Please inform the office if your child will NOT be attending MacArthur OR Kennedy Middle School next year. Return the sheet that was sent home last week.
Be on the look out for a summer mailing for information regarding the 2016-17 school year.
A Note from MacArthur's Reading Specialist
A Teacher’s Worst Fear
Written by: Ms. Tracy Lukas
MacArthur Elementary Reading Specialist
Thunderstorms, hearing strange noises at night, or a huge spider crawling on the wall can cause some people to be pretty fearful. But teachers have a heart throbbing, palm sweating fear. This fear is greater than all of those things put together! It’s called the SUMMER SLIDE.
You may be visualizing a high, winding slide at the deep end of a pool. Instead, summer slide is a student’s loss of academic skills over the summer break. When students are off from school over summer vacation they may stop reading and writing and they may actually regress in their skills.
To avoid the MacArthur teachers’ worst fears coming true when students return in the fall, I’ve provided several easy suggestions to help your child maintain their newly learned skills from this school year!
·Register your child for the Germantown Public Library summer reading program.
·Have your child keep a summer writing journal. They can write and or sketch about their adventures each day.
·Read books about places you are visiting. If your family is planning a special trip to a museum, the zoo, the beach, or if you’re planning a longer trip visit the library and check out books specific to the themes or places you will be traveling to.
·Read aloud to your children a little everyday! As a family, pick several chapter books you are all interested in hearing.
·If you’re looking for suggestions for some great books, check out the site called Reading Rockets. They have wonderful lists of books organized into themes to keep even the most reluctant reader interested in picking up a book. Go to: http://www.readingrockets.org/booksbytheme
School Counselor Corner
Mrs. Wolff, School Counselor
During May, all students viewed a video about personal safety and students were given letters for their families with information to encourage discussion of family safety rules. If your child did not yet share the letter, please ask him or her about it. Summertime brings new places and experiences, and it is good to review how your child should respond if a situation does not feel safe.
Third and fourth grade students have been encouraged to sign up for Game Leader Training, which takes place June 13-16 at KMS from 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily. Game Leaders teach games to our younger students and develop their own leadership skills. If your child is interested, you can register through Skyward, or by calling the Teaching and Learning office at 253-3907.
I want to thank our Game Leaders and MacLeaders for their service to our school and community. I’d also like to thank our MacLeader parents for their assistance during the Holiday Parade and at Bingo Night in April.
Our fifth graders are getting ready to leave behind elementary school and move on to middle school. Don’t be surprised if your fifth grader has some mixed feelings about this - excited that this school year is almost over, but also worried about the challenges next year. Please reassure your child that he/she is well- prepared for sixth grade and will be successful.
It has been so much fun working with our students this year. Their ideas and enthusiasm are infectious, and they never run out of energy! I hope that all of our students enjoy their end-of-year activities, and that they and their families have a happy, healthy, and safe summer.
MacArthur Destination Imagination
CONGRATULATIONS to all six MacArthur Destination Imagination teams for a successful DI season! All teams did well at the Regional Tournament in March, and two teams advanced to the State Tournament held on April 16th in Stevens Point. The Close Encountersteam finished in 4th place (only 3 points away from qualifying for Global Finals) and the Musical Mashupteam finished in 2nd place, qualifying for Global Finals! Wish them luck as they prepare to compete in Knoxville, TN with teams from across the country and world. WAY TO GO!
CLOSE ENCOUNTERSMUSICAL MASH-UP
Maya Annoye Abby Bruss
Logan Arnholt Brett Haensgen
Helen Hudson Molly Jex
Sophia Johnson Riley Kunz
Emily Mohs Jayda Lewter
Bianca Nichols Libby Stroebel
Charlie Taschler Johannah Zimpelman
Destination Imagination is an extracurricular program where students use teamwork and the creative process to develop solutions to Challenges with a specific academic focus. MacArthur DI will be looking for volunteer team managers for the 2016-17 school year. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about DI at MacArthur, contact Maureen Warnimont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note from GSD Food Service
Did you know your children get a nutritious breakfast each morning in Mac Arthur's cafeteria? Breakfast is served daily from 8:20-8:45.
In February we will be serving:
Mondays:Mini whole grain Eggos
Tuesdays: Apple or cherry fruit pocket with a yogurt cup
Wednesdays: Beakfast burrito
Thursdays: Assorted cereal, whole grain Scooby-Doo grahams and applesauce
Friday: State Fair pancake and sausage on a stick with raisels
Included in the breakfast each day are a variety of fresh or canned fruits along with a juice cup and milk. The cost is only $1.50 and if your child qualifies for reduced or free lunch, there is no cost for the breakfast. If your mornings are chaotic and busy, please give our breakfasts a try!!
Kindergarten - 5th Grade: 8:50 a.m. - 3:44 p.m.
Please remember that students cannot be dropped off at school any earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Students purchasing breakfast at MacArthur may report to the gym at 8:20 a.m.
Principal: Steven Williams MacArthur Elementary School
W154 N11492 Fond du Lac Avenue
Germantown, WI 53022-3499
Phone: 262-253-3468 - Fax: 262-253-3496