MacDowell Montessori Newsletter Vol. 6
2023-2024 School Year
September 21, 2023
K3-K4, 8:05 am – 11:25 am, dismissal beginning at 11:15 am
K5-6th grade, 8:05 am – 3:00 pm
7th–12th grade, 8:05 am – 3:20 pm
Midday dismissal begins at 11:15am. Families, be sure to stay in your vehicle if you are in the pick up line. If you would like to greet the child we ask that you park further south on 64th St. and wait along the fence line (name card in hand). All students should be picked up no later than 11:30am.
Upcoming School Events / Meetings
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL GAME
Saturday, September 23rd
Join the Juneau Volleyball team in watching Marquette University in an exciting Big East matchup against Georgetown University. The match takes place at the Al McGuire Center on Marquette’s campus. Tickets are available through this link with a special group discount for $2.00, so it is a fantastic family friendly event to watch some exciting volleyball action at the highest level of competition. Coach Jaeger hopes you choose to join the team.
September 25th – 30th
*7th-12th grade students
See flyer for dress up days, activity and dance information HERE
Thursday, September 28th
*7th-12th grade students
More information HERE
HOMECOMING DANCE – Carnival Theme
Friday, September 29th
Middle school students 5:00-7:00 pm
High School students 7:30-10:00 pm
Tickets are $10, can be purchased in advance or at the door.
DISTRICT ADVISORY COUNCIL (DAC)
Thursday, October 5th
Meetings via Zoom
9th GRADE OPEN HOUSE
For 8th grade students and their families
Wednesday, October 11th
Monday, October 16th
Forms coming soon
FRIDAY 9/29 • NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day
FRIDAY 10/20 • NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day
MONDAY 10/23 • NO SCHOOL October Break
School Engagement Council (SEC) and PTO
Thank you to all that attended our September SEC and PTO meetings.
September 13th meeting minutes available HERE
Next meeting is October 18th at 5:00pm – starting with an informational TITLE I session and PTO to follow at 5:30pm.
Family – Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, 10/11 3:45 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday, 10/17 3:45 – 7:30 PM
Conferences will take place in person
7th-8th grade students will conduct Student Led Conferences.
Please stay tuned for more information, including Conference sign ups!
There will be no school on Friday, October 20th and Monday October 23rd.
Senior Photos are due February 1st.
Baby Photos & Quotes are also due at this time.
Submission Link: HERE
- What: Food Right Volunteers for Primary (K5) Classrooms
- When: 12:30-2:00 PM every Wednesday for 6 weeks starting October 11th
- Four (3) Volunteers needed
We are thrilled to announce that we will be working with Food Right again this year, and bringing the Youth Chef Academy to our K5 classrooms. In this program our student chefs will explore where food comes from, experiment with growing microgreens, learn about nutritious foods, & prepare simple & delicious plant-based dishes.
We need volunteers on Wednesday afternoons to work in the classrooms with the Primary teachers during this time. Volunteers will need to complete an application which does take time to go through the system, so please reach out ASAP if you are interested. (application is linked above) Interested or have questions? Please contact: Ms. Jaeger at email@example.com
Sports and Activities Update
CHESS CLUB INTEREST FORMS
Chess Club interest forms went out this week for 2nd-6th graders. Please return the interest form by 9AM Wednesday Sept. 27th to be entered in the lottery. Chess club meets after school on Tuesdays for beginning players and on Thursdays for experienced players.
Chess Club runs October 10th – December 14th.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. Wanta the Sports and Activities Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEAM MEMBERS : PLEASE JOIN REMIND
Parents please join Remind to receive updates about your students’ sports and clubs. Here are the current team links.
⚽ 1st-3rd coed Soccer https://www.remind.com/join/ea9h7h
🏐 4th-5th coed Volleyball https://www.remind.com/join/kda9gkd
👟 5th-8th Cross Country https://www.remind.com/join/58cr
🏀 6-8 girls Basketball https://www.remind.com/join/23cd833
BLACK ARTS MKE OPPORTUNITY (2nd-5th Grade)
We are continuing our FREE after-school arts program through “Black Arts MKE” and an MPS program “Partnership For The Arts and Humanities”. This year we are accepting students in grades 2nd through 5th.
- Tuesdays & Thursdays
- 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Students must be picked up by 4:30)
- October 3, 2023 to December 7, 2023 (10 weeks)
There are 20 openings available in Dance of the Americas (Artist – Karlies Kelley)
There are 20 openings available in African Drumming (Artist – Mrs. Oju)
Students must be able to attend both Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 3rd to December 7th. This is a commitment we take seriously. If you are unable to participate both days, maybe session 2 after our winter break, is a better fit for your family. →
This is a popular program so please understand that we will be using a lottery to choose students. The interest form will stop accepting submissions by 12:00pm Friday September 29th.
Families will be emailed the results of the lottery to the email included in this form by 5:30pm Friday, September 29th.
****FILL OUT INTEREST FORM: HERE
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
WINTER SPORTS registration is open starting September 26th.
- Registration can occur at the following link: https://mpsathletics-ar.rschooltoday.com
- Select Juneau and the specific sport
Start dates and locations are as follows:
November 6 — Co-Ed Cheerleading at JUNEAU
November 6 – Girls Basketball at JUNEAU
November 13 – Boys Basketball at JUNEAU
November 13 – Wrestling co-op with Tech
November 13 – Boys Swim co-op with Pulaski
Transportation will be provided from school to practice if offsite.
When registering, again, please select Juneau as the home school.
- Complete registration including submitted registration, uploaded signed physical, uploaded insurance card, and payment of $25 athletic fee are required prior to beginning practice.
Instructions for registration are located on the website HERE, or email Amanda Schenk, Athletic Director, with additional questions at email@example.com
Winter sports spots will fill up quickly, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that registration is completed PRIOR to the start of the season. ______________________________________________________________________
The spring musical this year is
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR
Interest forms went home this week for 3rd-6th graders interested in auditioning for the spring musical. Please return forms to the office by 9am Wednesday Sept 27th. Auditions will be held the week of October 2nd.
Any questions? Contact Ms. Benthien firstname.lastname@example.org
MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY outreach at our Back to School Picnic!
Outreach Librarian and MacDowell parent, Jenny Wright, had a table set up at our Back to School Picnic at Hawthorne Glen this past weekend. She shared awesome information with families about Library Now digital resources and the open Maker Spaces available at some MPL locations!
If you want to receive school news, newsletters, and updates via text message you must opt into the system.
To opt-in, families should send a text message to the number 67587 with “Y” in the message.
How To Reach Me
If you need to reach me, my phone number is 414-935-1339 and my email is: email@example.com
~ Ms. Gail Jaeger
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All school newsletters will be sent via email and text on Thursday and will not be sent as a paper copy unless requested. If families would also like to receive a paper newsletter for red folders, please fill out this form HERE: https://forms.gle/qtgUbEcjqSx3sae47
District / Citywide Events
8:30am – 2:30pm
South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Milwaukee 53204
Families, students, parents/guardians, and staff are invited to the 20th Annual Foro Latino Special Education Family Forum
- MPS Special Education Liaisons for Families (SELF) Program
- Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- What are Transition and PTP (Post-Secondary Transition Plan)?
- Discipline & Bullying
- Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Self-care
Breakfast, Lunch, and Child Care Provided.
For questions, contact Monica Lopez at (414) 902-8434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spanish interpretation available.
Families should register at https://mpsmke.com/44CcGSP