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September 2019

Madison Messenger

September-October 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!!

Our building is now locked all the time. You must ring the doorbell and wait until office staff answers. When asked if we can help you, please tell us why you would like to come into the building. You must then stop in the office before you can enter the school. Thank you for helping to keep your children and Madison staff safe.

School Hours

Adult Supervision is provided on school grounds from 8:05 a.m. until the first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. Your child(ren) should not be arriving to school earlier than 8:05 a.m.

Please make sure that you have a plan in place for your child(ren) for after school pick-ups.

Lunch Schedule

Students will have a 15-minute lunch immediately followed by a 15-minute recess.

  • 10:15-11:35- Kindergarten
  • 11:35-11:50- Kindergarten Recess
  • 11:00-11:35- 1st Grade
  • 11:30-12:05- 2nd and 3rd Grade
  • 12:00-12:35- 4th and 5th Grade


Visitors

When you would like to enter the building, please stop in the office, sign in on the computer and obtain a visitor badge.

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom a volunteer application must be filled out. Once we have an approved application on file our staff will reach out if volunteers are needed.

Chaperones for Field Trips

If you are asked by your child’s teacher to chaperone a field trip, you must fill out a volunteer application. If you do not have an approved application on file you will not be able to go on the field trip.

Volunteer applications are in the office or you can go on-line and fill out the application.

Attendance

Please call 608-743-6830 to report a student’s absence and leave a message. You can call this line 24/7. If you need to pick up your child up early or change after school pick up arrangements, please call 608-743-6800.

Thanks parents for working to help make sure your child gets to school. It may take a bit for everyone to adjust to the school-year schedule, but one important thing is making sure your son/daughter gets to school every day. We know that it can take as many as 3 or 4 days for a child to catch up after one day of missed schooling so we appreciate your help and efforts to get them to school. 

We are here to support positive attendance and if there are concerns--Mr. Czerwonka (our school social worker) is happy to talk with your child and you to help make sure students are in school whenever possible. Let's continue to all work together to help students learn. 

Make sure to connect to your child’s classroom Dojo. ClassDojo is a great communication tool that all of our staff uses. On the School Story we post lunch menus, parent newsletters, reminders about activities that are coming up, and share pictures of all the greatness that happens every day at Madison School.

Madison Families:

We are asking for your help to keep Madison’s Staff parking lot safe for your child(ren). Please follow these important rules:

Do not enter the Staff parking lot during the hours of 7:30-8:30 and 2:30-3:30. During those times, we want to ensure that each student arrives to school safely in the morning and to their parent or guardian at their meeting place safely after school. We do have busses that pick up and drop off students in the parking lot. These buses require space to be able to enter and exit our lot safely.

Be sure to set up after school plans for your child- how do they get home and where are they to meet caretaker after school.

When crossing the street please use walkways and look both ways.  This will be especially important this year as Madison School will NOT have a crossing guard on Grant/Ravine or Bond.

When driving through intersections use extra caution and look for students who may be crossing. Remember school zones are only 15 MPH.

If you need to come into the building between 8:30-2:30, you can pull into the Staff parking lot and park in a stall. Please do not park along the yellow curb. These areas are designated for our buses and emergency personnel. When driving through the Staff parking lot, please drive slowly.

Thank you for helping to keep your child(ren) safe at Madison School!

September 11, 2019

Dear Parents:

As a 5th grader, your child will have the opportunity to explore Instruments of the band and orchestra, participate in choir and continue general music studies.

Attached to this letter are 2 links regarding our program and the different opportunities it provides for your child. You can explore the different options and get help choosing the experiences and classes that will help them be successful in middle school and beyond. Your child will be selecting their choice by January for their middle school musical experience. If you still have questions after reading these materials, please feel free to contact us or the other contacts listed in the links at any time using the info listed below.

Music education is more than just playing an instrument. It is immersing your child in a culture of successful students and teachers who care about education. It challenges each child to use the creative side of his brain while, at the same time, learning a foreign language…MUSIC.

All of the current data clearly states that students involved in music education academically outperform their non-musical counterparts. But, more importantly, studies are showing that music students are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs and alcohol.

Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey. We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.

Sincerely,

The Elementary Music Team (Ms. Nelson 743-6887)

https://bit.ly/2J6iBah

https://bit.ly/2ZS6XXs

 

Coats for Kids

September 23th – October 14th 2019

Please donate warm winter wear for needy families in Janesville and North Rock County,

Needed: Clean chlidren & adults’ winter jackets & coats, snow pants, gloves, scarves, hats & boots – Please no adult dress coats. No broken zippers No sweatshirts or fleece jackets or summer clothing.

Thank you

Locations for donations:

Dan’s Creston Park Laundromat IGA/Sentry East Milton Piggly Wiggly Shopko
1630 Randolph Rd 2822 E. Milwaukee St. 727 S. Janesville St. Highway 14
Sentry West Schnuck’s Super Market 1st Community Bank of Milton Premier Bank
2501 West Court 1501 Creston Park Dr. 202 Merchants Row, Milton 1400 Blackbridge Dr.
Woodman’s Market Festival Foods Choice Cleaners
2819 N. Lexinton 2233 Humes Rd

610 E. Memorial

2919 N. Lexingtion

1926 E. Milwaukee

And ALL Janesville Elementary Schools

Distribution :

The Salvation Army on the corner of Glean & Southerland on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9 am – 3 pm.  Children must be present to receive a coat. Proof of residence is necessary. All coats/items are free, clean and available to all ages. This is a community service project of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

November/December 2019

November-December 2019 Madison Messenger

  • No School November 22 Professional Development Day for Staff
  • No School November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break
  • No School December 23- January 1 Winter Break

Supervision Before School

Supervision before school starts at 8:05. Please do not drop your child(ren) off at school before this time as we do not have adult supervision.

After School

Please make pick up arrangements for your child(ren). School is let out at 3:08 and students must be picked up promptly. Students who are not picked up by 3:15 will be brought to the office and a phone call home will be made. We do understand that the unexpected can happen, if you will be late to pick up contact the office right away.

Before and/or Afterschool Care

If you need assistance with before and/or after school care for your child(ren) Madison School has two options.

1. YWCA BASICS Program

The programs in held in the MPR at Madison School. The program runs from 6:30 am until school starts and resumes at the close of school until 6 pm. There is an enrollment fee and a weekly fee. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 605-752-5445

2. Boys and Girls Club

The program is an afterschool only program. Students are bused from Madison School to the Boys and Girls Club. There is a fee to join. 608-755-0575

Lunch Schedule

Students will have a 15-minute lunch immediately followed by a 15-minute recess.

  • 10:15-11:35- Kindergarten
  • 11:35-11:50- Kindergarten Recess
  • 11:00-11:35- 1st Grade
  • 11:30-12:05- 2nd and 3rd Grade
  • 12:00-12:35- 4th and 5th Grade

Student Messages

If you have a change of plans for your child(ren) pick up, please contact the office by 2:30. After that time, it becomes increasingly difficult to locate the classroom to give messages.

Visitors

When you would like to enter the building, please stop in the office, sign in on the computer and obtain a visitor badge.

Teacher Contact

If you would like to speak to your child’s teacher, please call, email or Dojo the teacher to arrange a time to meet. Teachers are not always available before or after school.  

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in the classroom a volunteer application must be filled out. Once we have an approved application on file our staff will reach out if volunteers are needed.

Chaperones for Field Trips

If you are asked by your child’s teacher to chaperone a field trip, you must fill out a volunteer application. If you do not have an approved application on file you will not be able to attend the field trip.

Volunteer applications are in the office or you can go on-line and fill out the application.

Attendance

Please call 608-743-6830 to report a student’s absence and leave a message. You can call this line 24/7. If you need to pick up your child up early or change after school pick up arrangements, please call 608-743-6800.

Winter Weather

Children will be going outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind child is 0 degrees or below. Dress your child for the cold Wisconsin weather. Students in grades K-3 must wear snow pants and boots to play in the snow. If they do not have snow pants and boots they must stay on the blacktop. Students in grades 4-5 do not have to have snow pants and boots, however if they get wet due to their choice to be in the snow; they will not be able to change clothes.  Please label all outerwear with your child’s name. We do have limited snow pants and boots for students to borrow if they forgot theirs on occasion. If you do have snow pants or boots that your child has grown out of and would like to donate to Madison School, please bring them to the office.

Online Registration

If you have not registered for the 2019-2020 School Year, please follow the link below. All students must register every school year. If you do not remember or know your Infinite Campus username and password, contact the office at 743-6800. Online Registration

Registration (Consumable) Fees

Please remember to pay your child(rens) consumable fees. $32.00 per child. These fees may be paid online or in office with exact cash or check made out to the School District of Janesville. These fees are due at the beginning of each school year.

Things to Know

You can update contact information through the Infinite Campus Portal.  Learn How To Here

There is no parking or Drop off/pickup in Madison School parking lot between the hours of 7:30-8:30 and 2:30-3:30.

Students need a medical excuse from a doctor to stay inside for recess or to sit out from P.E.

For safety reasons, parent and guardians cannot bring in food to share at lunch with anyone other than their own child.

Birthday invitations cannot be passed out at school unless the entire class is being invited to the party.

November/December Events and Clubs

PTA Events

November:

  • 12~ DQ Night- 4:00
  • 13~ Popcorn Day
  • 18~ PTA Meeting- 5:30 in LMC

December:

  • 11~ Popcorn Day
  • 16~ PTA Meeting – 5:30 in LMC
  • 19~ Winter Frolic- 5:30

Student Council

 Meeting Dates:

Student Council meets from 3:15-4:00 in Mrs. Lietz’s Classroom. (219)

  • November 20
  • December 11

School Store

School Store is held from 3:00-3:30

  • November 21
  • December 19

K-Kids

K-Kids meets from 3:10-4:00 in the LMC

  • November 14
  • December 12
  • Terrific Tuesdays
  • 11/12 Sports Day
  • 12/10 Western Day

School wide Title 1 Program Notice

 

As a school with a low-income rate of 71%, Madison School receive federal Title 1 funds to support the learning of all students though a Schoolwide Title 1 Program. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state’s challenging academic standards. Schoolwide Title 1 schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in studentachievement and updates the plan as needed.

Schoolwide Title 1 schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title 1 planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education. Copies of the Schoolwide Title 1 Plan and the Title 1 Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request. Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6806 or vcarpenter@janesville.k12.wi.us to request a copy.