held during the asynchronous work portion of the day

  • Live office hours will be offered by all staff - Office hours are not tutoring sessions but are meant for students to ask questions before independent asynchronous work time and a link will be provided

  • Teachers will be available on the asynchronous side of the day to answer emails from students (time varies based on grade level schedule)

Grade level schedules are listed below and can also be found here: D181 Inclement Weather Plan
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Spelling Bee

This year, The Scripps National Spelling Bee will be in person and third through fifth grade students will have the option to participate. On Friday, December 16, spelling bees will be conducted in each third, fourth and fifth grade classroom. If your child does not want to participate, please reach out to the classroom teacher to let them know.

The top two students from each classroom will have the opportunity to participate in the Madison School spelling bee held on Tuesday, January 10 after school. More information regarding the Madison School spelling bee will be shared after the classroom spelling bees have been completed.

The two overall students with the highest scores from the Madison School spelling bee will move on to compete at the District 181 spelling bee on January 25. More information will be provided to the winners after the school bee is complete.

Linked below are word lists if your child would like to practice.

Classroom Bee Study List

School Bee Study List

Please let me know if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program. I look forward to having your child compete to represent our school!

Book Fair

We are so excited that the Book Fair will be at Madison starting on Monday. Please remember if you are coming during the day to sign up on the sign up genius so the office can print a badge for you if you are in our system. If you child will be shopping after school, they need to have a parent or guardian with them. They will be dismissed and then can come back in through the office to visit the Book Fair.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the families who were able to attend parent teacher conferences either in person or virtually. Your partnership in education is something we highly value.

Lost and Found

The lost and found will be outside the library next week. If you are coming to book fair, please look for any missing items. All items will be donated before winter break. If you know your child is missing something, please email the teacher so they can remind your child to check the lost and found. We will look for names on items before donating them.

Bike Safety

Please remind your child to walk their bike once they are on school grounds. It is often very crowded and can be dangerous if children are trying to ride their bike when the sidewalks are crowded. This expectation was shared when students attended their BIke Rodeo and again at the beginning of the school year.