NO SCHOOL MONDAY, November 15th (Record Day)
NO SCHOOL November 24-26th (Thanksgiving Break)
LOST AND FOUND: Our lost and found, located next to the main entrance safety desk, is getting full. We have a number of unlabeled sweatshirts, jackets, and water bottles that have not yet been claimed. Please encourage your student to check this area to look for any lost items. Thank you.
Reading Corner – Library Updates
Contact Ms. Raasch via email with any questions: RAASCHTL@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
MacDowell Montessori encourages all families to carve out time in their busy schedules to create a habit of reading aloud with children at home. Reading aloud, even for a short time (10-15 minutes) helps create positive experiences with reading, builds foundational literacy skills, and helps strengthen the adult-child bond. Allowing students to choose the books they read will add excitement and engagement.
Ms. Raasch LOVES to give book recommendations. Don’t hesitate to send her an email if you’re struggling to choose or find books to read together!
All parents are encouraged to take 10 minutes to watch this TED Talk that beautifully explains Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet
Book Fair Now Open! Please note the change in opening date – it opens Nov. 11th!
MacDowell will host our 2nd Annual Virtual Book Fair from Nov. 11- Nov. 21
→Shop here: https://tinyurl.com/MacReads2021
Our book fair is through Rainbow Booksellers, a wonderful local children’s bookstore, who have hosted our physical book fairs in the past. Please visit the book fair link, families may purchase books directly online and books will be delivered to MacDowell approximately 2 weeks after the close of the book fair. Parent Coordinator Claudine will be in touch to work out the delivery of items and will be mindful that some items might be gifts. Rainbow Booksellers generously gives MacDowell 25% of all sales.
STUDENT COUNCIL DRIVES
Winter Clothing Drive
Dear Parents and Students of Macdowell, This fall our MacDowell Montessori High School Student Council is hosting a winter clothing drive with the help of the student council, from November 15th through December 3rd, to help keep families of our MacDowell community warm this winter. Hand me downs welcome!
We would be grateful if you could help us help our community by reaching a goal of collecting. Please send the items to school with your child where they can then take them to either the library or Room 4 in the basement of the school
- Coats (All Sizes)
- Boots (All Sizes)
- Snow Pants (All Sizes)
Hi Parents and Guardians,
This fall our MacDowell Montessori High School Student Council is holding a drive for toiletries from November 15th through December 3rd. The items provided from the list will be given to students in our school community who are in need. It´ll make it easy for parents to save money and for students to have good hygiene. It will put smiles on the parents and children’s faces to have items that will make them feel fresh and rejuvenated. Please donate and be a hero!
Please send the items to school with your child where they can then take them to either the library or Room 4 in the basement of the school.
- Mouth wash
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand soap
- Tissue packs
Dear Students and Families,
Thank you to everyone that has participated in the $100 incentive for students who vaccinate against COVID-19. We want to continue encouraging eligible students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine to submit their information by following the instructions below.
The district has information about incentive eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive on the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive webpage. The incentive will be a $100 rewards card mailed to each student at the address listed in Infinite Campus/Parent Portal. Proof of vaccination will be determined by the information listed in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
How do families apply for the incentive?
To apply for the student incentive, a family member can access the online application at mpsmke.com/studentvax. You will need your student’s MPS login information, which is the Student ID (7-digit number) and password. More information can be found in the application. The application is due by 11:59 P.M. on November 15, 2021. The application can be filled out by smartphone.
What does the application include?
- Verify that the student’s contact information is correct. If contact information is not correct, please complete the application, then contact your child’s school to update your information before November 15.
- Give consent to MPS to verify your child’s COVID-19 vaccination status through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
- Give consent to MPS to share your contact information with a third-party partner organization to issue the incentive.
Who is eligible to receive the $100 vaccine incentive?
To be eligible, students must:
- Be 12 years of age or older
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021
- Complete the online application by November 15, 2021
- Attend any MPS school, including any MPS charter school or partnership school
- Note that children ages 12 to 17 are ONLY eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses at least 21 days apart.
Thank you for working to make all of our school communities healthy and safe.
Milwaukee Public Schools
MPS Hosts Vaccine Clinics at 12 Schools
COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 5 to 11
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. A pediatrician or health care provider is the best source for answers to questions about the vaccine.
MPS will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics to help families access the vaccine. Appointments are not needed. See the complete schedule by downloading a flyer.
A signed consent form is needed for children to receive the vaccine.
To view a list of vaccine clinics across the city, including locations with Saturday hours, visit the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 webpage.
Safe Practices Help Avoid Illness: As cold and flu season approaches and COVID-19 remains, following healthy practices to avoid becoming sick.
- Wear a face mask in public, even if you are vaccinated.
- Maintain 3 feet of physical distance.
- Wash hands frequently, especially when returning home.
- Get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible.
Stay Home When Sick
Check your child every morning for signs of illness. Keep them home if symptoms are present, and contact a health care provider to ask about testing.
ONE of the following symptoms
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
TWO or more symptoms
- Fever of 100.4° F or above
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
- New onset of headache
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
One of the ways that you can help us earn money for our school is through Box Tops. The traditional clipped Box Tops have been phased out and are not found on as many items, however there is a Box Tops app families can use to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add cash to our school’s earnings online. For information on participating products please see this list: Box Tops Products
Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) has partnered with Concentra to offer sports physicals for MPS high school athletes. Please see below for guidance to access this opportunity.
The following are a few of the Concentra Clinics that will provide sports physicals for student athletes:
- Downtown Milwaukee: 215 N. 35th Street (414)931-7600
- Layton Square: 875 W. Layton Avenue (414)489-3800
- Airport Milwaukee: 5007 S. Howell Avenue (414)483-7777
- Park Place: 11414 W. Park Place (414)359-0800
Or visit www.concentra.com to find the nearest location, center phone number and any changes in hours as any will accommodate our needs for service.
Clinics are open Monday – Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. The last physical of the day will be conducted no later than 4:15pm.
- Student athletes should call ahead and indicate they need an MPS sports physical and inquire as to the best time to visit the clinic.
- Students 17 years or younger, must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
- Students must bring their school ID card and their signed sports physical form.
- Students under the age of 18 will be required to have their parent or guardian sign Concentra’s Minor Consent Form prior to taking their physical.
- There is no cost to student athletes for this service. Concentra will bill Milwaukee Public Schools and costs will be paid from a central account.
- Once a student’s physical is complete, they are responsible for loading the signed Sports Physical form to their account in rSchool.
- Concentra will also retain an electronic record of the student’s visit.
How to Get Your Child to LISTEN!
One of the most common questions from parents is: How can I get my kid to LISTEN to me? Here are 2 great guides:
Resource Highlight: Violence Prevention Program Websites:
The Violence Prevention Program has a public website with information geared toward families. Through this website, families can gather more information on topics such as bullying prevention, mental health and wellness, Second Step, social and emotional learning (SEL), and trauma. The website link can be accessed here: https://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/en/Families/Family-Services/SEL-Supports.htm
- Additionally, additional SEL resources can be found on the VP SEL Google site: https://sites.google.com/milwaukee.k12.wi.us/mpssel/home
Hope & Healing November Event Calendar: The Hope & Healing Team is excited to share the following events for November! Below are the details for online workshops offered by Sojourner & community organizations. Please call 414-810-1545 for more information or view upcoming events HERE
IMPORTANT DATES – Please mark your calendars
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, November 15th (Record Day)
NO SCHOOL November 24-26th (Thanksgiving Break)
SEC Meeting (virtual)
Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/jci-idna-dvt
Zoom link is HERE
EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY – Register now! Seats fill up fast!
The Extended Learning Opportunities Office is sponsoring a select number of seats in a November 24th non-school day learning adventure so MPS students can attend free of cost. Families are responsible for pick-up and drop-off, and students must bring a bag lunch. Confirmation regarding the student’s enrollment will be sent to families via email.
Space is limited, and these free adventures usually fill up quickly.
Urban Ecology Center November Outdoor Adventure
Non-school day date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee, WI Description: Students will love building forts and playing outdoor games all while learning how animals and plants prepare for our long Wisconsin winters.
Registration link: (English) https://forms.gle/y7xH2bW15NafXG346
For additional questions or information, contact Extended Learning Opportunities at 414-475-8238 or email@example.com
HS WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
REGISTER BEFORE NOVEMBER 22ND.
Register for Winter: Cheer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Swim, & Wrestling.
Insurance and a physical are required to be uploaded with your registration.
Physical forms can be found on the registration website, or paper copies are located in the main office. Registration must be complete and approved to begin practice!
Registration is completely online and can be accessed by the following link:
PTO UN-FUNDRAISER: If you meant to sell popcorn during the PTO fundraiser but didn’t get to it, please consider contributing to the PTO Un-fundraiser. 100% of funds donated will go directly to the PTO. The office will take checks payable to ‘MacDowell PTO’ with the Memo line ‘Un-fundraiser’. Thank you in advance for all of your continued support and help in making this fundraiser a success! ~ MacDowell PTO
REMINDER: NEWSLETTER OPT OUT. Are you already reading our newsletter via email or text? Any family can choose to opt out of the paper newsletter if they wish. Please complete the form below to opt-out, or if you have multiple MacDowell students – tell us who should get the paper newsletter. https://forms.gle/GKyCUQaTRsxQpv9y7
REMINDER: THE PARENT LIBRARY!
We have a wide variety of books and audiobooks on the topic of parenting that guardians may check out if they wish. Please see the list here and touch base with Ms. Claudine if you are interested in a copy. Books/audiobooks would be checked out under the student’s name and could be delivered through the student or picked up from the main office. Please see the list with links to descriptions HERE.