McFarland EC-5 Elementary Express

January 2017

January Dates At-A-Glance...

January 2 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 3 - Classes Resume/ Kindergarten Breakfast Begins

January 9 - SuperStars awarded at WIS

January 10 - 5th Grade Orchestra Concert @ the MHS Auditorium - 7:00pm

January 13 - Inside Out/Backwards Day at the Elementary Campus

January 16 - NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day/2nd Quarter Ends

January 17 - Second Semester Begins

January 17 - EC-5 PTO Meeting - 6:30pm - Waubesa Library

January 23 - CEELC/Primary and WIS Report Cards available on Infinite Campus

January 24/25/26 - First Grade Geology Museum Field Trip 12:00-2:30 pm

  • Tues. Jan. 24 - Orlowski/Mandli/Rotunno classrooms
  • Wed. Jan 25 - Brezenski/Juszczyk/Knapp/Davis classrooms
  • Thurs. Jan 26 - Froden/Schimanski classrooms

Important Dates for February...

February 3 - UW Whitewater Young Auditorium - Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad - 5th Grade Field Trip

February 7 - Discovery Building 4th Grade Field Trip

February 9 - Discovery Building 4th Grade Field Trip

February 14 - Discovery Building 4th Grade Field Trip

February 16 - Discovery Building 4th Grade Field Trip

February 21 - 2nd Grade Music Programs

  • 5:30pm - Adams, Hiveley, Huber-Drake, Schmidt
  • 6:30pm - Garvoille, Jefferson, Paley, Wisniewski

February 23 - 1st Grade Music Programs

  • 5:30pm - Rotunno, Orlowski, Mandli, Brezenski
  • 6:30pm - Froden, Knapp/Davis, Juszczyk, Schimanski
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Barbara Waara - Director of Student Nutrition

Jackie Ribble - Administrative Assistant / Student Nutrition

Student Nutrition Contact Information:

T: 608-838-3166 ext. 4521 or ext. 4549

A note from our Director of Student Nutrition, Barbara Waara...

Starting January 3, breakfast will be open to Kindergarten students at McFarland Primary School. Our doors open at 7:20 am and all children are welcome. A different hot entrée is available each day along with cold breakfast favorites like whole grain, reduced sugar cereals, yogurt, and low fat muffins. Fruit and 100% juice is available daily as is low fat or skim milk. The cost of breakfast is $1.75, $0.40 for reduced status families, or free for qualified families.

Do you know that we offer field trip lunches? When permission slips for field trips come home to be signed be sure to look for the lunch sign-up sheet that comes along with it. Your child’s lunch will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread, sun chips, fresh veggies, sliced apples, choice of milk or juice and a sweet treat. $2.80 will be charged to your student’s lunch account, $0.40 for reduced meals or free lunch if qualified. We will pack the meals up in a cooler and be sure it is on the bus when the students leave for their trip.

With the offering of breakfast and field trips lunches, we try to help make your life a little less hectic. Call Barb Waara at the School Nutrition office at 838-4549 with questions or comments, or visit our Facebook page at McFarland School Meals. Our breakfast and lunch menus are posted on our website at You are welcome to join us for breakfast or lunch anytime!

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The Reading Team is looking for gently used portable walk-man CD players. If you have one (or more) you'd like to donate, please send them to the attention of Sandra Taylor-Marshall at Waubesa Intermediate School.

Thank you!

McFarland Reading Team

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Literacy Lowdown

Winter Break is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book! There are lots of ways to entice the reader(s) in your home, but here are 5 Ways Parents Can Keep Kids Reading This Winter Break. Not sure what to read? Check out a few of my favorite websites for popular titles:

Happy reading!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471

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Please note that students are allowed ten absences for the school year. These include absences for illness, appointments, vacations or parent requests. However, if a doctor's note or appointment card are brought in to the school office, then those absent dates will be marked as medical and will not count against the ten allowed.

Attendance at school is very important for school success. We appreciate your support with your child's attendance. Please communicate with the office if you have an unusual situation.

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A Message from Health Services

In order to get an accurate accounting of student illnesses, Health Services is requesting that when you call an absence in for your child, please specify if they are ill and what their illness is. Also, please continue to specify vacations, parent request (not an illness), funeral, etc.
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Winter Clothing Expectations for Recess

It is important for children to wear a warm coat/jacket, hat, mittens, boots and snow pants.

WHEN there is snow on the ground, please review the following expectations that will impact your child’s opportunities during recess in the winter months:

* Boots and snow pants—students will have access to the entire playground areas including the play fields and climbing structures.

* Boots only without snow pants—students will have access to the blacktop area only.

* No Boots—students will remain near the building during the recess.


Children go out for recess unless the combined temperature + wind chill factor is –1 degrees or lower.

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Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week / January 16-20, 2017

Periodically parents ask us what they can do to show their appreciation for school helpers. The week of January 16-20 has been proclaimed “Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week” in the state of Wisconsin. These individuals help provide safe passage across busy streets for our young students. If your child is supported by an adult crossing guard as he/she comes to school, there are several things families might consider doing to show their appreciation to an adult crossing guard. Some ideas are making a thank you card, drawing a picture, providing a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, or simply saying “thank you” with a smile.

CEELC & Primary News

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CEELC & Primary Building Information

Interim Principal:

Ann Schroeder

Building Administrative Assistant / CEELC:

Emily Broome - 608-838-3146

Building Administrative Assistant / Primary:

Sheryl Leemon - 608-838-3115

From the desk of Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Dear Families:

Happy New Year!

In December, Superintendent Andrew Briddell sent parents information that Sarah Boatman had resigned from her position as principal at CE/MPS. We wish Sarah Boatman well as she focuses on family obligations and thank her for her 2+ years leading the elementary campus. Sarah served CE/MPS/4K after a transition from a long time principal and implemented new ideas to the campus, brought expertise to the 4K program, worked with staff to create a new schedule for CE/MPS that's used this year, and was committed to making the elementary campus a great place for students to learn .

Thank you for making me feel welcome during my time at CE/MPS. Superintendent Briddell is working on a plan to hire Mrs. Boatman's permanent replacement. Staff members have kept everything steady in the building this year as changes in leadership have occurred--that steady approach brings comfort to students and parents.

Teachers have been implementing our new reading workshop program; it's great to see how students have grown in their reading skills during the first half of the year. Thanks for reading at home with your child, monitoring their assigned reading, and modeling reading for them. Years ago, a young woman I knew who hadn't had a strong reading foundation at home or at school, worked hard to make up for lost time in taking classes as an adult to help improve her reading skills. Not easy as she was working and had young children. She said her lack of reading skills made her feel that applying for technical school or college was not an option for her, certain jobs were out of her reach, and that overall she lacked confidence with communication skills because she felt she didn't have a good vocabulary. At the 4K-2 levels, we are building that foundation that is so essential for helping children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Our work with our students is so important to lifelong success. Thanks for all you do to make reading a priority.

Cold weather means students need to be bundled up! If you are missing any mittens or boots, check the lost and found bins and racks in the front entrances near the offices. It looks like January will be another cold month, which is perfect for drinking hot cocoa and reading a good book.

Ann Schroeder, Interim Principal

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1st and 2nd Grade Music Program Dates and Times...

Mark your calendars for the 1st and 2nd grade music program!

2nd Grade:

February 21, 2017

5:30pm - Adams, Hiveley, Huber-Drake, Schmidt

6:30pm - Garvoille, Jefferson, Paley, Wisniewski

1st Grade:

February 23, 2017

5:30pm - Rotunno, Orlowski, Mandli, Brezenski

6:30pm - Froden, Knapp/Davis, Juszczyk, Schimanski

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**Due to the young age of our children, we realize all our children require support from their parents to make sure they arrive to and depart from school on time. It is much appreciated when the following timelines are respected on a daily basis:

7:53 AM All children in EC, 5K, 1st & 2nd grade are expected to enter the building.

7:58 AM All children are expected to be seated in their classroom.

2:42 PM All children in 5K, 1st & 2nd grade are expected to be picked up.

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Thank you to our volunteers who assisted with special projects in preparation for the upcoming holidays.

Thank you to families, who have donated extra clothing of mittens, hats, snow pants, and boots. We have many children who appreciate and use this clothing.

Waubesa Intermediate School News

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Waubesa Intermediate Building Information


Sue Murphy

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Bast - 608-838-7667

From the desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

Dear Waubesa Families -

The entire Waubesa School family wishes you the best for 2016. The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the past year and set goals and make plans for the future. As a school staff we continue to work on our school goals of high academic achievement and creating a positive school climate where all students feel safe and accepted.

During the year your son or daughter may mention their "buddy" class. Several times during the year students from different grade levels meet and participate in activities with another class. Our hope is that students develop strong bonds that will improve student relationships in the hallways, on the bus, and on the playground. These activities, combined with our positive behavior initiatives have helped create an even better school climate at Waubesa.

Additionally, we hope that students are working to achieve the goals they set at conference time. Now may be a perfect time to check-in with your child on the progress being made on those goals. Your follow-up at home by checking on homework completion, practicing math facts, and reading with your child is much appreciated. The collabortation between home and school ensures success for each child.

If you have questions, comments, and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Enjoy the winter break!

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

Vacation Days

Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of students missing school due to a family vacation. We understand that there can be educational value in many vacations, however, there will also be challenges with students missing lessons and specific teaching points that cannot be replicated by completing a worksheet or other type of independent homework. The passage below is directly from our Family Handbook and outlines the district policy and beliefs.

Family trips that can only be taken during the normal school term.

The intent of this provision is to allow students to accompany their parents/guardians on a vacation that cannot be scheduled when school is not in session. A student may be excused from school for a vacation for no more than ten (10) days in a school year. Parents/Guardians are required to notify a building administrator about the anticipated absence at least one week before leaving so that the student’s attendance record and overall academic performance may be reviewed. While we realize that a vacation may (and often does) have educational value, please keep in mind:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the class assignments in advance of the absence and to bring them, completed, to the teachers after the absence;

  • It is impossible to make up the classroom presentations that are missed;

  • It is often not possible to provide all class assignments and/or materials in advance of the absence;

  • The student will not have the resource of his or her teachers during the vacation; and missed instruction ultimately may affect the student’s grades.

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Daily Student Promptness

There has been an increase in the number of children who arrive to school tardy. It is important that children arrive at school by 7:50am so they are ready, along with the rest of their class, to start the school day. Class starts at 8:00am. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

  • 7:52am - First Bell
  • 8:00am - Tardy Bell - Class Begins
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The end of first semester is on January 16. Students do not have school that day. Teachers will be using the day to assess student work and begin working on report cards as well as starting to plan lessons for the second semester.
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School Closings Due to Weather

During times of severely inclement weather, at which time our schools are closed for the day, the school district contacts the Madison area radio and television stations to publicize that information to our families by 6:00am. Likewise, if children are already at school and severely inclement weather arrives in McFarland, please listen to Madison area radio and television stations for announcements of any early closings of school.
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Thank you to all the volunteers who supported our staff and children this first semester. Your time and efforts truly make a positive contribution to school.

Thank you to fifth grade Safety Patrol members, and Ronelle Jordan for your coordination of Safety Patrol. Your diligent work is being noticed, and your safety message is being heard. Way to go!

A big thank you to all of the McFarland Families who joined us on our annual Science Night. This event is sponsored by the UW BioCore Outreach Ambassadors.

Thank you for the many donations to the Food Pantry and to our 5th Grade student council members and advisor, Larry Grenzow for supporting the drive.

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The following flyers are NOT all school-sponsored activities and the McFarland School District does not provide support or endorsement of the program/flyer. It has neither reviewed nor approved the program, personnel, or activities announced in the brochure/flyer. Permission to distribute this material must not be considered a recommendation or endorsement by the School District.
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