A Message from the Principal
A new year means a new beginning! This is a great time to reflect on our many blessings and set goals for 2024! What new skill would you like to learn? What new talent would you like to try? What skill could you teach someone else? Challenge yourself and your family to set a goal that involves learning something new. With each skill we acquire, we gain greater confidence in ourselves. A goal you might have for improving school success is to read for 20 minutes each night and practice math facts for 10 minutes. This goal could drastically change the performance of a child’s success in school. Students that engage in reading are more likely to score higher on academic tests. It also helps to build empathy, vocabulary and positively affects mental and physical health. Library cards are free, all you need to do is fill out a short form at the local library to be able to check out an even greater selection of books. This could be another great way to encourage reading. As for math, flash cards are still used to increase automaticity. XtraMath is another great electronic way to practice math facts. There are many, many apps that provide math facts practice as well. In the spirit of trying something new to boost student success…give one of these apps a try! Early reading and math skills build the foundation for future learning. It is never too early to practice these skills, and repeat regularly for best results! Some of my favorites are The Magic Tree House Series, Who Would Win?, Who is or Who was Series?, etc. If you are uncertain as to what direction to take, reach out to your child’s teacher and they will be able to recommend an appropriate level, that would bring your child success. We are here to help!
- Tuesday, January 2nd - No school for students; Staff Development Day
- Monday, January 14th - PTO Meeting at 3:30p in the Madison Library
- Thursday, January 18th - End of Quarter
- Friday, January 19th - No school for students
- Monday, January 22nd - No school for students
- Friday, January 26th - Snowball Dance 6p-8p in the Madison Gym
Watch Our Holiday Concert
Though we did not have a holiday concert this year, our music teachers wanted to piece together a video of our classes singing holiday songs they have been working hard on. We will have a Spring concert in March and will let you know the date of it as soon as it is set.
We hope you enjoy the show! https://youtu.be/l57k7uHOjng
The Reading Corner
Thank you ALL for your continued support in filling out Read and Respond sheets for your children. Practicing the reading skills and strategies they are learning outside of school is critical to our success! As the second quarter comes to an end, we will be assessing your children to determine the right fit reading groups. We do our best to use multiple data points to determine groupings that will maximize reading growth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
All my best,
The Counselor Corner
NEW SERVICES COMING TO MADISON ELEMENTARY!
We are excited to announce two new services coming to Madison Elementary!:
Firstly, Madison will be partnering with Lakeshore Community Healthcare and gaining a School Based Mental Health clinician! Our clinician is Megan Hofmeister and she will begin seeing students on January 5th. If you are concerned about the mental health needs of your child or would like to enroll, please contact your School Counselor using the contact information below. Here is a bit about the School Based Mental Health Program from Lakeshore Community Health's Webpage!
- Improved academic performance and social functioning
- Reduced suspensions, detentions, unexcused absences, and symptoms
- Significant progress towards treatment goals
Why School-Based Mental Health?
- Eliminates transportation costs
- Services are delivered regardless of ability to pay
- On-site therapy reduces missed appointments and classroom time
- On-site therapy provides greater opportunity for care coordination & case management
- On-site therapy encourages self-referrals and referrals by peers
Secondly, You should have received information about the Backpack Program in your students Friday Folder before break. Madison is partnering with Grow It Forward to provide your child with a bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods for the weekend helping your family stretch its food buying dollar. This program will continue until the end of the school year, the bags will be discreetly distributed on Fridays by the end of the school day (or by the last day of school for your child each week). This program does require a signed permission slip. If you are in need of this permission slip, or need assistance filling it out, Please reach out to the School Counselor using the information below.
School Counselor/SFA Solutions Coordinator