EC-5 Elementary Express

September/October 2018

September/October EC-5 Dates at a Glance

September 25 - Picture Retake Day - EC-5

September 28 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

October 2 - 4 - 3rd Grade Community Walking Field Trips

October 2 - CEPS Open House 5:30pm - 6:30pm

October 4 - Community CEPS/IMMS Open House/Dedication Ceremonies - 4:30pm - 7:30 pm

October 7 - 13 - Fire Prevention Week

October 9 and 10 - Kindergarten Fire Station Field Trips

October 12 - 5th Grade Mackenzie Center Field Trip

October 16 - PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm at CEPS

October 18 - 4K Fall Fun Night 6pm - 7pm at CEPS

October 18 -3rd Grade Open House, Art, and Music Show - 6pm at WIS

October 18 - Kindergarten Field Trip (Cook, Gray, Heim, Doll & Mosso) - Schuster's Pumpkin Patch - 8:15am - 10:45 am

October 19 - Kindergarten Field Trip (Dettlaff, Kuehl, Marking & Paugel) - Schuster's Pumpkin Patch - 8:15am - 10:45 am

October 19 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to The Overture Center - "Charlotte's Web" - 11-2 pm

October 24 - 26 - National School Bus Safety Week

October 24 - 4th Grade Old World Wisconsin Field Trip

October 25 - No School, Staff Development Day

October 26 - No School, Conference Release Day

October 29 - November 2 - 3rd Grade Swimming Unit

October 29 - November 2 - Conference Week at WIS

October 29 - November 2 - Scholastic Book Fair at WIS

October 31- CEPS - Black/Orange Day

Dates Coming Up in November...

November 1 - Related Arts Conference Night - 3:30pm-7pm

November 5-8 and November 20 - 4th Grade Swimming Unit

November 12-16 - 5th Grade Swimming Unit

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Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, September 25!

If your child is having his or her picture retaken, please send the picture package you recently received with your child to school on Tuesday.


Conrad Elvehjem Primary School - 7:30am - 12pm

Waubesa Intermediate School - 7:30am - 9:45am

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Swim at the McFarland Community Pool!

Visit for information about community pool programs.
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Thank you to the PTO and all of our parents for your continued support of our schools!

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Conrad Elvehjem Primary School Information


Dr. Kelley Novak

Associate Principal:

Greg Nelson

CEPS Building Administrative Assistant:

Emily Broome - (608) 838-3146

Administrative Assistant:

Sheryl Leemon - (608) 838-3146

From the Desk of Principal Novak...

Dear Families,

Welcome to Conrad Elvehjem Primary School! We are thrilled to have our entire learning community under one roof in our new building, and are most grateful to our McFarland community for rallying together to support the creation of this beautiful new school. We are so excited to share this first year in it together with your child.

Our first couple weeks have gone off without a hitch. Students are not only learning the routines and expectations of being a Spartan Star, but are getting to know the new corridors and pathways as they move to different learning spaces throughout the day. With freshly painted walls to showcase student work, streams of natural light through our many windows and efficient Solatubes, a light-filled and welcoming new library in which to get lost in a book, and the perfect bounce of a basketball on our new hardwood gymnasium, we are surely enjoying the opportunity to teach and learn in our new school. As we traverse our new playground, we hear delighted voices as children climb, swing, spin, and play with the new equipment. When you get a chance, check out the “poured in place” ground, which is a rubbery and springy surface that covers a portion of our playground to increase safety and allow for students with mobility needs to access the play area. The staff and students here at CEPS are very proud and we know we have so much to be thankful for.

In addition to opening our new building, we are experiencing all that comes with the beginning of any new school year. Our core beliefs maintain that each child will succeed both academically and behaviorally. With that in mind, we are introducing our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system to students. Students are taught how to be safe, kind, and responsible in school, and are introduced to our school mascot, “Spartan Star.” They learn that they can earn “Spartan Star” tickets when teachers catch them meeting and exceeding these expectations. Our PBIS theme for the year is baseball, and we are coming together with the motto “Teamwork makes the dream work!” This theme will help unite what used to be two schools, Conrad Elvehjem Early Learning Center and McFarland Primary School, into our new CEPS. With monthly assemblies focused on various character traits and our PBIS behavior expectations, we are dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment where all of our students can shine!

We are looking forward to the opportunity to show and share more about CEPS at our upcoming Open House on Tuesday, October 2nd. This event, for all Early Childhood and K-2 students and their families, will consist of a student-led tour where all are invited to visit many notable areas of our school to learn more about your child’s day at CEPS. One “stop” on this tour will be your child’s classroom where you will have an opportunity to chat with the teacher, explore the learning space, and get to know more about how your child spends his/her time at school. Between after-school activities, dinner, homework, and ensuring a good night’s sleep, we understand the busy lives our students and families lead after school ends. Our Open House will run from 5:30-6:30 PM. We anticipate it taking about 30 minutes to work through the various locations on the tour and invite you to plan your arrival according to your needs between our 5:30-6:30 PM time frame.

In addition to our K-2 Open House on October 2nd, the School District of McFarland is hosting Building Dedications/Community Open Houses at both CEPS and Indian Mound Middle School. These events will take place on Thursday, October 4th and are open to all members of the community as an invitation to tour these super new learning environments. Please click here for more details about the events of this night.

In closing, a successful school experience is not possible without strong, collaborative partnerships between home and school. Our staff is committed to maintaining open communication and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher or any other pertinent staff member with the support you need. Our success is measured by the success of your child and we know we do it better together!

Yours in Education,

Kelley K. Novak, Ed.D

4K-2 Principal

Greg Nelson

4K-2 Associate Principal

Meet Mr. Nelson - Our New Associate Principal at CEPS!

We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Greg Nelson as our Associate Principal, a new and exciting position for the CEPS learning community! A McFarland School District employee since 2012, Greg has served as a Cross-Categorical special education teacher, and for the past three years, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), providing support and leadership in many areas across the campus. Having earned a Bachelors in Spanish from UW-Madison, a Masters in Special Education from UW-Whitewater, and Principal and Director of Curriculum & Instruction licensure from Viterbo University, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. A former member of the UW-Marching Band (trombone), Greg also brings his love of music and the Badgers! A native of Delavan, WI, Greg enjoys visiting his hometown to spend time with his parents, and when they come back to WI from Japan and Las Vegas respectively, his siblings and their families. Outside of his passion for education, Greg’s current interests are learning about and taking care of his pet hedgehog, serving as a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Dane County, and watching any and all competitive cooking shows. Greg is a dedicated and highly-valued member of our learning community and we are excited to have “Mr. Nelson” be our first ever AP!

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New Staff/Roles at CEPS

Heidi Ackley - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Teacher

Keri Bockenhauer - Program Support Teacher

Christine Punzel - Second Grade Teacher

Barbara Rusovick - Special Education Assistant

Hannah Wiesmann - Kindergarten Physical Education Teacher (Long-Term Substitute until January for Liz Vitse)

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New Bell Schedule

REMINDER: New this year, our school day at CEPS begins at 7:45 AM. All students that enter school after 7:50 AM will be marked as tardy. Thank you for your help and support in getting your child(ren) to school on time.

School Start Bell (1): 7:45 AM

School Start Bell (2/tardy): 7:48 AM

Dismissal Bell (bus riders): 2:42 PM

Dismissal Bell (car riders): 2:44 PM

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CEPS Enrollment 2018 -2019

Early Childhood - 8 Students

4K - 162 Students

Kindergarten - 165 Students

1st grade - 190 Students

2nd grade - 151 Students

September/October Early Years

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Waubesa Intermediate School Information

School Principal:

Sue Murphy

Associate Principal:

Al Northouse

Building Administrative Assistant:

Arlene Bast (608) 838-7667

From the Desk of Principal Murphy...

Hello Waubesa Families,

Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 school year! This year is the start of my 30th year working in the McFarland School District. My plan is to make this year the best ever. I’m hoping to do this in partnership with all of you.

This summer has been a busy one throughout the district with so much construction occurring. Our projects at Waubesa are smaller, but we will be opening our multi-purpose room in October and we are excited about this new space. The primary use will be for large group activities like orchestra, choir and entire grade presentations. However, we also plan to use the space as a mini-theater and as a place for students to spread out and work on big projects.

Waubesa staff members have also used the summer time to learn more about our teaching and student learning and prepare for the year ahead. We are excited.

Each year Waubesa has a theme or focus area. At our first assembly on Friday, September 7, we introduced the children to our theme through music and skits. This year we are emphasizing that all students think about the gifts they bring to our school and their classroom. Not material gifts, but skills and positive attitudes they might be able to share with their classmates. We are promoting the idea, “Share your POWERful gifts.” You will likely be hearing about this from your son or daughter. Better yet, ask them about it during the year!

POWER at Waubesa stands for Pride: I do my best work, Ownership: I am responsible for my choices, We work together: I work well with others, Empathy: I try to understand others’ feelings, Responsibility: I do the right thing to help our school be a better place. For third grade families, this is the Waubesa version of the Spartan Stars Program at the elementary level.

Early in the year we do a variety of assessments to learn more about our students. When teachers meet with you at fall conferences, they will discuss some goal setting based on our observations, student work and the results from these assessments. We like students to have a growth mindset and always be proud of what they have accomplished, but plan for how to grow academically, socially and emotionally.

I appreciate you taking the time to read through the newsletter. Feel free to call if you have questions. Know that you are always welcome to visit.


Sue Murphy


Meet Mr. Northouse - Our New Associate Principal at WIS!

Hello, Waubesa and McFarland Community Friends and Families!

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Associate Principal at Waubesa Intermediate School. I am honored to embark on this new role and I look forward to assisting Ms. Murphy in making our school a place where all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and become the best version of themselves.

As an educator I have been lucky to take advantage of a variety of unique experiences, all of which have guided me to this new role as Associate Principal. My path started at W.I.S. twelve years ago as I completed my student teaching experience and then taught 5th grade for three years. With some convincing, my wife and I took a giant leap and decided to move to Southwest Germany, where I taught 5th grade students from all over the world at a bilingual school. This life-changing experience helped me understand the greater impact I could have in education both inside and outside the classroom, but it also made me realize that McFarland was home. After two years overseas, my wife and I returned to McFarland to establish our permanent roots.

For the past five years, I have been part of this district as a STEAM Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist. It is my belief that our school exists to help all learners achieve. When working with students, parents, and the community, I hope all stakeholders understand we are on the same team. I anticipate a most successful year as Ms. Murphy, myself, the faculty and staff support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child here at W.I.S.

On a more personal note, I am a very active person and you’ll most likely see me running or biking around town. I have a vizsla puppy named Oscar who someday will be running for the Village Board (he has to stop and say hello to everyone on our walks). Also, this December my wife and I are expecting twins, so I guess you could soon add “chasing” to my list of interests.

If you see me around, please say hello. Building a bond between school and home is a great way to help our students exceed the expectations we have set for them. Please know my door is always open to help support you and focus on what is best for our students.

Respectfully Yours,

Alan Northouse
Associate Principal
Waubesa Intermediate School

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New Staff at WIS

Amy Andersen-Goldsworthy - Special Education Assistant

Erin Bavery - Special Education Teacher

Andrew Garvey - 3rd Grade Teacher

Kara Genin - 3rd Grade Teacher

Sarah Goecks - Educational Assistant

Anne Hayter - Physical Therapist

Lily Hlavacek - Social Worker

Andrea Hunter - Special Education Assistant

Marc Joyce - 3rd Grade Teacher

William Kuester - 5th Grade Teacher

Eve Manke - Educational Assistant

Alison McSweeny - 4th Grade Teacher

Scott Morison - S.T.E.A.M. Teacher

Becky Potter - Interventionist

Jena Rinzel - Special Education Assistant

Christin Strong - RN (Health Office)

Angie TeBeest - Educational Assistant

Dao Xiong - Special Education Assistant

Sarah Zhe - Special Education Teacher

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WIS Enrollment 2018 - 2019

3rd Grade - 187 Students

4th Grade - 174 Students

5th Grade - 192 Students

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When dropping off or picking up children at Waubesa, PLEASE USE THE DRIVE-THRU PARKING LOT OFF OF RED OAK TRAIL. Simply pull over near the front of the yellow zone, let your child safely exit on the passenger side and leave. There’s no need to wait for the car ahead.



Please do not use the Leanne Lane parking lot for drive-thru drop-off or pick-up of students. This parking lot is for buses, daycare vans, and all those who need to park and enter the school with their student(s). WHEN DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP CHILDREN AT WAUBESA, PLEASE USE THE DRIVE-THRU PARKING LOT OFF OF RED OAK TRAIL.

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First Bell


Tardy Bell



Our school day begins at 7:52 am with a bell tone. A second tardy bell will sound at 8:00 am. Students arriving after this bell will be marked tardy that day. Please have your student(s) to school by 7:50 so they are able to be on time to their classroom.

Adult supervision is available on our playground starting at 7:30 am. If it is raining when they arrive, students may enter the building and either play in the gym or watch a video in the commons until the 7:52 bell rings.

Will your child be absent?

Please contact Arlene Bast at 838-7667 prior to 8:00 am if your child will not be in attendance on any given day.

After School

Students should immediately go home after school unless they are in a supervised club activity, our after school program, or homework club. It is our expectation that all other students be picked up by at least 3:05. We have had some problems with students not leaving right away after school.

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Share Your Powerful Gifts!

As part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program, we are recognizing students who display the positive behaviors we expect at school. Staff members like to appreciate students who are following school and classroom expectations by giving out POWER Buttons. Each time a student earns a POWER Button, it will be placed in a gift bag for a possible supercharged award that is drawn on the weekly Waubesa Word podcast. The student will then place a colored sticker on their classroom's paper gift. When the paper gift is filled, they will be attached to our Waubesa POWER display outside the commons. Check out the display! Each quarter we have school-wide celebrations for all of the hard work that our students have done throughout the year.
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When you registered online this year you were asked to read the Family Handbook and then click to acknowledge that you had done so. There are some items in the handbook that have periodically been problem areas for us. The handbook is located on our school website. Please make sure you take a few minutes to check over the various sections. Reading through these sections really helps reduce confusion with our expectations.

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Waubesa students will be taking a bus to the McFarland High School for a gym unit on swimming. Please be sure your students are prepared and have a swimsuit and towel for this unit. Swimsuits for physical education must be one-piece or tankini-style swimsuits suitable for rigorous, physical activity.

October 29 - November 2 - 3rd Grade Swimming Unit

November 5-8 and November 20 - 4th Grade Swimming Unit

November 12-16 - 5th Grade Swimming Unit

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The McFarland School District is committed to the daily management of students with identified life threatening food allergies. The increase of these allergies in the school setting poses unique challenges for both students and staff. Our goal is to avoid and prevent accidental exposure for those students to the allergenic food substance. Therefore, all classrooms at Waubesa Intermediate School will be observing a nut free environment (peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts) and some homerooms may have other food restrictions. This does not apply to the lunchroom setting. Please visit the website for a link to a safe snack guide.

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Come visit the Scholastic Book Fair at WIS during conference week! All sales help support your school!

Contact Julie Radomski in the library at 838-5437 if you're interested in volunteering at the fair.

Information on specific shopping hours to come!

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The Safety Patrol will help monitor stairwells, bike racks, and the school playground before and after school. Thank you Ronelle Jordan for organizing our patrol this year!
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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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