PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT – BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS NEWS:
Here’s a much-deserved congratulations to Big Brother Big Sisters School-Based Match of the Year: MORGAN AND LAURA!
Morgan is a 6th grader at MacDowell Montessori School and has been matched in our School-Based program with Laura since 2017! Over the years, Morgan has improved her organizational skills, overall attitude, and quality of schoolwork. At the beginning, most of their time was spent doing homework, but now they enjoy playing board games and doing crafts as well! Laura is a retired Milwaukee Public School teacher and has been a committed Big Sister for 15 years.
Cheers to Big Brother Big Sisters School-Based Match mentor2.0 Match of the Year: RYLEIGH AND PRAPTI!
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentor2.0 program matches high school youth, many who are low-income and first-generation students, with a professional adult to promote high school graduation, post-secondary readiness, enrollment, and success. Ryleigh and Prapti have been matched for two years and have developed a strong bond! They love spending time together, and are often the last match to leave monthly events. Ryleigh recently graduated from MacDowell Montessori High School where she was part of the dual MacDowell/MATC program, taking classes at MATC for college credit. Ryleigh plans to go into the medical field, just like her mentor Prapti! Prapti works as the Medical Director at Well-Path, and in addiction recovery at Addiction Medical Solutions. Ryleigh commented that her and Prapti, “are a reflection of one another.” We couldn’t agree more!
MacDowell / Juneau Spirit Wear has been delivered to the school and I have contacted all those who placed orders. Thank you families for showing your school pride! I encourage you to wear your gear at our Open House on May 19th. I plan to organize another sale at the beginning of the next school year. ~Ms. Claudine
ART UPDATE FROM MR. SCHWARTEN – 2D TO 3D SCULPTURE
Students in the lower Elementary classes learned about complementary colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel. They work well together, though they want to be the most important color you notice. They also considered how shapes are 2D while forms are 3D. They tried to design patterns on their plates with complementary colors and then attached them together to create these 3d sculptures called Geodesic Spheres.
Mr. Schwarten has hung these beautiful spheres in our hallways where students can admire them every day.
MACDOWELL SPRING CONCERT:
What a wonderful spring concert we had last week! We are proud of our performers and so glad we were able to showcase our students and their talent. Hats off to our Music Department for preparing a fantastic show! Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made it happen. Thank you to our student stage crew as well! Thank you to our families who supported our Occupations sales.
REMINDER – REGISTER FOR THE MPS RUN BACK TO AUGUST 27
Join our team this year, and enjoy a run or leisurely stroll through the Washington Heights and Washington Park. In the last three years, we have earned $2500 in funds for sports and recreation activities at MacDowell.
We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 27, 2022! This is a great opportunity to run/walk with other MacDowell students and families. In the past we have had the most individuals registered and won grants – please consider joining our team!
To sign up for a team, make sure you specify MacDowell during the registration process after you add the race to your cart. More Info and register here: Milwaukee Recreation: Run Back to School
SPRING OPEN HOUSE & END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION!
Thursday, May 19th from 5:30-7 PM.
Pack a picnic, bring lawn games, and plan to attend our Open House and End of the Year Celebration! Our PTO will be providing ice cream. This is also a great opportunity to look through the lost and found, clean out lockers and view the amazing work that we will have on display in our hallways. Families will get to check out classrooms and students will be able to show off their favorite work or projects. Please note that this is not a time to address concerns or conference with your student’s teacher but to learn more about their work in class. For our High School students, this will be an opportunity for students to showcase their IB Projects. K3-6th grade families, please sign up for one 15-minute slot to visit your child’s classroom(s). To limit crowds, only 6 appointments will be available for each time slot. To reduce crowding we ask that families leave the classroom when their time is over.
Masks will be required.
Families, please sign up for a slot using the links below:
PRIMARY Teachers (K3-K5 students)
LOWER EL Teachers (1st-3rd)
UPPER EL Teachers (4th-6th)
7-8th Grade Teachers
Specialists sign up (art, music, gym)
9-12th Grade Teachers will be in their classrooms – high school families, please feel free to visit them anytime between 5:30-6:30 PM.
K3-6th grade YEARBOOKS will be delivered this week to students who pre-ordered online. Still want a yearbook? Stay tuned for more information on how to order the remaining K6-6th grade yearbook copies.
- There is still time to order our 7-12th grade yearbooks online – cost is $25 – order HERE
We ask that families please let us know if their child(ren) will stay enrolled at MacDowell next year. If you have not already completed our Enrollment Google Form, please do so at your earliest convenience; this information helps us plan ahead. The form takes only a few moments – please complete one survey for all your MacDowell students.
Thank you! https://tinyurl.com/MacSurvey2022
MILWAUKEE PARENT INSTITUTE: The Milwaukee Parent Institute is made possible by M3 (pronounced M-cubed), a partnership among Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
M3 seeks to transform the future of Milwaukee through education.
- Six-week session
- Sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes long, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- Families with students in K-5th grade are invited
- Parents will receive a gift card for attendance
Do you want…
- Your child’s academic performance and potential to improve?
- Support with how to talk to your child about school and his/her future?
- Your child to focus on attending college?
- Help understanding adolescent behavior?
- Help understanding which high school courses will prepare your child for college?
- These are just a few topics discussed during the sessions at the Milwaukee Parent Institute.
VIRTUAL TRIPLE P PARENTING CLASSES: The programs offered are brought to you by a partnership between Children’s Wisconsin, The Parenting Network, and Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth. Parenting is hard! Sign up for the programs that meet your parenting goals. Click on the class names linked below for more information. Classes are virtual. Full class schedule here: https://tinyurl.com/y2sj7mjc
Raising Resilient Children, 5/6/2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Learn how to help your children manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with stress including expressing feelings appropriately, developing coping skills, and dealing with stressful events.
MPS/MKE Talks! Developing Oral Language in Young Children
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Educators and community members are invited to attend a webinar series on the importance of having meaningful and intentional interactions between adults and children, which expand language skills and increase comprehension in children. Translation services are available for this event.
Join us as Dana Winters of the Fred Rogers Center along with Junlei Li from Harvard University’s Human Development and Education Program share a proven approach called “Simple Interactions” to positively connect with children to improve oral language development.
REGISTER at: https://bit.ly/3m3cRST
SUMMER CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS
See our list of summer classes HERE
SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR FAMILIES: Families, students, and staff are invited to join us for 90 minutes each Wednesday evening for seven weeks, April 20 – June 1, 2022. MPS will offer valuable training and classes to help parents, guardians, and family members gain the insight and skills needed to ensure their child succeeds in school. Topics include Individualized Education Programs (IEP), rights and responsibilities, and student conduct. Attend all sessions or select individual sessions that are appropriate to your unique needs. To Register: https://tinyurl.com/SELIF2022 FLYER
MacDowell School Musical
Helena vs. The Smartphone. Tickets will be $5
6-7 PM @MacDowell Auditorium
6-7 PM @MacDowell Auditorium
REMINDER: Important Calendar Change
Monday, May 16, 2022
All high school students will attend school on Monday, May 16 (previously a student day off for early start schools).
All K-8 students attending Early Start schools will not attend school.
6:30 – 10:00 PM
Purchase tickets from the main office
Last Day of School
8th Grade Completion Ceremony
High School Graduation
Earn and Learn Summer Youth Employment Program – Students 14-24 Years Old
The Earn and Learn Summer Youth Employment Program is accepting student applications. The program is designed to provide meaningful work experiences and career exposure to young adults 14–24 years old residing in Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee
Students should use the following link to apply: www.employmilwaukee.org
Applications are due May 8, 2022. FLYER