Bear Facts

Madison Elementary news for the week of April 5


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Core Values

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Monday, April 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting

Wednesday, April 7 - Madison Spirit Day

Lunch Menu

Monday - (A) Mini Beef Quesadillas (B) Yogurt & Sweet Bread

Tuesday - (A) Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders (B) Mini Pancakes

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

Thursday - (A) Chicken Tenders (B) Turkey & Cheese Sub

Friday - (A) Mac and Cheese (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 #1(grades K, 1, 2, 4), C (3rd-grade only)

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

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

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

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

News from Dr. Wachel

This school year has been different in so many ways. In 2019, we were able to do our first Madison Career Share Week. We had over 100 parents and family members come visit our classes to talk about their jobs and discuss how school prepared them to be good at what they do. Our students loved it. We certainly hope to bring this back in person in the upcoming school years.

But we all know this year is different. We know parents are trying to juggle things in new and difficult ways. While we still cannot have guests in the school, we are trying to survey to find out if there are parents who would still be interested in "visiting" us to share about your job/career. This could be done through a scheduled zoom time or a pre-recorded video. We will invite you to share what you do on your job, give us a tour (if you like), and share how you use math/reading to do your job well. ALL jobs and careers are welcome. Kids love to get a look behind the scenes at what their moms and dads do all day!

If you are interested in sharing a 5-10 minute video or a 10-15 minute zoom with our students about your job, please complete the following survey:

Career Share Week Survey

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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.
Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O'Dowd

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.

Autism Awareness Day

Friday, April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today. The video below is a powerful testimony from individuals who have autism.
What Do You Want Kids to Know About Autism?

Virtual PTA Meeting

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Topic: April Madison PTA Meeting
Time: Apr 5, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 4712 0836
Passcode: 369652

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

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

Thank you for your generosity and kindness!

Jackie Hodson, school social worker

Deb Clegg, school counselor

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

Deb Clegg, school counselor

office: 913.856.3313

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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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 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 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.


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

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


If you experience difficulties logging in, please send an email with your name and grade to

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 - 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.