EC-5 Elementary Express

February 2019

February Dates At-A-Glance

February 4 - Report cards available on Infinite Campus after 3pm

February 4 - Culinary Demo at WIS - 3pm - 5pm

February 7 - 1st Grade Planetarium Field Trip - 9am - 11am (Froden, Juszczyk, Schimanski)

*February 9 - Optimist-sponsored Winter Fest at Lewis Park - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

February 11 - 1st Grade Planetarium Field Trip - 9am - 11am (Adams, Brezenski, Rotunno)

*February 12 - Author Patricio Polacco Visit at WIS - NOTE DATE CHANGE

February 12 - 1st Grade Planetarium Field Trip - 9am - 11am (David, Mandli, Orlowski)

Februrary 13 - Overture Center Field Trip - 5th Grade

February 14 - CEPS Campus - Wear Red, White, or Pink!

February 14 - National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - select 4th Graders

February 15 - Kindergarten Orientation (RSVP Required) - 8:15am - 9:15am at CEPS

February 18 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

February 19 - Registration Starts for 4K/K for 2019-2020

February 19 - PTO Meeting at WIS - 6:30pm

February 21 - Kids Heart Challenge during PE (K-2nd grades)

February 22 - Kindergarten Orientation (RSVP Required) - 8:15am - 9:15am at CEPS

February 22 - Kids Heart Challenge during PE (K-2nd grades)

February 26 - 2nd Grade Music Program/Art Show

-5:30pm - Huber-Drake, Punzel, Schmaling

-6:30pm - Garvoille, Hiveley, Schmidt, Wisniewski

-6pm - 6:20pm - View Art - ALL CLASSES

February 26 & 27 - Kids Heart Challenge at WIS

Februrary 28 - Kindness Retreat - 5th Grade

February 28 - 1st Grade Music Program/Art Show

-5:30pm - Brezenski, Davis, Orlowski, Rotunno, Schimanski

-6:30pm - Adams, Froden, Juszczyk, Mandli

-6pm - 6:20pm - View Art - ALL CLASSES

Upcoming Dates in March:

March 4 - 4th Grade Art and Music Show

March 5 - 4K Dr. Seuss Literacy/Math Fun Family Night at CEPS - 6pm - 7pm

March 7 - Youth Art Month Reception at Public Library

March 11-15 - WIS Conference Week and Kindergarten Conference Week

March 11-15 - CEPS Scholastic Book Fair in Library

March 11-22 - Conferences for 1st and 2nd Grades

March 11-22 - Swim Unit for 1st and 2nd Grades

March 14 - Welcome to 4K Parent Night in CEPS Gym - 6pm - 7pm

March 14 - Conference Night at WIS

March 18 - 5th Grade Art and Music Show

March 25 - 29 - SPRING BREAK

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If you have not already done so, please be sure to put your child's name in their jackets, snowpants, hats, mittens, and boots. Many of these items are left behind on the playground or at school and end up in the Lost and Found!


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As a reminder, if the combined air temperature and wind chill reaches below 0, students will have inside recess. Otherwise, they will go outside. Please monitor what type of outerwear your child brings to school on these cold, winter days!

If you need assistance providing winter gear for your child, please contact your school. We can help!


Throughout the spring and summer, our staff works through the process of determining class placement, with final decisions shared with families as a part of fall registration in August. Many factors go into this complicated and time-consuming process as great care is taken to establish class rosters that support the unique needs of all learners. Please note that while we DO NOT take parent requests for placing their child(ren) with a specific teacher or friend(s), we are open to parents sharing details about teacher characteristics or classroom settings that we might consider when determining a student's best placement. If you are interested in sharing preferred teacher traits or classroom environment needs (without specific teacher names), please send an email or written note to the principal at your child's school by Friday, March 8th. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Murphy, Mr. Nelson, or your child's teacher with any questions about this process.

Kind regards,

Sue Murphy

Principal, WIS

Greg Nelson

Interim Principal, CEPS


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Report cards will be available after 3pm on February 4. You can view them by logging into Infinite Campus under the parent portal. If you have any questions at all please reach out to your child's school.
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Conrad Elvehjem Primary School Information

Interim Principal:

Greg Nelson

CEPS Building Administrative Assistant:

Emily Broome - (608) 838-3146

Administrative Assistant:

Sheryl Leemon - (608) 838-3146

A Note From Interim Principal Nelson

Dear Families,

What a crazy month January was. We experienced quite a range of weather phenomena...warm and cold temperatures, even more cold temperatures, and lots of snow! There were some snow and cold days thrown in the mix just to keep us on our toes. Here’s to hoping February is a little bit kinder to us!

During the school year, our goal is to have four formal opportunities to hear how your child is doing in school. In the fall, parents attended Parent-Teacher Conferences as the first opportunity. In January, teachers prepared the first-semester report cards for parents to view on Infinite Campus this month. Report cards show how your child is developing academically, behaviorally, and socially-emotionally. The third opportunity to learn about your child's progress will be Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. Lastly, the second-semester report cards will be available in June. A strong home-school connection helps our students be successful, and I thank you for your partnership.

Just as a reminder, an optional breakfast is served before school in the cafeteria for K-2 students. All breakfasts include fruit, juice, and milk. The breakfast supervisors greet students, help them make food selections if needed, and chit chat with students as a positive way to start the day.

I want to take this time to remind you that CEPS (and our other district schools) are latex-free, as we do have individuals in the buildings with latex allergies. Gloves and bandages provided by health and food services are latex-free, and we ask for your assistance by refraining from sending latex balloons to school for celebrations, birthdays, etc. Christin Strong, our Health Services Coordinator, sent an email to families in January with further guidance on selecting latex-free school supplies.

Thank you for all you do to support your student(s) and our learning community. We know that we can do all things better...together!

Greg Nelson

Interim Principal


The weather outside is frightful, but these math resources are delightful! During these cold winter months here are some fun math websites your child could use to keep their math skills sharp!

  • Topmarks Website - This website has a variety of math games. Many of these games can be played on the iPad and the math skill being practiced can be adjusted by choosing a different category at the top of the webpage.
  • Bridges Website - The Bridges Website provides a selection of games and resources based on grade and math concept. If you click on the grade and then scroll down to the bottom of the webpage you will see links to games that your child could practice with.
  • DreamBox - Each student has their own login information and DreamBox adjusts the activities based on the performance of the child when completing the activity. If you need login information for DreamBox please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Enjoy and have FUN with MATH!!!

CEPS Has a New Interim Associate Principal!

Meet Brooke Hauser!

As of January 2, Mrs. Hauser has transitioned from her role as CEPS Technology Teacher and Tech Integrator into the role of Associate Principal at CEPS. She is excited about interacting with students and staff in new ways as she finishes out the school year in administration.

Mrs. Hauser was the Technology Teacher at Waubesa Intermediate School for 9 years prior to her shift to CE/MPS and CEPS, so many of you may know her from that role, as well. She also co-directs the McFarland High School musicals and spring plays, so she is very involved in the McFarland School District and with students at many levels.

Mrs. Hauser has two children, Thomas (a freshman at UW-Stout) and Annika (a sophomore at McFarland High School). Her husband, Jeremy, and beagles (Darcy and Sassy B) also keep her busy and entertained. You will find her in and around the community teaching, learning, acting, singing, directing and chauffeuring, and always with a smile.

We welcome Mrs. Hauser to this new role!


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Waubesa Intermediate School Information

School Principal:

Sue Murphy

Associate Principal:

Al Northouse

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Bast (608) 838-7667

A Note From Principal Murphy

Dear Waubesa Families -

It’s unbelievable to actually think we are already into the second semester of the school year! It is our goal to communicate with you formally at least four times during the year.

  • You would have met for parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first quarter.
  • Report Cards will be available on Infinite Campus February 4 at 3pm.
  • Another set of conferences will take place just before spring break.
  • We will then have report cards available after school is out in June.

We believe the first semester has been very successful. We are working on students having a growth mindset. Sometimes we hear "I can't do it" before students even try. Our hope is that students always give their best effort, knowing ability levels will be different. Additionally, we are working on always showing respect and being kind to each other. Your support in these efforts is much appreciated.

At these grade levels, students really begin to learn independence. Our expectations for students related to work completion, controlling of actions and behaviors, and overall independence increases at each grade level so children are prepared for even higher expectations in the middle school. Adding responsibilities at home can help. Students should slowly realize that with an increase in freedom comes this increase in responsibilities. We believe with guidance from all of us, they will be ready.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call or send an email. It is very important to me that we have open communication.

Stay warm,

Sue Murphy


Waubesa School


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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent food drive at Waubesa. Just before winter break, our school collected 1,250 pounds of items to donate to the McFarland Community Food Pantry!

Research shows that when students know they're helping others they tend to feel better about themselves and view themselves as contributing members of the community.

Great job showing your Waubesa Power!


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Please remember not to drop off or pick up students in the Leanne Lane parking lot. This larger lot is for staff parking and bus drop-off. Please instead drop off your children in the smaller lot off of Red Oak Trail.

We appreciate the many parents who consistently follow all of the traffic rules. Student safety is our main goal!

Thank you!


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Everyone is welcome to attend the next PTO meeting at WIS at 6:30pm. Our topic will be Mindfulness. Childcare will be available.

We hope to see you there!

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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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Please Bring This Flyer to Culver's to Support the McFarland Sparks 4-H Club!

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Free Sales for Families (McFarland-based nonprofit) is LOOKING FOR DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS for our upcoming FREE SALE! We provide community members with children’s items (regardless of income level or location of residence) in exchange for freewill monetary donations, which go to local nonprofits.

Since fall 2016, thousands of people have been served and nearly $12,000 has been raised for local nonprofits including:

  • McFarland Food Pantry
  • McFarland Youth Center
  • Mikayla’s Grace
  • McFarland High School Pride Pantry

Our NEXT FREE SALE is March 15 & 16 and we need your help to make our efforts go even further!

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