EC-5 Elementary Express

March 2019

March Dates At-A-Glance

March 1 - First 4K Friday, 4K Online Enrollment (for 2019-20) starts - see website for details

March 1 - 1st Grade Planetarium Field Trip - 10am - 12pm (Davis, Mandli, Orlowski)

March 1 - High School Jazz Band to perform for WIS

March 4 - 4th Grade Music and Art Program - 6:00 pm for Art; 6:30 pm for Music

March 4 - 8 - National School Breakfast Week

March 5 - 5th Grade Planetarium Field Trip (Wilson and Butorac)

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

March 6 & 7 - Kids Heart Challenge at WIS - during PE

March 7 - Youth Art Month Reception at E.D. Locke Public Library - 5:30pm - 7pm

March 11 - 15 - WIS Conference Week

March 11 - 15 - Kindergarten Conference Week, CEPS Scholastic Book Fair

March 11 - 22 - 1st and 2nd Grade Conference Weeks

March 11 - 22 - 1st and 2nd Grade Swim Units

March 13 - 1st Grade Planetarium Field Trip - 9am - 11am (Froden, Juszczyk, Schimanski)

March 14 - WIS Related Arts Conference Night 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

March 15 - CEPS Campus - Green Day

March 18 - 5th Grade Music and Art Program - 6:00 pm for Art; 6:30 pm for Music

March 19 - May 4 - FORWARD State Testing Window

March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 25 - March 29 - SPRING BREAK!

Upcoming Dates in April

April 1 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

April 2 - School Resumes

April 5 - Last Kindergarten Orientation - 8:15am - 9:15am - CEPS Cafeteria (RSVP required)

April 5 - 4K Make Up Day

April 10 - Summer School Online Registration Begins

April 11 - Open Mic Poetry Night at E.D. Locke Public Library

April 26 - PTO Sock Hop at WIS

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Due to snow and cold day cancellations, students will have classes on April 22 and May 24.

Summer School 2019

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Each summer we offer summer school courses in McFarland. There are multiple sessions and a variety of classes offered each session. We offer enrichment classes as well as educational support classes.

Session 1: June 17 - June 27 (classes Monday - Thursday)

Session 2: July 8 - July 25 (classes Monday - Thursday)

Camp Kindergarten: August 5 - August 15 (classes Monday - Thursday)

ALL classes for students entering grades 1 - 5 will be held at WIS. All classes for students entering grades 6 and up will be at IMMS. The August session of Camp Kindergarten will be held at CEPS.

A table of offerings and course descriptions will be available online by March 8.

Online Registration will begin April 10, 2019 at 7pm!


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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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The Lost and Found areas at CEPS and WIS are growing! Please check for misplaced items during the upcoming music and art shows as well as during Conference Week.

Any items remaining in the Lost and Found when Spring Break begins will be donated to a local charity!


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Did you know April is National Poetry Month? The E.D. Locke Public Library will be celebrating!

The library will be showcasing original poetry during the month of April. Any student wishing to submit poetry to be showcased should turn it into his/her teacher by Friday, April 5th. It must be on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and can include illustrations. Student submissions will be showcased throughout the library through May 1st.

In addition, on Thursday April 11th, the library will host Open Mic Night. Students and staff wishing to read a piece of poetry (original or someone else’s) are eligible. Students who submitted work to be showcased DO NOT have to read their piece. A student may also read a different piece of poetry if they prefer.

In order to participate in Open Mic Night, students must sign up and be present at 6pm.

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,

Happy March! This month is an exciting time at Conrad Elvehjem Primary School! Our students will surely look forward to the weather warming up in the coming months (hopefully!), and this is also a time where our teachers note that students make large gains in their academic and social learning.

Last month, our first and second graders got to invite their families to our CEPS Fine Arts Night. They had the opportunity to show off their artwork displayed throughout our school, and also put on a musical performance in the gym; thanks to music teacher Kathy Kellen and art teacher Bonnie Tuttle for their time and energy put into making this a fun night for all! Some important dates to look forward to in the month of March include “Green Dress Up Day” on the 15th and spring break the week of March 25-29th.

This month, we look forward to our spring Parent-Teacher conferences, which is an opportunity for families to hear about our students’ progress in their all-around learning in school, and a chance for teachers and families to strengthen the partnership as you collaborate to best support your child(ren)’s unique characteristics. Please anticipate more to come from your child’s teacher, and thank you in advance for making your participation a priority. Be sure to check out the Scholastic Book Fair during conferences the week of March 11-15th!

Thinking about weather and the arrival of Spring, March often likes to surprise us with what to expect. Please plan to check the weather before sending your child(ren) to school, as there may be snowy, rainy, muddy, windy, dry, cold, or warm days! Students have recess outside as long as it isn’t actively raining or a windchill below 0, so it is important to be prepared for whatever elements come our way. We suggest that students wear waterproof boots and snow pants outside during the “slushy” days so that pants and shoes don’t get wet, which can be an uncomfortable distraction during the learning time in class.

Just a final reminder that families are welcome to send me an email or written note regarding placement for next year. Please do not request specific teachers or peers, rather, feel free to describe qualities and characteristics and classroom settings that a teacher may have that would support your child in having a successful year. These emails are due to me no later than Friday, March 8th.

Till next time!

Greg Nelson

Interim Principal


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We’d love your help at the Book Fair this year! There are many open times available, and we’d greatly appreciate all extra hands. Some ways to help include: set up, cashier, shopping assistant, and pack up. Visit the link below to sign up. All volunteers will receive 10% off their Book Fair purchase as a thank you for your time!

Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

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

In March we join the national celebration of Youth Art and Music Month at Waubesa Intermediate School. The fourth and fifth grade students will be having their evening shows. (The third grade performs in the fall.) We hope you can all join us for this great event. The art display is always fantastic and the music is awesome to hear. Both events start at 6:00 pm with the fourth graders performing on March 4 and the fifth graders performing on March 18.

In addition to our Waubesa Art and Music programs, the McFarland Public Library will be hosting a Youth Art Month Reception on March 7 from 5:30 - 7:00. The art is created by students in grades K-12 and will be on display and musical performances will occur throughout the event.

March is also the time when we love to connect with you for our spring conferences. Meeting to talk about your son's or daughter's growth as a learner both academically and socially is important to us.

While you are visiting Waubesa for the spring conferences, please take a few minutes to look over our lost and found tables near the commons for any unclaimed items that may belong to your child. Our tables are full and growing every day! Of course you are welcome to come to school at any time to try to find lost items.

All lost and found items will be donated March 22.

Finally when we return from spring break, we will begin some of our required state testing. There are several components to the test, so it takes several weeks to test all 550 students. Please consider not taking any extended vacations during this time and having your son or daughter come rested and ready each day.

Have a great Spring Break, and please give me a call at 838-7667 Ext. 4601 with any questions.

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

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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.

Ultimate Frisbee Sale!

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Our very own McFarland High School Spartan Ultimate Frisbee team is raising money for its travel expenses and would greatly appreciate your support through the purchase of one (or more!) of their custom-stamped discs.

Discs will be sold at $15 for one disc or $25 for each pair of discs.

Please help the high school team with their fundraiser by purchasing a 2018-2019 Spartan Ultimate Frisbee disc today:

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Free Sales for Families provides community members with children's items in exchange for freewill monetary donations, which go to local nonprofits.

Please visit their Facebook page for more information, and also see information below!

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