Volume 2 | Issue 8 | October 6 , 2017
District News
Superintendent's Corner
You should have received an email from School Perceptions with a link to take our facilities planning survey. As a resident, you should have also received a paper copy of the survey in the mail. The survey is intended to have our residents prioritize the many facilities needs we have as a district and to indicate the level of referendum that would be supported to complete some of these projects. It is critical that we have as many staff, parents, and residents as possible complete this survey to provide the district with the most accurate and complete data to inform decisions.

In the next few days, you should also be receiving a copy of the  Whitnall Window, which highlights efforts for the new school year. 

Don't forget to sign up and submit questions for the upcoming Parent Learning Academy on Grading scheduled for October 10 (see below).

Last spring, we conducted a survey related to a consistent regional spring break in southeastern Wisconsin. We have received those results and are talking regionally as we plan forward and begin to develop the 2018-19 school calendar.

Feel free to contact me at lolson@whitnall.com and follow me on Twitter !
Parent Listening Sessions on Grading/Reporting
There has been a great deal of research and discussion surrounding grading and reporting, and we would like to invite parents to attend a listening session to help understand the ‘why’ behind these conversations. This will also be a time for us to collect thoughts from our parents and community, helping us form more decisions as we continue on this journey. Listening sessions will be held for each level:

Date: October 10, 2017
Location: WSD Community Board Room (entrance facing tennis courts on 116th)
Times:
6:00pm (EES & HCE)
6:30pm (WMS)
7:00pm (WHS)

Please indicate via this form if you will attend one or more of these times so that we may plan our space accordingly. The form also has an area to add questions in advance; we want to ensure that all questions are addressed!

Questions / Concerns: Lynn LeRoy -  lleroy@whitnall.com .
Book Drive
There will be a book drive during the Whitnall vs. Eisenhower football game on October 12. Please bring new children's books. They will be gifted to children in need this Christmas.

Free Vaccinations
The Greenfield Health Department has secured the means to provide childhood vaccinations at no cost between October 12 and November 12. During this time frame, they can provide influenza vaccinations as well as school-required vaccines to all residents of Greenfield, Hales Corners, and others who attend Greenfield area schools. The clinic dates/times are listed on the attached form , and special appointments may be made outside of these dates pending staff availability.
Community Group Combating Substance Abuse
Would you like to collaborate with members of your community and the Greendale community to address substance abuse? The Greendale and Hales Corners Heath Departments are teaming up to provide an opportunity to share information on and plan effective community approaches to substance abuse. 

Meetings are held at the Greendale Hose Tower on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 
Whitnall High School
Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad

Save the Date: The next Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad is October 9th at 7:00 am in the high school office. 
Volunteers Needed
Whitnall High School will host the tremendous community event known as Respite Day from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday, November 11.

Parents of special needs children who participate in the Children's Hospital Respite Program can drop off their special needs children and their siblings for a day of free childcare.

The event provides much needed relief to the parents. We are thrilled to be a host site for the program and are incredibly proud of the amount of volunteer support we receive from our students and the community. Their donated time means a great deal to parents.

As a host site for the event, Whitnall High School provides the space and volunteers to help care for the approximately 80-100 special needs children expected to participate. More than 100 volunteers, many of them Whitnall High School students, care for the children. Nursing students from area colleges provide supervised nursing care for the children's medical needs. 

About 100 volunteers are needed to make the event a success. A link to the registration form, which must be completed at least one week in advance of the event, can be found at
https://www.chw.org/childrens-and-the-community/parenting-resources/volunteer-respite-care/volunteer-respite-form/  There are two additional forms: a confidentiality agreement and background disclosure agreement, which can be found at WHS counseling or downloaded from the above mentioned site and given to Mrs. Callender in counseling.

Contact: Janet Callender at (414) 525-8523 or jcallender@whitnall.com
Haunted Hallways
Student council is gearing up for the annual Haunted Hallways on October 26 and is looking for donations of halloween type supplies. The event donates all proceeds to a local charity and is a fun time for all students from kindergarten through high school. Please contact Mr. Bauman and the student council for more information: abauman@whitnall.com
Whitnall Middle School
October 16
  • Picture retakes
  • 11:00 AM Coffee and Conversation with the WMS Admin Team
Join us to learn more about our advisory and Makerspace programs as well as time for Q & A
October 17
  • 6:00 PM "POP" In Conversations with the WMS Admin Team in the WMS Cafeteria
Join us to learn more about our advisory and Makerspace programs as well as time for Q & A
Edgerton Elementary
Forward Exam Results
Forward Exam results were sent home in sealed envelopes with students in grades 4 and 5 today. These are the results from the Spring 2017 testing. Please be sure to check your child’s take home folder for this envelope.
Virtual Visit from a Nanotechnologist
Last week, to further their research on water studies, EES 5th grade students had the opportunity to participate in a Skype session with a nanotechnologist. He shared about creating water filtration systems in other countries and how water filtration actually works. There was also an opportunity for students to ask questions and get immediate feedback from an expert. It was a fascinating experience for our students! 
PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 pm in the EES Library. 
Hales Corners Elementary
The Falcon Market
The Falcon Market opened this week! Students are able to use the Falcon Feathers they earned to get cool school supplies as well as gently used books. Falcon Feathers are given when students are noticed being safe, respectful, and responsible!
Forward Exam Results
Forward Exam results were sent home in sealed envelopes with students in grades 4 and 5 today. These are the results from the Spring 2017 testing.
Food Drive
HCE will be conducting a food drive in honor of Justin Meyer, a former WSD student, from October 9 to October 20. This is the 9th annual event to support local food banks. Donation canisters are at the front (Godsell Avenue) doors. Thanks to the Meyer family and our 5th graders for organizing this community service event!