October in Review

A message from the Principal

Hello Garfield Families and Friends!

The air temperature has definitely started to show signs that winter is just around the corner! Besides trick or treat candy, the end of October also means the 1st quarter of the school year is just about complete! There has been some serious learning and growing happening here! We are very proud of the hard work the students and teachers have been putting forth.

Students will be bringing home the results from our universal screener called STAR. Watch for them in their backpacks! There will be a letter that explains what the assessment is and an explanation of the results.

The month of October brought some great fun to Garfield. Putting the newsletter together always brings a smile to my face as I look back at all the pictures. It amazes me to see how much the kids have grown, not only in their academics, but how much older they are looking in October's pictures compared to September! Don't believe me? Just go back and look at last month's newsletter!

Just think, the next newsletter will mention the holiday season. Until then, have a great November! Good luck hunters and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Your partner in learning,

Cassandra Schultz


Dates to remember

Important Dates

Nov 6 PTO meeting at Garfield 5:30pm

Nov 7 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov 9 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-6:30

Nov 22-24 No School, Thanksgiving Break

Wacky Wednesday

Nov 1 Crazy Hair Day

Nov 8 Favorite Sports Team

Nov 15 Camo Day

Nov 29 Class Color Day 1st RED 2nd BLACK 3rd BLUE 4th GREEN

Other Dates to remember

Dec 4 No School

Dec 5 PTO meeting at Garfield 6:30

Dec 12 Garfield Christmas Program--1:30 at High School

Dec 25-Jan 1 Winter Break No School

Inclement weather letter

Holiday Concert Information for Garfield

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 @ HS Auditorium

Program will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 1:00 p.m.

Parents may pick up their child at their school following the program.

The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection is a newsletter designed to suggest fun activities and books to parents/caregivers that promote positive literacy experiences outside of the school environment. Watch each month for a new Reading Connection Newsletter filled with fun literacy focused things to try at home!


PTO meeting minutes

Please click HERE for the October meeting minutes.

November Lunch menu

Please visit Garfield's website for the school lunch menu. There is also one hanging just outside the office. Thank you for supporting our efforts to save costs and reduce waste

Halloween day fun, Magician provided by the PTO

The PTO once again deserves a standing ovation! Our PTO sponsored a show from Mischief and Magic. The kids (and the staff) were thoroughly entertained. Thank you to all that participate in the fundraisers. When you participate by selling, the profit goes right back to the kids. Here are few snapshots from the performance.

Halloween Costumes!

October Character trait: Growth Minded

Growth minded is a belief that we can get smarter through hard work and practice. This means that struggling with something difficult doesn’t mean you’re not smart. It’s a chance to grow your intelligence. Growth minded is all about trying hard, using good strategies, and getting the help you need.

Being a growth minded is a popular notion in the field of education right now, however it is commonly misunderstood. It might seem like growth minded implies that everyone has exactly the same potential in every domain, but that’s not quite true. Instead, growth minded means that everyone’s intellectual ability can always be further developed. A benefit of being growth minded is that it helps you stay motivated to stick it out when things are difficult, but telling students not to quit won’t do that alone. You have to truthfully convince kids that their efforts will result in increased ability ( because ability can grow!) and remind them that they’re learning when something is hard for them to do.

Research shows that being growth minded is critical to school success and linked to the character grit or perseverance. Being growth minded predicts increased academic achievement and can help narrow achievement gaps. Growth minded means understanding that intelligence can be developed. In others words, we can grow and learn from our mistakes.

Caramel Apple Fundraiser

Ella sold the most caramel apples (132) for the PTO fundraiser. She won a special ride to school with Officer Borths and his K9 partner Riggs. (Picture 1)

Katie sold the next highest amount of apples at 103. She also won a ride to school in a police car. (Picture 2)

For the PTO's 3rd place prize, they took everyone's name that sold caramel apples and had a drawing. Blaise was the winner!!! (Picture 3)

Congratulations to our winners.

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Winter Weather is here

As we are rapidly approaching Wisconsin Winter Weather, we would like to remind you to bring in or send with your child, hats and mittens. If possible, it is also a good idea to have boots and snowpants that can stay at school. Please be sure to label all their winter gear. If they do not have these items they will have to spend their time on the blacktop and not be able to play in the snow or on the equipment.

We will still be going outside for recesses as long as the temperatures are not below 0… Please dress your child appropriately for this taste of winter.

Mrs. Borths' first graders working together to create story problems in math.

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2nd Grade Field Trip to the Fire Station

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Mrs. Smith's class

Working Collaboratively

By sharing ideas and ways of thinking, students are able to gain an understanding and appreciation for a different perspective. We work diligently at choosing kind words even when we disagree. We have learned that it is okay to have a different opinion or different way of thinking... we are all different. We learn differently and think differently. This world would be very boring if everyone is the same. By being an active listener, we can see learning through a different lense... which makes us stronger, gives us perspective and makes us feel important and valued.

Learning fun at school

November's Character trait is Responsibility, the teachers performed a song to help the kids remember.

Walk to School Day

Children and adults around the world were encouraged to celebrate International Walk to School day on October 4. Here are some pictures from the festivities here at Garfield. Thank you to the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA and the Safe Kids Coalition for sponsoring this event.

Lost & Found..If not collected by November 9, will be donated to Goodwill

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Pete the Cat

Garfield won the summer reading contest from the Stephenson Public Library. We were visited by Pete the Cat. It was an amazing assembly!!!

October Spirit Stick winners.....Mrs. Smith's 4th grade class

Each Wacky Wednesday, Ms. Schultz will go into each classroom to tally the number of students and teachers that participated. A running total for each week will be kept to determine which class had the highest percent of participation for the month. During our monthly character trait assembly, we will present the winning class with the SPIRIT STICK. That class will display it in their room until the next month's assembly when we will review the participation rates again and award the newest winner.

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T-shirt winners

When kids are recognized for 3 character traits, they are given a T-shirt. We do include last year's character trait winners. For the month of October we had 33 winners!! Great job to all the kids that have earned one so far. Don't forget to wear them on assembly days!!! We'll be sure to use Class Dojo to remind the parents and kids--but it typically is the last Friday of the month. Looking forward to seeing the growing number of kids in the crowd wearing our "This kid is propelled by great character" shirts.

Seussical Jr

Our amazing PTO purchased tickets for the entire school to go see the Seussical Jr play put on by the UW Marinette Children's Theatre. It was a great time. THANK YOU PTO

Recycling Program to support our Libraries

Please help us out by recycling your items and supporting our libraries at the same time. Our schools participate in the CFK recycling program that recycles cell phones, laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, iPods, tablets, ereaders, notebook computers, ipads, etc. There are only certain types of recycling that we can accept. Please check the CFK list here http://cfktoday.com/recyclelists.html before bringing your items to the school Library Media Center for recycling.