Bear Facts

Madison Elementary news for the week of April 12

Mission

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Vision

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Core Values

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Sunday, April 11 - Read Aloud with Dr. Wachel on Facebook Live, 7pm

Monday, April 12 - Site Council Meeting, 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 15 - Madison Spirit Day

Thursday, April 15 - Madison Day at Mod Pizza

Friday, April 16 - No School for Kindergarten Students

Friday, April 16 - Kindergarten Rodeo

Friday, April 16 - National Wear your Pajamas to School Day

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Lunch Menu

Monday - (A) Pulled Pork Sandwich (B) Yogurt & Sweet Bread

Tuesday - (A) Corndog (B) Mini Waffles

Wednesday - (A) Hamburger (B) Yogurt and Muffin

Thursday - (A) Popcorn Chicken (B) Ham & Cheese Sub

Friday - (A) Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza (B) Yogurt & Sweet Bread


Madison Elementary Lunch Menu


Just a reminder... Although school meals are free for the 2020-2021 school year, students are still welcome to bring a lunch from home as they desire. Please note that although these students will still be permitted to purchase milk or juice ($0.55 each) to accompany their lunch from home, these individual items are not covered by the program. Only complete meals are available for free. Weekly balance reminders are sent to families whose students' account balances fall below zero due to these types of purchases.

Specials Schedule

In an effort to avoid classes missing the same special on days of the week due to not being in session, we will continue to utilize a specials schedule that is on a 4-day rotation versus a day of the week rotation. Having this rotation, we will avoid the same specials always being on the same day of the week and avoid not having specials due to days off or snow days.


Please note, that our early childhood classes will have their specials on the same day of the week since they attend four days a week. Third grade will be use a 5-day letter rotation since there are 5 sections (A, B, C, D, E). For a specific class schedule, please refer to the classroom information provided by the classroom teacher.


Monday - Specials Day #2(grades K, 1, 2, 4), C (3rd-grade only)

Tuesday - Specials Day #3 (grades K, 1, 2, 4), D (3rd-grade only)

Wednesday - Specials Day #4 (grades K, 1, 2, 4), E (3rd-grade only)

Thursday - Specials Day #1 (grades K, 1, 2, 4), A (3rd-grade only)

Friday - Specials Day #2 (grades K, 1, 2, 4), B (3rd-grade only)

News from Dr. Wachel

Madison's Kindergarten Rodeo is scheduled for Friday, April 16 and we can't wait to meet our incoming kindergartners. To allow our kindergarten teachers to meet the newest Bears, there will be no kindergarten at Madison and across all Gardner Edgerton Elementary schools.
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Read Alouds

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Reading helps make sense of the world around us. It can help us understand our own experiences and gain insight into the experiences of others. Each week, we will add a new book being read aloud for you to listen to and enjoy. We hope you and your children enjoy these weekly selections and that they prompt important conversation and discussion.
THE COUCH POTATO 🥔Kids Book Read Aloud

Family Survey

As part of the district's Multi-Tiered System of Supports, we would like to gather input from our families regarding your perspective about Madison Elementary. This brief survey will ask you to identify strengths and areas of growth for our learning community as we work together to develop a safe and healthy environment where each student is engaged, challenged, and supported. This survey is open through May 1, 2021. We thank you in advance for taking the time to help us continually improve our procedures and systems at Madison Elementary.


You can take the survey here.

Incoming Kindergartners and Kindergarten Rodeo

It is hard to believe that we are ready to recruit our incoming kindergartners. To help us better plan for the 2021-22 school year, please complete the link below if you have an incoming kindergartner. If you have a neighbor with an incoming kindergartner, feel free to share the link or direct them to our Madison website to complete the form. Mark your calendars for Kindergarten Rodeo - Friday, April 16 (more information will come soon). We can't wait to meet all of our incoming kindergarten Bears!


Please note that there will be no school for kindergarten on Friday, April 16 to allow our kindergarten team to meet our incoming Bears. Grades 1-4 will still be in session.


https://tinyurl.com/Madison2021

Door Decorations for Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week is May 3rd-7th. We would love to show our staff how much we appreciate them, as with everything this year that will look a little different. We can't go in the school but we can still decorate all of our staff's doors. Please pick a teacher/staff member or two or three, decorate a standard size poster board, and send it in the week of April 26th to be hung Monday, May 3rd to kick off staff appreciation week. In the past we have added balloons and fun 3d objects since they will need to be stacked and stored until someone can hang them please keep them 2d this year. Thank you for your help!!


You can sign up to decorate a door using this link


If you have any questions feel free to email Cyrena Semrau at cyrena@semraufamily.com

PTA Drive-In Movie Night

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Saturday April 24th Madison PTA and the Drive-in at Midway-Paola/Osawatomie is hosting Madison family movie night. Gates open at 7pm The Croods: A New Age begins at dark. Sign up now with your oldest child's name and their teacher's name, the week before the event we will send home with your child (remote families can pick up at Madison) a ticket for one car entry and a ticket for one popcorn. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday April 21. Limited space available, must have ticket for entry. One car per family please. Masks are required in concession area and where social distancing is not attainable.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C45ADA722A4FE3-madison2

Counselor and Social Worker Corner

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Hi families,


Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an organization of volunteers in Gardner who build, assemble, and deliver top-notch bunk beds and new bedding to children and families in need.


Let’s help them collect bedding for families in our community!

Please bring the following items to donate:

NEW blankets/ comforters, NEW twin sheets, NEW pillows


Donations can be dropped off at the Kindness Case outside of the library before school! You also have the option to make a financial donation online at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E345976&id=54.

Thank you for your generosity and kindness!



Jackie Hodson, school social worker

hodsonj@usd231.com


Deb Clegg, school counselor

cleggd@usd231.com



Here are some resources we created to support you and your student:


Virtual Calm Corner for students to use to calm and center


I NEED TO TALK Form for students which will alert Mrs. Hodson and Mrs. Clegg to contact your student and allows them to share feelings and concerns


FAMILY CHECK-IN form for parents/ guardians to complete if there are physical, emotional, mental health or academic needs you would like support and resources for.


Jackie Hodson, school social worker

office: 913.856.0409

hodsonj@usd231.com


Deb Clegg, school counselor

office: 913.856.3313

cleggd@usd231.com

Birthday Treats

This year, birthday treats can still be brought to school they just need to be store-bought or pre-packaged items (think Little Debbie type snacks) to help our students celebrate in a safe and healthy way (no home made treats this year). In addition, the USD 231 Nutrition Services department offers birthday catering options. Please see the information below for more information about these services.
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Masks

One of the preventative measures we have put in place for our students and staff to provide a safe and healthy environment is to wear masks at all times inside and outside unless we are eating or drinking. We encourage you to send an extra mask in the backpack in case one breaks or needs to changed out. We appreciate all your support in making sure your child has a mask when he/she arrives at school.

Update from the Health Room

As we enter into Winter, it is a great time to remind our school community of the measures we take to keep students healthy and prevent the spread of communicable diseases.


  • We reinforce frequent hand washing with our students and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands).

  • In addition, we refer to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) recommendations when determining the need to send a student home from school. The JCDHE recommendation chart provides specific guidance on when a student can be readmitted to school.

    • For example, students are to be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.


Occasionally we receive questions about head lice management in our schools, and we have an extensive set of resources on our website that can be found HERE.

  • As needed, we will inform parents when we see an increase in illnesses in our school population with the potential for rapid spread among students and staff (such as influenza) or in the rare instance we have a mandatory reportable disease occur in our population, like Mumps. General head lice notifications are not recommended as they have been found to cause harm and lead to unnecessary treatment. Instead, the school nurse will assess the need for notification on an individual basis to those considered close contacts.


Thank you for reinforcing healthy habits with our students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our school nurse at (913) 856-0450.

Amazon Smile

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Did you know your Amazon purchases can benefit the PTA? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and select Madison Elementary Gardner to find our school!
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Virtual Homework Support

VIRTUAL HOMEWORK SUPPORT (VHS) allows Gardner Edgerton students access to teacher support outside the classroom.


MONDAY - THURSDAY

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ELEMENTARY)

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (MS/HS)


VHS WEBSITE


If you experience difficulties logging in, please send an email with your name and grade to geycp@usd231.com.

Madison PTA

Interested in the Madison PTA Happenings? Stay in the know!

We invite everyone to join the Madison PTA Facebook page. By searching Madison Elementary PTA Gardner, KS under Pages, you will be able to join the group and receive updated PTA information.


If you are interested in joining the PTA, please see the membership form.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Be sure to follow us on Twitter - @MDEBears and on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MadisonElementaryBears. We will use our twitter and facebook accounts to share information, pictures, and classroom happenings throughout the school year so you can have a window into the classrooms and experience the learning with your bear.