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April 2023

A Message from the Principal

Hello Madison Families!

As I write this the weather is beginning to warm up and I’m hopeful that we will be able to put this snowy winter behind us. I know I speak for many of us when I say we are looking forward to spring! I hope that you have all had a fantastic and restful spring break and that you got to spend so much time together as a family.

This month we are doing big things at Madison including the start of the 4th quarter and our spring assessments. Our 3-5 students will be participating in the Wisconsin Forward exam and our K-2 Students will participate in PALS testing. Thank you for your support during these times which can feel more stressful for our students.

This time of year is particularly fun in the classrooms because our students truly are showing so much success each day. Each student catches their stride at this point in the year and it’s remarkable to see the ways in which these students who entered our building as “littles” just a few months ago will soon be heading out as so much bigger than any of us could have imagined. I hope you take the time this time of the year to reflect on the growth of your student(s). We are all collectively so proud of them!

On April 27, 2023 our school will be hosting BINGO night. I know I am the new one in this neck of the woods but I hear that this is not the event to miss. We hope that you can all make it and enjoy some time together as our school community. Thank you to Mrs. Schultz for organizing it and being such a big advocate for our students!

This is also the month that summer school registration opens! We hope that each student can participate in this amazing opportunity this summer. We definitely have something for everyone and it’s a great way to stay connected through the summer months.

Thank you for all that you do to support our learning here at school. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!


Rachel De La Cruz


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Madison Spring Apparel Order

We will be running another apparel order that will close at 4PM on April 10th. Click the link to order your apparel today!

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, April 7th - No school for students or staff
  • Monday, April 10th - No school for students; Staff Development
  • Tuesday, April 18th - 5th grade orchestra to Wilson for practice 8:50a-11:10a; 5th grade orchestra concert at Wilson 6:30p-7:30p
  • Wednesday, April 19th - 5th grade band to Wilson for practice 9:05a-11a; 5th grade band concert at Wilson 6:30p-7:30p
  • Thursday, April 27th - Bingo Night in the Madison gym from 5:30-7:00pm

5th Grade Band & Orchestra News

5th grade Band and Orchestra Concerts

Tuesday, April 18th- 5th grade ORCHESTRA concert at Lincoln High School Auditorium, 6:30pm

Orchestra (string) students are to report to the Lincoln Orchestra room at 6:10pm "dressed to impress"!

Wednesday, April 19th- 5th grade BAND concert at Wilson Middle School Auditorium, 6:30pm

Band students are to report to the Wilson Band room at 6:10pm "dressed to impress"!

The Reading Corner

Hello Cougar Families!

This month I wanted to highlight some of the amazing literacy learning happenings in our K-2 classrooms. This time of year is so exciting as children begin to put all the pieces together from their instruction. Next month I will highlight all the equally amazing growth happening in our upper grade classrooms!!

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Meerdink

In Mrs. Schultz and Mrs. Theel’s kindergarten classes, students have been learning daily during center time. During this time students are engaged in small group activities with their peers and teachers. The instruction and practice they receive during center time is so valuable to their growth as readers. Mrs. Schultz and Mrs. Theel work to ensure each group has what they need to succeed! Mrs. Theel’s class also is so lucky to have a student teacher, Ms. W, with them to help support instruction. They are looking ready for first grade!!

In Mr. Ortega’s first grade classroom, students have been working hard on composing how-to writing projects. Look at how proud they are! During the first grade year, students work so hard to develop all the foundational skills necessary to compose independently. Mr. Ortega has set his students up for success with all the preparation and practice he has provided for his students. Way to go!

In Mrs. Belcher’s first grade class, students are working on their reading and spelling skills during phonics time. Each day students engage in whole group reading practice to start their day. The growth these students have made as a result of their hard work and the targeted teaching by Mrs. Belcher is absolutely amazing to see.

In Mrs. Endries second grade class, students are working hard to build their reading fluency. They are working on reading together daily. Mrs. Endries helps all students stay engaged with their reading by having all students point along in the text and be prepared to answer questions with partners and reference text evidence to support their answers. Second graders, you blow me away!!

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In Mrs. Robinson’s second grade class, students are diving deep in their reading and spelling and studying patterns within words. They are working on applying all they have learned spelling single syllable words to multisyllabic words. Mrs Robinson has all students showing participation on their whiteboards. Students are prepared to discuss their spelling patterns as well as how they would divide their words into syllables. What fantastic work!!

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April Fun FActs


  • April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month.
  • April is named for the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.
  • The name for the month of April originally came for Aprilis which means to open.
  • Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward and settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.
  • In some parts of the world, it is planting time, while in other parts, it is the harvest season.
  • April is Humor Month, so laugh it up!
  • The birthstone for April is the diamond.
  • The zodiac signs are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Taurus (April 20-May 20).
  • The birth flowers for the month of April are the sweet pea and the daisy.


  • The first day of April is April Fools Day, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another.
  • April 22 is Earth Day.
  • April 2 is Light It Up Blue for Autism Day and the whole month is Autism Awareness Month.
  • Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days.
  • The Jewish festival of Pescah, or Passover, is celebrated early in April.
  • Easter is almost always in April, and, with it comes other Christian celebrations such as Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
  • April is also the month of the Thai New Year in Thailand and the Khmer New Year in Cambodia


Thursday, April 13th, 4-8pm - Noodles & Co. fundraiser

Monday, April 17th, 5:30pm - PTO meeting in Madison library

PTO positions open for the 2023/24 school year:


Vice president


Feel free to email with any questions or interest in these positions!