EC-5 Elementary Express

February 2017

Grades EC-5 February 2017 At-A-Glance

February 3 - 5th Grade Field Trip - UW Whitewater Harriet Tubman play.

February 9 - Kindergarten 100th Day of School

February 4 - Optimist sponsored Winter Fest @ Lewis Park - 1pm to 3pm

February 10 - Waubesa all school assembly - Everyone's Awesome Assembly with Ryan Hacke

February 10 - 4th Grade Spelling Bee @ 1:30pm

February 14 - 3rd Grade Valentines Day Celebration

February 14 - Red/White/Pink Day @ CEELC and MPS Campus

February 14 - 5th Grade Spelling Bee at 1:45pm

February 16 - World READ Aloud Day - All School

February 17 - 4th and 5th Grade Spelling Bee

February 20 - Waubesa Super Stars Awarded

February 21 - 2nd Grade Music Programs - 5:30pm - Adams, Hiveley, Huber-Drake, Schmidt; - 6:30pm - Garvoille, Jefferson, Paley, Wisniewski

February 23 - 1st Grade Music Programs - 5:30pm - Brezenski, Mandli, Orlowski, Rotunno; - 6:30pm - Froden, Davis/Knapp, Juszczyk, Schimanski

February 25 - McFarland Education Foundation Winter Bash - 7pm to Midnight @ the 5100 Club.

February 27 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

February 28 to March 1 - Jump Rope for Heart K-2 - during PE classes (all at MPS)

Dates to look forward to in March...

March 2 - Youth Art Month Reception at E.D. Locke Public Library

March 6-10 - Waubesa Conference Week

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The Reading Team is looking for gently used portable walk-man CD players. If you have one (or more) you'd like to donate, please send them to the attention of Sandra Taylor-Marshall at Waubesa Intermediate School.

Thank you!

McFarland Reading Team

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Promote Reading At Home

Each night students should be reading at least 20-30 minutes. Research has shown a very high correlation between reading and academic success. KEEP READING!!!
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Literacy Lowdown

As a mom, I remember reading some of the same books over & over to my boys. I Knew You Could!: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life by Craig Dorfman, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. , or A Very Wiggly Christmas by Bob Berry. Do any of these sound familiar? While these reading moments are still some of my favorite memories, there were nights I tried to coax my kids into choosing a different book, one I hadn’t read a million times before! But research shows that reading the same books over and over to our children has many benefits. Check out this short article “Why Reading the Same Book Repeatedly Is Good For Kids (Even If It Drives You Nuts)” by Devon Corneal here.

Happy Reading!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471

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January 23, 2017 - Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus

This year we again will not be sending paper copies of the report cards home. You should have received an email about this recently. Log in to the parent portal in Infinite Campus and you can view your child's report card. You may also print a paper copy if you would like to have one for your records. This will be the same process we will follow at the end of the school year. If you would like us to send a paper copy home, please contact your child's teacher or your schools Administrative Assistant.

Barbara Waara - Director of Student Nutrition

Jackie Ribble - Administrative Assistant / Student Nutrition

Student Nutrition Contact Information:

T: 608-838-3166 ext. 4521 or ext. 4549

A note from our Director of Student Nutrition, Barbara Waara...

Hearty and Healthy Hot Lunch!

As the cold days of winter continue, the McFarland Student Nutrition Department is here, serving up school meals that are warm and welcoming! Each morning, our team is hard at work preparing for your child’s meal times. This month’s menu is full of familiar favorites that we’re sure they’ll love. This winter, consider letting us do the cooking… we promise to serve their meal with a smile that’s just as warm!

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Your Resolution Solution

This time of year, most people resolve to “get healthy”—but did you know that resolving to save money is almost as popular? We have good news if either or both of those resolutions are on your family’s list... the meals that the McFarland Student Nutrition Department serves are comprised of at least 51% whole grains and reduced fat dairy to support a healthy body weight; plus we offer up to 5 cups of fruit and 5 cups of vegetables each week.* Not only are school meals health-conscious, they’re also cost-conscious—saving families an average of $.25 per day!**

*According to USDA National School Lunch Program guidelines **Based on average meal prices for the 2014-15 school year

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A Message From Health Services

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is hosting a 2017 Preschool Family Conference March 31 to April 2, for families that have children who are blind or visually impaired through age 5. Location is in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Cost is $50/family. To register go to To reserve a room call (920)432-1234

Wisconsin Lions Camp is taking Camper Applications (for Deaf and Hard of hearing, Visually Impaired, Autism, and Diabetes camps. Please call (715-677-4969) to register. More info can be obtained online:

For Free Public Health/Dane County Immunization Clinics: By appointment only Jan 2017-June 2017, call (608) 266-4821, the schedule for clinics can be viewed at

Also, please be sure to let school staff know if your work, cell, or home contact information has changed in case of emergency. Thanks.

Alison Potter, RN, MS

District Health Service Coordinator

McFarland School District

McFarland, Wisconsin 53558

(608) 838-4500 ext 4761.

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Winter Clothing

Parents, please mark your child's name in their winter clothing: jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens. Many of these items are left at school and go to lost and found because they cannot be identified.

Classroom Placement for 2017-2018

The process for determining classrooms for next year begins soon. This process is very time consuming and will not be completed until early August. Families will learn who their child's teacher is as part of fall registration.

Although we do not take requests for specific teachers or to place a child with a specific friend, we do take your input on the kind of classroom or the learning needs of your son or daughter. Please send an email or write a note to Ann Schroeder (CEELC and MPS Students) or Sue Murphy (Waubesa Intermediate Students) with placement information.

Creating class lists that support all learners is a difficult and complicated task. Please share all information by Feb. 24.

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Weather Reminder

As a reminder, if the temperature reaches 0 degrees (combination of temperature and wind chill) or lower, students will have inside recess. Most days the students will have outside recess so please monitor what type of outerwear your child wears to school on these days so they are comfortable and dry out at recess.

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CEELC and Primary School News

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CEELC and Primary School Building Information

Interim Principal:

Ann Schroeder

Building Administrative Assistant / CEELC:

Emily Broome - 608-838-3146

Building Administrative Assistant / Primary:

Sheryl Leemon - 608-838-3115

From the Desk of Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Dear CEELC/MPS Families:

During the month of February, kindergarteners in many schools across the country look forward to the 100th Day of School, which, give or take a snow day, looks like it will be on Feb. 10. All year, students have been calendar counting the days, with objects, and then also counting in groups of ten. On the 100th Day, teachers celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using 100.

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. Report cards show how your child is developing academically, behaviorally, and socially/emotionally. If you have any difficulty accessing your child's report card in Infinite Campus, please call the CEELC or MPS Office for assistance. 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; thanks for your partnership.

Just as a reminder, breakfast is served before school in the MPS Cafeteria for K, 1, and 2 students. Our daily serving average is 35 students. Breakfast favorites are the whole grain cinnamon cream cheese bagels and mini pancake and sausage wraps. Food Service is trying out a new item--Yogurt Smoothies with a cereal bar. All breakfasts include fruit, juice, and milk. The adults in the Cafeteria greet students, help them make food selections if needed, and chit chat with students as a positive way to start the day.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ann Schroeder, CEELC/MPS Interim Principal

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Upcoming 1st and 2nd Grade Music Programs

As you prepare to attend your child's upcoming music program(s) at MPS Gym please keep the following in mind:

*Building entryways are unlocked at 5:15pm.

*Gym doors are unlocked at 5:15pm.

*Children should go directly to either the Art or Music room when they enter the building.

*Seating in the gym is on a first come basis; please don't reserve blocks of seats.

*Other parts of the building, including classrooms, remain off-limits.

*Video taping is welcome.

These are informal performances, giving families a taste of what we do in music class. All classes will be standing on risers and singing throughout the program. Your child's teacher will let you know which color riser grouping your child's class will be standing on. Students may dress up for the program, but will want to wear something comfortable for movements. Please take your child's coat with you to your seat. Please check the Music Class Blog at

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2017-2018 - 4K Enrollment & Parent Orientation

Information regarding 4K Enrollment will be online soon. Packet pick-up will begin March 1st. A child must be 4 years old by 9/1/17.

Please join us for:

Welcome to 4K Night

Thursday, March 9

7:00 - 8:00 PM


(Adults only please)

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2017-2018 - 5 Year Old Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Registration for 5-Year Old Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year will take place on-line in August. Watch for more details. If you have a child that was not in McFarland 4K, but will be coming to Kindergarten here, please call 838-3146 to get on the list. If you have a child entering 5 Year Old Kindergarten (the child must be 5 by 9/1/17) this coming fall, we hope you will join us for the:

Parent Orientation to 5K

Thursday, April 6

7:00 - 8:00PM


Waubesa Intermediate School News

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Waubesa Intermediate School Building Information


Sue Murphy

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Coady-Bast - 608-838-7667

From the Desk of Principal Sue 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, on Infinite Campus report cards are available at this time, another set of conferences will take place just before spring break, and we will then have report cards available again after school is out in June. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to regularly check your son's or daughter's assignment notebook which should also help keep you informed about what is happening each day at school.

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 up 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.

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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School Drop Off

Please remember that students are not to be dropped off or picked up in the Leanne Lane parking lot. This larger lot is for staff parking and bus drop-off. Parents should drop their son or daughter in the smaller lot off of Red Oak Trail.

If you would like to avoid the heavy traffic congestion consider dropping your child off a block or two away and having them walk the rest of the way. We also have playground supervision starting at 7:30am so students may be dropped off earlier.

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

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Waubesa Service Project

Thank you to the many families who contributed to our recent Food Drive at Waubesa. Just before winter break, our school donated 725 pounds of food and non-food donations to the McFarland Community Food Pantry. Each classroom is continuing to collect cash donations for the food pantry and have a collection jar in the classroom. Your support in promoting this service project is appreciated. Research shows that when students know they are helping others they tend to feel better about themselves and view themselves as contributing members of the community. Our school-wide theme of the Power of One, Power of Team, and Power of Community is closely connected to this goal.
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Thank You to our Student Teachers!

* Special thanks to our first semester student teachers. Christine Punzel taught our third graders and Mika Passini taught out fifth graders. We appreciate all they have done for students. We welcome Andrew Garvey as a new student teacher in fifth grade. He will be working mostly with John Wells for the third quarter.
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