Section School Newsletter

AUGUST

Principal's Note

Welcome Back Section Hawks!

The beginning of the year always holds such excitement and promise. I speak for all the Section staff when I say, what a privilege it is to serve you, the Section community, where anything is possible, and the sky’s the limit - especially when you’re a Hawk! Much work has taken place this summer to ensure a safe, healthy and successful year together. I encourage you to take some time to read the specific changes to the school day aligned to the "Stay Safe to Stay Open" guidelines. While this school year will be different, your child's health, safety, and education remain top priorities.


New Staff

Each year brings positive change. This includes new additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome several new members to the Section staff this year.


Kelly Ann Schmidt - Please welcome Kelly Ann Schmidt who will be joining the staff at Section as an interventionist. Mrs. Schmidt joins us from the Muskego-Norway School District where she worked as an interventionist. As a Mukwonago graduate, resident, and parent, Mrs. Schmidt is excited to be joining the Section staff.


Megan Reif- This year we welcome back School Social Worker Megan Reif to Section


Megan Swift- After many years in IPLC giving her heart and soul to help build the program from the ground up, Ms. Swift was ready for a new challenge. I am happy to announce that Ms. Swift has moved to the 6th grade comprehensive classroom working aside Mrs. Sullivan.


Ms. Cassandra Switlick- We are happy to announce the hire of Ms. Cassandra Switlick for the 6th grade IPLC position. Ms. Switlick joins Section from the West Allis School District where she taught in a multi-age 7th and 8th grade classroom. West Allis is well known for their work around personalized learning and we are excited for what Ms. Switlick brings to Section.


Facilities Update - This summer the halls of Section got a facelift with a fresh coat of paint in Section colors. Hallways will now be identified by banners aligned to Section's PBIS program; Respectful, Responsible, Kindness and Teamwork.


I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again on the first day! It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.


Rachel Crockford

MASD Opening Plan

At the July 27th School Board meeting, a number of initial mitigation measures were approved that will allow us to offer an in-person learning experience to start the year. Earlier this summer, we also shared details about our virtual learning option for families who prefer to keep their children home for health or safety reasons.


At this time, we can release our initial plans for starting our 2020-21 school year.



As a reminder, families can also view our virtual learning option details on the Pandemic Information page of the district website.


Families choosing the virtual learning option for their child should do so by completing the Infinite Campus Parent Portal Annual Update by August 10. Families who do not select the virtual learning option will automatically be enrolled into their regular schools. Information about completing this was sent on July 14. Click here to review that information.

Open House - Kindergarten and New Families

To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff and to abide by the Waukesha County guidance limiting large group gatherings to 100 or fewer people, our elementary school open houses will look different this year.


Open House remains scheduled for Thursday, August 27, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm but will be for kindergarten and new families only. Families attending should plan on bringing their child's school supplies and any school day medications. Families with the last name A-M may attend from 5:00 - 6:00 pm and families with the last name N-Z may attend from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Only enrolled children and parents/guardians may attend this year and masks will be required.

School Supply Drop-Off Days

To allow our families to drop off their child's school supplies, two Supply Drop-Off Days have been established this year. On Monday, August 24, from 12:00 - 6:00 pm and on Friday, August 28, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, enrolled children and their parents/guardians may drop off their supplies in their labeled cubby area. Masks will be required to enter the building. Student medications can also be dropped off during these times. Please be aware that teachers will not be available during the Supply Drop-Off Days.


The process at Section will be as follows...


  • Place all school supplies in a bag labeled with your child's first and last name.
  • Place your child's school supplies on the coat rack labeled with your child's name.
  • Take your child's Friday Folder which contains import information from the school
  • Grades K-3, Complete the Backpack Bus Tag at home (found in the Friday Folder) and attach to your child's backpack for the first day of school

School Supply Lists

During the 2020-2021 school year, students will not be sharing supplies.


Please individually label your child's school supplies with their first and last name.


Disinfectant Wipes - While school supply lists ask for disinfecting wipes, we understand that these items may not be readily available. Please do not worry about purchasing disinfectant wipes if you are unable to find them.

Dismissal Form (New This Year)

Click HERE to access our new Dismissal Form. Please fill out the form, print it, and return it to school on or before September 1st. Copies of the form will also be available on Materials Drop off day. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Welcome Videos

Due to the changes to open house this year, please check your email on August 27th for a welcome back video from your child's homeroom teacher. We strongly encourage you to share this video with your child to help them with the transition back to school.

Online Fee and Lunch Payments

New this year, you can pay your Lunch fees and Registration fees both through your Infinite Campus Portal. The credit card fee will be waived until Friday, September 11th at 3:30 p.m. This is the easiest way to make your payments however, we also accept payment in the school office. Remember if you are paying by check it should be made out to MASD. If you are sending payments with your child it must be in a sealed envelope addressed to the school office and clearly marked with what is inside.

Water Bottles Recommended

School drinking fountains will not be accessible, however bottle filling stations will be. To accommodate the increased need, additional bottle filling stations have been added to the building. Students are encouraged to bring a labeled water bottle (first and last name) with them to school daily.

Medication Drop-Off

For those families needing to drop off medications, Linda Dressnandt will be available during open house and the supply drop-off days. Please DO NOT send any medications to school with your child. Parents are required to hand over mediations directly to the school nurse.

Revised Lunch Plan for 2020-2021

In order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the cafeteria, we have developed an alternating lunch schedule for grades 1-6. Grade levels will alternate between the classroom and cafeteria bi-weekly. Kindergarten students will eat in the cafeteria daily. Students will be given assigned seats within the cafeteria as a mitigation measure.

School Day Drop off & Pick up of Items for Students

In the event that you need to drop-off an item for your child during the school day, with the exception of medication (instrument, lunch, gym shoes, etc...) a table will be in the main vestibule for you to place the items. Once items are placed on the table a member of the office staff will retrieve the items and deliver them to your child.


The same process will be in place for items needing to be picked-up. Arrange with the office the items needing to be picked-up and an approximate time and the office staff will see that those items are waiting on the table for you to retrieve.

Substitute Teachers Needed

We anticipate shortages in substitute teachers this year. To help fill our needs, if you hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university you can receive a three-year short-term substitute license by completing a state-approved educator preparation program.


New this week, CESA 2 offers an online, self-paced course for only $150! Learn more at https://www.cesa2.org/programs/subtraining/.

CESA 1 is hosting educator preparation programs on August 10-11. Click here to learn more details including how to register!

Once you obtain your license, apply with Teachers on Call. If you have questions, email Susan Muenter.

Health Guidelines

MASD is collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Waukesha County Health Department to finalize COVID-19 student quarantine and isolation guidelines. We hope to share these guidelines by August 14. Please watch the district's Key News for Families for further updates.

Visitors & Volunteers

Section and the Mukwonago Area Schools values volunteers, however this year volunteering in the school building cannot take place. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's teacher regarding volunteer opportunities that can be completed at home.

Daily School Schedule

Morning Arrival K-6 First Bell for Buses - 8:20 a.m.
Afternoon Departure - Parent Pick-up at 3:35 p.m. under the vestibule

Afternoon Departure for all K-6 Students- 3:35 p.m.

(NOTE: Wednesday's Only Departure is 2:35 p.m.)

School Birthday Treat Policy

It is natural for children to be excited about sharing birthdays with friends. Due to COVID-19, birthday treats will be limited to non-food treats for the 2020-2021 school year. Examples of non--food treats may include; pencils, stickers, erasers, etc...The teacher will determine an appropriate time and manner for items to be distributed so as not to disrupt the classroom learning. It is not acceptable for parents to bring in balloons, flowers or deliveries.

Students Must Use Assigned Bus Stops

Drivers are instructed to pick up students at assigned stops only. This prevents students from dangerously walking or running along town and subdivision roads to another location. Students have ample time to socialize with friends at scheduled recesses and after school hours. Thank you for following your assigned scheduled bus stop.

Call In Your Absences and Tardies

The Section School Attendance Line offers 24 hour voice mail messaging. Please call the main office numbers 262-363-6260 and listen for the prompts. All absences and tardies should be called in by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence or tardy. When calling in, please state clearly your child's name, grade, homeroom teacher, reason for absence and if you want to leave a homework request. If it is a late arrival, please leave your lunch choice if taking hot lunch and an approximate arrival time if known. It is important that you call in your child by 8:30 a.m. as the number of lunches needs to be called into the central kitchen by 9:00 a.m. for delivery to our school and we will start making calls to parents for absences not called in. We appreciate your help with this process.
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