~ Junior and Senior Prom, May 6th, Hotel Metro, 6:30-10 PM.
~ SAVE THE DATE! End of the Year Picnic. Wednesday, May 17th, 5-7 PM
~ HIGH SCHOOL EXAMS:
Friday, May 19th (B Day) from 8:00 AM – 12:05 PM
Monday, May 22nd (A Day) from 8:00 AM – 12:05 PM
Tuesday, May 23rd (B Day) from 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
~ SAVE THE DATE! 8th Grade Completion Ceremony, May 23, 5-6 PM, MacDowell Auditorium
~ Last Day of School, May 23
~ High School Graduation, Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, MATC Cooley Auditorium
YEARBOOKS have been delivered! 7th-12th grade yearbooks were delivered to students last week and K-6th grade yearbooks will go home in this week’s Thursday Folders. Still want a yearbook? A few copies remain in the main office for those who did not pre-order. First come, first served. K3-6th gr. yearbooks cost $15 and 7-12th gr. is $25.
STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2023-24
As we look toward the next school year, for our planning purposes it is important for us to know whether your student(s) will continue at MacDowell next year. Please take a moment to complete our short Enrollment Form at your earliest convenience so that we can plan efficiently. If you have multiple MacDowell students, please complete the form for all your children. Thank you in advance.
Complete the form here: https://forms.gle/BPKgSzxEUymMJWNa7
MacDowell’s Class of 2023 were celebrated on May 1st as they declared their decision for post-secondary success. The class of 2023 is headed off to colleges and university programs like Marquette University, UWM, HBCUs, technical school programs like MATC, and several students are entering Wisconsin Trades Unions. Congratulations Seniors! Check out our Facebook post for additional photos. Our student’s custom decision day posters can be viewed in our ground floor hallway.
MacDowell students in 3rd and 4th grade enjoyed a special Author Visit in our library last week sponsored and organized by our Lower Elementary teacher, Ms. Lee, and local bookseller, Boswell Book Company. Children’s author, James Riley, met with almost 100 students and shared his experience of becoming a writer. His presentation was an important lesson on the writing process combined with an introduction to the characters and plot of his books and series mixed with lots of humor (cat memes are always funny!). We are grateful to Jenny Chou at Boswell Books for the donation of books for all of the elementary classrooms. The library also acquired a few of his titles that were immediately checked out by excited patrons!
HIGH SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE
NEW! SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES!
Nature’s Classroom Summer Day Camps – Grades 3-6 (Fee-based)
Choose between 5 different available weeks.
Weeks available start Monday June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 24th and July 31st.
*Transportation between McDowell and Nature’s Classroom included.
Planet Fitness offering free workouts this summer for high school students Starting May 15th, teens between the ages of 14-19 can work out for free all summer long! Plus, we’re giving away $200,000* to high schools and students! Teens who register can help win a grant for their school and participate in a video contest for a chance to win a scholarship.
HEALTHY COOKING COMMUNITY DEMONSTRATIONS (Free)
Locations: United Methodist Children’s Services
Washington Park Library (dates in June, July and August)
HEALTHY COOKING FLYER HERE
Library Reminder from Ms. Raasch
MPS RUN/WALK BACK TO SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
(You don’t have to Run to join our team!)
Celebrate the start of the 2023-24 school year with MPS and Milwaukee Recreation at the 16th annual MPS Run Back to School! This is an annual tradition for MacDowell families and a wonderful way to get together and enjoy a beautiful walk/run through the Washington Park neighborhood.
If we have the most registered participants, we are eligible for a $1,000 grant towards recreation/wellness programs. Let’s do this, MacDowell!
- 5K run/1.5-mile walk through Washington Park
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 26
- Start Time: 9 a.m. (please arrive no later than 8:40 a.m.)
- Start & Finish Line: Wick Playfield (park in the lot next door, behind the MPS Central Services building: 5225 W. Vliet St.)
If our school’s team has a minimum of 25 participants by July 31, we will be able to walk/run in our very own team t-shirt color. In addition, we will be eligible for a $500 grant to go towards a recreation and/or wellness need at MacDowell! If we have the most registered participants, we are eligible for a $1,000 grant towards recreation/wellness programs. Let’s do this, MacDowell!
TO REGISTER FOR THE RUN/WALK BACK TO SCHOOL
- Register online by visiting mkerec.net/RBTS
- When asked the question, “If participating with a school group, please list the school”, enter our school’s name.
- Register over the phone until August.18 at 4:30 pm by calling (414) 475-8410
- (please have credit card information ready, be sure to mention what school you are running/ walking for)
Questions? Contact our RBTS Team Captain Angela Pryor at firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO BOARD ELECTIONS
PTO will be having an election to fill outgoing seats at our EOY picnic. If you are interested read over the attached description of positions. Send an email with a short bio(2-3 sentences) and what position you would like to run for to PTOMacDowell@gmail.com
Bios will be made available for parents to read over before the election.
Here is a link to the position descriptions: https://tinyurl.com/bdcwe9sf
Our Saturday Virtual Chess Tournaments are still going on! Students meet virtually on Chesskid.com weekly. The tournament starts at 5PM sharp. Students “join” the tournament 15 minutes before the start time via their Chesskid accounts. Pairing are automatic and their fast chess ratings are used for pairing purposes. This tournament is open to any MacDowell student. Trophies and medals will be awarded at the end. Please contact Ms. Claudine if your student needs a Chesskid login credential. Virtual Chess Tournament Information HERE
SUMMER CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS
-MPS SUMMER SCHOOL: Learn more about our SAFE and FREE summer programming for K5–grade 12 city of Milwaukee residents!
There will be Montessori Summer School for K5-8th grade students at Fernwood Montessori!
For full details and to register please visit: MPS: 2023 Summer Academy
Registration for High School Session I will close on Monday, May 15th
- K5-8th grade summer school flyer: Summer Academy K5-Gr8_Flyer_223 _FINAL.pdf
- High School summer school flyer: Summer Academy Flyer_Gr 9-12_223_FINAL.pdf
-UWM COLLEGE FOR KIDS & TEENS SUMMER PROGRAM: (FEE BASED, SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE)) Looking to keep the kids busy over summer? Want to keep their learning processes sharp? The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee offers exciting hands-on learning experiences in math, science, fine arts and humanities for students in K5 through high school. Prices vary and a limited number of scholarships are available!
The program will be located at Merrill Hall, 2512 E Hartford Ave.
-WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC ENTERING GRADE 3 – 12 (FEE BASED)
The music doesn’t stop when the sun comes out. WCM has exciting summer camp opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels. Make new friends, prepare for school year auditions, learn new skills, and perform for your family and friends at one (or more!) of our awesome camps this summer.Class descriptions and fees HERE. See the 2023 summer flyer HERE
-DISCOVERY WORLD ENTERING GRADE 1-8th (FEE BASED, SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE)
Explore everything, acquire abilities, find a passionate pursuit, design, and make at Discovery World!
Camps for kids entering 1st-8th grades run June 12th through August 25th.
Camp registration closes at 5:00pm on the Thursday prior to the start of each camp week.
For details and registration HERE
-ARTS @ LARGE ARTS SUMMER CAMP 2022 ENTERING GRADE 3 – 8 (FREE)
Arts @ Large Arts Summer Camp is back again this summer!
Campers will be exploring multiple arts mediums, mental health practices, and careers in the arts . Campers will stretch the boundaries of the learning process and become immersed in creative flows of various art forms, such as Visual Art, Dance, Voice, Theater, Comedy, Piano, Songwriting, and Drums. You are able to sign your child or children up for FREE, and campers will be provided with breakfast and lunch.
This year, we are accepting 60 campers total. Each camper will participate in all 8 classes offered over the 5-week session. With limited capacity, we ask that your camper be available for no less than 17 of the 19 sessions. Consideration and acceptance for camp is on a first come – first serve basis of application submission.
Camp begins on Monday June 26th, 2023 at 8:00 am and will conclude on Thursday July 27th, 2023 (note: There will be no camp on Tuesday July 4th, 2023)
– Activities are held 8:00AM – 1:15PM on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Full details and registration HERE