Primary-aged children (K3-K5) should wear clothing that is easy for them to manage on their own when using the bathroom. Pants with elastic waistbands are easier to manipulate than buttons, zippers, snaps, and belt buckles. Rompers and overalls are also difficult to take off and on for most students.
Parents are strongly encouraged to label their child’s belongings, including water bottles, lunch boxes, and backpacks. With young children, backpacks and other personal items may be misplaced. A label will ensure that we can return items to their owners.
Masks are required for all students and staff while indoors and on buses. Masks will not be required while outdoors/at recess. Please make sure that your child’s mask is clean and well-fitting and that you practice mask-wearing with your child so that their nose and mouth are completely covered. Thank you.
OPT-IN TO TEXT MESSAGING: This will allow you to receive updates regarding school news, 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.
UPCOMING NO SCHOOL DAYS:
FRIDAY 9/3 NO SCHOOL Labor Day
MONDAY 9/6 NO SCHOOL Labor Day
MACDOWELL DAY 1 CELEBRATION
MacDowell rolled out the red carpet on August 16 for students returning to in-person learning. Students and families were welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley, Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Bob Peterson, Mayor Tom Barrett, Sheriff Earnell Lucas, district administrators, and others.
-Please enjoy this video recap of the first day of school.
SAVE THE DATE – PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on the evening of Monday, October 18, and Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Please stay tuned for more information.
HS ATHLETICS: The deadline to register for High School Fall sports is Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Registration includes the online registration, physical and insurance uploaded, and athletic fee paid. The registration system can be found at https://mpsathletics-ar.rschooltoday.com/home
Should you need assistance registering, please reach out to Ms. Schenk at firstname.lastname@example.org
PICK UP SIGNS FOR K3-6th Grade: Orange pick-up name signs that had not yet been handed out have been put in student backpacks. Please check your child’s backpack for this sign. If you still need an orange sign, please contact Parent Coordinator Claudine at email@example.com
SPIRIT WEAR SALE: We are organizing a MacDowell and Juneau spirit wear sale! Items will include t-shirts, hoodies and canvas bags. Orders will be delivered to the school and then distributed through student backpacks. Look for the upcoming flyer soon!
The 2021-22 Parent/Student Handbook on Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline is available to download. The Parent/Student Handbook on Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/4yn633rk
FREE TUTORING for 1st-12th GRADE STUDENTS
As the school year kicks off, we wanted to share a free opportunity through UW Milwaukee available for families. In response to the changing educational landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a collaborative of universities have implemented free online tutoring services to K-12 students across the state of Wisconsin. The UWM Virtual Tutoring Program (VTP) provides free, online support from qualified tutors.
There is no charge for this program. Families can register their children and select the type of tutoring support to best meet their needs. Once matched with a tutor, the pair is expected to meet weekly via Zoom for 30- to 45-minute sessions. To learn more about the program, watch this video from a VTP family and tutor about their experience this past spring.
The fall session of the VTP will begin in early October, but registration is open now. To sign up, families can complete this form: https://forms.office.com/r/SyZ1xFP64e
EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFITS
What is it?
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.
The benefit provides:
• Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
• Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
• A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
• Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
• Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program;
• Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
• Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
HUNGER TASK FORCE SEPTEMBER FOOD DRIVE
When: Saturday, September 11
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hunger Task Force, 201 S Hawley Ct, Milwaukee, WI 53214
This exciting distribution event will offer struggling families of all kinds a boost in food. You’ll get milk, eggs, farm produce, peanut butter, fruit/nut mix, cereal and more! Join us drive-thru style at Hunger Task Force—you don’t even need to leave your vehicle to receive your items. Seniors, families, children and individuals are all welcome!
There are income eligibility guidelines to receiving the food, as follows:
• 1 person: $3,190 / month
• 2 people: $ 4,310 / month
• 3 people: $5,430 / month
• 4 people: $6,550 / month
• 5 people: $7,670 / month
• 6 people: $8,790 / month
BBBS IS ENROLLING NOW!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is enrolling MacDowell students now! (grades 1-8)
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a one-on-one mentoring program. We are very fortunate that BBBS has been a part of our MacDowell community for the last 16 years. There is no cost for families, and there are no household guidelines or qualifiers to enroll. Matching is done based on common interests and personality. Students meet with their mentor once a week during the school day.
If you are interested in BBBS for your child (grades 1-8), enroll here: https://bbbs.tfaforms.net/f/youthenrollment-school-0405
If you have questions about BBBS at MacDowell, please reach out to Pam Hinton.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414-831-4573.
BBBS Mentor 2.0
BBBS Mentor 2.0 is a separate program open to any MacDowell 9th-11th grade student. Mentor 2.0 provides support and guidance, helping high school students graduate and succeed in both college and the workforce. We are fortunate in that MacDowell is the only school in MPS to host the Mentor 2.0 program. Mentors and mentees interact weekly online and meet monthly in-person at the school. Once approved, matches are made when classes begin in the fall, and are based on shared interests, personalities, and experiences.
What does the Mentor 2.0 curriculum focus on?
• Relationship Building: Fosters a strong mentor/mentee relationship through sharing professional experiences, networking skills, short/long-term goal planning, and leadership development.
• Non-Cognitive Skills: Develops study skills, social skills, and learning strategies to enhance students’ educational achievement.
• College Knowledge: Strengthens college aspirations, and builds an understanding of college eligibility, the application process, and support systems.
- Students at MacDowell start this program in their freshman year and continue it throughout the rest of their high school career.
- For more information on Mentor 2.0 see the video here https://youtu.be/dL2EHmhF9ug
For more information on how to apply: contact James at 414.831.4570 or email@example.com
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.
American Red Cross Sickle Cell Strong Blood Drive
In honor of MacDowell student Demarus
September 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Appointments are strongly encouraged. To make an appointment click HERE