EC-5 Elementary Express Newsletter

May/June 2018

May/June Dates At-A-Glance

April 30 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

April 30 - 5th Grade Parent Orientation at 6:30pm IMMS

May 1 - Kindergarten Farm Field Trip - Hinchley's (8am-11am) - Dettlaff, Kuehl, Marking, Paugel

May 2 - Kindergarten Farm Field trip - Hinchley's (8am-11am) - Cook, Doll, Gray, Heim, Mosso

May 4 - Elementary Campus - Star Wars Day

May 7-11 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8 - Early Childhood Farm Field Trip - Hinchley's - 8:15am-10:45am

May 9 - 1st Grade to Aldo Leopold Nature Center - 12-2:30pm - Brezenski, Froden, Mandli, Rotunno

May 10 - 1st Grade to Aldo Leopold Nature Center - 12-2:30pm - Juszczyk, Knapp/Davis, Orlowski, Schimanski

May 9 - Bike to School Day

May 14 - Grades 5-7 Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, HS Auditorium

May 15 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Overture Center - Symphony Soup - Depart at 11:30am

May 15 - Last Day of Early Childhood

May 15 - PTO Meeting @ IMMS, 6:30pm-8:00pm

May 16 - Parent/Child Tour of Waubesa for 2nd graders (soon to be 3rd graders) between 4pm-5pm

May 18 - 5th Grade Safety Patrol Field Trip

May 18 - Kindergarten Field Day - 12-2pm at CEELC

May 21 - 2nd Grade to visit Waubesa Intermediate School

May 23 - 4th Grade Lumber Jack Breakfast in the afternoon

May 24-25 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Development Day

May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 1 - Waubesa Intermediate School Olympiad

June 4 - 2nd Grade Picnic

June 5 - 1st Grade Picnic

June 6 - Last Day of School 4K-2 / Regular Day of Classes, Normal release time

June 6 - 5th Grade to IMMS in AM for a tour

June 6 - 5th Grade Class Picnic - Brandt Park

June 6 - 3rd Grade Cave of the Mounds Field Trip

June 7 - Last day of School WIS 3-5 / Regular Day of Classes, Normal release time

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Dates for Next Year...

We are already planning for the 2018-2019 school year and we wanted you to be aware of dates that have been set.

You can view the 2018-2019 school year calendar by clicking the button below! As always please reach out to your child's school with any questions. Thank you!

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Parent and student transition activities are being planned for the different grade levels. The fifth grade students will visit IMMS on June 6.

Second grade students will visit WIS on May 21 during the school day.

In addition to 2nd graders visiting with their class the Waubesa Intermediate School will also host an open house that is optional for families to attend on May 16 between 4pm - 5pm. You will have another opportunity to look around right before school starts.

Indian Mound Middle School will host a parent meeting for incoming 6th graders on April 30 at 6:00pm at IMMS.

As always please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher or principal if you have any questions or concerns.

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CEELC/Primary School Building Information

Building Administrative Assistant:

Emily Broome - CEELC

Sheryl Leemon - Primary

May 2018

Dear Families,

It is with bittersweet excitement that we realize...the year is winding down! There is a lot to celebrate and reflect upon in the last five weeks of school. When we see our students in their classrooms, we are proud of how each and every one of them has grown. We look out our windows and see our brand new school, Conrad Elvehjem Primary School, nearing completion, ready to open in August (with a new playground!). Our beloved McFarland Primary School is nearing its final days and we cherish the decades of learning and memories that have taken place in this building. We have welcomed a few new teachers this year and will also be saying goodbye to some valued colleagues at the end of this year. Through it all, the school community that the students and staff have created inside Conrad Elvehjem and McFarland Primary Schools this year has kept the love of learning at the forefront. As always, BIG THANKS go to you, for the priority you place on your child’s education!

Our students will be participating in PALS testing at the kindergarten level, and MAP testing in first and second grade this month. These assessments will show the growth our students have made this year, and will be used to plan for instruction and goal-setting next year. PALS and MAP are developmentally-appropriate assessments that many districts in the state use for similar purposes. Classroom teachers will schedule the dates for their respective classrooms; like any other school day, please make sure your child had a good night’s sleep beforehand, a hearty breakfast the day of, arrives to school on time, and knows the importance of trying their best!

We say this often, but cannot stress the importance enough during this busy month, please make sure to check the “Important Dates” section above. There are a lot of activities occurring this month, and we want you and your child to feel prepared for it all. Please be in touch with our school staff if you have any questions about upcoming dates.

Each May, communities around the country celebrate the hard work and dedication of teachers and school staff though Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. This year, this week of recognition is scheduled for May 7th-11th. Throughout this week, we recognize and celebrate all of our school staff. Please help us celebrate our fabulous faculty and staff by encouraging your child to thank their teacher(s) and other staff members, and if you feel so inclined, please consider giving a shout out as well! Of course, nothing can surpass a teacher’s favorite gifts to receive: a handwritten/decorated note by your child. Our dedicated school staff are wonderful role models for “giving it your all” and we are most grateful for ALL THEY DO!

Thank you for entrusting us with your child(ren). Our goal is always to help each child reach his or her full potential. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at the Elementary Campus.

Yours under “Kid”struction: Building Learners, Leaders, Dreamers, and Doers,

Kelley Novak, Ed.D

Elementary Campus Principal

Greg Nelson

Teacher on Special Assignment

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Waubesa Intermediate School Building Information

Building Administrative Assistant:
Arlene Coady-Bast


From the desk of Principal Sue Murphy...

The month of May can be exceptionally busy time here at Waubesa. The number of field trips and other special events increase as the temperature (hopefully) increases. Please look carefully at the calendar and events and contact your child's homeroom teacher if you are interested in helping with any of them.

State testing was finished in April! We anticipate the results will be sent to us later in the summer. These results will then be sent on to you.

This is also the time of year when some students find it more difficult to complete homework and to stay focused and on task. We feel this school year has gone so well and we look for your support in finishing the year strong.

Sue Murphy


Waubesa Intermediate School

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May 9 - Bike to School Day

Waubesa Intermediate School is proud to host a Bike to School event on Wednesday, May 9th 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 9th, 2018 @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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Attention Parents of Future 3rd Graders!

You are invited to an optional open house at Waubesa Intermediate School.

Who: Parents of incoming 3rd graders and their child

What: Drop in tour of WIS

When: May 16 from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Meet at the WIS office

Why: To meet the 3rd grade teachers, Principal Sue Murphy, and take a tour of Waubesa Intermediate School.

This is an optional visit for parents. August 29 will be another opportunity for you and your child to drop in, visit WIS, and meet homeroom teachers. More information on this opportunity will be provided at a later date.

Please contact the Waubesa Office at 608-838-7667 if you have any questions!

WIS Retirements!

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Four Waubesa Staff members will be retiring at the end of the school year. We have been fortunate to have them here with us and will miss them.

Join us in congratulating the following staff members on their retirement:

Colleen Murphy - Special Education Teacher

Gloria Frank - 5th Grade Teacher

Sara Kademan - Special Education Teacher

Mary Johannes - 4th Grade Teacher

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* Thank You to our parent volunteers. Your support throughout the year is much appreciated.

*Thank You PTO for your continued financial support. You have provided so much for our students. Also a big Thank You to the PTO for sponsoring the WIS Sock Hop!

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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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