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October 2018

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October Conferences: 10/24 from 4-8pm and 10/25 from 8-7pm. There is no school on 10/24, 10/25, and 1/26

Class Dojo

What is ClassDojo?

ClassDojo is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers, parents, and students who use it to share photos, videos, and messages through the school day. They use ClassDojo to work together as a team, share in the classroom experience, and bring big ideas to life in their classrooms and homes Let’s get connected! 3 easy steps

  1. Download the app
  2. Sign up as a parent
  3. Enter your code!

How is Class Dojo used?

As a teacher, I will…

  • Post announcements, updates, and reminders
  • Share photos and videos of classroom activities
  • Send private messages to keep you in the loop Students will…
  • Share classwork on their own digital portfolio
  • Only family members will be able to view their work

Families will…

  • Like or comment on class photos and videos
  • Leave encouraging feedback on Portfolios posts What do families see? You’ll see the Story of our classroom:
  • Photos and videos from class
  • Important updates and announcements
  • Your child’s digital portfolio
  • Private messaging between the two of us
  • Translate any message or Class Story post into your preferred language

School Hours

Adult supervision is provided on school grounds from 8:05 a.m. until the first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. Students should not be arriving at school earlier than 8:05 a.m. unless they are participating in a special activity (i.e. Safety Patrol, Student Council, etc.) Students should leave school and playground when dismissed at 3:08 p.m. or go immediately to after school activities.

  • 8:05 Student drop-off
  • 8:15 Students enter (upon bell)
  • 8:20 School day begins Breakfast in Classroom
  • 1:35-1:50 All School Recess
  • 3:08 Students dismissed

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

  • 10:55-11:35– Kindergarten
  • 11:35-11:50– Kindergarten Recess
  • 11:00-11:35– 1st Grade
  • 11:30-12:05– 2nd and 3rd
  • 12:00-12:35– 4th and 5th

Visitors

Any time you enter the building you must sign in at the office and wear a visitor sicker.

Do Not Enter Please do not enter the parking lot between 7:30-8:30 and 2:30-3:30. This ensures the safety of our students and staff. The parking lot is Staff parking only. Our Basic’s Program families need to sign in their child and are allowed to drive into the parking lot during those hours. Let all help to keep our students and staff safe.


10 Things You Need To Know

Need more information? It’s probably on our website in Madison’s 10 Things You Need to Know. Also, feel even more engaged in your child’s school by checking out our district-wide Elementary Parent Handbook.

Stay Connected There are several ways for you to stay connected with Madison events:

1. Visit the Madison Website for current events, staff contact info, calendar, newsletter and much information. Our page is part of the School District of Janesville website which all even more valuable information.

2. View the Madison Calendar on the website. Events are added as soon as we schedule them, so you can plan ahead. You can even add this Google calendar to your own set of calendars and set reminders for yourself.

3. Share your email address and phone number(s) with us and set your preferences through Infinite Campus to receive general notifications via email and phone.. Lincoln staff as well as district level staff send periodic messages regarding featured events and opportunities.

4. Like us on Facebook. We often send out reminders of events and share photos and highlights of activities at school.


Infinite Campus Parent Portal

You can access much information on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, such as your child’s attendance and grades. You can keep your contact information current, update your emergency contacts, and pay fees. Here’s instructions to a few specific tasks. Click links below.

Managing Family Member Information

Managing Preferences

Managing Payment Information

Making an Online Payment


Madison Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Join the Madison PTA. Our PTA puts on amazing events though out the year to help raise money for our school. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month in the LMC at 5:30. You can also sign up to volunteer to help at the various events.


Upcoming Events

Box Tops For Education Collection Dates: October 1– October 11 You can clip Box Tops for Education from various household and food products then submit them to Madison. We receive ten cents for every label we send in. This will raise a lot of money for our students, so please join in this valuable fundraiser and tell your family and friends!

Officers President Amanda Ladd
Vice President of Fundraisers Sarah Duberstein
Vice President of Membership Stacy Steuer
Secretary Brandy Pena
Treasurer Karen Andersen 

October

  •  3rd~ Picture Day
  • 10th~ Popcorn Day
  • 15th~ Meeting in LMC 5:30 pm
  • 16th~ Culver’s Scoopie Night 4-8
  • 29th~ Family Fun Night 5:30-6:30

Volunteering: do good, feel good

We welcome all volunteers! Please make sure that you fill out a District Volunteer Application. You must have an approved volunteer form on file before you can volunteer at the school for any events, PTA and/or Classroom.


Dear Energy Bus Families,

Welcome to Year 2 of The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey (EBSLJ)!

Our mission is to inspire and develop leaders (students and educators) who positively impact schools, families, communities and the world!

The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey is a multi-year approach to creating and sustaining a positive school culture through shared leadership. Shared leadership takes into account that every person in the school community is a leader, even students as young as 4 and 5 years of age. We define leadership as the ability to take personal responsibility for your actions and stopping to think about outcomes prior to reacting to challenging situations. We believe that engaging our students in these valuable principles early in life will support their social, emotional, and academic goals.

This year we would like for you, our families, to take a more active role in helping your school sustain a positive culture. Last year, your school was introduced to the 7 principles that are at the core of everything that we do. They learned how to apply these principles in their personal life as well as in the school and classrooms.

In Year 2, we will continue to reinforce the 7 principles, introducing one principle per month and using these principles as our common language that will guide our behaviors and attitudes. This year we will strengthen student’s voice in using and applying the 7 principles as they dive deeper into understanding how these concepts will help him/her become a better student in their personal and academic lives.

Although our focus this year is Student Leadership, it is important that you, the adults continue to practice and model these behaviors for our students as they watch you grow in your leadership. This year teachers and staff will engage in activities that will help them support student leadership in school as well as the classrooms.


The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey

Twitter: @EnergyBusSchool

website: www.energybusschools.com

As an Energy Bus School, our families are also invited to embrace and practice 7 principles:

Principle 1: You’re the Driver – reinforces taking personal responsibility for your actions, not blaming or complaining, but feeling empowered to take risk and make the necessary changes to get the results you desire.

Principle 2: Create a positive vision- teaches the importance of setting positive personal and academic goals as they become active participants in the learning process.

Principle 3: Drive with purpose –students discover their unique talents and how they can use these gifts to determine their purpose.

Principle 4: Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy- reveals ways to become a more positive person while learning how your behavior can impact everyone in the learning community.

Principle 5: Transform negativity – look at ways to turn challenges into great opportunities for learning and growth.

Principle 6: LOVE your passengers – seeing the true gift in every person we meet as we find ways to serve our school and our community.

Principle 7: Enjoy the Ride! – reinforces the importance of living a happy and healthy life.

Each month, students will be introduced to one principle. This will provide time to learn, practice, and apply each principle in school and in their homes. Parents and guardians are also a part of this journey, and are invited to help reinforce the principles by:

Discussing the principle of the month with your child and ways they’ve demonstrated it at home and in school.

Reading The Energy Bus for Kids book or The Energy Bus 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon with your child at home.

Embracing the 7 principles in the home environment and talking about ways it applies to you in your work and life.

Meeting with your child’s teacher(s) and administrators to discuss ways you can partner with the class or the school on this rewarding journey.

We are excited about our journey together and look forward to partnering with you and your family as we develop ways to create and sustain a positive school culture.

Sending positive energy your way for a wonderful school year, Niki Spears Co-Founder


School wide Title I Program Notice

As a school with a low-income rate of 71%, Madison School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a Schoolwide Title I 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 I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.

Schoolwide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I 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 I Plan and the Title I 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. 


Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year

School District Residents

If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District.  Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office.  You may enroll anytime during the two week period. 

Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14      
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m  Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m  Thursday, December 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018.  Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation.  When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification.  If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process.  Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center.  If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.  The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th.  If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school.  In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame. 

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on. 

Non-District Residents

If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT.  The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019.  Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 608-743-5152.


Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year.  Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live. 

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019.  Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.  Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission).  Applications turned in prior to February 4th will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.

Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.

An application is required for each sibling in the family.  For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.

Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied.  The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.

If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.  

 Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue).  Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2019-2020), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow).  Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only.  Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office.    Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019.  Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office.  If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.


Open Enrollment or Public School Choice

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 608-743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move.  This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free.  To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application.  Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019.  This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019. 

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 608-743-5152. 


MOVING???

If you will be moving from your current home address please contact the Franklin Middle school office at 608-743-6000 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school.  Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 608-743-5152.  The New Student Enrollment Office is open year round.

If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 608-743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 608-743-5072 or 608-743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.

November-December 2018