McFarland EC-5 Elementary Express

December 2015

Grades EC-5 December, 2015 At-A-Glance

November 30 - NO SCHOOL

December 4 - Family Science Night Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Located: WIS Gym / All families are welcome!

December 4-5 - Gadzooks! Cinderella! 7:00pm / Stoughton Village Players Theatre, 225 Main Street; Stoughton, WI - All proceeds benefit the McFarland and Stoughton Food Pantries as well as the Stoughton Personal Essentials Pantry.Tickets available at

December 5 - Christmas in the Village

December 8 - 4K Winter Craft Night, 6:30-7:30 - CE Gym

December 22 - Blue Notes will be visiting Waubesa at 9:15am

December 22 - Blue Notes will be visiting CEELC/Primary at 10:00am

December 22 - Red/Green Day at CEELC/Primary

December 23 - January 3 - NO SCHOOL: Winter Break


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McFarland Families

Please enjoy the December issue of our EC-5 Elementary Express Newsletter.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming time home with family and friends!

-CEELC/Primary/Waubesa Schools

Families and Schools Together

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From the desk of Sandra Taylor-Marshall, PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

Dear McFarland Families,

As parents, we know the importance of reading. Research continues to reveal the benefits of reading aloud to children as reported in this recent article, Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains. And as parents, we want to support our readers by encouraging them to read, supporting their reading choices, and engaging in reading conversations while also helping them grow in their ability to understand more complex texts over time.

As a reading specialist, I also know research consistently demonstrates. . .

  • reading accurately in order to understand and make meaning from the text is what reading is all about.

  • reading texts with less than 90% accuracy does not improve reading ability at all.

  • reading texts with 98% accuracy or higher is essential for optimal reading growth when a child reads independently without support; anything less slows a reader’s rate of improvement.

As parents, we can take this research and apply it to our own reading experiences. We know it’s not the size or the length of the book (magazine, article, etc.) that matters. Instead, we choose reading materials based on our own personal interests and needs. And sometimes, that means rereading texts we’ve read before. The same is true for our children. So at school, we often ask questions like:

  1. Is this a book (magazine, article, etc.) you love?

  2. Is this a book (magazine, article, etc.) you understand deeply?

Answers to these questions not only help to guide our instruction, they also open the door to future reading and writing conversations. So as you notice your children reading at home, think about questions you might ask to spark conversations, such as:

  1. What has happened so far in the text (book, picture book, magazine article, etc.) you are reading?

  2. What questions do you have about what you’ve just read? What makes you ask that? Where might you look for clues?

  3. As you read, what are you wondering about? Why?

  4. If you wanted to convince someone to read this book without giving away the ending, what would you say?

As parents, let’s continue to promote the joy of reading by encouraging our readers to choose materials they love and can read while engaging in meaningful reading conversations at home.

Happy reading!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

608-838-4500 ext. 5471
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Thank you to the PTO/McFarland Families and Rock N Rollz for providing lunch/dinner for teachers during Parent/Teacher conference night. The food was delicious and MUCH appreciated!

A second thanks to the PTO for supporting the WIS Student Mentor Program!


Thank you to all parents who participated in the recent parent/teacher/student conferences. The high level of parent participation is another indication of the strong home-school partnership that exists in our community. Your involvement makes a difference!

Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to supervise during our recent swimming unit.

Thank you to parents who make sure their children arrive to school on time, every day. Children who arrive on time benefit immensely by capturing the announcements, directions, daily activities, and assignments that are shared with students at the start of each school day.

CEELC and Primary News

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District/Building Information

Principal: Sarah Boatman

For the latest information about our schools, including upcoming important dates, simply go into the district web page at and link into the Elementary Campus site.

From the desk of Principal Sarah Boatman...

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that snow is starting to fall and the holiday season is approaching. It has been so wonderful to see the students' excitement about new fallen snow. Thank you for making sure your child has winter gear. Providing layers for your child really helps. Keeping a fleece or sweatshirt in their backpack is a great idea. If any of you have any extra snowpants, coats or boots lying around, those can be brought to the school for those who need a pair or to have on hand for those who forget.

If you need help with providing winter gear for your child, please phone Lily Hlavacek at 838-4610 or email her at She can help you make sure your child has what they need.

Thank you for supporting our food pantry with your donation of Thanksgiving food. We have several overflowing boxes to send to the food pantry. Thank you for your generosity.

On behalf of the 4K and Elementary Campus Staff we would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season. We hope you spend time with those you love and enjoy some time together as a family.


Sarah C. Boatman

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Spartan Time is a Great Time!

Children on the Elementary Campus are proud to be Spartan Stars. To be a Spartan Star children know they are to BE SAFE, BE KIND, and BE RESPONSIBLE!

Early Arrivals

We have observed an increase in the number of students arriving on the Elementary Campus before 7:37am. At 7:37am is when the doors open and we have staff outside to supervise children.

Thank you so much for your help with this!

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Bucky Badger Reading Buddies


READING with your child is one of the most rewarding and beneficial activities you may ever experience with your child! In an effort to help support our children, specifically in the area of reading, this year's at-home reading club (Bucky Badger Reading Buddies) will start in January. Watch for more details immediately following winter break.

Waubesa News

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District/Building Information

Principal: Sue Murphy

For the latest information about our schools, including upcoming important dates, simply go into the district web page at and link into the WIS site.

From the desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

The leaves are off the trees and cold temperatures have arrived. Please take a few minutes to read through the winter dress requirements included in this month’s news.

This year, winter break starts Dec. 23 with classes resuming on Jan. 4, 2016. This is a perfect time for children to enjoy family and friends, as well as to read a good book (or two), practice math facts, and catch up on any missing school work.

Finally, I hope all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday. There is always so much to be thankful for. I know I appreciate my family and friends and am grateful for the terrific staff here at Waubesa. We also have so many great children here in McFarland. This is such a supportive community and I feel lucky to work here with you.

As always, feel free to call with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Stay warm,

Sue Murphy


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7:47am - First Bell

7:55am - Tardy Bell

2:50pm - Dismissal

Please note: Supervision begins at 7:30am on the playground and at 7:15am for breakfast.

The Waubesa Word

Visit our Waubesa Word You Tube channel weekly to hear the latest school announcements! Your children watch these videos on Monday mornings.
The WIS Word - November 23rd, 2015
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There are MANY items on the lost and found tables. PLEASE ask your student to take a look for anything you suspect missing. Feel free to stop in for a look, also. WIS Lost and Found tables are located just outside the cafeteria. Items not claimed will be donated to Goodwill over winter break.
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WIS Cold-Weather Dress Code

The playground area behind Waubesa Intermediate School is quite open and therefore very windy. This can make it feel very cold when students are outside for recess or before school. Please help your child to enjoy recess time by providing them with appropriate winter clothing. Please help us keep your child safe, warm, comfortable, and dry by sending them to school dressed in the following outerwear:

Boots are required outdoor wear during the snowy winter months. Boots should be at least high enough to cover the ankle. Boots provide warmth, traction on ice and snow, and have the ability to keep your child’s feet dry. A common sense approach will be used to monitor the wearing of boots. We will require students who do not have boots to stay on the blacktop if clear of snow and ask students to stand by the wall if the blacktop is snow covered.

Hats or earmuffs are required winter wear. They should cover the ears to prevent frostbite. Seventy percent of a person’s heat loss is from the head, so hats are essential for conserving warmth.

Mittens or gloves are required. Mittens that provide water resistance are preferred, especially when children play in the snow. Dry hands are warm hands! Wet hands are very, very cold!

Snow pants are required for any student who wishes to leave the blacktop and play actively in the snow. Those who do not have snow pants are not able to play actively in the snow (e.g. lay down and make snow angels, etc) and may be restricted to the “blacktop only” depending on the conditions.

Please label all of your child’s outerwear with their name. Many children have the same or similar items. In addition, coats, gloves, and hats are frequently left on the playground and if they aren’t labeled they go into the Lost and Found where they are often forgotten.

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Parking Lots




When dropping off or picking up children at Waubesa, PLEASE USE THE DRIVE-THRU PARKING LOT OFF OF RED OAK TRAIL. This drop-off area has been expanded for your convenience and the safety of students. 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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It only takes couple clicks on your computer to make a big difference in our schools! We’ve extended the deadline for the No Hassle Fundraiser to Thursday, Jan. 1!

The No Hassle Fundraiser is one of the PTOs main fundraisers of the year. All proceeds go directly back to McFarland EC-8 schools. Your generous donations have helped fund technology, the arts, classroom materials, playground equipment and more.

Donate online by visiting You’ll find the donation button on the right side of the page. Or, send a check to school in an envelope marked “No Hassle Fundraiser.”

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Thank you to all the parents who donated delicious treats to the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Dinners!

Also another big THANK YOU to all staff and parents for volunteering your time and baked goods to make our 2nd Annual Family Movie Night a success!

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Turn this trash into Cash!

Box Tops

Labels for Education

Tyson panels/bag tops

Inkjet Cartridges

Milk Caps

Kwik Trip
Milk Moola

Prairie Farms

We don’t collect:

Cell phones

Milk Caps:

Swiss Valley

Golden Guernsey

Morning Glory

Questions? Email us:

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Community Flyers

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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Wisconsin Children's Choir

WISCONSIN CHILDREN'S CHOIR is now scheduling auditions for new choristers. Auditions will take place Wednesday, December 9th from 5:00 - 6:30pm at Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison. Please email the WCC at the email below if you would like to schedule an audition.

Once again the Wisconsin Children's Choir will be performing at a Brewer's Game in April. Audition and join the fun!

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Play Time Productions

PlayTime Productions presents ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ on Friday, December 11, 7:00 pm, at the McFarland High School Auditorium. Please come and support the McFarland EC-8 PTO, as well as 7th grade McFarland student Grace Nelson. PlayTime Productions is community theatre by children for children. There is a $2 suggested donation. For more information please visit .
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