Madison News

November 2019

Happy November! Winter has reared its head with a little bit of snow and some colder temps. Be sure to round up winter clothing for this season. Hats, boots, gloves/mittens and winter coats are all necessary for students to wear outside at recess. Feel free to take snow clothes home on Fridays so your child can wear them over the weekend.

Stay Home Guidelines

Cold and Flu season is on its way! Remember the most effective way of preventing the spread of illness is by frequent hand washing and covering your cough. As a reminder, Pella Community School District Illness Policy says:

Your child may not attend if they:

  • Have a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours (They must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen)
  • Have thrown up or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Have a rash that has not been diagnosed or if the rash is part of a contagious illness
  • Have questionable or untreated pink eye or until a physician permits attendance
  • Have untreated illness such as strep throat, head lice, etc.

*Note: if your child has a communicable illness such as strep throat, pink eye, influenza, mono, pneumonia, Fifth’s disease or others we ask that you please report this to the school office.

If symptoms continue, please check with your physician prior to returning to school

PTO Fundraiser

Our annual fundraiser for PTO concluded a couple weeks ago. It was a successful fundraiser as we more than doubled our district goal by raising over $15,000. This money will be used to fund various reading materials and social-emotional activities (our district goal this year). A reminder that pick up for items ordered is Wednesday, November 20th at Lincoln Elementary gym starting at 2:00 pm until 7pm. Each year PTO hosts a magic show as the conclusion of the fundraiser. That show is scheduled for December 4th.


Pick Up Lane - We continue to work on our pick up lane procedures at the end of the day. Remember it is always safest to have your students enter the car from the curb side. When your student is loaded in use your left turn signal to indicate you are moving away from the curb. The pick up line works best when we can keep everyone moving along. Use the entire curb space and watch out for others.

End-of-Day Changes - As a reminder, all temporary, end-of-day changes must be made online using our online change form, which can be found at, or by visiting and clicking the gray button on the right-hand side. For any long-term changes or early pickups, please contact the office via phone or email.

Updating Parent Information

Parents can conveniently change their email, address, phone number, and child's emergency contact information on Campus Parent all under the MORE tab. Please see below for specific instructions:

  • MORE > ADDRESS INFORMATION - Update your household's address and primary phone number.
  • MORE > DEMOGRAPHICS - Update your child's emergency contacts.
  • MORE > FAMILY INFORMATION - Update parent and child phone numbers, email addresses, relationships, and contact sequence.

Requests for changes in your data won't happen immediately as the request waits in a queue for approval by the Pella Schools staff.

Questions about changing your information can be directed to Allissa Grandia by email at

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November is the month to be thankful! We will spend time this month talking with students about things for which they are thankful. Research tells us that remembering to be thankful for what we have helps us develop a better mind set as we go through life.