Madison Memo

October 2022

A Message from the Principal

Hello Madison Families! What a wonderful start to the year we have had so far at Madison. Students are learning by leaps and bounds, teachers are building community within the classroom, and everyone is settling into the routines of school again. It’s absolutely incredible to be part of this amazing community and I am thankful every single day for each one of you and your families.


Inclement Weather

We have reached the point of the year when we will be dealing with more inclement weather than before.


Drop off reminders: Doors at our building will open at 8:00am, even on days with inclement weather. Please be mindful to not let students sit outside in the rain before this time - there will not be supervision. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Cold Weather Protocols: The cold weather will be here sooner rather than later. Please make sure that when the snow flies you are sending your child with proper snow gear including hat, gloves, snow pants, boots, and coat. Students will be required to wear a coat at recess at all times whenever the temperature is below 40* F.


Attendance

One of the best ways to ensure a high level of achievement throughout the year is by having amazing attendance by every student. We appreciate your hard work and effort in making sure that students are here each and every day. Please see our Attendance at a Glance for any further clarification.


Thank You!

Thank you for your continued support of our students each and every day. It is because of our Madison families that we have, what I truly believe, the best school. We appreciate your willingness to support our students, give your time and energy to them, and work closely with us to reach their goals. #MadisonProud


Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, October 5th - Vision Screening
  • Friday, October 7th - Picture Day
  • Monday, October 17th - PTO Meeting 4:00pm in the Madison Library. Join with Google meet using this link: https://meet.google.com/yxk-twfw-cvp?authuser=0&pli=1 or join by phone: (US) + 1 337-466-9079 PIN: 420 785 115#

Attendance Reminders

Keep in Touch

Call the Madison Attendance Hotline at (920) 663-9730 on days that your child will not be attending school. The hotline is automated and operates 24 hours a day. Failure to notify our main office means that your child's absence is considered unexcused and subject truancy policies.

Excused Absence Limit

MPSD recognizes a maximum of 10 partial or whole days of excused absences per school year. Excused absences include illness, funerals, vacations and doctor's appointments. All absences beyond these 10 days are considered unexcused, unless a doctor's note is provided to the Madison attendance secretary.

Habitual Truancy

The State of Wisconsin identifies a student as habitually truant when they are absent form school for 5 or more days in a semester without and acceptance excuse. Students with 5 or more unexcused absences can be issued a citation totaling $439.

Up and At 'Em

Students can enter the building beginning at 8:00am. At 8:10am the school day begins and attendance is taken shortly after. Arriving to school late can make children feel rushed and anxious, which is not a good way to start the day. Sometimes this increases the likelihood of students displaying behaviors. in addition, children can miss out on social interaction, community building and core instruction.

The Counselor Corner- World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2022

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day aims to spread awareness about mental health and the importance of looking after it! The day is a chance for everybody to talk about mental health and emphasize how important it is to reach out if you’re struggling. The day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, an organization that advocates mental health education worldwide!


Wellness Toolkits Donation

CORE Treatments Services generously donated Wellness Toolkits for our 4th and 5th graders that will be going home on World Mental Health Day.


Kindness and Mental Health

Kindness doesn’t just help other people, but it also improves our own physical and mental health. Whether we’re giving kindness, receiving kindness or even just witnessing kindness, it can have a great effect on us!

When we experience kindness, a hormone called dopamine is released in our brain which gives us a feeling of elevation – it’s often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’. Kindness can also improve relationships. Our evolutionary ancestors had to cooperate with each other for survival. This means we now have ‘kindness genes’ etched into the human genome. So, when we’re kind to each other, we feel a connection that strengthens our relationships and helps us to create new ones. How great is that!

How you can participate

Make your own Wellness Toolkit or play kindness bingo and get the whole family involved to fill the game board.

Big picture

Wellness Toolkit:

  • Rubber Band: to keep you flexible and bouncing back

  • Eraser: to remind you that you can always start again

  • Rock: to keep you grounded

  • Bubbles: to remind you to inhale deeply and exhale gently

  • String: to help you hold it all together

  • Starburst: to give you a burst of energy when you need it

  • Hugs & Kisses: to always remember that someone cares

  • Tissues: to dry your tears and remind you that it's okay to cry

  • Lifesaver Candy: to remind you that it's okay to ask for help


Sara Schultz

Madison Elementary School Counselor

email: schultzs@mpsd.school

office phone: 920.663.9662

texting: 920.320.1211

Nursing News

  • Vision screening will be completed school-wide on Wednesday, October 5th with assistance from the Manitowoc Lions Club. Students should wear their glasses for the screening. If your child does not pass the screening, you will receive a letter in the mail with further recommendations. If you do not receive a letter, your child has passed the screening.


  • Per the State of WI Immunization Law, all students must be up to date on their required school immunizations by the 30th day of school (October 12th) or they may face exclusion from school. If your child is not up to date, you have already received both a call and a letter from the school office. Please take care of these immunizations ASAP or contact the school office to discuss signing a waiver.


  • Cold and flu season will be here before we know it. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

    • Please consider having your child get a flu shot this fall. The flu shot is available in our community through their medical provider’s office, local pharmacies or Lakeshore Community Health Care.

    • Please keep your child home when they are not feeling well. This is the best way to keep illness from spreading in our schools. Children should not return to school until they have been free from fever, vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours without the use of medications and are generally feeling better.

    • If your child is absent due to an illness, please call the school office to report it and further direction will be given regarding when it is safe for your child to return to school. If your child is seen by a medical provider, please bring in a doctor note.

PTO News

Join us for our monthly PTO Meeting on Monday, October 17th - PTO Meeting 4:00pm in the Madison Library. Join with Google meet using this link: https://meet.google.com/yxk-twfw-cvp?authuser=0&pli=1 or join by phone: (US) + 1 337-466-9079 PIN: 420 785 115#


Reminder: Club's Choice fundraiser paper forms are due to be turned in on Tuesday, October 18th.