McFarland EC-5 Elementary Express

March 2017

March Dates At-A-Glance

March 1 - 4K and 5 Year Old Kindergarten enrollment begins for 2017-2018

March 2 - Youth Art Month Reception @ E.D. Locke Public Library / 5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 3 - High School Jazz Band to perform for WIS and MPS Students

March 6 - 4th Grade Music and Art Program - 6:00pm

March 6-10 - WIS Conference Week

March 9 - WIS Related Arts Conference Night 3:30pm - 7:30pm

March 9 - Welcome to 4K Night - CEELC 7:00pm - 8:00pm Adults Only

March 13-17 - Elementary Campus Parent/Teacher Conference Week and Scholastic Book Fair @ MPS.

March 16 - Related Arts Conference Night for Elementary Campus

March 20 - 5th Grade Music and Art Program - 6:00pm

March 20-May 5 - State Testing Window

March 24 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day


Dates to look forward to in April...


April 6 - Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm CE Gym Adults Only

April 11 - Open Mic Poetry Night - MHS 6:30pm-7:30pm

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Summer school plans are well under way. Information on registration for classes will be online in early April. Summer school registration will open on April 12 at 7:00pm sharp. If your child is recommended for academic classes this summer, it is our hope and expectation that you will further support your child by enrolling them in the recommended summer school programs. These ongoing learning opportunities will benefit the child as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

Please see attached flyer for additional information.

Summer School Sign-Up!

The Summer School staff has been working hard at putting together an awesome program for our students this summer! The Summer School catalog should be available online mid-March.

Online registration will begin at 7:00pm on April 12, 2017.

Summer School Dates:

Session 1: June 19 – June 29 (Classes Monday-Thursday)

Session 2: July 10 – July 13 (One week session! Classes Monday-Thursday)

Session 3: July 17 – July 27 (Classes Monday-Thursday)

PLUS - Friday Fun Days: 6/23, 6/30, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 (from 8:00am-12:15pm)

Classroom Placement 2017-2018 School Year

The process for determining classrooms for next year begins soon. This process is very time consuming and will not be completed until early August. Families will learn who their child's teacher is as part of fall registration.

Although we do not take requests for specific teachers or to place a child with a specific friend, we do take your input on the kind of classroom or the learning needs of your son or daughter. Please send an email or write a note to Ann Schroeder (CEELC and MPS Students) or Sue Murphy (Waubesa Intermediate Students) with placement information.

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Our lost and found is growing! Please be sure to check the lost and found prior to March 23. We will be donating what is left behind after that time. Thank you!!
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Literacy Lowdown

Do you ever find yourself wondering what your reader sees in Morris Goes to School, Pippi Longstocking, or even Sweet Valley High: Double Love? (Yes, I must admit these were some of my favorite childhood reads…) It’s important to remember “...We all have the same common goal—to raise the next generation of readers. We can’t expect our children to come to where we are just because we want them to. We need to go to them, give them the tools they need to succeed, and gently bring them to where we want them to be.” So as parents and educators, how do we do that? We focus on the joy of reading by honoring and celebrating our children’s reading choices, reminding ourselves, “This child may not have been reading in the same way that I read when I was a child …but he was reading. And man, is that something to celebrate.”

For the rest of the article, In Other Words: Meeting Readers Where They Are by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, click here. Interested in questions to spur conversations with your reader? Take a look at Pam Allyn’s 20 Questions To Get Kids Talking About Books.

Happy Reading!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471

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10th Annual Open Mic Poetry Night

  • Date: Tuesday, April 11th

  • Time:

    • 6:15 - 6:30 Sign up

    • 6:30 - 7:30 Poetry Reading

  • Location: MHS Cafeteria

  • POETS (Adults/Students): Bring a poem to share, your own or someone else’s

  • Open to all ages!

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CEELC/Primary School Information

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

A Note From Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Dear Elementary Campus Families:

As March arrives, we typically look forward to warmer temps, but February surprised us! Students enjoyed recess without snow gear, but as we know, winter isn't over and March will be a mix of weather, so keep that snow gear handy.

We are looking forward to Spring Parent Teacher Conferences; thanks for making conference attendance a priority as we had an excellent fall conference turnout, and I anticipate the same for Spring Conferences. Teachers have important information to share about student progress, and it's an opportunity for parents and teachers to collaborate regarding student learning and social/emotional needs. This month, teachers will make academic Summer School recommendations for students specifically in the areas of reading, writing, and math as well. Be sure to check out the Scholastic Book Fair during March Conferences!

Parents recently received an announcement from Superintendent Dr. Briddell regarding Dr. Kelley Novak's hire as the new Principal for CE/MPS starting July 1. As your retired Interim Principal, I've had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kelley Novak this year, who currently serves as our Director of Teaching and Learning for Literacy and the Humanities, and I'm pleased that she'll be the new Principal as of July 1st. Dr. Novak and I will work together to assure a smooth transition. Already this semester, she will be involved in having a role in decisions that will impact the buildings such as the new building project. As Dr. Briddell mentioned in his communication, she has a strong background as an elementary teacher and administrator, having previously served as an elementary principal and assistant principal for eight years in both her home state of Florida and in Wisconsin as well as experience working through a new building process and providing collaborative leadership for our Elementary Campus staff on the design of our new school facilities. The Elementary Campus will be in good hands!

Enjoy the upcoming Spring Break!

Ann Schroeder, CEELC/MPS Interim Principal

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Information regarding 4K Enrollment for 2017-2018 is now online. Enrollment packets can be picked up at CE, MPS, Gingerbread House or CLM starting on March 1st. A child must be 4 years old by 9/1/17.

Please join us for:

Welcome to 4K Night

Thursday, March 9

7:00pm - 8:00pm


(Adults only please)

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5 Year Old Kindergarten Orientation

Registration for 5-Year Old Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will take place on-line in August. Watch for more details. If you have a child that was not in McFarland 4K, but will be coming to Kindergarten here, please call 838-3146 to get on the list. Enrollment packets can be picked up at CE starting March 1st. If you have a child entering 5 Year Old Kindergarten (the child must be 5 by 9/1/17) this coming fall.

Please join us for:

Parent Orientation to 5K

Thursday, April 6



(Adults only please)

Waubesa Intermediate School Information

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

From the desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

In March we join the national celebration of Youth Art and Music Month at Waubesa Intermediate School. The fourth and fifth grade students will be having their evening shows. (3rd Graders performed in the fall) We hope you can all join us for this great event. The art display is always fantastic and the music is awesome to hear. Both events start at 6:00 with the 4th graders performing on March 6 and the 5th graders performing on March 20.

While you are visiting Waubesa for the art and music programs, please take a few minutes to look over our lost and found tables near the commons for any unclaimed items that may belong to your child. Our tables are full and growing every day! Of course you are welcome to come to school at any time to try to find a lost item.

All lost and found items will be donated over Spring Break!

In addition to our Waubesa art and music programs, the McFarland Public Library will be hosting a Youth Art Month Reception on March 2 from 5:30 – 7:00. Art created by students in grades K-12 will be on display and musical performances will occur throughout the event.


Wisconsin weather can be quite fickle this time of year. We can have 50 degrees and sunshine one day with cold temperatures and snow the next day. Please check the weather report each day and make sure your son or daughter comes dressed appropriately. Winter wear including snow pants, coats, hat, mittens, and boots may still be necessary in March.

Have a great SPRING BREAK, and please give me a call at 838-7667 Ext. 4601 with any questions.

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

4th and 5th Grade Music and Art Show

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4th Grade Human Growth and Development

Tuesday, April 18 - Girls

Thursday, April 20 - Boys

Meet at 6:15pm in the Waubesa Intermediate School Commons.

* More information will be sent out via IC in the next few weeks. If you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out to our school nurse Alison Potter @ 608-838-4500 ext. 4761.

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E.D. Locke Public Library March Events

Spring is arriving at E.D. Locke Public Library and that means lots of fun programming.

  • March is Youth Art Month and the library will be hosting the art displays all month. There will also be a reception on March 2nd from 5:30 – 7:30. Join us as we celebrate the creative talents of students of all ages.

  • PJ Storytime on March 16th at 6:30pm will be going “Under the Sea”. We will have stories, songs, activities, crafts, and more that take us beneath the waves.

  • On March 18th at 1:30 pm S.T.E.A.M. Saturday will be “Having a Blast!” as we explore the science behind volcanoes. Participants will learn about the different types of volcanoes, what creates them, and then build their own erupting volcanoes.

  • We have two fun activities planned during spring break. On Monday, March 27th, from 1:00-3:00 we will be hosting a Spring Break Crafternoon. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. There will be crafting projects for all ages available. Then join us on Wednesday, March 29th at 2:00pm for popcorn and our Mid-Week Movie: Moana.

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