EVENT THIS WEEK ~ MAKER’S MARKET OCT 29TH
The 7th and 8th graders are hosting a Maker’s Market on Friday October 29! We will be selling plants, bracelets, and resin jewelry trays and keychains. Items will range from $2-$15. This Sale is CASH ONLY.
We will be set up outside along the 64th street line 11-11:30 and 3:00-3:30
VACCINE INCENTIVE DEADLINE: To encourage vaccination, Milwaukee Public Schools is offering an incentive to students age 12 years and older who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. The incentive will be provided as a $100 rewards card that can be used as cash. To receive the rewards card, parents/guardians must complete an application and provide proof of full vaccination no later than November 15, 2021.
The Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive webpage provides information about eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive.
CITY OF MILWAUKEE HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACCINE INCENTIVE – Milwaukee residents age 12 and older who receive their second COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a $25 incentive! Learn more at Covid-19 Vaccine
A NOTE FROM PRINCIPAL CORONA
HALLOWEEN AT MACDOWELL: We understand that Halloween is an exciting time for the children and we hope that there will be many ways that they celebrate the holiday with their family at home. At MacDowell we do not have Halloween celebrations in the classroom; this is so that we can keep the school day consistent and free from distraction for all of our students and support the students’ learning and focus while they are at school. Please note: Children are not to come to school with candy or arrive dressed in Halloween costume.
Thank you for your understanding.
PEOPLE PROGRAM PRESS RELEASE
Congratulations to our 9th-grade students who were accepted into the PEOPLE Program! The PEOPLE Program is a precollege pipeline scholarship program through UW Madison. This program prepares students to be a viable college candidate through a variety of supports throughout high school, such as tutoring, practice ACT exams, character development activities, assistance with completing college applications, financial aid and scholarship forms, and visits to UW System campuses.
There were 100 PEOPLE Program seats opened up for 9th Graders in the City of Milwaukee this year, and 14 MacDowell 9th Graders were accepted! More than 20% of our 9th grade class will benefit from this fantastic opportunity.
Students who successfully complete the PEOPLE program will receive a full scholarship to UW Madison. We are so proud of our newest PEOPLE Program students!
Reading Corner – Library Updates
Contact Ms. Raasch via email with any questions: RAASCHTL@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
FINAL NOTICE TO SUBMIT LIBRARY PERMISSION FORMS
Beginning Monday, November 1st, students that have not returned their library permission form will no longer be able to check out new books from the library. Additional copies are in Thursday folders for 5K through 3rd-grade students who haven’t submitted yet. Announcements were made in Upper Elementary classrooms about this deadline and extra copies were made available.
Taking responsibility for this form is an important step in becoming a responsible and reliable patron of the library; it’s like signing up for a library card at a public library. Thank you for supporting your student on their reading journey by helping them return this form!
WINTER SPORTS 1ST-8TH GRADE UPDATE: We have coaches and have registered teams for the following Winter Sports:
- 1st through 3rd Grade Co-Ed Basketball
- 4th and 5th Grade Co-Ed Basketball
- 6th through 8th Grade Co-Ed Volleyball
→ → STILL IN NEED OF A COACH FOR 6th through 8th grade boys Basketball
Please contact Torre Johnson if you are interested in coaching our middle school boys basketball team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports registration forms will go home next week, November 4th. If your student does not bring a form home next week to register, please contact Torre Johnson to request a form. Teachers will also have extra forms available.
HS WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
REGISTER BEFORE NOVEMBER 22ND.
Register for Winter: Cheer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Swim, & Wrestling.
Insurance and a physical are required to be uploaded with your registration.
Physical forms can be found on the registration website, or paper copies are located in the main office. Registration must be complete and approved to begin practice!
Registration is completely online and can be accessed by the following link:
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS REGISTRATION EVENT
Thursday, November 4
Front door, safety desk
Bring signed physical, insurance card, $25 athletic fee, family/doctor/student information.
MPS will offer a variety of lessons for students who want to learn piano, ukulele, woodwinds, brass and more! Classes will run Jan 29 to April 30th and are taught at Hamilton High School and Milwaukee Marshall High School. Classes fill quickly! Register by Dec. 10th at mkerec.net
PTO FUNDRAISER ENDS SOON: Help the PTO raise money for uniforms for our brand new High School Drumline!. The PTO is also raising funds for the startup costs for our high school students’ T-shirt Design Studio Occupation. Each seller must register at www.SupportMyFundraiser.org
Our GROUP ID # is 119180.
PDF of How to Register HERE
PTO fundraiser dates: NOW – Nov 1st
PTO UN-FUNDRAISER: If you want to support the PTO but do not want to sell popcorn please consider contributing to the PTO Un-fundraiser. 100% of funds donated will go directly to the PTO. Please make checks payable to ‘MacDowell PTO’ with the Memo line ‘Un-fundraiser’. Thank you in advance for all of your continued support and help in making this fundraiser a success! ~ MacDowell PTO
MARQUETTE UPWARD BOUND VIRTUAL INFO SESSION
Saturday, December 11th at 10 AM (virtual meeting)
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science are recruiting all CURRENT 8th and 9th graders interested in going to college. This precollege program is free for students who qualify. Please come out to the information session to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82804342071#success
IMPORTANT DATES – Please mark your calendars
MAC (Montessori Advisory Committee) Meeting
November 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM (virtual)
The Montessori Advisory Committee (MAC) needs your thoughts, ideas, and voice. Join us to help strengthen Montessori education in Milwaukee. Be part of a committee working to make MPS a global leader in Montessori practice. Everyone is welcome at all meetings. Please visit the Zoom link HERE to register.
6:00 – 7:30 PM
The District Advisory Council (DAC) meets monthly to learn about and advise on district strategies and programs impacting families, particularly related to Title I.
This will be a virtual meeting. Link to join the meeting is HERE
Picture Retake day
Tuesday, November 9th
- Retake day is for students who were absent on photo day, and for any student who is retaking their photo. If families ordered a picture package before picture day and did not like it, their student needs to bring the picture package back on retake day and take a new picture.
- Please make sure your child’s teacher is informed you wish to retake the photo.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, November 15th (Record Day)
!!!! OPT-IN TO TEXT MESSAGING: This will allow you to receive updates regarding transportation changes, school newsletters, school closings and so much more. Follow these instructions to ensure you are receiving important information:
- Families should send a text message to: 67587 to connect to the new system.
- In the message, send Y or YES to ensure that you continue to receive important texts from your school and district.
REMINDER: NEWSLETTER OPT-OUT. Are you already reading our newsletter via email or text? Any family can choose to opt out of the paper newsletter if they wish. Please complete the form below to opt-out, or if you have multiple MacDowell students – tell us who should get the paper newsletter. https://forms.gle/GKyCUQaTRsxQpv9y7
REMINDER: THE PARENT LIBRARY!
We have a wide variety of books and audiobooks on the topic of parenting that guardians may check out if they wish. Please see the list here and touch base with Ms. Claudine if you are interested in a copy. Books/audiobooks would be checked out under the student’s name and could be delivered through the student or picked up from the main office. Please see the list with links to descriptions HERE.
REMINDER: VOLUNTEER for MacDowell: If you are interested in volunteering or serving on one of our leadership committees, let’s talk! Volunteer opportunities include: library assistants, literacy and math tutors, general assistants (photocopying, laminating materials), coaches, gardeners, field trip chaperones, and event volunteers. If you are able to help our community in any way, please fill out the information on my Google Form here: https://tinyurl.com/s9c2ske7
If you still wish to purchase a K3-6th grade yearbook from last school year, you can do so through the office, or send payment with your child. Yearbooks are $10 each, payable in cash (exact change) or check made out to MacDowell Montessori.