Madison Elementary News

Week of January 3, 2022

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A Reminder from Our Nurse's Office

Please make sure your child comes to school with a mask. It is a good idea to have at least one spare in their backpack.


If your child receives the COVID-19 vaccine, make sure to send documentation to the school nurse.


If your child has any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home, call your school nurse, and follow the return to school protocol:

  • Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline, or coughing up mucus)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New onset of severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomachache
  • Poor appetite (new onset)
  • Rash
A Few Pics Just Before Break

A Look Ahead

  • Jan. 4 and 6: Raider Academy - 3:30 to 5:30
  • Jan 10 - 23: Virtual Book Fair
  • Jan. 11 and 13: Raider Academy - 3:30 to 5:30
  • Jan. 14: Half Day: Staff Development Day - Dismissal at 11:30 AM
  • Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Day: No School
  • Jan. 28: Half Day: Staff Development Day - Dismissal at 11:30 AM

~~OLDER NEWS~~

Three Day Week

Hello Madison Families. Just a reminder that we only have three full days this week...Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The students are off starting Thursday, December 23 and return Monday, January 3.
Holiday Spirit Week 2021
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Fidelis Health Insurance Clinic

Fidelis is having a health insurance clinic at the Massena Salvation Army on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month for Child Health Plus.
COVID-19 Vaccines for School-Aged Children: What Parents and Families Should Know
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Capital Project Update

This past week, the 300-Wing was handed back to us. The 4th and 5th-grade students relocated to their new classrooms and will be able to stay there for the remainder of the year. The 200-Wing is up next for remodeling. The classrooms located in the 200-Wing, including the 3rg-grade classes, have relocated to new rooms for the next couple of months. Never a dull moment at Madison.
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Masks

At Madison, we are happy to provide masks to students who need one. However, we often run short on supplies. Please provide masks for your children as often as you can.

Discovery Learning Actvities

Discovery Learning has some great K-8 December activities. Take a peek when you get a chance:

Holiday Help Guide

Check out the Holiday Help Guide for holiday food and gift assistance for families in Massena, NY

Become a Substitute Teacher

The Massena Central School District is in critical need of substitute teachers for the 2021-22 school year. Choose your preferred school and grade level with flexible hours! Substitutes make $105.00/day and can work as often or as little as they like. Requirements include fingerprint clearance through NYSED and High School Diploma or GED.


If you are interested or know someone who is, please complete or share this short form.

When to Stay Home

There are many symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, headache, upset stomach, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, diarrhea, etc. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, no matter how small, please keep them home from school and get them tested. Then, please share the results of that test with our nurse at 315-764-3740 x3402 or jbain@mcs.k12.ny.us.

Construction Update

As many of you know, our 300-wing has been under construction since the beginning of the school year. However, the rooms are mostly done and the contractors are ready to hand the hallway back over to us. As a result, some of our classrooms will be moving over the next couple of weeks. The 200-wing is next for construction. Please bear with us as we balance room relocations with classroom instruction.

Join Our Team as a Substitute Teacher

Great pay and excellent flexibility. You can choose to work at one school or all schools, once

a week or just a few days a month. PLUS holidays, weekends and summers off!


If interested in a substitute teacher position please fill out the Substitute Form


For more information, to fill out an application and to view all open positions at the Massena

Central School District please visit Job Opportunities


For all inquiries, please contact 764-3700 ext. 3008 or awilhelm@mcs.k12.ny.us.

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Digital Access Survey

If you haven't already, please take this quick 4-minute DigitalSurvey. This survey is to gauge each student's access to digital technology and to the internet.

Mrs Earle's Thanksgiving Pics

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher (PT) Conferences will be virtual this year. They will occur on Monday, November 22 from 12 to 3 PM AND 5 to 7 PM and then again on Tuesday, November 23 from 12 to 3 PM. These will be half days and students will be excused at 11:30 AM.


Each of our teachers has created a link for you to join their virtual Parent-Teacher Conference. If you have chosen to meet with the teacher via Zoom or Google Meet, please click the link at your pre-scheduled time.


Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences Link

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Madison Elementary will be hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, November 23rd from 11:00AM-2:00PM. The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will be available for 5–11 year-olds. Appointments are required for this vaccination clinic as space will be limited. For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccine, you can visit:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information | St. Lawrence County (stlawco.org). To register for an appointment at Madison Elementary School, please click on this consent form.

Rollerblading in Mr. Matejcik's P.E. Class

Playing the Drums in Ms. Allen's Music Class

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No Raider Academy This Week

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Happy Thanksgiving

Sending good wishes to you this Thanksgiving! Good food that fills your table, good health as you work hard, and good times with family and friends. May you have all the best delights in life. Happy Thanksgiving!

COVID Reminders

Just a few reminders to help us do our job better and keep everyone safe...


  • Please keep phone numbers up to date at school
  • If your child receives the COVID vaccine, please send documentation to the nurse's office. This will determine if the child has to quarantine.


Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms, they must be kept home. Let the nurse's office (x3402) know and follow the return to school protocol:
  • Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline, or coughing up mucus)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New onset of severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomachache
  • Poor appetite (new onset)
  • Rash
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Capital Project Progress

Currently, contractors are working on the 300-wing here at Madison. It is expected that they will complete the work by the end of this month. There is still plenty of work to do but I have included an example of how the new corridor and rooms will look once completed. You can click on the corridor image to get a 360-degree view.
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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 5-11 Years Old

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Federal Government & the CDC gave final approval for children ages 5-11 to start receiving an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department will be offering a Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on 11/13. To learn more and to register click here.
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St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau News

Here is the November Newsletter from the St. Lawrence County Youth Development Program. This monthly newsletter includes some really fun family activities, school news from around the county, and several community calendars with upcoming events.
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Mrs. Witkop's Kindergarten Class Sings 5 Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate

Mrs. Witkop's Kindergarten Class Sings Five Little Pumpkins

Red Ribbon Week Pics

Red Ribbon Week 2021

Red Ribbon Poem and Poster Contest Winners

The story behind the symbol. Special Agent Camarena worked for many years to fight for a drug-free America, for our children. He would state "children are our future and we should all work together to keep them safe. While on the Drug Taskforce, he took many drug dealers off the street in order to keep our children from being exposed to drugs. He died while on duty. The efforts did not end there. Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the Drug Enforcement Administration's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their dedicated opposition to drugs. They pay respect not only to Special Agent Camarena, but to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.


Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a personal commitment to living drug-free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug-free America. Our 6th-grade students were challenged to write a drug-free Poem or create a poster. Two of our 6th-grade students were heard on WMSA radio throughout the week of Oct. 25-29th while the others will had their poems heard over the announcements or their posters hung in the Lobby at Madison. We are very proud of our students. This year's winners are:


  • Cooper Kennedy and Elliott Morrison-Nowak. Their poems were heard on the radio.
  • Madelyn Laraby - Poster Winner
  • Kaydence Jackson - Poster Winner
  • Ryleigh Griffin - Poster Winner
  • Angelina Daniells - Poem Winner
  • Eric Noreau - Poem Winner
  • Hope LaShomb - Poem Winner
Cooper Kennedy and Elliott Morrison-Nowak
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Link to Raider Academy November Calendar and Pictures

Please follow this link to see the November calendar and recent pictures for Raider Academy.
Red Ribbon Week Pics

Squid Games (Use generic letter)

Pfizer 5 to 11-Year-Old COVID-19 Vaccination Survey

The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department has asked for our help in distributing this 5-question survey to parents and guardians of children ages 5 to 11. With the anticipated approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 for children in this age range, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is looking to gauge community interest and to ensure that there are supplies available to serve the community in the most timely and efficient way possible.


This survey is not district-specific and will be distributed by all school districts in the region. Please note that this anonymous survey is not a consent form, and does not obligate your child to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19.


If you have additional questions regarding vaccinations, please contact your child's school medical provider or the school nurse, Jane Bain.


Link to Survey: Pfizer 5-11 Year Old COVID-19 Vaccination Survey

Play Area Times for Community Members

The Massena Central School District and Madison Elementary School would like to remind playground visitors that the Schools' play areas (playground structures, basketball court, and athletic fields) will be permitted for school use only during school days from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. These specific play areas should only be used by students attending in-school learning. They will be open to the general public after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, on weekends, and on any day that in-school learning is not in session. Also, No dogs will be allowed within 100 ft of a school building or outside areas where children are located while school is in session.
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