WIS Express

February 2020

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Waubesa Intermediate School Information

School Principal:

Corey Shefchik

Associate Principal:

Al Northouse

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Bast (608) 838-7667

A Note From Our Principals...

Dear Waubesa Families,

It’s February, and that means we’re now in 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.

  • Report cards will be available on Infinite Campus February 3 at 3pm.

  • Another set of conferences will take place just before spring break during the week of March 9 with Related Arts Conference night on March 12 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

  • We will then have report cards available after school is out in June.

As the school year progresses, we’re continually increasing our expectations and supporting students to develop their independence. Our expectations for students related to work completion, controlling of actions and behaviors, and overall independence increases at each grade level so children are prepared for even higher expectations in the middle school. Adding responsibilities at home can help. Please remind your student that with an increase in freedom comes an increase in responsibilities. We believe with guidance from all of us, they will be ready.

Personal Electronic Devices: It’s our policy at WIS that students do not access their cell phones or other personal electronic devices (such as smart watches, etc.) during the school day. This can be a distraction to them and other students. If your child brings one of these devices to school, we ask that they turn it off when the day starts and leave it in their backpacks. If you need to contact your child during the day please call our school office. If your student needs to contact you for an urgent matter, they can ask their teacher for permission to come to the office and use our office phone to contact you. Please see the full guidelines on personal electronic devices included below from our Family Handbook.

2020-2021 Classroom Placement Feedback: 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 family requests for placing their child(ren) with a specific teacher, friend(s), or peer(s), we are open to parents sharing details about teacher characteristics or classroom environments 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 by Friday, March 6th. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Shefchik with any questions about this process at shefchc@mcfsd.org

Kind regards,

Corey Shefchik - Principal

Al Northouse - Associate Principal

February Dates At-A-Glance

February 3 - Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus at 3PM

February 6 - PTO Advisory Committee Meeting - 7PM, McFarland House Cafe

February 17 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

February 19 - At Large PTO Meeting - WIS Multipurpose Room - 6:30PM

February 21 - All School Assembly at WIS

February 21 - Kindergarten Orientation, RSVP required, 8:15-9:15 am

February 28 - Kindergarten Orientation, RSVP required, 8:15 - 9:15 am

February 29 - String Fling at the high school

February 29 - CEPS Winter Carnival - CEPS Gym, 10AM - 12PM

Upcoming Dates in March:

March 2 - 4th Grade Music Program - 6:30PM

March 3 - 5th Grade Field Trip to UW Whitewater - Dr. Kaboom

March 5 - Youth Art Month Reception, 5:30 pm - ED Locke Public Library

March 9 - 13 - Conference Week

March 12 - PTO Paint the Tile Night - 6PM - 8PM, WIS

March 13 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development

March 16 - 5th Grade Music Program - 6:30PM

March 27 - Last Kindergarten Orientation, RSVP required, 8:15-9:15 am

March 30 - April 3 - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK

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See the following resources for tips on preventing bullying and other helpful advice.

Electronic Device Policy

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Please refer to the guidelines below from page 22 of our Family Handbook on personal electronic devices.

Personal Electronic Devices

Personal electronic devices must be turned off and remain in a student’s backpack while on school grounds unless the device is being used for educational purposes that are pre-approved by the Principal or designee. If a student is found to be in possession of one of these devices, the device will be confiscated and taken to the office where it may be retrieved by the student’s parent/guardian. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Students are not permitted to possess digital cameras and recording devices and the use of cell phones for pictures and for recording purposes on school grounds at any time unless pre-approved by the Principal or designee. Students are not permitted to possess laser pointers at school. If these items are observed at school, they will be confiscated and will need to be picked up by the student’s parent/guardian. Depending upon the circumstances, other consequences may be given. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please see Board Policies 5136 and 9151 for more information.

Updates from the PTO

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The McFarland EC-8 PTO is starting 2020 with many new family friendly activities and fundraisers for early childhood to eighth grade students and McFarland community residents.

Visit our new website at https://www.mcfarlandpto.org/ This website has been generously donated by Big Rose Web Design, LLC. A special thank you to Taylor Dagenais for sharing your time, talent, and resources. The website is the heart of PTO communications.

Upcoming Dates and Family-Friendly Fundraising Events:

  • February 6, 2020 - 7pm: PTO Advisory Committee Meeting at the McFarland House Café. Learn more about the inner workings of the PTO.
  • February 12, 2020 - 5:30-7:30pm: Indian Mound Middle School Family Fun Night. A family friendly event open to all ages with fun activities including an Escape Room experience. The PTO will be selling pizza and root beer floats.
  • February 19, 2020 - 6:30pm: PTO At Large Meeting at Waubesa Intermediate School in the multipurpose room. Join us to hear an informational presentation from school psychologist Angie Brunett on gender identity support in our schools. There will be principal and PTO updates as well.
  • February 29, 2020 - 10am-12pm: Conrad Elvehjem Primary School Winter Carnival. Join the PTO for our inaugural event. The whole family is welcome to join and participate in games, crafts, see James the Magician perform at 10:30am and win silent raffle items. A suggested donation of $15 per family will give you 20 raffle tickets to win fun prizes and services. Cookies, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
  • March 12, 2020 6-8pm: Paint the Tile night at Waubesa Intermediate School. This event is designed for WIS students and their parents. Use your artistic talent or a stencil to leave your mark on a ceiling tile that will be displayed in the main hallway or cafeteria. All supplies will be provided and is $15/per family.

The No Hassle Fundraiser will be starting the first week of February. Letters will be sent home with your child and donations can always be made online at McFarlandPTO.org/donate.

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Kids Heart Challenge at WIS!

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1st Semester Report Cards

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Our first semester ended on January 17 and teachers have finalized report cards. You can view your student's report card online on February 3 after 3PM in the parent portal of Infinite Campus.


Remember that you don't need to wait for report cards for an update on your child's progress. Feel free to get in touch with us at any time to discuss how your child is doing!

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We'd like to send a big THANK YOU to the PTO for providing a welcome back brunch to our teachers and staff after winter break. We appreciate you!

A Note From the Health Office

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Flu season is unfortunately in full swing. To help prevent the spread of illness, please keep the following policies in mind.

Students should be kept home from school for the following reasons:

  • Fever greater than 100 without medicine (if you give them Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and it is under 100, that doesn’t count) in the last 24 hours.
  • Vomiting not related to diet or anxiety in the last 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea not related to diet or anxiety in the last 24 hours.

Students diagnosed with the following illnesses must be home from school (per

policy and/or public health recommendations):

  • Strep throat – 24 hours after starting antibiotics (i.e. if first dose is at 1pm, must be home until after 1pm the following day), or 24 hours after last fever, without taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen, whichever is later.
  • Pink eye – until they can control the drainage and not touch their eyes or other people.
  • Stomach “flu” (gastroenteritis, norovirus, etc) – 24 hours after last vomiting or diarrhea or fever not treated with any medication, or 48 hours if diagnosed with Norovirus.
  • Influenza (true respiratory flu) – 24 hours after fever is resolved without medicine of any kind.

If you are ever not sure, you can check the Health Services handbook on the

Health Services page of the district Website:


If you send your student to school and they do not meet these criteria, they will

be sent home for the wellbeing of your student (as they need time to recuperate)

and the wellbeing of other students in the district.

For the week 1/20 - 1/24 we reached an all-time high of students out with illness. We

had over 110 students out throughout the district in one day. While we understand

the stress it puts on parents to keep a student home, we need to have a culture of

wellness within our student body, including:

  • If you’re truly sick, stay home to recover so you do not share germs with other students and teachers at school.
  • If you’re not truly sick, be in school to keep up with your classwork and save your sick days for when you’re truly sick.
  • Use good handwashing, use hand sanitizer, throw used tissues away right away (don’t set them down on your desk), cover your coughs and sneezes (use the “Dracula cough” and cough or sneeze into an elbow rather than hands, or cough or sneeze into a folded/double thick tissue).
  • If you’re out truly sick more than two days in a row, get in touch with your doctor’s office (in person, by phone, or using MyChart) to see if they think you should be seen by a Provider at a clinic. If they recommend continuing to stay home, but not a clinic visit, ask them to send a note to that effect to your student’s health office (fax numbers can be found on the website listed above). If they ask you come to the clinic, ask for a note about your student’s illness for school. This isn’t to be mean, but instead lets us excuse the absences so they do not count toward truancy.

Please know that we are also taking steps on the school side to protect from illness. Our fantastic buildings and grounds staff have been doing extra sanitizing on days off of school so that students come back to a clean environment each day. If you see one of them, tell them thanks – they’re pretty amazing! (They wear bright yellow shirts, so they’re easy to spot!)

Winter Clothing Guidelines

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Please refer to the following guidelines (from page 11 of our Family Handbook) on winter dress for recess.

Winter dress for playground

The playground area behind Waubesa Intermediate School is quite open and therefore very windy. This can make it feel cold when students are outside for recess or before school. Help your child(ren) to enjoy recess time by providing them with appropriate winter clothing. Please help us keep your child(ren) safe, warm, comfortable and dry by sending them to school dressed in appropriate outerwear. If a student wore snow gear to school, they are expected to wear it at recess. The following are our playground rules regarding outerwear.

If a student forgets their winter gear they may play...

  • on the blacktop
  • If it’s snowing, they must go to the designated clear area.

If a student is wearing boots they may play…

  • on the blacktop even if it’s snow covered
  • on the playground equipment and areas with wood chips

If a student is wearing boots and snow pants they may play…

  • on the blacktop even if it’s snow covered
  • on the playground equipment and areas with wood chips
  • on the snow covered grass
  • on the sledding hill

Also, if you have not already done so, please be sure to put your child's name in their jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens, and boots. Many of these items are left behind on the playground or at school and end up in the Lost and Found!

Enroll for 4K and 5K!

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Online Love and Logic Class Full!

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We had many families sign up for our most recent parenting class, and at this time the online "Parenting with Love and Logic" class is full. We will be offering another class in the future. We will send an email notification to families when we have it scheduled. If you would like to be put on the list for the next class, please click the link below. Thank you!


Join Us for the String Fling!

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Greetings from the Orchestra Room!

The 5th annual String Fling will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Indian Mound Middle School.

  • 2:30 - Student check in
  • 2:45 - First clinic and 5th grade orchestra rehearsal
  • 3:30 - Second clinic and 7th/8th grade orchestra rehearsal
  • 4:10 - Third clinic and 6th grade orchestra and MHS orchestra rehearsal
  • 4:40 - Dinner and break
  • 5:30 - Full concert rehearsal
  • 6:15 - CONCERT in IMMS gym

Students attending will sign up for 2 clinics and their grade level rehearsal.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Concert at 6:15 PM to support the McFarland String Students!

Please contact Mrs. Hershey with questions at hersel@mcfsd.org

Leanna Hershey

McFarland Orchestra Teacher

WIS Book Fair Coming in March!

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We'll be holding a book fair at WIS during conference week, March 9 - 13. Stay tuned for more details closer to the event and to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Already want to volunteer? Contact Joan Evans at evansj@mcfsd.org for more information!

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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.
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Are you interested in joining the McFarland Spartan Sharks swim team? We are hosting swim evaluations for new swimmers for our spring and summer seasons. The swim evaluations are to determine if your child is ready for a competitive swim environment and to help with group placement.

All new swimmers must complete a swim evaluation before registration.

Evaluations will take place on 1/22 and 2/5 from 6-7 PM and also 2/1 and 2/8 from 9-10 AM. A limited number of evaluations may be added in early March if needed. Swim evaluations will take place at the NEW McFarland high school pool. The entrance and parking lot are located off of Exchange Street behind the high school. The evaluations shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. More information about our competitive swim team can be found at spartansharks.com.

Please contact Coach Neil if you would like to schedule an evaluation.


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