Curtin Family Newsletter

September 16, 2021

Upcoming Events

Third Friday Count Friday, September 17th

Picture Day Friday, September 24th

NO SCHOOL – P/T Conference Friday, October 22nd

NO SCHOOL – October Break Monday, October 25th

NO SCHOOL – Records Day Monday, November 15th

NO SCHOOl – Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 24th – Friday, November 26th

3rd Friday Activities!

Spirit Week fun continues! Friday is student count day and student attendance matters!

Students are encouraged to wear their class colors listed below.

  • K4-Blue
  • K5-Purple
  • 1st-Pink
  • 2nd-Yellow
  • 3rd- Green
  • 4th-White
  • 5th-Orange
  • 6th-Red
  • 7th-White
  • 8th-Black

We will have our first Field Day on Friday too! All students will also receive a refreshing treat after their Field Day activities.

Student Chromebooks

In order to support the learning of every child in MPS we are offering you a Chromebook for your child to use at home. This Chromebook should remain at home until the teacher asks your child to return it back to school.

Should your child leave the school or the district you are responsible for returning the Chromebook and power cord back to the school you received it from. If you are moving to another MPS school, the new school will provide you with a Chromebook.

The Chromebook should be used for educational purposes only. Please help by monitoring your child’s use of the Chromebook for educational purposes only.

Fall Testing Schedule

Each year, students take a universal screening assessment three times a year. This assessment, STAR, will be given to our students in grades 2-8 for reading and math. STAR early literacy is given to grade 1. The testing window opens Monday, September 13 and will end Friday, October 8, 2021. Students in grades K4-K5 will be assessed on reading readiness. It is important that students are well-rested and eat a good breakfast on their day of testing. The assessment helps inform instruction to best meet the needs of all of our students. For more information regarding assessment and your child, please refer to the parent assessment guides.

Assessment family guides linked here:

English Spanish Arabic Hmong Somali Karen Rohingya

Picture Day

School photos will be taken on Friday, September 24th. Each student was given their order form to take home today. All students will be photographed for the school district's records and yearbook. You can order your child’s pictures in two ways:

Complete your child's order form and send it to school along with your child's smile.


Click here to order online

Sign Up for Remind

Remind offers a great two way communication between the families and Curtin! We will send out the newsletter, important dates and reminders, and teacher announcements. Signing up is simple! Download the app, create an account and join your child's classroom by using the following codes:

  • Curtin School: k4gf4c
  • Camp Curtin: da86a4
  • Physical Education: d4f983cd6k

  • K4: fkk63h6gab
  • K5: babekghcbb
  • 1st: 6a23ggd7dd
  • 2nd: 7ag9k6dg3a
  • 3rd: cf43af3883
  • 4th: f3b93d6hga
  • 5th: 7af2hhk42f

  • 6 Grade and Middle School Social Studies: dhf4de94ah
  • 7A Grade and Middle School Science: cf977b7adb
  • 7B Grade and Middle School English Language Arts___
  • 8th Grade and Middle School Math: k642973397

Arrival and Dismissal

School Hours

Office: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast 7:20 a.m. (in the classroom)

School starts: 7:20 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

After School Camp 2:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Entry Procedures

All students enter from the playground area between 7:15 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.

Late arrivals should use the main entrance on 32nd street beginning at 7:30 a.m.

**Buses students will pull in on Morgan Avenue. Families please do not block in coned areas as it causes a safety hazard to bus students. **

Dismissal Procedures

All students exit onto the playground at 2:20 p.m. using the same doors during arrival.

Students who are not picked up by 2:25 p.m. will be brought to the library. Parents should pick up at the main entrance on 32nd street.

Curtin Camp

At this moment, we do not have any opening for additional camp students. If are interested in being put on a waitlist, please contact Ms. Connie at 414-902-7711


Parents, if you have updated immunization records, please fax it to Curtin at 902-7715 or email Nurse Myka Vang at I do check my voicemail daily so you may also call me at 414-902-7720.

PTO & School Engagement Council

Our next School Engagement Council Meeting and Parent Teacher Organization Meeting on September 22 from 2:35-3:30 using the Google Meet link below. Please come to share your suggestions, have questions answered and plan how to support Curtin students.

School Engagement Council

Wednesday, September 22nd from 2:35-3:30 PM

Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 219-401-0603‬ PIN: ‪836 127 869‬#

More phone numbers:


Parent Portal is a system used by MPS to give parents and guardians access to student information such as busing, immunization records, grades, etc. This system is also used for early admission for high school!

If you are an 8th grade parent and have not signed up or do not remember your username, please contact the office at 414-902-7700 or email Curtin at

8th Grade: High School Early Enrollment Parent Meeting

Good afternoon,

I will be leading a High School Enrollment Parent Meeting on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:00 (English) and 5:30 (Spanish – Ms. Leshok translating). The purpose of the meeting is to go through the MPS high school enrollment process and answer any questions. I have invited all middle school teachers in case they want to be more familiar with the process.

Date? Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Time? 5:00 (English) and 5:30 (Spanish)

Google Meet Link:

Key Points for Early Admissions:

*Application opens 9/25/21-10/31/21

*High School Fair for families to attend will be the weekend of 10/2/21 (more info to come)

*Application will still be in the Parent Portal

The Early Enrollment Website is NOT updated completely, but the Select Criteria Scoring is updated:

Thank you,

Rachelle Nisleit

School Counselor

2021-2022 Coaching Opportunities—COACHES NEEDED!

Fall Sports

  • 4th-5th Grade Coed Soccer

    • Games every Saturday, September 25th-November 6th

Winter Sports

  • Middle School Coed Basketball

    • Games every Saturday, December 11th-March 5th

  • Middle School Coed Volleyball

    • Games every Saturday, December 4th-February 26th

Spring Sports

  • Middle School Softball

    • Games every Saturday, April 23rd-June 4th

  • Middle School Soccer

For all Sports:

  • Practice two nights a week minimum (1.5-2 hrs long) starting after school day ends

  • Practices will begin 1-2 weeks before start of season based on availability

  • Gear will be supplied for you

Contact Lauren Long (phy ed teacher/Sport Coordinator)

Guidelines for Health and Safety

We understand that over the past two academic school years, our students, families and staff have had to learn to be flexible in a manner not required before. To ensure the health and safety of all, MPS will continue to follow current CDC guidance and make changes as updated.

  • Masks required by staff and students indoors except while eating or drinking

  • Masks not required outdoors

  • Masks required on buses

  • Plexi barriers on student desks

  • A distance of 3 feet will be maintained in all school settings to the greatest extent possible

  • School Visitors- visitors with a scheduled visit are welcomed (masks required)

Please use this Guideline Regarding a Sick Child form to help you determine if your child is well enough to attend school.

Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

MPS is now offering COVID-19 School Based Testing for students and staff with COVID symptoms. Testing will help reduce community spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our schools are safe for learning and working. Please consider completing this consent for testing. Students and staff who complete this form and display symptoms of COVID, may be able to be tested at Curtin.

2021-22 Military Connections Survey

The State of Wisconsin-Department of Instruction has required school districts to annually collect information from Military Connected Families. If a parent or guardian is connected to the U.S. Military, we are asking that you complete this survey. It will need to be printed and returned. If you need a copy printed.


Parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to notify the school by phone/letter of a student’s absence. Personal illness is a legally excused absence. The building principal may request a medical statement from a physician or other health care provider when student(s) have a history of excessive absences. If your child(ren) is going to be absent, please be sure to call 902-7700. We have a 24 hour automated service.

Please be aware that vacations, going out of town, etc. are only excused if it is in a written notification prior to the absences.

Attendance: Google Classroom and Seesaw

All classroom teachers have their Google Classroom and Seesaw posted and active.

NEW: Students who are absent are asked to please log onto Google Classroom and Seesaw and complete an assignment online. The classroom teacher will then update the attendance for your child as PRESENT.

NEW: Students who are absent also have the option to receive support on the following dates and times using the google meet code "CURTINSUPPORT"

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10:00-10:30 AM
  • 1:30-2:00 PM

Helpful Links