McFarland EC-5 Elementary Express

April 2017

April Dates At-A-Glance

April 4-May 5 - FORWARD State Testing Window

April 6 - Welcome to Kindergarten Parent Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm/CE Gym (adults only)

April 6 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the State Capitol / Mrs. Johannes, Ms. Lawler, Mr. Meeks, Mrs. Scharpf/Johnson, and Mr. Krueger's classes

April 7 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the State Capitol / Mrs. Chapmans and Mr. Brown's classes

April 11 - Open Mic Poetry Night 6:15pm - 7:30pm at MHS

April 12 - Summer School Registration Opens at 7:00pm

April 13 - Formal Wear/Dress Up Day - MPS/CEELC

April 14 - NO SCHOOL

April 17-21 - Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 17 - 3rd Grade Landfill Field Trip 8:15am-10:00pm / Mrs. Swierczek & Mrs. Kramper

April 18 - 3rd Grade Landfill Field Trip 8:15am-10:00pm / Miss Case & Ms. Wipperfurth

April 18 - 4th Grade GIRLS Human Growth and Development Night at

6:15pm in the WIS Commons

April 19 - 3rd Grade Landfill Field Trip 8:15am-10:00pm / Mrs. Beam & Ms. Lown

April 20 - 3rd Grade Landfill Field Trip 8:15am-10:00pm / Mrs. Eckel & Mrs. Rowley

April 20 - 4th Grade BOYS Human Growth and Development Night at

6:15pm in the WIS Commons

April 20 - Tornado Drill

April 22 - McFarland Community Service Day

April 25, 26, 27 - Pre-K Child Development Days - Curling Club

April 27 - Kindergarten Music Program - MPS Gym

5:30 - Gray, Dettlaff, Kuehl, Paugel

6:30 - Heim, Mosso, Marking, Cook

April 28 - PTO Sponsored SOCK HOP @ WIS Gym 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dates to look forward to in May...

May 1 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Meeting at IMMS Cafeteria @6:30pm

May 1-5 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4 - Kindergarten Farm Field Trip

May 4 - String Exploratory Evening. 5:30 - 7:30 - WIS Cafeteria.

May 16 - Aldo Leopold - Buses Leave @ 12:05 Return @ 2:30 (Mandli, Froden, Orlowski & Juszczyk)

May 17 - Aldo Leopold - Buses Leave @ 12:05 Return @ 2:30 (Knapp/Davis, Rotunno, Schimanski, Brezenski)

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Summer School Sign-Up is April 12 and 7:00pm - Be sure to register before!


In McFarland, we know that there is no better time than the summer to help your child bridge the gap in learning between the end of the current school year and the beginning of next year. Letters were mailed or given out at conferences to all families for students who are recommended for our summer Reading Academy, Math Academy, or Getting Ready classes in reading, and math. If you receive one of these letters, we believe that your son or daughter would greatly benefit from our summer school classes designed to provide academic support.

Enrollment for all Academies and Getting Ready classes will again be included in online registration, which opens at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 12th. Since these classes require teacher referral, access to these classes is restricted to those parents whose children have been referred. Information on the registration process was included in the letter. For those who have no other access to a computer, a computer lab at the McFarland High School will be open on April 12th from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. Please call Jessica Karls at 838-4500 X.5469 to reserve a space.

This year we are also offering the option of enrolling your student early for you. However, you MUST first register (set up an account) online prior to this being possible. Once you have registered your child please sign and return the letter that was given to you and we will enroll your child.

If you receive a letter recommending participation in these classes, it is extremely important to enroll your child in the recommended class and commit to see that she/he attends class every day.

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Literacy Lowdown

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Literacy Lowdown

Looking for ways to empower and excite your reader this Spring Break? Look no further! Scholastic suggests ways to celebrate reading as a family in “Turn Your Child Into a Super Reader!” Read the article for their quick tips.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing, book-filled Spring Break!

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471

CEELC/Primary Campus Information

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 Interim Principal Ann Schroeder...

Dear Spartan Families:

I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break, whether that meant a warm trip south or leisurely evenings knowing there was no homework the next day. As we start our final nine weeks of the school year, plan for a busy home stretch--kindergarten music programs and Field Day, Open Mic Poetry Night, field trips, MPS Spring Open House & Art Show, etc. It's amazing how fast a school year goes!

April brings warmer weather, but please make sure your children have recess clothing to fit the day's weather as some days are still quite cool. Also, those April showers bring muddy playgrounds, so it's helpful not to put away those boots yet.

Dr. Kelley Novak, the newly appointed Elementary Campus Principal who will be starting in July, and I have been working on transition planning--schedules, placement, staffing, and process and procedures. Since Dr. Novak is at the District Office now, it's the perfect arrangement for being able to plan for a smooth transition for staff, children, and families. For example, she will be at our Kindergarten Night this month as we welcome parents of next year's kindergarteners to hear more about the kindergarten program and the Conrad Elvehjem Early Learning Center..

Enjoy April!


Ms. Ann Schroeder, Interim Principal

First grade teaching staff celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!

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L to R: Lisa Mazzara, Linda Schimanski, Nancy Juszczyk, Brenda Rotunno, Summer Davis, Deb Scheffel. Karin Mandli, Jana Orlowski. Not pictured: Mary Jo Froden.

Weatherman Gary Cannalte visited the First Graders this month. He gave a presentation that corresponded with our weather unit in science.

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McFarland Primary School Swim Dates

1st Grade -


2nd Grade -


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Save the Date - 1st Grade End of Year Picnic

June 1st - 1st Grade End of the Year Picnic @ MPS Playground 11:30-2:15

More information will be coming home with your student!

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Waubesa Intermediate School Information

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

From the Desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

Dear Waubesa Families,

It was great seeing so many of you at the recent 4th & 5th grade Art and Music Programs! The students performed well and provided all of us with great entertainment. The evening celebrations really confirm for me the importance of the arts in our schools. We appreciate your support.

Spring is arriving soon and should bring with it a bit of warm weather. Spring also brings some fluctuation in temperatures. Wearing layers to school is the best way for students to always remain comfortable during the school day and at recess times. During these warmer months we may also see students wearing clothes that violate our school dress code. Please take a few minutes to review the Parent-Student Handbook section on Dress Code included in this newsletter with your sons and/or daughters to make sure they are aware of the code.

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

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Research suggests a close relationship between dress and student attitude and behavior at school. We believe that school is like the students’ job and that clothing should fit the occasion and not interfere with other students’ education. The limits that are imposed relate to health, safety, cleanliness, distraction, or indecency, as well as the developmental level of our students.

The WIS dress code includes the following:

  • Wearing clothing, jewelry, or other accessories with profanity, lewd, vulgar or suggestive writing, symbols, or pictures, as well as any other clothing or attire that may create a disruptive, unhealthy, or unsafe learning atmosphere is not allowed. These include, but are not limited to, clothes with references to alcohol, tobacco/cigarettes, drugs, drug paraphernalia, violence, profanity, and sexual activity, sexual innuendo, and sexual body parts, or clothing that could be easily interpreted to imply such items or activities.

  • Shoes must be worn in and around the school building. Bedroom slippers are not allowed except on school-sanctioned dress up days.

  • Students may not wear open-back shirts, halter-tops, or strapless shirts. Shirts must have two straps.

  • A student’s undergarments should not show at any time. (i.e. boxers, underwear, bra straps, see through blouses on girls, etc.).

  • Students also may not wear very short mini-skirts, dresses or shorts. For skirts and dresses specifically, when a student stands with hands straight at the sides, the bottom of the skirt or dress must hang below the fingertips. Hats and hoods may not be worn in school.

  • The visible display of bandannas is not allowed.

  • Students may not wear chains or objects with sharp points in school.

  • Outside coats may not be worn in classrooms or the lunch line.

Students violating this section will be subject, but not limited to:

  • Request to change clothing
  • Parent conference
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4th Grade Human Growth and Development

4th Grade Human Growth and Development

Tuesday, April 18th– Girls

Thursday, April 20th– Boys

Meet at 6:15 in the WIS Commons

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Recently you received a letter and brochure explaining the Forward exam. The spring testing window for this State-wide exam is April 4 - May 5. All students are involved in the testing. If you need to know specific dates (due to appointments) during this window, please contact your student’s teacher directly.

Volunteer Opportunity at WIS

Do you love to organize? Then the Waubesa Reading Team needs your help! We are in the process of reorganizing our Bookroom and could use an extra set of hands. Tasks include, but are not limited to, labeling books & boxes, alphabetically organizing titles, adding titles to a Google spreadsheet, and shelving books. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

Sandra Taylor-Marshall

PK-5 Literacy Coordinator

(608) 838-4500 ext. 5471

Thank you!

**NOTE: All volunteers must be approved prior to working in any of the McFarland schools. Click here to download a copy of the volunteer disclosure form. Fill it out & return it to Sandra. Thank you!

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Drop Off / Pick-Up

All parents who drive students to school between 7:30 – 8:00 are asked to drop-off their child in the Red Oak Trail parking lot. This is also the location for pick up after school from 2:40 – 3:10. The parking lot off of Leanne Lane is reserved for staff parking, visitors parking and entering the building, daycare vans, and school buses. Having students cross in front of the buses and daycare vans is dangerous. Thank you for doing your part to make Waubesa safe!

Bike to School

Waubesa Intermediate School is proud to host a Bike to School event on Wednesday, May 10th starting at 7:15AM at the Village Hall. This event is to promote healthy living, safe travel to and from school and build our community into one that values the environment.

As a child I was not able to bike to school, because I lived too far from school. So once again this year, I’ve decided to organize the event slightly different. Instead of meeting all students at the school when they arrive, we will be meeting at the Village Hall and creating a bike train. The train will leave Village Hall at 7:35AM with a police escort! This way any student who, like me, lives too far away, can come to the Village Hall and enjoy a bike ride to school. Parents are welcome too!

No bike? No problem! We will also be having a group walk to school from Village Hall as well! In order to arrive at school on time, this group will be leaving at 7:30AM. This group will be led by staff and parents from our school.

For those who are able to come to the Village Hall, we will be having a raffle for great bike themed prizes. However, the best part of the event is simply riding to school with a great group of fellow schoolmates.

I look forward to seeing many of you at this event!

Mr. Al Northouse

Basic Details:

What: Bike to School Day

When: May 10th, 2017 @7:15AM - Bike Train leaves at 7:35AM

Where: Meet at McFarland Village Hall

Who: All interested Waubesa Parents and Students

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A Special Thank You to the PTO and Waubesa Families...

Thank you to the McFarland EC-8 PTO and Waubesa families for supporting staff with dinner on Parent Teacher Conference Night. We appreciate all of their hard work in organizing this greatly appreciated meal.

Art and Music Shows - BRAVO!!!

The Art and Music shows provided many good reasons to be proud. The programs were simply wonderful and a joy to see. Bravo!! We have a lot to be thankful for and I really appreciated the collective effort given to make it a big success for so many people.

Thank You Parents!

We appreciate your support during conference weeks. It gives teachers an opportunity to discuss your son or daughters progress in class and work towards their goals. It is important that we all work together.
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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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April Library News

Hop on over to the library for some fun April programming!

  • It’s a jungle out there – and in the library. For our final spring PJ Storytime we are going on a jungle safari. On Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30 p.m we are going to be journeying in to the jungles as intrepid explorers through stories, songs, activities, and crafts.

  • For our final S.T.E.A.M. Saturday this spring we will be exploring aeronautics with paper airplanes. We will be building different types of airplanes and exploring how different designs effect our planes’ flight. Take Flight with us on Saturday, April 22 @ 1:30 p.m. STEAM Saturdays designed for children in grades 1-5.

  • Do you like tabletop games? Then join us as we celebrate International Tabletop Day on Saturday, April 29 @ 12:30-4:00 p.m. There will be fun, games, and door prizes. You can play one of the many games that we have available or bring your own games that you’d like to play.
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