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Madison Elementary - News for the week of February 11


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What's happening at Madison Elementary the Week of Feb. 11

Monday, February 11 - Part 1 Choir Practice, 7:50 am

Monday, February 11 - Variety Show Performances during Specials Times

Tuesday, February 12 - Part 2 Choir Practice, 7:50 am

Tuesday, February 12 - Valentine's Day Parties, 12:00-12:30 pm

Tuesday, February 12 - Early Release, 1 pm

Wednesday, February 13 - No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, February 14 - No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 15 - No School

Monday, February 18 - No School, President's Day

View our online calendar (select individual events for more details):

Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday - (A) Chicken Strips (B) Chicken Sandwich (C) Yogurt Cup

Tuesday - (A) Hero Sandwich (B) PB&J Uncrustable

View our menu online:

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Each week during the month of February, we will be focusing on ways we can "Be the Change". This week, we will "Be the Change in our Community". We encourage families to be the change in your community (street, neighborhood, or city) and take pictures of you doing community services in Gardner and post to our social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).

Variety Show this Monday

The Annual Madison Variety Show is this Monday, February 11. For those students who auditioned and received a letter describing the events of the day, please come prepared with your costume, any music, and props or materials. The schedule for the performances is listed below

Kindergarten ~ 9:15-9:45

First Grade ~ 1:15-2:15

Second Grade ~ 12:15-1:15

Third Grade ~ 9:45-10:45

Fourth Grade ~ 10:45-11:45

We welcome any family members to come and watch their Bear perform. Please check into the office and you will be directed into the gym at the time of the performance. In addition, the variety show acts will be broadcasted live on Facebook Live on the Madison Facebook page.

Major Saver Campaign

Major Saver Cards is the Madison School Fundraiser. We use the funds from this to pay for classroom materials and learning experiences for all of our Bears. Major Saver Cards will come home on Tuesday, February 19 and all Major Saver card sales are due Wednesday, March 6th.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver is excited to roll out a new feature this year making online sales easier for friends and family! On the major saver homepage, you are able to enter your student’s information to create a CUSTOM LINK for your child that can be shared via social media or email. This link will automatically credit the online sale to your student when friends and family use the link to make their purchase!

Major Saver cards can also be purchased, and credited to a student, through the Major Saver App. Once the free app is downloaded to an Android or iOS device, buyers can choose a Major Saver card through the “buy cards” tab on the app. Once the buyer completes the transaction the offers will be stored in the Major Saver App. Buyers can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Thank you for your support of Madison Elementary.

Valentine's Day Party Schedule

Below is our Schedule for February 12 which is an early release day (1:00) and Valentine's Day Parties. In an effort to provide every class an opportunity to have specials and have lunch, we will have a modified lunch and specials schedule.


9:00 - Kindergarten

9:30 - 3rd Grade

10:00 - 4th Grade

10:30 - 2nd Grade

11:00 - 1st Grade


10:30 - 4th and Kindergarten

11:00 - 3rd and 2nd(Cortez, Noble, Fotovich)

11:30 - 1st and 2nd (Wessel and Sigman)

Valentine's Day Parties


*Early Childhood Classes please talk to your child's teacher to find out when their party will be since there is no school on February 12 for Early Childhood.

Parent-Teacher Conference Treats

Parent-Teacher conferences are just around the corner (February 13 and 14). If you would like to sign-up to bring in treats for the staff, please use this PTA link to sign-up. Thank you for your continued support of the Madison Staff.

Big Huge Math Challenge (repeat)

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The Big Huge Math Challenge is BACK! The Big Huge Math Challenge allows our Bears to think like mathematicians and share their thinking. It also allows our Bears the opportunity to learn from and with one another. The first challenge information is below:

Challenge - How to share your mathematical thinking - … or use the QR code

Calling All Eagle Scouts (repeat)

Do you know of any Eagle Scouts that are looking for a project? If you know of anyone who would help with some projects at Madison, please send them to Dr. Wachel. Thanks in advance!

2018-19 Yearbooks (repeat)

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2018-19 Madison Yearbook order forms were sent home on Friday, January 11. The deadline to order a yearbook is Friday, April 12. The cost of each yearbook is $13.00 per book. Families can order either by filling out the form completely and attaching payment OR via online at by using the school code 111964. If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Billings in the office know.

PTA Carnival (repeat)

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Mark your calendars for the PTA Carnival on Saturday, March 2 from 1-4 pm at Madison Elementary. The PTA is planning a fun-filled day full of games, food, and prizes. More information will be coming home soon!

Box Tops for Education (repeat)

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The class that collects the MOST box tops from now until February 13 will win an EXTRA RECESS!

Box tops for education is a great way to help raise money for Madison Elementary. You can find box tops on hundreds of products you buy every day. Please save all box tops, cut them out, and send them to school by February 12. Your teacher will collect them and the classroom with the most box tops wins an EXTRA RECESS!

1. Save your box tops

2. Cut them out and bring to your teacher in a sealed baggie (PLEASE label your bag with the teacher's name, grade level, and child's name).


This semester, the student who brings in the most box tops will have lunch and play a card game with Dr. Wachel. Unfortunately, the teachers will not be able to count any bags that are not labeled so be sure to clearly label the box top bag with your child's name, grade level, and teacher's name.

Kindergarten Round-Up (Repeat)

It is hard to believe that kindergarten round-up is just around the corner (February 26). To help us better plan for the 2019-20 school year, if you have an incoming kindergartner, please complete the link below. If you have a neighbor with an incoming kindergartner, feel free to share the link or direct them to our Madison website to complete the form. We can't wait to meet all of our incoming kindergarten Bears!

Health Information (repeat)

We wanted to provide some clarification regarding medicines at school. The safety of our students is our number one priority. Listed below are the key points of interest. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

All types of medicine should be brought to the nurse by a parent or guardian. Medicine cannot be sent to school with the student.

All prescription medicines must have a doctor’s order to be given to the nurse. The label on the bottle from the pharmacy is not considered the doctor’s order.

All over-the-counter medicines that are NOT on the District pre-approved list must have a doctor’s order to be given to the nurse. Some examples are cold and cough medicine, eye drops and homeopathic medicines.

The pre-approved list in Skyward is the following:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil)

Lotions, Creams, Ointment

Antacids (Tums)

Cough Drops

Winter, colds, flu, and other viruses often come hand-in-hand and this year is no exception. Germs from colds and other illnesses make their way into our workplaces, schools, and homes, but healthy habits can help protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs. While school staff will continue to stress preventative measures, we also appreciate you encouraging these healthy habits with your children.

  • If you have a child who is sick, we ask for your support by keeping them at home. District protocol requires students to stay home until they are fever free and symptom-free for a period of 24 hours
  • Remind your child of important preventative measures for any illness, such as coughing into the sleeve, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and getting plenty of rest and fluids.

Our custodial staff is also helping with prevention by following appropriate cleaning procedures, paying special attention to contact surfaces and by increasing the number of times per day these common areas shared by students are disinfected. As you know, the health of our students is important to us. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our kids healthy.

Occasionally we receive questions about head lice management in our schools, and below is information regarding lice management.

  • As needed, we will inform parents when we see an increase in illnesses in our school population with the potential for rapid spread among students and staff (such as influenza) or in the rare instance we have a mandatory reportable disease occur in our population, like Mumps. General head lice notifications are not recommended as they have been found to cause harm and lead to unnecessary treatment. Instead, the school nurse will assess the need for notification on an individual basis.

Thank you for reinforcing healthy habits with our students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Amy at (913) 856-0450.

Colder Weather and Recess (repeat)

With the winter weather upon us, please review the information below from the elementary handbook regarding recess (p.12).

USD 231 provides playground activity areas at each elementary school site. It is important that safety and courtesy rules be followed. Rules will be regularly reviewed with your child by the staff. Students are not to remain on the playground before or after school. For safety reasons, the public is prohibited from the use of the playground activity areas during school hours. All students are expected to participate in recess.

Generally, if a child is too sick to go out to recess, he/she is too sick to be in school. There are exceptions to this rule, but it is a reasonable guideline.

There will be no outside recess when:

The temperature is 20 degrees or below

The wind chill index is 20 degrees or below

The heat index indicates a high risk

There is significant precipitation

Teachers may take their class out briefly for fresh air at their discretion. Students should be prepared for sudden changes in Kansas weather.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please let your child's teacher or Dr. Wachel know.

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Even though the holidays are over, your Amazon purchases can benefit the PTA. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply go to and select Madison Elementary Gardner to find our school!

Join the USD 231 Team

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Online applications are now being accepted for District-wide Paraeducator positions. Paraeducators assist licensed teachers in student training. They work in primary, secondary and high schools and qualified paraeducators also work with students with special needs. The aim of a paraeducator is to facilitate a positive learning environment for students and allow for their personal, social and intellectual development. Please call Human Resources at 913-856-2016 for more information on how to apply, or click on the picture to the right to start the application process.

Watch DOGS

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Thank you to Mr. Cowen for being a Watch DOGS Volunteer this week. If you would like to sign up to be a Watch DOG, please sign up using this link or contact Mrs. Beach ( We ask that you sign up at least two days in advance so a schedule can be created and the teachers can prepare for your visit. Thank you for making a positive impact on our Bears!
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Enroll your K-5 student in the Second Building Blazer Youth Camp on February 15.

GEHS Students have organized a full day of activities including, games such as Kick Ball, Crack A Bout, and other activities. Made Decor will be there to make a craft sign to take home and Young Rembrandts will be on hand to lead an art class.

Cost $45 / $65 (2 kids) / $80 (3 kids) -- Must be in the same family

Need-based scholarships available.

**Gardner Edgerton Food Services will provide box lunches

**Lunch is part of the cost for the day. You just need to select which lunch your child will want.


Elementary Handbook (REPEAT)

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Be sure to follow us on Twitter - @MDEBears and on Facebook - We will use our twitter and facebook accounts to share information, pictures, and classroom happenings throughout the school year so you can have a window into the classrooms and experience the learning with your bear.