November 16, 2023
Wednesday 11/22 – Friday 11/24 – NO SCHOOL
Classes resume Monday 11/27
HIGH SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH DROP IN SESSIONS – Every Friday until Jan 12th
12:00-12:30 pm – during High School lunch
** December 21, 2023— Student Attendance Day for MacDowell K-6th Grade
This date was previously a non-attendance day for students. MacDowell students in Kindergarten through 6th grade on the early start calendar will now attend school on Thursday, December 21, 2023.
This is a non-attendance day for MacDowell Middle and High School students (7-12th graders).
Families- please note that ALL absences need to be called into the office attendance line: 414-935-1460. Notifying / emailing the child’s teacher is an option in addition to calling the office. The office must be notified first and foremost.
If you are picking a student up early, call the main office ahead of time, to give sufficient time for staff to notify the classroom, 414-935-1400. Thank You !
SPIRIT WEAR UPDATE:
Dunn’s Sporting Goods has delivered our MacDowell gear! Spirit wear has been distributed to student’s classrooms. Check those backpacks.
Thank you for your support! ~ Ms. Jaeger
PRE ORDER YEARBOOKS
We are taking preorders for our school yearbooks! All students who had their photo taken will be in their classroom / grade level layout in this yearbook. We create two separate yearbooks, one for K3-6th grade students & one for 7-12th grade students. Yearbooks are delivered at the end of the school year. There are separate yearbook order links for each yearbook, please see order information below:
- K3-6th grade yearbooks will cost $15 – order online at ybpay.com code is 15140624
- 7-12th grade yearbooks will cost $25 – order online ybpay.com code is 14324524
Save The Date!
MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL Winter Concert December 6, 2023 – 6:00pm, Auditorium
- Required for middle and high school Modern Band, Orchestra, and Choir students
K5-6th PRIMARY / ELEMENTARY Winter Concert December 13, 2023 – 6:00pm, Auditorium
- K5-6th music students
Be sure to stop by the Middle Years Garden Club plant sale during the winter concerts.
Prices under $10.
HIGH SCHOOL TAB WARS BEGIN
November 20th – January 25th
9-12th graders compete to win a pizza party and drinks while helping support the Ronald McDonald House. Anyone can participate – place tabs in the grade’s bottle you’d like to support.
CYBER CIVICS – MIDDLE SCHOOL
Parent Letter for Unit 3. Unit 3 is focused on Digital Citizenship. All middle school students are receiving these lessons in Mr. Steve’s Social Studies class this month!
Lesson 7 slides – Digital Background Check
Lesson 8 slides – To Share or Not to Share
Lesson 9 slides – Your Digital Bulletin Board
Sports and Activities Update
ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM MEMBERS :
PLEASE JOIN REMIND
Parents please join Remind to receive updates about your students’ sports and clubs. Here are the current Team & Club links.
- 🏀1-3 Basketball Team 1-Coach Glenn https://www.remind.com/join/ead63a
- 🏀1-3 Basketball Team 2-Coach Shawn https://www.remind.com/join/b2d448
- 🏀4-5 Basketball https://www.remind.com/join/g898dbg
- 🏀6-8 Boys Basketball https://www.remind.com/join/34cgf3
- 🏐6-8 Volleyball Team 1-Coach LJ https://www.remind.com/join/ggahg8h
- 🏐6-8 Volleyball Team 2-Coach Maiter https://www.remind.com/join/dhc274
- 📣6-8 Cheerleading https://www.remind.com/join/ecfb6h6
- ♟️Beginner Chess Club https://www.remind.com/join/c68gd4
- ♟️Experienced Chess Club https://www.remind.com/join/g7b2kf2
🏀CONCESSIONS AT BASKETBALL GAMES: 🏀
High School Athletic Director Ms. Schenk is looking for volunteers to work the concession stand at High School basketball games this winter season. There are multiple time slots for each game, please consider helping once or on a regular basis. See the signup for a list of dates. Any help is appreciated! Volunteers do not need to have a high school student or athlete. The season begins November 28th.
See the sign up here : https://tinyurl.com/MacD23-24Concession
MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM VISIT
Last month, Ms. Morgan and Mr. Roman’s upper elementary classrooms enjoyed the day visiting the Milwaukee Public Museum. Students spent the day exploring the butterfly exhibit and enjoying the various species of butterflies. Students were also able to hold butterfly specimens and test water droplets on the wings to show their water-repelling features.
We roamed the streets of Old Milwaukee imagining what the city used to look like during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students walked through the Native American exhibit, the Crossroads of Civilization exhibit, as well as the North American exhibit seeing the various ecosystems living in our environment. Our day ended with an IMAX show about the “Whys, Wonder’s, and Wow’s of Eclipses”.
Top favorites of the day were: the butterfly exhibit, the secret rattlesnake button, the old woman in the rocking chair, the dinosaurs, and the Old Streets of Milwaukee. It was a wonderful experience and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 6-8th grade basketball team on winning the Middle School League Championship game this past weekend! Thank you Coach Rucker and Coach Harris.
Ashunti Robinson, Zarrihanna Ledord, Trinity Harris, Rayanna Willis, Samantha Bryant-Bentley-Henderson, Kaidy Mayfield, Phenix’Smiles Deleon-Rankin, Khamani Booker
During HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) WEEK our 12th graders went to the HBCU Empower Me Tour College Fair at the Baird Center downtown. We had eight 12th grade students attend. They were able to interact with Admissions Reps from 35 HBCU’s and 15 local colleges. Some of our students even received on-site admissions and scholarships at the event.
In addition, on Friday we had our high school wide HBCU Trivia competition – which was a total blast, there were 10 teams that participated which amounted to approximately 150+ students. Ms. Geiger and Ms. Schenk’s Advisories won the competition and celebrated with a pizza and game party.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 4-5th Grade Coed volleyball team on a great season and a second-place finish in their tournament! The entire team worked so hard each week to continue to improve their skills including serving, passing, and understanding of the game. Special congratulations to Ava Bechaud for being voted MVP, Alaysia Kendrick for being voted Sportsmanship Award, and Xenia Torres for being voted Most Improved Player. Every athlete continued to improve so much throughout the season and should be very proud of their accomplishments. Way to go! ~ Coach Maiter
Alexis Mertens, Aiyanna McMurtry, Ivy Walker, Kivia Mathis, Ryleigh Randle, Ava Bechaud, Manveer Singh, Fadela Boulanouar, Xenia Torres, Alex Langoehr, Irene Hietpas, Alaysia Kendrick
📷Do you wish you could see pictures of your child highlighted in MacDowell’s Newsletter? Be sure they have a current media release on file for the 2023-2024 school year. Feel free to print and return filled out forms to school. There are so many great things happening in our school we love to share with the community. Any questions, or if you need assistance, contact Parent Coordinator Gail Jaeger. Media Release Form SY23-24
COLDER WEATHER: As the season begins to turn colder, please remember that younger students should have spare clothing for colder weather in their backpack/bookbag. If you have not already done so, now is the time to replace their clothing with colder weather attire.
!!! PLEASE LABEL ITEMS !!!
Families that are in need of Holiday support, warm weather gear, food, etc. are encouraged to contact Ms. Rachel Jacobson, School Social Worker. Desk (Office) Number: (414) 935-1432
Text/Cell (Google Voice): (507) 384-9078, email@example.com
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE INTERESTED IN MONTESSORI TRAINING?
The district has 20 sponsorships available for AMI Elementary training and 20 for CMSTEP Secondary training! Pass this FLYER along to anyone and everyone that may be interested!
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
!! OPT-IN TO TEXT MESSAGING ! To receive a newsletter link via text message be sure to OPT-IN to text messaging from MPS. Text “Y” to 67587 to receive school notifications, transportation updates, newsletters and important messaging.
How To Reach Me
If you need to reach me, my phone number is 414-935-1339 and my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Ms. Gail Jaeger
Lunch Menu – November
HS Athletics Newsletter – October / November
Resources & Events
URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER – School’s Out Adventure Days
Outdoor exploration, nature play, hiking, climbing, creating, and skill building for ages 7 to 12 years while school’s out during the year! The seats are limited and given on a first-come first-serve basis. Register for the 11/22/23 Adventure HERE
Remaining 2023 Dates:
- Thanksgiving- Weds Nov 22nd 2023 @ Menomonee Valley UEC
- Thurs Dec 21st 2023 @ Menomonee Valley UEC
- Fri Dec 22nd 2023 @ Menomonee Valley UEC
- Winter Break- Dec 26th-29th 2023 @ Menomonee Valley UEC
- Fri Feb 15th 2024 @ Riverside Park UEC
- Mon Feb 19th 2024 @ Riverside Park UEC
- Spring Break- March 25th-29th 2024 @ Menomonee Valley UEC
TRIPLE P – POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM
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