Dates To Remember
Fri, 1 - NO SCHOOL
Mon, 4 - NO SCHOOL
Wed, 6 - Cushing Decathlon at St. John’s
Thurs, 7 - Cushing Decathlon - Rain Date
Tues, 12 - Picture Retakes, morning
Tues, 19 - Dine for Cushing @ Noodles, 4-8
Wed, 20 - FIELD TRIP: Green Meadows, 5K, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Tues, 26 - FIELD TRIP: Retzer, 4th Grade
Quick Links
Message from Mrs. Rach
If you’ve driven through our carline or spent time on the playground lately, then you’ve probably seen the large pile of dirt and rocks near our nature trail.  If you’re wondering what’s going on, we’re excited to share that we’ve officially broken ground on our pavilion project funded by our Cushing PTO.  The project was proposed and approved by the PTO during the 2019-20 school year; despite setbacks over the past two years, we are excited that the project is moving along.  We’re looking forward to using the pavilion as an outdoor classroom as well as another optional playground space for our learners.  Keep an eye out for more updates!
Cushing News & Announcements
Veteran’s Day
Veteran's Day is a time we remember and honor the men and women of our Armed Services. The staff and students at Cushing would like to honor current and past service members for Veterans Day. If you or a family member is/was a member of any service branch and would like to participate in a Veterans Day event at Cushing please complete this form.  
Third grade students will be singing at this event. Third grade parents are invited to attend, in addition to any veteran that is a family member of a student at Cushing (any grade level). This event will take place the week of Veterans Day in the afternoon, but the exact date is TBD. More information will be coming soon. Please fill out the form and attach pictures of veterans in your family, whether they can attend or not. Thank you!
**LAST CALL** Cushing Family Directory
Our PTO is still waiting for more families to submit their contact information for our Cushing Family Directory. If you’ve been putting it off, now is the time to click HERE and do it. :) The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 6th. The directory is used by many families to reach out about play dates, birthday invitations, carpools, etc.  
Fun Fact: The sooner more families enter their information, the sooner it will be available. 
If you want more information about the Directory, scroll down to the PTO section of this eMessenger.
School Picture Retake Day - Tuesday, October 12
Empire Photography will be at Cushing on Tuesday, October 12th for our students who need their picture taken/retaken.  Pictures will be taken in the morning and we will do our best to have them done before recess!
If you would like your learner(s) to have their picture taken/retaken, please let their teacher and Mrs. Mirek (secretaryce@kmsd.edu) know.

Front Lobby Morning Drop Offs
Just a friendly reminder that we no longer offer lobby drop offs in the morning. Unless your student is arriving late, please utilize the Car Line (we know the lines are long) or bus options. Thanks for your cooperation.
Please ask your learner if their headphones at school are still working. We’re only a few weeks into the school year, but headphones have already started to break/not work. Headphones are used often throughout the day, in multiple classes. A working pair helps both students and teachers. Thanks!
Health Room News
Covid Testing
Home Tests are not accepted for the return to school. All tests must be PCR tests from a test center (ex. Summit Clinical Labs) or health care provider.
Friday Funny
What building in your town has the most stories?
(Keep scrolling down for the answer)
Cushing PTO
Decathlon in Wednesday, October 6th!
Cushing's ninth annual Decathlon will be held on Wednesday, October 6th 2021 at St. John's Military Academy.

The Decathlon challenges students to tackle 10 fun events, and they will raise funds through pledges for their efforts. Some of the events include: bowling, hula hoop, and relay races, to name a few. 4K will have a special course of their own!

The Decathlon will be held during the school day and parents will help volunteer to make the event a success!

ALL students will be receiving a Decathlon T-Shirt!

ALL donations are used to support Cushing Staff, teachers, and classrooms

Would you like to spectate?
While the Decathlon is a day for our Cushing Stars, spectators are welcome to watch our students in action. Please know that ALL spectators are required to have a Volunteer Application on file at the school BEFORE the day of the event. Please stop by the Cushing Front Office for an application. The application can also be found on the KM website: www.kmsd.edu > Family Resources > Forms > Volunteer Applications. Completed applications can be handed in/emailed to Mrs. Mirek (secretaryce@kmsd.edu).

If you have a Volunteer Application on file (applications need to be filled out EVERY year), please check in with the Front Gate Volunteer or Volunteer table when you arrive at the Decathlon. Once checked in, you may then watch the fun from outside the fenced Track and Field area.

How Can You Help this Year?
Volunteer to help on the day of the event: The sign-up genius is live. Click here to volunteer for one of the events. There are only a few spots left and this is the only way to see the action from inside the fence. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the action first hand. If you have signed up to volunteer, please submit your volunteer form to Mrs. Mirek ASAP. Email Jen at jrszerenyi@gmail.com with any questions.  

Donate Online: Go to www.kmsd.edu/cushingdecathlon and give today. The online decathlon page will be open for donations until 11/1/2021.

Return your Pledge Form: Pledge forms were sent home in students’ folders. You can return the pledge form to school in an envelope with a check.

THANK YOU to our partner F45 Delafield! 
We are excited to announce F45 Delafield will be a new station this year.

THANK YOU to our early sponsors!

GOLD Sponsors ($1000): Rob Miller Homes, Legit Click Media, The Maple Group, Digitek Digital, Diedrick Family

SILVER Sponsors ($500): Delafield Family Dental, Children’s Hospital, DeLuca & Hartman Inc., Kreitzer Family, McKitrick Family, Prymas Family, Knab Family, Katie Lephardt Design

BRONZE Sponsors ($150): Adams Family, Hollman Family, Preferred Insurance Services, Merry Maids of Waukesha, Katie Andrew PT, JJ Hausmann@ Lake Country Listings, Olin Framing, Cars.com, Steenhagen Studios, Miller Family, Beres Family, Smith Family, Szerenyi Family, Winchell Family, Bartelt Remodeling, Gorney Family, Barker Family, Johnson Family, Eve Family, Kostichka Family, Mueller Family, Hansen Family, Carter Family, Seymour Family, Lieber Family, Schoene Family, Catahoula Coffee, Artis Family, Friemoth Family, McGuire Family, Farnham Family, Jaxom Family, Feaman Family

Box Tops Collection
Please download the Box Top App. From playground equipment to technology to library books, your school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need. From your mobile phone, you can start donating to Cushing every time you shop. This process is more efficient than before. No need to cut out squares when you can easily take a picture of your receipt and the app does the rest! It’s as easy as 1,2,3!

How to submit box tops using your phone
Download app, add Cushing Elementary as your preferred school
Shop, buy box top products
On the app, click the scan button
Take a picture of the receipt, if it’s long click the (plus button) Section and picture the long part of the receipt
Click submit
You’re all done! it’s that easy, you no longer need to save any cut outs. If your receipt has participating products the app scans and rain falls icons. This app also tracks how much your receipts have donated for the year, the school’s goal and cash already earned for Cushing.

To get the App

Fall Sentry Receipt Roundup 
We hope you’ve been saving your Sentry receipts all summer!! The Albrecht’s Delafield Sentry supports our Cushing PTO by giving us 1% of the total value of receipts we collect. This amount adds up quickly to help our Cushing PTO. Sentry will honor receipts from the last 6 months. Please send your receipts to school in an envelope or baggie marked 'Sentry Receipts.' They will collect them in the office.

**LAST CALL** Cushing Family Directory 2021-22
The deadline to participate in the Cushing Family Directory this year is Wednesday, October 6th.

Please take a moment to fill in your pertinent information for this year’s Cushing PTO's Family Directory.

The Cushing Family Directory is offered by the PTO each year as a convenience to share contact information with other Cushing families. To participate in the 2021-22 Cushing Family Directory, you MUST complete a form for EACH of your children attending Cushing, as the KM District does NOT share your information with the PTO. Also, your information is not carried over from year to year.

To read more and to submit your information, please click: Cushing PTO Directory 2021-22.

Amazon Smile
Do you order from Amazon? If so, please consider adding Amazon Smile to your account. Amazon will then donate a percentage of your purchase back to our non-profit, Cushing PTO. Use the link here to sign up.

Copycat Crew Needs You
Copycat crew is a group of parent volunteers who help out in the workroom at Cushing. These people help to laminate, copy, cut, sort and help with various tasks to help the staff and teachers. No experience needed, we are happy to train you. Please email Kate at katehertel@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Milwaukee Pretzel Company Fundraiser
Look in your child’s take-home folder for information on the Milwaukee Pretzel Company fundraiser. Order forms must be returned by October 12th. Stock up for fall events and parties!

Dine for Cushing at Noodles & Company - Tuesday, October 19
Plan ahead to take the night off from cooking. The next Dine for Cushing event will be at Noodles & Company on Tuesday, October 19th from 4-8pm. They give Cushing PTO 25% of sales, which is the highest of any of the area restaurants. You may order online, but must use the promo code: GIVING25 for Cushing to receive credit. Also, guests must mention the fundraiser when ordering in person. 
Friday Funny: Punch Line
The public library.
Community Education
KM Community Education provides recreational and educational opportunities for families. Please be sure to visit the website often for updates and new programs. For program information and registration forms, visit www.kmsd.edu/communityed.

Children’s Choir
Kettle Moraine Children's Choir for grades 3rd-5th is a program to provide developmentally appropriate comprehensive music education through the art of choral singing to the families and community of the Kettle Moraine School District. Sessions consist of large group vocal rehearsals, small group instrumental rehearsals, and music based games. The key concepts taught will be an integration of Kodaly and Orff principles such as: singing, playing instruments, performing high quality music, and developing important life skills.Class is held Mondays at Wales Elementary at 4:30. Register today at https://kmsd.revtrak.net/rwcommunityeducation/
Community Events and Flyers
Events/opportunities listed on our Community Flyers page are not endorsed by the Kettle Moraine School District. They have been approved for electronic sharing. Visit www.kmsd.edu/communityflyers to see the full list of current flyers. Links to recently-added flyers and upcoming events are included below.
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