REMINDER: Our Book Fair is Open! Closes Nov. 21st.
MacDowell will host our second annual Virtual Book Fair from Nov. 11- Nov. 21
→ Shop here: https://rainbowbooksellers.square.site/
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 delivery of items, and will be mindful that some items might be gifts. Rainbow Booksellers generously gives MacDowell 25% of all sales.
Our librarian, Ms. Raasch has been visiting upper elementary classrooms to teach students how to find reliable resources for their research work. Here is a photo that Ms. Kiki took while she was visiting her classroom.
We are so fortunate to have Ms. Raasch at MacDowell full-time!
REMINDER: STUDENT COUNCIL CLOTHING DRIVE November 15th through December 3rd, to help keep families of our MacDowell community warm this winter. Hand me downs welcome! 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.
Items requested: Gloves, Hats, Scarfs, Coats (All Sizes), Boots (All Sizes), Snow Pants (All Sizes)
REMINDER: STUDENT COUNCIL TOILETRY DRIVE November 15th through December 3rd. The items provided from the list will be given to students in our school community who are in need. 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.
Items requested: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Soap, Deodorant, Floss, Mouth wash, Hand sanitizer, Hand soap, Lotion, Tissue packs
HOW TO LIMIT SCREEN TIME: Children spend more time than ever staring at digital screens—on computers, tablets, TVs, smartphones, and other devices. Research shows that the more time children engage with screens, the harder time they have turning them off as they become older children. Too much screen time is also linked to obesity, sleep problems, and poor school performance.
Although children’s screen time has understandably increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to do their best to help keep some balance between the digital and real world.
Here are some resources to help families find a screen time balance:
Why Limit Media Use? Overuse of digital media may place your child at risk of:
- Not enough sleep. Young children with more media exposure or who have a TV, computer, or mobile device in their bedrooms sleep less and fall asleep later at night. Even babies can be overstimulated by screens and miss the sleep they need to grow.
- Delays in learning and social skills. Children who watch too much TV in infancy and preschool years can show delays in attention, thinking, language, and social skills. One of the reasons for the delays could be because they interact less with parents and family. Parents who keep the TV on or focus on their own digital media miss precious opportunities to interact with their children and help them learn.
- Obesity. Heavy media use during preschool years is linked to weight gain and risk of childhood obesity. Food advertising and snacking while watching TV can promote obesity. Also, children who overuse media are less apt to be active with healthy, physical play.
- Behavior problems. Violent content on TV and screens can contribute to behavior problems in children, either because they are scared and confused by what they see, or they try to mimic on-screen characters.
Tips for Healthy Media Use: Children today are growing up in a time of highly personalized media use experiences, so parents must develop personalized media use plans for their children. Media plans should take into account each child’s age, health, personality, and developmental stage. All children and teens need adequate sleep (8-12 hours, depending on age), physical activity (1 hour), and time away from media.
Here are some guidelines for healthy media use:
- Find out what type of and how much media are used and what media behaviors are appropriate for each child—and for you. Place consistent limits on hours of media use as well as types of media used.
- Check your children’s media use for their health and safety.
- Avoid exposure to devices or screens for 1 hour before bedtime. Do not let your children sleep with devices such as smartphones.
- Discourage entertainment media while doing homework.
- Plan media-free times together, such as family dinners.
- Decide on media-free, unplugged locations in homes, such as bedrooms.
- Engage in family activities that promote wellbeing, such as sports, reading, and talking with each other.
- Set a good example and turn off the TV and put your smartphone on “do not disturb” during media-free times with your family.
- Use sites like Common Sense Media to help you decide if movies, TV shows, apps, and videos games are age and content appropriate for your children and your family values.
- Share your family media rules with caregivers or grandparents to help ensure rules are consistent.
- Talk with your children and teens about online citizenship and safety.
Other Tips for Parents, Families & Caregivers:
Do not feel pressured to introduce technology early. Media interfaces are intuitive and children can learn quickly.
Monitor children’s media. For example, know what apps are used or downloaded. Test apps before your child uses them, play together, and ask your child what he or she thinks about the app.
Turn off TVs and other devices when not in use. Background media can distract from parent-child interaction and child play, which are both very important in child language and social-emotional development.
Winter’s Eve Magic – Kids Candlelight Walk. Saturday, December 11 at Riverside Park
Join us for a magical evening in Riverside Park as we illuminate the trails with hundreds of candles. You’ll be guided through the park while listening to the story “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Warm your toes and hands at the campfire before heading home with a goodie bag of hot chocolate and cookies.
- Walks begin at 4:00 pm & continue every 15 minutes (last walk leaves at 8:15 pm)
- Pick Your Price: Program Cost – $14 | Price Break – $9 (cost per person)
- Registration for specific walk times is required. (Free for kids 3 and under)
- Register for your Candlelight Walk for Kids start time HERE
Hawthorn Glen Winter Wonder Woods Dec. 10th, Dec. 11th, Dec. 17th, & Dec. 18th.
Celebrate winter in style with Milwaukee Recreation’s Winter Wonder Woods! Join us to safely experience seasonal serenity in the city while creating lasting memories and new traditions.
- Where: Hawthorn Glen
- Dates: Dec. 10th, Dec. 11th, Dec. 17th, and Dec. 18th.
- Time: 5:00 -8:30 p.m.
- Cost: $4 per person (free for children that are 2 years old or younger)
See Hawthorn Glen in a new light as you stroll through our trails that are twinkling with holiday cheer. Over 25,000 lights will illuminate the beauty of the Glen, winding you through the woods and past displays. Winter Wonder Woods will feature a selfie station, hiking Santa, educational facts along the trail, and more! Note: Please arrive at your scheduled time. Parking is extremely limited in both the Hawthorn Glen parking lot and on the street on the adjacent Martin Dr.
Street parking is not permitted on 60th St. Carpooling and ride-sharing is greatly appreciated!
We understand the holidays can be a difficult time for many families. MacDowell has limited resources to assist families in need with gifts for children this holiday season. If you are experiencing economic hardship and would like to see what resources might be available to you, please contact our School Social Worker who will do her best to link you to helpful resources.
Rachel Jacobson (414) 935-1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some events that are able to help get food on the table this Thanksgiving:
Make a Family Smile Turkey Giveaway Drive-Through
Organizer: We Care Crew, King Advisory, Inc.
November 22nd at 10 AM
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI
FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED! Families in need can mask up and drive through this COVID-safe event to receive a turkey WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Seniors will receive full-meal baskets–call the King Center for details. Questions? Call the King Center at (414) 344-5600
See FLYER HERE
Milwaukee Health Services Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway
Friday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
While Supplies Last
Only One Dinner Per Household
Location: Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center, 8200 West Silver Spring Drive,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53218
See FLYER HERE
Where you can find free meals for Thanksgiving
RENT ASSISTANCE: Milwaukee Emergency Rent Assistance program, also known as MERA, is a new program that provides a new opportunity for City of Milwaukee residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19. We understand that many people are going through challenging times and we are here to help you get back on the right path.
Who can apply?
- Individuals and families who live in the City of Milwaukee, who have experienced a loss or reduction of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Reside in the City of Milwaukee
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a significant reduction in income, incurred significant costs, or experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic
- At-risk of becoming homeless or experiencing unstable housing
- Has a household income at or below 80% Milwaukee County Median Income (CMI)
- Households with income at or below 50% of Milwaukee County Median Family Income or includes an individual who has been unemployed for 90 days or more will be prioritized for assistance. Within those prioritized categories, households will be selected at random (not first come, first serve).
Click HERE for more information and the application: https://www.cr-sdc.org/services/mera
REMINDER: Chromebooks for Students: Students who qualify can receive a Chromebook and/or hotspot from MPS for use at home to complete homework, fill out college applications, and more. Chromebooks are for students to keep and do not need to be returned. This equipment is available thanks to a grant from the federal Emergency Connectivity Fund. These funds are available only for students who would lack access to Chromebooks and/or Internet hotspots in their homes if MPS did not provide them. Devices will be available during the second semester.
Families can fill out an online form for each student in the household at https://mpsmke.com/techecf through Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
IMPORTANT DATES – Please mark your calendars
NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 24-26TH (THANKSGIVING BREAK)
MARQUETTE UPWARD BOUND VIRTUAL INFO SESSION
Saturday, December 11th at 10 AM (virtual meeting)
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science are recruiting all CURRENT 8th and 9th graders interested in going to college. This precollege program is free for students who qualify. Please come out to the information session to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82804342071#success
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:
Free Sports Physicals for MPS Student Athletes: MPS students can get a free physical exam to participate in sports! Concentra has multiple locations throughout the city. Download the attached flyer for locations and phone numbers to schedule an appointment.
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.
REMINDER: 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
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:
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.